I love the holidays but there’s no denying that they bring lots of extra tasks that demand time that is in too short supply. Yesterday my goal was to wrap, tag and mail gifts to my family who are all out of town. I was so happy to accomplish that goal and to know the gifts would arrive in time to be under the tree Christmas morning. I made numerous tags quickly by die cutting and embossing the Cuttlebug “For You” ornament from all colors of mirrorcard. The shiny tags looked great on all the packages.
Now I need to finish my Christmas cards and gift bags (shown at left) for my homemade cookies and treats. I found these small gift bags at my Walmart Neighborhood Market for only $.50. The snowman and the snowflakes are Spellbinders dies and the “snow” under the snowman is the Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder. The snowflake die cuts five snowflakes and I assembled two or three attaching them with a pearlized brad (Creative Impressions) and a tiny sequin snowflake from Hero Arts. “Warmest Wishes” is a senti-metal from Lasting Impressions. The stickers on the snowman’s hat are Class A’Peels from Stampendous. I added sparkle with Star Dust Stickles glitter glue.
Have you noticed all the segments on crafting holiday gifts that have been on TV lately? Our local newspaper, the El Paso Times, wrote a similar story on Sunday. It was all about making personalized gifts and cards. The paper interviewed me and my customer and friend Susana Herrera for the story. You can read all about it at this link: http://www.elpasotimes.com/living/ci_11226791. Susana just finished giving a baby shower for her daughter and she made the invitations, centerpieces and favors.
Sunday two friends, Karen and Denise, came to the store to work on Christmas cards, and I used Karen’s Stampendous Elegant Angels clear stamp set to design two new cards. For this card I stamped and embossed the angel in gold on vellum and colored her on the back with Tombow markers. Karen suggested coloring the dove with the Ranger white pigment ink pen which really made the dove stand out. I mounted the angel on pale pink cardstock using two gold mini brads and adhered the panel to decorative paper (K & Company’s new Life’s Journey red/green damask) and a green folded card. The final touch was to add the wings which are Class A’Peel stickers from Stampendous. I applied the stickers to acetate and cut them out and mounted them on the angel using small pieces of Glue Lines. The “Peace on Earth” sentiment is from a Hero Arts set.
For the second angel card I stamped the angel in black Versafine ink, colored her with Prismacolor markers, and cut her out. Before I adhered the angel to a blue-green scalloped oval cut with a Classic Oval Nestabilities, I stamped the same image in Versamark embossing ink and embossed the image in gold. Then I mounted angel on top of this image so that her halo would be gold. I tucked the wings (same stickers sheet as above) under her before the glue set. This oval was mounted on a brown oval (Classic Oval Nestabilities) and decorative paper (Basic Grey Figgy Pudding) and a blue-green folded card.
I hope you enjoy these little paper crating treats. Good luck with your holiday preparations.