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How to: Handmade Christmas Tree Card (Free Printable)

by Faith Provencher

How to: Handmade Christmas Tree Card (Free Printable)

As the holidays continue to grow near, it's time to start thinking about holiday cards. So this year, I offer this festive watercolor card. It combines the best of both worlds: some hand painted and customized goodness, and the fact that it only takes minutes to make, so you don't have to cut your list short. Click through to find out what it looks like on the inside - and how to make one yourself.   

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Roundup: Curbly's 2012 Modern Holiday Card Guide

by Chris Gardner

Roundup: Curbly's 2012 Modern Holiday Card Guide

We love paper, we love independent designers, and we certainly love getting cool, handmade art in the mail. So for the Curbly crew, cards are not only a given, but one of our favorite parts of the holiday season.

To help find some of the coolest, most stylish holiday greeting cards of 2012, Curbly asked our friend and resident stationery expert Carina Murray of Crow and Canary to share her favorite picks this season. There's still plenty...

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Roundup: 12 Stylish Modern Holiday Greeting Cards

by Chris Gardner

Roundup: 12 Stylish Modern Holiday Greeting Cards

Sure, it's the era of electronic invites, and online parties, and hashtag events, but, there's simply no replacement for sending a holiday greeting - on paper, in the mail - to your friends and family to let them know you care, and if you'd like, what you've been up to this year.
To help find some of the coolest, most stylish holiday greeting cards of 2011, Curbly asked our friend and resident stationery expert Carina Murray of Crow...

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Curbly Roundup: Hip Father's Day Cards for Totally Awesome Dads

by Chris Gardner

Curbly Roundup: Hip Father's Day Cards for Totally Awesome Dads

Here at Curbly, we think Father's Day should get a little more play. Mother's Day is full of commercials, sections at the grocery store, fresh flowers, elementary school craft projects, and the like. But, for Father's Day? Maybe a sale at the hardware store? Some jokes about ties and cologne.

But not this year, at least not on Curbly. Yesterday, we kicked off the season with our gift guide for stylish dads, and today, we're sharing a roundup of handmade and independently printed cards from our friend and stationery professional, Carina Murray of Crow and Canary. 

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Curbly Roundup: Totally Sweet Valentine's Day Cards for Her

by Chris Gardner

Curbly Roundup: Totally Sweet Valentine's Day Cards for Her

This year, Curbly asked Carina Murray of Crow and Canary, an artisanal stationary firm based in Portland, Oregon, to select some clever and creative original Valentine's Day cards from independent designers and artists. Her picks for the guy in your life were totally spot on, so we're equally thrilled to share this roundup of lovely and adorable cards for the wonderful women you want to honor.

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Curbly Roundup: Seriously Awesome Valentine's Day Cards for Him

by Chris Gardner

Curbly Roundup: Seriously Awesome Valentine's Day Cards for Him

 

With two weeks left before February 14th, we figured it was about time to find this year's most thoughtful and heartwarming greetings. But, in 2011, it's becoming increasingly difficult to find the best way to say "I love you" at the card store at the mall, or worse, the aisle at the supermarket. Times have changed, and there's a whole world of stationary out there to help you share your warmest thoughts.

For help, we turned to our pal Carina Murray of Crow and Canary, an artisanal stationary firm based in Portland, Oregon.

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How To: Make Easy, Natural Place Card Stands from Twigs (Free Printables Included)

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make Easy, Natural Place Card Stands from Twigs (Free Printables Included)

I love the idea of bringing in found, natural elements for Thanksgiving decor; maybe some drift wood, or smooth river rocks. But where I live, all I can find are dead, brown oak leaves, some leftover dried corn stalks at the nursery, and twigs that get knocked down during windstorms. Crunchy foliage doesn't do much for me, but I like some of the branches and twigs that get blown into the corners of my block, and figured there must be something...

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How To: Hack a Keychain Card for Easier Wallet Storage

by Chris Gardner

How To: Hack a Keychain Card for Easier Wallet Storage

I do my best to shy away from any extra keyring accessories: no decorative keychains, fobs, or extras for me. When offered a discount or loyalty membership, I always opt for the credit card sized version rather than the keychainable one.

Recently, a bunch of small, local businesses banded together to create a great program that I'm excited to support, and the only way to access it? Keychain card. I tried storing it in my wallet, but it would...

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Plasticland's Cool Retro-Styled Christmas Cards.

by Chris Gardner

Plasticland's Cool Retro-Styled Christmas Cards.

If you're like me, then you're simply insane for the holiday season, and get totally stoked by all that invokes the magic of Christmastide, and are totally okay with embracing it now that Halloween and Election have come to a close.

And if you're like me, things that seem as if they were designed in the late 40s to the early 60s just look fabulous, regardless of the season.

So, if you're like me, you'll dig these retro-styled Christmas cards...

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Freebie Time: Free, Printable Library Cards, Pockets, and Mini-Notes!

by Chris Gardner

In the DIY design blogosphere, tis always the season for giving: Creature Comforts offers free, download and printable library card pocket templates, standard library cards, and mini-notes. No more description necessary, just go get 'em.

Freebie Time: Free, Printable Library Cards, Pockets, and Mini-Notes!

Download library_card_pocket_template.pdf
Download free_standard_library_cards.pdf
Download free_mini_gift_cards.pdf

Via Decor8.

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Make a Fabric Card Holder.

by Chris Gardner

Materials: 1)heavy fabric for the outside and flaps and a lighter fabric for the lining. 2) A ruler. 3) poster board or heavy paper to trace the pattern. 4) A pen. 5) Pinking shears. 6) Fabric scissors. 7) Velcro

Craft blogger Magda K. offers easy, step-by-step instructions for making this fabric card holder- perfect for holding business cards, your ID, or even your subway tokens.

Make a Fabric Card Holder.
Be sure to check out Magna's Etsy shop.

 

 

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Greeting Card Gift “Pillows”

by DIY Maven

Greeting Card Gift “Pillows”

This is a great and easy way to recycle greeting cards (Christmas or otherwise) into gift card holders or small gift boxes.

 

The Supplies:

Greeting cards

Scissors

Pencil

Straight edge blade

Glue

Ruler

The Procedure:

1. Print out figure below as template, adjusting size to 7 ½" by 6 ½" to fit standard gift card, if necessary.

2. Position template over greeting card, as shown, aligning card’s fold to template’s center fold.

3. Trace around template.

4. Cut out...

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