Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Layers of Blue

The current challenge over at Christmas Challenges with Sketches is to use the sketch on a gift bag. You can follow the link to see the sketch if you'd like; they ask that people don't repost it.

It's a very layered sketch. I like it, but normally I wouldn't attempt it -- lots of layers start looking really silly on a 2-inch-wide bookmark! However, I figured that a bag ought to give me plenty of room.

So I rummaged around in my wrapping supplies and found a bag I'd saved from some gift or other. It was blue, which was perfect: clearly I should do something wintery and snowflakey with the layers of the sketch.

I invested my creativity in making paper designs rather than altering the sketch much -- I decorated all the papers myself (except for the black one with big glittery white dots, which was a scrap). I think the black with silver snowflakes is probably the prettiest one... too bad it's mostly covered up!

Tip: My craft sheet was pretty messy after creating the first three or four papers -- white ink, silver ink, shimmer spritz and even some stray glitter and embossing power were everywhere! Don't waste this lovely mess -- take another piece of paper and rub it all over the craft sheet. Now you have a cleaner craft sheet and a cool piece of paper -- mine's the darker blue piece with the dove in the upper right.

I had a specific color inspiration, hence the use of black as well as blue and white -- but I can't show it, because it's the present inside the bag, and the recipient reads my blog.

(Hey Anya, I have a present for you...)

I'm entering this bag in the following challenges:



  1. A very pretty gift bag. The design is lovely.
    Thanks for joining us at Stamptacular Sundays.
    Chris x

  2. Wonderful detail on your gift bag. Thank you for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week and sending you Merry Christmas Greetings.

  3. A beautiful giftbag. Thanks for joining us at CCWS.
    Hugs Nicolet

  4. what a beautiful bag!! Thanks for joining our challenge at CCWS

    Hugs Betina

  5. A gorgeous bag. Thanks you for joining us at CCWS this week. Carol DT x

  6. A gorgeous bag...thanks for joining us at Divas!
    Helen x

  7. Wonderful snowflake bag! Love the sparkle! Thanks for playing along with the Snowflake Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog this week!

  8. A great festive creation! Thanks for joining in at Charisma Cardz! xxx

  9. Magnificent project. Wonderful blue graphic effect. Congratuations !

    Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week.

    Hugs from France.

  10. Yey! Thank you :D It was a dragon btw :D An awesome dragon :D

  11. What a fabulous gift bag! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Delightful Challenges for our All About Christmas Challenge hugs Susan x

  12. Fabulous creation!

    Thank you for joining in the fun at Sparkles Monthly Challenges for our * Christmas is coming * challenge

    Hope you will join us again & good luck in the draw
    Hugs Shaz x

  13. Just beautiful!

    Thankyou for joining us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges

    Good luck in the draw

    Hope to see you again soon

    Ang x

  14. Fabulous so vibrant too! Thanks for Playing along with us this time at Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, Samantha :0)

  15. Fabulous gift bag. Thanks for joining us at The Cupboard Trilogy challenge xx

  16. Wonderfully decorated bag for Christmas! :) The variations of blue are gorgeous.

    Thank you so much for playing along with us at Top Tip Tuesday!
    Lisa xx

  17. What a great bag front. Thanks for joining us with our challenge over at The Cupboard Trilogy Challenge Blog

    Stella xx
    TCT DT