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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Brown Paper Bag: PTI August Blog Hop


Welcome to the August Papertrey Ink blog hop!

"In honor of school going back into session everywhere, we thought it would be fun to issue a Brown Bag Challenge. We want to see what you can do to dress up, alter, or change an ordinary brown lunch bag into a paper crafting work of art."

I decided to make one of my most favorite things right now...banners!  I see them everywhere (and am begging for PTI to make their own interchangable banner set!!)!  I created this one with a birthday theme. 

While the party is going on it serves as a decoration but at the end of the party, each guest can take one part of the banner home with them simply by untying the ribbon that holds each piece together!

(I do have to warn you, there are quite a few pictures, but I am trying to keep my words to a minimum!)



How it is made: I took a brown paper bag and drew a triangle pattern with the point at the bottom of the bag.  I then sewed each side with a sewing machine (I did not sew the top where it opens).  Because the bottom of the bag was folded up, when I sewed it, it created a pocket which is where you see the Laffy Taffy/Tootsie Rolls.  Also, since I didn't sew up the top part, it created a second pocket where I put the pixie sticks.  I then attached the decorations (scallops at top & sides attached with strong tape/glue).

Here are closeups of each design:







And you can't have a birthday party without a card!  Here's the card I designed to match the banners.


See that flower?  It was made with a brown paper bag as well!


Thank you SO much for stopping by! I'd love to hear what you think!

Be sure to check out the other blog hop participants via the link on Nichole's blog! Blog posts can be added until 11:00 PM Central Time tonight so be sure to check for an updated list!

Supplies (all PTI unless noted)
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics, A Little Argyle, Distressed Stripes, Background Basics: Petal Power, Fillable Frames (sentiment on card)
Paper: Paper Bag, Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz, Plum Pudding, White, Kraft
Ink: Hawaiian Shores, Plum Pudding, Simply Chartruese, Raspberry Fizz
Other: Ribbon, Border Punches, Brad, Sewing Machine, Ribbon, Gel Pens, PTI Buttons, Beautiful Blooms Dies, Fillable Frames Die

82 comments:

  1. Super cute! What a fun idea! I love the decorations on each! How adorable!!

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  2. OMG! So creative and cute! Love the banner and how you have decorated each piece. How nice to give one section to each guest when leaving. And your card is tops! Love the brown bag flower!!!

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  3. Oh my gosh, oh my gosh...this has to be the best banner EVER!! I love your idea...so creative and I think any kid/adult would be tickled. :)

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  4. Jen these are just fantastic! My jaw dropped when I saw the banner - I definitely want to make one of these! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. Love love your banner Jen! You know I am a banner fan too! Your design is amazing and I love the extra pockets you created out of the bags for the treats. Incredible project!!

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  6. Wow, that banner is too cute & creative! Love it and your card!

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  7. THUD! What a WONDERFUL idea this banner is Miss Jen! LOVE that you filled it with candy, very fun! And your paper flowers are superb! You've really outdone yourself here!

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  8. I'm speechless, Jen! That banner is one of the cutest things I have ever seen and your card is adorable too!

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  9. I'm in awe, Jen. That's so incredibly clever and fun and practical. I love every single thing about it - little pockets for candy, scallop edges, fun colors, inexpensive to make multiples, party-goers can take one home as a goodie bag, cute ribbon. Just wonderful!

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  10. What can I say Jen? This is amazing!! Wonderful idea! Love the colors, designs, pockets, etc. Just perfect.

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  11. Wow, I love your banner. This is going into my favs. I love making banner and you've given me a great idea, Thanks.

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  12. STOP ....... you are KILLING ME with this post. Okay I am total blond so are you leaving the bag folded.... I MUST TRY THIS........ Fantastic and how they double as a candy treat bag........ good lord is all I can say and that paper bag flower is ADORABLE!!!

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  13. The birthday card flower is just perfect. It is so fun on your card.

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous!! And SO clever!! I might have to scrap-lift you!!

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  15. Jen, this is brilliant! No kidding, I am totally going to CASE this for our Halloween party. So adorable, inexpensive, and recyclable. That's my kind of decoration! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. OMG! I squealed when I saw that banner :-) its FABULOUS! And I lover your brown paper flowers :-) I made those too!

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  17. fantastic idea & would also be so fun at Christmas- Love it! TFS

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  18. How adorable! The banner and card are just wonderful! I will definitely be making the banner for my daughter's birthday in October! Great Idea!

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  19. Swe-e-e-t! Pardon my pun. How creative. Why it's a banner and pinata all rolled into one. Super project!!

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  20. That banner is adorable! What a great way to use a brown paper bag. Nice job on the card too!

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  21. OMG how awesome would this be as an advent calendar with fun little gifts tucked inside? ! This is soooooo cool Jen. So cool.

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  22. The banner is so cool and the cards are wonderful!

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  23. How cute is this banner!!!! Love the pockets of goodies.

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  24. Well, now that I've picked my jaw up off the floor, I can leave a comment.
    This is spectacular; I can't believe you did that with paper bags.
    The best idea I've seen so far!

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  25. Great ideas Jen I will have to make a Halloween version of your project

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  26. Eeeek! Jen, I love that banner and the flower on the card is fabulous, too! I'm with you on wanting PTI to come up with a banner set...

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  27. That banner is adorable & all the little details really bring it together!

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  28. Holy smokes! What an awesome banner! So much detail - love the pockets!

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  29. I'm so impressed with this! Can't wait to my kids are a little older to try it out, but banners are so in and you made it so affordable! Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Oh wow, this is the prettiest banner I've ever seen!

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  31. Fantastically creative stuff! Love those button rings I'm seeing too!

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  32. Holy smokes! That banner is pure genious!!! I love the flower too, that's really beautiful.

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  33. Such an adorable idea!!!! I love the flowers too!! Awesome!!

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  34. This is such a cute idea! I really love it!

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  35. How creative is this! The decorations for the party become the take-home gifts. Fabulous!!

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  36. Jen, that banner is adorable. Did it take you tons of time? I can't believe how creative you are. Love the candies sticking out! Very well done.

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  37. cute projects..love that banner!

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  38. LOVE these banners! The candy is so much fun I can hardly stand it. This would be a great banner for my daughter's first day of school welcome home party. Great idea!

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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  39. I'm in love, love, love with that banner...although my kids would rip it down in two minutes flat :)!! So many wonderful details on this!!

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  40. Brilliant! Love the banners. Very clever use of brown bags and i love the pockets very much. Great job Jen! Saving your project into my "to be CASEd folder" lol!

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  41. OH

    MY

    WORD!!

    This is absolutely FANTASTIC!! I am so CASEing this...hope that's ok!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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  42. WOW!!! Wonderful use of use of brown paper bags.

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  43. This is genius! The little pocket is so perfect! Pretty too!!

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  44. No way, little snack banners!!! Oh my word, they are beyond creative, this is super cute!

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  45. Oh my goodness...this idea is SO great! I love the double pockets!

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  46. I am a banner lover too!! I never thought to use paper bags. I love the little pockets as well. Perfect birthday decoration

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  47. I love your banner! Very cute and clever!

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  48. Loving this idea! And I have a couple of birthday parties coming up - I think I'm going to have to lift this idea!

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  49. I love your banner! Very cute and clever!

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  50. Oh, My, Goodness! How flippin' adorable is this? And I LOVE your card with the flowers as well! I'm copying your banner, if you don't mind! Hee hee...

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  51. OH HOW COOL! I love all the patterns...they look like the came like that already! Love this look!!!!! Such a fun way to decorate for a kid's party...and grown-ups, too!

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  52. WOW -- AMAZING!!! How totally clever is this idea?!!!

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  53. Your banner is just incredible! I love how you created pockets to hold treats. I've never seen a banner like that.

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  54. I love your banner, Jen! And the flowers are so pretty. Great job with the challenge!

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  55. WOW! The Banner is super cute, I love all the detail you put into each one, the stamping, the pockets, the yummy goodies inside. Thank you for sharing all the details. The card is adorable too!

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  56. Love the banner idea--how fun!

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  57. Jen, your banner is amazing!! What a wonderful idea. And the matching card with paper bag flowers is adorable.

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  58. These are both brilliant!
    You deserve to win!!!!!!!

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  59. These are both brilliant!
    You deserve to win!!!!!!!

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  60. I LOVE this darling idea! Such a FUN idea!!!!
    Have a GREAT day.. Happy Hopping!

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  61. What great ideas. I love the dual use of the banner and those flowers are awesome!

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  62. SUPER WOW!!! I'm going to make this for Halloween!!!

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  63. AWESOME!!!! The banner is just adorable and what a cleaver idea! And the paper flower is gorgeous!

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  64. Zoo-wee-mama! (From Diary of a Wimpy Kid) This is incredible! I love when things have dual purposes. What an amazing idea! A party decoration and favor in one! And it's economical since it's made from paper bags. How do you come up with these fabulous ideas?

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  65. What fun - and so very nice!! Very creative!

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  66. Oh my goodness - how clever are you? Super clever! I just love it - have a boys birthday coming up soon - may have to recreate in manly colors!

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  67. My jaw dropped! That banner is so cute! Love the colors and patterns!

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  68. I am loving those flowers (others have them on their projects too).

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  69. LOVE THE POLKA DOTS! Great job!

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  70. Oh My gosh, Oh My Gosh...this is simply the CUTEST thing! And teh flower...what a wonderful idea! You rocked this challenge girl!

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  71. Jen, your banner is amazing!! What a great and fun idea! All your touches on it are beautiful, as is the card!

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  72. Your banner is sooo beautiful! and so inspiring and creative - want to start making one right away!

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  73. Your banner is sooo beautiful. So creative and inspiring - want to make one right away!

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  74. Clever, clever idea. So creative. Great job!!

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  75. Ok, that is some serious cuteness with that banner! Fab idea, that I LOVE :>)

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  76. You are so creative! I love the banner with the candy tucked in...such a unique idea!

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