Monday, 5 August 2013

Who should be so lucky?

Well, I was, when I was lucky enough to win the wonderful Vintage Garden Collection from Pion Design recently. But before I go on , first of all, thank you for dropping in here today!
It's taken me a long time to finally cut into these wonderful papers, instead of just stroking them, because they are so beautiful, but today I finally took the plunge.


I needed a special gift bag for my SIL whose birthday is coming up soon, and I thought these papers would be perfect to decorate it.  So I had great fun layering several ones on top of each other, distressing the edges etc.
There are so many fun elements to play around with in this paper pack. I received both the 12 x 12 and the 6 x 6 papers (such a lucky win....).

But of course I also wanted to do some stamping to add to it all. So I used my lovely rose postcard stamp (I think it's a Stampendous one) and coloured it with Distress Inks to match my chosen papers. I used Picked Raspberry and Victorian Velvet together and it matched perfectly as you can see from the butterfly that I cut from the papers and added to the postcard. I cut a few doilies from one of the papers (made a bit paler by washing some watered down Gesso over it) and tucked a few other pieces behind and around it.




A couple of sentiments from the Tim Holtz Simple Sayings set pretty much finished it all off.

Next I made a little tag to go with it. The 6 x 6 papers are perfect to decorate them. I layered and distressed the  papers in the same way and then decorated with another little postcard, but this time cut from one of the papers.










Well, there you have it, a fun and easy project to do. Now all I have to do still is to make a matching card, but that I will show in another post.
Hope you like my little gift set. I brought some edible goodies from France to go inside the bag.

Thank you for visiting and have a good week ahead!

35 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful Astrid. Congratulations on winning such lovely papers. Looking forward to our catch up on Saturday. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

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  2. Such a wonderful bag and tag you made from the papers.

    Love Chrissie x

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  3. Congrats on winning such beautiful paper and it is stunning what you made with it. These papers were just made for you :-) Your SIL wil love it.
    xxx Marianne

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous set, can understand why you didn't want to use the beautiful papers you won.
    Yvonne x

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  5. Congrats for winning the paper. You made a beautifull bag. I think she will be very haapy recieving this. Anneke. www.annekescardart.blogspot.com

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  6. Stunning... Wonderful idea. I love it :)

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  7. wow I have no words to describe this x LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEE x

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  8. Oo la lah! These are just divine. Love Love LOVE the bag and the tag!
    xx

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  9. Such a gorgeous bag and tag! Love the beautiful colors and great images. Thank you for sharing the inspiration. :)

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  10. What a fantastic gift bag! And, what great papers you won! I'm sure you're SIL will be thrilled with the gift and it's wrappings!

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  11. How lucky,what a nice win,congrats !
    I love your idea for the gift bag and tag as well, Beautiful!
    Hugs

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  12. That was indeed a lucky win and I'm sure your SIL will appreciate that you took the plunge and cut into some of the papers. Beautiful gift bag - couldn't hope to buy anything that lovely.

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  13. Your creativity has further enhanced the beauty of these papers. Your SIL is a lucky person to receive such a treasure.

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  14. Lovely ensemble! I love that you watered down gesso to make the doily the right shade!

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  15. Wow, what a wonderful win Astrid, love what you did with those beautiful papers, they look gorgeous layered up like that - a beautiful creation and wonderful tag. Hugs, Anne x

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  16. I love Pion papers and I can totally understand your hesitation to cut into them. But, you've really done them justice with this beautiful little gift bag. Such a lovely design! Love the layering of images and the sweet doily addition. As always, your vintage work is just gorgeous! <3 Candy

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  17. Such a lucky S,I.L Astrid, this is beautiful.I have tried to e. mail you but i cant,i just wondered how you got the lovely Nicecrane images to print so well,mine come out tiny and blurred any help would be so much appreciated, luv Georginax

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  18. Congratulations on your win Astrid it could not have come at a more fortuitous time for you. Your bag is lovely I always think the the wrapping of a present is as important as the present itself and as much care should be taken in doing that as choosing the present itself and I love beautifully wrapped things!!

    Crafty Hugs
    Heather xx

    p.s. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog!:) you are very kind.xx

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  19. WOW I love it,love it,love it!What a wonderful creation, love how you combined all elements!

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  20. Aren't those papers just gorgeous Astrid and you were so lucky to win them. You've made a great job of the bag and tag with them and I bet your SIL will love her gift. Looking forward to seeing the card too. Margie x

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  21. Hello dear clever artist friend, Astrid!!
    This is such a beautiful bag, in wonderful colours and papers. And because of you having so cleverly mixing and matching it all!!
    I love the distressed sides that I think you highlighted with some Treasure Gold--also on the sweet tag-- and I love the rose stamp-fitting beautifully inside those colour tones.
    Congratulations on winning those lovely papers from Pion.
    I hope you have adjusted to being at home again, and wish you a happy week!!
    Hugs,Dorthe

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  22. Completely beautiful... Love how you've tinted the rose to tone in with the papers, and the gorgeous layering and distressing. The tag is a delight too. So glad you finally got your hands on the prize!!
    Alison xx

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  23. Love your bag Astrid, Those papers are Beautiful...Love the rose postcard stamp simply Gorgeous...The tag is perfect...Beautiful creation... Hugs May x x x

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  24. Absolutely beautiful bag and tag
    Rosie x

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  25. Those papers look so dreamy and with the addition of your beautiful stamping, this is a seriously gorgeous gift bag.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  26. What a great, romantic gift bag, I really love the way you made it so beautiful, SIL will be very lucky, its a gift by it self!! love the tag very much too!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  27. Your SIL is a lucky, lucky lady Astrid to be receiving this gorgeous gift bag. She's going to love it. I can well understand that you didn't want to cut into those papers ... they are divine and so is the project you made with them. Beautifully coloured stamps and gorgeous layering!! Absolutely beautiful!! ox

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  28. These are just so beautiful and delightful Astrid, wonderful, wonderful work.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

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  29. Demasiado bello y de buen gusto, me encantaaa!

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  30. You sound like me, I love my papers too. This gift bag is gorgeous and I love the distressing you did. The Rose postcard is gorgeous and everything vintage. Your SIL will adore it for a long time. I would!!
    Hugs Kelly

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  31. What a super bag for the goodies ... It's a gift on it's own!

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  32. How beautiful! I can see why you wanted to keep stroking the papers... but I'm glad you created with them instead!

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