Sunday, March 11, 2012

SweetSassyDiva's Birthday Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome to the SweetSassyDiva Birthday Blog Hop!
We are celebrating Bobbi Jo's (SweetSassyDiva) birthday this weekend March 10th and 11th. Each day will be a new project and be sure to check out the yummy blog candy giveaways!

I am so happy that you could join us for this super fun Blog Hop showcasing Birthday Themed fun!

You will find an array of ideas along the hop and be sure to become a follower and leave some love aka comments along the way.

This is a TWO-Day hop so, be sure to catch both days for maximum celebration and ideas.

As we spring forward with the time change as well as with Spring coming so soon...let's get this party started! Hop on over to all the blogs along the way!

If you've hopped over from the uber talented Suzanne  then you are in the right place. If you've just popped in to visit my blog or are reading this via email and would like to join our SweetSassyDiva Birthday Blog hop and FUN then, please start at the beginning with Bobbi Jo's blog because...starting at the start is always SMART! :)

We have a WONDERFUL Grand Prize for one lucky hopper that is donated by Bobbi Jo!

To be eligible, please visit each blog hop stop leaving a comment also, become a follower at and">"> and be sure to leave a comment!

One random winner will be chosen on Wednesday, March 14th, giving you plenty of time to finish the hop.

For my second day project I decided to go with gift bags.  I'm mean just like birthday cards, you can never have to many gift bags for your gifts right?!!  For the first bag I used a bag off of Plantin Schoolbook cart and cut it fit to page on a 12x24 mat.  I assembled my bag and then cut the flower from Flower Shoppe (flower 33 on the overlay, the flower center is 3 on the overlay and the leaf is 43 on the overlay) for my decoration on the bag, I also used Home Decor for the swirl. My flower parts I cut from white paper and just inked the outside of the flower as well as the flower center.  I also added some yellow ink to the flower center.  It is a nice size bag, not to big and not too small.

 For this next bag, I used a plain brown bag that I already had on hand.  I used card stock and added to the front and then did another flower and swirl for on the front as well as Paper Lace for the birthday wishes.  Here is a step by step tutorial on how I made my flowers.
Here are my flowers and leaves.  I started out with a certain size and then came down by a 1/4 inch for each flower layer and I have 6 layers for this flower.

I inked my flowers and rolled my center.

Then I put hot glue on the little tab and cupped my flower by gluing together.

I then roll my flowers with my largest ball stylus to give my flowers/petals a more natural look to them.
And here is what it looks like once all assembled!  I did turn my petals back on my two outside layers.

I inked and shaped my leaves and then glued them onto my flower.  Then all you have to do it attached my flower to your project!  Easy as that!!!  I hope that you have enjoyed this hop.  It sure was fun for me and I know we had lots of talented ladies in this hop!!  I hope you have been inspired to get crafty!

Remember to leave me a comment and I will put your name in for a $10 gift card from either Hobby Lobby or JoAnns!!! 

Thank you for checking out my project. I hope that you will become a follower of and leave a comment. The fun doesn't end here though so be sure to hop on over to the talented Shawnee .

and remember to visit all the stops for more chances to win!

Be sure to also check back tomorrow for some more celebration and more chances to win!

Here is the complete list in case you get of track:

Bobbi Jo

Lucy -

Michele -
Gaby -

Mindy -

Lori -


Jennifer -

Paulette Trent-

Anita Cannon    

Brenda Halstead -

Dana Taft -

Maria Jones -


Michele Eickholt ~

Sandy S.

Jenny Johnson -



Shawnee Penkacik -

Sylvia Solorio-


Shawnee said...

WOW Brenda, this a stunningly beautiful project!! Excellent job my friend. I wish it was my birthday. I'd love to get your beautiful bag although I'd frame it. LOL.

Unknown said...

I'm a new follower, thanks for the chance to enter! Your flower is just fabulous!

Hannah said...

Such pretty flowers. You took such great care in creating them. New follower!

Creative Diva said...

Beautiful projects. Love how you made the flower. New follower.Thanks for the chance to win.

creativediva98 at gmail dot com

Suzanne said...

Brenda your gift bags are so pretty and those flowers are gorgeous. Love them!!!!!! Looks like that kit is a fun thing to have. Reminds me of my cake tools to form flowers. Anyway your flowers rock.

Brenda said...

Those are fabulous gift bags! Absolutely beautiful!

Lara said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! I have this cart, I just have to break it out! Thanks for the inspiration! lclass003atgmaildotcom

Michele Smith said...

Beautiful bags Brenda! I just love love love the flowers. Thanks for your wonderful directions too!

Anonymous said...

Love your bags. These flowers are gorgeous. New follower.

Kathy said...

I love the flower!!! It is beautiful!!! I am a follower. Thanks for a chance to win!!!

JaniceA said...

Wow!!!! Beautiful love the flowers. Great gift bag! modjjjash at yahoo dot com

Michele Smith said...

Hi Brenda - Congratulations, you have been awarded the Liebster Blog Award - see my blog for details ((hugs))

Sandy S. (CraftyCreations) said...

Wow Brenda.... your card us amazing. I would love to make one of these! TFS!

Diane said...

Beautiful flowers and bags! I just bought Flower Shoppe and your tutorial has helped me so much. Thank you!

Laura said...

Beautiful gift bags! I love the flowers you created!

Angie Williams said...

Wow is right! I love these flowers. I'm still on Day 1 but had to go ahead and comment. This is awesome!

marg0006 said...

Wow, the flower is enormous & lovely.
Loving Scrappr101

TerriK said...

Love the bags, Brenda. OMG, your flowers are gorgeous!. Thanks for the tutorial.

silvia said...

Pretty gift bags!! LOVE the flowers!!

Unknown said...

WOW Brenda ! I am in love with this flower!!! My daughter wants me to make all her flowers for her wedding and when I showed her yours she was thrilled !! Thanks for sharing the how to !

Maria said...

Gorgeous gift bags! TFS

girlia said...

So cute

Jessica Kephart | A Homespun Affair said...

Wow! Beautiful Flowers!!


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Unknown said...

Oh My Wow!!! Your flowers are so pretty!!!!

Mrs. Green said...

Those flowers are amazing!

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Sue D said...

Fabulous gift bags--the flowers are gorgeous!
I am a follower.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Brenda said...

I enjoyed participating in this hop with you. I have a blog award for you. Please visit my blog to pick it up.

Amy E said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial!! Awesome!! The gift bags are just stunning! I will never again throw away one of those little bown bags with the handles!!!

amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com

Lisa said...

Great bags! Love the flowers, they are breathtaking!!! said...

Such beautiful gift bag and card! Loved all your detail work on the flowers!!

The Queen (Laura) said...

Gorgeous flowers Brenda! The bags are awesome! Wish we lived closer so we could make some flowers together. Great job my friend!

Annette said...

Really love those flowers. I just got this cart. I guess i will try it out, right now..... well in a little while.