Saturday, May 02, 2009

Birthday Bag

Hey, have you missed me? I've been in a non-crafting mood, but I feel like I'm coming out of it. Hooray! I think I heard my stamps calling me. Whenever I feel stagnant in the crafting world, I try a challenge, either a sketch or a specific stamps. This project fulfills the Papertake Weekly Challenge for the past week. The challenge was to use dots and stripes in your project. For my entry, I got out my Basic Grey "Cupcake" paper to use with some stamps from Odd Bird Planet. I wanted to do something different than a card, so I went into my "bag stash" and chose a small bag. Ok, so a confession here: I am a gift bag hog. I love the ones you get at the dollar stores. So, do I give many gifts? Well, no. Not a lot of gifts, but I like having lots of choices when I DO give a gift. This bag is 4x7 and I chose it because I could cover the front and the side colors matched the cardstock I chose to use. Check it out below. One side of the bag is green and the other side is orange.
When doing this project, I realized I didn't have the right color of ribbon embellishment to use, so I got out my "I Want It White Embellishment Collection" from the Paper Garden Projects store. This kit is awesome. It comes with all kinds of ribbon and rickrack, prima flowers and dew drops. I used my Copics to color the rickrack in the colors to match my cardstock. One row of rickrack just wasn't enough, so I did three rows. I had some left over, so I used the scraps on my sentiment. I colored the dew drops in the same colors I used coloring the rickrack and the images.
Speaking of coloring the images... Since the BG paper is not a solid print, I wanted my image to match. The colors on the paper are a bit mottled, so using what I learned in the Copics Certification class, I texturized the image. Here's how you do it. Color your image first. Then, using a crumpled tissue and some Colorless Blender Solution, dab it on the image lightly. Put the blender solution on the tissue and then dab the tissue on the image. Let it dry before you dab the image again. The Colorless Blender will lift some of the color and the more you do it, the more color is lifted. Pretty nifty, huh? Check out the image below to see a close-up of my image.
These are all the items I used in this project. Did you know all these items are on sale right now at the Paper Garden Projects store? Oh yeah. From now until May 11th, you can take 15% off everything in the store, including sale items!!
I hope you like my little gift bag. Give it a try, it's fun and easy. Oh, and don't forget to check out the PGP store for some great bargains!
Supplies used:
Copics: Colorless blender, YR21 cream, R14 light YG63 pea green, B16 cyanine blue, C3 cool gray no. 3, C5 cool gray no. 5.
Versamagic ink: Sea Breeze.


Linsey said...

what a fun bag, Debbie! I'm sure glad you've come out of your mini funk because this is totally cute!!! And your copic tip is awesome! Seriously, tfs--I need all the help I can get till I can get to a class myself :) You are very inspiring indeed! have a great weekend!

Cathrine said...

What a wondeful project Debbie! I love the bag and what goes together better than polka dots and elephants? (I've always loved Ellie!).

Anonymous said...


where'd the cupcakes go?
I love love love your bag.
it's very party - ish

lots of happy colors!


steph said...

Great gift bag! Thanks for joining us for the PTW challenge!

Kathi said...

I love the rickrack stacked together. It's brilliant.

And I love what you did to Ellie. She really looks much more elephanty than she would if you had straight out colored her.

Did that make sense? Nah. Oh well...

Cardmaking Galore said...

Stunning bag - love the colours

Tami B. said...

Great bag and such a fun tip about the look you got.

chelemom said...

Super cute gift bag! And the mottled coloring works great with the DP!

Is@BeL said...

wowww your bag this beautiful ideal for a gift thanks to share it with us