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Making a Different Purse Shaped Gift Bag

I wanted to make another purse shaped gift bag…so found this on Sam Calcott’s Mixed Up Craft video, link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-SQyUO_LHk

You’ll need something to decorate the ends of the handles. I used a 1 1/4″ circle punch and a 1 3/4″ scallop circle punch, punched four circles in gold cardstock and four scallop circles in the same purple cardstock as I made the bag out of and glued them together to form what looks like four flowers.

The purple paper I use is from Amazon made by American Crafts, and here’s the link. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CH9JFYO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The floral paper is from Joann’s and is their brand Park Lane and is called Watercolor Florals, link: https://www.joann.com/park-lane-12×12-stack-watercolor-floral/17705039.html

You’ll need two sheets of plain colored cardstock 9 1/2 x 12″ scored on the 12″ length (on both pieces) score at 3 1/2″ bottom and on the 9 1/2″ length (as far away from the 3 1/2″ score as you can) at 1 1/2″ and 8″ You’ll put the paper into your paper trimmer with the 1 1/2″ mark in the top of your trimmer in the cut line and line of the left edge of your paper on the score line you made near the bottom, and cut on the angle, then do the same on the 8″ mark.

Two pieces of patterned cardstock for the sides that are 4 1/2 x 6″ on the 6″ length, score at 5″, and on the 4 1/2″ length, (with the first score near the bottom) score at 1/2″, 4″ and then score at 2 1/4″ only down to the 5″ score that’s near the bottom

One piece of patterned cardstock to decorate the front of the bag that is 8 1/4 x 9 1/4″ If you have more than two pieces of 12 x 12 in a certain pattern, you could cover the front and the back of your bag, but sadly, I only had two pieces so could not. On the 9 1/4″ length, make a mark at 1 1/2″ and 7 3/4″ then using your paper trimmer, put the 1 1/2″ mark in the cut line of your trimmer and then the bottom left corner of your paper in the cut line, then cut so you have the angled edge, then do the same with the 7 3/4″ mark.

Two solid cardstock that are 1″ x 12″ for the handles, scoring from 1 1/2″ to 10 1/2″ on the 1″ length, score at 1/2″…so you shouldn’t have any scoring near both ends.

For the closure: solid color cardstock– 3 1/2″ x 3″ on the 3 1/2″ length, score at 2 3/4″ and one piece of patterned paper that is 2 1/2″ x 2 3/4″. Fold under the score, and using a corner rounder, round the bottom two corners on both papers. I use a Kadomaru Pro corner rounder that I found on Amazon and love it. Glue the two papers together with wet glue, and I’m using Bearly Art Glue.

You’ll need to fold and burnish all of your score lines.

The two side pieces you will fold under all of your scores except the center one that can be pushed in or out, it’s up to you.

Cut the bottom small boxes out and then angle the cuts on the sides so it will fold under easily.

Your large purple paper that will make the front and back of the bag….one of them, you’ll need to cut a very slight angle to the bottom section that is scored. This is the piece you’ll glue to the bag after the two sides are adhered. Take one of the purple pieces and one side piece….put tear tape or wet glue on the bottom and side folds of the patterned side piece. The bottom flap will attach to one side of the scored section of the large purple paper and then attach the side of the side piece to the side of the purple paper, and do the same with the second side, then take the other purple paper(with slightly angled bottom) and put glue under the scored area and slide it onto the other purple bottom piece, then glue the side pieces onto it. Next adhere the patterned paper that is used to decorate the front.

The 12 x 1″ strips make the handles…you’ll put glue in the center maybe from 3″ to 9″ leaving the ends without adhesive, then fold the score and after it’s dry, if you use wet adhesive, use a round object and holding the end of this strip over the round object, pull tightly toward you to create a curved look.

Glue the “flower” you made with with circle and scallop circle punches to the ends of the handles, then glue about 1″ from the ends to the end and attach to the purse. Then take a piece of velcro and attach it to the closure about 3/4″ from the bottom and centered (the bottom is the furthest away from the score line). Put glue above the score line and adhere to the back of the bag with the score line right above the edge of the bag, then pinch the front and back of the bag closed, making sure they perfectly line up, and then close the flap making sure the velcro adheres firmly to the front of the bag. Then open the bag gently and rub the velcro to make sure it stays glued in place.

We drove from our home in N/W Pennsylvania, to Utica, NY, and then to Quechee Gorge, Vermont. It’s pronounced q-wetch-ee gorge, and I never did say it correctly, but listening to other YouTubers, neither did they…so I’m not alone in mispronouncing it.

We went to Vermont because it’s one of the only states left that we haven’t visited…We still have North and South Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Alaska, but we’ll finish, as it’s the only thing on our bucket list. We’ll do Alaska on a cruise, but not sure the best way to see the last four states. If you have any ideas on the best way to accomplish this, please let me know, saundralparker @yahoo.com

The gorge is lovely, but is hard to video as it’s behind a chain link fence. and has only a few small openings to video through. The waterfall is near the bottom of the screen and I’ll be sure to add some of Rich’s photos to facebook so you can see a better view of it. I loved their wooded area, but sadly, no wildlife for the entire trip. We left Quechee for Woodstock, VT, where they have so many lovely old Colonial style homes and several covered bridges. We stayed in White River Junction, VT for three nights, then onto York Beach Maine, where we’ve visited many times before. We met a viewer, Terrie, and her significant other, Vince, near Nubble Light House and had a great time getting to know each other in person.

The weather in York Beach was not good….but the last day we were able to visit their Wild Kingdom, which wasn’t too wild. There were very few “wild animals” there, but we did get to feed some goats, deer and otters, and there’s nothing better than feeding animals, for us.

We stayed on Long Sands beach for the first three nights, then onto the Union Bluff Hotel on Short Sands Beach. We wanted to stay there for our entire stay, but I booked the trip at the last minute, and since it’s high season, they had rooms, but we would have to change rooms every night, and that didn’t sound like fun. So we stayed at the GrandView Inn for the first three nights then onto the Union Bluff. I gave viewers a tour of the hotel room and the view of downtown York Beach and all of our favorite stops in town, including Sandy’s Purple Palace and their arcade, where we fell in love, many years ago, with the Addams Family Pinball machine, which precipitated us buying our own machine. I’ll link the video where I show it in the tour of our basement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS_8caKQOqU

In Love Arts Dies, Making Some Great Cards!

The kind people at inlovearts.com sent me these dies and I thought we’d try them out.

inlovearts.com

Discount Code: 20% off using code G-42879 with no expiration date

Simple Fence die: https://bit.ly/3fMk6MK

Foldable Flower Die-these aren’t flowers, but are nautilus shells that layer…here’s the link: https://bit.ly/2PCByZs

Lemon Glass Frame Dies: https://bit.ly/3fFqy8i

Spring Beautiful Flower dies: https://bit.ly/3wpF8qt

Dragonfly and flowers dies: https://bit.ly/3uDSMoj

Child Praying under the trees: https://bit.ly/3a3fQF9

The first card I made used both the fence die and the child praying under the trees dies. I took a black card base cut to 8 1/2″ wide by 5 1/2″ tall scored on the 8 1/2″ length at 4 1/4″ to make an A2 sized card. I cut the child praying under the trees out of the center of the front of the card base and then cut a blue piece of cardstock to 5 1/4″ x 4″ and glued it behind the circle I cut, then added foam tape under the child praying under the tree so it’s got some dimension. I had a hello die that I cut out of one scrap of white and cut two more hello’s out of the same blue as the piece I glued behind the child die cut. I glued the three hello’s together so the white shows a little to create more interest, then glued hello to the top near the left side. I used Bearly art glue to glue it in place and glued the fence that I cut out of white scraps…I cut two fences and glued them together. I didn’t add foam tape behind it and it still worked well.

The second card I made uses the lemon glass frame. I made a multi colored straw by cutting out an orange and a yellow straw and then cutting the straws where there’s a line on the straw, every other section, I glued the orange piece over the yellow straw. I used a white card base from Recollections Heavyweight cardstock from Michaels, 5 1/2′ tall by 8 1/2″ wide, scored on the 8 1/2″ length at 4 1/4″ and fold it in half. I added a piece of glittery orange cardstock cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″ and glued it to the front, then cut the jar out of orange cardstock and cut the lemons and oranges out of yellows and oranges, then added white circle punches that are 5/8″ for small lemons/oranges, and 1″ circle punches for the larger lemons/oranges and glued the white to the backs to create the look of a real orange/lemon. I added clear glitter to the front so they look juicy. I added tear tape to the back of the jar, then glued acetate to it and trimmed off any acetate you can see from the front, then added foam tape behind the acetate and then laid the bottom of the jar to the card front and then wet glued the oranges and lemons inside the jar. I also glued the straw through the opening on the jar after I slid it into the jar. I had a sentiment, Hello sunshine” from an old stamp set that I glued to the straw that made it look like a flag.

The third card I made, was done using the nautilus shells that they call foldable flowers, and are actually shells. I used a brown to cut the outline and a tan color for the background. I tore a piece of patterned paper that looked like sand and glued it to the bottom half of the front of an A2 sized pearl blue card base. I used the same patterned paper to stamp the sentiment on and glued it to the top right side of the card base. I added a piece of blue paper to the inside of the card so I have something I can write on. The fourth card I used an A2 sized Recollections Heavyweight white card base that I added a white pearlized cardstock that I ran through a Brutus Monroe called Petal Lace, link: https://www.brutusmonroe.com/products/embossing-folder-petal-lace?_pos=1&_sid=ccafbc6a6&_ss=r and glued a piece of screen I got at a garage sale near the left side running it from top to bottom, and then took the dragonfly and butterflies that I die cut from black cardstock, and backed them with white cardstock, then trimmed it so you don’t see the white outside of the black outline and put them on foam squares and glued them on an angle to the screen. I added a sentiment on a white scrap “have a happy day” on foam squares to the top right of the card front.

How to make a die cut different colors: Run the die out of a pink color and then again with a green color. Cut the green piece so you snip off the blossoms and then glue the leaves over the pink leaves. I used alcohol markers from Arteza and colored the images in darker pinks and greens and then added clear rhinestones to the flower centers. I hope this gave you some good ideas for how to use dies, and thank the nice people at Inlovearts.com for sending me their dies.

Glues: My Favorite and What They Are Used For

Glue videos: Wet glue comparisons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4GsEnT1hMw

Small tape runners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeJKJpkDcPQ

Large ATG comparison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQzGAHrI7OU

Glue Sticks and Glue Pen comparisons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVifUruuojU

I wanted to do an updated videos on my favorite glues and when I use them.

Aleene’s Tack it Over and Over--I use this to adhere red rubber stamps to their backing, or to get stamps to stick to the lid of the MISTI. I make my own Glue Dots with it by putting dots of it onto sticker paper. I also use it to adhere my stamp sets into CD cases. Link: https://www.amazon.com/Aleenes-Tack-Over-Liquid-Glue/dp/B00178QQ84/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=aleene%27s+tack+it+over+and+over&qid=1625544720&sr=8-1

Nuvo Precision Glue Pen–Use this to attach small pearls, sequins, diamonds, beads. I had it clog and used my heat gun and waved it in front of the gun and that did unclog it, but it was probably not the best idea, so I don’t recommend others do it. Link: https://www.amazon.com/Studios-206N-Smooth-Precision-Multicolor/dp/B079SYPGZ5/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=nuvo+precision+glue+pen&qid=1625544421&sr=8-1

Tombow Mono Adhesive–this glue stays sticky after it’s dry, so you can put this glue on a project, let it dry and then adhere something to it. This is the glue of choice for the Stampin’ Up ladies, and it does a great job…but, you don’t get a lot in the bottle. The tip doesn’t clog and there are two tip options for people who prefer using the bigger tip. My friend Sherry made me a glue holder, by taking a votive cup from the Dollar Tree and adding a large dollop of hot glue in the bottom and then placing the cap of this glue into the hot glue before it set. You can use either this glue or the Tombow Mono Aqua Adhesive in her glue holder because their lids, although two different colors, are exactly the same size. Link: https://www.joann.com/tombow-mono-multi-liquid-glue/1835644.html

Tombow Mono Aqua Adhesive–this is the sister to the Mono Adhesive, but it doesn’t stays sticky after it’s dry. I prefer this to the Mono, as it’s a bigger bottle. It dries clear and works well and the fine tip applicator doesn’t clog (because it’s not an ultra fine tip.) There are two tip options for people who prefer using the bigger tip. Link: https://www.joann.com/tombow-169-oz-mono-aqua-liquid-glue/1835636.html

Standiy–If you put your glue tip down perfectly onto the pink foam, it works well, otherwise, the glue leaks everywhere. Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08FXN1LWM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Bearly Art Glue—very similar to Art Glitter Glue. I like the bottle and the black tip on this glue as I can always seem to get this glue to squeeze out. It dries clear and works for almost everything (other than things I use the Aleene’s Tack it Over and Over on. Link: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=bearly+art+glue&i=industrial&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

Tear Tape–I use tear tape more than any kind of glue, as it’s got significant hold and I always know it will work well, no matter what I’m using it on. Link: https://www.amazon.com/Double-Sided-Crafts-Photography-Scrapbooking-Backing/dp/B07VSLWPHG/ref=sr_1_17?dchild=1&keywords=tear+tape+1%2F4%22&qid=1625544304&sr=8-17

Beacon’s 3 in 1 Glue– For 3D projects, it adds stability, and makes projects sturdy, more hard. It does have a very distinctive smell and I recommend you have good ventilation when you use it. Sam Calcott from Mixed Up Craft recommends Colall Glue that’s very similar to Beacon. link: https://www.joann.com/3in1-8-oz-bottle/11725231.html

I know it’s been a while since I’ve written

But I haven’t had a lot to talk about for so long, and I finally have something to say. Rich and I are getting a puppy. We’re getting another English Retriever like Honey. If I haven’t said this on YouTube, Honey has a spot of cancer on her nose. The oncologist gave her a year with no treatment and 23 months with treatment. I’m not sure about you, but putting a dog through radiation sounds inhumane, and we chose not to proceed with treatment. We gave Honey a high dose of CBD oil for the first two months after we got the diagnosis and her nose bump is gone. The oncologist said that cancer takes the path of least resistance, meaning it shouldn’t go into her nose, but instead, should continue to expand upward until it gets to the point that the skin can’t stretch enough and breaks. The visual the vet oncologist’s words inspired, did not make us happy. I don’t know if the CBD oil helped or if the cancer found another way to grow, but so far, (and it’s been probably 3-4 months) we don’t see any signs of it getting worse. With that being said, the reason we’re getting a puppy, is we don’t want either of our dogs to be an “only child.”

Dogs like to form a pack, so if you have two dogs, they are their own pack. When one of those dogs leaves the pack, the other dog is lost without it’s other pack member, and often will die of heart break. If you don’t like dogs, you probably don’t believe this, but I’ve seen it myself. Our dogs have grieved deeply for their lost counterparts, and if they hadn’t had a younger dog to look out for, I don’t think our dogs would have survived. We’ve woken in the night to dogs howling like their hearts have broken and Rich and I both bursting into tears, hearing our dog in so much pain.

We don’t know how long Honey truly has, but we’ll be grateful for the time we have with her. Bella is 11, so we may lose her before Honey, and as much as you plan for every contingency, losing both dogs in the next couple of years, is a real possibility. I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we have to.

We’re also going on vacation next week for 9 days. Driving through New York to Vermont, and then after 3-4 days there, onto York, Maine. We have a bucket list that we want to visit all 50 states, and even though Vermont is truly only one state away from us, we’ve never been there. Once we check Vermont off our list, we only have North and South Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Alaska to go. It would be great if we could check the first four off in one trip, but I doubt that would be easy to accomplish. Alaska, we’ll cruise there once cruising is safe again, and then we’ll be done. It’s been fun seeing the whole country, and we made sure we didn’t count things like landing in an airport in a state…we truly had to visit that state. We’ve really enjoyed so many states and look forward to seeing the rest. Our biggest regret is not seeing the Grand Canyon, so we’ll probably make another trip there at some point.

As for crafting, I have been trying to organize my craft room and it’s been months of moving things around and not having anywhere to walk….It’s been so frustrating, and I can’t wait until I can finally look around and not be embarrassed by the mess. I’ve had to give up diamond painting for a while, as my elbows don’t want to play, and repetitive motions that diamond paintings require, make my elbows swell and ache. Such is the life of a crafty diva.

Nightmare Before Christmas Keychains

The nice people at everydayecrafts.com sent me some dies and diamond art, and unfortunately their dies wouldn’t release the paper, no matter what I tried, so I won’t be sharing those with you. The diamond art, however, was a lot of fun and I recommend it highly. If you have a family member or friend who loves Nightmare Before Christmas, this is a great set for beginners or experienced diamond painting enthusiasts. You can use them as key chains (the way they’re intended, or you could only add diamonds to one side and turn them into refrigerator magnets, or use them as gift tags, or on cards.

http://www.everydayecrafts.com

Nightmare before Christmas diamond key chains link: https://everydayecrafts.com/collections/ornament/products/5pcs-halloween-elements-full-drill-diamond-painting-keyring-handmade-craft387949

Making a Stamp, Die & Ephemera Storage Binder

I have been getting a monthly kit from Papercraft Society and I love their storage system, and wanted to make similar binders for my stamps, dies and ephemera.

You will need 3 pieces of 12 x 12 paper solid core, in the color of your choice. I think I’ll make another in an upcoming video that I’ll line with chipboard/cardboard, to make it more sturdy. This one is fine, but maybe not as sturdy as I had hoped.

The paper I used is from American Crafts Smooth Cardstock Pack, link: https://tinyurl.com/36jxsjfz

The decorated papers I used are from Joann’s, their brand, Park Lane Flower Garden. link: https://tinyurl.com/43wnmzd9 If you’re shopping right now, this paper is 1/2 off and is a large pad, 180 sheets, and would work great if you make your own envelopes, since it’s a very light weight paper.

Cut your three pieces of 12 x 12″ papers, cut two of the pieces down to 9 x 12″ and the last down to 6 x 9″. Take the two pieces that are 9 x 12″ and on the 9″ length, put tear tape on the right edge covering the last 1/2″, doing the same to the second 9 x 12″ piece on the 9″ length. Then take the tear tape backing off and add a little wet glue so when you try to lay the papers on top of each other, if you make a mistake, you will be able to move the papers without destroying them. Add the last 6×9″ piece to the right end, so you have one very long piece.

Scoring: With all three pieces now connected together, score at 6 3/4 and 7″ and then fold them up so you can put the second score (the 7″ one) on the far left of the score board, and score again at 6 3/4″ and 7 1/8″, then fold both of these scores up, and putting the 7 1/8″ score on the far left of the score board, score at 6 3/4 and 7 1/4″. Make sure all of your scores are well scored and fold them so you’ve created what looks like a binder. Set this aside for a second.

For pockets you’ll need 3 pieces of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock…I used matching Stampin’ Up cardstock and cut all three pieces to 7 3/4 x 10″.

Then score all of them on the 10″ length on the very bottom, score at 1 1/4″ and 1 1/2″. On the 7 3/4″ length, score at 1 1/4 and 1 1/2″.

Go back to the long length of paper we set aside, and lay a plate or something oval onto the outside flap that should be on top. Trace the plate or oval piece you’ve laid onto it and cut it out. This will give you a nice finished look for your binder. Set the binder aside and let’s work on the pockets.

The scissors I used are from Hay and are called Phi, and I bought them from the Hay company, here’s the link. https://us.hay.com/accessories/by-room/office/phi-scissors/2515030.html?lang=en_US

Fold the scores to create the pocket, then cut out the boxes in the corner where the two sets of score lines cross each other. Open the paper back up so it’s flat and cut a line from the top (the top only has scores on one side) to the bottom edge, furthest from where the scores meet each other, on a diagonal. Make the cuts so they don’t cut into any score lines. Fold all scores in and you will see paper showing at the top and bottom that you won’t want to see, so cut that paper off on an angle. Do this to all three of these.

Back to the binder, Decorating: You need 3 pieces of 12 x 12 cut to 8 3/4 x 12″. I took the Flower Garden papers that are super lightweight and used tear tape on them to line the outside of the binder. I laid it on the innermost fold first (you could start with the area you cut on a plate first too.) and work your way to the other end. The piece that covered the outer flap, I tear taped down and then flipped everything over and cut it from behind so the decorative paper covers to the edge of the flap. I used self adhesive Velcro from the Dollar Tree and laid it about 1″ from the edge and 4 1/2″ from the bottom of the outer flap.

I found some papers in the Flower Garden pack that had a floral pattern that ran diagonally on the paper, and decided to layer these onto my pockets, I laid the paper onto my pocket and decided where I wanted the pattern to lie, and cut off the rest. I used the first floral paper as a template and laid it on the other pieces so they were all cut the same, then adhered them to the fronts of my pockets. The layered paper is 8 1/4″ tall x 6″ wide if you want to measure paper to cut on a diagonal

At 24:30, I lay green paper into the binder. There’s a seam in the middle of the paper that might create a problem when you try to fill the pocket, so I took leftover green paper and cut it to the same length, but the width is from the score on the left, to the seam in the center (and that might be different for yours than for mine.) I tear taped the paper down and then glued the pocket right to the score lines, but not over them and lined up with the bottom edge of the binder.

I cut a big design out of one of the paper sheets in my pad and glued it to the front of the binder.

New Idea for Background Dies

I came up with an idea of how to use large background dies, and I’ve never seen anyone else do this, so thought I’d give it a whirl.

Thanks to the kind people at Queenacraft.com for sending me these dies. They’re also offering a 10% discount to my viewers with no expiration date.

Use the code Crafting while checking out for the discount.

http://www.queenacraft.com

hollow leaves background die link: https://queenacraft.com/collections/naturaldies/products/original-hollow-leaves-nature-background-die

roses background die link: https://queenacraft.com/products/original-roses-background-dies?_pos=2&_sid=67eadded0&_ss=r

I ran an empty laminating pouch through my laminator to get a thick acetate consistency, but you could also use a medium to heavy weight regular acetate for this technique.

I used pink cardstock to cut out the roses die and a lighter green cardstock to cut out the leaf die, then using tear tape or redline tape, attach the die to the acetate. If you use a wet glue, it won’t hold the acetate, so make sure you use tape of some kind to adhere the two together. Then once the two are adhered, take whatever alcohol markers you like, and color the back of the images. I used Arttx alcohol markers. Use darker colors, or they won’t show up and use the larger nib so you don’t get a liney, splotchy, smeary look.

Once the ink was dry, I attached the pink roses to a piece of gold glitter cardstock and then adhered that to a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ white cardstock, and used Dusty Concord Distress Oxide ink around the edges of the white cardstock, so it enhanced the pink front.

For the leaves, I colored them a few shades of green, then realized I preferred one color of green, and went back over it, using the darker green. If you make a mistake, you can wipe it off with a cloth or if it’s dry, you can use a cloth or Q-tip and rubbing alcohol to wipe off the acetate. I used a 5 x 7: card base in the same green and glued the image directly to the card base, then added a “hi” sentiment die cut to the front in black cardstock.

Father’s Day Packaging Idea: Shirt & Tie Gift Bag Ideas

Using a lunch bag to make your gift bag:

To make a shirt and tie bag, use a bag that is longer and thinner, like a lunch bag. Fill the bag with the gift before making the shirt.…and leave about 2 1/2″ from the top empty, so you can fold it down.

Once the bag is filled, fold the top over with about a 1″ fold, and then fold it again so you have two folds. Then put some glue under your folds so they stay in place. Then cut under the fold on either side about 1/3rd of the way toward the middle. In my case, I cut about 1 1/4″ in from both sides on my lunch bag. Fold the sides where you just cut, down on a 45 degree angle, so they look like a collar for the shirt. I glued my collar down at this point, but you are better off waiting until you’ve put your tie and collar buttons in place (if you use collar buttons, ie brads.)

Tie:

I used a scrap of paper and drew a tie by drawing two diagonal lines that go from wide to narrow and are about 1/2″ long and then draw long diagonal lines that start narrow and go wider and are maybe 2″ long, then draw diagonal lines that are wide and meet in the center to make the bottom of the tie and are 1/2″ long. These measurements are just for guides, and it’s easier if you just draw your tie on the back of the paper you’re using and then cut it out and then trim it until you like it. You might want to make your tie longer if your bag is larger or make the tie smaller if your bag is smaller. I poked holes near the ends of my collar and put small brads through them to look like buttons and then glued the tie into the center under the collar and then glue down the collar tabs so they stay in place.

Making the bag from paper: I recommend you using a very light weight paper….very thin scrapbook paper, newspaper, a map, or gift wrap, as it becomes really hard to fold the “collar” once you’ve folded the paper twice.

I used retired Stampin’ Up 12 x 12″ paper and using two sheets, scored them both at 1/2″, 4 1/2″, and 11 1/2″ (I always turn the paper over to make the 11 1/2″ score, as I’m left handed and it’s easier to score it at 1/2″).. Use the 11 1/2″ score and put tear tape up to the score line the whole length of the paper. Then lay the other piece of paper up to the 1/2″ score line over the tear tape. I always put a little wet glue on my tear taped area so it’s easy to remove the papers if I make a mistake in laying them down. The papers should be laying so the score lines from left to right are 1/2″, 4 1/2″, and 11 1/2″. You want the two pieces of paper perfectly lined up across the bottom and top before you press them in place. Then fold the last 11 1/2″ score line over on itself and put glue on it and then take the left paper and fold it onto the right side paper, so the score lines lay on top of each other and it creates a box shape..

To make the bottom of the bag, score 2 1/2″ from the bottom. (If your paper has a directional pattern, make sure the pattern faces the right side of your score board when you’re scoring it.) Cut each corner up to the 2 1/2″ score and cut out a thin sliver on each corner up to the score. Then fold all four sides and burnish. Fold in one long side, put glue on both short ends and fold them onto the long side, then put glue on the last side, and fold it onto the short ends, making sure you rub the inside to ensure it’s well adhered to itself.

Your bag isn’t going to hold anything super heavy, but if you feel like you want it to hold more, add a layer of chipboard/cardboard in the bottom and glue it in for stability. Now that the bag is made, take the side and pinch the tops into the center so it has an indented center. Do the same to the other side. Then fill the bag…. Fold the top down 1″ and then fold it again, another 1″ and make sure you use your bone folder so your folds are as flat as possible. Add wet glue to hold the folds in place. Cut below your folds from the edges 2 1/4″ toward the center on both sides and then fold these pieces on a 45 degree angle to create the collar. You can add brads to hold the collar ends down or you can glue small buttons on the ends of the collar for decoration. Then following the instructions above on how to draw the tie. Draw and cut out your tie and glue it into the center of the collar and your bag is done.

More Cards and Gifts from Friends

I have the nicest friends. I have been getting gifts from Frances, who lives in Scotland, and so many lovely cards, and wanted to share them with you. My friend Sherry, sent me a huge box of goodies as well, and I’ll be showing the contents in this video.

Thanks to Sherry and Frances for such wonderful goodies…

Here are links to some of the things I show in the video.

Standiy link: https://tinyurl.com/y4rmnbpz

My baren: https://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-economy-baren/

I couldn’t get the link for the wood tool Sherry sent me, sorry.

Taylored Expression blending brushes: https://www.tayloredexpressions.com/te-pastel-blender-brushes/

Taylored Expressions brush storage caddy: https://www.tayloredexpressions.com/blender-brushes-storage-caddy/