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Cards and Gift Bags with Rebecca

Posted on 08 February 2016

Hello, PS fans!  Rebecca with you today for a little dose of bags, tags, and cards.  I'm working with the Felicity collection again, always happy to focus on the bright pops of color it offers.

My first project was a couple of gift bags.  I actually made the tags for the smaller one while I was making my projects for last month's post, but I ended up putting it aside because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it or how I wanted to use it.  Then the idea for the larger bag came to me and after awhile, I had a set.

White, black, and green is a favorite color combination, particularly the color green found in Felicity.  It's bold and saturated and fresh.  I nested 4 white strung tags together, choosing bold elements like the green washi strip and the zigzag pattern stamped in black, to decorate them.  To finish, I tied them to my 4x6 muslin bag.

For the larger 5x7 bag, the color inspiration came directly from the coral and yellow puffy sticker house and I built my stack of tags from that.  The 2 medium-sized tags feature washi tape and the tiniest one is just a yellow wood heart, like it's green counterpart.  I can't tell you how often I use a minimally decorated white tag for packaging.  The tags (all are Avery brand) are inexpensive and easy to find at office stores.  They're also a 'true' white, which I love!  And since they come in five or six different sizes, they're versatile.  I do this 'stacked' tag set often, creating vignettes like the ones I've used for the bags today.

After adding a strip of coral fabric, a swatch of tulle, a doily, and a wood tag, I clipped the tag set to the bag with a silver glitter mini clothespin.  The final touch was a yellow image stamped on the bag itself.  I adore this stamp and I'm definitely finding myself on a little house streak, no doubt due in part to all the cute houses Felicity has to offer!

Continuing with bold pops of color, I created this card for a friend who is taking a leap and going back to school.  I fit as many encouraging messages on here as I could, while still holding onto the light and airy feeling.  It's been a long time since I've used patterned paper in this way and I'm really happy with the way the card turned out.

  Again with that word 'fresh'...This stamp designed by Jessy Christopher for PS is the most perfect finishing touch here.  (It's from the 'Good Sayings' set.)  Fresh colors, fresh typography, and fresh adventures!

My second card is completely different.  There's a few more things happening here, thanks to the busy patterned paper I used as the background, so I was careful to choose only a few extra details.

I distressed the paper with my Tim Holtz distress tool, and used strategically placed embellishments, like the trio of resign flowers over a swatch of lace.

The same green bird is printed on the paper and I used a foam dot to layer the puffy sticker bird over it for some added dimension and a slightly more saturated splash of color.  The messy nest of white thread is just for subtle texture.  I took the gold foil word stickers from PS's Christmas Wishes line.

The 'don't worry be happy' sentiment is cut from more patterned paper; it's a really convenient thing to have, actually, all of the pp with the extra sayings.  I used this one with a bit of lace and fabric to bring in some more texture, though, since I've never been too good with just paper on paper.

That's all for me today.  There is something so uplifting about Felicity; the sentiments I used on my projects speak for themselves, sending out encouraging messages and exuding positivity.  I hope some of this happiness finds you, too!

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