As for me and my house

Sharing a project today that might be a fun favor to put with the “Under Construction” theme on the main website or any topic dealing with our homes.  I just took a milk carton box that I made with a die-cut (Stampin’ Up! Milk Carton) and added some scrap paper, a few punch cut-outs and embellishments to it to turn it into a little house.  The verse tag is made from a Verve stamp.  I cut the image smaller than it actually is because I wanted it smaller so I ended up cutting off the reference for the verse.  That is a Verve Plain Jane Stamp.

 …but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.  Joshua 24:15

Stamped Milk Carton Box House

I made my flower out of cheesecloth just by rolling a strip of the fabric a bit and adding a button to the middle.  You really have to have something to keep these little cartons closed so I decorated a small binder clip which can easily be removed to get to what is inside.  They can be filled with candy or almost anything small.

Milk Carton Die Cut Turned House

 Below is a view of the front door of the house.  I used a couple oval punches, cut off the ends of them and layered them to make the door with a brad for the door handle and button for decoration.

Milk Carton House Favor

Face it, die-cuts are much easier but there are milk carton templates online.  You can find a free milk carton template at Belle’s Printables.  It is in the middle of her listing.

I think it would be fun to make some of these into seasonal houses.  I’d like to do several for a Christmas village.  Whether I get to it this year or not remains to be seen.

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Tree among words.

I saw a  few cards over on Pinterest that were stamped right on top of book pages and I really liked the look so I thought I’d try it.  I had some Stampin’ Up scrapbook paper that looks like book pages so I used that to stamp on.  I was really pleased with how it turned out.

Sheltering Tree Handmade Card
The tree stamp I used was Sheltering Tree, which is an older Stampin’ Up! set.  It’s new to me though as I bought it used.  I thought a few pearls made the tree have a little character.

Sheltering Tree Handstamped Card with Pearls

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my project.

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 It’s in the Bag!

Since it is Back to School time I thought it would be fun to round up some DIY lunch bags that have been perked up, prettied up, and fancied, up.  Hope you enjoy!

Brown Bag Gift Bag Round Up

My bag above is a little smaller in size than a regular lunch bag.  I used a Martha Stewart border punch (Doily Lace Edge) and then some worded scrapbook Paper as my base to layer some elements onto.  Both of the stamps I used are from Verve.   The Notebook Paper is a Verver Plain Jane stamp and the “enjoy” sentiment is from a Verve set called, Small Celebrations.

Brown Bag Round Up

I added some of the worded paper to a mini wooded clothespin and added ribbon and button to finish it off.  I love making up these kind of small bags for little gifts.

I have 20 more fun brown bags from around the web listed for you.


Altered Lunch Bag (Cupcake Creations Blog)
Uses edge dies and stamping embellishments.


 Brown Paper Packages  (Eighteen 25 Blog)
Decorated with doilies and scrapbook paper.


 Calico with Brown Bag  (Tiny White Daisies Tumbler)
Can’t tell if this is fabric or scrapbook paper but a cute look.


Old Fashioned Goodie Bag  (The Kitchn)
Punched holes with twine and leaves


Owl Goodie Bag  (Mommy A-z Blog)
Embellished with scrapbook paper.


Goodie Bag  (The Popcorn Factory Blog)
Decorated with doilies and twine.


Goodie Bag  (Catch My Party)
Gingham Ribbon and stamped image. Simple and cute.


Brown Bag Favor  (Creative Bag Blog)
Ribbon and edge punch. Simple but dramatic.


DIY Lunch Goodie Bag  (Heartfelt Creations)
Stamped bag with oval punched handle.


Decorated Kraft Bag  (Nunutoolies Blog)
Decorated with scrapbook elements, ribbon and buttons.


Christmas Goodie Bag  (Shemaine Smith Blog)
Scroll down to her bottom pic. I imagine this is a Kraft bag and not a lunch bag as the embossing looks deeper.


Vintage Christmas Altered Lunch Bag (Pinterest Pinner)
Decorated with snowflakes, ribbon, twine, and ribbon along with Vintage elements.


Gift Bag (Mery Scrap Blog–not in English)
Scrapbook paper and ribbon. Added handles.


Altered Lunch Bags (CraftDee1 Blog)
Decorated with scrapbook paper and elements.


Altered Brown Bags (Paper Drama Blog)
Decorated with scrapbook papers, flowers, and frills.


Altered Lunch Bag (Pinterest Pinner)
Decorated with glitter, lace, and flowers.


Altered Lunch Bag (The Paper Studio)
Rubber stamped and decorated with scrapbook paper and ribbon.


Favor Gift Bags (Country Living)
Cut down bag size with edge scissors.


Chalkboard Treat Bag (Happy Go Lucky Blog)
Painting fronts to lunch bags with chalkboard paint.


DIY Personalized Goodie Bag (A Joyful Kind of Life Blog)
Check out how they used a border punch on the bag.

Thanks for stopping by and I trust you were inspired with a little creativity by checking out all the beautiful brown bags.

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Have a Creative Day, Julia

An Invitation.

Hello Creative Friends,

I’ve had so many emails and comments lately from people who have been visiting my blog but didn’t realize that I had a main Women’s Ministry Website.  I thought it was time to invite you all over just in case you are among those who haven’t found it yet.  I do have a link to it in the sidebar but I know that people don’t always notice those links.

So here is your formal invitation to please come and visit my main website, Creative Ladies Ministry.  The website has been online since 2001 and it is loaded with lots of women’s devotionals, women’s ministry articles, and lots of helps for women’s ministry.

Creative Ladies Ministry

I always think of my blog and my Facebook as just a run-off of the main website.  You will find all of the meaty stuff over on the website.  If you haven’t visited or haven’t visited in a while, I hope you will stop by soon.

Have a creative day!

Have a Creative Day, Julia




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