Monday, November 21, 2011

Bags, tags and Wraps for the Holiday Season

It's that time of the year again when I start thinking of gifts for the people in my life.  I love to make handmade gifts, and in the past I have handmade quilts, knit hat, scarf and mitten sets, scrapped mini albums, baked cookies, breads and bars, designed and handmade all my Holiday cards,  just to name a few, but this year life has gotten in the way of all my aspirations... what it doesn't happen to you?   Okay, so maybe I am not the only one this happens to... so let's think handmade but on a more manageable level.  So this year I thought if I can't make all the gifts handmade, maybe I can at least present them in a handmade fashion, so I went to my favorite site Pinterest  and found all sorts of beautiful ways to bag, tag, wrap and present my gifts in an inexpensive,quick and beautiful way and...shhh, no one but us needs to know we didn't slave over these for months!  So gather your materials... a lot of these are done with manilla or kraft paper or even brown grocery bags, bakers twine, paper doilies, punches, stamps, left over scrapbooking papers and even old cards.  I think I have all that, maybe I can pull this off! 

Let's start with some really easy gift tags from brown kraft paper or grocery bags, punch some holes and tie off with bakers twine... I kind of like the addition of the eyelets to add another layer, then stamp or hand write the recipients name.  Or you can even skip the tag and wrap the gift in kraft paper and just stamp the name right on the package... is that easy or what?

Love the addition of some buttons or even some doilies and embellishments... cute!
Or how about some fancy ribbon?

How about using some of your punches... 
kind of elegant, even on kraft paper (or grocery bags), love that!

Manilla tags with the addition of some red and white paper straws and
some distress inks and now they take on a more vintage look!

How about these stamped tags made to look like vintage postcards...
rather romantic!

Talk about romantic, add some old lace, distressing ink, buttons and old
photos now were talking my kind of style!

Add some doilies to the mix... oh my!
You can even make an envelope and this can become a gift card holder.

How about old book pages (no need to worry about being photo safe)
Love using the initial in place of the recipeints name.

And these initial tags were cut from old cards... now that's green!
 Love this idea, make your own wrapping paper and tags by
using buttons as the stamps and then actually using the button!

I just love the look of primitive and these just really pulled at my heart string...
or how about these, embossed with the snowflakes... snow cute!!
Another rather primitive tag with a felt red heart and pinked and sewn
edges with some buttons and a little twine... tags after my own heart!

 These are very simple but being in Education for 20 years I have a thing for notebook paper... these have even been sewn with red thread and tied with red and white bakers twine.

 This elegant and fancy tag and package were made using old Yuletide paper,fancy for leftover wrapping paper! Even the sentiment was punched from an old card.

These are so cute, made on kraft or manilla paper and paper pieced with your left over scrapbook papers... this would even be cute to let the kids do the artwork!

These gorgeous tags are made from leftover scrapbook papers
and the addition of a few buttons, some lace and metal charms.

The Mother Lode of leftover scrapbook papers, some handmade flowers
paper doilies, button, lace, ribbons... any and all little leftover bits!

Of course I had to show some tags using some of your favorite scrapbook paper collections!

This was so creative... how about reusable gift tags, made with
chalkboard paint or paper... these are adorable and talk about green!

I thought this was so creative, instead of putting their names on the gift tags how about putting their picture on the tag... I just loved this one, and think this will be the one I'll do this year!

So we have looked at many ways to bag, tag and wrap your holiday gifts with a handmade touch this season.  Most of these were made with either kraft paper (grocery bags) or manilla paper and some of your everyday scrapbooking supplies, but also recycling or reusing wrapping papers, tags and cards from past seasons. These are all very inexpensive to make... but look like you spent hours and upper end boutique dollars!  
Use your imagination, the possibilities are endless!

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday, enjoy your families and friends... and don't forget your camera!

                                                                          Crafty Hugs,


karen said...

Wow Pendra, these are stunning, I especially like the kraft tags, going to have a go at those.

Thanks for popping by my blog, so much appreciated. The copics I use for skin are E000,E00,E21 and tiny bit of E11 (that's the darkest one) for cheeks I use R20 and R21.

Enjoy your day

karen said...

Hi Pendra

You will get a much darker look for sure, I am not sure how dark though but it might look nice? I think if you want the exact colours you will need to buy them individually.

hugs, Karenxx

Jayne said...

Hi Pendra,some beautiful ideas.Have to say I am on a kraft kick this year for my tags and cards.
Jayne x

CraftyLoops said...

Wow Pendra, how wonderful. Im definitely a bit obsessed with note paper myself and kraft paper and card. These are all beautiful. I wrap my presents every year with Kraft paper and use wide ribbon with flowers. I love wrapping gifts and making them look pretty. These are all beautiful. Such lovely ideas. Thank you for all your lovely comments Pendra, its always a delight to read your lovely comments. Lee x

Pam said...

Hi Pendra, Wow! my sweet dear friend for your first post in a while, you really out did yourself! There is so much information, and inspiration, you really rock! I am so glad to see you are blogging too.

Hugs, Pam at

Pam said...

Me again!! I forgot to say have a wonderful Thanksgiving Pendra, my prayer for you is that it is a day of wonderful memories.

Hugs, Pam

PinkBlingCrafter said...

WOW WOW!! love all the tags!! I can't pick a favorite:) Love all the details. Have a Happy Thanksgiving:)

Susan said...

Hey Pendra!

Thanks for sharing the link and pictures for Pinterest! I've never heard of it before but after I saw these neat projects you posted about I had to check it out!

I hope all is well and that you have a fabulous Thanksgiving!


KellyCreates said...

Thanks for sharing all these awesome gift tags, Pendra!'ve done my "homework" for me :) Wonderful inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Kendra, everything is so pretty, you've really been busy creating awesome things.

Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Hugs, Lori m

karen said...

Hi Pendra, I am happy to help although I am a long way from an expert with colouring, I really struggle. I have problems working out which bits to shade dark or leave light, I just make it up in the end!! I hope you enjoy your copics, I always start from dark to light but a lot of people prefer it the other way round, just see how you get on!

Mandy said...

Hello lovely lady :)
These all look gorgeous, I do love Kraft and the good old Bakers Twine.
I only discovered Pinterest a few days ago, how fab is that site, the trouble is I got so engrossed in all the lovely inspiration on there I never got around to returning my visitors comments, my bad lol.
I just wanted to thank you for your lovely comments & wish you a Happy Thanksgiving :) I know it will be hard without your mom, but enjoy time with your family & why not include her in your day, get everyone to raise a glass & make a toast for her
big hugs Mandy xx

Barb said...

Hi Pendra,
What wonderful ideas, thanks for sharing and thanks for taking the time to "visit" my blog. Ü
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family,
Barb in Texas

DIANA L. said...

Great projects all of them you have been one busy lady.

Have a wonderful Thanks giving.

Marlene said...

Ooooh, LOTS of eye candy here, Pendra!

Thank you for the birthday wishes!!

Anonymous said...

Pendra, good to see you back and making all those pretty things.

Thank you for stopping by my blog, Friday I have a big announcement, hope you stop back to see!

Hugs, Lori m

Eva said...

Happy Thanksgiving my Friend. Wonderful projects here. Thanks for your visit. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

Eva :0)

jessica said...

what amazing gift tags!! I think they add so much to a gift :)
Thanks for stopping by my blog...I am a new follower now

Mandy said...

Great inspiration Pendra,I love presents wrapped in kraft with some beautiful ribbon..Thank you so much for all your lovely comments I really appreciate them.....
Mandy x

Amy E said...

Wow Pendra, what a post!! I'm all kinds of inspired now!!

I wanted to pop by and thank you for entering my giveaway and posting my link and pic on your sidebar.

I really appreciate that you appreciate the Black Friday and money saving posts. Thank you for all the sweet comments. I'm disabled too, and money is just tight enough, that I get things super cheap whenever I can!

I'm not sure about your question about the Big Kick...I only have a Cricut, and have never used any other die cutters. From what I've heard about that one though, I'm pretty sure you can use just about any dies in it. They all seem to be pretty standard.

So...did you get any awesome Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals?!?! I got WAY more than I hould have, but I had such fun!! I even splurged and got a few Cricut cartridges!!!

Take care,
Amy E.

Lisa M said...

I am in total awe! Every single picture just oooooozed with gorgeousness and all the "GREEN" ideas you suggested are FANTASTIC!! Wonderful post. I'm adding you to my "don't miss" list on my blog too.
OH..and you had me sliding off the couch this morning with laughter at your message for the blog candy.
I found it quite entertaining!!!
Have a great one!
Lisa xx

Nati said...

Nati from Brazil

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the shout out for Pixie, good luck!

Pam said...

Pendra just stopping by to say thank you for your sweet post. I wanted you to know how much I appreciate your words of care! God has blessed me with some wonderful blog friends. You guys are always there.

Hugs, Pam at

trisha too said...

Now THAT is a great lot of inspiration, Pendra! So many wonderful ideas!!!


kbrandy4 said...

Hello Pendra, sorry i didn't respond earlier but it's been so hectic!! Yes, i always use Memento Tuxedo Black for my stamping!! I've become a follower and what a Gorgeous blog you have!!
Hazel xx

Pam said...

Hi Pendra, I wanted to stop by and say thank you for all of your sweet comments on my blog.

I am feeling better, I am still pretty sore. My left arm is hard to work yet. But better every day!

I made some stuff before the hospital stay that I am going to try and post ion the next day or two. I get real tired pretty quickly, so I have to spread my efforts out.

Trying to figure out how I am going to get gifts for my grandchildren. I am going to try to get one of my daughters to take me. It's a real hassle because I have to use a wheelchair.

Not complaining though I'm alive!!

Hugs, Pam

Iulia said...

Hi, Pendra! Thanks for visiting me. thus I had the chance to visit your beautiful blog in retur. You have created so many wonderful lil gift tags here; they are all so sweet annd delicate and one can see the huge amount of work that went into them. I'll be coming back to check on your wonderful creations as soon as I can!
Hugs, Iulia

Beckie said...

Love, love, love all of those tags. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I'm glad to be following you, too ;0)

Be Blessed, Beckie

Marelize said...

Oh, what stunning ideas! Thanks for sharing! :)

Cheryl said...

So many great ideas! Thank you for collecting and sharing them all. I have some of them pinned but several were new to me.

Liz's creative corner said...

Wow Pendra, stunning hun, love the designs, thanks for visiting my blog and yes I will become a follower of you too, hugs Liz xx


Dear Pendra, Awe! I know what you mean. Christmas is not the same with out our mother's. It's still hard for me! She would want you to celebrate with your family :O) I always remember the song "Don't worry bout me" it's a country and western song, and when I hear that song, it's my Mom saying Don't worry about me :O) and I'm sure your Mom would want the same! Hugs & Prayers! Leah Ann

Susan said...

Hi Pendra!

Thanks for the heads up about my win! I have to get some lottery tickets, this has really been my month for winning! My stars must be lined up perfect! lol!

Hope your doing good! I saw things are calming down a little for you. Just in time for the holidays, huh? Oh, I did finally get an invitation to join Pintrest, I just haven't had much time to browse it. I did want to thank you for sharing the link, it seems to be all the talk right now! Take care Pendra, don't forget to stop over Thursday to see Kiki, (and Shadow) in action! ;)


Rez P. said...

Aloha Pendra,
Wow! Your creations are all BEAUTIFUL!!! Stopping by to say HI and I hope you have a wonderful Joyful Christmas with all of your loves ones...

Karezma Kreations

Marlies said...

Wauw what a lot of gorgeous tags and a lot of inspiration too!! Realy Beautiful!! hugs, Marlies

Anna said...

verry cute!!! also I just wanted to congradulate you and let you know you won my blog hop, so anytime you could email me with your info, i can get the stamp set out to you,

Susan said...

Congrats on winning Anna Bee Designs candy Pendra! See, your a lucky duck too! ;)


Sharda said...

You seem like a very sweet person.:) Love your blog. The tags looks awesome!

Lisa said...

Hi Pendra! Wow, all of these tags are amazing!! They make me want to head to my craft room right now and make some!!

I hope you are doing well and thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I wish I had a Big Kick! I have a Cuttlebug...but the Spellbinders should definitely work with it! I love the Spellbinders dies...I love the look of the embossing!

I hope you have a great weekend and a very happy holiday season my friend!!

Lisa :)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful creations, I especially like the embossed snowmen, very clever
Hugs Julie P

Karen B. said...

Fantastic tags!

Larissa Heskett said...

THANKS for sharing and for following my BLOG!! =)
It means ALOT!!

trisha too said...

Hey, Pendra! Thank you for all your comments, and guess what? I used one of the tag ideas you posted here! Thank you for the inspiration!!


OmaGloria said...

So many fantastic and creative wasys to present a gift.

Eva said...

Hey Pendra, I just wanted to stop by and wish you a very Merry Christmas!!! I am so happy we have become bloggy friends and look forward to whats to come in the new year!!!

Eva :0)

Sherrie K. said...

Beautiful projects and such inspiration:) Thanks so much for visiting my blog~appreciate it!
Have a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!
Sherrie K

Rosalee said...

Visit my blog please................
Hugs, Rosalee :)

Georgiana said...

These tags are all so amazing. I am going to start ealry next year and make more. I just tried this year for the first time and had a few successes. So many more ideas now! Thanks for stopping by. Hope you had a Merry Christmas.

Happy New Year,
Carson's Creations

Susie Sugar said...

Wow you got great style my friend, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a lovely comment
So glad I found your blog .....I'll be back
Happy new year
Hugs Susie Sugar xx

Christy Designs said...

Wow..... I just visit your blog.
I love it !! A lot of inspiration.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I'm glad to be following you, too ;0)

Naomi said...

WOW, what an AWESOME idea...SO many GORGEOUS ideas here! I will have to revisit this next Christmas!

Anyway, I just wanted to stop by and THANK YOU for visiting my blog the other day during the TGF Release Day Blog Hop and not only leaving a sweet comment but, also for becoming a new follower! I am now YOUR newest follower and I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Happy New Year, I hope it's off to a good start for you!


Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Hi Pendra,thanks for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comment, these tags are absolutely gorgeous, love the snowman ones.
Lindsay xx

HeatherLynn said...

i loved all of your tags and gift wrappings!! awesome!! i esp. love the snowmen ones! you are so talented..i hope you have some time for crafts soon so I can see more of your gorgeous creations! xo, hl