Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I'm Guest Designing for Birthday Week at Inking It Up Crazy

Kassidy, over at Inking It Up Crazy, is celebrating Birthday Week,  and no it's not her birthday. She thought it would be fun to spend a whole week designing around birthdays and so far her designers have done a fabulous job. On Monday, she featured invitations; Tuesday was decorations; yesterday was party favors and she has asked me to help with today's topic of gift wrapping/packaging. I was super excited to be included in Kassidy's project!!! Be sure to check out her blog and see all the great creations by clicking here.  I wanted to create a gift bag larger than a 12"x12" piece of printed cardstock could make. I've looked at the 12"x24" cardstock and there isn't much out there, so I created this giftbag using 2 sheets of printed cardstock instead, but you would never know it to look at it. Here are some pics along with a few quick instructions so that you can make your own. Cardstock is from DCWV Cotton Bloom Stack, ribbon is 1.5" Celebrate It Sheer Creations from Michaels, Cricut cartridge is Tags, Bags, Boxes and More on my Gypsy.

I used the 12"x24" mat and matched up my cardstock lines. It is essential that you line up the cardstock carefully for it to line up properly when assembled. I was using a new mat and my pattern had lots of lines to match up so I put my cardstock face up. I also inked the edges while I had it on the mat. If you want, you can certainly put it facedown, which will make it easier to tape the two pieces together. I taped the two pieces together once it was already cut out, so either way works.

 When sizing my bag on the Gypsy I made it as large as would fit on the mat, which in this case was 21.75"x11.62". I then lined up one of the score marks exactly on the 12" line so that my seam would be right on the fold.

 Once I cut the design, I taped the seam with clear, extra strength packing tape. Then scored all the score lines and prefolded them to make it easier to assemble. I love the hole cutout for the ribbon. It worked great.

 I took pics on my Martha Stewart Scoreboard so you can see the dimensions, a full 9"x7" bag that is 2" deep!!!

Hope you enjoyed my first tutorial and my first time guest designing. Thanks to Kassidy for giving me this fun opportunity. Please feel free to leave me a comment and if you like this and my other creations, please follow my blog. If you leave me your blog address, I'll check out your blog also. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Congrats n on your first time guest designing. Awesome tutorial. Gonna run and get a 12 x 24 mat after work and try this. Great job

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  3. Great project! I'm on today too and my first guest design post! Check me out,k?
    esigmon at cox dot net

  4. Awesome bag!! Looks like bags were our thing. ;)

  5. Love it:) Thanks for helping me out today! You rock;)

  6. Hi Christy,
    you did a great job on your first tutorial!!!!
    love your gift bag....TFS!!!!

  7. Love your bag! It's beautiful! Congrats on your firsts!