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Do you remember making paper chains when you were little?? I can remember making them in school with cheap construction paper during Christmas to count down the days till we got to open presents. Usually we would hang it on our fire place and half way through the season we would usually forget a day, which then turned the paper chain into a decoration.

With less then 13 days to our AZ workshop, I thought it would be fun to send a fun happy mail count down paper chain to a sweet friend who will be attending the workshop.

Using my favorite Maggie Holmes styleboard paper I cut a wide variety of 1/2 inch width strips. Because I was using scraps, the lengths varied in size. As soon as I had enough strips, I started glueing them together to make the paper chain.

After the paper chain was made, I began decorating the outside of a mini gold mailing tube, which I was sending the paper chain in.

 I used my typewriter  to add  the address onto the pink label and then added a cardboard floral embellishment.  To finish it off I added a letter of the receivers name .

On the end of the paper chain I added a manilla tag with a typed note and a small yarn tassel tied with a small piece of lace.

How fun are these cardboard frames!  Although they are intended  to use as photo frames, I added one on top of my  typed  ” see you in 13days ” count down note , I and backed it with some patterned paper.  . 
To finish the mailer off, I glued a circle punch out “open here” to the top of the cap so my receiver knew where to open the tube. I also taped the first chain loop to the top of the cap. so when the it gets opened the chain will pull out!!  I also added a gold rub on to the tube above the address label. I just love how the two golds look together .

 I am already thinking of different ways to use mini tube mailers They are so unique and fun to send in the mail.  And who wouldn’t love a splash of gold in their mailbox!!!!


See you in 13 days !!!!



  • August 26, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    Julie - Such a sweet and fun idea!ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2014 - 11:36 pm

    darcy - adorable! i love using tubes for a mailer! so fun! i need to send more happy mail!ReplyCancel


It was so fun reading all your comments on Maggie’s new open book collection. I love it just as much as you do and can’t wait to start creating !!! The entire design team is excited for Maggie, so thank you for all your love and support!!!

A big congrats to: Kathy. R ” Love this entire collection. All the gold and florals and the dies and vellums. Maggie’s best collection so far” .  

Kathy, a email has been sent so keep a look out!!!



  • August 26, 2014 - 9:13 pm

    Kathy R - Thanks! Can’t wait to see this collection in real life. love it.ReplyCancel

Nebraska here WE come.

I am so excited to announce BE CRAFTY is hitting the road again and bringing BE CRAFTY to the lovely state of  Nebraska. This will be my first visit, and I am so excited to meet all you crafty girls for a fun afternoon of crafting.   And guess what!!! The amazing Lesley Zellers will be joining me and teaching us all about chalk art!!!


Join us on October 25th , 2014

WHEREPilgrimer – downtown  Lincoln

TIME: 1-4pm

COST: early bird $65.00 // $75 after Sept. 22nd (registration here)

Each attendee will make and take home 2 projects


Each attendee will make a chalked canvas banner and  learn the tips and tricks of chalk art by Lesley . There will be a wide variety of ribbons, lace and fabric strips to decorate. We will also learn how to make yarn tassels to attach to our banner. Each banner will be backed with a patterned fabric.

Our second project will be a fun mixture of paper crafting and jewelry as we make 3 wish bracelets perfect for gifting and sending that special friend a surprise happy mail letter!!! A variety of  oh hello friend tapes and a mixture of letter stamps will be used to create a personalized finished project.

All supplies are included in workshop. We ask all attendees to bring their own scissors and a ruler.

Lesley and I can’t wait to spend the afternoon with you. Seats are limited to 25 so grab yours today!!!

Registration is OPEN.



  • August 26, 2014 - 8:40 pm

    Kelly R - Sounds amazing! And it’s only an hour away from me! Crossing my fingers it works to come. :) ReplyCancel


Happy Friday Friends.

I can’t believe that BE CRAFTY AZ is in just 15 days!!!! I am so excited to be partnering with the amazing Maggie Holmes for a fun afternoon of crafting. We have less then a handful of tickets left, and would love for you to join us!!! You can read more about the workshop here!!!  Sign-ups will close sunday at Midnight.


I have been sharing some fun sneak peeks on Instagram. We can’t wait for you to see all the fun surprises we have waiting for you!!!