Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Christmas Gift Set

It is time for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  It is called Christmas in July and I am the hostess this time.  Here is what it is all about:

You might be experiencing summer heat but let's think cool by getting a head start on Christmas preparations. Your vintage or shabby chic creation could be a card, something to present a gift in or a decor item for the house or tree.

I decided to make a gift bag and then thought I would add a card to go with it. I thought this would be a good project to use all my bits and pieces of Graphic 45 Christmas themed papers. Let's start with the bag:

1. Start with a plain bag. (This one was a sample from a packaging supplier and is 5 1/4"x8 1/4")
2. Cut a panel of patterned paper from Graphic 45 A Christmas Carol, distress the edges with scissors or a distressing tool, ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and add to the centre of the side of the bag that doesn't have the bottom fold

3. Dye a strip of venise lace with Vintage Photo Distress Ink by pouncing the ink pad on your craft sheet, spritzing with water and dragging the lace through the puddle
4. Dry the lace strip and add to the bottom of the centre panel

5. Cut three strips of patterned paper and notch out one end to make a chevron
6. Distress and ink the edges of the chevrons and add on top of the centre panel

7. Die cut a poinsettia from plain card stock or heavy paper, emboss the veins and shape (I have a die from Marianne Creatables but Linda carries a great one from Tim Holtz and I will share the link to it below)
8. Brush the poinsettia with Gold Luscious powder from IndigoBlu, layer, add seed beads to the centre using Glossy Accents and add to the bag
9. Fussy cut some of the ephemera from the paper pad, distress and ink

10. Create a tassle with floss and add to the book excerpt ephemera
11. Finally, add all the ephemera to the bag

Using many of the same products as the bag, here is how to put the card together:

1. Cut kraft card stock to create the card black (this is a 6"x6" card)
2. Cut three panels of patterned paper, distress, ink the edges and add to the card
3. Add dyed lace to the patterned paper
4. Add some ephemera to the centre panel
5. Create poinsettias in the same manner as the one for the bag and add to the card
6. Dye some seam binding using Aged Mahogany and Fired Brick Distress Ink
7. Alter the colour of a little charm using Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink
8. Create a loopy bow from the seam binding and tie together with a bow made from burlap string to which the charm is added

I am going to enter these projects in the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas - Anything Christmas Goes
Die Cut Divas - Christmas in July
Christmas Card Challenges - Christmas Cards

The following products used to create these projects came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. This is so pretty, Cec, and such a clever way to present a card. I love the tassel and the open book!

  2. Gorgeous Christmas Gift bag! What a lovely idea to have on hand to wrap a present quickly and beautifully!

  3. WOW! What a beautiful duo! I love how you did your gorgeous poinsettias and always love the combo of red, green & kraft - stunning! Hugs, Autumn

  4. A beautiful gift bag and matching card Cec! Love the combination of those papers with the kraft background xx

  5. Cec, what a cleverly designed gift bag and card to match! I love the beautiful papers layered on the kraft background of the bag and card and your poinsettias are gorgeous! I love the idea of the shaped book, and could see a great novel tucked in as the gift! Great idea! Hugs!

  6. WOW!!! So pretty! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Christmas Card Challenges.

  7. Here is one of those things that the gift bag is the gift! Thank you for sharing with us at Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra - Myrna DT. Also check out Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge - a weekly “themed” Christmas Challenge & Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge - a monthly Patterned Paper Challenge

  8. Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in the Die Cut Divas Challenge this time and good luck :)


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