letterpress tags & stamped wrapping are my fave

November 30, 2012

YAMF Holiday Handmade is sponsored by Kollabora, the community for makers.
you are my fave: christmas wrapping
The other two projects at the workshop were blind impress letterpress tags and stamped kraft paper sheets. I think they were the most popular because everybody has gifts they need to wrap around the holidays.

you are my fave: christmas wrapping
For the wrapping we just used sheets of kraft paper (IKEA has some rolls right now) and patterned them up with stamps from Yellow Owl Workshop. I especially love the dala horse set.


For the tags, Lifestyle Crafts was generous enough to donate a couple of their Epic tools that easily made the letterpress impression. I love the look of white on white.

Now do you feel like you actually attended the event? Maybe I could convince them that I need to put this show on the road.

Psst, I gift guide guest posted on the Etsy blog this week!

wood veneer garlands are my fave

November 29, 2012

YAMF Holiday Handmade is sponsored by Kollabora, the community for makers.
you are my fave: wood veneer garlands
Here’s another simple project we worked on at the Anthro event, wood veneer garlands. We used really pliable, thin wood veneer sheets that were easy to cut with scissors and didn’t fray and splinter. There are hundreds of possibilities for this project and no two people did the same thing.

To make your own you’ll need:
– paper backed wood veneer sheets (like this)
– scissors
– small hole punch
– twine

Step One: Decide on the shapes you want to use and cut them out free hand from the wood veneer.
Step Two: Punch holes and string with twine.
Step Three: Hang them up and feel all merry.

you are my fave: wood veneer garlands

let it snow treat jars are my fave

November 27, 2012

YAMF Holiday Handmade is sponsored by Kollabora, the community for makers.
you are my fave: let it snow treat jars
you are my fave: let it snow treat jars
These treat jars were one of the four projects crafted up at the Anthro holiday workshop. They are so easy you could easily make 25 in one sitting then make a big batch of carmel corn and share them with your neighbors. Click here for the full tutorial on Julep.

I used these bottles from Specialty Bottle.

decal design by Kirsten Bingham

an anthropologie workshop is my fave

A little over a week ago I hosted a holiday workshop at Anthropologie. Here’s a little recap of the fashionable crafting that went on.
you are my fave: anthropologie holiday workshop
I gave an impromptu introduction and was as nervous as I looked. There was a point were people were laughing and I literally thought, “I have no idea what I just said.” The Anthro team looked cute in their matching aprons.

you are my fave: anthropologie holiday workshop
you are my fave: anthropologie holiday workshop
I came up with four different holiday themed projects to work on. We didn’t even need chairs because everybody was standing up and busily working away. I’ll be sharing each of the projects in separate posts, the treat jars are coming up later today.

you are my fave: anthropologie holiday workshop
Lexy and Sarah were among the crafters.

you are my fave: anthropologie holiday workshop
I love the way the way the gold ink looked on the kraft paper.

you are my fave: anthropologie holiday workshop
you are my fave: anthropologie holiday workshop
I decided to personalize bags to hold all the loot. Casey designed this stamp and I ordered it from RubberStamps.net. Since the surface area of the was large, I used block printing ink and a roller to print the image on the bags. Casey also designed cute instruction cards that were set at each table.

An overall success. Thank you to Anthropologie for having me!

images by Jennifer Little of Sugar Photography

stamped gift wrap is my fave

November 26, 2012

YAMF Holiday Handmade is sponsored by Kollabora, the community for makers.
you are my fave: stamped gift wrap from humunuku shoppe
Today’s holiday handmade post is from the talented Alana Davis of Humunuku Shoppe.

So much of the wrapping paper selection at stores is tacky and overpriced. Here’s a way to make your own pretty paper to wrap your holiday gifts in or crank out a stack of sheets and save them for other celebrations.
you are my fave: stamped gift wrap from humunuku shoppe
To make your own you’ll need:
– stamp design (download this pattern here)
– rubber carving block
– pencil
– knife or razor blade
– carving tool
– stamp pad
– fabric and/or paper
you are my fave: stamped gift wrap from humunuku shoppe
Step One: Outline the design with pencil and press it facedown onto the carving block. Then trace the lines with a bone folder.
Step Two: Use a carving tool to make the lines deeper and more defined. Carefully cut out entire shape with a razor or knife.
you are my fave: stamped gift wrap from humunuku shoppe
Step Three: Using a brayer and ink or stamp pad, ink up your stamp. Stamp your design on paper or fabric.
you are my fave: stamped gift wrap from humunuku shoppe
Step Four: Wow all your giftees with your craftiness.
you are my fave: stamped gift wrap from humunuku shoppe
you are my fave: stamped gift wrap from humunuku shoppe
See a lot more pretty from Alana by visiting her website and Etsy shop. I’m especially loving her joyeux noel cards.


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