Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Crafty Secrets DT Gift Bags & Envelope Challenge…and a Giveaway!

***Congratulations to Sweet Bee Cottage for winning the Giveaway!  I’ve sent you an email & will get your package sent out later this week!***

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Hello, my friends!

Time again for a Crafty Secrets’ Design Team challenge…this time, we were to use a gift bag or envelope as the basis of our creating…

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…I chose an envelope--a nice, chunky, dimensional envelope--and a retro Christmas theme for mine!

I just enlarged the envelope template found on the Crafty Secrets’ “Creating with Vintage Patterns” CD, printed out two coordinating paper patterns also found on the CD…

DSC06544_edited-1 {Love how chunky it is!}

…covered the front & back of the envelope with the paper, folded it up, and voila’! 

Next, I chose some wonderfully retro images from “Christmas” Vintage Cuts and “Merry Christmas” Creative Scraps for the front…

DSC06541_edited-1 {beautiful vintage label printed from the “Creating with Vintage Patterns” CD}

…and back of my envelope…

DSC06533_edited-1 {I just love this adorable vintage snowman label!}

Then came the real fun—embellishing with some vintage goodness found in my stashes…some perfectly perfect vintage buttons in just the right colors, threaded with baker’s twine…

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…they look just like peppermint candies, don’t they?!

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When closed, I wrapped the whole thing with the green baker’s twine, then added a few miniature jingle bells to the back—just for fun!

Now…what to fill it with???

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I stuck in some lovely tags from the Vintage Cuts & Creative Scraps, a couple of candy canes wrapped with the baker’s twine, and a few vintage ornaments (don’t you just love those colors?!)

And that’s about it!

Now…here’s the fun part!  I used so many elements from “Christmas” Creative Cuts & “Merry Christmas” Creative Scraps, that I thought I’d better share one of each for you to play with…

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I think I’ll also just have to throw in some vintage Christmas cards from my collection…some of my favorite things!

…so just leave me ONE comment & let me know if you’d like to win—let me know if you’re a follower & I’ll enter you twice!

I’ll do the drawing on Friday the 28th at midnight-ish…and I’ll let you know!

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For some great ideas, take a look at this fun video on what you can do with homemade gift bags:

Incredible Gift Bags

Well, that’s it for me today!  Hope you’ll stop by & visit the other girls on the team…I can’t wait to see what inspiration they have for all-year-long gift giving!

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Crafty Secrets’ Design Team:

Vicki Chrisman--Team Leader

Pam Hooten

Heidi Blankenship

Linda Duke

Michele Kovack

Julie Campbell—me!

Amy Teets

Debbie Marcinkiewicz

Fauve van Maanen

Gini Cagle

Jan Hennings

Tammy Roberts

Victoria Warren Mears

Viola Mahr

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See you soon with something new…

Julie