Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wedding Wednesdays - Tulle Wrapping

Hello again! For this week's post, I thought I'd go with something "old" that's "new" again - tulle netting. Yes, it's has been around for what seems like forever but weddings and tulle just naturally seem to go together. This time, though, we're using tulle to wrap up attendant gifts and out-of-town guests' gifts-

For your out-of-town guests- here we have a plain white gable box that gets dressed up with a colourful dose of tulle. With so many different colours of tulle to choose from, it's easy to co-ordinate with your wedding colours.

Use tulle when you want to keep boxes together for presentation - what guest wouldn't love to receive these boxes, filled with goodies, in their hotel room?

Here's a fun way to give your attendant gifts - after you've covered the box with fun patterned giftwrap, wrap the whole box in white and lime tulle to soften the look.

In this sample, we used one of our Mod boxes, in the Boogie Blue colour, and wrapped the whole box up with the 24" wide white tulle and then added a simple white satin "Cheater Bow".

Well, that's it for this week's Wedding Wednesday post - check back next week when I'll be featuring some recent wedding invites that we've done. See you then!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

My New Favourite Colour...

...well this week anyway...!! All of us here at the Store seem to change our favourite colour every few weeks it seems. Some new product will come in some fabulous new colour or shade and presto! it's our new favourite!

So, this week I'm really loving the new shade of TURQUOISE!! It's fun and fresh and looks great on gifts for any gender or age-

It's also a nice alternative to the typical pinks and lavenders you see for Mother's Day. Turquoise is a perfect colour to brighten up duller colours like natural kraft-

Turquoise is also showing up in the new Envelopments papers - this gorgeous Damask pattern looks amazing in turquoise and white!!

Even our bridal customers are turning onto turquoise; it's a great accent colour that makes plain white really pop!

Well, that's it for now - until the next "favourite" colour comes along!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Earth Day Giveaway!!

Yup, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day is coming up on Thursday, April 22. To celebrate this special day, the Essential Packaging Store is having a fab giveaway-

this fresh "green" reusable tote bag can be yours, with your minimum $30.00 purchase, when you come in to the Store this Thursday, Friday or Saturday only. This tote bag is perfect for groceries (that's what mine gets used for!), books, kids stuff or anything else you can think of!

For more information about Earth Day, please visit www.earthday.net/earthday2010

So, come by the Essential Packaging Store to get your "green" bag this Thursday, Friday or Saturday. See you then!!

(Note: quantities are limited to stock on hand, minimum $30.00 purchase, one per customer per day. Please contact the Store for more details)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wedding Wednesdays - New Envelopments Favour Boxes!!

I know I haven't done a Wedding Wednesday post in a while so when I saw the new Envelopments favour boxes I knew I had to do one! These boxes are so beautiful! But they don't have to be just for weddings - you can use them for baby showers, anniversaries or for small special gifts. Here's a sampling of the favour boxes in some new Envelopments patterns-

So elegant - this "tarte" box is a perfect size for 4 small truffles, a couple of yummy cookies or a piece of brownie... yum! I also LOVE this new Damask pattern (nice colour combination, too!)

Can you say, "sweet tooth"? This super cute cube box is called the "Bon-Bon" shape and I personally would love to receive any kind of bon-bons in this box! The swiss dot pattern is classic and elegant and would be suitable for any event or occasion.

Now this is unique - if you want to make a statement with your favours, then this is the one to go with! This "pyramid" shape would be perfect in any colour or pattern; just add a touch of ribbon at the top (like we did) and you're done.

The "take-out" box shape has always been fun but this one is a bit more refined - by removing the handles, Envelopments has made this take-out box ideal for a more sophisticated event.

I really like this "wedge" shaped box because it's actually the right size to fit a slice of cake! Adding a ribbon in the same colour as the box is so chic!

This new favour box is the "clutch" shape. I also liked this one (don't I like them all?!) since it would be well suited to slightly taller items or odd shaped treats. This shape lends itself to ribbon treatments very easily.

Finally, we have the "pillow" shape box. Pillows are always nice for candies and sweets but would also make a nice presentation package for gift cards (think of attendant gifts).

Well, that's it for now! I'll be adding more photos as our new samples roll in so keep checking back! Thanks!


Friday, April 9, 2010

Yippee, It Worked!!

I don't know how (and I wouldn't understand even if he did explain it!) but my computer guru always manages to fix the problem! A few clicks and we're back in business...

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, the new Envelopments patterns and colours are now here and to say we're just a bit excited would be a gross understatement. Here's a little taste-

This is the new Envelopments patterned swatch deck - can you say "YUMMY"?!?! All the patterns are very current and fresh, ranging from modern to tradional styles. I had to show some of my favourites (it was hard to pick just a few...!!)-

This the Plumes pattern that has been one of our most popular Envelopments patterns, now available in this rich new purple shade and the elegant black/white combination below.

Below is the new Bloom pattern - I really loved the fun green since it could be used for any occasion. The black/white Bloom pattern is so versatile as well; you can match it up with any solid coloured cardstock.

This next one is my absolute favourite - Brocade! This pattern is so trendy right now and this version from Envelopments is perfect!! I'm not usually a big fan of turquoise but I couldn't stop looking at this one - love it!

Our Store Manager, Antonella, really loves the classic simplicity of the Swiss Dots pattern. This pattern would be fabulous matched up with a bold solid - yum!

The Kaleidoscope pattern has also been a favourite among our customers so I was happy to see it available in some fresh new colours, like this bold shade called Tangelo.

Of course, Envelopments didn't disappoint with the truly mouthwatering new shades of solid coloured cardstock!! I'm not sure where I'm going to fit all these new colours and patterns in the Store...!

I love how these 3 colours look so good together - I just need an excuse to make some cards using this combination!

I can't say I'm big on bright pink either but when I saw the new Fashionista colour (great name, too!) I swooned!! Looks amazing with the delicious Jester purple.

Well, I hope you've enjoyed this little preview of the new Envelopments colours and patterns - stock should start arriving in the next couple of weeks but we do have the swatch decks at the Store for you to look through if you can't wait!!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A Small Problem...

I have a love / hate relationship with technology, more specifically, my computer.

Well, I sat down at my computer and was all set to download all my fabulous new Envelopments photos when a lovely message came up on the screen - "download failed, try again later". How could this happen?!?! After several "try again later" attempts, I still have not been able to download my photos.

So, sadly I have no photos of the yummy new Envelopments favour boxes to show you :(
Hopefully, my resident computer guru will be able to make it happen tomorrow!

Thanks for your patience and we'll see you soon!


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Envelopments - new colours and patterns, oh my!!

We can't believe it but they're FINALLY here - the new Envelopments colours and patterns!!!!! We've been waiting, for what feels like eternity, to see the new patterns and colours and honestly, it's been worth the wait!! The new Envelopments colours are AMAZING, rich and yummy tones that are on the cutting edge of what's hot right now. And the patterns are TO DIE FOR!!! The fabulous new Brocade pattern is beyond delicious - I'm itching for a reason to buy some for myself...!!

We got the new Envelopments swatch decks in today so if you're dying to see the latest colours and patterns, come on down to the Store and have a look in person. Or, you can click here to see the Envelopments samples online on our updated website. The actual paper stock will be arriving at the Store in the next couple of weeks.

Check back tomorrow when I'll have some photos of the new favour boxes from Envelopments - super exciting!!!