Woo Hoo!! Today is the very first day of the Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Sale! I know you've already read all about it, you may even have your personal 'wish list' of items you plan to purchase. Before you order, scroll down and check out my Happy Heart Valentine Game Tote and Tutorial. All the supplies used on this simple little tote are listed at the end of this (long) post too, so you'll be able to order online and get FREE Stamps too!
Last week, while searching for inspiration, I dug through my sample drawers and came across a scallop note tote I had made for a class in April, 2008. The tote used the exclusive Stampin' Up! Carousel Notes (see them on pages 157 & 169 of the Idea Book and Catalog Spring/Summer 2009). The little tote bag was quick and easy to make, and used the matching envelope for the inside 'bag' of the tote. (See my April 2008 Post HERE.) The original Carousel Note Tote was inspired by a tutorial by the magnificently talented Cambria Turnbow (Stamp a Little Love, Baby!)<< click inside parenthesis to view her tutorial.
Looking at that tote, I thought... why not use our Sizzix Scallop Circle Die to make a smaller version for Valentines Day, hmm... and perhaps our note card envelopes for the inside of the bag. Hence, my little valentine game tote and Valentine Game Tote Tutorial were born!
The scallop die cut is 4.5 inches in diameter, just the perfect size to hold a little tic tac toe board, game pieces, and a small cello of conversation hearts too! All images are from the "A Happy Heart" stamp set featured on page 26 of the Spring/Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog. Scroll down for the complete Valentine Game Tote Tutorial!
I used the curly label punch for the little tag on the bag and topper for the game pieces and highlighted the tag with tiny dots around the outer perimeter with my basic black stampin' write marker too.
Everything of course, is made of card stock... the game pieces are the stamped images from the tic tac toe grid which also adorns the front of the bag. To get enough game pieces (5 each) the image was stamped twice, and then each one was punched with the 1/2" circle punch. Ten real red, and ten basic black 3/4" circle punches were used to back the 1/2" circles... I actually glued all the 3/4" circles together (real red to basic black) and then glued the heart game pieces to the real red side, and the x game pieces to the basic black side. This not only made the pieces sturdier, but also made them easier to spot. I didn't particularly care for the dotted heart image after it was punched out... so I simply outlined it with the fine tip of my stampin' write marker to give it more of a heart shape.
To make the tic tac toe board, I stamped the image with Real Red Classic Ink and on a 2.25" square of whisper white card stock, and then scored the square at 3/4" on all sides. After folding on each scored line, I used the felt tip of a Real Red Stampin' Write marker to highlight the scored lines. Isn't it fun?
To make the bag "guts" from a 5" x 3.5" note card envelope:
First, dampen the envelope flap, and seal it shut. Next, cut it into two 2.5" x 3.5" pieces... one of the note card envelopes will easily make two bag 'guts'. A scoring blade was then used to score 1/2" along the two sides and bottom of the envelope. Fold and bone-fold the scored lines to make them really stand out. The bag will be easier to 'form' too. I highlighted the scored lines with a marker so you can see them better.
If you've really folded the lines well, when you open the top, cut edge of the envelope half, a bag will miraculously form! This is an inside view..
And here is a side view. You can see the highlighted scored lines here... and the little flaps which are "left over" on the bottom. Simply fold the flaps to the bottom of the bag and glue them in place. I like to use our Tombow Multi-Adhesive for this step as it sets quickly and holds very firmly, even in humidity!
Here the flaps are folded... but not glued... just to show you the bottom of the bag.
Now... all you have to do is cut out two scallop circles with your Big Shot machine and the Scallop Circle Die!! I stamped the Real Red card stock with the heart image from the "A Happy Heart" set just to give the scallop circle some texture, added a signo white gel pen 'dot' to each scallop, and when the dots dried, I dotted over them with the felt tip of my real red stampin' write marker. Dotting over the dried white gel pen dots yielded a more subtle, muted affect.
After stamping the two scallop circles, score them at 1" or 9 scallops on one end. Now, hold them together and use a crop-a-dile tool to punch holes for your tote handles. I set my crop-a-dile depth guide just under 3/4" and punched the holes 5 scallops apart.before setting silver eyelets in the holes. To attach the gingham ribbon handles, I ran a little mono adhesive along the inside of the scallop, running the ribbon almost to the scored line. I had tried 'knotting' them, but it looked kind of sloppy... this way it uses more ribbon, about 14" per handle. But hey... unlike most craft and hobby store ribbon, this ribbon is only $7.50 for 15 yards! Scroll down to see the supply list and link to my online Stampin' Up! store.
All you've got left to do is to glue the scallops to the bag "guts" using tombow multi-adhesive!
Here's a picture of the bottom of the bag! Scroll down for the complete supply list... and don't forget you can order these and other Stampin' Up! products here:My Online Stampin' Up! Store!
Stampin' Up! Online Store Supply List:
A Happy Heart Item # 111758 / set of 6 stamps / $22.95
Big Shot Cutting Machine Item # 113439 $99.95 (Starter Kit also available**)
- Includes multi-purpose platform and standard cutting pads
Scallop Circle Die - Item #113468 $19.95
Curly Label Punch Bundle - Item #112966 / set of 4 coordinating stamps and punch/$33.95
1/2 " Circle Punch - Item # 104390 $5.95
3/4" Circle Punch - Item #107217 $5.95
Crop-A-Dile Tool - Item #108362 $29.95
Metallic Eyelet Assortment - Item #105319 (200 pieces - 4 colors, 50 each) $5.95
3/16" Black Gingham Ribbon - Item #104832 (45 feet or 15 yards) $7.50
Real Red Classic Ink - Item # 103133 $5.95
8 1/2" x 11" Card Stock:
- Real Red - Item #102482 (24 sheets) $5.50
- Basic Black - Item # 102851 (40 sheets) $7.50
- Whisper White - Item #100730 (40 sheets) $7.50
** Exclusive Big Shot Starter Kit Item #116314 $195.95 Includes the following items:
- Big Shot Cutting machine
- Multi Purpose Platform and Standard Cutting Pads
- Stampin' Up! Exclusive Bigz Top Note Die
- Stampin' Up! Exclusive Bigz Scallop Envel0pe Die
- Stampin' Up! Exclusive Birds & Blooms sizzlit (4 pack)
- Stampin' Up! Exclusive Billboard Decorative Strip
- Decorative Strip Cutting Pads
- Decorative Strip Spacer Platform
Hope you enjoyed the Valentine Game Tote Tutorial as much as my stampers' have!