Friday, February 1, 2013

How to Create Elegant Gift Packages For Less!

Today, I am going to show you how to use your Cricut machine and a few supplies to create beautiful, elegant packages quickly, easily and inexpensively.

I had a number of exact same gifts to wrap and I had to come up with a way to make them look good, while not being too time-consuming or expensive to create.

First of all, I found this beautiful gift wrap paper at Michaels in the $2.50 bin.  Michaels has some great inexpensive wrapping paper now in those bins that are suitable for men and women. 

I also picked up some white satin ribbon to wrap around the packages.

Next, I used my Cricut Pink Expression (on sale for $179 right now through Feb. 6, 1013) and the Teresa Collins Cricut Sophisticated cartridge to create elegant tags as a focal point for the package. 

The Teresa Collins Cricut Sophisticated cartridge has the most easy to cut designs on it that are always eye-catching.

 I cut these monogram tags at 4" using black and white cardstock, with the monograms of the recipients. I wrote a quick message on the back, glue dotted on the bow and I was done.
Many of the cartridges have a tag function to them and it's so easy to cut them out to use as a focal point for your gifts.

Do you use monograms and/or tags for your gift wrapping?  I'd love to hear what you do!

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36 comments:

  1. Oooh pretty! Thank you for your great suggestion to use monogram tags to identify the gift recipient!

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  2. Thank you so much! I love those monograms!

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  3. Great idea. Love monograms also.

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  4. I use the cricut for all my tags and they are always so nice. Haven't tried a monogram yet but you gave me a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Joy ~
    Those are fantastic!

    Have been afraid of cartridges with intricate cuts but those tags look so pretty and not too girlie!

    I love the two tone turquoise with the black and white!

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  6. These are just lovely!Love the turquoise! The monograms look beautiful!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  7. WOW Joy these are beautiful and the tags are stunning you always create such beautiful things I keep saying that I miss you and it's true. Awesome having a little piece of "JOY" in my day!

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  8. Very pretty and creative. Love the monogram tags.

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  9. Joy, these tags are fabulous! You have such creative and practical ideas! Thanks so much for sharing and the chance to win.
    Sue Brailey

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  10. Great idea!! TFS!! Haven't really used monograms. I have to plan on what to use them on.

    Carol

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  11. The monograms are stunning! Love the colors you selected, they work beautifully together!

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  12. Thank you for explaining how simple it can be to make a gift look so elegant!

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  13. Great idea...gorgeous gifts!!! Lee-Ann :)

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  14. Beautiful!!! I was so happy to see that its from the Soph cart that I have but didn't have a clue these were on there!!! Woo Hoo!!! TFS!!!

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  15. So pretty and love the idea of using monograms!!!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  16. Thank you, tndj!

    Regina - I'd love to hear what your favorite tags are!

    Annette- These cut really well. It does take awhile, though. I cut 8 of them at high speed and with the top layer, it took 3-4 minutes. I just went and did something else. But I had no rips!

    Pam - Thank you so much!!

    Joan - you are always such a sweetie!

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  17. Jo Ann - Thank you so much! Really nice of you!

    Susan - Thanks so much! I appreciate it!

    Carol - Please show me what you make - I can't wait to see!

    Sukie - Love your avatar! Thank you so much!

    Lin - Aw shucks! How sweet of you!!

    Lee Ann - Thank you so much!!

    Joni - The Sophisticated cart ROCKS! So much good stuff on there! Thank you!

    JJ -Thank you so much!

    You guys are SO SWEET! I am the luckiest blogger!

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  18. I LOVE those tags! Because of you & Mel, I have really gotten to digging tags!! I didn't realize at first just how many I could make w/ my few carts but almost every cart has SOME kind of tag on it! Thank you for always sharing your creativity w/ us & please know how much you are appreciated!!!
    kweenbee_612@yahoo.com

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  19. love the monogram tag! I have made tags with some of the other carts, especially for Christmas, but never a monogram. I love the font on Art Deco, so I may give that one a try. The Folk Art Festival is also really pretty. Thank you so much for all the inspiration that you provide, Joy. BethAnn M.

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  20. I don't have that cart.I need to go look that one up. I need to go & take a look at the cartridges I have to see how many that I have with that TAG FUNCTION KEG on them! TFS
    rosebud222222222

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  21. Such great looking treats. Yummmm!

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  22. These look great. I've made my own tags, but never monograms for gifts. These look great- I have that cartridge, so I'm going to give it a try!
    Karen L 1020 at gmail dot com

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  23. I was going to try the monograms on Christmas presents but time got away from me and I ended up buying decorative tags. I love the look on your gifts. There is nothing like a well dressed gift package.

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  24. Great idea Joy. Thanks for the inspiration. --C

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  25. Chelle - It is amazing how many cartridges have tags and some of them are SO CUTE!! Thanks so much!

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  26. Beth Ann - I love your idea about using Art Deco or Folk Art. Those cartridges are so beautiful! Great plan! Thanks so much!

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  27. Rose - a huge number of cartridges have tags. Recently, in the Cricut Craft Room, I looked up heart tag and the cutest things came up that I didn't even know were there. Thanks!

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  28. Hi April, Thanks so much! Love the elegant look...and the cutesy look... and well, everything! LOL!

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  29. Karen - Post back or email me with what you make! I'd love to see it! Thanks!

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  30. Jamme - just a secret between us- I was going to do monogram tags for Christmas but ended up doing just what you did. Time raced away from me! LOL!

    Thanks!

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  31. Thanks, Christine! I appreciate your sweet comment!

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  32. These are beautiful packages! I had planned on making several different Christmas-themed tags in December. But, I was down to the wire with travelling plans, so monograms won out. That being said, I still went all out to customize them!
    It's so good to see your crafty self again!

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  33. These are beautifully done. TFS.
    dmcardmaker (AT AOL)

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