Thursday, January 21, 2010

PPA26: Anything BUT a Card!

For this weeks Anything BUT a Card Challenge at Pals Paper Arts, I decided to create a custom gift bag using the Suede Paper technique and some Sending Love Specialty DSP.

To create the bag, I simply used an old gift bag that I peeled apart for a template. Here is a basic tutorial in case you don't have one on hand.
  • I cut two 12"x12" sheets of DSP down to 8"x12", being sure to save the 4"x12" to be used as the sides of the bag.
  • Score the larger pieces horizontally 4" from the bottom to create the bottom of the bag.
  • For the sides, you will also score the bag horizontally 4" up from the bottom.
  • Next you will make 3 vertical score lines on each of the 4"x12" pieces: one at 1/2", 2", and 3 1/2".
  • If you do not wish to have the ability to collapse the bag, then you are done scoring. If you would like to be able to collapse the bag, then score another horizontal line at 6" on just ONE of the 8"x12" pieces, and on both of the 4"x12" pieces. You will also want to score a triangle shape on the side pieces with the top point at the cross of the middle and 6" line, down to the 4" line (I hope this makes sense... perhaps a template would have been a better idea- I promise one soon!)
  • I used sticky strip to hold it all together, and within about 10 minutes I had a complete bag.
  • I attached some 5/8" Chocolate Chip Satin ribbon to some Whisper White card stock (the bottom received a Scallop Trim border) using more Sticky Strip. I did this for each side of the bag.
  • For the "suede" flowers, I simply ran card stock through my Big Shot with the Flower Layers die. Then I crinkled the flowers up as much as I could to weaken the fibers. After a short time you will begin to see the layers of the card stock- simply peel them apart to reveal a suede-like texture inside. TIP: If you are careful, you can get two suede flowers from one piece of card stock!
  • I used a needle and thread to sew the flower layers together and add some clear beads in the center.
Put on your creative thinking caps and join in for this weeks challenge at PPA! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Personal note: As of today, I started working a part-time job during the week. I am excited about this new endeavor and equally excited that since it is only part-time it will allow me to still be home with our son (and any future children) for the most part. While I simply love my Stampin' business, I may not be able to keep up with blogging- at least for a little while. It is still my intention to be a part of the PPA Design team so you can always expect a project on Thursday's, but in some cases that may be the only day that you will see a post for the week. Thank you to all my readers! I appreciate each and every comment that I receive and love that I get to share my love of paper crafting with you all!

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Stamps: None
Ink: None
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Sending Love Specialty DSP,
Accessories: Big Shot, Flower Layers Die, 5/8" Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Silver Duo Beads


Carla Bazhenow said...

Carrie, I love your bag... what a terrific idea too. Hugs

....Linda.... said...

Those flowers are terrific - love that suede look! Good luck with your new job - I will still look forward to your creations for PPA!

Gwen Mangelson said...

I am in LOVE with your bag!! totally awesome!

Margaret Moody said...

I love your gift bag, Carrie! Love the mixture of patterns and the die-cut flowers! Good luck with the new job! Thanks for sharing this idea, too!

Patti MacLeith said...

Carrie, I love the suede technique! Thanks for explaining it. Good luck on your new job!

Kim said...

LOVE your gift bag - that pretty in pink sparkley DSP is my favorite in that pack!! Flowers look awesome too! Good luck at your new job!

Kris Kilcoyne said...

Congrats on the part time job!

We'll always be here no matter how often you blog.

LOVE your gift bag. I have to try that soon.

Mary Fish said...

Adorable sueded flowers for your nifty gift bag. hugs, m

K T said...

carrie, this is great!!
thanks so much for sharing & best of luck to you with your new job.
looking forward to seeing your future posts & creations as time allows.

Ann Schach said...

Yowza! This is a real "stunner"! I love it!

buy r4 said...

I LOVE that gift card holder - i am definitely keeping that tutorial handy! wish i had it a week ago! and i am going to try your sketch as i have just gotten a stamp set i wanted to use and that sketch will be perfect i think! thanks!