Thursday, August 25, 2011

Gift Wrap

Our friend Lindsay Harrell always gives good gifts but a long time ago, we noticed how pretty her packages came wrapped too. Susan was the first to start emulating this trend and now I am following in these stylish gift givers footsteps. From now on, gift wrap is part of the gift and I will make wrapping special. (And declaring it in a public forum will ensure I follow through.) I'll need some tips from Lori (one of PSA Essentials' owners and one of the most creative people I know, she's an expert gift wrapper). I've picked up some inspiration to share too.

Once I have my pretty packaging nailed down, I'll want to add a gift tag. Tags can be intricate or easy, depending on how much time you have, but a handmade one is a great touch. These are ideas by Melyssa Connolly. She's used PSA Whimsy Cake Peel & Stick to stamp the cupcake. I love how she's colored them in and shaded them with her Copics.

Even if you appreciate it more than the recipient, it's a whole lot of fun and really elevates the gift. Happy gift giving!

Gift wrapping images sources:

    Photo credit: photo: Roberto Caruso
Supply Spotlight for Gift Tags: 

Stamps-Whimsy cakes-PSA Originals.  Manila tags-Office Supply store. Pattern paper-Summer Days paper pad from Echo Park (Teal polka dot-Odds and Ends mini deck-October Afternoon. Cardstock-Neenah. Ink-Juniper-Tulip and Crème Brule-CTMH, Black-Memento. Sentiments-Birthday Cheer-Paper Makeup Stamps. Buttons-PTI.  Ribbon-Ribbon Carousel.  Border punch-Cherish-Martha Stewart. Circle Scallops Nesties-Spellbinders.  Copic Markers


  1. Oh I wish I would GET a present wrapped like this!! Even though i'm an "artsy fartsy" i must say, i give the UGLIEST wrapped gifts...hanging my head in shame. These are just adorable and I am in LOVE with those tags!!

  2. Gorgeous wrapping, and I love the fun bright tags!

  3. I always say that a well-wrapped gift makes the gift seem even more special, no matter the cost of the gift!

  4. Where do you get the beautiful gift wrap paper?

  5. I think the wrap and tag or card is almost as important as the gift... it tells the recipient that you also gave the gift of your time!

  6. I love wrapping gifts! My dream job at Christmas time would be to wrap gifts in a high-end store.

    Melyssa tags are gorgeous! I loved her use of Copics.

  7. Hello! I am visiting from The Shine Project and a new follower! I love wrapping gifts, it can be such a creative experience.