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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Paper Crafting Blog Hop - Heartwarming Hugs

Welcome to our December 2020 Paper Crafting Blog Hop featuring Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrators from around the world!  Talented Demonstrators from all over the globe including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia are participating.  Get ready to be wowed by a variety of creative projects and design styles!  You may have arrived from Krissi's blog.  She had a fabulous project!

Last night I made boxes and bags that fit gift cards (those large ones that you find hanging on the gift card carousel in the grocery store) or even a small stack of hand-crafted note cards.  I had been thinking of a fun and quick way to package gift cards and I think I was successful!  The Warm Hugs stamp set made cute "tags" for the boxes and bags!

You can see in the photos above how the gift card will fit in the bag and the notecards and envelopes will fit in the box and vice versa!

To make the card stock box...
Bottom piece measures 6 -1/4" x 8"; Score at 1-1/4" on all four sides.
Top piece measures 4-3/4" x 6-1/2"; Score at 1/2"
Cut short score lines like an "H" and fold in small flaps and adhere.  You won't be cutting out pieces, just a short cut to make flaps.

To make the DSP bag...
Cut a piece of DSP that measures 12" x 8-1/2"
Score 1" from the top and 2" from the bottom.
Along the 12" side, score at: 2", 5-3/4", 7-3/4", and 11-1/2"
See the template photo below.

Cut the bottom flaps and bottom notch out.  Fold the top down for the contrast on the front of your bag.  Fold along the other score lines and assemble the bag adhering the 1/2" flap to the inside of the bag.
It really doesn't take much time at all!  And if you're a paper hoarder like me, you'll have plenty of designs to choose from and get addicted to making these cute bags!

Thanks for joining us this month!  Click on the image below to get to
Maureen's blog to see what fun project she has to share with you!

Here is the list of participating demonstrators in case you get off the trail:

Shirley Merker
Tracy Held
Annette McMillan
Sue Boerner
Martina Auer
Terri Stewart
Krissi Hannah
Julia Mazur - YOU ARE HERE!
Maureen Rauchfuss
Sandra Roberts
Sandy Ward

You can follow me on my Facebook Page to be notified when I post my Tuesday Night Stampin' Club Live videos.  If you do not already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would LOVE to be yours. Would you like to enjoy the demonstrator discount? Join my team, The INK Crowd! Click here for details.

All the supplies used to create these projects can be ordered through my online store here. Please use the host code found on the right side of my blog when ordering through my online store if your order is under $150. If it is over $150, don’t use the code so you can redeem all the Host Rewards.

Thanks for stopping by!  Julia Mazur @ SimplySheStamps

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  1. Gorgeous packaging ideas, Julia. I aways think that lovely packaging is like a second gift! Welcome to our hop.

    1. Thank you Annette! I do like to do something different for gift cards!

  2. Great ideas. Love the smaller bag as well. Mine was a larger version! Welcome to the hop. I am going to make this card box and smaller bag for my son's teacher and bus driver tonight! Thank you.

    1. Great minds think alike! I'm going to make your version too for larger gifts. Thank you Krissi!

  3. Really cute Ideas - all look like they would come together quickly - love them!!

    1. Thanks Maureen! They really do come together quickly!

  4. I love all three of your projects! Thanks for including the template! Welcome to our monthly blog!

    1. Thank you Sue! I'm a very visual crafter (like most I think), so templates are a must for me when I start a new project!

  5. Welcome to our hop. That DSP is one of my favourites and made beautiful bags!

  6. The glitter stars make the perfect embellishment on 3D's. TFS your gifting options!

  7. Beautiful projects! I can see how making these bags and tags could be addicting! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Julia, I love your gift bag and box. I am wiping my crocodile tears that the DSP is retiring. It is my favorite!!

    1. Thank you Sandee! I alomost didn't get this DSP since I do have a lot of red and green DSP from year's past, but I do LOVE it. I'm sad's a good holiday staple.

  9. Love the idea! Thanks for the how to - will def. give it a try!

    Greetings from Austria, Martina

  10. Snap ! Grea5 DSP and a really useful bag in any size. x