Free Printable Evergreen Patterned Paper


Happy December!

If you follow me on Instagram or here on the blog, you know that I've been hard at work studying local plants; watercolor painting; and learning to digitize my work. Everything is coming together now, and I have many new printables on the way, most of which will be arriving in my Etsy shop soon (and some are already available!).


Today I am happy to share with you a sample from my collection of printable watercolor stationery and gift wrap. This is my "Evergreen Pattern in White". These printables will come in many different patterns and colors, all from my hand-painted watercolors.

This sample is one full page PDF, and I will show you how to create everything from note cards to gift tags, stickers, gift wrap and more below.

Click here to download and print your free watercolor evergreen paper sample!


To make a set of A2 size note cards, print the PDF at full-size, with borderless printing, on sturdy white card stock. Choose standard to high-quality print settings.

After printing, rotate the card stock to a landscape position. Cut all the way down the sheet, so you have two halves that are 5.5 inches wide. You can now fold the halves in half for a 5.5" x 4.25" note card, or trim 1/2" off the bottom of each half, then fold, for a 5.5" x 4" note card.

For envelope seals, print the pattern onto paper or white card stock. Use a 1 to 2 inch wide circle punch to cut as many circles as you would like. Run the circles through a Xylon sticker maker (usually $10 at craft stores).


Gift tags can be made with a gift tag punch, or by cutting the shape of your choices. Squares and rectangles work wonderfully for gift tags and don't require a shaped punch. For gift tags, the sturdier the card stock, the better. After cutting your gift tags, use a 1/8" hole punch at the top of the tag. A 1/4" punch will work as well, but don't go any bigger than that.

Use your favorite string to loop through the hole of each tag. My favorite is natural colored twine, although bakers twine, yarn, cotton string, etc. will work.

You can also make folding gift tags for gift tags by cutting rectangles, either 3" x 6" to fold in half for a 3" x 3" square note, or 2.5" x 5" for a 2.5" square note. These can also be hole-punched and threaded with string.


Finally, this paper makes great wrapping paper! Print on a thin, white printer paper. This is perfect for smaller gifts such as jewelry, stationery boxes, etc.

You can also use scraps of the paper to make bands of wrapping paper around things such as jewelry boxes, tied with natural twine.

This is just the beginning of the paper goods you could make with one printable! Please remember that this printable is for personal use only, and no for-sale products can be made with it. If you have an idea for a product you'd like to sell using this pattern, please get in touch with me and we can talk about the possibilities!

20 DIY Projects & Recipes to Welcome Fall


I'm a typical Great Lakes girl who loves having her four seasons, my favorite being fall. To celebrate the beginning of cooler weather and a changing menu of in-season items, here are 15 projects and recipes to inspire you.

DIY Succulent Grapevine Wreath



I wanted to freshen up my front door for spring, but all of the wreaths I had my eye on were a little out of budget. I wanted something simple and organic in style. It was only on a whim while at a craft store that this grapevine wreath caught my eye. I quickly found a roll of faux moss and a few very realistic faux succulents, bringing the total of this project to less than $12!

Price breakdown:

  • Grapevine wreath: $4.99
  • Faux succulent stem: $3.99
  • Faux moss roll: $2.99
It helps that I already had some hot glue and wire cutters at home, but those weren't even really necessary for this project.

Materials

  • Grapevine wreath
  • faux moss roll
  • faux succulents with wire stems
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • wire cutters
The first step is to secure the faux moss to the back of the wreath. You can either tie it to a stem, or add a dot of hot glue and attach it.



The next step is to wrap the faux moss all the way around the width of the wreath until you have gone all the way around. Tie off again to attach end of moss roll to wreath, or hot glue the end to the back of the wreath.

This particular moss had thin tendrils hanging off it, which I wrapped around other twigs around the wreath and tied off:

Next, it's time to attach the succulents. 


There are two ways to do this:

1. Cut wire stems off the succulents and hot glue the succulents bases to the front of the wreath
2. Leave the stems on; stick the stems through the front of the wreath and bend them to hold their places. Hot glue the base of the succulent to secure if necessary.


You can add as many or as few succulents as you'd like! I didn't want my wreath to be overstated, so I stuck to just three succulents.  


After all glue is cooled, your wreath is ready for hanging!


Win a Copy of My New Book, Creative Cut Cards!


It's finally here! This was a big project of mine last summer, and it's a thrill to finally hold it in my hands. Creative Cut Cards from Lark Crafts features 35 paper cut greeting card tutorials, including 10 of my own designs! This book is such  rich resource for those who love making greeting cards. The beauty of these particular projects is that you don't have to buy expensive embellishments, stamps, stickers, etc.; most of these cards simply require card stock; paper; adhesive; and a craft knife.



Each of these projects includes full color photos; complete instructions; and real-size templates to help you get a perfect cut!


The best part? I'm giving away a free, signed copy to celebrate! It's really easy to enter:

The giveaway is on my Instagram account. You have two ways to enter, or you could do both to double your chances:

1. Follow me on Instagram and like this photo:
or
2. Tag a friend in the comments of this photo:

πŸŽ‰It's giveaway time!πŸŽ‰ You can win a signed copy of this book, Creative Cut Cards: 35 card-making tutorials with photos and templates! TO ENTER: choose one method, or both to double your chances: 1. Follow me @theashleypahl & like this photo; OR 2. Tag a friend in the comments below. To win, you must have a U.S. address and 18 or older. Giveaway ends at noon EST on April 5th 2016. Per Instagram rules, I must tell you that Instagram is in no way sponsoring, affiliated with, or administering this giveaway. . . #giveaway #instagramgiveaway #contest #instagramcontest #ashleypaper #CreativeCutCards #makersgonnamake #getcrafty #creativityfound #paperlove #papercutting #greetingcards #diy #win #instabook #creative #abmcrafty #lovetocreate #stationeryaddict #stationery #stationerylove #papercut #etsy
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The giveaway ends tomorrow, April 5th. Open only to U.S. residents age 18 and older.

If you don't win, check out Creative Cut Cards on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, now available!

Follow me on Instagram: @TheAshleyPahl

Hamilton Beach Stand & Hand Mixer Giveaway and Review


**UPDATE: two giveaway winners have been chosen - find them announced below!**

It's time for the giveaway you've been waiting for! When Hamilton Beach offered me both a stand mixer and a 6 speed hand mixer to review AND giveaway to my readers, I was barely able to contain my excitement! I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to try these out for myself and treat two of you.

There was no better time than December to try these mixers. Between my daughter's birthday; school parties; holiday gatherings; and family meals, I got to try out all aspects of these mixers so that you know my personal experience with them.

First, a little about each mixer:

Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer: 




I've felt a little behind in the baking world over the last 10 years as every member of my family + every cooking TV show host has obtained a coveted stand mixer. I am thrilled to say that every recipe I tried with my new stand mixer so far has been a success.

With the stand mixer you get:
  • 3 different mixing attachments: a dough hook, whisk, and flat beater
  • A stainless steel, 4 quart bowl which is dishwasher safe
  • A splatter shield
  • Non-slip feet
  • A tilt-up head for easy bowl access
  • 7 speeds for true versatility

The mixer also has a 300 Watt motor for complete bowl coverage and hands-free mixing.

Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Hand Mixer:




This hand mixer was clearly designed for convenience. It has:
  • 6 attachments: twisted wire beaters, a milkshake mixer, dough hooks, and a whisk
  • A snap-on storage case
  • A pulse function for extra mixing control
  • A burst button for peak power


The Review

I wanted to start my review on the easy side of baking. My first test recipe was my daughter's 6th birthday cake. I made a red velvet cake from a box mix, and used the hand mixer.  Simple, smooth, and as expected - my batter turned out well (and I LOVE the detachable storage case for the mixing attachments).


For my next recipe it was time to turn it up a notch: homemade cream cheese frosting. For the cream cheese frosting I used the flat beater because I was working with something a little tougher: butter and cream cheese.


In order to mix the homemade cream cheese frosting evenly, I first blended the cream cheese and butter, and slowly added the milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla.

I can't believe it but I forgot to take a picture of the finished cake at the party. I guess I was too busy lighting candles and singing.

After my daughter's birthday it was time to prepare for Christmas. I always make my homemade sugar cookies and amazing buttercream frosting. It's my most popular blog post by a long shot, so I think most readers agree that this recipe is no joke. You can find the recipe here.


Again, I used the paddle beater to create the dough from scratch. Now this is why I wanted a stand mixer. I love the idea of baking almost as much as I love the end product, but what I don't love is the mixing and mess. Having this stand mixer has already improved my attitude towards baking - making these cookies was a breeze!


For the frosting I thought it was time to try out the whisk. Buttercream frosting does not require a difficult amount of mixing as long as the butter is softened. As always, I beat my butter with milk and vanilla, and slowly added powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. I found that periodically I needed to pause the mixing and scrape down the side of the bowl; however, it's not hard with the tilt-back mixer head.


Finally, I wanted to use the dough hook attachment. During the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve I made 2 loaves of my family recipe for kolache/poppy seed roll.

As with the cookies, I tend to view making dough as a chore, but the stand mixer has changed everything! I used the dough hook to do the work for me: after mixing ingredients, all I had to do was let the dough rise.



Baking for the holidays was never easier.

GIVEAWAY!

**This giveaway is now closed! 2 winners have been selected: Amber S. has won the stand mixer, and Brenda C. has won the hand mixer. Please check your email to confirm you are able to accept your prize! Thanks! **

Guess what? Now it's your turn to get cooking!

TWO lucky blog readers will win one of two Hamilton Beach mixers!

Prize #1: a Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer (view here). The winner will be chosen at random from all entries, and the first winner drawn will win the stand mixer.

Prize #2: a Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Hand Mixer with Pulse and Snap-On Case (view here). Winner #2 will be chosen at random from all entries, and the second winner drawn will win the hand mixer.

To win: enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter form below. You may choose just one, favorite entry method, or all entry methods below. You must be a U.S. citizen and age 18 or older.

The winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter, and I will contact the winner via the email they used in the signup form. This giveaway closes at 12:00 AM on 2/2/16.

Okay, now good luck!

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