Hello stamping friends!  It seems like it’s been a long week here, though you’ve probably been wondering where I disappeared to!  My youngest is off school with strep throat, so between looking after him, receiving and delivering orders and taking care of the house, my husband and other son, I’ve had a hard time carving out some crafting time!

I have been getting ready for our blog hop coming up this Sunday, so I hope you’ll come join us!  We’ll be featuring more projects made with products from the new catalogue, so it’s sure to be fun & inspirational!

Today I’d like to share with you some bags I made using the new Gift Bag Punch Board!  This is an excellent tool to add to your tool arsenal; it plays well with the Envelope and Gift Box punch boards, and you can use it with cardstock, designer series paper, and even our new Envelope Paper!

This is what the Gift Bag Punch Board looks like:

SU gift bag punch board


The “Small”, “Medium” and “Large” measurements refer to what minimum width your paper must be (10″ for small, 11″ for medium and 12″ for large).  After deciding that, you can made  your bags whatever height you want; that is determined on the length of your paper.

Here are some bags that I made; I’ve used retired DSP for some of them, as I haven’t received my new DSP order yet:

bags-gift bag punch board


The tallest bag (in the back) I made using DSP measuring 12″ x 12″; the smallest bag was 10″ x 6″, and I made 2 medium bags; the one on the left is 11″ x 6″, the one on the far right is 11″ x 11″, with a fold-over top of 3/4″.

You can see in this picture (below) that the base of each bag measures 2″ deep, with varying widths of 2 1/2″, 3″ and 3 1/2″:

gift bags base view

When you get your Gift Bag Punch Board, I highly recommend watching the video made by Stampin’ Up! before you start making a bag.  You can even bring your punch board over to your computer, and follow along (the great thing about the video is that you can pause & re-start it!).   Here is the video, available on Youtube:

Once you’ve created your Gift Bag, you’re free to embellish it however you like!  You can punch the holes and add ribbon handles, or simply close it with a clip.  You can leave the top open, and have your packaging show, or before you assemble your bag, add a score line across the top, and have a decorative fold over – great for showing off our gorgeous double sided designer series paper!

However you choose to make your gift bags, I know that your recipient is guaranteed to love it, and be totally ‘wowed’ at your creativity! 🙂

I hope this post inspired you to get creative with your Gift Bag Punch Board; and if you don’t have one yet – order one now!! I’ll be playing with it a lot more, so stay turned for more projects in the future.  By the way – did you know that you can follow me on Pinterest?  Yes – simply CLICK HERE and you can follow all of my boards, or as many as you want!  You can also ‘pin’ my projects directly from my blog posts; just hover over the picture you want to pin, and you’ll see the “Pin it” button appear in the top left corner of the picture.

That’s it for me today; I’m off to finish up my post for the blog hop on Sunday.  See you then!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to stamp and create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a 3D item, or a card, or scrapbook page - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you stamp and create with me! :)

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