Tuesday, 21 February 2012

And now for something completely different with Papertake Weekly

Hello everyone ... I've been missing in action the past few days as I somehow got myself very tired and bit behind with everything ... but here I am now with my third GDT card for the lovely Papertake Weekly. Thanks so much to everyone who entered last week's challenge - fab interpretations as always.

This week we are sponsored by The Ribbon Girl

and have another fab theme for you ...

Get Krafty!

Yes ... we would like to see some kraft card or paper somewhere on your project. 

Initially I didn't have a clue where to start with this, as I have never used kraft card before and wouldn't even know where to buy any (at least, not a small amount to start me off lol!!). However after quite a bit of mulling over how I could tackle this I had a bit of a brainwave, and bought me a plain kraft gift bag from Paperchase to decorate :-).

So here it is decorated ... something totally new for me!

I soon discovered that decorating a gift bag poses its own challenges ... the surface is quite BIG (19cm * 22.5cm) ... so a lot of images and embellishments can look teeny and get rather lost! I deliberately chose this LotV image (not a stamp I own, but part of the fab giveaway image stack in this month's Papercraft Inspirations magazine) because the little girl's face is rather large and so doesn't completely disappear in this environment! 

I was also able go use some felt butterflies which had lain dormant as they seemed too big for normal cards; and some large flowers which had been hiding in my stash waiting for this very occasion lol! Last but not least I was able to really go to town with the largest size bow on my Bow-Easy !!

Here's the back of the bag ....

Another challenge was how to decorate the back when it has a sharp crease for folding the bag flat. I got round this by just having a central panel so that there would only be one layer of paper slightly overlapping the crease ... no bulk to stop it from folding properly. I've had this Penny Black sentiment for several years and never used it before but i did think it was perfect for this project!

Stamps: LotV (from Papercraft Inspirations colouring stack); Penny Black "A Hug is..." (2969K);
Media: Promarkers and Flexmarkers;
Papers: Me To You "Spring Chic";
Supplies: Papermania "Henbury Lane" felt butterflies; pearls and large pearl brad from The Hobby house; flowers and ribbon from my stash;
Tools: small, large and lacy circle nestabilities; Martha Stewart "floral vine" deep edge punch; Cheery Lynn "Fanciful Flourish" die.

Whimsy #26 - Anything But A Square Card
Anything Goes #61 - Altered Projects
Totally Papercrafts #104 - Ribbons &/or Bows
Divas By Design #22 - Wings & Things
Sparkles #29 - Things With Wings
Fabulous Friday - Brads &/or Eyelets
(swirls / flowers / pearls)
Cute Card Thursday #204 - Flower Power
Craft Us Crazy #21 - Favourite Colour / Favourite Embellishment
(pink / pearls)
CES #73 - Spots & Dots (dotty paper)
Sentimental Sundays #90 - Let's Get Sentimental 
(back of bag)
Allsorts #142 - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafty #73 - Anything Goes

That's all for today - have a great week and happy krafting lol!


  1. Gorgeous bag and wonderful sentiment.Hugs marja

  2. What a fabulous idea and so pretty
    Thanks for joining us at Diva's this week
    Lisa x

  3. Hi Pauline, hope you're not too bad, this gift bag is so cheery and i just had to come over to your blog to leave a comment, it's amazing, brilliant dies used and ofcourse can see why you chose this fab image! loving the sentiment on the back, it's a great project Pauline. Ruby x

  4. Hi Pauline...
    I love this bag! I also like the way that you were able to use some things in your stash that you had but that always seemed too big for your usual sized cards...
    The butterfly and Bow are great!
    You just need the perfect present and occassion to use it now...That will be a very lucky person!

  5. What an awesome bag, Pauline! It's a gift in and of itself! LOOOVE this image and she is so adorable! Fabulous project!
    hugs, Sharon

  6. Wow! this is Stunning! Love it!! :D

  7. Wow a gorgeous creation and great take on our Bingo theme this week, thank you so much for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
    Hugs Kate xx
    ps I have candy if you are interested :)

  8. Oh wow hun, this is TOTALLY fabulous! Such beautiful work, I love it!! Hugs Sxx

  9. That is one beautiful bag. I love that flourish die!! Thanks for joining us at Totally PaperCrafts Ribbons and Bows challenge. **Linda

  10. Wow, love this creation! Love this gift bag! Great colors! Love the sentiment on the back as well, so sweet! Hugs, Hanneke

  11. Wow...LOVE LOVE how you decorated this....totally awesome!! Thanks for joining us at Frosted Designs!!

  12. Beautiful bag! fab image & embellies and love how you've decorated the back with that lovely sentiment.
    Thanks for joining us at Sparkles this time & good luck!
    Jo x

  13. Wow Pauline this is so pretty. I love it
    Thank you so much for entering our FREE & EASY challenge at ALLSORTS this week, good luck & hope you’ll join us again!
    Hugz Fleur xXx

  14. This is amazing! I love how much detail you've put into this! Such a beautiful work of art! Thanks for joining us at Frosted Designs!

  15. Wow a beautiful bag with lots of gorgeous embellies!! Love the sentiment on the back really made me smile!
    Thank you for joining us at Anything Goes this Fortnight.

  16. A beautiful bag & a lovely sentiment, Jx

  17. Beautiful bag!

    Thank you for joining in the fun with us at SMC with our
    "Things with Wings" challenge

    Hope you will join us again soon & good luck in the draw

    Hugs Shaz x

  18. Thanks for joining our "Bingo" challenge on SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY CHALLENGE this week :)

    Hugs Jane x

  19. Beautiful little gift bag, fab choice of colours and design and cool spots and dots! Thanks for playing with us at CES this week :) Donna ♥ x

  20. Love how you took the tifme to make a plain paper bag into something practical and wonderful love everything about this- glad you joined us at Frosted designs this week.

  21. Wow, what a pretty bag ! I love it !


    Jo x

  22. Beautiful bag, love what you did with it!
    Many thanks for joining in the
    ♥Cute Card Thursday Challenge♥
    this week! Debxx

  23. How adorable is this??!! Such a beautiful project! Thanks for playing along with us @ Frosted Designs!! :)

  24. Oh what a gorgeous gift bag Pauline! Love the image and the amazing finishing touches!
    Thanks for entering our Anything Goes challenge this week over at Allsorts and good luck!
    Hugs Nicola xxx

  25. Beautiful project! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sentimental Sundays!

  26. Hi Pauline,
    This looks fabulous. Great image & this is a wonderful idea. Love all the wonderful die cuts. Thanks for joining us at Secret Crafter's Saturday Challenge.
    Andie xx

  27. Oooh...this is fab Pauline - love the colours!
    Thanks for playing at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - I hope you'll join us tomorrow for another fun challenge!
    Helen x

  28. Wonderful sentiment....I love it. I just love your altered bag from top to bottom. Thanks a lot for joining us at sentimental sundays this week.

  29. Fabulous altered bag. Love the embellishments, and the sentiment. Thanks for joining the Sentimental Sundays Challenge this week.


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