Saturday, August 29, 2009

Happy Birthday to You Cuttlebug Challenge Blog!!! (+large gift bag tutorial )

I made this large gift bag
(about 9 inches high by 7 inches wide)
in honour of the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog's 1 year Birthday!

Will You please help me fill it up with
virtual birthday presents? :-D

Maggie & many of her team have been working on the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog--for a whole year now--to bring you all kinds of great ideas. They're having a Cuttlebug Challenge Birthday Palooza to commemorate the event!

I'm just a newbie to the crew, but I am so very delighted to be able join in celebrating this milestone with them. I'm hoping you'll join us in celebrating all month long too!

I'd be ever so thankful if you could help me fill this bag up for Maggie & the gang...with Cuttlebug Challenge followers & blinkie brandishers! Teehee. If you're game, you can add yourself as a follower of blog by clicking on the icon in their right hand sidebar & there are blinkie codes to add to your own blog there too:

We're hoping to hit 2000 followers
& there will be fantastic events & ideas
all month long in September to follow along with! :O)

make a speedy large-sized gift bag:

Step 1} Score 2 pieces of 12x12 cardstock at 2.5 inches on 3 sides

Step 2} Create scallop trim & a band of Cuttlebug Embossed paper (12" long) to decorate the top. The red patterned paper is from Cosmo Cricket's Everafter Collection. The white strip is watercolour paper embossed with the Fantasy Floral embossing folder.

Step 3} Adhere the scallop & stick the white embossed strip onto the top of the bag.

Step 4} Assemble the two box sides & add a ribbon handle.

Step 5} Emboss the image (this adorable image was rendered by Mo especially for the Palooza!) For a pictorial on how to emboss this (on acrylic paint texturized paper) please see this pictorial post.

Step 6} Colour with Copic markers.

Step 7} Print the butterflies (from Mo's Digital Pencil image "Soaking up the Joy"--they're repeated in Photoshop to be able to print several at once.) Emboss the butterflies on Core'dinations Whitewash cardstock & colour them with copic markers.

The sentiment is also embossed: "Bugs and Kisses and Birthday Wishes" ...on the Whitewash by just typing it up in Photoshop. (Get it? Cuttle'Bugs and kisses.... heeehee! I'm such a stampdork!)

Step 8} Make the butterflies & sentiment shimmer by spritzing with Glimmer Mist (This is "dew Drops")

Step 9} Create mat & cut flowers from BasicGrey paper (Angel Island from Pheobe collection)

Step 10} Create mat from Cosmo Cricket Everafter Collection

Step 11} Add speedy faux stitching with Sakura glaze pen -I love the gloss and dimension of these pens madly. I pet them! ;o)

Step 12} Assemble the image & the mats, the flowers & butterflies...add stitching...

and put it all together...

Hope you can help us celebrate
the big Cuttlebug Challenge Birthday Palooza!!

Details can be found here...

Happy Saturday!


Anonymous said...

hi beautiful,nicework,love lady

Dawn said...

ACK!! it's just too cleverly ADORABLE!

Libby said...

I love this Mel. Great work and such a lovely change to a store bought one. Great work. I love Cuttlebug Challenge too

Heather "Hev" said...

Popping by to say hi :)

Missing my time to blog hop - but hope to pop by and comment properly soon :)

Finally managed to make a card or two :)

Hope you are well


Kim Etherington said...

What a beautifully done image. You've made it look amazing! Very nice gift bag you've made too!