Merry & Bright

Paperie Lane wishes you the happiest of holidays! Merry and Bright

What's your holiday tradition?

Whether you know it or not, all family and friends have one. For me, my besties and I've been doing a Secret Santa exchange since 2002. No matter where we are, overseas or in a different state, we've never missed a Christmas. Thanks to our wonderful technology, Annie and I even did the exchange via webcam while we were living in Taipei. Then the official gifts were hand-delivered when they flew in to celebrate NYE (dedicated much?)

Like any other year, we had brunch at the very cozy A.O.C. for our exchange and right next to us was a table that sat nine old men.  They leaned over to wish us well and told us that they've been having lunch since 1964! Isn't that amazing? 50+ years of friendship and tradition. That is definitely something to live up to.

Christmas wrapping Secret SantaHave a safe and wonderful Christmas!

Christmas via Instagram

Since I've been so behind on my holiday crafts, I haven't had any time to get some good HQ shots of the holiday cards I've made.  I'll be better, I promise. Luckily there's instagram. Follow me @PaperieLane!

Paperie Lane InstaChristmasDid you send out your holiday cards yet?

 

A Flower for your Birthday

handmade birthday card I just got back from an awesome weekend of sun and relaxation at the SLS hotel in South Beach Miami.  We spent most of our time lounging by the pool being treated like royalty. The pool service was amazing. Someone would always come by with a tray and offer us slices of freshly cut watermelon, popsicles, or my favorite...frozen grapes.

The food was delicious! I tried Cuban food for the first time and had delicious paella and gelato on Española Way.  We also found a small shop, La Sandwicherie. They had the most amazing french vinaigrette. We loved it so much, we went back there three times!

I <3 Miami!

flower card

It's always hard to jump back into work after vacation. I was completely dead on Monday. It's now Thursday, and I am still feeling dead.

Hopefully the weekend will wake me up.

foam tape

flower petals

I love adding depth and texture to a simple card. The key ingredient... foam tape.

Since this was a fairly simply card, I wanted to give the petals some pop. I only used a single layer of foam tape, but I'll probably do a double layer next time, to make it stand out more.

Papertrey Ink stamps

Materials: blank white card, adhesive, foam adhesive Flower: Papertrey Ink Happy Hexagon Mini Stamp Set, Papertrey Ink Hexagon Die, die cutting tool (I have the Sizzix Big Shot) Ink (flower): Papertrey Ink Perfect Match Harvest Gold & Berry Sorbet Ink (Happy Birthday): Papertrey Ink Perfect Match Winter Wisteria & Perfect Match Enchanted Evening

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my darling cousin, Tracy!

DIY: Decorating a Cake Box in 4 Easy Steps

What delicious goodness could be inside this 10 x 10 box? Obivously something sweet pour vous.

But before we get to that...

Happy Birthday

...I gotta make the outside look as sweet as the inside.

cake box

Step one: Buy your cake box. I got mine for $2 at Sur La Table.

Step two: Pick your desired stamps and stamp away. Use a ruler for more even spacing. The 'Happy Birthday' sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Happy Hexagon Mini Stamp Set. The 'Baked with Love' stamp was found in the 99 cent bin at Michaels.

Papertrey Ink Stamps

stamping

Step 3: Insert baked goods.

Step 4: Tape sides with washi tape then top off with ribbon and bow.

One mustn't give a gift without ribbons and bows!

washi tape

decorating cake box

Include your homemade card and VOILA!

C'est Fini!

Come back soon to see what sweet goodness lies inside the box!

Live Simply Love Much

Happy 2013! I love the sentiment on this card: "Live Simply, Love Much."  We tend to crowd our lives with unnecessary things that ultimately end up complicating our lives further.  When we get wrapped up in situations, we sometimes take life and love for granted, but it helps to take a step back and realize what's really important.  This year, I'm going to try to be a better person than I was last year.  I'm going to focus on spending more time with the people I care about,  live a healthier lifestyle, and give as much as I can.

Live Simply Love Much card

For the house and sentiment, I used Papertrey Ink's Winter Hills stamp set.  For the hearts, I used the Martha Stewart Crafts Valentine Foam Icon Stickers.

handmade card

home is where the heart is

Live Simply Love Much

home sweet home

home is where the heart is

"Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God" -Ronald Reagan