Monday, September 15, 2008


This is one of those projects that most everyone but me has already done - a Genie Bag. However, if you're like me and haven't gotten around to it yet, the tutorial can be found here on the Splitcoast Stampers website. It was a fun and easy.

At some point in time, I'd picked up a package of 4-5/8 by 8-5/8 inch paper sacks at Michael's. Basically, what you do is make a card front and back to attach to the front and back of the bag. I cut the top of my sack down, and my card front measures 5 by 7. I opted to only decorate the front with thoughts that the little person I give it to probably won't care. As for what's going inside, it will most likely be several matchbox cards and maybe one sweet treat. That way, if someone ends up all hopped up on sugar on Halloween, it won't be Grandma's fault! The stamping pretty much explains itself. I attached the ribbon handles with Glue Dots sandwiched between the cardstock and the bag. Looking at it, I wish I'd opted for a yellow moon. Oh well, next time.

Materials & Tools: Colonial White, Orange, Topiary, Brown Bag, and Black cardstock; Paper Reflections paper sacks from Michael's; Black, Chocolate, and Orange ink pads; Cornish Heritage Farms U R A Hoot and Papertrey Ink Spooky Sweets stamp sets; Ribbon from and CTMH; Black mini brads; Prismacolor colored pencils; Gamsol mineral spirits; Blending stumps; Cuttlebug w/Nestabilities Classic Ovals and Classic Circles sets.

I whined a bit in my last post and got that out of my system, so now I'll talk about something fun. Art Linkletter was right about kids saying the darnest things. Yesterday, I was in the bathroom (the lock doesn't work), and in walked little Mathias. "Mommy's pretty," he said in a very matter of fact tone. "Yes, she is," I responded, and then asked, "Is Daddy handsome?" "Yes, Daddy's handsome, and Bjorn's handsome, and I'm handsome, but not everybody is handsome," he said, shaking his cute, little head with the last phrase. A person has got to wonder what rolls around in the mind of a three year old. I got a kick out of that one but opted not to take the conversation any further. Tonight, I'm going to relax either in my corner or on the futon. I hope you had a good day. Thanks for stopping!


Sylvia said...

Love the bag. Our grandson's girlfriend is very much into Halloween, I could make it for her and put goodies that college kids like in it.

Tiffany Johnson said...

Awwww, kids are so darned cute....some of the time! LOL :) I love your genie sack and I am the LAST person on earth to make one! It will be my next project (behind 8 others)...u know how it is!

Sylvia said...

P.S. When our grandkids were little and they would say the darndest things I wrote them down. A couple of years ago I typed them up on Word. Sam saw them and replied "Did I really say those things?"

Laurel said...

Wow, this is so cute! I love it, love those little owls, I am finding it harder and harder to resist them!

Jeanne said...

Nope, you aren't the last one to do a genie bag. That would be me! LOL

Those owls are growing on me,though I have no choice but to resist. I continue to marvel at your coloring. Practice, practice, practice I know. Ü

Your little guy is so cute! Thanks for sharing the tidbit.

Tracy said...

*raising hand* I'm also one of the last people to make these bags! How cute is this one??? I ADORE owls!!!

Stamp Your Art Out said...

This is sooo cute! I'm always looking for ideas for workshops. I'm like you and haven't tried it yet. Thanks for sharing.

The Cute & Adorable, Yet Ever So Humble, mE said...

Kathi -

This is darling! I am going to have to totally case this little gift bag idea!



Dee Jackson said...

This is totally adorable!! I love Love LOVE it!!!

It's been forever since I posted a comment but I do visit you often:)...mainly in the middle of the night! My computer is in the master bedroom so Dh wakes up if I type:(

I hope you didn't think I forgot about you:)
Have a great weekend