Beautiful Treat Bag with Matching Card

Sometimes my projects reveal a ton about my life. The projects I have to share today reveal a whole lot about me!! The projects both use the Bloomin’ Love stamp set and are meant to go together. Isn’t that fun? A card with a matching treat bag.

Valentine's Day Card and Matching Treat Holder made with Bloomin' Love by Stampin' Up!

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Here’s how I’m showing my true colors. I made the beautiful treat bag, but I have no treats in my house. Nothing. Not chocolate wrapped candy, not 1 little Hershey Kiss rolling around in the back cabinet, nothing. I’m a true health nut. It’s not that I don’t eat sweets – I do! But I make them myself. Every week I make muffins and sometimes the I make brownies. If you can guess what special ingredient I put in my brownies, I will mail you a free stamp set. LOL. Put a guess in the comments or send me an email.

For this project, the closest I had to candy was trail mix with a little bit of candy in them. By the time I was done taking the picture, my kids had picked out every candy and eaten them, so they’re now all gone. LOL.

The Card

I adore the colors in the card! Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand are an amazing marriage of colors. I added just a pop of dark pink with the Rose Red.

Valentine's Day Card made with Bloomin' Love by Stampin' Up!

The large heart cut-out if from the Bloomin’ Love Thinlits.

When most people think of Valentine’s day decorations, they think of a bold red color. However, red isn’t “me.” I prefer more muted tones. I’ve learned that when we use colors we love instead of what we think we’re “supposed” to use, the projects come out much better. It never works to pretend you’re something you’re not, right? I’m so thrilled with how the card and treat bag came out and I’m glad I didn’t force myself to use the traditional bold red.

Valentine's Day Card made with Bloomin' Love by Stampin' Up!

My favorite part of the card is the pink glitter flowers. I also cut them out using the Bloomin’ Love Thinlits. Anything with glitter makes me happy – but pink glitter?!! Whoa….

The Treat Bag

The treat bag is cute!! But did you realize it’s also cheap to make? Stampin’ Up! sells the adorable little bags (Click here to see them) to make the treat holders. You get 50 bags for $3.00. You can make a whole lotta treats for that, right? I bought the bags for something else (to hold embellishments). But I was doing a large party and I thought the bags would be PERFECT for a crowd.

How to Make the Gift Bag

To make the topper, cut card stock 5 ½ x 2 1/8. Score at 1 ¾. That’s it, my friend. So easy! One sheet of card stock makes 8 toppers!!

  • Decorate the topper but wait to put on the final scallop till the end. I’ll explain more below.
  • Next, fill the candy bags and tape them shut.
  • Fold the tag on the score line and staple it to the bag. The back of your bag will look as nice as your front!
  • Put the scallop design on the front with a dimensional, covering the staple

Just a little tip: put on your final scallop or decoration AFTER you staple the topper to the bag. I didn’t do this my first time and my scallop tag got a bit mangled. Learn from my mistakes!

I hope you enjoy the card and the bag! They are meant to coordinate so you can give them to the same person, or keep them if you like!

Valentine's Day Candy Bag made with Bloomin' Love by Stampin' Up!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Bloomin’ Love
Ink: Versamark, Rose Red
Paper: Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Falling in Love DSP
Other: Bloomin’ Love Thinlits, 2 x8 cellophane bags, Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper, 3/8” Metallic Combo (free with Sale-A-Bration)

To place an order, click here. If your order is less than $150, please use hostess code RVJET46W. If it’s more than $150, please leave the hostess code field blank.

For Our Friends

Today a friend of mine commented that I’m “brave” because I mentioned that I’m preparing for a presentation to give to several dozen people. She told me she could never do this – it takes too much bravery! I had to laugh at that. I’m not brave! I’m terrified!! Getting up in front of people is never easy. Will they be receptive to my message? Will it go well? Speaking in public is intimidating and yes, scary.

Even though I was scared to accept the opportunity, I did it anyway. I knew I’d be terrified, especially as the presentation got closer, but that’s okay. I know I can do the presentation while being scared at the same time.

I’m a big believer that if we’re not doing things that terrify us, we’re not growing. This presentation is a little less scary because I’ve done presentations before. With each time I do one, it gets a little easier. Maybe one day I won’t even feel scared. Who knows? But until then, I plan to keep saying YES when asked. This will make sure I keep growing.

Is there something you do even though it’s scary? If you have kids, I bet there’s a lot you do that scares you every day!! LOL.

Friend Card

My card today would be terrific to send to a friend who is going through something hard (or scary!). We all need to feel loved and often, the platonic love of another friend can help get us through whatever hardship we’re in.

Valentine's Day Card using the Bloomin' Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!
This card would also be delightful to send your bestie for Valentine’s day!! My favorite part of this card is the large flower. Although it looks very colorful and difficult to make, I was able to cheat by using Stampin’ Up’s new Falling in Love DSP. The paper has beautiful color gradations and looks so pretty doesn’t it?

Tips and Tricks

– If you don’t have the special platform for cutting intricate dies, run the die through your Big Shot a few times to make sure it gets a great cut.
– I love the Big Shot Die Brush for getting all the little pieces out of the die once it’s cut. This tool is a must-have staple in your craft room!
– To glue on the beads (Sprinkles Embellishments), I used a little dab of my Fine Tip Glue Pen.
– The “Friend” sentiment is embossed with gold (though it’s really hard to see in the picture). The gold goes along with the elegant feel of the card.

Valentine's Day Card using the Bloomin' Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!
If you live in the US, our nation is feeling divided right now. Let’s show some love. Send a card to a friend, showing that you are thinking of her. And if you have a friend going through something scary, send her a card, too! Our card-making hobby is a gift we can use to lift others. Let’s use it for good and show everyone around us that they are loved and valuable.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Bloomin’ Love
Ink: Versamark
Other: Linen Thread, Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits, Sprinkles Embellishments, Big Shot Die Brush
Paper: Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Falling in Love DSP

To place an order, click here. If your order is less than $150, please use hostess code RVJET46W. If it’s more than $150, please leave the hostess code field blank.