Dec 03 2011

Ribbon Inspiration/Stamp Simply Style – Packaged to Go

Welcome to another Saturday of Ribbon Inspiration/Stamp Simply Style.  Today we are packaging our gifts up — ready to go!  I enjoy putting together a lot of small gifts for friends, neighbors, service workers, etc.  The gifts are never fancy or expensive, but just something to say *thanks*, *I appreciate you*  or *Merry Christmas*.  Taking a small gift and making it look special is something I have always enjoyed, and I think the Design Team girls had a fun time with this one as well!

I made a set of 3 simple general purpose note cards, encased them in a Clear Box with some envelopes, and then wrapped the boxed gift set in a FUN black and white polka dotted Bitty Bag.

On the right is the boxed set of 3 cards and on the left is the decked out Bitty Bag to encase the gift set of cards.

All paper used is from BoBunny’s Enchanted (I’m hooked on this pad)

Stamps used are JustRite’s Botanical Butterflies.

Ink used is VersaFine Onyx Black, my fav for crisp, black images.

I’ll start with the cards and then move on to the bag construction.

This trio fits nicely into the A2 Clear Boxes along with 3 envelopes. The cards are a standard 4.25 x 5.5″.

3D Foam Squares elevate the focal image and balance it over the ribbon.

This is my favorite layout and orientation — nothing too exciting — I just like the simplicity of it.

Ribbons used are by May Arts: 5/8″ Pleated Satin in black, 1/8″ Velvet in pink.

They are wrapped around the card front and easily adhered with Scor Tape.

Rhinestones in light pink are by Kaisercraft.

Now let’s take a look at the bag.

This is one of the Bitty Bags – such FUN bags and easy to create a WOW presentation.

Since I was going to be applying quite a bit of *stuff* to my bag top, I wanted to reinforce it with a heavy cardstock to accomodate all the weight I would be adding.  I used a piece of cardstock cut the width of the bag x 2″ wide.  Using Scor Tape I adhered it to only what will become the upper part of the bag topper so my bag will open easily for the recipient.

Once decorated, here’s a look at the bag topper from the inside.

See how the bag still opens.  The bag is totally reusable if the recipient should so choose, or just fun to keep on hand to fill with your own odds and ends.  I used Velcro to open and close the bag, and in retrospect, after viewing these photos, I really should have grabbed a black one.

And here’s the focal image of the bag topper.  Items used to decorate the topper are:

Botanical Butterflies clear set by JustRite – Acrylic BlockVersa Fine Onyx Black InkPink Rhinestones

Ribbon by May Arts:  1.5″ Satin Pleats (black), 3/8″ Velvet (pink)

Divine Twine Baker’s Twine – Black/white

Prima Fairytale Roses – Orchid

Scor Tape3D Foam Squares

And that’ll do it for today’s project.

All items used are available at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store, as linked above.


Blog Candy

Here is today’s Blog Candy.

The winner will get 8 Clear Boxes, 2 each of 4 sizes, 12 Bitty Bags (1 each of all color/design options) and 5 mini spools of Divine Twine that coordinate perfectly with the Bitty Bags.  Fun Stuff!!!

This is a Mystery Blog Candy, meaning the winner will be drawn from comments on one of today’s participating blogs, so leaving a comment on each blog will greatly increase your chances of winning, but only one comment per blog, please. The winner will be selected at 6 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, December 6 and will be posted here on my blog on Wednesday.

You must check back to claim your prize if you are the lucky winner!

Good luck!


Now enjoy the HOP and check out what the Design Team girls have come up with:

Sharon JohnsonThe Stamp Simply Ribbon Store (you are here)

Holly McMillen

Deb Saaranen

Barb Schram


Many items are on sale at this time of year — some sections to check out are:



Sale Bins

And all Sale Items can be seen in SPECIALS.


Thank you so much for stopping in today.

I hope you enjoyed the HOP and that you have a wonderful weekend ahead.

See you soon!

57 responses so far

57 Responses to “Ribbon Inspiration/Stamp Simply Style – Packaged to Go”

  1. Sharon, these are so adorable! I love the bags idea!!! Too fun!

  2. Jean S says:

    This is again proof of presentation means everything. However the cards are beautiful as well. Great gift that anyone would love to receive.

  3. Carol L says:

    What a fabulous way to give a gift of cards! I don’t think I ever saw a BoBunny paper I didn’t like, and this one really looks elegant! Gorgeous cards, fabulous packaging and great ideas for gifts! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Deb Saaranen says:

    Gorgeous set Sharon! I love the splash of PINK!

  5. Elizabeth C says:

    I so love black and white progects. It adds such a touch of elegance! Wonderful blog candy! Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Stacey says:

    These are so pretty and coordinated!! I love the black and white and pink!!!

  7. Kathie says:

    Love the polka dot paper and your touch of pink!

  8. BJ Searcy says:

    Beautiful set. Love the designs on the paper and the creation you made with them.

  9. Kelly Sas says:

    I so enjoy working with black & white, but your adding that splash of pink is perfect! I love your blog candy offering this week too.

  10. MaryBeth Hudson says:

    Presentation always makes a big impression! The cards are lovely and I love the clear boxes.
    HAPPY HOLIDAYSeveryone!

  11. Luanne Ford says:

    I love these Sharon! I’m making cards for my daughter and daughter in laws this year, and I definately going to use your ideas ~ thanks!!

  12. michelle b says:

    ooo I love black, white and pink. Gorgeous!!
    Presentation always makes a huge impression! I know I wouldn’t even want to open a fabulously decorated gift.

  13. Toni Storie says:

    Love the look of your cute little bag! Fabulous cards and a layout I would use over and over again myself!

  14. Stunning set Sharon. I love black and white, and that little splash of pink is the perfect touch. I was looking for a design for my Christmas cards, and I have finally found it. Thank you for the inspiration and the chance to win you awesone blog candy.

  15. Sabrina R says:

    Love the beautiful CAS layout; love the ideas; love the cute bags!…My creative juices are already flowing. Thank you for sharing and the opportunity to win this fabulous candy!

  16. Sally says:

    I love, love, love these. Thank you for the inspiration.

  17. Carol E Brooker says:

    What great projects, thanks for the chance to win.

  18. Rob says:

    These are absolutely gorgeous, what beautiful little gifts for school teacher or that last minute gift.

  19. Lou says:

    Wow, I hope I’m on that list of your’s. Seriously though, you are so inspiring to me. I love your ideas. These are the kinds of things that I need to help broaden my horizons as a new card maker/scrapbooker. I wake up every day and run to the computer to see what’s next.
    The best part is that I have time to try this before Christmas. Have a super day and Thank You!

  20. Carla Suto says:

    Beautiful cards and decorated bag, Sharon! Gorgeous papers and details! These will make such a wonderful little gift!

  21. Deborah B. says:

    As usual your simplicity is elegant. I’ve been reading your blog for years and it just keeps getting better! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  22. Corrine Ann says:

    Great cards and bags. Simplicity is beautiful! I too enjoy decorating bags for gifts. Thanks for all your inspiration.

  23. Kelly Wentling says:

    What a beautiful gift set to give Sharon! I love the black, white, pink, and beautiful butterfly used. Very elegant too. You bag idea is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  24. Mary H says:

    Love the black and white with that little bit of pink! Just gorgeous!!!

  25. Sue D says:

    I like your elegant cards and the bitty bag too.

  26. Lynda K says:

    The pink and black combo is so striking! Love the layout.

  27. Laraine R says:

    Just gorgeous!!

  28. Nan G says:

    Love the black/white with a touch of pink. Gorgeous presentation! Thanks for the chance to win some of these cute bags!

  29. Sharon says:

    These will make a special gift for someone! Love the bitty bag!
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Sharon aka celticrafter

  30. Martha H says:

    Just love your cards. Thanks so much for sharing.

  31. This is such a lovely set of cards and the bitty bag is so neat! Thanks for a chance of winning such a great prize!

  32. Bernice says:

    Hi Sharon, Beautiful Cards and the bags are great too!

  33. Caryn says:

    These stamps and papers are incredible! And I love that velvet ribbon too.

  34. Tina says:

    Gorgeous! It all looks so high-end.

    [email protected]

  35. Kathy S says:

    this is such a great gift- thanks for the inspiration- black and white always looks classic elegant

  36. Barb(GrandmaUpNorth) says:

    What great ideas! Love them. Thanks for th inspiration.

  37. Dee N says:

    Great cards, Sharon. And what a wonderful opportunity to win some great products.

  38. Stacie says:

    Love that color combo!

  39. yvonne says:

    Love the color combo! Great gift.

  40. Your cards are beautiful and elegant as usual but that gift bag really stands out as my favourite part of the set.

  41. Marilyn says:

    Beautiful cards Sharon love the simplicity of them and that bag is adorable .

  42. Charlotte says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Love the black/white elegance of the cards. So classic. And, the bag makes it unique.

  43. Becki Bertuccelli says:

    Love the colors! Beautiful! You are soooooo creative! Thanks for the inspiration.

  44. Tema says:

    What agreat set of all occassion cards. The packaging tie it all together with great presentation. I’d love to win this. It wouldbe alovely pre xmas present!

  45. Irma says:

    Such a simple beautiful gift set for the holiday. A gift that keeps on giving.

    Irma in California

  46. Faye says:

    Love the card layout & all the polka dots!!

  47. M. Kim Rosati says:

    I enjoy this blog so much, and it is has become of my “Check everyday Blogs” since I found it, because I just love your ideas and I know that I can purchase what I need so easily from you. And you ship so fast!! Thanks!

  48. Betty Goodson says:

    A really great idea and I bet will really be appreciated. Love the colors too! Gotta have some of that pleated ribbon. Stunning!

  49. Corrine Ann says:

    Love this blog candy! I have been wanting some different bags and love twine too! Thanks for all the inspiration on your blog. I usually check it out every day.

  50. Juanita in Ohio says:

    See? That’s what I’m talking about…a fabulous gift and an awesome presentation that is reusable! What more can one ask for? TFS.

  51. Kathy W says:

    I love those black and white cards with the pink accent. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win.

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