Monday, March 22, 2010

Fancy Bag in a Flash

Happy Monday Everyone,
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Can you believe that it is truly, officially Spring? That means wonderful sunny days mixed with sudden snowstorms here in Colorado. The good news is that the snow doesn't hang around long and the sunshine isn't far away to warm us up again.
Today I am going to share with you a cute little bag that I created with my Big Shot. This sweet little bag really does go together quickly and simply and is a perfect way to give a gift to a friend, teacher or family member.
Using the Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP), I cut a piece 5 1/4" x 12" from one of 12" x 12" sheets. I chose the glittered pattern side to face outwards to add a little sparkle to the bag. Creating a sandwich with the Sizzix Fancy Favor die (exclusive to Stampin' Up), the Extended Cutting Plate and the Extended Premium Crease Pad, I ran the DSP through the Big Shot to cut out the bag. The die not only cuts out the shape of the bag, it also creates the crease lines so that it is easy to fold and create the bag.
Once all the crease lines had been folded, I used Sticky Strip to assemble the bag, as it is a very strong adhesive and provides the bag with strength and stability.
Now comes the fun part, the decorating of the bag. This is where you can personalize the bag to suit the person you are giving it to. I chose to add a simple stamped greeting using the Vintage Labels Sale-a-bration stamp set in Real Red Classic ink. I used the square shaped frame stamp and the Best Wishes stamp on Very Vanilla cardstock and then punched it out with the Curly Label Punch. I adhered it to the bag using Snail adhesive.
Next, I took a piece of Real Red Satin ribbon (in the Occasions Mini catalog) to create the handle for the bag. I attached the ribbon using two of the Pretty in Pink Sending Love Epoxy Brads (found on p13 on the Occasions Mini catalog) to anchor it to each side of the bag. I used the Paper Piercing Tool to poke holes through the side of the bag and through the ribbon and put the brad through the holes and anchor it by bending back the legs.
Finally, I created a small flower using Pretty in Pink cardstock that I punched twice using the Scalloped Circle Punch. Using the Faux Suede technique, I separated the two scalloped circles with my bone folder (as described in this Post ) to create four scalloped circles, and then scrunched them up into small balls. After carefully unscrunching the circles (is that a word?), I put a hole in the center of each of the circles, using the Paper Piercing Tool and threaded them onto a 5/16" Very Vanilla Brad (from the 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo Brads) and folded the legs behind the bottom circle. Make sure the faux suede surface is facing up.
Next I carefully scrunched each of the circles up around the brad to create ruffled petals. You can carefully move the circles to offset the scallops to add additional dimension to the flower. I then attached the flower to the front of the bag in the upper corner with a Dimensional.
So there you have it. A great little gift bag that is fun and easy to make. Add a little tissue paper to the inside of the bag along with your gift and it's ready to go. This would be a great little bag for Easter or Mother's Day, both of which are just around the corner.
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Until Next Time.
Happy Stampin',
Tricia Butts

Products Used:
Stamp Set: Vintage Labels (Sale-a-bration Set available for free with $50 purchase of Stampin' Up products -Ends 31st March, 2010)
Paper: Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, Pretty in Pink Cardstock, Very Vanilla Cardstock
Ink: Real Red Classic Ink
Accessories: Big Shot, SU Fancy Favor Die, Extended Cutting Pads, Extended Crease Pad, Real Red 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Pretty in Pink 1/2" Sending Love Epoxy Brads, 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo Brads, Scallop Circle Punch, Curly Label Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Snail Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals.

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