How to Make a Ribbon Bow - (Video Tutorial)

Pull bows make perfect bows every time. They are easy to use, easy to store and affordable. This video shows some different types of pull bows and how to make them. The types of pull bows demonstrated here are butterfly pull bows and regal pull bows. Happy bow making!

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20% off Wine and Food Packaging for August!

Autumn in Western NY is all about the Finger Lakes, whether you’re boating, hiking, taking a scenic wine tour or making the trek down to the Naples Grape Festival for a savory slice of grape pie. We realize August isn’t exactly autumn yet, be we’d like to kick things off early, by giving you 20% off all of our Wine and [...]

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How to Make Perfect Tissue Paper Flames - (Video Tutorial)

Tissue paper is one of those things that can make or break your packaging. Many people have trouble using it, because it crinkles so easily and once it's crinkled there's no smoothing it out. Here's an easy way for perfect tissue paper flames every time.

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The Power of Simplicity

Amy Faust is an Oakland California based jewelry designer who uses color and a confluence of organic shapes combined with a variety of recycled materials to create contemporary, elegant and highly wearable jewelry.  Amy is also a dedicated “Green” artist and is as eco-friendly as possible in her business. She has received [...]

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Autumn in August

Despite what it might feel like (we’ve been having record heat here) Fall is coming fast. That means a long string of holidays to get ready for; starting with Halloween and Thanksgiving.We’ve put together a collection of Autumn themed packaging to make it easy to get all the packaging you need in one place.Don’t let the [...]

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How to Make a Gift Basket - (Video Tutorial)

Creating a gift basket may seem like a challenging task, because of all the options available. But don’t get overwhelmed; a great looking gift basket is only a few simple steps away. All you need are:1. A basket2. Packing Paper3. Shreds4. The items you want in your basket5. A hair dryer6. Shrink Wrap7. Glue Dots8. Curling [...]

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Bringing Value By Breathing New Life into Products

If I were to describe Angie from a. j. wear in one word, it would be enthusiastic. We’ve only corresponded through email but you can feel her energy through the words she writes. She has a good reason to be enthusiastic as she runs a unique jewelry business that specializes in bringing old jewelry back to life.She prides [...]

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A Product You’re Proud of is Worth It

Suzanne is the owner of Artizanns Gift shop and Gallery. She graciously shared her story with us.“I started my small gift/gallery with 35 Finger Lakes artisans in Naples in 2004, and after 2 years we had grown to represent 125 regional artisans.  In 2006 I took the plunge and purchased a 1905 home on Main Street w/ample [...]

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Raffia, Ribbons & Bows, Oh My!

In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy uses a gingham hair bow to pull back her hair into pigtails. Today, I believe a modern Dorothy would choose a more environmentally friendly way to tie her hair. Perhaps she’d even go as far as using a natural ribbon like raffia. What Is Raffia? Raffia is made from the dried palm leaves of the [...]

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Passion Makes Dreams Come True

The story of Laura and Guardian Angel Thrift is one of true inspiration. Laura began telling me about her business by describing it as, “A burning desire to raise funds for Alzheimer's Research.” She started Guardian Angel Thrift and in less then two years had to expand to a second location. Her local community caught on [...]

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