Saturday 30 May 2009

Winter Wonderland - "Oh Christmas Tree"

The Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog launches today! Pop over and have a look at the lovely DT cards for this week's theme of 'Oh Christmas Tree'. There is some pretty candy on offer too for our first week's 'winner'.

Make a gentle start to your Christmas preparations this year by participating in our challenges and creating one card or project item each week :o)

As it's the last Sunday in the month, I decided to create a card and a gift bag for this theme. Here it is ....... :o)

I used a new stamp set called Scandinavian Season from Stampin' UP! for the main image. This is such a pretty modern Christmas Tree and looks lovely when heat embossed with silver powder.

The products I have used are all Stampin' UP! apart from the silver mirri card which is from Joanna Sheen, the brushed silver eyelets which are WRMK and the little gems which are from my supplies.

Cardstock ........... Whisper White, Bashful Blue
Ink ................. Versamark
Stamp Set ........... Scandinavian Season, Season Of Joy (for sentiment)
Other Products ...... Silver Embossing Powder, 1/4" White Grosgrain Ribbon, 1" Bashful Blue Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon

The gift bag is really easy to make....

I used 2 sheets of A4 cardstock, but trimmed 2.5cm off the long side as it was a bit too long for what I wanted. On each piece of cardstock, score the two long sides and one short side(bottom) all at 4cm. Cut along the two vertical score lines on the short side up to the 4cm horizontal scoreline. Measure for placement and add the eyelets at the top of each cardstock piece now, while the cardstock is still flat.

On the back piece put glue onto the right side of the two corner tabs that were created by the cuts (above) and then fold them in, pressing the longer middle tab up to them to form the bottom of the back half of the gift bag. You then need to do the same for the front piece, but before you do, decorate it as you require first - it's easier than trying to stick things on later.

Add glue to the back piece on both sides and the bottom (all on the right side). Slot the front of the gift bag over the back piece, pressing the sides and bottom of the bag together firmly. Add ribbon for the handles ..... and you're done :o)

I tend to use a strong, tacky PVA type glue for my bags, but you could just as easily use the strong, red sticky strip.

The measurements for this bag are easily adapted to create any size or depth of bag you need. It's really simple to create and worth having a go :o)

Teri xxx


Powerful Search Engine said...

Teri this is an awesome giftbag. I love the pale blue with the silver. A great tutorial too, hugs Pascale

Sam said...

These are just perfection! So clean and beautifully how you've "tied" the ribbon too :-)

Emma said...

WOW Teri - these are pure class with a touch of luxury - love them x

Joey said...

Hiya Teri, this is fantastic, Love the idea of the card being on the front, beautiful colours. Joey.x

lil-paper-pixie said...

Wow is all i can say tho this little combo........never liked that stamp before and now I want it....hubby will not be pleased!!!!!!


Anne said...

Oh WOW! Teri, I didn't realise till now that this is a gift bag as well - these are just absolutely stunning!! I am so glad you're on the team, your work is so inspiring! I adore the colours you've used here, and can I also say a massive Thank You for the bag instructions - I very nearly bought a template for one of these the other day, but I managed to resist, then regretted it later - I will absolutely definitely be using your instructions! Thank You so much!!! XXX

Jules said...

Hi Teri

What a beautiful post. Your work is wonderful and a real inspiration.

Love Jules xx

Rachel said...

WOW!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!! you did a beautiful job!

Alison said...

I LOVE this set and you've really made it shine, it's cool and crisp!

Yvonne said...

I just adore your bag and card...this was what inspired me to use blue and silver.. just love the combo.
The mirror board is to die for.. just so beautiful against the white.
Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog.

Denise said...

Very Beautiful & Elegant cards.

Vicki said...

Hi Teri, I absolutely adore these, is that a SU stamp? Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my christmas tree card, it's like being given a present! (does that sound a bit mad!)
The tree is penny black and I have inked it up with two colours and just heat embossed with clear powder, I then just put little tiny jem stickers onto it, I think they are by woodware!

Hope this is of some use, take care

Vicki x

Anonymous said...

This looks absolutely great, very elegant.

Powerful Search Engine said...

There is a little something on my blog for you Teri, hugs Pascalex

Unknown said...

Hiya Teri, this card and gift bag are adorable! Can't beat a bit of mirri card to add some elegance to a project can you - soooo classy.