One of my fellow demonstrators, Darla Eigenschink, showed me how to create this cute little treat tote. It's the perfect size to hold one of those yummy Ghirardelli Chocolates! I couldn't resist trying it out for myself and it's so simple to create I have been demonstrating it at my workshops!
Treat Tote How-To: I ran two sheets of Soft Suede card stock through the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine with the Scallop Envelope Die. You only need about a 1/2" inch of the longer flap, so you can either adjust your card stock on the die before you run it, or cut off that part afterward.
Then, I dry embossed both pieces with the Polka Dot Impressions Folder (only available in the Mini Catalog through April 30), which is also run through the Big Shot. I simply adore this texture and I'm hoping that they'll keep this folder in the new catalog—it goes with so many styles!
Before folding the flaps on the score lines, I lined up the two sides and used the Large Oval Punch to create the tote handle. (It's much harder to punch after you've adhere the sides together…not that I would know this first-hand…*wink*) Adhere the sides together using Sticky Strip on the flaps.
Decorating Details: I used a 1" x 8" strip of the Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper around the box. Don't you love the color combination?! This may be my new favorite paper, especially because every side has small patterns! Woohoo! Can't wait to use it on more projects!
The "thank you" stamp is from the With All My Heart stamp set (also from the Mini), inked with coordinating markers in Soft Suede, Rose Red and Bermuda Bay, then punched out with the Oval Scallop Punch.
Finally, I finished off the project with a Kraft Taffeta Ribbon bow (put the chocolate in first!) that holds the tote closed.
I LOVE this project! Wouldn't this Treat Tote make a cute little party or wedding favor? Or, just a small token of appreciation to brighten someone's day? Giving a piece of chocolate to someone is nice, but wrapping it up in a pretty, hand-stamped package is like wrapping it up with love!
Darla's Examples: Here are the examples that Darla created! She used the Pretty In Pink card stock for the totes, then decorated them with strips of Designer Series Paper from the Shades of Spring package in the Mini Catalog.
The sentiment is from the Whimsical Words Sale-A-Bration set (no longer available) punched with the Curly Label Punch, then sponged with Lovely Lilac ink. 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon in Certainly Celery finishes off her project.
Thanks, Darla, for showing me this cool project!