Monday, April 24, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Altered Lunch Bag with handmade flowers, Spring Fairy Theme

Joined a swap in MAS for Altered Lunch Bags - requirements were a tag, a wand, a card, and a handmade item.
Used Graphic 45 Secret Garden paper and Bazzill for solid colors.

Created the flowers will punches from McGill.  
For the "handmade item" I made some simple earrings on moon topped eyepins, butterfly charms and Swarovski crystals.  The mirrored pieces are Tim Holtz Adhesive Mirrored Sheets cut out with Tim's Alterations Trellis die.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring themed Stuffed Loaded Envelope (using Graphic 45, Anna Griffin, Tim Holtz, Crafter's Companion, We R Memory Keepers supplies & tools)

Usually spring / Easter colors are my nemesis, but this project turned out to be a happy one!  I stuffed it a little too much so I went back, took off the back pocket and added more gussets.  I used the Crafter's Companion 11 x 17 thick double sided cardstock (which is thicker than Bazzill) to create the envelope.  Graphic 45 has several spring and garden paper lines that I used for most of the images and designer papers.  Lots of eyelash fibers, ribbons and laces, and so many happy embellies made it a very enjoyable project.  Made me feel all "springy" inside.
There are 2 pockets on the front (3 if you count the tiny pocket holding the purple flocked tag) and one on the back,  and a little dangle hanging from the top.  
Here's a side view.
Kept the back more "flat" so it would be easy to lay on the desk or table.  There was enough room in the back pocket for some handmade embellies and a card (and cardmaking kit) in the back pocket.  The little pink and green bows are Anna Griffin.

When I pull everything out of all the pockets, there's a "spring explosion" -
In the envelope are 2 bags with several yards of pink and blue ribbons, 4 tags (5 counting the tag that's in the pocket of one of the tags), baggie of 3 handmade embellishments, small card and envelope (decorated on back and inside) and supplies to make a card of your own), 2 Wands (the rosette wand is on a pencil so it can be sharpened, the pinwheel wand is on a simple wooden dowl and made using the We R Memory Keepers Pinwheel Punch Board, and off course, what spring envelope wouldn't be complete without some chocolate? ... so there's a little Ghirardelli Caramel Bunny.
a few close ups of what's inside
3 embellishments made from my stash.  Metal charms and a wood laser cut birdhouse, Tim Holtz' Big Chat stickers, metal filigree and some punches made them cute.
Holding it up so you can see the beaded fringe on the bottom.  I LOVE BEADED FRINGE!! 
The girls are Graphic 45, the flower cut outs are Anna Griffin, a purple flocked tag in the pocket has 2 little charms that I took off a braclet, the bird in nest was an embellishment I received in the Cat's Meow Swap I joined last year in MAS, gold filigrees are Jolees, gold Venetian lace is from Tresors de Luxe (etsy).
the top with all the goodies removed - Leaf rhinestone lace (Tresor de Luxe) and two yellow buttons were from years ago when I sold Stampin' Up - forgot I had them until I was searching through the button stash.  The butterfly is on a gold glitter mini clothespin, so it is removable.

This pic just shows the backsides of the tags, wands,
 and envelope.  On the tags there are a couple of birds I made using resin.
Close up of the little Rose beads, bird charm, Swarovski crystal dangle (on a Tim Holtz swivel clasp)

If you haven't made a Loaded Envelope yet - HOP ON THE BANDWAGON.  They are great fun and bring a smile to the person who receives it.