The challenge for December's blog hop was perfectly timed: Tied Up with String. The challenge was to use your papercrafting supplies to make a tag, decorate a package. I didn't use string on many of the packages, because I'm a ribbon girl at Christmas.
I started out with Papertrey's Notched Star banners and created two tags in a silver/gold combination. The first I paired with gold (almost kraft) paper. I have no idea where I got it, but I'd love to find some more. I added Sarah's initials to this tag.
I made a second tag and added it to a much more elegant package for my mother-in-law.
Then a couple of packages for guys, using the feather die from Simon Says and sentiments from Rustic Wreath (Papertrey) and Avery Elle's Winter Wreath. (And finally, a package tied up with string.)
I used Winter Wreath again to create this package for Sarah, using a chipboard sticker for her initial.
These tags were die cut with Papertrey's Tag Sale #8. The die cut, "Be," is from Simon Says, and the Merry is from Reverse Confetti, with a Holly Jolly die from Papertrey.
Another package for a guy, the tag was created with Thickers and a sticker from Michaels.
And finally a little bag for my new daughter-in-law, created with the Double-ended Banner by Papertrey Ink with a sentiment from Rustic Wreath and some rhinestones from Michael's. The snowflake die cut is by Memory Box.
I had a great time wrapping this year. Almost every gift had a handmade tag. Before the holiday I purchased a large roll of kraft wrapping paper with a paper holder/cutter from Crate and Barrel. I love how festive kraft can look when you add real ribbons and bright tags to the package. I'm also linking these to the Scrapbook Circle Gift Wrap Challenge.
I expect to be away from the computer the better part of the next two weeks. We leave later today for Chicago and time to celebrate with Sarah, Adam, and Caleb. When we return, we'll be here just one day before heading off to drive Tracy's mother's van to Florida for her. We'll be back mid-January, and I'll be really ready to get caught up with my Christmas Journal (finally started, but hardly finished!) and to settle in with a few quiet weeks at home. I hope to keep up with some blog reading, but commenting may fall by the wayside while I'm away.