Hand Made Cards, Gift Bags, and Tags

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.

I used old or inherited supplies for new projects. | A Chat Over Coffee

I used old or inherited supplies for new projects. | A Chat Over Coffee

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!)

This hockey themed set includes two gift bags with tissue paper, two gift tags with ribbon, and six cards with envelopes. | A Chat Over Coffee

This hockey themed set includes two gift bags with tissue paper, two gift tags with ribbon, and six cards with envelopes. | A Chat Over Coffee

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.

Only one sheet of photo printed paper was needed to make these six cards and three gift tags. | A Chat Over Coffee

Only one sheet of photo printed paper was needed to make these six cards and three gift tags. | A Chat Over Coffee

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.

Sympathy cards are a sad necessity. | A Chat Over Coffee

Sympathy cards are a sad necessity. | A Chat Over Coffee

This smaller floral set includes a gift bag and tag plus four cards. | A Chat Over Coffee

This smaller floral set includes a gift bag and tag plus four cards. | A Chat Over Coffee

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.

These flamingo tags will be given to a friend by A Chat Over Coffee

These flamingo tags will be given to a friend. | A Chat Over Coffee

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.

Here is a pair of bag/boxes by A Chat Over Coffee

Here is a pair of bag/boxes by A Chat Over Coffee

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.

Here is a gift bag-box made with athletic themed card stock at A Chat Over Coffee

What should we call these bag/boxes? | A Chat Over Coffee

This is what the bag box looks like when it is open at A Chat Over Coffee

Here is what the bag/box looks like when it’s open. No cutting is required to make it, just a lot of measuring and folding. | A Chat Over Coffee

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.

Update: This post was shared at DIY Party #3, The Art of Home-Making Mondays #103, Happiness is Homemade #118 and Home Matters Linky Party #84.

This post was included in the Christmas Challenge Show & Tell for April, 2016 at The Bluebirds Are Nesting.

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11 responses to “Hand Made Cards, Gift Bags, and Tags

  1. I love these kind of crafts and yours turned out beautifully! There’s always need for a card or two or gift bags and such, right? You really can’t have enough!

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  2. I love every piece!
    I used to be more creative with my cards and gifts, but I guess the Internet made me lazy.
    Thank you very much for sharing these ideas. I’m pinning them for inspiration.

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  3. Pingback: No-Cut, Just Measure & Fold, Card Stock Bag/Box Tutorial | A Chat Over Coffee·

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