Monday, December 4, 2017

Etsy Monday Studio Karamelo

StudioKaramelo has some very pretty wrapping paper and stamps for Christmas.  I was at a paper store last week and saw some wonderful stamping with heat embossing, so I am now on the hunt for particularly pretty stamps.

Here is what the shop owner says about her process:
On rubber & paper.Leaves and branches meet dots and lines. Floral meets geometrical.Pebble stones in my jacket nuzzling between my fingers, clacking softly, the hackly tangle of hedges having no beginning and no ending. A knobbed bough with moos, a fine structured umbel, an abstract alga, a winterly seed head. A fascinating beauty reveals in these simple shapes and pattern. I am taken with the lines of nature, those who are not exact and straight but nevertheless well-shaped.And dots. Again and again.That's karamelo.
With pencil and indian ink my motifs come onto paper. Handdrawn. Afterwards they are lasered out of rubber stamp or printed with pigment on paper.I do not only find my inspiration in nature, also the used materials are mostly made out of ecological resources without chemical additions.As possible all products and packaging are produced environmentally friendly and sustainable."

Pretty, modern christmas stamps
Great christmas assortment of stamps

Pretty conifer wrapping

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Wrapper of the Week - Wrappily for the Holidays

The Holiday Season is coming -- otherwise known as Wrapping Olympics.  Time to feature ecofriendly wrapping paper makers who have really pretty wrapping! As I write this, Wrappily has a number of their designs on sale. Since a lot of those designs happen to be my favorites this is a great opportunity!

Stags and Birch

Mix it up with other designs
Like Festive Forest & Snowflake Confetti!
This store has a real commitment to ecofriendly wrapping using  fun, modern design.  At this time of the year, mindful shopping is important.  Where our dollars go determines the future of stores like Wrappily that are trying to determine the future of our environment.  Wrapping should be a mix of re-using, recycling other objects in creative ways, and when you do buy, buy from a store/manufacturer mindful of its impact on the environment.

Six coordinating gift wraps in this set!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Etsy Monday Autumn Leaves Gift Wrapping from ManoMonai

I was looking for an autumn leaves theme for gift wrapping, and found this great shop that makes handmade papers and tags incorporating leaves, flowers and even spices!

Grazina is an artist and a designer. Here's her introduction to her shop:
" I am glad to see you in my shop "Mano monai".
You are probably wondering why my shop has this name? Lithuanian 'monai' mean magic, miracles and 'mano' means mine. The name “Mano monai” can be translated as "My miracles". You already understand that Lithuanian is my native language.
The creative process for me is like a miracle. I feel very good whilst creating. I would like to mention that I have graduated from the Arts Academy in Vilnius and I understand creative work as a professional.
Another miracle in my life is my place of residence and my family. I live in the old farmstead surrounded by beautiful nature. I can walk in the grasslands, scenting flowers and collecting them. Believe me, this is what I really like to do.
I use natural flowers and plants for my homemade paper. I create greeting cards, small paper decorations and paper home decor also from my paper with floral and recycled paper. I love the natural materials.
I would like to believe, that when you will see my creation homemade paper or paper decorations in reality, you will say :"This is a miracle", or maybe: "Monai"
I love her gift bags and tags.

Autumn leaves gift bag
Super cute autumn leave tags
Gorgeous handmade autumn leaves wrapping paper
She also uses flower, coffee, even spices.

Chili paper!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

wrapper of the week - jurianne matter

Here's another great, ecofriendly shop with super cute gift wrapping products.

Based in the Netherlands, Jurianne is inspired by nature, and creates beautiful paper and textile products. In her words:
Why always eco?Very simple: I don’t want to earn money at the expense of nature or my fellow human beings. I’m not actually such an environmental activist. But beautiful is I believe only beautiful if it is honest and clean too.
I particularly like the paper garlands she designs, so perfect for dressing up kraft paper gift wrapping or other simple gift wraps.  Some examples from her shop:

Here comes the sun!

Pretty garland, table decoration, etc.
Fields of joy garland:

Pretty garland,, and she designs more wholesale.

So pretty!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Wrapper of the week: Smock

There are many, many good reasons to support stores like Smock.  I don't think I can describe them better than they do themselves:

"This is how we do business.

We print sustainably; doing things all responsible printers should do. We use only  vegetable oil based and low-Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) inks. We use low-VOC and citrus-based solvents. We recycle our photo chemistry, film, paper offcuts, and photopolymer printing plates. Empty ink cans and old rags are kept out of landfills. We recycle and compost our waste. We use recycled packaging materials and reuse packing materials from our vendors. We donate surplus paper and envelopes to our local public schools.  We package our custom work in keepsake boxes made in NY  from 100% post-consumer recycled materials.
We print on Bamboo paper. Bamboo is a truly sustainable and renewable resource, generating up to 35% more oxygen than hardwood trees, and absorbing 4 times the carbon as well. It’s the fastest growing plant on this planet; it grows without pesticides or fertilizers; and it requires very little water to grow. Bamboo also makes the prettiest paper out there. Today, we partner with a historic New England  paper mill to develop a pesticide-free, fertilizer-free, fine artisan paper just for us. Our bamboo paper is extremely soft, luxuriously thick, and elegantly textured. It’s also perfect for letterpress. 
We actively work to reduce our carbon footprint and are entirely wind-powered through Native Energy. We offer bus passes to employees to encourage public transportation usage. We subsidize Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) memberships with a local organic farm, because we believe our food shouldn’t have to travel 1,500 miles to reach us."

Their choices in gift wrap are beautiful and beautifully done. I particularly like their double sided options, as they say, all printed on bamboo paper.

This two sided "ink" gift wrap is beautiful.

Eco friendly, sustainable gift wrap

2 sheets, each 24 " x 36"
They also have gift boxes. I was just thinking about how gift boxes were probably the best possible solution for wrapping. Easy to use and much easier to re-use, beautiful gift boxes justify investing a little more in something that can get used again and again for the best possible presentation. Swap in some beautiful ribbons and gift tags and you are done!

I love this option! It's like a gift around your gift!
Their tags are beautiful too.

Pretty and special.

All of the short sighted things done that have led to climate change were motivated at least in part by economics. Somewhere, consumers wanted better hairspray, or cheaper energy or something and there were those ready to take advantage of that.  So why don't we, the consumers, take control of that cycle and support those willing to invest in trying to do things the right way.  It is a small action that can add up to a big influence.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Etsy Monday: CarolinaBuzio

Carolina Buzio has this to say about herself:

Portuguese freelance illustrator and animator, silly character creator, cinnamon addict. Currently based in Berlin. 
Check out this very cute recycled gift paper from Carolina's shop. She has really cute cards and illustrations too.

Sloths doing yoga!
This is just too cute.
And I think this print is just too cute.

 4 x 6 Giclee

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dad Day

My dad, who passed away some years ago, was so important to me growing up.  He worked so hard to teach his children independent thought, intellectual honesty and love for one's fellow man through his words and deeds.  He went on to do the same with his grandchildren.  I never think of him without a warm feeling lighting up my day. I was fortunate enough to finally marry a man who brought all those special qualities and more to his dadship.

So we can all celebrate our wonderful dads, here's a quick round up from Etsy of Father's Day gift wrap, starting with some fun stamp action:

Talk to the Sun has great stamps you can use to make your own gift wrap.

What a great graphic choice from ThePerkyPainter in the UK!
Super Cute option with a great Dad Day tag. Awww.
FancifulChaos does the map gift wrap thing. So appropriate.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Etsy Monday Gingiber Zest for your Nest

Today's Etsy Shop is Gingiber (zest for your nest) Really how cute is that shop name? Stacie Bloomfield has a great selection of paper designs, including some very cute wrapping paper that definitely feels springlike to me.

I think these bunnies are cuter than anything.
Here's what Stacie says about her work:

"Gingiber is a kids decor & paper goods brand based in Springdale, AR, founded in 2009. Filled with art prints, stationery, pillows & homewares that are sweet enough for children but smart enough for adults, Gingiber finds the perfect balance of artfulness & playfulness in each illustration.

Gingiber’s diverse line of products have been featured in Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Artful Blogging Magazine, Country Living Magazine & DIY Magazine. Stacie has designed for companies such as The Land of Nod, Quarto Publishing, Chasing Paper NYC and iPop. We hope that this is only the beginning of more beautiful things to come"
I like these springy gift wrap patterns too:

This looks modern to me.

Such a cute fox design.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Etsy Monday PrairieRoseSupplies

Prairie Rose Supplies sells a lot of things that are useful in embellishing kraft paper gift wrap. She has some great gift wrap kits with a lot of very cute tags, twine and bows.

Spring green wrapping set

I love the butterfly!
She has a great assortment of tags.

5 butterfly tags
Die cut tags

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Honoring Women

Here's to all the beautiful, audacious, smart, driven, kind, persistent, able, inspiring lovely women everywhere!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Etsy Monday Digital Downloads for Valentine's Day Wrapping

Valentine's Day is edgng closer.  Etsy has a lot of graphic downloads for sale if you aren't finding what you want for free.

I particularly liked JustanArtStore.  She has a good selection of Valentine's Day gift wrapping/scrapbook pages you can download, and I particularly liked the design she had that celebrated love for all humankind. These are cute drawings!

All religions, all races, all love.
She had other very cute Valentine's Day designs too, including:

An old-fashioned take on the holiday.
And finally, Hearts!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Etsy Monday 3PoppyDesign Modern Valentine

3PoppyDesign has some wonderful gift wrap for sale!  Her St. Valentine's Day choices are very appealing.

You get 3 sheets of this 20" x 29" size.
Another version of that great hearts and arrow design.

I also like her Valentine's Day cards, very simple, good for friends, family and more.

One card, comes with envelope.

I love this heart design!
The designer, A Adams, is a mom, and dedicated to drawing, something I can appreciate and identify with.  Great work, great shop, she has a lot of other very nice choices for gift wrap.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Etsy Monday Tuttosicrea Everything is Created

A few years back, my husband and I went to Italy and Morocco. One of the things we learned about ourselves a long time ago is a pure "vacation" is not something we do well with, much better to have a purpose to our activity. Kevin does special wall finishes, so we went to the places where these wall finishes originated and arranged some classes.

Our trip took us from Milan to Vicenza to Venice to Florence and finally to Lake Como before we went to Marrakesh.

Of course, Italy is magical. For us, it was the evidence all around us of creativity, a pulse that persisted through hundreds of years, wars and political systems, fortune and failure. But there you will find even today artisans making a living creating beautiful and unique things, and their work is a respected part of the fabric of life there.  As we crossed the River Arno and made our way into the Artisan's Quarter in Firenze, shop after shop held a creative person at work. A mountaintop near Lake Como had tables with locally crafted teas and jellies. Milan celebrated the artisans who bring the opera to life. And so on.

Today's shop Tuttosicrea, which means "everything is created", has a beautiful selection of handmade articles.  The shop name (which I couldn't agree with more!) and the nature of her items brought me back to that trip, and the places and people we visited. A shop, a place and a country where everything is created.   Etsy says the store is based in Monza, a place I haven't been to so I checked out Google Maps. It's a little north and west of Milan, and of course beautiful.

from Google Maps imagery

Now for her wrapping magic.  Elena put together a beautiful gift wrapping package for Valentine's Day.  Handstamped paper, string, gift tags, a vial full of heart stickers and finally some beautiful polymer hearts! This would be very special wrapping for a special person.

Valentine' gift wrap package

the tags
The hearts!

She had a similar package for fall/winter:

Rustic gift package, all you see here.

Pretty stuff celebrating love, life and the magic of creation!