Happy Monday Everyone! What a great way to start it out ... with a Crafty Secrets DT challenge! I'm always excited about challenge days.. cant wait to see all the beautiful creations the girls have been working on. We've started something else really fun .. we are inviting you to play along:) This weeks challenge will be Gift Bag Envelope Challenge. You can watch the video HERE from Incredible Things.com on how to turn any envelope from small to jumbo size into a cute gift bag! Our DT Ladies are using this idea and will be posting all sorts of fabulous projects in a variety of themes! If you want to play along using any of our products you can post on our Facebook page ( more about prizes on the Heartwarming Vintage Blog:)
Shape above was used for the front of the bag. AccuCut die "Label (Clear Cuts) L 1800A
My plan was to create a fairly large gift bag that could hold a dozen cookies. The other thing I was really hoping to be able to do, was to cut a shape and add a transparent piece to the front of the bag, so that the cookies could be seen. Before assembling the bag I cut the envelope along the seam in the back ,and along the bottom, so that I could cut the shape out of the front only, not all the way threw both the front and the back. Next, I cut and adhered pieces of patterned papers to the front and back of my bag. I then marked off to center where I wanted to cut my shape from the front, before running it through my AccuCut machine and cutting it. I cut and adhered a piece of clear transparency (or acrylic) to the inside of the bag to cover the opening the shape created. Once that is all done, I taped my envelope back together along the back and bottom before starting to fold and assemble my gift bag. Like I said, I decided to make the fold I did for the sides, much bigger (deeper) so that they would make my bag wide enough for the cookies.
I wanted to incorporate a old spoon into the closer at the top of the bag, once I had the cookies inside. I then created this little "Made by" tag to attach to the bag and....
Another little recipe card.
Whenever I give cookies I always like to give the recipe :) These cookies are easy and SO yummy!
I used stamps from the "Kitchen Classics" Set of Clear Art Stamps.
Images from the "Homemade" Image and Journal book.
and papers from the "Creating with Vintage Images" CD
Well that is my "envelope to bag" project, done with a large manila envelope in a cooking theme. Now... you'll want to check out what the other DT members have created. Trust me.. each one is so unique... different sizes , uses and themes! Below you will find the links to all the DT members blogs as well as to the Heartwarming Vintage blog, where you can find out more about playing along with our challenge and info on chances to win Crafty Secrets goodies.
Heartwarming Vintage Blog
I thought I'd share a few photos from the weekend since I have you in the mood for cookies, why not show you some more yummy food , to really make you hungry. lol Thanks right?? lol We had company from SD this weekend. My Aunt ( moms sister) , my cousin and his wife. Saturday we were invited to my sisters for the day. She had everything done up so pretty, I have to share some photos again.
Oh.. and food again.. sorry. lol
My Aunt Viv made her homemade carrot cake, and.....
caramel rolls. You know how some people are just "know" for certain Delicious recipes? Well, these are defiantly my Aunt Vivs! It was such a nice weekend. We all enjoyed visiting together, AND the weather could not have been more enjoyable. (especially for late Oct in NE).
But the point of the weekend was to have mom and Aunt Viv be able to spend some time together. With them living over 4 hours from eachother, both being close to 90 years old , and winters in SD and NE known for being pretty harsh, its getting harder and harder for them to see eachother. When everyone was gone Friday afternoon, I got them both a cup of apple cider , and busied myself in the kitchen, so they could chat.
We enjoyed having family here this weekend and also enjoyed the time we spent with family in Lincoln on Sat afternoon. Reminisced about memories from years past and also created some new ones.
Hope your weekend was a good one also.