Friday, November 12, 2010

Thank You Gifts

I love my customers.  If I ever quit doing Close To My Heart, I would really miss them!  I wanted to do something special for them, since this is one of our last monthly card classes for the year.  (I also have an optional December 3 card class.)

I saw this project on Lisa Stenz' blog.  She's so talented!  I made a few adjustments, and voila!

It's a little bag made out of paper with hot chocolate fixin's inside!

Supplies Needed:
4 1/2" x 3" piece of card stock (any color, I used Colonial White)
5" x 12" piece of patterned paper (I used the striped paper from Mistletoe (X7130B)
1 1/4" Circle punched from Cranberry Card Stock
Scalloped circle punched from Cranberry Card Stock
Circle punched from Colonial White Card Stock (just make sure it's smaller than your scallop)
Card Chatter -Thank You stamp set (C1381)
Snow Flurries (D1384) - snowflakes on the tag
Cranberry Stamp Pad
Sweet leaf Stamp Pad
1/4" hole punch
White Grosgrain Ribbon
Tombow adhesive or Teriffically Tacky Tape (if you use Terrifically Tacky Tape, you don't need to double the adheisve.
Euro Personal Paper Trimmer (with Scoring Blade)

Score the small paper 1/2" on each edge. Fold up the edges up to make a "tray" shape.

Cut where the red lines are shown. Put adhesive all the way around the edges. Stick the "tray" together, with the adhesive facing OUT. (tabs are "in" holding it together.)
If you are using Tombow, put adhesive on the striped sheet, too, as shown.

Next, you will be sticking the tray and long side of the paper (the side with the adhesive) together, to make the bag. Using adhesive on both papers ensures a better bond.  Starting at the center of the long side of the tray, press the long side of the sticky, striped side of the paper onto the tray.  (HINT:  Remember the short side of the paper has some adhesive, too.  That short side with adhesive will be the LAST thing you attach to the tray.)  Try to stick the striped paper as close to the bottom on the "tray" as possible.  Work your way around the tray.  Now you have your bag!  (OK, I know these instructions sound complicated, but it really isn't.  It's just that writing them out makes the instructions look hard!  I'm making mental notes on how to have the pictures supplement the instructions.)

You can fill your bag with whatever you want.  It's fun if your goodies poke out of the top.  I used a circle punch to make a Cranberry Circle, and folded it in half to attach to the front.  Then I punched a 1/4" hole in it for ribbon.  Not only does it add a little interest at the top, it reinforces the hole.  You can also do this on the back side, but I chose to use see-through hole reinforcements, instead.  It's especially important to reinforce the hole somehow on the back, because it's just patterned paper, not card stock.  It might rip if there's any stress with the ribbon.

Have fun!