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Free Printable | Hand-Lettered “Mama Llama” Card

Free Printable "Mama Llama" Card by Pretty Peas Paperie

Ok, I’m a little late on this one, but we still have 1.5 days until Mother’s Day! Save a trip to the store and make this free printable card from the comfort and safety of your home. (And yes, you can tell her you “made” it.)

Supplies Needed:

Optional:

As always, this printable is free for personal use only and may not be redistributed, copied, or sold. Please share the project with a link to this post. Tag us on Instagram with @prettypeaspaperie, #prettypeaspaperie.

Assembly is easy-peasy, but here are some notes:

1. Print the PDF on a sheet of matte photo paper or card stock. Use your high quality (or photo quality) print setting for best results. Note :: Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet fits 2 cards. (Yep, you get a BONUS card just because I hate wasting paper.)

2. Using the solid trim lines on the PDF, cut out your cards, then fold.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mama Llamas!

If you’re interested in a STAMP of this design, you can now purchase it here on Etsy. Supplies are limited and it will probably sell out!

DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers

DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers | prettypeas.com

Hello, February!

To celebrate the re-opening of our shop, I designed a new, limited-edition “Love Letters” stamp set with this DIY Valentine in mind. With three simple cuts, you can create a mailbox that really opens!

DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers | prettypeas.com

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 sheet of card stock for your base (4.25″ x 5.5″ per card)
  • 1 sheet of paper for the mailbox
  • 1 sheet of paper (or label paper) for the letters
  • Scissors (an X-Acto knife is helpful, too)
  • Craft glue or glue stick
  • The “Love Letters” stamp set and a stamp pad
    OR
    Printable PDF | “Love Letters” (click to download) and printer

Optional:

  • A2 envelope (my favorites are from Paper Source)
  • Heart-shaped hole punch and scrap paper bits
  • White gel pen

As always, the printable above is free for personal use only and may not be redistributed, copied, or sold. Please share the project with a link to this post. Tag us on Instagram with @prettypeaspaperie, #prettypeaspaperie.

DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers | prettypeas.com

Instructions for Stamp Set:

  1. Cut your sheet of card stock into 4 pieces, each 4.25″ x 5.5″. (Or, use pre-made blank cards like these.)
  2. Using a high quality stamp pad, stamp your mailbox onto one of your sheets of paper, then cut it out. Make 3 slits in the mailbox door: left side, top, and right side. (Hint: an X-Acto knife and cutting mat make this much easier!)
  3. Glue the mailbox onto the card. (Don’t glue down the door!)
  4. Stamp your mini envelopes onto a separate piece of paper (or label paper, if you have it), then cut them out. Since each envelope is different, you can use a unique color for each one if you have multiple stamp pads.
  5. Glue or stick the mini envelopes onto your card.
  6. OPTIONAL: hole-punch hearts and glue ’em on, or add tiny white dots with your gel pen.
  7. Write a personal note on the back and mail to someone you love!

Instructions for Printable:

  1. Cut your sheet of card stock into 4 pieces, each 4.25″ x 5.5″. (Or, use pre-made blank cards like these.)
  2. Print the first page of the PDF—the one with the mailboxes—on a sheet of paper. Use your high quality (or photo quality) print setting for best results. Note :: Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet fits 8 mailboxes plus 1 jumbo (BONUS!) mailbox. Cut out as many as you need. Make 3 slits in each mailbox door: left side, top, and right side. (Hint: an X-Acto knife and cutting mat make this much easier!)
  3. Glue the mailbox onto the card. (Don’t glue down the door!)
  4. Print the second page of the PDF—the one with the envelopes—onto a separate piece of paper (or label paper, if you have it), then cut out as many as you wantNote :: Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet fits 56 mini envelopes and 6 jumbo envelopes.
  5. Glue or stick the mini envelopes onto your card.
  6. OPTIONAL: hole-punch hearts and glue ’em on, or add tiny white dots with your gel pen.
  7. Write a personal note on the back and mail to someone you love!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Free Printable | Envelope Liners

Envelope liners are the perfect way to spruce up your snail mail, and today I’m sharing 6 free designs that you can print from home!

Free Envelope Liner Printable + Wax Seal Giveaway | Pretty Peas Paperie | Philodendron, Tropical Leaf

This philodendron pattern paired with a coral envelope makes me want to go on vacation.

Download Green Philodendron Envelope Liner Download Pink Philodendron Envelope Liner

Free Envelope Liner Printable + Wax Seal Giveaway | Pretty Peas Paperie | SNAIL Mail

These little snails are doing a fine job of delivering their mail.

Download Snail Mail Envelope Liner

Free Envelope Liner Printable + Wax Seal Giveaway | Pretty Peas Paperie | Cacti

Cacti can look so sophisticated in black, white, and blush.

Download Cactus Envelope Liner

Free Envelope Liner Printable + Wax Seal Giveaway | Pretty Peas Paperie | Donut

Donut worry…I have an envelope liner (and wax seal) to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Download Donut Envelope Liner 1 Download Donut Envelope Liner 2

Supplies Needed:

  • Envelope Liner PDF (download above)
  • A printer
  • Matte photo paper or text-weight paper (1 8.5″ x 11″ sheet per liner)
  • Envelope Liner Templates to match your envelope (my favorites are from Paper Source)
  • Scissors
  • Double-Sided Tape

As always, these printables are free for personal use only and may not be redistributed, copied, or sold. Please share the project with a link to this post. Tag us on Instagram with @prettypeaspaperie, #prettypeaspaperie.

Assembly is easy-peasy, but here are some notes:

1. Print the liner of your choice on a sheet of matte photo paper or text-weight paper. (Super thick paper won’t fold very well.) Use your high quality (or photo quality) print setting for best results. Note :: Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet fits 1 liner.

2. Using pencil, lightly trace around your envelope liner template.

3. Cut out the envelope liner.

4. Slide the liner inside the envelope and place it where you want it. Fold your envelope to crease the liner. NOW, remove the liner and put a small piece of double-sided tape near the top of it (on the back, of course). Slide the liner back in, make sure it’s placed correctly, then stick it! (I don’t recommend putting tape on the bottom portion of the liner because it will crinkle when you fold the envelope. A single piece of tape allows the liner to move a bit as the envelope is closed and sealed.)

Stick around because I’m about to post a GIVEAWAY!

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIMBERLY CHAU

DIY Wood Slice Save the Date

DIY Wood Slice Save the Date using a custom rubber stamp | Pretty Peas Paperie

I’ve been meaning to try this for quite some time now, but I finally got around to making some wood Save the Dates with our custom stamp. Here’s a quick tutorial!

Supplies Needed:

I recommend mailing these in a padded bubble mailer. It will keep costs down but still protect the wood.

Instructions are pretty self-explanatory, but here are some tips:

  1. Wipe wood coaster with a damp cloth to clean the surface. Let dry.
  2. Blot stamp into ink pad several times until it is covered with ink, then stamp wood, applying even pressure. Let dry.
  3. I used acrylic paints to add some simple floral details around the edges. This is completely optional, but I like the effect!
PHOTO BY KIMBERLY CHAU

Luxe DIY Packaging using Rubber Stamps

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

Hello, crafters! Today I’m going to share with you a DIY packaging project using our new, vintage-inspired, custom rubber stamp. I just LOVE the simplicity of this one…it’s a perfect example that luxury packaging can be achieved without a big budget!

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

Supplies Needed:

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

1. If you like the look of a deckled edge, start by carefully tearing your paper into 3.5″ by 2″ tags (the size of a standard U.S. business card). I did this by folding my paper, wetting the edges with water, then tearing. (This works best with thick cotton or watercolor paper.)

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

2. The type of ink you use is very important. Since this stamp has really small text, the VersaFine for Fine Details pad is perfect. It does a great job of keeping the ink on the surface of the paper and not seeping/smearing/smudging. Blot your stamp into the pad until the design is covered with ink. Press gently and evenly onto the paper.

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

3. I bought this eyelet setter set on sale YEARS ago at Michaels. It comes with 4 setting tips, 3 punching tips, and a setting mat packed inside a small, easy-to-store box. Place your stamped tag on the setting mat. (A durable cutting mat works, too.)

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

Here’s what the tip looks like. (I’m not sure what it’s called, but it’s the one that fits 1/8″ eyelets. These eyelets are very small and will not work with anything thicker than twine. Feel free to use a bigger eyelet depending on your needs.)

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

After punching a hole on either side of the tag, insert the eyelet, turn the tag over, and punch down with the setter.

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

Once your eyelets are in, thread your twine.

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

4. Tie your tag around the box and you’re done! Isn’t is pretty?!

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

Hope you enjoyed this little packaging tutorial! Follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks and stamp giveaways!

TAKE ME TO THE STAMP SHOP!

 

Stamped Calligraphy Ribbon + Merry Christmas!

Custom Calligraphy Ribbon using a Giant Rubber Stamp | Pretty Peas Paperie

Before we officially sign off for Christmas, I thought I’d leave you with my favorite stamping project this month :: Merry Christmas ribbon! It works beautifully on garland, trees, and even gifts. If you have some stamps and want to give it a try, here are some tips:

  • Cotton ribbon with a tight weave works best. (I found this ribbon at Michaels.)
  • I tried two types of ink: StazOn and Versafine. Both work, but the Versafine came out darker.
  • To make stamping easier, use a clear stamp so you can line up your design. (If you only have smaller stamps, try a pattern.)

I will re-open the stamp shop sometime in January or February with NEW, love-inspired designs. To sign up for free membership, click here.

Merry Christmas + THANK YOU for a wonderful year!

CALLIGRAPHY BY BETTY LING / PHOTOS BY KIMBERLY CHAU

How to Make an EASY, No-Carve, Mini Minion Pumpkin

Make an EASY, no-carve Minion pumpkin in just a few steps: paint the head (whole pumpkin), hair (stem), eye, and mouth, then glue elastic trim to the lid of a favor tin or jar. You'll save tons of time by choosing a small pumpkin and only decorating the head. :)

We don’t have kids yet, but I LOVE animated films. Every time we walk out of the theater I have to pretend that the sad scene didn’t just almost make me cry. (Remember the “Married Life” montage in UP? Yeah…)

Anyway, if you don’t feel like carving anything this year, delight your neighbors with some mini Minion pumpkin heads!

Supplies Needed:

  • A small pumpkin
  • Acrylic or craft paint in yellow, black, and white. Optional: brown (I didn’t have brown paint, so I mixed black, white, gold, and red.) *If you want to speed up the process, get a small can of yellow spray paint.
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue or a hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Black elastic trim (available in the ribbon or fabric aisle at craft stores)
  • A small favor tin, jar lid, pie plate, or cardboard and tin foil (see step 6)
  1. Paint the entire pumpkin yellow. It took me about 5 coats to properly cover the orange, so if you don’t have that kind of time, I recommend using spray paint or a super opaque yellow.
  2. Paint the stem black for the hair. (I’ve seen a lot of people use black pipe cleaner for hair, too.)
  3. Paint a white circle for the eye. (I traced around my favor tin to get the right size.)
  4. After the white is dry, paint the iris, then the pupil.
  5. Paint the mouth.
  6. To make the goggle, I used the lid of a favor tin I had stored in a box labeled Someday I will find a use for this stuff. If you don’t have a favor tin lying around, you can use a jar lid (the kind that separates into two pieces). You can also cut a circle out of a pie plate or make a goggle out of cardboard and tin foil. Get creative! After measuring the circumference of your pumpkin, cut a piece of black elastic trim and glue the ends to your goggle. Slide the goggle around your minion head and you’re done!

Hope you have fun decorating your pumpkins! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

DIY Giant Felt Tassel Garland

DIY Giant *Felt* Tassel Garland. Easy, inexpensive, durable, and reusable!

 

We have a huge space of blank wall above the family room TV, and it’s always bugged me that it looks bare. Sooo…I bought a bunch of felt sheets and made giant tassels! Our room is much more festive now and I love it.

The photo instructions above should be pretty self-explanatory, but here are the details:

Supplies Needed:

  • 9″ x 12″ felt sheets (available at your local crafts store for around $0.30 each) / From tassel-to-tassel, my garland measures about 5 feet long and includes 22 tassels.
  • Scissors (super sharp sewing scissors work best)
  • Yarn, twine, or string / This garland is pretty heavy, so be sure to tie it to something strong and secure.
  1. With your felt sheet in a “landscape” orientation (long sides on the top and bottom), fold your felt sheet in half so that the fold is vertical. Make 12 vertical cuts about 0.5″ apart from the bottom to 1″ to 2″ from the top. After cutting, your sheet should look like fringe. Don’t worry about making perfect cuts – imperfections won’t be very noticeable.
  2. Roll the sheet tightly, holding onto space you left along the top edge.
  3. Wrap a piece of yarn (12″ to 15″ long) a few times around the top, then tie in a double knot. Leave the ends long so you can use them to tie the tassel to the banner string.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have the desired number of tassels.
  5. Tie each tassel to the banner string with a double or triple knot.

What I love about this garland:

  • It’s super easy to make. The pre-cut felt sheets save so much time!
  • Felt is much more durable than tissue paper, so not only is cutting easier, but this will last longer and be easy to re-use.
  • It’s ok if it gets a little wet. I don’t recommend leaving this in the rain, but if it gets splashed here and there it’s not a problem.
  • The tassels can be removed and repositioned, allowing you to switch up designs.

Happy New Year!

 

 

5 Days of Pop-Up *Stamp* Shop Prep

MONDAY

Polar Express Letters to Santa Rubber Stamp | "Please deliver to Santa by December 25"

Hand-cancel your Letters to Santa with this Polar Express rubber stamp.

TUESDAY

Modern XO Gift Tag Stamp

Give your gifts some modern flair with this tag stamp suited for any occasion.

WEDNESDAY

Giant Floral Holiday Gift Tag Stamp

Fall in LOVE with gift wrapping this year by using this giant floral gift tag stamp.

THURSDAY

Calligraphy Thank You Stamp on Watercolor Stationery

Say THANK YOU for your gifts by making stationery with this Betty Ling Calligraphy stamp.

FRIDAY

Merry Christmas Calligraphy Stamp | Polka-Dot Gift Wrap Ideas

DIY watercolor gift tags look amazing with “Merry Christmas” written in calligraphy! Finish it off with some chalk pen polka-dots.

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