I do love getting ready for Valentines. Hearts and Bright colors are a nice welcome to these cloud covered winter days. Before I get started I like to gather a tray of things that inspire me. Striped paper, clips, silver thread, little stamps, doilies and glitter ofcourse. Seeing the colors and textures together helps get the creativity flowing… my cameo is a must have if you want quick tags. They really do make it easy. I typically don’t go super traditional when it comes to holidays. I like to mix it up with a few colors that might surprise.
Live Inspired XoXo- Amy
I’m officially kicking off the holidays around here. I thought it would be fun to share with you some gift wrapping ideas to get you in the mood! If you are like me you have a stash of boxes. Sometimes, it’s hard to see past the boring exterior. Well I’m here to help with a few simple ideas using some basic crafting supplies. You might want to swing by your local craft store and grab a few stamps and ink if you don’t own any because this week I’ll be showing you how to put them to good use.
Just cut a strip of cardstock as wide as your box and wrap around and tape on the bottom. Great way to use up your stash. Use strips of burlap or this amazing burlap ribbon by Stampin’up! And last but certainly not least add a big button for a fun element. It’s actually a gift in itself too. (These specific wood buttons will be available in my shop later this week) The adorable greeting for the tag is also found at stampinup.com too. Here’s a little tip- Keep silver and gold sewing thread on hand when you are wrapping your gifts. It is the perfect way to add a little sparkle!
Again I just added a little polka dot patterned paper to my box, cut some greenery from a garland and hung a little tag that I handstamped using a $1 bin stamp from Joann’s. Don’t be afraid to mix a little silver and gold they play very nice together as you can see. Another great tip when you are wrapping is to have plenty of little clothspins of all sizes. They are a super easy way to attach anything to your package.
This is a white box and I simply added some polka dot vellum to add a little extra dimension and interest and simply cut a large snowflake from my Silhouette Cameo using a shape from their library. They have so many to choose from – good luck! I’ve added some gold tinsel thread to the center and glued down a pretty little button for the finishing touch. If you don’t have access to a cameo you can handcut some snowflakes, make some from sticks, use snowflake ornaments. Possibilites are endless.
This is a box that was previously used and I thought it would be fun to simple use some kraft wrap and finish off the edge with my sewing machine. But before I did that I stamped a little tag and stitched it right along the edge. So easy! It needed a little something more so I added a little paper bow. This specific one is from mftstamps.com You can find these dies and patterns all over the internet.
I hope you have a few ideas of how you can wrap your gifts for special friends and family. Come back tomorrow for another fun idea! Live Inspired XOXO- Amy
I’m sure many of you can relate to this but I LOVE washi tape!! It seems to be the first thing I grab for when I’m in a pinch to make a cute card or quick packaging. My Oldest is Graduating on Tuesday and I am trying to put together some fun little packages to make his day Special! Even my boys like it when I spend time to make their packages fun. I simply made a little washi garland using some of my favorite Freckled Fawn black and white washi’s and wrapped it around my cig maker package. I stitched some silver stars into a garland and layered it for the finsishing touch. Add a stamped greeting and you are good to go. I planned today to share something a bit different but due to some technical difficulties not the computer kind… 🙂 It will have to wait to next week. I’m so glad it’s friday and I hope you have fun plans. I’ll be back next week with plenty of inspiration to start your summer off right.
Happy Weekend- Hugs
Hello Friends. Just sharing a little gift idea and card making today. I am obsessed with wood cuts. I love the natural element and versatility they bring to my crafting projects. I hope you will try this idea. I don’t feel like a picture does the cuteness any justice. This project doesn’t take long and the time is worth the results. Adding the miniature garland is the perfect pop of color to bring this plant to life:)
Supplies used | Wood cuts available in my shop | wood skewers | dk pink, lt pink, peach and gold tissue paper | sewing machine and thread |glue gun | friend greeting from hey hi hello stamp set
Step 1. Glue two wood skewers behind the hello woodcut
Step 2. Cut 2×3 inch strips of tissue paper in each color. Fold to 1×3 strips and cut open end to create fringe, I used the martha stewart fringe scissor ( a must have in my crafting supplies) Roll each piece up in a coil to create a small fringe pom.
Step 3. These are very tiny but you will then feed them through your sewing machine to create a little banner.
Step 4. Glue the ends of the banner to the bottom of the hello – where it meets the skewers.
SStep 5. Stick in your plant and you have a little piece of adorable.
The card is super easy too. I downloaded the cutfile. Available in my shop. I cut on white American Crafts textured cardstock. (in my opinion the best cardstock for the silhouette) love it!! I cut a standard card 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 and stitched randomly in 4 different color using the sewing machine to create a colorful background for the happy birthday words. Stiched the diecut piece over the top and you have a unique and handmade card for a deserving friend. I will note that the sewing wasn’t super fast but worth the look for sure! If you haven’t tried this sewing technique before. Don’t be afraid, It’s fun and before you know it you will be sewing on everything you can find.
Have a lovely day and do something creative. XOXO, Amy