Christina CrawfordWith over 12 years of stamping and craft experience, I've learned that one thing is for certain...there is always something new to create and share. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I've been recognized as one of the top demonstrators of the year each of my 11 years with the company. This is attributed to my wonderful customers and exciting and talented stamping team. I also give thanks to the stamping industry's fresh art designs and products. Stamping is great for those with little time (you can create something beautiful in minutes!), for those with tight budgets (making cards saves money over buying cards), and for those of all ages. I've enjoyed demonstrating many stamping techniques to thousands of people in workshops, stamp camps, and at several conventions. It is always my desire to show something fun and new. I love to tell new stampers that I am a former tax accountant. Everyone has a level of creativity, some more than others. With stamps, anyone can create gorgeous and simple projects! I am a great model of "if I can do this, so can you." Enjoy and Have Fun!
Christina Crawford: I am Christina Crawford and I am Stampin Up! Demonstrator, I am teaching you how to wrap gifts. I am sure you might have some paper bags around at your house and I am going to show you how to wrap with the paper bag. This paper bag had a handle on it so we just cut that piece right off. Sometimes, a grocery bag you don't have to worry about these handles. To get the bottom off, I am just going to fold that piece down and I will take my sharp scissors and I will give that piece a cut. Of course, if you need a bigger piece, you might want to be careful and just use some of that but right now, we really don't because I am going to wrap popcorn. This is really a kind of a fun loving gift idea, you can probably guess that you can do a box with this. Usually, I find where the seam is and then that is where I cut. Here is the seam, right on the end and I just cut right on the seam and here it is open and big.
I certainly don't need this much but I am going to take that popcorn, that my great popcorn and just put it down right here, make sure that I have enough paper that would fit right around it and of course you see I have plenty, popcorn is just the favorite of mine. I love popcorn so much. Now you can decorate this, because you don't want it to look like a grocery bag. So what I have is some stamps here, this is nice brilliant blue ink pad, here it's just so cute, this snowman is so cute. No need to color it in and no need to worry about where you are stamping, just go ahead and stamp off. You can have some scrap paper underneath you here and I am just repeatingly stamping the snowman all over the paper.
And again remember this is just kind of a rustic look if you don't get a whole image, don't worry about it, it looks really pretty with leaves on it if you want to do something for father's day or something in the autumn. I am filling in the gaps with a little bit of snowflakes, it's all basic. Let me just stamp those snowflakes out, how easy.
Let me put that aside and you can see that I have just decorated this brown bag. Next, I will go ahead and I will put the popcorn in and just as if it was a real special present. I am going to still measure it, sometimes if we have way too much, just give it a nice big fold. Fold that right over and then take some of your tape, this is just some good Scotch tape, very basic, see it everywhere, find that anywhere and just give that a nice push down and then for the ends here, we don't have too much room. So this time, we are going to just take the corners and fold it together. Fold the corners in together and get a longer piece, remember that you get your piece and hold it, so when you are ready you are not holding it and then you have to grab.
I am going to fold in this piece here, there is not much room so we are not going to be able to do that little extra that I like to do so much, a little extra piece that you fold in and push that down and do the same on the side. Again this isn't wrapping paper but it's something that you might have at home and maybe if you don't have it and you think this is really cute, next time, when at the grocery store they ask you for paper or plastic, you will say paper because you say, Oh! My Gosh, I have to make this cute little project. Just push that down because it is hard paper to let tape stick to. Next, I am going to take some red raffia and just wrap that right around. This is going to help my tape stay secured because it doesn't like to stay on the brown bag, it's not you, it's the bag and I don't know if I would really want to do some satin ribbon with this because it is so rustic and fun and country, so that's why I am using the raffia. And another fun thing to do, look for some puzzle pieces in your house and they might be under your couch or under your kid's beds or just go out to the dollar store and buy some puzzles and what I have done in advance, was I have taken a big box of puzzles, picked out three pieces. I painted one gold and I painted one brown and I put glitter or two. I put glitter on the two that I have gold and I am going to use this crystal effects as glue, but when using it as glue know that you can use other things like Elmer's glue or something that you might have in the house.
Make a little reindeer tag, because sometimes when you give a gift and you take that time to wrap it, take a little bit more time to do with tag or something, it just adds a cute little gift idea and maybe they can keep the tag as an ornament. I have these little googly eyes, you can get at the craft stores, these are going to go down on these, on this piece here and it really doesn't matter what size puzzle you are using. You can use the jumbo, you could use a regular one, you could use real tiny ones, totally up to you, it's just going have your reindeer either larger or smaller.
After you have that your reindeer needs a nose, so we have got these little red pom poms also at the craft store and that reindeer nose is going right down in the very end. So it's a kind of fun, it's a kind of cute, you know what, it's going to make whoever gets this present smile because it's just so much fun. This is something funny that you can do with paper bags that you may have at home and now I will show you how to wrap gifts with some things you may have around the house.