Sunday, September 13, 2015

Quick + Easy Holiday Wraps

The countdown to Papertrey Ink's September release continues today with a truly fabulous assortment of holiday-themed products. Today, you'll be seeing a lot of gift wrap ideas that are geared toward quick crafting, mass production, and just keeping it real. The holidays are a busy time -- we get that! But that doesn't mean hand-crafted has to go by the wayside. I'm excited to show you just how easy and stress-free your holiday crafting can be!

Today's featured products, along with the rest of the September release, will be available at 10 pm EST September 15 in the Papertrey Ink store.

First up is Minute to Make: Holiday Tags 1 and 2, along with the Minute To Make: Holiday Tags die set, designed by Nichole Heady. Never have such awesome-looking tags been so crazy easy to make, thanks to the multi-step design! 

I chose to work with the Peace On Earth tag design from the Minute To Make: Holiday Tags 2 set. I had so much fun trying out different color combos (I'll show you those another day), before settling on this. The majority of this tag can be completed in three impressions (Aqua Mist, Scarlet Jewel, and Ripe Avocado). Then, I added the "on earth" sentiment in Spring Moss, and the bird in Smokey Shadow. 

I really appreciate that the die set has three identical tags, which makes it that much easier to cut a whole bunch of tag bases quickly.

I tied my tags on to kraft pillow boxes and embellished with some greenery cut from my yard. Super convenient, and the price is right! 

My tags are identical (except I forgot to add the wood veneer stars to two of them -- oops, thankfully an easy fix!), but I varied the wrap by using three different ribbon colors. 

STAMPS: Minute to Make: Holiday Tags 2
DIES: Minute to Make: Holiday Tags
INK: Aqua Mist, Scarlet Jewel, Ripe Avoado, Spring Moss, and Smokey Shadow
PAPER: white tag stock
OTHER: kraft pillow boxes; Smokey Shadow, Scarlet Jewel, and Soft Stone satin ribbon, True Black baker's twine, greenery, hot glue, wood veneer stars

Just as cute and just as easy to use is Lizzie Jones's Ribbon Sliders collection.

You have the option to die-cut the pre-printed sliders from the Ribbon Sliders paper pack (using the Ribbon Sliders dies), or stamp your own using the Ribbon Sliders Sentiments stamp set.

These seriously couldn't be any easier to put together. Here I've just threaded a length of ribbon through the die-cut pre-printed slider, wrapped it around a glassine bag, and tied off the top with twine. 

I just love these!

DIES: Ribbon Sliders
PAPER: Ribbon sliders papers
OTHER:  glassine bags, satin ribbon, baker's twine, cookies :)

Third is another cute and clever set designed by Nichole called In the Bag. The die is designed to cut a gift bag pocket front, which can be adhered to a card base (or anything else) for a quick pocket that's sized just right for a gift card. Cool, huh?

Here, I've cut my bag out of Soft Stone Stripe patterned paper. The sentiment is stamped and heat  embossed in white on vellum, then trimmed down. I strung some jute twine through the bag to make a handle, then adhered to a white card base.

To keep this quick and easy, I embellished with some pre-printed die-cuts (from the Make It Market Holiday Folk kit) and then added a few sequins along the top. I also tucked in a tiny bit of tissue paper just for fun.

The mittened hand at the top was die-cut from Aqua Mist felt.

STAMPS: In the Bag
DIES: In the Bag, Holiday Folk
INK: VersaMark
PAPER:White and Soft Stone card stock; Soft Stone Stripe patterned paper,  Holiday Folk
OTHER: silver star sequins, white linen thread, tissue paper, jute string, Aqua Mist felt

My last project for today is a beaded felt Christmas tree ornament using Erin Lincoln's Christmas Tree Change Up collection. The tree ornament doesn't truly fit the Quick + Easy Holiday Wraps theme, as it does take a little time to do all that stitching. But it sure is a fun way to add a handmade touch to otherwise boring packaging. (And compared to, say, knitting a sweater, it definitely falls on the quick + easy side!) 

Be sure to check out all the designers' post today, along with everything Erin has been showing the past few days. Amazing versatility in this collection!

I cut the tree from Vintage Cream felt and used a combination of silver and gold metallic embroidery floss for all the stitching. The embellishments include clear, white, and silver seed beads, as well as clear, silver, and gold sequins. Before closing off the bottom, I added a little fiber fill to give it the rounded shape. To the top I secured a loop of gold metallic ribbon for hanging the ornament and a decorative silver metallic twine bow.

I love the idea of the felt ornament package topper for either gift cards or for small food gifts that alone just aren't all that special or memorable. I've clipped this one to a chevron embossed brown paper bag using a mini clothespin.

I also used the embossed rectangle place card die for my stamped sentiment. The sentiment is from the Christmas Tree Change Up stamp set. For a little extra something I tucked in a branch die-cut done with the Branching Out die. 

When the goodies or gift card are gone, the recipient has an ornament to hang on their tree and keep for years.

STAMPS: Christmas Tree Change Up
DIES: Christmas Tree Change Up Favor Box and Stitching, Branching Out
INK: Ripe Avocado, Harvest Gold, Classic Kraft
PAPER:Rustic White and Ripe Avocado card stock
OTHER: chevron brown paper bag, mini clothespin, silver metallic twine, gold ribbon, seed beads, sequins, embroidery floss, Vintage Cream felt

Thanks so much for visiting!


Marybeth said...

Gorgeous projects Amy!!!!! Love that white tree tag!

Karen said...

Simply beautiful projects; I love them all!

jan metcalf said...

Great projects! Pretty tree ornament!

Lesley said...

I'm in love with all this vintage Christmas!

Nancy said...

Stunning examples!

Holly Saveur said...

All so gorgeous!

Dorothy C. said...

All your projects are absolutely gorgeous!! I especially love your glassine and kraft bag ideas.

Nancy Penir said...

Oh Amy, your projects today are wonderful! Your style is amazing! Perfection all the way. Favorite? That sweet little gift card bag, with the tissue, love!!!

A Cup of Cold Water said...

GORGEOUS post! Your felt tree is FABULOUS. But everything is!

LisaBee17 said...

All of your projects are just beautifully done, I adore your style. Your projects always inspire me! :)

Kathy Krug said...

love the pretty felt ornament.

Cristina said...

You're knocking it out of the park over there at PTI, Amy!

Noreen said...

I love the nature look of brown kraft paper and greenery!

Cindy H. said...

Wow, Amy, everything is just gorgeous!!

Gina said...

Love the chevron-embossed paper bag with the felt Christmas tree - really like the juxtaposition of the kraft bag and metallic/felt tree. I like all your projects today (the felt mitten and touch of tissue paper in the "bag" - sweeeeeet!!). Such great examples!

Brithzi said...

Amy all your projects are amazing. My wishlist keeps on growing.

María Alba Negrón said...

Hi Amy,

I am SOOOOO in LOVE with your Superb rendition of this release! I was not going to buy Erin's creation just because although I LOVE IT, I considered it too large for an ornament and too small for the baked gifts that I make. But Lo and Behold you and Nicole showed us that you can make only one piece, which is the right size for me for an ornament. I guess I will be doing A LOT of stitching this months to come and YES ....also BROKE!

María Alba

Jean said...

Fantastic projects, Amy! Wow!

Nora Noll said...

Oh wow!! All these projects are just STUNNING!! Fabulous design!!

Melody said...

Beautiful Amy!

Conniecrafter said...

Gorgeous tags, love the shopping bag card with the hand holding it and your ornament is just Beautiful!

Pet73 said...

Looove all these wonderful ideas!

Unknown said...

Wow, lovely paper bag designs. Amy I am one of your big fans. Now-a-days Most of the people are using these kinds of bags because they are Eco friendly and biodegradable. A few weeks ago I bought some paper bags from Global Store Supply, Inc at a whole sell price. I am waiting for your next post.