Mermaid Birthday!

My little one just turned three years old, so we have been celebrating mermaid-style.

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This little cake topper was great, I put in the top of my cupcake stand.  🙂  Made from glitter cardstock.  It’s times like this that I am happy I subscribe to the Cricut image library.  I only use public-domain fonts/images for my shop work, and so it’s fun to finally dive into these exciting designs during big events.

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You can see the cake topper a bit there – – everything was mermaid themed: cupcakes, wrapping paper, food.  Even all the presents.  It was just a small gathering with Grandma & Grandpa, but what a festivity! (and Willie too, my doggie, he did a great photo-bomb in the back 😀 <3)

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Here’s an image of a garland from the Cricut image library.  So intricate.  I love all the 3d effects the designs have, with different layers of paper.

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They even had a design for this cute little crown.  My mermaid princess proudly wore her seashell tiara.  I also made some foiled signs.  This one says “fish food”, which is just a bowl of chocolate/pretzel goldfish.

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I also put out a teapot filled with “ocean water”.  This one was just water dyed blue, but if I had enough time, I would recommend going and getting blue Kool-Aid or another blue liquid.  But still very fun!

So there’s how we celebrated mermaid-style?  What sort of birthday events have your organized for your families?  Love to hear all the wonderful ideas!

thanks for reading!

Amy

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Happy New Year! 2017 is here!

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2017 is finally here!  A new year, new you! I’ve been crafting up a storm here at the studio (my craft room).  New future brides are coming out from the winter season after accepting proposals from the men of their dreams during the holidays (a great time to propose, by the way.)

As I have launched my subscription box, HandCrate, I’ve had a lot of fun celebrating the new year with amazing products from independent craft companies.  This amazing crown is from ConfettiMomma.

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I just feel so blessed.  HandCrate is already over 25 subscribers, and the box just keeps growing.  I love being able to share my passion & skill with others, and also find some amazing etsy shops to promote.  There are incredible businesses on etsy & Amazon Handmade.

The seasonal lines I will be coming up for the boxes will be available in limited quantities on Amazon Prime shop, PaperCraneWishes.  Each HandCrate will include seasonal garlands, confetti, & cupcake toppers made by PaperCraneWishes.

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One new years resolution I have is to make more cupcakes this year.  😀  While it may not support my other resolution to run a 5k, there is something about cupcakes… enough said!  (Look how amazing that buttercream looks, it has taken me several attempts to get it to the perfect consistency.  Finally have it down, the Pioneer Woman would be proud.)

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As the year comes to a close, just want to say THANK YOU to all of those who have purchased from me and supported my shop/subscription box. I’ve been so lucky, and it is the business & love & support from all you wonderful customers & friends & family that has made it happen. Much love! & happy new year!! ❤ ❤ Amy

Deck The Halls!

As December zooms towards us, the holiday preparations have started!  I’ve been trying to print and cut every seasonal design on the Cricut site to deck my halls; I have also been trying to keep up with this little munchkin.  The spirit of Christmas is strong with this one.  😀 ❤

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Orders have been coming in for the Christmas ornaments.  My craft room has become a little Christmas toy shop in some ways.  I have a large batch of ornaments going out to Amazon Prime today, so if you are interested in getting one of the “Merry Christmas” or “Let it Snow” ornaments through Prime, check out the Amazon shop in the next few days.

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Don’t forget I also do custom crossword ornaments too!  Message me through etsy to get started with your custom ornament.

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The party is slowing amping up here, that is for sure.  I created these cute little straws by gluing some confetti on them.  Pretty excited to make some hot chocolate with these in the distant and near future.  🙂

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How are you preparing?  Put up the tree yet?  Any fun DIY things you are doing this holiday season?

Amy

 

DIY Felt Acorns, Video Tutorial

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Since the launch of my subscription box, HandCrate, I’ve been doing tutorials on craft projects every month.  Each monthly box contains supplies to make the craft, and I also post the video tutorial on YouTube.  Here’s the tutorial for DIY felt acorns.  This month’s box included roving felt & acorn caps to do the project.

We’ve been working hard getting the boxes out.  My lumberjack helped me create the cute “Giving Thanks” signs you see.  The box also included some cute fall themed washi tape.

Currently, we have over 25 subscribers!  Very exciting stuff since we launched in September with our Halloween Celebration Box.  Our “Holiday Celebration Box” will be including an ugly sweater kit.  I am excited to set up the YouTube video for that. ❤

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Big shout-out to CrateJoy as a thank you for reviewing the Halloween Celebration Box!  Check out the review on CrateJoy.

If you want to see a great un-boxing video they did for Halloween, check out the HandCrate Facebook Fan Page.

Want to feature your craft business in HandCrate?  Email me at handcrate@handcrate.com for more information, I like featuring handcrafted businesses big & small!

Happy crafting and keep celebrating!

Amy

Hallow-Fun: Purple People Eater Cupcakes!

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37 days until Halloween!

Let’s get started with the festivities!

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The key to this recipe is Wilton’s Monster Eyes.  I found this item on Pinterest and have found you can throw them on just about anything to make it creepy.  Especially if you add more than one eye, creepy. Okay, okay, I know that purple people eaters are supposed to have one eye, one horn – – – but these guys are still creepy!

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This is all I needed to get it together!  Plus eggs and vegetable oil, for the mix.  I am not going to go in depth about how to bake these because most of us Holiday fanatics know how to do a boxed cake mix.  However, I will throw in a couple details that help me make good cupcakes.  I photo-documented the whole event too, lol

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The key ingredient – – loose monster eyes!

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Got my trusty mixer here.  Believe it or not, this mixer is over 25 years old.  My mom and I used to make sweet treats on this Kitchen Aid mixer when I was a little girl.  Thanks Mom!

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Added 3 exact tablespoons to each cup.  If you measure it out precisely, you’ll always get perfectly baked cupcakes.

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Into the oven you go!

12-14 mintues later…

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Classic toothpick method to check it is fully baked…

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Clean!  We are good to go.  Let the cupcakes cool.

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Luckily the recipe had pre-made frosting. Not that hard to use either.  Was pleasantly surprised how the frosting was so easily put on the cakes.

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Upside down into the sprinkles before the frosting hardens.

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Add some eyes!

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Wow!  That was easy!  I am always trying to make the holidays easy, festive, & stress-free.

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Party on crafters!  There is always something to celebrate!

 

15 minute craft! Autumn Leaf Mason Jars

Fall is in the air, and I can smell the seasons changing.  I like to craft, take some time to focus on other things than the regular day-to-day.  I like this little craft because it only requires three things:  a mason jar, glue gun, artificial leaves and some sort of tool to press the leaves down onto the jar (I used a popsickle stick)

(Don’t have faux leaves?  No worries, HandCrate members who receive the Halloween celebration box have leaves a’coming their way!  Don’t have HandCrate yet?  Subscribe here!)

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Get your supplies together.

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Start gluing away!

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Use some sort of tool to press the leaves on so you don’t burn your fingers.

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Mid Project Photo

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Final Product!

I love it!  I am thinking about putting a cute little LED tealight in there for a glow. 🙂

Happy crafting!

HandCrate: A Festive Subscription Box Made by Crafters/Artists

I’ve been busy launching my subscription box, HandCrate !  This monthly, seasonal subscription box includes various crafts and samples from small handcrafting businesses.  For only $13/month with free shipping, we already have 15 boxes going out for our Halloween box!

Each monthly box always includes a greeting card, confetti, a banner, washi tape, and paper straws to match the holiday.  🙂   Plus other fantastic goodies handcrafted with love.

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Sneak Peek Into Halloween Box

The excitement around the project is really exploding, and the best part is the box helps promote small crafting businesses.  Seasonal sales can become a speedbump for some etsy shop owners during the down months, but by adding a small sample to HandCrate, there’s a good chance of drumming up some more business!

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Confetti for the Halloween Celebration Box, shipping Sept. 9th

Plus, craftprenuers who participate also get a free celebration box!  Even more to celebrate!  If you are interested in featuring your work in a celebration box for a particular month or want to review the box for your blog/website/YouTube Channel, message me at handcrate@handcrate.com for more details.

Here are some exciting samples from some craftprenuers already to be included in the Halloween box scheduled to ship out on September 9th:

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Halloween Celebration Box Featured Artist: Vinyl Styles’ Chalkboard Labels – “A classy way to personalize your home & events!  We are small family business that proudly designs and produces our unique products for you in our Colorado home.  We hope you enjoy our one of a kind creations and service!”     You can check out their shop on etsy here.

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Halloween Celebration Box Featured Artist:”Fright Night” Greeting Card by Heather Hansen of Hansen’s Handmade.  About Heather: “I’m a scrapbook addict, amateur photographer and avid crocheter.  I own Hansen’s Handmade, and my hobbies include scrapbooking, crocheting, reading, painting and spending time with my family.”  You can purchase her products on her shop site.

This will be the only post I do on PaperCraneWishes.com about the project, but you can check out the HandCrate blog through the website.  I am excited to start writing some blog posts about managing your craft business, pitfalls, and what I’ve done to overcome some of my biggest challenges running a shop.  I will also be doing Q&As with featured artists about their experiences as business owners.

I should be getting close to doing some more blog posts on this site.  🙂  I am just awaiting the arrival of my new Canon Rebel camera!   I am very excited to give a clear window of my world to you fine readers.  🙂  Stay tuned for better photos and more exciting DIY craft projects to amp up any of your celebratory events.

Thanks for following and as always, happy crafting!!!

❤ ❤

Amy

FREE 4th of July Printable, Memorial Day Weekend Project Ideas

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Of all my addictions, Pinterest may take the cake.

For any festivity, food is always important.  Memorial Day and the 4th of July always include red, white, blue, stars and stripes.  That being said, here are some amazing recipes I found that are not only easy, but fun and perfect for celebrating America’s independence!

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I love simple, easy and self-explanatory.

Celebrate these sweet treats with a sign, available for free with this 4th of July Printable, or thru my online store in a foiled kit.

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Currently, I am selling these wonderful metallic foiled party kits for your DIY 4th of July event including sparkler tags, tic tac labels, beer bottle labels and even this sign too.

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FREE 4TH OF JULY/MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND PRINTABLE!

Trying to save some money during this 4th of July? (Who isn’t, right?)  Download this FREE printable I made, print it out on any color print, cut the squares, use a hole punch or some other tool to make the holes, string them together, and hang!  Easy and done.  “Take A Treat” sign is available in this free printable to place near your 4th of July Treats.  Recommended to be printed on cardstock.

FREE 4TH OF JULY/MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND PRINTABLE!

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Thanks to all my customers who recently sent in their project photos!  Seeing these photos always makes my day.  If you let me share your photos, I give $5 off your next purchase of $10 or more.  Message me on etsy, or email at papercranewishes@yahoo.com for more information.

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Thanks so much for following my blog!

Happy crafting!

Beer Bottle Labels, Kisses from the MRS, customer scrabble projects

Is it Mercury that is out of whack this month or something?

Whatever it is, I have been overflowing with some great, creative ideas!  I’ve been working on a Fourth of July party pack and thought of these creative stickers to put on some beers. Even better news?  These can be customized to say things like “Lou’s Big Birthday Bash” or “Jennifer’s Bachelorette Party”.  Be on the lookout at the shop for the new product, or message me on etsy, or email me at papercranewishes@yahoo.com to see your free proof.

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Other ideas that have flowed to me as of lately include these cute stickers to put over chocolate kisses.  My lumberjack’s birthday is soon (tomorrow actually!), so I gave him some “kisses from the MRS”.  Great way to amp up a party or to make someone you love feel special.

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That being said, I would love to show off some projects created by some customers!

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If you share your photos and allow us to show them off too, you will get $5 off your next order!

Thank you again so much to all of you jolly good fellows, and happy crafting!  ❤

How To Make An Iron-On With A Cricut Explore, Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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I am always trying to think of fun ways to celebrate big events like Mother’s Day.  Who better to spend all your crafting efforts for than someone who deserves it – – – MOM!  I put this cute little Paris-themed tote together for my mom.  (Tote was only $10 on sale today at Joanne’s Crafts & Fabrics!)

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I love personalizing everything with my die cut machine.  I’m always surprised how much friends and family treasure the custom, personalized gifts I make them (coffee cups, totes).  It’s hard not to like something with your name on it!

Surprisingly, with all the things I have been able to learn how to do, I had yet to venture into iron-ons.  I wanted to personalize the saying “NAENAE” (the name my daughter calls my mum 🙂 ).   I even still had the iron ons from the Cricut Explore original material sample pack.13177376_10153739617096443_2032665887239677956_n

Place the iron on material shiny side down.

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So I typed it up in a nice, sturdy font and printed it out with the “iron-on” dial.  Be sure to check the unchecked box “mirror for iron-ons” in the design program too, I hadn’t checked that box.  (Ever wonder what that check box was for?  this! lol)  So, check that box.  lol.    Or else it will be printed in the incorrect way and come out reverse on your work (like my first one did….sigh)!

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After I printed in a mirrored image, I had to remove the liner.  It took me a few minutes to figure it out (like I said, I’ve never done this) but I did eventually find where it peeled open, and then it pulled off smooth into an amazing decal!

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Place the decal over where you want it to go.

The directions said to place a nice dishcloth above it to avoid damaging the decal…

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The letters didn’t exactly stick on when I tried this method, I started to worry that this whole mother’s day gift may botch, but I tried to keep it together….

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So I just went all in and placed the whole iron over the decal.  I just wanted to see if it was even sticking….

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and it worked!

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Stuck on there good!

Perfect Mother’s Day Gift!

I also included a sun hat made from Iman’s Global Chic line, a ladybug shaped bubble bath bar from LUSH (buy handmade!), and this amazing book “Creative Lettering and Beyond”.  I was telling my mom how she should get into calligraphy, she has such beautiful cursive handwriting already, she could probably start an etsy shop on her handwriting alone!

Here are the actual, specific directions created by Cricut:

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Happy Crafting!

Thanks to all the customers

who posted their projects on social media this month!

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Share your photos with PCW products (instagram, etsy, facebook)

and get $5 off your next order!  I’ll send you a coupon code and

post the picture on the next blog!