Wednesday, December 6, 2017

pti :: good tidings packaging kit :: lovely labels

It's December 6th, and that means you can find a new Packaging Ambassador post from me on the Papertrey Ink blog.  (And I made videos, you guys.)  Also this month, you'll find a NEW Papertrey Ink BLOG!  It's bittersweet, since it meant saying farewell to our beloved leader at PTI, Nichole Heady.  It feels like the end of an era with her gone, as she's been such a driving, supportive, expert force at PTI, and in the papercrafting community as a whole.  But as we pick up the pieces of her sad departure (sad for us, happy for Nichole who can begin a new adventure), the Design Team is also excited for a new beginning...

As for me, I'm hoping to step up my designing game in 2018, and offer a few more fun packaging-centric items for all of the other gift wrap nuts like myself out there (I know there are a lot of you!  Don't be shy--raise your hand!).  But before we look too far ahead, let's have a current look at what I'm doing with my Good Tidings Holiday Packaging kits:

First of all, you can visit the PTI blog for my Packaging post which is dedicated to gift card holders this month.  There's a die for that in the Good Tidings Main kit and I'm showing you how to cut, assemble, and embellish it--in mostly video format.  Have a look after you finish here...

On this side of things, I'm making and using adhesive labels!  These were a fun addition to the Main kit because even though the majority of them are pre-designed for quick use, we also included 6 sheets of blank labels for you to create your own--36 stickers in all.  I'm sharing a quick look at a few of the ones that I made the other day, as well as a simple way to use the labels that are pre-made.

You can use ink and stamps to make any design you want (that will fit on a 1 3/4" circle, of course), but I designed the Good Tidings stamps to include small-sized images and sentiments, too, partly because of these labels.  What good are they if you can't do anything with them because all the stamps are too big?

I've used the tiny pine tree stamps, the bows, little 3-leaf flourishes, and pine branches to liven up each of the labels, pairing an image with a bite-sized sentiment.  Sticking with 2 or 3 colors will give you contrast, without overwhelming your project.

I stayed with the color scheme of the Good Tidings kit here, but in the future, I'll branch out a bit and incorporate more colors.  For now, though, I chose these hues because those are the colors I'm partial to this year.  With the red and green buffalo check craze that's happening all over the internet, I think a lot of folks are feeling that way.  But I did have to throw in some pink and a little orangey-yellow for a some unexpected fun :)

Just a little trick I thought I'd share...There's a curved stamp sentiment ('tis the season for giving) and while the actual curve is wider than these labels allow, I manipulated the stamp to fit.

One of the best uses for these stickers is simply wrapped little boxes.  I have a few samples here, using a strip of ribbon or the copper foil tape (both available in the Good Tidings Trimmings Add-on kit).  The small packages look like they're sealed--this is particularly a clever way to wrap gifts that need to be mailed (and I have many of those!).  You still get to dress up the gift, but there's nothing loose or bulky to make piling the presents into a shipping box awkward.

Decorate your holiday table with small favors wrapped this way; it can be modern...

...or it can be elegant.

If you haven't ordered your Good Tidings kit(s) yet, you still have time to get it (them) before the holidays arrive!  Make your wrappings a cinch this season with everything you need for packaging your presents (except the paper!), all curated into a festive and coordinating ensemble.

Please join me back here this weekend for another look at some Good Tidings wrappings, and don't forget to check out the PTI blog for my gift card holder tutorials!

Happy wrappings, friends!

Friday, December 1, 2017

pinkfresh studio december blog hop

And just like that, it's December!  Can you believe that?!  What better way to kick off the last month of 2017 than with a holiday blog hop?  Join me and the rest of the gals from the Pinkfresh Studio Cards Team as we share some festive greetings.  As always, there will be a giveaway you don't want to miss out on, so be sure to leave comments along the way.  I'll have a few more details on that at the end of this post.

You most likely arrived here from Amy Tsuruta's blog--she has some absolutely adorable cards over there!  (And isn't she one of the kindest, most supportive cardmakers out there?)  If you've arrived from a different spot and want to know what this hop is all about, head to the Pinkfresh Studio blog where you'll find details and a complete tour list with links.

I've got some quick ones for you; they were so quick, in fact, that I made 3 because I felt guilty just sharing 2!  The first one took me the longest to make because I did a bit of die cutting.  I only used items from the December Days collection, including the stamp and die set.

You can see I die cut the pretty branches and then stamped them in shades of green.  They're arranged around a bird and branch puffy sticker, which was the catalyst for this design idea.

I layered a bit of tulle and gold metallic thread under the 'Sparkle' tag, and then applied the sticker and stamped branches.  All 3 of my cards today measure 4" x 4" (my current favorite size), and I allowed some of the branches that I die cut to hang over the edges.

The second card was so easy!  I don't know about you, but during the holidays, I love it when my cards come together in minutes.  This one is also nice because it's not too thick or bulky so it can be mailed without the addition of extra postage.

I started by stamping a repeat pattern of little black trees right on my card base.  You can find the tree stamp in the Festive Llama set.  Christmas trees are so on trend this year, have you noticed?  And this little tree is so perfect for creating an easy background like this.

I then put together a cluster of puffy sticker trees from December Days, and chose a die cut I could use as my sentiment.  There was room in the top 'box' to stamp something so I went with "JOY" from the Simple Joy stamp set.  It's not overpowering, and the typography complements the style of the die cut, as well as the modern, minimal feel of the card.

I added a panel of white lace to the bottom half of the card for texture.  The card contents are pretty flat but the addition of the lace kicks the interest level up a notch.

My last card is just fun, though the details were sadly difficult to capture on camera.  I chose bright, nontraditional holiday colors for this one.  While I'm kind of going with a traditional color palette in terms of personal style this year, I sometimes can't help but break the mold and just go a little unexpected.

I took the dotted garland stamp from Joy & Cheer and turned it into string from which I hung a DD foil die cut ornament.  (I kind of love it!)  I adhered the bulb with a foam dot for depth, since the rest of the card is fairly one-dimensional.

In lime green ink, I stamped "falala" from the Festive Llama set.  I taped off the "LLAMA" part of the sentiment since there are none of them in sight on this card!  The brushed lettering of the "falala" is just the sort of carefree feeling that I want this card to invoke, though, so the extra step to mask the unwanted word was definitely worth it (and really wasn't all that time-consuming to do anyhow).

Taking a couple cute snowflakes from the Merry & Bright set, I stamped them all over the rest of the card in orange.  Why not orange?!  Just as I was finishing up, I decided I'd add a few small white pom-poms to the card for some much needed ... you guessed it, texture!  They look so cute in person, but I had a difficult time capturing the cuteness due to the white-on-white nature of them.  You'll just have to believe me when I tell you that they make a cute card way cuter!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  You're off to Elena Roussakis's blog now and she never, ever disappoints! 

Be sure to comment at each blog in order to be eligible to win the holiday stamps and dies during the giveaway.  Comments will close at 11:59pm CST on Friday, December 8, 2017.  The winner will be randomly selected and will be announced Monday, December 11, on the Pinkfresh Studio blog.  Good luck!