1. How-to: Summer cup covers

    Keep those pesky bugs away from your favorite summer beverage. These stylish cup covers are festive AND serve as a drink marker too… write your guest’s name on top! Use this super easy how-to at all your summer fêtes!

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  2. Holiday craft idea: Patriotic starbursts

    Whether you’re grilling out, spending time with family or watching cars race in Indianapolis, we hope you celebrate the upcoming holiday weekend with PS style. The PS Blog is a great resource for inspiration. Check out our patriotic paper rosettes, festive banner and treat toppers, or try your hand at our newest kit!
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  3. Special Event: A Midsummer’s Eve Affair

    We’re counting down the days to our big DIY celebration (20 to be exact), and we hope to see you at one of our 43 store locations on June 4th. In fact, as a special treat to those who register, we’re giving away one FREE copy of Handmade WeddingsRegister by Sunday, May 22nd to be included in our drawing (winner announced on Monday, May 23rd).

    What’s even better is our Berkeley store will host Eunice and Sabrina Moyle, coauthors and founders of Hello!Lucky, and our Brooklyn store will be visited by coauthor and stylist Shana Faust. Treats and refreshments will be provided at each store location, along with two hours of inspiring crafts that will transform your special events and parties.

    Here’s a peek…

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    DIY projects like these, and the 50 crafts featured in the pages of Handmade Weddings, will make this an affair to remember. Don’t miss out!

  4. The best inspiration from 2010

    The New Year has arrived, and what better way to commemorate 2010 than to reflect on the innovative ideas that helped us Do Something Creative Every Day throughout the year?! From guest bloggers to seasonal how-tos to adorable baby showers, here are 10 of the most-read ideas to ring in 2011 with crafty style:

    How-to: 4th of July decorating

    How-to: wall bulletin organizer

    How-to: camp stationery

    How-to: hamburger party invites

    Our first guest blogger! Introducing Andrea Boudewijn

    How-to: paper doll pool party invitations

    Easy wedding table cards

    “Twice as nice” twins baby shower

    “Cute as a button” baby shower

    How-to: tissue pomettes

  5. How-to: 4th of July decorating

    If you’re throwing a bbq or pot luck for the upcoming holiday weekend, use these easy 4th of July decorating ideas to make your gathering extra special with patriotic touches made from paper.

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  6. Idea: decorated brownie tray

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    Chartreuse dots lined brownie tray

    Invited to a summer BBQ recently, I tried this fun decorative idea to transport my go-to homemade brownies (a jazzed up version of the boxed kind that could fool anyone). While I like to use something inexpensive that I can leave behind, those disposable aluminum trays kind of kill the presentation. And if my mother taught me anything, it’s that presentation is key.

    The solution?

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  7. How-to: Independence Day paper rosettes

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    We originally created a version of these classic 4th of July decorations for Inauguration Day 2009. To celebrate the day, the PS Design team had streaming video of the day’s events projected onto a wall, framed by curtains and hanging red, white and blue (lake, of course) paper rosettes. It really created a festive patriotic setting and we noted we’d have to remember the rosettes again in July. Well, here we are, halfway through summer (though not in Chicago) and ready to celebrate our country once again! Our take on the tissue paper rosettes you often see at Independence Day celebrations is SO easy. You’ll want to hang them from front porches, around backyards or patios, from tree branches or on the backs of chairs – wherever you choose to celebrate, they’re the perfect decorative spark!

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  8. Inspired by sunflowers

    ps sunflowersThis spring we introduced a new paper flower kit to celebrate one of our all-time favorite blooms, the sunflower. At Paper Source, from the moment we decide on a kit concept, we begin the rounds of brainstorming, sampling and prototyping that make up the creative process. After investigating different varieties of sunflowers (there are more than 50 species), and bringing in lots of fresh ones to examine in person, we decided on a look and began creating initial models.

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  9. How-to: honeycomb summer party invitation

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    This breezy summer party invitation is easy to make using fill-in printable invitations and our honeycomb rubber stamps. The honeycombs take on a citrus look in these ink colors, but you can change up the colors and use them again and again for any occasion– make fireworks in red and blue for a 4th of July celebration, or a garland in red and green for a holiday party. We finished these off with clear embossing powder for a shiny, textured look.

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  10. Summer craft idea: French canvas fabric

    french canvas fabric Okay, if it’s possible to have a total FAVE outside of PS designs, then these French canvas fabrics from Les Toiles du Soleil (“canvas of the sun”) have to be mine. They just scream summertime and the beach! The best news is that on top of using them to make our awesome French canvas journals (handmade at Paper Source here in Chicago), we are now selling the cloth online by the meter– ideal for summer craft projects! I have been hoping for years that we could offer it by the meter, so with five summery patterns now to choose from it’s a dream come true for me.

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