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Scared Pumpkin

Terracotta planters are perfect for creating a jack-o-lantern face. Planting tall grass in the pot completes the scared look. Place the planter on a small bale of hay, add some mini pumpkins and you have a perfect decoration for fall. Click here to learn how to make this design google_ad_client… Read more

Flowering Tin

A tin beautifully decorated with flowers, pretty paper and ribbon adds interest and dimension to a plain metal tin. This reusable container is a great way to hold a gift or food items. Using Scotch® Gift Wrapping Tape allows the flower stems to lift off the lid as if they… Read more

Picture Frame Chalkboard

A framed chalkboard is a great way to remind yourself of things you need to do or you can write yourself fun inspirational notes each day. Rather than fumbling around looking for a pen and something to write on, you have an instant notepad without wasting paper. You can match… Read more

Decorative Planter

Here is a fun way to repurpose a plain terracotta planter and turn it into a whimsical decorative gift container. Apply paint with a sponge and accent it with natural elements such as small stones, twine or glass floral beads. Cut out a flower from recycled gift wrap or a… Read more

Victorian Covered Box

Here is another design I created using the soft color palette. I just love the muted tones. This beautifully decorated paper Mache box would make a great addition to any gift. This box not only serves as stylish gift wrap but also doubles as elegant reusable container. This design would… Read more

Recycled Gift Wrap Card

We’ve all been there when you needed a card but the stores were closed or you just didn’t have a time to stop and buy one. Or maybe you just wanted to make something personal that is an original and you don’t feel like spending money on a card that… Read more

Brown Paper Bag Card

A great way to recycle a brown paper bag is to create a beautiful card. I cut two pieces of brown paper bag the size of the card and glued them together to stablize the paper. I attached a piece of torn cream paper on the front and inside of… Read more

Decorated Reusable Gift Boxes

Here is another design I created from the soft colored double-sided scrapbooking paper. I bought some beautiful candles from Anthropologie for my daughter’s kindergarten teachers. The sales girl gave me these really nice reusable gift boxes that opened in the front. I thought it would be nice to cover the… Read more

Muted Tones and Double-Sided Scrapbooking Paper

I love working with muted tones and subdued colors — they make such elegant designs.  I found some double-sided scrapbooking paper in a cardstock weight with a beautiful pattern on one side and a coordinating solid on the other both in soft shades.  It is so much easier to create… Read more

Where It All Began…

Gift Decorating Origins My first experience with paper design, other than gift wrapping, was ten years ago when I created my own handmade wedding invitations. I wanted something simple yet elegant that not only reflected my style but was created from the heart. I decided to try my hand at… Read more