DIY Mini Potted Paper Cactus

DIY [ mini ] Paper Potted Cactus | prettypeas.com

I don't know why I didn't make one of these sooner because it's AH-dorable! And, like all my other faux cacti and succulents, it's quite impossible to kill.

Wanna make one for yourself? Keep reading!

DIY [ mini ] Paper Potted Cactus | prettypeas.com

Supplies Needed:


How to Make a Mini Potted Paper Cactus:

1. Start by stamping your cactus pieces—I call them "petals"—on the thick white paper. 

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2. Next, cut them out. (If you want them to be double-sided, stamp the backs. Luckily, a clear stamp will make this easy!)

DIY [ mini ] Potted Paper Cactus | prettypeas.com

3. Now it's time to prep your "soil." Turn the wood pot upside down and trace around it on your piece of brown cardboard. Cut out the circle, but make it a little bit smaller than what you traced. Finally, cut a straight line in the center with your X-acto knife.

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4. Push the cardboard circle down into your pot, then stick one of the cactus pieces in. This is the base of your cactus!

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5. Cut narrow slits into your remaining cactus pieces. (Don't make them too wide or your pieces won't fit together.)

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6. Last step: arrange your cactus, then step back and admire your work. (If you make one, please share it with us on Instagram by tagging @prettypeaspaperie! I'd love to see what you make.)

DIY [ mini ] Potted Paper Cactus | prettypeas.com

Ideas + Inspiration | Cactus Cooler Party

This past weekend, we threw a cactus-taco-tequila-themed party as one last hurrah before Baby M arrives. As requested, I'm posting some of the decorative details to provide inspiration for your next fiesta! 


INVITATION

Don't get too excited...I did not hand watercolor each of them. I was lazy and used Paperless Post. :) I did draw a can of Cactus Cooler and customize a blank template with the graphic, though! (If you don't have a way to draw digitally, you could draw something similar and take a photo of it. Paperless Post has a lot of photo-ready templates you can use.)

Since I already had a Cactus Cooler vector handy, I made a clear stamp out of it to use throughout the party. Below, you can see a gold-embossed stamped image filled in with watercolor. Pretty coooool, eh?


DIY CACTUS BALLOONS

Full disclosure :: this was not my idea. I found it on Pinterest via Design Improvised.

Supplies Needed:

DIY Cactus Balloon Supplies | Pretty Peas Paperie

How to Make a Cactus Balloon:

  1. Fill your balloons with helium. You'll need 3-4 balloons per cactus. (I used 12" balloons and filled them with varying amounts of helium to get different sizes. If you want them to float with tassels, you'll need to use a giant "main" balloon. I ended up removing the tassels for the party so our balloons would stay afloat.)
  2. With a Sharpie, draw points (aka, upward-facing arrows) all over the balloons to make your cactus look prickly. (Be careful about smudging...even though it's a Sharpie, the ink needs time to dry.)
  3. Put a dab of glue on a pink pom-pom and stick it to the top of each balloon. (Luckily, these are easy to place because there's a dark spot marking the top.)
  4. Use a strip of double-stick tape to attach the smaller balloons to your main balloon that has a string. That's it!

What I love about these balloons is that you don't have to fill them with helium. You could simply blow them up and stick 'em in a pot and they'd be just as cute. I realized this the morning after the party.


PAPEL-PICADO-INSPIRED PARTY SIGNAGE

Since it was rainy on Saturday, I made a sign for the front door so people would leave their shoes on the mat. I bought 10 of these die-cut lace paper scrapbook sheets and used them for party signage throughout the house. For our "Please take off your shoes" sign, I cut out a smaller sheet of chalkboard paper and taped it to the die-cut sheet. It worked perfectly because I messed up a few times; using chalk pen saved me at least $4.00 in wasted paper!

Entry Sign (for leaving shoes at the door) | Pretty Peas Paperie

Cactus Cooler Bar | Pretty Peas Paperie

CACTUS COOLER TEQUILA COCKTAIL

Every shindig needs a signature drink, so we chose the "Cactus Cooler Tequila Cocktail" by Sugar and Soul.

What we did differently:

We substituted the tangerine and lime juices with fresh cut limes and strawberries. Since kids were at the party (and I can't drink booze), we kept the alcohol separate so everyone could enjoy the juice and soda mixture from the dispenser.

How to Make a Cheap Styrofoam Cooler Even Cooler:

Stamp it with mini cacti using a Colorbox pigment ink stamp pad!

Original Recipe via Sugar and Soul:

  • 1 part tequila
  • 1/2 oz. triple sec
     
  • 1 part orange juice
  • 1 1/2 parts cranberry juice
  • 4 parts lemon-lime soda
  • 1/2 part tangerine juice
  • 1/2 part lime juice
  • Fresh mint garnish
Cactus Cooler Tequila Cocktail | Soul and Sugar
Stamped Styrofoam Cooler | Pretty Peas Paperie

COOKIE TACO BAR

Here's another fab idea I found on Pinterest via Alana Jones-Mann :: a cookie taco bar! Bend sugar cookies into "tortillas," then fill them with brownie ("beef"), coconut ("lettuce" and "cheese"), and red M&Ms ("tomatoes"). My sample cookie didn't turn out quite as cute as Alana's, but guests had fun making them and they were really yummy.

A few things I learned:

  1. Bending the sugar cookies was harder than I thought it'd be. I baked them at 350º for 9 minutes and they were barely cooked through...so I put them in for another minute. I think the sweet spot is somewhere in between because they were soft, but the edges had begun to crisp. I recommend only baking 1-2 cookies to start to get your baking time and temperature right.
  2. The recipe calls for laying the cookies over a rolling pin to bend them. I found our rolling pins to be slightly too big, so if you have something cylindrical that's a bit smaller, that would be better. Also, with 3 rolling pins I was only able to bend a dozen cookies at once. Instead of waiting for everything to cool, I made the rest of the cookies flat and called them "tostadas." :)
  3. To keep your cookies from sticking to the rolling pin, you're supposed to use wax paper. We didn't have that on hand so I used foil - still worked!
  4. I accidentally bought unsweetened coconut for the lettuce and cheese. The food coloring didn't spread as evenly, but we ended up liking that there wasn't quite as much sugar added to the taco as a whole. The cookie, brownie, and frosting were sweet enough!
  5. I found the red M&Ms at Party City
"Taco Time" Chalkboard Sign | Pretty Peas Paperie

SUCCULENT BAR

With two taco bars and a tequila bar, we needed one more...a succulent bar! We have a plentiful supply of succulents, thanks to some super healthy specimens from our wedding. (Our wedding, by the way, was almost 6 years ago, and we have 4-5 overflowing pots of succulents that have descended from the cuttings of my bouquet...isn't that crazy?!)

Here's what I laid out:

  1. Mini terra cotta pots (which were surprisingly cheap)
  2. Acrylic paint, water cups, paintbrushes, paper towels, and small paper plates (to be used as palettes)
  3. Small rocks (for the base of the pot - helps with overwatering)
  4. Soil for drought-tolerant plants
  5. Succulent clippings (pre-rinsed, cut, and trimmed)
  6. Crushed glass (found in the decorative plant section at Ikea)
  7. Take-home bags

To protect our table, I covered it with kraft butcher paper and wrote instructions on it in chalk pen. (To my surprise, people actually read everything very carefully.) If I had more time, I would have printed out small cards with plant care instructions, but ohhh well. It was so fun seeing what everyone painted...one guest left Andrew and I a pair of pots with our portraits on them. :)

Succulent Bar | Pretty Peas Paperie
How to Set Up a Succulent Bar | Pretty Peas Paperie

SUCCULENT CUPCAKES

I saved the best for last! After seeing this pin, I decided that succulent cupcakes were a must. Good thing I know a talented baker by the name of Jenna (owner of Sinfully Sweet Cake Design) who could make my piña colada and buttercream dreams come true! She did such a wonderful job and I highly recommend her to anyone in the Houston area looking for custom cakes, cupcakes, or cookies.

Succulent Cupcakes by Sinfully Sweet Cake Design | Pretty Peas Paperie

Hopefully you can use some of these ideas for your next party! If you want even more, check out my "Tacos + Tequila" board HERE

Free Printable | Hand-Lettered "Mama Llama" Card

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

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
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
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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Christmas GIVEAWAY!

Today marks 1 week until the stamp shop closes for Christmas, so I thought I'd end this amazing year with a GIVEAWAY!

The Prizes:

  1. A wax seal stamp (choose your favorite of 4 of my custom designs)
  2. 3 sticks of sealing wax (choose traditional wax or glue gun wax)
  3. A hand-lettered "handle with care" stamp
  4. An envelope liner template kit (so you can make use of our free printables)
Custom Wax Seal Stamps by Pretty Peas Paperie | Snail Mail, Cactus, Donut, Philodendron Leaf
Custom Wax Seal Stamps by Pretty Peas Paperie | Snail Mail, Cactus, Donut, Philodendron Leaf

The Rules:

  1. You must be a U.S. resident over the age of 18 to win.
  2. Winner will be notified via email and package will be sent via USPS First Class.
  3. The prize includes 1 wax seal stamp, 3 wax sticks, 1 clear stamp, and 1 envelope liner kit.
  4. Giveaway closes on December 15, 2017 at 11:59pm CST.
  5. Pretty Peas Paperie reserves the right to change or cancel this giveaway at any time.
  6. The prizes are not redeemable for cash or credit, but we are happy to transfer them to someone else if you're feeling generous.
  7. Pretty Peas Paperie is not responsible if the prize package is lost, damaged, or delayed in the mail. Tracking information is not guaranteed.
  8. All members who purchased something during our Christmas Pop-Up (11/7/16-11/20/16) will automatically receive 1 entry.
  9. Limit 1 official entry form per person.
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christmas-giveaway-wax-seal-choices

By the way...how amazing is the donut seal?! I discovered that you can hole punch glue gun sealing wax. (!!!) Simply make your seal ahead of time, rather than apply it directly to your envelope. Squeeze the wax onto a non-stick pan, wax paper, or parchment paper...press your wax seal stamp down, and let dry. (It's quick.) Then, use a standard hole-punch to make your donut hole!

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wax-seal-donut

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Thanks so much for your entries! We'll notify the winner soon. :)

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!

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

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

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

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


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

The Christmas Pop-Up is OPEN!

FLOURISHED HAND CALLIGRAPHY RETURN ADDRESS STAMP

My brain is melting, but the Christmas Pop-Up is officially open! Don't worry, you don't have to live in Houston to shop our new stamps...they're all online in our Etsy shop! We've teamed up with calligrapher extraordinaire, Betty Ling, to once again offer limited edition, custom return address stamps that will impress alllll of your holiday card recipients.


Here's a sneak peek:

CLASSIC HAND CALLIGRAPHY RETURN ADDRESS STAMP


MODERN HAND CALLIGRAPHY RETURN ADDRESS STAMP


BRUSH CALLIGRAPHY RETURN ADDRESS STAMP


Want to see my favorite ready-made Christmas stamp?

Eeeee, it's a camper hauling a Christmas tree! :)

SHOP NOW! Supplies are limited.

ALL PHOTOGRAPHS BY KIMBERLY CHAU
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My Secret for Getting FULL Ink Coverage with Solid Stamps

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Tell me. Have you ever had this problem? You have a shiny new clear stamp, and every time you push down there are splotches left out of your design. Ahhhh, so frustrating!!! Well, after trying a few things, I have found the answer!

First, let's talk quickly about WHY this happens. Unlike traditional wood-mounted stamps, clear stamps don't have a foam cushion between the block and the rubber. (Photopolymer is also denser than red rubber.) When you have a big solid shape in your design, you have to get it perfectly mounted to the acrylic for it to have an even surface that will make full contact with your paper. Since our stamps are made by hand, there's simply no way for me to push out all the bubbles and get a vacuum-tight fit every time. Inevitably, there are bubbles...and where there are bubbles, there are missing splotches.

TRY THIS FIRST :: Peel your stamp off the block. Then, slowly "roll" the stamp onto the block from one edge to the other. Carefully push down as you go, trying to squeeze out any air bubbles.

TRY THIS NEXT :: If that doesn't do the trick, make sure you have the right INK. For solid designs like you see above, I've found that pigment inks work best. Try VersaFine for Fine Details or Colorbox. Both are high quality pigment inks, and they do a fantastic job with details. Thinner dye inks (or cheaper inks) may bleed into your paper a bit, filling the details of your design.

If you're still having trouble, read on!


Ok, here is my stamp after it's been inked. It's pretty big (3" x 3"). (I actually used my Memento Dye Ink Pad because I was lazy and it's the fastest to use. But it still worked!)

This is what happened when I stamped my paper on a desk (i.e., a regular ol' hard surface):

See the splotches? I want FULL, solid ink coverage. So, I'm going to slip this secret weapon under my paper...

(Hint :: it's a dense foam pad.)

And...huzzah! Here are the results:

By using a foam pad, the parts of your stamp that didn't touch the paper before can now touch the paper. Since the pad is dense, it doesn't squish down and mess up your design...instead, it gives just enough to produce full, beautiful ink coverage.

Here's the product I used (it's only $5.40 on Amazon!):

I hope you found this post helpful! If you have additional tips and tricks, feel free to share below.


Want more stamping supply tips? Check out My Favorite Stamping Supplies.

Want to check out our clear stamps? Shop here.

Stamp Pad Comparison | VersaFine vs. Memento

My two favorite black stamp pads are VersaFine Pigment Ink for Fine Details and Memento Fade-Resistant Dye Ink. I use both on a daily basis, depending on my project. If you're trying to decide on a stamp pad, check out my comparison below!

VersaFine PROS (+):

  • Dark, solid ink coverage on almost all surfaces, including matte paper, card stock, watercolor paper, muslin bags, and more.
  • Works great for detailed and "inverted" designs (solid shapes that have text or designs subtracted from them).
  • Firm pad makes for a relatively neat process. (The squishy foam pads typical of other pigment inks tend to get ink on parts of your stamp that shouldn't be inked.)

VersaFine CONS (-):

  • More expensive ($9-10).
  • Slightly sticky - you have to be a little more careful using this pad.
  • Ink may be harder to get off if you don't clean your stamp after each use.

Memento PROS (+):

  • A great everyday stamp pad. Best for smooth, matte paper and card stock. I use this pad for stamping shipping labels.
  • Firm pad makes for a quick and neat process.
  • Easily washes off clear photopolymer and rubber stamps.

Memento CONS (-):

  • Coverage is not completely solid and tiny details may be lose definition. (If you want a vintage, textured look, this obviously isn't a con.)
  • Ink will bleed on porous surfaces like fabric and wood.
  • Tuxedo Black has a slightly faded quality to it. (This isn't noticeable unless you compare it directly with the Onyx Black of VersaFine.)

REGULAR OL' COPY PAPER

Notice the solid vs. textured appearance? Both are great - just depends on what you want!


WATERCOLOR PAPER

The texture of the paper comes through even more with Memento ink in this example.


TINY TEXT + INVERTED DESIGN

VersaFine tends to fill those tiny cracks more...making for a darker, more precise impression.


MUSLIN BAGS

Which stamp works best for muslin bags?

When it comes to stamping something super textured like a muslin bag, VersaFine is my fave. You really can't beat that impression!


Want more stamping supply tips? Check out My Favorite Stamping Supplies.

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Free Printable | Hand-Lettered "Mama Bear" Card

Mother's Day is quickly approaching, and if you haven't had a chance to pop in the store to grab a card, you're in luck. Just download, cut, and fold: 3 easy steps to a hand-lettered card for your marvelous MAMA.


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 "Mama" 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 my Mamas, new Mamas, and Mamas everywhere!

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Clear custom stamps by Pretty Peas Paperie We have some exciting news!!! You can now shop a small collection of our custom stamps at 25% OFF at BrickyardBuffalo.com! The sale starts today and ends May 1st (or until supplies run out).

These NEW designs are available only on BrickyardBuffalo.com:

Clear custom stamps by Pretty Peas Paperie

HAND-LETTERED "SENT BY SNAIL" RETURN ADDRESS STAMP

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FLORAL INITIAL RETURN ADDRESS STAMP

This design is one of my favorites. Each letter of the alphabet has been filled in with delicate, hand-drawn floral details.

Floral Typography by Akula Kreative

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You can also shop our best-selling masking tape stamps like this one:

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DIY Wood Slice Save the Date

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

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!


Supplies Needed:


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.)

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.

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.)

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.)

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

Once your eyelets are in, thread your twine.

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


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

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Free Printable | Modern Cactus-Themed Valentine's Day Cards

Free Printable | Modern Cactus-Themed Valentine's Day Cards by Pretty Peas Paperie

Can you believe February is right around the corner?! Plan ahead for Valentine's Day this year with my cactus cards!

If you follow Akula Kreative (my design studio) on Instagram, you might recognize the prickly plants from several posts back. "Draw cacti" had been on my Do-When-You-Have-Time List for months until I fiiinally had a chance over Christmas to make it happen. Originally, I wanted to use the cactus pattern to make custom fabric for our house—which I still might do—but for now, they work perfectly for printable cards.

These small cards are super easy to make: just print, cut, and fold! They fit inside a standard A2 envelope and measure about 4" x  5.125" when folded. The best part is, you have two versions of each design to choose from: one is fully designed and ready to go (top row in the photo below), and the other is plain and ready for stamping (bottom row in the photo below).

Free Printable | Cactus-Themed Valentine's Day Cards by Pretty Peas Paperie

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.


Free Printable | "I love [cact]us." Valentine's Day Card by Pretty Peas Paperie

Assembly is pretty self-explanatory, 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. The PDF is composed of 3 pages: page 1 is "I love [cact]us," page 2 is "chicks before pricks," and page 3 is "let's cuddle."

2. Using the solid trim lines on the PDF, cut out your cards. If you plan on stamping, I recommend doing that before folding.

3. On the samples, I used Paper Source text weight paper in Luxe Blush and stamped with a Versafine ink pad. (Remember that the more textured your paper is, the harder it will be for detail to come through. Luxe blush paper has a textured, cotton-like finish, so if you use that you might notice some loss in detail with your stamps.)

Free Printable | "Chicks before pricks" Valentine's Day Card by Pretty Peas Paperie

I had SO much fun making these...from the hand-lettered cactus puns to the limited edition stamp set! Oh, and speaking of stamps, I only made a handful of these cactus cuties so you better grab 'em while you can. The set of 3 is $50 and comes with a BONUS stamp! Click here to shop the Etsy Pop-Up.

Have fun and hope you enjoy my cacti!

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Free Printable | "Let's cuddle" Cactus Valentine's Day Card by Pretty Peas Paperie

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

Last day to shop our handmade stamps!

FREE PRIORITY SHIPPING until 2:00pm CST today on all of our stamps! Sorry for my lack of posts this season, but the stamp shop has kept me BUSY! This is the last day we'll be open in 2015, so we're offering FREE PRIORITY SHIPPING within the U.S. with code "LASTDAY." Hurry...the offer expires at 2:00pm CST today.

Thank you for all of your support - we sold out of our new Christmas stamps within a few days! Oh, and don't forget to follow our new Instagram account for the latest and greatest.

Click here to head over to our Etsy shop!

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)

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  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!

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Hope you have fun decorating your pumpkins! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

How I Turned My Instagram Photos into Business Cards

How I Turned My Instagram Photos into Business Cards

Makers and Instagram Lovers, rejoice! If you don't know about Moo's Printfinity, you're missing out. Moo offers beautiful, affordable business cards with an incredible format for showcasing creative work.

WHAT IS IT?

Printfinity is a business card format in which you can print up to 50 unique images on the backs of your business cards. It's perfect for photographers, artists, and makers who want to share a body of work.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

First, you choose your business card size. Then, you choose your design option.

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To design your own using Moo's layouts and editing tool, click "Make."

To upload your complete design in .gif, .png, .jpg, or .pdf format, click "Upload." (See top left card above for the design I uploaded.)

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On the front, you lay out your contact info. (This stays the same for your entire pack.) On the back, you can upload up to FIFTY (50!) different images.

If you post regularly to Instagram, then guess what...you already have a portfolio! All you have to do is save the images at the highest resolution to your computer, then upload them to Moo. (I use the somewhat archaic method of emailing myself 2-3 photos at a time because my phone is old.)

Here's what I love about these business cards:

  1. THE FORMAT. • I have the opportunity to highlight new designs and give customers ideas for how to use my products. (The more useful your business card is, the more likely someone is to keep it.) • I can capture the variety of products I make and share my process. • My pack of cards doubles as a mini, portable portfolio.
  2. THE QUALITY. • Paper selection is minimal—you can only choose between "Moo Original Paper" and "Moo Green Paper"—but it's nice. (I work with a LOT of expensive paper, and I honestly really like this stuff. Even the recycled "Green" option is great. It's smooth, with enough weight to give it that high quality feel.) • Moo does a fine job with the digital printing. My images came out clean and crisp.
  3. THE PRICE. • Moo business cards start at $19.99 for 50 cards ($0.40 each). It's not the cheapest option around, but it's affordable. It's all about finding the best quality at the best price for your brand and the products/services you sell.

Give customers a reason to hold on to your card and look forward to their next purchase! You can even start a frenzy and encourage them to Collect Them All!

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Moo is offering 25% off EVERYTHING until tonight. (That's why I'm writing this post now. BTW, I haven't been paid to say this. I just really like their product and want to share it with you because it's a great resource for creatives.)

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If you miss the sale, you can use my referral discount of 10% below. (Pssst. You can save more if you sign up for their email list and wait for a bigger discount!)

10% OFF coupon for Moo Business Cards

 

I hope this was helpful! For the latest and greatest, follow me on Instagram!

 

Custom Stamp Orders

Rubber Stamp | "Made with love in Austin, Texas" by Pretty Peas Paperie I'm happy to report that ALL custom and made-to-order stamps from our Etsy Pop-Up and Renegade Craft Fair have shipped!

I will reopen and take additional orders in about a month, after we've moved and unpacked the studio. Thank you SO much for stopping by our booth and perusing our online shop! Your enthusiasm and support mean so much to me, my family, and the future Big & Little Animal Rescue Ranch.