Good Thursday Morning…..and Brrrrrrr….it is COLD! If we get through today I think that the weather is going to behave itself and be a bit more realistic with what a “Winter” should be! Thoughts and prayers are with everyone that is affected by this bitterness and the moral of the story is…stay inside and get some crafting done!
You all know me with the animals…my worry never seems to stop with them so please keep your eyes peels and hearts open if you see an animal that needs proper care in this bitterness.
Here is a funny….my kids know that this time of the year I have been known to pick up stray dogs, foster babies that need care and the list goes on…the year that I broke my ankle we had a turkey show up out of nowhere and we helped him…well after my ankle, I twisted John’s heartstrings to make sure the guy had food and water.
I have ONE GRUMPY PIG as it is with TOTAL OPPOSITION for her to go outside of her “heated condo” – (John calls it her hut) to go to the bathroom….I wish that each and everyone of you could witness this “back talking of grunts” as I move her along! The good news for her is that in the winter we seems to eat lots of yummy strawberries and Daisey just loves the tops of strawberries so that is one of my “levering methods” with her!
ENOUGH…Let’s get to the SUPER FUN project that I have for you!
I know that I have not been blogging a bunch but truth be told – I love to create but I just fight with myself in taking the time to blog as yep, I henpeck with typing…but I am here to say that I have been creating a bunch and I am on a creative roll! This project makes me HAPPY and I hope that you feel the same!
Let’s be honest… each of us have a Birthday…like it or not – it is what it is!
The other thing that I think is probably true is…at this stage of our life we really do not need much but one thing that I thing we all need….is to smile and to allow a simple and fun gesture of kindness touch someones heart on their special day!
YEP, that it what it is all about and this project can be given for ANY AGE as who in the heck does not like to have a little Birthday Cake with some fun fixins’ to remember their special day! You can tell that I am quite tickled with myself! (heck, that doesn’t take much)
I have a BUNCH OF PICTURES for you today and I hope that they help you and also inspire you, At the end of the post you will find a FREE PDF with the directions for this fun project!
Before we get into the bag…let’s touch with what is INSIDE the bag! Sarah Wills had enlighten my pea brain that at the grocery store there are these just WONDERFUL “pee-wee” sizes of cakes in a mug for 1! You betcha that the next time I went to the Grocery Store that I came home with a bunch!
There are cakes, brownies, muffins….as you can imagine a ton of fun options! I knew that this was my week for the 3D Thursday Group and I have had a bunch of Birthdays in January so this is what I gave them….and guess what – the recipients BEAMED with a smile from ear to ear and said…I will always remember this one….you are just too creative!
Inside the fun gift bag I put a package of the cake mix…some Hershey Nuggets covered in DSP…some balloons…..a party blower horn…and of course a candle! Just think – one trip to the dollar store to get these little extras will make a lastly memory for someone!
I finally got smart as when I made these, I made up 12 to have on hand….if you make a bunch up like I did…do not put the box together – just go ahead and create, color and put the tear-n-tape on….and leave them flat so you are not taking up space and also not potentially damaging cute boxes! (Duh…I did not think about that until I had 4 already adhered)
There are several STARS of this SHOW…..and the pictures will showcase them and then also at the end of this post you will see the line up of products that I have used! They are…Birthday Cheer Bundle, Gift Bag Punch Board, the Stamparatus, the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets and the Stampin’ Blends! YEP….all what I always talk to you about….THE BASICS!!!!
I ask you…when was the last time you used this punch board…and if you are like me…it has been YEARS! If you do not have it…well today could be your lucky day as just like I say about the Envelope Punch Board…this is the BEST piece of plastic you could get for $20.00…..one of those staples of the basics!
If you are not familiar with this product – watch this video and you will see the basics of how it is used! I know making a gift bag can easily be down with a trimmer and a scoring tool…..but this makes it so easy and clean with being able to punch the holes in the top and also allowing the gusset sides….
The bag size that I made is the Medium one and below you can see that using the Stamparatus makes it a dream! The dual plates allow me to stamp both stamps without having to move to paper….and the precision of stamping is stellar – each and every time!
Taking a template and placing it over top and go to town with the BLENDS…..it works PERFECTLY….look at the pictures and then you can see how I take a “fresh one” and put it over top of the coloring!
Is this a TIMESAVER or WHAT!!!! It is so clean and crisp! Using the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets is also a happy dance element to this project! Can you tell – I just LOVE this project!
Adding a DSP strip is totally optional but I think it adds a huge WOW…and tomorrow when you pop back to see the card that I made to go along with this…you will see how it all ties together!
Now to the part that always makes me smile….the FRU-FRU!!! Look how fun and festive this is….just a quick twirl around something narrow…and POOF – you have an instant smile! I use “Mr. Pokey” to help pick up a glue dot and tuck it right in my project!
READY FOR THE PDF…..JUST CLICK BELOW!
WHEW….another long one for me but you know that I always love to paint the picture for you! I hope that I have inspired you and I hope that you realize that each and everyone of us are capable of creating fun projects that not only are we proud of, but projects that make someones day!
Each and everyone of you make my day with popping on my blog, subscribing to my blog and always leaving great comments that make other people smile…and have the feeling of a community!
I do hope that you will pop back tomorrow as I have a card that went with this project and trust me, it is a keeper! I am so excited about todays project and also the card that you will see tomorrow…I think some BLOG CANDY is in store for tomorrow!
Have a great day….and if you have time – please feel free to leave a comment! I am so blessed to have this great group of followers that even though we have never met in person…we are great friends – now go and make someone smile today and STAY WARM!
I will be back (WOW – 2 days in a row!!!!) with the fun other half of this project and some BLOG CANDY for someone….!!! All of the products I used are below and also feel free to email me if you have any questions!
What a wonderful idea! Our son’s birthday is this weekend and if I can get out…cold, snow and ice… I will get the supplies to make this for him. Thanks so much for your inspiration! Love the fru-fru.
What a wonderful project, Susan. I’m sure every recipient was thrilled to receive this gift. I’m anxious to see tomorrow’s card. Thanks for the PDF with all your tips on making this cute bag. Stay warm and safe. I have to keep reminding myself that this too shall pass! We’re another day closer to spring. It can’t come soon enough for me. Enjoy your day!
Oh my gosh! I love hearing your animals stories!! Daisey sounds adorable!!! Such a great idea the birthday in a bag! TFS! Stay safe and warm!
You are making it hard to resist buying the gift bag punch board…..
What a great idea to give a “Birthday in a Bag” and what a perfect package. I don’t use the gift bag punchboard nearly enough myself. I do love the results and your fru-fru is the crowning touch. TFS
Such a cute idea! I have missed your blogs but know there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done.
Yup. Like Linda S, I think I need that gift bag punch board. I LOVE 3-D items, and you have made a super one. Thanks for all the ideas and details. Such fun!
Birthdays are so much fun and each one NEEDS to be celebrated!
I thought I really didn’t need the gift bag punch board but this looks like it would be really good to use and easy enough by watching the video. After the other post about the individual cakes etc. I was amazed at the offerings at the grocery store! Of course I had to get a couple to try! Mike gave the Ghiradelli brownie a thumbs up. I bought carrot cake too but we have not tried it yet.
Oh, to see how that present die worked was good, as I was trying to figure that out. It looks so cute but just wasn’t sure about it. But, I do have other stuff I want more so. That would have just been the icing on the cake so to speak (or bag!) I do love the strip of the fun paper on there too and to decorate it all up. I can not wait until I see the card – I am so excited trying to imagine all the possibilities!
Oh Daisey, it will warm up as I keep telling Ted. I bet she is grumbling and grunting up a storm! This weekend it is suppose to really be warm here!!!! Yeah, I need to unearth the recycle tote and get the ice off of it as I have quite a bit of recycling. But, for now I am staying inside and making lots and lots of stuff! I colored 15 gators from the critter valentine set this morning. I ran out of the cardstock and DSP I wanted to use so I need to place a quick order for that. I have the PP for this month with 2 refills in progress too and then some other treat holders. Mike is just shaking his head. He just doesn’t understand he pleasure I get from making them and giving them. He did admit the postal SAB set made into the little postal box was really cute. He wanted to make sure I made one for Mary who is one of the postal clerks. Got it covered Mike.
Anyway, loved your project and loved your enthusiasm and stories!
Love, love, love this bag….and the idea of making them up for future use is awesome! You come up with the best ideas, Susan. Can’t wait to see your card (already know it is going to be super cute!). Poor Daisy…..I can see her sitting by the fireplace with a big ol’ blanket.?
Susan, this project is over the top adorable. I have the stamp set but not the framelits…once again you are enabling me! Your creativity and giving heart has no limits. Love you to pieces.
Absolutely love this project! Adorable, and so sweet-literally! Thank you again for the inspiration!
As always another awesome project!! Love it and I am going to take out my neglected gift box board and give it a try. I love? this project. The colors and your awesome directions. Can’t wait to see the card to match
Absolutely adorable project and gift ideas! Thanks for sharing Susan!?
Mms. Itell – I simply adore this idea and with three granddaughters, it will be VERY useful. The trick will be keeping track of what I put in each birthday bag to retain their individual identities 😉