make it work | Tina Aszmus

Clothespins. You either love 'em or loathe 'em. I think it's just a matter of using them that suites your needs most. I personally have a hard time using these cute mini clothespins on layouts but I find them perfect for cards and gifts. I also like using them on my trusty inspiration wire. 

Today I'll show a couple of simple gift ideas. There are a few things I like to have on hand for last minute gift wrapping + giving. Tags, kraft bags, vellum envelopes, rubber stamps, twine and clothespins. Only takes a few minutes to put together! 

This one is a gift for a friend's birthday. I got her a coffee card + a cute mug. I stamped the banner + quote from the Snippets stamp set using a Versamark ink pad onto a mini vellum envelope from the Selections Shop. I simply folded the paper bag, placed a doily over the fold and clipped the envelope with the card on top. 

I love using clothespins in this manor. It adds that little extra detail to gifts that my friends + family always appreciate. Here's a quick one for a grad gift...

Again, I used stamps from the Snippets set + Versamark ink on tag and clipped that to a vellum envelope. 

This is one of my favorite uses and It totally adds a little more love to an ordinary vase of flowers. I stamped the frame + quote from the Sundrifter stamp set, then clipped that to a vase of flowers I plan on giving to a friend. 


So next time you're scratching your head at a pack of mini clothespins, I challenge you to make it work. I hope you'll give these ideas a try. : )


(supplies - Versamark Onyx inkpad, vellum envelopes, Amy Tan Clothespins from Wendy add on, tagsacrylic block, Sundrifter frame + feathers stamp setSnippets miss you so much stamp set. )

We looked through the Creative Team galleries and found more fun ways to use clothespins - check out these great ideas : 

Celeste used them to hold her photos and embellishments to her page


Lucy lined them up across a card


Marcy clipped her layers of patterned paper together


Maile created an embellishment cluster and clipped it together with one

How have you used clothespins in your projects? Link us up in the comments - we'd love to see!


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