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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Ode to the Birdcage Mini Gift Bag

Hi all

Just a quick reminder my new challenge blog goes live with first challenge on the 14th October in case you're interested - ECLECTIC ELLAPU... why not hope over and leave some love lol

Its me again lol.  This will be a very short posting as I need to eat and Just want to get this on here.... NOW!  I have started to make a few gift bags for Xmas prezzies.  I say I have started his is the only one so far LOL.  I used TH bag die and covered with Birdcage and bird images with a few sentiments using various memento inks and clear embossing powder.  I then covered in TH distress inks and sprayed with a drop of water (truth is I sprayed too much and almost pegged it onto my washing line lol)  Anyway with the help of the heat gun it dried crispy like.It really needed ironing to restore the card to it's original state.However I resisted it. Knowing me would have ruined my iron with embossing powder and ink. I decided to sit on it instead.  Can you see the bottom indents on it... look real hard now!  No only joking LOL.  

Anyway where was I before going off on a tangent? Oh yes its dry and crispy!I just worked with it in that poor state.  I managed to glue the edges together with my glue gun and yes you got it.  I glued my finger whilst holding the edges tight together lol.  The perfect crafter HUH! Guess what... by this point, when it was stuck hard together I realised I had forgotten to ink the inside to match.  So with a little bit of patience I peeled the edges apart.  What a waste of a burnt digit! I opened it out and distressed and yes wet it again and used that cute lil heat tool to make it all bent and crispy again LOL.  I am losing the will to live at that point in time.  I glued it all back together.  You are not going to believe the next part but it is true.  I realised I had not fixed the eyelets to hold the handles.   ARRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHH!  I then pulled the seam apart again for the fun of it, punched the holes, set the eyelets, well 3 went perfect and the 4th scrunched up.  Yes I had to remove that without tearing the bag!  Nearly stabbed myself in the process..... I hear sirens and it not the ambulance, it is the van from the funny farm come to get me!  I do suffer with mental health issues and never got a ride in one of them yet lol!  If only I had known that all it would take was to start making this lil ol bag I could have filfilled that particular dream alot sooner than now! Wonder what the board and lodgings are like LOL.  Ok I am getting back on track now. Oh yes I am now at the final stage (AGAIN!) of gluing the seam together.  Yayyyyy I did it and no more hitches.  Yes thats right.  I threaded the cord through those fabulously pretty eyelets and tied a knot in the ends to stop them getting away LOL.

Now what should I do with this bag.  Do I give it away with a prezzie in it or do I hang it in glass display cabinet with this lil ''Ode to the Bag'' alongside it for all to see?  It could very well be worth something in the future and be sought after by Sotherbys!!!!! NOT

Here are the two pics of the bag......... See was it worth it, I ask myself?

Anyway thats it from me for now.  I wanted to keep this posting short.. what on earth happened LOL.

Thanks for stopping by and have fun everyone

My advice, dont make a bag tonight!

Hugz and love

Elaine xxx


  1. Super Project ! Thanks for Sharing at Jackson Digital Expressions !!

  2. This is a gorgeous gift bag, such lovely rich colors.
    Thank you for joining us at Bearly Mine Designs this week.

  3. Such a long journey to such a gorgeous creation. I think it is stunning and so detailed. Thanks for sharing with us at Tuesday Alchemy. I love your blog too and just had to become a follower. I am looking forward to your challenge blog too.

    Hugs and smiles


  4. These are beautiful! Love the colors! Thanks for joining us over at Tuesday Alchemy This week! Good Luck! Hugs and sunshine

  5. Creating your lovely bag was quite a process! I love the colors. Thanks for posting your creativity at Jackson's Digital Expressions.

  6. Beautiful creation. Thankyou for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog. Make sure you check our brand new challenge later today for a very special post.

  7. Wow, your back looks so awesome. Love it! Thank you so much for joining us at out "Anything but a card" Challenge at Bearly Mine this week. Good luck!

    Hugs, Natascha

  8. Yes it's worth it! Thanks for playing along with us at Jackson's Digital Expressions!

  9. Gorgeous gift bag Elaine!! Thanks for sharing it at Anything But A Card!


  10. what a beautiful creation!!

    Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Alchemy Challenges!!

    you can visit
    for my free digis!!

  11. Wow, Fabulous design and beautifully crafted. Thanks so much for joining in on the fun at Jackson's Digital Expression.

  12. Hi Hun,

    Just wanted to thankyou for playing with us over at the Ladybug Crafts challenge blog, Good Luck sweetie, Vick xx
    YTChannel Vixcrafts & SaturatedCanary

  13. what a wonderful project! It has turned out fabulous :)
    Thank you for sharing with us at Tuesday Alchemy
    *hugs* Shell x

  14. The journey may have been long but yest it was worth it! Your project is perfect for that special gift. Thanks for playing with us at Jackson's Digital Expressions (JDE).

  15. Great baggie you made there! Thanks for sharing your crafting with us at Tuesday Alchemy!

  16. El, I love that bag! Great idea. Thank you for the inspiration. Good luck in the challenge and thank you for joining us at JDE.

  17. Very cute bag. I'm sure the receiver will not only love the gift but also the bag. Thank yo so much for participating on out Anything but a Card challenge at JDE.

    Katya Bess

  18. Fantastic creation! It was wonderful to have you join us at Tuesday Alchemy last week - And I hope to see you again :)

    I welcome you to join me for the Anything Goes challenge here:

    Lots of joy,


Thank you for your comments. I really do appreciate them and they make my love of crafting much more worthwhile.
Hugz Elaine xx


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