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.