I was asked to take part in a fun blog hop by fellow demonstrator Kelly Acheson. It's a great way for Stampin' Up! demonstrators to share ideas and a little bit about the creative process as we design projects.
I wanted to share two versions of a cute treat bag made using our new Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. This set includes 12 thinlits that let you make a bag and lots of embellishments. There are even shapes such as a heart and star that you can use to cut a window in the bag. Here's a look at what the bag looks like made using the basic instructions. It makes a flat bag about 3-3/4" by 5-1/4".
And then here is a fun stepped-up version with side gussets so it can hold more treats.
This altered version with gussets is this month's bonus how-to sheet in my January newsletter. Subscribers have received that -- and if you subscribe to my newsletter through the box in the left column this week, I'll send the project sheet along to you as well.
Here are a few questions I was asked to answer for the Blog Hop...
1. What are you working on?
I've been busy making cards to swap at Stampin' Up's fun Leadership Training event in Orlando that starts this Thursday. I am worried that the blizzard in the northeast will keep some dear friends from being able to travel! I'll post my swap card later this week.
2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I think every Stampin' Up demonstrator values the great stamp images that we have as a jumping off point for creativity. I love creating projects that are easy for others to duplicate but that offer a bit of a wow factor, even if it's something simple such as the paper bow on the flat treat bag made with the new Bow Builder Punch. I love when a new tool makes it easy to add a fun element to a project.
3. Why do you create what you do?
I've always been a crafter. I can remember asking Santa for a crafting kit from the Sears Catalog when I was a little girl. Creating things from paper -- and sharing what I create -- is a welcome break from all the technology that's part of my full time job as a college website manager.
4. How does your creativity process work?
I love browsing all the online sources for ideas and then going from there. And many times I will start with a printed piece of paper and be inspired by the color combination. I make notes about ideas and draw sketches in a little project notebook -- and then I just jump in and start creating. Sometimes it can be messy, but it's always fun.
Thanks for stopping by. Next Monday demonstrators Barbara Lash and Debbie Duchess are scheduled to share a project idea and more about their creative process. Barbara loves to tell me that our friendship started "thanks to a little rubber stamp" -- and that's the best part of Stampin' Up! So many great friendships!