Apologies yet again for the failure to launch a post yesterday. I got captured on Monday afternoon by Windows salesmen who promised a “half-to-three-quarters-of-an-hour” visit which turned into FIVE-AND-A-HALF HOURS!!! Considering that I was not expecting even a half-hour visit prior to Monday lunchtime, you can see how that somewhat derailed my day! And the rest of the week has followed on from there 🙁
But today I have a lovely two-part “Something to Say” project to show you, courtesy of the lovely Julie Kettlewell. Julie is a high flyer when it comes to Stampin’ Up! as she is consistently in the top 10 (and often the top 3 or 5) demonstrators in Europe and has a massive team (downline) and a large customer base. Julie designed the Make and Take project which all of the demonstrators who attended the Telford training session received as part of their pack for the day. Julie was very pleased about that, especially as the project went down well! Today I will share with you the bag which I made from my pack, and tomorrow you will get to see the coordinating card.
And here’s the back of the bag:
When Julie shared this cute project with us back in May, the lovely Something to Say was still a sneak peek product and even us demonstrators had not seen it yet. Today, when I am sharing the project with you, the stamp set is available for general order so you can get your hands on it whenever you want (well, not today but you can order today and have it as soon as it has shipped to you!). The Something to Say set is designed along the same lines as the Petite Pairs set – it has many sentiments, broken into two halves which work beautifully together but can often also be used as a stand alone statement to create a different atmosphere than by using both together. And they are quite small so work well on the inside of a card, or are to scale if you want to make some smaller-than-standard cards to send. The Petite Petals stamp set and punch have been universally popular since their launch earlier this year as part of the Spring/ Summer catalogue.
Sadly I do not seem to have taken a photograph of the front of the tag hanging from the bag handle, but it is decorated with a couple of punched Petite Petals flowers centred with some cute sparkly Basic Rhinestones. Sorry about that!
The Artisan Label has been framed by cutting an additional two shapes from Strawberry Slush and cutting one in half vertically and one in half horizontally then sandwiching those pieces between the two stamped white labels to create a border. It is quite tricky to get the positioning right on the borders, but I am sure it gets easier with a little practice. The best thing (in my opinion) about the bag is that it holds quite a few cards and envelopes and yet is made from a single A4 sheet of cardstock! Obviously the decoration and label require a little more, but considering that we are talking mere pennies for the cost of a sheet of cardstock, using less than two sheets for a gift bag like this is definitely a good thing. And so much more personal than buying a bag as it can be fully themed for the recipient and could even have their name stamped onto it using our new lovely photopolymer alphabet stamps.
I hope that you have enjoyed my bag made with Julie’s wonderful instructions, and I will share the coordinating thank you card with you tomorrow. Have a great day!