19 Dec 2011

Blue and Sparkly.......

The challenge for December over at Crafty Individuals is "All Wrapped Up" there are some fabulous inspiration projects to feast the eyes on pop over and have a look you won't be disappointed.
I have made a Christmas gift bag using CI - 137 stamp as the main image this is a non Christmas stamp but I think it works really well for any occasion I have added lots of bling to the project and it is product heavy I think I used everything that was close to hand......but if you can't indulge at Christmas when can you............lol :-) 

I will list everything I used and try and keep the post as short as possible just so you don't drop off!!
,.Firstly my bag started life as a plain white carrier not sure where I got it as I have had it ages just waiting to be altered.... I inked over with Antique Linen DI to take away the bright white, stormy sky was added to the edges. Main image was stamped in stormy sky and antique linen was applied all over, stickles rock candy was added to the wings and waterfall to the edges. Next spellbinders teardrop circle was cut and then run through sizzix embossing folder swirls design and inked with same DI's, paper panels were from TH vintage shabby paper stack and border was cut with spellbinders ironworks die (top and bottom) edges inked with same DI's and waterfall stickles added to all edges. It really does sparkle in the light shame photo doesn't show it up too well. Lace from my stash. This was layered onto a white panel distressed with DI's  and final panel is from TH distress collection pack and sanded before distressing all the edges.
Flower - was cut with tattered floral die stamped with papillon background stamp in grey Memento Ink and inked with DI's and jewel brad in centre, circle underneath is from spellbinders as before smaller size, spellbinders floral flourishes die was used to cut the swirls
Sorry photo a bit blurred!

Tag - for the tag I cut 2 more shapes from same paper stack with ironworks set glued together punched a circle from silver mirri board,  teardrop circle was stamped Merry Christmas with tumbled glass DI,  attached to the tag.
To finish more lace from my stash was tied in a bow to the handle.
I have had this lace for years and years I collect bundles of lace where ever I go and have quite a collection and only recently found some more which was hiding in the bottom of my sewing box! Apologies for the last two photos!! I must have had the shakes!!
Now bag is finished and sitting sparkling in the light I am not sure I want to give it away.......Oh dear does that mean I will have to make another.........rofl!
I will also be linking at another monthly challenge I like to enter  The Artistic Stamper December challenge - Christmas,  again there are some fabulous works of art for your inspiration over there. The third place I will be linking is Tando Creative Challenge Blog - Winter Festivals again plenty of inspiration here too.

By for now


  1. This looks really wonderful! Valerie

  2. Smashing gift bag love the colours, thank you for sharing with us at Tando Creative good luck XOXO Zoe

  3. wow Maggie I adore your altered bag, its beautiful with so much lovely detail. Happy Christmas to you and your family. x

  4. just loving your altered bag, so pretty and one of my fave stamps by CI

  5. Wow - what a pretty gift bag. Loving the colours too! Thanks so much for joining in the CI Challenge. Jean

  6. Your altered gift bag looks amazing! The details are gorgeous! Love it!

  7. How fab! what a brilliant idea... love it! Thanks for playing along at The Artistic Stamper challenge... Merry Christmas x

  8. I love it, so much detail and so delicate looking. How wonderful it would be to receive a gift wrapped so beautifully . Thanks for playing along with All Wrapped up at Crafty Individuals, Maggie. Jo x

  9. Hey Maggie, great to see you over at the Tando Creative challenges. Your gift bag is absolutely stunning, such beautiful detail xx


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