Monday, September 19, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sept. Release Blog Waltz ~ A Christmas Cottage

It's day four of the Waltzingmouse Sneak peeks, and we're having a blog waltz featuring the new set A Cottage Christmas. It includes the sweetest little Christmas cottage, along with a darling snowman, some charming trees, brilliant snowflakes, and gorgeous sentiments! What a delight it is to work with this set. If you arrived here from Anya's blog, you're on the right track. If not, you'll want to start at the beginning with Claire. She's leading our Waltz today. :) The four sets we've been peeking are now available too. So after the hop, head on over to Waltzingmouse Stamps to see the complete sets!!

Okay, now for my project...

My goodness, it's been like a gazillion years since I've made a gift bag topper. Okay, so I may have exaggerated a bit, but it's been at least 6 or more. I used to see them all the time. So, since lace and punches are so in right now, I thought it would be fun to make one again, with lace trim, using an Alesa Baker template that I have had forever! The images I used that are from this set are: The cottage (of course), the tree trio, the Snowman on the tag, the sentiment in the top left which reads: "From our House to Yours", and the flakes behind the cottage, and on the top of the topper. I combined these images with some images from the set Very Vintage Christmas: the topper border, and the "to" and "from" sentiments.

I used a Viva Decor Ice White Gel pen with some white opaque ultrafine glitter for the snow.




I stamped the decorative border along the topper, with Versamark, embossed it with black ep, and colored it with Tombows. Incidentally, all the images are colored with Tombows.


Isn't that BoBunny Santa Brad cute? I thought it was a fun addition to the bow.



Here's a close up of the top so you can see the snowflakes.



Before I go, I want to let you know that you have a chance to win a Waltzingmouse Stamp Set of your choice. All you have to do is leave a comment on as many of the blogs, along the Blog Waltz, that you can, by Sept. 22. A Winner will be chosen from one of the design team member's blogs and will be announced on Sept. 23 on Claire's blog.

That's it from me today. Next along the hop is the fabulously talented Becca.
Thanks for visiting!!
Happy Stamping!
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Stamps: A Cottage Christmas, Very Vintage Christmas Paper: Black and Kraft (PTI), Watercolor, and Christmas (Lost & Found MME) Ink: Versamark, Onyx Black (Versafine), Latte (a muse), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress) Accessories: Tombow Markers, Labels 15, Standard Circle, and Picot Edge Circle dies (Spellbinders), lace (Vintage), Ice White Gel Pen (Viva Decor), Ultrafine Opaque White Glitter, Black Burlap String, Santa Brad (Bo Bunny Noel Icandy), Seam Binding Ribbon (MemrieMare), Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Dimensional Tape (Scotch), Gift Bag Topper Template (Alesa Baker)

90 comments:

Pauline said...

What a fab bag! Love the little tag too, that snowman is just so jolly!

Kate W. said...

Hmmm, I must have missed out on the gift bag topper craze. What a fantastic idea! Your bag, my dear, is sheer and utter perfection!

Gregsgirl's crafty corner said...

gorgeous bag and card! Love it!!

Maja said...

Gorgeous bag!

Super Jen said...

That gift bag is so beautiful it needs no gift.

Julia Aston said...

I love the deep colors on this beautiful bag Tosh! and what a fun top you created!!

Rosie said...

Love your vintage house.

snowbear said...

Excellent gift bag topper... the bag looks fantastic!

JJ Bolton {Ribbon Girls} said...

What a work of art! I love the rich colors you used!

Kathy in Idaho said...

Very nice bag and tag!

Gloria Westerman said...

The bag is a gift in itself.....love it....tfs

Lesli Fields said...

So lovely. I love the jewel tones. I, too, somehow missed out on the bag topper craze. What a great idea.
Thanks for sharing your creation.

Sandie said...

I just love the colours you've used on this.. everything is just amazing on it.

Debgem said...

Superb!! Love the gift bag - the Christmas Cottage is just super and I love the lace trim and snowman tag! Fab!

Cathy Weber said...

I may as well quit my job because I am going to be so busy making all the great projects I have seen at the waltz today! That bag topper is something I have never seen before and I LOVE it! I am going to do a little research to see if I can find a tutorial on it! It looks so gorgeous on that kraft bag with the beautiful colored images. Just gorgeous today!

Laraine R said...

Gorgeous bag!!

Kelly S. said...

Seriously, with a gift bag like this who needs a GIFT? It's incredible, Tosh! Your color choices are amazing, as is your coloring! I love all of the awesome details, the trim, the brad, and your snow is so realistic! And that sweet snowman tag? So cute in the beautiful nestie! PS...never knew to make a little topper for a bag, love that idea! An AMAZING project all around!

Anonymous said...

Such a pretty bag - I love the little snowman tag. Thanks for sharing.

Dorothy C.

Christine Harrop said...

This gift bag is terrific!

Sarah Martina said...

Oh my word, could this be more elegant?! I *love* the touches of black... this is stunning!

cbuswell said...

This is so warm and rich, you created fabulous depth in your coloring! really stunning!

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey said...

Super!!!! I am just now learning about the bag topper idea. How did I miss this?

Lovely blog, by the way. I am a new follower.

Fondly,
Ellen ♥ CardMonkey
http://cardmonkey-business.blogspot.com
E-mail: cardmonkey@comcast.net

Sian Ridley said...

Incredible! You dt guys are blowing me away! You're colouring is amazing, that little snowman tag steals the show though, he's the cutest!! :)

Wanda Cullen said...

Wow, the DT is surely enabling me big time! Love your project! The elements in this set have sooo many possible combinations!

Jan Garber said...

What a perfect gift bag! The tag with the black is so elegant!

Moira said...

This gift bag, topper, and tag are amazing! The colors are so rich yet warmly inviting - TFS your creative talents with us!

Cheryl Winget said...

What a beautiful bag - I think it's a gift all by itself! TFS

bbourassa said...

Oh your gift bag is so great.

Laura Isham said...

Love this! It is gorgeous! Love the lace and the bag topper!

carol from kiwiland said...

Love this whole combination.You are very talented - I have to get off the blogs and start creating with all this inspiration flowing there is no excuse.

Anonymous said...

Cottage Christmas is simply the best. I also love what you did with the Halloween items - so much fun!
carol b

Charlotte Zweigoron said...

I'm relatively new to this art form and I've never seen a gift bag topper before. This is really cool! I will have to go hunting for a tutorial. Yours is lovely.

Anonymous said...

That bag is darling! I especially like the glitter snow on the roof. I looks very Merry and Bright just like your sentiment. Kim W :)

Cheryl S. said...

What a gorgeous bag topper and card! Outstanding job.

Sharron said...

I've never heard of a gift bag topper. Could you perhaps share instructions? You did an such amazing job with the coloring--love the rich colors and black outlines. And your snowman tag is adorable!

Lynn W. said...

What a beauty! I'd be happy just to be given the empty bag!

Lynn Wild

Marge said...

I'm with Lynn (above) -- I'd be ever so happy with just the empty bag as a gift!!! You did such a fabulous job -- LOVE this!!!

Denise said...

Lovely job on the gift bag! Great topper!
DeniseB

Kathy E. said...

What a fantastic Gift bag! The work is amazing and the bag is a gift with nothing in it!!! Thank you for sharing this super idea!

Francine said...

fantastic gift bag......whow....thank for the idea

Marisa said...

Totally amazing, Tosh!! Way to make that set shine!!

Marisa said...

Very pretty. Love the colors you used.

Kris said...

What a great topper, although I must confess, I have not seen these toppers before. I guess I missed out on that fun creation!

barb said...

wow! i LOVE the way you've layered the shaped templates behind the images and that lacey snowman tag is perfect. i love everything about this! so inspiring.

Penny Reed said...

What a clever idea! Is there a pattern for this? I am really into doing gift bags and yours is absolutely fabulous!

RuthAnn said...

Very pretty and unique gift bag, these are fabulous stamp sets.
Thanks for sharing and the chance to win these. Take care. RuthAnn

Jane said...

Boy, have you ladies ever got me dancing. Great bag!
Thank you for sharing.
Cheers!

Jen said...

Whoa! That's gorgeous! The colors, the combination of stamps... fantastic creation. Thank you for sharing

Helen L said...

WOW! That's an amazing bag!! I've never seen a top to a bag like that: what a great idea! And the coloring you did on the house is just amazing!!! It should be framed!!

Belinda said...

My jaw dropped when I saw your coloring! Just fabulous!

Sharon said...

The bag is beautiful and I love the tag.

Sonia said...

I love this idea! I have not seen it much but think I may have to try it!!!

Kim H said...

Love, love, love this gift bag. Thank you so much for sharing.

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Wow, what a masterpiece!

Sam said...

Who would not love getting a gift in that bag?! and the tag is just adorable!

Becky said...

What a gorgeous bag...

Debbie said...

Wow that is some gift topper! Sooo beautiful.

Charmaine Stack said...

This is a fabulous bag treatment. My all time fave stamp from WMS is that Very Vintage Christmas border you used along the top. Love it. You coloured that cottage so well, too. Someone very lucky is getting this bag this Christmas!

Scrappin Thread said...

Who cares what is inside?! That is an amazing gift by itself!

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning!! I am totally in love with those stamps already!

cgargus said...

Love what you did with the gift bag! The colors are wonderful, and the little tag is great!

loftylass said...

Oh Tosh if I received that gorgeous bag I would have it on display each Christmas!! The added touch of the snowman tag is genious. tfs

Anonymous said...

Wow that is gorgeous!!! I'd have to agree that bag is a keeper. In fact I'd be more excited about getting the bag than the gift (unless it was holding spellbinders or something exciting like that). All kinds of stunning details on there! Splendid work!!
Beth Greco

Andrea Ewen said...

This is beautiful, Tosh...the muted colors and sponging are just wonderful details on this project! The lace is fabulous as well, and those new stamps are gorgeous! Way to highlight them splendidly!

Peggy said...

Gorgeous Christmas bag. Love the coloring and images.
God bless,
Peggy Allen

Barbara A. said...

Tosh, what a beautiful little bag!!! I really love the colors, thanks for sharing your awesome creation with us all!

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a pretty and elegant gift bag Tosh. Love the images, colors... the trim is so beautiful! :o)

Jessica said...

Lovely creation!!! I just love this stampset! TFS

Ginny K. said...

what a wonderful bag, somebody is gonna love that gift bag! Love all the little details! ~Gin~

I'm Renee said...

This is so incredibly, stunningly gorgeous...
I die!
The colors on the kraft...
just gives a warm, homey felling to it...
and such an amazingly fabby bag!!
Love the topper...
everything is just perfect! :)

Cheryl B. said...

Love the gift bag topper. The kraft paper and black embossing makes it look like it's woodburned. Great job!

ChristineCreations said...

Tosh, this is absolutely beautiful! Such a classy warm, elegant project! Beautifully detailed too!

rudlis said...

Tosh, your project is just gorgeous, as always. Love the colors you used.

Pet73 said...

Wow, this is fantastic! No present can live up to this great wrapping ;)! Very, very pretty!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh wow I don't know that I have ever seen a bag topper like this, what a fantastic way to package a gift! Love the snow on the house and the tag is just too cute, love that little snowman!

~ Ali Watson ~ said...

Fabulous creation Tosh! love it

Ali x

Peggysuez said...

This is fabulous, love the wee snowman tag!

Shannon White said...

Goodness this is just Wonderful! love the Sweet Charming image and you colored it up So Fabulously! Love all the dp's and What a Fantastic Bag topper! I have never seen one like that before! I am definitely going to have to research that one out! Just a really Gorgeous creation! 8-)

Hugs
Shannon 8-)

Rebecca Ednie said...

Very pretty. Love the colours!

Sue D said...

Wonderful gift bag!!

Jo4Him said...

What a great gift bag; love all the details. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Every project is gorgeous! the gift bag is so cute.
You are all inspiring, thanks
Maria V.

Carola said...

Tosh, this gift bag is wonderful. I very much like your colouring and I especially like the snow, it looks as if it were real. And the little tag with the snowman and the Santa Brad are also very lovely.

Kind regards
Carola

anya said...

Well I have never seen a gift bag topper! This is super! Not only is it practical, but it opens up even more decorating potential! Gotta love that! I love every detail you've incorporated here, Tosh! The rich colors and the crocheted lace - a gorgeous gift!

Becky Green said...

WOW!!!!! WHAT A GIFT BAG!!!!!!!! I wouldn't be able to "recycle" it at all!!!!!!!! MAYBE, FRAME IT!!!!!!! YEAH, that would work for me!!!!!!!!!!! :)

scrappingnana said...

Gorgeous projects. Love the new Christmas Cottage stamp set. TFS

jean w. said...

What a awesome gift bag!

reatelier said...

beautiful gift bag

Lynn Mercurio said...

Brilliant Tosha. I love the idea of a top to a gift bag...it eliminates my trying to find a way to tie it closed. GENIUS!

Lisa S. said...

You really "out-do" yourself every time and this card is the reason I purchased this stamp set. The coloring, sponging, and all the extra's always make your cards stand out. Thanks for sharing your talent! :-)

 
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