Guest Designer: Jayne Nelson

by Tasnim

Hi everyone! I am so honored to be sharing several of my projects on the Altenew blog today! One of my favorite things to make and give are small gift bags for birthdays, holidays, thank-yous and party favors. The bags are perfect for giving candy, gift cards, jewelry, or small toys and a delightful way to let someone know that you are thinking of them. I've used many of the beautiful Altenew stamp sets to create a collection of these bags.


This bag features a background that I created by repeatedly stamping a diamond shape from Simple Shapes in four different colors of ink. I love how easy it is to create modern and graphic patterns with these stamps. I created a tag that I stamped with the wonderful giraffe and fun sentiment from Geometric Menagerie. I'm going to make several of these bags to give to a few special trick-or-treaters!


On this birthday bag, I first stamped the two-colored background pattern using several building stamps from Modern Beadwork. The pattern was very easy to create with these thoughtful stamps. I added a tag that I randomly stamped with the beautiful, multi-layered flowers from Painted Flowers, and then I added a small vellum tag with a birthday sentiment from Persian Motifs. I finished the card with several leaves and gems.



I used stamps from three Altenew stamp sets to create this fall-themed gift bag. I stamped the large Surprise! sentiment from Birthday Bash in rows across the bag to create a monochromatic background. Several of the graphic stamps in Dodecagram reminded me of wreaths, so I stamped a pair of these images on a long tag and embellished them with buttons. I finished the bag with a birthday sentiment from Shadow Play. By merely changing the sentiments, I could create bags to place at each place setting on the table at Thanksgiving.


To create this floral, birthday bag, I stamped a muted, sentiment background by repeatedly stamping the Happy Birthday sentiment from Label Love down the bag front. Then, I stamped one of the gorgeous flowers from Persian Motifs three times and colored each flower with markers. To complete the card, I stamped, trimmed, and popped the same Label Love birthday sentiment in a matching color. I couldn't resist adding a bow to this feminine design.


This card features the amazing lace stamp from Lace Up. To create a striking black and white design, I embossed the lace stamp in white on a black bag. I stamped the lace three more times on white cardstock, colored a portion of each image with markers, and then fussy cut and mounted these colored pieces to the bag. I embossed the birthday sentiment from Shadow Play in white on a piece of vellum which I folded over the top of the bag and secured with a bow. I can easily remove or change this sentiment if I decide to use this bag for another occasion.


I made one more bag as I love the adorable elephant stamp in the Ori Kami set. After stamping the elephant and coloring with markers, I masked the image with an oval and inked the rest of the bag front with several colors of ink. I added a few water drops for interest. I stamped the lace from Lace Up on two, opposite corners of the bag. To finish, I added two, small sentiments from Lace Up and Dodecagram.
Thanks so much to Tasnim and Jennifer for the opportunity to guest design on the blog today, it's been such a treat for me! Thank you for the beautiful and inspiring Altenew designs!
No, it has bee a treat for us Jayne! Thank you so much for sharing these incredibly amazing gift bags, each one is a stunner!  We think all these designs will work perfectly on a card front as well :)




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Dolly October 22, 2014 - 12:34 PM

:D Wow Jayne! Each of the gift bag looks so unique in its own way. I would never want to give away any of these bags :|
I loved the last 2 bags even more than all of the rest ! They are my Fav <3 TFS.

jintyoo7 October 22, 2014 - 1:59 PM

Oh my, these are truly gorgeous, thank you for the wonderful inspiration, Jayne – so lovely to “meet” you :-)

Jen Rzasa October 22, 2014 - 3:31 PM

Wow, you are incredible!! Thank you SO much for guest designing! These bags are so versatile and creative, and a great way to showcase/mix each of the stamp sets :)

conil October 22, 2014 - 3:38 PM

Gee, don’t know which one I like better so I’d take them all, yes, please. Super talent in each of the fabulous bags. Incredible stamping and beautiful color choices.

Virginia L. October 22, 2014 - 7:07 PM

Wow, Jayne, each and every creation here is simply gorgeous! I am loving the creative mix of stamps! You have done a super fabulous job!

Celeste Goff October 22, 2014 - 10:07 PM

What perfectly beautiful cards Jayne!!!

Mary-Anne V. October 23, 2014 - 12:54 PM

These are truly gorgeous and I agree your bags can totally be cards!

jeanmanis October 23, 2014 - 4:35 PM

Perfection! Wonderful use of the stamps!

Greta H October 24, 2014 - 5:05 PM

Over the top creative & beautiful work, Jayne! I can’t even pick a favorite! Now I have to add Altenew to my wishlist–loving how their stamps look in your talented hands!

wida October 25, 2014 - 1:10 PM

WOW gorgeous job!


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