These are a few of my favourite thingssssss! Be thankful there’s no audio with this blog, I’m definitely not a singer.
After cardmaking my favourite thing is to make pretty packaging for small gifts. This first package I made from a paper bag by Stampin’ Up! (it already has that white chevron pattern printed on it) and some bits and pieces that were already hanging around on my desk from when I made this vintage monochromatic card the other day.
Quick pretty packaging tip: When you’re making your cards, make an extra embellishment or two (like the stamped/punched butterfly below) and keep them in a small container on your desk. They come in super handy when you want to dress up a gift bag – just tie some ribbon around the bag and throw some embellishments on.
Now just don’t look too closely because what do I see there? It’s a ripped corner on the paper bag! Holy cow. I don’t know when I did that but I must have looked at this photo 20 times and didn’t notice it. Now excuse me putting up this photo because I am too lazy to rephotograph, upload, edit, etc. But rest assured all these pretty embellishments are going on a fresh paper bag before the gift is given to the recipient.
Here’s a close up of the little heart embellishment I made. Did you spot the sneak peek from the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue on the heart? Get used to seeing that beautiful embossed script because I’ll be using it a lot!
A design tip: if you want to have your embellishment hanging, like this heart, but don’t want to put a hole in it, then just make two hearts and sandwich the thread/ribbon between the hearts. I used a dimensional instead of glue to put my two hearts together because I like the look of the space between the two hearts.
This next bag features a flower I made with Creped Filter Paper. This was so super easy you could even have kids do the flowers as a project. I’ll post some instructions shortly but in the meantime, I just used three types of flowers that I cut from the filter paper using the Secret Garden Framelits and Blossom Punch (4 of each). Layered them on top of each other and attached a brad to the centre to hold them together then pinched each layer one at a time to fluff them up. I would say you could use any type of die cut or punched flower to make these pretty creped flowers, you just get a little bit of a variation on the finished flower. By the way, you can also colour these flowers but in this case I preferred the flower to be white.
The bottom of the bag features Lace Tape – no punching required, just roll out the tape! And then embellished with punched out butterflies which I sponged some ink onto and added the pearl detail. Here’s a close up:
Last gift bag! This one features a paper doily folded over in half (hmmm, thinking I could have just cut it and used half!). I sponged some ink around the edges to soften the look and give it a vintage feel then added a topper. So with the Big Shot machine I die cut a label (Deco Labels Framelit) and then put it through the Big Shot again in the Pretty Print embossing folder to emboss the script. The greeting I attached to the top is from the Chalk Talk stamp set which I stamped in Soft Suede ink then punched out with the wide oval punch. A row of little pearls on either side finished off the whole doily embellishment nicely.
And here’s a photo of all three together… which is your favourite?
And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create all three of these gift bags
Papillon Potpourri (butterfly)
Cardstock & Paper:
Tag a Bag Gift Bag
Very Vanilla cardstock
Encore Gold inkpad
Soft Suede inkpad
Pretty Print Embossing Folder
Hearts Collection Framelit (you could also use a punch)
Deco Labels Framlit
Bitty Butterfly Punch
Ruffle Stretch Trim, Baked Brown Sugar
Tea Lace Paper Doily
Creped Filter Paper (to make flower)
Delicate Details Lace Tape
Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)