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Dec 6, 2012

Great Gifts Blog Hop!

SO SO sorry for being late - I'm experiencing technical problems with my camera!  The photos are from my phone, new ones will be added as soon as possible!

Good morning!! Welcome to a very special Blog Hop!! The eTeam from eclectic Paperie is joining the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps DT and the ladies from Technique Junkies Newletter to bring you a fun Great Gifts Blog Hop! First, here are the *need to know* facts:
  • Each of the companies will be giving away a prize randomly drawn from their designers' blogs as follows:
    • EP: 25% discount on a future order
    • SNSS: $15 store credit
    • TJN: Great Gifts CD or any TJN CD of winner's choice
  • The winners will be posted on each company's blog by Sunday, December 9th
  • To be included in the prize drawings, please comment by midnight Friday, December 7th.
This was such a fun hop to prepare for (although I must confess I waited until the last minute which didn't make for a relaxing crafty time - lol!)! We were sent a fun set of papers and embelliies from eP, a beautiful stamp set from SNSS and a great CD of Great Gifts tutorials from TJN!   It was fun to look through and get some great ideas for the upcoming holidays!!  I've never used TJN tutorials before and I will say that they are very nicely done, thorough, clear and with lots nice big pictures!

I chose the Gift Tag Box and got to work. I've had this idea brewing for a while now, ever since I saw a great video by Sandy Allnock (you can view it HERE). The stamps I was sent from SNSS were perfect!! The set is called Away in the Manger and is so sweet with the manager scene! 



This is really my first time trying this technique - of coloring an image to look like it's night time - it's challenging and I know I need a lot of practice but it's very cool!


After my image was colored I put the box together- again it was very easy following the great tutorial from TJN!  I used some beautiful paper from Winter Wishes by Echo Park.  

I paid a little visit to Kim last week and had the pleasure of actually shopping eclectic Paperie in person!! ;)  I picked up a product that Kim's been raving about - Wendy Vecchi's Studio 490 Embossing Paste.  Jeepers when you see this stuff in action you MUST have it!!  It's so easy to work with, such a great consistency, not thick and clumpy but very light and smooth but really holds it's shape!!  I used a great stencil from Dylusions called Let it Snow (which I also picked up that day!) so I created a few sparkly snowflakes using the Embossing Paste and stencil, simply sprinkling on the glitter before the snowflakes dried!  Definitely *swoon* worthy! :)


Here's a peek at the little tags I created to nest inside the box.  I cut them out with my Cameo, just a few fun little shapes.  Then I pulled out some more SNSS stamps and stamped on a little corner of each tag,  I used Christmas Light and Love You This Much.


I hope you enjoyed my little project - I can't wait to give this away, I think it'll be a great hit!! Now it's time for you to hop on!! All the hop participants are listed and linked below so you can hop at your pace, but remember to leave some love for everyone for a chance to win a prize!! Have a great day my friends!

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33 comments:

  1. I love this tag box! I need to make one for someone...anyone...it's adorable! Your project is great and that coloring...is that a new technique? ;-)

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  2. This is very sweet. Your coloring is fantastic. I have yet to try that method, but I love it when I see it. :)

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  3. Beautiful Julie!! I tried the same technique! It was a lot of fun :)

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  4. WOW, your coloring skills are amazing! I love your gift box and tags~

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  5. Awesome decor on this box. I really like it. Great job.

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  6. LOVE your coloring and those fun shaped tags inside!! Awesome job!

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  7. What a beautiful tag box Julie!!! Love the coloring and what a fun project.

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  8. Great tag box! wow! Love the coloring...good job.

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  9. What a great idea! As others have said - love the coloring!!

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  10. what an adorable tag box and how fun to give this to a friend who doesnt craft full of holiday tags for them to use on their presents and packages. tFS

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  11. Beautiful tag gift box. Fabulous job, love the coloring.

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  12. Julie, your coloring is wonderful. This is such a dear stamp to share the Christmas season.

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  13. Wow! You are a master with Copics! I don't think it mattered at all that this was your first time making the scene look dark - it looks fantastic!

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  14. What a beauty!! Love the box and the tags.

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  15. Oh I love it. Love your coloring of that adorable image. And considering you waited until the last minute.....this is simply awesome. I love it. (think I might try to make a couple as gifts for co-workers) :-)

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  16. I love your box and tags. And I love your choice of stamps as well.

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  17. lovely box - and a bonus tags too!
    Sandra ltb
    slbt17 at yahoo dot com

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  18. Such a very cool tag box, the tags are sweet as well, very nice ;)

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  19. Oh my, your coloring was fabulous and it did look just like peeking in the stable that Christmas Eve!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  20. This tag box is such a neat idea. your coloring on the image is beyond amazing. It just glows!! Great job!

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  21. WOW!Very pretty,love your tag box,your coloring is awesome,your tags are pretty...

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  22. What a fabulous box Julie. That image is precious and I love the coloring. Sweet tags!

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  23. Beautiful coloring on the image! I really like this tag organizer!

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  24. If you get any better at it, we'll be able to see the stars. This is beautiful.

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  25. FAbulous coloring of the manger scene on this lovely tag box.

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  26. Ooh your stars...I like thos sparklin' one you have done with the embossing paste.
    Lovely box with tags.

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  27. This is so great! Love the box and the ribbon and sparkly stars!

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  28. Beautiful box and I love the colour and ribbon you've used!

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  29. Beautiful tag box; love that image and you did a great job coloring. TFS

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  30. What a sweet scene! You did a great job with coloring. You can never have too many gift tags.

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  31. Adorable gift tag box, Julie! I hope your camera is up and running again soon.

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