Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Holiday Home Gift Bag

Welcome to the November InKing Royalty Blog Hop.  We're excited to share projects that showcase fun gift wrap and packaging ideas for the holidays.

You may have started the Blog Hop here or may have hopped over from Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings.  After you read my post, I  hope you'll hop over to the next.  If you get off track at any point during the blog hop, there's a complete list of participants at the end of this post.

The Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog is packed with gift wrapping and packaging ideas and I love it all!! There is wrapping paper; tag kits, stamps and punches; gift boxes and bags. If you have not seen it you can view it by clicking on its image on the right hand side of this blog. You really need to check it out! 

Even with all the wonderful options I wanted to point out another one. Lots of you are familiar with My Paper Pumpkin but maybe have not looked at it closely. Many of the past kits or refills are available to current My Paper Pumpkin subscribers or they can be purchased directly from a demonstrator. One of my favorite kits was the In the Bag Kit from last spring. At 5.5"X8.5" the bags are not large but they will hold many small items. I used some to hold paperback books that I added to Easter Baskets for my granddaughters.  This kit is still available as the original kit or as a refill with all the components except the stamps and ink spot. The kit or the refill includes 5 very cute heavy weight Kraft bags that you can then decorate with all the included components. The refill kit is only $7.95 plus tax and shipping. This comes out to less than $2.00 a bag! I used just the bags from the kit and added images and my own ribbon for a fun holiday gift bag. Here is the bag I created.

I love the Holiday Homes stamp set but after some thought I decided to order the MDS digital version. That is what I used to create this bag. I also love the First Edition Designer Series Paper which retired several years ago. It looks like newsprint or book pages. In addition to the paper I also bought the MDS version. I wanted to "stamp" the houses on it but after some experimentation I decided the newspaper images needed to be fainter so I lowered the opacity (making it more transparent) and then "stamped" the houses on top of the DSP with Basic Gray digital "ink". If you have the stamps you can stamp with Basic Gray ink on Whisper White or Very Vanilla. I frequently use Basic Gray rather than black because I find black too harsh. I then colored the images with Stampin' Up! markers. I also "stamped" the Santa with Basic Gray on Ivory Naturals cardstock. I created the tree by stacking three trees punched with the Tree Punch from a Trim the Tree DSP to make a taller tree and then attached three of these trees to each other make a 3D tree. I then added Brushed Gold stars. For the ribbon I used one of my favorite ribbons -  7/8" Cotton Ribbon. It has a wonderful look and feel! I had some leftover from a previous project that I had stamped with the Dictionary stamp - more of the newsprint/book look!

I also made another quick bag using some of the elements that come in the kit and refill. I used the letters to spell "merry" and backed them with a Real Red scallop circle. I attached them to the twine with the clothes pins that are part of the kit or refill. You could even add another circle layer around the Real Red - maybe using some Glimmer Paper! Hmm, wish I had thought of that sooner.

Supplies Used:

  • Stamp Set: Holiday Home (135095, MDS 138116); Dictionary (130351)
  • Cardstock and DSP: Soft Suede (115318); Naturals Ivory (101849); Trim the Tree (135824); Brushed Gold (102935) 
  • Ink: Many Marvelous Markers (131264); Basic Gray
  • Accessories: 7/8" Cotton Ribbon (127844); In the Bag Kit (135505, Refill (135504)
  • Tools: Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787)

To order click on the ordering tab above just under the header. You can email me privately with any of your papercrafting questions or ask them in a comment below!

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Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop (and the blog of my fantastic Upline!), Brian King at Stamp with Brian.  You certainly won't want to miss any of these projects.

  1. Lynn Kolcun at Avery's Owlery
  2. Angie Coleman at Coastal Stamping
  3. Candy Ford at StampCandy
  4. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly's Creative Corner
  5. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings
  6. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  7. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  8. Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky
  9. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp


  1. Love your use of this kit, Katie! Both projects are super-cute!

  2. You are so clever and resourceful Katie. Those bags are too cute! We used the same set for our projects...great minds think alike! Great tip on using the PP refills!

  3. You're a great salesperson... makes me want to order the kit!


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