Monday, August 30, 2010

Embellishing Envelopes

Here's how to turn an ordinary card's envelope into something extraordinary with just a little ribbon and faux flowers.  I used a hot glue gun to attach the ribbon and placed the flowers over the glue spot.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Courage to Follow Your Dreams....

This article is from: and is a great reminder, especailly for me - to follow your dreams.  I've always wanted to start a gift wrapping business...

August 20, 2010
Without a Net
Living Life with Trust
Living life without a net can be just what we need to step outside of ourselves and make the choices we need most.
As we create the life of our dreams, we often reach a crossroads where the choices seem to involve the risk of facing the unknown versus the safety and comfort of all that we have come to trust. We may feel like a tightrope walker, carefully teetering along the narrow path to our goals, sometimes feeling that we are doing so without a net. Knowing we have some backup may help us work up the courage to take those first steps, until we are secure in knowing that we have the skills to work without one. But when we live our lives from a place of balance and trust in the universe, we may not see our source of support, but we can know that it is there.
If we refuse to act only if we can see the safety net, we may be allowing the net to become a trap as it creates a barrier between us and the freedom to pursue our goals. Change is inherent in life, so even what we have learned to trust can surprise us at any moment. Remove fear from the equation and then, without even wondering what is going on below, we can devote our full attention to the dream that awaits us.
We attract support into our lives when we are willing to make those first tentative steps, trusting that the universe will provide exactly what we need. In that process we can decide that whatever comes from our actions is only for our highest and best experience of growth. It may come in the form of a soft This article is from :  anding, an unexpected rescue or an eye-opening experience gleaned only from the process of falling. So rather than allowing our lives to be dictated by fear of the unknown, or trying to avoid falling, we can appreciate that sometimes we experience life fully when we are willing to trust and fall. And in doing so, we may just find that we have the wings to fly.
When we believe that there is a reason for everything, we are stepping out with the safety net of the universe, and we know we will make the best from whatever comes our way. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bollywood Wrap

So here's another take on the Hollywood wrapping style.  This is a much smaller box which would be perfect for a gift card.  The style of this wrap feels a little exotic.  The paper I used is actually a sheet of scrapbooking cardstock that was spray-glued onto the repurposed box.  The ribbon and embellishments were applied with a hot glue gun.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Hollywood Wrapping!

I've always loved how gifts are wrapped for television and movies with the box top and bottom separate. It's a quick gift open and it's reusable.  You could keep the box for treasures/trickets or use it for a gift you're giving someone else.
I was at the Getty Center in Los Angeles last year and found a couple of lovely posters in their gift shop.  I repurposed one of the posters as gift wrap and used it to wrap a box 'hollywood style'.
The poster was a replica of an old french postcard so I went with that feeling and added pastel ribbons, a paper rose, some wooden foliage and faux green berry-type things.  Poking around the floral department of craft stores is always a good idea!