Administrative Assistants Appreciation

“No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others.  This wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”

~Author Unknown

My husband asked if I would make something for the secretaries at his work, so I made these gift bags that are straight out of Stampin’ Up’s Annual Catalog.  I just added a little shiny gold heat embossed “gorgeous grunge” on the bottom of each panel to match the gold postmark stamp and the gold tag.   I never get tired of the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set and the coordinating Butterflies Thinlits!  Hope it is a little inspiration to help you thank those that help you in your work.  Have a great day, Dawn.  P.S.  I made the actual gift bags with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.


How To Make A Gift Bag

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“The giving of gifts is not something man invented.  God started the giving spree
when he gave a gift beyond words, the unspeakable gift of His Son.”
-Robert Flatt-

Homemade gift bags are beautiful and so easy to make.  Start with a 12″ square of paper or newspaper.  Fold in 3″ on the left and right sides.  Fold bottom in 3″.  Unfold the sides, lay the paper flat and fold the top down 2″.  Unfold the bottom and cut a slit 3″ up from the bottom.  Glue the bottom 3″ of the side flaps to the bottom 3″ flap.   That is one half of the bag.  Repeat the whole process with another 12″ square of paper.  Fit the two pieces together (one nests inside the other) and glue the sides and bottom.  For the handles, cut two pieces of ribbon 18″ long.  Punch two holes 1″ from the top of the bag and 1 1/2″ from the sides.  Thread the ribbon through and tie knots on the inside of the bag.  Ta da!

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Celebrate Amazing Spectacular Fantastic You!

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“It is never too late to be what we might have been.”

~George Eliot

This was our third and final project at Beth Mills’ stamping workshop this past Sunday in Downeast, Maine.  We used the Flower Patch and Fabulous Four stamp sets, glued everything to a doily and clipped the doily to the gift bag.  That way, whoever receives the whole shooting match can remove the doily and use the banner on another gift or on a card.  The gift that keeps on giving!  Thanks, Beth!

Innovation Luncheon Gift Bags

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“If we can imagine it, we can achieve it.”

~William Arthur Ward

These are the gift bags that I made for the Innovation Luncheon for Summersweet Landscaping’s employees.  The bags contain business card holders and business cards.  The challenge is for everyone to distribute the cards before next month’s luncheon. : )  The bags are a variation of ones shown in Stampin’ Up’s new catalog on page 71.  I used the Flower Frenzy Bigz L Die and the new Polka Dot Tag a Gift Bags.  GREAT project!