Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ho! Ho! Ho! Let’s Jingle Hop!

Welcome to my creative world and the Jingle Hop by Lettering Delights. I’m glad you’ve hopped on over to see a few of the holiday projects I have designed that can be made with the new Cut Flowers Holiday collection now available on Lettering Delights. In addition to some “how to” craft projects I will be sharing, I want to make sure you have the entry code for the LD drawing, and a few freebies from me as well. Here is the code you will need for LD Jingle Hop drawing: bVthW. The freebies are at the end of this post — You won’t want to miss them!

Today’s project will show you some creative techniques to get the most out of the Cut Flowers Holiday collection. I will be using these sets from the collection: Cut Flowers Holiday Wraps, Cut Flowers Christmas (flowers), Cut Flowers Evergreens, Cut Flowers Holly, and Cut Flowers Holiday Tags. You can see the chart below of each set within the collection and find the files at LD.

I will be showing you a few creative gift wrapping ideas you can do easily and beautifully with the sets mentioned above and the supplies listed below to make your holiday gift wrapping a gift in itself. 

These are the supplies you will need: 
Colored Paper ~ I use 70 lb. text from Paper Source—see my previous blog posting (“Paper Chains ~ Simple Pleasures” for the specific paper colors from Paper Source).
Tissue Paper or wrapping paper of your choice. I have used tissue (light pink, watermelon and teal) to wrap all of my boxes before embellishing them.
Boxes that the gift will go in. I recommend that this project be done with smaller sized boxes, like a chocolates box, large jewelry box or stationery box.
Ribbons, bakers twine, seam binding ribbon (my favorite) or any other creative ties you like to use.
Brads of various colors and sizes for attaching 3D flowers together
Spray Adhesive (such as 3M Spray Mount Adhesive)
White Glue ~ this can be Elmer’s glue or Tacky glue, though I believe thinner glue is better to work with. 
Scotch Magic Tape for wrapping the gift boxes.
Bamboo Skewer or tool to curl paper with. This is to bend the petals on the 3D flowers and pinecones.
Files from the Cut Flowers Holiday set (Wraps, Evergreens, Holly, Christmas (flowers) and Tags). See photo below showing supplies used in this project.

Start by wrapping the box with solid tissue or paper. Keep in mind that the background color needs to be visible through the stenciled words (example, a reddish tissue behind the light pink paper wrap with the word “Love” cut out will provide a nice contrast, see image below).

Choose the holiday wraps and paper colors you want to use and cut them out with your machine. (See the supplies photo above showing the stenciled papers of “Love” and “Ho Ho Ho”). Determine where you want to position the wrap on the covered box. Use spray adhesive on the back of the wrap (gently spraying, but cover the wrap entirely), then carefully position and adhere the wrap to the tissue covered box.

Now it is time to embellish each box. For the “Jingle” box I cut out small sizes of the Christmas flowers, evergreens, holly and berries (from the LD sets listed above). I also used the leftover pieces (cut outs) from my holiday cupcake wraps (example: bells). I then glued the tiny pieces together in a bending and flowing shape to wind across the front of the box. I used white glue to attach the parts together and spray mount to adhere it to the box once I had determined where I wanted the mini garland to be positioned. See the photo above, and the winding miniature garland on the tree, below.

For the smaller “Ho Ho Ho” box (see first photo, above) I simply used the left over letters from the stenciled wrap (on the larger “Ho Ho Ho” box) and carefully glued the letters down the box in a vertical arrangement using white glue and a toothpick to wipe the glue onto the backs of the delicate letters.

For the poinsettia 3D flower on the “Ho Ho Ho” box (above), I used petals from the Cut Flowers Christmas set. I chose three different reddish papers to add variety to the flower. These petals were also curled slightly with the bamboo skewer between my thumb and forefinger, then stacked, positioned and joined together with a brad. I also used a tag from the Cut Flowers Holiday Tags, to personalize the gift. Green ribbon was also used on this gift. See the detailed photo above.

Now it’s your turn to gift wrap with your own special style and Lettering Delights Cut Flowers Holiday collection.

To thank you for spending time with me and getting to know the Sheri McCulley Studio I have designed two money gift cards I would like you to have as freebies to coordinate with the Cut Flowers Holiday Set. I hope you will download and use these throughout your holiday season to share with those you love. Money is the gift that always fits, and this is just the thing to give it in. Both “Ho Ho Ho” and “Peace” versions of the card are available, complete with instructions, from the links below. There is also a photo (below) to show how the cards will look when they are completed.

The free “Ho Ho Ho” card can be downloaded here.

The free “Peace” card can be downloaded here.

I hope you will become a follower on my blog to see the many designs and projects I create daily (the link is at the right). I would also love to have you become a fan of my Facebook page, and I have an Etsy shop named Sheri’s Creations and would welcome a visit from you anytime.

Now that you have visited my blog I invite you to see the many talented artists who are blog hopping with Lettering Delights today through December 7. Remember, each blog will have a code to enter into the drawing, so you will want to hop on over to their blogs and enjoy the crafts and projects they are sharing and get their codes and freebies. Here are the blogs listed below and the order of hopping from one fun project to the next:

I will be sharing more project and gift ideas with the Cut Flowers Holiday set for the next few weeks. I invite you to return daily to see my creations and additional freebies I will be sharing with my blog and Facebook followers. I will have another freebie tomorrow, so you won’t want to miss that!

Thank you for visiting me on this festive Jingle Hop, now don’t forget to visit the source of the fun (Lettering Delights), to enter your code (bVthW) in the drawing for the zing machine. You will need to have an account with Lettering Delights to enter the drawing, but it’s free and easy, just click here to sigh up and maybe even win!


Anonymous said...

Really really cute!!! I love the poinsettia and pine cone designs!!! :)

GaTechGal said...

Thanks Sheri. I can't wait to try them.

1CardCreator said...

Beautiful garlands you made, all of these are gorgeous! Thank you so much for the freebies and the opportunity to win the Zing, what an awesome machine!

Jana Eubank said...

Your files and projects are breathtaking! WOW! Gotta have them! Thanks for sharing your talent with us! Merry Christmas!

bird said...

Very cute... said...

Wow Sheri breathtaking projects and cutting files as always! Joanna xx

Kwilt said...

CUTE!!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful work!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Sheri for the lovely files. Your projects are very inspirational. I am so glad I joined the Jingle Hop as I have found some great bloggers, all thanks to Joanna at ilove2cutpaper. I will be following you from here on in. :-)

Michelle E xx

Caroline said...

Thank you for the freebie, love your projects!

Leslie Ann aka LA said...

Such beautiful items. Thank you for sharing.

Currently Google docs is not letting me download, but I'll try again later.

Marge said...

GORGEOUS creations!!! Thanks so much for sharing and for the change to win the Zing!!!

Christine said...

Lovely gift wrap. I would never have thought of it but now I am so inspired to do some creative wrapping this season. Love the flowers. It would be a file you could use year round. Thanks for the freebies. I love them.
xoxo, Christine

Got2BCrafting said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! I know I wouldn't want to open such a beautifully wrapped present tho! LOL! Thanks for the great tutorial. :)

Melanie - The Paper Retreat said...

Super cute! Love the garlands!

An'Jenic G. said...

Awesome wrapping paper. TFS AJ-

Anonymous said...

Got an error and could not download :( these are so cute too. Thanks for the chance to win a zing. I want one so badly.

Lorrie Jonas' creations said...

Love the files thank you so Much! your project you did for the hop is adorable.

Christine Kiehl said...

Wow, beautiful! THis new visitor/follower is amazed and quite simply blown away! Thank you for taking the time! Happy Holidays!

La Miscelanea said...

A really good idea. Gorgeous projects!

Jnett said...

What a labor of love!

pbrenner said...

Oh my, this is my first look at your designs but it surely won't be the last! I'm buying this set right now, and can't wait to get home from work and try it out!


Jenn Zeeb said...

I love the fresh design of these, thank you!

Tammy said...

I tried to get the freebies and it kept saying error. Awesome projects. Now I shall jingle on my way

Stacey said...

super projects! thanks for the terrific gift!

Sheri McCulley said...

Some of you are having trouble downloading the freebies. Someone from my FB page suggested this solution, maybe it will help? she says, "I had to open Google Chrome to dl mine, I was using an outdated explorer I guess. You could also try safari or firefox to dl it." Hope that might help.

Others have had the same problems, but also said once they tried this, it helped. I too hope it help. Give it a try and let us know. Good luck! I want you to get your free goods.

Patty B said...

What a beautiful box! The flowers are a wonderful touch. If i received this, I'd want to keep it out all year on display! Thanks for the freebies & chance to win!