Coloring Book Winners & A Quick Tip for Leftover Gift Wrap!

Hi Friends! It was a cold rainy day up here in Maine (no white Christmas for us, I guess mother nature though the 5 months of snow we had last year was enough LOL!) and I have been tired and achy all darn day. I am on the couch with a hot cup of tea and a heating pad blogging trying to stave off any potential illness. It’s gonna be an early night for me I think:) I wanted to make sure I announced the winners of the Color It coloring book giveaway. The randomly chosen winners are:

Ann Roberts

Nancy (from California)

Valerie

In case there are more than 3 people with these names I have replied to the winners comments with my email addy, I like to email the winner directly but my email was not letting me, probably because I had the words “you won the giveaway” in the email and yahoo thought I was trying to send spam. Good grief.  Some days everything is a struggle and today was one of those LOL! Thanks to all who entered, there were almost 700 entries, I think it is so cute that more people signed up for a chance to win inexpensive coloring books then other expensive art materials in the past. Just goes to show you we are all young at heart!

Today’s tip is a quick and frugal one, how to make a pretty bow from leftover wrapping paper!

I have been putting these on gifts left and right, I think they are so pretty and it is better than throwing those scraps away! Well, I am going to go to bed early tonight so I can have a productive day tomorrow (I still have one more Christmas gift to finish!) so thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Groovy Gift Wrap! {Brown paper + Stencils!}

Hi friends! I have a fun idea for you tonight, DIY wrapping paper using paint and stencils!

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I must confess, ever since I got a big roll of kraft paper from Papermart I have been making all of my own gift wrap! You can use it as-is or try stenciling it like I did tonight! Papermart also carries the kraft paper in white if you want a brighter look too. I think I need a big roll or white paper after now knowing how much I use the brown stuff. Watch the video to see how I make this paper and matching gift tag:

Supplies:
60# Kraft paper
Large Shipping Tag
Rainbow Ribbon
Paper ribbon
Stencil
Acrylic Paint
Gesso (or white acrylic paint)
Stencil brushes and make-up sponges

Directions:
1. Stencil design on kraft paper using acrylic paint.
2. Stamp tag using leftover paint and make up sponges. Wash stamps immediately after use.
3. Wrap gift. Add ribbon and tag.

Try this idea using any stencil for different looks, you can make any theme paper just by changing the colors and stencil patterns. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sponsored by Papermart.

DIY Duct Tape Christmas Trees!

Hi Friends! Tonight I have a fun project using cardstock and duct tape, have a look:

If you don’t have duct tape you can use 2″ ribbon, scrapbook paper or even leftover gift wrap, just cut it into 2″ wide strips and cut those into 1 1/2″ lengths and fold them just like I did in the video. If you are not using duct tape you will need to use glue, I suggest a glue stock for thin wrapping paper, tacky glue or hot glue for scrapbook paper and hot glue for ribbon. The duck tape I used is from Oriental Trading Company. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

PS Starting Monday you can vote for your favorite holiday lights in the USA Today Best Holiday Lights Contest! You might even win a $1,500 gift card!

Bling on the Wrapping!

Hi friends! Wanna know a secret? I have always loved wrapping presents. I am kind of afraid to admit this because I fear that all my friends will drop off their gifts to be wrapped. The trouble is that this time of year I don’t have as much time to put into the wrappings. Well, that is until now. I came up with some cute and clever ideas using inexpensive supplies from Papermart! You probably have some of these things around your house too so I urge you to try some of these ideas today!

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The first tip I can offer for quick holiday wrapping is to make a dedicated space. You don’t have to keep it up all year but during the holidays it is a must. It can be a card table in the corner of your basement with a supply of scissors, tags, pens and tape. You can place a clean tall trash can next to the table to hold rolls of wrapping paper. If you have a guest room you might put a small piece of plywood on the bed (smooth, thin Masonite won’t snag your bedding) so you have a large work space you can sit and wrap at. It is more comfy than trying to wrap gifts sprawled across the floor and since it is more enjoyable you are more likely to wrap for longer and get more done! Today we are going to use kraft paper as the base of our wrapping and you can see my big tip for storing that for ease of use in today’s video:

What do you think? Easy, inexpensive and super festive! Here is a list of the supplies I used:

Kraft Paper
Packing Tape
Washi Tape
Bakers Twine
Unstrung Merchandise Tags
Sequins
Glitter

I hope you try some plain kraft paper for gift wrapping, it even comes in white. There are so many other options for embellishing it and you can make it for any occasion. You can try stencils and stamps, you can wrap it with party streamers, the sky’s the limit! There are so many options! I hope you enjoyed today’s ideas and that it inspires you to get creative with your gift wrapping. Also, If I know you in real life I DO NOT want you dropping off gifts on my doorstep to be wrapped but you are more than welcome to use my gift warp area and supplies! If you liked this idea and want to share it there are handy buttons below to share this on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter as well as other fine places. I do appreciate each and every share! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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