8 Days of Giving – A ZeVin Creations Challenge

It is that time of the year where everyone “SHOULD” be in a giving mood.. and we’d like to encourage our readers to achieve the goal of using their GIVING spirit!  We started this challenge back in 2007 and we had a good response so let’s double the efforts of everyone giving back unto others when people need it the most!

For these 8 Days left before Christmas we want to challenge you to GIVE to others during this season of giving which of course is the true reason of the holiday season.  In my personal opinion, it isn’t about getting all these gifts and spending tons of money but to be with your loved ones and do for others however you can.

These next eight days I’ll post how ZeVin Creations has done something to make a difference in another person’s life.  We will also provide some suggestions on what you can do…  We hope that you our readers will also post or comment on what you did each day…AND in exchange we will randomly select from the comments to get a FREE CARD from us each day (that’s a total of 8 Cards we are giving away).  Can I just repeat — 8 FREE CARDS!

So here are some suggestions –

  1. Shovel snow from your neighbor’s driveway and sidewalk (unfortunately we didn’t get much snow here but hoping)
  2. Volunteer your time to help a local homeless shelter or food pantry
  3. Bake some cookies and/or candy for your postman, garbage man with a card expressing your thanks
  4. Pay for a cup of coffee/tea for the person behind you  at your favorite coffee shop
  5. Put extra money in the parking meter for the next car to park.
  6. And an easy way — just say hello to everyone you see!

Today I put extra money into two parking meters — typically I walk to my yoga course but I was running late so I decided hey since I’m driving I can give the change I had brought for another purpose and put it in the meter longer than my hour class.

Take this time to inspire others to make a difference this holiday season and you’ll in exchange be rewarded within your spirit knowing you impacted someone that wasn’t expecting it!(And possibly a FREE CARD)

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!



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


Teach You Thursday – Scrap Word Paper

I apologize for posting this so late… things have been busy with my tutoring and work… by being off work 2 days with the sick kiddo I’ve been working longer hours so that I have mola to pay the bills. 

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 Graduation season I thought I would relate the card to graduates.

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

Scrap Word Paper Card


Scrap pieces of paper with words on it                         Scrap pieces of coordinating paper                                  Adhesive
Embellishments if desire




Step 2: Layout your papers how you desire on the card

Scrap Word Paper Card layer paper

Using your various paper layer them on the card arranging your word paper so that they are legible to read. As you can see I used a patterned vellum paper for the top portion and my words appear at the bottom of the card.

Step 3: Add your desired embellishments
For me I needed something to serve as a divider between the vellum and the word paper so that the styles flow together. I took some blue cardstock – cut as a strip of ribbon and placed some red brads along it.

And you are done you have a card which uses your scrap word paper in congratulations greeting for the special graduate in your life. What do you think?

Scrap Word Card

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!








Inspire Me Tuesday

I hope all is well for all today — I’m still at home with a sick child…. pesky change of the weather makes her so congested. 

Today’s quote card is:

Life Is Sweet Card

Please take time to let this quote marinate in your soul and inspire you! It is very true that life is sweet no matter what you are going through it could be worse you could not be living.  If you are interested in this card you can find it here.

Now our APA Heritage Month Fact for today is based on the Korean Americans.

Estimated 1,406,687 Koreans reside in the United States.  It is stated that the significant initial Korean immigration is occurred on January 13, 1903, when laborers arrived in Hawaii to work on sugar plantations.  January 13 is celebrated as Korean American Day in order to recognize Korean Americans’ impact and contributions.

A unique site I came across has interactive lessons on Korean American which you can view at: http://arirangeducation.com/main/  As reading the site I learned that Arirang is a folk song of Korean Americans which is about moving from place to place.  The South Korean government designated Arirang as the official march of the US Army 7th Infantry Division, after its service in Korea during the Korean War.  And besides being a song it later became a Korean film made in 1926 which was considered to be lost in the Korean War.

If you want to listen to the folk song just go to this rendition – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eakOpAkalAY

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!



Jog Your Memory Monday


I hope all had a wonderful Mother’s Day.  I didn’t do much for my little one is sick.. her temperature is going up and down due to this wonderful Louisville weather we’ve been having.  We were at a show this past weekend “Beechmont Festival of Flowers” and it was a good time hanging with fellow artists and seeing some of our frequent card buyers! 

While at the show we also got some WONDERFUL News — starting June 14th we will be part of the Beechmont Farmer’s Market.  We can participate as much as we want but we are thinking just every other weekend!  SO it is going to busy around here making sure we have enough cards and are preparing for the event.

Spring Card

Okay now to the theme of the day – the card giving day of this week is :  Armed Forces Day on May 17th.  Take the time to send that special soldier in your life a card letting them know you care and are thankful.  If you don’t know of a solider you can check out the site – AnySoldier.com.  The Spring card above is a great way to wish some a wonderful spring and thank that soldier for all they do.

Now ask yourself — do I need to send some cards out this week?  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


Teach You Thursday: Paper-Vellum Flower

Okay so I know it is FRIDAY but I scheduled this to post yesterday but it didn’t… so before I post my Fab Five Friday post I wanted people to see the tutorial.  I will post Fab Five Friday after 9pm tonight….

I’ve been busy making cards for our first show of the year – The Festival of Flowers!  Which takes place this weekend… so in honor of flowers I wanted to show you how you can take scrap papers and vellum to make a paper vellum flower.

Step One: Gather Your Materials (Note I have enough materials to make a couple of flowers)

Paper Vellum Flower Supplies


Scrap pieces of paper (both solid and patterned)
Scrap piece of vellum (solid or patterned)
A coordinating button
Needle and embroidery floss

Step 2: Make your template flower

Using some scrap paper make your template flower for you to use if you desire.  You don’t have to do this step — you can just draw a flower on your scrap papers.

Step 3: Using your template make at least 3 different flowers

Paper Vellum Flower cutouts

As you can see in the image to the left I cut out three different flowers starting with my solid purple, then I cut the vellum which I made a bit smaller than the solid, and finally I cut the patterned flower which again smaller than the vellum. 

You can cut as many flowers as you want this is your design so if you want more layers you can have them. 



Step 4: Join the flowers together by sewing the button

   Paper Vellum Flower Final Product

Using your needle and some embroidery floss you will sew on the button to your top layer.  Now I sewed through all 3 flowers to attach my button so that I didn’t have to glue the layers together.  You can do whichever method you like.




And you are done you have a paper-vellum flower which you could use and make a card like this:

Paper Vellum Flower Card

Which would make a GREAT card for a mother since Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday!  If you didn’t want to use the flower for a card you could use it for making little flower pins for that special person to wear!  Starting this weekend we will be retailing our paper vellum flowers in our Etsy shop so stay tuned.

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!


Jog Your Memory Monday (Happy Cinco De Mayo)

Hello All

I apologize for posting this late — today was the first day of our new session of teaching.  Where I teach we are session based so it is always busy on the first day and I forgot to write my post when I woke up this morning.

First — Happy Cinco De Mayo!  I hope you aren’t partying to much at one in the afternoon!  Later this evening I will post about Cinco De Mayo and why it’s an important date.

Monday’s theme posts will be jogging your memory on what cards you need to send this week.  Since we are in a new month of May I first wanted to start off informing you of dates to send cards in the month:

Dates To Send Cards in May

May- Emerald – Lilly of the Valley

  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Teacher Appreciation Month
  • May 1 – National Day of Prayer
  • May 3 – Kentucky Derby
  • May 5 – Cinco De Mayo
  • May 6 – Teacher Day
  • May 11 – Mother’s Day
  • May 17 – Armed Forces Day
  • May 26 – Memorial Day

Filegre Thanks     Teacher Appreciation Card

The focus related cards for this week are around your Teacher Appreciation — throughout the week if you are a student or a parent please don’t forget to let the Teacher in your life know how important they are to you.  You can do this with a simple Thank you card (remember last Thursday had a tutorial on how to make your own Thank You card with scraps!) 

The two cards above are on our Etsy Site and would be great for giving your teacher as a form of thanks!

Now ask yourself — do I need to send some cards out this week?  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!