Today's project is for the Christmas Card Challenge Blog Week #47. The challenge this week is bows. The only rule is to create a new Christmas, Holiday, Winter or Hanukkah card.
My card started out as a tag and I thought it would also make a lovely, matching Christmas card.
I have already started making Christmas tags, so I am ready when the present wrapping frenzy begins. Every year I wait until the last minute to wrap so I can check and re-check to ensure I didn't forget an item(s) I purchased earlier in the year that I've hidden, only to have forgotten about when Christmas arrives.
Normally, I start out wrapping the first few gifts with care and by the time I finish the vast amount of odd shaped boxes & toys , the last of them are lucky to have a half smashed, stick-on bow. However, this year is going to be different. My mother would always ensure each of her gifts were wrapped impeccably. My mother never had much money, but she could wrap a gift in brown, kraft paper, add gorgeous ribbon and tie the most beautiful bows that you would think it had been professionally wrapped at a high end department store. They would be so pretty, I wouldn't want to open it and destroy the wrapping. She told me, "it's not just about the gift, it's about my love for you".
I want to pass that love onto my family, so this year I'm making my own tags, stocking up on gorgeous ribbon and purchased large rolls of brown, kraft paper and plan to wrap each gift with care & love. Now, I just have to remember where I hide them ; )
Stamps: More Merry Messages
Paper: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake Card Stock and Champagne Glimmer Paper (Holiday Catalog)
Tools/Accessories: 3/16" Corner Punch, Two Tags Bigz Die, Big Shot, Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (Holiday Catalog) , Delicate Doilies Sizzlits L Die, 1" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Vintage Trinkets, Antique Brads, Always Artichoke Seam Binding, Linen Thread, Stampin Dimensionals, Stamping Sponge