Gorgeous Gift Bags and More!!

Happy Birthday to you and to you!!

Designer Leslie Ashe has made such a beautiful gift bag....the receiver may not even take a moment to peek inside the bag when the outside is so beautiful!!!

Take a fun twist on the bag and make one for the upcoming Christmas holiday. Then tuck one of the beautiful ideas that the Designers have shared this week inside...now that's a gift anyone would love to receive. {oh and tuck some Glue Arts products into!}

Designer Jessica Barnett is one smart cookie! She has not only one but two brilliant ideas for you to consider making for gift giving. The veggie bags are environmentally friendly and attractive..a sure fire way to win the heart of a friend who cares about the environment and our imprint upon it.  

Happy Birthday Gift Bag
Designer: Leslie Ashe

Designer Note: the idea popped in my head after I made a gift bag for my dad using scrap ribbon I had in my ribbon pile. I thought I'd add puff of a bow & some ribbon roses to make it more girly. I love it!

Glue Arts Supplies:Extreme Adhesive Squares, Mini Adhesive Squares, Glue Gun with glue gun sticks
May Arts Supplies: 330-10, AW35, BK 46, 363-27, WB22, EH10, 379-15-01, 373-15-46, XE97
Other Suppliesletter stickers (Thickers – American Crafts), swarovsky crystals (Jolee’s), gift bag (Target), tissue (unknown)


1) cut each ribbon approximately 10” in length (they can be longer or shorter, you want them to hang in different lengths)
2) gather together and tie around handle of gift bag; fluff for dimension.
3) cut each ribbon about 6” in length (again, they can be longer or shorter, you want a full bow)
4) cut a piece of wide ribbon 6” in length & tie around above batch; fluff for bow. (you’re not looping a bow, just tying various pieces together to mimic a looping bow)
5) with the hot glue gun, glue above bow to the ribbon you tied around the gift bag.
6) using the ribbon of your choice, make a ribbon rose by pinching, twisting & turning in a circle until ribbon runs out. use the hot glue gun to adhere together. (I made 3 ribbon roses)
7) place one ribbon rose on your big bow on handle using hot glue gun.
8) tie a piece of green ribbon in a knot 
9) place another ribbon rose on top, adhere using glue gun.
10) using letter stickers, spell out “happy birthday” to bag. To make sure they don’t fall off, you can use mini adhesive squares.
11) place swarovsky crystals on the “I” and the “!” 
12) place ribbon rose with green ribbon on bag 
13) put one more ribbon rose next to the above ribbon rose.
14) fluff ribbon

Altered Chalkboard
Designer: Jessica Barnett

Glue Arts hot glue gun
Glue Arts Ribbon Adhesive
Glue Arts Extreme Adhesive squares (small)
May Arts striped grosgrain ribbon (2 styles)
May Arts velvet ricrak trim
Small, wooden framed chalkboard
Needle and white embroidery floss
Flower stamps (I used the Hero Arts Bold Blossoms)
Black ink
Small green buttons
Scraps of patterned paper in pink and green
Acrylic block

1. To make the large flowers, cut a length of the grosgrain ribbon that is 12-18 inches long. A longer piece will make a more ruffled flower. Make a running stitch along one side of the ribbon with the needle and thread, leaving a tail at the end.

Once you've sewn along the edge of the ribbon, pull the string to gather it tight, still leaving tails at both ends.
Tie the ends into a knot and trim the thread to make the flower.
To make the smaller flowers, just fold the ribbon in half before running the stitch along the open edge.

 2. Add the velvet trim to the chalk board buy first running Glue Arts Ribbon adhesive around the frame, then attaching the trim to it.
3. Stamp the flower centers using black ink on patterned paper. The leaves should be stamped the same way, but on green paper. Cut out all images with the scissors.
4. Add the flower centers to the ribbon flowers, then add the flowers and leaves to the board using The Glue Arts hot glue gun.
5. Tie knots in the buttons with the embroidery floss and needle and use a small Glue Arts extreme adhesive square to attach them to the center of each stamped flower.

Ribbon Trimmed Veggie Bags
Designer: Jessica Barnett

Glue Arts Glue Glider pro with Fabri-Tac refill
May Arts ribbon of choice
May Arts cream colored rope
2 muslin squares that are 10" by 15" for each bag
Sewing machine and thread
Fray stopping liquid

1. To make the bag, press in 1/4", then 1" on the top of each muslin piece. This will be the channel that the rope runs though. Sew along the channel bottom, leaving the ends open for the rope to pass through.
2. Sew along the sides and bottom of the bag, avoiding the channel. Turn bag right side out and press.
3. Run a 36" length of rope through the channel and the the ends together in a knot. Add fray stopper to ends of rope. The finished bag will look like this:

4. Wrap a piece of ribbon around the bag to measure the length that needs to be cut to wrap around it. The ribbon should be long enough that there is at least 3-4 inches that overlaps. Attach the ribbon to the bag with the Glue Glider Pro and Fabri-Tac refill, leaving the overlap alone.
5. Take the overlap at fold it into a loop. Attach the loop to the bag with more Fabri-Tac adhesive.

6. Cut a 2-3" piece of matching ribbon and use the Fabri-Tac to attach it to the bag, looped around the seam where the ribbon meets itself on the bag.
7. Heat set the adhesive following package directions.

We're truly enjoying our week with May Arts. Our Glue Girls Design Team have shown some truly creative ways for you to use their ribbons for gift ideas, holiday decor and more!

Today we invite you to stop by the May Arts Facebook Fan Page and give them a BIG Glue Arts Hello!!!! Simply visit their Facebook page and post a Hello!! May Arts will be picking a winner from all those hellos  to receive some of their beautiful ribbons! You'll have through tomorrow so don't wait too long...and let's show them how outstanding our Glue Arts fans are!!

And don't forget...just leave us a comment here on the blog for a chance to win a May Arts ribbon prize and Glue Arts products. Also for more chances to win and ideas...visit the May Arts blog too! It's a perfect match don't you agree?!

See you here tomorrow for more ideas and chances to win!!!!
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