I haven’t been able to post last week due to the kids’ crazy end-of-the-schoolyear schedules and one kid getting sick. So this week, I’m posting several projects to make up for the non-post, LOL.

First up is this classy pink and black gift bag. I really like this color combination, and although it doesn’t show very well, the white strip is embossed with swirlies. The paper flower is made from 15 1-inch punched circles, arranged in 3 circular layers with 5 circles per layer. I wanted to lighten the color of the petals for added interest, so I bleached some parts of the flower. Yes, that’s right, bleach, LOL!  I dipped a paint brush in liquid bleach, then stroked on the areas I wanted to highlight.

This second colorful bag uses a paper carnation. The how-to link for this paper flower was shared by Shelly/catladyof5 on the PCCrafter message board. She used these instructions from Lynn Larson of Learn to Stamp and Scrap. Thank you, Lynn for the fabulous idea and instructions!

Here are two more:  instructions for the yellow paper rose can be found here – big thank you to Maria of Imagine, Create, Inspire! Thank you also to Nancy/Nanc on the PcCrafter message board for sharing the link! For the pink rose, I followed the instructions by Helen Croft of Scrap a Little – another big thank you!

Hmmm, I can see you’re getting impatient, LOL,  how did I make these bags? These were done using my trusty ol’ Cricut with SCAL2, but you can also use the trusty ol’ scissors. For those with a Cricut/SCAL2 (or MTC), trace the images below to produce the cutting files.

For those using scissors or who like to do some digital decorating, here are the templates:


You can see from the side view shots of the gift bags that I just used a purchased white lunch bag with the top cut off. It is really the easiest way to do, although you can also glue/tape a long strip of paper in between the two bag pieces.

Whew! This is one long post! I will be posting the entire instructions tomorrow (with pics and everything), but I’m betting that a lot of you can pretty much figure out what I did already, LOL!

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29 comments so far

1.  Raven
May 26th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Gem…another great project. It is amazing how changing the color of the cardstock makes each bag and flower so unique.

2.  Annie
May 26th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Gem, a great post! I love the flowers you made, and the color combinations of your bags. Thanks for the patterns, directions and links.

3.  JulieM
May 27th, 2010 at 10:17 am

Gem my crafty girlfriend these are so pretty! Thanks for sharing the files. I have not been able to make anything new lately for my blog, but working on it.

4.  Rosalee
May 27th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Gem, they are great thanks for sharing.

5.  Lora
May 27th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I just love this and can’t wait to get some bags

6.  Annie
June 3rd, 2010 at 6:21 pm

I love the bag, and also all the color combinations. Thanks for the directions too!

7.  DeeDee( ddsdoubles)
June 4th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

wow I love this…thanks so much for sharing the template…

8.  Pumpy
June 5th, 2010 at 2:44 am

Lucky for me I stumbled onto you Gem, love these bags and all the combinations you showed us. Thanks.

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June 17th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Thanks for sharing this cute template and where to find how to make the flowers to embellish it.

10.  cathy
June 20th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Very cute. You are so good at combining colors and designs. What a gift!

11.  Lenore
August 26th, 2010 at 10:48 am

Hi Gem ~ I was just browsing your site.
When I saw your froggie card and your offer for the graphic, I sai yippie!!!!!! I have a little grandson who loves frogs and ice cream with sprinkles!
Can you please email me the colored version of the frog graphic, please?

Thank You Gem

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March 4th, 2011 at 6:06 am

thats cool its so easy and perfect

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July 4th, 2011 at 2:25 am

Ooh these are really stunning. Thank you for sharing, good for kiddies parties

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I LOVE your gift bags. Thank you so much for sharing the template for them! I hope it’s okay, I couldn’t resist featuring your cute gift bags in a paper crafts round-up I just finished. You can see it here:


Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

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