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Monday, January 05, 2009

Bag It Up!

I can not begin to tell you how fun this bag die cut is. I had gotten in online before Christmas. I used it to make some bags to put some Christmas gifts in for my stampers that came to my home in December.

As I was thinking about this bag I realized that I had access to the front (and the back) to punch a hole for a window. I REALLY wanted to use the new 3 heart punch by Stampin' Up! but the paper didn't allow me to punch in that direction. Ok, I could have punched in that direction but the hearts would have been sideways. And NO, I didn't try it out first!!! I knew that before I punched!!! LOL

I used the decorative paper from the Stampin' Up! "Candy Lane" pack. I LOVE that paper!!! The die cuts the paper out in 3 pieces. It's a long die like the basket one that Stampin' Up! sells. When I saw it online I knew I had to have it. I knew I would get a LOT of use out of it. I believe I got it at Oh My Crafts, just click on the Sizzix link at the left sidebar and in the next window you'll find the Bigz XL dies. Have fun shopping there!!! There isn't a big selection of the bigger dies but they are still a new concept so I think it will be a matter of time before there are more choices!!!

To make the flap I just took a piece of Riding Hood Red and put it on the die cut and cut only the flap piece. I punched out a couple of different size circles and added them to the top of that flap. I decorated the edges of the Riding Hood Red piece using the white gel pen.

Then I punched out 3 hearts and used the gel pen to add a personal touch to them!!! On the tiny heart I had mounted it on foam. I had taken double sided foam tape and stuck it in the paper punch. Be careful when you do this, the foam tape could stick and it's a mess to get it off. I took rubbing alcohol and put it on the sticky side and while it was still wet I punched the heart out. I did add a bit of double sided tape to it when I affixed it to the bag. I wanted to make sure it stuck. Isn't it fun?? I think you may see a lot of these little hearts on my upcoming projects. I have a bunch of them left from punching out the larger heart when I was making the Shaker Box technique pages. I just stuck the little hearts to a piece of acetate to keep them in one place so I have them when I have a use for them!!! I used one!!! 30 more to go!!!! LOL

Before I had assembled the bag I took my square punch and made the window. I glued on a piece of acetate, just big enough to cover the window. Then I assembled the bag.

I took the Red Hots and poured some in a small food save baggie and sealed it shut. I slipped that inside the bag. The candy shows through the window, pretty fun, huh??

This was actually a pretty quick bag to make since I didn't have to do a bit of cutting by hand!!! It sure saved me a lot of time. I have some ideas of using this for craft fair items come fall. I'll be sure to share them with you as I create them!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,


Erika M. said...

Cute bag! I love my Sizzix dies.

The Vannoy Family said...

So Cute! Oh - you've put me in the LOVE mood - gotta craft some Valentines - thanks for the inspiration!!

Unknown said...

Very cute, I have to check into the DP you used I love it also.

Anonymous said...

This is so adorable!! I love it!! TFS! :)