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“The paradox of gifts:  I know what I have given you.  I do not know what you have received.”

~Dr. Sun Wolf

Good Morning Stampers!  Need a great little gift idea?  I needed a couple this past week-end so got these great Maine-made chocolates (from the Nature’s Place aisle at Hannaford) and made a bag topper with a home-made gift bag to put them in.  I used Cool Treats stamp set for the sentiment and Flourish Thinlits Dies for the leaf and berries.  The chocolates (made down on the coast in Rockland) come in different flavors, so the colors can be changed up:

Such a fun little gift to make and give!  Maybe your state/country has some locally made food item that you can do the same with?  The possibilities are endless!  : )

Speaking of gifts, I was given a surprise gift, two times over this week.  I have been entering stamping challenges for the inspiration they provide, and this week an Earth Day card that I made and sent to the Festive Friday challenge was chosen as a “fave”.  Thank you to the team for that, but most importantly, for the inspiration you provide!

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For the very first time, I sent the same card to two different challenges, and it was also chosen as a special mention by the Global Design Project.  GDP was the very first challenge I started entering…I love the fact that it is global, an effort of worldwide peace, in my thinking!  So thank you to the Global Design team and again, more importantly, thank you for all the inspiration you’ve provided the past few years.  It’s appreciated very much!


(I know there is a way to put these badges on the sidebar of blogs, but I don’t know how to do it!)

Last but not least, a shout out to Mary in Ohio who wrote me the kindest email (I printed it out and put it on my fridge!), thanking me for some blog posts.   You made my day Mary, and I thank you very much! ❤  Have a great day everyone, I’m off to help my oldest son, Jonathan, set up for the annual garden show.  Peace, Dawn xo


How To Make A Gift Bag


But it is a cold, lifeless business when you go to the shops to buy something, which does not represent your life and talent, but a goldsmith’s. 

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I looked back to see when the last time I’ve shared instructions on how to make a gift bag, and it was 3 1/2 years ago.  (Time flies when we’re having fun!)  It is very easy.  Just use 2 sheets of 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper.  Score 2″ for the top flap that will fold down, and score 3″ on the remaining three sides.  Fold all other score lines inward and cut the two 3″ score lines on the bottom edges.  One piece will nest into the other when they are glued together.  For the handles, cut two 18″ pieces of ribbon.  Punch two tiny holes with an 1/8″ paper punch or with a piercing tool.  Cut the ends of the ribbon at an angle so they will fit through the tiny holes.  Tie the ends of the ribbon together inside the bag.  The holes should be 1″ down from the top and 2″ and 4″ from side to side.  Your pretty bags will be appreciated as much as whatever it is you put into them!  Have fun!  Peace, Dawn

P.S.  This is Stampin’ Up! paper, but it’s about five years old!

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“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!