one size fits all.

Welcome to day 6 of my 12 days of giveaways!  Gosh, how is it possible that we are already halfway through?

Before we proceed, congrats to Kim Moran the winner of day 3 and Jennifer Knopf the winner of day 4 (check out Jennifer’s shop here).

Each year I try to come up with a new idea for wrapping my Christmas gifts.

Last year was one of my favorites.  I had visited a workshop in Venice last November that made the most beautiful velvet …

And that inspired me to create some gift boxes and wrapping paper using paint and stencils.

In 2017 I went with a pretty in pink theme.

I painted boxes using Fusion’s English Rose and Little Piggy, then I used their Transfer Gel to add some Twelve Days of Christmas Graphics.

In 2016 I went with a more elegant approach using Fusion’s Studio Metallics paint in Copper combined with some old rolls of player piano music.

After painting the toolbox that I shared last week, this year I was inspired to try a rather muted neutral color scheme.  I pulled out some cardboard boxes and some brown paper gift bags.  Then I grabbed one of my Christmas stencils from Maison de Stencils, my Deer transfers from re.design with Prima Marketing and some Dixie Belle paint.

I started out simply by stenciling a grain sack stripe down the middle of the first box and then adding part of the Santa Claus & Co feedsack stencil in black.

I also used part of the stencil on some gift bags.

I have to confess, I flubbed up on stenciling the next box.  My stencil moved and I didn’t notice it until it was too late.  That’s what I get for not taping it down (remember, do as I say, not as I do).  So to salvage the box I pulled out my Dixie Belle paint in Putty and painted over the messed up stencil.

Then, rather than stenciling again, I decided to add a section of the Deer transfer.

I also added some deer to a couple of other boxes.

I have to admit, that one with the ‘fang-like canine’ is a little on the creepy side.  Maybe more suitable for a Halloween decoration, right?  It looks a little like Dracula Bambi.

My initial plan was to use some plain shipping tags as my gift tags, but I should have known I wouldn’t be able to just leave them plain.  When I found my box of shipping tags, there were a few photocopies of old photos nearby.

I also came across some rubber stamps that I forgot I had.

Next thing I knew I had totally fallen down a rabbit hole and was whipping up some gift tags to go on my packages.

Does this ever happen to you?  I completely lose track of time and forget about what I was planning to do (which was paint a dresser, coming soon).  Next thing I know I have made a huge mess and two hours have gone by in a creative haze.

I used some Tim Holtz rubber stamps on my tags  and the metal charms are also from Tim Holtz.  You can find his stuff at both Hobby Lobby and Michaels (at least that was true the last time I checked), and of course online too.

I know most people aren’t going to spend this much time on gift wrapping, and usually folks just throw away (or hopefully recycle) the boxes that their gifts came in.  But I hope my boxes inspire people to hang onto them and reuse them (less for the landfill).

Now, for the part you’ve all been waiting for, today’s giveaway.

Not only does the winner get a reindeer gift box and one of my tags, but you’ll also get a 10 oz. jar of Dixie Belle’s Big Mama’s Butta in the Orange Grove scent and a 10 oz. jar of their Clear Best Dang Wax.

But wait, that’s not all (said in my best game show host voice), you’ll also get a 4 oz. jar of each of Dixie Belle’s colored waxes.

So, if you’ve always wanted to try a colored wax but haven’t had a chance yet, this one is going to be perfect for you.

Thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Co for sponsoring this giveaway by providing the waxes.

The rules:  to be eligible to win today’s prize leave a comment on this blog post.  If you can’t think of anything to say, just tell me whether you wrap your presents ahead of time or do you want until Christmas Eve and then scramble to get them all wrapped?  Your comment must be left on the blog, not on Facebook or Instagram.  You are not required to follow my blog, although it would be awesome if you did!

I will randomly draw the name of a winner for today’s prize from all of the comments left on this post by Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at the stroke of midnight (U.S. Central time).

The fine print: no purchase necessary, you must be 18 years of age or older to win, void where prohibited by law, the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning, approximate retail value of prize is $100, if the prize is not claimed by Friday, December 13, another name will be drawn at random to win, blah, blah, blah.

Good luck!

119 thoughts on “one size fits all.

  1. Great ideas and beautifully done. Your ideas can be used on other things as well. Did you actually use the pictures on the tags or copy them and transfer?

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  2. You crack me up!!! So funny. I so enjoy your blog. It is just real!!!! Where in the world do you get so much energy. You are so productive. I’m a little jealous.

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    1. Being creative gives me energy, but trust me, I am not nearly so productive in other areas of life such as cleaning, doing my taxes and taking care of regular car maintenance 😉

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  3. Another great giveaway!! I’ve been painting furniture and crafting for years but as I follow your blog I’m finding I haven’t even scratched the tip of the iceberg on what’s available. So many neat, new things!! Thanks for sharing your expertise. See you Wednesday

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  4. I always look forward to your Christmas wrapping escapades! You always seem to stretch your creative legs and make something beautifully unique. Thank you for this and all the other giveaways you’ve been doing.

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  5. I love all of these ideas that you have put together!! I am so interested in finding one of the deer transfers. They are awesome!! I also have been wanting to try the colored waxes. So with that being said, pick me!! 😊 Thank you for all of the giveaways ❤️

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  6. You are so clever with your wrapping. All such beautiful packages. I wrap as I go. I feel like I’ve accomplished more that way,plus they add some “pretty” at home until they are distributed.

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  7. Wow, your gift recipients are very lucky! The outside is wonderful enough, but then there is another gift inside! I would definitely keep your boxes and reuse them!
    It makes the gift even more special!

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  8. Linda, your wonderful wraps are a gift in itself! Wonderful ideas…yes, I would get into wrapping & tags. I usually put more time into the wrap than the present was worth, but then people said they didn’t want to open it and destroy it!

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  9. Your inspiration is addicting you make me want to go wrap all my presents right now!! Sensational work! I often wrap ahead of time bc I like my gifts to be pretty as well

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    1. Me too. Growing up, our family always put the presents under the tree ahead of time. It was so fun to find which ones were yours and give them a little shake now and then 😉

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  10. Great ideas for the boxes! I am a seamstress so I buy Christmas themed or colored fabric and make drawstring bags in various sizes so the recipients can reuse them. But now, I have ideas for stencils on plain fabric…thanks!

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  11. I love those tags! And, yes, I always fall down a rabbit hole too & lose sense of time when I do projects like this. Is there any other way? Ha.

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  12. In the past I often waited till the last minute to wrap gifts! This year I’m planning to wrap as I buy! Enjoyed your post today and would love to win today’s giveaway! I send wishes for a happy Christmas to you and your family. ✝🎄🕊

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  13. Wow. I wish I was on your gift list! I’m happy to find time to wrap with store bought wrapping paper. You are about 20 levels above that! Beautiful, elegantly simple, natural packaging. Thanks for sharing, I have some paper boxes I need to paint and decorate! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  14. I wrap ahead and enjoy every minute of the process. Today would have been my Grandma’s birthday (born in 1906) and I learned these fun tendencies from her as a child.

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  15. Love how your gift boxes and bags turned out, sure the recipients will be happy too! I would love to experiment with the Dixie bell wax!

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  16. Your gift wrapping is just as wonderful as what’s inside! Love all of your creative ideas. Once the grandkids are bigger, I just might use some of your ideas for wrapping, but for now, it’s gift bags and simple wrapping paper for me!

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  17. Very generous give-away and LOVE all your wrapping themes! I was one of the few in my family that actually spent any time on wrapping gifts. We don’t exchange anymore, so I really miss the wrapping. Winning this would be like getting a Christmas gift from you! (which it is LOL) Beautiful!

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  18. Hi Quandie. Some years I’m scrambling Christmas Eve trying to get everything wrapped. This year I’m trying to wrap items as they arrive in the mail, so I don’t have to find a place to hide them. I’m excited about the give away. Thank you!

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  19. Sometimes I have my act together and other years it’s a bust. Lovely giveaway prizes. I’ve never tried that brand of furniture waxes.

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  20. You just inspired me to make wrappings that people will actually keep and use! Now to scavenge through the house and find baskets, boxes, tool boxes etc!!

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  21. I love your ideas and your great instructions. I wrap presents before Christmas Eve as we have a big family get together Christmas Eve. Have not tried Dixie Bell products but always hear good things about it.

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  22. Oh my goodness! You had me at Tim Holtz!! I pick up his items every chance I get, and especially love the metal charms like the “inspire” one you used. Then, you go throwing in Dixie Belle wax in COLORS…my wheels are turning for sure. Happy almost weekend 🙂

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