Monday, 14 March 2016


Hello, Crafters.

We had a really busy day yesterday. We were up and out pretty early to visit our dear friend in Aylesbury (about a 1.25 hour drive).

She has been moved into a care home while she rebuilds her strength. While we were there, hubby was able to fix her Ipad (well, the router actually!) which wasn't picking up any signal in her room.

We drove back south to meet up with seven members of our family to celebrate three birthdays - daughter Vicki whose birthday is today, grandson Jack whose birthday was on the 9th and friend Leigh whose birthday was on the 6th!

Vicki had booked a table in an Italian restaurant and the only good thing about the celebration was the company we were in!

The service was so slow, if it went any slower it would have stopped; three of our group are Coeliacs and out of two offerings for starters, only one was available and that contained chillis which my granddaughter wouldn't eat.

The food that was ordered was not always the same as the food that was served!

I could go on but you get the picture!  

Today I have something a bit different to share with you.

On Friday, I'd bought a few bits and pieces that I thought would be nice for our friend in the nursing home.

First of all, let me explain something! Sometime ago, one of my class attendees had to buy some plain brown "takeaway" carrier bags for a project she was working on but had to buy them in a quantity that was far more than she needed - so I bought a small quantity from her.

My idea was  to decorate them and use them as gift bags, which is what my plan for the goodies was. 

Unfortunately, the six goodies I'd bought needed two bags, and I didn't like that idea, so I moved onto PlanB! I always keep my carrier bags if I think they'll come in useful some time.

I found this pretty pink bag - see second photograph - but wanted to put my own touch on it!

The back of the bag is the same as the front and I decorated both sides the same.

Using  our thicker Whisper White Cardstock and Pink Pirouette Ink, I stamped fourteen flowers from the Flower Shop Stamp Set and punched them out using the Pansy Punch.

Then I stamped fourteen smaller flowers from the Petite Petals Stamp Set and punched them out using the Petite Petals Punch.

I adhered one small flower onto one larger flower using Tombow.

Still using Tombow, I glued them onto flowers already printed on the bag so there were  petals showing from under my flowers.

The flower that's north-west of the large butterfly almost covers the printed petals but the tips can be seen....just about!

I die cut the large butterfly using one of the dies from the Butterflies Thinlits Dies and the smaller butterfly from the Bold Butterfly Framelits dies.

Instead of using Rhinestones or Pearls to decorate the flowers and butterflies, I used the delightful White Perfect Accents

I hope you like this idea and, if you've never thought about doing this before, will take another look at upcycling bags and boxes you already have!

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Good morning Jan,
    The bag was bonny before the restoration work but oh how pretty you have made it and i think your friend would have loved it every bit as much as what ever goodies you had got for her. I am far to planet concious(or miserable what ever fits) to throw out beautiful bags that are still in good condition after you take the presents out of them, hence i am really good at recycling upwards, lol.
    Sorry that your evening out was ruined by everything bar the company that you were amongst. I was at my friends house last night and she was telling me a similar story of her son in laws birthday meal, namely the length of time it took to be served, not all getting served at the same time, the food being luke warm or cold(yuk) or not even what they ordered and it taking 3.5hours without even having a sweet. There was 11 or 12 of them so they wouldn't go back either.
    HAve a good day flower
    crafty hugs
    Norah (Glenochil Village)

    1. Hi, Norah. I agree with you about the bag - I just couldn't resist putting my own spin on it! Hubby was talking to one of his colleagues today and they had a very similar experience at the same restaurant! What a way to run a business?? At least there was a crowd of us so it was easier to cope with! Happy crafting, JanB. ☺

  2. Hi Jan, love your decorated bag, I often do that but this weekend I decided after the gift was in the bag to do some stamping, not the best idea i have ever had, so my pink rabbits look a bit tipsy !!!!!!, but Im sure the one year old won't notice, memo to self, decorate FIRST
    cheers Kaye

    1. LOL!! That's so funny, Kaye. The good thing about making mistakes like that is it's highly unlikely you make it again............or at least, that's what I always tell myself! Happy crafting, JanB.

  3. The bag is so pretty, it would hardly matter what you put inside! I'd want to keep that out where it could be admired for a good while ... brilliant job, Jan!! I've done a bit of 'bag decorating' myself but nothing quite so exciting as this one! You've really made it part of the gift with all you've done! Beautiful!! TFS!

    1. Thank you, Geraldine. I really enjoyed putting my own spin on this bag! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.