Tuesday, February 4, 2020

SOS 413: My Heart's On Fire

There are a few ways to interpret this fortnight's challenge at Shopping Our Stash. For "My Heart's On Fire" you can make a card or other project which incorporates a) Hearts b) the color RED c) Valentines d) Fire or e) Any combination thereof. I went with a and b, in gift bag form.

I have probably said this a million times but apparently I'm still going to say it again: I never buy decorated gift bags. It's not that I don't like them, but for the most part I feel they're over-priced and under-personal. So I buy bulk packs of plain ones at the big box store and decorate them myself. One of my favorite combinations of supplies for this is washi tape + dimensional flowers + brads. And bearing in mind the axiom, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" that's what I've utilized here. I basically grabbed ALL of my red and/or heart-bedecked tapes and went to town. The velvetty flowers came from a stem acquired in the floral department of a craft store long enough ago that I had to use packing tape to de-dust them. The paper flowers are annnnnnnnnnnnnnnncient Prima. The brads are a mishmash of older, out of print Eyelet Outlets ones; the tapes are from... well... everywhere, lol! In the interests of full disclosure, I should mention that when I use tapes of unknown origin on a project like this, I wrap them around neatly into the crease at the side of the bag, try to trim them all pretty neatly into a straight(ish) line, and finish off with a small strip of clear packing tape, just in case any decide they might like to unstick themselves at some later date.

Why not treat yourself to the gift of inspiration over at SOS and then start planning your own masterpiece?


  1. Your gift bags are just amazeballs!!!!

  2. Another fantastic gift bag! I am using more and more washi tape these days and using them on a gift bag is perfect. I might try this but on a much smaller scale!

  3. What an awesome gift back, you never disappoint with your fabulously decorated gift bags. Fantastic use of A and B.

  4. Lauren, I totally agree with you about gift bags, beautiful but overpriced and making one yourself, adds sentiment to your gift.
    I've done this a couple of times, I use gift wrapping paper to decorate them, adding a bit of ribbon and a tag and I love your idea of using washi tape.
    The flowers are a beautiful detail.

  5. Absolutely gorgeous gift bag! And thanks for the tip about how you cover the ends with packing tape. That's just brilliant!


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