3D projects, Stampin' Up!


I have been playing around with the new Bohemian Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I really like the colours and the funky patterns.  Totes are all the go at the moment and I wanted to create a new Tote.  It is not a particularly new design using 2 sheets of the DSP but I thought I would change it up a bit.  Plus I added a little tab to hang your gift card off. I hope you like this one 🙂

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Would you like to make one?  Here are the instructions in metric and imperial.


2 Sheets of 12×12 Designer Series Paper (DSP) I have used the Bohemian DSP

Handles: 2 pieces of 20.5cm x 8cm (8” x 3 1/8”) co-ordinating cardstock

1 piece of 28cm x 8cm (11” x 3 1/8”) co-ordinating cardstock

Card Tab on Handle:   2cm x 10cm (¾” x 4”) co-ordinating cardstock

Inside Base:   4.8cm x 20.2cm (1 7/8” x 8”) co-ordinating cardstock

  1. On each piece of DSP score your sheets at 5cm (2”) on each side. Fold on each of the score lines.
  2. Cut up on the small score lines at the bottom of each piece of DSP.



  1. Add adhesive to the 2 small bottom tabs on one sheet of the DSP on the outside. Adhere this to the inside of the long bottom tab.
  2. Place this assembled piece on to the second piece of DSP which has the right side facing down.



  1. Add adhesive to the bottom small tabs on the second DSP sheet and assemble on to the bottom of the first piece. Add adhesive to the long side tabs on the inside of the second sheet of DSP. Adhere this to the first piece.  Add adhesive to the long bottom tab of the second sheet of DSP and fold up on to the first piece.  So it is like wrapping the second sheet onto the first sheet. (The piece at the bottom would be the front of the bag so just check to see what print you want showing).
  2. On the 28cm x 8cm (11”x 3 1/8”) piece for the handle, place adhesive at each end of the handle ON THE UNDERSIDE. Adhere on the outside of the bag near the top.
  3. Take one end of this handle piece and adhere to the top of the bag on the outside of the bag. Adhere the other end to the other side of the bag on the outside of the bag.


  1. Take one piece of your 20.5cmx8cm (8”x 3 1/8”) cardstock and place adhesive on the back of this piece. Line up the top edge of the piece with the top edge of your bag positioning it over the handle piece. And adhere on to the front of the bag.  Repeat with the other piece adhering this to the back of your back.  NOTE: If you wish to add brads to your bag for decoration ADD THESE FIRST.  (Just so you don’t see the back of them inside the bag).


  1. Fold on the score lines of the small card tab and unfold.  Add adhesive to the ends (on the side facing up). Fold over the piece again and adhere this piece to the front of your bag.



  1. Add your piece of cardstock base to the inside of the card. This provides some extra strength.

Decorate the bag as you like.


Card to hang on the front measures 20cm x 7.5cm. Score at 10cm.

7 ½” x 3”. Score at 3 ¾”


For my card I used the Boho Chic Embossing Folder on the front of the Bermuda bag card.  The Happy Birthday is from ‘Amazing Birthday’. I stamped it first onto Whisper White Cardstock in Blackberry Bliss and then again twice on scrap card with Bermuda Bay and Delightful Dijon.  I cut 2 of the “HAPPY’s” out of each colour and adhered them over the top of the Blackberry Bliss greeting. The Whisper White piece was matted on to Delightful Dijon and the whole piece was raised up with dimensionals.  I wrapped around some Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine and added a silver button that I had sewed with white sewing thread.  This complemented the silver buttons on the bag.


I hope you like this version of the Tote Bag.  It’s a good size for those larger gifts.  Enjoy making them.

Have a happy weekend.  I hope it’s a crafty one for you.  It’s a long weekend here so I hope there is some time to create this weekend.



3D projects, Tutorials


I have been wanting to create another Tote Bag for a long time but I haven’t had a chance – until now!  The ‘Large Tote Bag’ has been my most popular post over the last 2 years but I wanted to freshen it up.  Here is my new Tote.  Below I will share all the details for you.


Here are a few other views. 

I have used the lovely Venetian Romance DSP and Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock.  I added the Soft Suede Candy Dots to the tabs.  They match in so well I think.  I added a flower to the top to hide the join.  I will tell you about that below.  The greeting is from ‘World Treasures’.  I coloured the words with markers (Baked Brown Sugar and Crisp Canteloupe) and cut around the inside of the border.  I cut a piece from Baked Brown Sugar with the Apothecary Framelits and layered this under the greeting and then cut another in Crisp Canteloupe and cut this one in half to layer underneath.

Let’s move on with ‘HOW TO MAKE THE TOTE BAG’ 

The original post for the Tote Bag with step-by-step instructions is HERE.  These are in metric.

** Edited to add: I have since updated that post to have Imperial measurements as well.

If you would like the tutorial emailed to you then drop me a comment.  

Let me tell you the modifications.

1. Omit the card strip for along the bottom edge.  Punch 2 circles in Baked Brown Sugar with the 2 1/2″ circle punch. Cut them in half.  You then have 4 pieces.  Fold each one in half and then adhere these to the corners of your bag.

2. For your handle, Omit the 2 card strips and the steps to prepare your handle.

Cut 2 pieces 3.5cm x 25cm (1 3/8″x10″). Join the 2 strips.  Adhere the handle to each end of the bag.  I used Sticky Strip for strength.  Cut small tabs to add to your handles.  Cut 2 pieces 4cm x 3cm (1 5/8″ x 1 3/8″).  Round the corners on the bottom edge.  Adhere these to the ends of your bag.  Add the Candy Dots or Brads for decoration. (If you are using Brads then place them on your tabs before you add the tabs to your bag).

3.  For your Bag Closure: Cut your card 5cm x 16cm ( 2″x 6 1/4″).  Punch one end out with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.  Adhere the other end to the back of your Tote Bag.  Gently bend the closure over and mark the point on the front.  Place a Brad on the front to that will hold your closure.  I used a Candy Dot on a Brad.

4.  To cover the join in the handle I added a punch flower.  I punched out 3 flowers using the Pansy Punch and curled them a little.  Join these together by overlapping a little and adding Sticky Strip.  Add a small flower punched from the Boho Blossoms punch.  Adhere a large Adhesive Pearl to the middle.

I hope you like this version.  I hope you can go and make a Tote Bag yourself.  I hope the instructions are clear.  If you have any problems then please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Have a great day. 🙂