Thursday, February 6, 2020

The Hoarding Pays Off...

Hi my friends, I've been busy busy on the production line again, on a mission to re-stock Brodie's Machu Picchu World Challenge box of cards and gift bags for up-coming fairs and events and I'm sharing some words of wisdom, words that I never thought I would utter but more about that in a moment.
Let's start by sharing the gift bags made from long forgotten, as old as the hills products.

I was packing up the left over flowers from Monday's Simon Says Stamp Challenge card and thought, why am I putting them back in a drawer when they are years old, long ago discontinued and unlikely to be used anytime soon. So I delved into my stash of kraft gift bags and set to work.
I fixed Tim Holtz/Sizzix Sticky Grid Sheets to my stamp platform, pressed the flowers in place and over-stamped with the script background from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Entomology inked with Black Soot Distress Archival.
But I needed some patterned paper to create panels for the front of the bags and I knew just where to find it. The de-clutter pile in the little room at the back of the garage holds all the stuff I don't think I'm going to use, hence why it's been removed from the cubbyhole but, for some reason, I can't bear to throw perfectly good patterned paper away, just in case and thank goodness, I listened to my heart and not my head because, on this occasion, the hoarding habit that lots of us suffer from well and truly paid off.  Mind you, if I'm going to make a serious dent in this My Minds Eye pad of 180 sheets of 12 x 12 paper, I'm going to need a job lot of gift bags.
I cut panels to fit the gift bags, layered up the flowers, added a generous blob of Distress Collage Medium Matte in the centre of each flower, sprinkled with Prima Art Stones and set aside to dry.
And while I was searching in that little room, I found another 12 x 12 pad along with a roll of self adhesive lace and ready made pinwheel flowers.
I fixed the flowers in place and added foliage die-cut from Distress Watercolor card, Idea-ology BlackOut Kraftstock and Kraft Card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Garden Greens Thinlits
I added Nuvo Crystal Drops to the white die-cuts 
I stamped the sentiment from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Tiny Text on to Distress Watercolor card, trimmed, inked the edge with Vintage Photo Distress ink using a mini round blending tool and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte. I then stamped the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Field Notes inked with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink

And while I was rooting around in the room of abandoned stash I also found umpteen sheets of  12 x 12 papers which will be perfect for decorating cards, gift bags and making treat boxes for Easter.
I'll be back tomorrow to share another Flower Shop card, in the meantime, have fun with whatever you are creating.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx


Glennis F said...

A great result Kath, well done!

Elizabeth said...

These are beautiful, Kath. A great way to use up older papers and those flowers. I think many of us have them tucked away, unused and unloved. I know I have and you've prompted me to get them out - they deserve it. xx

Crafting Queen said...

These are brilliant. Have a great day.

Janette said...

These are just fabulous, great use of things 'never to be used again', I love them Kath, your a star.xx

Annie said...

Fantastic makes Kath xx They may be discontnued but you have brought them right up to date with all your stamping and embelliished details xx

Best wishes
Annie xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Kath your bags are lovely ..its amazing what we find in our stash you've embellished the bags beautifully and I love the colours


Sandra H said...

So beautiful x

Corinne said...

This is SO timely. Loathe to throw out a perfectly good but branded gift bag, I've been mulling over some ideas to transform it but not coming up with much. Kath to the rescue! Now I know what I should do. Thanks, Kath.