Monday, 16 November 2015

Mix It Up Monday: Sketched Dots gift bags

If ordering online before 20th November, please use hostess code: JMUYWRZR to qualify for a free gift from me. This order will close at 9am on 20th November. Thank you! Not sure how to use a hostess code? Please drop me a line and I’ll send instructions. Thanks!

It’s Mix It Up Monday again and time for another colour combination from my In Color charts.

I’m really enjoying a vellum-y kind of a theme at the moment and, while this project doesn’t use vellum, it does continue the translucent motif in the form of the polka dot gift bags. These are really sweet and if you don’t have some already, I highly recommend you add them to your next order. They’re cheap, which is always a bonus. (Trans-Atlantic friends: “cheap” simply means “inexpensive” in the UK). They’re really versatile, they have polka dots on them and, best of all when you need to make 10 quick gifts for your Virtual Hostess Club members: you get 10 in a pack. Hurrah!

But you can trawl around Home Bargains as many times as you like and you still won’t find something that fits these bags perfectly. Luckily Aldi is just a few doors down and they sell the best chocolate ever (well, the best you can buy in Heanor). And did I mention that the bags are versatile? Well it’s worth repeating because you don’t have to stick to their original shape – you can of course trim them, fold them, scrunch them… well you don’t need me to tell you that, you’re crafters, too!

Because I wanted to keep an air of mystery about the contents, I decided to line them with a folded piece of Blushing Bride cardstock, then slide the chocolate inside. This does mean I don’t know who gets which flavour, although I did peek to make sure I wasn’t sending hazelnut chocolate to the lady with a nut allergy. I decorated them with my new Oh My Goodies! stamp set and matching Deco Labels Framelits Dies. I earned these free from Stampin’ Up!® recently. Apparently, despite not doing much this summer, it turns out I am still great and they rewarded me for my efforts. Which, I have to say, is jolly decent of them. 

Anyway, enough from me: I’ve just remembered there’s some of that chocolate left in the cupboard because, naturally, I bought spares.


  1. Love those bags and what you have done with them, I wish the SU site had a wishlist option, so I could add stuff to it and not forget about it, prolly have to just do my own!!

    newbie question, what is a Virtual Hostess Club member?

    1. Hi Ian, thanks for your comment. The Virtual Hostess Club consists of 10 members who commit to spend a minimum of £15 each month, taking it in turns to be the hostess and claim the Stampin' Rewards. As a little thank you for their commitment, I send them a small gift each month. More details here:

    2. Forgot to say, I'll send your comments about a wish list to SU. I think lots of us wish there was that option!

    3. There's one here with your name on it, Sue! (Well, not literally)

  2. Cheers for that, very interested in the virtual hostess idea, just need to talk it over with the missus!


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