All posts tagged: gift giving

tis better to give!

STOP. Collaborate and listen. I recently joined forces with Will of the Collective Spark to put together Happy New Year packs for their clients. Oh man, oh man. They turned out so classy. Check it out. Will wanted to put together gift packs with a handmade spin. After some planning and hunting down materials, we finally decided on black photo boxes with pops of orange. We ordered ten pounds of crinkle paper (the most I’ve ever seen!), I cut out Collective Spark logos for the toppers and made logo stickers to seal the tissue. Each gift got a handwritten note – yup, I wrote those, too! Then, it was assembly time! Want to know what was inside? All kinds of goodies from Will’s sister’s farm in Italy – soap, honey, and olive oil. I’ve tried all three and am a fan! Read more about her farm, Costa Digiano, here. Will is ready for hand/mail deliveries, but first, photos of the finished product. I’m getting good at this gift box assembly thang. Thanks to Will and the Collective Spark for …

tag, you’re it. 

Looking for a fun way to sparkle up your Christmas gifting game this year? Try your hand at heat embossed gift tags. For this DIY you will need: Festive stamps Watermark stamp pad Embossing powder in assorted colors Embossing heat tool (I have Paper Source and Martha Stewart brand heat tools; they both work great.) Tags (Create your own or purchase them precut.) Coordinating twine/ribbon Scissors Tray/scratch paper (to catch the extra embossing powder) Instructions are simple: 1. Stamp Using a watermark stamp pad, apply ink to your stamp of choice. Press firmly on your tag. When it comes to heat embossing, using stamps gives images clean, crisp edges. Handwriting or drawing can be a little tricky, especially since the ink from the pens tends to dry more quickly than the ink from the stamp pad. Experiment with it! 2.Powder Cover your design in embossing powder and shake off the excess. If you are using more than one color, apply one color at a time and shake off the excess in between colors. You can reuse the …

gift local.

Last month was my sister’s birthmonth! Every year I wish I could celebrate with my big sis in person, but since we live hundreds of miles apart, I send birthday care packages instead. This year I put together items from some of my favorite local artisans, plus some handmade goodies. This pouch is by Flowie. It’s pyramid shaped! I’ve never seen a pouch quite like it before. They are made to order — hand-silkscreened on heavy weight cotton canvas with original designs. I love Flowie’s color combinations. I couldn’t resist; I had to get one for myself as well. This hand-bound journal is by my crafty lady friend Anna of Pickypockets Press. I love the woodgrain and the camera image she used. Clean lines and awesome design, plus all of Anna’s journals are made with at least 75% recycled or repurposed materials. Yay for you and yay for Earth! I love making little packages for my loved ones, especially with some local finds. You know, so they can be reminded that so much awesome comes out of the Bay …