50th Birthday.

Posted by Michelle on July 14th, 2018

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We have a big birthday in our family this month, and I thought it’d be fun to personalized and craftify some of the gifts.
I started out with these Polka Dot Bigger Bitty Bags from Whisker Graphics.

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I topped them off with a large gift tag stamped with a birthday sentiment and then added some die cut 50s to them.

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And lastly, I tied them off with some Divine Twine.

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Super easy, super fun, and now we’re ready to party!

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Easter Happy Mail.

Posted by Michelle on March 26th, 2018

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The Easter Bunny will be here this weekend! – are YOU ready?
I put together some fun little packages to send to my niece and nephew in California.
Super easy, and super fun.

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I started by die-cutting some baskets. I’ve purged a lot of crafting supplies over the years, but one of the things that I kept was this basket die.  I figured Easter (of course), and baby showers and bridal showers, and May birthdays and Mother’s Day.

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And then I added a strip of patterned paper to my basket to add some more interest and tied my basket off with some Divine Twine.

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I laid my basket out on top of a large white tag, and topped it with a button.

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And then I filled these Notebook-patterned Bitty Bags with all kinds of yummy goodness.

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I had some leftover paper from my baskets and punched more little bunnies and added them to my bags as confetti.

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Happy Easter!

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❤ Valentines ❤

Posted by Michelle on February 14th, 2018

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Valentine’s Day is this week and I’ve got some fun packaging for your heartfelt gifts.
These Casablanca bags in pink and red make wrapping up stickers for my kids a cinch.  I finished them off with gift tags and Divine Twine with a little stamp action plus some punched-out hearts that I made out of an old Victoria’s Secret bag.

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Anything pink or red goes for Valentine’s Day.  So for larger gifts I used these polka dot Bigger Bitty Bags.

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Walmart had these great little gift cards for Valentine’s Day and I love that you can add any amount to it.  Even $1.  These are great gifts for the littles – add a buck or two and they can go pick themselves up a treat.

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I had some pretty heart paper that I used to wrap a square gift and topped it off with another handmade gift tag.
So fun.  And so easy!

Happy Valentine’s Day!
❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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Crafty Christmas Gift Wrap.

Posted by Michelle on December 25th, 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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When it comes to Christmas – or any holiday, really – I try to deviate from the norm when it comes to gift wrapping.  Don’t get me wrong, I have just as many rolls of gift wrap and pre-made bows and gift bags as anyone else, but sometimes it’s fun to be different.  And it makes the gift feel a little more personal.

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Take this little gift for my son’s Godmother.  I put it in to this fun, red Casablanca bag, topped it with a tag that I made from a large white gift tag, a pre-made diecut, I busted out my old-school Dymo labeler for the name sticker, and then tied it off with some Gold Metallic Divine Twine.

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I did pretty much the same thing with this gift for my cousin.  Only I used a Gold Metallic Bigger Bitty Bag.

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I love these little gold clips.  I found them on back-to-school clearance literally years ago and I’ve been hoarding them ever since.  Finally put them to good use today 🙂

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Here’s a gift for my aunt with the same pieces and techniques.

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My husband has 4 aunts that live in Wisconsin.  They all get the same gift (but in different styles and colors).

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I kept it simple stamping Aunt on a large white tag and putting a cardboard glitter sticker with their initial on it.  It’s clean, but sort of elegant too with all that gold and the bit of glitter.

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When you order a cosmetic from Macy’s, they send you a little goody bag with free samples in it.  I’ve held on to the bags, and repurposed them for a couple of teen girls’ Christmas gifts making a simple tag and tying off with some fun Divine Twine to go with the colored tissue on the inside.

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I hope you have a beautiful, memorable, and delicious day!

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Fall Birthday Happy Mail.

Posted by Michelle on November 6th, 2017

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m big on Happy Mail and celebrating others and trying really hard to make people feel special.  Especially on their birthday.  And doing so doesn’t have to cost a fortune either.  My husband has many aunts who are getting up there in years and don’t really need anything or have the space for anything but I still want to send them a little something for their birthday.  For the 2 aunt birthdays in the fall I picked up some lip moisturizer knowing that getting in to the winter, chapped lips and dry skin is a challenge for a lot of people.  And then I shopped my stash for how to package it all nice and pretty for fall.

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I knew I wanted orange for fall, of course, but I didn’t want to pair that with black or it would be too Halloween or brown because it would look too Thanksgiving.  So I found some dark pink elements to coordinate with my orange Casablanca Middy Bitty bag.  I found some dark pink tickets in my stash along with some pretty place cards that I bought on Easter clearance at Target for like 10-cents a pack and knew I had to use them as well.

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I stamped Aunt on the front of my place card and then I glued my tickets on a large white tag and tucked that in to the middle of the place card.  And then I adhered the entire piece to the front of the bag.

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The last step was to finish it off with some orange and white Divine Twine.

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I’ve really been trying to be mindful when selecting gifts to send to people of the size and weight of them.  Mailing has gotten so spendy, and sometimes the postage costs more than the gift itself!  For example, I found a tabletop baseball game on clearance at Target for $5 that I was going to send to my nephew in California for Christmas.  But it’s big and it’s a little heavy.  I know full well it’s going to cost at least $20 to ship it.  So now it’s going to be a donation item and I need to come up with a plan B for his gift.  But these little packages are small and light and will fit in to a plain catalog envelope and should be under $3 to ship.  I can handle that.

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