Christmas in July?! I love it! Especially when there are heaps of new holiday stamps and dies from Pinkfresh Studio to play with! I jumped right in with a fun take on some cards and gift tags. I even mixed in a few pieces from the Simple & Sweet line.
I started by creating a handful of cute tags to attach to holiday gifts. I used some labels
from the Simple & Sweet gold puffy stickers to frame the images, which I stamped on white cardstock. Then I trimmed them around the edges of the stickers for a clean finish.
I used more stamps from that set in the second tag, and I think this one might be my favorite! By simply stamping the leaves and stems repeatedly all around the sentiment, it creates a beautiful border. When the gold frame is added, it gives the tag an elegant feel.
Next up is a cute tag that features a portion of the Great Joy
wreath stamp. I couldn't fit the entire scene into the frame but I luckily, that doesn't matter, because once I stamped "Happy, Merry, Joyful
" in red and pink, they become the focal point. Just for fun, I popped a tiny gold glitter present
onto the tag, that I die cut with the Magical Christmas dies.
I guess you could say that each of these tags are 'simple & sweet!' They don't take long to make, but they make really pretty package toppers. I paired my tags with kraft paper wrap, scraps of red glitter paper and cream lace, and some faux greens. The holidays can be super stressful so if you can whip up quick, beautiful packages in just a few moments, then you're definitely winning!
Next up, I made a couple of Christmas cards because it's definitely not too early to get the jump on those!
For the first card, I embraced my hybrid designer style by combining even more goodies from Simple & Sweet with the holiday dies. I used 'Simplicity' as my background paper, found in the 6x6 paper pad. Next, I cut out some of the labels from the 12x12 'Good Company' paper by hand. I stamped "Merry
" on the label with the white detail.
I cut a unicorn and 6 presents from the Magical Christmas dies
, and also a red glitter bow with the Great Joy bow die
. After layering a swatch of pink tulle on my paper base, I adhered the unicorn over it, affixing the labels I cut out (one behind, and one in front), as well as the red bow. Next, I took a pink piece of thread and the 6 gifts, attaching them to it with 3-d foam stickers. I placed the thread behind the mouth of the unicorn to give the appearance that it's carrying it and delivering the presents. The last touch was the 'joyful' enamel sticker.
Hint: By changing out the color red and the "Merry" stamp, you can easily turn this into a birthday card! My five-year-old daughter LOVES this card!
For my second card, I used mostly stamps, though I did die cut several presents
again. I cut them from red glitter paper and 6x6 ... patterned paper.
On my card base, I stamped a black sled from the Squirrel Friends
set, and created a snowy scene with dots and snowflakes from the Skating Bunnies
set. I then piled up the presents on the sled. For my holiday sentiment, I stamped the dotted banner
from Home For the Holidays and hand-cut it out. I took "joy & cheer
" from the Merry and Bright Toy Shop set and cut it apart. It's a great long horizontal stamp, but I wanted it to fit the curves of the banner. By cutting it into 3 parts (one for each word/symbol), I can achieve just that., otherwise it's a bit too long and the curve is difficult to manage. Lastly, by using my first banner, I cut a second one from red glitter paper, but made it slightly bigger and layered it behind the stamped one.
Have you been bitten by the holiday bug yet, after seeing all of the Pinkfresh products and projects this month? I definitely have! And, there's also the new Holiday Vides paper collection on the horizon...such exciting things happening right now to put you in the holiday spirit!