Well, this past week, Core'dinations has teamed up with Spellbinders.
I got to create some projects using Spellbinders dies, and cardstock from Core'dinations.
Both companies are doing giveaways, as well as showcasing projects both design teams created, on their blogs.
Today is my day to participate.
I did a layout, that may already be on the Core'dinations blog, I stuck it here too, just in case.
Then I am sharing with you, one of my favorite secrets.
A tutorial on mass-producing little treat bags.
Seriously, it is a great way to use scraps, and if you make the treat bags with wrapped hard candies (that aren't going to go bad, or get teeth-breakingly hard,) you can keep a bunch of them on hand, for quick thank you's, or "holy cow I forgot it was her/his birthday."
Here are the Blog Hop details:
Welcome to the Core'dinations and Spellbinders Blog swap!!! Are you ready for a week long blog swap filled with loads of inspiration? Well, you came to the right place. Spellbinders and Core'dinations have teamed up and created gorgeous projects just for you. But...a blog swap wouldn't be the same without give-a-ways, right?
Core’dinations will be giving away FOUR paper packs in total!!!
Here is how you can win:
1. Visit the Core’dinations blog and leave a comment every day, Monday the 26th through Friday the 30th. We will give away two packs to TWO lucky winners.
2. Like us on Facebook and comment to win a paper pack.
3. Visit the Core’dinations Designer’s blogs and leave a comment. We will be linking them up on the Core’dinations blog throughout the week and will choose one random designer’s blog to pick a winner.
Make sure you visit the Spellbinders blog for more details on how to win some of their awesome dies.
Here is what I created. (You can click on it, to make it bigger, and see more detail.)
I used these Spellbinders dies.
Labels Twenty-Three SKU: S4-347
Butterflies Two SKU: S3-146
Nested Ice Cream Cones SKU: S4-275
I also used these Core'dinations cardstocks:
Core Impressions Basic Grey Whimsy Collection (Green, Pink, Yellow)
Core Essentials (Purple, White and Blue)
Core Vintage Collection (Ice Cream and Cone)
The Spellbinders Ice Cream dies came in three different sizes, to be layered if you would like to.
The label dies are graduating sizes too.
I love the graduated sizes for the label dies, they make it so simple to make treat bags.
They come like this:
Then I chose the next largest die, and cut out a dark gray label.
The dark gray cardstock is from the Core'dinations Vintage collection. It already looks "canvas-y."
I inked the edges of the label, and THEN I sanded it. It made a really cool edge on the label.
The easiest way to do this, to get an even fold, is to line the die up on your paper trimmer, so the "fold" is running right down the gutter of your trimmer (where the blade would normally slide.)
Then you can use a bone folder, or embossing tool, to just run a line down the gutter where you want the paper to fold. In this case, I have turned my label over, so the fold will be on the inside.
Then I took the largest folded label, and lined it up across the top of the bag and stapled that sucker shut.
If the treat bag is hanging out of the side of the label, and it bugs you, you can tuck it under, and use a bit of adhesive to stick it there.
You can also fold the labels in half length-wise, if you would like to top a large-sized (think sandwich-sized) bag.
We are going to cover them up.
Take the smaller sized label, and layer it over the pink label.
Then add whatever embellishments you would like.
I stuck with the ice cream die.
I made the "drip" of the ice-cream on the treat bag, and also my layout, by cutting a heart in half.
|Notice the cardstock dust...:)|
This is where it is easy to mass-produce these things.
Crank out a bunch of those labels.
Depending on the thickness of your cardstock, you can cut two, and sometimes three labels at one time.
You can use up any scraps you have.
You could also bag up gift certificates, instead of candy, to have on hand for a quick present.
The back side of the treat bag is blank.
You could easily personalize the treat bag by writing a message on the blank label in back.
You know what else would be sweet?
If you won a prize from this hop.
Head over to the Core'dination blog, and the Spellbinder's blog, (links above) and give it a go!