Simple Christmas Cards

Here's a sweet and simple Christmas card to make - all you need is a blank card and a little decorative tape. I used some of our fun Christmas paper tape, but go ahead and dig into that pile of washi tape!

Simply tear 5 strips of tape, each one a little bigger than the last and build your tree. Make sure to leave a little space between each strip. Top with something a little special - I cut a snowflake out of the tape design - but you could try a star sticker or a star shaped punched out of a piece of glitter tape.

I love that these are easy enough to make with kids, but still fun to make without kids!

Are you making your own holiday cards this year?

Sparkle & Twine - Pretty Glitter Wrapping Ideas

I must admit, I've got sparkle dots on the brain. I simply couldn't wait any longer to see how they'd look on a basic kraft-wrapped gift. Pretty sweet, right? And the addition of metallic silver Divine Twine and a glittery initial tag takes this wrapping look to the next level.Of course, there's no need to limit yourself to sparkle dots when you're wrapping with glitter tape - it's ever-so-fun to create different looks within the same colour palette. Here's 3 glitter tape & metallic twine variations I came up with: 
Cut small triangles out of glitter tape and stick randomly all over your wrapped gift. Perfectly festive (if a little icy)! 

Sometimes simple is best - 2 strips of glitter tape in one direction and twine wound round the other. 

A bunting style topper is a fun variation on the typical twine look - string your gift tag right on the twine between glitter tags!

To make your own glitter initial tags, start with a small piece of glitter tape about the size of your desired letter. Then, simply cut out the desired letter shape and stick to a paper tag. If you are cutting a letter with an enclosed area (like my "O"), use a small hole punch to create the hole before enlarging into desired shape with your scissors. The plastic backing on the glitter tape makes it easy to cut into the desired shape - no special steps necessary!

How would you use glitter tape to add a little sparkle to your gifts this holiday season?

Send Pretty Mail #48/49/50 - Sparkle Dots

One little (biggish) move and this project got away from me a bit... but it is definitely not forgotten!

The prettiest envelopes arrived from Japan, and while they're lovely enough to use on their own, they're also pretty perfect for embellishing with your favourite things! Which, in my case, seems to be sparkle dots and washi tape bows.

A standard hole punch and glitter tape are all you need to make sparkle dots - stick them to envelopes and notecards, or wouldn't they make for fun custom gift wrap? Filing that idea away for later!

A little metallic doodle frame is the perfect accessory for a gingham envelope and a washi tape bow.

Have you seen the new Peta Peta Masking Tapes in the shop? They're shaped washi tapes - you can cut them into stickers like I did here, or use them in strips. So fun either way!

My favourite basic index cards look cute with the addition of a little washi tape & sparkle dots.

And, finally, sealed with a bow!

Have you sent any pretty mail lately?

Pop over to our Facebook page where we're hosting a giveaway to celebrate 3000+ likes. There will be 3 giveaways in all - so stay tuned for more fun!

Fabric Tape Gift Tags

I put down the pink - well at least for the moment - and had a little fun with some Autumn-y fabric tape.

It feels quite Christmassy - which could be good or bad, depending on how you feel about traditional Christmas colours in November - but I think that's more due to the red background than the tape itself!

There are 16 new sets of fabric tape in the shop - each one comes in a cute box which doubles as a dispenser. You will need scissors to cut this tape though.

I simply stuck some strips of fabric tape onto cream coloured cardstock and cut out a variety of shapes - circles, arrows and tags. A quick hole punch later - et voila - gift tags!

I think they look quite lovely layered up, but would be just as great if you used a single tag. The nice thing about crafting your own gift tags is that the possibilities are endless - any shape, size or colour you please!

What would you make with fabric tape?

origami origami

Hello again! After a few weeks of packing boxes - moving boxes - unpacking boxes, it's so nice to have a little time to make something pretty!

The shop has reopened, and we're introducing a new product line called "origami origami" - gorgeous origami papers designed not just for folding. You can see our whole selection here.

These well-designed papers are perfect for wrapping small gifts and paper crafting.

I'm just itching to use some in my Send Pretty Mail project too! Maybe as envelope liners??

For today, I decided to try one of the suggested projects in the little booklet included in the paper package.

Little triangle pouches. So cute, right? I used washi tape to secure the edges rather than staples or hidden tape. Any excuse to use a little tape!

Hope you like the new paper selection as much as I do! What would you make?