Friday, 3 July 2015

we're having a sale

we're having a sale | Creative Bag

It's time to start making space for new products that will be arriving next month for ... wait for it ... fall and Christmas. 

Selection will vary from store to store and online. Quantities are limited so once they are sold out - they are gone for good.

Lorrie Everitt - Creative Director at Creative Bag

Friday, 26 June 2015

pretty gift packaging for your bridesmaids

pretty gift packaging for your bridemaids | Creative Bag

David Tutera's mini milk glass bottles with cork tops have been a popular item this year for packaging wedding and party favors. Today I'm going to share with you an idea for using these mini bottles to package earrings for your bridesmaids. I've seen so many adorable handmade earrings on Etsy for bridesmaids and I thought that it would be nice to gift wrap them in a unique way to co-ordinate with your wedding theme. 

pretty gift packaging for your bridemaids | Creative Bag

I purchased the smallest screw eyes that I could find at the hardware store and screwed two of them into the cork top as shown above. All you have to do is attach the earrings and place the lid on the bottle. Pretty easy - right? 

Of course, this packaging idea will not work with stuns or earrings that are very long or really wide so make sure your earrings will fit inside the bottle before going on to the next step.

I selected four different wedding themes and decorated the bottles to co-ordinate.

pretty gift packaging for your bridemaids | Creative Bag

For a boho inspired wedding - what could be prettier than lace ribbon, a mini gift tag and gold spray painted bottles? I used Krylon's 18kt gold plate spray paint on this bottle. 

Note: use painter's tape to protect the area of glass you don't want to paint and remove the tape immediately after spraying so that the paint does not dry on the tape.

pretty gift packaging for your bridemaids | Creative Bag

Put a little sparkle to your gift packaging by adding craft glitter. Use baker's twine to add the metal rimmed tag to the bottle.

pretty gift packaging for your bridemaids | Creative Bag

Mini terrariums are so popular right now and if you have included a lot of natural elements to your wedding this gift packaging idea may be perfect for you. I added a little bit of moss to the bottom of this bottle to look like a terrarium. I painted a mini white gift tag with watercolour paint and attached it to the bottle using a wired ribbon

pretty gift packaging for your bridemaids | Creative Bag

Here's a cute idea for a destination wedding - the earrings where made using old maps and I added tiny heart candies to this bottle. A mini kraft tag in the shape of a luggage tag is attached to the bottle using natural twine. 

For a destination wedding on the beach, you could use sand, sea glass or mini shells instead of heart candies.

gold spray painted glassware | Creative Bag

I've been experimenting with the Krylon gold spray paints on some of our other glass containers. Here's a sneak peek at some of my favourites ... so far.


Friday, 19 June 2015

pretty gift packaging for baby and free downloads



pretty packaging for baby and free downloads for baby's first year photo stickers | Creative Bag

One of our custom services staff, Lynn, delivered a baby girl earlier this month. I designed a simple diy gift for baby Brittany using some of our gift boxes and our blank printable sticker sheets. You can recreate this gift yourself (for personal use only) by using my free download and the instructions below. 


By the way, the download contains two colour versions - I've only shown the pink version in this post.

pretty packaging for baby and free downloads for baby's first year photo stickers | Creative Bag

I took many, many pictures of my daughters when they were little. Over the years, we have spent a lot of time looking through photo boxes to find pictures for school projects and to add into scrapbooks. As time passes, it has become difficult to remember how old the girls were in their photos. So with that in mind, I designed the first year photo stickers so Lynn could add the stickers to whatever Brittany is wearing on the first day each month and take a photo.

I purchased some onesies that matched the colours of the photo stickers and packaged them in a gift box that could be reused afterwards as a baby memory box. 

pretty packaging for baby and free downloads for baby's first year photo stickers | Creative Bag

So here's what I used to create the first year stickers and gift packaging: my printables, 4 full page printable sticker sheets, large kraft and white gift box, 4"x4"x1" white stationery box, ribbon

Note: the printables include 12 "months" speech bubbles, a long packaging label for the photo sticker packaging and a label for the lid of the memory box that can be personalized.

pretty packaging for baby and free downloads for baby's first year photo stickers | Creative Bag

The blank sticker sheets are easy to use on your home printer. Just remember to print "size as is" and not "size to fit" so that they print properly. I always do a test print on regular paper first to make sure that I don't waste my sticker sheets. 

Use scissors to cut the photo stickers as shown above. If you have a paper cutter, you may want to use it to cut the straight edge elements for the packaging labels. Use the crop marks on the art as a guide for cutting the labels.

pretty packaging for baby and free downloads for baby's first year photo stickers | Creative Bag

The 12 "speech bubble" photo stickers are packaged in a white stationery box with a clear lid. The lid stays in place when the long packaging sticker is wrapped around one side of the box. Start the sticker on the clear lid and wrap it around the side and onto the back of the bottom box. You can see the label positioning in the next photo.

pretty packaging for baby and free downloads for baby's first year photo stickers | Creative Bag

To gift wrap: Place 3 or 4 folded onesies into the kraft box and add the packaged first year photo stickers on top. Centre the memory box sticker label on the box lid.

Note: If you did not personalize the memory box label before printing, it can done later by hand using a fine sharpie marker.

pretty packaging for baby and free downloads for baby's first year photo stickers | Creative Bag

 The gift box takes on a new purpose afterwards as a memory box to hold baby photos and small objects. I thought that the custom sticker on top of the box was too pretty to cover with wrapping paper so I simply tied a ribbon to the box to finish. 

pretty packaging for baby and free downloads for baby's first year photo stickers | Creative Bag



Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Last week's contest winner and diy tissue paper cupcake toppers


Last week we celebrated the launch of our new website with five days of giveaways. What a week and thanks to everyone who entered our five draws. 

Package. Celebrate. Create. | Creative Bag


The winning entries were selected on Monday and everyone has responded to us with their mailing addresses. So today I'd like to congratulate our five lucky winners ... 

Day 1 (bakery prize package) - Maelyn Kelsey Bondoc
Day 2 (diy prize package) - Jennifer Hongeveen
Day 4 (chocolate prize package) - Corinna vanGerwen

We hope that you enjoy all of the goodies in your prize packages ... they are being mailed out this week.

I've been working on party projects for work and a few friends lately so I'm still in a party mood. Here's a simple little diy idea using tissue paper to dress up your cupcakes.

diy tissue paoer cupcake toppers | Creative Bag

These only require a few supplies and tools - tissue paper, wood skewers, scissor and glue (I used glue dots).

diy tissue paoer cupcake toppers | Creative Bag

1. Fold tissue paper so you can cut a few at a time. I made my strips 2" wide and the length does not really matter because you will cut them to whatever final length you wish. Mine happened to be 4" long. Make small fringes about 1.5" long as shown - with one half an inch of solid tissue along the bottom. I used long wood skewers and cut them to a size to fit my cupcakes. Since I add a lot of icing to my cupcakes - I wanted my cupcake toppers to be a little on the tall side.
2. The top of the wood skewer is attached to the bottom of the tissue paper strip using a glue dot. The skewer should be positioned below the cut fringed area of the tissue paper.
3. Roll the tissue paper along the wood skewer until you get to the end. Add another glue dot at the bottom corner and you are done.
4. The fringe will need to be "fluffed" a little so that it looks like mine.

Make these in any colours you like. Experiment with colour combinations and see what you come up with. If you make these tissue paper cupcake toppers for your party, wedding or special event, I'd love to see them! Leave me a comment below.

Have a great week. 



Saturday, 13 June 2015

Special thanks to Bake Sale and your last chance to enter to win one of our five giveaways!


Bake Sale - cupcakes, cakes, cookies, squares and more | 3 Toronto locations

We'd like to send out a special thanks to our friends at Bake Sale for donating 200 mini cupcakes to our Mississauga and Toronto stores on Friday morning to help us to celebrate the launch of our new website. Our Mississauga and Toronto customers (and staff) loved the tasty treats. Freshly made that morning, the cupcakes were as good to eat as they were to look at.

Bake Sale - cupcakes, cakes, cookies, squares and more | 3 Toronto locations

The staff at our Mississauga store set up their sweet table near the front entrance. Customers waited patiently for me to take pictures before snacking on the Bake Sale treats. 

Bake Sale - cupcakes, cakes, cookies, squares and more | 3 Toronto locations

Our Toronto store's cupcakes went very quickly but the staff managed to take this picture for me before the cupcakes were all gone!

Bake Sale - new cake line up | three Toronto store locations

Bake Sale just launched a new cake line up. Some of the new cakes are based on their most popular cupcake flavors ... Salted Caramel, Nutella, Peanut Butter, Vanilla, Chocolate, Carrot Cake, Lemon and Red Velvet.

Just in case you missed out on our five days of product specials and giveaways this week - the product specials are over now but you do have until Sunday (June 14th) to enter each of the daily giveaways. Here's the links ...











Friday, 12 June 2015

day 5 - giveaways and party product specials ... let's get this party started!



day 5 - giveaways and party product specials | Creative Bag



Creative Bag has launched it's new and improved website and all week we have been celebrating with giveaways and product specials. 

So let's get this party started with this our fifth and last day of giveaways and product specials. 

Today's theme is P-A-R-T-Y.

day 5 - giveaways and party product specials | Creative Bag



Today's giveaway is a tote bag filled with the following goodies:

assorted favor and treat bags, assorted popcorn boxes and candy cups, baker's twine, a copy of Brit + Co Homemakers book, a $40 gift certificate from the Bake Sale and organic cotton candy from Lola's Cloud.


Bake Sale creates fresh from scratch treats using the best quality ingredients. They bake a variety of delectable desserts from moist cupcakes heaped with thick buttercream icing to rich decadent brownies and melt in your mouth cookies. They also design beautiful wedding, shower and birthday cakes to help celebrate your special events.

day 5 - giveaways and special promotions | Creative Bag


Lola's Cloud is a Toronto-based company, whose purpose is to provide delicious and organic cotton floss for parties, weddings or special events. The winner of today's draw will receive some organic cotton candy surprise bags.


day 5 - giveaways and special promotions | Creative Bag


Our product specials of the day are a few of our favourite sweet table party items. These products are all 30% off today only online and in our stores while quantities last:

paper straws





Did you know that you have until Sunday June 14th to enter all five of the giveaways?!

Day 1






We will be selecting and contacting all of our daily winners on Monday June 14, 2015. Once all of our winners have responded we will announce the names of the five lucky on our blog - hopefully on Tuesday! Good luck everyone and remember to enter each daily draw for more chances to win.




Thursday, 11 June 2015

day 4 - giveaways and product specials ... let's get this party started continues!


Creative Bag's new website launch - day 4 giveaways and daily specials

Creative Bag has launched it's new and improved website and for five days this week we're celebrating with giveaways and product specials. 

This is day four and today's theme is CHOCOLATE.

day 4 giveaways and products specials | Creative Bag celebrates new website



Today's giveaway is a tote bag filled with the following goodies:
six mason jar sippers, paper straws, paper pin wheel kits, hanging chalkboard signs, and a $25 gift card from our friends at MoRoCo Chocolat.

day 4 - giveaways and special promotions | Creative Bag


The winner of today's chocolate themed giveaway will receive a $25 gift card to use at MoRoCo Chocolat. Passion, Paris and Chocolate - a combustible combination - and the inspiration behind MoRoCo, Toronto's leading purveyor of luxury chocolate and the city's most luscious chocolate boutique and lounge. 

Cocoa Fancy desserts

The winner of today's chocolate themed giveaway will also win a $50 gift certificate from Cocoa Fancy. Inspired by a love and appreciation of creating exquisite fancy desserts, Cocoa Fancy combines the highest quality natural ingredients, flawless presentation and mosts of all rich flavour! More than just desserts, Cocoa Fancy also offers a wide range of party services such as high tea, event decor, flower arrangements, gourmet gift baskets, branded gifts and event sweets. 

http://www.creativebag.com/collections/aztec


Our product special of the day is our aztec collection of euro tote bags, wrapping paper and tissue paper. This exclusive collection is perfect for packaging your favourite box of chocolates for gift giving and is 40% off today only online and our stores while quantities last.







Stay tuned - tomorrow is day 5!

Did you know that you have until Sunday June 14th to enter all of the giveaways?!




Day 2


Day 3