It’s been a really busy week as my husband and I leave this Thursday for a trip that will keep me away from my Craft Room for three full weeks. But never fear – my longest stop will be the last week of my trip when I’ll be visiting my sister-in-law and former Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. She may be former SU!, but she’s not former crafter. In fact, if I’d had my way, I would have scheduled the trip to be there when she has one of her monthly all-day Stamp Camps. They are THE BEST! But she’ll be in her studio creating and getting ready for the next camp, and I’ll be there right with her learning away – and crafting!
I will get one more day of crafting in before we leave for our trip, and I hope that will give me the chance to make some fun projects with products from Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog, which will be current until the end of May. I don’t want to miss anything from that catalog if I can help it. But today, as I was looking through my stash of projects, I came across all the projects that I received in a swap last month, and even found a good photo of the Thank You gift I took to two of my friends who were at the event on O’ahu. So for sure I’m going to be sharing some of those projects with you.
The first project I’ll share is the gift bag. As I wondered what would be appropriate for a gift I asked myself what I would like to get as a gift. I know that I can always use adhesive. I like my projects to stay together, so I use LOTS of adhesive. So out came some Mini Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Liquid Glue and SNAIL refills.
But you can’t just hand those over as a gift. It has to be wrapped! What better way to wrap a gift than to use one of Stampin’ Up!’s Cellophane Bags. Add a bit of ribbon and a tag, and that’s really a gift!
For the tag, I stamped one of the teacups from the Tea Together Stamp Set that’s in the Occasions Catalog onto a piece of Grapefruit Grove 2018-2020 In Color Designer Series Paper. Then I stamped one of the flowers in the stamp set onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock and colored it with the Grapefruit Grove and Mint Macaron Stampin’ Write Markers. Finally, I die cut both images using the Tea Time Framelits Dies that are still FREE with a $100 purchase in the Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration brochure. These framelits will continue into the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. But it would be better to get them for free now, don’t you think?
But back to the project. I punched a hole in the top of the teacup and tied the tag on using a piece of Grapefruit Grove 1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon. Lovely if I say so myself!
I’m taking some host gifts to our friends and relatives on the east coast of the United States – I should probably think about wrapping those this way, too. Oh my, more work to do – but I love every minute of it. I just need more of those minutes in a day!