Sunday, March 15, 2009

H&M Spring Time Blog Hop! Non-Candy Easter Treat

Today the H&M Design team is having a Spring Time blog hop! We've all created fun bright crafts to inspire you and get you out of the winter blues - using new stamp sets just released by Heather on March 1!

We would like you to start with Carolina's Blog so if you didn't start there - jump on over . Just follow the 'hop' at each DT members blog! They'll tell you where to go next! If you're here following the blog hop trail - Welcome!!!

For my Spring craft - I made another one of the fun purse/brief case holders I've posted before (are you sick of seeing these from me yet??!!!) - but this time I made it as a child's Easter Treat.

I stamped these beautiful eggs from designer Debbie Corbari's set called "Eggstra Special" from H&M stamps. Look at all the fun designs on the eggs - and there are 2 more in the set that I didn't use here. Don't they look so bright and festive! They just scream spring and new life to me - and I love the perfect sentiment! And I didn't fill the case with candy - I figure parents look for a gift alternative to all that candy on Easter Morning. You can see a glimpse of the treats from the side here. So inside this treat bag I tucked 6 coloring cards and a box of crayons into the clear box pockets!

I found some cute, mostly black and white outlined clip art images on Microsoft Word and printed them out on card stock - then cut them into card size pieces.

Because kids are going to be opening and closing this little bag a lot - I added brads to the tops of the handles to reinforce the tacky tape that holds the ribbon on. This left the pointed ends of the brads exposed on the inside of the bag - which could catch on little fingers - so I added a strip of card stock to cover them.

Here are the cute clip art images that I found. I added sentiments so the kids could color these on Easter Day and then give them as cards to family that gather for dinner. (start them young is my motto!)
So now the kids will have something to do after church on Easter Morning other than eating all that chocolate (and we can sneak a piece while they are busy coloring!?!?! LOL!!!)

You can see two other bags that I made here and here. They include a link to the instructions for making these fun purse/cases.

Briefly - for this project I used the narrower clear boxes (4 1/2" x 5 7/8" x 1/2")(Choose the depth of the clear box by how much you want to put inside them - my other samples use 1") This case is made from 2 pieces of designer paper cut 5" x 7 1/2" - score the bottom of each piece at 1 1/8" - adhere tacky tape on one end and attach pieces by overlapping the bottom scored ends. Cut two 23" pieces of ribbon for the handles and attach them with tacky tape starting on the bottom, coming up and around on each side. The closing tab measures 2" x 3" with the DP on it measuring 1 7/8" x 2 7/8".

Now hop on over to visit Maki and see what fun spring craft she has to show us using the new H&M Stamps today!!
Stamps: Eggstra Special - H&M Stamps
Paper: Plum Pudding, White, DP Itty Bitty Blessings - all PTI
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Plum Pudding, Spring Moss, True Black: PTI
Accessories: Oval nestabilities, corner rounder, Plum Pudding stitched twill ribbon PTI, tacky tape, velcro, clear box- Clearbags.com, computer clip art, box of crayons, small oval punch, sponge, foam dimensionals, Basic Grey Painted brads, cropadile.

31 comments:

Suzanne J Dean said...

Wow Julia! What a fun project to give--love the coloring cards inside too! So clever, and a great gift to recieve too!

hugz,
Suzanne

Betty aka ZacksNana said...

Julia what a wonderful gift for a child. It's so sweet and just the perfect colors and inserts. AWESOME!!!

Makiko Jones said...

Wow! what a fantastic gift for children!! Not only this is so pretty, but it's also very practical. I love it, Julia!

Carolina said...

What an adorable gift and love how you thought of an alternative gift to candy - so brilliant of you! The holder is beyond perfect and must try it soon!

Tankgrl said...

Gasp! Thud!!! Julia this is Outstanding! Thank you soooo much for sharing the intructions! I am so making these for my 3 nieces! OOO, super Excited!
Heather K.

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Dawn Easton said...

Oh my gosh Julia! This is PERFECT girl...love the idea of it being NON-Candy! I am sooooooooooo CASING this from you....lol! We don't have candy in the house and I was worried what I could do for Chloe this year....she'll love something like this! You are BRILLIANT!

Heather said...

Wow! Super fun idea! Great for anyone's Easter gift! Super fun and fabulous Julia!

Tracy Dorton said...

Oh my gosh, what an adorable project!! I will have to make my daughter one of these!!! Thanks for the inspiration and great use of that set!

Maria Gurnsey said...

OMG!!! This is so cute!!!!! I can't wait to make these for my kids, they will love them :)

jdmommy said...

You continue to amaze me Julia! Your projects are always so creative, beautifully done, and just plain lovely...though none of them are plain! Keep up the great work, and continue to share with the rest of us!!

Debbie said...

Wow julia!!! I LOVE this! You are so fabulous girl! A true artist!!! What a great idea for Easter morning! I think I'm gonna case ya!

TFS! You Rock!!!!

One4Joy said...

Julia, go back and read Anne's comment...all I can say is ditto! wonderful and so well thought out!

One4Joy said...

I'm back, I wanted to ask exactly which clear boxes you buy from clear box...are they like the ones on PTI? inquiring minds would love to know! Thanks

Melissa Sauls said...

Oh Julia this is just AWESOME!!!! What a GREAT idea! I am totally going to have to CASE this. Too cute! The eggs just look YUMMY!

Denise said...

Wow, what a great gift idea for the children! Better than candy. TFS

Velta said...

Oh Julia ~ This is probably the cutest altered, 3-D, gift I have ever seen...I would love to CASE this one to give to my great nephew and niece...The colors are so spring...heck...I want one :)

Anonymous said...

What a great idea. TFS Have a great day, Hugs n' Stuff, Lynne

dpkennedy said...

Oh Julia this is fantabulous! Those purses you make are wonderful and the way you turned it into a traveling craft case is just to clever! I love everything about it! Wow!

Bev said...

What a fun and different idea for filling that cute purse. Great!

Donna said...

what a great idea! kids always like to color...going to have to make my niece one of these some day! TFS!

Kristine B. said...

Wow...what a fabulous and useful purse!! LOVE the image and your papers...and that stitched purple ribbon really stands out. Such a WOWZER project there ;)

Anne said...

This is outrageously cute, creative, brilliant, beautiful, cheery, heartfelt, wonderful, great and SO JULIA! I love it!!

Allison said...

Oh my...aren't you the smartie! This would be great (esp. to cut down on all that candy!). Into my bookmarks it goes!

Neva said...

Oh Julia this is just fantastic, I love it. Great job on this blog hop project.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Wow! What a fun project!!! You did such a great job!! the goodies inside are perfect!!

My lifes inky escape and more said...

Wow this is a great gift and what a great idea! Too cute :)

debb said...

Love this! What a great gift! debb

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

WOWZER!! What a sweet gift set!! I love this idea and your colors are just lovely for Spring!! TFS!

Joan Ervin said...

What an awesome project, Julia...sooo clever to add the images to color and the colors!!! I have several little people in my family who would love one of these!!! Thanks for all the deets!!!

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