Friday, May 21, 2010

A couple of treat holders

One of my favorite sources of inspiration is Dawn Griffith of Dawn's Stamping Thoughts on YouTube.  As I am meeting a couple of friends for lunch today, I wanted to bring them some goodies.  I came across this video and thought these would be perfect to make.  I, however, don't have the Movers & Shapers die that she used so I had to cut my scalloped oval on my Cricut using the "09 Kutups" font and my SCAL.  Otherwise, I used her instructions and simply embellished the front with a strip of paper and a small flower made using the EK Success punch Pat gave me.  Thanks, Pat!  I still have to add the clear bag full of candy to the treat bag to complete it but I'm sure you can get the idea.

Dawn also made some gift card holders in a little purse design.  Pat and I have been playing with these little purses since buying our Crafter's Companion Ultimate, so these weren't new to us.  I did, however, change it up a bit by making the purse into a treat holder instead of a gift card holder just by playing around with the scoring lines.  Oh yeah, today I used my Michael's 40% off coupon to buy a Martha Stewart score board.  The CCU is great but I wanted something with more scoring lines.  I am enjoying it so far. 

Speaking of Michael's, I'm so glad they accept Joann's coupons as well because I used my 40% off Joann's mobile coupon from the Mobiqpons app on my iPod Touch to pick up a K&Co paper stack.  Poor cashier didn't know what to do when I showed her the coupon on my ipod and got nervous when her manager walked past but she accepted it anyway.  I had a paper coupon in my purse as a back up just in case.

In case you're interested in the specifics for the purse treat bag, here they are:

Using SCAL and my Cricut, I cut the topper shape using the "09 Kutups" font.  I made it 4.25" at the widest point and made sure to keep proportions when sizing.  (I maybe should have made it a tad wider)  Score 1/8" on each side of the center point of the topper along the 4.25" width.  Using my CropADile, I cut a hole in the center of the score lines towards each end using the 1/8" size hole for the purse handle.  Cut a length of ribbon, thread through holes and tie a knot on each end to secure. 

The paper for the body of the purse is cut at 5.5" x 8.5".  It is scored at 3.75" and 4.75" for the bottom of the purse.  To make the purse shape, score a little tic mark 5/8" from each of the 4 corners on the top and bottom (short sides).  Place card on trimmer aligning the tic mark and the first score line on the bottom of the purse, centered in the cutting groove, and cut.  Repeat 3 more times. 

Attach back of purse to back of topper using glue runner.  You will need to use some type of closure of your choice such as Velcro or glue dots.  You can get the general idea of how to put it together by watching this video by Dawn.