Friday, 24 July 2015

Gift For A Gardener Case-ing Gift Packaging CTC#40

This week the CASE-ing The Catty Crew are CASE-ing the section of the catalogue titled Gift packaging, pages 55-66. You may be starting here with me, or perhaps you have come from Rebecca's blog, Mommiedom.
If you've started here, you can continue to blog hop your way right around for plenty of CASE-ing The Catty inspiration by clicking on the link at the end of my blog. If you happen to get lost along the way, you can get back on track at Case-ing The Catty.

I was absolutely sure that I didn't need the Gift Bag Punch Board even after trying it out at Convention. After all, I can make a gift bag without it. Then I had another think about it and ordered, because it is fairly inexpensive at $32.00, and when I need to make multiple gift boxes for Easter or Christmas gift-giving, this is going to be much quicker. I'll have more time for decorating the boxes!

The Gift Bag Punch Board arrived in my last order along with lots of other goodies that I've use to make this Gift Bag. After having a couple of practice runs, I had memorised the steps, it was easy-as and super-quick, so I'm hooked.

In the same order I received Stake Your Claim stamp set, Floral Wings Hostess stamp set and the Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Brick Wall.  This bag was inspired by the pretty pink bag with a piece of Embossed Butterfly decorating it, on page 58, so pretty and it uses Oh My Goodies bundled with the Deco Labels Collection Framelits. Before I assembled the box, I stamped it with Sahara Sand ink and the Hardwood stamp. Looking at it in the pictures, it might have paid to have stamped that with Tip Top Taupe, it's quite subtle. I was inspired to emboss the wall onto Sahara Sand card, but you wouldn't know that now as I went nuts with a sponge and Tip Top Taupe, Cajun Craze and Delightful Dijon inks to give it warmth and texture. The grout lines of this folder are very deep, but it doesn't break the card. I've seen it used with either side as the feature too. Also, it is a BIG 6" X 6" and still fits through the Big Shot!

Gently tearing the bricks along the grout lines gave it the rustic, tumble-down look and before I adhered it with Tombow, I stamped two meandering vines, from Floral Wings. I might go back and add some flowers to that vine. I suspect it is a climbing rose, madly out of control, judging by the fowers in Floral Wings!!! I had a bit of fun die cutting the plant pots and trowel out of scraps. I had the Handpicked Framelits  already,from the Occasions Catalogue but you can still purchase it because now Stake Your Claim is the co-ordinating stamp set. That's where the 'birthday' stake is from. It was stamped in Rose Red, 2nd generation as I've heard some call it. That means it's been stamped once and then stamped again with out re-inking.

You can see the first stamping of the stake in front of the box here, I was concerned that the colour was too bright for the bricks etc., but later, after filling the Gift Box with hand and nail care products, it has brought a bit more of the pink into the picture, This was such a fun project to put together, I think I might just run a gift packaging class later this year.

If you need any of these products, the product list takes you right to that item in my online store, and the Hostess Code is 6J7FYB24. I'm closing this 'party' at the end of July, and it has already reached the hostess dollars mark, so you will be awarded 10% of your order in product - sharing the love of Stampin' Up!

My inspiration, page 58

Now you're off to the next blog on the hop, Alison is bound to have something super to share,

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  1. OMG Rachel this is absolutely STuNNING! love all the layers and details. If you ran a gift wrapping class I'd come to it! The brick wall is beautiful, and that little pink butterfly bag caught my eye as well!

  2. Wow this is amazing!! Love the sponging on the brick wall!!

  3. I love all the thought that went into your project. Clever design and perfect execution! :)

  4. OMG such an amazing project! Great use of the bricks embossing folder, it all comes together so well.

  5. Love all the details you have used in your gift bag, Rachel. The brick wall looks fabulous!

  6. amazing idea using the gift bag with the embossing folder.


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