Tuesday 31 December 2013

2013: That's a Wrap!

Rock Star

Happy New Year's Eve! For some of you, it may be 2014 already, but here it's the final day of 2013. So in order to 'wrap up' 2013, I thought I'd share some of my Christmas wrapping with you. A very literally take on wrapping things up. :)

I decided to make a bit more of an effort when it came to wrapping up my guy's presents this year and have plenty of inspiration from my Pinterest board. So I got out a few Clearly Besotted Stamps goodies, some gold ink, and some other bits 'n' bobs and played.

The accordion-folded bows are so easy to make: simply fold a piece of card like you're making a fan, tie a piece of string around the centre and fan the ends out.


I decided that I'd create name labels even though all the presents are for Chris - I like that extra personal touch. :)

Geek Close Up

For those smaller presents, I simply wrapped a piece of black card around the gift as the acordian-folded bow was a little too big.

Each band of black card was stamped with a pattern in the same gold ink used on the wrapping paper.

True Love

tips and tricks
  • I pre-cut the paper for each gift and then proceeded to stamp the stars in gold ink randomly. This saves the daunting of task of thinking you have to stamp a HUGE sheet of parcel paper in one go! :
  • The accordion bows can be created to any desired size, it simply depends on the size of the sheet of card you start with. To create a rosette embellishment, simply fold a longer length of card and secure the ends together. 
If you're dying to know what's inside each lovingly wrapped gift here goes:
  • Guitar-shaped salad spoons (Because he rocks in the kitchen as well as on stage!)
  • A chocolate version of a Spectrum keyboard
  • A phone case disguised as a secret service envelope
  • The new Bastille album - Bad Blood (I think I may listen to that more than Chris - love it!)
But there was one gift that I didn't dare wrap up:

Image Source: KD7LMO.net

A clock created from recycled valves, nixie tubes, from the 1950s. Far too fragile to wrap up and transport to my guy's parents' where we celebrated Christmas. You can see the one I purchased for him in action here.

Well that's a wrap from me, literally! Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! Here's to 2014 *clink!*


Products Used

(Products listed do not include parcel tape, basic string and mini pegs.)


Anonymous said...

So cool, Aimes! Love your wrapping, and that clock is out of this world! Lucky guy :)
Happy New Year!

Taheerah said...

That's a perfectly packaged post Aimes! Great gifts and wonderful wrapping! Hope you have a great 2014 to come!! xoxo

~amy~ said...

awesome wrapping and gifties...happy new year!!!

Lynn said...

Your packaging is gorgeous. I love it...and your gifts for Chris are awesome. I'm sure he loved them all. Happy new year my dear friend! xoxo

Maureen said...

I'm loving these all over again, Duchess! What cool and awesome gifts for your Rock Star True Love :) Wishing you all the best in 2014...we've got 15 more hours here in BC ;) ox

Emma said...

What a classy lady you are, as is this packaging. I absolutely LOVE the black fan/bow. All my best wishes go to you both for a healthy & happy 2014. Also many thanks go to you for my squeelingly cute glitzy wee snowman in a box.

Antonella said...

Lovely gift wrap, all the more special because of your hand stamping!
May you and your family have a safe and happy New Year!
Hugs, Antonella :-)

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Fabulous ideas aimes. Happy new year. Xx

Emily Leiphart said...

I love your wrapping, Aimes, and that clock is freakin' amazing!!! Happy New Year to you!

Barb Ghig said...

Wow! Gorgeous gift wrapping, Amy! I love all the gold elements you added and your accordian bows are fabulous!

Sending you my best wishes for a very happy New Year!

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