Tuesday, April 8, 2008

In The Stars Gift Bag Set

Hi Stampers! Stampin' Up's! Free Wheelin' promotion has inspired me to get rollin' again. While this project was not made using a set offered in the Free Wheelin' promotion, it occurred to me that the Classic Stars jumbo wheel is a perfect companion to the In The Stars stamp set found in the Spring Occasions mini catalog collection.

I used this fun combo to make this gift bag and matching card. These started out as very plain & inexpensive white tissue paper and a brown paper gift bag. First I stamped the bag in Real Red Classic Ink with two different sized stars from the In The Stars set. I stapled 5/8 inch Real Red grosgrain ribbon and 1/4 inch More Mustard grosgrain ribbon to a strip of striped paper from the East Coast Prep Designer Series Paper pack and a strip of Real Red cardstock. Using the Large Star punch, I punched a star from the More Mustard polka-dot paper from the same pack and a small Real Red cardstock star using the regular-sized Star Punch. Using the 1/16 inch handheld punch, I punched holes through the stars and through the ribbon and paper mat. I adhered all of those together using a Tempting Turquoise Bold Bright brad and then adhered that to the bag using Sticky Strip. Once in place, I cut another length each of Real Red and More Mustard ribbons and knotted them around the original ribbon to form a make-shift bow which also covered one of the staples.

I rolled the tissue paper using the Classic Stars jumbo wheel and Real Red ink. Voila! Matching tissue paper and bag! So, while we are talking about it, do you hate to use your wheels because your lines come out curvy, crooked or unevenly spaced? What you need is Stampin' Up's! Wheel Guide. It provides a steady guide to keep you wheeling straight and doubles as a ruler so that you can readily measure your lines for perfect spacing each time. It will absolutely change your life for the better. :D

I am also a huge fan of ink cartridges. Sure you could wheel back and forth a few times on your Classic Ink pads; but, it really is a bummer when your wheeling fades at the end due to lack of ink. Ugh. Go ahead and invest in the ink cartridges. You will not regret it.

Anyway, on to the card. Actually, the card is stamped much the same as the bag. The card itself is Kraft cardstock stamped with Real Red Classic Ink using the same two stars from the In The Stars stamp set. The argyle-patterned paper is from the East Coast Prep DSP pack and the ribbon is stapled to the paper before adhering to the card much the same as the bag. Of course, you see that I stamped three varied sized stars from the In The Stars set with Real Red and More Mustard Classic Inks. The stars are all embellished with Tempting Turquoise Bold Bright brads and adhered to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. An appropriate greeting stamped inside readies this dynamic duo for gift giving.

Thank you for stopping in and sharing some stamping time with me. Please visit again soon. EdieB


Tammy said...

Great job!! I love to see projects that I can use for males!!

Kristie Morrison said...

I loved it. Card and bag to match! My brain started whirling with all the things I could do with this idea...Great job!