Remember how I was all smiles because my mother-in-law generously shared a huge stack of scrapbook paper and card stock with me? I finally got to put some of it to good use making cards, gift bags & tags, and a few cute no-cut gift bags/boxes. I had tons of supplies on hand, so all I had to purchase for all of these projects was a pair of white gift bags that I found at the dollar store for, you guessed it, a dollar.
Of course, now I need to go and buy glue sticks. You can go through three glue sticks in a hurry when you’re on a paper crafting binge. Back to the dollar store! (Note: Lest the scrapbookers draw back in terror, let me mention that I use dollar store glue sticks for projects like this, but if I’m actually scrapbooking then I use archival quality adhesives. My memories will be safe!)
I used two sheets of photo printed card stock to make the hockey set and trimmed it with card stock, paper, and supplies I had on hand. I cut the base cards from white card stock I had on hand and used standard No. 8 envelopes. The messages on the cards and gift tags were rubber stamped using an old Stampin’ Up! set I’ve had for years. There are two each of birthday, congratulations, and thank you cards.
The yellow and white floral set required only one sheet of photo printed paper. I had purchased the base cards and envelopes at a hobby store and had the card stock and ribbon on hand. The messages were printed with another old Stampin’ Up! rubber stamp set.
I had a little paper crossover from the sympathy card set to the floral card and gift bag set. Sympathy cards are a sad necessity, so I thought I’d make a nice set using a Scripture stamp and muted photo printed paper. I added mulberry paper to the gift bag.
The flamingo tags were made with one of the stamps I was smiling about earlier in the week. Our church youth group does a “Flocking” fundraiser to pay for summer youth conference expenses. For a fee, the teenagers will deliver a flock of plastic lawn flamingos under cover of darkness and install it on your
victim’s friend’s front lawn. The flamingos roost there for a couple of days before “flying off in the night” to visit the next victim lucky recipient. This FUNdraiser is very popular at our church and is a great source of funny social media posts. We are obviously a congregation with a sense of humor. I suspect these tags will amuse the mother who organized last year’s flocking escapades.
My sister-in-law found this tutorial from Silvey’s Craftroom about making mini-bags. It’s not the most robust tutorial I’ve ever seen, but I managed to figure it out and translate it for 12″ x 12″ card stock instead of the smaller size.
Next week I’m going to post my own, hopefully clearer, tutorial on how to make these card stock bag/boxes from larger sheets of card stock. (Update: The tutorial is available here.) There will be many, many photos that I hope will prove helpful. I’m also soliciting ideas for what to call these little containers. I don’t think they are mini-bags. They are not exactly boxes, either. Suggestions, anyone?
Do you have any photos of your homemade cards? You’re welcome to leave a link to your card-making post in the comments.
This post was included in the Christmas Challenge Show & Tell for April, 2016 at The Bluebirds Are Nesting.
Find more about homemade cards at…
- Handmade Cards – part 1
- Handmade Cards – part 2 – How to Make Pop-Up Elements
- Handmade Cards – part 3 – Ribbons, Stickers, and Flowers
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