paminboots Giveaway Results

November 18, 2009

I am happy to announce iloveamandabynes is the winner of the paminboots gift tags! I hope you enjoy – and send us a picture so we can see them in action.

Many thanks again to Pam for the lovely papers and tags. If my post didn’t satisfy your craving for mushroom-stamped gift wrap, you may just have to head on over to the paminboots Etsy store yourself!


Not to be sneaky, but this post is also, secretly, a Tutorial Tryout. I just couldn’t fit it into the title in good conscience.

I was browsing Etsy back in September in search of possible products to feature. There doesn’t seem to be too much beyond the realm of gift tags, so I was thrilled to stumble upon this hand printed wrapping paper by Pam of paminboots! It was very fun corresponding with her about her craft.

I flipped over the woodblock-y style of the hearts and the graphic mushrooms especially. The designs on the kraft paper are screenprinted, and the hearts and mushrooms are – no joke – stamped individually by hand. What a labor of love!

Pam writes:

My mom loves mushrooms. Somehow, she never seems to tire of their cuteness, and she loves spotting them along the road when we’re driving and shouting, “Mushrooms!” Oddly enough, this is something I have taken to doing as well. Because she loves mushrooms so much, my brother and I often give/make her mushroom-themed gifts. I can just imagine how thrilled she’ll be when she sees all the mushrooms sprouting up underneath the Christmas tree this year and how annoyed my brother will be when he hears all us girls squealing, “Mushrooms! Mushrooms! Mushrooms!”

I love it. With all the commercially printed gift wrap in the world, how nice to have one that was made with just one mom in mind. You can see a full view of this beautiful wrapping paper here.

I saw this tutorial for a gift wrap covered canister on Instructables and wanted to try it before the holidays. Covering a container like this means it can be used and re-used, no worse for wear! I used the last of the 1-minute oats and was ready to go.

I followed the instructions pretty much as-is, substituting a scrapbooking adhesive and glue stick for double-sided tape. I painted the top of the lid so the printing wouldn’t show through the white paper.

The kraft paper Pam used for the hearts and hands pattern was plenty thick and covered the body of the canister beautifully. I hadn’t originally thought about using the two papers together, and I really love how the patterns look juxtaposed!

I am most comfortable with small-sized projects, so it felt good to make something that could hold a larger gift. And though it took time upfront, how easy is wrapping going to be? Just pop the lid on, maybe add a bow, and you’re golden!

As a treat for my readers, I’m hosting a giveaway of these heart and hand gift tags by paminboots. Printed on index cards, you can write the to/from on the front and include a little note on the reverse side.

To enter, leave a comment before 8pm Tuesday (PST). The lucky winner will receive the set of four gift tags pictured below.

Good luck!

Furochic Giveaway Results

October 17, 2009

Hi readers – I’m surprised more folks didn’t enter the Furochic giveaway, but very pleased to announce Jenn S. as the winner!

Jenn writes, “I love how the pattern on the little card is the same as the cloth’s pattern… only different. Great detail. This would be a great way to wrap the scrapbook I am making my mother-in-law for her birthday. It would add a nice home-made feel to the wrapping that would complement the gift inside. I would have to include instructions on how she can re-use it to wrap a wine bottle, they make and give wine frequently as gifts.”

Awesome. How cool that it can be used for the scrapbook and perhaps, later, homemade wine! Jenn, we’d love to see a photo if you get a chance to snap one before the gift is given. I’m sure your mother-in-law is going to love the scrapbook!

Based on traditional Japanese furoshiki, illustrator Jenn Playford has started a line of cloth gift wraps printed with her own designs. I first heard about Furochic through CraftStylish, where they hosted a giveaway.

I had just begun The Gifted Blog and was excited to see an alternative to wrapping with paper. I didn’t win, but Jenn graciously followed up with me to send some samples. Thank you, Jenn!

Of course you can wrap gifts with any kind of fabric, but I appreciate the creative license she has been able to take with these in printing them with her own graphics. My only complaint is that her appealing designs don’t show up quite as crisply as I would like on the fabric.

Jenn also recently published a book titled Wrapagami, which shows how to execute a variety of wrapping techniques with a simple square piece of cloth.

Today I gave a Furochic a try on a fine bottle of cabernet we happened to have in the pantry.

Using the pictures on the Furochic label as a guide (similar to these), I wrapped the bottle in the cloth. My first try was not so cute. I went back to tighten up the fabric and make the knots a little crisper. Voila!

I like the little handle embellishment on the top. My husband saw the bottle and said, “Whoa. That looks crazy. Like something from Dr. Seuss.”

The Furochic are a nice, generous size and can be used to wrap even odd-shaped gifts. To pass on the generosity, I’m happy to announce a giveaway of this Cherry Blossom Furochic!

To enter, leave a comment before 8pm Friday (PST) telling us the gift you imagine wrapping in it. The lucky winner will receive the Furochic pictured below, which includes a length of grosgrain ribbon and coordinating gift tag.

Good luck!

Hi Gifted Blog readers – thanks for your participation in the Flip Flop Fancy Tags giveaway. I am pleased to announce Lexie as the winner of a set of five mini tags! Congratulations, Lexie! I will send them off soon.

I can relate with your gift wrapping pet peeves – now if I could only offer some advice to make us all straighter paper cutters…

There are more giveaways in the works, so stay tuned.

Since a blog inevitably reflects its author, most of the ideas on The Gifted Blog are do-it-yourself. But, not everyone wants to make things from scratch! So, as I am able, I am pleased to feature products you can incorporate into your gift wrapping practice.

For this feature, many thanks to Connie of Flip Flop Fancy Tags for sending me an assortment of her miniature gift tags. She writes, “I started making tags because I have a clothing line and wanted cute little tags for my outfits. I started making them for my clothing and fell in love with creating tags for gifts.”

When I opened the envelope, I was struck by how little the tags are – just 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″! They are embellished with a variety of paper trims and ribbons.

When I asked Connie what inspires her gift tags, she mentioned that she loves shabby chic items. I think that’s reflected in the scrapbook-y style of these tags!

We have some new neighbors in our apartment, so I made them some pear cake as a welcome gift. Our friends from church brought down a ton of pears they picked in the husband’s hometown (thank you, O. and J.!).

I used this recipe from All Buttoned Up, a blog I very much admire. This cake is awesome! Super easy, doesn’t dirty a lot of stuff in the kitchen, spicy and perfect for fall. My husband and I could polish a pan off by ourselves.

I put it in one of our new glass storage containers, then added a bow and coordinating Flip Flop Fancy tag.

So cute – I hope they liked it!

To spread the enjoyment, I am hosting another giveaway! To enter, leave a comment before 8pm Friday (PST) with your biggest pet peeve about gift wrapping.

I will pick a random number. The lucky winner will receive a set of five tags, courtesy Flip Flop Fancy Tags!

Good luck!

Krank Press Giveaway Results

September 18, 2009

Hi Gifted Blog readers – thanks for your participation in our first giveaway. I am pleased to announce Sarah as the winner of the two sets of lovely Krank Press tags! Congratulations, Sarah! I will be in touch to get your address.

I was tempted to respond to all of your good comments but realized that would mess with the random number drawing. Thanks for sharing your recent wrapping experiences; I really appreciate it.

There are more giveaways in the works, so stay tuned.