Sunday, December 23, 2012

Little Gift Bags

I just finished these cute gift bags for the girls in my family.  We don't exchange gifts for the family members who are 18+.  Instead we play the white elephant game but with $25 gift cards.  We started this tradition probably about 5 years ago and it's been a lot of fun.  But we like to give little gifts to members of the family too.  As you know, I sell Avon so I purchased a few items to bundle together for the "girls".  The girls are:  Carly, Sherrise, Christine, Melina and Jori.

Thanks to my buddy Nancy and her posting about gift bags, I realized that these were the same instructions as the lip balm purses that I made for the craft fair but a bigger version.  I had to make the dimensions a little larger than Nancy's but here's what they look like:

I wanted to use as many scraps or underused items as possible.  I love how they have sort of a vintage feel. 
Paper Pack:  Textures & Finishes Stack by DCWV (bought about three years ago)
White Doily:  Wilton (bought earlier this year for my parents 50th anniversary favors)
Mini Clothespins:  given to me by my mom.  She purchases them from a yard sale.  I adhered gold glitter on them (glitter also given to me by my mom from an old friend of hers who was giving supplies away)
Tickets:  you guessed it - the back of old tickets that I collect when I don't win a raffle prize.  I stamped the word "JOY" on the tickets. 
Letter Stamps:  JOY is used from a letter set from Stampin' Up! and black ink
Snowflake confetti:  Yes, I'm a gatherer...this was probably from some party years ago.  I knew I'd use them one day :)
Die cut letters:  I keep a container of letters that I cut and don't use either because they are the wrong size or color or who know what exactly...but they sure do come in handy!  I did however had to cut an additional "C" and use my Mini Monogram Cricut cartridge.
Rolled Flowers:  Although they were already rolled, I inked them to give them an old look.  They were cut using my Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

10x11 sheet of cardstock
Score on the 10" side at 2" and 8"
Score on the 11" side at 3/4", 4 1/2", 6 1/2" and 10 1/4"

Fold all score lines.
The diagonal fold is a little hard to explain so hopefully this link will help.

Normally you adhere a "topper" on both sides of the edges, but I was being lazy and decided to put a topper over the entire top and just staple it on.  Then I prettied it up.

The bags include:
makeup remover, mascara, hand lotion, lip balm and a nail file
Except for Carly and Jori's.  Carly's does not have mascara nor the make up remover but instead a nail polish and Jori's only has the hand lotion and lip balm (she's 7).

I hope they enjoy them!  


  1. They will love them! They are adorable and make such a nice gift.

  2. These are wonderful! I love you decorated them.


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