Easter Cookie Envelope

Yesterday I shared with you this Easter Cookie Gift Bag that I made as part of the CRE8TIME Creativity Movement.  We are encouraged to be creative for an hour a day for 8 days in a row.  If you missed that you can read more about that in yesterday’s post: CRE8TIME Easter Gift Idea.  Today I sharing how I made it and offering you some free Easter printables.

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Today I am sharing with you how to make some of these for yourself so that you can use them to be creative and to share your creativity with others.  They are really simple to make.  I love to give gifts that come in pretty packages.

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Sometimes the easiest way to get exactly what you want is to make it.  I found all the supplies I needed to make this project at Michael’s, who I partnered with in this project.

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I took a  photo of the paper I used just in case some of you are interested in the names and Brands.  I also purchased some Vellum so that you could see the cookie inside of the cookie envelope.  I came up with a pattern for the cookie bag and then cut out the paper using two different coordinating patterns for the front and back of the envelope.

I glued the cookie envelope together with a glue stick and put the flaps on the inside of the envelope.  And I glued the square of Vellum on the inside of the front of the envelope.

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I have provided the pattern for your use if you would like.  Simply click on the image of the pattern and you will be taken to the free pdf download to print.  It also comes with the pattern for you to make this Easter Bunny head that I attached to the top of the bag with a mini clothes pin.  The bunny nose is a black brad that you can find in the scrapbook supply aisle.

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Then I cut out a simple banner and added some black letter stickers to spell out the words Hoppy (or Happy) Easter.  I attached them to a string and then attached that to the insides of the envelope through a tiny hole.

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For the “hoppy” I simply cut out a 1.5 inch circle and then a 2 inch scalloped circle with some paper punches, which I then attached to the envelope.

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You can fold the top of the envelope over the top or tuck it in like I did.

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Then simply slip in your favorite cookie.  I made my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and added in some crushed Cadbury Mini Eggs…I know!

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My family raved about how great the cookies were.  And I would have to say that I am sure they were amazing…but unfortunately I am unable to eat them any more due to my food allergies (womp womp).

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Give them away to your favorite people if you are able to stop yourself from eating all the cookies.  At any rate…get your creativity on and join the CRE8TIME Movement.

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Click here for the envelope patterns: Easter Cookie Envelope Patterns

CRE8TIME Movement–Easter Craft

Back in August I had the opportunity to head out to Dallas, TX and spent some time with some of the amazing people that work with Michaels.  They are so creative and so much fun and we had a good time creating together.  While there we were able to participate in the Michaels Leadership Conference and Holiday Show.  We also met the CEO of the Craft & Hobby Association, Andrej Suskavcevic, who shared with us an amazing campaign called CRE8TIME.

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CRE8TIME is a movement, a movement supported by a group of people who want to make a positive social change. As our lives become increasingly crowded with “responsibilities,” we tend to ignore ourselves and find it difficult to justify creative pursuits; they seem “selfish” and are often the first things we discard.  It’s time to reclaim our creativity!  CRE8TIME is a movement, a movement supported by a group of people who want to make a positive social change.  It is designed to help people recover eight hours a month and devote it to their particular craft, and to create a place for them to share their experiences – the joys, lessons, and results – with the creative community at large.  Learn more about CRE8TIME in this video.

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Now, I tend to spend a lot of my time creating, so finding myself creating for an hour a day is not unusual.  It helps that I am a creative blogger by trade.  But what about you? Do you find time to create in your lives?  I know that most of you LOVE to create, which is why you may find yourself here…on my site.  How does being creative make you feel?  For me, creativity is a way to unwind and relax.  A way for me to connect with who I am outside of all of the other roles I find myself in.

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As part of the CRE8TIME project and my partnership with Michael’s, I came up with a project that I would like to be able to share with you.  And, if you are interested, hopefully this project will help you to be able to find some time to add some creativity to your life if you are not already doing so.  Tomorrow I will share with you the printable pattern, photo tutorial, and the cookie recipe I used so that you can make some too.


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What is your favorite way to spend some time creating?  How does being creative make you feel or enrich your life?  I would love to know!

Homemade Lavender Soap

Did you know that this coming Sunday, Feb. 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day?  Well, it is.  And I am joining with Michael’s and participating in their week long “Craft It Forward Random Acts of Kindness Week!  I was lucky enough to be able to get to know many of the Crafty Geniuses who work at the Michael’s headquarters this past summer.  And so I was really excited to work with them again on this fun campaign.

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I decided that I wanted to make some Homemade Lavender Soap that I could then give away to friends and family as my “Craft it Forward” project.  I also wanted to do something that my girls could also help with.  I wanted them to be able to make their own soaps that they too could share with their friends!

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Now, can you believe that with all my crafting projects that I have NEVER made or played with soap?  I know!  I have always LOVED pretty “handmade” soaps and I guess I thought it was a lot more involved than they really were.  I know there are some people who make handmade soaps completely from scratch and in another life, I would love to be able to try that.

But, for now, I took the super easy road.  And I can’t believe how easy this simple method was.  I talked with my local Michael’s and got some really great tips and advice and learned how to make some really simple but beautiful soap.  Today I will share with you the basics so that you can make some for yourself.  Now…I am no expert, but this is how I made these Homemade Lavender Soaps.

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You will need the following:

A premade soap base (I chose Goat’s Milk Soap)

Scent (I went with my doTerra Lavendar oil but Michael’s has several yummy scents)

A Soap Colorant (I did not use any in this particular soap but did in other soaps I will share later this week)

Rubbing Alcohol

Spray Bottle for the alcohol

Soap Mold

Bowl for melted soap

Spoon

Directions:

  1. Break up your soap base into smaller chunks and place into bowl.
  2. Melt in your microwave on 40 second intervals until the soap is fully melted.
  3. Add your soap colorant and scent and stir well.
  4. Pour your soap into your mold.  I used molds that I found at Michaels that were soft and flexible so I did not need to do anything special to the mold.  If you are using a bread pan or a non-flexible mold you may want to spray a little bit of cooking spray to help the soap ease out of the mold when it has hardened.
  5. Spritz the top of the soap with your Rubbing Alcohol to remove any air bubbles from your soap.
  6. If you are adding different soap layers, (like I do in some soaps I am sharing later) you can let the first layer harden and then spritz it again and pour an additional layer of soap on top.  Depending on the number of layers, you can repeat this process over and over.  Allowing sufficient drying time depending on how solid you want your soap layers to be.
  7. Remove from molds and wrap up pretty.

*If your soap becomes too thick to pour nicely into your mold you can quickly re-melt it again in your microwave.

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I was surprised at how easy it was to whip up a batch of yummy smelling soap.  And the fun part was using that same basic method and coming up with a lot of fun varieties of soap.

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And, with some simple wrapping and embellishment you can come up with a very nice and inexpensive gift that someone would love to receive.  Don’t you think?

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I simply took some burlap, which I also found at Michael’s, that I trimmed down to wrap around each bar of Lavender Soap.

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Then added a couple of dried sprigs of Lavender. You can also find Lavender at Michaels.

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I had so much fun making Lavender soap, that I began experimenting.  The girls also joined in and made some of their own soaps.  Be sure to come back in a couple of days and I will share those with you and also pictures of my girls crafting them forward.

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Michaels is participating in Random Acts of Kindness Week, Feb. 11-17, by asking customers to share their own random acts of kindness on the Michaels Facebook page and to use the hashtag #RAOKDIY when sharing on Twitter and Instagram.

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In celebration of the holiday on Sunday, Feb. 17, Michaels hopes to inspire customers to participate by giving away more than $100,000 in gift cards at its nearly 1,100 U.S. and Canada stores. Gift card recipients will be encouraged to “craft it forward” and exhibit their own random act of kindness towards another person.

Customers who want to “craft it forward” can find inspiration for Random Acts of Kindness projects to give to others on the Michaels Random Acts of Crafting Pinterest board.

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