Hope you are all looking forward to a good weekend!...I can't believe that it is September already, we haven't even had Summer yet!
I didn't get a lot of crafting done yesterday, Tom had a day off and we had lots to do, last night I met my friend Amy to discuss our next workshop - our first Christmas one, which is only 2 weeks away.
However, during the afternoon I did take an hour or so away from Christmas cards, to decorate these little jute bags I got from Calico Crafts which is a great source of everything for altered art lovers and which I have been using for many years.
I actually saw a similar project in this month's copy of Papercraft Magazine, which is a mag I bought when I was in the US a few years ago and have had delivered ever since; sometimes it's good to have a different 'take' on trends and probably from having spent a fair bit of time there over the years, I really like American Country style decor and primitive, rustic art.
For the first bag, I printed some polka dot paper from the Polkadoodles 'Wonderland' CD, cut a strip about 7cms/3ins width and long enough to fit around the bag. I tore along one edge and then used Worn Lipstick distress ink to colour along the tear, then used a Martha Stewart punch to decorate the opposite edge.
I used Sue Wilson's lovely Vintage Lace Motifs die by Spellbinders to make the centre, but when I cut it, I also used a piece of wax paper between the die and the plain white paper. Using wax paper with more intricate dies makes them easier to pop out, but they also make lovely die cuts themselves, very delicate. I bought a roll of wax paper in 'Kitchens' and it really looks like vellum when cut. To finish off, I inked the edges with the same ink.
The flowers were made using Spellbinders Spiral Blossom One, cut in felt.
For the second bag, I used the same die, but this time Kraft paper and coredinations paper. I used some vintage floral paper from stash for the strip around the card, but cut a straight edge this time and used a different Martha Stewart punch for the edge.
I coloured the edges of the paper with Tea Dye distress ink and tied some vintage pink bakers twine around it.
As I was making these, I was thinking that it might be nice to use those cupcake paper holders to make the strip around the bag.
Thanks for stopping by, hope you like today's paper crafting with a twist!