Stampin’ Up! Presents and Pines Box-in-a-Bag for the Happy Stampers Blog Hop

Mornin’, y’all –  welcome to another edition of the Happy Stampers Blog Hop.  This is color week – and I know there are going to be a lot of great projects for you to see this week, so….be sure to check out all the offerings of the Ladies-Who-Hop!  

Here are the colors we used – a pretty good color palette for a Christmas-time project, don’t you think?

My project also played nicely into this week’s The Paper Players Tic-Tac-Toe challenge.  Check the bottom row! 🙂


This weekend is the OnStage Local event – which just so happens to have a venue in Atlanta!  Handy, huh!?  And the day before that, Brian King and Pam Morris are hosting a World Card Making Day event (a little later than the actual WCMD – but nicely aligned with OnStage!).  And, they’re doing a 3-d project swap.  So…today’s share is one of the projects I made for that swap!

At least – that’s how it started out – now I’m not sure I’m going to give it away! 😉  Only time will tell!

I used the Presents and Pinecones DSP and some Pretty Pines Thinlits.  Added in a Holly Jolly Layers sentiment and made…this.  Take a look-see:


This is a “Box in a Bag”!  Fun, right?  And really easy to make!  My friend Jari Francis made one a few days ago, and I decided to try it for myself.  She – and I – used the great tutorial by Diana Gibbs on SplitCoast Stampers.  You can check it out right here!

Although you can’t see it, the inside box is made from a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock, cut to 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, put together exactly like the tutorial shows.

I used the pretty pine cones design from Presents and Pinecones for the “bag” part of the project.  Just like the tutorial stated, I ran a strip of Tear & Tape Adhesive along the bottom and one side of my 5 1/2″ x 11″ piece of DSP, then I pulled off the backing paper from the bottom strip.  I “rolled” my paper around my box.

But – I sort of messed up.  I started the paper – in the middle of the box as instructed – but I started with the edge that had the Tear & Tape on it.


Start with the edge that does not have the adhesive.  That way, when you get to the end, you’ll be all ready to stick everything together.  If you do it my way, you’ll have to stop and add another piece of adhesive, and you’ll have a “leftover” strip inside your box.

Like mine! 🙂

But, it worked out and I had my bag!  So it was time for some decoration.

I cut a 1″ x 11″ strip of Crumb Cake card stock and ran it a few times thru the Pine Bough TIEF.  That added a little texture and interest, and broke the fibers of the card stock a little, making it easier to roll around the bottom of the bag.


Which I did, using more Tear & Tape Adhesive.  When you do this – just take your time.  The most persnickety piece is making sure that the bottom of your strip stays aligned with the bottom of the bag/box.

At this point, I “designated” a “front” to the bag (I put the bag seam on one side, and the bottom strip seam on the front – knowing I’d cover it with my decorations.

I decorated the bag with Pretty Pines Thinlits pine boughs, cut from Garden Green card stock.  I cut several of each length and adhered them oh-so-artfully around the bottom of the bag, using Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.  I wrapped some Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine three times around the bottom of the bag, adhering it with a Glue Dot at the front of the bag.  Before I stuck the final end down, I ran two Mini Pinecones embellishments thru the twine – and used the final Glue Dot to stick them in place.


Next I cut some pine cones, all using Crumb Cake card stock.  For two of them, I cut “backer” pine cones from Copper Foil, and adhered them with Liquid Glue.  I also cut a couple of berries in Cherry Cobbler.  Using more of the Liquid Glue, I adhered it all to the bag.

The bow is tied from three pieces of Bakers’ Twine – Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler and Gold – and adhered with Liquid Glue.  I left the tails long and used more Liquid Glue to stick them to the box.


With that all done, I addressed the top of the bag.  First I used my 1/2″ Circle Punch to cut holes in the top for my Cherry Cobbler 3/8″ Silky Taffeta Ribbon (which I’ll use to close the bag after putting my gift or a few pieces of chocolate inside!).

I made my tag by stamping the round image from the Host-exclusive set called Holly Jolly Layers (Holiday Catalog) onto Whisper White card stock.  I used my Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Markers to color the stamp directly.  Then I cut it with a scalloped die from the Circles Layering Framelits.  I punched a hole thru the top with my 1/8″ Handheld Circle punch and then ran three strands of Baker’s Twine thru the hole.


I tied the label into one of my 1/2″ holes at the top of the bag, tying a final bow and….the bag was done! 🙂

This is a fun sized bag – it would easily hold a small (lightweight!) gift – socks?  Tie?  Action Figure? Candy?  And it’s really easy to get the box-in-a-bag part put together so that you can get to decorating – which is the fun part.  Hope you like!  And that you’ll give one a try yourself! 🙂


Now that you’ve seen my project, please take a little time to visit all the Happy Stampers Team blogs today!

If you click on the Next Blog button, you’ll go right to Jari Francis’ page.  And you can just click on the names below to go direct to all the blogs!


Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage – YOU ARE HERE!

Jari Francis

Kristi Gray

Jaime Babarczy

Have fun on the Hop!




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    3-1/4” x 2-5/16”

The stitched embossing is approximately 1/16” from the edge of the cutout. So the dimensions are approximately 1/8” smaller than the cutouts.



Cherry Cobbler Card Stock: 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ (box inside the bag)

Crumb Cake Card Stock:  1″ x 11″ (strip around bottom of bag); Pretty Pines die cuts

Garden Green Card Stock: Pretty Pines die cuts

Whisper White Card Stock: Holly Jolly Layers tag

Copper Foil:  Pretty Pines die cuts

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22 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Presents and Pines Box-in-a-Bag for the Happy Stampers Blog Hop

  1. That’s awesome Mary! I’m not sure that I’d be able to give that away either. 🙂 Your embellishments are just perfect, love the design!

  2. Mom

    Oh. That is special indeed. I think sharing a photo would suffice. Sure would have trouble parting with it!

  3. How awesome is that box in a bag! All of your embellishments on there are wonderful! Love how you did the bottom too, with the dry embossing! This is a winner!

  4. Kristi

    I love bags and boxes and your creation is fantastic! love all the details too, great project Mary.

  5. Ellie Peckler

    Wow, Mary, you really knocked my socks off with this one. I love every element! – Ellie

    • Well – put ’em back on, Ellie!! 🙂 Thanks so much – you should give it a shot – it’s really an easy project to make! 🙂

  6. Beki Rich

    I always look forward to your notes on Finn and missed it today. Thanks for the post though, it really looks nice and an idea I will share with a neighbor that I stamp with.

    • Aww – that’s nice, Beki. Sorry he wasn’t in on the post, I usually don’t add much (or anything) besides the card on Blog Hop days! Do give this one a try! Thanks, much! 🙂

  7. What a lovely bag! The addition of the little pinecone charms is darling! And I really like how you embossed the piece around the bottom! Very pretty! Thanks for playing with my tic-tac-toe challenge this week!

  8. Wow, stunning!
    Beautiful detail!
    Thanks for joining the tic-tac-toe fun at The Paper Players!

  9. Another gorgeous entry for our Tic-Tac-Toe challenge! This bag is stunning from the pine cone paper to the beautiful layered pines and cones. The recipient has to be extra special to receive this beautiful creation! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

  10. I don’t know if I’d want to part with this either, LOL. This is super cool! Everything just works so well together and makes such a gorgeous gift box/bag. Thanks for sharing with the Paper Players this week,Mary.

  11. sandimaciver2015

    wow, totally cool gift Mary and I agree, I would have a really hard time giving that away.

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