Weekly Wrap #50 : Sweet Paul Holiday

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Sweet Paul Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

Hello, holiday issue of Sweet Paul! The newest issue of the online magazine is filled with wonderful eye candy, yummy recipes, and plenty of crafts that you can make for the holidays, and I was completely inspired by the fun gift wrap ideas found in the It’s a Wrap feature. The materials used to create the wrappings are everyday items like white paper, buttons (love that button box!), cupcake liners, and decorative masking tape, so you won’t have to go to the far ends of the Earth to find what you need to create pretty packages like these.

Happy weekend, everyone! And if you’re headed out into the crowds today or over the weekend to do some holiday shopping, then be safe. It can get crazy out there during holiday shopping season!

photos by Frances Janisch; styling by Paul Lowe

Happy Thanksgiving

Martha Stewart Thanksgiving Craft

I’m just about outta here for the Thanksgiving (US) holiday, but before I head off to start baking pumpkin pie and apple crisp (yep, two desserts this year…mmm!), I want to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving, filled with good times and plenty of fantastic food. And safe travels to those of you who are heading to far (or not so) far off destinations over the holiday.

I have a Weekly Wrap post scheduled for Friday, and I hope it gives you much inspiration for upcoming holiday gift wrapping. Have a happy holiday, a great weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

The beautiful velvet dahlia arrangement and custom-dyed pom pom branch crafts are two of my favorite ideas from the November issue of Martha Stewart Living. The photo by Maria Robledo is so lovely.

A Letterpress Christmas 2010 : Roundup, Part 2

Letterpress Christmas

I’m so excited to share even more gorgeous letterpress holiday greetings with you today in part two of my letterpress Christmas and holiday card roundup! If you’re looking for even more holiday greetings, head on over to part one of the roundup. But first, stick around and check out the paper pretties below.

Letterpress Holiday Christmas Cards

Above, clockwise from top left: Christmas Wishes holiday cards by Duet Letterpress (ahh, such sweet typography!); Mid-Century Modern Birds holiday cards by Pup & Pony (LOVE the hot pink!); Holiday Wreath cards by Steel Petal Press; All I Want for Christmas… letterpress cards by Sycamore Street Press; Winter Snowflake letterpress greetings by Sweet Harvey; Save the Gingerbread holiday cards by Fat Bunny Press (so clever!).

Letterpress Christmas Cards

Above, clockwise from top left: Happy Holidays letterpress cards by The Art Dept. Studio; Beauty of the Season cards at Oblation Papers; The Life of a Christmas Tree cards by Paper Plates Press (another clever one!); Merry Little Christmas cards by Paper Lovely; Holiday Trees + Snowflakes and Stars + Pine Cone letterpress cards by 1Canoe2; Holiday Deer letterpress cards by Lucky Bee Press.

images from their respective owners

A Letterpress Christmas 2010 : Smock

Letterpress Christmas

Smock has renewed my love for classic Christmas red and green with their new holiday card designs. The collection includes letterpress and offset printed cards in a variety of styles, including flat and folded cards featuring everything from more traditional patterns and visual elements to whimsical modern type and illustration. Love the star pattern lined envelopes, too!

Letterpress Holiday Cards Smock Paper

Smock Letterpress Christmas Cards

Holiday Cheer Letterpress Cards

Peace Love Joy Holiday Cards

Several festive offset printed cards are also available:

Offset Printed Holiday Cards

images from Smock

A Letterpress Christmas 2010 : Cute Critters

I’m a sucker for cutie patootie animal illustrations, and these letterpress holiday greetings from Paper Parasol Press and Hello! Lucky were some of my holiday favorites from the National Stationery Show this past May. They’re all available for purchase now, so I couldn’t resist posting about them again. Adorable!

Animal Letterpress Holiday Cards Paper Parasol

Bear Holiday Card, Fox Holiday Card, and Deer Holiday Card.
Also available in a variety set of 6.

Hello! Lucky Letterpress Holiday Cards

Caroling Creatures Holiday Card, Sleigh Ride Holiday Card,
and Skating Bears Holiday Card

images from Paper Parasol Press and Hello! Lucky