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Simple & beautiful holiday gift wrapping

If you’re like me, wrapping gifts is just as fun as shopping for that special someone! But, holiday gift wrapping doesn’t have to be time consuming. Start by selecting a theme for your gift wrap. Using similar styled paper will create a unified look throughout your gifts.

Create a simple and stylish tag using a stamp. There’s a variety of festive options at your local craft store, along with pre-cut tag shapes to add beauty to your gifts.

Choose ribbon, yarn or twine to secure the tag and accents that will add that special touch. I’ve used sprigs of holly or even small branches from my Christmas tree.

This year, I selected bronze jingle bells, burlap ribbon and twine to add a vintage charm. Plus, a few springs from my potpourri bag and the gifts look beautiful! Then, just handwrite the to and from directly on the tags.

Happy wrapping!

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Wishing you a Happy Easter

Target is my go-to for all things, especially greeting cards. I’ve found some of the sweetest and cutest cards (and plenty of other items make their way into my cart!) But this Easter, I just couldn’t find that oh-so-special card so I decided a quick design would be perfect.

If you haven’t ventured over to Creative Market yet, you are in for a real treat. The site is full of beautiful fonts, all sorts of templates and some really amazing photographs. I downloaded the Beverly font for my Christmas gift tags and thought it would be a perfectly sweet choice for Easter cards too. I created a simple design with one of my favorite verses and printed it with black ink on my extra Christmas card stock (but you can use any cardstock for this).

Easter Card Verse
Easter Greeting Card | love+grace

Then, I added a little bow with pastel baker’s twine and voila – it’s ready to mail. Simple, yet beautiful.

Easter Greeting Card | love+grace
Easter Greeting Card | love+grace

Enjoy a free download of the 5×7 card I designed here: Easter Card Template. Wishing you a Happy Easter!

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He Speaks to You by Name

I just got home from an amazing run in our new hometown of #ATX. I was excited to see a package waiting by the door. I love surprise and inside was such a lovely surprise. My sweet friend Erika sent me personalized scripture cards. Oh how amazing she is! Erika’s words of encouragement and prayers are exactly what a friend needs, and it is a gift to know both her and God know everything I’m going through.

These cards are so beautiful I had to share them!

Scripture Cards
love+grace  |  Scripture Cards

If you love a daily inspirational message, sign-up for Erika’s encouragement emails here. And, Mary’s personalized scripture cards are available here.

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Heaven’s Flower Pots

This past June my husband and I celebrated our first year of marriage – and what a wonderful journey it has been so far! As we continued to grow in our faithfulness this past year, I found myself praying the verse below quite often and wanted to find a charming way to share it with family and friends this Christmas.

With God All Things Are Possible. – Matthew 19:26

I picked out a few different sizes of unfinished clay pots at a wonderful shop nearby called Enchanted – even the name is charming! You may have some old pots just hiding in your backyard waiting to be filled. I painted them with outdoor patio paint in cloud white. You can add water to the paint for more of a white-washed look, and sponge grays to the base of the pot for more of an aged look. Let them dry 24-hours. I was going for a vintage feel so I used sandpaper to roughen the edges and create a few worn spots.

I printed a few special bible versus for the print. Or, you can find plenty of graphics online to download – be sure to mirror the image before printing and just use plain white paper.

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love+grace | Heaven’s Flower Pots

I cut out the graphic, took my mod podge and swiped on the printed graphic. Then I centered on the pot and rubbed it smooth. Then it’s another 24-hours of waiting – no peeking! The next morning, I dampened the paper with a wet paper towel and then ever-so-gently began rolling the paper off with my finger.

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love+grace | Heaven’s Flower Pots

After letting them dry, I sprayed them with a few coats of matte clear acrylic sealer.

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love+grace | Heaven’s Flower Pots

Then they were ready to plant. I found a great selection of succulents at Enchanted, along with cactus potting soil. Added a little water and sat them in the window sill for some sun.

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love+grace | Heaven’s Flower Pots

My pots of heaven will be going to some very special family and friends!

There’s also a great tutorial on transferring images using wax paper at Unexpected Elegance. Can’t wait to give this a try next!