witticisms by Jess Witty

September 11, 2011

Love Lives Here for the Holidays

Hello, all!

It's almost September 15 so you know what that means... it's Papertrey Ink countdown time!  
(ETA... this post is finally up!  For all of you using Blogger's new interface, here's a tip... make sure you hit "publish" instead of just "save" if you want your post to actually go up as scheduled :) Seriously.  Oops.)

Today marks the first of two group posts by the PTI design team and today we're featuring a brand new holiday set that I know you're going to love :)

I'm still mouring the loss of summer but here I am... jumping into Christmas already!

This set is so, so sweet.  Nichole Heady worked with concepts from Melissa Phillips to create this follow-up set to the original Love Lives Here.  This one is just as beautiful as the first... keeping that lovely, homespun feel with a holiday twist.

This set came along at the perfect time for me... and that would be just after we completed making our annual Christmas jam. 

All 50 jars.



We take one day every summer and raid the big ol' Farmer's Market in Dallas for just the right fruit. This year's choice... pluots. We bring it {and our sticky, fruit-filled children} home and spend the rest of the day cooking and jarring our homemade jam.

By the end of the day, one of our biggest Christmas tasks is done :) We give the jam along with a homemade card {of course} to our church small group, volunteers, teachers, friends, co-workers, etc. I also keep a few on hand to take as holiday party hostess gifts, thank you's, etc.

Even Brian gets totally behind this tradition... it saves a lot of stress in the winter to get things accomplished in the summer.  Plus, it gives me more time in the winter to focus on the Witty Family Christmas Card Sweatshop :)

I like the jars to coordinate with the cards that I give, so I started this set out with the card.  Love Lives Here: Holiday has two Christmas tree images and dies... one tree with all three sections connected together and one tree that has three separate sections.  I choose to work with the single tree as I wanted to emboss the entire image with green powder. 

My goal was to keep it simple, but elegant, so I added the pretty scalloped edge by using the new Edgers #4 die.  I love how it echoes the scalloped edge on the tree :)

I used a foam brush to add some liquid glue to the edge and then dipped it in some super chunky glass glitter. 

The sentiment fit right underneath the tree and I added the super sweet Holly Jolly die cut at the end to a) emphasize the "heart" and b) add a bit of asymmetry.  The Holly Jolly die actually punches a grouping of three berries, but I just used the original Love Lives Here dies to cut a tiny felt heart instead.

I used the same Love Lives Here dies to add another felt heart to my jar label.  The new Christmas Label fit my jam jars really well.  It's a nice, long size and is a perfect fit for so many of PTI's sentiments.  I thought the rounded edges would tie in well with the Edgers die I used on the card.

To finish everything off, I added a bit of button twine to the lid, then embellished it with the larger Holly Jolly die cuts.  I used my ScorPal and bone folder to add a straight line down each leaf, then folded the sides toward each other a bit... that and the felt berries add just enough detail to those little leaves.

I love the boutique packaging look that label and the holly leaves give...

...it just makes me happy :)

And to see more projects that'll put a smile on your face, check out what the rest of the design team has for you today...
Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Erin Lincoln
Maile Belles
Lisa Johnson
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Melissa Phillilps
Michelle Wooderson
Danielle Flanders

So... thoughts? 
This is the ONE ahead-of-time task I get accomplished during the year.  Do you have any ahead-of-time traditions at your house?  I'd love to hear about them!
Back in just a few days with another Christmas time post for you...

{Christmas in the Heart} card and gift
Stamps - Love Lives Here: Holiday
Cardstock - White, Kraft, Simply Chartreuse
Ink - True Black, VersaMark
Dies - Love Lives Here: Holiday die collection, Holly Jolly, Edgers, #4, Christmas Label
Embellishments - Pure Poppy felt, Button Twine, Zing Embossing Powder in Leaf (American Crafts), chunky glitter


Diane Jaquay said...

What a lovely little gift!! And kudos to you for planning ahead, I tend to be a last minute gal myself lol ;)

Eveline said...

Looks good. I had to look up pluot first though ;)

Tosha said...

I,m with Eveline, I had to look up pluot, glad I did it looks delicious and sweet just like your projects.

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Mmmm-homemade jam. Love the simple label and how it holds the longer sentiment. And a beautiful yet simple card easy to mass produce! 50! My Christmas cards are finished! Just need to get to the gifts and there are wonderful ideas from all the DT. Thanks for sharing!

Noreen said...

A great fun rustic look with the twine and holly!

Kelly said...

i always have the very best of intentions to be a make ahead type of person but i always fail miserably! i love your idea for jam though. love it. and, of course, you have dressed it up beautifully!

Sarah said...

I've always wanted to make jam to share at the holidays, but I always seem to run out of time during peak berry season. We're more likely to have homemade beer with a festive label.

Janet S said...

I LOVE the Dallas Farmer's Market. My daughter got her master's degree from SMU and everytime I visited her we always went to the Farmers Market. None better!! We both still talk about our visits there when we get together. Love your jam project and how everything coordinates so beautifully. Wish I were on your Christmas giving list!!

Glenda J said...

Simply fantastic! Crisp, clean and spectacular. Great work.

dstandard said...

What awesome projects - wonderful gifts!

Marlena M. said...

Beautiful homemade goodness. I love your presentation Jess. ;)

melanie said...

Just lovely...beautiful little jars of sweetness...who wouldn't love to receive such a sweet handmade gift. Your choice of packaging is perfect!

Rebecca Deeprose said...

What a fabulous family tradition! and such a lovely gift that everyone can enjoy. Beautifully done, as always.

Denise E said...

I make homemade jam too...and homemade hot cocoa mix, so these labels and packaging ideas will work great! So simple, yet so festive and beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration. I have good intentions of getting things done ahead of time, but always seem to leave something for the last minute! Good luck with being prepared and ahead of schedule! Love this project.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful, beautiful project! I'm still working on setting our Christmas traditions because my son just reached 4 years old, which is the perfect age for starting them :)

Rebecca said...

Hey now missy, you can't post a delicious jam gift and not give us a recipe. Totally not fair!!! LOL Lovely idea and I would honestly love to try it. If you can share the recipe, I'm sure I'm not the only one. =)

Anonymous said...

Cute! Cute! Cute!