Brown paper packages tied up with string…

These are a few of my favourite thingssssss!  Be thankful there’s no audio with this blog, I’m definitely not a singer.

After cardmaking my favourite thing is to make pretty packaging for small gifts.  This first package I made from a paper bag by Stampin’ Up! (it already has that white chevron pattern printed on it) and some bits and pieces that were already hanging around on my desk from when I made this vintage monochromatic card the other day.

Quick pretty packaging tip:  When you’re making your cards, make an extra embellishment or two (like the stamped/punched butterfly below) and keep them in a small container on your desk.  They come in super handy when you want to dress up a gift bag – just tie some ribbon around the bag and throw some embellishments on.

Now just don’t look too closely because what do I see there? It’s a ripped corner on the paper bag!  Holy cow.  I don’t know when I did that but I must have looked at this photo 20 times and didn’t notice it.  Now excuse me putting up this photo because I am too lazy to rephotograph, upload, edit, etc.  But rest assured all these pretty embellishments are going on a fresh paper bag before the gift is given to the recipient.

Gift bag with pretty heart detail

Here’s a close up of the little heart embellishment I made.  Did you spot the sneak peek from the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue on the heart?  Get used to seeing that beautiful embossed script because I’ll be using it a lot!

A design tip: if you want to have your embellishment hanging, like this heart, but don’t want to put a hole in it, then just make two hearts and sandwich the thread/ribbon between the hearts.  I used a dimensional instead of glue to put my two hearts together because I like the look of the space between the two hearts.

close up of vintage heart

This next bag features a flower I made with Creped Filter Paper. This was so super easy you could even have kids do the flowers as a project.  I’ll post some instructions shortly but in the meantime, I just used three types of flowers that I cut from the filter paper using the Secret Garden Framelits and Blossom Punch (4 of each).  Layered them on top of each other and attached a brad to the centre to hold them together then pinched each layer one at a time to fluff them up.  I would say you could use any type of die cut or punched flower to make these pretty creped flowers, you just get a little bit of a variation on the finished flower.  By the way, you can also colour these flowers but in this case I preferred the flower to be white.

musical butterflies

The bottom of the bag features Lace Tape – no punching required, just roll out the tape!  And then embellished with punched out butterflies which I sponged some ink onto and added the pearl detail.  Here’s a close up:

close up of butterflies

Last gift bag!  This one features a paper doily folded over in half (hmmm, thinking I could have just cut it and used half!).  I sponged some ink around the edges to soften the look and give it a vintage feel then added a topper.   So with the Big Shot machine I die cut a label (Deco Labels Framelit) and then put it through the Big Shot again in the Pretty Print embossing folder to emboss the script.  The greeting I attached to the top is from the Chalk Talk stamp set which I stamped in Soft Suede ink then punched out with the wide oval punch.  A row of little pearls on either side finished off the whole doily embellishment nicely.

so glad there's you

And here’s a photo of all three together… which is your favourite?

three parcels final

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create all three of these gift bags

Rubber Stamps:
Papillon Potpourri (butterfly)

Cardstock & Paper:
Tag a Bag Gift Bag
Very Vanilla cardstock

Inkpads/Markers/Paint:
Encore Gold inkpad
Soft Suede inkpad

Tools:
Big Shot
Pretty Print Embossing Folder
Hearts Collection Framelit (you could also use a punch)
Deco Labels Framlit
Oval Punch
Bitty Butterfly Punch

Accessories:
Ruffle Stretch Trim, Baked Brown Sugar
Tea Lace Paper Doily
Basic Pearls
Linen Thread
Creped Filter Paper (to make flower)
Delicate Details Lace Tape
Crotchet Trim
Antique Brad
Adhesives:

SNAIL
Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)

One Response to “Brown paper packages tied up with string…”

  1. LURVE these to bits Angela….may even have to think getting these….as I already have the tag boxes thing….seen so many AB ideas with them….and these ROCK totally. ooxx

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