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Friday, December 23, 2011

A Christmas Wrap-Up

Hope everyone had a great Christmas week-end. My youngest son arrived
from the East Coast on the 19th so we had a wonderful family celebration.
New Year's Eve is just a few days away - soon all of the Christmas stamps,
dies, punches and decorations will be tucked away for another year.

Alert:  This is a very loooong post with lots of pictures!!

I have quite a few projects to share today since I haven't updated my blog
for a while. It's  "A Christmas Wrap-Up"  with some of the cards, tags and packaging that were included in our Christmas celebrations this year.
I love the stamps, dies and accessories from Papertrey Ink, and the holiday season certainly gives me a chance to play with all the things I've 'collected'.

Tags and Packaging
I loved using this festive paper for the little gifts I sent 
my grand nieces and nephews and decided to make 
matching tags with a similar design and colour scheme.

PTI's Tag Sale Die #3 was cut from Pure Poppy card stock and then layered with a white Doily Detail die cut. Winter Penguin was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured with copic markers. The little bow around the penguin's neck is from the new Tiny Tags II set. Finally, a 'flurry' of green snowflakes were stamped around the penguin.

For these parcels I used a lot of the same details as 
above, but stamped the images onto the matching 
die cuts and then added them to a 2 1/2" circle.

Red and green snowflakes were stamped around the penguin and the 
larger snowflake die cut (from Winter Penguin) was added to one side. 

I heat embossed a strip of Background Basics: Circles 
with clear embossing powder to create an 'icy' effect 
on the lower half of the tag. Finally the names were 
added with  Stampin' Up's Rough Type. Stamping on 
top of the embossed circles gave an unexpected result!!

A Little Penguin Treat
This parcel has two tags attached to the front: one using Mat Stack #2 
and the matching stamp set (Mat Stack 2 Collection), and one using the  
Seed Packet Die. The penguin is from Tiny Treats: Christmas. The seed 
packet was stamped with the various snowflakes from Winter Penguin 
and a sentiment from the stamp set: Yummy (Stampin' Up)

A Snowman Set
I have one grand niece who loves snowmen, even though she lives 
in New Zealand and hasn't experienced the 'real thing' yet. 
I purchased a book about snowmen and then I made her a large 
Snowman tag, a little "Build a Snowman" kit and wrapping paper 
for her Christmas gift.  Here's everything all wrapped and ready to mail.

The wrapping paper was made with 11" x 17" white paper and LOTS of stamping!! The circle snowflake from Tag-Its #8 was stamped all over and
then the snowman and mittens from Tiny Treats: Christmas and sentiments
from Winter Penguin were added inside the circles.  A circle snowflake
stamp from this set filled in the spaces between the larger snowflakes.

I die cut and stamped three snowman and accessories  
(Shape-Up Snowman) 
 in order to make the tag and the little "Build a Snowman" kit.

I packaged two of the snowmen and accessories  in a cellophane bag.

The final snowman was used to create the tag. I layered a blue patterned paper onto white card stock as the base of the tag. The snowman and accessories, along with lots of die cut snowflakes were added to the tag. I made the snowman's scarf using several lengths of Pure Poppy Baker's Twine. The sentiment was created by stamping 'let it' and adding 'snow' using the Block Alphabet die cut letters in Pure Poppy.
This is what I added to the back of all the tags. 
I think the tags would look cute hanging on the Christmas 
tree in years ahead; a little reminder of Christmas 2011.

Holiday Travel
It was so great to have my youngest son home for a week. We just don't get to see him very often, so we made the most of every minute.  One of his gifts was a ticket to Vancouver to visit his girlfriend for part of the holiday season and New Year's Eve. I created this tag and wrapping for his tickets. Some leftover white tissue paper was stamped with the string of lights from Holiday Lights.

The tag was made using Mat Stack #2, the stamped frame from Tag-Its #9 ; the sentiment from Tiny Tags II and the airplane image from Tiny Treats: Valentine.

While my son was here he asked me to make a card for his girlfriend. He looked through all of my stamps and accessories and chose the colours and design for this sweet card. The little princess was coloured with copic markers and the little berries add some glitter to the holly leaves.
Main Stamp: Everyday Princess (Stamping Bella)
Small Sentiments: Tiny Tags and Tiny Tags II
Dies:  Nestabilities Label #4; Holly Jolly; Quatrefoil Cover Plate.

Gift Card Holder
Here's a combination card, gift card holder and 'recipe' for Snowman Soup. This was a great stocking stuffer along with a gift card to a favourite coffee shop and a little package of hot chocolate with marshmallows and a candy cane. The card stock is Polar Expressions * Comfy Cozy - a two sided patterned paper from Imaginisce.  The Friendship Jar and  Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers was a great match for this paper. 

I used the red side as the main card base and then added the pale blue snowflake paper as the mat for the jar of "hot chocolate, marshmallows and snowman".  The marshmallows and the snowman's pom pom were covered in Stickles to create lots of glitter. Pure Poppy Baker's Twine wraps around the jar lid and attaches the little tag. In order to make the tag, I printed "Snowman Soup" on my computer with blue ink and then stamped the 5c and the tag outline before hand cutting it.

Inside I used more of the red patterned paper to create a gift card holder on one side. I used my 1 3/4" scallop punch to create the opening at the edge. On the opposite side I attached the recipe for Snowman Soup, along with some stamped snowflakes and the little cup image from Tiny Treats:Christmas.

So ... that "wraps up" all of my Christmas projects for 2011 !!

Thanks for taking time to visit with me today. 
Best Wishes to you for a great 2012!!
I'll be back in January with some birthday cards and projects. 

Karen C. 


Kara said...

How sweet are all of those packages!?! I'm sure everyone loved them!!Happy New Year!

Michelle said...

Oh that tissue one with the blue bulbs is awesome!! - - and I love the tags with the names too. OK, I love it all - you win!

Lorraine said...

OMG, Karen, these all rock! I love them all! Can't believe you made the wrapping paper, too! It looks so awesome all coordinated like that! Wishing you & yours a very Happy New Year!

carol (krillsister) said...

Your tags, cards & packaging is fabulous. Looks like your got your money's worth from your PTI products. I love the wrapping papers you made. Gorgeous. Much too pretty to unwrap.

Linda said...

I love your tags and packaging!

Jen Adcock said...

Holy cow! That was epic. Good epic. ;-) what a wonderful job you did on the amazing wrapping, cards and tags. Some of the best I've ever seen. Wow!

Happy New Year!