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Monday, April 12, 2010

Alter It! -- A Blog Challenge

Last Friday, we were to post our Challenges. The theme for to week was to "alter it!" That's one of my favorite challenge themes! However, life has been busy, busy, busy.....we're getting ready for my son's wedding, which is now just 5 weeks away. OK, you're probably thinking, what does the Mother of Groom have to do?!! Well, I've made various stamped items for the wedding.....began with the invitations, shower invitations, shower thank yous, and shower favors. I'll have lots to share soon.....I'm going to wait until AFTER the wedding. So, when I seem to have disappeared, I really didn't....I was just stamping away in my studio on things that needed to be made for the wedding! Oh, and I still have the programs, menus, and place cards to do....but can't start on them for another couple of weeks.
Compound all that along with my Mom being in the hospital and rehab for almost 3 weeks, and...well, as I said it's been very hectic! She was rushed to the hospital for heart related problems....she decided to begin 3 new medications all at the same time.....NOT a good idea! YIKES! BUT, she is now doing well and happy to be in her own home!
So, this past weekend was the first bridal shower in Virginia, which explains why this post is soooo late....I was away! I've had these items done for awhile. The tote was fun and was made at a meeting I attended about 3 weeks ago. It's a take off on an idea published in Stampin' Success, which is a demo only publication that is filled with great ideas, business tips and so much more! The first photo is the bag itself and then there is a close up. You can see that I used the Sweet Pea Stitched Felt pieces....aren't they just adorable?!! They are available right now in the current mini, but only for a bit more time since the Occasions Mini expires on April 30. Not sure if they will be included in the new catalog, so be sure to get yours now! And check out the colors of the felt pieces: Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla....all these colors are remaining in the new color line. The stems on the bag are stamped with Old Olive Craft in using Cheep Talk. No sewing involved....all items were adhered using a fabric glue. To decorate the bag, it took only about 45 minutes....and that includes lots of time to yak with my stamping gal pals! So fun! Here's a close up so you can see the detail.
Stamps: Cheep Talk
Inks: Old Olive Craft
Ribbons: Narrow Pretty in Pink Grosgrain, 1" Double Stitched Chocolate Chip Grosgrain, 5/8" Wide Regal Rose Grosgrain
Misc: Sweet Pea Stitched Felt, Fabric Glue (non-SU)
Please note: ALL materials used to create this tote are from SU!, except for the fabric glue.
Well, since you patiently waited for this post, I've included another idea....again, something that is not my original idea, but made by me. This little chalk board is another fast and easy to make item, and something we all made when attending my up-up-up line's large gathering at the end of February.....and if you are a blog hopper, you may have already seen this little board, because lots of us attended and made them.
The heart shape is actually a chipboard piece from the On Board Heart Book....also from the Occasions Mini. It's covered with Chalk Board Vinyl, which is part of our Definitely Decorative's just in roll form, so we could make...or do...whatever we wanted with it! For this item, I traced around the heart onto the removable backing and cut out, adhered, trimmed, and then lightly sanded all the edges. The chalk holder was created using the Cropadile (to punch the holes for the ribbons), the Beautiful Butterfly Die in the Big Shot and stamped with Fine Flourish, which is a beautiful small background stamp, also found in the Occasions Mini. Fun, isn't it?!!
Stamps: Fine Flourish
Inks: Basic Black
CS: Bermuda Bay
Misc: On Board Heart Book, Cropadile, Chalk Board Vinyl, Beautiful Butterflies Die, Big Shot, Narrow Basic Black Grosgrain, Bermuda Bay 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain
Please note: ALL materials used to create this sample are from Stampin'Up! and are currently available.
Thanks for stopping by today.....and for making your visit a part of your day! Hope you'll take a few minutes and check out the other Bloggers' creations!


Shelly Schmidt said...

What a wonderful project- I love the bag- you will be able to use this alot and it looks so cool! TFS

Chrissy D said...

Barb - TWO great projects, but my favorite is the bag! LOVE THESE!

Tami Black said...

That is the most adorable bag I've seen! I love how you stamped it -- added the ribbons and the sweet pea pieces. This is something I would absolutely carry -- so much cuter than a rag bag!

Basement Stamper said...

both are really cute but I really like the tote!

Lisa Somerville said...

Great altered items, love the bag! Glad to hear your mom is feeling better.

Connie Paxman said...

I love both projects, but the bag is my favorite...congrat' on the wedding...and what a great mom to do all that stamping...I did two rounds of that..I am finished now..
Let us know how the wedding goes.
connie paxman

Heidi Hihn said...

Great job on the bag! Your chalk board is also very sweet!

Nikki Bond said...

Love the stinkin' cute...and fabulous heart! What a great project. {SMILES}

GCgirl said...

Both of these are great! That chalkboard vinyl is going on my next order--CUTE!

Kimberly Gajewski said...

Your projects are sensational Barbara! I especially like the bag! So glad to hear that your Mom is doing better! You certainly have been one busy lady! :D

rozie640 said...

Oh my gosh Barb is amazing you are still on your feet. My daughter is getting married in a 11 months so I am going to need all the tips I can get from you!!! I can't wait to see your wedding stuff. Your canvas bag is adorable, love what you've done with the felt pieces. Thank goodness your mom is on the mend! You are one busy little lady. Hugs

Lisa Bohler said...

Oh my! Both projects are super fabulous! Fantastic sharing!

Rachel Hope said...

OOOOH! I Love that tote with thefelt flowers!!! I Want one! :)

Ida P. Krause said...

Goodness girl you've been BUSY!
What a cute tote bag and that chalk board is adorable.


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