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Washi Tape Giveaway Winner


I’m pleased to announce the winner of my Washi Tape Giveaway.

Congratulations, Marybeth! You’ve won a roll of Washi Tape from the new Artsyville Washi Tape line.  I hope you enjoy using it!  Please email me your mailing address via my contact page.

Thanks to all those who participated in this month’s giveaway.  :]

Warm regards,

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Washi Tape Giveaway


I recently ordered a roll of Washi Tape from Aimee at Artsyville – it was the first design from her new Washi Tape line.  Rather than just order a single roll, I purchased two, so I could give one roll away here on my blog.  I know it’s an itsy-bitsy giveaway, but hey – who doesn’t like free stuff?  :]


In order to enter, simply leave a comment on this post sharing one way you might use your tape if you’re the lucky winner.  The winner will be announced a week from today, on Tuesday, September 24th.  Good luck!

Warm regards,

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DIY: Easy Washi Tape Tags


As I shared in my last post, I’m a Big Shot Newbie and am loving my new machine.  I had fun creating some Washi Tape tags as my first DIY with the machine, and thought I’d share my simple little project with you. It’s super easy to make tags in a variety of colors and patterns.  Aside from the machine and die, the supplies are minimal.


Big Shot die cutting machine
Sizzix Tags die
Washi Tape
Other embellishments – optional



  1. Cut the chipboard into pieces slightly bigger than the tag shape you’ll cut out.
  2. Cover one side of the piece of chipboard with Washi Tape.
  3. Cut out the tag with your machine and die.
  4. Embellish the die further, if you choose.  Consider using eyelets, stickers, ribbon and rubber stamping to add to your tags.

The Washi Tape can be used to customize your tags in many different ways.  For example:

Color & Pattern: You can use one color/pattern per tag, or any number of tapes in combination.  Whether you’re making tags for a birthday gift and want to choose the recipient’s favorite color or are making orange and black tags for Halloween, this is a quick and easy way to customize a tag.

Tape Placement:  Lay down the tape horizontally, vertically, or on the diagonal.  You might also do crosses, a random pattern, or alternate strips of tape with strips of the base tage showing through underneath.  The choice is yours!


Do you own any Washi Tape?  How many rolls?  What do you use your Washi Tape on?  Please share.  Oh, and stay tuned for a little giveaway I’m going to be doing in the next week or two.  I’m going to give away a roll of Washi Tape that I ordered from Aimee at Artsyville – it’s fab!

Warm regards,

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Washi Tape & Cork Place Card Holders


I was recently given a big bag of corks (Thanks, Megan!), and have started the fun process of coming up with things to create with them.  My first DIY with these corks is this set of place card holders.  These little beauties are fast and easy to make, and require few materials.  What’s not to love?


Getting back to my bag ‘o corks, some of the corks are “natural” and some of them are made from foam and plastic.  Today’s project is made with the latter – the synthetic corks.  I found them to be more symmetrical, and therefore easier to wrap with the washi tape.  Washi tape is easy to work with, since it’s easy to peel up and straighten, and the color, pattern, and mix-n-match possibilities are endless!




Synthetic corks
Washi tape
Xacto Blade


  1. Wrap Washi tape around the cork.  The corks I used allowed for three “rows” of tape to be laid out next to each other, with a wee bit of overlap. You can use all one color, as I did on most of my corks, or mix and match, like I did on my black, white, and silver cork.
  2. Cut across the top middle of your cork with  your Xacto blade.  The cut should go all the way across the top, as shown, and should extend downward into the cork so the placecard can be slid down into the cork about 1/4 of an inch.
  3. Prepare the cards you’ll be displaying and carefully inset them into the cut foam slit. Make sure they’re centered so they don’t tip over.
Not only are these super fast and easy holders perfect for place cards, they’re also great for labeling food and dessert platters.  You might also consider using them to hold cherished photos.
Questions?  Comments?  I’d love to hear from you, dear readers.  Happy washi taping!
Warm regards,
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DIY: Cosmetic Bags Turned Pen & Pencil Cases!

I recently transformed some clearance cosmetic bags I found at Michaels into customized pen and pencil cases, and thought I’d share them with you.  The bags, a steal at 50 cents each, were pretty enough as is – but I wanted to make them at bit more artsy and more durable.  I was inspired to use them to hold pens, pencils, and other art supplies, and just knew I’d come up with some fun looks.  They’re easy to make, and can be customized a million different ways!

The cosmetic bags – BEFORE..


My customized Pen & Pencil Cases – AFTER!


Basic Instructions:

The first step on each bag was to tape along the two sides (where the bag was stitched) and the bottom. This laid a base for my other tape, and adds extra strength.  Next, I taped along the top edge, by the zipper, and worked my way down.  In most cases I worked horizontally, but you can tape vertically (up and down) as well like I did on the Washi Tape Case.  This project is very loose and flexible, so just play and find what works for you.


Washi Tape Case


I made this case by using three different patterns of washi tape and clear packing tape.  I used the packing tape as a base layer on the whole bag, applied the washi tape in a repeating vertical pattern, and then “sealed” the case with another layer of clear packing tape.  I’ve put colored pens inside this case.

Silver & Black Duct Tape Cases



I made these cases by taping along the sides and bottom, and then taping along the top and down the bag.  The black pen case also has another layer of tape along each of the sides, to cover some of the edges of the tape strips I applied horizontally.  The silver case holds my Caran d’Ache water-soluble crayons, and the black case holds my black pens.

Vintage Ledger Paper & Masking Tape Case


I made this case by attaching pieces of vintage ledger paper to both sides of the case using a very strong double stick tape.  I covered the entire case with clear packing tape, and then accented the sides and bottom edge of the case with pieces of masking tape cut to assorted sizes.  This case holds assorted art tools like small tapes, my XActo knife, pencils, and an eraser.


Now, rather than having bunches of things loose in my “art supplies on the go” case, I’ve got these fun, sturdy, and budget-friendly cases keeping things tidier and more organzied.  Woo hoo!  Oh, and if you missed my post on how to repurpose a vintage train case into a travel case for your art supplies, please click here.  I love the way the case turned out, and it’s really handy – whether I’m just creating here at home or am out and about.


I picked up some extra cosmetic bags, in case some of you would like to customize a bag for yourself or someone you know.  If you’d like me to mail you one of the unaltered cosmetic bags, please leave a comment indicating as much – and use the CONTACT feature to email me your mailing address.  The first FIVE people to comment and email me their addresses will get one of the bags.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments, dear readers. And Happy Fall!

Warm regards,

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