Girlfriends Gift Bag & Card

By  Kathy Post  for  Safire Designs

sizes: card, 4-1/2"x6"; gift bag, 4-1/2"x6-3/4"

  • Girlfriends Gift Bag
  • Girlfriends Card
  • Inside Purse On Card


  • Cardstock: vanilla; pale yellow; tan; rust; purple; green; white
  • Patterned: dark blue embossed; small purple plaid; large blue/purple plaid
  • Bright green mulberry
  • Square gold brad
  • Tan satin cord
  • Blue satin ribbon, 1/4”
  • Assorted blue/purple buttons, four
  • Pearl string, 3mm
  • Spanish moss, small amount


  • Stamps (Safire Designs): Potter’s Dream set (X-2261); Button Daisy (D-2189); Thinking of You (D-2066)
  • Ink pads: Big & Juicy Mountain Meadow Rainbow (Ranger); Memories Black Dye (Stewart Superior)
  • Stickles Gold Glitter Glue (Ranger)
  • 24-Color Watercolor Set (Loew-Cornell)
  • Decorator chalks
  • Sponge dauber
  • Deckle decorative-edge scissors
  • Foam adhesive squares

Pattern - Girlfriends Gift Bag & Card

  • Bag
  • 1. Print and cut out pattern. Cut two bags from vanilla cardstock; score on dashed lines.
  • 2. Fold flaps A-E toward center of each piece. Fold F back toward outer edge along partial dashed line. Fold G and H in same direction as F. Unfold paper pieces.
  • 3. Adhere bags together, placing flap B of second bag on top of flap F of first bag to create one long piece. Cut flap A from second bag.
  • 4. Turn bag over and use dauber to ink flap A edges black. Stamp rainbow ink button daisy images all over bag. Paint flowers yellow; dot centers with glitter glue. Let dry completely.
  • 5. Turn bag over again. Bring right edge of bag around to left; adhere edges. Fold in D tabs at bottom, then C tabs to interlock; secure with adhesive.
  • 6. Fold flap A over front of bag. Punch two holes close together. Cut and tie ribbon through holes to close.
  • Flowerpot Panel
  • 1. Use deckle scissors to cut 3-5/8"x5" small plaid paper piece and 2-1/4"x4-3/4" purple cardstock piece. Adhere cardstock to left side of paper, and paper to bag front. Cut 3"x4-1/4" embossed paper piece; adhere to layered papers. Adhere torn green mulberry paper along bottom of paper panels.
  • 2. Use black ink to stamp images onto papers as follows: flowerpot on rust; two large flowers and two medium flowers on large plaid; two leaves on green. Cut two 1/4"x3" stems from green; set aside.
  • 3. Cut flowers into circle shapes outside image outlines; glue to white cardstock, spreading glue to edge of image area. Let dry and cut out. Curl flower petals over pencil for dimension. Adhere buttons to medium flower centers. Adhere medium flowers to large with petals offset.
  • 4. Shade pot with brown color wash down left side. Add wash of white down right side and along pot rim. Paint design opaque white. Paint darker green wash down center of leaves.
  • 5. Cut out flower pot and leaves. Carefully cut rim of pot from base. Slightly curve rim and base over pencil for dimension.
  • 6. Apply hot glue down back side edges of pot base and quickly adhere to center of bag, pinching slightly to create curve; hold until glue sets. Repeat for pot rim, slightly overlapping base. Hot glue Spanish moss inside top of pot. Adhere small piece of torn mulberry paper over bottom of pot.
  • 7. Glue stems into pot. Hot glue one flower to stem on right. Use foam square to adhere second flower to stem on left. Bend leaves at center and glue to stem as shown.
  • Card
  • 1. Cut vanilla cardstock to 6"x9"; score and fold in half. Use photo as guide to cut two squared off triangles from purple cardstock and embossed paper for front of card; overlap and adhere layers as shown. Rub blue and purple chalk around edges of paper pieces.
  • 2. Cut smaller triangle from purple cardstock; adhere to right edge of card. Glue purple button to triangle.
  • 3. Print and cut out patterns. Cut dress from yellow cardstock and purse from tan. Score and fold purse along dashed lines, folding flaps toward center. Use sponge dauber to ink paper edges black. Rub brown chalk around edges of purse to shade.
  • 4. Stamp black sentiment on white cardstock; cut into square using deckle scissors. Ink edges black and adhere inside purse. Cut short cord length, fray ends, and hot glue to back of folded purse for handle. Insert brad in front flap for clasp. Set aside.
  • 5. Stamp dress with black button daisies. Paint flowers medium blue; let dry. Paint white highlight near petal tips and purple shadow near base. Dot centers with glitter glue; let dry.
  • 6. Using photo as guide, paint darker yellow shade down right side of dress; add wash of white down left side, leaving pale yellow cardstock showing at center. Add swoops of color to center of dress as shown.
  • 7. Adhere ribbon around waist and adhere to card. Tie separate ribbon bow and glue to ribbon. Adhere purse to card, overlapping dress; leave handle free. Knot length of pearl string and hot glue to card for necklace.
  • 8. Stamp one more button daisy on white cardstock scrap; cut out. Paint flower medium purple, with white tips and dark purple base; cut out and adhere to card with foam square. Adhere blue button to center.