Week of October 28th, 2012

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Close to My Heart Cricut Artiste Ho Ho Ho Gift Bag

 I really think you can't have too many gift bags during the holiday season!  And it's so easy to make a really cute, personalized one using the Cricut and kraft bags you can buy at Michaels or Joanns.  When you use a coupon, it gets really economical to do this.  And they can even be personalized that way! I used a 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" mini kraft bag as a basis to today's "Ho Ho Ho" Christmas gift bag.
 I cut the "Ho Ho Ho" from the Cricut Close to My Heart Artiste cartridge at 5" and adhered it to a layered set of patterned papers.  Then, again using the Cricut Artiste cartridge and the matching Close to My Heart Merry Christmas stamp set, I cut out the ornament and stamped it.  Quick and easy!
Here's a close up of the stamp set below.  See the red outlines around the images?  That lets you know they coordinate with Cricut cuts on the cartridge.  Even better, on the stamp set itself, it will tell you the size to cut the image at and what page it is on.

It is this month's stamp of the month from Close to My Heart and is only available until October 31, end of day.  

It is called Very Merry Christmas and coordinates with the Artiste cartridge, so if you have that cartridge you are going to want to snatch this up! It makes tag making a total snap!


As always, this stamp set (retail price of $17.95) is only $5 with any order of $50 or more!







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111 comments:

Robin said...

I haven't started a thing for Christmas but this would be a fun way to make gift bags!

Sunny said...

Thanksgiving? Christmas? I'm still in summer mode though it's finally starting to feel like fall in the air...I need to get Halloween and my oldest son's bday (in a couple weeks) under my belt before I start even thinking "tis the season"...

Crhiga said...

Not in holiday mode yet. But, hopefully will be soon!!

Carol

Joan Smith said...

Great bag and it's exciting to think about Christmas this is just such a happy time of year from the beautiful leaves gently falling to the ground and excited 2 C the kids in their costumes then onto the yummy turkey dinner followed by Black Friday, baking cookies, wrapping gifts and then Christmas Eve and Day.....just so exciting!!!

Gabyb said...

Love the bag. What a great idea. I am starting with my holiday shopping this weekend. This makes it so much easier on the wallet.

LST in Colorado said...

I start thinking about Christmas around June/July when the Hallmark ornament catalog comes out. Yearly goal is to be done by the first of December and out of town gifts mailed by the first week of December. This way I can enjoy December stress free. Great gift bag! Thanks for sharing.

Josie0602 said...

Gorgeous bag! I have not even begun to think of the holidays. My mom is ill and I, my sister, brother and all our families are caring for her. I will not have time to do all the extra holiday decorating and creating that I usually try to do. I am going to be doing a lot of fast and easy projects to get my holiday things done!

Tracy

Margie said...

Love this gift bag-gorgeous!

Seahorse Creations said...

Not ready yet, trying to plan a wedding. Hopefully will put that aside soon to concentrate on the Holidays.

Debbie (from Sugar Land) said...

I have not even begun to prepare for the holidays. It's still shorts weather here in southern Texas - I need to get a good cold spell before I can think of Christmas.

Jill Rugg said...

What a quick and beautiful to decorate a bag-great idea!

Creative M said...

I am a little late for on my Christmas cards but hopefully I will start aking some in a week.
Gorgeous bag!
Migdalia

Rosie said...

love the bag

rosiemini@gmail.com
www.scraplovingminis.blogspot.com

sjkoenig said...

I have purchased a few gifts already... keeping them hidden with 3 kids is the tricky part! I love the bag idea, I use gift bags a lot, and this is a great way to personalize it. Thank you for the idea!

Pam said...

Cute bag! I haven't started yet!
Pam

Sue D said...

Very cute bag. I like the ornament and the striped ribbon.

Debbie said...

We decorate a lot for Christmas, so we usually start around Columbus Day (yes, before Halloween) Every child gets to come to our house & see Santa in the Entry & Stockings hung on the fireplace...my son was horrified every year when kids would notice!

Once the decorating is done, the homemade crafts go into FULL SWING! Love all the holidays!

Debbie said...

Love the bag!!! I have started and am on my way with Christmas but not done yet. Love this time of year but will like it even more when it gets cooler.

Betsy said...

I haven't even begun Christmas shopping yet! I have a few gift ideas, but that's where it ends. Guess I'll need to get busy soon!
(I have been working on Christmas cards, though!)
Love your cute little gift bag today!
Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Megan H. said...

This bag is adorable. I haven't even started shopping for the holidays yet.
Megan H.
mhcards@embarqmail.com

Heather said...

I love a great gift bag! I have started my christmas cards and bought a few gifts but that is as far as I got!
Ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Cute gift bag!!! I have a few things for Christmas, but not very much! Still wrapped up in making Halloween costumes... :)

JEM in IL

j_lewmart@yahoo.com

Kathy:) said...

I have started the gift buying but i am no way close to finished. I have a lot to do for the holidays.
Beautiful gift bags.
Kathy:)

Mandy said...

Very cute bag. No not ready yet. I need to get on the ball though. It wl be here before we know it.

Vanessa said...

What a cute bag! Thanks for the inspiration! I haven't begun preparing for Christmas, and I'm sure it will sneak up on me as always. It's hard to believe it's only two months away!

Diana said...

You are way ahead of me! But I have started making my Christmas cards!!

bdcampers@msn.com

TeresaK said...

I have not done any crafting for Christmas yet! I think your gift bag is adorable and you are right, who has enough gift bags?`

dori said...

Such a cut bag. I can't wait to get my stamp set so I can get busy!!

Marie E said...

Beautiful bag - I started my cards last week.

motherloves3 said...

Beautiful gift bag! I keep thinking I will start working on Christmas but never seem to get around to it.

Peggywhiz said...

Your craft bag makes me think I need to get busy and do something for my babies at church for christmas. thanks for the inspirations.

marymaci said...

Love that Sam's Club! I shop for Christmas year round. Its my cards that i procrastinate on! Need to get on top of those soon! You're right,Joy, never too many bags...and that one is very cute!

Sandy B. said...

Thanks for the great idea.

Sandy

Momof4inArlington said...

I love this gift bag, from the background paper and the cheery red fonts, to the ornament tag and perfect striped bow!
Groan...I've yet to begin my holiday shopping. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

snappy scrappy said...

Beautiful bag! I have a few gifts bought. My Christmas cards are all made and the ornaments that I make for all my dinner guests are made. I try to have everything done before December...including decorating my house. Lee-Ann :)

Anonymous said...

We put the garland around the house last week on a warm day. I have some gifts bought. I'd hoped to have all of it done by now. I'm putting our tree up on the 31st, just to have it done. The whole family will be here for Christmas this year and I want it as stress less as possible.
P.J.

Brenda Moore said...

No, I'm in denial that it's coming. Beautiful bag!

Marcia said...

I love the papers on this bag! I am not quite ready for the holidays yet, but I am on my way!

mb6464@hotmail.com
marciasmemories.blogspot.com

Larmabee said...

I am NEVER ready for the holidays! I try every year, but always seem to fall behind!

julie said...

hi, christmas has come too fast this year. no one is ready lol love the bag

Carol said...

Oh gosh I haven't even thought about the Christmas Holiday. It's been a whirl wind of a year, time must be on fast forward but I was left behind. Hope you're having a great week.

newfiecrafter(Marilyn) said...

What a beautiful gift bag simple but elegant. Thanks for sharing .
Marilyn

Lauren said...

I love the bag! It makes me even more excited for the holidays!!! I've started my shopping and have most of my Christmas cards already made! I'm well on my way- I can't wait to start decorating!!!

ehbost said...

Not ready for the holidays, yet. You treat/gift bag is inspiring.

momma mo said...

I've gotten most things for the kids. Just a couple more and a gameplan for teachers.
Love the cute little bag!

Pam said...

Have a few things made for holiday
These cute bags have inspired me to make somethings to put them in!!
Thanks

Lynn C. said...

I love embellishing bags! This is a great project. I must get crackin' on my Christmas projects. You give great inspiration. Thanks.

Karee Sue said...

I'm never competently ready, usually when Christmas gets here, I just give up on some planned projects, lol
cute bags,

Anonymous said...

I am getting ready to start getting ready for Christmas. I love the 9 Months cartridge, have been looking for it. Thanks for all of your great inspiration!
Diane McConnell
dianescraftroom@insightbb.com
dianescraftroom.blogspot.com

Breannie said...

I am SO not ready for the Holidays! I am hopeful that I can get in gear once Halloween is over.

KAT said...

this is one of the nicest gift bags i've seen. recently made up these for a baby shower and wonder how i would decorate these for christmas...i'm 'lifting' this one. thank you! i love it!

Anonymous said...

Lovely bag.
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tndj said...

I have all my Christmas cards done and only need to address them and send them out. But still have to come up with presents for my daughter and son-in-law. Hopefuly I will think of something soon. Oh. Almost forgot - love the bag. Going to scraplift that one.

Rachel said...

I have gotten one gift and that's it! I have a hard time doing anything Christmas before Thanksgiving. :)

Betsy said...

Your bag is so nice. I've got to start making them!

Kelsie said...

You always have the cutest gift bags! Looks like I'll be investing in another cartridge....loving the Artiste artwork!

Lisa said...

I love your bag. We have vacation next week & then I'll start on Christmas projects.

Lara said...

Beautiful bag! I just sat down and made 20 cards last night! Now I have to order pictures to go with them!

widowswalk said...

I like the bag. I may try that this year.

KatBell said...

I love this bag! Love the paper you used. I have not officially started shopping yet. I have tons of ideas - just not tons of cash! I am making a lot of my gifts.

hopefulcrafter said...

I like the bag you made, I love making bags for all occasions now and everyone always likes them.

Jan S. said...

I haven't started anything for Christmas yet (usually I'm halfway done by now), but I do have some lists started for what I want to do, things/cards to make, etc.

Nancy B. said...

Lovely bag. I haven't even started to think about Christmas yet.

Bella's mama said...

Love the bag. Not thinking about Christmas yet---too busy with Halloween fun.

Elaine S. said...

This is so cute. It would make a cute card, too.

Barb Smith said...

Cute bag and a very quick wrapping solution.

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barbsmith2536@yahoo.com

Cheryl W said...

I am well on my way to having all the shopping done for Christmas. I just bought some large gift bags for some cumbersome gifts, and your embellishment idea is perfect for them! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

LemonDropMemories said...

I am not ready for the holidays. Not even close. I've had too much work to do.

Cheryl said...

I love the gift bag!

Holly Elliott said...

A very cute gift bag, I love the colors!

julie said...

Great gift bag man time to start Xmas crafting. Thanks for all you do and share, God bless.

Luvy said...

What a perfect bag for holiday gifts! I am not even in the mood yet to start thinking about Christmas. Usually after Halloween, I kick it in to high gear!

Kim T. said...

52That is beautiful. I love it!

maribella said...

I'm not even close to being ready for the holidays...I'm barely finishing up gift bags for the kids schools...LOL...thanks for sharing!

Bonnie said...

So trying to get in the mode of the Holidays! Awesome bag!

The Slaugh Family said...

I am so ready for the Holidays! I'm all ready for the snow and Christmas music.

okscrapgal13 said...

I would dearly love to win the 9 Months cartridge!!! My daughter-in-law just did an at-home pregnancy test the other day and it came out "positive"!!!!
We are so excited. I really want to win this one to better scrapbook the next 9 months!

Nancy Vasquez said...

There is such a special look on people's faces when they receive a gift with a personal touch designed for them. This bag is beautiful, a bag I would love to make and receive myself. Let the holidays begin!

Elizabeth said...

Oh man, definitely not ready yet! We just got married two weeks ago on Saturday, and we're still coming down from the wedding! I have a very few Christmas gifts bought, I need to start on T-Day prep, lots to do here!

aworkofheart said...

Love your blog so much...your ideas are fabulous,I love decorating gift bags, and since I just have a new cricut it is fun to see ideas on how to use it for this purpose...thanks so much!

aworkofheart said...

I love your blog, I love finding new ways to use my new cricut, thanks for all the ideas!

d said...

What a cute way to dress up a plain bag. Please pick me for the drawing. I sooooo need the 9 month cartridge..... please please.

scrapdiva said...

great bag!

sstw1 said...

OMG - such a cute, cute bag. Great idea - and so easy!!!

Anonymous said...

Rose said...
I'm ready for the holidays,I'm all done with my niece wedding did alot on my cricut. It was cutting around the clock I took a week off to get everything done,but when I finish one thing they add 2 more it was fun everything came out great! Love your bag & that background paper!TFS
Rosebud222222222

Anonymous said...

Rose said...
I'm ready for the holidays,I'm all done with my niece wedding did alot on my cricut. It was cutting around the clock I took a week off to get everything done,but when I finish one thing they add 2 more it was fun everything came out great! Love your bag & that background paper!TFS
Rosebud222222222

K and P's Mom said...

what a cool bag. I can't wait to get a job so I can afford to purchase both cartridges as well as the stamp sets that go with them. Pray for me. I have been out of work for so long.

Mary O'Neal
redpupper@aol.com

lmkindell1 said...

Great bad, I may need to make a couple of these.
linda
lmkindell1@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

Love the bag! Can't wait to try this!
Beth
Douglas.beth@gmail.com

Roxx.T Barnes said...

I love to make gift bags! Love your blog!
Roxx.T

D- said...

I am soooo not ready for the holidays. lol. Love your adorable bag. TFS.
dmcardmaker (at AOL)
(email follower)

Sue M. said...

Oh yes, gift bags are a must. Have been doing them for a few years now and people love them. Some have even spent so much time looking at them, that they forget to look inside... :)


SiouxMRN@aol.com

Beebeebabs said...

Very nice

Scraprelief said...

So cute. Have to make these thiis Christmas

marg0006 said...

Great bag.

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the altered festive gift bag.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Luria said...

This is juch a cute bag Joy. Thanks for sharing.

Luria

Robin said...

Heavens no, I'm not ready for the holidays. Wish I was. Don't even have a clue what to buy my kids. Ughhhhh! Cute Christmas bag and love the 9 months cartridge.

Jamie said...

great project love this bag tfs
-jamie
babyblueangel_30@yahoo.com

Janis said...

I actually have made a few Christmas cards, so I'm on my way. :)
The bag you made is just adorable & I love the SU ribbon you used.

Thanks, Janis

Anonymous said...

I haven't thought about Christmas yet. I usually have most of my Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving but don't think it will happen this year. Maybe seeing your beautiful Christmas projects will get me motivated.

Natalie W

j'nai said...

Can't wait to start making Christmas crafts with my cricut this year!!

jordanbev5 said...

Wow! I may have to get a temporary membership to Sam's just to get those chocolates! I have some bigger gifts already bought and one even wrapped, but not enough purchased yet. Probably will take the adult kids out shopping so will know exactly what they need and want, so will wait till Thanksgiving. Thank you for your inspiring gift bag! So festive!

Jennifer said...

Cute gift bag! Very simple yet elegant! And, no, definitely not in the holiday spirit yet.

Coley said...

I'm just trying to make it through Halloween, LOL! I'm in big trouble this year for Christmas, hahaha! Thanks for the chance!

Karee Sue said...

such a beautiful bag, not even started thinking about Christmas yet,

Scrapbooking Maria said...

love this bag!

Christi said...

Adorable, love this bag! Thanks for sharing!

Lindsey Stuttle said...

I love the bag. I'll definitely be making some of those when it's time to wrap. Of course, I haven't bought any gifts yet, so it'll be a while. :)

OUaT~Ana~ said...

Christmas already! OMG, I am so NOT ready! LOL

suzanne said...

I am half way ready for Christmas...a few more folks to buy/make for and then to the fun of creative wrapping!

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