This bag was one of the projects at the recent online stamping event that I enjoyed. I didn’t create it during the event because I thought it was going to take too long to assemble. It actually was quite a bit quicker than I anticipated. I think one of the longer bits was diecutting the Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the top and bottom edges. This bag is surprisingly sturdy considering it’s entirely created with paper. The demonstrator that provided this project created examples with 3 different patterned papers for different occasions. She used the Traditions of St. Nick paper for a Christmas bag, the Countryside Inn paper for an all occasion collection, and the Merry Bold & Bright paper for a collection of non-Christmas cards. She showed how incredibly versatile this project is for any season or occasion.

I’m donating the bag along with 2 each of the cards that you see here to the Silent Auction at our church Craft Fest. This is an annual fundraiser for our church and it’s a lot of fun! You can check out about the event here. In the past I’ve donated quilts to the silent auction, and happily they have always sold. This year I decided to donate this project instead because I’ve never seen something like this donated in the past. There are always other quilts donated, so it makes sense to donate something a little different. I think that I’ve built a bit of a reputation at church as the “card lady” since I create the cards that are sent in the birthday card ministry. I hope that reputation will help boost the bids for this bag and collection of cards. I did have someone stop me during fellowship time yesterday to ask about the donation – she wanted to make sure that she knew what to look for when she bids. 😊

I’m going to post separately about each of the cards so I can describe them in more detail. I used past Paper Pumpkin stamps for all of the cards except the NOEL card you see in the foreground. That includes the To / From tag on the bag, too. There are some gems in those Paper Pumpkin stamps, so I encourage you to check the stamps you’ve received in the past to use on current projects. It feels great to get some additional use out of things that you’ve acquired in the past – it makes me feel virtuous.

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