New Year Greeting Card Roundup

I’m always delighted to find Happy New Year greetings in my mailbox after the hustle and bustle of Christmas has passed and we enter into the quiet time after the holidays. These unexpected greetings keep the holiday spirit going strong, and they’re also a great alternative to holiday cards for those who don’t celebrate Christmahanukwanza. Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite new year card designs this year:

New Year Greeting Cards

Above, clockwise from top left: Hip New Year cards by Annie Clark for Minted; Silly String New Year cards from Egg Press; New and Improved Year cards from A. Favorite; Winter Sky Happy New Year cards from Campbell Raw Press; New Year Toast cards from Snow & Graham; Welcoming in the New Year cards from Wild Ink; Happy New Year cards from Lulu Dee; Happy 2011 cards from Ink & Iron

Happy New Year Greeting Cards

Cheers Anytime cards from Anemone Letterpress; Oh Dear. Another Year. cards from Sugarcube Press; Y is for Year 2011 cards from Hijirik Studio; New Year Jubilee cards from Deluce Design; Earth Style New Year cards by Louella Press for Tiny Prints; 2011 New Year cards from Jane Hancock Papers; Confetti Happy New Year cards from Campbell Raw Press

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Weekly Wrap #52 : Anders Schønnemann Inspiration

Gift Wrap Ideas

Anders Schonneman Photography

I spotted the work of Danish photographer, Anders Schønnemann, over at Decor8 recently, and I am so incredibly inspired by this series of photos featuring wrapped gifts in an utterly amazing palette. The ribbons, papers, and embellishments used are simple, modern, and absolutely gorgeous. And, if you love gorgeous photography, Anders’ portfolio is not to be missed.

photos by Anders Schønnemann

8 Festive Holiday Paper Craft Tutorials

Get your craft on with this collection of fantastic holiday tutorials for everything from paper wreaths to lovely, modern gift tags, super cool ornaments, and quilled holiday cards!

Holiday Paper Craft Tutorials

Above, clockwise from top left: DIY Modern Paper Ornaments from How About Orange (this is so neat!); beautiful Modern Pocket Gift Tags from Patricia Zapata at Good Look Cookbook; Toilet Paper Roll Wreath Ornaments from Michele Made Me (clever!) – via One Pretty Thing; Paper Star Garland from Martha Stewart; Quilled Holiday Cards from Ann Martin at CRAFT; DIY Paper Leaves Wreath from Brenna of Paper + Ink at Design*Sponge; How to Make Simple Gift Tags from Patricia Zapata (paper punch love); How to Make Holly Gift Tags from Caroline Stender for Martha Stewart

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A Holiday Card Giveaway from Meant to Be Sent

One last giveaway before the holidays, and it’s a fun one! Robyn from Meant to Be Sent is offering Paper Crave readers a chance to win bright and festive holiday greeting cards and gift tags from her new line. Two, yep two, winners will receive 24 holiday greeting cards featuring tree or snowflake designs, plus 16 little tree tags. The cards and tags are made using luxe cardstock from French Paper’s Pop Tone collection, and Robyn also used 60 different patterns behind the cut out shapes on the cards and tags, so no two packs are alike.

Meant to Be Sent Holiday Cards

Meant to Be Sent Tree Gift Tags

Since there’s lots of holiday baking going on at this time of the year, Robyn and I thought it would be fun to ask all of you to comment on this post and tell us your favorite holiday cookie as your way to enter this giveaway. So, have at it! Do you salivate over snickerdoodles? Go nuts over sugar cookies? Or are your favorites ultra rich cookies with everything but the kitchen sink in them?

This giveaway will run through midnight eastern on Tuesday, December 14, and the winners will be announced the following day. One entry per person, please.

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Ho-ho-holiday Paper Crafts + Party Printables

There are so many super cute printable holiday goodies available this year, so if you’re getting ready to throw a festive shindig and are looking for fun decorations, or if you’re looking for fun paper projects that you can do with the kids, then I think you’ll want to have a gander at these pretties:

Printable Holiday Party Decorations

Above, clockwise from top left: Funky Holiday Gift Wrap Kit from Paperglitter; Reindeer Ornaments and Retro Christmas Garland from Happythought; Gingerbread Christmas Cookie Party Printables from Frog Prince Paperie; Happy Holidays Collection from Anna and Blue Paperie; Let It Snow Christmas Party Printables from Paper Scissors Cake; Gingerbread House Craft from Paper & Cake

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