We are currently down due to no power!

Well Louisville got struck with tons of snow and then ice and then BAMM power at my house went out(1/28/09)… SO until I get power back in my home we can’t host the 18 days of Love nor post items for we have VERY limited access to computers and all of our files are on our computer……

Hopefully we will be back up soon!

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!

Maranda

Inspire Me Tuesday

I have heard and kept it

I have heard and kept it

In honor of Kwanzaa I thought i’d post this card for motivation – what I like about it is that you have to really reflect on what wisdom has been passed down to you. “I have heard and kept it” — are you applying wisdom passed onto you in your everyday life?

Please take time to let this quote marinate in your soul and inspire you!

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!
Maranda

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

8 Days of Giving Challenge – Day 2

 Hello

I hope all have taken time today to give back to someone else!  As you know yesterday we started our 8 Days of Giving ChallengeWe got a comment earlier and I’ve had people attend the event on my facebook so hopefully by Day 3 more of you will partake in the challenge.

Today I did something I’ve been meaning to do for weeks but never remembered to do it.  The route I walk to my yoga class always has me pass this gentleman that plays the flute — it is a glorious sound especially when you finish a good yoga session.  Well I always want to give him some money for he has the can and he plays in all types of weather – rain, sunny, snowing, or just like the other day sleet.  Today I made sure to put whatever change I had in my pocket (which was about $3 – much weight relieved from the bag) and was praying I would see him and I did!  He was playing but as I put the money in I told him how I enjoyed his music and wanted to do this sooner.  It made me feel so good — I don’t know how much money he makes in a day but I wanted to let him know he is appreciated for he makes my wonderful peace continue even after yoga.

Now here are some suggestions for today:

  • Donate food to an homeless shelter OR buy some groceries/coffee for an homeless person!
  • Pay for a random stranger’s meal!
  • Take your co-workers a special treat — that you made!
  • Anytime a thought of generosity comes about – act on it!

Enjoy your day and Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!

Maranda

 

 

 

 

Inspire Me Tuesday

Life Is Sweet

Life Is Sweet

Please take time to let this quote marinate in your soul and inspire you! You know during the holiday season many question the value of their life — Our life is exactly what the card says — SWEET! You have to make the most out of what you are given.. if given Lemon – make Lemonade! Later tonight I’ll be starting a challenge called the 10 Days of Giving so that we can all focus on the real meaning of the holidays – so stay tuned…. But for now take time to comment on how this quote inspires you!

You can purchase this card at our Etsy Site here.

Current Countdown for the Winter Holidays:

5 days till Hanukkah, 10 days till Christmas, 11 days till Kwanzaa

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

Back to the blog and some news…

I first want to thank you for being patient with our delay in posting — you know I never thought the death would affect me but it did.  And I appreciate you handling with our absence.

While we were absent I (Maranda) got some major news — Starting in July I will be a full-time educator at a local university!!  Not planning on this affecting my ability to handle ZeVin Creations but we will see when school officially starts.  My plans is to do work on cards and stuff on the weekends and still post daily and try to be better organized when handling things.  Wish me luck!

Some good news for ZeVin Creations is we participated in our first Beechmont Farmer’s Market this past Saturday (June 14) and we did pretty good — especially not having as much in inventory as we’d hope.  Our plans are to participate at least twice a month between June and October and have various cards be our focus each time.  We will be launching our summer cards this coming weekend so if your in the Louisville Area please stop by(I’ll put more information up later this week)!

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!

Maranda