Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Gift Bags - Christmas In July Blog Hop

Welcome to Mark’s Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company’s Christmas in July blog hop!  We are so glad that you joined us.  We hope that you will enjoy the tutorial each day and the projects on each of the blogs.  The blog hop will run 23-29 July, with a new tutorial and project each day of the hop.  Please note, if you are not a member of Speedy TV you will need to join the site before you can view the tutorials.  Joining is quick, easy and FREE, just click the tutorial link below and it will take you right to the home page where you can join.  The sign up button is on the right hand side of the page.

    Monday July 23rd —Christmas Cards in a Gift Box
    Tuesday July 24th —Stocking Stuffers
    Wednesday July 25th—Gift Bag
    Thursday July 26th—Gift Card Holder
    Friday July 27th —Ornament with Shrinky Dink
    Saturday July 28th —Glass Block
    Sunday July 29th —Decorated Tissue Box

Below are the designers participating in the hop. Some may have a tutorial, or project, each day and some may not.

One of the best things about being crafty is saving money by making my own gift bags to use.  Today I am sharing with you an easy project using Tim Holtz carved ornaments die, Christmas Cardinals stamp set, designer paper, and some yummy ribbon.

I started out by die cutting some Mark's Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company snow storm smooth heavy card stock using my Tim Holtz carved ornaments before stamping the images from the Christmas Cardinals and colored with prismacolor markers.  Once all of my coloring was finished, I pulled out some red/green plaid designer paper from my stash, cut it to size, and adhered it to my gift bag using some scor-tape.  (TIP: I highly recommend using scor-tape or something just as strong since the bags handles will cause any other adhesive to "give way".)  After I was finished adhering the designer paper, I added my cardinal ornaments using the same scor-tape, and then added some pre-made ribbon bows left over from last year from Wal-Mart.  A die cut poinsettia embellishes the top left corner for a little extra "something".  My final touch was to add a die cut tag with a thin strip of ripened tomato satin ribbon along with some Michael's $1 bin white/silver organdy ribbon after stamping a cardinal on the tag using Tim Holtz fired brick distress ink and edged with pine needles distress ink.

Here's a close up of some of the details.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day and don't forget to stop by the rest of the designers blogs to leave some love.

Stamps: MFP Christmas Cardinals
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Fired Brick, Pine Needles
Card Stock: MFP Snow Storm Smooth Heavy, Designer Paper
Accessories: Gift Bag, Prismacolor Markers, Big Shot, Tim Holtz Carved Ornaments Die, Scor-Tape, Spellbinders Poinsettia Dies, Glue Dots, Ribbon, Gift Tag, Black Marker


  1. Hi Bonnie, what a creative way to highlight the cardinals in the ornament die.
    stamping sue

  2. How beautiful! I love the die cut decorated ornament shapes on your bag!

  3. Bonnie,
    Very pretty and is wonderfully decorated for Christmas!

  4. Beautiful papers and ribbons and images... Love your festive gift bag!

  5. The Cardinal stamps are wonderful with the ornament die cuts. Your coloring is nice.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  6. Love the bag. The plaid brings out the white ornament dies with the wonderful cardinal stamped images. The poinsettia dies finishes it off.
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. Bonnie--this gift bag is gorgeous!!!! It's a gift all by itself!!! TFS

  8. Love the ornaments on the bag! Great work!

  9. Like the way you decorate the bag..love it..I wish to decorate Gift Card envelopes like that.