Giveaway - Send Pretty Postcards This Summer!





As much fun as postcards are to look at, they're even more fun to send! So, we're ending Send Pretty Mail's month of postcards with a Pretty Postcard Giveaway. It's the perfect opportunity to fill mailboxes this summer with colourful & quirky fun!

Giveaway prize includes 10 assorted postcards plus 3 Postick postcard stickers to make your own. And maybe some extra surprises too!

Ready? There are 4 different ways to enter!

Mandatory - please answer the following:
1. This month, we've been filling the shop with lots of fun new stationery. Go take a look around and tell us which stationery item (old or new) is your favourite!

Optional - for additional entries - leave a separate comment for each entry:
2. Tweet about this giveaway. Make sure to tag @Omiyage_ca & leave a comment that you tweeted.
3. Pin this giveaway to Pinterest. Share the link to your pin in your comment.
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Giveaway closes June 8, 2013 at 12pm EST. Winner will be randomly selected and announced via Facebook/Twitter. Approximate retail value $25. Open internationally.

Send Pretty Mail #23/24/25 - Posticks


If postcards are fun to send, they're even more fun to make! Especially when there is glitter involved.


Each postcard becomes a mini canvas to play on. A little washi tape (okay, a lot), a strip of glitter tape and even a few doodles!


The secret is in the sticker - Posticks are adhesive postcard backs which allow you to turn pretty much anything into a postcard in a snap.


My only advice would be to use cardstock rather than regular old printer - while I love these, they did turn out a little flimsier than I would've liked. Fingers crossed they make it to their destinations!


Pick up your own Posticks here.

Tomorrow we'll be giving away a selection of postcards so that you can fill your friends mailboxes with fun this summer too! See you then!

Want to receive some pretty mail in YOUR mailbox? Send me a note at info@omiyage.ca with your mailing address and a little something about yourself. I'll be making a list and choosing new friends to send mail to each month. And don't worry if you don't hear back from me right away - if you send your info, you should find a pretty piece of mail headed your way some time this year!

Playful Paper - AIUEO Stationery





Have you seen our new line of AIUEO stationery? It's mighty clever and playful - colourful origami writing paper and secret letter stickers and the sweetest little notepads.

AIUEO is a Japanese design team based in Kyoto, Japan. They create zakka goods based around the concept of gift giving and wrapping with a goal of "making you and your loved ones happy".

What is zakka? Well, it is many things and anything, really - my favourite definition has always been something along the lines of useful things which make you smile. As for the team at AIUEO, they say, the only rule of zakka is there are no rules!

Gift Wrapping: Tiny Tassels & Washi Tape Stripes



Giftwrapping expert Corinna vanGerwen is joining us today with a fun way to wrap it pretty!

Looking for a fresh way to wrap your next gift? Try a fun combo of twine and washi tape.

To wrap this gift, I started by creating some tiny tassels using a selection of the Divine Twine Fresh Colour Collection and the Divine Twine Solid Colour Collection. Tassels are pretty easy to make — Google to find instructions (I modified the steps of this tutorial).

After wrapping my gift in glossy, white paper, I dressed it up with the Blue & Green Gift Washi Tape Set — I used the stripes tape along the edges of the box, and added a label from the roll of labels (the roll has so many cute options on it!).

Next, I wound Divine Twine in yellow around the box four times (to add bulk and more colour), then attached the two tiny tassels to the bow.

Done!

Gift wrapping consultant Corinna vanGerwen provides gift wrapping services, training and workshops in Toronto. For more of Corinna's gift wrapping ideas, visit her over on the Corinna Wraps blogsign up for her monthly Gift Wrapping Newsletter, connect via Twitter or get inspired via Pinterest.

Send Pretty Mail #22 - Mozaiq


Continuing on with May's postcard theme, I'm reaching out and saying hello with one of Mozaiq Design's sweet postcards.

Designed and produced in Germany, and ever so cute, I'm totally enamoured with the colour palette.

How fun are these party animals? Best thing about Mozaiq postcards? (Other than total cuteness, that is!) They're so "green", you can even compost them - though, they're clearly too cute for that fate!

You can see our full selection of Mozaiq Eco-friendly paper goods in the shop.

Want to receive some pretty mail in YOUR mailbox? Send me a note at info@omiyage.ca with your mailing address and a little something about yourself. I'll be making a list and choosing new friends to send mail to each month. And don't worry if you don't hear back from me right away - if you send your info, you should find a pretty piece of mail headed your way some time this year!

5 Minute DIY - Glitter Clips



Here's a sweet & simple 5 minute DIY to try!

Fancy up mini (or even regular-sized) wooden clips with glitter tape. These cuties are perfect for attaching gift tags to presents or stringing up art/cards.

Send Pretty Mail #21 - Cotton & Flax


I have a pretty unabashed love for postcards - so, this month, Send Pretty Mail is putting down the envelope and embracing the simple (yet stunning) postcard!


I've actually been dreaming of a postcard art gallery for some time now. Art prints all in postcard form - perfect for framing, or for sending, or even for sending and then framing. Fun, right?


When I stumbled across these hand silkscreened postcards from Cotton & Flax, I knew I needed to include them in postcard month. The patterns are so wonderful - and the cardstock is 100% recycled. Love that!


Plus, I find it really hard not to love anything hot pink. It's a weakness!

Are you a fan of postcards too? At the end of the month, we'll be giving away a fantastic selection of postcards for your own collection. Stay tuned for that!

Want to receive some pretty mail in YOUR mailbox? Send me a note at info@omiyage.ca with your mailing address and a little something about yourself. I'll be making a list and choosing new friends to send mail to each month. And don't worry if you don't hear back from me right away - if you send your info, you should find a pretty piece of mail headed your way some time this year!

DIY: Pop-Up Bouquet Card


With Mother's Day just around the corner, an extra-lovely handmade card seemed like the perfect thing to share.


Here's a little peek at what's blooming inside that oh-so simple exterior! A washi tape version of this gorgeous 7 flower pop-up card.


Start by spelling out your message in washi tape letters - apply your tape to parchment or waxed paper, cut out the desired letters and stick to the front of a blank card. Fiddly work but oh so worth the effort!


Cut seven squares of plain paper - each should be approximately 4" (10cm). I just used regular printer paper.


Grab a selection of washi tape and cover each square with the tape.


Take a washi-tape covered square. Fold in half. Fold in half again. Fold on the diagonal. Repeat with each square.


Cut one of the folded squares into a petal shape. Unfold - you should have an 8-petal flower. Cut out and remove one of the petals. Use this petal as your template for the remaining 6 flowers.


Once all seven flowers are cut and eighth petals removed, use additional washi tape to create the centres of the flowers. Then overlap and glue the two end petals together to form a cup-shaped flower. Your final flowers will have 6-petals. Repeat with all seven flowers. Allow glue to dry then fold each flower flat.


Here's where it gets a bit tricky (what? You thought it was tricky before?) as we glue the various flowers together to make the pop-up bouquet. Rather than reinventing the wheel, I'm going to recommend you pop over to Extreme Cards for a really great diagram on how to glue the pieces together. Find it here.

If desired, add washi-tape covered leaves before gluing the flowers to your card.

Attach the bouquet to the inside of the blank card using just a dab of glue (or glue dot) on the centre petal as per indicated on the final diagram over on Extreme Cards. Allow to dry thoroughly.


Then open up your card to find an instant bouquet in your favourite shades of washi tape.


The perfect way to say "Happy Mother's Day" or "Thank You" or for any day which calls for an explosion of flowers!

Inspiration - Gold!




Ashley Calder - who blogs about modern scrapbooking over at Things That Shine and Scrapbook Update created this very clever birthday mini album using some of our gold & neon pink products - love the unique ways she's worked with our washi tape, glitter tape, stickers and tags. This is just a taste of Ashley's wonderful album - find many more images (and lots of inspiration) over on her blog.

Have you used Omiyage products in a project too? We'd love to see what you're working on!

Send Pretty Mail # 18/19/20 - In The Garden


Who wouldn't want to receive flowers in their mailbox?

Pretty washi tape designs full of butterflies and flowers do all the hard work. Fold a bevy of origami butterflies for an extra surprise inside the envelope.


Cherry blossoms are (finally) blooming this week in Toronto - but a few weeks ago, in a fit of sakura jealousy as blossom pictures flooded the internet from Tokyo to Vancouver to Washington, I stamped up a storm to create a pretty blossom envelope. Perfect for a little springtime cheer.


A simple watercolour doodle from a DIY brainstorming session transformed into two pretty notecards. Simply fold and cut. Bonus points if you can find your bone folder & end up with a prettier fold!


Sometimes just a few strips of pretty washi and glitter tapes are all you need to take an envelope from humdrum to lovely! Oh, and if you're in the mood to craft up some paper cherry blossoms of your own, try our sakura kirigami tutorial.

Have you sent any pretty mail this spring?

Want to receive some pretty mail in YOUR mailbox? Send me a note at info@omiyage.ca with your mailing address and a little something about yourself. I'll be making a list and choosing new friends to send mail to each month. And don't worry if you don't hear back from me right away - if you send your info, you should find a pretty piece of mail headed your way some time this year!

Eye Candy - Buff Diss Tape Art







How fantastic is this tape art? Buff Diss is an Australian street artist whose medium is tape rather than paint. High impact but impermanent (and not destructive). I like it! But then again, you surely know about my weakness for great tape by now!

Visit the Buff Diss website to see more, connect via Facebook or get inspired over on Flickr.