WMSC#65-Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?

For the last four days I have been enjoying visions of Christmas Cottages, snowmen and dreams of the cooler holiday weather, so of course when I sat down to make my project for WMSC#65, all I could think of was Christmas.

This week's sketch is another good one by Anya Schrier.
The first thing that drew me to this sketch was the curved bottom portion.  I decided to make a gift bag and tag for my project and knew tha tI wanted to include a curved edge in my project.  So, how do you get a curved edge on a premade kraft bag with the handles already in place?
There's probably some better way that I haven't thought of, but what I did was carefully pry the handles off by sliding my cricut spatula tool underneath the glued on portion of the handle.  They actually came off pretty easily.  Then I cut the curved edge and taped the handles back on using scor-tape.

Here is my gift bag:
In reality, the tag started the project off.  The sentiment from Compliments of the Season about sleigh bells ringing is probably my favorite from the set. 

Compliments of the Season
 I found a free sleigh svg that I cut with my cricut and stamped it with a background from Pic-nic Patterns. 

Pic-nic Patterns
 I added distress  ink and dotted each little flower with red stickles.  I cut a mat outline in dark chocolate and impressed it with a linen impression plate.  The sleigh needed some bling so I added a poinsettia wreath for the front and some sleigh bells draped from twine in the back.  The papers are by Bo Bunny Father Christmas.  I straight stitched around the top layer and stamped a faux zig zag stitch along the bottom. I wrapped twine and more sleigh bells on the center layer.  The tag was diecut from Spellbinders Labels#14 and stamped with a frame from WaltzingMouse Holiday Labels #14 stamp set using Adirondack "Bottle" pigment ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. 

Holiday Labels #14

The sentiment was stamped with A Muse pigment ink in French Roast and also embossed.  I added some more sleigh bells and some wrinkled ribbon to tie it all onto the handles. 
Here's a little closeup of the tag and curved edge of the gift bag.

/If you haven't played along with the Mischief Makers at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog, you really should!  Here is a link so you can check out all the great projects with a new sketch posted every Saturday.


Stephanie said...

OMGosh, Cathy!!! This is just incredibly GORGEOUS!!!! I could NOT give this away! It would definitely remain an inspiration piece for my craftroom......lol You do such amazing work. It's totally lovely!

Kelly S. said...

Oh CATHY! You are just rocking these 3D projects! First the awesome witch's wardrobe and now this! I love the idea of a curved edge on the top of a bag, thanks so much for sharing how you did it. The stamping and paper combination is absolutely stunning for Christmas. Definitely no gift even needed inside ;)! Just went back up to look more...those BELLS on the sleigh and the bows, just adorable. I ordered some rusty ones this weekend, and can't wait to see them in person! I'll end this mega-comment by saying just...WOOOOOW!

Kara said...

Love what you have done with this bag! The curved edge is beautiful!!!

I'm Renee said...

I absolutely love it!
That curved top...
I'm using your trick!
The papers are perfect...
that sleigh...
the sentiment tag...
it's all perfect!
I love those little dingle-lings...
where'd you get those colors?
It's fabulous...
I just die!

Joyce said...

This is so incredible, just gorgeous. It is a gift itself--no need to put something in it. It really looks like a work of art. You must have spent forever on it. I just love that sleigh--so cute with the stamping and the bells. And, I will definitely be trying to use the trick about getting a curved edge on a gift bag. What a great project.

Jeanne J said...

Cathy - Great gift bag - I love how you cut off the top to get the curves! Thanks for the tip on how to get the handles off! Project looks great! I love the tag and how you used the background print on the sleigh! So pretty!

what a wonderful bag Cathy! love the papers you used and the fun top edge - and the tag is so pretty!

Jen Adcock said...

A. M. A. Z. I. N. G. ! You are really in the zone with your 3-D projects (well everything really) This is so delightful on so many levels. Everything just works so wonderfully together. Utterly inspiring! Wow!

such a great gift bag, I luv the curvy edge....hope your weekend is awesome!

enjoy *~*

Super cool take on the sketch, I love how you built in the curved element, great work, thanks so much for playing along with the Mischief Makers this week!

Vickie Z said...

Okay.. "missy" what a fabulous idea!! Cutting a bag and reattaching... think I was so fascinated by that, I missed everything else... will look again, hehe!!

Pauline said...

This is another stunner Cathy! A wonderful project, so much attention to detail, and the papers are gorgeous! I think I see another winner!

Debgem said...

Cathy - I think I see a winner! This is brilliant - love the way you've made the curved edges on the bag (would never have thought of that) and the sleigh is so pretty. The bells are the perfect accents - it really jingles!!

Oh wow girl! This is gorgeous!!! I just love 3D projects coz I'm so bad at them lol! Thanks for sharing it with us at WMSC! :)

Marybeth said...

Your just too smart Cathy, love this gift bag. Can't wait to start some Christmas projects . Amazing ! You have so many great ideas. Did you love our cooler weather today, I sure did.

Shirley said...

Gorgeous and what a keeper!!

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