I was packaging up welcome packets for my new Luv 2 Stamp group demonstrators and I had a brainstorm moment... I decided instead of just putting little gifts in plain Kraft Bags, why not emboss the bags first!? OH MY>> I love them! These Kraft bags are embossed with the Holly embossing folder and the Pine Bough embossing folder from Stampin' Up!
I decorated the welcome gifts with the Holly embossing folder and Candy Cane Lane designer paper, and then just kept decorating bags, using Presents & Pinecones paper and the Merry Tags thinlits, THEN I decided to add die cut pinecones, holly berries and pine boughs with the Pretty Pines thinlits!!
Quick Look at the supplies:
- Kraft gift bags, pg 176 annual catalog, #138315
- Pine Bough embossing folder, pg 20 of the 2016 Holiday catalog, #141831
- Holly embossing folder, pg 195 annual catalog, #141634
- Candy Cane Lane designer paper, pg 5 2016 Holiday catalog, #141981
- Presents & Pinecones designer paper, pg 18 2016 Holiday catalog, #141986
- Pretty Pines thinlits, pg 19 2016 Holiday catalog, #141851
- Merry Tags bundle, pg 21 2016 Holiday catalog, #143520 / 143519
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After embossing the bag, I put the gift inside, then cut a 2"x12" strip of designer paper, folded it in 1/2 then folded it around the bag and stapled at the top. This "belly band" can slip off the bag so the recipient can regift this bag if they want to.
The doilies and other embellishments are added to the belly band, so nothing is stuck to the bag.
They are pretty cheery little gifts, don't you think? My friend Cindee has shown me by example over the years that the packaging is 1/2 the gift... so I have been trying to dress up the packaging when I send a little gifty :)
I used both the Watermelon Wonder striped ribbon and the Red Stitched Edge ribbon to add a little extra pop of color to these bags.
I also added In Color Doilies and Gold Foil metallic doilies and either stamped focal images, or tags from the Merry Tags framelits and stamp set bundle. (Save 10% when you buy a bundle!)
Above: this bag features a piece of paper from the This Christmas designer paper package in the annual catalog.
When you are "building" these medallions with pine boughs, I found it easiest to use either Glue Dots or Multipurpose liquid glue and build the whole thing while holding it in my hand, then add it to the package.. see below for picture description:
Isn't the Merry Tags embellishment pretty when it's die cut with the Gold Foil paper!!??
After adding all those fun pine bough layers, I added some of the Mini Pinecone copper embellishments with some Linen Thread. Just the perfect finishing touch!
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