Christmas Gift Tags!

Have you finished your Christmas shopping?  Or have you even started?  I managed to go out (like a crazy person) on Black Friday.  To Target.  Not sure why my husband and I had picked that day to go grab a couple little things, at first forgetting that it was going to be Black Friday.  Thankfully though, we went later in early evening, so it wasn't too wild.  We stopped at my favourite art store too, and it was nice and calm.  I managed to get a few Christmas present goodies for my family, and then came home and got my wrapping prepared.  I like to buy plain rolls of paper, usually white or kraft, and paint and stamp all over it to make it one of a kind.  This year, I made some watercoloured gift cards to accompany my gifts, and I thought that I would share them all with you too!
Click on either of the photos above to take you over to where you can grab the digital download of these files! You can print out as many as you need, and share the love on your gifts this Christmas!

Handmade Christmas Wrapping Paper and Gift Tags

I love paper, particularly brown craft paper (or even better?  that rosey brown butcher paper!)  I love cutting it up, writing or drawing on it, folding it, touching it, collecting...anything but getting paper cuts from it.  

The last couple years, I decided that I really wanted to just making my own wrapping paper, since buying it is sooo expensive, and sometimes the designs are so dumb.  Plus, it's more fun looking at stuff under the tree that has different textures or shininess, rather than all the red and green glossy sheets being the same.  Last year, I bought a $5 dollar huge roll of white paper from the kids craft section of Walmart, carved up some stamps, and made a clean and simple wrapping paper for all our gifts.  This year, I decided to return to a classic love, craft paper.  It's easy to find, at the post office, the dollar store, or again, just at Walmart.

I painted white stripes, pale green trees, frosty blue star bursts, and copper Xs.  I have plans to keep painting some more designs, using silvers and golds, metallic greens and maybe a little black here and there.  It's so easy to do!  I just clear off the kitchen table, spread out my paper and go to town.  After finishing the whole section covering the table, I wander off for a while to let it dry.  Then I just roll it up a bit, and reveal a new section ready to paint.  I like to use slightly watered down acrylics, for vibrant, opaque colours, quick drying, and easy clean up.

Here's a little peek at my trees.  I don't put a lot of detail into them, just quick swipes of my brush, and then I move onto the next one.  I felt like Bob Ross painting these happy little trees!
I also like to make my own gift tags for all my presents.  They're more personal, I like writing, and again, buying them just costs so much!  Plus, you can't go wrong with a little white on craft paper.  After looking at these for a while, I went back and worked them a little more, adding some silver along the edges of each card.
Do you make anything handmade for your loved ones?

Christmas Gift Ideas and New Techniques

I've been trying to squeeze in some new techniques and refreshing styles into my work lately, in between making Christmas presents and getting orders out in time.  Thankfully, I had one evening last week to make some new pieces, and I wanted to share them with you!  I'm super happy with how they turned out, and I hope you like them too!  I love the chalkboard feel of these letters.
You can grab them over in the shop as instant digital downloads, in ready to print sizes (8x10 and 5x7).  Download one (or more!) of the designs from the shop, print them, stick them in a frame and you have a quick and easy Christmas gift for a loved one!  Once you've downloaded the image, you can print it as many times as you like!
 8x10 Download or 5x7 Download of 1 Peter 5:7
 8x10 Download or 5x7 Download of Isaiah 46:4
8x10 Download or 5x7 Download of Oh Holy Night

Calendars for 2014

I just wanted to share the new calendars that I've made for 2014!  There's two different options, both with the same floral backgrounds.  The first calendar is filled with verses from scripture, and the second with inspirational quotes.  Here's a little preview of the artwork!  You can purchase your 2014 calendars in my shop soon (hopefully ready by the end of next week!), and pick one up for a friend or family member too!  I'll let you know when they are ready!  They are a great and easy gift!  

UPDATE!  You can find the calendars in the shop now!