DIY Christmas Tutorial Gift Wrapping Idea for Vodka Gifting

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Are you giving the gift of spirits this season? Why not include a fun cocktail recipe. This DIY project is super easy and fun to do. And if you are short on time, then you will love this project. It only takes abut 10 minutes to complete.

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WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Ribbon
Glitter
Glue Stick
Wire Garland – to make a small wreath
Printable Santa Tini Holiday Recipe Card – Download yours from VG Invites on Etsy. If you would like a custom recipe card, convo Victoria in her Etsy shop. She is more than happy to assist you.
8.5×11 Card Stock – Choose whichever color you like.
Bottle of Vodka

LETS GET CREATIVE:

Download and print your recipe card and cut it along the guides using scissors, a paper cutter, or a strait edge and xacto knife. For an easy to follow video tutorial on cutting with an xacto knife watch the video below:

Punch a whole in the upper left corner. Using your glue stick, place some glue on the corners and dust on some glitter.

Cut about 5 inches of wire garland and shape it into a circular wreath. Twist the ends together.

Cut about 12 inches or so of ribbon. Use your ribbon to tie your Santa Tini cocktail recipe card and mini wreath to the neck of your vodka bottle.

I layered my look with a printable Merry Holidays gift tag

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You can even use a Joy gift tag as seen below if you prefer.

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Share you gift wrapping ideas with us in the comments section below. We love to hear from you.

5 Things You Should Know About Buying DIY Invitations On Etsy

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Are you thinking about purchasing your invitations from Etsy? With thousands of invitations, cute and pretty designs, styles, and colors to choose from, it can be overwhelming. Not to mention all the different invitation designers with individual shops. If you have never done this before, you could be finding that your DIY project is quickly becoming an “Oh why God, WHY” project.

In this article, Victoria will be discussing her top 5 tips  you should know about buying your DIY invitation on Etsy. She has been a designer for nearly 20 years and has graduated from the Art Institute with a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design. She has been designing invitations for almost as long.

1. Did you know that not all Etsy invitation shops are created alike? Once you find your perfect invitation, be certain to read the description and store policies before you make your purchase. Some shops offer customization while others offer customizable files. If you are not computer savvy, a customizable file may not be a good option for you. Your purchase could result in an added cost and added frustration. You may not receive your money back if you have purchased one by mistake and have already downloaded the digital file.

2. Did you know that the standard invitation size is 5×7 and that this size fits nicely into an A7 envelope? In addition, the standard rsvp card size is 5×3.5 and they fit perfectly into an A1 envelope. You can purchase envelopes online by Googling “invitation envelopes” or “A7 envelopes”. Or you can purchase envelopes directly from Victoria at www.VGInvites.etsy.com. If you don’t see your desired color, convo her. She is happy to help.

3. If you find an invitation from a shop owner that you absolutely love, ask questions before making your purchase. Note how courteous the shop owner is and how long it took them to get back to you. Most shop owners return your message right away or with in 24 hours. “I like to answer my clients back right away if I receive a message between the hours of 9-5 mon-fri est and with-in 24 hours if it is after business hours.” says Victoria from VG Invites. Also, be sure to check the reviews in their Etsy shop. What past customers have to say (good or bad) will help you to determine if the seller is the right fit for you.

4. Did you know that you can upload the digital invitations that you receive to an online printer such as zazzle.com and receive beautifully printed invites and envelopes in the mail? You can even order just one invitation to make sure that your invitation colors are just right. Note: Make certain that your invitation is the correct format and file size. A 5×7 300 dpi jpeg files in cmyk produces the best looking printed invitations if printing from home, online, or your local print shop. If you are unsure as to what all of this means, Victoria at VG Invites can help and will supply you with the right files for your DIY invitation project.

5. Did you know that the colors on your invitation will print differently than the colors that you see on your computer monitor? I won’t bore you with all the technicalities as to why this is so. In short, your computer monitor displays colors differently than your printed invitation. And all computer monitors are not calibrated alike. The colors displayed on one monitor will be different than that of the next. If color is really important to you, you may want to try printing a sample of your invitation prior to printing the whole batch. This way you can ask the designer if they would be wiling to make a color adjustments for you.

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DIY Holiday Ideas for Christmas Gift Tags

DIY CHRISTMAS GIFT TAGS

Very lovely. Very easy. And very quick! These DIY Christmas gift tags are a snap. Let me show you how.

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Printable DIY Holiday gift tags by VG Invites at http://www.VGInvites.com

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  1. Printable Gift Tags. Download yours at www.vginvites.etsy.com
  2. Inkjet or Laser Printer
  3. 8.5×11 Card Stock in your choice of colors (I like white or kraft)
  4. Paper Cutter or Xacto knife and metal ruler
  5. Hole Punch
  6. Glitter and Glue Stick or Rhinestone Stickers (optional and can be purchased at Michael’s)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Download your holiday gift tags from VG Invites

DIY-Holiday-Gift-TagsPrint your tags on 8.5 x 11 premium card stock. Note: You may use whatever color you wish, but be certain that they are light enough so that you can see the design and write on them.

Cutting DIY Christmas Gift Tags Using a Paper CutterCut your gift tags using the guides on the front of the tag. You can cut your Christmas tags using a paper cutter, like mine above, or you may use an Xacto knife and a metal ruler. Please see my video tutorial for this method at the end of this post.

Punch a whole using a whole punchPunch a whole in the upper left corner next to the “M” in “Merry”. The whole will be useful when threading ribbon through and tiring your your Christmas gift.

DIY Christmas Ideas - Holiday Gift Wrapping IdeasAdd some sparkle. Embellish your holiday gift tags with some glitter or peal and stick rhinestones. You can purchase them at your local craft store or at Michaels.

GIFT WRAPPING SUGGESTIONS:

Print these tags out on white card stock. Follow the instructions above and embellish as desired. Wrap your gift in brown kraft paper. Tie the tag to your gift using pretty white lace ribbon.

Print these tags out on brown kraft paper card stock. Follow the instructions above and embellish as desired. Wrap your gift using doubled up sheets of gold tissue paper. Using brown twine, tie your tags to your gift.

How creative can you get with these pretty little gift tags? Share your photos with Victoria on Instagram. Use #VGInvites

YOUTUBE VIDEO TUTORIAL FOR CUTTING:

If you are using an Xacto knife and metal edge ruler to cut your gift tags, I offer an easy to follow video tutorial on YouTube. Follow the link below and remember to leave me a comment in the comment field. Your support will help me create more how to’s for you to enjoy. 🙂

We love to hear your ideas for decorating your gift tags. Leave us a comment bellow.

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Christmas Party Planning Ideas – Instagram Style

It is Christmas time and I just love the holiday season. From decorating, to shopping and party planning…and the smell of fresh baked cookies. Everything is so festive. Considering that the holidays are upon us and Christmas is just a few weeks away, I wanted to share some of my favorite DIY projects with you. VG Invites has made it easy with downloadable files. Add your own personal touch and show off your style. See all of the fun festive ideas and more RIGHT HERE!

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Order your chalkboard sign by clicking the following link: VG Invites on Etsy Chalkboard Christmas Instagram Sign

We adore this fun sign. It is a DIY project that is easy to download, customize, print, cut, and frame. But don’t stop there. Add a touch of red glitter to Rudolf’s nose and some silver sparkle to his antlers. Jessica Nicklos of JN Event Design offers some great tips for glittering it up for a party in her article 3 Ways To Add Glitter To Your Event. Visit her blog for added inspiration.

Note: Glitter and glue work best if you print these out on a laser printer. If printing off of an inkjet, you may want to try a glue stick. I haven’t tried it, but it may work…it did in my mind. LOL!

Here are a few tips for placement of your sign:

  1. Your office desk. Everyone who comes to visit will be inspired to post a silly photo using your hashtag. Watch as coworkers try and out do each other. It is way better than standing around a water cooler and gossiping.
  2. Your office party. Place one on each table. Set up a monitor with a live feed from your Instagram account and project it large enough so that people can see. Watch the fun begin.
  3. Your holiday party. Whether you are celebrating at home with friends and family or if you have rented a hall, you can do the same as with your office party. Be sure to print out several copies of the sign and display them throughout your house. Instagram is the new  mistletoe. 😉

This Instagram sign comes in two styles. Chalkboard and wood grained. I love them both and hope to add to the collection. If only there were more time.

Here is VG Invites wood grained design

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If you prefer the wood grained look, click the following link: VG Invites on Etsy wood grained Christmas Instagram Sign

We would love to here your ideas for holiday decorating. Please share them below. Share your dashing Rudolf all sparkly on Instagram. Use #vginvites. And remember to spread good cheer this holiday season to those who may be a little blue. xoxo Victoria from VG Invites

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12 Black and White Wedding Ideas

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Black and White Stripes and Pink Florals for Wedding Decor
VG Invites Black and White Striped Wedding Inspiration

Is there anything more eye catching than black and white stripes with a pop of color. VG Invites loves this classic and bold look with bright florals. We couldn’t resist displaying our 12 favorite ideas for weddings and sharing them with you. To see more classy black and white wedding and reception ideas, visit us on Pinterest and add our pins to your wedding planning board. We have pinned some of the most stunning wedding faves that we would love to share with you. From pins on Style Me Pretty (which we LOVE, by the way) to our friend Matthew at Studio Mens Wear & Tux, you are sure to find inspiration for your wedding theme.

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Black and White Wedding Reception Decor with Pink Florals found on http://www.greylikesweddings.com
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black and white wedding flower girl found on buzzfeed.com
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Found on http://www.StudioMensWear.com
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black and white striped wedding cake with flowers found on http://www.brit.co
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Black and White Wedding With a splash of floral from VG Invites
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Black and White Wedding Found on StyleMePretty.com
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black and white wedding reception ideas found on http://www.weddingchics.com
black and white striped wedding cake
black and white striped wedding cake found on http://www.happywedd.com
black and white striped bridesmaid dresses
Black and White Stripes. Bridesmaid dresses found on http://www.shellandchinoiserie.blogspot.com
black and white wedding cocktail champagne
black and white wedding cocktail idea found on http://www.stylemepretty.com

VG Invites hopes that you have found your inspiration to rock you wedding. We love to hear your comments and ideas for future posts. Please leave us a message below. We take every comment into consideration.

Visit us on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter for lots of wedding planning tips and ideas.

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Rustic Sunflower Wedding Ideas

I am completely in love with sunflowers. Who wouldn’t be. This bright yellow flower always puts a smile on my face. It is the inspiration behind VG Invites popular line of sunflower wedding invitations, save the dates, favor tags, signature cocktail signs and wedding programs. Sunflowers make a great theme for garden weddings as well as summer and fall weddings. And brides love these wedding papers because they are easily customized online.

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Rustic Sunflower Save The Date Postcard

Announce your wedding with this gorgeous sunflower save the date postcard. It is printed on ultra-heavyweight card stock with a beautiful gloss finish. The postcard is customizable online so that you can see it before you buy it. Order 100 postcards for 85 cents each. Click here to order.

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Sunflower Wedding Invitation – Customize Online

This 5×7 wedding invitation features vibrant yellow sunflowers in a high quality, full-color, full bleed printing on both sides. You can choose from 12 unique paper types. The most popular paper choice is matte, but Luxe pearl shimmer is my favorite. Order your wedding invitations by clicking here.

Rustic Sunflower RSVP
VG Invites Sunflower RSVP

Complete your wedding invitations with a matching sunflower response card. This lovely design measure 5×3.5 and has rounded corners. Most brides choose the standard matte paper. They prefer its eggshell texture with a smooth finish that provides the perfect backdrop for this design. To order your sunflower rsvp card click here.

Sunflower Wedding Invitation Envelope
Sunflower Wedding Invitation Envelope

Envelope liners add a perfect touch to wedding invitation suites. This classic felt envelope features a matching sunflower design. It measures 7.25 x 5.25 and is made for 7 x 5 invitations. To order your envelope with rustic sunflower design click here.

VG Invites offers a complete line of wedding papers in our vintage sunflower collection. Click here to see the full line.

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Kraft Paper Save The Date and Wedding Invitation Set

Eco-Friendly Kraft Paper Wedding Invitation With The Word "Love"
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VGInvites Rustic Kraft Paper Wedding Invitation Set

Wedding invitations are a fun way to show off your personality and give your friends and family a sneak peak at your wedding theme. Brides to be are falling head over heals in love with this invitation set. We think you will to.

Kraft Paper Save The Date Card With Black Words and A Heart
Kraft Paper Save The Date Card

These kraft paper save the dates are whimsical with script font and hand drawn heart. Perfect for announcing your engagement and informing your friends and family of your wedding date. They measure 5.5×4.25 and can be ordered with kraft paper envelopes to match. Customize your announcement online by clicking here.

Eco-Friendly Kraft Paper Wedding Invitation With The Word "Love"
Eco-Friendly Kraft Paper Wedding Invitation With The Word “Love”

Imagine the delight of your friends and family as they open your wedding invitation. The unique design is inscribed with the word “Love” and a whimsically drawn heart. Easily customize your wedding invitations online and have them printed and delivered to you overnight. Perfect for brides who are a little behind in their wedding planning schedules. Get the skinny on this wedding invitation including sizes and different paper types by clicking here.

Kraft Paper RSVP Card
Kraft Paper RSVP Card.

Add a matching reply card to your wedding invitation set. This rsvp card features a complimentary design with a cute little heart. It too is customizable online. To learn more click here.

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Kraft Paper Wedding Reception Card

Remember to include a reception card that includes all of your additional wedding information. This card was designed to go perfectly with VG Invites kraft paper wedding invitation suite. To get the skinny on sizes and details click here.

About The Paper:
An eco-friendly paper with a delightful earth tone and beautifully smooth texture. This Kraft is made in a family-owned mill with 100% renewable energy. The au natural look is perfect for outdoorsy occasions that call for a romantic DIY touch.

100lb, 14 point thickness.
Smooth texture.
Made in the USA with 30% post-consumer content.

How They Are Printed:
Our standard print process produces a rich black tone. Using liquid inks, Zazzle’s high quality printing rivals the quality of flat printing, ensuring your invitations are beautiful.

To see more beautiful wedding invitation designs that are editable online visit www.zazzle.com/vginvites. All invitations are designed by Victoria, a professional wedding invitation designer residing in South Florida near West Palm Beach. You may visit Victoria’s website at www.VGInvites.com