Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Quick and Easy Valentine's

Here's how my daughters' are putting together their Valentine's Day cards for their class parties on Friday. My youngest daughter has to label her envelopes with numbers instead of names which makes things a little easier. My other daughter is going to stamp her friends' names on the tags.

So up top is what the cards look like on the outside and below is what's on the inside. It's pretty simple. If you can't tell, those red candies are Swedish fish to go with the "U R A CATCH" hearts.
And here's what we used to make these super quick and easy Valentine's Day cards. 

Heart and tag craft punches (or cut out shapes with scissors)
Hot pink card stock
Mini kraft bags
Alphabet and letter stamps
White ink pad
Mini clothes pins
Individually wrapped candies (we got ours at Party City)

1. Cut or punch out heart and tag shapes. Make sure the hearts fit inside your mini bags. 
2. Stamp messages on the hearts and numbers or names on the tags. I had the girls write their names on the back of each heart. 
3. Put the hearts and candy inside the bags. Fold the top of the bags over and clip with mini clothespins. Slide the name tags in place. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Bluet & Clover on Etsy

For those of you who are new to my blog, I used to sell linocut prints and stationery in my Etsy store. After putting my shop on vacation mode for most of 2014 so I could focus on my day job, I'm very excited to announce that I'm back in business! 

 I've been busy designing new prints and photographing my existing prints to give my shop a bit of a makeover. 
 All the artwork is original and printed by hand from my carved linoleum blocks. Most prints are $15 and shipped within 3 business days. 
 So be sure to check out the shop and stay tuned for some fun new prints. 

Prints featured in this post from top to bottom: Rooster, OctopusGiraffe, Koi, Peacock, Nautilus Shell, Cantharus Shell

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dollar Store Basket Upgrade

 The shelves are all painted and things are starting to look pretty organized down here in the studio. 

Here's a quick DIY I did with these dollar store baskets. I've had them for ages, although I'm pretty sure that Dollar Tree still has these in stock. They come in white and black, but I thought they'd look much cuter if they were spray painted in copper. 
 So here are my $1 wire baskets looking more like, I don't know, $8 wire baskets? 
Up top (Oops forgot to paint the top of that shelf.) I still have them filled with decorative things. Eventually I'll find some craft supplies that need a home. Doesn't it seem like the more storage space you give yourself, the more stuff you accumulate? 

Pardon the weird angle on the shelves. They're perfectly level, but my lens is making things look a little distorted. 
I'm thinking about covering the cubbies in the Ikea bookshelf, but I'm still in the thinking about it stage. 

My cat is impressing me by jumping from the floor to the window that's about 5 feet up. He does one bounce halfway up the wall and then he's up. Can you imagine if you could leap up a wall that's 5 times your height? If I got the math right, that's like jumping from the ground to the roof of a 2 story house! I'm going to go and see if I can capture a picture of him in action. Enjoy your afternoon!
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