Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Gift Bag fun

Hello everyone and welcome. It's lovely to have you joining me here today!

I am showing you a couple of gift bags I created with the help of some tags and brown paper bags.
Here is the first one, using one of Nicecrane Design's wonderful images as the main vocal point. The one I am using is from the Talking Clock Pack of stunning ATC sized images.

As you can see, I cut out the image with a Spellbinders die and then inked around the edges. I then played around with some other dies and papers from my stash. The postcard is a Graphics 45 French Country collection stamp and the little flowers are Prima.


After finishing the first bag, I had so much fun that I decided to do another one. I have so many bits of paper and this seemed a fun way of using them. So here is version number two, mainly using the Kaisercraft Sweet Nothings collection.
The background was inked with Distress Inks, Victorian Velvet, Stormy Sky and Weathered Wood. I was trying to get a Shabby Chic look. The top was cut with the Tim Holtz Tattered Doily die and inked with the same three colours. The sweet little button is from the Funkie Junkie Boutique layered on top of a Prima wooden button.
The rest is basically all layered papers. I had great fun making the little banner though it was quite fiddly, but great to use up all these tiny scraps.

I always like having a few of these bags on hand, they come in handy and almost make a little gift in themselves and they are great fun to make.

Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you will have a creative day full of joy and fun. I'll leave you with one of my favourite quotes by the wonderful Bernard Shaw:

“We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”


38 comments:

2amscrapper said...

gorgeous gift bags--they are a gift onto themselves!

Laura Turner said...

So, so beautiful and yes, a great use for those scraps that are just too good to toss. You have truly inspired me to stay young! :-)

Laura from sundayview.blogspot.com

Terry said...

Gorgeous way to decorate a gift bad! The tags are amazing and the images so delightful! Love that sentiment and I used it with my last blog post! Enjoy and stay young!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Beautiful gift bags Astrid and what a wonderful idea. Another project on my "to do" list. Thank you. ox Marg

Paula Whittaker said...

wow definitely gifts in their own right!

Marianne said...

The giftbags are super!! They are a gift on itself. And a beautiful quote; I wrote it down for keeps; it is so true!
xxx Marianne

Dawn said...

Both beautiful my fave is the 2nd one love the bunting effect Dxx

Ros Crawford said...

Beautiful work ... so many lovely details ... and I love the quote!

Maryann said...

Aaaaaaaaaah Astrid, these bags are sooo gorgeous, and I really just love them both. I can´t pick one of them as my favorit, as they both have some elements that I just adore, and they´re sooo different even yet the same kind, but they´re both really beautiful work.
You have a wonderful crafting day yourself hun.

Heather Rogers said...

Cool idea Astrid. I was only looking at some small brown bags and carrier bags that I have and was wondering what to do with them! LOL! You must be a mind reader. Thanks for the ideas.

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Rita said...

Astrid,your bags are really stunning. It's nice when crafting is fun as well. I have some bags that Anne gave me as part of my mother's day gift. So I now have no excuse after seeing your beautiful bags. Hugs Rita xxxxx

Belladonna said...

So lovely!

Belladonna said...

So lovely!

milissa d said...

love the images.........so pretty!!!
sweet designs!!!

Margie said...

Both beautiful Astrid but I just love that pretty bunting! As you say, these bags are a gift in themselves. Thanks for the great quote too - I intend to keep playing as long as I can..... Love, Margie x

Kate said...

These are gorgeous!

May said...

Gorgeous gift bags..Nicecrane designs are amazing...the designs & colours are Beautiful...I would treasure these..Fabulous work... Hugs May x x x

Netty said...

wow your gift bags are stunning Astrid, they are a gift in themselves. Hugs Annette x

Marisa Job said...

Beautiful gift bags!! Very creative as always!!

Anita Houston said...

Oh Astrid...these are both just FABULOUS!!! I love them...the colors, the images, the layering, the banner, and the hanging! You should link them to SSS&S!

Bärbel said...

Astrid, das sind bezaubernd schöne Geschenktaschen. Ich liebe die Gestaltung mit den Wimpeln und Blüten und die Motive sind ganz entzückend.
Liebe Grüße, Bärbel

Jennie Atkinson said...

Such beautiful works of art - far too lovely to be a bag!!

Nicecrane Designs said...

Wowww Astrid,,,,,,what a great gift for the eyes my friend,,,,love the vintage look on the tags,,,,and how colorful are they,,,,,,I am falling in love with the die cut you used topost my pict,,,,and all over these incredible flowers,,,,,,,,very well done Astrid.....amazing Tags,,,,,,,yeahhhh

Fandhmum said...

Hi Astrid,
Such beautiful bags, what a lovely treat for someone,
Rosie x

Dorthe said...

I saved this post to be the last one for me to comment on today, :-) because I could see I could drool a long time here ,over those two wonderful bags- now altered to the most beautiful little gifts ,themselves!! How very very sweet and amazing they are my dear Astrid.
I love them both,- but the one with the flags stole my heart,- -also love the use of cheece cloth and the wonderful die cuts on both of them!
You are such a gifted and clever ,wonderful artist!
Hugs from Dorthe

butterfly said...

These are utterly delicious makes, Astrid... the tiny bunting on the second one made me smile in pure delight - gorgeous! I love the central images and all your papers and inky touches and the lovely delicate floral embellishing - well, I love it all, really!!
Alison xx

Maryanne said...

I love these bags, Astrid! They are a gift in themselves!

marda said...

The bags are gifts all on their own. So beautiful, you'd want to put something really special inside.

sharon said...

Oh Astrid! Your tags are just so beautiful! And of course the one with the banner is breathtaking! Your art is glorious!

Sandie Edwards said...

Wow, these are so beautiful, love the images and the way you built the banner across the 2nd one. What special gift bags!!

Ann Marie said...

Oh so lovely!! The images are so sweet and I especially love the gorgeous details along the top of the first tag and the beautiful greens! And the banner on the other tag is just perfect!! Always such a pleasure to pop in and see what gorgeousness you've created next :) Thank you Astrid!

Klaudia/Kszp said...

Very beautiful gift bags, especially I like the second one :)

Almo said...

Hi Astrid, wow these bags look good enough to eat! I love the whole vintage look. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my little blog earlier and your kind comments, one of which I have to say ditto, I dont know how I have missed your blog for so long. I have been having a look at some of your older posts and I love your work. Have joined you as a follower also so I dont miss any more. Hugs Mo x

Caroline D. said...

Both are outstandingly gorgeous!!! It would be thrilling to get a gift in something like this.... the bag is a gift I think!

Dianne said...

Hey Astrid, 2 gorgeous bags, I keep looking at them, you know I love green but the other bag is so beautiful, the images are so sweet all that layering and inking fabulous. I have 20 plain bags ready to go LOL, couldn't make anything this gorgeous..Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day...

Ephemera said...

Exquisite work Astrid, just love those beautifully decorated gift bags, especially the one with the kaisercraft papers. XX

Julia S-W said...

Beautiful vintage little bags with so many wonderful layers. My favourite is the one with that beautiful bunting, it's exquisite.
Juliaxx

Buttons said...

This screams of your style Astrid and I love how you've blended the colours in around the Nicecrane image. Subtle colouring and perfect dry embossing topped off with just the right amount of embellishments. Perfect. Hugs, Jenny x

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