Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gift Bag Punch Box and May Paper Pumpkin

Do you give gifts to your child's teacher at the end of the year as a thank you? As a former teacher, I had a plethora of coffee mugs given as year end gifts from my students. It was awkward because I don't drink coffee or even tea very much. But I did appreciate the recognition from the parents and students, and what often meant the most to me was a carefully written thank you card with some thought put into the sentiments inside. And cheezies!  I love cheezies and I often got a package or two to get me through the summer - the hard, crunchy kind, not the puffy air-filled ones!

So that's my unsolicited advice on what to give teachers at the end of the year. Just remember, if it wasn't for teachers, you would have your child home with you 24/7! Just sayin'!  But now I want to show you how to package up those Cheezies, and have them look like a million dollars. This will work for an actual million dollars, too, if you wanted to spend that much! This gift bag is made using a new product from Stampin' Up! called the Gift Bag Punch Board, a tool along the lines of the Envelope Punch Board and the Gift Box Punch Board, all great sellers! It will make three different sized bags according to their bases. Their heights are variable according to what you are going to put in them. The bases aren't wide, so I don't think it would work for a wine bottle.  Here's a closer look:

  • I used the new Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack for the paper to make the bag. It arrived along with the rest of my Sneak Peek pre-order. All the Designer Series Paper Stacks are being redesigned with new patterns, but there is another difference in the Neutrals Stack - it includes gold and silver metallic designs and this paper is one of them. You can see the other side of the diagonal stripes in the largest banner on the bag. It is a floral metallic design.
  • I also made banners of some old Champagne Glimmer Paper I had in my stash that I wanted to use up. It's retired now, but you could use some Gold Glimmer Paper and it would look perfect!
  • The sentiment on this side of the bag is a new one from the Friendly Wishes Stamp Set, also one of the new products in my pre-order. I embossed it using Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder on Whisper White and die cut it using the Circles Collection Framelits. I used a framelit one size up to cut the Glimmer Paper behind it.
  • On the other side are the same three banners, die cut with the Banners Framelits from the Paper Stack paper, some Gold Foil and the Champagne Glimmer Paper. 
  • The sentiment is from A Happy Hooray, a stamp set that is retiring June 2. The wood mount set is on sale for 20% off. I embossed it in gold as well, and punched it out using the 1 3/8" Circle Punch.
  • The ribbon closing the bag is the Gold Satin Ribbon, a very elegant embellishment to finish it off just right.
I found it a little difficult to complete the bag just off the directions on the board, but once I watched Stampin' Up!'s video tutorial, I put it together without a problem. The video will be available to the public June 2, so I will make sure I post it for you to watch. Or come to a class and I will show you how myself!  This is a great tool to add to your collection!

Speaking of videos, I just got my May Paper Pumpkin in the mail today and I went right to the video tutorial to get visual instructions, which is how I learn the best, I don't know about you. Here it is for you to watch:


Are you a subscriber yet? Every month we are getting super cute projects like what you have seen in the video with lots of components and easy to assemble products. And you can branch out a little and do your own thing with them as well. The Paper Pumpkin Pinterest Board has so many ideas.


If you're ready to try it out, Stampin' Up! is making it easy for you. If you are a new subscriber, you can get your first two months for 50% off, just by entering the code SAVE50, before June 10, 2015. After that you will get all this awesomeness for only $24.95 a month or you can prepay several months at a savings.  Just head on over to My Paper Pumpkin and follow the prompts. And please select me as your demonstrator, if you would. You can put your subscription on hold at any time, or unsubscribe very easily at the click of a button, so you really have nothing to lose, and gobs of creative fun to gain. The kits come with everything you need except adhesive, so you don't need a bunch of tools or supplies. Let me know if you do sign up and I'll send you a free photo tutorial for your trouble.

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the Stampin' Up! products used to make this card today!

Sneak Peek Products from the new 2015/16 Annual Catalogue, available June 2, 2015:

Friendly Wishes Stamp set, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack, Gift Bag Punch Board

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