Thursday, March 14, 2013

St. Patty's Day Birthday Gift Bag

One of my daughter's little BFFs has a birthday on St. Patty's Day so I came up with a little gift bag for her with a birthday leprechaun.

I keep on-hand 7-1/2" x 10-1/2" kraft paper gift bags-- that was my base.  (That is the measurement minus the handles.)  I cut the jumping leprechaun from Simply Charmed (page 32) at 7".

The thing with a big cut is that you kind of have to add extra details and pop up some elements to keep the die cut from flattening out.  For this little guy, I hand-cut an extra lock of hair.  I glued it flush on the 'scalp end' and popped it up with 1/8" pop dots on the 'curl end'.  I also popped up his little hat and added a shamrock to the hat band cut from A Child's Year (page 31), cut at 3/4".  I added a vest layer to his outfit but cutting two jackets and cutting one away so that I could layer them and see the second layer, like a vest.  I added adhesive pearls for vest buttons.  I hand-cut lapels for the top layer, the jacket, and added a breast pocket and pocket square.  

To make him a 'birthday' leprechaun, I cut a little cupcake from Something to Celebrate (page 22) at 1".  I only cut the first two layers since it was so tiny.  I cut a "9" candle from the same cart (page 30) at 3/4".  I hand-colored (with pencils) the flame and wick.

To give him a "place" to exist, I trimmer-cut rainbow-colored solids and layered them to create a ground and horizon line.  I placed a couple of tiny shamrocks, cut from A Child's Year at 1/2".  I popped the leprechaun up with 1/8" pop dots to lift him off the surface a bit.

Lastly, for a tag, I cut a last shamrock, also from A Child's Year, at 3-1/4", and tied it on with 1/8" ribbon.

Lately, I have taken a little inventory of my Cricut cartridges and, as you have also probably figured out, there are many repeating icons among them!  I used to 'need' all the cartridges and came pretty close to getting them all before last autumn.  The good thing about this economy, hopefully there is a silver lining, is that many of us have gotten a chance to re-prioritize and to be more creative!  So... if you don't have the cartridges listed above, you can find shamrocks on the following cartridges that you may have:

  • Create-A-Critter 2
  • Designer's Calendar
  • Elmo and Friends Holiday
  • Give A Hoot
  • Imagine More Cards
  • Celebrate with a Flourish
  • Paper Doll Dress Up
  • Phrases 
  • Spring Fever
  • Holiday Cards
You can find leprechauns on the following cartridges that you may have:
  • CCR Exclusive:  St. Patrick's Day
  • Teddy Bear Parade
  • Paper Doll Dress Up
A cupcake image can be found on dozens of cartridges.  This is just a sampling:
  • A Child's Year
  • American Alphabet
  • Best Images of 2006 and 2009
  • Birthday Bash
  • Create-A-Critter 1 and 2
  • Storks Delivery
  • Divine Wedding
  • Doodlecharms
  • Elmo's Party
  • Every Day Paper Dolls
  • Hello Kitty Greetings... and the list goes on and on!!!!
Numbers can be found on any cartridge with font of course.

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Sis Patterson said...

It's Simply Charming! Love the color and composition of your leprechaun and all of the added details! The cupcake and "9" candle is perfect! Thanks for sharing your techniques and tips!!!

cdm317 said...

What a lucky little girl to be receiving such a thoughtful present! The leprechaun is quite charming (get it? LOL!) and the colors are splendid! I love the extra cupcake, your attention to the little details are what makes your art so wonderful!

Vanessa said...

That is so cute and colorful! You are right about the economy having a silver lining in that we are forced to step back and take stock of what we already have. Thanks for showing us all the options we have to re-create this adorable bag!

L.B. said...

love this cute bag!! The background is a wonderful look.

Hrvatica said...

Adorable gift bag. Love the addition of the little cupcake.

Kathy Salido said...

Your gift bag is so adorable!! Love the background.

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