Simply Stylish Tote Bag...

Freatured in Issue 96 of PaperCrafter

Continuing in the quick and easy crafting series, Here's a simply stylish gift bag that you can easily make with minimal supplies, what's not to like!

Supplies List

Patterned paper discontinued, but these are similar First Edition Floral Fusion
Card Topper
Cardstock: Pink


  1. Make the base from card, cut to 16 x 12 cm, score all sides at 2 cm and snip a fold at each corner to make flaps and add glue to form a shallow box. 
  2. Now cut two 14 x 21 cm pieces of paper and glue the bottom edge around the front and sides of the box, repeat on the back of the box and add glue to the overlapping side seams.
  3. Make two handles from pink card cut to 1.5 cm x 18cm and secure each end to the front and back of the bag with decorative brads.
  4. For the tag cut out a circle topper with a circle punch or die, back with white card and tie to the handle with twine.



Next week's card will be this vintage style, easel card


Happy Birthday 'Gap' Card...

Featured in PaperCrafter Issue 96

I'm starting a weekly series of quick and easy, greetings cards and gift bags to help kick start your crafting mojo  and get you organised for the year of Birthdays ahead.
The first make is this bright and funky, simple and effective Happy Birthday 'gap' card.

Supplies List


Patterned paper discontinued, but these are similar First Edition Storyteller
Card Topper
Stamps: Birthday Greetings Stamp
Cardstock: White, orange and pink
Flat backed gems

  1. Cut white card to measure 15 x 16 cm and score and fold the long side at 4 cm. 
  2. Cover the 4 x 15 cm panel with pink card and layer with a slightly smaller panel of patterned paper leaving a narrow border.
  3. Cut out a topper back it with white card cut to 7 x 4 cm then attach it to the right hand side of the paper covered panel.
  4. Now for the foot of the card front, cut a rectangular of card 4 cm x 15 cm cover with orange card and paper as before and glue it to the reverse of the topper taking care to line it up with the back of the card.  
  5. Finish by stamping a greeting in the 'gap' on the inside of the card.

Papers and toppers are readily available as free gifts in craft magazines or as free downloads from craft magazine websites, like these pretty floral papers from Papercraft Inspirations, or these Cottage Garden papers from PaperCrafter.



Next week's project will be this simply stylish gift bag!

New year, new organised you!



Planning to get organised in 2018.  Keep your handmade cards in order with my handy concertina file
featured in issue 172 of Quick Cards magazine.