Tuesday, August 25, 2009

August Project Parade: Day 3

Well, it's me, Susie here. I love little gifty things to just surprise someone with, especially if they are quick and easy to make. Even the simplest of things will bring a smile to someone's face and isn't that the end result we want? So when I found out about the August Project Parade and Jen's fun idea: HAPPINESS FOR HOSTESSES, I knew this would be a great way to showcase something easy to duplicate and not too complicated to make, even if massed produced. I even tried to set a time limit on how long I could spend on this project to show ya'll how fast it came together, so ya'll would not be intimidated if you want to make one or some of these on your own. This project literally took me about 30-40 minutes to make! (Much less time than I spend on just a card most times!) It could also easily be transformed into little Halloween gifts or sweet neighbor treats for the upcoming holidays (which I always love to give!).

I know a lot of you have the Top Note die from Sizzix/SU! (?), but I don't. I have Nestabilities, so I used my new Labels 8 die and cut two of them out of some thicker scrapbook paper (preferably double sided for extra umph). One for a front piece and one for the back. You could also use any other shape you like that would accomodate some sort of bag on the inside. Then I glued them to the front and back of a small (very small) lunch sack to create my little "box".

I stamped the image panel using one of my favorite new Verve sets called Enjoy, embellished it with clear butterflies that I stamped with the outline image and affixed them with brads. I then attached it to the front of my little treat bag/box with foam boosters.

All that was left was to make the closure. I attached the large black button by punching 2 small holes at the top of the front panel and tying it on semi-loosely with hemp twine strung up through the holes from the back. I then tied another longer piece of hemp through an eyelet I set through the top of the back panel. The longer twine, accentuated with some buttons for lack of beads (still cute!), just wraps around the button to hold it shut!

But before I closed it up, I couldn't forget to fill it with Raisinets--my favorite! (This may or may not make it to my friend I was planning on giving it to. Yep, too late--just ate the last one! Note to self: Buy more Raisinets.) So see how super easy and quick this was? And it's surely a smile bringer-onner! Try making one of your own just for grins!

So....have you decided what fabulous hostess gift you'd like to create? We can't wait to see it! To play along, just make a project or card that shows us your take on the Happiness for Hostesses theme. Verve Stamps are not required, but if you've got 'em we love to see 'em! Then just add a link to your creation to the Mr. Linky form in DAY ONE's POST before 8PM Mountain September 12. Two lucky participants will win a stamp set of their choice from the Verve Store. We've also hidden another $25 gift certificate somewhere along the parade for a random commenter. So if you like what you see, be sure and give a little shout out in the comments of each post! Have fun and good luck!

29 comments:

  1. Very nicely done! Love those patterned papers...

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is a cute gift bag. I really like the butterfly image in the Enjoy set. And, I like how you stamped the outline image on acetate to add dimension to the solid image.

    ReplyDelete
  3. You are officially invited to my house for dinner, Susan, if you are ever in B.C., Canada!! I love the clear butterflies...sweet detail :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. This gift bag is the cutest, love the idea for a little thank you. This I will try for sure. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Those are adorable and completely do-able as far as a hostess gift! Nice work!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Love what you've created here. The clear butterfly over the stamped image is fabulous. Great project!

    ReplyDelete
  7. What a sweet gift! Love all the little touches with the buttons, the acetate...all of it!

    ReplyDelete
  8. super cute butterflies and looove the bag idea! :D

    ReplyDelete
  9. Brilliant!! Loads of creative inspiration!!

    ReplyDelete
  10. What a wonderful gift bag, and I really like the acetate butterfly. Great color combo here; now I'm full of inspiration!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Cute and Simple---that's my kind of gift to make and receive. Thanks for sharing!!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Really, really nice! Quick and impressive.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Love your clear butterflies.

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Oooooh! I love those clear butterflies - gorgeous card!

    ReplyDelete
  15. ohhhh I love raisinettes! I love the clear butterflies you did on that also, really cool idea ... mind if I lift it? ha.

    ReplyDelete
  16. susan...i love, love, love this idea! also love the acetate butterfly overlays...ingenious! amazing job!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Oh, I love the way you did those butterflies! So Cool!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Love it! I will definitely keep this in mind for those little last minute gifts! (and I have the top note die ;)

    ReplyDelete
  19. That is so cute - what a great idea !

    ReplyDelete
  20. What a neat idea! mmmm...I'd fill mine with chocolate covered candied ginger!

    ReplyDelete
  21. This is lovely. I love all the clever ideas and it is just terrific.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Such a cute project. Those label dies have been my favorite thing to play with lately, love creating little boxes with them

    ReplyDelete
  23. I am ready to run out to the store and get my some little lunch bags. This is too cute and I LOVE your acetate butterfly! Oh, and just like Maureen... if you are ever in the TX panhandle, look me up, I'll have you over for dinner!

    ReplyDelete
  24. I love the clear layer on the butterflies. I will have to use that on a future project. I love everything butterfly. Thanks for the inspiration.

    ReplyDelete
  25. I love how you did the butterflies...so nice!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  26. This is absolutely fabulous!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Cute idea - love the colors and the paper! I am a butterfly nut so especially love that stamp!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Love your unique butterflies with the clear layer!! Sweet gift idea!

    ReplyDelete