Fish Party Favor Bags

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This month has been busy and I have a lot of posts I’d like to write.  We had Gwen’s second birthday party a few weeks ago and I can’t wait to share everything but first I’ve got to finish up Gavin’s birthday posts.    I am looking forward to getting back to my scrapbook layouts.  After one shower and two birthday parties I am ready to catch up on scrapbooking.

Here are the gift bags from the fish birthday party.    After making the invite with the little fish in the bowl I decided to use this great shape on the favor bag.

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I enlarged the fish up to about 4×7 to fill the front of the bag.

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Then I cut out the letters with the Silhouette.  Being able to manipulate the files and cut them in any size you choose is the reason why I love the Silhouette.   It’s so easy!

I love how the fish looks in such large size.

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I used the little fish left over from the invites for the thank you tag.   With the text “THANKS for swimming by!”  Popped up the fish with foam to add some dimension.

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These bags are similar to the owl bags from Gwen’s birthday last year.

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  • Font-Eras Bold ITC 112pt
  • die cut shapes:  three fish and a bowl by Lori Whitlock – Design ID #28038, luggage tag
  • Bag-7-3/4”Wx4-3/4”Dx9-3/4”H.

Owl Party Gift Bags

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I’d like to share some fun owl party gift bags I made for my daughters birthday party.

I created this owl with various punches and then attached the card to the front of the gift bags to personalize the bags with the party theme.    I also added a tag to the handle of each bag with the child’s name and a circle scallop from pattern paper to add splash more of color/pattern.

The paper seen here is all from the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection by American Crafts.  I love the bright colorful patterns and the bright pinks are great for a girl’s birthday party.

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This idea comes from the February issue of Scrapbooks etc. where Valerie Salmon created a cute owl Valentine’s Day card.  Originally I thought I’d use this design for the invitations but I didn’t want to make the invites so using this card for the gift bags was perfect.

I am not sure how big the original card is in the magazine but I was able to go with 5×7 for the outer size of the pattern piece.    The brown paper bag background was perfect for the colors/patterns in the owls and went especially well with the card having the owl placed on “paper bag” colored cardstock.

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I found a write up on Geeky Diva Design’s blog where she did this paper piecing pattern with her kids.   What a great idea to do it with your children as they sure love using punches & glue.  She even created a helpful template showing which shapes & punches to use for each part of the owl.

I do have a good supply of punches but I don’t have all the shapes so I had to improvise a bit.

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  • I used 2 inch scalloped circles for the feathers and also the feet (didn’t even think about using my heart punch).
  • Then I used three different punches for the eyes. I did the outside in pink with a 1 1/4 punch, then punched that circle again with the 1 to have a thin outer ring. The white is on the 1 inch and the small black inside is 5/8.
  • Cut a small triangle for the noose
  • The body is 4 inches tall by about 3 inches wide.  I don’t have an oval punch and a circle punch didn’t work to cut the top off so I used a aerosol bottle of spray starch to trace out a half circle to cut off the top of the owl.
  • For the feet I also used my two inch circle scallop punch and cut out two of the scallops for each foot.

I selected 5 different background patterns from the lovely paper choices and made 10 cards (leaving me with two extra owls-one for Gwen’s memory book and one for my card stash).

I made one owl as a template so that I could figure out the best colors to use with the background paper.    The owls are made almost completely with pieces from my scrap bag (except for the wings that are from two sheets of hot pink BasicGrey paper that has a great textured look to it).

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Here are the finished bags in each design.  Which is your favorite?

pink flowers-

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rainbow hearts-

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flourish (this is my favorite pattern)-

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trees & leaves-

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Thank you Michelle for helping me with the final touches on tags & bags Friday night so that they were ready for Saturday!

One last thing…what was inside the bags?  Some of the regular party favors (pencils, note pads, stationary, erasers, etc.) and then these adorable felt hand sewn owls.  I found these on Etsy made by MariaPalito.   Maria whipped them up quickly and they arrived in some cute packaging.  They even have a little rattle inside each owl.   Size wise the owl fits in the palm of your hand.


Supplies:  punches- EK Success, corner rounder crop a dile – We R Memory Keepers, Pattern papers – Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection, Pink paper(only on owl feathers)-BasicGrey Sultry, Various Solid Cardstock-Bazzil, Paper bag gift bags-Michael’s Craft Store, string-brown hemp twine