16 August, 2014

Sleigh Ride in Summer


It's Kathy here today and I'd like to share something I made this week using a new die and my fabulous Funky Hand stash.

Since becoming the proud owner of an eBosser machine, the world of A4 dies and embossing folders has been opened to me and I recently got my hands on a fab die for making a really neat gift bag. 
 The finished bag is 12cm wide. 18cm high and  7cm deep - so plenty of room for goodies in there!

As this is a big die making a good sized box, you need to cut the die twice and you need 2 sheets of A4 paper - so what better way to give the die a test run than with some Funky Hand designs.

Do you recognise these papers?
I chose to use "Sleigh Ride" which was one of the 2013 Christmas lines.  A little bit "left field" for crafting in the middle of August, I know, but I love these colours and several of the designs are not really Christmassy at all - it's such a shame not to use them for other projects, don't you think?

So I printed two copies of the gorgeous spotty pattern onto some white Bazzill card (any sturdy paper or thin card would do), plus another sheet to make the striped "border", the bow, gift card and flower decoration. As I knew both sides of the tag, bow and flower would be seen I printed on both sides of the card I needed to make these.
Then it was just a case of doing the die cuts and sticking it all together. 
I used one of the bits of waste (from the hole in the handle) to make a closure for the bag.
The bow and the tag come in the die package.
The bow is clever as its just one piece and you fold it up to create the bow.
I cut the tag twice, then tied the two pieces together with some seam binding.  I punched a tiny heart in the corner of the top piece
The flower is made with 5 punched flowers  here's a closer look at the decorative bit:

"Sleigh Ride"  download from  Funky Hand
Paper or card for printing
Gift Bag with bow and tag; A4 die form Xcut 
SU Blossom punch, Tiny heart punch
Seam Binding or Ribbon

The bag was so quick to make and using Funky Hand papers means bags and boxes look great even before you start decorating them! 
I'm thinking this would look fab in the gorgeous deep blue shades of the Winter Wedding collection for a more masculine gift wrapping.  I have the lovely pin striped papers in mind, but I just need to figure out a more manly decoration that a bow and a flower and then give it a try.
That's it for now - I'm off to print out those Winter Wedding papers and
 have a go - if you pop by my blog sometime soon, you might find that I actually got it done ;) 
Stranger things happen at sea.....as my Grandad used to say.

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  1. Glad you're loving your ebosser Kathy - I love mine and can't live without it.Loving this gift bag and the added embellies.So stylish.Hugs Debbie x

    1. I haven't tried an ebossed..then again that's no surprise! I'll have to see if anyone I know has one. ;)
      Anice xx

  2. This is wonderful Kathy. Thanks so much for sharing how you created it. I'm off now to your blog to see if you got the pinstriped one made. :)
    Anice xx


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