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The Little Black Bag(s)

Hi there

What is the next best thing to the little black dress?  The little black bag of course!  I used this tutorial from Sam Donald to create these little black bags for friends this Christmas.  The box is made from a 12 x 12  sheet using the fabulous Envelope Punch Board. I have used black card stock for the base to make it more robust to hold the weight of the contents I wanted to put in them.  The black and vanilla combo of the  'Modern Medley' DSP is very elegant, with embossed vanilla trim on the sides and lots of bling.  I was really happy with the way they turned out.



This is a better view of the trim on the sides. I added the handle and then put the vanilla embossed trim over the top.


They are a really good size and perfect to fit a couple of blocks of the Lindt Creation chocolate (stamper's stash in hiding!).   Actually 3 blocks will fit, but it is easier to get them out with only 2 inside.



Here is a slightly different version with an embossed vanilla trim on the front flap and a flower embellishment.


Finally, here is a bright and fresh version in white and Coastal Cabana, using the 'Eastern Elegance' DSP for a couple of other friends.


Here is the side view.


If you are going to make this project, I suggest that you create a sample of the box first. That way you can  learn from your mistakes before you use your ultimate card stock or DSP. I made a slight adjustment to the instructions provided to make it work for me.

Project Details
Stamps None
Card stock & Papers     Basic Black, Bazzill White, Very Vanilla (plain and textured), Coastal Cabana, Modern Medley DSP, Eastern Elegance DSP
 Ink None
Accessories Basic Rhinestones (various sizes), White Bakers twine, Vintage Faceted Designer buttons
Tools     Envelope Punch Board (133774), Square Lattice EF, Big Shot, 7/8" Scallop circle punch, 1/2" Circle punch, Tag punch (retired), Word Window punch, Sticky strip, Tombow glue, Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!

Christmas Creations

Hi there

I have been busy in the last few weeks since my craft market creating Christmas gifts for friends, so I thought I would pop in and share them with you now that they are (hopefully) delivered.

First up are some beaded star tree decorations. I saw these in Germany when we were staying with the parents of our (former) Rotary Exchange student.  I managed to buy the wire frames and glass beads and crystals in Hamburg the day before we left Europe.  I spent some enjoyable evenings putting these together and making the colour co-ordinated boxes.  


Here is a close up of some of my favourites. They are a great match for the Stampin' Up! colours.



For some special friends I made coordinating gift bags to hold their goodies. I really love how these turned out.

The centrepiece can be taken off and used as a tree decoration as well.


I hope you enjoy your Christmas Eve and I'll be back to show you some more soon.

 Thanks for looking!