Tuesday, 1 September 2009

A Brown Paper Bag Full of Sugar

I'm part of a group of crafty friends, where each month one member of the group sends everyone else some supplies, with an instruction to make a project using what we receive. This month our mission was set by Cathy, who asked us to decorate a brown paper bag. Now I had never done this before although I did receive a totally fabulous one as an image wallet from the lovely Marcea, so I couldn't wait to get started. I really enjoyed doing it, and hope to make more in future.

Now I hope you'll humour me over the number of photos in this post, but I really was quite chuffed by how it turned out. It was a big project which took me quite a few hours all bank holiday afternoon and much of the evening, and it has 4 sides fully decorated, which is rather more than I usually manage.... So on that basis I would like to split it into two for challenge purposes - I hope the challenge blogs think that's fair...

I'd like to enter the OUTSIDE (front) for the Sugar Bowl Challenge #18 - Kathy's sketch + buttons ...

and as a totally separate issue I'd like to enter the INSIDE into the Spoon Full of Sugar challenge # 67 - distressing, Everybody-Art-Challenge #55 - brown & blue, and Dutch Dare #25 - Back In Time: I would like to tie it in to Challenges #8 "Pimp Some Packaging" and/or #11 - "not a card".

So .... here's the front .....


Seeing as the paper bag was brown, I decided to go for an overall vintage look and feel. I stamped Sugar Nellie "Basket of Happiness", coloured her with watercolour pencils and decorated her hat with tiny pearls. The shape was cut using large deckled rectangle nesties, and I distressed the edges with Antique Linen & Walnut distress inks. I cut all the edges of my K&Co papers with deckle edge scissors and then layered them onto dark blue pearlised card, which gave a bit of sturdiness when stuck on to the paper bag.

I also used crocheted ribbon from Quixotic Paperie, Prima flowers, blue, cream and tan tea roses from Hobbycraft, a cute bonnet charm from Dolls Made Up, and pearls, ribbon, dragonfly brad & button from my stash. the dark blue swirl was cut using Shapeabilities "doodles".

And here's the back ....


I also partly followed the Sugar Bowl sketch for the back of the bag. The papers and techniques were similar to above, and the sentiment stamp is from Great Impressions.

Here's the inside ...

On the inside, I used more of the same papers. On the left I used the lighter paper (no rigid card) tucked under the bottom of the paper bag, which I secured to form a "pocket". I then used the dark paper matted into blue pearlescent card to give a bit of structure and shape to the pocket, and slightly tucked my sentiment inside. The sentiment is Penny Black "... dreams..." (2711F) and the flowers are Penny Black "Aspire" (3381K), stamped in champagne gold ink. Nestie shapes, distressing and other decorations are as before.

.. and a closeup of the sentiment - I really love this stamp but the opportunity to use it doesn't seem to arise that often.


Here's another view of the front and back when the wallet is laid flat .....



.... and the inside when the wallet is standing up ....


Lastly, here's a view of the wallet with the opening - just ready to pop some images into!


I daresay it will be quite some time before I manage to sit down to a mammoth project like this again ... but i really loved doing it and really think it is a fab idea for an image wallet - so thanks Cathy for the inspiration.

19 comments:

  1. Wow - this is stunning Pauline! Love your colour scheme...and all of those images and sentiments work really well together...fabulous!
    Helen x

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  2. beautiful, those blue awning papers are brilliant

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  3. wow!! this is jusy so incredibly gorgeous!!

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  4. WOW! I love your gorgeous creation! Lots of love went in it for sure. Beautiful details and color scheme. Thanks for joining the SB challenge and hope to see you in the next one too! Have a great day!

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  5. This is just gorgeous Pauline!! I love the colors and papers that you have used and all your details are so pretty!! Love the image as well! Beautiful interpretation of the sketch!! :)kathy

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  6. Wonderful card, love all details.
    Thanks for joining in our challenge.
    Doreen
    EAC-Team

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  7. OMG Pauline! No wonder it took so long hun, it is absolutely stunning, love it, love it, love it. You've inspired me to get a wriggle on with mine now.
    Squirrel xx

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  8. Wow Pauline, its stunning. One of my favourite colour combo's and you have put so much into this, I think its gorgeous!!
    Clairex

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  9. Oh WOW what stunning work beautiful colours and gorgeous SN image.
    luv
    Debby

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  10. What a lovely card,Pauline!
    Great colours and the the little details are wonderful..

    Great work..

    Hugs
    Swaani

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  11. This is gorgeous....the colours are stunning...and everything works so well together...brilliant.

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  12. Aw wow, those papers are just to die for Pauline. Well done with the whole layout and scheme. Mand xxx

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  13. Oh wow your card is absolut stunning, love all the details, brilliant papers and a cute image.
    Thanks for joining in our challenge.

    Hugs
    Iris
    EAC-Team

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  14. Stunning work!!!
    I bet it took alot of patience to do all that detail!

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  15. yuppers a beautiful job done pauline! love the images and the flowers are so muted love that!! great Bag pauline!! Have to get on with mine very inspriring all these bags every one making! :0)

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  16. What a beautiful card Pauline,i love the image and colours.
    So gorgeous papers.

    Hugs Riet.x

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  17. WOW this is gorgeous Pauline. Love the image you've used and the colours also. Hugs Michele x

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  18. wow Pauline this is gorgeous!!! Love the colours.
    Kaz xx

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  19. Wow your card is just so stunning! Love the cute image and all the great details.
    Thanks for joining in our challenge.
    Hugs
    Moni
    EAC-Team

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Thanks for looking, and for taking the time to leave a comment - I really appreciate it.
Pauline x