Monday, 25 September 2017

Mini Gift Bag & Tag Set, Christmas, (Poppystamps) Holly Twig

Do you ever look through the gallery when you add your submission to a craft challenge?
I do...  and it never fails to amaze me how so many people can all come up with different ideas for the same theme.

So with that in mind, I wonder if you can correctly guess the challenge theme just by looking at my photo's...

'Christmas' or 'Use Holly' would be my guesses I think...  or perhaps 'Make A Christmas Project That Isn't A Card'...  or 'Use Ribbon' even...

But did anyone get it right, I wonder?


It's not obvious at first glance is it?
But actually I think I've got quite a few dots on my project...  it's just that a fair few of them are 'oh so subtle' that they are easy to ignore.

Unlike my 'Enamel Dots' for the berries or that Polka Dot Ribbon!

As this was fairly straightforward to make I haven't included many photo's today, but here's a quick 'how to' guide showing some of the steps...


Using Iced Spruce and Hickory Smoke Distress Inks, decorate the front, back and side panels of a MFT Die-namics bag using the Memory Box 'Tiny Dots' stencil.

 Then add some lines front and back (using a scoreboard) before adding punch holes and a circle cut out.
(MFT Die-namics Stitched Circle STAX).

Cut out a piece of scrap acetate to size (big enough to cover over the circle yet small enough to comfortably fit inside the box.  Add Red Liner Tape 'round all the edges and attach to a piece of scrap plastic food netting.  (Mine's from Babybel Mini Cheese).
Glue this into place on the inside of the front panel and leave to dry thoroughly before assembling the bag.

To cover over the glue tabs showing on the inside back panel of the bag, cut out an additional front section only of the bag die from Matt Silver card stock and trim it down left, right, and bottom very slightly.   Don't forget to add the punch holes - not pictured!
And glue into place.

Using Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain Distress Inks, add colour to the Poppystamps Holly Twig.  I layered mine up three times for durability before adding
my Glitter Red Enamel Dots.

Once dry, glue into place on the front of the bag...
and add the Polka Dot Ribbon.

(As you can see, I went on to make a tiny complimentary gift tag using the same basic idea - minus the netting but still including the acetate.  This gift tag is also made by Poppystamps - 1845 'Heart Taglet').


Other Challenges I'm Entering...

NBUS Challenge #12
(First time using the Bag and the Holly Twig die).

Simon Says/Monday
Shimmer and Shine

So there you have it.

One tiny Christmas gift bag set.

Hope you like it.

Donna. x


  1. Beautiful and very elegant design xx

  2. Gosh Donna, I loved your last tag and thought it was beautiful but now you've made this... its just delightful and so striking x

    1. Thank you so much, Claire.
      Sometimes simple works wonders... I'm just glad that this was one of those times when it worked out as planned!
      Doubt it will win, but that's not why I play along anyway.
      Probably just as well!!! x

  3. So delicate... i love both of your projects! Love the white and love how clean they look! well done!
    Thank you for playing along with us over Simon says stamp monday challenge!! We hope to see you again!
    X Zoey

    1. Thank you so much, Zoey. I was going for a clean look as I didn't want anything to detract from the Holly die. So glad it actually worked and that you like it.

  4. haha! I even knew what the challenge was over there at ps and still didn't think of it! Fabulous creating with this holly twig die! I love that die and love your dots!

    1. Hi Pam. Hope you are well. πŸ™‚
      I didn't want to do an 'in your face' lots of dots card as it's just not my style... so I decided to stick to the brief but do it my way... and I was determined to use this die somehow!
      I refuse to make things I don't like. There's just no fun in it if I resort to that.
      And gift bags and boxes are far more fun to make than a card - but I couldn't tell you why!
      So what did you think, I wonder?
      Take care. Xxx

  5. Fantastic take on Poppy challenge Donna, no I would not have guessed either! .
    love these wonderful makes! so useful and lovely liking the look of those Glitter enamel drops?.
    Thank you for joining us over on Poppystamps challenge blog.
    Hugs Pam xxx

    1. The berries are those adhesive enamel dots you can buy. I bought them from The Works a few years ago. Originally was planning on making a card, but changed my mind!
      Thanks, Pam. Xxx

  6. Donna the netting in the little window is genius, gorgeous dots [found them ALL] and I just adore the Spruce ink - it's my favorite greyish green! xx

    1. Thank you, beautiful.
      Enjoy the rest of your day. Xxx

  7. No, I didn't get it right, Donna, but you sure nailed the theme and I'm crazy in love with your stunning bag and tag! One would pay big bucks for this set in a high-end boutique!! Thank you for the how-to tips! And thank you so much for playing in NBUS Challenge #12! Hugs, Darnell

    1. Thank you, lovely.
      Give my love to Hammy...
      Donna. X

  8. Wow Donna! This is drop dead gorgeous! The design is brilliant - I love the clear window and your photography is amazing!

    1. Thank you, Jeanne. I wanted this Holly Twig to take centre stage.
      So glad it worked out. πŸ™‚

  9. A gorgeous gift bag and tag. Absolutely stunning in every way!