The Hummingbird Card Company

Laser Cut Holiday Cards

Laser Cut Holiday Cards

I am completely taken with pretty much everything from The Hummingbird Card Company, whose laser cut paper decorations and ornaments (shown above) will add such a special touch to the holiday tree. I think they’d make gorgeous embellishments for gifts, as well.

Hummingbird opened shop in 2007, specializing in laser cut wedding stationery — you can see their beautiful laser cut wedding stationery portfolio here — and, more recently, they launched a range of laser cut decorations and greeting cards. The Hummingbird Card Company is based in the UK, and they ship their paper lovelies internationally. Here are some examples of what you’ll find in their wonderful laser cut holiday card line:

Laser Cut Holiday Cards

Laser Cut Holiday Cards

Laser Cut Holiday Cards

Laser Cut Holiday Cards

images from The Hummingbird Card Company

A Letterpress Christmas 2009 : 12fifteen

A Letterpress Christmas 2009

12fifteen Letterpress Art Print

If you’re looking for a gift for the letterpress lover in your life, then you must see the wonderfully evocative limited edition Winter Wonderland print by 12fifteen. It reminds me of walking in the woods just after a new snow has fallen. So lovely. And you’ll want to check out 12fifteen’s gorgeous line of letterpress holiday cards, as well. Such soft, modern colors, and I’m absolutely loving the blind letterpress touches here and there. Plus, that squirrel … so cute!

12fifteen Letterpress Christmas Holiday Cards

images from 12fifteen

Bumble Ink Holiday 2009

Every holiday season, I look forward to seeing what new cards Bumble Ink will create. Their colorful and humorous greetings always make me smile, if they don’t make me laugh outright! The new cards this year include masochistic reindeer (if you’re into that sort of thing), sledding mishaps and mishaps waiting to happen, and wistful snowmen enjoying a rainbow of holiday lights. Cards are sold in sets of eight, and each is printed on paper made from 100% post consumer waste. See their entire line of holiday and winter cards at Bumble Ink.

Bumble Ink Holiday Cards

Bumble Ink Holiday Cards

Bumble Ink Holiday Cards

Bumble Ink Holiday Cards

images from Bumble Ink

Weekly Wrap #1 : Pretty Purples

Weekly Wrap

I’m so excited to introduce the new Weekly Wrap series! This is something that I’ve wanted to do, literally, for years, and I’m very happy to finally be adding it to the site. So, what is the Weekly Wrap?

The Weekly Wrap is all about inspirational gift wrapping and packaging. Every Friday, I’ll feature a different gift wrapping or packaging idea that can serve as inspiration for your own gift wrapping or packaging projects. I’m looking for original projects, projects that are standouts — sophisticated, modern, handmade, out of the ordinary. Do you have a gift wrapping project that you’re particularly proud of, or have you spotted amazing gift wrap or packaging in your web travels? If so, then I’d love to hear from you!

Weekly Wrap, Carolyne Roehm

First up, Carolyne Roehm. Carolyne is the queen of gift wrapping, and I know that you’ll be seeing more from her in the coming weeks and months on the Weekly Wrap because I’m a big fan. If I received a gift wrapped by her, I’d have an extremely difficult time bringing myself to tear into the gorgeousness.

Berry tones are very hot right now, and I love the use of the magenta and purple Christmas ornaments, not to mention the oh so clever luggage tag, as accents. And, of course, the the paper and bow are perfect, too!

image from Carolyne Roehm

Paper Wreath Tutorials

Most people may only think of wreaths around the holidays, but I love them all year long. Holiday wreaths made from boxwood or pine, mini bottle brush ornament wreaths, feather wreaths, and wreaths made of vintage ornaments — yes, yes, yes, and yes, please! Naturally, I’m head over heels for paper wreaths, which are fantastic because they’re usually inexpensive to make, as well as being lovely!

Here are a few favorite paper wreath tutorials. I don’t know about you, but I want to make them all!

Lindsay from Living with Lindsay shows us how to make an awesome wreath using pages from a book that she bought at the dollar store. I can’t get over how beautiful this wreath is for how inexpensively it was made, and I’ve already got a thrift store book ready to make my own – spotted on Dollar Store Crafts :

Book Page Wreath

Use cut strips of patterned paper to create the lovely looped paper wreath over at Razzle Dazzle Crafts – spotted on Folding Trees :

Paper Strips Wreath

Use gift wrap, patterned paper, magazine pages, etc. to make the oh so pretty paper leaf wreath by Lisa of The Red Thread:

Paper LeafWreath

You can use whatever type of paper you’d like, but I love the use of sheet music pages on these little origami ornament wreaths by Domesticali. They’d make great gift embellishments, too!

Origami Wreath

Happy paper crafting!

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