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Creative Gift Packaging Ideas

Creative Gift Packaging Ideas

Creative Gift Packaging, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

Do you struggle at this time of year with creative gift packaging ideas?

Today the Creation Station team has a blog hop filled with creative packaging and gift gifting ideas.

Creative gift packaging can mean all sorts of things.  A few things that come to mind are tags, bows, and boxes.

I thought I would show you a little of each today and one is a fun project you can create in no time that can serve as an ornament and a pretty embellishment to a package.

 

Wreath Ornament 

Every year my mother places a new Christmas ornament on each of our packages and they are so pretty hanging from the gifts.

I wanted to use her idea as my inspiration to get started.  Then I found a fun idea on Pinterest and ran with it.

A simple wreath created using Ball Jar Lids. It’s SO fun and EASY!

 

 

Creating the Wreath 

You only need a few supplies to get started and embellishing the wreath can be very simple.

Here are the supplies you will need to create the wreath:

Creative Gift Packaging, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

 

How To Create the Wreath

  1. Simply take any burlap ribbon or in my case the Kraft rope ribbon, and begin by placing a little hot glue inside the jar lid to hold your ribbon in place.  Once you have gone around the entire lid, wrap a few more times to create a finished look.  Hot glue will keep the ribbon in place.
  2. Wrap a piece of Bakers Twine or Gold thread so you can hang your wreath from a Christmas tree or your gift packaging.
  3. Be creative with embellishing.  I used the Pretty Pines thinlits to create the pine needles at the top of one the wreaths.  Then I finished off the wreath using Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim to create the bow.

Creative Gift Packaging, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

I used the Holly Builder Punch to create the holly leaves for the other wreath.  Very simple, yet elegant.

Creative Gift Packaging, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

Quick & Simple  Gift Tag

One of my go to products from the Holiday Catalog this year has been the White Gift Boxes.  They are the perfect size and easy to embellish.

 

Creative Gift Packaging, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

The best part of these boxes are the clear belly band that comes with each box.

The boxes measure 3″ all around.  I took a 3″ x 12″ piece of Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate and wrapped inside of the clear belly band.  It was a perfect fit and gave this box a little more fancy.

Creating the Tag

  • Adhere a piece of Whisper White cardstock (3″ x 3″) to the top of the box (over the clear belly band).
  • Stamp a few pines onto the Whisper White using Garden Green and Pear Pizzaz inks using the Christmas Pines stamp set.
  • Create pine needles using the Pretty Pines Thinlits.  Attach to the Whisper White cardstock using a glue gun.

Creative Gift Packaging, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

  • Create a tag by using the Lots of Labels Framelits with your Big Shot.
  • Stamp the greeting from the Christmas Pines stamp set using Whisper White Craft ink.  Heat emboss with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Punch a small hole at the top.
  • Wrap the Cherry Cobbler 3/8″ Silky Taffeta ribbon into a bow a few times and attach to box using a glue gun.
  • Attach Gold thread to the tag and thread a few of the Mini Jingle Bells to the thread.  Attach tag to box with a glue gun.

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What Will You Create?

While I’ve only given you a few ideas for creative gift packaging I hope these inspire you to be creative when it comes time to wrap those gifts.

As always… enjoy the process.  It’s the love behind the packaging that means the most.

 

Time to Hop Along

Now enjoy a few more packaging ideas from the Creation Station Designers. Simply click the next button and hop along!

Is there anything better than enjoying a Sunday of inspiration?  As you enjoy these, I’ll be putting up the Christmas tree with the family.  We will blast the Christmas music, I will sing loudly…. and the kids will put ornaments up FASTER.  Works every year!

Creative Gift Packaging, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

Creative Gift Packaging, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

 

End of Year Close Out Sale 

Click the photo below and see all the GOODIES on sale.

It’s AMAZING!!

Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out Sale

 

New Tutorial Available

The December Tutorial is now available.

Purchase $50 in my Online Store in December and get the tutorial FREE.

SUBSCRIBERS: Tutorial was emailed on Saturday, December 3rd. Email me if you DID NOT receive it.

December Exclusive Tutorial, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Document Your December 

 

Hello December Online Class, Stampin' Up!

Are you ready to document the most wonderful time of year through memory keeping?

You may remember last year I offered a Hello December Online Class sharing daily photo, journaling and title prompts to help you create a magical keepsake for years to come.

I’m excited to offer this class again. YAY YAY YAY!!!

Before you click the link to read more about it… I want to tell you a few things….

If you purchase the following products from my Online Store you can receive the tutorial FREE.

Click HERE to learn more about the Hello December Online Class!

 

Happy Sunday!

 

 

Creative With Color Using Best Birds Stamp Set

Best Birds Stamp Set

Have you ever started creating with colors and think to yourself this could be bad?

Sometimes one of the hardest parts for starting a project is color choices.

I have this mentality that I have to be “different!”  Like someone else hasn’t used the colors I’m about to use EVER.

Over time I’m learning that I don’t have to be different so to speak… but I can be creative.

I started out with a completely different color scheme for today’s card because I wanted to keep it traditional.

That idea quickly wound up in the trash and I unleashed the creativity.

Sometimes this works, others not so much.

 

It Doesn’t Always Have to Be Traditional

The card I’m sharing today is one that I had shared at an event at OnStage using the Best Birds stamp set.

This is another timeless set like I shared yesterday.  I’m branching out of the traditional blue bird so bare with me!

Best Birds Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

 

I’m in love with the Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper and the gorgeous backgrounds this paper can create for projects.

Best Birds Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

 

This is where the creative coloring came into full play when I started this card using this paper.

I started with three ink colors and my Sponge Brayer.

The first color used was Peekaboo Peach.  Without cleaning my Sponge Brayer I added Calypso Coral and then Watermelon Wonder.  The beautiful thing about the Sponge Brayer is the clean up.  Simply place the brayer under water and rinse.  Let the brayer air dry and then its ready to be used again.

This brayer places a smooth coat of color every single time.  I love it.

 

Tips & Tricks

Best Birds Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

 

Here are a few tips and tricks to create this card.

 

  • The bird was stamped onto Watercolor paper then colored  using and Aqua Painter with Watermelon Wonder, and Flirty Flamingo Classic Ink.
  • Texture emboss a 1-1/2″ x 4″ piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock using the Woodgrain Texture Embossing Folder.
  • After coloring the bird and branch,  use the Birds & Blooms Thinlits Dies to die cut the stamped images.
  • Add a small 1/2″ piece of Moroccan Designer Series Paper across the Woodgrain Texture along with a 1/2″ piece of Early Espresso cardstock.
  • Lastly, the greeting was stamped and die cut using the Tags & Labels Framelits Dies- one of my favorite die cuts.

Best Birds Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

 

Add your favorite accessories to the card to complete and give it the finishing touches.  A few products I used were the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon (one thread), a few sequins, and of course a small piece of a doily.

 

Be Creative

Like I’ve always expressed, it doesn’t matter if you have a pink bird or a blue bird.  As long as you are happy with the creative process that’s all that counts.

One thing for sure, the Best Birds stamp set is timeless.  Regardless of what colors you love to use this can be a stamp set you can run to for years.

 

Save MONEY!  Remember that this stamp set is a bundle therefore you can save money when you purchase the bundle.

Click the photo to see more details and pricing on this stamp set.

Best Birds Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

 

Click the clickable links below to purchase any of the products used to create this card.

Document Your December 

 

Hello December Online Class, Stampin' Up!

Are you ready to document the most wonderful time of year through memory keeping?

You may remember last year I offered a Hello December Online Class sharing daily photo, journaling and title prompts to help you create a magical keepsake for years to come.

I’m excited to offer this class again. YAY YAY YAY!!!

Before you click the link to read more about it… I want to tell you a few things….

If you purchase the following products from my Online Store you can receive the tutorial FREE.

A few of these products are on SALE this week only!

 

Click HERE to learn more about the Hello December Online Class!

Have an amazing Tuesday!!

The Most Wonderful Time of Year!

The Most Wonderful Time of Year!

Can you feel the excitement of the most wonderful time of year?

Running through Walmart yesterday to find the perfect turkey was not as exciting…

BUT- I sure did love seeing all the holiday foods making their way to the isles.

 

What Makes This Time So Magical?

The magic of the season is different for all of us, but for me I love everything about this season.

My only dislike is how rapidly the time flies during the holiday season.  I want to take everything in and make it last a long long time.

I brought Alexis with me yesterday to hunt for the perfect turkey.  My form of hunting is walking into Walmart just so you know.

In fact, my mother was having a hissy fit because it was Monday and I had not bought the turkey for our big family gathering.

Mr. Turkey is now safe in the fridge…  Pray it thaws in time…

Anyway, another reason I love this time of year is the creativity that lets loose.

I’m inspired by so many new project ideas and want to make a gazillion things.  There is only one problem… TIME.

 

Helping You Save Time

I have a few time saving solutions for you today that I’m pretty excited about.  This has been huge week of CREATING.

First, I have to share this fun card that’s super simple and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year!”

 

Most Wonderful Time of Year, Stampin' Up!, Christmas

The Wonderful Year stamp set let’s you express the magic of the season.

 

Most Wonderful Time of Year, Stampin' Up!, Christmas

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Tips & Tricks

  • The main focal point of this card is created on Watercolor Paper.  Once the watercolor wash was created using Blushing Bride and Watermelon Wonder I heat set the colors so I could then immediately emboss the greeting over it.
  • The paper ribbon was stapled over the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper and doily.  To create the paper ribbon see this video HERE.
  • The card base is Blushing Bride cardstock with Watermelon Wonder layered on top.
  • Super simple and easily duplicatable saving you time.

 

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You can see all of the products used for this card in the clickable links below. 

 

Document Your December 

 

Hello December Online Class, Stampin' Up!

Are you ready to document the most wonderful time of year through memory keeping?

 

You may remember last year I offered a Hello December Online Class sharing daily photo, journaling and title prompts to help you create a magical keepsake for years to come.

 

I’m excited to offer this class again. YAY YAY YAY!!!

 

Before you click the link to read more about it… I want to tell you a few things….

If you purchase the following products from my Online Store you can receive the tutorial FREE.

 

 

A few of these products are on SALE this week only!  

 

Click HERE to learn more about the Hello December Online Class and the offerings available.  

New Exclusive Tutorial Available

 

Its time for the November Exclusive Tutorial Release.  YAY!

I have enjoyed these tutorials and all of the creativity packed into each one.

If you an Online Order of $50 you will receive this tutorial for FREE.  

 

Subscription members should have received their tutorial today in their email.  YAY!!

You can also purchase the tutorial for $15 HERE.  

 

Most Wonderful Time of Year, Stampin' Up!, Christmas

 

 

Stampin’ Up! Promotions NOT to Miss!

Online Extravaganza Time

 

Promotion ends November 28th

Online Extravaganza, Stampin' Up!

 

CLICK HERE to view the entire product line on sale for this Extravaganza!

Don’t miss this on November 28th!  AWESOME SALE on Select Products!!

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Don’t Forget…. 

You can get 25% off select stamp sets today until November 30th.  YAY.

Click HERE to see all the stamp sets available.  Get yours today.

Enjoy this week and let’s remember all of our blessings.  Even better, let’s tell others why they are a blessing to us.

 

Exciting News & My Creepy Elf

Exciting News & My Creepy Elf

There is exciting news today and lots to tell.

  • Sweet Christmas Cuties card
  • NEW Online Class
  • Last day to SAVE big!

Christmas Cuties

Christmas Cuties stamp set, Stampin' up!

 

 

I’ve pulled the Christmas Cuties stamp set out several times only to put it back after I came up short on ideas.

While Cathy was here and we were out treasure hunting I found a creepy elf that I had to have.  He puts Elf on the Shelf to shame.

Christmas Cuties stamp set, Stampin' up!

This creepy elf was my inspiration for coloring the Christmas Cutie elf.  He was so vintage I decide to use vintage colors from Stampin’ Up!. I used Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron with a Blender Pen to color.  Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron are great vintage colors in my book.

Christmas Cuties stamp set, Stampin' up!

I decided to fussy cut his top half to give him more dimension.  The vellum created a softer look to the Mint Macaron cardstock circle punch beneath it.  I also love how the silver popped on the background using the Silver Fancy Vellum.

Christmas Cuties stamp set, Stampin' up!

The Christmas Cutie images are nice and big to watercolor and easy enough to fussy cut if you wanted.  I have to say that this little elf is my favorite of all the images and he’s not so creepy. He’s kinda cute and festive.  Besides, he also reminds me of my absolute FAVORITE Christmas movie- Elf!  This is where I learned to call my children cotton-headed ninny-muggins during this time of year.

I’ve listed all the products for this card below.

 

New Online Class

Last year I created my own Hello December Album that chronicled each day in December.  It’s one of my favorite albums for all the little details that are in it.  This year I wanted to do the same thing using Stampin’ Up!’s Hello December Project Life Kit.  I was so impressed with this kit and the contents in both the cards and Accessory pack.  They didn’t disappoint with this years version of Hello December.

For weeks I’ve been working on a new Online class and much of the work was completed when my friend Cathy was here.  We’ve had this idea for a long time and having her here was PERFECT timing.  Both of us are big scrapbookers at heart and love using Project Life by Stampin’ Up!.

Today I’m excited to announce the launch of this NEW online class and the details that go with it!

 

Hello December, Project Life

I’m also excited about the available options for everyone and excited to see YOU chronicle your month of December.  Capturing all the new and traditional memories securely in one place.

 

An album such as this one is priceless and filled with legacy moments that will be cherished years to come.

 

Click HERE to read ALL the information on this class.   You can also click my Online Classes Tab in my header to view all my Online Classes available.

Last Day of the Sale!

Today is the last day of the Online Extravaganza Sale.  Today there is a 24 Hour Flash Sale.

3 Exclusive Free Tutorials –

I appreciate YOU…..

When placing your order during the Extravaganza Sale, use this hostess code below and you will receive a EXCLUSIVE FREE TUTORIALS for shopping with me.  You will also receive a hand stamped card from me and a little gift inside.

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Christmas Cuties stamp set, Stampin' up!
Products to create the Christmas Cuties Elf card:

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