Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Christmas is Just Around the Corner...

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With the California-like weather we are experiencing in New York, it is hard to imagine Christmas coming soon, but it will be here before we know it. I thought I should get a good head start on my gift giving this year and this week's Friday Challenge: Christmas in September seemed to prove me right! I thought I'd change things up a bit and make something other than a card, and the Moxie Fab World All Wrapped Up Challenge was the perfect excuse to make a gift bag.


I began with this wonderful image of Santa Claus, which was originally just his face. I have always loved the story of how the big guy squeezes himself down chimneys and decided to draw in the rest of him doing just that, popping the original image out over for some dimension after coloring in with Copics. Next, I framed him with this pretty holly border, coloring in and accenting everything with some glitter and metallic pens. I matted some nice Kiwi Kiss patterned paper (it's old enough that, I'm sorry to say, I have no idea from where it came from!) along with a Purely Pomegranate punched border. I added a nice satin bow, complete with button, from which I hung a Christmas tag: I hope we are ALL blessed his holiday season, which is really just around the corner!

BEAN NOTES
  • Stamps: Old Fashioned Christmas, Christmas Nested Frames & Occasions, and From Our House (Just Rite)
  • Ink: Ripe Avocado Hybrid (Papertrey Ink) and Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
  • Card Stock: Kiwi Kiss, Purely Pomegranate, and Bordering Blue (Stampin' Up!) and Solar White (Neenah)
  • Patterned Paper: Kiwi Kiss (unidentified SU!)
  • Tools: Border Punch (EK Success)
  • Fibers: Olive Satin Ribbon (Kate's Paperies); Hemp Twine (generic)
  • Dies: Classic Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
  • Coloring Medium: Sketch Markers (Copic)
HAPPY BEANS
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11 comments:

Kathy Martin said...

What a darling and festive gift bag! :)

Sheri said...

I love the non-traditional colors! Very pretty!

Lynn said...

I usually don't much care for gift bags. This design makes me think twice! Really cute!

Monique said...

Love this gift bag.. I need to get started on all these fun Holiday ideas :)

Ann Schach said...

Love the holly border! It is the perfect touch on a fabulous gift bag!

Wendy said...

This is so great Regina!!! I love it!!

Marge said...

What a delightful re-purposed gift bag!!! I love to re-gift my bags to others too -- can't bear to throw them away, but it's even better when they're hand decorated so beautifully like yours!

Mary Jo said...

What a nice gift bag. This should someone very happy

Carla Bazhenow said...

I too love that story... I was worried to death for Santa when I was little, I knew he'd caught and not get to my house. *smile* I love your gift bag... so clever and cool. Hugs,

Lynda Benden said...

Too cute Regina! Love it!

Cath said...

Hey Regina! Thanks for entering the Holiday Cards & More Week All Wrapped Up challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on the fun! :)