Holy cow, it's a busy time of the year, isn't it? Kids going back to school, after school stuff to figure out (including homework), and getting back into a "schedule." I'm so glad I don't have to do that anymore. My only participation is calling the grandchildren on their first day (or two) to find out how their day went or looking at their first-day-of-school pictures in my e-mail or on Facebook. One of my grandsons hasn't started school yet; he lives in another state, but he's excited to get started again, too.
Of course, going back to school brings thoughts of Fall events and the first one is Halloween. For last week's workshop, the ladies asked to make a decorated Halloween treat bag. That certainly threw me for a loop because I'm still thinking palm trees, balmy breezes, and fruity drinks with umbrellas! I pondered this for a while, looked at Halloween stamp sets, and flipped through my sample books. And then inspiration struck! Big Shot to the rescue!
I first made an elegant version of this project at a demonstrator training event with my Stampin' Up! upline, Catherine Harwood. For the Halloween project, I used the Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder to emboss two pieces of Concord Crush cardstock before die cutting the cardstock with the Top Note Bigz die. So where is the bag to hold the candy? Well, it's in between two Top Note dies.
It's a small lunch sack cut down to fit and adhered to the two Top Note dies with Tombow Multi Adhesive. The handles were created with the Large Oval punch and a piece of Daffodil Delight ribbon knotted around the handles secures the candy. The sentiment comes from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (my go-to, you-can't-miss, sentiment stamp set) using Concord Crush, punched with the Word Window punch and mounted on a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock punched with the Modern Label punch. The sentiment was adhered to the Top Note with SNAIL.
I can't take credit for the punch art pumpkin, either; that design comes from Carla Bazenhow. Her punch art pumpkins are so attractive that I didn't see any reason to re-invent the wheel. However, one difference is that the leaves for my pumpkin were created using the 5 Petal Flower punch rather than a leaf punch. I just snipped off a few of the petals, sponged the edges with the corresponding color ink and adhered them to the back of the pumpkin with SNAIL. I used Old Olive for the leaves nearest the pumpkin and Always Artichoke for the second row of leaves to create a feeling of dimension. The pumpkin stem is a 1/8" strip of Soft Suede cardstock. The pumpkin is adhered to the Top Note with Stampin' Dimensionals.
The ladies at the workshop were really tickled with this treat bag. They are always looking for quick and easy, yet attractive, projects to teach the children at their church. Of course, we all agreed that you couldn't put loose M&Ms in this treat bag, but pretty much any wrapped candy bigger than an inch should stay put once the handles are secured with the ribbon.
I really like this favor bag and it's so quick to make. You can make it look fancy or fun depending on how you plan to use it. It could be a gift bag for a piece of jewelry, a gift card holder, a wedding favor, a place card with after-dinner mints, and so much more. It's all in how it's decorated.
In this case, all you need to do is add the candy!
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks: Always Artichoke, Concord Crush, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie; Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Concord Crush, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White; Embellishments: Daffodil Delight 1/4" grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow Multi Adhesive; Tools: Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Sponge, Large Oval punch, Small Oval punch, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 5-Petal flower punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder, Top Note Bigz die; Other: Small white lunch sack (Not Stampin' Up!)