It started off as a plain white bag that I bought in Hobbycraft. I chose some card to match the heart and just had fun with it.
I used the packaging stencil to decorate the back.
Filling it up with some DVDs made it easier to do this. I taped off the parts of the stencil that I wasn't going to use and sponged black Stazon Ink through the stencil; I cleaned this off with surgical spirit afterwards.
Then for the fun part - I've always loved stitching on cards but I could never get the tension correct for it on my old machine and so it always looked a mess. My shiny new machine is a totally different beast so I thought I'd give it another go. I swapped the needle over (I'll keep one just for card) and was so thrilled that it worked perfectly.
I used a dotty embossing folder to make the pink card match the spotty fabric heart and then stuck it to some black card and embellished it. My personalised stamp is stamped onto card cut out with a Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight die. I added a bit of shading to it and added some more butterflies with the extra one that comes with the main stamp. It's such a cute little stamp in its own right.
I zigzagged around the pink card with black thread, then went around the black with cream thread. I also went across the lace where it's above the cream card to make it more secure. A ribbon and a couple of small pink hearts completed this part.
To finish it off I stamped the tissue paper with my personalised stamp in Jet Black Archival ink. If I was doing it for my own use I would use second generation ink for this, as I think it looks nicer, but for TV I went for first so it would stand out well.
Stamps and Stencil Used