Monday, December 24, 2012

Holiday Gift Tags

It's been a great holiday so far because I've actually had time to do the things I love to do in preparation for the big event. We host my family on Christmas Eve and my husband's family on Christmas day. Both groups are 20-35 people so it's a lot of prime rib, turkey, etc. These are the times that I wish I had a bigger oven!

With the snowstorm, I was fortunate to have my hubby home an extra day. Plus, having the holiday fall right after a weekend, helped us get everything set up and in order sooner. Yesterday, was my wrapping day and I had time to make some "just in time" holiday gift tags. I put on the Lifetime channel (one feel good holiday movie after another) and I had a great day! I wrapped and made tags to match as I watched and cried during each sappy movie.

Sometimes I like everything to coordinate. My husband tells me I shouldn't be buying any more gift wrap because we have too much downstairs in storage. (I love paper and I'm drawn to all kinds during the year-end sales!) So, instead of making everything match, I tailored each gift to the person. What I love about stamping is that I can make my creations any color and design I want. I'm not stuck with what the manufacturer thought looked good. Here's a few of my wrapped gifts I wanted to share.

For my brother-in-law who likes the outdoors, I used "Nature's Reflection" with a little liquid applique and pearl pen for snow on the trees and red berries.

For my sister-in-law who loves traditional pieces. I used "Dear Santa" stamp set for a classic, vintage look.
For my nephew who is a junior in college this year. I used "Sparkle and Splendor" for a more contemporary look.  Pearl pens in the colors of the bulbs on the wrap finished the black snowflake on the tag. I love non-traditional colors for bolder looks under the tree.
I used "Sparkle and Splendor" for my sister-in-law's gift tag. Pretty wine glasses are in this box so I wanted the gift to reflect a more sophisticated look. Pearl Pen in Kiwi added to the snowflake's beauty.
A close-up view of the tag on the wrapped gift.
For my nephew who loves a very graphic look in his apartment, I used "Days Till Christmas." I kept this one contemporary and bold. He's still in college so I kept it youthful, too. I added Pearl Pen to the lights to make them 3D and bright like a light!
For my grand nieces, some fun little tags with animals on them. I used "What a Zoo, Too!" for these easy gift tags.
The gifts are now wrapped. Now it's time to prepare the food for tonight's celebration.Enjoy your holiday with family and friends. If you are driving, be safe. Happy holidays to all of you!
Smiles, Bobbi

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