Thursday, November 14, 2013

It's Hop time again!


Welcome! If you are following the Hop order, you've just come from the very talented Kath's blog.

I'm sharing a gift bag that is also an up-cycling project. If you've ever purchased tea from a David's Tea shop and you are a Stampin' Up fan, you may have noticed that the lovely bags they put your purchases into are very close to Bermuda Bay in colour. That makes them a perfect match with the Winter Frost Designer Series Paper.

I used two of the snowflakes from the Festive Flurry stamp set and stamped them at the top of the bag using white Staz-On. A strip of the beautiful striped foil design from the Winter Frost collection covers up the David's Tea logo at the bottom. Then I embellished it with the stars cut from the Silver Glimmer paper using the star from the Circle Thinlits assortment. And, of course, the Merry, using the Expressions Thinlits die.

The Silver 1/8" ribbon holds a Silver Glimmer snowflake cut from the Silver Glimmer paper. When I punched a hole to put the ribbon through, I looked at what I punched out and thought it would look good in the center of the stamped snowflakes.

Next, I made two designs of cards to match the bag. The card on the right is a total CASE of a design by Claudia Perry. I loved how she used the Circle Card die thinlit to make a tent card. I added a Silver Glimmer star to the center of the snowflake. The sentiment is stamped with the Merry Christmas stamp from Teeny Tiny Wishes. The other card uses the negative cutout from one of the dies in the set that co-ordinates with the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set. Although neither of these is in the current catalogue, they are both still available to order. The sentiment on this one features the fun Candy Dots in Bermuda Bay. I love Candy Dots!

And finally, a non-Christmas card but still going with the blue theme I seem to have going on lately. This one uses the World Map background stamp, stamped in black Staz-On on Very Vanilla, cut into three panels and sponged with Marina Mist then layered on more Very Vanilla. The sentiment is from Chalk Talk, punched with the wide oval punch and layered on a background cut with a Chalk Talk Framelit - and finished off with Candy Dots! You can get Candy Dots in all of the SU colours, making them the perfect embellishment.

If you are following the Hop in order, your next stop is Jeanne, who has some WOW projects. Enjoy. Just click on the Next button to visit Jeanne.



  1. thank you for sharing your projects Gail! :)

  2. I love your cards, Gail - I think my favourite is the World Map :) Great job up-cycling that bag - I'll have to start shopping at David's Tea !

  3. Gorgeous!!! I love the blue theme in all your creations! That map card is the bomb!!!!!

  4. Hi Gail, I love your blues! I'm having a hard time not doing all my projects in blue as well. We've added such a lot of gorgeous blues to our colours this year, haven't we? We don't have a David's Tea in Red Deer and I feel cheated! How am I going to CASE that beautiful bag you've up-cycled? You're right about their blue being a perfect match for our Bermuda Bay. Lovely! I've never tried a tent card but love the way it looks. Yet another use for the Circles Thinlits die! Either card would be perfect with that bag. Your use of the World Map stamp is really stunning. I love it. It's so simple and yet, with the Island Indigo sponging you did around the edges of the map, you've created a real 3-D effect. This would be great in any number of colours, depending on the gender of the person to whom you were giving it. Thank you so much for being part of our Blog Hop. Wonderful projects!

  5. Ack! Gail, I just left such a long comment and the server timed out and dumped it! Back to the drawing board---hope I can remember what I wrote.

    I love the blue theme and find myself reaching for blues for more frequently this year than others. It's probably due to the wonderful blue colours we've added to an already great selection of blues. I feel cheated that I don't live anywhere near to a David's Tea. I want one of those bags! What a great job you've done of up-cycling the bag, Gail. I agree that their blue is a ringer for our Bermuda Bay. Either one of those cards would be perfect with the bag. I especially like the "tent" style that you've made using the Circles Thinlits die. What a great idea! Your World Map card is gorgeous in its simplicity. You've managed to give a real 3-D effect to the map by sponging some Island Indigo around the edges. I love that. This card would be great in any number of colours, depending on the gender of the person to whom you were giving it. I will be CASEing this. Thank you so much for being part of this Blog Hop, Gail.

  6. More great holiday cards and lovely gift bag. I especially like your non holiday card using the world stamp, it is gorgeous! Now I just may have to purchase that stamp.

  7. Gail, love how you got the whole world into your card! :D
    Super projects.

  8. Gail, you are working the blue! Love your projects, and am so jealous that you get such lovely bags from the tea shop. TFS!

  9. Gail, I love your World Map card I might CASE it in the near future.

  10. Great projects, and I love the world map card!

  11. Great projects! I love how you split up the world map card.

  12. I love your World Map card!!!

    Peace, Love & Joy,


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