Wednesday, February 27, 2013

DIY Heart Shaped Paper Clips

Recently I started spotting all these fun shaped paper clips online. From apples to penguin's these paper clips couldn't be any cuter. With the help of this easy tutorial I was able to transform some of my boring old paper clips into adorable little hearts. Making the mundane task of reaching for a paper clip a little more fun. 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Paper Chef Hats

Modeled after the traditional 13th century white chef hats with a rounded bottom and a pleated top they are used to keep stray hair and sweat away from food while cooking. Where as the color white symbolizes cleanliness. Perfect for cooking schools, children's parties, restaurants, backyard cookouts, or for the at home chef. 
The #103NW paper chef hats are white, 9" tall, and have a flared top. They are adjustable so as to fit a child or an adult. Our paper chef hats can be purchased individually, by the box of 25, or by the case of 250. 

Cohen, 10 years old

Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Inspiration: Do Things With Great Love

Look for the needs people have around you and try to meet them. Simple things like letting someone go ahead of you in line, holding the door open for someone with their arms full, listening to someone who looks like they are having a bad day, or smile and be polite to the cashier. Do the small things we have to do every day with great love.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

DIY Message Board

I put together this cheap quick and easy dry erase message board for my husband's Valentine's Day present. Using the tutorial I found here all you will need is a frame (I paid a $1 for mine at the Dollar Tree), scrapbook paper, and a dry erase marker. The great thing about this project is you can make this as simple or as elaborate as you would like. Other ideas for this same project could include a to-do list, calendar, memo board, etc. 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Doggie Bags

Our plastic doggie bags printed with a dog on the front, full gusset, and measure 13"x5"x3". They are sold in packs of 100 or by the case of 500. Our doggie bags are great for restaurants, parties, weddings, or for the home chef to send guests home with leftovers.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday Inspiration: Love

"A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love."
-Max Muller

I hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day surrounded by loved ones. Continuing on with my origami theme from yesterday I found this image created by TheUpsideUp.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Paper Valentines

I enjoy decorating for Valentine's Day with hand made decorations as well as giving out hand made valentines. There's just something so special about a well executed hand made valentine to show someone how much you care. I scoured the internet for Valentine's crafts for my home, gifts, and cards. Here's a look at how I decorated my home with some of my favorite DIY finds. 

{Tissue Paper Garland last seen here, and tutorial can be found here}
{Origami Hearts tutorial found here}
{I decorated/wrote messages on the back of my origami hearts to give as valentines/use as decoration}

Monday, February 11, 2013

BBB Feature

Champaign Plastics was featured in the BBB Of Central IL Newsletter! They asked us to photograph one of our invoices to show how we let our customers know we are BBB accredited. I copied the newsletter below for you to read.

Your Accreditation Matters To Consumers

If 7 out of 10 consumers choose a BBB Accredited Business over the competition, wouldn't you want to tell them that you are one? Research shows that especially when times are tough, consumers are looking for a business they can trust.

Show them you are Accredited by using the BBB logo in your newspaper ads, television commercials, radio spots, on invoices, in the window of your truck, on your website, and anywhere else where consumers could see you!

Look what Champaign Plastics Company in Champaign, Illinois is doing! By putting BBB stickers on their invoices, their customers know who they can trust!

If you don't show them they'll never know...

Friday, February 8, 2013

Friday Inspiration: Valentines Flowers


One of my favorite quotes on flowers, mostly because it's pretty accurate in my own life. I love the way fresh flowers add so much life and can transform the look of a room. Flowers make a great gift to any occasion and you can't go wrong giving them to your valentine.  Currently I am drawn to hydrangeas, peonies, and roses in white and pastels like pale pink.

 {Pink Peonies}

White Hydrangeas

{White Hydrangeas}

{Peach Roses}

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Valentines Day Manicure

{scissors, washi tape, clear polish, nail polish, glitter, pen}

With nail art becoming increasingly popular I came up with this subtle way to add a little valentine's day flair to your nails. Other variations of this look would be substituting nail polish instead of glitter. Or to make the glitter stand out more use a coat of matching polish first before adding glitter. In this case I could have used a white polish under the white glitter. 

{rip off a piece of washi tape, fold in half and draw half of a heart, then cut out}
{open tape secure to nail and paint on clear nail polish}
{completely cover area with glitter and tap off excess}
{remove tape and secure glitter with a clear top coat} 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Kids Bibs - Bears & Ballons

Our disposable plastic children's bibs are 10.5" X 15" and are sold in packs of 100 or by the case of 500. They have a crumb-catching cuff at the bottom and are perfect for toddlers up through grade school age. Great for schools, restaurants, day cares, kid's parties, or to keep on hand for your own children.

Model: Ashton, 16 months old 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday Inspiration: Chocolates

{Peanut Butter Blossoms with hearts}

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."
-Charles M. Schulz 

You could substitute the heart stamp and melted chocolate for Dove Heart Chocolates.
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