Wishing You Peace at Christmas
Buzzing By -- A Shoebox Swap in Tampa

Have a Jolly Christmas Gift Bag

Hello!  Happy Friday!

I'm out of town tonite getting ready to attend a Stampin' Up! training event in Tampa all day tomorrow called On Stage Local.  Now that Stampin' Up! has changed its Convention-type events to a more global venue, it is offering a streamlined version for those in other countries to be able to participate.  This year the main event is in Brussels so there are a number of locations in the South Pacific and the US for those demonstrators who were unable to travel to Europe.  I saw some of the Stampin' Up! staff this afternoon while at a Shoebox Swap and they are excited about what we will be experiencing at tomorrow's event. 

So you may be wondering what a Shoebox Swap is...  Well, it's a number of folks who agree to meet up to make cards.  Each participant designs a card and puts all the supplies for the cards in a shoebox.  When it's time to make the cards, the participants move from shoebox to shoebox to make each project--with the exception of the project that they brought.  Today's swap had 11 participants and I was able to make some really cute cards and learn a few new techniques.  I also had the opportunity to meet demonstrators I had never met before and share experiences with them.  That's always a fun thing to do!  I'll be sharing my shoebox swap project with you next week.

Today's post is the last of the Christmas gift packaging projects that I designed for my November stamp clubs.  This project features the Gift Bag Punch Board.


This project begins with a piece Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper.  I chose the Medium-sized bag for this project and followed the instructions for the punch board to make a medium bag from a piece of 7-1/2" x 11" paper.  I did not punch the bag handle holes across the top of the bag.  You'll see why in a few minutes.

Once I assembled the bag, I set it aside to make a decorative tag for the front of the bag.  This tag begins with a piece of Mossy Meadow card stock and another piece of the Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper to cut labels with the Big Shot using the Deco Labels Collection Framelits.  Note that the Designer Series Paper is the reverse side of the piece used to make the bag.  The cardstock and paper labels were adhered together. 


A piece of Real Red cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the same Deco Label Collection Framelit with the next size smaller label framelit set inside the larger framelit to make a frame (a piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock is used for the illustration).


In this illustration, you can see that the dies have been run through the Big Shot and the center and outside areas removed.  This leaves the frame in between the two framelits.


This illustration shows the framelits removed from the frame.  It's just that simple!  You can do this with any set of nesting framelits when you need to frame an item to give it more visibility.  This is usually a good thing to do when you are working with both sides of a piece of Designer Series Paper; since both sides are designed to coordinate, it makes sense that the colors may tend to blend together without some kind of separator. 

The frame was adhered to the adhered pieces of Mossy Meadow/Designer Series Paper cut with Deco Labels Collection Framelits using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  Note that since the framelit used to create the outside edge of the frame is the same framelit used to die cut the adhered Mossy Meadow/Designer Series Paper, the outside edges of all three will match exactly.

A piece of Tear & Tape adhesive was placed across the back of the decorative tag about 3/4" from the top edge of the tag and the tag adhered to the center front of the gift bag with the top edge of the tag slightly above the top edge of the gift bag.


Here's a look at the back side of the bag so you can see the punched holes a little better.

Pinch the top edges of the gift bag together--with the gusseted sides of the bag folded to the inside of the bag--and punch two 1/8" holes through the label and bag approximately 1" from each side of the bag.  I used the Crop-A-Dile to punch the holes as the 1/8" handheld circle punch is not able to punch through all those layers at once and I wanted all the holes to line up.


To add a little pizzazz to the decorative tag, a 2-1/2" circle of Whisper White cardstock was punched and the stars image from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set and Crushed Curry ink was used to cover the circle.  The "Have A" and "Christmas" sentiments were stamped at the center top and bottom edges of the circle using Early Espresso ink.  The "jolly" Christmas Greetings Thinlits was die cut from Gold Foil Sheets with the Big Shot and adhered across the center of the circle using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  The circle was adhered at the center of the tag with Stampin' Dimensionals.  A small Real Red Home for Christmas Enamel Dot was used to dot the "j" on "jolly".

A length of Real Red 1/8" Striped Ribbon was pulled through the holes punched at the top of the tag/bag with the ends at the front of the bag.  The ends were tied into a bow to cinch the bag shut.

Making the gift bag from Designer Series Paper limits the weight of the gift you'll put inside the bag.  Also, the heavier the item in the bag, the more hefty the adhesive you'll need to use at the side tab and the bottom flaps of the bag.  For a heavier item, you may want to consider using cardstock that you decorate with a background stamp or other image stamped randomly using the same color ink as the cardstock or Versamark.

I hope you'll consider the Gift Bag Punch Board when you're looking for an attractive way to gift package a small light-weight item and need to use up a bunch of Christmas paper that has been gathering dust.  Of course, the gift bag isn't just for Christmas.  A fun gift bag is a great packaging tool all year round!

Have a great weekend!


Supplies I used for this project --

Stamps:  Holly Jolly Greetings; Inks:  Crushed Curry, Early Espresso; Cardstock:  Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Season of Cheer; Embellishments:  Real Red 1/8" Striped Ribbon, Home for Christmas Enamel Dots; Adhesives:  Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, Fast Fuse; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Crop-A-Dile (Retired from Stampin' Up!), 2-1/2" circle punch, Gift Bag Punch Board, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Deco Labels Collection Framelits, Precision Cutting Plate, Christmas Greetings Thinlits



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