Friday 1 March 2024

Hooray for Surprises for AYSI 318

Welcome to a new challenge at As You See It. After recipe week, it's always theme week. Joanne has chosen Easter as the theme for this challenge. It's fast coming up too, being so early this year.

I don't generally make Easter cards but I do often give Easter Eggs, so I thought I'd share some packaging with you.

I used half a piece of one of the designs from the Delightfully Eclectic pack to create the bag itself.

Then I decorated it using the Hooray for Surprises bundle. Although that bundle does have dies that allow you to create secret messages and hidden compartments you can, of course, use it straight. That's what I've done here. I stamped a sentiment in Garden Green and used one of the heart dies to cut it out. The foliage and flowers are all from the Hooray for Surprises die set.

I used the Stylish Shapes dies to cut a circle from the Silver Glimmer paper, then arranged the sentiment and floral bits around it. 

The White Seam binding ribbon is from my stash, but I'm sure many people have a supply or, if not, something else just as pretty for the tie. To jazz it up a little bit more, and to tie in with the silver glimmer circle, I used a second bow in silver from the Simply Elegant Trim pack. 

These bags are so easy to make. Watch out for the video to see how easy it is and to see how to customise the size.

If you live in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, I'd love to be yours. I can help you with ideas, get you catalogues and provide you with Stampin' Up products. You can leave a message in the comments or contact me using any of the methods listed in the Contact Me tab at the top of the page.

Earn a Free Gift
Purchase either the Gorgeous Garden dies or the Hooray for Surprises bundle from me and you'll receive FOUR PDF Join in with Joanne and Jan tutorials matching the purchase: two by me and two by UK Demonstrator Joanne James aka The Crafty Owl. 

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  1. I love this palette, Jan! It's so eye-catching! This is a treat holder that could be used on many occasions, including Easter, Valentine's Day, Anniversaries, Weddings, etc. I love anything with vertical stripes, too! So elegant!

  2. Pretty packaging is always a win and a great way to dress up small/inexpensive eggs too! I love the combo of stripes and flowers and another great demonstration of the versatility of the 'Hooray For Surprises' bundle. The touches of silver add a touch of luxury too!

  3. That is just so pretty Jan - such a great idea to make packaging for your Easter eggs!

  4. Jan, this is lovely, lush and sparkly! I like the mix of papers but to use the glitter paper to set off the sentiment and elements was a fantastic idea! Well done!