Have you ever spent a good portion of your day doing chores and then getting Christmas gifts ready to send out, only to realize that you need a quick card?
That was my day today!
I will confess that I was having a good time trying to find creating ways to create packaging for stocking stuffers for my family so that I can get them packed up and mailed in the next day or two. I spent too much time doing that and not enough time creating the card for this week’s Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!
I used some pretty patterned paper from an Echo Park 6 x 6″ paper pad called Celebrate Christmas. This is going to my Mother-in-Law along with the gift that I purchased for her. I’m hoping to send it out tomorrow so that I have one package sent and only 3 to go!
I decided to give it a little green border to use up this piece of green card stock that I’ve been using on my cards for the last two weeks. I cut the panel to 3-7/8 x 5-1/8″ and cut the patterned paper to 3-3/4 x 5″. I added a piece of red ribbon and a pretty poinsettia puffy sticker from Echo Park’s A Gingerbread Christmas collection. I had enough of the green to hand cut a small banner and then I added a sentiment from the Simple Stories Holly Jolly mini sticker tablet. Done!
The white around the edges feels a bit stark, but I’m calling the rule of three because I have it around the card stock as the card base, around the sticker and the sentiment. It does pull your eye around that card.
I really wanted to use this background paper because I think she will like it.
Let me also share a couple of packages that I made:
I used a special folding technique on a 12 x 12″ patterned paper to create this little package. I will share that in a video tomorrow. I tied it in twine and added one of the Doodle Pop sticker sets that I just got in the mail today from Doodlebug Designs. I love these little shaper sprinkles and doodle pops. They are so fun and they just finish off a package for you! This one is for my daughter and her beau for their first Christmas in their new house!
This little doodle-pop is called Goody Goody Gumdrop. I love how much dimension and shine they have. I also love that you just pop it off the sheet and pop it onto your project! I also love that they were on super sale!
I created little bags from that same Echo Park paper pack and used the cut aparts for tags. These are just holding chocolate Santa candies for my family as a special treat on Christmas! I added a wooden snowflake with twine that can be used as a tree ornament when they open the package. I bought a bunch of them for my Christmas tree and had several left over. I thought my family might appreciate having a little ornament for their trees as well!
Since my kids aren’t coming home and I can’t go to the store to shop and browse for stocking stuffers, this will have to suffice for my kids for this year as far as stocking stuffers. I’m sure they will be delighted to have some things to open and enjoy on the holiday in their own houses this year!
Plus, my 77 year old mother FaceTimed me the other day! It was delightful! Considering that we live several states apart, it was so nice to see her face and chat. We chat everyday, but it was wonderful to feel like we were sitting together in the room. I was very proud of her for figuring out how to FaceTime all on her own since I hadn’t even tried to do that myself yet! Now I know! I think the face to face visit perked us both up because we were holding up projects and decorations to show off to each other so we could finally see what we were talking about.
It seems that we’ve got a few more months of being confined and limited in our visits with family and friends, so the FaceTime and Zoom visits will have to fill in the gap!
I hope you have a wonderful day. Be well!!