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By | December 22, 2015

Today, there are new Weekly Deals and new additions to the Year-End Clearance sale, including items from the current Holiday catalog!  Be sure to check them out at my online store.



In addition, as a special perk for Paper Pumpkin subscribers, Stampin’ Up! offers a selection of past kits and refill kits for purchase, while supplies last.  It has just added new kits to the offering. Visit www.stampinup.com/paperpumpkin to shop.



If you’re like me, you’ve been wrapping a lot of Christmas presents lately, so I thought it would be fun to share some tags and gift wrapping ideas today.

This first tag is one I made for my daughter to use for her “Secret Santa” gift exchange at the dance studio.  She picked a little 9 year old teammate for the exchange, so I wanted to make something youthful, and I thought the “From Santa” stamp from the Oh, What Fun stamp set was perfect for the occasion!  To decorate the tag, I sponged around the edges with some Pool Party ink and added a Santa cut out from the Home For Christmas Designer Series Paper.  And, of course I had to add sparkly rhinestones, because this is for a dance team party and you know how they all love glitz!

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These next tags are quick and easy.  I used the Antique Tags stamp set, which is a hostess set you can earn when you host a workshop or party with sales of $150.  (Or, you could just save up and add it to a big order just for yourself!)  I’m showing two different methods to use the Christmas tree stamp.  For the first one, I stamped it with Basic Gray Archival ink on Shimmery White paper and watercolored it.  Then, I highlighted the white portions with a White Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen.  For the second one, I embossed the stamp in gold and then watercolored it.

Personally, I really love the look of embossed gold for Christmas gifts.  It’s super festive.

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Here’s another example of a gift tag using the Antique Tags stamp set.  I again embossed it in gold and then watercolored it with an Aqua Painter.  To make it fit over the wine bottle, I punched 1/8″ circles on the sides so I could make a loop out of Gold Cording Trim.

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This is the back of the bottle.  I made a 3-D poinsettia flower with the Reason For the Season stamp set and Festive Flower Builder punch.  (They come in a bundle for 25% off.)  These darling flowers add a festive feel to any gift!

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I made lots of those 3-D poinsettia flowers!  Here’s another idea for using them.  I hot glued it to the top of a gift bow and then added a tag made with the Oh, What Fun stamp set.  This time I used an Ornate Tag Topper and Banner Triple Punch to create the tag.  I layered some Winter Wonderland Vellum over some Mossy Meadow cardstock for an elegant look.

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On this last gift, I really went over the top.  I created a poinsettia flower out of Gold Glimmer paper, and then I made two more by embossing the leaves with gold on Very Vanilla card stock.  I think they make gorgeous accents to this pretty wired ribbon I found at Costco.

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I created a coordinating tag using the Oh, What Fun stamp set, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, and Banner Triple Punch.

Remember, I said I like using gold for Christmas gifts.  I was serious!!!  You should see how pretty my tree looks right now with all this gold.

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Supplies used on my projects (in order of appearance above):

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Have a great week and enjoy the holidays!

Tami Hewlett



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