Wednesday, August 4, 2010

MTME Tote-All Package ©

Hello! Please be sure to check out the latest Play Date Cafe Challenge for an all new color inspiration. I'm taking a couple of weeks off, but the rest of the designers will wow you with their fabulous creations.

Today is my day to share one of my favorite projects from the August My Time Made Easy © release! I used the Tote-All Package © to create a gift for a special friend! Be sure to visit Lauren today, too.. I know she has a project that you won't want to miss!

The Tote-All Package © is my favorite template this month! It is really easy to put together and very sturdy. You can make it girly (like I did) or masculine/neutral and fill it with many different gifts. It's such a fun alternative to a gift bag.. I filled mine with some simple gift cards.  Above is a shot of the complete gift set. The cards are 3" x 3", so this gives you an idea of the size of the tote (and what you might be able to fit inside)!

This view shows you the ribbon handles which make mine look like a purse.  The flap lifts up (sorry, I don't have a shot of that). I used a Basic Grey magnetic snap to hold mine closed. I cut my tote out with a very sturdy cardstock, Couture Oat and sewed on some coordinating patterned paper from Kaisercraft Hey Birdie. I kept the front panel very simple. I clear embossed the tree in the right hand corner (from Tending the Garden ©). The sentiment "You are tree-mendous" is from the same set. Detail shot below:

I mentioned in my release day post that this month one of the focuses is gift cards. This tote also doubles as a great way to give a gift card. Included with the Tote-All Package © is a little cut file that fits a gift card. I attached mine to the back of the tote (see below) and put a Visa gift card inside of it! You can decorate it however you'd like. I kept mine simple and ran it through my Swiss Dots embossing folder before attaching it to the back of the tote.

Here's a look at the set of  cards. I embossed the card fronts with the same Swiss Dots embossing folder and added small strips of coordinating papers and simple sentiments from Just For You ©.

Finally, close ups of the individual cards:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies ~
Stamps: Tending the Garden ©, Just For You © (My Time Made Easy)
Paper: Oat (Couture), Hey Birdie 6x6 pad (Kaisercraft)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark Watermark, Memento Lilac Posies (Tsukineko); Crushed Olive distress (Ranger)
Accessories: Tote-All Package © template (MTME), Scalloped Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), 1 1/8" circle punch, small scallop border punch (EK Success), Apron Lace border punch (Fiskars), Swiss Dots embossing folder (Provo Craft), Markers (Copic), Magnetic Snaps (Basic Grey), Star Dust Stickles (Ranger), Clear embossing powder, Flower (Prima), Wrinkled ribbon (May Arts), Rhinestones (Kaisercraft), Foam tape, Thread, Sewing machine.