Friday, September 17, 2010

Paper Crafts Magazine Presents: The 12 Designers of Christmas Blog Hop

Time to end Holiday Cards & More Vol. 5 WEEK with a BANG!

How about a cute little gift bag? Did you know that there are FREE patterns available?
HCM patterns can be found HERE.
I used one for this bag. :) AND some YUMMY Basic Grey! I {luv} BG! :)


You HAVE 14 chances to win the blog hop jackpot by leaving comments on all 12 designers’ blogs (including this one!), plus leave a comment on Paper Crafts Connection AND Moxie Fab World.

Teri Anderson
Ashley Cannon Newell
Betsy Veldman
Latisha Yoast
Heidi Van Laar
Jessica Witty
Anabelle O’Malley
Kim Kesti
Sarah Martina Parker
Windy Robinson
Kimberly Crawford

Before you hop on over to the other designers, leave a comment telling me who you love to make holiday gifts so you can be entered in the jackpot giveaway AND also enter to win a free copy of Holiday Cards & More Vol. 5 from me! :)

All comments must be posted by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, Sept. 19. The grand prize winner will be announced on the Paper Crafts Connection blog on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

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Lindsay said...

This is absolutly darling Maren! I love that big bow! I mostly create gifts for my family!

Nela said...

Wonderful opportunity:D Thanks

Chris Cross said...

I love making handmade gifts and love even more watching people enjoy my God-given talent!

Amy said...

Beautiful! I love to make knit holiday gifts for my mom and sister b/c I know they appreciate them.

Karen said...

great project...I hope seeing all these wonderful beauties it will get me motivated...

tape said...

Ooh, I love me some BasicGrey! I love to make holiday gifts for my parents because I know they love receiving handmade things from me!

Angela said...

Aw, what a cute gift! I like making stuff for...anyone, really, but crafting for my crafty friends is always fun!

jennifer mitten said...

Wow, what a gorgeous bag! Thanks for pointing out the free template!

Diane said...

Beautiful bag...great for a hostesss goodie!!! I love to make gifts for my sister, as she does me, we are both so talented...lol...so we try to outdo each other...fun!!!

Karen said...

I make gifts for the women in the family and for a close circle of friends. Thanks for sharing such a gorgeous project.

mommyabbytommy said...

What a cool bag! I love to make gifts for my sisters and kids! They appreciate them the most.

Samantha said...

The women in my office are a crafty bunch and appreciate handmade stuff, so they are the winners of my craftiness.

Luana said...

I love to make gifts for family/friends.

Kelly said...

Beautiful project! Must give this a whirl. I love to make cards and tags for my daughter because she's a newfound papercrafting addict!

Connie said...

This is a beautiful bag! I would consider it a gift even if it didn't have anything in it!!! WOW!!

Yelowflower said...

those colors are awesome..not standard but they work so well!

my hubby/best friend/soul mate. who else? lol

Anonymous said...

Cute bag! Love that bow.

I try to make a couple of gifts each year. Making gifts for co-workers makes me feel good.
Sue

Sue Ann said...

Beautiful ..... boy do I love this!!!

andie said...

very cute bag! i love the striped ribbon of the bow...i enjoy creating gifts for my grandmother. she always appreciates it so much! xoxo andie...

Amber said...

I love making handmade gifts with pictures for the family - personalized gifts that are fun to make and fun to give!

Bonnie said...

Love that bag. I make little gifts for co workers and of course family.

Ellie A. said...

what a sweet little bag & loving that ribbon indeed. Happy weekend to you!

Barbara said...

I like to make gifts for my grandchildren.

kathy/North Carolina said...

I love that bag!!!! Love to make holiday gifts for my gal pals.

Scrappywonder said...

what a neat bag, gotta love basioc grey paper... tfs, R ;)

Carla (cmsuto) said...

What a beautiful bag, Maren! I love the colors and papers and the big striped bow! I love making special gift card holders for my family. I also love making one or two really special Christmas cards for a couple of special friends.

smahrty said...

Maren, that bag is so cute and love the trademark bow on top! You make bows look so good, mine are always lopsided!

Jenny McGee said...

Very pretty Christmas bag. Love the colors. Thanks.

Shanon said...

Great bag! I love to create gifts for everyone I know but mostly find the time for just my family.

Janet L. said...

What a cute bag! I love the colors and the details. Bags sure have made package wrapping a bunch easier.

liliput said...

Cute and colorful gift bag! I love making gifts to family and friends! Handmade gifs are more meaningful =)

Christina said...

I love the florals on your gift bag, especially for the "o" in "joy"! I enjoy creating gifts for my friends, because they are always appreciated and usually a surprise!

artfulwhimsies said...

I love to make gifts for my daughter and other family members. Great project!!

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

I make gifts for our family, each household gets a fun 'Spirit of Christmas' box - new calendar, treats, ornaments, etc. based on a new theme I pick.
Love your project!

Vickie said...

My sister and I always get together in November to create a gift for each one of our brothers and sisters. There are 8 of us and we always have such a fun time.

Vickie said...

My sister and I always get together in November to create a gift for each one of our brothers and sisters. There are 8 of us and we always have such a fun time.

Vickie said...

My sister and I always get together in November to create a gift for each one of our brothers and sisters. There are 8 of us and we always have such a fun time.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Such a pretty gift bag! Love that paper and the gorgeous ribbon! I mostly make cards... but love making gift card holders for my SIL and her kids. :o)

Jennie said...

Love the paper on this and such a fabulous bag! I love making gifts for my kids teachers...and anyone else I can think of :o)

Cheryl said...

Beautiful bag! I like to make things for my family.

Hannah said...

Love the slightly unusual color combination for Christmas - that orange really pops! Joyful it is :)

Darla said...

Beautiful bag! I love to create gifts for my 2 daughters.

Pam said...

Love it! I enjoy making gifts for my coworkers. They know I appreciate them and using supplies on hand, I'm not breaking my budget!

Kelly Boettcher said...

I love making holiday gifts for my Mom and Sister. Since they are crafters too I know that they truly appreciate the handmade gifts that I make for them.

ScrapMomOf2 said...

I love making holiday gifts for my girls or for my mom! They're my biggest FANS!! :) Love your bag! The colors are so appealing to me! Awesome ribbon too!

saday said...

I can't wait to make some of these bags!

Dru said...

This is so pretty - I love the papers you used! I love making holiday gifts for just about everyone, but my favorite would have to be my daughter!

judybob3 said...

Love making hand made gifts for anyone who will appreciate them!! :)

Joy Briggs said...

You have no idea what this color scheme does to me!!! Beautiful bag!

I love making gifts for my mom. She is the one who most appreciates the craft and my style (botanical).

Karen said...

I am loving the rich colors and the bow is spectacular.

Marcie S. said...

I love making gifts for my mom because she is a crafter as well, and really appreciates them!

Legojenta said...

Such an interesting giftbag! Thanks for sharing =)

scarthur said...

Love the gift bag! I create gifts for family most of all, but usually make a few gift sets for teachers and neighbors as well.

kathy e said...

Love it!!! I can't wait to try this one!

Migdalia Roman said...

i love the colors!! perfect for thanksgiving!!!!!

Ally said...

Love your project! That big bow is perfect! I tend to make gifts for my son's teachers and usually some co-workers as well.

Pamm said...

Very cute! This is one of the things I LOVE about blog hops, I get to meet so many new bloggers and find all of these blogs I have to add to my fav list!!! Yours was just added!!

Jamie said...

I love it!! Last year we made glitter ornaments for nieghbors and friends. We have moved to another state so I think I will do the same this year.

catnap said...

Love the paper you chose, inside and out. Cheerful design.

Agata said...

This bag looks really yummy! I love that big bow! I love making gifts to my husband and kids.

Belinda said...

Maren, love your bag -- and that yummy bow! I usually craft for my family and friends. Xmas is usually only a family deal though -- I'm not a fan of doing crafty sweatshops... doing favors and invites for my wedding nearly killed me. Hah!

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Maren, this is soo gorgeous! Love the classy looks.

Kalyber said...

What a cute bag Love the bow.

DonnaSue said...

What a cute bag! Love it!

Stephanie Smith said...

This is such a cute bag.

Stephanie Smith said...

This is such a cute bag.

Jan Garber said...

Wow! I know what gift I would grab first! Love it! I get such a kick out of seeing the look on my grandson's face when he opens his packages!

{VICKI} said...

I don't really make alot of gifts but I enjoy making ornaments for my own tree,

{VICKI} said...

I don't really make alot of gifts but I enjoy making ornaments for my own tree,

ArlaMo said...

I love making gifts for my mom and sisters! Thanks for the chance.

Lillian Child said...

Great gift bag - I'm a HUGE basic grey fan myself - love their yummy holiday colors! thanks so much for sharing the pattern link too!

Michele said...

I'm gonna try this one! Thanks for sharing!

MelissaS said...

This is a great color combo, and you could put so many fun things in that beautiful bag!

Fifi said...

I really love that your bag is not too christmassy - a really good colour combination. I love making holiday gifts because it gives me something to do with all of the holiday paper collections I buy.

Ronnie said...

What a pretty gift bag! Love the bold colors!

Kathleen said...

I love to make holiday gifts for my co-workers and friends.

Love the bag you made. The double sided paper is an extra special touch!

tlgirl353 said...

Maren- Such a pretty bag!

tampatha said...

this is so cute! thanks for sharing it! I like to make holiday gifts for friends and family usually..the women!
--tammy l

sharon g said...

I like to make gifts for family, friends, and neighbors. I like to make goodie boxes or bags with baked goods in them. YUM

lenainwonderland said...

I love BG too! delish! I like making gifts for my mom..she appreciates handmade stuff the most.

Carol said...

I love making handmade gifts and love even more watching people enjoy my gifts, even if they are baked goods, stamped goods or a sewing project. Love the bag and thanks for the chance to win.

Marisa said...

What a darling gift bag. I love making holiday gifts for friends - quite often a little bag with Christmas tags or cards in it or a box filled with some baked goodies.

cards4ever said...

Lovely bag. I love the rustic paper.

Beth said...

I love that wide ribbon!

Romaine said...

I make gifts for the kids' teachers, staff, friends. I have started to for my parents and grandmas, as what do you get them? Something that can be "used" and goes away....

Bobbi-Lynn said...

Lovely - the colours are awesome!

Renee said...

Beautiful! Love the colors!

Debbie said...

Cute project!!

Vicki Wizniuk said...

I love to make gifts for my friends. They are always appreciative.

Love your gift bag! Beautiful colour combo.

Vicki
vwizniuk at pris dot ca

Laura - The Stampin' Soldier said...

Beautiful creation!

debm said...

Gorgeous!! What a great idea for those gifts that don't quite fit in a box!!

Anja said...

great gift box, like the button in the "joy"
I make gifts for the people that are important for my life.

Rachel Schumacher said...

What a beautiful bag!

Pat said...

I love to make holiday gifts for my 2 granddaughters. Great gift bag!

Iris Pistor said...

Love selfmade Bags. . . this one is nice I like it. (Not so much the colors reminds me more of Fall) Thanks for sharing!

Pat said...

I love to make holiday gifts for my 2 granddaughters. Great gift bag!

silvia said...

Cute bag!! I love to make gifts for co-workers!!

CindyP said...

Super cute! Love the colors and that bow.

Glenda said...

Gorgeous project! Love the colours.

Julia said...

I can so use these bags for my Christmas cookies!

marianne-g said...

Super cute! Love your use of non traditional colors.

Rhiannon said...

what a cute little project, as always Maren! as for who I love to make gifts for...everyone :) especially all the special ladies in my life, because they truly appreciate it! actually hoping to make this Christmas a handmade Christmas, so thank for all the inspiring ideas!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

This is fabulous! I really only make gifts for my hubby. Some times I make cookies or other treats for family and friends though.

lisa mosher said...

I love to make gifts for my kids, and grandma thanks for a chance to win

see mary stamp said...

My husband has a large family and we take turns hosting a Christmas get together. When it's our turn to host, I usually handcraft something for each family. Of course, being a procrastinator, it can make for a hectic holiday, but it's definitely worth the effort.

Toni G. said...

Thanks for sharing this adorable bag. I most love making my daughter gifts (she just loves the things I create for her).

gkwright said...

Thanks for sharing your project. Beautiful. I can see a homemade set of greeting cards going in a bag like this for my Mom and Mom in law. Both love my homemade cards and I keep them stocked up not only for Christmas but for all occasions.

joeygirl86 said...

WHat an awesome idea for a gift! And that paper is so sweet...I love making handmade greeting cards for gifts. Everyone loves them! :)

Jaclyn Miller said...

Is there really any limit to who I love to make handmade gifts for? I think not! Everyone loves receiving them and I LOVE giving them.

Sue G. said...

I love to make gifts for my crafty friends, they just seem to appreciate the time and effort so much more!

Cristina said...

Beautiful project! I love making gifts for anyone I know who will appreciate it. It always nice when someone recognizes your effort.

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Very pretty gift bag, Thanks for sharing it!

naturecoastcrafter said...

Hi Maren! Love that "bell rings" project. I love making holiday gifts for the very special people in my life, especially my best friend. I've been putting off doing a very special project for her but I think this year I just might have the motivation.

carpediem said...

I try to make as many handmade gifts as possible! It never fails, I'm always putting the finishing touches on some of them on the 25th!!! laura j

stlbarb said...

The fact that this paper is double-sided makes the bag extra awesome!!

Happy Stamper Bev said...

I love to make holiday gifts for my daughters...thanks for sharing your design

Lorraine said...

Beautiful creation - love the colors! I love to make papercraft gifts for the women in our families.

Kim said...

Love your bag...perfect anytime of year! Every year one person gets a shadowbox...this year it will be for my other stamping friend (shh, she may read this! LOL!)

Harriet Skelly said...

I love to create gifts for my family and my closest friends!

NancyK said...

Great bag! I love to make holiday gifts for my mother - because she raves about them regardless of how good they turned out!

Jessica said...

I always make most of my holiday gifts. I make all our Christmas cards. I make jewelry for my girls. And this year I have a new gift idea in my arsinal, which I will not share! Thanks for all the lovely things you make!

Angela L. said...

I love to make goodies for my kids stockings and my mom is always my biggest fan!

TracyJ said...

Love it!!! I like to make gift boxes and tags, and cards for Christmas.

QC said...

I can't resist BG papers. EVER. And you make them look even more gorgeous!

Marla said...

What a great gift bag! I love to make my own, too. I love to make holiday gifts of homemade Christmas candy because everyone likes that!

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Stephanie R. said...

I love your bag. It could actually be used for more than just Christmas time. Great job!! Thanks for sharing.

Erika M. said...

I adore your creation - I like to make handmade gifts for family and coworkers!

Kelly Massman said...

I love to make holiday gifts for the kids in the family!
Love the colors on your beautiful project!

Nicky Hsu said...

I LOVE making holiday gifts for my niece and nephew. Their smile when they open the box is priceless. I always feel love when I make something for them.

cheryl (clee') said...

Delightful mix of pattern and texture, and so bright!

AHadley said...

Wow, what a beautiful color palate! I adore that ribbon.

Emily Keaton said...

Gorgeous project!! I love to make holiday gifts for teachers, scout leaders, and coaches :)

Emily Branch said...

I love making handmade gifts because I love to give gifts to friends and family that are totally unique, and watching their faces as they open them! People love handmade gifts!

Anne said...

What a pretty gift bag. I love to make holiday gifts for my family and friends.

Denise said...

What a cute bag! I love to make gifts for my sister, because I know she really appreciates them.

Manhattan Mandie said...

I love your bag! I usually make gifts for my mom and MIL and they are full of pics of my daughters :)

Jennifer K said...

Cute bag! I like making holiday gifts for my girl scout troop - the just love the little treat bags and such (little girls are easy to please! lol)

Meda said...

Interesting color theme! I would like some dry fruit in there, yummy!

Tamara said...

Love the colors and the big striped ribbon!

Cassie said...

I love making holiday gifts for everyone!!
Especially my kids teachers!
They don't want anymore perfume and candles.
=)

karahoward said...

Such a cute bag! Love how it isn't a holiday bag. I get kind of caught up in the season and don't think about using these for other times of year. THANKS!!

Helen F. said...

Love this sweet treat of a bag, Maren! My handmade cards (for any and all occasions) are my favorite gift to give to my family and friends.

syrant said...

I make all my grandchildren (17) this Christmas) pj's. I also like to hand make the neighbor gifts when I can. Way cute bag, too.

Fleursbydesign said...

Very pretty bag - I love making handmade gifts especially for the holidays!

Dee Tollaksen said...

Absolutely love the wide striped ribbon, great bag!

Christi Snow said...

This is so beautiful, Maren!!! LOVE it!! My favorite people to make gifts for are my nieces...girly, fun stuff! smiles...

Frozenstamper said...

Great little bag! Love that it's "reversible" and you have the pretty paper on the inside too!

I love making things for my sister because she likes to make things too!

Lin said...

Beautifully done! I love the "o" in "Joy"! Thanks for your inspiration!

Jarie said...

Cute idea. TFS.

Janet

gberry14 said...

beautiful gift bag, so inspiring and it great for all kind of hanmade treasures to give!-L. Berry

gberry14 said...

beautiful gift bag, so inspiring and it great for all kind of hanmade treasures to give!-L. Berry

Erica Hettwer said...

So cute! I love to make gifts for my mom and granny the most. As crafters themselves they appreciate them more. :)

fran h said...

Such a great idea!
I love to make gifts for family and friends for special occasions and holidays.

Fran Heupel

Michelle said...

Love it! I love to make gifts mostly for my mom...because I know she'll truly appreciate them. She's "handmade-gift worthy".

ntsisterz said...

I love to surprise my co-workers with hand-crafted cards and tags on something yummy to eat. It always beats a dollar store tchatzki!

KellyG said...

Love to make holiday gifst for family, because I know they appreciate them! Love the colors on your bag and the bow!

Debbie said...

oooooh, aaaaaaah! Love the bag. Never would have thought to make one with pp! thanks for the inspiration!

Ngan R. said...

That is a very beautiful bag project Maren! Love it!

Angela C. said...

I love to make stuff for my sisters and not just for x'mas.

Thanks for a chance to win some X'mas goodies.

Scrapbookdoll said...

love the bag!
and i like making gifts for my family!

Lisa Condreay said...

Love, love the paper used on your bag. Bags are so fun to make, and it makes gifts even more personal when you make the bag too.

AGohl said...

Gorgeous bag!

onecraftymama said...

My favourite is my sister, since if she doesn't love them, she's a good liar! lol
Thanks for the chance to win!

onecraftymama said...

My favourite is my sister, since if she doesn't love them, she's a good liar! lol
Thanks for the chance to win!

Meghann said...

I like to make holiday gifts for my friends, because they appreciate the work that went into them. Thanks for the giveaway!

Anne Marie Gross said...

Wow, what a gorgeous bag! I used to love making handmade gifts for my Mom because more than anyone, she always appreciated the effort and creativity involved. Sadly, she's gone now. I still make handmade gifts, but they're never received with the amount of enthusiasm and appreciation.

Anonymous said...

love it! christine traversa

Jana said...

I love making gifts for my childrens teachers. They get to "help" and are so proud to give whatever we have created!

Jeni said...

I love to make holiday gifts for my family & friends. I know they really appreciate all the time I put into them.

What a cute bag! I love the large bow.

Amanda M said...

I love to make gifts for the women in my family every year and I am passing the tradition on down to my little girl as well. This gift bag is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

Madcap Frenzy (Morgaine to others) said...

I love making gifts for my friends...they always tell me they look forward to seeing what I have in store for them each year. hehe
I love the bag! Great for treats!

pcrusberg said...

Really cute gift bag! I like to make gifts for my mom and my mother-in-law. They both appreciate it so much. Thanks!

Tammy said...

I love to make holiday gifts for my Mom! She appreciates them! I love your beautiful gift bag! Thanks for sharing this!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I've been a bit slack in the making of holiday gifts... don't even make Christmas cards (I know, awful card maker that I am). Cookies? Does that count?

Arrica said...

I love making gifts for as many as I can, with the help of my daughters! We make a list and a schedule at the end of Aug. and get going... so much anticipation this way. I love that we truly consider the one receiving.

Angela Fehr said...

Love this gift bag - it's simple yet gorgeous!

Geri said...

Everyone on my list gets something handcrafted from me - either a card, gift tag, gift box or gift bag. It is quite a bit of work but I love every minute of it!

Beth said...

I love to make holiday cards for my family. My granddaughter has saved every card I've made her!

Beth said...

I love to make holiday cards for my family. My granddaughter has saved every card I've made her!

Anita Christine said...

great job..... so beautiful :)

Mariana Grigsby said...

Beautiful gift bag! TFS

mahuntington said...

You have the best ideas. I'm so glad I found your site. I love to make things for all my little neighbor kids.
Mary Ann

NatQuebec said...

it's very nice in this non traditional colours :-)

Lake Side Living said...

This bag is just gorgeous. You stepped out of the box with this design...really different and fun.

mtscrapgal said...

Several years ago, I started giving my brothers' families & my children special handmade ornaments. That's a tradition I keep going. Everybody keeps them & puts them on their trees every year. Thanks for the chance to win.BTW your gift bag was very festive.

Anna said...

The colors on this project are so unique and gorgeous! My favorite homemade gifts are the food gifts my hubby and I make for our families every year.

Stephanie said...

Your bag is so pretty!
I love to make gifts for my husband's grandma because she absolutely adores them & is so sincere :)

rhonda nickol said...

That bag was beautiful! I love making girfts for my daughters friends and teachers! She is a senior this year and I have done this since Kindergarten.

Pamela said...

That is a cute gift bag! I love making gifts for my SIL because she is so appreciative.

Beckie Dreyer said...

beautiful gift bag, fab colours

Anonymous said...

simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Rona said...

adorable gift bag!!!

Lalo aka "missbliss" said...

I absolutely love the colors. It’s so unexpected Christmas but makes you feel warm and cozy just like Christmas morning :) Great bag!!!

~Shari said...

Beautiful, Maren. Thanks so much for the inspiration and the jump start! ~Shari R.

Mary Lou Holshouser said...

I like to make presents for my daughter and my grand-daughter. They appreciate the things that I make.

rudie2shoes said...

I love making it for my best friend because she appreciates anything I make for her!

foursenuff said...

Very cute!!!!

Tracey McNeely said...

I love making holiday gifts for family and friends. I especially enjoy making for my mom and neice because truly appreciate the amount of love that goes into them

Beth M said...

Cute project! I love making gifts for all the women in the family. We don't really exchange gifts but each year I like to present all the "girls" with a little something. These patterns will come in very handy!

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