Thursday, May 30, 2013


Hello My Crafty Friends ! Today I wanted share with you the gift bags and tags I made for my latest Cricut swap. My partner wanted a Father's day bag for her husband that reflected his Navy career, and 2 bags for her child's teachers - one for a music teacher and one for an elementary school teacher. So this is what I came up with. The bag for Dad was inspired by my Father-in-law who is a retired Navy Chief. One of his winter uniforms in black with Gold emblems and it always looked so handsome ! I decided to use the black and gold theme on a white bag to make a real "statement" instead of a traditional red,white and blue patriotic theme. I used the Cricut cartridge "STAND and SALUTE" (which is available in my Etsy shop) to cut gold foil cardstock into an air-craft carrier, anchors, and a sailor saluting...added some gold chain for the Anchors after putting eyelets in to prevent tearing. Also used that technique on the tag. Of course, it wouldn't be a Father's Day Bag without some reference to Dad, so I cut the message " World's Greatest Dad" from the Summer Celebrations cartridge (also in my shop) and glued it to the front of the bag. The star background was purchased from JoAnns and I think it was made by Bazzill but there was no name on it.

 The School teachers bag was made using GRAPHIC 45's now retired collection of a Vintage School collection. I made a matching card and added some black & white striped ribbon , which just seemed to suit the colors in the pictures. and added some dimensional embellishments from Jessie's buttons and also a little red apple that I personally made with polymer clay and painted in red and green.

 The music teachers bag and tag were made wit the "Great Performances" collection papers from DCWV. I just love this paper and it had everything I needed in the pad, except the corrugated paper spoke to me from somewhere inside my desk ( or was that in my head ?? !) and I rubbed some gold "Rub'n'Buff" on the edges of everything with a small sponge to add a little flair...Of course lots of ribbons and bows seemed to suit this one... So, there you have it ! I am real busy working on Father's Day and some upcoming Wedding cards that I will share with you next... I also wanted to let you know that I have temporarily suspended the Sunday night drawings, as I have trouble keeping up with everything lately and we don't get very many commentors. I hope to start again in the Fall with some new ideas on how to build our membership...thanks for understanding.

HAPPY CRAFTING !!          ~ Barbara


  1. These are all great gift bags. Really good ideas.

  2. These gift bags and matching cards are terriffic. TFS.

  3. I am the lucky person who got these bags...let me tell you they are even more stunning in person...can't believe you made that adorable little apple out of polymer clay. Awesome details on this the gold chain on the Navy bag...and love ALL the papers...just an amazing crafter. Thank you, Barbara.