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Altenew – Gift Boxes with Washi Tapes

Gift boxes by @enzamg with @Altenew washi tapes. #washitape #giftboxes #giftwrapping #diy #handmadegiftsEnza here and today I am sharing a fun project featuring the gorgeous Altenew Washi Tapes.

The versatility of this product is amazing; cards, scrapbook layouts, home décor – the possibilities are endless.

Today, I want to show you how I used the Floral Flurries, Dotted, and Monochrome Washi Tapes to decorate handmade gift boxes.

Gift boxes by @enzamg with @Altenew washi tapes. #washitape #giftboxes #giftwrapping #diy #handmadegifts

I started by adhering the washi tapes onto plain cardstock. I picked a pink textured cardstock for the Floral Flurries Washi Tape and a smooth lavender one for the Monochrome design. I then used a cut file to create the boxes.

Next, the flowers for the lids. Again, I used a cut file, but any type of flower would work for this as long as you can create multiple layers to give it dimension.

Here you can see the same plain colored cardstock, the cardstock with washi tape on it and some fussy-cut leaves.

Gift boxes by @enzamg with @Altenew washi tapes. #washitape #giftboxes #giftwrapping #diy #handmadegifts

I created the labels with the Dot Labels Stamp Set and cut them with the coordinating dies. The Crisp Dye Inks I used are Razzleberry for the pink label and Soft Lilac for the lavender one. The sentiments come in the Layered Cupcake Stamp Set.

Gift boxes by @enzamg with @Altenew washi tapes. #washitape #giftboxes #giftwrapping #diy #handmadegifts

The smaller box is almost exactly the same as the bigger one. The only difference is that I used the Dotted Washi Tape for the center of the flower, instead of the same washi tape that I had used for the lid.

Gift boxes by @enzamg with @Altenew washi tapes. #washitape #giftboxes #giftwrapping #diy #handmadegiftsI really enjoy personalizing my gifts. What do you think? Is it something you do or would love to try?

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Have a lovely day!

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Crate Paper – Easter Party Favors

Easter is fast approaching, and like almost every year, we’ll have the family over to celebrate. One of the things I love to do is make party favors for our guests to take home. It is a way to thank them for coming and let them know how grateful we are they are in our lives. Today I am sharing a simple note card/envelope bag set and an embellished paper cone to fill with chocolate eggs.


I started with the flat envelope bag. I used a gorgeous patterned paper from the Flourish collection to die-cut the template. You can achieve the same look by adhering patterned paper onto a glassine or paper bag. I decorated it with a card from the cut-apart sheet, which I layered with dark patterned paper to separate it from the background, and an adorable mini tassel and some twine. I also added a pink paper tassel to the top right corner, and a fussy-cut flower as a bottom layer. Before adhering everything down, I placed a piece of gold floral washi tape all around the envelope for extra interest.


The coordinating note card is slightly smaller than the envelope. I layered a few patterned papers and secured them with some stitching. Again, I used elements from the cut-apart sheet; their size worked perfectly for this. I finished it off with decorative trim and pink ribbon, which I doubled up to make it more durable.


I tried to keep the same color scheme for the cone. I used gold patterned paper from the 6×6 Paper Pad, and embellished it with decorative trim all around the top edge. To bring in the same patterns, I cut three banners out of the papers I had used for the note card, and layered them with pop dots for dimension. I covered the top portion of the banners with a fussy-cut butterfly and sentiment stickers, and added twine underneath it.

I can’t wait to make more of these for our Easter celebration! Thank you for stopping by! I hope you are inspired to give it a try.

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Altenew – Build-A-Flower: Chrysanthemum Set Release

Hello everyone! I am back today to share a project created with the new Altenew Build-A-Flower: Chrysanthemum set. This set, which includes 1 stamp set (12 images) and 1 coordinating die set (4 dies), is absolutely stunning. The realistic look you can achieve with the layered images is amazing.

Here is a brief description provided by Altenew:

Chrysanthemums are beautiful flowers which symbolize optimism and joy. With an abundance of petals, these perennials resemble pom-poms. Chrysanthemums bloom in many colors, so you can be creative with your ink choices. Altenew has included two encouraging sentiments to help bring joy to your loved ones.

I love the versatility of this set. It is perfect for cards and scrapbook pages, but also to embellish gifts or tags. I used it do decorate a plain clear glassine bag. I think that any gift can become a little more special with a handmade touch.
Glassine bag decorated with @altenew #BuildAFlowerChrysanthemum @enzamg
I covered the front of the bag with patterned paper from the Our Family Scrapbook Collection. I knew I wanted to stamp the Chrysanthemums in shades of blue, so I went with a gray neutral background. Here are the Altenew Crisp Inks I used:

The coordinating die is mind-blowing, as it not only cuts the outside of the Chrysanthemum shape, but also some of the petals, allowing for more dimension. I layered all my elements in the bottom left corner of the bag, and adhered them down with foam adhesive.

Glassine bag decorated with @altenew #BuildAFlowerChrysanthemum @enzamg
Glassine bag decorated with @altenew #BuildAFlowerChrysanthemum @enzamg
To balance the space on the opposite side, I heat-embossed one of the sentiments that comes in the set with Altenew Translucent Pearl embossing powder. I used another patterned paper from the Our Family Collection as my base; the colors coordinated perfectly with the Crisp Inks I picked for the flowers. I finished the banner with a wood veneer heart and some twine, and I also added a clothespin and enamel dots for extra detail.
Glassine bag decorated with @altenew #BuildAFlowerChrysanthemum @enzamg
Now the fun part! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win. Three winners will be announced on the Card Blog, and other three winners will be announced on the Scrapbook Blog on 3/9/2018.
Thank you for stopping by!