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{Video} DIY Handmade Paper Gift Bags

I’ve got a new video for you for DIY handmade paper gift bags. Ones so simple and cheery you’ll be reaching for your Happiness Blooms DSP to make a few right along with me!

But first…did you see my Product of the Week this week? I’m featuring 3D projects and videos. All week!

DIY Handmade Paper Gift Bags

Remember this funny little bunny? I love his toothiness! And you can get a pdf to make him yourself…simply click here.

And the rest of this week I’ll have more 3D items for you to check out just like this pretty gift bag. So make sure you hop back!

I’m not sure what I like more. The bright Pineapple Punch flowers or the little pop of Lovely Lipstick. Both are fab for sending your wishes for almost ANY occasion.

OK, I won’t make you wait any longer…sit back and enjoy!

DIY Handmade Paper Gift Bags

Let me give you a close-up of the matching tag. It’s a perfect match for this sweet paper and so much fun when you layer punches to frame your stamping.

Make Some At Home

OK, now it’s your turn. Here are all the supplies I used today. Pick up what you need right here for tons of cheerful bags. Plus be sure to use my April host code (CBPJASZX) to earn a free Sunny Rewards shopping spree from me!

DIY Handmade Paper Gift Bags

A or B?

I’d love it if you left me a comment. Which one can you see yourself making?

A. The colourful Night of Navy background offset with the bright Pineapple Punch cardstock?

Or B. the cheery Calypso Coral I made in my video?

No matter which one appeals to you the most, you’re going to love making your own for all the special gift giving occasions! These colours are ideal for spring, but maybe you have some manly colours hanging around for a fun Father’s Day bag? Or muted pastels for an up-and-coming Easter present?

Sooooo, I know you sometimes skip to the bottom and miss out on some of the good stuff 🙃. Did you take a peek at the video? It’s a nice short one and there’s nothing like seeing it made right in front of you to pick up my tips and techniques. Just sayin’…

A Quick Thanks

It was great to have you stop by for a gander today. I hope to see you again soon when I showcase my other 3D items. And ALL my paper crafting ideas in my blog posts.

I promise I’ve got lots more besides DIY handmade paper gift bags to keep your own creativity sparked – better stay tuned!

Cute Birthday Cards for Friends

Cute birthday cards for friends are easy when you have a punch as fantastic as the Cake Builder in the 2019 Occasions catalogue. Even without the stamps, grab this one fabulous builder punch, some DSP and you’re all set for crafting cards…and coordinating gifts!

This punch was so popular it sold out in weeks when the Occasions Catalogue first launched. So I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for it to come back in so I could share it with you.

Cute Birthday Cards for Friends Using the Cake Builder and Piece of Cake from Stampin' Up!

Note: (It will be back April 15th so I couldn’t wait any longer to showcase it as part of this week’s Product of the Week.) It’s available to order NOW though!

Cute Birthday Cards for Friends

Many of you know I’m a huge fan of punches. It’s true that while I love me my dies, there’s nothing to beat punches for fast and fun paper crafting.

This week I want to show you some projects that fit “easy”, moderate” and more “advanced” categories of paper crafting. So hang onto your birthday cakes and let’s get started with our moderate project.

GRAB Your Cake Builder Punch for Super Cute Birthday Cards for Friends

The birthday greeting, cake topper and cake design? I’ve mixed and matched the Amazing Life stamps for more “punch” (🙃 I know, huge groaner but I couldn’t resist!)

Design with Jo Design Details

  • I love mixing up my Brights colour family for unexpected combinations. Today I’ve got So Saffron, Mango Melody and Melon Mambo playing together.
  • frame your cake with a matted oval in a coordinating colour
  • colour a few whimsical pearls with the Mango Dark Stampin’ Blend to match the design
  • use matching dots in Brights 6×6 designer series paper on the envelope flap
The Cake Builder Punch Makes Cute Birthday Cards for Friends

Design with Jo Tips

  • Save Paper: cut your DSP and cardstock down to 1 1/4″ high so you can cut the cake out and miss having to punch the stand
  • Double Up!: get two cards from one punching (you will have a reverse of this cake for variety)
  • No Measure Magic: punch out your cake and stand and lay them on your oval; ink up your cake topper”, remove the top layer cake and eyeball it. You should have pretty good placement without having to pull out your ruler.
  • Pop It Up!: use Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the cake stand

And That’s Not All!

Look what else you can design to coordinate with your cute birthday cards for friends.

Make A Matching Gift Box for A Cute Birthday Cards for Friends

WOW! An almost an exact replica of the card. There’s only two little differences.

  1. I crafted a belly band for my mini pizza box in Melon Mambo. See how to make one perfectly sized in this video here.
  2. I added a double wrap of white baker’s twine around the whole design to add a fun element.
Adorably Cute Birthday Cards for Friends with Matching Mini Pizza Gift Box

Make It Your Own

There’s no time like the present to get into you craft area and create! Make up a few of these fun designs yourself. Here are all the supplies I used.

Order along with my host code and you can earn FREE Sunny Rewards from me. Here’s your code: CBPJASZX

Cute Birthday Cards for Friends
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Make This CUTE Birthday Cards for Friends

Spoiler Alert!

I’ve got a super adorable Easter punchart project for you coming up so make sure you head back here later this week to check it out!

And I hope you enjoyed this card design and will be mix and matching your own stamps for awesome and cute birthday cards for friends – they’ll LOVE ’em!

Easter Bunny Bags with the Gift Bag Punch Board | Facebook Live Replay

Come on in for your free online class with Easter Bunny bags with the Gift Bag Punch Board and my Facebook Live Replay video. I’ve been “big tipping” it again, this time for how to watercolour with professional results EVERY time!

Easter is probably our next big spring occasion we can craft for. Well, after the four leaf clover day that is🍀.

And it’ll be hopping around sooner than we think. So give a little twitch of your whiskers and get a jump on making your goodie bags with this oh-so-cute bunny from Fable Friends. (OK that’s enough of the bad rabbit puns☺️!)

Let me show you the project.

Facebook Live Replay: Easter Bunny Bags with the Gift Bag Punch Board are Fast and Fun!

Isn’t he the sweetest? (and I’m not sure why he’s a HE, he just is for me, even with pink buttons!)

OK it’s come clean time…

  1. who has a gift bag punch board and it hasn’t seen the light of day?
  2. when was the LAST time you did simple watercolouring to decorate a project rather than an over-the-top-gorgeous-but-five-hours-in-the-crafting marathon?
  3. who would LOVE to get some simple gift bags made EARLY for family, friends and coworkers with minimal time and effort?

I say, Pick ME!

But before we get started here’s what you’ll need for supplies:

Easter Bunny Bags with the Gift Bag Punch Board

OK, let’s hop to it (sorry!🤪) to see this cute project in action.

Easter Bunny Bags with the Gift Bag Punch Board

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Animal Expedition DSP – 6″ x 10″ (makes a medium sized bag)
  • Watercolor paper – 2″ x 3 3/4″
  • 2017-19 In Color DSP in Lemon-Lime Twist – 2 1/4″ x 4″
  • Powder Pink and Whisper White cardstock – scraps
  • Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon – piece about 14″ long

How about a couple close-ups of our sweet bunny watercolour detail?

Watercolouring FUN Easter Bunny Bags with the Gift Bag Punch Board
I LOVE How ADORABLE these Easter Bunny Bags with the Gift Bag Punch Board Are!

It’s Up to You Now

Ok, hop to it! Here’s your mission:

  1. go find your Easter images, ones with open lines like in our Fable Friends bunny
  2. grab a couple ink refills, an acrylic block and your Aqua Painters
  3. pull out (and blow the dust off) your Gift Bag Punch board
  4. decorate a cute gift bag for this spring holiday
Want a QUICK Project? Easter Bunny Bags with the Gift Bag Punch Board

If you enjoyed this gift bag punch board idea, here’s another one with pretty spring colours in a different look and shape! Same board, different bag!

Thanks for popping in!

And remember I’m playing all week with the Fable Friends stamp set. So check back tomorrow for another great project made with these sweet animals.

Who doesn’t LOVE to get a present with yummy treats inside? Just about everyone I know!

Make a sweet one handmade with love and care this Easter season. Easter bunny bags with the gift bag punch board are easy – and fun – to create when you decorate them with pretty watercoloured designs just like this.

Best Brush Pens for Beginner Letterers | Facebook Live Replay

I’m excited to share my Facebook Live replay to show you why I think Stampin’ Write markers are the best brush pens for beginner letterers. And I’ve got a fun project to show how to make your own cute & quick gift bags.

In case you haven’t joined me for Facebook Live, I come live to you usually every Wednesday at 4:30 MST on my Design with Jo business page. I also have fun and exclusive PopUp lives on my Design with Jo VIPeeps group. Everyone is welcome to join in!

So what are we making today?

Why I Think These Are the Best Brush Pens for Beginner Letterers

Isn’t it cute? And it takes only MINUTES to make once you’ve taken my brush marker lettering class. Plus I’ve got a fun little twist on these letters you won’t want to miss in my video.

Do YOU want to learn how to brush letter like this too? A couple simple clicks and let’s get you going!

Maybe you want to see me letter first? Take a peek.

Best Brush Markers for Beginner Letterers

So why do I think the Stampin’ Writes are the best brush markers for beginner letterers?

  • Better control – the brush tip is not so flexible – and not too firm – so you get to be the master of it sooner
  • Brush size – the length of the brush tip is shorter than some other markers so you can control the thicknesses of your strokes
  • Dual tips – the fine tip end can tidy up any straggly ends and add polish to your letters
  • Colour choice – Stampin’ Write markers are available in every Stampin’ Up colour to seamless match your paper crafted projects

Look how glossy and cool these letters are on this bag.

Why Are Stampin Write Markers the Best Brush Pens for Beginner Letterers

Get the Goods

Here’s everything I used for Sophia’s fun bag. You probably have these items at home. If not, a simple click is all it takes to get you to my 24-7 online store to add them to your stash of supplies.

And shopping with me pays off! Get in on my Sunny Rewards program now!

Best Brush Markers for Beginner Letterers
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Time to Pick!

Which is your favourite project I made today? This cute mini gable box?

Have Fun with the Best Brush Pens for Beginner Letterers

The bag for Judy from the video?

Facebook Live Replay: Best Brush Pens for Beginner Letterers

Or Brady’s party bag?

Quick & Easy Bags with the Best Brush Pens for Beginner Letterers

Leave me a comment and let me know. I love to hear from you and make special effort to reply to every one of you.

Ok, let’s get you started with your own brush marker lettering. Give me an hour and you’ll be well on your way!

Make a Cool Bag with the Best Brush Pens for Beginner Letterers

If you haven’t already taken a peek at the video, scroll back up and spend a few minutes. Once you see how quickly you can decorate a gift bag with your own lettering, think of all the possibilities! Birthdays, Christmas, graduations…just about any celebration.

I do truly believe Stampin’ Write markers are the best brush markers for beginner letterers – give them a shot today with my online class!

Homemade Valentines Treats Boxes

Homemade Valentines treats boxes are on the menu today!  We’re talking straight up hearts to celebrate this fun day.  Send a batch of these super adorable mini boxes to school with your kids to share with their friends.  But keep a couple hanging around for your buds too!

They’re perfectly sized to fit a mini Kit Kat bar.  And a breeze to whip up with the envelope punch board and my Product of the Week, the All My Love DSP.

Homemade Valentines Treats Boxes

There’s no doubt this yummy paper is fabulous for Valentines.  But don’t think that’s all you can make with it.  I get to play with it all this week so be sure to visit and check out what I come up with.

Plus over on my Facebook Group, I’ve got an exclusive POP-UP Facebook LIVE today at noon MST to see exactly how to make these little boxes.  Why not come on over and join in?

Homemade Valentines Treats Boxes

Let’s see these adorable little guys!

Homemade Valentines Treats Boxes

So SIMPLE to Make Homemade Valentines Treats Boxes

Aren’t they sweet?  Let me know.  Which one is your favourite?

Cuttin’ It Up

  • All My Love DSP – 4 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ square
  • paper scraps – Whisper White, Lovely Lipstick, Sparkle glimmer
  • ribbon – pieces about 8-9″

Made from the Heart Homemade Valentines Treats Boxes

Design with Jo’s TIPS  

  • combine framelits to jazz up your boxes
  • give your glimmer paper some personality with a touch of a Stampin’ Blend
  • use your ribbon or a glue dot to hold down the box flap

My Favourite Homemade Valentines Treats Boxes

What a great treat to give to friends, kids and adults alike for Valentine’s Day.

Here are all the supplies to make these little mini chocolate bar holders at home.  You’ll find your designer series paper will go a long ways here.  You can get 4 out of every sheet (so 48 in total with lots of off cuts for decoration.)


Let’s take a last peek at that simple Crumb Cake one.  Just a couple cut out hearts, a double knotted ribbon and a heart epoxy shape is all you need to dress this one up.

Homemade Valentines Treats Boxes are Quick & Easy with the Envelope Punch Board

I have a ball coming up with yummy goodie holders.  Want more ideas?

What about these super sweet fold over boxes I shared in my Facebook Live last week?  Maybe these adorable packets you can see on my video?  Or these treat packets you can make with a full photo tutorial?

And be sure to join my Design with Jo VIPeeps Facebook Group so you can get all the directions to make these ones too.  Once you’re in just click on the Videos section if you missed the live version.

No matter what you’re celebrating, grab some cardstock and designer series paper and get crafty!  I know everyone will love your homemade Valentines treats boxes – maybe even more than the treat inside!

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