Friday, November 10, 2017

Presenting the Gifts Blog Hop

Welcome to the the November Inky Friends Blog Hop.  Our theme this month is all about simple and pretty ways of making gift packages.   The Inky Friends have lots of fun ideas to make your gifts extra special!

I used the Gift Bag Punch Board and came up with three different bag variations.   (If you have not used it, Stampin' Up has a nice video explaining the general directions for using it.)

For this bag I wanted to use the Deck the Halls sheet music paper from the Merry Little Christmas pack to go along with the punny sentiment "Paw la la la la la la la la" from the Santa Paws stamp set.  It is so perfect that the music has the Fa la la la section right on the front of the box!
To get the Deck the Halls title in the right spot I had to do I little bit of thinking but it is really easy to recreate.  If you would like to make one see the directions at the bottom of the post.

For the next bag I made it really tall to hold a lot of Christmas goodies. 
TIP:  I used a whole sheet of 12' X 12" paper.  Something this tall is too long to fit on the punch board so I did all the scoring that I could (using the lines for the large size box) as far as I could score.  Then I rotated the paper 180 degrees and lined up the score lines and finished scoring the length of the paper.  

The next bag has an extra flap to hold it shut and add a pretty splash of red.    
I used the new Stampin' Blend Alcohol Markers to color the images.  Oh my,  I LOVE these!  Such vibrant colors and NO lines.  I feel like a real artist using them!    They are super juicy so a light hand is necessary when coloring very detailed images such as these.  I really like the simple effect that coloring around an image with the Light Pool Party marker gives.  I am looking forward to experimenting more with these lovely markers!

Now it is time to hop along to see more beautiful packaging ideas!

Click here to see Sara's sweet Snowflake Sentiments projects!

Click here to see Holly's lovely Labels of Love projects!

Here is to how get the Deck the Halls paper just right:  

1.  Cut the paper in half.   Then trim a 2 inch piece from the side as shown.  Use the bottom left piece to make the gift bag.
2.  Flip the paper upside down with the words oriented as shown.  
3.  Follow the directions for making the small size gift bag.  (Skip the side triangles and side score line for this style bag.)   I added a small border of red DSP at the top of the bag to make it pretty and to cover the little bit of printing just above the title.

Stamps:  Santa Paws
Paper:  Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper, Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, Merry Music Speciality Designer Series Paper, Whisper White, Real Red, Old Olive and Pool Party cardstock
Ink:  Real Red and Old Olive Classic Ink, Momento Blackl Ink, Stampin' Blends
Big Shot:  Layering Circles Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits
Punches: 1-1/4" Circle, 1-3/8" Circle
Accessories:  7/8" Striped Ribbon, Season of Glitz Mini Gift Bows
Tools: Gift Bag Punch Board