Tuesday, October 8, 2019


this fortnight's challenge at shopping our stash is called "pumpkin spice season" but you don't actually need to include a pumpkin, unless you'd like to. really we're just going for an autumnal vibe. having always lived in the northeastern united states, to me that means beautiful foliage!

plain brown gift bag from the big box store; colorful leaves made by: sprinkling miscellaneous book and music paper with autumnal shades of colorburst (burnt orange, cadmium red, yellow ochre, olive green and sepia are some good choices) spritzing with water and allowing them to dry completely... then diecutting with tim holtz/sizzix "tattered foliage"; scraps of autumnal cardstock used for the solid leaves are mostly core'dinations with a bit of bazzill; ancient white paper flowers which could be prima but i think are wannabees; pearl brads and pearl swirl bling: eyelet outlet; ink for edging: frayed burlap and tea dye distress ink; adhesives: elmers brand tape runner and nuvo deluxe adhesive 

i had a couple of potentially cool card ideas, but once again the thing i realized i needed RIGHT NOW was a fancy giftbag. this is somewhat of a "recycled" idea, as i made giftbags with similarly colorburst-ed vintage paper leaves and little white flowers a couple of years ago for a class at paper anthology. but honestly i do not believe that there is any combination of these ingredients i would not enjoy, and who's to say we have to reinvent the wheel every time out? i've attached each of my colorful, diecut paper leaves to a solid cardstock version, to act as a sort of "drop shadow". i've inked the edges of absolutely everything (except the flowers) and added bits of eyelet outlet pearl swirl bling in a beautiful shade of golden yellow that i'm pretty sure we no longer sell. the most finicky part of this entire project was that i attached the little flowers to the bag with my eyelet outlet pearl brads, instead of just setting the brads in the flowers and attaching the whole thing with beacon's 3-in-1 adhesive. ah well, they look nice and you can sort of twirl them around a bit, i'm sure that will come in handy, lol...

there's more gorgeous autumn goodness for you to FALL for (hahaha... ok, sorry...) over at SOS, i hope you'll stop by and enjoy that, darlings. ♥


  1. WOW!! Lauren, this bag is a gift itself!!! so beautifully adorned, you turned a simple brown bag into a delightful Autumn work of art.
    Love the golden pearl swirls and the beautiful leaves, the little white flowers just pop among them.
    The recipient of this bag will love it.
    Beautiful job.

  2. YOu are the QUEEN of bag decoration. This is gorgeous.

  3. So CAS and so beautiful! What delights me most is the depth you managed to create with the shading of those leaves. The addition of the bling and the little white flowers definitely take this design to a higher high! Great job, as always!

  4. Ohhhhhhhhhh so super amazingly gorgeous!
    You are the QUEEN of amazing giftbags!


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