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DIY gift wrapping parties

    (NC) There are few holiday traditions as time honoured as wrapping and preparing gifts for loved ones. More and more creative do-it-yourselfers are taking this special tradition a step further by adding a personalized touch to their gifts with handmade wrappings and cards. In fact, creative types are even organizing “wrapping parties” to take advantage of this special time to connect with friends and family.

    According to “When people get together to be creative, wonderful things happen, says Shelli Gardner, cofounder of Stampin’ Up!, a crafting and décor company. “And it’s not just because they are stamping. Although our products definitely make creativity easy and fun, the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories are only the vehicle for the real magic that happens—the connecting. Whether we’re getting together to make cards, create decorations, or have a wrapping party, reaching out to others is what makes the great memories.”

    To help create these memories Gardner adds that there are some beautiful new and exciting materials to help create personalized cards, décor, and packaging to make the holidays merry and bright. Here are a few of this season’s popular trends:

    Tasteful treats

    Offering homemade festive cookies and treats is a great way to show someone you care, but they become even more heartfelt when packaged in handmade gift wrapping and boxes. With the Under the Tree Tag a Bag accessory kit by Stampin’ Up! you can wrap treats, desserts and gifts in handmade coordinated gift bags and boxes decorated with your choice of designer series paper, ribbons and fabric in fun festive colours such as cherry cobbler, crumb cake, garden green and pistachio pudding.

    Personalized DIY greeting cards

    According to Gardner, options also abound for those looking to put a personal touch on their holiday cheer with handmade greeting cards. “You can choose the stamp set, the colour palette, and the eye-catching accessories as you create a unique, customized card that reflects your personal taste, style, and even greeting.”

    To give your family Christmas cards a timeless feel you can try the Filigree Frame Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to create that classic design look.

    You can create your own festival of trees with the versatile two step stamp set with tree punch where cards, tags and gifts can feature different variations of tree designs.

    For the comedic person on your list, add a dash of whimsy for an offbeat take on the traditional holiday season with the Santa & Co, Visions of Santa and Get Your Santa On product sets. These fun designs will surely brighten spirits.

    Do-it-yourselfers looking for new techniques and more inspiration can visit to book an appointment with a local demonstrator.

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