Saturday, November 27, 2010

Pop on over - freebies and a tutorial

HI Fellow Crafter's

After seeing this blog post on how to make your own microwave popcorn, I came up with the idea of using homemade micro popcorn as favors or even an invitation!

I settled on the idea of using them as an invitation to a Christmas movie marathon.

The back of the tag.

Here's what I did :
1. Take a brown paper bag. I had red ones so I used them. Place 1/4 cup of popcorn (your normal everyday one) into the bag.

2. Fold down the top edge twice and secure with a piece of sticky tape (no it does not melt in the microwave- if you were wondering :-) )

3. Sticky tape side up, fold both ends towards the center, overlapping slightly.
4. Embellish as desired. Place a note on the back that reads: (Free to use: Click and save)

Here is the tag for you to use: (Free to use: Click and save)

Some other ideas I have for the microwave popcorn.
- Gift as a DIY popcorn garland. Wrap a length of string with a needle around the micro popcorn.

- Gift as a Pop on over Santa request for your kids class mates.

Another suggestion if you only have the brown bags is to make a sleeve in a Christmassy color or using Christmas DP to go around your bag.

Happy Crafting.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Santa Suit Gift Card holder

Hi Fellow Crafter's
I have been hectically busy with school these last few weeks, finalizing reports and attending to all the year end happenings. I have however had to find time to finish off the gift card holders for all the teachers on my list.  Below is one of those I have made. 

 Here is a view of the inside

Here is how I made it:

For the outside holder:
1.  Cut a piece of red card stock 6 7/8" x 10 1/2".
2.  Along short edge score at 2" and 4 7/8" as indicated by arrows.
3. Turn card stock along long edge and score at 4" and 8".
4. Cut away the sections marked by the A
6. Fold along the scored edges. The back pieces fold slightly overlapping each other. Place glue along one edge and fold to glue together. Before gluing I made a notch in the top, so that it would be easier to pull the gift card out. I also used my notch tool to make a notch in the one of the sides before gluing so that I could later tuck in the top flap to close the gift card holder (see finished back view below)
7. Now place glue along the bottom flap and glue in place.
8. Turn the pouch over and embellish. Finished size should be 3" wide.

For the front- Santa Suit:
1. Cut a strip of cream card stock 1 1/2" x 7". I then using my pinking shears to cut a deckle edge.
    {click on image for a larger view}
 2. Cut a strip of black card stock 3" x 1".

 3. Cut silver card stock making a 2" square and cut a 1" square out of the center of the 2" square.
Put it all together as shown below.

Now for the inner gift card holder.
1. Cut a piece of cream card stock 2 6/8" x 6 7/8".  Measure your gift card and make notches in the correct place. I then embellished using my holly sizzix die. I placed the holly on the bottom notch so as to hide it. I then stamped my sentiment at the top of the holder.
Now insert the inner card holder onto the pouch.

 How the back flap closes:

 And there you have your pouch gift card holder. I can imagine this as a snowman or even a reindeer depending on the recipient.

Happy crafting.