Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Here We Go...

Welcome to Day 1 of our new designs...we'll start off with a little project using food storage bags. Who knew that wrapping up your leftover dinner could lead to a new project?



They're not air tight, but I thought it was cool to use the sliding mechanism from these plastic bags to create some useful bags. Here's one made into a pen case (to carry to stamping dates, or to give as a gift):



And another made into a Halloween treat:



To make this project, I cut off just the top of the plastic bag. I put double stick tape on both sides of the plastic bag (you'll have to play with the slider to get the double stick tape underneath it...see photo, below).



Click here for a pattern. I'm using a quart-sized plastic bag for this project...and the pattern is for a bag with a finished size of 8-1/4" x 3"...of course, you can adjust the pattern to make the bag deeper or shallower. Cut along the solid lines and fold along the dotted ones...use double stick tape on the two tabs to put the paper part of the bag together. Then simply remove the backing paper from the double stick tape on the plastic bag (one side at a time), and adhere to the paper bag. You'll have to fiddle around with the slider again to get the paper under the slider.

And now for the giveaway...here's what's up for grabs:



Leave me a comment by midnight (Hawaii time) tomorrow, Wed. August 18...help me catch up on what you've been up to...tell me the highlight of your summer. I'll pick one winner at random and announce their name on Thursday, August 19.

Oh...one more thing. I've been meaning to share with you some cute projects done by Karen on her blog, Have a Scrap Happy Day using Dandelion stamps!!! So cute...thanks for sharing your work, Karen!!!

32 comments:

Evie C. said...

What a neat idea...so clever ~ thanks for sharing! The highlight of my summer was spending it Berlin for 2 mos. While my hubby worked, I had some time to stamp and/or watch World Cup Soccer. Good food & beer!

ShaniKulani said...

that is such a cute idea..perfect for upcoming halloween :) I would have to say one of my highlights of summer was just the other day. I entered a blog hop and actually won. It was my first time winning :) still stoked!!

Jenine Isawa said...

Cute idea! My highlight of the summer was heading down to the oregon beachs for a long weekend with my family and playing with my 1 year old.

Brenda said...

That is a great idea! I think I might just give it a try. The highlight of my summer was watching my 2 oldest daughters dancing in the Keiki Hula Competition. It was DD2's first time and she did great! DD1 was also the soloist for her halau and watching her dance on stage brought me to tears! Such beautiful memories that I will always treasure...

Jen said...

What a clever idea! I love those zipper bags! and I always hate to throw away the used bags because the zippers are so useful.
Your stamps are darling, as always.
Thanks for sharing.

Jo said...

Thanks for sharing this very clever idea, great after life for those ziplock bags. The highlight of my summer was my son's 1st birthday party- that was a lot of work and fun!!! I love the new designs you came out with- will go out to get them

Lammie said...

Hi Jean,

You always come up with such clever and cute ideas and new stamps. I don't think I had a highlight this summer. My highlight will be in September when we go to the UH vs. Colorado football game in Colorado. Can't wait to go!

carpediem said...

love this idea...so very clever! the highlight of my summer is coming up next weekend...a huge wedding in the family that has been "in the works" for a long time! laura j

Anonymous said...

Hi Jean,
You always come up with the cutest stamps and ideas. Thanks for sharing.
My highlight this summer was spending time with my niece who spent the summer here. We did a little crafting and a lot of shopping.

BJ

Cassie said...

Hi Jean,
So cute the new designs. I especially like the kokeshi dolls. I have no highlights this summer since I just worked and stayed on Oahu.

Jenny said...

Hi Jean!! So glad you are sharing all your new designs- which are so cute! I kept very busy at work but did manage to take a mini vacation to visit family on Oahu. My DD had a blast, which made it all worth it! That's a neat project- I'll have to give that a try.

Jenny
crazyforpaper.blogspot.com

Regina said...

hello, Jean
you are super creative! What a wonderful project!
The new stamps are cute!
In the summer we had no hightlight, but in September we go to Italy.

Regina*

Ekg said...

Aloha kaua, Jean,

The kokeshi dolls are cute! Recycling ziploc bags. Great idea. My highlight for the summer was my niece Cobey's wedding and seeing former Mililani High School students registering their keiki for Pacific University in the Fall. And of course picking up your stamps at Photocraft!!!

**CrEaTiNgWiThAlOhA** said...

wow what a cool idea...TFS...going to laKe with the ohana....and of course crafting

sweet craf-tea chick said...

super cute and creative projects, jean! love them :)!!
wowee, such an awesome giveaway! hrmm..the highlight of my summer, was spending time with my family. love our family get togethers.
hope you have a great day!
much aloha, steph :)

Anonymous said...

The worst thing about this summer was that it was so HOT! I traveled to California to celebrate my baby sister's 50th and made a side trip to Vegas (of course) and lots and lots of shopping.

val a.

charlotte said...

Your kokeshi dolls are super cute, Jean and I like the idea of the recylced bag.

The highlight of my summer was clearing up clutter in my family room. Besides doing papercraft I also like to sew and have been storing fabrics from 20 years ago but finally let go and donated it to our church. It was sad to see it go but now my grandchildren have more room to play and it's like a whole lot of weight has been lifted. Now my next project is to start clearing up the clutter with papercraft - that might be harder.

Jenny V. said...

Wow what a great idea, so clever. Ahhh these set of stamps are so cute just in time for halloween. Well here is my highlight of my summer, I manage to get some house cleaning and organizating around the house since I had 1 week of vacation and we also had some visitors from the mainland. I also got to see Johnny Depp in person at Kaneohe Bay, but couldn't wait much longer for his arrival since my son complain he was hungry and needed to head home since it was a school night. Well at least we got to see the Black Pearl but Johnny Depp would be exciting to see. Hope you had a great summer too.

Janis said...

I think that the bags are a fabulous idea! I just got some of the new stamps. They are all so cute, I wanted them all!! TFS!

Charlene said...

What a great idea! Such a fantastic prize. My hi-light of the summer is coming next week when I go to Colorado for the birth of my new grandaughter. I am so excited.

BlueRose said...

How do you come up with all of these ideas??? LOL

Love your stamps very cute!

My highlight of my summer was spending it with my lovable grandson. He is a complete joy to me and my Hubie.

Carole said...

Aloha Jean, So glad you are back to posting on your blog. I missed you. Highlight of my summer? Has to be the release of all your new designs, especially the fuzzy dandelion bear.

Anonymous said...

love the snack bag idea! Perfect for packing home lunch snacks for a sweet surprise!
Been just working working working! No vacation until November :(
Christy T.

Janet S said...

You are just SO creative! What a great idea! I have had a super busy summer, too. I've been on several trips including Jamaica(with hubby - ALONE), Wisconsin, and Tennessee. Also some close to home overnighters here in Michigan. I can't believe that summer is almost over. :( Thanks for a chance to win a great prize pack!

Happy Stamper said...

Such a eco friendly idea, love it!The highlight of my summer was that super cute little bear with dandelions that just came out! LOL!Very cute stamps!

Dawn said...

What a very neat idea. Can't wait to order your new stamps. Thanks for a chance to win your new stamps.

aerolgirl said...

OMG! i just love that zip bag idea and thanks so much for the stamp giveaway...i recently saw them at the stamp show was all goo-goo eyed over them!
The highlight of my summer was having my son home from his mainland job for a week - he had a blast and it was so much spending time w/him.

Tammy said...

So cute! Very creative! Love the stamps....just adorable!

Lynette said...

Your stamps are so cute! We stayed in Seattle for three weeks to spend time with my daughter, son-in-law and most of all, our precious 17 month old granddaughter. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!

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Jadee said...

whoops! take two. Thanks again for sharing. I really enjoy coming to your blog to check out the new ideas. Summer, what's that? I had to work through the summer. I work at a multi-track school so I work year round. Summer highlight would have to be spending time with my family from Okinawa! :o)

Cathy Y. said...

Super neat ziplock bag idea - how do you even come up with these ideas? I need to try that!
I don't really have a highlight this summer except for getting my daughter ready to be freshmen in high school!