Saturday, January 01, 2011

Blingtastic 2011!

Happy New Year One and All. I'm starting 2011 off with this Evening Bag that I have made for the January Artful Bag challenge being hosted by Anna of Frosted Petunias. This months challenge is to make a bag or purse using only paper (any paper medium that you like) and then to embelish it.


I am much more at home using fabric and felts so this was quite a hard one to do. I wanted the bag to have the look of lace and have soft folds in it and rather than just embelish with paper roses I wanted it to look like I had raided the jewel box. After trying several different folded papers I finally hit upon using sheets of kitchen towel. It's soft (has a pattern to it) and by carefully pulling each sheet apart gave me the texuture of lace that I wanted whilst still seeing the bag underneath (yellow card stock). So lots of glitter and bling later one Evening Bag. I love butterflies and for this year have decided that any project I make will have a butterfly incorporated into it somewhere!

48 comments:

  1. Hello Mrs. A. May I wish you a very Happy New Year, and I hope to see lots more of your wonderful creations too.
    This bag is beautiful, and I cant believe you have used kitchen towel too, you are just amazing. Love the decoration too. Happy crafting.
    With love, Sandra xxx

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  2. This turned out so pretty! I'm actually going to give this project a try today.
    Looking forward to your tutorial and featuring you on my blog. So happy you're jumping right in!
    Happy New Year!

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  3. I thought it was fabric until I read your post, it looks really good! - Happy new year Valery!!

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  4. It is fantastic - looks like fabric! Happy New Year love Annie xx

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  5. Well you certainly pulled off the look you wanted to achieve - well done you. More stash from trash, hey? The kitchen paper idea is great and the bag looks amazing. A butterfly on everything? I better check I know where my butterfly die is...
    xxx

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  6. It is amazing how like fabric it looks, well done! I use kitchen towel quite a lot, very useful stuff and inexpensive.
    Have a good year, wishing you lots of good things for you and yours. Best wishes and thank you for your lovely comments on my blog; I really do appreciate them.
    Sue xxx

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  7. This is beautiful. I also thought it was fabric until I read the post further. Very creative. thanks for sharing and have a great day. Angela

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  8. Hiya Mrs A. Happy Newyear I hope that you will have lots of luck, succes, happiness and love in this newyear.
    Your bag looks abosolutely georgous. Thanks for sharing. Hugs Terry xxxx

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  9. Very nice....looks like you just bought it and are going out for the afternoon. Please check mine out....

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  10. The bag looks fantastic! You should totally convert it into one made of fabric, it would be so gorgeous!!

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  11. I would have never guessed paper towels! Your bag is beautiful and the embellishments you used really look like pretty jewels. Of course I adore the butterfly and glittery handle:) Thank you for linking up and Happy New Year!

    Anna

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  12. Gorgeous bag and I thought it was fabric at first look too!
    Happy New Year to you and Doc Shingles, hope you have a fab 2011
    Jo xx

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  13. Mrs. A., this is fantastic - I thought it was made of fabric! Wonderfully pulled off, my dear! I hope you and your lovely family had a fantastic new year and wish you the best in 2011! It's been an incredible year with you in the blogging world - so glad you're here and I look forward to more inspiration from you!

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  14. Happy New Year!

    i love your paper bag...and i have a thing about bags too....so, i did check out the challenge...and if i can get my act together, this might be just the "something" i need to get my creative juices flowing...:)

    thank you for sharing!!

    i am also clicking on linda's blog every minute or so to see if she has posted anything yet about the new swap!! coz today is Jan. 2!! :)

    i do hope you had a nice Christmas and a nice New Year's Day weekend...

    Have a great day!

    cheers,

    tracy

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  15. Wow ! really that is made from paper towels that is stunning! Hugs wendy

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  16. A great bag.I am over from Feline Playful. I am now following you.xxx

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  17. Check my blog for a nice surprise!
    JoZarty x
    Love your bag!

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  18. oh wow this is soooooooooooooooo clever. It's brilliant!!!!!
    Just popping over from Feline Playful to say Hi:)
    Anne x

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  19. Great bag! Happy New Year! I have become a follower.

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  20. THAT is absolutely creative! kitchen paper towels... who wouldve thought huh! :)

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  21. Great bag!I found your blog through the event at Feline Playful and have become a follower.
    New Year!!

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  22. I love the idea of using papertowel for the lace look, great idea.
    We should all see more butterflies in our lives.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Michele

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  23. It's fabulous and does look so much like fabric! Great glittery handle and embellishments too - fantastic start to the project!

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  24. LOVE this! That little clutch purse is just adorable. So very cute.
    Lynn

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  25. I am a new follower and friend via Feline Playful. Great blog! My number is 69, so I am looking forward to the 9th and all the comments and new followers on my blog too. If you want to visit sooner, the address is: http://karenskreativekards.blogspot.com. Happy stamping!

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  26. Your bag is beautiful! I really like your embellishments, especially the beautiful butterfly.
    Angela

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  27. Thanks for joining my **MONTHLY MAKE 2011**. Please put a badge in you sidebar and when done also send me your email address for the Stanley pattern - TheFeltFairy @ aol.com (no gaps)with Stanley as the subject. The pattern will be sent out by mid feb! love Annie xxx

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  28. A girl can never have too many bags, I love the one in the last post actually, Gorgeous.

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  29. what a wonderful bag Mrs. A....did I already wish you all the best for 2011???
    xxx Margreet

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  30. Great bag!! Hi! I am visiting from the Feline Playful give a comment - receive a comment event. I am now a follower! I wish you a Happy New Year filled with lots of crafting time.

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  31. I LOVE how your purse turned out, it's so beautiful!! I found your blog through Feline Playful.

    Kendra

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  32. I love your purse! I am a big fan of purses and this is very pretty. Lots of gorgeous details!

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  33. HELLO...
    THIS IS MY FIRST TIME TO YOUR BLOG AND JUST BECAME YOUR 81ST FOLLOWER. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE YOUR PURSE. I AM STILL WORKING ON MINE SO IT WILL KINDA COORDINATE WITH THE DRESS I AM MAKING FOR DRESS UP 2011. I LOVE YOUR IDEAL OF PAPER TOWEL AND HOW IT WORKED OUT. I SHOULD BE POSTING MINE IN THE NEXT TWO DAYS.
    I LOVE YOUR BUTTERFLY AND FLOWERS. BUTTERFLIES HAVE SPECIAL MEANING TO ME. I WOULD BE HONORED IF YOU FOLLOWED MY BLOG ALSO.
    HAVE A SUGAR SWEET DAY.
    HUGS
    SIMPLY DEBBIE

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  34. Love your blog. Found it on Feline Playful. I am now a follower. Hug Anita

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  35. Please forgive if this is a duplicate post. I can't remember if I left you a post prior to this one. Your purse is adorable. You are quite talented. Hugs, dj

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  36. this bag is so beautiful! I am visiting from Feline Playful and am now following you :) Gemma x

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  37. Amazing project! I found your blog through Feline Playful and I am a new follower. I look forward to your inspiration!

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  38. What a beautiful bag, very creative!

    Christine (#71 @ FP)

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  39. You would never know this was made from paper towel! Stunning! Very creative indeed!

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  40. Wow, Gorgeous Bag!!
    Can't believe it was made from kitchen towel!!
    Looking forward to seeing all the butterflies incorporated in future projects :)

    Jan x

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  41. What a beautiful bag! I LOVE how you used the paper towel layer over the card stock and the flower & butterfly embellishments are fantastic!

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  42. I love your bag! I'm so enjoying this art challenge. I can't wait for next month.

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  43. Your bag is so beautiful and it was a very clever idea to use kitchen towel.

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  44. Incredible! So creative of you to use kitchen towels. And the handle with the glitter is such a nice contrast

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  45. I'm with the crowd, I would not have thought that your "fabric" was paper towel! Very beautiful finished product; the drape, the lovely embellishment and the entire concept came together wonderfully.

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