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

Encore Gold inkpad
Soft Suede inkpad

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

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

Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)


  1. Lynda S says

    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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