Anne and Crystal’s Annual Bag and Tag Extravaganza

Yesterday was Anne and Crystal’s Annual Bag and Tag Extravaganza (ACABTE).  We enjoy these events so much – but I always forget to take photos.  Crystal’s son Isaac was the star of the event and we all enjoyed watching and playing with him, but I didn’t take even one picture!  My bad.

A couple of people had last minute conflicts and weren’t able to attend, and I promised I would get project photos up right away.  They’ll get packets with all the pieces to put the bags together but having a photo as your guide is a big help.

Tree Trimmings gift bag

This bag uses stamps from Tree Trimmings, Delightful Decorations, and Many Merry Messages.  The ornament on the panel is 3 stamped ornaments punched with the ornament punch.  Each one is scored down the center and then adhered back to back to make a 3-D ornament.  These are also fun to do as 360 degree ornaments – I use six punched shapes to make a paper ornament.  I thought I’d posted some of these a while back, but I can’t seem to find them – I’ll have to take some photos to show you what they look like.

Peaceful Season bag

This bag uses the Peaceful Season Level II Hostess set and the Tags for Christmas set that is currently offered at a 20% discount when purchsed with the XL Decorative Label punch.  I think Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler were designed with brown paper bags in mind!

If you’ve never made one of these punched paper flowers, don’t be intimidated – they look fabulous but they’re easy as can be.  You can use a scallop circle, a plain circle or any of the flower punches to create the flower, and each shape yields a slightly different result.  Punch 6 to 8 circles, stack them and pierce the center with a pokey doodle (piercing tool!) and piercing mat.  Secure a brad through the stack and use a mist bottle to dampen the circle on the top.  Use your fingers to “smoosh” that first circle up into a standing clump;  I advised a woman at ACABTE yesterday to imagine it was her boss’s head and my goodness did she do a fine job of smooshing!!!  Once  you’ve gotten the first circle smooshed, continuing dampening and smooshing the rest of the layers one at a time.  When you’re done, lightly press the top of the flower to open it back out and just let it dry in place.  Here’s a flower close-up:

As you can see, I was liberal with the Champagne Mist Shimmer paint spritz (a few drops in 70% isopropyl alcohol in a mist bottle).  It’s Christmas time – you’ve got to have some sparkle!!


One thought on “Anne and Crystal’s Annual Bag and Tag Extravaganza

  1. I have Peaceful Seasons, but when I saw this beautiful bag, I was like, “What stamp set is this?” I love it in the shades of Always Artichoke. The sparkle is a must! Thanks for the directions for the flower. I haven’t tried to make one yet.


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