Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Valentine Treat Bag with Stampin' Up! Top Note Die

This was one of last nights Stamp Club projects!
I do believe that the Top Note die was the first Stampin' Up! die I purchased several years ago when I was still just a customer...and a very happy customer as well.  These treat bags that you can make with the top note and a small paper bag are just the cutest!!  Aren't they!  And they are so much fun to give away!
Because I love them so much and because I appreciate all my customers and visitors so much, I'm going to give away my very first BLOG CANDY!  Leave a comment on this post and next Tuesday, January 18, 2011, I will have draw a number for the winner.  The winner will receive a kit in the mail with all the parts to make your own valentine treat bag!  (You'll have to fill it yourself with treats, but that shouldn't be too hard!)
Here's how I did it...(view printable or downloadable google doc instructions here)
 Start with a small paper bag.  The bag I used measures 4 x 8 x 2 1/2 inches.  Cut off the top so that the end of the bag is 3 inches tall, as shown above.
 Cut out 2 Top Note dies using Pretty in Pink cardstock and one using the Real Red polka Dot pattern from the Brights Designer Series Patterned Paper Pack or from the special Filled with Love offering good through Jan. 24.  See my post here on that Filled With Love special.  The polka dot Real Red top note I trimmed to about 1 1/4 inches wide.  I took a strip of Real Red cardstock that was cut into a strip of 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches and punched it with the scallop border edge punch.  I also prepared my stamped image. Colors used are Old Olive, Real Red, and Pretty in Pink.
 Use the large oval punch to punch out an oval with printer paper.  You need something thin so the layers don't get too thick and make it too difficult to punch.  Add a little bit of adhesive or Dotto to the punched oval and place it on one of the pink top notes where you want your handle to be.
Trim off the edge of the Real Red top note piece using the dotted lines in the die as your guide.  This creates a nice little pink edge...remember its all in the little details and Stampin' Up! product really gives you ample reason to add little details like this.
Then adhere your Real Red polka dot piece right over the punched handle, as shown above.
Turn your front piece over and punch out the Real Red patterned piece.  Line up with the oval punch window as shown below.
The the photo below is what you should have now.
Next, line up the two Pretty and Pink top note die cuts  as shown below, so you can punch the handle on the back piece.
Put that printer paper oval punch inside the window, being careful to keep your Pretty in Pink pieces aligned. 
Remove the top piece and keep the printer paper oval in place, as shown below.
Line up the printer paper oval inside the window of your large oval punch and punch out.
Next you can add your stamped image as shown below.  The center of the O in LOVE was stamped separately on Whisper White with Pretty in Pink classic ink and punched out with the 3/4" circle punch.
Add the strip of Real Red scallop border that you punched earlier as shown below.
Turn the front of the bag over to trim the ends of the scallop border off along the edge of the Pretty in Pink top note.
Add a piece of Old Olive 1/8th inch Taffeta Ribbon just above the scalloped border.  My example shows a knot tied in the ribbon, but when I did this for my stamp club, I just added the ribbon without the knot and I thought that looked better because of the knotted closure ribbon.  I didn't think you needed two ribbon knots.
To attach the paper bag, add adhesive to the front of the bag (the part that is not folded...does that make sense?) and line up on the back of the top note front (the decorated piece), as shown below.
Add adhesive to the back of the bag , make sure you fold down the bottom of the bag so it will open all the way up.  Line up your two top notes and adhere (no photo).  Then, putting your punch inside the bag so you can see the paper bag showing through the handles, line up the oval window inside the punch window and punch out that portion of the paper bag that is showing. The more care you take in lining up the window with the already punched top note, the easier it will be to punch.
Do that for both front and back top notes and fill the bag with treats as shown below.
Stamp the Feb 14 stamp from the Filled with Love Stamp Set  in Real Red on Whisper White.  Punch out this image with the 1" circle punch.  Punch the tag you just made with the 16th inch hole punch and add a piece of linen thread.
Use a piece of Real Red Satin Ribbon to tie the bag closed.  Tie the Feb 14 tag on the ribbon and your treat bag is done and ready to give away to someone special.
Printable Google doc instructions here.
Thanks so much for looking and don't forget to leave a comment to be entered to win this treat bag kit as my very first BLOG CANDY!
Happy Stamping!

Added Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011
The winner of the Blog Candy was chosen by as #4.  The blog comments were numbered first followed by Facebook comments.  Melody M was the winner!  Thank you everyone for your comments!

Supplies for this project:
Stamp Sets:  Filled with Love Bundle (includes patterned paper pack and free buttons) (#124380)
Cardstock:  Pretty in Pink(#100459), Real Red(#102482), Whisper White(#100730)
Ink:  Real Red(#103133), Pretty in Pink(#101301)
Stamp n Write Markers:  Real Red(#100052), Old Olive(#100079)
Tools:  Big Shot(#113439), Top Note die(#113463), Scalloped Edge Border punch(#119882), Large Oval punch(#119855), 3/4" circle punch(#119873), 1" circle punch(#119868)
Accessories:  Real Red satin ribbon(#117286), Linen thread(#104199),


  1. So cute, Kelly! If I win, my kids will be taking these to school for Valentine's Day and if asked, I will give credit where credit is due!
    Elizabeth :-)

  2. I love this simple, yet VERY cute treat bag! I, too, was thinking of Valentine's for my girls to take to school!

  3. Oh my gosh, your treat bag is so stinkin' cute. I would love to win the pieces to make myself one. By the way, when my daughter was in the Brownies there was a girl in our troop and her name was Kelly Rose. I'll never forget that. Beautiful work!

  4. This is such a cute idea! I have been searching the perfect Valentine card idea for my son's class party that is not to young for them. This is perfect

  5. Wow, what a darling and different treat bag. Absolutely love it. I agree with you that the this die is the best


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