I'm so loving this challenge of being on Pootle's Design Team for the whole month of May. I don't really want it to end but end it must and this is my penultimate offering. It's passed by so quickly. I'm so excited for the team for June, they maybe don't yet realise how lucky they are and how many rewards taking part in the design team will bring. It's great to give everyone a shot at developing their skills and creativity and something which I'm extremely grateful to Sam (aka Pootles) for.
Besides the four projects I'm sharing, this challenge has inspired me to create other projects which I've chosen to leave on the cutting room floor. I'm going to share those 'outtakes' once May is over in a round up post so watch out for that (subscribing's the best way to make sure you don't miss it as I'll also be including a round up in my subscriber only newsletter due out at the end of May).
So this one, like the others, uses the gorgeous Butterfly Basics Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! but unlike the others it is blinging and sparkling and gittering and glimmering like you wouldn't believe! If only the photos really did it justice... Seriously Stampin' Up! Glimmer Paper is beyond any I've used before, this stuff sparkles so much you feel like you're handling priceless treasure! I nearly got the white gloves out for it but then I'd have probably glued them to my hands, klutz that I am.
I've used the brand new 2017-19 In Colour Tranquil Tide for this one and there isn't any DSP in sight. It's super simple to make and just lets the accents do the talking. Finished dimensions are 5 x 3 x 2 inches (12.7 x 7/6 x 5 cm) at the base, because of the shape it's 1 inch (2.5 cm) at the top. These dimensions make it ideal for a range of gifts; a gorgeous silk scarf or some jewellery would go well in this. The cute evening bag feel of it makes it a perfect bridal gift box or great for a prom night or graduation ball gift. I could go on but I'll let your imaginations kick in now.
I heat embossed the front using the flower stamp from the Butterfly Basics set and gold embossing powder and I also used the large fern like leaf stamp to emboss the back. I also gold embossed the little sentiment and added it with dimensionals but with hindsight I would emboss it directly onto the bag at the pre-gluing together stage. The cute little strap is a strip of gold glimmer paper. Simple yet gorgeous.
There are so many ways this bag could be adapted and changed. I've already come up with a few myself as you can see in this picture and as my tutorial video will show (yes it is coming especially because writing a pdf for this one was not really practical because of the pointed cut away closure). I just love the geometiric shapes and the peekaboo glimpses of gold glimmer and the cutest of cute bag openings using the die cut butterfly shimmering away on the front of that rather unusual flap. I cut that little beauty using Butterflies Thinlits from Stampin' Up! as a nod to the butterfly theme as I didn't use a single butterfly stamp for this one. You can't see but on the Fresh Fig version behind I used a arge faceted glimmer dot and underneath where the sentiment is on the Tranquil Tide one I added a gold heat embossed butterfly, but again you'll see that in the video. I'm planning on showing a few variations and using Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper which is available now on the retiring rack for a silly low price for such a gorgeous paper.
All products used have been inserted below and clicking on any of them will take you to my online Stampin' Up! store where your custom will be most appreciated.
Happy crafting and as always thank you for dropping in. I hope you join me again for my final hurrah in this challenge next week.