Sunday 15 January 2012

Not a card!

Hello blogworld

Well what a noisy day we had yesterday, one of Emily's friends came over for a large chunk of the day and the noise they made!  It was deafening - and it made it very difficult to hear the little girls mum during our nice girlie chat!!

Of course Emily had a wonderful time, and her friend didn't want to go home - so happy girlies make for happy mummies!

And talking of happy mummies - a very proud mummy moment here.  Emily has just read a Oxford Reading Tree phonics book all the way through and all I had to do was help out with maybe 3 words!  I am so proud of her and it's so weird hearing her read - don't think I'll ever get over the things my marvellous little girl can do.

And so onto the craft - I've made a gift bag!  Now I used to cross stitch and then took up cards and the cross stitch went by the wayside.  I've dabbled in scrapbooks, bragbooks, boxes and even a keyring or two but never tried making a bag before.

Found a wonderful tutorial here from Googling and here is my attempt.  I know the join is a bit ropey, but overall not too bad, I thought.

Front shot:
Sideways on:

 Detail shot of image:

I used:
Pollycrafts digi image: Sonnys Party coloured with my Flexmakers and Promarkers.
Cut out and matted onto Nestie shapes.
The paper, ribbons, patterned paper, feather are all from my stuff
Sentiment is a Lili of the Valley stamp, again cut and mounted with/on Nestie.

Hope everyone else is having a good weekend (and this run of regular posting must end soon).


A challenge, or two:

Pollycraft Monday Challenge - Challenge #122; Anything but a card

A Gem of a Challenge - #37 - a photo inspiration


Wendy said...

Fabulous gift bag Sarah, gorgrous image and coloured so beautifully..Well done Emily, it's so lovely when they first start to read books.
Wendy xx

Doreen said...

Love your bag Sarah.Fabulous

Karen said...

Lovely gift bag. Love the colours and image xx

Unknown said...

Fab bag hon, great work x

San @ Made in Hem said...

It doesn't have to be perfect. It's handmade with Love and looks great! ♥
Just pop in some chocolate and leave it with a friend (Could be me! I won't complain!) :)

Lily Anuska said...

Lovely bag Sarah. Hugs. Lily Anuska

Vicky said...

So gorgeous Sarah...and I'm so pleased about your little girl too...:o)

Have a lovely evening....big hugs Vicky xx

catherine said...

Your bag is beautiful. well done for having a go
x catherine

Anonymous said...

A fabulous bag Sarah and well done to Emily!
Helen x

coops said...

stunning gift bag sarah.i love the pollycraft image and your colours are really pretty :D

xx coops xx

Tracey said...

Hi Sarah,
Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog and for becoming a follower. It makes me so happy to hear you like my creations.I am fairly new to card making and every lovely comment honestly makes my day. I love this gift bag, I need to add that to my list of things to attempt. I'm following you too now. :)

Berry said...

This is wonderful Sarah what a darling bag! Big well dones to Emily too on her reading that is superb! I have to get better books for Caleb the school ones are far too simple and after 1 read he knows them too well to have them all week, Emily sounds a bright girl! Hugs Rebekah xx

Julie C. said...

Yes, phonetics do work! It is amazing how they can just sound out the letters and read. I am still amazed when my younger daughter Jasmine can read out some really long words! Your bag is so pretty. I've never tried a bag. Mmm... maybe I should try as my elder daughter Aimee's birthday is coming soon! Well, for start, I think I should blog now. I am being lazy for too long!! ^_^

Wishcraft said...

Your bag looks lovely Sarah. Fab image and the colours and details are very pretty - love the feather! Thanks for joining in at A Gem of a Challenge, and for the birthday wishes :o) Lisa x

Arabella said...

This is just beautiful Sarah! I love that feather!!! Making your own gift bag is such a great idea!

It's so lovely that Emily can read now... there will be no stopping her from here on in!

Thanks for joining us for the Anything But A Card Challenge at Pollycraft!


Unknown said...

This is gorgeous Sarah, what a pretty image, love the soft colours. Hugs Dora xx

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

This is so sweet, love those die cuts and the image is adorable
Lindsay xx

Anita said...

Sarah, this is gorgeous sweetie.

Unknown said...

Great bag Sarah, Your colours are lovely and I love the way the sentiment sits off the bag.


An Occasional Genius said...

That's so pretty & of course it's all helping us up that stash!!

Well done Emily on the reading, great achievement!

Hugs x

Sarah-Jane said...

Very pretty bag Sarah. Love the colours. Great colouring on the image too.
Well done to Emily. The Oxford Reading Tree books are fab. They have really helped my daughter improve her reading. She loves reading about Floppy the dog, even my toddler likes listening to the stories.
Sarah-Jane xx

Julie's Blog said...

This is so soft and pretty ... I love Pollycraft images and this is a fantastic project ...Julie :D

Katie said...

This is a lovely bag and great image!
Thanks for joining us at A Gem of A Challenge