Thursday, December 18, 2014

:: brown paper packages tied up with strings ::

 Hi!  Just popping in to show you a few photos of my packages this year!  Each year I love choosing a "theme" or color to use when wrapping the presents under the tree.  I don't need them to be exactly alike, but I do enjoy the idea of them "going together" and acting as part of the decorations of the season.  This year we are all about red in our house…

We are also all about diy.  Almost every ornament on this tree, Bea and I made together over Thanksgiving break.  

I started with simple red/white twine (in bulk from the $1 spot at Target) and wrapped it around the plain brown paper. Used white card stock in my Big Shot to make the tag (Sizzixs die, with coordinating stamps), and added the "B" with the same twine -- using Amy Tangerine template for the letter.  Finally, on many of the packages I punched red, 1/2"circles out of washi tape and attached to the twine.

More stitching templates from Amy Tangerine for the "+" below Bea's name, more twine, more washi dots. The star at the top is from the dollar spot at Target (burlap and fabric, comes in a 3 pack).  I stamped Bea's name using Freckled Fawn stamps.

Rinse, repeat (only this time I didn't add the washi dots, instead a punched out washi stars and added them to the tag)!

An abundance of stars have joined us in our house this season!  On several of the packages, I stitched a star on the wrapping paper before wrapping.  Bea has enjoyed this, and wants to help.  She has actually become fairly skilled at stitching stars.


Even Snowflake the Elf has gotten in on the action.  

See you soon!