Hello sweet friends and welcome to this month's edition of the Crafty Secrets Design Team Challenge. This month's theme is 'Creative Envelopes' and we were all challenged to create a little bag out of an envelope and then decorate and fill it ... so FUN!
Here is a link for a tutorial on how to make a bag out of an envelope:
Ready, set ... here we go!!!
I used a 5 1/4" square envelope to create my pocket. I followed the directions from the link above, cut the top of my pocket with pinking sheers and then inked all the edges with Tea Dye ink. I used a GORGEOUS vintage image from a sheet of Christmas '07 Creative Scraps to decorate the front of my pocket -- sewing a zig-zag stitch around all the edges before adhering it onto my pocket. After adhered, I rouched some pretty red and cream striped grosgrain ribbon and added a bit of some vintage lace trim.
Next comes the fun part ... decorating! I added a sweet Christmas ticket from the Christmas '07 Creative Scrap sheet and punched a pretty little polka dotted star from some patterned paper printed from the Creating With Vintage Patterns CD. The addition of some glittered leaves, a tiny jingle bell, some baker's twine, a button, a snipett of vintage lace, a pretty blossom, a trinket pin and some Rose Beige Glitter Shabby Vintage Seam Binding from my Etsy Shop complete this pretty nosegay!
I cut strips of brown paper towels (recycled brand) and crinkled them up to make my own 'crinkle filler'. They coordinate perfectly with the kraft and sepia tones in the vintage scrap images on my project -- LOVE IT!!
I stuffed the crinkle filler inside my envelope pocket so that the tags will peek out of the top!
Then I set to work designing four sweet tags to fit inside the envelope pocket. I used more Christmas '07 Creative Scraps, printed paper from the Creating With Vintage Patterns CD, Christmas Mail stamp set, Season's Greetings stamp set and Grand Greetings stamp set!
I stamped on each tag and added snipetts of polka dotted pattern papers, vintage trims, pearls, buttons and baker's twine.
Each tag is adhered to a kraft cardstock base that I inked on the edges with cream paint to create a time-worn look. A hole punched at the top of each tag provides a place to lace up some more Rose Beige Glitter Seam Binding to tie these little pretties onto packages this holiday season!
And lastly, I very carefully painted on some red glitter craft paint on all the areas colored in red to add a bit of shimmer and shine. I wish the glitz showed up better in photos because they are beautiful IRL!!!
And here you have it ... my sweet envelope pocket is complete with a set of four beautiful, vintage tags for this holiday season. What a great gift this would make and then your recipient will have a pretty little pocket to do with as she wishes and four pretty little tags to use on her holiday packages next year!!
Please visit the other teamies' blogs to be inspired by their Creative Envelope projects ... we all had different occasions to pick from, so there will be lots of fun projects to peek at:
Thanks so much for visiting with me today! Have a wonderful stampy day :)
Challenges for this project:
Moxie Fab World - Textured to Perfection
JUGS #107 - 3-D or template
Top Tip Tuesday #56 - layers