Craft Discoveries

Sharing the love of crafty-goodness!

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iamdawt:

I enjoy surprising friends and family with handmade cards, postcards and other crafty things. (Everything pictured here was made for Tumblr friends.) I didn’t consider decorating envelopes with more than a sticker until I rediscovered decoupage medium. It not only works as a glue for decorative tissue paper and the like, it strengthens thinner paper such as letter-sized envelopes so it can take the pounding multi-media can sometimes inflict.

The top two padded envelopes (addresses covered) were recycled by decoupaging them with recycled packaging paper and printed tissue paper then stamping them with inks. The top one was used to send (mostly) handcrafted paper dolls. The second one was altered and returned to the original sender (who sent me hand warmers she knitted!) filled with a few things made especially for her.

The postcard and vintage-looking letter-sized envelope (with a handmade card inside) were created for someone who works at The Field Museum in Chicago. I wanted it to look like something that was mailed from The Land of Steampunk or Spiderwick. The envelope was embossed with a clock and gear theme, inked, stamped, and covered with decoupage medium. I lined it with parchment paper for added strength and to give it that added crinkly sound old paper seems to always have. It’s one of my favorite pieces.

The background for the bug post card was made from scrap paper I used as a catch-all when I spritzed another project. I glued it to a piece of cardstock, added the bug stickers (he collects bugs), and then did some doodling.

There’s nothing like getting something through the mail, especially when you know someone bought it, wrote it or made it specifically for you. I think of the person I’m sending it to throughout the entire process, and I hope the final product reflects that. I appreciate it when I muster up the courage to ask a Tumblr for their address and they trust me enough to share it. I know this sounds hokie, but, brightening the day of others does the same for me, and then some. Send someone a note and you’ll see what I mean.

Now, go make something.

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6 ways I make my crafting more green         

withcraftsandlace:

I realize that my paper hobby is not particularly environmentally friendly. It’s something that constantly bothers me and so I have adapted some methods to lessening my guilt while continuing to act on my compulsions.

  1. Altered projects - Almost everything you will see on my blog, outside of…

On the same page! I, too, save bits and pieces to reuse another day. Most are stored in plastic 12”x12” containers. The little souvenirs eventually make their way into my Smash Books. Not buying craft supplies, though, yeah, that’s a tough one. I keep telling myself to stop buying paper packs, but I don’t listen.

I keep a wooden tray on my desk that I throw things in like pieces of paper I’ve spritzed or stamped as testers. They make great die-cut flowers, leaves and words or backgrounds for my cards.

Great post, very much worth following the link to read. It’s given us a lot to think about!

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