CHA Make and Take: Wedding Gift Bag

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Hello everyone! The Paper House crew is having a blast crafting with our new collections at the CHA Mega Show. Visit us in Booth #1661 to see all the exciting things that are going on! Want to follow along with the Make and Take projects that we are sharing with showgoers? Follow the simple directions below.

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First up is the Wedding Gift Bag, a project brought to you by Paper House. You'll fall in love with these adorable wedding gift bags! They're embellished with our amazing 3D stickers for extra dimension, taking these bags to a whole new level of fun. Use them to add a handmade touch to wedding presents or favors.

wedding gift bag

You Will Need:

• (2) Paper House Love 12" Scrapbook Paper

• Paper House Wedding Tags 12" Scrapbook Paper

• Paper House Wedding 3D Stickers

• White Satin Ribbon


• Score 2 sheets of Love paper at 2" on the bottom, 3" on all other sides. Your 2" side will be the top of your bag.

• On one sheet, with the 2" score at the top, cut the two bottom vertical score lines up to the first horizontal score line.

• Fold and glue the two square flaps you just made to the large center rectangle, making one half of the bag.

• Take the other scored sheet and make the same cuts, but also make a horizontal cut so you cut out both bottom squares.

• Adhere the bottom rectangle to the bottom of your first bag half. Adhere the sides to the inner sides.

• Choose a tag from the tag papers and cut out. Punch hole and string through one 12" piece of ribbon.

• Punch two holes on each side of bag and string 12" pieces of ribbon on each side; tape ends on the inside.

• Embellish with 3D stickers as desired.

Did you enjoy creating this gift bag? Check out the rest of our products at to put your own spin on this project and find inspiration for others! Happy crafting!

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Sparkle and Shine

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 8:48:38 AM

Hello everyone, Laura here! Welcome to more inspiration for Colorways week!!  I’ve got a fun fold card to share with you today using the gorgeous Paper House Gatsby collection:


This card was created using this template I’ve drawn up:


When you undo the Velcro closure, here is the inside:


I’ve used one of the Colorways Orchid collection rub-ons as the sentiment.  Love the way these go on so smoothly….even over textured cardstock!

There is a secret pocket in this card:


It holds this tag/bookmark made with one of the Gatsby journal cards, and puffy stickers:


This tag could also hold a gift card if you choose.

I've made a instructional video too! Check it out here!

Thanks for stoppin’ by today!  Stop back soon for more inspiration!

Product Used:

Paper House Colorways Gatsby "Art Deco," "Mini Trim Cards," "Edgings," "Trim Cards"

Paper House Colorways Gatsby Accent Pack

Paper House Colorways Orchid Rub-On Transfers

Paper House Sparkle Puffy Stickers

Paper House Peace Puffy Stickers

Gold Tulle

AC black cardstock

AC POW glitter paper

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Blue Christmas

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 4:58:50 PM

Francesca here, bringing you a creative gift-wrapping project. I like to think about Christmas in unusual colors. Yes, we all think about classic red and green, but blue brings me to icy and fine worlds, and I like to present gifts with these shades. I used a paper from the Sapphire ColorWays Collection on my gift for a beautiful friend.


I made the box with a Gift Box Punch Board and decorated the top with a sentiment and snowflakes.



Finally, I added the vellum leaves and small hearts.


On the front of the box, I used the beautiful Merry and Bright Sculpted™ Stickers. I love them because they have a very sophisticated and elegant font that perfectly completed my packaging!


Merry blue Christmas, everyone!

Product Used:

Paper House ColorWays Sapphire Collection
Paper House Merry and Bright Sculpted™ Stickers

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Gorgeous Gift Tags

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 8:56:02 AM

Hi there, Karen here today to share some little tag-shaped cards. Actually, they are the perfect size to be used as a gift card holder. The ColorWays line coordinates so easily that when you are using a sketch, they come together in no time at all. Keep this gem of an idea in your back pocket just in case you need that last minute holiday gift.

1. Follow the tag sketch by Scrapbook Generation in CREATE Magazine (Debbie Sanders - September 2015)


2. Cut a piece of cardstock for the tag base and select two coordinating papers for the circle and bunting shape.

3. Next, arrange the sentiment and embellish the tag with puffy stickers, diecut shapes, gems, etc.

4. Finally, punch a hole through the center of the top of the tag. Add a bow or tie a piece of ribbon through the hole. 

TIP: Use design sketches for inspiration, but don't feel restricted to follow them exactly. For the black tag, I reversed the sketch. My placement of embellishments was also different from the sketch because the sentiment took up more space. Some elements of the design you may choose to completely leave off. Use the sketch as a guide but let your creativity flow to make it your own creation.

Title: Hello Hearts



hello_2Product Used:

Paper House ColorWays Noir Birchwood 12" Scrapbook Paper
Paper House ColorWays Noir Accent Pack
Paper House Explore Puffy Sticker

black cardstock, organza ribbon, black gems, hole punch, gold bead, needle and thread

Title: You Make Every Day Happy



happy3Product Used:

Paper House ColorWays Sapphire Accent Pack
Paper House ColorWays Sapphire Trim Cards 12" Scrapbook Paper
Paper House Explore Puffy Sticker
Paper House Enjoy Puffy Sticker

navy blue cardstock, hole punch, blue ribbon

Visit Paper House to see their whole beautiful range of coordinating papers and embellishments, and stop by my blog, Art & Soul, to see more of my inspiring creations.

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Stylish Gift-Giving

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 9:16:10 AM

Hello, it's Irit bringing you some stylish handmade gift card holders. They are made with paper and recycled chipboard. They are easy-to-make, fancy gift holders. I made a small tutorial to show you how you can make this project.

Dreams and Wishes Gift Card Holder


Product Used:

Patterned Paper: Paper House
Stickers: Paper House
Diecuts: Paper House
Chipboards: FabScraps
Stamps: Rubber Dance
Ink: Clearsnap, Tsukineko
Embossing powders: Wow! Embossing Powders
Other: chipboard, bead handle, photo corners

Step by Step Instructions: 

1. Fold the 15" x 8'' bare chipboard piece into a purse shape with folds at 3" and 12", so we have this 8" x 6'' finished shape with 3'' flap. Cover the entire piece with Paper House patterned paper inside and out (you'll need two 12" x 12'' pieces).

2. Ink the chipboard front with VersaMark and heat emboss with a mix of blue powders. Ink the entire piece's edges with one of these inks, too. Adhere the window shape on the front and add the title on top of it. Add two snowflake glitter Paper House stickers.

3. Add a gift card sized Paper House diecut inside the holder and add four white photo corners to insert the gift card later. Adhere a few more diecut shapes on the top half on the inside.

4. Stamp sentiments on the lower right corner of the lower page with VersaMark and the same light blue heat embossing. Add a couple of metal charms.

5. Add a string of plastic beads as your handle and adhere a round Velcro piece to make the closure.




Book-shaped Gift Card Holder


Product Used:

Cardstock: American Crafts
Patterned paper: Paper House
Stickers: Paper House
Resin cast: Environmental Technology Ink Easy Cast Resin
Molds: Plaid, Wow! Embossing Powders
Chipboard: FabScraps
Inks: Ranger
Glitter: Ranger
Bling: Paper Studio
Other: Book board

Step by Step Instructions:

1. Wrap two book board pieces with Paper House patterned paper and add the inside patterned paper to cover the bare boards.

2. Fold three sheets of plain paper accordion style and make the folded frame inside the book cover. Cover the paper with a frame made from the same patterned outside paper. Add four photo corners to keep the future gift card inside.

3. Embellish the inside cover with 3D stickers and make the 3D snowman by cutting the same paper twice and using 3D foam glue.

4. Heat emboss the title with silver and blue glitter powders and adhere it over the outside cover. Add a strip of rhinestones and some more random blue stones over the cover.

5. Cast three snowflakes and two circles with ETI Easy Cast Resin and some blue glitter in the mold, and after 24 hours, glue them over the cover as shown.




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Off the Page: Birthday Gift Bag

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 9:22:22 AM

Hello everyone, Karen here. I hope you have enjoyed the Design Team's off the page projects featuring Paper House products. For my project, I transformed a plain gift bag. I repurposed a popular clothing store's shopping bag into this fun birthday gift bag. You can make a personalized gift bag for any theme, holiday, or occasion.

Birthday Gift Bag- Karen Sessions

Birthday Gift Bag- Karen Sessions

Birthday Gift Bag- Karen Sessions

Birthday Gift Bag- Karen Sessions

Birthday Gift Bag- Karen Sessions

Birthday Gift Bag- Karen Sessions

Here's how I did it.

1. The first step is to apply a strip of coordinating washi tape along the top edge of the gift bag so that it will have a neat and durable finished edge. Open the gift bag and place a small plastic box inside the bag so that you have something to press against to attach the washi tape. Start applying the washi tape on the side panel of the bag so the join is not too obvious, and allow half the width of the tape to overhang the edge of the bag. Next, clip the four corners of the washi tape up to the edge of the paper bag. Then begin to fold the washi tape over and stick it to the inside of the bag.

2. Cut out one cupcake from the Little Girl 8" Paper Pad and apply texture paint over the icing. Before the texture paint dries, sprinkle small beads over the wet paint, then gently press each bead halfway into the icing using a toothpick so that they are embedded and will be firmly attached when dry.

3. Next, cut out and attach a cherry to the top of the cupcake. Assemble the cupcake topper by mounting it on a scalloped circle and then attaching it to a bit of patterned paper, and then again to white cardstock. Lastly, embellish the bottom edge of the gift bag with a border strip and a row of Candle Puffy Stickers.

4. Finally, assemble the gift bag front by attaching the cupcake topper onto the 8x8" cupcake paper. Personalize the gift bag with a special message, or perhaps add the recipient's name using alphabet stickers.

TIP: Don't forget to decorate both sides of the gift bag and make a matching gift tag.

Products Used:

Paper House Little Girl 8" Paper Pad
Paper House Candles Puffy Stickers
Chipboard scalloped circle
Snow Writer Texture Paint
Washi tape
Alphabet stickers
Gift bag

The photo-real candle stickers have a unique look and feel, with incredible detail and multiple levels of texture which make them irresistible. Visit Paper House to see their whole fantastic range of Puffy Stickers, and don't forget to drop by for a visit at Art & Soul and say hello.

Paper House - Karen Sessions

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Gatsby Projects!

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 9:01:15 AM

Hello everyone, Christine here! The new Gatsby ColorWays line is just going to make you swoon! It is beautiful and full of great patterns and designs that just get those creative juices flowing. One of the things it works great for is a gift set, and today I am going to share with you a gift bag and card using it.

Gatsby Gift Bag- Christine Meyer

I used my electronic die-cutting machine to cut out a gift bag pattern and then folded it up. There are lots of patterns available online that you could use to cut out a bag without a machine. I added a different paper for the flap so that it would have a little contrast (and because it’s just fun to use the different patterns). The bag had a cut out area that was the perfect place for one of the great rub-ons. I also added a few pieces from the accent pack to add a little something special.

Gatsby Card- Christine Meyer

The accent pack in this line is especially great for making cards! After backing my card with patterned paper, I layered several pieces from the accent pack and made this quick and simple card. Gatsby LO- Christine Meyer

You absolutely cannot go wrong with the Gatsby collection—snatch it up as soon as you have the chance!

Paper House - Christine Meyer

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Sneak Peek - Canvas Magnet Sets!

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Paper House Canvas Magnet Sets

Everyone likes to decorate their space with beautiful things. Don't leave your fridge, locker, or other magnetic spaces out! Dress them up with our beautiful Canvas Art Magnets! They are now available in perfectly giftable sets! There's a set for art lovers, coffee and chocolate lovers, and wine lovers, too! Want to see them all? No problem—let's take a peek! Paper House Canvas Magnet Sets

Spread the love and stock up! You never know when you'll need that perfect gift!

Join us next week for our last week of sneak peeks! We are going to finish strong with the debut of our newest ColorWays colors. You don't want to miss that! Thanks for stopping by.

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