Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Keepsake Boxes

I'm a big fan of kraft boxes because they have so many possibilities. They can be painted and embellished and decorated to make the most amazing decorative boxes ... or, with just a bit of adornment still look great.

Today I'll show you two examples.

The first box is distress-painted with white acrylic paint. After the paint dried, I added a red burlap ribbon to the bottom of the box and dark brown lacey trim to the lid.

Once that was done, I decorated the lid with sparkly shabby chic flowers and holly berries adorned with twine. I added a kraft tag embossed with "Christmas" in dark brown ink.

This box would be a great way to present a gift -- or would make a lovely keepsake box on its own.

The other box I created is much more simple, but every bit as lovely.

I adorned both the bottom of the box and the lid with decorative ribbon. The lid is adorned with two burlap flowers, an ivory hand stamped tag and two pearl embellishments.

Both boxes offer two different presentations, but are each lovely in their own way.

Glad you stopped by today!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Autumn Blessings Pillow Box

Hello again! Isn't it hard to believe we're more than halfway through October and well into autumn?

With that in mind, I'm so pleased to share a tutorial for a lovely pillow box using the Ewe-N-Me Printables Autumn Blessings Pillow Box. This project is perfect for fall and Deena makes it super easy to create.

The image prints out on an 8.5" x 11" sheet and I printed it on white cardstock.

I cut out the image and followed the directions on where to fold and score -- it's that easy!!

Once that was done I inked the edges with black ink and started to shape the pillow box. The printed image has brown edges, but I used a darker ink to add even more contrast.

I used double-sided tape to attach the flap to the other side of the box.

Following the scored edges, I folded the sides inward to finish the pillow box. It's not necessary to glue the sides, but I added a bit of tape for extra reinforcement.

Isn't this just so lovely? 

I made several boxes -- they look great as part of my autumn decor -- they would be perfect for upcoming gift giving, too!

For more fun and festive pillow box downloadables, please visit Ewe-N-Me Printables.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, October 20, 2014

A Big Thank You ...

to Julie from Julie's Spoonful of Sugar. Julie was so kind to feature a post about my shop on her blog last Friday, October 17 which you can find here

Julie is a new leader on etsy's Promote My Store Team and has featured a number of our teamies on her blog. Very generous of her!!

Julie is also the owner of the wonderful etsy shop Julie's Sugar Soaps. Her shop features a lovely assortment of baby shower, birthday and wedding favors along with her beautiful soaps and gift baskets.

Spa Bath Set with Basket, Super Soft Quick Drying White Towel; Sea Salt Scrub, Lotion Bar, Bath Salts, Sugar Lip Scrub, and Lip Balm

Starfish Soap, 3 Nautilus Soaps, and Vintage Milk Glass Sea Shell Soap Dish; Natural Glycerin Soap; for Beach Lovers, Summer Birthday Gifts

Please be sure to stop by her shop when doing your gift and holiday shopping!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Autumn Cards

Happy Saturday! Today I'm featuring cards I made using Ewe-N-Me Printables Fall Words. What a great downloadable -- these images can be used as hang tags or labels for any number of creative projects. There are four different images, and you will get three of each on an 8-1/2 x 11 page.

The lettering on these images is so pretty, and the black and gold is so striking! After I printed the labels and cut them out, I inked the edges and glued them to a piece of dark brown card stock. Using a white gel pen, I added faux stitching around the images.

This is a technique I like a lot but haven't used in a while. Thank you for the reminder, Cyn (from Cynzplace) who used this technique in a recent post here. It really does make your image pop!

I attached the dark brown piece to a gold panel whose edges I inked in dark brown. I decorated the gold panel with ribbon, a paper flower, pearl beads. I stamped a botanical image underneath the ribbon to add a decorative flair and then adhered the panel to an ivory card. I really like the way the ivory contrasts with the warm colors and makes them stand out!

There are so many terrific fall images on Deena's website! Be sure to visit Ewe-N-Me Printables when you are working on your creative projects this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Halloween Home Decor

Hi everyone!

Today I'm featuring a tutorial for a quick and easy Halloween decoration using Ewe-N-Me Printables Collage Sheet - Halloween 101. This collage sheet comes with eight fabulous images!

I started with a white photo matte board (4" x 6" size) that I picked up from the dollar store -- a favorite place for crafting ideas!! I stamped "Happy Halloween" on the bottom of the board in orange ink and then inked the opening and edges.

After printing out the sheet I cut out the images I wanted to use, distressed the edges with orange ink and then attached them to colored cardstock.

I then lined up the image so that it was centered behind the opening of the photo board and attached with tape. Next, I took a piece of black and white gingham ribbon and tied that around the side of the board.

I created three boards which I'm displaying throughout the house on tables and the mantle. If you leave off the ribbon, they could also be displayed in frames.

Whatever the case, this is a super-cute, super-easy and fun way to add to your Halloween home decor.

Thanks for stopping by!