Tuesday, January 6, 2015


 Is it a envelope?  or a bag?  I'm not sure...what do you think?  I think it's a BAGELOPE!
I remember making these a long time ago.  It was my first ever Stampin' Up! party...when my Aunt Kim hosted one.  I was still in high school (I think around '97 or so).  My Aunt and Mom co-hosted a show and we all got to make great great cards and items!  She showed us how to make this bag out of an envelope!  So easy to do and so many different sizes you can fold it into.

All you do is stamp the envelope (here I used the heart from the Epic Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set). Then seal the back.  After sealing it you can either rip it or cut it across the top for your "bag" opening.  Next you'll fold the bottom and sides inward (can vary to what size bag you need but keep all the sides equally folded in).


You'll fold each side back and forth and then start by opening up the side.  You'll then work your way around the envelope until the whole envelope is opened into a bag.  I like to just tape down the flaps on the bottom.  And presto...you have a BAG!

As you can see it makes a wonderful little bag for the sweetest little treats.  And with different size envelopes, comes different size bags.

Next it was time to make a cute tag to go with our bag.  I just love the new stamp set in the Occasions Catalog called Hey, Valentine.  It's perfect for all those valentines for school especially!

To color them easily, we're going to stamp them in the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad and use the Blendabilities to color in the images.  This ink is water based so you need to use this with the alcohol based markers.  If you use the alcohol based ink, it will "blend" right along with the markers.  So make sure to get a pad and a refill right away!
 I like to start my blending by using the darkest color in the 3 color hues first.  I think the colors blend better by having the dark color and then working my way lighter and lighter.  I used Cameo Coral Blendabilities for the base of the fish.  I accented with Coastal Cabana Blendabilities.    AND GUESS WHAT?!?!  You can earn these blendabilities for FREE by purchasing $50 worth of other merchandise.  Check out the Sale-A-Bration flyer here SALE-A-BRATION PDF.

OH AREN'T THEY SO CUTE?!?!?  To finish up the tag, I added a coastal cobana mat and punched a large hole in the corner.  To the bag I added Whisper White 1/4" Cotton Ribbon.  I tied it around the bag and knotted it.

To add the tag to the bag, I put both ends of the ribbon through the hole.  I then added Calypso Coral Pompom Trim and a piece of Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim and tied a knot around them.  This kept my tag in place and my lovely little trim accents.

Add your candy or other goodies and you have such a sweet little valentine!

Remember that for every $50 you order right now, you get a free item from the Sale A Bration catalog!  And of course the new Occasions Catalog started too!