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Hi, Welcome to my blog and thanks for visiting. I'm Carol, married to Bill, with two children. I love to dabble in all types of crafty pursuits and enjoy nothing more than attending workshops and learning new techniques, which I then try to reproduce at home....sometimes with success!!!


Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Monochrome at Anything Goes Challenge

Handbag Memo Pad And Pen Saver !

Hi, Everyone
Hope you have all kept warm in this snowy weather and found some time to craft! The schools have been closed here for some days so both children have been at home!!

Over at ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE BLOG, it is time for our new challenge.
Challenge85 calls for your  MONOCHROME creations, so I know you will all have lots of stash on hand for this and plenty of exciting ideas.
I really hope you will pop over and join us in the fun. You can link in HERE, and pop and see what my lovely teamies have also created for your inspiration.
SO...... this is my first design team project. 
 I decided, been as I can never find paper and pen when I need it, that I would make a little memo pad and pen holder. Here it is. Hope you enjoy it.

The handbag blank is made up  of several layers. I cut just one layer from it to make my design shape and covered it with black and white spotted papers from my stash. The top flap was created using a journalling card and layered onto the base, using foam pads. A faux leather effect lock and side straps was made by die cuttung card using PaperArtsy's Hardware 1 and then embossing the pieces in a cuttlebug with the Stylized Flower embossing folder. This die also produces the little faux design label for the base of the bag. Everyone needs a designer label !!
The pieces were coloured and the handbag edged, with black soot distress ink to add a little definition and a row of little black gems at the top of the bag gives a little bling! Every girl needs bling!!
The flowers were die cut from black glitter card using PaperArtsy Grunge flower 3, snipped at intervals along the edge to give a bit of height and a small white flower and gem added to each. The leaves were made using Marianne Creatable....Forest Branch. These were all positioned and stuck down with glossy accents. A magazine freebie trim was adhered to the bottom edgeand two holes were punched at the top of the bag ready to insert some black hanging chain.
The back was covered as before and then a memo pad attached over a ribbon trim and adhered with strong tape. The same ribbon was rolled around a mini cardboard tube and stuck down to house the pen. Finally the chain was added .Hopefully now I will always find a paper and pen when I need it!!!!!!
Hope you enjoyed seeing this.............below are the ingredients.
Pop over to The Craft Den to stock up on any goodies you need!!
Handbag Blank                                    
PaperArtsy Grunge Lower Die    
PaperArtsy Hardwear 1                        
Marianne Creatables Forest Branch                   All items in purple available to
Embossing Folder Stylized Flowers                   buy from The Craft Den
Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine           
Glossy Accents                                      
White Flowers                                        
Decorative Bead Trim                                                    
Memo Block
Hole Punch/Cropodile
I would like to enter this into the following challenges


  1. Hi Carol

    What a brilliant idea and a very useful creation.. loving it in black and white... and with all those gorgeous gems and beads... fabulous!

    Christine x

  2. A bag shaped pen and paper holder - what a fantastic idea! If this bag hadn't been made of paper I would gladly have used it as a bag too!

  3. I agree Christine, what a brilliant idea!! Gorgeous colours and embellies too. What a wonderful project to start your design team career..
    Tamara xx

  4. Amazing project love it Carol - you will never have to hunt for a pen again lol xhugsx Nikki

  5. What a fab creation you have chosen for your first of no doubt many DT makes.
    Love the black and white (my fave combo).
    How many times have we all looked for that pen and paper? Problem solved..
    What a bonus to have it incorporated into a nice stylish bag..Well done Carol.
    Big Hugs,
    Nelle xx

  6. oh carol Hun this is just lush,I love what you have done here,it just looks amazing the detail is just first class bless you for the kind comments you always leave,you are such a lovely lady and a really talented one too hugs Cherylxxxxxx

  7. I loved the idea of your project Carol!!! So beautiful. :-) And it´s nice to have at Polka Doodles this week. Goog luck. xxx Monica - Polka Doodles DT

  8. What a great handbag! Thanks for joining us at Polka Doodles!

  9. Wow...carol, this is brilliant...love the black and white..stunning project...Julieannex

  10. What a great idea Carol, it's stunning. Love all the detailing especially the little black gems. Hope you're enjoying this adventure into DTs as much as me.
    Hugs, Janine xx

  11. hi Carol, thank you for your visit to my blog, will join yours .
    this is a fabulous project, well done on your DT post. pam

  12. What a nifty idea, Carol. Love it! Thanks for playing with us at PolkaDoodles. Hope to see you again next week. ... x
    Asha - PolkaDoodles DT
    Sunny Summer Crafts

  13. This is perfectly gorgeous Carol!! Thanks for joining us at Polka Doodles this week.

  14. Absolutely gorgeous, Carol! A lovely idea and beautiful papers! Love the gems, keyhole and flowers. Great work!
    Hugs Annette

  15. Wow, that's really beautiful!!
    the stamps I have used on the arches project of Tando Creative are from Artistic Outpost. Hope that helps?

  16. Hi Carol, My email is nellerodgers@gmail.com I would like to send you a PM but can't find your email. Speak soon Nelle xx

  17. What a fabulous idea! I love it!!! Thanks for joining us at Polka Doodles for our monochrome challenge!! HUgsxx

  18. Love your purse with cuttlebug hardware. Thanks for visiting!