Wednesday, October 19, 2016

new kits! {pink + gold overload? no such thing!}

{Pink + Gold}
{Pink + Gold + Beet}
Oh, boy, how is October passing by so quickly??  We just celebrated Mr. Bagubian's 6th birthday!  Can you believe that?!  And of course, we're gearing up for Halloween and all the holidays that follow that...It's such a crazy time of the year, but in so many ways, it's the best time of the year.  I've definitely got some fun things in store for all of you!  Giveaways, collaborations, sales, new items coming to the shop...lots to think about and lots to do so let's get started!

I have been anxiously finishing up the final details of 2 new Gift Wrap / Paper / Embellishment kits.  They include a fair amount of pink and gold and even splashes of a beet-hued purple in one of them, which is one of my favorite colors.  (Shown first is the Pink + Gold Kit; scroll down for images of the Pink + Gold + Beet Kit)

Both kits include handmade tassels, gift tags, and my signature clothespins.  They also include a mix of trims (lace, eyelash yarn, shimmer twine, seam binding), doilies, and sweet embellishments (resin flowers, feathers, and muslin bags).

Both kits are perfect for gift wrapping, scrapbooking, pocket page-ing, art journaling, papercrafting, card making, planning...basically, whatever you enjoy doing with paper and embellishments, this kit will probably fill a void you've been missing :)

OF COURSE, each kit comes in a super-special pouch, all gussied up for giving or receiving, or reusing!  That's the absolute best part of my job--packaging up all the pretties in these kits into something extra special for you to open.  I want you to feel like you're getting a gift when you make a purchase from me and the best gifts come in the most thoughtfully wrapped packages.

{Pink + Gold}
{Pink + Gold + Beet}

Both kits will be available in my Etsy shop on Monday, October 24th.  The larger Pink + Gold Kit (shown first) will retail for $27.00.  The slightly smaller Pink + Gold + Beet Kit will be listed at $20.00.  I am offering these kits for preorder RIGHT NOW at a DISCOUNTED price!  You can choose from the following:
Pink + Gold Kit - $20.00 (+ $3.00 s&h)
Pink + Gold + Beet Kit - $15.00 (+ $3.00 s&h)
BOTH Kits - $33.00 (+ $4.00 s&h) <---- Best Deal!!!!!

If you would like to secure one (or more) of these kits, please send your kit request and PayPal email to me at:

I will send you an invoice and it would make me super-happy if you paid your invoice within 24 hours.

Things to note:
*Shipping costs are listed for US ONLY (if you are outside of the US, please let me know which country and I will send you a shipping quote before purchase)
*Kits that have been paid for will ship Monday, October 24th

And here are images of the Pink + Gold + Beet Kit...don't you love the addition of that purple??  Stay tuned for a post showing you a few ways to use these kits!  I have a special friend who has been using them and I can't wait to share what she's come up with!

Best of all, I'll be having a giveaway real soon and you won't want to miss your chance to win one of these kits!  Be sure to check back here (or subscribe!) so you don't miss out.  I'm also on Instagram (@thurston_post)...the rest of the month will be full of prizes, sales, and fun announcements over there so if you're on Insta, follow along with me!

And, don't forget to drop me an email if you'd like to snag a kit at a great price before they are officially released!  (thurstonpost(at)
Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you love what you see here as much as I loved creating it!

P.S. A couple of the stamps I'm using in this kit were actually designed by me for Pinkfresh Studio!  It was an honor to work with Kinnari and come up with these designs and I hope to do a lot more designing like this in the future.  The little bows on the white tag in this photo is one of them, as well as the 'dream on' stamp on the packaging tag.  (Just had to share that little nugget with you!)

Saturday, October 1, 2016

winnie & walter WCMD blog hop

Happy World Card Making Day, friends!  I was thrilled when Winnie & Walter invited me to be a part of their WCMD blog hop, especially because, have you seen the caliber of talent they rounded up???  If you're hopping along, you've probably arrived here from Lydia Evans' beautiful blog, and you're pretty far along by now, so you know what I'm talking about.  If you've come from another place on the internets and are wondering what I'm talking about, head to Winnie & Walter and read all about it!  (They also have a whole lot going on aside from the Blog Hop, all in celebration of WCMD, so there is much to see and do over there!)

A few notes:  Want to win a $25 gift certificate to the Winnie & Walter shop? Leave some comments on the different stops along the blog hop route and you might be one of 3 random winners who receive one!
*Comments close at 23:59 CST on October 7th*

A full list of the blog hop contributors can be found here on the Winnie & Walter blog.

Your next stop after me is the lovely Kate Capper

Let me just begin by singing the praises of the Lulu Fringe cutaway:  I die.  I'm in love.  It's totally my new favorite thing.  I got it because I've gotten a bit obsessed with making tassels and wanted to try my hand at paper ones using that die (and I did; I made a few; scroll down to the third card).  But it's possibilities aren't limited to paper tassels and grass.

I made this cute little banner, too, from some tassel scraps and I think it's pretty sweet.  A few swatches of lace, tulle, and peach seam binding, mixed with imperfect hand stitching and warm-toned papers from Crate Paper and Pinkfresh Studio make for a darling mismatched garland.

Since the fringed garland is the piece de resistance of this card, I wanted to keep the lower half simple yet still pretty.  Two banners in coral and gold cut from The Big, The Bold, and The Extras cutaways, and a polka dotted "happy" are just enough to keep the lower half of the card from looking over the top, but with the mix of color, texture, and pattern, it's not unbalanced, either.

Can you tell that I stamped a background on my next card?!  I always buy the floral stamp sets, reeled in by the gorgeous images, and sold by the extraordinary examples the talented designers have created with them.  Then I get them home and realize I can't do that.  I mean, if I practiced and practiced and devoted an incredulous amount of my time to stamping, I think I could probably do it.  But I'm not at that point yet so I was super-proud of myself for making this leaf background.

It was a giant leap for me, number one, because I'm always too nervous to stamp directly onto my main surface (like the white card here), number two, because I eye-balled the whole pattern and didn't end up with any huge gaps or too-close clusters, and number three, I actually really like the way it turned out!  Really, that bird tag is not covering up any errors; it's kind of a miracle.

The leaf stamp is from The Big, The Bold, and The Extras stamp set and before you go thinking I stamped all over that bird tag, rest assured I didn't--it's paper from Maggie Holmes' new Gather collection.  But isn't it such a compliment to my lovely leaf background?

I used a few of my favorite go-to Cutaways on the card, like the tag, hole reinforcement, and small banner from the Katharine Essentials.  "Hello" is cut from Pink Paislee dotted paper and it was nearly by accident that I used a different TBTB&TH word on each card--and cut from the same paper.  When you find a good thing, you don't mess with it--#sorrynotsorry :)

This card is a bit of a hot mess, but I kind of love it anyhow!  There are quite possibly at least 2 elements too many here, but oh, well.  I love to layer, I love texture, and I love depth.  I could probably turn this into a gift topper, but it's World Card Making Day, not World Gift Wrap Day so...

This is actually the first card I started and the last one I finished.  It evolved a lot over the course of working on these projects.  The very first things I made in preparation for WCMD were the paper tassels and I really wanted to use at least one on at least one card (all three cards at one time were adorned with a tassel, but, alas, they were not meant to be on the other 2). 
*Want to make your own paper tassels?  I happened to have a small package of suede tassels with these gold caps on them.  I pulled out the suede and replaced it with the paper fringe.  There are similar caps here, sold on Amazon.  I don't own them so do not know what kind of quality they are, therefore I'm not recommending them, but it's a good place for you to start searching!
And I CAN endorse the Lulu Fringe cutaway because I have it, I love it, and it works!

Anyhow, I'm not going to say which embellishments make this card slightly outrageous because I love each one of them dearly and while I was laying everything out, before anything was glued into place, it all looked just fine.  So I'll just go ahead and blame the glue.

There are more fringe-y layers and Katharine tags, plus some "Happy" love, and even a gold, glittery Faceted Heart.  And, of course, the paper tassel (made with the Lulu Fringe cutaway and a marbled patterned paper, again from Maggie Holmes' Gather).

That does it for me on this World Card Making Day blog hop with Winnie & Walter.  You're moving onto Kate now and don't forget to comment to receive $25 in the W&W shop!  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

autumn has arrived in the thurston post etsy shop

Happy Fall, dear readers!  I adore this season and when it actually begins to feel like fall around here, I'll be even happier!  In the meantime, creating with fall in mind puts me a step or two closer to my favorite season so let me share a few of the recent fall additions to my Etsy shop.

I'll begin with this card, which, as the sentiment suggests, is not true of the weather where I live, but perhaps it befits you.  I'm longing for sweater weather!  I don't usually make cards like this, where there are no layers and everything is lined out and straightforward, but every now and then, it's good to stray from your norm, right?  You can find it in the shop here.

I love how these gift bags turned out!  They are, in fact, recycled from a project I made two years ago (!!) from a Gossamer Blue kit.  I've been sitting on the leaf and feather tags that whole time, trying to decide what to do with them.  Last week, I turned them into these gift bags.

I think they'd make fabulous wraps for hostess gifts...package up tea towels, candles, soaps, stationery, or gift cards and present to the host(ess) at the next party you're attending.
I'll let you in a little secret: You actually get FOUR bags altogether because these come packaged in a similar fourth set.  The gift bag sizes pictured here range from 3" x 4" to 5" x 7" (the 4th bag for packaging is larger).  {Peek at this blog post for the 4th tag set--it's pink, peach, and orange-y yellow.}

Included are the layered feather and leaf tags, embroidery floss tassels, and the assorted ribbons and lace you see on each bag.

They are very fragile so do keep that in mind if you decide to purchase these.  I'll package them with great care for shipment.  Upon arrival, carefully slip your gift into the bag and deliver!  Find them in the shop here.

Up next are my signature mini clothespins in new patterns and colors for fall (or anytime!).  I still love these for gift wrapping and I use them for that All. The. Time.  But if you're not so much into that, they are useful for home decor, too.  Clip pictures to string or corral loose papers in your home office or kitchen.  Think these would be more helpful to you if they had magnets on the back or were the larger, standard size pins?  No problem!  Send me a message through Etsy and we'll chat about it! 

How pretty would these be as wedding decor?  I love all the new colors and patterns, obviously, but these rose gold glitter clips are so pretty in person!  I can definitely see them at a bridal shower, or even a baby shower.  Blush pink is very on-trend at the moment and I, for one, have been smitten with it for years.

I've also added an aqua, pink, and yellow set with gorgeous floral prints...

...and this pink and chocolate floral and glitter set.  This set is quintessential autumn, with it's warm colors and leaf and floral patterns.  Think of your home decor or holiday table scapes...

You can find the new clothespins here:

I'm not done adding new items to the shop so definitely keep stopping by!  If you see something you like, I'd love it if you "hearted" it, too!  Have questions?  Comment below or message me on Etsy.  As always, thank you so much for spending a few minutes with me today!


Friday, September 23, 2016

introducing sugar maple paper co. (part one)

My friend Sarah Bargo has recently launched a new Etsy shop and blog, in which she sells scrapbooking kits.  It's got the dreamy name of Sugar Maple Paper Co. and just like Sarah herself, her kits are gorgeous and full of fun!  She sent me the Sunkissed kit to play with and I love it!  The range of products includes a little something for everyone, from sweet and summery to the golds and the flowery bits.  I created a mess of projects to show you just how much fun it really is...

Of course I had to make some tags and this duo is all about the gold and pops of bright yellow.  I painted part of the 'be daring' die cut with a gold paint pen (so easy!) and paired it with the lemon from the Dear Lizzy die cut pack.  Both of these are add-ons in the Sugar Maple shop and they go perfectly along with the kit so don't forget to snag them, too ;) 

For the base of both of my tags, I used 3x4 cards from the Pebbles cut apart sheet.  When I create anything, whether it's a card or a tag, I lay all of my paper bits and embellishments out on my desk and then just pick and choose, layer and test, until I get something I like.  That's how I got the end results for both of these tags.  I like texture, too, so alternating 'flat' paper with other things like lace, glitter, doilies, trims, and the vellum and acetate die cuts brings depth to any project.

The cards came together the same way.  I used several snippets of the Pink Paislee Numbers sheet as little backgrounds.  They were perfect because after you cut the sheet apart, they're all different sizes--so convenient for layering this way!


The swan paper!  I wish scrapbook paper came in larger sheets so I could wrap bigger boxes with them.  But until they do, I'll still use them on smaller ones like these.

I may have been influenced by the 80's band The Wild Swans in coming up with the first box (!?!?!?) but anyhow, I intended it to be a gift for a baby girl, pairing the 'stay wild' die cut with the 'never stop growing' phrase sticker.  The aqua and green cactus card is an unexpected color pop in the sea of pink, and that's exactly why I chose it.  

The set is actually a baby shower gift for a friend who is having a baby girl.  I love the idea of this matching pair--and a gift for the mother and the baby.  Each wrap and phrasing was deliberate and while silver usually takes a back seat to gold for me these days, I adore it as an accent here.  I used silver because of the sequin trim included in Sunkissed and I'm so happy with the way it turned out!

I have a few more projects from Sunkissed which I'll share in detail over the weekend.  In the meantime, please stop by Sugar Maple Paper Co. and snag yourself some goodies (the kits go fast)!  You can also get loads of ideas for using the kits by visiting the blog.  (And if you check out the blog, you'll probably see the second round of projects I just mentioned ;)