Cute Holiday Printable Gift Tags or Sticker Set

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This gift I wrapped with a brown craft bag I cut apart and some twine I found. I then decorated it with Free Rustic Holiday Tags I downloaded and printed onto sticker paper from vol. 25 blog.

I also made some of my own holiday gift tags today featuring a cute penguin in a heart top hat, a pastel colored camera, a round panda bear, and happy stocking ice skate. I drew them with pencil, outlined them with a black Sharpie marker, then scanned them into my computer and colored them in Gimp.

This set of adorable holiday gift tags (pictured above) is available as a free download so you too can share in the frugal fun of printing off your own gift tags. (They are free for personal, non-commercial use.)

Simply print the pdf file for these free printables onto sticker paper to create a fun sticker set for the kids, or to stick on your presents as gift tag labels. Or print onto card stock, cut out and punch a hole in the top. Attach to your gift with ribbon or twine and write your gift message on the back.

The set includes four large printable gift tags and six medium sized printable gift tags that are perfect for either Christmas gift tags or winter birthday tags. Also don’t forget to check out my free printable Japanese Kawaii inspired holiday tags I also created in this blog post!

Free Printable Owl Notecards

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Many years ago I sold handmade notecards I created from my own original, paper art collages. Many of these stationery sets featured little birds or owls at play. My first set of notecards was my Seasonal or Everyday Birds Notecard Set. Now that I am no longer selling these cards, I wanted to share them with my readers to print and share with family and friends for their own personal use.

This cute card set features a set of four adorable cards reflective of the four seasons. There are birds hanging out on the laundry line in the summer sun, little birds stealing kisses on the branches of bare autumn trees, tiny birds bundling up for that winter snow, and birds scenting out new spring blooms!

To create you own card collection, simply download the free printable PDF file featuring my notecards onto card stock. Then cut each sheet of cards in half between the images and fold the cards in half so the images face front. The finished cards will measure 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and fit inside standard invitation sized envelopes available from most craft stores.

I hope you enjoy writing your own notes in my little pieces of art!

Sewing made simple. A diy travel sewing kit for non-sewers to sew. Or something like that.

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My friend Ben is a crafty seamstress – seamster? – who is on his way to becoming a sewist – “someone who creates sewn works of art, which can include clothing or other items made with sewn elements.” Currently he stitches backpacks together with a craftsmanship I doubt I could master with my current lack of patience. Recently, however, he informed me that he’s decided to make his own clothing. And how could I expect any less from a fine arts major and alumni of my own Alma mater? However, not only will he be making his own clothing, he has also offered to sew together my dresses that have been sitting stalemate for over year at my grandmother’s house. I have several dresses from vintage patterns that I’d bought fabric, thread and notions for and even went so far as to cut out not only the patterns but the fabric. as well. They simply need stitching.
So when I ran across this diy project for making a diy felt travel kitty sewing kit, I thought it’d make an awesome gift for him with his birthday less than a week away. Unfortunately, I’d probably have to man it up a bit. Perhaps with a Peter Rabbit character wearing a bow tie. I’m not sure kitties are his thing.
Anyhow, you can find this fun diy sewing project over at Sew4Home. It’s a super simple project that makes sewing easy and would be great for kids just learning the craft or thread and needle challenged grown ups kind of like me. So swing into your favorite craft store, grab some needle and thread and a collection of colorful felt and get started!

A black collar book event.

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Reading is one of my favorite past times. However, it seems like I’m always struggling to find a way to keep my place in a book. I lose bookmarks left and right and I’m often folding the book jacket onto my page of choice or using an old fast food receipt I scrounge up from the floor board of my car. So when I stumbled across this adorable idea for a diy bow tie page marker, “brilliant” came to mind.
Not only are these “bookmarks” a snap to make, they’re also pretty as a picture. It’s also a great way to recycle any fabric scraps you may have that you weren’t quite sure what to do with. I like the idea of making up a handful of these and giving them as teacher gifts. Hop over to How About Orange for the instructions on making this simple, eco-friendly craft project.
In the meantime, I’m holding my place in Blood Promise by Richelle Mead. It’s the fourth book in the Vampire Academy series and also a teen novel. I’m a huge fan of sci-fi/fantasy and paranormal fiction, so this series is right up my alley. Sometimes I have to dip into the teen fiction pool for something interesting while waiting for a new novel from one of my favorite “adult” fiction authors to come up with something new. Generally I find I am not disappointed.
So what’s currently on your reading list?

Handmade Greeting Card Giveaway from Julie Ann Art

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Handwritten notes are fabulous to give and receive. In the age of technology, emails and text messages, a physical thinking of you is both memorable and just plain awesome. So share your thanks, love or just a hello with a handmade greeting card from Julie Ann Art. Right now Julie Anna is giving away a $25 gift certificate to her shop. She sells her own line of greeting cards with cute illustrations for special occasions that you’re sure to flip for.
Find something now and can’t wait to win? Enter coupon code SOAPDELI at checkout when you make a purchase and score 20% off your purchase while this contest is running!
For your chance to win this contest, you’ll just need to visit Julie Ann Art and choose your favorite product from Julie’s shop. Then leave a comment on this blog post with your favorite item. This contest will end on May 22, 2011 at 11:59pm EST. Limit one entry per person per entry method. This contest is open worldwide to those ages 18+. The winner will be chosen at random from among all eligible entries using random.org. Your information will not be shared or sold. The retail value of this prize is $25.
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