Hearts on a String: Valentine’s Day Gift Wrapping Tutorial

Hearts on a String: Valentine’s Day Gift Wrapping Tutorial

I love using kraft paper for gift wrapping. Its plainness is the reason I gravitate to it. Kraft paper creates the perfect canvas for creative, statement packages. This string of hearts is so easy and inexpensive to make, and after the gift is opened, you can use it as table decoration or bunting. Materials: Heart [...]

You’ve Got the Write Stuff: Free Printable Valentine Pencil Tags

You’ve Got the Write Stuff: Free Printable Valentine Pencil Tags

As February 14 approaches, you might still be looking for Valentine ideas for yourself or the kids that do not involve more candy. How about giving pencils or pens to your friends this year? This "you've got the write stuff" tag is so easy to make and slides write onto the pencil. You may download [...]

Time to Organize My Life, Starting with the Craft Room

Time to Organize My Life, Starting with the Craft Room

So I'm furloughed. The federal government shutdown has meant many things to the thousands of Americans it has affected. The biggest story, of course, has been the one that starts and ends with the devastating absence of earned income. But to me, for now, it is a tale of time. Lots of extra, unplanned hours [...]

Free Printable Valentine Cards with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Free Printable Valentine Cards with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Like all American children, I grew up exchanging little Valentine cards with everyone in my class each February 14. I especially loved the years when the teacher let us make 'mailboxes' out of shoe boxes. I always covered mine with tissue paper flowers. The more the better. At the end of the day, when I [...]

A Little Treat for Someone Sweet: Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Tags

A Little Treat for Someone Sweet: Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Tags

The tradition of giving small gifts of affection on Valentine's Day dates back centuries. And what could be more perfect than a sweet treat in packaging you made yourself? I designed these A Little Treat for Someone Sweet tags to make it easier. I attached mine to little brown paper bags filled with chocolates. You [...]