I am a mom of older children and have noticed that the time has come when I do not have the hustle and bustle of little ones constantly around my feet and life now seems to be a bit of a let down. Well life has changed and now I have more hustle and bustle then ever. I am the Grammy Nanny to my 3 grandsons.
I was savoring the time that was mine and now have to share it with everyone all over again. The growing pains are upon me again and trying to define who I am again. The upside is that I get to cuddle little ones again! I still haven't truly learned to hug myself yet nor to be understanding to my own feelings. Did anyone notice how hard it is to be nice and understanding to yourself? That being said I hope that you will be part of my journey into yet another part of my life.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Snowman Top Hat Treat Bag Topper

Today I was asked to make a snowman hat to go on a cellophane bag. The bag will hold a hot cocoa packet and some mini marshmallows. I went and Googled to find directions apparently they are called snowmen soup but I like the one my friend picked out. I didn't feel like cutting the pieces by hand so I made a file on my Silhouette for it.

The steps were simple:
  • Draw rectangle with the soft cornered tool and I made the size to be 3.5 x 4, because that is the width of the treat bag I have. 
  • I then drew another soft cornered rectangle this time making it .75 x 5, this is for the brim. I didn't want to put more pieces together then I had to so I overlapped the brim onto the hat rectangle and aligned the bottom edges and centered the 2 rectangles. Once they were overlapped and in position I welded them together creating the brimmed hat. 
  • Using the duplicate tool I mirrored above the hat and made sure that the 2 hats were just overlapping each other. I then welded these together. You will notice that the middle cut line goes away. I took the line tool and drew a line between the to points of the soft corners and then changed the line to a dashed line that way there is a fold line to make for an easier assembly.

  • For the ribbon I used the hard cornered rectangle and drew the rectangle right on the hat so I knew how I wanted it to look .5 x 4.039 approx. I filled it with red so I could see what it looked like. 
    • I used Blenda Script from DaFonts.com to write warm wishes on the red ribbon. My goal was to write it with the gel pen on the cardstock then cut it with the machine.
  • I then found a snowflake I liked to place on the ribbon and sized it to eye appealing. I used silver glitter cardstock for this.
  • Remember: 1. when you go to cut that you take the pieces that are not being cut and place them aside 2. go into the advanced cut settings and change the text to sketch pens 3. make sure when cutting the ribbon that the sketch pen is tuned off and you have the blade back in, I put the words on first so there wouldn't be a chance of paper slipping while writing.
I wanted to add the file for the topper but can't seem to figure out how to insert it. This is a very difficult page to add or change pictures or files. I hope this made making your own file for the treat bag topper easier.

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