April 13, 2013

on crafting with paint chips...

Paint chip tags.
First of all, thank you so much for the celebrating with me, in regards to my last post. Accomplishing a personal goal is incredible in itself, but it's even better to share exciting news and have people share in my joy. So, thank you! And now, for your regularly scheduled (no, really, this post is actually scheduled, so that totally works) craftiness…

I recently took the plunge into the latest crafting craze: paint chips. 

I used to love getting these from the store when my dad would drag my sisters and I there to buy drywall or nails or piping or whatever else it is that men enjoy so much about home improvement stores. (Even as a girl, I remember feeling like I didn't want to be in the sort of building that sold so many items capable of murdering people. And this was before any sort of true crime television programming, so I'm not sure what is wrong with me exactly.)

Anyway.

I ended up in Lowe's earlier this week, having found a coupon in the latest issue of Family Circle for a free 8 oz. container of Valspar paint. I can't tell you how thrilled I was about this; free anything makes me excited, but something that could possibly be used in a creative capacity is even more of a treat. So, after standing in front of the paint display for a solid ten minutes, I decided to go with the Sweet Mint color. I promise I tried to be brave and get something more bold, but I was drawn to the mint. The mint whispered sweet nothings in my ear.

Had a free paint coupon. Went with the mint, obvi.
How cute is this little paint sample? Now I just have to decide what to paint. Stay tuned, folks. It's about to get all minty up in here.

Paint chip tags.
After getting my free paint sample, I was left facing several glorious walls of paint chips. And as much as I wanted to be that person who starts filling their purse with a myriad of paint chips in the name of creative expression, I decided to just snag one of the free booklets that included a bunch of colors. It made me feel less steal-y. (Which is definitely a word.)

When I got home and put Eisley down for her nap, I decided to see if I could make some gift tags with my newfound (and beautifully free) crafting supply. Each paint chip was the perfect size for my tag punch—hurrah!

Paint chip tags.
I tried to pop off the plastic thing that was holding all the samples together, but it wasn't budging. I ended up just ripping them all off, which worked out surprisingly okay.

Paint chip tags.
I chose my six favorite colors of the bunch and punched them out using my tag punch (you can find something similar here). I used my teeny-tiny hole punch (mine is by Martha Stewart Crafts) to create a hole for string on each of the tags.

Paint chip tags.
As far as embellishing the tags, it couldn't be easier. I used some yellow twine (from oh, hello friend), masking tape (also from oh, hello friend), some washi tape, and some glitter tape. I also want to try writing on the darker tags with a white gel pen—how cute would that be? I mean, really. Someone have a birthday so I can cover your gift with tags and call it a day.

Paint chip tags.
We'll see if I get brave enough to wander back into Lowe's for some more paint chips. I need to work on my "casual shopper interested in painting something with actual paint" face and not my "blogger trying to jack a bunch of free crafting supplies—I BLAME PINTEREST" face. Help me?

4 comments :

  1. LOL. Can I stalk you on one of your Lowe's trips? 'Cause I want to see this face in action. In other news, Jenn's bday is this month if you want a reason to use that white gel pen. ;)

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  2. So adorable!! The white paint pen is a great idea too.

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  3. Lol oh man, I've long been obsessed with paint chips and paper samples. Glad to see you've found an actual use for them! Me? I just hoard them in my closet.

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  4. These are so cute. And such a good, crafty idea!

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