Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Freak Bag ...


... and SMILE, SMILE, SMILE!! Welcome to the next stop on the Control Freaks Blog Tour. (You should have just come from the SPECTACULAR blog of my Fellow Freak, Patty Bennett.) This month we are featuring COOL THINGS from the Stampin' Up Summer Mini Catty.


I can't tell you what a crazy whirlwind project this turned out to be!!! I saw one of these ADORABLE scallop square die rag quilt bags as I was surfing around the 'net the other night (Insomniac Moment!). Which, of course, led me from one blog to another ... one youtube link to another ... here is a link to the tutorial I used:

Rag Quilt Purse

Isn't is just CAAAA-YOOOOT???? I can hardly stand myself!! Here is where the saga begins, however ... I spent the better part of the day on Tuesday working on this splendiforous bag ... I was SOOO pleased with myself and with how it came out. Then reality hit me .... AAAAAACK!!! I realized I hadn't used a SINGLE SOLITARY item from the SU Summer Mini, which, of course, is what we Freaks wanted to feature for ya this time around!! PANICPANICPANIC!! Smiley from millan.net

After much contemplation, soul searching and trying to tap my Inner Genius I finally found a way to incorporate the ADORABLY DARLING Bitty Buttons and their coordinating punches onto my little butterflies on the bag ... SEE???!!!?? Stinkin' CAAA-YOOOT!! (And you can ALWAYS put your Summer Mini Catty IN this bag, right???)

Materials Used: Bigz Scallop Square, Beautiful Butterflies, Baskets and Blooms, and Two Tags Dies, Bitty Buttons, Bitty Shapes Punches, Pretties Kit (pearl)

AND, some of my fellow Freaks thought it would be fun if I made a matching gift card for this (like, am I supposed to give this AWAY??? I think NOT!!!) Sooooo here it is!!! I ripped off a little strip of the leftover fabric to tie the little bow around this ... Stinkin' CAAAA_YOOOOT!!! I have to say that I {{{heart}}} all of the lovely floral stamp sets in this mini (I have used Elements of Style and one of the sentiments from Watercolor Trio). Not to mention that this also gave me yet ANOTHER chance to show you some Black Magic.

Stamps: Elements of Style, Watercolor Trio (sentiment)
Paper: So Saffron, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder, Watercolor Pencils, White Gel Pen, Large Oval Punch, Bigz Scallop Square Die, Pretties Pearl

AAAANNNDD, what would one of my Freaky posts be without a little MDS inspiration, eh??? (I guess I don't ALWAYS do it, but I do it more often than not!) Since SU keeps making more and more downloads available for us to use, I keep acting like the sheep that I am and BUYING THEM UP ... SIGHT UNSEEN!! Smiley from millan.net I am LOVING the Vintage Overlays especially right now ... simply GAWJUS!!! And I am feeling oh-so-artsy with this picture-in-picture style of scrapbooking ... something I would NEVER have attempted doing a conventional scrapbook page. Too-too FUN!!

Next stop?? The FANTABULOUS home of Gretchen Barron. Go check her out!! She ROCKS!!! (I know I say that about my Freaky friends all the time, but it is TRUE!!)


32 comments:

Beedubya said...

We are pretty awesome, aren't we? LOL! That bag kicks all butt, Wendy! Beautiful. Your note card to go with it is beautiful too! You rock, once again, lady!!
Hugs,
Brandi

Dawn said...

OM Gosh - the MDS page is stunning! Awesome job!

Pam said...

Your new "Black Magic" card posted 5/19 is jaw dropping. I thought you could NEVER do one as beautiful as the one you did the video with..... (I don't think I've ever put this in print), but I WAS WRONG! Boy was I wrong. And can we talk about Amelia?
What a treat it has been to see her go from a cute, cute girl to a drop-dead, gorgeous young woman! Lady I hope your husband is carrying a bat when he answers the door to dates that pick her up!!

KOstvig said...

Love it...It is all so cute & Lovely!

Mary said...

I am soooo glad you shared your purse...it is absolutely FABULOUS. And that scrapbook is just incredible!

Shannon Willis said...

B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L projects. The MDS page is gorgeous!!

Kathy Braun and Lucky said...

This is just beautiful, love the bag, of course butterflies are my weakness. The colors are great and with the matching card,what a great idea.

Connie Babbert said...

Your bag turned out DARLING, I'm so glad you found a way to share it! And, I'm DROOLING over that MDS page...LOVE it!

PocketsOfInspiration said...

The bag came out really cute Wendy. Love the MDS page.

Teri said...

So cute!

Pam said...

Love the bag - anything w/butterflies has my attention! Also love, love, love the card. I MUST do some work with black magic ... so striking!

Anita said...

Wonderful projects!

Denise said...

Love all the colors you used on your bag and the black magic card. Very nice!

Cindy Major said...

I am so glad we got to see The Bag! I LOVE the butterfly patches!

I might be the queen of scrapbooking, but you are the Queen of the MDS, my dear! This page is SO totally awesome!!! Wow...

TFS!
Cindy :)

Kimberly S. said...

CUTE projects!!! Love that black magic technique....I'm going to have to try it out!!

StampingJoan said...

Love your projects! I too was inspired by Jan Tink and her tutorial on how to do those pages! I made one a few days ago. Now am waiting for other family members to email me pics so I can make them for them!!! Gotta love MDS!

Brenda Hugar said...

Great scrapbook page. Beautiful purse, so glad you shared your ideas - they are so inspiring.

Martha Lucia Gomez said...

Congratulations! All your projects are beutiful but my favorite was the digital page. You did an excellent work.
Martha Lucia Gomez - http://stampartpepal.blogspot.com

Carol said...

Fabulous projects...am going in search of your Black Magic video...!

Lisa said...

The bag ROCKS!! LOVE, LOVE the card! It matches the bag so well!

RhondaG -the stampin' bunny said...

Wonderful projects Wendy!

TN Granny said...

Wendy,
I have 3 of the quilt square purses from a girl on Etsy for $15 each. I also did a couple of your Black Magic cards also and posted them on my blog. You so inspire me.
Stampin Hugs,
Jeanine
www.blstamper.blogspot.com

LeeAnn Greff said...

Incredible! All of your projects are, but the Rag purse is t die for! Adding the butterfly with the Bitty Buttons is absolutely perfect!
And your scrapbook page is amazing! Totally a work of art & should be framed.

Cathy in Maple Park, IL said...

Great looking bag - Love the butterfly!! :) Also the scrapbook page is stunning!!

Trina Caraway said...

Wendy, all these projects are absolutely beautiful and inspiring!

Raven said...

You have been busy! I love all your projects! Congrats on being featured in Kelly's daily blog finds!

jackielwatson said...

Very pretty, you are so creative. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent with us.

Dee in N.H. said...

Holy Moly!! Loving that bag and your card and that gorrrrjusss page. You rock!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful purse. Nice job.

Pat
neihejp@att.net

Lisa Young, Add Ink and Stamp said...

I love the bag and coordinating card! And the scrapbook page is beautiful too! Loved all of your projects!

Kim P said...

Hey Wendy...that is just TOO MANY cute things in one blog post!!! I can't keep up with the cuteness! Is there no end to your creativity?? ;-)

Pam said...

ya know, I don't wanna go on the tour right now...I'm just sitting in my own little world of amazement at how "gaw-jus" when she's stinkin'
GORGEOUS!!!! I swear Amelia gets prettier each darn day!!! Is she into theatre at school? She would be the perfect ingenue' on stage... she really would....and I do know something about that!