Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Anything But a Card Blog Hop

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for stopping in today.
 I am participating in two blog hops simultaneously, so if you are looking for the Craft-Dee BowZ Blog Hop please make sure to click here to be taken directly to the Craft-Dee Bowz blog hop. If you are looking for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop, then you are in the right spot.



Are you having fun and getting inspired !!
If you came here from Cindy's blog then you are in the right place. If not and you want to be eligible for prizes please make sure to start at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog for all the details.Leaving a comment on each DT members blogs will make you eligible for a prize. Prizes to be awarded are: a grand prize (stamp set of your choice) and 3 hidden prizes on 3 different designers blogs. And we don't even know where the hidden prizes are.
Here is a list of the designers so you will not get lost.

** Shona Erlenborn ** Jackie Smith  ** Karalee Ingram  ** Dawn Bennett ** 

**Shanna** Anne Temple  ** Brigita Skopas ** Karin Martin **

**Cammy Vietzke ** April Williams** Cindy Keogh ** Barbara Bruder (that's me) **

**Julie Zippel ** Marie Berquist ** Brenda Smalle **  


Let me share with you my projects.
Since we are spotlighting Anything But a Card in our blog hop this month, I decided to focus on gifts. Adorning gift containers and using stamps to make everything coordinate is so easy and really a great accent to the gift itself. We all give gifts throughout the year, so these ideas can be used for whatever the reason for the gift.

First, we all use bags with handles from time to time. It seems that more often we use tissue paper to add a little pop and pizazz to the bag. Well how about using a bag topper instead. They are sometimes called a Bag Bib. Let me show you my decorated bag. I used a plain white handled gift bag, and covered the front and back with card stock and some designer paper to glam the bag up a bit. Next I decided on the theme and then decorated my bag topper. And I then decorated a box for another gift.

Here are my two coordinating projects:


Here is a close up of the bag topper

I used the mermaid from Stampette Set 477S to adorn the bag topper. Isn't she cute. 

other products used:
Embossing Powders: Pear EP 420 and Moss Star EP 430
Colored with colored pencils
Flat Backed pearls and Rhinestones
Small seashells

I also decorated a pillow box that can be used for a small gift. For everyone who likes to have things match or at least have the same theme, I continued with the sea theme.Since the pillow box was white I cut a shape to cover the top and bottom with purple cs, Next I used an embossing folder on the top cover and then I attached the purple covers.I added a ribbon and a fluffy bow. I decided that the gift was in need of a gift tag so I used an oval from Spellbinders, stamped the outside and added the verse to the inside. Added color inside and out, punched a hole and added twine I attached the gift tag to the bow.



Here is the gift tag opened with the sentiment.

Well it is so easy to coordinate gift packaging with stamped images. And this will give your gifts that coordinated look.

products used on the pillow box:
All stamped images on box - Stamp set 404 Ocean Treasures
Embossing folder
Colored pencils
Ribbon
Twine

Directions to both of my projects can be found below:
Gift Tag on Pillow Box
Gift Bag - Bag Topper

Now it's time for you to hop on over to Julie's blog for more inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by










My projects are being entered in the following challenges:

Bag Topper & Pillow Box


54 comments:

Katy said...

The bag topper is so pretty! What a wonderful way to dress up a bag! And I love the bubbles for the mermaid! :)

April said...

Barbara, these are such pretty projects! I had forgotten about bag bibs and love them. Will have to make some soon. Great job!

Jacqueline Smith said...

Fabulous projects with a lot of bling! Love all the details on your projects!

Shanna Shands said...

These are fun and very creative ideas!

Julie Z said...

Wonderful projects Barbara! I ADORE the "bubbles" coming out of Serena's nose/mouth - awesome touch! And I love all the colors you used too! It's so nice when you can coordinate the packaging on your gifts!

Brenda said...

Love the "bib" - great idea, but I just know that beautiful little pillow box is just filled with scrumptious things :)

Donna Ellis said...

Oh my, Barbara! These are beautiful ideas, and wonderfully gorgeous projects! I'm impessed that the brushable glue adhered all those tiny sea shells! Looks amazing! The pearls are the perfect touch for the mermaid. Your pillow box is adorable. Very pretty, and lovely colors, too.

Cammy404 said...

Barbara, I love your projects! So cute! I love how everything just matches. I especially love the purple color that you have chosen. I find purple too hard to handle and work with but you have done with perfection here. Just beautiful!!

Eret said...

These are fabulous projects. Love everything about them, specially the pearl bubbles of the mermaid and the big bow on the box. Fantastic work!
Eret xx

Sandra van Blaricum said...

Beuatiful bag Barbara!!! Love all the pearls! And the pillowbox is beautiful too, Great Bow!!
Thanks for joining the TTCRD challenges!
Hugs,Sandra

Karin said...

Beautiful packaging! Love the gorgeous tag, and the way it opens on the side...So creative! The bling on the bag and pretty mermaid are simply marvelous!

Cindy Keogh said...

Fantastic gifting creations! So pretty!

dmbennett said...

Beautiful projects. Love all the details you added. Never tried a "bib" before, may have to give it a try.

Shona Erlenborn said...

Now that's a complete package!I love the bag topper and that you kept everything coordinated with the sea theme. Gorgeous pillow box and tag - just perfect packaging!

Pat Garvin said...

Gorgeous bow.

Anne Temple said...

What a great gift bag and pillow box! Love the pearls as the water bubbles.

Ava Gavloski said...

cute cute and so creative!!! love the colortones and nice showcasing!!!

Sharon said...

Love the bag topper and the colors are so pretty. Thank You for sharing with us at Lady Anne's Challenges. I hope we see you again soon.

Sharon

Lady Anne's Stamp Challenge
Lady Anne's: NanaVic's Challenge

Sandy (Cheesy) said...

That is a great gift bag! I'd love to get anything in it! LOL.

elf1023 said...

Bib for a gift bag. Whoda thunk! Great idea. They can be made ahead, and just attached. Love this stamp set.

Karalee said...

Wow Barbara! These are great. I made pillow boxes to hold a few mints for my daughter's wedding, but they can't hold a candle to how gorgeously decorated yours is.

crafty grandma said...

Love the bags! Would be perfect for my grand-daughter who really loves mermaids. TFS

NWFlamingo said...

Great ideas. I need to do some of those bag toppers for my accumulation of gift bags.

Verna Angerhofer said...

I just love that idea of doing a bag topper. Great way to make use of those Plain Jane bags one can sometimes get on special and this way by the time you have it all glammed up no one will ever guess it was a Plain Jane at all. I like your idea a great deal. And, the end result of yours is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it and your lovely gift tag too.

Mindy K said...

What a fun way to get around fussing with getting the tissue paper "just right". I also love the pillow box. The colors are beautiful and I love that your projects coordinated!

Kathryn said...

The bag topper is a wonderful "gift" in itself so it won't matter what's in the bag!! ha! Lovely!

Pamela Selinski said...

Cute gift set

sharon g said...

The little jewels is a nice addition. Perfect for the subject.

Natasha G.P. said...

That's some COOL shading on the last one. I love the colors.

Gita said...

I've never seen a bag bib...what a neat idea. And personalized too. Love the bubbles from Serena. Very nice!!

Anita Braddock said...

what awesome projects. love the colors and the Bag bib is super cool love the Ideas. thanks for sharing.

Jean Bullock said...

I love packaging and was certainly not disappointed in your wonderful presentation. Gorgeous!

namabear said...

Barbara neat bag bib I've never heard of them before luv yours and the matching pillow box what a nice touch. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Missy, I never doubted it!!!!

Joanie B

missy said...

This is something I need to do more of! I haven't done this in a while! This is very pretty! TFS!

Karenladd said...

Love your crafty batch of adorable gift containers! Love how creative you are and how many ways the stamps can be used!

Candy Meyers said...

I love bag toppers. Great idea.
Thanks loads,
Candy Meyers

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Lovely projects. Thanks for sharing

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

LOVE all the details, this is fabulous. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!! Be sure to watch for our Blog Hop this Sunday!

Scrappy99 said...

Very nice!

Penny Ockey said...

Very nice set. Colors are great.

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love that gift bag & tag/pillow box! Too darn sweet! Thanks for sharing this with us.
Linda Gibb

Kim S said...

Fun gift wrapping ideas!
TFS
Kim S

Janet said...

I love the idea of a semi-circle for the bag topper. I have only done designs on the flat front or back of the bag. The air bubbles coming up from the mermaid really accent the sea images.

Dianne Potter said...

I love the "Bag Bib" idea. Make several to have on hand. Add coordinating tissue and your ready for any event. Great pillow box idea. Hmmmm... Thank you for sharing.

E. Marie said...

Love your coordinated gift bag and gift box. Your bag topper is fabulous and so creative - especially those "bubbly" pearls.

Whimsey said...

WOW - great projects!!

Thanks for joining us at Ladybug Crafts Ink!!

~Michele

Anonymous said...

The colors look great together!

Alane Jackson said...

This is a super idea, especially since I never seem to have to right color of tissue paper to put in a bag. An added bonus is the bag topper keeps the bag closed which I love, so this is definitely something I'm going to make. Thanks for also showing the other projects that just add to the gift bag, they are great.

carrie said...

The bag topper is wonderful! Love the colors, "bubbles", and layers. The tag and decorations on the pillow box are great and the bow is absolutely beautiful.

Desire Fourie said...

Beautiful creations. Loving the underwater scene.
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Lydia said...

You have done such an amazing job on these xxxx thank you so for sharing at Loves Rubberstamps xxx

Linda said...
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Linda said...

Barbara I love your projects! I especially love the way you used the pearls for the mermaids bubbles, how clever is that!