September 12, 2011

Christmas Labels & Winter Cheer

Hi friends. Welcome back to another Papertrey post. Today it's my day to highlight some wonderful new sets and dies coming out this month. It's about the holiday season so I'll be showcasing Christmas Labels by Lisa Johnson and Winter Cheer by Tiffany Pastor. Both sets will be released on September 15th at Papertrey Ink.

First up is a fun set of embellished envelopes I created using both of the new sets + images from Postmarks. I always create a few fancy envelopes to use as gift card holders...but these could be used for cards, recipes, thank you notes, etc. I used Kraft envelopes in the A2 and Gift Enclosure size for my projects. I wanted these envelopes to have a North Pole feel to them, perhaps like they are letters from Santa. The striped stamp + cancelled postmarks in the Postmarks set were just what I needed.
Here you see the new label image from Christmas Labels. A very retro set with fun sentiments, several label images and a coordinating die. Lots of possibilities for the holidays + the label images will lend themselves to any occasion. I added a few glittered clothespins to my envelopes so that they could be hung on the tree or clipped to a holiday garland. I know my reds always like searching for those hidden gift card envelopes in the tree.
Sparkly sprigs, glittered + painted jingle bells + red baker's twine add a festive finishing touch to the envelopes. You'll also notice that striped paper which is a new collection debuting this month from Dawn McVey. The envelopes were also stamped with Fresh Snow ink using snowflakes from the Winter Cheer set. A very whimsical set that will take you through the holiday season and well into the cold, winter months. The circle images you see are also from Winter Cheer and were stamped and punched from White Adhesive Sheets. Those will go on the back of the envelopes and will act as cute little seals.
On the large envelope, I made some snowflake postage stamps from a snowflake image in Winter Cheer. I cut them out, adhered them to the corner....then stamped them with Postmarks images + added a tied Pure Poppy button. Definitely a festive duo of gift envelopes for this holiday season.
Next up, I have some fun gifts that would be perfect for gift swaps, teachers, neighbors...and I think the girls' friends would love these too. I've cut pieces from Dawn's new Candy Cane Christmas patterned paper and have wrapped Hershey candy bars. I like to use Scor-Tape to make sure the wrapping stays adhered.
Here you'll see the die cut Christmas Label with another stamp that goes with the Christmas Labels stamp set. The *Tis the season* was stamped from Winter Cheer and the *for chocolate* was stamped with Hero Arts mini wooden letters. A fun little twist on a holiday sentiment. I also stamped more of the snowflake squares which have a distressed look to them. I adhered the squares to my labels, stitched with my sewing machine and then trimmed to match the label. A Moss rhinestone finishes off the center of the snowflake.
More sparkly sprigs, glittered jingle bells and red baker's twine were used to embellish the candy bar treats. I find that these types of embellishments are often used over and over again on my holiday projects. Each year I find a few decorative embellishments that I like so I keep a big stash available for cards and gifts. (note: I've had a few inquiries and yes I plan on having the glittered jingle bells in my shop again this holiday season)
Using some leftover stamped labels + patterned paper I created a fun clothespin clip magnet. Big, Vintage Buttons were tied together with red baker's twine and adhered to the clothespin front. I used Scor-Tape to adhere the clothespin to the label and then backed the label with a strip of magnet. Perfect for hanging on the refrigerator to clip up incoming holiday cards....or use for letters to Santa, advent projects and more.
Here I've shown an example of how you could clip the clothespin to a sack + doily for gift giving. Perhaps this could be stuck to a magnetic, vintage tray that has been covered with holiday papers or spray painted a pretty color for the holidays.
Lastly I've got a layered tag sample to show you. I always have lots and lots of tags on hand each holiday season. I use them to tie onto wrapped packages and gift sacks like these brown paper bags or glassine bags. You can never have too many tags and these handmade ones look so much nicer than the pre-packaged type.
I used two tags, one which was layered with Candy Cane Christmas patterned paper + one that has been stamped with snowflake images and a sentiment from Winter Cheer. I used a stamped and die cut label from Christmas Labels as a little flap that I folded around my manila tag. The layered button embellishment with jingle bell and baker's twine was adhered with Scor-Tape.
So now I have a fun grouping of goodies that can be replicated to create a good stash of gift giving items this holiday season. I hope you've found some inspiration to get a craftin' on some holiday goodies of your own. Be sure to stop by Nichole's blog for her post today + lots of links to more Design Team + Stamp Designer creations. Thanks for stopping by today.

19 comments:

Sarah Martina said...

Love. Love. Love. Felt instant holiday coziness as I scrolled. :)

rebecca said...

Thank you for such fun ideas. Festive and happy!

Meredith MacRitchie said...

Gorgeous!!! I always LOVE your tags.. and I love how you folded the new label shape over the top of this one - great touch!

- elbeth - said...

Wonderful post, as usual! You may not know it, but I follow your blog regularily and I really adore your style! What I wanted to know today was how you painted the jingle bells and how you secure your embellishments to the envelopes. How do you do it? When I try to secure stuff to my projects they tend to fall off!

Gabby said...

Super cute "postage" eps. I like the bells and the bling! :) The paper on the lovely candy wrappers looks good enough to eat! Heehee! Love your bag tag. Sweet and oh, those buttons. :)

Holly Saveur said...

Super cute Mish..love it!

Dana said...

That clothespin clip is darling! Did you spray paint the bells? Fun!

Diane Jaquay said...

oh my goodness, all of these projects are DARLING!!!

Tosha said...

Love the peppermint, love the retro, love it on Kraft paper, great job.

Janet L. said...

Wonderful art! I love your layering.

Rachel said...

I am in awe! You inspire me every day!

Helen L said...

Love your projects today!!! You always have great ideas and a wonderful way of putting it all together!!

Lila said...

Love your creativity! I'm always interested in the way you layer things. Thanks so much for all the time and attention you put in your blog!!

Linda S said...

Wonderful projects!!

Ruth S said...

Great inspiration as ever Mish! I'm practically bursting to get on with Christmas crafting in earnest - roll on the 15th ;)
Rx

Lynn said...

Love those envelopes! I thought I could pass up that striped paper but I don't know now. Those candy wrappers are adorable.

Diana f. said...

As always, amazing ideas to use for the holidays. I think you have sold me on Lisa Johnson's stamp set from the first photo on your post. So, so, very cute!

Lisa Petrella said...

FABULOUS projects!! I especially LOVE those ADORABLE envelopes and that fantastic clothespin magnet!!! WOW!!!

Anonymous said...

Inspiring, beautiful & heartfelt... exactly why I love coming to your blog Mish!

Jo R. (Australia)

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