Friday, December 2, 2011

The Perfect Bag

The Perfect Bag
This tutorial came from demonstrator Jan Farring that she learned at the Stampin’ Up! Convention in 2008, and with it, you will be able to recreate your own bags for the holidays. They are fast and can be made in any size or shape for the perfect gift!
WARNING!  I’ll caution you right now, these can be very addicting! Once you get started you won’t want to stop!
Here’s a picture of some of them that I made…

For the largest bag, you need 2 pieces of 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper of the same design.
Score both sheets of the paper at 2” on three sides and 1 ½” on the top side. This is so easy with the Simply Scoring tool! Lay your paper on your scoring tool with the side that you want to be the front of the bag pointed up.  If your paper has a direction to it, make sure that the design is going the right way. Fold and crease the top 1 ½” of both 12 x 12 sheets to the front side of your paper and adhere with Snail.

Crease all score lines with your bone folder.

Add sticky tape on one 2” side along the edge and along the score line. Match up the seams and adhere together.  Add sticky strip to the other side of the bag, making sure your seams are facing the same direction (toward the back of the bag). Adhere together.

Turn the bottom side up and fold in both sides (like you’re wrapping a gift package). Line up the seams with the 2” fold. Put sticky strip on each of the sides and fold over, reaching down into the bag to adhere the bottom pieces together. The bottom of your box should look like this…

Cut 2 pieces 11”x 1” of solid color card stock to match your bag, and 2 pieces of 11” x ¾” pieces of designer series paper to match. Adhere these together and using the
Crop-A- Dile, punch 2 holes 1/8” and apply the handles with brads. Be careful with the punch on the other side of the bag that you don’t punch through both sides at the same time with the other side of the Crop-A-Dile. (Don’t ask me how I know!) Faith has a little bag all her own…with a little extra hole on one side!

         You can add ribbon, a matching tag, matching tissue paper and you have the perfect bag!

Here are some other sizes for you to make.
Cut 2 sheets 9x7 (the first measurement is the horizontal). Score all 4 sides at 1”. Finished measurement is 7”x5”x1”. This size is excellent for small photo albums, card sets, etc. (This is the size in the above picture). For the handles, I cut a piece of DSP to match my bag 9”x1” then added a piece of satin ribbon in the middle instead of another strip of paper. Don't you just love the matching tissue paper and tag?

Another size:
Cut 2 sheets 9”x9”. Score all four sides at 1”. Finished measurements are 7”x7”x1”. This size works well for Cd's, small books, etc. I used ribbon for the handles here.

And one more for small gifts:
Cut 2 sheets 8”x5”. Score 3 sides at 1 ½” and top side at 1”. The finished measurement is 5”x3 ½”x1 ½”. This one would work great for a small votive candle, treats, etc. Again I made the handles out of ribbon.

You can increase the width of the bag by ½” by adding 1” to the horizontal measurement and scoring at
1 ½” instead of 1”. Here’s one I turned the other direction to make it longer and narrower.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Having fun wrapping up your gifts in a perfect bag! Anyone need to join me for Bag Makers Anonymous??
Happy Stampin’!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Wrap it Up!

Wrap it up with these simple, fun tags! I had so much fun making these! The Two Tags Die, the new Peekaboo Frames Die, and the Circles and Scallops all cut with the Big Shot make it super simple and fast! I used an assortment of punches, lots of  paper scraps, and stamps to put them all together.
                                                   This one looks like an ornament!


The Dasher stamp is embossed in silver and the scallops are the new silver glimmer paper. It's so sparkly in real life! A little piece from the Top Note Die adds a little color and makes it pop!

The glimmer paper in red was used to give it lots of bling! The flowers and leaves are punched with the
5 Petal Punch. So easy!!
This one is made with the Peekaboo Frames Die. I stamped the image on the front, then stamped it again on the inside window and stamped the to, from over the top of the lighter image. Love it! Peekaboo!
Hope this gives you some ideas for easy to do tags. These are simple enough that the whole family can help...Faith did!
Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas!

With Thanksgiving come and gone, the lights and the tree have gone up and the decorations set out. It really does look a lot like Christmas around here! I love this time of year and the anticipation and excitement of Christmas! I have spent the last couple of days stuffing envelopes and writing little notes with all the cards I have finished and they're going to the post office today! It feels so good to be done this early and I made almost twice as many as I usually do. Accomplishment! YEAH!
I'm so excited too for our last class before Christmas called Wrap it Up! I've had so much fun designing the projects. The only hard part is knowing when to stop! I really must warn you ahead of time...some of these projects can be addicting!
Before I share those though, I'm going to share the last Christmas card that I did. I was short about 15 cards, so wanted something that was quick, easy, and beautiful. A fellow demonstrator, Dawn Olchefske shared this card on our Stampin' Up! demonstrator web site and it just fit the bill. Simple, yet beautiful!
I changed it up just a little by adding the embossing and the ribbon to the front of it. I love the simplicity of it and the Cherry Cobbler and the white together just shout Christmas!
Ingredients: Stamp Set Word Play, God's Blessings (Inside verse)
Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Big Shot, Northern Flurry and Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folders, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Snowflake Punch, Doily Triple Layer Punch (Inside), Snail Adhesive, Basic Pearls
See how easy and beautiful these turned out? I did the extra cards that I needed in just a short time. Now all my cards are done! YIPPEE! It's really not too late to get those cards started and done before Christmas. If you need some suggestions, I'd love to help!
I couldn't decide which of the embossing folders I liked the best, so I just did some of both!
I'm off to get started on some Christmas stockings that I'm helping Katie make for Dickson's sister and kids that get to come from Indonesia for Christmas! A real answer to prayer! Dickson is so excited to see some of his family again! That just adds to the excitement around here!
Happy Stampin'!