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Polkadoodles Digi Choosday

So the cat is out of the bag, my first design team post is with
Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Blog where I am a guest designer for a few months. My first creation is live today on their wk 26 anything goes challenge. 

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The DTs specification was 4th July using red white and blue but not a card. 
Nervous does not come close and then a sheer panic blinded me as the voice inside my head taunted me with 'you only make cards' I think I can safely say I have silenced it now. I can add gift bag to my resume!

The bag design uses the beautiful Little Miss Sugarpops Flying The Flag Digi Stamp

I begun by creating a template, I messed about for ages getting the size right and so have scanned the template in and saved it as pdf. You are more than welcome to use it if you find it helpful. All I ask is that you please do not share it, just direct people here to it. It takes 2 pieces of A4 so cut the template twice Gift Bag Template.

There is a video on my YouTube channel Mrs H's Crafty Corner

Supplies Used

Little Miss Sugarpops Flying the flag digi stamp which can be found here
Blue Red and White Spotty Digi Paper from Ruth the Supermum Collection which can be found here
Spectrum Noir Tri Blend Markers and Illustrator Markers
3 Sheets A4 White Card
1 sheet Matt Red Card
1 Sheet Blue Glitter Card
White Organza Ribbon
Large Rectangle Nesting Dies
Flower Dies
Coloured Sticky Gems in Red White and Blue


To begin print the Dotty paper from the Ruth Supermum Collection onto shiny white card stock. You will require 2 sheets. I chose shiny as it makes the colour much more vibrant. I have a very old printer (my new one is with a courier somewhere...) so it really does need as much help as it can get. 

Using the gift bag template I created (which is attached at the beginning of this post) I cut out the two pieces. 

The template was laid over the top of the cut out pieces and it was scored folded and burnished

At the top at 2 inches in from each end a hole was punched for the ribbon.

A stitched edge rectangle die 6 7/8 Inched by 4 3/4 inches was used on the red card. While a 6 5/8 Inches by 4 1/2 Inches die was used on the blue glitter card and the digi stamp was cut out using the stitched rectangle measuring  6 3/8 by 4 1/4 the three were stuck together 

Then attached to the front of the gift bag

White ribbon was fed through these holes and knotted. To form handles and the two pieces were glued together using the hot glue gun

3 flowers were made and attached to the bottom right corner

While a red, white and blue gem were attached to the top left on the red paper
And a number of white gems were stuck onto the blue panel on the flag to signify the stars on the American flag.

This has been entered into the following challenges

Jan's digi challenge Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Anything Goes
Love to Craft Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #130 Anything Goes
Ally's Angel's #35 Anything Goes
Creative Crafters #29 Anything Goes
Daring Card Makers Let's go 3D
Creative Moments #193 Anything Goes
Not Just Cards Challenge Blog June
Lemon Shortbread #123 Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #6 Anything Goes
Crafters Castle #30 Anything Goes 
Always Fun #169 Patriotic

Thank you for reading

Happy Crafting

Claire xx


  1. Congratulations on your DT spot. Your first project is fantastic! What a lovely way to give a gift.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Jan’s Digital Stamp Challenge, looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx
    Jan’s Digital DT
    Cat Crazy Craft Corner – My Blog

  2. Amazing project Claire! I love the gift bag idea. I may use this template if you don't mind, it will come in very handy especially for Christmas gift bags. :) well done xx

    1. Thank you. Feel free, I will definitely be using it again too x

  3. Welcome to the team Claire, great to have you with us!
    This is a fabulous project, brilliant tutorial too, I need to make one of these! xx

    1. Thank you I am really pleased to be able to join you x

  4. Huh-Rah for the Red, White and Blue! Great show of the spirit! Thank you for sharing with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge! HAPPY CRAFTING!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  5. What a sweet and adorable card! Love the image. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble :)

  6. This was your first gift bag? It looks adorable! It's a cute size and I like it that you stuck to the red and blue colour scheme will all your papers, embellishments and the coloured image. THANKS for sharing your 3D creation with the Daring Cardmakers this week.

    1. It was yes, only ever made cards before. Thank you

  7. You did a wonderful job! This is a cute little bag you made. Just love the image. Thanks for joining us at LTCCB
    Tina dt

  8. Fabulous project ... love it .
    Rose DT

  9. Fantastic project and cute image

  10. Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at The Creative Crafters Challenge. This is DT Alka

  11. Fabulous gift bag and thank you for sharing your tutorial. Thanks for joining in at Daring Cardmakers. x

  12. Adorable image and great bag for gifts. Thanks for sharing your tutorial and adorable bag with us at Double Trouble and using Twisted Sister's Red, white and blue twist. Please come back and join us for future fun challenges, and congrats on becoming a DT member.

  13. Very cute little gift bag.
    Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge.
    Happy crafting!
    Catherine x DT

  14. Super cute gift bag - you did a great job making something that is not a card. Love the Patriotic Theme!
    Thank you so much for entering our Challenge at Crafter's Castle this week. Good luck!
    Blessings, Tracy Shultz DT
    Crafter's Castle
    TheHopefulCrafter MyBlog

  15. Beautiful gift bag. Love your tutorial too. Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Moments.

  16. That's lovely! Super cute :)

  17. Great project, and thank you for the tutorial. Happy to see you at Always Fun Challenges and Double Trouble!

  18. You did such a great job with this project. Looks amazing. Nice work.

  19. Correction to my comment, apologies, should have read.....
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for


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