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:

Rose Petal said...

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

JoAnne said...

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!

Maureen said...

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

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

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

Faye said...

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

Susan Allan said...

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

Angela Weimer said...

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

Terry said...

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

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful....

Linda said...

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

mandapanda said...

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

Frosted Petunias said...

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

Jo said...

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

Terry Oulboub said...

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!

Sunset97 said...

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

BLISS angels said...

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

Doreen said...

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

JoZart said...

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

Craftyanny said...

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

Stephanie said...

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

E.T said...

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

Lila Castro said...

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

Nook Cranny Gifts said...

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

Sherry Edwards said...

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

jimlynn said...

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

Karen Hasheck said...

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!

Sew Loquacious Angela said...

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

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

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

Debs said...

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

Margreet said...

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

Karen McAlpine said...

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.

~ Kendra ~ said...

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

Kendra

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

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

Simply Debbie said...

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

Anita said...

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

dj1952 said...

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

Gemma said...

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

Debra said...

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

Christine aka blankiefinder said...

What a beautiful bag, very creative!

Christine (#71 @ FP)

Altered Paper said...

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

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

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

Jeanie Callaghan said...

It's gorgeous! So feminine!

Holly said...

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

Patricia's Paper Crafts said...

Lovely evening bag!

Lisa Balazs (Seshat Moon Willow) said...

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

Selma said...

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

Sandy Ang said...

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

Rosemary said...

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.