Category Archives: Crafts

This is one of my favorite pastimes. I love creating handmade gifts, cards, wrappers, and whatnot. I also love taking things apart and creating something new out of them. Aside from writing, it’s my greatest form of self expression.

“Imagination is borne from one’s mind; creativity, from the heart.” – Milai

Birthday Card: Quilled White Flower against Embossed Purple Cardstock

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Background: Plain purple cardstock that I painstakingly embossed against an embossing plate (AE 1217) using Fiskars Dual Tip Stylus. I said painstakingly because this was the first time I tried this method and the effort of tracing the stylus against the plate was quite tiring. But the end result’s all worth it.

Borders: Both top and bottom borders are giftwrapper pieces.

Accent: Quilled cones arranged into a set of flower. I’m not really particular when it comes to my creations so I usually come up with flowers that may or may not exist in real life. Te he. The leaves on the left side were made through paper-folding while the one on the right and the swirls were quilled.

Sentiment: Birthday wrapper cut-out. I then added a giftwrapper piece with stitch effect as its accent.

To finish this off, I added a metallic purple pink butterfly.

Giftwrapping: Recycled Plastic Bags and Lay’s Potato Chips Packaging as Wrappers

Now that I’m not so busy with Christmas preparations, attending Christmas parties and anything Yuletide-season related, I will share how I wrapped my Christmas gifts for friends and colleagues.

I have long stopped buying giftwrappers (unless I use them as sheets or cut-outs for scrapbooking or cardmaking) and prefer recycling whatever’s at hand.  And since  I have a lot of plastic shopping bags, I decided to utilize them to help save Mother Earth.

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The above is the front portion of the plastic bag from my favorite craft store.  The back portion is not printed at all so it makes a good wrapper.  For small gifts with no boxes, I’ve learned that it makes sense to put them inside an empty toilet paper roll and wrap them candy-style.  The resulting wrapped gifts look like this:

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So as to differentiate both gifts, I used different ribbons: recycled plain red ribbon and in true Yuletide color scheme, red and green yarn.  The gift tags are from my supply way back in 2009.

Here’s another gift wrapped using the back portion of a Healthy Options plastic bag.  The letters J and B were traced using a red Sharpie pen on a lettering set.  Craft-punch Christmas trees were then added as an accent.

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Lastly, for my plastic-wrapped gifts, there’s this.

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The wrapper is again the back portion of a Healthy Options plastic bag.  The dotted and lined borders are recycled wrapping paper.  The gift tag is handmade with a shoelace-like ribbon for its borders.  The letter F foam letter is the recipient’s first name that I colored with green Crayola Flip-Top marker.  I finished this off by scattering green metallic stars around the letter F.

These gifts are wrapped using the back portion of Lay’s Potato Chips packaging.  This is actually from last year’s batch of Yuletide gifts that I never got to post.

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These actually make a good substitute for metallic paper, which is very expensive.  As accents, I used a gold ribbon, metallic blue stars, and craft-punch snowflake from a recycled blue metallic paper.  The gift tags are store-bought.

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Here’s another one.  The gift tag is from Hallmark and I just added a blue metallic ribbon over it.

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For those who want to use such a wrapper, please make sure to thoroughly wash each prior to use.

Christmas Card: Quilled Angel and Quilled Star

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Background: The top is plain dark blue paper crumpled and creased then sprinkled with Leeho glitter glue in turquoise and blue. The bottom is yellow gold corrugated cardboard.

Main design: Quilled angel. On the upper right corner is a quilled star sprinkled with gold glitter, also by Leeho.

Accent: Four light yellow sequins placed on the lower left side corner.

Sentiment: Computer print-out colored using Crayola crayon in dandelion, topped with clear glue to give it texture.

Merry Christmas, everyone!  🙂

Giftwrapping: Raffia Ribbon on a Handmade Gift Tag with Letter Cut-outs

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Wrapper: plain pink cartolina.

Gift Tag: plain white folder piece cut into a circle and colored blue using Crayola crayon in cerulean. It was then coated with Leeho Glitter Glue in light blue. The recipient’s name was from colorful letter cut-outs from a magazine. The gift tag was ribboned on the gift box using pink raffia.

Accent: craft-punch flowers in blue, dotted light pink.