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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Christmas Gifts She Will Love

Wrap up this Christmas with VG Invites top 5 gifts that she will love this season. How do I know? Because I am a woman. 😉

Five artisan soaps made with real natural ingredients.
Five artisan soaps made with real natural ingredients

Add these pure vegan body soaps to your lovely lady’s spa gift basket this holiday season. Made with high quality oils, 100% pure essential oils, and natural botanicals, Shaded Lily’s soaps are hand crafted the old fashioned way. Choose from any five of Shaded Lily’s collection. To learn more about Shaded Lily’s soaps visit www.ShadedLily.etsy.com

Handmade Floral Silk Scarf
Handmade Floral Silk Scarf

This handmade floral silk scarf by Ana Silk Design is elegant and sophisticated. The neutral colors go great with any combination of colors. The classic design will never go out of style. Ana Silk Design uses a Batik, hand painted technique with special silk colors. The edges are hand hemmed. To learn more about this beautiful scarf visit www.AnaSilkDesign.etsy.com

Vetuta di Montoliveto Tote Bage
Vetuta di Montoliveto Tote Bage

A beautiful hand made in France “Vetuta di Montoliveto” tote bag that she will love. The originator of the exquisite artwork is Giuseppe Zocchi (drawer, engraver, 1711-1767). Perfect for the beach, shopping, books, etc. The bag is made from cotton canvas and lined with silk and cotton lining. To learn more visit Sunsuelle’s Etsy shop at http://www.Sunsuelle.etsy.com

Gift Card Booklet with Pockets
Gift Card Booklet with Pockets

I love the idea of the Gift Card Booklet with pockets for gift cards, cash, and small gifts by Tangelio. It is created from high quality card stock, then folded into a mini book with two inside pockets. Add a personal message to the inside front and back cover. To learn more about this great gift idea, visit www.Tangelio.etsy.com

DIY Oh Christmas Tree Mini Greeting Card Templates
DIY Oh Christmas Tree Mini Greeting Card Templates

Wrap up your gift giving with these sweet little mini greeting card templates. They are so adorable. They feature a cute little Christmas tree with the words, “Oh Christmas Tree” written on the front. Download the greeting card template, envelope template, and envelope liner template and begin printing your cards tonight. Make them your own with unique papers. Print as many as you like and use them as gift tags or to mail to your friends and family. To learn more and to see VG Invites complete line, visit www.VGInvites.etsy.com

If you are looking for unique and fun gift ideas, stay tuned. I will be posting articles throughout this season featuring talented Etsy sellers from all over the world who create what they love. Help support us this Holiday season. Your purchase helps keep small businesses thriving.

5 Unique Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas is a wonderful time of year to get together with family and friends. With Christmas just around the corner, VG Invites has put together this blog of unique handmade gift ideas from Etsy shop sellers. So pull up a chair, sip on some hot coco and help support small businesses by giving gifts made with luv.

Pure Merino Wool Infinity Scarf by Femme Fatal Fashion
Pure Merino Wool Infinity Scarf by Femme Fatal Fashion

This one-of-a-kind handmade merino woven scarf is made from 100% wool and will keep your loved one toasty warm on cold winter days. The unique pattern was created using a tie-and-dye resist method using natural dyes. Very colorful and bright. To give this gift for the holidays, visit Femme Fatal Fashion on Etsy or click here.

Scandinavian Christmas Mice by Shabby Annie Corner
Scandinavian Christmas Mice by Shabby Annie Corner

How adorable are these Scandinavian Christmas Mice by Shabby Annie Corner? They are made from soft cotton and adorned with red scarfs and Christmasy checkered red ears. To learn more about these charming gifts and to see all of Annie’s creations, visit Shabby Annie Corner on Etsy or click here.

Beaded Bracelet Bundle by Wrapped By Me
Beaded Bracelet Bundle by Wrapped By Me

These Buddha and Elephant charm bracelets make the perfect zen gift. The bundle comes with 4 unique color coordinated hand made bracelets. Visit Wrapped By Me on Etsy to see the entire collection or to learn more click here.

Winnie the Pooh Inspired Button Jointed Horse by Kit Whits Couture
Winnie the Pooh Inspired Button Jointed Horse by Knit Whits Couture

Adorable is all I can say! This makes a great Christmas gift for Winnie the Pooh lovers of all ages. The horse stands approximately 35cm tall and has movable button joints. Pose him in many different ways. To learn how you can order one visit Knit Whits Couture on Etsy or click here.

Candy Cane Holiday Countdown Calendar by Tangelio
Candy Cane Holiday Countdown Calendar by Tangelio

What a fun way to count down the days until Christmas. This handmade candy cane Christmas calendar is made with varying textures and embellishments for a unique holiday decor. Each countdown is stitched with 25 individual pockets to place a candy cane. To order yours visit Tangelio on Etsy or click here.

I just love all of these gift ideas. However, If you don’t see what you like here, Etsy is filled with many talented artists and artisans. You are sure to find something fun, whimsical, unique, or very pretty. The perfect gift for that special someone this Holiday season.

Merry Christmas to all! May you dreams and wishes come true.

This blog post was brought to you by VG Invites the home of beautiful wedding invitations and greeting cards.

Tropical Weddings in Mint Green and White By Etsy Sellers

I just love the beach! …and who doesn’t? Coastal tropical themes make for the most gorgeous wedding settings. And this wedding color theme featuring mint green and romantic white from Etsy sellers is the perfect combination. Preview some of the best couture from our very own Etsians. You are going to swoon over these fabulously romantic items.

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Found on Pinterest at VGInvites

If you are planning a tropical or coastal destination wedding, you are going to love this collection. I have to warn you to proceed with caution! What you are about to see is filled with romance and sex appeal.

Sarafina Dreams on Etsy
Sarafina Dreams on Etsy

VG Invites loves this perfectly sexy white lace backless bridal nightgown from Sarafina Dreams. Stunning in design, this lovely gown is made from stretch lace in a beautiful white rose print. Sarafina Dreams has a lot of wonderful honeymoon lingerie to choose from. Why not visit her shop and get inspired for romance. www.SarafinaDreams.etsy.com

Elvish Things on Etsy
Elvish Things on Etsy

How romantic and incredibly pretty are these white barefoot sandals from Elvish Things on Etsy. They are ideal for tropical beach weddings. The crochet openwork sandals make your look very feminine and sexy. Visit Elvish Things and check out her complete line of barefoot sandals at www.ElvishThings.etsy.com. So beautiful!

Elle Jewels on Etsy
Elle Jewels on Etsy

To bring this collection to life, VG Invites added a touch of color. Complete your romantic look with this personalized initial necklace from Elle Jewels on Etsy. The bridal jewelry is made with a gold plated leaf branch with a turquoise green pearl teardrop pendant and a personalized initial leaf. Delicate and feminine, it makes the perfect accessory for your special occasion. Visit Elle Jewels to learn more about this piece at www.ElleJewels.etsy.com

VG Invites on Etsy
VG Invites on Etsy

Play up the colors of your coastal wedding theme with this sea foam green bamboo wedding invitation. This destination style invite features a mint green background with bamboo embellishments. A romantic tropical themed wedding invitation in an editable PDF file. Love this wedding invite but don’t want to DIY? It is also available for full customization. Visit www.VGInvites.etsy.com for more information. If you are dreaming about having a destination wedding, these items can help make your nuptials, “oh so romantic.” Visit often and get inspired for fantastic wedding ideas from some of the most talented Etsy shop owners in the industry. Visit www.vgdesignstudio.wordpress.com for charming wedding features from wedding gowns to invitations. Follow me on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/VGInvites for stunning couture collections, bridesmaid’s gifts, wedding invites (of course), and much, much more. Thanks for visiting. 🙂 This blog post was brought to you by VG Invites and Graphic Design BY Victoria.