If you're like me, come holiday season you enjoy trying to find pretty ways to present gifts to your family and friends. I had the opportunity to play with the Country Living Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit from Stampin' Up! this month, and I had so much fun making gift bags (amongst other things) to use this holiday season. The kit contains an exclusive stamp set, Die cut chipboard and patterned paper, Ribbon, Rhinestone brads, glitter, adhesives, stamp pads...and more!
The kit comes with instructions for creating a holiday banner, some gift tags and tree ornaments. However I decided to use the kit as a jumping off point for my own projects.
Here's how I made the Winter Gift Bag:
I bought a brown paper bag from my local craft store and used the snowflake stamp with a versa mark pad to stamp a tone-on-tone effect on the bag. I then cut a strip of red patterned paper from the kit to go across the bottom of the bag. I also cut a strip of cream cardstock, which I cut with the Fiskars Threading Water punch to get the scalloped/dotted edge.
Finally, for creating the snowflake ornament, I popped the center snowflake portion from a round circle medallion chipboard piece and ran it through my Cuttlebug machine to create the dotted embossed pattern. I then painted it with white acrylic paint. After the paint was dry, I lightly sanded it with sandpaper so that the dots stood out a bit more. Using the die cut patterned paper, which is pre-cut into the circle/snowflake shape, I popped the middle snowflake portion out and set it aside to use on a different project. I glued the remaining outer circle to the circle medallion chipboard. I then added the snowflake back into the chipboard shape. I then took another one of the pre-cut circle/snowflake shapes and this time left the snowflake in it. This piece I glued to the back of the ornament. This will keep the embossed snowflake from falling out of the ornament. You can use sandpaper to sand the edges of the ornament if desired.
Your last step is to thread floss through the ornament and tie it to the handle of the gift bag.
I hope you enjoyed this project. I am off to Seattle this morning for a Photography workshop that will be running tonight/Sat and Sun. I'm really excited and hoping to learn so much that I get brain overload, LOL!