Today's challenge launch on Gingersnap Creations Blogspot is to use Bags and Tags, as part of their focus on Shopping month. I used a brown paper carrier bag which was one of a batch kindly given to me by Petra and they are lovely for decorating - no idea where you can get them from so I was very pleased to have some. The idea behind my make is that it is a children's school lunch sack, and there is a little envelope for Mum or Dad to pop their money for sweets.
I started off by stamping the text stamp CI 258 from Crafty Individuals all over the bag and added ribbon down the sides. I stamped the two children going to school from Think and Wonder by the Artistic Outpost (from Happy Daze if you're in the UK), cut away the background and adhered them to a distressed pocket money envelope. I added chipboard letters to spell ABC to go with my school theme and changed the colours slightly with Pro Markers to tie in with the other colours used, and added some pearl accents.
Top left is a Poundland crocheted coaster to which I have added a piece of fabric where I treated it with fabric stiffener and then cut around the rose and leaves design I wanted. The butterfly is an image transfer of a Crafty Individuals' image, using liquid clay in the oven then peeling the backing away. This gives you a lovely translucent clay embellishment, to which I added a little glitter. Top right is an art mould key made from friendly plastic tied on with a little piece of lace to match the coaster.
Bottom left is a Tim Holtz label cut from mountboard. I used one of his Adage tickets behind it - I chose Trust because that is what the two siblings convey to me - Giggle or Play didn't seem quite right. I added some pearl brads and some flowers cut from Crafty Individuals' flower stamps using a little book text. I finished off my design with a child's footprint charm on the envelope.
So, I had lots of little details and techniques going on, but although I was happy with how it turned out in the flesh, I now don't think it has much impact on the page, especially seeing my team members gorgeous entries. I sometimes find I make things and the ones that aren't that special can look better on the page - is that just me? Anyhow, although I have called this a children's lunch sack, it is actually Jack's gift bag for her birthday presents. I think when she actually sees it she will like it better than the photo - I hope so! Sorry Jack, there isn't any money in the envelope!