Thursday, November 13, 2008

Gift Bag

I needed a gift bag for my hostess gift for this Saturday. I received a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 gift bag for a swap at the SU! Regional seminar from Kathy More. I decided to try and make one in a larger size. I am really tickled with the way it turned out!

I used a brown bag with some cardstock and ribbon. I cut the cardstock at 5 1/4 a 1/4 of an inch larger than the bag. Then I cut the bag to 7 inches. My cardstock I cut to 8 1/2 in order to give me some handle room. So your cardstock should be 5 1/4 x 8 1/2. Then cut a piece of DSP the same size.

The first thing you want to do is to fold the bottom of your bag so that both flaps are downward.

The bottom of your bag should look like this.

Adhere your cardstock to one side of the bag lining up the cardstock at the bottom of your bag. Put the Designer Series Paper on the other side. Again lining it up with the bottom of the bag.

This is what your bag should look like.

Using the Word Window Punch, punch out a hole on each side of your bag leaving a little bit on each side.

Putting the Word Window punch in the middle of your two punches to clean it up. There will be two little pieces of cardstock that need to be cleaned up.

I cut a piece of ribbon the width of my bag and adhered it with Tombow.

I cut another piece of ribbon and folded half of it forward and adhered.

I then folded the other half backwards and adhered it.

I cut a small piece of ribbon for my middle piece. I wrapped one piece around and adhered it and then the other.

I used two mini glue dots to put this on the front/middle of my ribbon that I placed on my bag. Your loops should be equal size on both sides.

I put some shredded paper in the bottom of my bag and added the Glitter Christmas Ornament.

I then added more shredded paper on the top of my Glitter Christmas Ornament to protect it.

Here is what I used to make this bag:
Brown Bag
Kiwi Kiss Cardstock
Urban Garden Designer Series Paper
Old Olive 5/8 Grosgrain ribbon
Word Window Punch
Tombow Adhesive
Mini Glue Dots

Felt Flurries Hair Ties

Here is a fabulous gift idea for the little "misses" in your life. I cannot take credit for this idea as it was on a post by onecrazysap. I am loving these felt flurries!

Here is how I made these:

I placed three felt flurries together on top of each other. 2 Large and 1 Small. I then placed a Rhinestone brad in the middle. (with the red/white one I used the paper piercer to punch through felt before inserting the brad; some of the flurries have openings in the middle and some do not) I turned the flurries over and opened the brad. I placed the metal part of the white hair tie in the middle of the brad opening so I would have one on each side. I then took needle nose pliers and wrapped the ends of the brads around the small metal piece of the hair tie. I made sure I squeezed the ends tight and also made sure that there was nothing poking that would poke into someones scalp. DONE! How easy is that?

Materials I used to create the Felt Flurries Hair Tie:
Little Felt Flurries (Holiday Mini)
Rhinestone Brads (Ice Circles and the clear one is from the Pretties Kit)
Hair ties
Needle Nose Pliers

Glitter Christmas Ornaments

I spotted some Glitter Christmas Balls on splitcoast and just had to try them out. I found using the same color glitter as re-inks works great! On these two I used Stampin' Up! Fine Cosmo Glitters. I used the Celery glitter with the Certainly Celery reinker and the Orchid glitter with the Perfect Plum reinker. I have a club on Saturday and my hostess loves the color green. She will be receiving the Certainly Celery Glitter Ball as her hostess gift.

Here is how I made these:

First I put drops of reinker into the ornament. I turned the ornament while the ink is dripping in so that the ink is all around it. Then I swirl and move the ornaments around until every little spot of glass is covered with ink. VERY IMPORTANT >>>I set the ornament upside down to let any of the extra ink run out. If you use a plastic cup any excess ink that comes out you can put onto your stamp pad. That way there is minimal waste. I used a paper towel to wipe the inside of the opening of excess ink. Keep holding the ornament upside down until you are ready to pour the glitter in. The second I turn the ornament over, I excessively pour the glitter in and covered the hole with a paper towel and instantly shake the ornament in all directions forcefully so that the glitter right away covers and sticks to the ink. The reason you do this fast, instant, forcefully- the more you do it that way, the less likely you are to end up with "runs" in the ink in your bulb. Shake out the excess glitter. If I have some glitter that comes out that is not wet, I put it back into my container to reuse. Otherwise I discard it. Then I let them sit upside down for just a little while to make sure all the extra stuff is out and to dry a little. I did this for about 30 minutes. Then they are all done! I used plastic cups and squeezed the side to pour the glitter in the bulb. I also used plastic cups to hold my bulbs to get rid of the excess ink and at the end to get rid of the extra stuff and to dry.

Here are some colors to try together:

If you purchase the Stampin' Up! Fine Cosmo Glitter you will get five different colors of glitter. The re-inkers that go with this glitter set are Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Perfect Plum, Pacific Point and Baja Breeze or Bashful Blue.


If you need some supplies to make these beautiful ornaments remember that you can sign onto my website and click on shop now to have your order placed today and shipped directly to your home! The glass ornaments were purchased at AC Moore.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Swaps! Swaps! Swaps!

Here are three swaps I put together for the SU! Regional Seminar in Virginia Beach this Saturday. I started with the one in the middle. I did four of them an decided I did not want to tie 50 Ribbons. So I put "Season's Greetings" from Many Merry Messages on the front of the card instead of the ribbon. I made 55 of these all together. The bottom card front I designed today and will be doing 20 to take with me. It is a really simple card so I thought a little ribbon would dress it up! 20 ribbons are better than 55.
Here are the supplies I used to create these cards:
Stamp Sets used: Lovely as a Tree, Many Merry Messages, Merry and Bright and Season of
Cardstock: Kraft, Ridinghood Red, Whisper White and Chocolate Chip
Ink: Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Baja Breeze Stripped Ribbon and Chocolate Chip 5/8 Ribbon