A Valentine Easel Card
A Valentine Canvas Tote

Top Note Treat Bag

This little bag, made by sandwiching a small paper bag in between two die cut Top Notes, has been on my list of things to make at my stamp clubs for a long time. We finally made this version at January clubs. It's perfect for Valentine's, Easter, Mother's Day teas, wedding favors -- the list goes on and on.

You can also just use two card stock rectangles and perhaps round the corners for some visual interest. But the ever popular Top Note die cut for the Big Shot die cutting machine from Stampin' Up is just perfect for this size treat. You cut one Top Note from a 4.25" by 5.5" piece of card stock so that gives you an idea of the size. TIP: A little snip on the bottom center point of the Top Note makes it sit flat and not wobble.

I use 2 pound size bags -- check for a paper distributor in your area and chances are you can buy these small bags in bulk. I cut the bags off just three inches up from the bottom and then you can see from the side it's just glued in between. I used our Tombow Multi Adhesive (liquid glue with the green bottle cap).

One side is Kraft Card stock dressed up with images from the set Vintage Vogue and the back side is Elegant Eggplant card stock. Both Top Notes were rolled with the Very Vintage jumbo wheel using Versamark ink and the Eggplant one was embossed with the Finial Press embossing folder for a nice texture.

TIP: One large V. Vogue flower is cut out -- but it's also stamped right underneath that so you know where to stamp your leaves and then you just cover the stamped version up with your cut out one for a multi-dimensional look. Other embellishments include a small butterfly made with the Beautiful Wings Embosslit (available in the Occasions Mini) and a strip of card stock punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch (new and free right now with a $50 purchase during Stampin' Up's Sale-a-bration event which runs through March 31.)

I used Stampin' Up's small oval punch to punch through all the layers at once after it's all glued together -- makes a perfectly scaled handle that you can tie ribbon through -- in this case the yummy new Vanilla Satin from the Occasions mini catalog -- available through April 30.

The word is from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set -- stamped first in Eggplant with a little lightly stamped greenery in the background -- then it's punched out with the Word Window punch. By starting with a 5/8" inch Eggplant strip before it was border punched, the word fit perfectly on there. Love how all the Teeny Tiny Wishes fit in the Word Window punch so you could use this design for almost any occasion as that great stamp set covers about every event.

Years ago at a Stampin' Up convention we made the cutest bag by covering a lunch size bag with stamped card stock panels and punching a handle -- very similar idea, just on a larger scale. I see these bags all the time around the web and some call them Genie Bags -- not sure why, but whatever you call them, they're a great, inexpensive idea when you need a little gift or treat bag.