Thanks for your patience everyone. I finally have some things ready to show you and to make up for my lack of entries lately I am going to make this a mega blog entry with lots of photos for you.
One of the reasons why I haven’t had much time at the computer was because we celebrated our baby’s FIRST birthday yesterday with a small party in the afternoon. It is so hard to believe that Luke has been a part of our family for a whole year- but at the same time we couldn’t imagine life without him. We celebrated with a little gathering of family and friends at the park up the road. Each party guest got to take home a little lolly bag that I made using the Sale-a-bration set “Yummy”
Here are some of the lolly bags.
They were so easy to make. I started by cutting a 4 inch strip of patterned paper from a 12 x 12 piece of designer series paper. This meant I could get 3 strips from each sheet of paper. Positioning the paper lengthways I simply scored at 5 inches, 5 1/2 inches and 10 1/2 inches using my bone folder (as pictured) (Note the great Stampin’ Up grid paper in the background- I love this stuff for the protection it provides to your work surface but also the fact that it has measurements on it to help keep things lined up nicely)
I applied sticky strip to the inside of the flap and at the other end I stapled a medium sized Stampin’ Up Cellophane Bag to the opposite end. I folded the cellophane bag a couple of times prior to stapling to keep the lollies sealed and fresh.
It was simply a matter of folding the patterned paper strip around the lolly bag and securing the flap at the back using sticky strip. The great thing about the position of the flap is that it covers the staples used to hold the lolly bag in place. In this case I decorated the side without the flap- but would have also been possible to make a feature out of the flap- perhaps by using something like the the scallop edge punch. The little half inch section at the bottom just allows the lolly bag to sit nicely inside the package. I wanted to use brightly coloured patterned paper for my creations but it would have also been possible to make them out of cardstock. If the base was made slightly wider (instead of only 1/2 an inch) I imagine you would be able to stand each lolly bag up.
The kids really seemed to love the little lolly bags. For some little ones- the wrapping on the outside served as a bit of a distraction and they weren’t able to access the lollies easily. Some Mums reported that it kept the kids distracted all the way home trying to work out how to get to the lollies inside (although I did notice a few kids who ripped the home made packaging off right away- obviously they thought the lollies inside were far nicer than the pretty paper 🙂 )
I also managed a scrapbook layout to share with you. This page is Jared (my oldest) as a baby. I think the Real Red and Night of Navy were the perfect choice of colours for this layout to match Jared’s outfit. I wanted to team it with some white Stampin’ Up Rub-ons. I was inspired by a page that Claire (my upline) had created using these “Anchored” Rub ons. I haven’t used a lot of rub-ons by Stampin’ Up! and I was absolutely delighted by how beautifully they rubbed onto the cardstock. I felt the page really needed an additional colour so I added a touch of Kraft pockets and pieces (with the anchored rub-ons also applied to these) I enjoyed using my cropodile to add some Pewter Jumbo eyelets. The Cropodile went right through the On Board Simon Chipboard letters like butter. (I inked directly on to these before adding the jumbo eyelets)
and finally….. Here are a few cards. The first one is made using some of the retiring “In Colours” and “Friendly Flowers” which is in the Summer Mini and unfortunately this stamp set didn’t make it into the new catalogue. The second card is made using retiring paper- but fortunately the Scallop square punch and “Say it with scallops” Stamp set have appeared in the new catalogue. The final card is made using the hostess set “Infinite goodness”
Well I am off to relax a little before heading off to bed this evening. I am hoping to have an early night. I know I will probably have a restless night dreaming about placing my first order from the 2009/2010 Catalogue which officially commences tomorrow!