Paper Crafting

OliveBox Cat Lovers Box Giveaway and Glitzy Cat Card How-To

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Over the years I’ve signed up for a variety of subscription boxes, from nail polish samples to monthly sock deliveries. The boxes that always make me the happiest, and feel like the best fit for me, are the crafty boxes. At the top of that list is OliveBox.

Not only do I receive the monthly lifestyle box, which features a variety of paper and lifestyle goods, I’m a proud recipient of the card-only boxes that ship several times a year. I appreciate that each OliveBox comes with a list describing that month’s products and makers. I’ve been turned onto some amazing crafters, makers and artists thanks to OliveBox. (more…)

Paper Source Workshop: Sugar Skull Rosettes

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Thanks to the awesome team at Paper Source Birmingham, I’m now the proud creator of several beautiful paper rosettes, complete with a fantastic sugar skull! The awesome gals at the store had no problem coming up with a special workshop for us this month to celebrate Halloween.

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For the workshop, we went over the basics of making a paper rosette. Biggest thing to remember? Your width of the rosette needs to be two times its length when cutting it out. Using some beautiful specialty papers we focused on Halloween-ready colors, from rich orange with a touch of gold to classic black-and-white stripes.

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Thanks to the store’s Silhouette Cameo, we each decorated an oversized sugar skull to add to one of our rosettes.

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I loved decorating my rosette – it was so calming!

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With some paper rosette tactics down, we’re already thinking about how to make a set for the next holiday – Thanksgiving!

Here’s to a happy Halloween!

Halloween Treat Sacks

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Here’s a quick way to wrap a collection of Halloween trinkets for your special trick-or-treater! I found these great Up and Up orange stripe lunch bags at Target. Once your gifts are placed in the bag, fold the top over twice and crease. Secure the top with two pieces of washi tape in different colors and patterns. I used several rolls of Scotch Expressions Washi Tape for these bags as well as the tags.

To identify the bag I pinned a white clothespin to the top of the bag that held an orange-and-black jute twine bow, a Paper Source letterpress Halloween finding and gift tag. The tag was covered in washi tape before a plain circle sticker was added to the front for the recipient’s first initial.

It doesn’t long at all to give holiday gifts an extra dose of cheer!

A “Witching” Halloween Card

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Here it is, my offering for this year’s Halloween card!

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During our visit to Chicago earlier this month I got to visit the very first Paper Source. Such a cute location! I found a few pieces of this witch wrapping paper that I knew had to come home with me. It’s a few years old and was in their sale section, but it was just enough for a set of Halloween cards. I had one plan for a card I was working on, but as soon as I saw the paper, my whole approach changed.

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Using an A7 foldover card, I rounded the corners on paper used. For the “witching” greeting, I put my Prima Press to use and stamped the message.

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Inside I printed the Halloween message and added a separate blank area to write a message to the recipients. Paired with a rhubarb envelope, the card had a warmer, more autumnal color scheme than Halloween cards I’ve made in the past. All in all, I loved the finished product. It’s great when you stumble across a craft supply that changes the whole direction of your project in a good way!

Paper Source Workshop: Fall Card Making – Colorful Paper Tapestry

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Last weekend it was back to Paper Source for their Fall Card Making: Colorful Paper Tapestry workshop at the Birmingham location. We were promised the cards would be beautiful with just the right amount of new, challenging techniques to master. They were right!

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We had a smaller group this time which ended up being perfect as we could help one another with some of the knot-tying techniques. I don’t know about you, but tying knots was definitely NOT one of the skills I mastered as a Girl Scout, I’m sad to report.

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Our first card was the quilt block-like card featuring Rifle Paper Co.’s wonderful (and exclusive to Paper Source) mint floral wrapping paper. We used a flag hole punch to create the pennants that made up the block.

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Next up was this stamped card, featuring the sketch flower rubber stamp, with knotted flower center details. We stamped the images three times in different directions to create a full-looking bouquet on the card. Once embossed, the finished look really stood out.

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Next up, it was time to braid. Using yellow summer brights natural hemp cord, we made a thicker length of braid to add to the front of this friendship card. Braiding was a snap and a glue dot was all that was needed to keep it in place. The yellow matches perfectly with foiled wrapping paper and gold “for you” Prima Press stamping.

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Our final card of the afternoon, and probably trickiest, was this card featuring a mariner’s knot in the center. Again, the Rifle Paper Co.’s mint floral wrapping paper was used, this time paired behind a Silhouette Cameo-cut zig-zag design. We used the hemp cord to create the knot. It took all of us a few tries to get it right, but eventually it clicked for everyone. What I learned from the knot-tying exercise was to definitely use longer lengths of cord than you think you could possibly need. Trust me, it’s helpful!

The workshop was so popular in Birmingham that it sounds like an encore class is on the way. Check your store to see which workshops are coming up this fall.