Thank You Pocket Packaging

I'm playing along with the Papertrey December 2013 blog hop. You can find all the details here. The challenge is . . .  

 to tie up your next paper crafting project with string. Tie on a tag, maybe a button or two.  Wrap your card front with several strands in different hues. Pair string with washi tape to create a banner in all of your favorite colors. Add knots, braids or twists with string and manipulate it in unique ways.  Let your creativity take the lead!  We look forward to seeing all of your creations tied up!

I was inspired by this project of Michelle Wooderson seen here. I saw it on pinterest and I immediately thought the idea would be cute for Christmas thank you's. I sewed up some glassine bags to create 2 pockets. The back pocket holds the thank you cards. The front pocket holds address labels and postage stamps.

I printed the vintage parcel post shipping labels on adhesive sheets.  If you would like to print your own I have included a link. You can print them in several different colors. Vintage Gummed Parcel Post Shipping Labels

As I have guys at my house I needed to create cards the guys wouldn't mind signing their name to. This was also a great way to use up the Christmas paper pads cuz you know I will need to get new ones next year.

Do you see the star? I had ordered clear plastic sheets from Joann's for some mini books and had an ah ha moment that I could use it with die cuts. You have to run it through several times but it works. A little acrylic paint and done.

 It doesn't get much easier than a big thank you stamp across the front. A little stitching holds it in place. I hope you had a fabulous Christmas!!! Happy Holidays and Happy Hopping!! ~Rhonda

supplies used:
stamps: PTI - Thanks All Ways, Little Labels, and a lot more that I didn't write down. :)
paper: Teresa Collins Santa's List; My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Christmas; Simple Stories December Documented; PTI - Classic Kraft, Stampers Select White,
ink: PTI Scarlett Jewel, Dark Chocolate
other: PTI Seeing Stars dies, snowflake dies, twine, Adhesive sheets; MFT Fishtail Flag Staxx dies; Glassine bags; sewing machine ; Vintage Gummed labels from link above

Tag and Taco Soup

Merry Christmas! May the holiday season bring happiness and joy to you and your loved ones!! Absolutely the best sentiment ever. It is my sincere hope that you are enjoying time with those you love. 

This tag was attached to gift bags that held the ingredients to make taco soup. I can't send each of you a bag but I can at least give you the recipe. It is soooo easy and great for a chilly evening meal.

Merry Christmas friends! ~Rhonda

Taco Soup Recipe

1 1/2 lbs ground beef
2 cans Ranch style pinto beans
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 large can hominy
1 can diced  R
otel tomatoes
1 med. onion
1 pkg mild taco seasoning
1 pkg ranch style salad dressing mix

Brown beef and onion. Add to crock pot.  Stir in all other ingredients and cook on low for several hours.
Great served with torilla chips and cheese.

Servings – 6

Tags in Action

Presents are wrapped and TAGGED! I had so much fun making tags. Last year I said I would wrap presents instead of using just gift bags which I have done. So . . . for 2014 I am going to start making tags a lot earlier so I can use them as gifts.

I loved the long, skinny tags such as Have yourself a merry a little Christmas seen above and Peace on Earth below. I also used silver pipe cleaners to attach them. 

Jingle all the Way using gold and silver bells was fun. I also used a bell pick from Michaels on the big gift box. All the bells really confuse the nosey kid who likes to shake the packages.

The blackboard paper and silver star embellishments made a great tag. Love them on silver paper.

My favorite ones use the MFT Accent It Holiday Blueprints 9 dies and 3 stamp sets. MFT's Holiday Subway Art, Plaid Background Builder and PTI's Headline Alphabet. I sewed the great trim across the top.

I think this is a wrap for me!!! ~Rhonda

Burlap Hoop Tag

I have finally started wrapping presents. I promised myself last year that I would NOT stick everything into a gift bag. I have all the supplies and tools to create some fun packaging so no excuse to not use them.

I stopped at an Estate Sale on Saturday and found these wooden embroidery hoops for a steal. They are the perfect "tag" for some of my larger gifts. I put the burlap in the hoop and then trimmed the burlap close to the frame. I cut "Reed" out with my Cricut using the Bebas font in glitter paper. I didn't get super clean cuts but hopefully Santa is bringing me something for Christmas to help with that problem. 

The ribbon and red berry pick are from Michael's. All of that stuff is already 70% off. I had to do a little searching for the plaid ribbon but it is great for guy packages. Have a great day! ~Rhonda

Happiest of Holidays

I am really enjoying Tremendous Treats: Christmas. With the addition of the dies I am using these stamps so much more. Dies have really become an important part of my buying decision. What about you?

I used my new Rosette die for the base of my gingerbread man. I need to whip up some goodies using a little ginger.

Have a great day friends! ~Rhonda

Happiest of Holidays card
stamps: PTI - Tremendous Treats: Christmas, Think Big Favorites #20, Background Basics: Houndstooth
paper: PTI - Classic Kraft, Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select White; My Minds Eye 
ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; Versarmark
other: PTI - Tremendous Treats: Christmas die, Limitless layers 1 1/4" circles; MFT - 1/4" Rosette die; The Twinery - Maraschino twine
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