Here are a couple of the same ads in slightly different formats that I put together for the Winston Salem Journal and Charlotte Observer. Click on the images for larger versions.
This one ran as 2 col x 5.25" in the Observer. It also ran in black and white, which explains the dull fonts. I will update this blog with a higher res version of the Journal ad, which was a more difficult 6 col x 2" format, but I think it worked very well in this particular scenario.
A couple of hand-made items: The gift tag and the Christmas ball.
What I would do differently:
I would probably not use the Script font as much in the subtext.
Reduce the gradient just a touch more in the Observer ad (The b&w made this a tough call).
If I could only get a hang of that darn gradient mesh, I think I could have really made the Christmas ball zing!