I am starting to get ready for a very crafty Christmas this year! I have plans for heaps of cards, packaging and a scattering of decorations, baking, and maybe even some handcrafted presents this year. As usual I am on a pretty tight budget as saving for our house deposit ramps up again (I really wanted to move before Christmas this year, but somehow this year has become rather expensive what with changing jobs and travelling up and down the country to see unwell relatives and to attend weddings!), so this year’s Christmas is going to have to be a rather creative one – which of course I will share completely with you!
As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I had the opportunity this month to pre-order some goodies from the mainly Christmas-themed Autumn / Winter catalogue, which launches on 1st September. However, due to my busy work schedule and 10 days holiday I have barely even opened the box! I know, it’s shocking isn’t it, I am hoping to get some crafty time this week to catch up!
This gift bag is uses a combination of both Annual Catalogue products and sneak-peak goodies from the new Autumn / Winter release. The paper is This Christmas Speciality Designer Series Paper, which you can find in the Annual catalogue. This paper is gorgeous! a lighter weight that our usual DSP, but still strong enough for a gift bag for a lighter gift; I’m thinking bag bombs or chocolates here!
The gift bag itself is made using the Gift Bag Punch Board. I LOVE this gadget for a quick packaging idea, super simple – the instructions are even printed on the board itself so I can’t forget how it works! This particular bag uses the L sizes on the board, and a full 12 x 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm) piece of Designer Series Paper
Now onto my sneak-peak! This simple gift tag uses a stamp from the Peace This Christmas stamp set (Annual catalogue) but is heat embossed in Glitter Embossing Powder – yes, that’s glitter that doesn’t come off! Yay! I’ve only had a quick play with this stuff so far, but I can safely say I would expect a VERY glittery Christmas this year if you’re coming to my house!
The other sneaky-peak is that stunning Cherry Cobbler Silky Taffeta ribbon comes in a combo pack with a spool of Emerald Envy too! so pretty.
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