Author: saundralparker

A Haul, So Much Fun Stuff…..

Here are links to all of the products I show in this video.

Stampin Up Soft Spring https://tinyurl.com/acym2trp

Stampin Up Carousel Birthday https://tinyurl.com/4u8p6nf8

Stampin Up Helping Me Grow https://tinyurl.com/yt2dwkf

EVO Pump Spray Bottle Pampered Chef link: https://tinyurl.com/vmncyj7u

Dollar Tree tissue paper: https://tinyurl.com/3znxbwfe Journal cards–couldn’t find it on their web page, sorry

Dollar Tree Butterflies link: https://tinyurl.com/57fx3d8t

Fall Leave Ribbon–couldn’t find it on their web page

Sugar Dispenser–found one at Dollar Tree link: https://tinyurl.com/y43kz6cx

Styrofoam Christmas Ornaments: https://tinyurl.com/4hcjkm37

Papercraft Society box, no longer available, sorry

Butterfly die cuts from Dollar Tree, couldn’t find on their website, sorry

Confetti https://tinyurl.com/dscf7wca 3D

Master Pieces–couldn’t find it anywhere online, sorry

Sizzix Decorative Strips Dies–here’s the link to take you to them at Sizzix, so you can choose the ones you like. https://tinyurl.com/52n4p86a

Presto felt from Joanns-https://tinyurl.com/htpbe47v

Cricut 13″ portable trimmer link:https://tinyurl.com/y34cdyyb

Brad Buddies-Easter rabbit link: https://tinyurl.com/a749848p

Tonic Studios Kit #44 Santa Sentiments kit link: https://tinyurl.com/45dvxxut

A New Way to Use Embossing Powders–So Much Fun!!!!

I wanted to share a new and different way to use embossing powders. I saw someone do this and unfortunately, i can’t remember who…

I took a 5 x 7″ picture frame with a matt inside and removed the matt . I added a piece of cardstock behind the matt and taped it in place, then took a blending brush with Distress Inks in Fossilized Amber in the center, then Carved Pumpkin around the center and then Wilted Violet around the outside. I ended up blending the purple into the other two colors as it looked a lot more spooky once I did that. I stamped some bats into the center portion and then decided I didn’t like them, so flipped my center paper over and blended the same colors again.

I used an old Impression Obsession background stamp called Spider Web, and, after drying the matt layer well with my heat tool and rubbing my embossing pouch over the matt, used Distress Embossing Ink and stamped around the entire edge with the spider design. I used Stampendous Black Embossing Powder and heat set it. I used an old Stampin’ Up spider stamp and stamped a few around the matt layer and then added the same black embossing powder and heat set them as well.

To emboss on glass, you need to clean the glass well with rubbing alcohol so it doesn’t have any prints on it or any lotion or grease…You also need to make sure you rub your embossing pouch with either baby powder or corn starch in it over the surface you’ll be stamping.

I removed the glass from the picture frame and laid it on a baby bib so I could clean it well (using 70% rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth) and use the bib as a cushion for when I did the stamping. Use your embossing pouch to rub all over the glass where you’ll be stamping. You need to be able to stamp cleanly the first time, and the baby bib allows you to press on the glass firmly, to get a good impression. I recommend for this technique that you use images that have a lot of filled in space, as the embossing powder really highlights this type of stamp well and it allows the image to cover the glass more completely.

I used the same Distress Ink Embossing Ink to stamp on the glass. Hold the stamp firmly and once it touches the glass, be careful not to let it slide on the glass. If it does slide a lot, re-clean the glass, dry it and use your embossing pouch on it again before trying to stamp it a second time. Then once you like your image, cover it with embossing powder and heat set it. I realize the video looks like it took no time to heat set, when in actuality, it takes much longer to heat set embossing powder on glass than it does on paper. You need to hold the heat tool as close as possible to the image, and wait for the glass to heat up, as the powder doesn’t melt until the glass is really warm. Be patient, and when the image turns shiny, move to a new area. I’m sorry the video wasn’t clear about how long it takes to heat set.

I added a scary bird and a large bat, as well as a Halloween sentiment above my original image, and used the same process to do so. The only difference is when you are dumping off the excess embossing powder, be sure to dump away from the images you’ve already heat set, as the powder may stick to them and make it almost impossible to remove without damaging the image.

Wait for the images and glass to cool before proceeding to put the frame together. I think this would be a great technique to use for Christmas gifts, Thanksgiving, Easter, basically any holiday….but it’s especially fun for Halloween. I hope you enjoyed the video.

Making a Gift Bag That Perfectly Holds a Purse

I shared a card shaped like a purse that I made for a friend who just turned 17. She wanted a purse for her birthday and I thought it would be fun to make the gift bag to fit the purse perfectly.

I used a paper pad I bought at Michael’s called Silver Foil by Craft Smith. It’s no longer sold by Michaels but I did find it on Ebay link: https://tinyurl.com/8f2jsfnp and here is more silver foil paper I found link: https://tinyurl.com/vpdkbmzk or https://tinyurl.com/zw4xt7xr

You’ll need two sheets of 12 x 12″ cardstock as well as two pieces of 4 x 12″ cardstock that will coordinate with the 12 x 12 pieces. These papers can’t be lightweight, as this bag needs to be sturdy enough to hold the purse. I score on the back of my paper to make sure it folds easily.

4 x 12″ pieces–score on the 4″ length at 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ on the back of the paper, on both. Then, on the 12″ length, score at 3″ on both pieces. You’ll need to cut from the 3″ score, cut out the two side rectangles and cut a small diagonal notch from the sides of the center piece that’s left behind and also cut a small notch out of the 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ scored area on the top and bottom of those areas. Sorry I can’t think of a better way to explain this.. The reason you do this is to ensure that when you put the bag together, the sides and bottom will fit together easily and you won’t see any paper sticking over the top when you adhere them.

Next fold and burnish the scores, making sure the side 1/2″ scores are folded at a 90 degree angle. My bone folder is made by Fiskars and here’s ones I’ve found https://tinyurl.com/7mjrnnuc. Add tear tape to the face (the patterned side of the paper) from the 1/2″ scored areas to the edge of the paper, as well as on the face of the 3″ scored area on the sides (4 x 12″ pieces). Add tear tape and wet glue to the underside of the 3″ score area of them.

Add tear tape to the white side of one of the 12 x 12″ pieces from the 3″ score to the edge of the paper and add wet glue to the same spot, to ensure if you have an issue attaching it, you can pull it back off. Add tear tape to the patterned side of the other 12 x 12″ piece below the 3″ score. Take the 12 x 12″ piece that you’ve put tear tape on the white side and attach one side to it by adding wet glue to one of the 4 x 12″ pieces, 1/2 and 3 1/2″ scores where you put tear tape. Lay one of the 1/2″ scores onto the left or right edge of the 12″ x 12″ piece so the score of the side piece lays flush with the edge of the 12 x 12″ piece, making sure the bottom score on the 12 x 12″ piece is also the bottom edge of the side piece you’re attaching. Leave the 3″ score of the 12 x 12″ piece alone until you’ve adhered both the front and back to the bag. Take the other 4 x 12″ piece and adhere it to the other 12 x 12″ piece the same as you’ve done above. After both sides are attached, fold up inside the bag, the 12 x 12″ 3″ score of the piece that has glue on the white side. If you are like me and want to reinforce your bag, add a piece of cardboard that is 11 x 2″ and lay it under the 12″ folded piece. Then fold in both side flaps so they adhere to the white piece, making sure the 4″ score line on the sides are lined up with the score line of the 12 x 12″ piece. After both side flaps are attached, fold the other 12″ x 12 score up to complete the bag.

Handle: Made by taking two dies from a rectangular set with the larger die 4 5/8″ across on the narrower side and one that was 4 1/8″ across, and adhering them so they line up with the same space between them all the way around. Lay these face down on the mirror side of silver paper and cut them out, You’ll need two sets of these and glue them together silver side facing out (I forgot to do this so my handles don’t look finished, to me.) Then cut them in half to make two sets of handles. I lined mine up so they were about 3 3/4″ from the edges of the bag and about 1″ from the bottom of the handle and adhered them. Using my Crop a Dile, I punched a hole through the handle and the bag then put a rhinestone brad link: https://tinyurl.com/289btx9n through the hole. I wanted to cover the back to make the bag look more finished and sturdy, so added a strip of white cardstock that is 3″ x 11 15/16″ to the top inside of the bag on both sides.

I made a tag from dies/stamps from Fun Stampers Journey Pennant Numbers SS0065 and DI0087 and silver embossing powder over Veramark ink to make the tag match the bag. Used old stickers called Lace Borders link: https://tinyurl.com/2s3pwzk and ran them down both sides of the pennant. Added satin ribbon, knotted it to bag.

Size 9 x 12 x 3″

Purse Shaped Birthday Fun Fold Card

I’m giving a purse to a young friend for her birthday and I thought it would be fun to make a purse shaped card to go with it.

Start with a piece of 5″ x 12″ cardstock (I used American Crafts link: https://tinyurl.com/36jxsjfz) score it on the 12″ length at 5″ and 7″ and then flip the paper over and score it again on the 12″ length at 6″. Fold and burnish the paper. Make the two outer scores into mountains and the center score a valley so the card looks like an “M” when you turn it on its side.

For the flap of the purse, you’ll need another piece of the same cardstock as was used for the 5 x 12″ piece… This piece is 2 1/2″ x 5″ wide and scored on the 2 1/2″ length at 1/2″. Fold the 1/2″ score under and put wet glue or tear tape on the inside of the flap in the 1/2″ scored area. To adhere to the card, open the score so the score line is flat on your table, and sit the top of the back of the card onto the opening, making sure the score line is NOT inside the “purse”. I used the Kadomaru Pro Corner Rounder to round the bottom two edges of the flap.

I cut two pieces of patterned paper to 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ square for the front and back of the purse card. If you use directional patterned paper, make sure they face up toward the top opening of the card. I wouldn’t adhere these papers until you’ve attached the flap and the handle, as it makes it a lot easier to figure out the direction the patterns should go and you’ll end up with a more finished looking card, since you’ll be covering the handle and the spot on the back where you attached the flap of the purse.

Add a small piece of Velcro about 1/2″ from the bottom of the flap centered from side to side at 2 1/4″ from sides.

You’ll need a piece of patterned paper that is 1 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ for the outside of the flap of the purse. (My paper is smaller because that was all I had left of that pattern.) I added a thin strip of pink foil paper on top near the bottom of the flap and added a die cut of Happy Birthday with pink foil near the bottom of the purse. I added some small pink pearls beside Happy Birthday and inside the purse on the sentiment I die cut with an oval for the upper portion of the purse.

You’ll need two more pieces for inside the card. I used a piece of pink mirror cardstock for the top section that I also used the inside of to cut the handles out of with two circle dies. One circle die is 4 1/2″ across and the other is 3 3/4″ at the center, so the handle has some width.. The mirror cardstock is cut to 4 7/8 x 4 7/8″ and after I removed the handle from the center, added a piece of 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ patterned paper over it and glued it in place. The patterned paper I used on the bottom section was 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ to match the width of the mirrored card stock used on the top section.

NOTE: I had a little issue with the directions I glued these papers in…You need to remember that when the purse is closed, the part of the purse furthest from the scoring, is the top of the card, so when the purse is open, the patterns on the bottom and top section both face upward.

DIY Wink of Stella: Use What You Have

I have Wink of Stella pens, but wanted a bright red Christmas color and thought it would be fun to try to make our own with products we already have on hand.

First off, I bought a set of glitter markers from Amazon but could no longer find them there, but was able to find them on Aliexpress, and here’s a link to them. https://tinyurl.com/2y98zwmr

Ways I tried to make my own Wink of Stella coloring..

1. Metallic markers scribbled onto a watercolor palette and mixed with a small amount of water. Link to the markers: https://tinyurl.com/rc5db87f

2. Stickles with a small amount of water. Lavender Stickles Link: https://tinyurl.com/4spmprek

3. Ken Oliver Liquid Metals link: https://tinyurl.com/rw59a5u2

4. Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigment in Marigold they no longer seem to offer Marigold, but I found a similar color called Gilded, link: https://tinyurl.com/95ed7nrw

5. Nail pigment from Aliexpress, mixed with Gum Arabic link: https://tinyurl.com/y998pka4

6. Mica Powder mixed with Gum Arabic link: https://tinyurl.com/xnct4ekt

7. Metallic watercolors: https://tinyurl.com/ffweabtp

8. Liquitex Professional Iridescent Medium link: https://tinyurl.com/f66p4z2x

To make a Wink of Stella Pen out of a waterbrush…using Liquitex Professional iridescent Medium, a few drops into a waterbrush that’s filled about 1/2 full with water and then add Stampin Up reinker in Real Red, 10 drops, put the top back on the water pen and shake. You’ll need to keep adding both reinker and the iridescent medium until you get the right shade of red and the right amount of shimmer.

Great Craft Fair Idea: Covered Composition Book


I think these would be great for craft fairs…I bought my small composition books in a set of three from the Dollar Tree link: ttps://tinyurl.com/2nyn5p2c

I used napkin that I bought at the Christmas Tree Store last spring and removed the back layers by using a piece of washi tape on the back of the napkin edge, and pulling the front of the napkin away from the backing. Then I glued the napkin to a piece of copier paper with Tombow Aqua Glue, but any glue will work. I only glued the copy paper onto the napkin so the paper would block the color on the front of the composition book, but you could also just paint the notepad cover so you don’t need to do this step. After the napkin is adhered to the copy paper, you’ll want to trim the napkin that overlaps the edges.

I used a matte laminating pouch that I bought from Amazon, link: https://tinyurl.com/4zabwpjd. And put a second piece of copy paper behind the one with the napkin glued to it before putting it into the laminating pouch. Make sure the napkin front is face up inside the laminating pouch, then run it through your laminator. If you don’t think the napkin is well sealed to the laminating pouch, run it through the laminator a second time.

You’ll want to cut the edges off of the laminated napkin so you can separate the back of the laminating pouch that you won’t use, as well as the second sheet of copy paper that is attached to the back of the pouch.

The measurements of the composition book are 3 1/4″ wide by 4 1/2″ tall and the spine is 1/8″ thick. Each composition book is a little bit off of these measurements, so make sure you measure yours before cutting the laminated napkin. I ended up laying the composition book onto the napkin (for height) and gave myself about 1/8″ extra at the bottom then cut it straight across with my guillotine paper trimmer link: https://tinyurl.com/smd9wdaf. Trim the width to 7 3/4″ wide, and it will work no matter what your composition book’s measurements are.

To glue the napkin to the composition book, I covered my entire notebook with tear tape, link: https://tinyurl.com/47j9dm2w and then using the right edge of the napkin, I adhered it to the right side of the front of the notebook and then making sure there are no creases, continued to wrap the napkin around the notebook. You may need to trim the edges, and I did this with my Hay Phi scissors. You should end up with about 1 1/4″ of extra napkin on the right side. You’ll want to add a piece of cardstock that matches the back of the napkin (measure the extra piece of napkin and subtract 1/8″ from the total). You’ll need a strip of cardstock that is as tall as the napkin and is 1/8″ narrower than the napkin and you’ll use tear tape to adhere this paper strip to the underside of the napkin on the right edge of the napkin. This is what will become the flap that will allow you to add a snap to close the front of your notebook.

I also made a pocket for inside the front cover with some of the leftover laminated napkin. It is 3 1/4″ wide by 2″ tall. I added tear tape to the bottom edge and the right edge. You might want to trim this a little bit so it fits perfectly into the right side cover of the notebook and make sure you do this before putting it inside the notebook.

I took my snap making tool link: https://tinyurl.com/yj3y8sey to add a snap to the front cover. You’ll need two pieces that look like a thumbtack and a piece that looks like an innie, and one piece that looks like an outie. You’ll need to poke holes in the front cover and in the flap that wraps around the notebook. Make sure you don’t poke the holes any further than 3/4″ away from the edge, as the snap tool won’t work for more than 3/4″.

After you’ve poked the holes (making sure that the front flap hole lays directly over the hole you’ve poked on the front cover of the notebook), put a thumbtack piece through the flap with the top of the thumbtack on the top of the flap (so it’s on the face of the napkin) and then put either an innie or an outie piece through the bottom of the thumbtack and then using the tool squeeze it in place. Note: You’ll want to flip the tool over from the way I describe it in the video, or it won’t work right. Then put another thumbtack under the front cover of the notebook so the point of the thumbtack is facing up through the cover and add the other piece (innie or outie, whichever you didn’t use on the flap) and then squeeze it so it’s attached.

I ended up rounding the front cover by using my corner rounder that wouldn’t go through the thickness involved, but did give me a good line to follow with my scissors..

Let’s Celebrate 20,000 Subscribers with a Big Giveaway!!

Thanks to everyone that subscribed to our channel. Rich and I never thought anyone would want to watch and listen to me, and to have 20,000 of you do it, we’re truly amazed!!

To thank you, we’re doing a giveaway. To enter the drawing, in the comments, please list your favorite video and what type of videos you’d like to see me make going forward. If you live outside of the USA, please also tell us that in the comment you leave.

The night of September 20th, we’ll randomly select one viewer to receive either a box of goodies (if they live in the USA) or, for those living outside the US, I’ll contact you and we’ll find a company where I can purchase a gift card in your country.

Thanks again, from the bottom of our hearts, for being such wonderful and loyal subscribers. This channel is a labor of love for us, and we’re continuously amazed by all of your support…

Izzy, The Latest Addition to our Family

Our new puppy’s name is Izzabella…Rich named her after his girl, Bella, and we’re calling the puppy Izzy. Bella is 11, Honey is almost 6 and in this video, Izzy is 9 weeks old..She’s now 13 weeks old, and much larger than when we made the video. After I made the video, I handed it to Rich with some notes I wrote, and the video and notes disappeared until earlier today, when he found them inside a cardboard box…It’s a man thing…haha.. I’m just glad he found it.

A lot of things have changed since making this video. Izzy now loves Bella and Honey and plays with both of them often. She thinks Rich is the greatest, which he is.. She’s still going for car rides, but not nearly as often as in the first week. A lot of things have changed since making this video. Izzy now loves Bella and Honey and plays with both of them often. She’s still going for car rides, but not nearly as often as in the first week. She sleeps most of the night, but by 5AM, she’s ready for trouble, and loves that time of day, and getting into trouble by herself, especially under our bed. She’s now about 20 pounds, so almost double in size from this video and unfortunately, and saddest of all, Honey’s cancerous bump on her nose, has come back. We’re hoping it chooses to go down again, like it did the first time, but we can’t count on that, so we’re enjoying the time we have with Honey. On a really bright note, Honey and Izzy are very close. We had to get a puppy because Honey wouldn’t have accepted another full grown dog into our house, and we were afraid she wouldn’t like Izzy, but after a few days, it was clear that she would be a great play pal for Honey. Honey has high anxiety and has had it since she came home with us from a “farm” that was actually a horrible puppy mill. At the time, I tried to have them shut down, but our county didn’t have anyone in the role to do so, and since, they have hired a lovely woman, who is keeping a very close eye on that farm, much to my relief. If you are wondering why we didn’t adopt from our animal shelter, our county does a really wonderful job and they never have puppies, and rarely keep dogs for more than a few days. I did check our local newspaper/facebook/etc and couldn’t find any puppies, and only found Izzy by chance, when my brother-in-law came to visit and mentioned his brother (who lives near us) had gotten a puppy that looked like Honey about a year ago. He got the breeder information from his brother and the rest is history. She sleeps most of the night, but by 5AM, she’s ready for action, and loves that time of day, and getting into trouble by herself, especially under our bed. She’s now about 20+ pounds, so almost double in size from this video and unfortunately, and saddest of all, Honey’s cancerous bump on her nose, has come back. We’re hoping it chooses to go down again, like it did the first time, but we can’t count on that, so we’re enjoying the time we have with Honey. On a really bright note, Honey and Izzy are very close. We had to get a puppy because Honey wouldn’t have accepted another full grown dog into our house, and we were afraid she wouldn’t like Izzy, but after a few days, it was clear that she would be a great play pal for Honey. Honey has high anxiety and has had it since she came home with us from a “farm” that was actually a horrible puppy mill. At the time, I tried to have them shut down, but our county didn’t have anyone in the role to do so, and since, they have hired a lovely woman, who is keeping a very close eye on that farm, much to my relief. If you are wondering why we didn’t adopt from our animal shelter, our county does a really wonderful job and they never have puppies, and rarely keep dogs for more than a few days. I did check our local paper/facebook/etc and couldn’t find any puppies, and only found Izzy by chance, when my brother-in-law came to visit and mentioned his brother (who lives near us) had gotten a puppy that looked like Honey about a year ago. He got the breeder information from his brother and the rest is history.

I’ve Got the Greatest Viewers

If you follow my YouTube channel, you know I try to post two videos every week, but in the last few weeks, I’ve been lax. That’s primarily because of this little girl.

Her name is Izzy, a cream colored Golden Retriever, she’s a joy and a real handful. We got her when she was eight weeks old, and she’s three months old now. She gets into everything and creates havoc wherever she goes. She’s kept our other two dogs exhausted and at times, trying to find places they can hide from her.

I made a video of her and it was really cute, but somehow between me writing notes about it for my editor-in-chief, Rich, and handing the notes to him, the video and notes, disappeared. We’ve spent a week looking for them, and you’d think after not finding it within a day or two, I would have made a new video, but no, we just kept looking. That’s why it’s been almost two weeks between videos, I’m ashamed to say. I promise I won’t let it happen again, but seriously, you know I can’t be help accountable to my promise, haha….

Since I didn’t post a video, one of my viewers contacted me because she was sure something had to be wrong. I never imagined, when starting a YouTube channel so many years ago, that anyone would be concerned if I didn’t post a video. In fact, when we got to fifty subscribers, we couldn’t believe our good fortune. And in the last month, we hit a milestone, 20,000 subscribers…Who would have ever imagined that many people being interested in anything I have to say? It’s an honor and a privilege to make these videos for all of you, and Rich and I never take that for granted. I’m going to do a nice giveaway for hitting 20,000 subscribers, and that video should be up shortly. And by shortly, I mean three or four day (or a week) from now.

Thanks for hanging in there with us and for being so wonderful. We never expected YouTube viewers to treat us so kindly. Oh, and here’s one more Izzy photo for the road.

8 x 7 x 3″ Fold Flat Gift Bag, Perfect for Christmas Gifts

I saw Sam Calcott make a similar bag and thought it would be fun to make. I’ve made a similar bag out of 12 x 12″ papers, but wanted to try this in a little smaller size.

The papers I used were from The Paper Tree called Nature’s Song and I found mine on Ebay, but also looked today and found them here. https://tinyurl.com/77kx42sz I really liked this pad for making smaller gift bags for birthdays, baby and wedding showers and for any gift giving occasion. The patterns are lovely and the pad includes some toppers that are perfect for decorating your bags.

You’ll need two pieces of 8 x 8″ paper and if you don’t have 8 x 8″ pads, you could cut down 12 x 12″ paper to use instead, and use the leftover 4″ to make your bottom or one side. Score the papers (if they have a direction to the pattern) with the top of the paper facing your right side when in the score board. Score the piece that you’ll use for the back at 1 1/2″ and 7 1/8″. The other sheet of 8 x 8″ will be the front and you only need to score it at 7 1/8″ making sure the pattern (if directional) should face the right.

You’ll need three pieces of 4 x8″ paper, two for the sides and one for the bottom.

The bottom piece on the 4″ length, score at 1/2″ and 3 1/2″

The sides on the 8″ side score at 1″ and 2 1/2″ and turn to the 4″ length, (making sure our first scores are now near the bottom of the paper) score at 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ and 2″ down to the 2 1/2″ score near the bottom. Then take them out of the score board and using a ruler and a stylus (scoring tool), score on the box you’ve scored near the bottom, score from that center 2″ score diagonally to the left side bottom of the box that’s scored, and diagonally on the right. Hopefully you can see it on the video so it makes more sense.

You’ll now take the two sides and cut the bottom corners that are scored as rectangles and cut out these boxes and cut a small diagonal slice out of the paper left so it’s a little smaller and easier to fit into place easier. If you follow the way I show to cut these, it will be easier. You’ll fold the two sides so that the sides fold under and the middle score becomes a valley and the bottom folds under and the diagonal scores are valley folds.

I used tear tape on this bag, and put one line of tear tape closest to the score line (but not over it) on the bottom and sides, and then used Bearly Art Glue to cover the rest of the scored areas on the sides and bottom. Link: https://tinyurl.com/h6ru2pkn Lay the bottom of your bag in front of you and take one side and lay the bottom piece of one side flat over the bottom lining it up so the score lines of the side matches the score lines of the bottom, and the piece of the side that you glue onto the bottom, it’s score is not on the bottom, but as close as you can get to the bottom piece. Glue the other side down the same way. Then take the front (this piece has only one score at 7 1/8″) of the bag (make sure the 7 1/8″ fold is at the top) and glue the bottom of it to the folded up side of the bottom and pull one side up and holding it as straight as possible and lining up the score of the side with the front piece, glue them together, then do the same with the other side. Then take the back of the bag and glue it in place the same as the front.

The ribbons are 10 1/2″ long and you’ll need 2. Mine were 5/8″ wide. Folding down the 7 1/8″ flap, on the front and back of the bag, measure in 2 1/2″ from each side and put a small mark on the fold. Then using a hole punch, punch a half circle on the fold as when you open the flap, it will create a full circle. Pull the ribbon through and leave only enough ribbon so it can be adhered with tear tape under the flap (less than 3/4″).. Pull the ribbon through the other hole on the same side and put tear tape under the length of the flap closest to the edge and put tear tape beneath each hole you made to lay your ribbon on and to hold it in place. Do the same to the back side of the bag with ribbon.

I decorated mine with a topper that came in the 8 x 8 paper pad and cut it with a die, then laid it on a piece of black paper and cut it with two sizes bigger of the die family and put it on foam squares to adhere to the front of the bag. I also found a Happy Birthday sentiment in the paper pad and put it on the flap and added Nuvo Dream Drops in Super Nova (I can’t find that color, but here are the ones I did find.) https://tinyurl.com/48c3bhta and added some dots to the center embellishment and to the sides of Happy Birthday on the flap at the top.

You can make this as a 12 x 12″ bag too, and I have a video showing you how: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oklXF8466c

To make this bag sturdier, I’d add a piece of cardboard inside the bottom of the bag that is 2 7/8″ wide and 7 7/8″ long .