Donna Griffith’s Thank You Banner Pouch

When Pam and I decided to host World Card Making Day this past year, we knew we were planning a wonderful weekend with fellow-demonstrators.  When we started our planning, though, we didn’t know that Stampin’ Up! would be sending Donna Griffith to inspire us and hang out with us for the weekend.  What an amazing bonus!

World Card Making Day, Stampin' Up!Donna is a Curriculum Developer and Trainer for Stampin’ Up!.  If you have attended Stampin’ Up!’s Convention or Leadership, then you’ve likely enjoyed one of her presentations on the Main Stage.  If you follow Stampin’ Up! or Paper Pumpkin on YouTube, then you’re likely familiar with Donna’s hands – she’s the gorgeous hand model in many of the videos.  🙂  She can stamp and assemble a kit like no one’s business, but she can’t eat  a piece of bruschetta without spilling it all over the table.  Just sayin’.

Anyway…Donna brought Pam and me a gift in a regular gift bag – the gift inside was wonderful, but I could barely make it past the thank you note pouch that was hanging from the side of the bag.  Here’s what I received (it’s hanging over the handle of a gift bag):

Build a Banner Simply Created Kit, Stampin' Up!, by Donna GriffithDonna created the base of the pouch by sewing together two canvas banners from the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit.  Although she CASE’d the design from Stampin’ Up!’s website, it was her skill and general awesomeness that crafted this pouch for me.  Here’s a video to show you how to make this for yourself (these are not Donna’s hands in the video to show this wonderful, alternative use for the kit):

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Sponging stripes.  Donna used the stencil templates in the kit, a sponge dauber and Rose Red ink to create these bold stripes on the background of the banner pouch.  While the kit would pressure you to put a letter in the middle of the open circle, you can change it up however you feel appropriate – no peer pressure from that bossy kit!
  • Sewing Machine.  Donna used a sewing machine to create texture and assemble the sentiment on the front of the banner.  She also used a sewing machine to bind the banners together around the sides.  I don’t know what a sewing machine is, but I can sew a button on a shirt.
  • Wax Paper.  Donna used the Little Letter Thinlits Dies to say “thank you” on the front of the pouch.  She used the cropped letters for “thank” and the negative image for “you.”  To easily remove the letters from the thinlits die, add a piece of wax paper between the cardstock and die.  Your paper might not pop right out, but it will certainly put up less of a fight.

Build a Banner Simply Created Kit, Stampin' Up!, by Donna Griffith

Stamp Sets:  @So Social  Papers:  Coastal Cabana, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe  Inks:  Rose Red, Coastal Cabana  Accessories:  Build a Banner Simply Created Kit, Little Letters Thinlits Dies, Sweetheart punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Please leave a comment below to let Donna know how much you appreciate her creation – or to me for letting me know how happy you are that I shared it.  🙂

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  1. I love my Thank You pocket from Donna too….but not more than I love Donna herself! How adorable is she? This photo captures it perfectly.

  2. Cute ! I just ordered that Sweetheart Punch yesterday (on sale) so I can make some cute tags and bags too. Thank you Donna ….:D

  3. This s the type of project that produces a gift for that friend who is embarrassed by sentimental cards, but will hang this up where they can see it. I would tuck a little “You’re awesome” note inside. Great project

  4. Love the stitching, very creative. How much fun this reunions must be, wish I lived closer.
    Thank you for sharing.

  5. Thanks Donna and Brian. Great little gift giving idea. Need to pull my banner kit out use it now! Maybe you could use washi tape around the edge?

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