Monday, November 7, 2011

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The top of the morning to you!
If all goes well in both the virtual and real world this post will appear bright and early and I will be at LB Crafts in Olney doing a Ranger Masterclass with Linda Elbourne! Blogger can be a bit moody and I have a stinking cold but I'm hoping for the best... So, Monday means a new theme at Simon Says Stamp & Show where it's Recycle or Upcycle. No, that's not an exercise programme but a call to be green, creative and thrifty!
I had lots of vintage newspapers gathering dust and with Mr. Chrimble on the way I decided to create a Designer gift bag! Firstly I folded the bag into shape following the shape of a gift bag I had at home, folding over the top section to add strength. Basically you just need to create a tube, pleat the sides and fold in the bottom like you would if wrapping a present.
I used Picket Fence Distress Stain to tone down the print and give the paper a nice white tint.
Then I decided to jazz it up a bit with a recycled star and double tag. The star is made from an old toilet roll cut into five. Here's a great link on making art with your old loo rolls! I painted the star with Gesso, added Rock Candy Crackle paint and lined the inside with some fab blue Graphic 45 paper. I added a hint of colour with Stormy Sky Distress ink to the points.
l was also added strips of the same design paper to the inside of the bag for a bit of colour and contrast. I decided to go for rounded handles, not string as I thought it looked a wee bit more classy! I drew around some plates onto scrap cardboard to get the shape, then covered them with more paper and inked the edges.
Here you can see the tags which were made just like the handles were. I added a few festive stamps from Tim's Season's Silhouettes set in Ranger's Cobalt Archival ink and added some old parcel string to finish. I also put a cardboard piece into the bag bottom to support the structure. So there you go, a touch of Festive Junk! You could also make these bags from old gift paper, comics or brown paper and have a great time. They are quick, easy and quite a lot of fun!

There are so many things we have and hoard that can be transformed into something new. Take a look at the fantastic ideas from the rest of the talented Design Team here. You name it, they've done it! I'm sure you are all full of inventive ideas too, so come on, get peddling on your Upcycle! There's a generous $50 prize and Top Three Title on the go!
I'm all done for today and must be flitting off. Thanks for being here, I'd love to hear from you... See you all very soon, Sarah.

121 comments:

PsyPenguin said...

Wow, that bag is fantastic! It looks so classy, I'm really tempted to have a go. Love the loo roll art link too :0)

Cath Wilson said...

Excellent! Love this idea and so practical. Beautifully done, too x

Nancy Wethington said...

From trash to treasure . . . this is so wonderful! The bag lining just about did me in. You always think of things I never would have thought of. The bag and tags would have been enough but then you took it an extra mile. You are so talented and I am so happy you share your talent.

Candy C said...

Sarah, your altered gift bag is beautiful! I love the crisp blue against the stark white. It is so lovely! As Nancy said, this truly is a trash to treasure piece! Love your creative genius! <3 Candy

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous recycled gift bag Sarah, love it, my Christmas gift will look lovely in that ha ha ha ha. Love the white washed feel to it and your use of the toilet roll holder is inspired. Enjoy your workshop. Hope your stomach is better this week. Tracy x

CraftyLoops said...

This is a fantastic idea Sarah, a brilliant bit of upcycling. Lee x

Juls said...

Hi Sarah

Yet again I find myself playing catchup!! I have enjoyed checking out the creations I have missed on your blog.

Fab recycling!! hugs Juls

Chris - Creations in Bloom said...

Seriously amazed at how you made newspaper look so pretty. Love your project. TFS.

Gillian .... said...

Hi Sarah, you always come up with such cool projects/ideas, love the contemporary feel to this altered gift bag, the vintage text along with the white/blue tones look amazing:) x

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Amazing crafty project, Sarah!! I love the royal blue color being incorporated into the holidays :)

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Anita Houston said...

Awesome...love the tags too. The blue by itself is a real showstoppper!!!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

How cool is this? Love the idea and the pretty blue tones you added. And the star made from the TP roll is brilliant! Hope you are feeling better and that had a fabulous workshop with Linda.

Hugs,
Linda

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