Sunday, January 30, 2011

Pantone 2011 Color of the Year–Honeysuckle

Rumor has it this will be a popular wedding color for 2011.  The color of the year for 2010 was turquoise which did seem like a popular color! 

Read on – Courtesy of

Energizing Honeysuckle Lifts Spirits and Imparts Confidence to Meet Life's Ongoing Challenges

CARLSTADT, N.J., Dec. 9, 2010 – Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company (NASDAQ: XRIT), and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced PANTONE® 18-2120 Honeysuckle, a vibrant, energetic hue, as the color of the year for 2011.

While the 2010 color of the year, PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, served as an escape for many, Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.
“In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.”

Eiseman continues, “The intensity of this festive reddish pink allures and engages. In fact, this color, not the sweet fragrance of the flower blossoms for which it was named, is what attracts hummingbirds to nectar. Honeysuckle may also bring a wave of nostalgia for its associated delicious scent reminiscent of the carefree days of spring and summer.”
Honeysuckle is guaranteed to produce a healthy glow when worn by both men and women. It's a striking, eye-catching hue that works well for day and night in women's apparel, accessories and cosmetics, and in men's ties, shirts and sportswear. Add a lively flair to interior spaces with Honeysuckle patterned pillows, bedspreads, small appliances and tabletop accessories. Looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your home? Paint a wall in Honeysuckle for a dynamic burst of energy in the family room, kitchen or hallway.

Honeysuckle products are currently available from a variety of manufacturers:

Wedding Apparel
A flattering hue for wedding attendant apparel and accessories, Honeysuckle is now one of the nearly 200 PANTONE WEDDING Colors available from Dessy, a leading manufacturer of bridesmaid, social-occasion and flower-girl dresses. PANTONE WEDDING exclusively from Dessy provides a collection of color tools to make it easy for brides to achieve perfectly color-coordinated weddings – from inspiration to “I do.” See for more information.

Honeysuckle is one of 3,000 colors available in Pantone's line of superior-quality, eco-friendly paint. PANTONE Paints combine the accuracy of PANTONE Colors with the beauty of high-performance Dutch paints. See www.pantonepaints.comfor more information.

Visa Card
Whether you're buying groceries, paying the dry cleaner or shopping for a pair of new pumps, now you can do it in style with a PANTONE Visa® Platinum Rewards Card in Honeysuckle, the 2011 color of the year. See for more information.

For over a decade, Pantone's Color of the Year declarations have influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries including fashion, home and industrial design. Past colors include:

  • PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
  • PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
  • PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
  • PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
  • PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
  • PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
  • PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
  • PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
  • PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
  • PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
  • PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Paper Pie Box–DIY

Courtesy of Martha Stewart:

With a printable template, card stock, and a few simple steps, you can create your own paper pie boxes.

Tools and Materials:

1. For bottom piece, print template at 100 percent. Lay template anywhere on a 12-by-12-inch piece of craft stock; tape in place to secure. 

2. Place template and craft stock between the scoring board and ruler. Square the top of the ruler with the top guide on the scoring board, making sure the long edge of the ruler is lined up next to a groove. Shift the template until one of the dotted lines matches up to the side of the ruler. Use the bone folder to score paper along the dotted line. Repeat for all dotted lines. 

3. Using a craft ruler and a craft knife or scissors, cut along the solid line.

4. Fold along scored lines. 

5. Secure tabs with double-sided tape. For lid, print out template and enlarge to 120 percent using a photocopier. Repeat steps 1, 2, and 3. After step 3, trim 1/2 inch from the bottom edge of all three side flaps. Repeat steps 4 and 5.

Tip: After the template has been cut and before the tabs are secured, use one of our edge punches or deep edge punches to add a decorative border. 

Read more at Paper Pie Box - Martha Stewart Crafts

Saturday, January 22, 2011

25% Off Your Entire Purchase At Michaels!

coupon_1This coupon is valid on Sunday, January 23rd only between 4pm and 8pm.  Even though the shopping window is 4 hours it is includes regular price and sale items!  This is a great opportunity to stock up on Valentine’s Day card and craft supplies. 

If you have trouble printing this coupon please post a comment with your email address and I can send it to you.

Happy Shopping! 

Make Your Own Gift Wrap

If you are crafty and enjoy gifting hand made things then you might be interested in checking out this tutorial courtesy of DIY Network.

So you have a hand made card and gift to give.  Why not go all the way and make your own gift wrap? 

Valentine’s Day is coming up and what a personal way to wrap your special gift for that special someone.

Materials and Tools

craft paper or paper bags
high-density foam roller
acrylic paint
Flowtrol paint conditioner
paint tray
Dressler stencils: #137 diamond tile, #612 fern
blue painter's tape
wire to make wire word or ready-made wire greeting


1. Protect your work surface with newspaper. Lay out your sheet of paper. If using paper bags, separate them along the seam and open them up with the printed side down. Press with an iron to remove creases. You will decorate the inside of the bag.

2. Squeeze acrylic paint into the paint tray and add an equal amount of paint conditioner. Mix well. Put the roller into the paint and work out the excess on the bumpy part of the tray. Unload as much of the paint as possible so it won’t ooze under the stencil.

3. Position your stencil on the paper so that the openings hang over the edges of the paper, so that the design covers the entire sheet. Tape it into place at the corners using the blue tape. It won’t stick to the paper and cause tears. Use a pencil to mark through the registration holes at the corners of the design.

4. Start at the outer edges of the stencil and lightly roll in toward the center, adjusting your pressure on the roller as you see how the paint is reacting. Continue until the stencil is all done.

5. Reposition the stencil using the registration holes as guides and repeat the process until the sheet is covered.

6. You can use a single color or multiple colors. Overlap the repeats in different colors if you like. You can use any design you want.

7. Add a wire word greeting or design to embellish the package. Plus, in addition to the paper, you can make a matching card out of tag board or card stock.

Project designed and demonstrated by Jan Dressler.

For a link to the original project click HERE.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Special Delivery: Share Your Love 2011–Citymeals

Etsy is working with Citymeals-on-wheels this year bring nutritious meals, handmade greeting cards and companionship to elderly New Yorkers.  Citymeals-on-wheels serves over 18,000 people so they are looking for help.  For the original Etsy blog post click HERE.

There are 2 ways you can be a part of this amazing opportunity:

1. Craft as many Valentine’s Day cards as you can to send in.  Here are some guidelines to follow:

  • No glitter! This creates food safety issues.
  • Please make your cards cheerful by using bright colors. You can decorate cards using paint, crayons, markers, pastels, collage or anything else you can think of.
  • Please avoid dark backgrounds and religious symbols.
  • Please write clearly in large print and avoid using the abbreviation “V-day." Please say, “Valentine's Day."
  • You should not give out your address or suggest that the recipients write back to you. Initiating an ongoing correspondence is not appropriate.
  • Please make sure that the cards are appropriate for the intended audience. That is to say, pretend it's for your sweet sweet grandma, not your snarky, angst-ridden teenage brother.


2.  Don’t have time to make a card?  Why not purchase greeting cards from some fabulous Etsy sellers?  My shop, Sno Valley Greetings, is participating in the event.  I will donate the card you purchase and refund the shipping charges back to you.  In the notes to seller tell me that you are donating to Citymeals-on-wheels.  You must purchase the card through my shop by Tuesday, February 1st.  My donation package will be mailed out on Wednesday, February 2nd to ensure it makes it to New York by the February 9th deadline. 

Anyone who purchases a card through my shop will be acknowledged on my blog!

If you choose to make cards and send them on your own be sure that you mail the package in time to be received by February 3rd.  This deadline is important!  Mail your package to:

Attn: Adam Brown
55 Washington St.
Suite 512
Brooklyn, NY 11201 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sno Valley Greetings–Buy One Get One Free

Stock up on greeting cards for 2011 and take advantage of my weekend sale. 

Buy one card and get one FREE!  It’s a great time to purchase cards for birthdays, thank yous, anniversaries, weddings, congratulations, baby etc.  The promotion is available on my whole shop so stop by and shop.

Here are some pictures of the most recently listed cards:

Blue Wedding Cake


My Funny Valentine


Happy Birthday Strawberry Cake


Drum Set…Rock On!


Daddy’s Neck Ties


BBQ Tailgater


The Blue Car Goes Vroom