Just a quick note to let you know that while I am still an active Independent Demonstrator with Stampin' Up, I have let my website www.creativeflare.stampinup.net lapse for the time being. Due to some minor flood damage to my home I've had to pack up my tools, etc. and wait for repairs, which has taken longer than expected. I am still taking orders, just not blogging or teaching classes right now.
All the best,
This is so practical! I'm excited to get mine for Christmas Card season.
August in Kansas has me wishing I was back in the Pacific Northwest... whew, it's hot here! Here's a little blue and silver sparkle to help me chill out... Looks like Island Indigo and Pool Party are the colors this winter.
I love the Ex Libris background stamp - probably because I love books. For this card, I stamped Ex Libris in Soft Suede on a Raspberry Ripple background, and then trimmed it down with the Stampin' trimmer. It's mounted on a base of Baked Brown Sugar.
Last week I was playing with "feathers" and crescent moon shapes made from 2-1/2" punched circles, so I call these "Moon Shadow Feathers" because it's the shadow area left over from cutting a crescent moon.
In my house, I'm the official card maker for the family. So when I showed this card to my husband and asked "Do you think this is a masculine card?" I got a scrunched up nose with this reply: "For a dude to send to a dude, or are you sending this to a dude?" So my husband (who is not from California, despite the lingo) has stated, he wouldn't send it to another man, but if I were to send it to a man that would be artistically acceptable. So, I'll call it an almost masculine card....
I love the colors Smoky Slate and Crushed Curry together! The Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper artfully blends these colors together. I used a couple different sheets - both sides to decorate this gate-fold card.
This is one of the coolest crafty things and I just had to let you know about it... The Paper Pumpkin is a card kit that you receive via UPS monthly, it comes with everything you need to make a stash of fabulous all occasion cards. Stamps, ink, pre-cut card stock, embellishments and instructions. Paper Pumpkin is a stamp class in a box - at your convenience. It's different every month - endless variety! Right now its 50% off, so it's a great time to give it a try.
If you'd like to try before you buy, Stampin' Up has a "Try It" kit (132600) that you can order from my website www.creativeflare.stampinup.net that is a little journal making kit, comes with 2 passport sized journals and embellishments, cling mount stamps and a stamp block for 16.95 plus shipping and tax. They're so cute and a great back to school gift.
Some days simple is best. As I was chomping bits out of 2-1/2" circles to make feathers the other day, I had a variety of crescent shapes left over... perfect for a moon card. I crumpled the crescent and backed it with a 2-1/2" crumpled circle of Basic Grey card stock - easy texture! The sentiment and heart come from the Chalk Talk stamp set, embossed with white embossing powder on Smoky Slate card stock.
This was very simple. It's a 5-1/4" x 4" Pistachio Pudding card front with 3 coffee cups stamped using the masking technique. The forward most cup was stamped on Whisper White card stock in Early Espresso ink (of course) and colored with a Pistachio Pudding Stampin' Write Marker. The cup sleeve was made by stamping a cup on Crumb Cake card stock, stamping the sentiment in Garden Green, and then trimming out the sleeve and adding it to the card using a Stampin' Dimensional.
These days everything looks better with banners, so I rummaged through my scrap keepers and found some Crumb Cake, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Strawberry Slush to add some pizzazz. The finishing touch was a little bow of Early Espresso Baker's twine and a small heart punched from Strawberry Slush card stock.
"Given enough coffee, I could rule the world...temporarily." Yeah, I feel like that most days. This card is done in what you can call "The Starbucks color scheme" - Baked Brown Sugar, Early Espresso, Garden Green and Very Vanilla. The coffee cup is stamped with Early Espresso on Whisper White and colored in with a Blender Pen loaded with Baked Brown Sugar ink. The sentiment stamped in Garden Green ink, and the cup was cut out and attached to the Very Vanilla background with Stampin" Dimensionals. The coffee splatters are Baked Brown Sugar - stamped off for the big splat, straight to paper for the darker spot, and Early Espresso for the spray. The washi tape is the Witches' Brew from the Holiday Mini Catalog.
Gift bags were last week, this week we're starting off with a fantastic yet simple gift box. The box and food-safe acetate sleeve are part of the Tag a Bag gift boxes kit. I love these fresh summer colors, but can you imagine it in Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, and Pool Party with Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper for a hostess gift at Thanksgiving? Or Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and Whisper White with Season of Style Designer Series Paper for Christmas time with ? I can! Yum!
To dress it up we made a lid by scoring a 4-3/8" x 6-7/8" piece of Bermuda Bay card stock 1" in from the edge on both long sides. You can round the corners with the 3/16" corner rounder punch, or use paper snips to round and taper the edges for a professional finished look. The lid was stamped with the Hello, Lovely and Gorgeous Grunge stamp sets in Bermuda Bay ink for a subtle tone-on-tone look. Versamark ink would also work well, especially if you wanted to emboss with Iridescent Ice embossing powder for a little extra shine and sparkle.
The "feathers" were created using circle punches: 2-1/2" for the Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe DSP feathers, and 1-3/4" for the Coastal Cabana feather.
1) Punch your circle out of each color of card stock,
2) Place the punched card stock circle back in the punch to chomp a football-shaped piece from one side.
3) Fold the resulting football shape in half - long ways - and snip with scissors to create "feather-y" edge.
Pierce the top of each feather, along with a little tag from the "You're the Best" stamp - stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe ink - attach to the Summer Starfruit (2') ribbon using some linen thread and tie it all together with a bow... With a box this cute it doesn't matter what the treats inside look like.
Supplies - available from www.creativeflare.stampinup.net
Tag a Bag gift boxes: (item #130927 $6.95) 8 boxes with sleeves. 6-7/8" x 2-1/8" x 2-1/2".
Summer Starfruit 3/8" stitched satin ribbon (item # 126846 $8.95 for 10 yards) 24" length was perfect for this project.
Ink: $5.95 each
Bermuda Bay (item# 131171)
Crisp Canteloupe (item #131176)
Bermuda Bay (item #133197 $6.95 for 24 sheets 80# weight)
Coastal Cabana (item #131024 $6.95)
Calypso Coral (item #122925 $6.95)
In Color Designer Series Paper (item # 130136 $21.95 for 40 assorted sheets)
Donna Griffith, from Demonstrator Training at Stampin' Up, presented the "Gorgeous Grunge" stamp set at convention. She said that her initial reaction to the stamp set was that it looked like a crime scene - tire tracks, splatters, police tape... This make and take used the "Gorgeous Grunge: (aka: "The Crime Scene") set and the "Hello, Lovely" set.
The "tire tracks" are in Crisp Canteloupe, the splatters are in Summer Starfruit and Coastal Cabana (stamped off) and Old Olive. I made my own "Washi Tape" and decorated my arrow using the "police tape" stamp. The original make and take recommended the Epic Day washi tape.
The colored twine was a neat trick, we took plain white baker's twine, pressed it between a stampin' sponge and a Bermuda Bay ink pad, and pulled it through.
The new little Tag a Bag gift bags and Accessory kit are going to be great materials to have on hand this holiday season. They're fast and fun and perfectly sized for giving a little "something something" to family and friends. The bags are flat, but at convention they showed us how to turn a cute little flat bag into a cuter little gusseted bag within about 60 seconds. Check it out:
Here's the bag that started out a flat 5" x 8-1/4", and became a 3" x 2" x 7" gusseted bag. The stamp is from this year's Ronald McDonald House stamp set "Tag It" (wood mounted item #130300 $22.95/cling mount item #130303 $16.95) $3 from the sale of each stamp set goes to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
It's recommended to use the Simply Scored tool to make the score lines, but the Stampin' Trimmer also has a scoring blade, the Simply Scored just makes a softer, deeper score.
After scoring, trim just a hair off the bottom to open the bottom of the bag.
Pre-fold along the score lines ....
Fold in the short sides first, then close up with the long sides. I used SNAIL adhesive to secure mine, the Tag a Bag accessory kit also comes with Smoky Slate tape to secure the bags decoratively. You can add a cut piece of chipboard from the kit to the inside bottom to stabilize the bag, just a little smaller than 2" x 3".
Tag a Bag Gift Bags: (item #131370 $3.95 for 10)
Tag a Bag Accessory Kit (item #130153 $7.95 for 10 large tags, 10 medium tags, 10 mini clothespins, 3 colors of baker's twine -20' ea-, 40 Stampin' Dimensionals, 5" of Smoky Slate self-adhesive strips)
Related items - Tag a Bag Gift Boxes: (item #130927 $6.95 for 8 Kraft food safe boxes with acetate sleeves, 6-7/8" x 2-1/8" x 2-1/2")
This was a fast and fab make and take. The card is a standard A2 size, only scored at 2-1/8" from either long side. Using a Simply Scored Board (item #122334) was the key to exact placement of the score lines. I pre-cut the flowers using the Floral Frames framelets collection in Melon Mambo and Island Indigo. These flowers were embossed using an embossing folder, but some of the attendees textured them with the crumple-flatten-ink method and it looked great. The center is a 1-3/8" circle punch. The card base is Crumb Cake card stock stamped with the Woodgrain background stamp in Chocolate Chip ink. The border along the bottom is 1-1/4" x 2-1/8" of Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper (Holiday 2012 catalog) and Old Olive card stock trimmed with the Scallop Border punch along one side.
Ladies and gentlemen! I'd like to introduce to you....
This is Stampin' Up's latest innovation, stamp carving! While it's not a new concept (just check out Albrecht Durer's work back in 1500) it hasn't been widely accessible outside the art classroom ... until NOW!
Here's what is inside the kit (item # 133402) - you get a thick linoleum block (that grey thing at the bottom left) mounting foam, 4 wood blocks, an Island Indigo Stampin' Write marker, and a "V" carving tool and a "U" carving tool, plus directions and cards to stamp. You can also get a refill kit that includes just the blocks, mounting foam and linoleum. (item #134808)
First, sketch out your stamp design on plain paper with a pencil, keep trying until you get it just the way you like. Using pencil is key here, because the next step...
...is where you transfer the graphite from the drawing to your linoleum by placing your drawing face down and rubbing firmly with the back of one of your tools, a bone folder, wood block... something firm but not scratchy.
Here is the transfer of my design on the linoleum block. I used Stampin' Up's old Craft and Rubber scissors to cut out near the edge of my design, and try to preserve as much of my block as possible for future stamps.
For the carving, start with the "V" tool and carefully outline ALL the inside and outside edges of your design. Be sure to keep your free hand BEHIND the cutting edge, these tools are EXTREMELY SHARP. Always cut away from yourself and away from your design. It is better to turn your block as you cut, rather than try to turn your hand to go around shapes.
Using the "U" tool will carve out large areas that you don't want as part of the stamp - the "negative space". Always carve from the edge of the design outward. If you accidentally scratch into your design, there's no fixing that.
After carving everything the way you want, test your stamp on some scratch paper to make sure there's no errant ridges that will be transferring ink to your final printing. Once you've made all your tweaks, stamp the image on your wood block. Finally cut your mounting foam to fit your linoleum, and attach it to the block.
This was my first UNDEFINED stamp - I actually made this one at convention. They gave us each a block and a little linoleum to get started with, and had a station where we could carve our stamps. This design was inspired by a drawing of sliced through rocks that was the decor in a clothing store. Turning the stamp 90 degrees each time gave it just enough variation in the background.
Finished project! A 100% Creative Flare Card! Gives me a warm glow inside :). I finished off the card with a little Washi Tape from the Witches' Brew collection in the Holiday Mini Catalog. Washi tape is a great substitute for ribbon stripes on a card, is re-positionable and easy to use. It also works great to adhere a note inside a card - adds a colorful touch.
I would like to thank Ms. Joan Andre and Ms. Nell Landry for having taught block carving as part of their Junior High and High School Art curriculum. It's been fun!
This card is an adaptation of one that I received in a Convention Swap from Cathy Fluellen of Surprise, AZ. I needed a quick "Welcome" card that would be suitable for a man or woman, and this one with a geometric pattern and "Reverse Spotlighting" was perfect. Fast and fabulous. Thanks, Cathy!
I cut a 5-1/4" x 4" card front in Very Vanilla to go over a Night Of Navy card base. It was easiest to place my hexagons first and mark where the final hex should be punched. Then the large oval was easy to punch using the edge of the card stock as a guide. (Hold the punched "upside down" so that you can see through the window on the underside of the punch and get exact placement) I used the oval template from the Occasions Paper Piercing pack to space the piercing - FYI: The Large Oval Punch corresponds to the Oval Framelets dies - it's one size smaller that the smallest framelet. The Very Vanilla card stock was attached to the base using Stampin' Dimensionals to give it some depth.
Fabulous Phrases Set; Hexagon and Large Oval Punch; Occasions Piercing Pack, Piercing tool and mat; Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, and Real Red card stock; Night of Navy ink pad; Night of Navy Designer Series Paper (now restyled for 2013); Stampin' Dimensionals; Woodgrain embossing folder and Big Shot; Merry Minis punch pack -little star (discontinued)
This card was my favorite. Once upon a time, in my wild and almost unruly youth I was a Naval Officer, and while the ships I worked and lived on didn't have sails, the romantic in me loves the ones that do. Fortuitously, the "frames" was left over from a previous project where I needed a stack of Crumb Cake card stock Top Note Dies.
This card got quite a few complements at convention, and because Stampin' Up Demonstrators are a very discerning crowd, it must be a good card. It fits my friend (and fellow Demonstrator) Jan's description of a perfect "WOW" card - as in "Wow, that's really pretty" not "Wow, I would never spend a whole afternoon making that". This is definitely a fast and fun card, and one I would even demonstrate at a party, it's that easy. It also looks suspiciously like the mother's day card I posted last May...
1) Stamp "Swallowtail" in Staz-On Jet Black on the Whisper White card stock.
2) Using sponge daubers, smudge in color on the Swallowtail, starting with the darker color (Cajun Craze) at the center, then smudge the whole swallowtail with the lighter color (Crushed Curry). Sponge the edge of the white card stock with Elegant Eggplant.
3) Stamp the letters "f" "l" & "y" onto scraps of So Saffron card stock, punch out with Little Labels punches. Punch a couple long little labels for hinges from Cajun Craze card stock.
4) Using a piercing tool and mat, poke holes for "eyes" and attach silver mini-brads in place.
5) After SNAILing all your pieces in place, draw little hinge parts using a the pointy end of a Cajun Craze marker. (Optional. It's easy, looks cool. You can even sponge the little hinges around the edges for added effect)
Mixed Bunch: wood mounted set item #128442 $27.95; cling mount set item #125537 $21.95 (block D is recommended)
Fabulous Phrases: wood mount set item #128557 $37.95; cling mount set item #120501 $26.95 (block B, C, or G is recommended)
Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight - available together in the Brights Collection multi-pack; item #113190 $6.95 for 20 sheets, includes all the colors listed above.
Making cards is such great therapy. Ironically, what's caused minor household stress around here is the bit of basement flooding that happened Monday... since the basement is where the office/craft room is, I'm cut off from my stamps and card stock. So, today I'm sending cards as therapy, rather than making them. The restoration guys are giving it about another 3 days to be completely dried out... Then I can clean up the craziness and get back to crafting! Fortunately, we did not have any significant damage to our belongings, but the crate where I had all my Stampin' Success magazines got wet. While the property manager and maintenance guy were working on the house, I was sitting in the corner with my heat tool, drying out my magazines. Made me feel as if I was doing something useful, and the Stampin' Success collection will survive :)
On with the show! The cap of this make & take was the attractive little gift bag. The idea of the project was to bling the cards, decorate the envelopes, wrap them in the gift bag and have a quick and useful gift. This cutie little bag makes it a total success.
My bag differs only slightly from the model below, I had used some of the ribbon from my kit for my cards. Instead of wrapping the bag with the new Bermuda Bay 1/8" Taffeta ribbon, I made a bow and stuck it behind the Old Olive card stock banner. The Silver Glimmer paper was cut with the 1-3/4" circle punch. Glimmer paper is great - all the bling with none of the fuss of regular glitter. and those are the little rhinestone basic jewels on the banner that have been part of the theme of this project. A little fold of Calypso Coral Chevron ribbon adds a little extra color and texture.
"Hello, Lovely" is a great stamp set to have. There's an eclectic variety of 10 stamps including sentiments and decorative elements. I especially like the "Thank You - You're the Best" sentiment, because you can use it together as shown, or you can cut it in two and have a "Thank You" banner and a "You're the best" arrow to use separately. A little retro, a little vintage, a little modern... works well with other sets or all on its own.
Bermuda Bay 1/8" Taffeta ribbon: 131206 $5.95 for 10 yards
Calypso Coral Chevron ribbon: 130018 $8.95 for 10 yards
Silver Glimmer Paper: 124005 $4.95 for (2) 12" x 12" sheets
Other possible color combinations for this project are:
These palettes coordinate with the Eastern Elegance, Epic Day, and Birthday Basics designer series papers. Imagine what you can do with that!
This project is so flexible, there's an amazing amount of tweaks you can do - adding designer series paper or even going with a monochromatic theme. Great for planning a stamp camp or class, or getting a jump on your holiday gift giving. Fast, fun, gorgeous, done!
Here's card #4 from the make & take - the original, if you look at the instruction guide on yesterday's blog, just had the sentiment "You make me happy" stamped in the lower right hand corner, and the ornate square pattern on the envelope. I decided to incorporate all of it on the card front.
"You make me happy" is stamped in Coastal Cabana on Whisper White card stock, trimmed and attached with Stampin' Dimensionals. The ornate square is stamped on the card front using the Stamp-a-ma-jig. I added a 1/2" strip of double-sided Crisp Canteloupe designer series paper - it's all from the same 1/2" x 12" strip cut for the first card, just flipped over to the pattern on the reverse side for this card. Rhinestones, a Bermuda Bay card stock hexagon, and a Old Olive chevron keep the color theme going.
All supplies available from www.creativeflare.stampinup.net.
This blog is my take on the "&" card in the bottom right corner of the idea sheet. Ampersands are hot right now, probably because of their curvy, free-form appeal. The original was simply the "&" stamped in Bermuda Bay classic ink, and then just stamped off 3 or 4 more times, creating a little visual echo on the corner of the card. I kept with this original idea, and added a little bling.
I stamped an extra "&" onto a separate piece of Whisper White card stock, cut it out and used some Stampin' Dimensionals to give it some pop. The "you" and "ME" stamps come from the "You make me happy" stamp in the set, stamped in Old Olive and Crisp Cantaloupe and trimmed to fit the card. Also from the set is the arrow fletching stamped in Coastal Cabana on the top left. The chevron banner is more of the same strip I cut to make my first card of this series. The kit came with ribbon and glimmer paper for the gift tag, there was enough to make the silver heart and add just a sniglet of ribbon to this card.
Here's the second of the make & takes from the kit (see previous blog entry). The original pattern had the arrows in Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, and Old Olive. The chevrons were made using the Hexagon Punch and Bermuda Bay and Old Olive card stock. A little paper piercing added some dimension to the corners.
Supplies - available from www.creativeflare.stampinup.net
Hello, Lovely stamp set - set of 10 (wood mount item #130240 $32.95; cling mount item #130243 $24.95)
Note Cards (item #131527 for 20 cards and envelopes)
Bermuda Bay card stock (item #131197 $6.95)
Old Olive card stock (item #100702 $6.95)
Coastal Cabana classic ink (item #131175 $5.95)
Crisp Cantaloupe classic ink (item #131176 $5.95)
Old Olive classic ink (item #126953 $5.95)
Hexagon punch (item# 130919 $15.95)
Piercing tool (item #126189 $3.95)
Essentials Paper Piercing Pack (item #126187 $7.95)
This July, I went to my very first Stampin' Up Convention! Talk about an amazing Girlz Weekend Out. I went by myself and made 5 new best friends.
One of the many fun things about convention, is that we get to test new product through Make & Takes, Mini Classes, and Product Playgrounds. They give us the stamp sets and consumable materials for all the sessions on the first night (in a very swanky convention bag - this year's model was a custom Stampin' Up back-pack complete with padded laptop carrying pocket - ooh! Loved it!). On "Expo Day" tables are set up with tools and volunteer demonstrators guide participants through making the projects. Participants get to choose when they want to complete those projects... or if they want to be like our crew and go to the mall instead... we skipped doing the projects at convention. Hey, there was an amazing mall just across the street from the convention center - we just couldn't resist the allure of retail therapy!
Now that I'm back, here's the first card that I made using the same ink, stamps, and products that were in the make and take package, with a few added twists of my own.
This is a scan of the instruction and idea sheet that came with the make & take. Included was 4 of the new 5" x 3-1/4" Note Cards and envelopes. It is interesting to note that even though the cards have the same great finish of the Whisper White card stock sold individually, the card stock of note cards is heavier weight.
Supplies: (available from www.creativeflare.stampinup.net)
Hello, Lovely stamp set, set of 10 (Wood mounted blocks: item #130240, $32.95. Cling mount stamps: item #130243, $24.95) Acrylic Blocks C and H recommended.
Note Cards (item #131527 - $5.95 for 20 cards and envelopes.)
Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Ink Pad (item #131176 - $5.95)
Old Olive Classic Ink Pad (item #126953)
Bermuda Bay Classic Ink Pad (item #131171)
Coastal Cabana Classic Ink Pad (item #131175)
Old Olive card stock (item #100702- $6.95 for 24 sheets)
Whisper White card stock (item #101730 - $8.50 for 40 sheets)
In Color 2013-15 Designer Series Paper Pack (item #130136 $21.95 for 40 sheets)
Rhinestone jewels (item #119246 $4.95 for a sheet of 150 self-adhesive jewels)
Stamp-a-ma-jig (item #101049 - $11.95)
Here was my retouch of the card on the lower left hand corner of the instruction sheet. The original sheet had just the 4 stamp pattern on the plain card front. I stamped them separately on a 1-3/4" square of Whisper White card stock, mounted it on a 2 x 2" square of Old Olive card stock, and cut a little banner of Crisp Cantaloupe Designer Series Paper that was 1/2" x 3". The Rhinestone jewels were part of the make and take package, just hard to see in the first picture.
Hints: Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig was essential to getting these stamps positioned. Also, because my new ink pads were super juicy, it worked well if I stamped off the ink lightly on a scratch sheet of paper before stamping on my card stock. When using clear blocks and cling mount stamps with the Stamp-a-ma-jig, I find it helpful to mark the corner of block that fits into the jig, that way I know that I'm holding my stamp the same way each time. I use a "Sharpie" marker to mark the block, and it cleans off easily with the "Staz-On" ink cleaner when I'm done.
In giddy anticipation of attending Stampin' Up's annual convention this month, I have been making card fronts for swaps. It's traditional to make cards to swap with other demonstrators, looking for fresh perspectives and new friends. The dunes were traced from a french curve drawing tool onto Sahara Sand card stock and sponged with ink. The shell was a folded piece of Crisp Cantaloupe punched 3/4 of the way into the punch.
Sometimes out of all the stamps in one set, one stamp will speak to me "louder" than all the others... That was this stamp. It says "They say that 'This too shall pass' they just never say when". It's from the From My Heart set (132007w $39.95/126557c$26.95) It's also one of those sets that if you bought the clear mount set and Block E (118484 $11.95) together it would still be less expensive than the wood mount set... saves space and $$... and if you already have clear blocks, then.... :)
Supplies: In addition to the From My Heart set,
Mixed Bunch set (128442w$27.95/125537c$21.95)
Card Base: Midnight Muse card stock
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Bermuda Bay
Raspberry Ripple, Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Crisp Canteloupe, Calypso Coral, card stock
Blossom, Scallop Trim Border, 3/4" Circle, 7/8" Scallop Circle Punches,
Adorning Accents Edgelets die and Big Shot
Fan Fair Designer Series Paper (RETIRING - 126918)
NEW! Simply Pressed Clay (130685) and Buttons and Blossoms clay molds (131272) - this is really fun to play with. For the little flower I dyed the clay with Wisteria Wonder ink, but the clay can be tinted after it's dry with markers for even stronger color.
You can get everything on this list from May 31 to June 3 - Both catalog offerings will be available for this brief window of time - check it out online at www.creativeflare.stampinup.net
Here's an uber-adorable gift bag to make for sweet party favors ...
1 sheet 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper
Stampin' Trimmer (126889 $29.95)
Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334 $29.95)
Simply Scored Diagonal Plate (125586 $11.95)
Adhesive (SNAIL shown here - 104332 $6.95)
Paper Snips (103579 $9.95)
Ribbon and decor...
Step 1. Cut paper to be 8-1/2" by 12".
2. Place long-ways on the Simply Scored Board (aka S2B) and score 1" from the "top" and 1-7/8" from "bottom"
3. Turn 90 degrees and score at 2-7/8", 5-3/4", 8-5/8", 11-1/2" - this will form the sides of the bag (2-7/8" square)
4a. Score the gusset (optional): slide the paper 1/2 segment to the right and score at 1-1/2 and 7-1/4. This will divide the first and third sides of the bag in half for folding when not in use. (score lines are at 1-7/16 and 7-3/16)
4b. Score the bottom angles of the gusset: Place the S2B Diagonal plate on the S2B and score from the
1-7/8" score line (the bottom of the bag) to the center line of the gusset. Do this for both side gussets.
4c. Turn the paper 90 degrees, and score the other angle of the gusset from side center line to bottom line.
5. Using scissors, trim along vertical score lines from bottom edge to 1-7/8" line. This forms the bottom flaps of the bag.
6. Mountain-valley fold the bag sides and gussets as appropriate, use adhesive along 1/2" side tab to secure bag together.
7. Fold bottom tabs of bag under and secure with adhesive. To make the bottom of the bag sturdier, you can place a 2-7/8" square of card stock in the bottom of the bag.
8. Fold top 1" edge down to create bag "top". Punch holes for ribbon on non-gusset sides (optional).
9. Now you're ready to decorate! I used 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon in Summer Starfruit (126846 $8.95) to create my bag handles. Other embellishments are Calypso Coral card stock (flower -Blossom Punch 125603 $16.95) and Summer Starfruit card stock with "Dream" sentiment (Loving Thoughts set 125843w $29.95/125845c $23.95)
It's a very versatile pattern, you can make them as tall or short as you like, add a decorative edge instead of reinforcing and ribbon, or keep it simple by stamping on 12 x 12 card stock and using that in place of the Designer Series Paper.