Tea for Twelve with Blooms & Wishes

Yesterday I went to a lovely tea. I made little favors for everyone at our table. Since I’ve finally mastered making little gift bags (See this post) that part was easy. I loved using the Blooms & Wishes stamp set for the cute tags.

Blooms & Wishes stamp set, Fresh Florals DSP, Gift Bag Punch Board, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Don’t they just look like spring? The Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper is just so pretty.  I filled the bags with some tea cookies, chocolates (of course), a tea bag and some sugar packets.

 

Design Notes for Blooms & Wishes Gift Bags:

Well, the bags were easy. As you know, I’ve finally mastered the Gift Bag Punch Board and made the bags in no time. This time I made small bags. That required  just a change in paper size, but used the same steps. Once assembled, I worked on the tags. Since Fresh Fig was the darkest of the colors I used, I used that for the sentiment so it would be sure to show up. The flower was stamped with Powder Pink and the leaves with Lemon Lime Twist. I used a piece of card stock that was the same as the principle color in the paper of each bag to back the tag. Here’s a good look at the tag The coordinating ribbon was just looped behind.

Blooms & Wishes stamp set, Fresh Florals DSP, Gift Bag Punch Board, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

Supply List for Blooms & Wishes Gift Bags:

Oh, the Blooms & Wishes stamp set is going to retire. Be sure to put it on your list!

Retiring Designer Paper:

The paper that I used for these gift bags, Fresh Florals, is retiring soon. In fact, just about all of the current Designer Series Papers are retiring. These papers rarely show up on the Clearance Rack, so if you have some want – get it now. When you order on-line, be sure to sure the Host Code for this month, BDPHTPDQ. Order $50 or more and I’ll send you a package of Metallic Foil Doilies as a thank you gift.

Check the retiring lists for the specific papers.

Annual Catalog – AC Retired List-US

Occasions Catalog – OCC Retired List-US

Hope you are having a great Monday.

Dianne

 

 

Gift Bag Punch Board – Finally Conquered!

I almost titled this post “Gift Bag Punch Board for Dummies”. But, I didn’t want to insult anyone. However, I must confess, that I’ve owned the Punch Board since it came out and occasionally used it but with great frustration. Yes, I read the directions, Yes, I watched the video – more than once! I just didn’t get it. What I got was lots of wasted paper and frustrated. But, that’s all history!!!

Gift Bag Punch Board, Crafting Forever stamp set, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

On Saturday I saw lots of demonstrator friends at the Stampin’ Up! On Stage event in Hartford. I like to have little treats for everyone and decided to make a cute bag for my little gift. It was time for a face off with the Gift Bag Punch Board.

Anatomy of the Bag

I realized that when I was punching, I really didn’t understand which part of the bag I was working on. Some of my first attempts, if they had been punched correctly, were upside down. I didn’t even get the top/bottom part!

Gift Bag Punch Board, Crafting Forever stamp set, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Here’s something that helped me.

Going from top to bottom, it’s back, side, front, side, flap. It’s like a chant…. back, side, front, side, flap.  Repeat:  back, side, front….. Well, you get the idea.

Gift Board Punch Board, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

Anatomy of the Gift Bag Punch Board:

Well, who knew? There are different score lines. One is to frame the front and back, the other is to form the sides with gussets.

Gift Bag Punch Board, Crafting Forever stamp set, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

This little marking, “side'”  made all the difference for me!

Oh and the illustration at the left of the board is just the tiniest bit confusing. But, I learning to live with it.

Another hint. Score along the bottom all the way along first, not in little spurts. You’ll forget if you are like me. Do it all at once.

Gift Bag Punch Board, Crafting Forever stamp set, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

So once I conquer something, I like to do it lots of times. Here are the gift bags I made for my Stampin’ Up! friends.

Gift Bag Punch Board, Crafting Forever stamp set, heat embossing, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Notice I heat embossed the little tag. Inside the bag there was some candy, a tiny spoon to spoon up embossing powder and a foam brush to remove any stray embossing powder.

Gift Bag Punch Board, Crafting forever stamp set, heat embossing, Metallic Foil Dopilies, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Supply List for Gift Bags:

 

Please Comment:

Well, now that I’ve confessed my incompetence, I kind of hope I’m not the only one. Please leave a comment if you have any additional hints. Maybe you knew how it use it from the beginning and can’t imagine what my problem was. Maybe you think I need to do a video. Let me know what you think.

 

Hope you are having a great day.

Dianne

 

Springtime Foils Gift Bag

I needed a gift bag. I wanted something really special. Springtime Foils to the rescue.

Springtime Foils DSP, Stampin' Blends, Gift Bag, Decorative Ribbon Border Punch, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

If you are curious about some of the Sale-A-Bration items, like this beautiful paper, just hop on over to the Global Design Project for this week. All the entries will feature some Sale-A-Bration item.

Global Design Project, 117

Have you seen this paper? it is so beautiful!

Springtime Foils DSP, Sale-A-Bration, Stampin Up!, diannescards.com

 

Design Notes for Springtime Foils Gift Bag:

I have prepared a little tutorial for the gift bag. Here is a tutorial for gift Bag It’s really pretty easy. (Just click to open.)

Once I cut the paper, but before I scored it, I used the Stampin’ Blends to color the leaves and flowers. Talk about a way to chill. I love coloring and coloring with the Blends is just like therapy! Once I finished coloring, I assembled the bag and added the ribbon and punch border across the top. Important to use a good adhesive to both assemble the bag and add the ribbon. Tear n’ Tape was perfect for both jobs.

I decided I needed a tag and found a nice sentiment in the Color Me Happy stamp set. Since I didn’t want to use the entire message (so happy for you) I masked part of it with clear tape to just get the “for you” section of the stamp.

Springtime Foils DSP, Gift Tag, Stampin' Blends, Decorative Ribbon Border Punch, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

The flower is colored and cut out from some of the paper I had left from the bag. The paper is too pretty to throw anything away!

Supply List for Springtime Foils Gift Bag:

 

 

Sa;e-A-Bration, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Do you know about this paper? it’s one of the choices for Sale-A-Bration. Purchase $50 and you will qualify for one of the items like the Springtime Foils paper.

 

Hope you are looking forward to a great weekend!

Dianne

 

 

A Treat With Heart Felt Love Notes

The January Paper Pumpkin kit, Heart Felt Love Notes was so much fun! The materials could be used to make cards or, as I did, treat holders. Since I get two kits each month, I should have enough for everyone in my monthly classes.

Heart Felt Love Notes, Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Here’s a close up of one of the treat holders.

Heart Felt Love Notes, Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

And, of course, you want to know what kind of candy I’m giving everyone. Heart Felt Love Notes, Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Are you a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? If not this is the time to subscribe!

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How to Subscribe:

All you need to do is click here to go to the Paper Pumpkin site.

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Get ready for the fun!

Dianne

 

Striped Treat Bag Remake

Last week I made a gusseted bag from the flat Striped Treat Bag. A few folks asked me how it was done. So, today – a video tutorial. To be honest, I’ve made the process a bit easier than the process I used in the original post. (See it here.) Here’s a peek at what I created for the video.

striped Treat Bags, Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Aren’t these perfect for Valentine treats?

I am pretty sure I saw this done at a Stampin’ Up! gathering a year or so ago. Nonetheless, here is my take on how to create a gusseted bag from a flat one.

I also wrote out the directions so that you could save them for future reference.

Striped Treat Bag, Stampin' Up!, diannscards.comI can’t decide which one I like the best.

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Supplies for Valentine Striped Treat Bags:

Sa;e-A-Bration, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

So, do you see how valuable the Stampin’ Trimmer can be? You need one. When you order a Trimmer, I will send you an extra package of Trimmer Cutting Blades as a Thank You gift. The Trimmer comes with one blade but you’ll be prepared when the time comes to replace that blade.

Order the Trimmer, a package of Striped Treat Bags and  a stamp set like the Heart Happiness set and you will be all ready to create some great Valentine treat bags. In addition, you will earn a Sale-A-Bration item. Win! Win!

 

 

Thanks for stopping by today. Look for another blog post later today. I’m participating in an International Blog Highlight. Each participant will feature something made with a favorite item from either the Occasions Catalog or Sale-A-Bration. Sure to have lots of good ideas there!

Dianne