Thursday, August 19, 2010

Steve's Squirrel Gift Bag

Tonight I asked Steve if he would make another project for the blog...and he said yes! He decided to use X1-0020 Gift Bag Template:

This is what he created:

Want to know how he did it? Really, it was simple. In fact, these directions took much longer for me to write than it did for him to make the bag. Read on...and please be sure to go until the end. (Hint, hint!)

First, he stamped the template twice onto blue cardstock:

Notice that when he cut them out, he removed the top flap from one of the pieces. He set both pieces aside and turned his attention to the main image, 0624G Squirrel, which he colored with pencils and blended with Gamsol:

After it was colored, he punched out the squirrel image:

He matted the squirrel image onto a scalloped oval he'd punched from the same blue cardstock, which he then set aside. Next, he scored both template pieces on the dotted lines:

He cut some patterned paper to 3" x 4 3/4" and adhered it to the "right side" of the template piece without the top flap. Then he adhered the layered squirrel image to the lower section of the patterned paper.

To begin assembling the gift bag, he folded all the score marks:

Both pieces ended up looking like this one (except that the other piece was still without the top flap, of course):

He flipped over the template piece with the top flap (which is bent under so you cannot see it in the photo), and he applied adhesive to the side tab on the "right" side of the cardstock:

Then he turned it back over, placing it over the gusset side of the template piece without the top flap:

This is what it looked like once the pieces were attached along one side:

He turned the template piece without the top flap inward so that the decorated side was facing up. Then he applied adhesive to the side flap:

And placed it over the gusset side of the template piece with the top flap, closing up the sides of the bag:

A bit more adhesive went onto the bottom tabs before he closed those up, as well:

To finish decorating the bag, he stamped 0582D Nuts About You and punched it with an oval punch. He used a scalloped oval punch on both the blue cardstock and patterned paper. He cut the patterned one in half horizontally and layered it onto the blue one before adhering the saying on top:

The upper (blue) half of the finished saying piece was glued to the bag's top flap:

Basic Grey's Small Magnetic Snaps were a perfect touch for the flap closure. To make sure they stayed attached to the bag, he rubbed off the adhesive that was applied by the manufacturer and replaced it with a bit of Super Glue Gel (from the dollar store):

This made it really stick well to the flap:

Next, he rubbed off the manufacturer's adhesive on the second snap piece and placed it over the first snap piece. Now he was ready to apply Super Glue Gel to the second snap:

He pressed the flap toward the bag and held it for a moment so the Super Glue Gel could adhere:

And it was done! Here is Steve, showing off his finished project:

Hey, wait...what was he doing in this picture? Take a look:

Hmm, it appears he put something into the bag! Was that BLOG CANDY? Why, yes! It was a clear stamp set, in fact...but which one? Take a guess and leave your note in the comments section of this post telling me what item you think it may have been.

I'll take entries until this Sunday at midnight Central time. The winner (who will receive the actual set that Steve hid in the bag) will be randomly chosen on Monday, and I'll post the results here. Good luck, and hope you have a terrific weekend!

Update: This blog candy drawing is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated!


Kathy said...

Steve is getting quite good at stamping! I really think that he needs to come assist you in teaching classes. I like how he pieced that paper on the oval under the Nuts About You tag - very nice! I think he has that adorable squirrel in the bag!

Thebug415 said...

I love these posts of him creating. It is so fun. I am going to guess that little squirrel is in there.

Deloris said...

Great job Steve!

My guess is the 10999SC Thanksgiving Mervin Clear Set.


Laurie (Wally) said...

ohhh I so love that he creates... how great is that.. my guess for what is inside the bag it would have to be the stamp set that he used to create with..0624G Squirrel.....and 0582D Nuts About You
Thanks for the chance to win...

Anonymous said...

Love the bag. I think it's 0624G Squirrel

Edna R

Sue D said...

Since you said it was a set I will say the Circle Sentiment #1 clear set. Otherwise I thought it would be the squirrel and sentiment.

Marie O said...

I really love to see Steve's creativity. I think he put one of the new clear sets that go with the triangle treat template. They would be just the right size for the bag. I hope to see the new sets at the Hamburg Show...I am saving my pennies!

Sue said...

I'm going to go with your Merry Mousies - just in time for some Halloween cards!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

This is awesome Steve! Great job. I love how you did the tag.

RustyBird said...

I love how Steve swapped out the colors on the backing part of the Nuts About You piece. How do people come up with such creative ideas? You are a lucky lady to have him! I couldn't come up with a guess for which clear stamp set would be inside, but I'd love a chance to win it, because you have so many wonderful stamps!

Tammy C. said...

I'm hoping it's the cute squirrel - is that even a clear set? Maybe some new turtles - yeah, that would be nice to win! Thanks for the chance. Good job, Steve!