Sunday, March 8, 2020

Hurry Hurry! Reminder.....and a Freebie

I forgot to add to my post from yesterday, that I've added new St. Patrick's Day cards to my Etsy shop.  I made these last year and never had a chance to put them into my shop!

NOTE: See "Freebie" at the end of this post.

Here are the cards, with a link to each one.  If you follow the link, there will be photos of the inside of each card, and the matching envelope (customized with pretty paper).

Scroll down to the last two cards and you will see that they are "tea" cards!  Stash Irish Breakfast tea teabags are included in those two cards.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/771351794/card-st-patricks-day-4x5-shamrock-wishes?ref=shop_home_active_1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/785213167/card-st-patricks-day-4x5-lucky-remember?ref=shop_home_active_11
https://www.etsy.com/listing/771334314/card-st-patricks-day-4x5-charmed-lucky?ref=shop_home_active_10
https://www.etsy.com/listing/771335244/card-st-patricks-day-4x5-pot-o-gold?ref=shop_home_active_9
https://www.etsy.com/listing/785217109/card-st-patricks-day-4x5-pot-o-gold?ref=shop_home_active_8
https://www.etsy.com/listing/771339354/card-st-patricks-day-4x5-shamrock-wishes?ref=shop_home_active_7
https://www.etsy.com/listing/785221507/card-st-patricks-day-4x5-charmed-vintage?ref=shop_home_active_6
https://www.etsy.com/listing/785223143/card-st-patricks-day-4x5-vintage-boy?ref=shop_home_active_5
https://www.etsy.com/listing/771344022/card-st-patricks-day-4x5-vintage-girls?ref=shop_home_active_4
https://www.etsy.com/listing/771345254/card-st-patricks-day-4x5-charmed-talk?ref=shop_home_active_3
https://www.etsy.com/listing/785227883/card-st-patricks-day-4x5-charmed?ref=shop_home_active_2
The following two cards are "tea" cards. Each one will hold a tea bag (or two). I've included an Irish Breakfast Tea teabag in each. The teapot has an opening on the top where you tuck in the teabag, tags and/or a gift card. The second card opens up and has a pocket inside! So cute!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/771327728/card-st-patricks-day-teapot-5x6-holds?ref=shop_home_active_13
https://www.etsy.com/listing/771330346/card-st-patricks-day-5x5-holds-teabag?ref=shop_home_active_12

This is the inside of the above card. There's a pocket inside to hold a tea bag (included) and tags, a gift card or some small candy bars.

All of the above cards, except for the two "tea" cards, measure 4" x 5" and cost $6.00.  The two "tea" cards are around 6" x 6" and sell for $10.00 each.

It's not to late to order any of these cards! I'll ship on the same day I receive the order.

As a gift to anyone who orders (anything) from my Etsy store in the next two weeks, I will send you six of the St. Patrick's Day vintage tags that I made (pictured below). I used clip art from various websites, or that I purchased.  I've used three of the tags on my cards - see cards 3, 5 and 9 above. When you order, I'll send you the tags with your order!

Have fun everyone!
And Happy St. Patrick's Day a little early!

~Marilyn~








Friday, March 6, 2020

Mountains and tea......

Hello everyone! Spring has "sprung" here in central Oregon - at least for the time being. Too much time has gone by since my last "hello".... so today I wanted to share some miscellaneous pretties and scenery from around here.

But first..... I want to share the prettiest little tea box that I made for a friend's birthday gift. I just love it! It was NOT easy and was time consuming, but when I saw Sherry at Posh Paper Lady  make it, I knew it would be perfect for my friend. It's very sturdy and holds many tea packets, and is "over the top" fancy to set out on the kitchen counter. (Note: her YouTube channel is my new addiction!)

Here it is:

I love the knob on the top! It makes it look very classy.


The little gold "feet" add some charm and take it to the "next level" as the Posh Paper Lady says.



Inside the box, I placed 10 tea pockets, each one holding some yummy chocolate-lavender tea. Yes! Chocolate tea! It was a Christmas brand from Stash, called Christmas in Paris. I loved it so much, I bought about 5 boxes of it (from Bi Mart) as it's only seasonal.


Each tea pocket has a quote on front. I also made two little triangle pouches to hold a Ghirardelli chocolate. Yum!




Since I was on the "tea" theme, I made some teapot Christmas cards. Each card has a pocket in the middle that holds a few tea bags and/or chocolate. I found the tutorial for these at Rejoice and Create.  



I've also had some fun making a couple of custom orders for my Etsy Shop - My Pink Paper Cottage. Again, more tea themed! I guess everyone loves tea - I sure do!

These are little "mini flipbooks" and measure 3" x 4".


..... and of course, it holds a packet of tea in the inside pocket.



As usual, my post is getting too long (what? me?)....... ha ha.... so I will close with some nice mountain views of some of the NINE mountains we can see here in central Oregon, as we drive south from Madras. 

These photos were taken by me on a recent trip to Prineville, OR, which is about 30 miles east of Madras. Most of the 9 mountains could be seen as I drove home, and especially Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood in their snow covered splendor! What a treat to have such a clear day. We have many days here in the winter when it is gray and overcast.

Broken Top, south of Mt. Jefferson.

Mt. Jefferson - to the West of Madras.

Mt. Jefferson.

Mt. Hood - further away, and to the Northwest of Madras.


One of the Three Sisters to the south and west of Madras.


This is such dry country where I live, so being privileged to be so close to these gorgeous mountains in the Cascade Range makes up for the arid climate (well, except that I still miss having a river nearby!).

Have a wonderful week all! Don't forget to set your clocks forward this weekend..........

~Marilyn~

Sunday, January 26, 2020

What my "roll" was all about.....

I'm finally getting a chance to do a (hopefully) quick post on the things I made right after Christmas when I was on my "roll" making stuff! I had so much fun and couldn't stop. Trouble is.. I didn't take as many pictures as I thought I did. But I think you'll get the idea.

The first photo that I showed on my last post, was a pile of Christmas card boxes.

I've been having a blast making all sorts of things from Dollar Tree Christmas cards! You get 18 cards in a box for $1.00 (here in Oregon) and they are mostly 5x7 cards and really nice quality.

I made all sorts of little post it note books and photo frames, which I showed on my blog post dated December 10, 2019 HERE.  Those were all given away as gifts. I also watched a gal on YouTube who was using the cards to make die cut embellishments, so away I went! I spent hours die cutting.  I have a Sizzix cutting machine and used my fancy oval dies, some star dies and a little lantern die to put together a cute lantern. I also cut some florals and doilies. I will use these on next year's cards. I mean.. the boxed cards are really pretty as they are - but that is too easy to just send out those!


These are some of the cards - so very pretty!


I cut some of sentiments on the insides of the cards, into fancy ovals.



So now I have the idea to go to Dollar Tree, and see what other cards they may have.. I don't think they have Valentine's Day boxed cards, but you never know!  

Next... my post showed a pile of Christmas fabrics. Here's what I made:



Draw string fabric gift sacks! I had used up all the ones I previously had in my stash. My sisters and I each try to make some fabric gift bags each year, and then they get passed around with gifts inside. This year, I didn't have very many (which sister hoarded them???) so I wanted to make some for next year. So I made about 15 gift sacks from Christmas fabric I had bought.  I also scanned in the fabric to my computer, so I can print it out as paper for cards or boxes, etc.  

It was such pretty fabric! I had bought it originally to make some fabric Christmas pumpkins.... yes.... pumpkins. I finally made a little fabric pumpkin AFTER Thanksgiving, and loved it so much, decided I'd make some with Christmas fabric.


But grand ideas just don't come to fruition sometimes, do they? So instead, they became gift sacks. Maybe next year I'll get pumpkins made BEFORE Christmas! As my mom used to say: "a day late and a dollar short"..... that's me.

I decided to make some of the red Christmas fabrics into Valentine's Day gift bags. I added some pretty floral fabrics and bows and lace.



A friend had given me some pretty Christmas fabrics, so that's what got me onto the roll to scan fabrics into my computer. I printed out some pages from the fabric paper, and made a bunch of Christmas tags. I then made up each piece of her fabric into a gift bag for her. So she got 4 gift bags and some matching paper tags for each! I forgot to take pictures of those sweet bags, but they were darling. She had purchased the fabric from the local thrift store.

Here's the fabric scanned:

Fabric that is now paper I can print out as many times as I want.

The cutest fabric - what cute cards I can make next year!

This made the cutest gift tags!  I made a TON of Christmas gift tags and gave them as gifts to everyone.
I have a new "all time favorite" on YouTube. Her name is The Posh Paper Lady. She is who inspired me to make many of my little gifts using the Dollar Tree Christmas cards. She also had a video while ago entitled Sweet Little Bags and I've made a ton of those darling little bags!  The finished size is 4-3/4" x 7-3/4" and they are the perfect size for so many gifts. There is also a little gusset on the side so something a little thicker can be put into the bag. 

I made this sweet little bag and tucked in 3 of my handmade Christmas cards, with envelopes - great gift!
The gusset on the side of the bag enabled me to put in candy bars or thicker items. I used my fancy cut scissors to cut along the top edge, and mostly use a little gold binder clip to close the sack. On some sacks, I punched holes on the top and strung ribbon through the holes and tied a pretty bow.



I got an idea in my head to buy some cheap (but nice) wrapping paper that I saw at our local discount store, and make some of my own little pink gift sacks to use to package my Etsy shop items. I just happened to see this pretty pink flocked paper at our local discount store.  It was $1.49 for 2 large sheets and I could make 8 bags from it.


  

And while I was at it, I made myself a new "logo" sticker to put on the front of these sweet little bags. I printed it on regular paper and vellum paper. I like the vellum (see 2nd photo below) as you can see the pink through it. Which one do you like?......the one printed on the vellum or the one printed on regular white paper, with the white border around it?  (Note: I did somewhat copy this logo from The Posh Paper Lady. Although I'm frilly and "girly" I loved the simplicity of her logo tag. Of course, I had to add some flowers to it!)

Some of these I will decorate with other embellishments I made, and paper flowers.

Vellum on the left, plain white paper on the right. Which one?
And while I was on a roll making these sweet little bags, I made a few larger flat fold gift bags from my older Christmas papers, plus some little post it note holders.

I LOVE this truck paper. I think this was my last sheet.

These hold 3x5 post it notes that I got............ where?.............yup............The Dollar Tree!

Hand doodling made it more fun.

And while I was using some of my older papers, I made a "rosette Christmas tree" - I found the video on YouTube, but now can't remember who it was. There are several tutorials out there.


The bottom "mat" is a crocheted doily I made last summer - I made several that are red and white or green and white, to use over the holidays.
In between all my making and creating, I've managed to put quite a few hours in working my (part-time) job for an attorney here in town. I only work from my home and mostly do his billings, but somehow he talked me into doing some HUGE projects of organizing large files and writing down all the work he did on them! It's horrible and I don't like it! I may have to put a "nix" on that type of work as it cuts into my crafting time!

I've made a few other cute papercrafting (larger and more time-consumming) projects, but I'll save those for my next post. This is long enough!

Have a good rest of January everyone! Oh... and my tree IS down and decorations put away. Phew............

~Marilyn~


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