Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas packages tied up with divine twine

My Christmas cards have been mailed out and I'm working on my Christmas packaging projects this week. This is a picture of the (80) cards I created this year.

I'm really in love with Divine Twine right now and knew that I had to use it as a detail in my handmade cards. I was quite happy that Creative Bag sells the larger (240 yard) rolls of twine because I am going to be using lots of it in my holiday wrapping projects.
Aren't these colours yummy? I decided to go with the blueberry colour because I knew that it would co-ordinate with the digital Christmas kit that I purchased earlier from Design House Digital. I would normally design my own graphics for our cards but this year I didn't have time and at $8 for the complete kit, it was just too good to pass up. The little owls were so cute and I adored all of the fun colours.
 Creative Bag also has these sweet little "bitty bags" that I thought were amazing. They are perfect for loot bags, class gifts, wedding favors ... and I'm sure that you will come up with more ideas. They come in a couple of sizes and lots of colours. I'm using the blue and white ones for some of my Christmas packaging projects this year ...
 Isn't this just the sweetest little paper gift bag! As you know I am not afraid to use paper on my sewing machine ... you may have noticed that I have machine and hand sewing on my Christmas cards again this year. I saw something similar to this on Pinterest and I could not resist doing it with the bitty bags for Christmas. No one is going to be peeking inside their Christmas presents without me knowing it this year!

Here's a closer detail of the top of the bag and my gift tags. I used plain manilla mailing tags as the base for my gift tag. The little owl tag was created in Photoshop using elements from my digital kit and then printed at Costco as a 4x6 photo. I try not to use my ink jet printer for projects like Christmas cards and gift items. The colours are so much nicer when they are printed, they last longer and they are actually cheaper to print this way. You can see that the divine twine has been wrapped around the tag and I used the same buttons that I had on my Christmas cards to hold the twine in place on the tag. The glitter tape is a decorative element but it also had a functional purpose - I used it hold the tag in place while I was sewing the bag closed on my sewing machine.

I am working on a few more Christmas wrapping projects this week that I'm going to share with you and I hope that you will pop back again to see what I am creating. I'm also posting my projects over on Creative Bag's blog so you can catch me there too.