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Hey, Chickie! Easter Treat Bag

Hey Chickie! Easter Treat Bag with RRR Welcome Spring Ribbon Club Assortment

Hello Ribbon Lovers!  There is something special about fluffy little Easter chicks that makes us all go, “Awwwwww, cute.”  With that in mind,  I thought it would be fun to work up an Easter Treat Bag using the glorious Welcome Spring Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  These ribbons are the color of hyacinths and apple blossoms and daffodils, and baby green leaves and all spring colors we love so very much.  Take a peeky:








Totally scrumptious, right?  They made me think of the color palette in the Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments paper collection.  So I pulled that out of my stash along with a middy bitty kraft bag and went to work.

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The colors of this bag make me think of the lilac bushes that used to flourish in my home town when I was growing up in Vermont.  I topped my little bag with a loopy bow tied with glorious purple satin ribbon from the Ribbon Club Assortment.  It is the perfect color match for this collection, and you know how hard it can be to match purple! The tag inside the bag is topped with scrumptious purple/pink plaid ribbon, also from the Ribbon Club Assortment.

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Have you seen the beautiful new  English Roses Bonnie is carrying in the shop? I used a purple one as the base for my flower cluster then surrounded it with apple blossoms, sweetheart blossoms and spiral stamens. I tied a teeny tiny bow in the center of my itty bitty button using Ivory Burlap String, and then tucked in some stick pins and a little brass chick charm in for good luck.

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I tucked a dressed up in its Easter Best Graphic 45 Staples tag inside the bag, along with an individually wrapped chocolate.  This little Easter Treat Bag would be the perfect little surprise for a friend or co-worker, and it would mail nicely, too.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tag! You’re It! Christmas Tags in Bags

Tag!  You’re It!

Christmas Tags in Bags for Really Reasonable Ribbon


Hello, Ribbon Lovers!

It’s time for another fabulous challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Our theme this time is “Tag, You’re It!”  Create a tag with ribbon or trim and share it with us over on the  Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG .    I used the   the fresh, fun ribbons in the October “Crazy for Christmas” Ribbon Club Assortment to make some super cute retro styled Christmas Tags in Bags.  Check out these ribbons!

These ribbons put the jolly in Holly Jolly!  Since they have such a great retro vibe, I pulled out some cute October Afternoon papers and went to work.

Kathy by Design/Christmas Gift Card Tags in BagsI layered these super fun retro papers and ribbons onto Chevron Striped Middy Bitty Paper Bags.  They are the perfect vehicle for presenting a gift card or cash during the holidays.   You can even tuck in an individually wrapped chocolate, pouch of hot cocoa, tickets, a Christmas cookie or any smallish gift. And you can use the sparkly clothespins to hang them on the tree!

Kathy by Design/Christmas Gift Card Tags in Bags 01This snowy white Mary Crochet lace is perfect for winter projects.  It adds great texture when used as a border piece on this envelope.  And I have a new ribbon crush!  This Poppy Red Taffeta Ribbon ties the prettiest bows and pairs perfectly with the cutie pie Mittens on Poppy Red Grosgrain Ribbon, too.  In fact, that’s one of the things I love the most about the Ribbon Club at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  All the ribbons complement one another.  It makes it so easy to pull together a great project! My double loop bow was topped with a snowy white WOC Magnolia Blossom.

Christmas Gift Card Tags in Bags 02I carried the ribbon theme inside the card with a pair of punched and paper pieced mittens held together by red burlap string, and more pretty mitten ribbon. This time I layered it up with Forest Green Satin Ribbon with a Grosgrain edge.

Christmas Gift Card Tags in Bags 03Here’s another version of this same design.  This time I topped the crochet lace with Christmas Fun Flowers Satin Ribbon.  For some reason, this ribbon reminds me of the old fashioned Christmas hard candy my grandmother had around during the holidays. I wrapped the top of my bag with Emerald Checkerboard Satin Ribbon tied in a simple square knot.  Then this was topped with a loopy  string bow made with Parrot Green and Red Burlap String.

Christmas Gift Card Tags in Bags 04I paired these two ribbons up again on the tag inside the bag, adding a Red Cottage Rose to pretty it up even more.

Christmas Gift Card Tags in Bags 05I love the combination of the Forest Green Satin with the playful Christmas zig-zag ribbon.  And I used the burlap string bow again here…it just seemed right for the image.  I backed my sentiment banner with a little bit of the same Forest Green ribbon to make it pop off the page.

Christmas Gift Card Tags in Bags 06And i used the same Dynamic Duo on the gift tag inside the envelope.  I hope you’ll make some of these cute Christmas Gift Card Tags in Bags for your own stocking stuffers.  They are addicitive…once you get started, you just want to keep on making them!

Now dig into your crafty stash and make some fabby tags with ribbon or trim!  Tag!  You’re it!

Thanks for stopping by!




Girls’ Night Out Tag in a Bag

Crafty Secrets Tag in a Bag: Girls’  Night Out

Hello, Friends!  Every once in a while, I enjoy a good Girls’ Night Out, don’t you?  As much as we all love the men in our lives, there’s something really special about time spent in the company of women.  Last night, I enjoyed a belated birthday present and Girls’ Night out with my sweet daughter, and it got me thinking about how important it is to spend time with our gal pals.  When I sat down to create today, I wanted to make something to celebrate the special friendships we share with our girlfriends.  I found some super girly, super fun Crafty Secrets goodies and used them to make a pink and black Girls’ Night out Tag in a Bag.

Kathy by Design/Girls Night out Tag in a Bag 01Nothing says “girly girl party” like this pink and black color combo.  I painted the edges of a small kraft paper bag with Black Soot Distress Paint and then covered it with black and white polka dot paper from our Halloween Jumbo Digital Download. Next, I decorated it with  pink lipstick kisses from Girlfriends Homespun Cotton Scraps and the wonderful pink corset, clock and tag from Wonderful Women Heartwarming Vintage Stickers.

Girls Night out Tag in a Bag 02I used a scrap of the pink polka dot paper from our Radiant Digital Paper Collection as an accent paper.  The corset was matted on black and pink cardstock and then dusted with glitter.  So girly!

Girls Night out Tag in a Bag 03Topping the bag with pink gingham ribbon and black satin ribbon reinforces the color palette.  And then adding some sparkly white iridescent metallic string to the top of the tag adds even more texture and shine.

Girls Night out Tag in a Bag 04And of course, I had to add some pink rhinestones, stickpins,  pink bead and berry spray and pink and white Chrysanthemum to complete the look!

Girls Night out Tag in a Bag 05This is the tag that is tucked inside the little bag. I painted the edges of a white die cut tag with Black Soot Distress Ink. It’s covered with more of the pink dot paper from the Radiant Digital Paper Kit .  I cut out the ticket and fancy shoes from the Cotton Scraps, matting them on pink and black cardstock.

Girls Night out Tag in a Bag 06 I die cut another doily from the black and white damask paper in the Halloween Jumbo Digital Download and topped it with sparkly black brads.  The sassy lady was fussy cut from the Girlfriends Creative Scraps as is the cute ticket.

This little tag in a bag would be such a fun hostess gift for a girls’ night out, or a wonderful birthday card…especially if you tuck a little gift card or individually wrapped chocolate inside the bag along with the tag.  I can see these made in all kinds of themes: bridal showers, baby showers, housewarming, Christmas, Secret Pal…the list goes on and on!  The great news is that the Cotton Scraps, Creative Scraps and Stickers are all on sale in the Crafty Secrets online store.

What would you put in your tag in a bag?  If you’re interested in purchasing this Girls’ Night Out Tag in a Bag, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!



Summer Fun Blog Hop

RRR Blog Hop BadgeSummer Fun Blog Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Are you ready for some fun?  Then you are in the right place, because it’s time for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Summer Fun Blog Hop!  You should have made your way here from Jenn’s amazing blog, Jax Bean Stalks. If so you are right on track.  If you are lost, head back to the RRR BLOG where you will find all the links for this hop.

This month, we are celebrating summer with the bright tropical colors of the RRR Summer Fun Ribbon Assortment.

Oooh, these colors make me think of popsicles and swimsuits, bright summer days and beautiful flower gardens!  I got really playful, and designed a paper bag gift pocket with tags and loads of room for goodies to be stuffed inside.

Kathy by Design/Paper Bag Gift Pocket TutorialHow fun is this?  And to think it all started with a lowly brown paper lunch bag.  Who knew?  I have been on a tangent for using up some of my older paper collections.  Quite some time back, I purchased the entire Restoration Paper Collection from Crate Paper.  I was tickled to find it the perfect match for these vibrant ribbons.

Paper Bag Gift Pocket 03Here are the tags I made to stuff inside.  I had the vintage photo in my little ephemera box, and the tags are some I had made while experimenting with Distress Inks.  All I had to do was add the images and fabby ribbon on top.  Doesn’t it feel like a party?  And don’t you wish you knew how to make one of these fun paper bag gift pockets?  Too bad nobody wrote a step out tutorial for this project!  Wait!  It’s your lucky day, because I DID!  Hahahahaha!

Here’s what you I used to make this paper bag gift pocket:

Step One: Creating the Pocket

Paper Bag Gift Pocket Tutorial 01Place your brown paper bag face up on your work surface.

Paper Bag Gift Pocket Tutorial 02Measure down 5″ from the top of the bag, and fold down toward the bottom edge. Crease with a bone folder.

Paper Bag Gift Pocket Tutorial 03Flip the bag over.  Measure down 3″ from the top, fold down and crease.

Paper Bag Gift Pocket Tutorial 04Flip the bag over.  You can secure the bottom edge with Scor-Tape or stitch it.

Paper Bag Gift Pocket Tutorial 05Just be sure not to tape or stitch the top portion of the bag, or you will lose your pocket!

Step 2: Lining the Pocket

Choose two complimentary patterns of designer paper.  Cut the paper as follows:

  • two 5 5/8″ x 4 7/8″ rectangles (I used the orange paper for one of these and the floral paper for the other.)
  • ONE 5 3/4″ x 5″ rectangle of faux wood paper
  • one 5 5/8″ x 2 7/8″ rectangle (I used the floral paper)

Stitch around the edges of the papers, if desired.  Line the top portion of the pocket with the orange paper.  Use the floral paper to line the base.  Run Scor-Tape along the top and bottom edges, as seen here. Flip the bag over, and seal the cut ends of the ribbon onto the back of the pocket.

Paper Bag Gift Pocket Tutorial 06Flip the bag over, and glue down the faux wood paper, topped with the floral paper.

Paper Bag Gift Pocket Tutorial 08Now your bag is all ready for you to decorate as you see fit.  You can make it as fancy or as simple as you choose.  I chose fancy!

Paper Bag Gift Pocket 02Now that you know how to make this super fun paper bag gift pocket, you can hop on over to see what wonderful goodies Cherry has prepared for you!  Don’t forget to finish up at the RRR BLOG where you can answer Bonnie’s question of the month and be entered to win your very own June Summer Fun Ribbon Club Assortment!  And, Bonnie has a great deal for new ribbon club subscribers!  Be sure to check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!






Secret Santa Gift Bags


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Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabulous ribbon challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  With Christmas just a few short weeks away, the challenge theme is Gift Packaging and Ribbon. I’ve worked up some cute little Secret Santa Gift Bags to help you with an idea for just a little “somethin’ somethin'” for co-workers, clubs and any occasion that calls for a tiny gift.

Secret santa bag skatesI used LIttle Bitty Kraft Bags as the base for my Secret Santa Gift Bags, but Really Reasonable Ribbon has a huge selection of cute bags that you could use.  Each little bag has been decorated on the front, and contains an ornament tag and individually wrapped Ghiradelli chocolate inside.  This cute ice skate bag has been decorated with Light Blue Micro Gingham.  I love the pretty bows you can make using this and a Zutter Bow-it-All tool.

Secret Santa BootHere’s a cute red one with Uggs boots on the front and Wavy Vertical Stripe Ribbon.  It makes me think of peppermint sticks!

Secret Santa Gingerbread HouseThis cute gingerbread house looks great with a little Natural Jute String, Peppermint Baker’s Twine, and Brown Micro Gingham.

Secret Santa Reindeer

Here’s a fun Santa and Reindeer that I’ve embellished with a little Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine, and a loopy holiday bow made from a sheer ribbon with 4 thin satin stripes.  (This is currently out of stock in the shop, but you can easily substitute Sheer Organza with a satin center.)

RRR Gift Packaging and Ribbon Challenge 01I was able to make 50 of these cute bags in 2 days time.  They are cute, go together quickly and are perfect for stocking stuffers, Secret Santa Gifts, a place to tuck a gift card or cash.  (The bag on the far left is decorated with Forest Green Delicate Stitched Satin.)

Here’s a peek at what’s inside the bag.

Secret Santa Bag insidesHonestly, without the ribbons, these bags were a little bit Plain Jane! But the holiday ribbons got them party ready in no time.  Now it’s your turn to share a Gift Packaging and Ribbon themed project!  Just link it up over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

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