Stampin' Up! have announced a great promotion for September. You can read all about it HERE
There are 6 stamp sets to choose from, and with the purchase of each, you get a FREE Jumbo wheel!
I really like all the sets they've selected, but my favourite would have to be "Priceless" and the "So Swirly" wheel....I'm just a swirly kind of gal!
This is a cute little bag-a-lope I made using Priceless and So Swirly:
A bag-a-lope is a gift bag made out of an envelope. They're really easy. If you haven't tried one before, here's how you do it. Just take an ordinary envelope and seal it shut. The bigger your envelope, the bigger your gift bag will be. Then chop off one of the sides to form the opening for your bag. Score the other 3 sides at about 2cm. You can score at any length really; the further in your score line is, the wider the sides of your bag will be. Fold along each of your score lines in both directions. Now when you put your hand inside the envelope, you should be able to form it into a bag shape, with a flat bottom. You will have 2 small triangles that you need to adhere to the base with some Sticky Strip (extra-strong double-sided tape).
If you have any trouble following these directions, email me, and I can send you some more visual instructions in a word file!
Before I turned my envelope into a gift bag, I wheeled it with So Swirly Jumbo wheel in Bashful Blue ink. I then randomly stamped the small flower from "Priceless" in Blue Bayou ink, and the words 'so kind' in Purely Pomegranate. I made a flap for the top of my bag-alope from Purely Pomegranate cardstock, and scalloped the edge with the Corner Rounder punch (guard removed). The butterfly is also from Priceless, and has been matted on Bashful Blue, and then a scalloped circle of Blue Bayou. I used a white gel pen to add dotted highlights to the scallop. Blue Bayou double stitched ribbon holds the flap shut.
Bag-a-lopes are really cute as lolly bags for parties, or for holding a small gift. When I demo these at workshops, I use it to hold the Hostess gift or door-prize - usually a small stamp....now that's a perfect gift! ;o)