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Pink Paislee – Valentines Wrapping Ideas

Hello friends! I am back with you to share a new project created for Valentines week on the Pink Paislee blog. Gift wrapping and pretty packaging have always been a passion of mine. I think adding handmade touches to any present makes it even more special. Today I’ll show how you can simply make and decorate your own packaging to go with your Valentines. I used mostly the new gorgeous Oh My Heart collection, with bits and piece from Take Me Away.


I started by choosing the paper I wanted to use. As both sides would be visible, I had to make sure the patterns went well with the color scheme I had in mind. I wanted to use pinks and golds, with touches of green mixed in. Paper 09 worked perfectly for it. I used a cut file from the Silhouette store to create the little bag, which measures 5”H x5”L x2”W. Very easy and fast to assemble. I then created a tag to go with it. I used Paper 08 for the top layer and Paper 14 for the bottom one. The hot pink makes the yellow/goldish tag stand out more. I then wrapped some twine around it to give it more texture and added extra dimension by using foam dots to stick the beautiful flower from the Oh My Heart ephemera pack to the tag. I absolutely adore the heart charms included in the collection! They add such a delicate touch to any project! I also layered one of the mirror hearts from the Take Me Away collection behind it. A fun banner and some more twine finished the tag which I tied to one of the silk ribbon handles on the bag.


Once my bag was completed, I decided to make a gift box to go with it.


This time I used my scoring board. I started with a 8”x8” piece of textured white cardstock. For the box base, I scored the paper at the 2” and 6” mark, then I repeated the steps after turning the paper 90 degrees. I cut slits on all four sides (as shown in the picture below) and glued the box together.


For the lid, I started with the same 8”x8” white cardstock. This time though I aligned it to the 1/16” mark and scored at the 2” and 6 1/8” mark then turned the paper 90 degrees and repeated the steps. I cut slits on all four sides and glued it together. Now onto embellishing! I cut two strips (one wider than the other) out of the same Paper 09 I used for my bag and made sure I glued them together so that both patterns would be visible. I then used some cut files to create the leaves and the flower outline to layer below the gold flower. I mixed in some tags from the Take Me Away collection and added another one of those adorable charm hearts on top.


I hope you felt inspired by these simple and easy packaging ideas and will give it a try! Happy Valentine’s Day!


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Sahin Designs – Christmas tags.

Hello there, friends. I’m back today with a fast and easy Christmas project. I love preparing for the Holidays. One of my favorite things to make is tags. Tags are very versatile, as they can be used in a variety of ways. They add the final touch to your gift packaging and are perfect as gift card holders or greeting cards. You can even make a mini album by combining multiple tags together. The Christmas collections in the Sahin Designs store are beautiful. For my project I chose to combine Christmas Day with bits and pieces from the Dear Santa collection.

I used a template I found in the Silhouette store to cut my tags, but you don’t actually need any tools other than a good pair of scissors or a paper trimmer. Here are the measurements: the whole tag measures 3.75″ x 5.75″, the little pocket in the front is 3.75″ x 3.25″. I added an extra 3×4 card inside where you can write down a little note or adhere a photo.


I love the mix of patterned papers and all the fun elements. The two collections complement each other really well.


I added some thread here and there to create more interest and used pop dots to give extra dimension to the embellishments.


There is so much you can do! So many different options to choose from in terms of colors and patterns.


I love how these tags turned out! If you are looking for a fast way to give your holiday crafting a head start, this project is for you.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a great day!


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Sahin Designs – Using watercolor with cut files.

Welcome back, Friends. Today I want to show you how you can give your cut files more dimension by pairing them with watercolors. I’ve always loved the soft look watercolor paint gives to any projects. It just adds the right amount of interest without being overwhelming.

The new Bookmark collection, although meant to document your love for books and reading, is also very versatile and perfect for other themes. I fell in love with the gorgeous floral paper and coordinating stamp. If you know my work a little, you’ll know I love transforming Elif’s art into cut files. That’s exactly what I did for this layout.


This picture of my daughter was taken on the day of her third birthday. She is the sweetest little thing and I can’t believe she is already three! As I mentioned above, my goal was to create a soft page. The delicate look of the flowers gave me the inspiration to go beyond the use of the cut file on its own. I first backed the biggest, central flower with some vellum. Vellum is also perfect if you want to achieve a dreamy look. Then, after gluing only the center of the flowers I started adding the paint underneath the petals. The colors I chose coordinate perfectly with the Bookmark collection.


The butterflies are from the Butterfly Lullaby collection. I printed and fussy cut them. I love the pop of color they add.


I finished the page with a few things from my stash, such as the title, the mirror flowers and some enamel dots.

I hope you enjoyed this process and will give this technique a try. As always, don’t forget to check out the store for the new Bookmark collection and many other gorgeous ones.

Thank you for stopping by.

Have a great day!