Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas Banners and Gift tags

November just flew right on by me. My blogging break was a little longer than intended and now December has arrived and I don't have any Christmas decor to share yet. So I thought I would share some paper craft projects I'm working on. Paper craft items are a quick and easy way to spread some Christmas cheer, even if you don't feel the Christmas spirit yet. And I have to admit I'm not feeling it, but I will soon. 

The winter months are a great time to get cozy and find some spare time to work on indoor projects. I've mentioned before how I like a simple craft. All of us have demands on our time, and I admit I don't have the patience to do crafts that require a lot of it. I admire those that do however. Part of the reason is I don't have a craft space. My kitchen counter serves as my craft station for now and it is very inconvenient, to say the least and quite messy. Such is the life of a crafter.

I've been making  tags and banners for the holiday season.  One of my creations is this Joyeux Noel banner. I love the soft greens and reindeer print scrapbook paper. 

I'm making a few Christmas tags as well.  I've mentioned before that I've become rather a hoarder of scrapbook paper, so I wanted to put it to good use along with all my Christmas stamps. I found some french script paper in my stash and added some snowflake stamps to the front and created some gift tags. I didn't want to do anything too elaborate,  just simple little gift tags that reverse to the other side for the gift recipient. 




Continuing the paper tag theme.  On these I embossed a floral stamp with silver on a recycled brown gift tag and layered it over my french script paper. I used the cream colored ribbon I had on hand and added some silver snowflakes and stars. 




Since I mentioned a lack of craft space, here's a peek at my craft clutter on my kitchen counter. This is temporary, and  hopefully I'll be showing my small kitchen before Christmas, so I will have this all tidied up and I'll move my craft projects to a small room upstairs.  
























 I also wanted to share that I've finally decided to open an Etsy shop.  I know how tough it can be to have a successful shop, or even to sell things at all, so my expectations aren't that high. Many of us are looking for ways to monetize our blogs, so I thought why not try it and with Christmas coming up it gave me the motivation I needed to just do it. 

 I also thought about waiting till I have more followers, but at this rate it will take far too long. So even though I'm a few weeks behind from where I planned to be, now is the time! I also plan on signing up on more social media sites and since I'm starting out with paper craft items I will offer free shipping.  

This is  one of my favorite banners I've made so far. It is made with double sided scrapbook paper of chevrons and snowflakes. The reverse side has polka dots for those who like a touch of whimsy, or just like polka dots!


The quality of this picture isn't the best, but I have stamped and  embossed the letters of NOEL on each piece in silver,  and added some vintage looking christmas stickers. The letters show up very well in person. 
The reflection from the overhead light has washed out these letters a bit. I really like the combination of chevrons with snowflakes. 


A few more pics of my tags. These tags have more of a rustic winter theme. 

I attached the ties on the cord just to give you an idea of how they might look hanging. Just different ideas on how to display them. 


I couldn't  find a good sunny day to take pics, so I just gave up. More double sided scrapbook paper with chipboard letters. One side is tiny stars and the other says merry christmas. I have decorated both sides. 







I love these little vintage looking stickers.


This side with the contrasting trim and stickers reminds me of a christmas present. 


I'll wrap this up with  some more pics of my Joyeux Noel banner. I stamped the reverse side with a green floral stamp and added chipboard letters again to the front. I really like the combination of colors. 




It's so nice to be back in my blogging groove again. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's Christmas decor. Thanks for stopping by!










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19 comments:

  1. These are so pretty what a great crafty project. I especially like the banners :)

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  2. Your banner and tags are just lovely. Well done!

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  3. Wow, all of these banners and gift tags are exquisite. So beautiful. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  4. Diane, all your Christmas banners and tags are charming and I can see that a lot of attention to detail was demanded here! Intricate gluing and placing of pieces to create pretty paper lovelies! Very sweet!

    Poppy

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  5. Your work is beautiful. I especially like your Christmas tags.

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    1. Thanks for the nice comments. I enjoyed making them.

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  6. I love them all, but especially the brown with the snow flakes tags. Those are scrumptious! You're very good! I think you will be quite successful.
    Brenda

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    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement! I appreciate your visit.

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  7. I am a tag and banner junky. Yours are so cute! I'm going to used your Merry Christmas snowflake tags as inspiration when I make mine (soon!)

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  8. I'm glad my snowflake tags inspired you. Thanks for visiting!

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  9. Your banners and tags are all so cute, they are putting ME in the Christmas spirit! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

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  10. Diane, you do beautiful work! I love the color combinations and the embossing is gorgeous! Also love the chevron and sweet embellishments! Best of luck with your etsy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  11. What a simple yet elegant way to decorate. Thanks for the idea. I may whip one of these banners up this week.

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  12. I really like those tags with the snowflakes on it. They look great!

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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  13. Your banners and tags are so pretty and so very creative. Congratulations on opening up your own Etsy shop, I'm sure your paper crafts will be flying off the shelves!

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