Etsy – Share Your Love

So Etsy is doing a great service project for Valentines — Share Your Love. They have partnered up with Citymeals-on-Wheels add an extra bit of love with your meal — handmade Valentine!

You can read about it by clicking the image below.

Now we are going to send some cards but are also thinking of how we can do something similar locally.

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!
Maranda

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Teach You Thursday – Recycled Gift Tags

As someone that LOVES to recycle — I’ve been wanting to make something with those pesky weekly sale mailers… In today’s tutorial I’m going to show you how to make your own holiday gift tags using images from a sales mailer.

Step One: Gather Your Materials

Materials weekly sales mailer, scrap ribbon, coordinating scrap papers, recycled envelope

Materials weekly sales mailer, scrap ribbon, coordinating scrap papers, recycled envelope

So I had this one mailer that had holiday themed images that I thought would be perfect for a card or gift tag. I found some coordinating scrap papers and scrap ribbon to make the tag. Knowing that I might want a white surface to write a little note I grabbed an envelope I got in tha mail as well. This project is completely scrap materials!!

Step 2: Make first layer of gift tag

Two images cut out from Mailers

Two images cut out from Mailers


Pick out the images you desire for the tag and cut it out from your mailer. Then using adhesive (I used glue stick) place centered on your coordinating scrap paper. I tried to leave the equal amount of distance aroudn entire image.
First Layer of Gift Tags

First Layer of Gift Tags


Step 3: Finish the Gift Tag
Now take your image layer of the tag and adhere it (using glue stick) it to another coordinating paper. Make the image layer centered on this paper as well. Once everything is in place you can take your recycled envelope and adhere the correct amount on the back for your writing area (if you desire that).
Second layer of the Holiday Gift Tag

Second layer of the Holiday Gift Tag


Then to make it a tag punch a hole in either corner and thread your coordinating scrap ribbon through. And you have your final product – Recycled Holiday Gift Tags!
Recyled Holiday Gift Tags

Recyled Holiday Gift Tags


Have fun Making Your Own Gift Within A Card!
Maranda

Jog Your Memory Monday

Happy Holidays Greeting

Happy Holidays Greeting

Well let’s see we have

6 days till Hanukkah
11 days till Christmas
12 days till Kwanzaa

Have you purchased all of your special cards? Or gifts? If not that is okay for you can still purchase items at our Etsy shop or you can settle on sending New Year’s cards instead — try something new.

Ask yourself — do I have any non-holiday events coming up? If the answer is yes you better verify the address, pick a handmade greeting for that special person in your life, and put it in the mail or hand deliver!

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!

Maranda

Tips on Sending Holiday Greetings – Hanukkah

So with the 3 big winter holidays fastly approaching I thought for the next three weeks I’ll provide tips on sending holiday greetings for a particular holiday. And why not do them on our Teach You Thursday!

This year Hanukkah stars on December 21st — so if you are wanting to send someone a Hanukkah greeting you should have it mailed out no later than December 17th (unless they live right there).

As we always encourage when sending a card incorporate both yours and the recipient’s brand so that it truly becomes a “Gift Within A Card”. So here are some quick things to consider for Hanukkah cards.

Traditional colors – Blue and Silver.
Traditional symbols – Dreidel and Menorah

Now this has appeared in past posts but something that I also mentioned is that you don’t always have to stick with traditional colors or traditional themes so if the recipient loves pink throw in a sprinkle of pink so that it truly reflects them!

Here are some of our current Hanukkah Greetings being retailed
on our Etsy site:


Festival of Lights Greeting

Festival of Lights Greeting
Retro Dreidel Dreidel

Retro Dreidel Dreidel




















Enjoy preparing for Hanukkah & Keep Making Gifts Within A Card

Maranda

Teach You Thursday – Scrap Paper Holiday Greeting

As a cardmaker I find myself wondering what to do when I have some scrap paper with words on it.  Trying to not waste paper or trash it I find some kind of card to make.  Which I hope to show you how to do with today’s tutorial.  In honor of the holiday season I thought I would relate the card to reindeer and music.

Step One: Gather Your Materials (Note materials will differ on this card since it depends on what you have)

Scrap patterned paper, scrap solid paper, sticker embellishment
Materials: Scrap patterned paper, scrap solid paper, sticker embellishment

I have several pieces of scrap red music sheet paper from a custom order so how fitting for a winter holiday greeting since we hear tons of carols this time of the year.  I also have some sticker embellishments that had 2 prancing reindeers so I thought it would make a great card coordinated with light patterned swirls silver paper and a dark gray solid paper.

Step 2: Layout your papers how you desire on the card
Silver Swirl Paper Placed first

Silver Swirl Paper Placed first















I first took the silver swirled paper and made that my background paper.  Then I took the red music paper and cut it be a inner rectangle allowing the swirls to show.  Now for me I don’t pay attention to the size just cut but next tutorial I’ll remember to tell the sizes.
Placement of Red Music Paper

Placement of Red Music Paper















The last piece of layering is the Solid Gray.  Here I took some fancy cutting scissor that were hill curve shaped and cut a narrow piece of the gray and layered that over the entire card centered vertically.
Placement of Curvy Solid Gray Strip

Placement of Curvy Solid Gray Strip















Step 3: Add embellishment
Now I wanted to use the prancing reindeer sticker embellishment(it isn’t flat but gel like).  So I’ve place it in the center of the gray strip directly in the center of the card.  And here it is — I apologize for the picture but I’m studying for finals and using this as my break!
Finshed product - Prancing Reindeer on Music Paper

Finshed product - Prancing Reindeer on Music Paper















Have fun Making Your Own Gift Within A Card!


Maranda

Jog Your Memory Mondays

 Presents Under the Tree                                            

It is officially the holiday shopping and gifting season — we know all the sales started on Black Friday but today is CyberMonday so head over to our Etsy Shop and get a free pair of earrings with your purchase(pictured below).  And oh you also get 20% off until December 15th!

 

 

 

 

 

Ask yourself — do I have all of my holiday greetings ready?  If the answer is no then make your list, pick a handmade greeting for that special person in your life, and put it in the mail or hand deliver!  I will be posting holiday greeting tips later this week.

Classy Menorah

 

Counting down the days— Hanukkah begins December 21, Christmas December 25, Kwanzaa begins December 26!

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!

Maranda

Free Pair of Earrings with Purchase

Free Pair of Earrings with Purchase

Jog Your Memory Monday

I can’t believe it is almost the end of July — I tell you the new job kind of consumed my life these past couple of weeks — I really have TERRIBLE TIME MANAGEMENT problems when it comes to juggling full-time career, being a mother, and then studying for graduate degree….. But today kicked off me getting in a routine of things since in like two weeks my little one starts school so we really have to have a routine!

With July almost over I want to focus the next couple of Monday’s getting you in the preparation mode for the upcoming late summer/fall and winter holidays.  Can you believe in about

  • 154 days we will be celebrating Hanukkah
  • 162 days we will be celebrating Christmas
  • 163 days we will be celebrating Kwanzaa

So why not go ahead and start thinking about what style of card you’d like to send, prepare your list of people you want to send a card to, and purchase those unique cards for the right person!

We will be reviving our Etsy site this week so with that being said I’m going to post some “Winter In July” style cards on there for people to start their Winter Card shopping! 

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!

Maranda