Monday, April 22, 2013

I Dig Potted Plants

Happy Monday to all of you!  Today I'm sharing a project I made for a "Make It Monday" post over on the All That Scraps Blog. 

This is a lunch bag card.  Yes, that's right ... it's made using one of the standard brown paper lunch bags.  The kind you get at the grocery store that come 50 or 100 in a package for just a couple of dollars.  These lunch bag cards have been around awhile but if you're fairly new to paper crafting then you may not have seen them before.
Here are the supplies you will need:  paper cutter; brown paper lunch bag (mine measures 5 1/4" x 10 3/4"); adhesive; cardstock and 3 coordinating designer papers; small circle punch or Nestablities (optional); twine or ribbon (optional); your choice of stamps and diecuts for embellishing
Fold the bottom of the lunch bag at 3 1/2" and cut 2" from the top (opening) of the bag.  The bag now measures about 5 1/8" x 5 1/8".
Cut the three pieces of cardstock to measure 5 1/8" x 5 1/8", 5 1/8" x 3 1/2", and 4 3/4" x 4 3/4".  Cut the designer paper to measure 5" x 5", 5" x 3 3/8", and 4 5/8" x 4 5/8".  Keep in mind that the bag sizes may vary so you may need to adjust the sizes of your cardstock and dp.
Adhere the designer paper to the cardstock.  Adhere the paper to the front of the "pocket" and to the front of the lunch bag.  You can use a circle punch or nestabilities to cut a notch in the top of the bag. 
Apply adhesive to the edges of the inside of the pocket and then adhere the pocket to the lunch bag.
Decorate the 4 5/8" x 4 5/8" panel as you wish.  I stamped a sentiment from the CC Designs Webbie's Words Spring With A Side Of Chocolate rubber stamps and added a butterfly that I cut using the CC Designs Cutters Butterfly Border Die.  I left space below the sentiment to add a special message to the person I'm giving this card to.  This panel slips into the back pocket of the lunch bag.  This pocket is fairy big so you would have plenty of room to include a little gift if you wanted to.
I decorated the front of the card using this sweet little CC Designs Swiss Pixie Potted Lucy rubber stamp.  She's colored with copics and colored pencils and popped up and matted using my nestabilities.  I used the CC Designs Four Seasons Fence Die and stamped it with my CC Designs Woodgrain rubber stamp.  I also added some greenery using my CC Designs Cutters Olive Branch Die and another butterfly from the butterfly border die.
I inserted some flower seed packets in the front pocket and now this card is ready to be given to a special person. 
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial.  Thank you for stopping by!
Hugs, Anita
I would like to enter my project in these challenges:
Challenges 4 Everybody 18  -  Anything Goes
QKR Stampede Challenge 35  -  Punches and/or Dies
Stamps:  CC Designs - Swiss Pixie Potted Lucy; CC Designs - Webbie's Words Spring With A Side of Chocolate - sentiment; CC Designs - Woodgrain
Paper:  Crate Paper - Farmhouse; Bazzill
Other:  Copics, Caran d'Ache and Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, brown lunch bag, twine, circle punch, Nestabilities, CC Designs Cutters - Butterfly Border Die, Olive Branch Die, and Four Seasons Fence Die, flower seed packets


  1. This is super cute. I will have to check more of these out. I used to make many things out of lunch bags when I was a kid. My mom had me creating even then. I would sneak into her stamp stash and ink everything up. She would get so irritated that I did not clean the stamps after using them. Learned quickly that I would have to if I was not going to get in trouble.
    Tabitha's Designs
    Great priced, fun digi paper

  2. Oh this is fabulous, love the image and colours.

  3. Waw this is such a clever idea! I love it! And the image is ever so sweet. hugs! MOjca

  4. I am so making this!! I have a ton of those bags! What an adorable project! Awesome work, as always!

  5. Lovely card, and congrats on your blog candy win @

  6. so gorgeous anita.really stunning design and i love the sweet image :D

    xx coops xx

  7. Wow, what a brilliant project, just love it!
    Helen x

  8. Adorable!!! Thanks for participating in our QKR STAMPEDE challenge!! Hope to see you again next week!


  9. I don't think I every saw a lunch bag card before. I love this idea. Yours turned out so cute! Great image and papers.