Stepped-Up Gift Packaging and DIY Gift Tags

Welcome back, crafty friends!

I'm doing a little happy dance over here today because I'm so excited to share today's project with you!

Several weeks ago, the owner at The Stamp Market very kindly sent me some new products from their October release to play with. I knew I wanted to step up some of the gift bags I had laying around in my stash, so I used some stamps and dies to create some fun gift tags and jazzed up some of those gift bags.

Here's the best part: All of this was SUPER easy to do, so you can easily recreate similar looks with products you probably already have on hand.




I began by cutting out some basic tag shapes using the Oblong Hexagon dies. I cut several from different shades of netural or light-colored cardstock in two sizes so that I could stack two on top of each other for more contrast and dimension. I went ahead and glued the smaller pieces on top of the larger pieces in several different sets so that I could have multiple gift labels. Even though I wasn't sure how many packages I was going to make, I knew I could always just store whatever I didn't use on this project for future gifts!

Using the Gift Giving Greeting stamp set, I stamped out several greetings on to my cut hexagon tag pieces and then set them aside.

I grabbed a few empty white gift bags from my stash and then put them into my MISTI and used the Jumbo Plaid Background stamp and the Painted Polka Dot Background stamp to create a stepped-up version of a white gift bag. Now we've got some color and interest on that bag!!



I repeated the same process with the kraft-colored bag, but because this bag had handles on it, I learned (by trial and error!), that it's better to stamp the background stamp on to a flat piece of cardstock first, then cut it down to your bag size, and glue it on to the front of your bag, rather than trying to stamp directly on to the bag. 

I also had some clear bags that I knew I wanted to use, so I also just took some scrap tissue paper that I had in my stash and lined my clear bags with that tissue paper to give a pop of color and visual interest.



They were still missing just a liiiiittle something, so I knew the perfect cherry on top of the gift bag sundae would be FLORALS!!! 

Several weeks ago I made a project using stamped and die cut images from the Petal Patch stamp set. The images I didn't use were set aside for a future project, so I decided to use them on these gift packages! I basically just glued them on to the tags in different places and then waited for them to dry.



When the completed tags were done, I adhered them on to my gift bags to finish them off!

I can't wait to use these gift bags, and they were so much fun to make. The added step of personalizing your gifts can make such a big impact! The Stamp Market blog is going to be FULL of inspiration over the next few days on crafting handmade gifts and putting a little bit more love into your holidays this year. Be sure to keep visiting the blog here for all the great ideas!

Thanks so much for stopping by and hanging out with me today!

Kelly



Inks Used:

Life of the Party Collection (Catherine Pooler)
Intense Black (Hero Arts)

Honey Bee Stamps 'Tis the Season to Sparkle Blog Hop

Hey there, my crafty friends!

Thanks for hopping on over to my blog today!

We are on Day 2 of a 2-day blog hop to showcase the newest Honey Bee Stamps release - Season to Sparkle! You can find the entire new release here.

So many great products to love on this release, so let's get right to it!

I created this card today with only a few products, and it came together really quickly, so I hope you'll give it a try.



I started out by placing the Stacked Pines Background Stencil over a piece of Neenah White cardstock, and then used Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, and Black Soot Distress Oxide Inks and an ink blending brush to create the trees. I splattered them with water for a little bit of fun texture and then I heat set the trees with my heat tool. I then cut the trees out and set them aside to work on my background.

The new Log Cabin patterned paper stack from this release has some awesome wood-patterned paper in it, but because the pattern is really subtle, it can easily work for a night sky backdrop! So I used my white pigment ink and blended some ink from bottom to top (heavier on the bottom) and then I took some white gouache paint, mixed it with a little bit of water, and flicked it on to an A2-sized panel that I cut down from the original 6 x 6 inch piece.



I then glued my ink blended trees on to my night sky panel (after the gouache had dried) and decided to use a sentiment from the Christmas Blessings stamp set for my focal sentiment. I stamped it out on to the same Neenah white cardstock, colored the leaves with a copic marker, and then used the matching dies to cut out the sentiment before gluing it down to my finished card panel.

After my scene panel was all complete, I glued it down on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base to finish off my card!

Thanks again for joining the fun on the blog hop today!

Keep hopping along to each person's blog and leave a comment at each stop for a chance to win a $30 gift card!

The next stop on the hop is the wonderful Angelica Conrad.

Happy Holiday Crafting!


Kelly




















Your next stop on the blog hop is Angelica Conrad! If you get lost along the way, head back to the Honey Bee Stamps blog to get on track!

Honey Bee Stamps Stamptember Collaboration






Happy Sunday, crafty friends!

Thanks for taking a pause out of your day to spend some time with me here on my blog. Today's card is extra fun because it's part of the Simon Says Stamp Stamptember celebration which continues for the entire month! If you're not familiar with this fabulous event, you can read all about it here

Today's collaboration is with Honey Bee Stamps and the stamp set is gorgeous!

I created a simple wreath card today by stamping the leaf and bud images multiple times in a circle pattern on to watercolor paper with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I then watercolored the images with different shades of Distress Ink and then left it to dry.


After the watercolors were all dry, I added details with my Prismacolor Colored pencils. It's always better to start with a light hand and then continue layering on the colors and pencil strokes. I like using colored pencils on top of watercolors or copic markers because it adds a lot of texture!



I stamped a sentiment in the middle with black ink and then trimmed down the watercolored panel, mounted it with a piece of foam, and then glued it down to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch kraft-colored card base. 

To put a finishing touch on the card, I added some gems  around the wreath. I don't normally add embellishments like this to cards, but I really like the way it tied the whole card together!



That wraps up the card, but don't forget to hurry on over to Simon Says Stamp to get your hands on this set because there are limited qualities available!

Thanks again for stopping by and happy stamping!

Kelly