Here's a look at the front...
and the back of the bag. I made the front and back look pretty much the same. I just used a different die cut flower.
As you can tell by the pictures, you need two Top Notes to make this bag. The first step is to decorate both Top Notes with designer series paper. Once you've done that, set one of them aside. You'll only be working with one Top Note in this next step.
I needed to mark where the oval punch for the handle would be. I punched out a small oval from a piece of scratch paper (pink in the photo) and adhered it on the designer series paper right where I wanted it.
I turned my small oval punch upside down and lined it up with the pink oval I adhered to the designer series paper. Then I punched it out.
Next I stacked both of my Top Note pieces on top of each other. You'll notice that I have the cardstock backs facing each other. MAKE SURE you have the bottom Top Note oriented correctly so you're punching the oval out of the top section of designer series paper.
Line them up exactly on top of each other. Turn the small oval punch upside down and use the punched hole in the first Top Note as a guide for punching the hole in the second Top Note.
Here's where I made a small error. After you have punched out both ovals, then you want to attach your ribbon to the Top Note. This way the ends of the ribbon will be behind the bag. I didn't realize this until later and had to go back and try to peel up my Sticky Strip...not a good idea! So learn from my mistake and attach your ribbon now.
The center part of this project is made from a small paper bag. They're just like paper lunch bags, but much tinier. They measure 3 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 6 1/2". I bought mine at Michaels and I've also seen them at Target in the birthday party section.
Cut your mini lunch sack down to 3" tall. Turn your bag so that the bottom of the lunch sack is facing down. Add Sticky Strip around all four edges of the bag.
Peel off the red liner and adhere the bag to the cardstock side of the Top Note. Make sure that the oval punch is at the top of the Top Note.
As you can see in the photo above, the bottom of the bag is now on top. Fold the bottom of the bag down. Add four more pieces of Sticky Strip around the edges of the bag. You do *not* want any Sticky Strip on the bottom of the bag.
See, here's where I realized my mistake and had to find a way to get the ends of the ribbon behind the bag. Peel off the red liner on the Sticky Strip. Very carefully line up the second Top Note with the one on the bottom and adhere it in place.
As you can see, the white paper bag is showing through the oval that was punched out earlier. Open up the Top Note bag and insert your oval punch upside down and punch out that piece. Flip the bag over and repeat it on the other side.
Now you can fill the bag (I filled it with Peppermint Patties), tie it shut with some ribbon, and finish decorating the Top Note bag.
If you make one of these bags, I'd love to see your creation. Add a link in the comment section of this post so I can take a look. Have fun! ~Dannie
Paper: So Saffron, Riding Hood Red, Pumpkin Pie, Washington Apple DSP
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain, Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip
Punches: Small Oval
Big Shot: Top Note Die, Spring Flower Set