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Packaged, Painted Ribbon Spools

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Phew! Finally, the Christmas decor is entirely packed away till next year. I’m always sad to see it go, but, I do enjoy this time of year, and look forward to the upcoming Spring days. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been pondering Valentine’s Day. It’s always fun to make sweet Valentine cards, and as I missed the boat in getting the Christmas cards out this year, I may focus harder on mailing Valentines. ๐Ÿ™‚

I appreciate though, how Valentine’s Day is,ย  more and more,ย  becoming a friendship appreciation day. That is so important, as there are never enough days to tell your friends how much you care for them.ย  With that in mind, a box of beautiful vintage embellishments is a great way to show your love for a close, vintagey, like-minded, creative friend!

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This project uses simple, everyday ingredients. For example, this cute cardboard box once upon a time held paper die cuts for scrapbooking. It’s seen better days, but a little attention made this into a great storage box for vintage wooden spools of ribbon. With the see-through top, I thought to add a pop of color and paint the vintage spools. Super easy to do!

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Simply select an acrylic paint color, moisten a foam brush in water, and apply a thin coat of paint to the spool. I was careful to not paint the labels – I love those vintage labels!ย  The water thins out the paint, making for a more translucent application. You want to see wood grain – not thick, goopy paint lines.

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Once painted, set the spools aside so that they can dry thoroughly. You don’t want any paint to get onto the ribbons. Also, when working with lots of colors in one project, its always a good idea to include neutrals, such as a couple of unpainted spools – it creates contrast and makes the colors pop even more. ๐Ÿ™‚

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As for the box, I kept it simple, and simply lined the bottom with a beautiful paper to complement the colorful spools. I also added a new sheet of cellophane to the window. I added excelsior to the bottom to cushion the spools, and make the ribbons look a bit more professionally packaged.

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Each of these spools holds about one yard of ribbon – just enough to plump up the spools. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The spools nest nicely in the box, and, a small bouquet of vintage flowers adds the final touch.ย  The bouquet is only lightly secured to the box top with a couple of glue dots, so that the recipient can also use them in a future project.

flower bouquetThis Valentine’s Day, look around your craft room, and see if you have a box that can be re-purposed into a vintage ribbon box, with painted, vintage wooden spools.ย  I’m sure you have a friend who will just love it!

Happy Creating,

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Springtime Story Board Boxes

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Hi there -I hope your week is off to a great start!

I’m still in Spring-time crafting mode around here.ย  During my craft room overhaul (aka massive cleaning project), I came across this super sweet children’s book.

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I just love illustrations in vintage children’s books, and the rich colors. This one is particularly charming, and luckily, I found two of them!


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These sweet pictures are the inside coversย  of the book. I love that they are adhered to the book board cover. I gently broke the binding of the book, and cut the inside covers in half. I stamped a flourish with a clear Staz-On ink pad and sprinkled with fine glitter. Always, have to have a little sparkle! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  And, I really like the contrast against the aged book paper.

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I found these great boxes that are actually shaped like books at the local craft store. Just perfect! I painted the inside of the box, wrapped the outside in patterned paper, and added book paper along the outside. Vintage seam binding, flowers, stitching and buttons add extra texture.

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I’m looking forward to adding these boxes to my springtime displays. Wouldn’t these also be great for a baby gift, or for Easter filled with candies?ย  So fun!

Have a great rest of the week and Happy Creating!

Michelle… Read the rest

Multi-Dimensional Vintage Valentine’s Day Banner

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Happy Friday!!!!

I cannot believe that we are already 3 weeks into the New Year! And I especially cannot believe that I am still finding residual Christmas decor around the house.ย  I’m hoping I’m not the only one. ๐Ÿ™‚

vintage - valentine - banner - 5Time however to focus on the next holiday. However, be forewarned that as Christmas is my absolute FAVORITE holiday, chances are quite high you’ll be seeing Christmas on this blog all year long.

This banner is made up of so many vintage goodies! Vintage flashcards and Bingo cards create the main canvas for all of the texture. I sprayed these Bingo cards with Glimmer Mist to alter the color. Love how they turned out. To add even more dimension, I adhered vintage honeycomb bells to the front and glittered the BINGO letters. Its hard to see in the photos, but these honeycomb bells have that great aged-paper brown tint to them.

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And, the fringe you see? That’s also a sprayed Bingo card, cut into narrow strips and fanned out.ย  A vintage Christmas reflector frames the vintage Valentine seal in the center. And the blue color makes the blue numbers on the Bingo card just pop!

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So, here’s a fun thing. In Northern Colorado, we have a town called Loveland, and every Valentine’s Day, you can mail your Valentine’s to their post office and get a special, very cute, seal stamped on your letter. Definitely check it out! You can find more info. on that here:

I hope you have a great weekend, and Happy Creating!
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Decorative Tape Twistie Ties

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Hi there! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Ours was spent enjoying the Colorado Rockies, and admiring the GORGEOUS aspen trees! I’ve got pics of this to share at the bottom of this post, but first, a quick, fun tutorial!

There is no doubt that decorative tape is still HUGE on the creative crafty scene. This includes washi tapes, fabric tapes, decorative duct tape, and our very own Vintage Street Market Tinted Tape. Since we are on the brink of the holiday whirlwind where treat bags and little gifts will be passed around like crazy, I thought the Decorative Tape Twistie Tie Tutorial would be pretty timely.


This is such a simple, high impact little project, and a great way to dress up a treat bag! To make this bundle of twistie ties, simply select your decorative tape of choice and cut a length of it. Then, sticky side up, tape down the decorative tape at the ends to a piece of paper, or a craft mat. Then, cut a length of wire, and position down the center of the tape. “Sandwich” the wire with another strip of decorative tape. Remove from the mat, cut the ends, and voila! a great decorative twistie tie, that looks adorable bundling up small treats!


Cute, cute, cute for Halloween! Oh, and for Christmas goodies down the road! This treat bag below is tied off with a Soot Tinted Tape twistie tie. The Tinted Tape is actually a bit more durable than the more delicate washi tapes for this purpose, as the washi tapes can tear if twisted too much.


So, easy peasy! Are you ready to make your own batch of twistie ties??? To prepare for all of the fun Fall events and holidays, Tinted Tape is now available in the store as a 4-pack bundle for the great crafting price of $4.95! That’s about 300 yards of decorative tape…wow, that’s a bunch of twistie ties! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  You can find this tape assortment HERE.


Now, the fabulous mountain photos! This is the first time I’ve actually seen the aspen turn orange and red. So beautiful and absolutely striking against the dark pine trees. The photos simply do not do them justice! Late Sept/October is also the time you can hear the elk bugling. This is the elk mating season, and the time in which the bulls are gathering their herd of cows. The bulls bugle to attract the cows and to ward off other “competitors.” We went into Rocky Mountain National Park and were able to hear a few of the bulls. The echo of their bugle in the mountains was pretty amazing.

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Holiday Decorative Clip Embellishments

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vintage-holiday-decorative-clips-1Happy Monday!

I hope you had a great weekend.

I shared this idea of decorative clips a few months ago. Its such a great way to use up those cute scraps. Simply attach scrap paper to a large paper clip by folding it over the lower “rung” and stapling at the top. You can then further decorate the scraps with glitter, buttons, ribbons, stickers, etc. Or, small, mini ornaments!

This summer has flown by, like it always seems too, and before you know it, Christmas will be upon us. These decorative clips will look great attached to a gift tag, Christmas card or other holiday project, don’t you think?

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These holiday clips are trimmed with vintage Christmas seals, vintage plastic holly and glitter. Black paper from a vintage scrapbook makes for a great chalkboard to jot down the wish list for Santa.

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A vintage reflector tops this scrap below and the vintage Christmas seal above is framed with a bubble of plastic (recycled from packaging), and filled with festive confetti to create a “snow globe” clip.

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These decorative clips just slide on, as a normal paper clip, and will add a nice touch to your holiday gifting this year! So, when you begin to craft for the holidays, be sure to save those scraps and extra trimmings!


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