Creative Ways to Personalize Your Christmas Card Envelopes

Can you wrap your head around the fact that Christmas is just over 4 weeks away?  I sure can’t.  Preparing for Christmas this year has been a whirlwind and my list just keeps getting longer instead of shorter.  Oh, and did I mention that I haven’t even started on those handmade Christmas cards I plan to make!  Yikes.

Since I know most of you are on top of your holiday game and are in the process of getting your cards ready to mail, I thought I’d share some fun and easy Christmas card envelope decorating ideas with you.  Enjoy and be inspired!

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Check out these creative ideas for personalizing Christmas envelopes and let me know which is your favorite!

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Handcrafted Home–A Creative DIY Blog Hop

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Today I’m joining a few bloggers for the Handcrafted Home DIY Blog Hop hosted by Jamala from Viva LaVintage For Your Home. And because this is a creative + diy themed blog hop, Jamala tasked each of us to transform an item using gold leaf.

Well, what’s a girl to do when the only craft projects on my mind are holiday related?  Transform Christmas ornaments of course.

I dove into my holiday stash and found these two unfinished wood ornaments that I purchased from Hobby Lobby last year. They were the perfect candidates for a little DIY UpStyle.

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After applying my gold leaf and adding a few vintage ornaments to the top of each wood piece, my ornaments went from plain to pizzazz!

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This was a quick an easy DIY project and I love the way my ornaments turned out.  

Tips for working with Gold Leaf:

  1. Gold Leaf is easier to work with on surfaced that don’t have a lot of nooks and crannies.  If you’re working with ornaments similar to mine, you’ll have to spend a little time smoothing the gold leaf on all the edges.
  2. Wear latex gloves or put a few drops of talcum powder on your hands to make handling the gold leaf easier. This stuff is really clingy.
  3. Use a soft bristle brush to smooth the gold leaf down.  Smooth bristle will ensure you don’t tear the gold leaf.
  4. Buy a high quality gold leaf paper and adhesive.  I used the Gold Leaf Kit below (affiliate link) and think its one of the best out there.

Gold Leaf Kit

Now it’s time to see the other fabulous DIY projects. Hop over and see how creative they got with their Gold Leaf.

Viva LaVintage For Your Home

M. Jones Style

Linda G. Loving Home

Fox and Finch Antiques

 

 

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Creative Gift Giving–Stationery Box

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If you’ve been reading the blog for a while or follow me on Instagram, you know I love beautiful stationery.  I’m a sucker for the boxed notecards at HomeGoods and I’ve been known to handcraft my own monogram notecards.

As a business owner and lifestyle blogger, I make it a practice to send cards and notes to all my design clients and to new friends that I meet through blogging.  I also love to give beautiful stationery as gifts.

Today I’m sharing a fun and stylish gift idea that’s  easy to pull together, Monogrammed Stationery Suite!

The first thing you’ll need to do to create this stationery set is to compile an assortment of notecards. The perfect stationery suite should include thank you cards, blank note cards, blank or decorative tags and maybe even some decorative or monogrammed stickers.

Here are the items I included in my set:

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DIY Monogram Notecard // Personalized Notepad // Monogram Stickers // Personalized Thank You Cards // Gift Tags (similar)

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DIY Monogram Notecards // Personalized Notepad // Monogram Stickers // Personalized Thank You Cards // Gift Tags (similar)

tip: You may also want to include a pretty pen in the stationery suite so the gift recipient has everything they need to send notes.

Next, head to the store and pick up a small acrylic drawer unit.  I purchased this one from HomeGoods for less than $8 but I also love this one from the Container Store.

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Once all the items are pulled together, arrange them in each drawer so all the cards and stickers can be seen.

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To personalize the top of the box, use these embroidered iron-on letters and simply glue them onto the top of the box.

tip:  the initials are white when you purchased them but you can easily use a Sharpie to change the color like I did.  I used this same technique when I made my DIY monogram straw hat.

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DIY Monogram Stationery Suite

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If you’re looking for unique stationery products, here are a few of my favorite sources:

Notecards, Thank You, Blank Notes

Nancy Nikko Design

Effie’s Paper

Sugar Paper

Rifle Paper Company

Paper Source

Stickers

Zazzle (the best source and prices for monogrammed stickers)

Washi Tape

Cute Tape

A personalized stationery suite is a creative gift to give for any occasion.  And it’s a great gift for men who usually don’t keep stationery items on hand.

With the Christmas gift giving season just a few months away, get a jump on your gift giving and make up a few of these boxes for the special people in your life.

ConfettiStyle Stationery Suite

Happy Gifting!

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Things I Love: French Ribbon

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If I won the lottery, one of my splurges would be to buy hundreds and maybe even thousands of dollars of beautiful ribbon.  I adore ribbon especially if it’s intricately designed and beautifully woven.

I have several go-to shopping sources for ribbon including this one and this one , but I am thrilled to have just uncovered what might be the holy grail of beautiful French ribbon.

Renaissance Ribbons was started by Edith Minne whose love affair for French ribbon started over 20 years ago.  She turned her passion into a thriving business and today the company designs, creates and supplies their goods to thousands of wholesale companies worldwide and employs 18 designers who create their patterns.

The collection of styles available from Renaissance is vast, each one just as beautiful as the next.

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Gift Wrap Inspiration: Flowers & Birds

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Creative Ideas to Inspire Your Gift Giving

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One of my favorite ways to wrap gifts is using embellishments instead of, or in combination with ribbon.  I love using items that add dimension and bring gift wrap to life.  I have a basket full of odds and ends that I’ve picked up at clearance sales that I use when wrapping gifts.  Embellishment can be anything from ornaments and jewelry to button or crafting materials.  Use whatever you have to make your gift extra special.

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Easy DIY Monogrammed Napkins {under $10 and under 10 minutes}

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Ever since I moved to the South I’ve been smitten with the charm and style of monogrammed decor.  I especially love incorporating monograms into my tablescape designs whether its barware like this, glassware like this or plates like these.

When I was creating my blue and white table which I shared with you yesterday, I realized I wanted to incorporate red monogrammed napkins.  I already had the napkins on hand but didn’t want to pay a lot of money to have them monograms.  A quick trip to Hobby Lobby and the problem was solved.

Here’s what it took to make DIY Monogrammed Napkins…

 

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Supplies:

Embroidered Iron-On Script Letter–$1.39 ea (available in white and black, online and in stores)

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Red Cloth Napkins–$7.99 for set of 4

 

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and your trusty iron

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And then the hard work starts….spend about 5 minutes ironing the embroidered letter on to each napkin!

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If you love the look of a three-letter monogram, I noticed the other day that Hobby Lobby is now selling an iron-on version.  The letters are packed by position (left, middle and right) and sold separately so you’ll spend $4.47 ( without a coupon) to create your monogram.  As my luck would have it, they were all sold out of S and M which is something I run into all the time.

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With this easy and inexpensive DIY process you can create monogrammed napkins in a load of colors to match all your entertaining decor.

Happy Crafting and Happy Entertaining!

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DIY Monogrammed Napkins by ConfettiStyle

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DIY Clipboard & Calendar

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Yesterday I shared tips on decorating and organizing your office space and included the idea of using decorative clipboards to pretty up your walls and help you stay organized. And today I’m showing you just how simple it is to make a decorative clipboard with a super easy DIY project.

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The Easiest DIY Christmas Cards Ever!

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So remember when I told you weeks ago that I was going to make my Christmas cards?  Well, I didn’t tell you a fib.

When I lived in Seattle I always made my Christmas cards by hand.  One year I made cards out of 3-dimensional ornaments and another year I made my cards inside metal tins which served as the envelope.  Back then I started working on my cards months in advance of Christmas and spent lots of time making sure every detail was unique and special.

Fast forward to today.  Yes, I still love to make my cards by hand but I never seem to have time or energy on my side.  So when it came to my Christmas cards this year, I used my creativity to come up with a super easy and simple card design that took less than 10 minutes to create.

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