green tip #7 | sustainability | gift card holder from a toilet paper roll

green tip #7 | sustainability | gift card holder from a toilet paper roll

“If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.”

(comment on holiday waste according to a Standford website)

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Hello friends, happy December 1st. As you may have noticed, I’ve been on a sustainability trail for a few months now. To continue on, I’ve decided to make a gift card holder from a toilet paper roll. This can be used for any gift giving events, especially this holiday season. The visual steps that I took to make this gift card holder is in the slideshow below (you can pause and skip to photos if you want to).

Materials/Tools:
-Scissors
-Scrap paper (to draw the image on)
-Markers, crayons or colored pencils
-Acrylic paint (I used white and dark blue)
-Paintbrush
-Paint Palette
-Pen
-Glue or Tape
-Ribbon or stapler or washi tape (to enclose the ends)

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A few tips:
-After each paint session, let the cardboard dry completely. Otherwise, the paper will be less sturdy and paint may chip off.
-If you don’t like the acrylic texture of the cardboard, stick on clear shipping tape over it; like lamination. The surface will be smoother and will protect the cardboard.
-To make the crease more effective, place a heavy book or object on top of the card holder.
-You can fold the cardboard into a gift box, too, if gift card isn’t appropriate.
-Personalize however you like. If it’s for a birthday, draw a cake or cupcake. If it’s for a graduation, write the year in decorative font. It can cater to whatever style/design you want.

If you want some inspiration with making gift boxes out of upcycled materials, feel free to check out my post green tip #4.

inspirational feelings

inspirational feelings

hold onto your dreams
no matter where you go
no matter your age
no matter who you become
never let go

Watching and reading so many motivating and inspiring pieces of work. Of creators who put their talent, time, artistic and intelligent ideas to use. To create a solid foundation for their dreams. There is no limit to what any one of us can do. There is no limit to who we want to be and what we want to achieve. I don’t think we have to choose one thing over the other; one dream, one career, or one action over another. There is no right or wrong or fast or slow. We exist because we do. We exist however we want to. I made this art piece from these inspirational feelings. Gratitude from my heart for all of it; every single time.

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“hey, I can’t see you” cat illustration 1 & 2

“hey, I can’t see you” cat illustration 1 & 2

Here are a couple of cat drawings I created a year ago. The simple story is that the little black cat is facing away from us, so he’s saying “hey, I can’t see you.” I thought it was cute and I’ll post some more pictures when I have a chance. I have quite a few other cute situations I draw the cat in! Happy Mother’s day to all the wonderful moms out there and although this is late, it’s never too late to appreciate an awesome mom!

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my sketch of jude law

my sketch of jude law

good morning, what a very contemplative morning here at connie’s corner.  i guess it’d be pretty hard not to considering that a whole year is ending and a whole new one is just beginning.

ever since i drew those sketches for my family, i can’t seem to stop sketching.  i’ve always doodled, but i never really took it seriously.  i’m learning a lot about taking my time and understanding that i can’t get it right the first time, so having an eraser is helpful.  i’m also learning that it’s another art i find to be very calming and graceful.  below is a sketch of jude law, or at least my attempt at it.  i know there are things missing about it and it doesn’t quite look like him, but i’m happy that i have the chance to keep practicing.  shading is something i’d like to work on. cnw

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