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Thursday
Mar292012

Whisker Graphics March DIY

Happy Thursday friendlies! How is it Thursday already? How is it April (almost) already?! Time flies when you're busy and have lots on the horizon I guess. I am going to enjoy these last few moments of March since they are slipping away fast.

Today I want to share my monthly Whisker Graphics project. I create a monthly project for their blog using the fabulous WG products, Divine Twine, Bitty Bags...check out all that their store has to offer. It's a lot of fun and I'm joined by other talented bloggers who contribute their own projects on a regular basis too. See all of the creative projects over on the Whisker Graphics blog. For March I made up some Mod-inspired party flags using Bitty Bags.

This is a quick and easy project that can be pulled together right before a party. The colors are bright and cheerful and will instantly spruce up your party decor. And these flags would work for both adult and children's events. The mod style feels more mature but the colors keep it youthful. To see the materials I used, visit the post on Whisker Graphics, browse around, and say hi to the WG team. 

Thanks for visiting Lauren Elise Crafted today. Have a great day!

Thursday
Sep292011

Lauren Elise Crafted Business Cards

Part of the fun of participating in a craft fair, besides selling pretty things, is getting your name out there and connecting with people.  One of the ways in which you do this is with a good business card.  Any card can direct someone to your site but if your card is unique and creative, it will stand out and hopefully resonate with your future clients and visitors.  I am a firm believer in making one-of-a-kind business cards and have been crafting my own since I got started.  I love the responses I get when people see the little details that I put into my cards.  I always hand stamp manila shipping tags with my information.  Washi tape is usually involved.  In the past I have placed each tag into glassine bags and then stitched them shut on my sewing machine.  These unexpected touches always make people comment, "Are these really your business cards?  But they're so pretty!"  

A few months ago I had to put together 400 business cards to go into swag bags for the Fizz & Frills event in San Francisco.  I wanted to do a little something different with my cards so I decided to opt out of the stitching detail for this particular event.  Instead, I put the tags into mini envelopes and made party flags for each one.  Here are some shots of what I created:

I love my custom letter stamp so of course I had to stamp a sweet message onto the envelopes.

I made the mini flags out of toothpicks and washi tape.  I was inspired by this image that I found on Pinterest awhile ago.  I just love packaging, don't you?  Yes, even business cards can get packaged. 

400 cards got out of hand pretty quickly and soon it was hard to stay neat and organized.  It slowly became chaos but I just love all the mini flags.  They are so cheerful and a sweet addition to these envelopes.  

Since I am busy working on my upcoming craft fair, ideas for packaging and branding and business cards are racing through my head.  I really loved the mini envelopes so I may go for those again.  I don't think I'll have enough time to make all of the flags but I'll come up with a cute equivalent.  Thoughts?  Ideas?

What makes a good business card to you?    

Friday
Sep032010

DIY Mini Flags for Cupcakes

On Monday I blogged about my weekend excursion to the Getty Villa, which included pictures of these mini flag cupcakes toppers.  I promised to post the tutorial for them on Tuesday.  Clearly today is not Tuesday, it is Friday and I have been holding this DIY hostage all week.  I am sorry.  I do not have much of an excuse other than that life got in the way (doesn't it always?).  But finally I have put together the pictures of these flags and I am excited to showcase them now (finally).  They are SO easy to make.  Special crafting skills are not even needed...I swear.  And the required materials are basic and easy to acquire, if you don't already have them.  

What you'll need:

-cardstock scraps

-fabric scraps

-tacky glue

-thin wooden dowels

-scissors

Instructions:

1. Get some fabric and cardstock scraps.  Cut the cardstock down, making it half the size of the fabric.

2. Glue one side of the cardstock and stick it down on the fabric.  Then glue the other side of the cardstock, fold the fabric over, and adhere together.  Do not put glue right at the edge of the cardstock…leave enough room to stick the wooden dowel in between the fabric and the paper.

3. Allow the paper and fabric to dry for 5-10 minutes.

4. Cut your fabric/paper into strips.  When I cut mine down to size, the flags measured 1” x 2 ¼” approximately.

5. Put a dab of glue on the wooden dowel and then insert it in between the fabric and the paper (putting it in that little space you left for it in step 2).

6. Let flags dry for about 5 minutes.  Finally cut a triangle shape out of the end of the flag and then voilà…you have a mini flag perfect for a cupcake topper!

If you wanted you could make some mini flags, package them in a clear, candy bag, and give as gifts to friends!

Mini flag in motion...

Easy, right?  The flags were a fun alternative to candles for our picnic last weekend (I was not sure what the open-flame policy was at the Getty Villa...candles are probably frowned upon).  I have seen other tutorials for flags like this but they usually ask you to starch the fabric to make it stiff.  That was too much hassle for me.  The cardstock works as a great substitute to give the fabric rigidity.  The flags could also be made out of paper but I think the fabric adds some of that rustic flare!

Happy weekend...finally, we can all rest knowing that this DIY has been posted!