First Fridays Blog Hop Retiring In Colors

It’s the first Friday of the month so that means it’s time for the First Fridays Blog Hop! Our theme this month is:  Retiring In Colors.   

Some of the 2015-2017 In Colors products have already sold out but the In Color Designer Series Paper Stack is still available and that’s what I used to create my bags.  There are 40 sheets in this stack with 4 each of 2 double-sided designs.  This paper, along with any products in the retiring 2015-2017 In Colors, are only available while supplies last!


To make my bags, I pulled out my Gift Bag Punch Board.  This tool makes it so easy to make a lot of bags in a short amount of time!  Each bag was created using paper from this retiring paper stack.  The fronts are decorated with a combination of paper from this paper stack as well as cardstock which is not retiring: Whisper White, Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight.

At the end of my post you’ll find a list of all the Stamping Supplies I used to create my bags!

The Gift Bag Punch Board allows you to make bags in a variety of sizes.  You can close them up – I used the Gold Binder Clips – or leave them open.  Either way works!

When making your bag, first, you need to decide if you want a small, medium or large sized bag and that will determine how you’ll cut one side of your paper.  A small bag will have a 10″ side, medium will have an 11″ side and the large will be cut at 12″.  The other measurement will be the height of your bag. Experiment and see what you like!  I made a variety of different sizes so hopefully that will give you a starting point.

 Here are the dimensions I used for my bags:

Cucumber Crush (small):  10″ x 3-3/4″

Tip Top Taupe (small):  10″ x 6″

Delightful Dijon (medium):  11″ x 4-1/2″

Watermelon Wonder (large): 12″ x 5″

Mint Macaron (large):  12″ x 7″

I hope you’ll continue on the hop!  Next up is Kathie Steffke!  

Blog Hop List

Dawn Griffith
Tracy Bradley     You are here! 
Kathie Steffke     Up next!
Dee Slater 

Stamping Supplies – My sentiments are from the stamp set, Eastern Beauty.  This set will be available in the new Annual Catalog in June but it can be purchased now as part of two Eastern Palace Bundles  

Glue Dots


Big Shot


Have a wonderful weekend!

Treat Bag Using Stampin’ Up! Halloween Night Paper



Welcome to Day 6 of my Treat Packaging Series! I’ve shown many designs in the Halloween Night Speciality Paper Pack and my project today shows one more.  There’s so much versatility in this one package of paper!

I used the Gift Bag Punch Board to make my bag!  I personally think that it can be somewhat confusing when you first use the board, but once you get the hang of it, it’s so quick and easy to make a bag.  Honest!


Below you’ll find the Stampin’ Up! video showing how to use it, which I watched the other day to refresh my memory. You can make boxes of many different sizes but for my project I used a 6″ x 12″ piece of paper  (you’ll use the “L” on the punch board).  The sides of the bag are each 2″ and it’s 4-3/4″ tall.  If you’ll notice in the picture above, you can add holes to the stop of the bag and then insert ribbon through them to tie it together.  I chose not to add the holes.  You can see one where I did add ribbon HERE.

If the video seems confusing, it helps to know that you are creating two sides, the front and back.  The sides have the same directions as well as the front and back.  You are just repeating the directions.  Once you get the hang of it, within a few minutes, you’ll wonder why it seemed confusing.  Trust me.

Once you finish using the Gift Bag Punch Board, your paper will look like this.  There’s a horizontal score line right below the indentations. When you fold on that score line, it will create the bottom of the box.


The next step will be to cut away the flap shown below.


Here are the last cuts before you start to put your box together.  The purpose of these cuts is so that your box will fold up easily.


You’ll find a list of all the supplies I used down below.  I’ve included the bundle for the Spooky Fun stamp set and the Halloween Edgelits because you’ll save 10% if you purchase them together.

Product List – To place an order or for more information, click any of the products below. 

If you have any questions, please ask!

It’s Time for the New Catalog!

The new 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! catalog is now live! Click HERE to look inside!

2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Catalog

What’s really fun about today is that not only can you order from this new catalog but the Occasions and 2014-2015 Annual catalog as well.  You can order from all three catalogs today but starting tomorrow, you’ll only be able to order from the brand new catalog.

The project that I have for you today has lots of new products but my sentiment is from the Occasions catalog (So You #137165) which means that today is the last day to order it!

Bohemian Gift Bag

I’ve made this cute bag from the brand new Bohemian Designer Series Paper and the Gift Bag Punch Board.  I tied it up with the yummy new Dotted Lace Trim in Delightful Dijon (one of the new In Colors).  It comes in all of the five new In Colors.  It is absolutely beautiful in person!

As you can see in the Product List below, the punch board also makes holes (this part is optional) in the bag so you can close it up.  I had a hard time keeping the bag closed while I made my bow with the lace trim so I just used a clip.  It made it so much easier!

gift bag

gift bag with sentiment

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I’ll be back later today with the Weekly Deals!

Product List – Click on any item below for more information or to place an order at my SU! online store