Tuesday 11 June 2013

Here Comes Summer - Craft-Room Challenge DT

Hi, two (very lovely and sunny) weeks have flown by and it's time for a new challenge over at The Craft-Room.  We loved seeing what you made with your scraps in our last challenge - isn't it amazing what gorgeous creations can be made from left over pieces!  It was my turn to be the hostess this fortnight, and due to the time of the year with some of you thinking about summer holidays, and maybe even having just come back from one, I decided on the theme:

Here Comes Summer

You can make whatever you want, be it a card, scrapbook layout, 3d object, altered item, in fact anything at all which makes you think of summer.  The choice is yours.

Whenever I go on holiday, I can never find a beach bag the right size - I only want a small one for my bottle of suntan lotion, sunglasses, a little coin purse, some water and a couple of other bits n pieces, but they all seem to be so huge!  So, as I can't find one, I decided to have a go at making my own instead:

I used some thick canvas for the outside of the bag and added a trim of Laura Ashley fabric with some lace attached, and a bow made from SU seam binding.  On the front of the bag I used a Crafty Individuals stamp, and also a Bournemouth postmark from a different CI set.  I was unsure as to whether to use TAP for the image, or to stamp directly onto the fabric - I eventually decided to stamp straight onto the fabric as I thought the image would look nice a bit faded.

I even lined this bag in the same Laura Ashley fabric as the trim, lol:

I used some cream broderie anglaise trim to finish the inside seams, and inserted a zip across the top - the zip didn't really go to plan but I did manage to get it in and conceal it.  The straps are a thick cord which have well been stitched on so they're going nowhere!

If you fancy joining us as a Guest Designer, just add GDT after your name and our lovely Mervi will be in touch with you.

Our very kind sponsor this fortnight is:

Liz Welch from Rarebird:
Rare bird - Liz Welch
Click on the banner to visit Liz's shop where you will find lots of Friendly Plastic 
and some fantastic products and accessories to use it with.

The Design Team, along with this fortnight's Guest Designer Linda a.k.a Eemeli, have created such stunning projects to inspire you, so please do pop over and take a look.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your week, and thank you so much for dropping by - I really appreciate it.

Maria xxxxx


Debi said...

another brilliant theme maz, and i just adore this bag- so Summer so pretty. Deb x

hazel said...

Maria your bag is so fabulous, I love the materials and images.
xxx Hazel.

Paper Profusion said...

Hi Maria! This is really beautifully made and so perfect for Summer. I love the pretty fabric - you were very brave to stamp direct and it looks fabulous. I love the pretty lace and bow too!

Hope you are still improving? and that you are healed now from your fall? Nicola x

Mervi said...

Hi Maria,
gorgeous bag, lovely to take with to the beach or ... where ever!
Thanks for this fab theme;-))m

Zoechaos said...

Wonderful bag beautifully made and so many lovely little extra details. Great challenge thank you hun XOXO Zoe

Jean said...

I love your pretty beach bag Maria. I hope we get some more sunshine so you can actually take it to the beach.
Jean x

Vicky Hayes said...

You always have such brilliant ideas Maria! I love this little bag with its pretty vintage style and clever details. All you need now is for someone to send you tickets to the Bahamas! Vicky x

Esther said...

Hi Maz - Love your bag - it's just perfect for a day at the beach !! Thanks for a fab theme even though the summer seems to have disappeared again here ! Esther xx

Words and Pictures said...

So gorgeous - love the shabby chic look, and that lining is beautiful!
Alison x

The Cubby Hole said...

Maria..a show stopper! Wonderful...very professional indeed. Xx

craft-roomjulia said...

Hi Maz, your sewing skills are just as perfect as your wonderful beach bag. Love how you have lined it to match the fabric on the front, very summery and unique. Julia xxxxx

Diane said...

Just the perfect summer bag, great job on creating it.

Regards diane

Anonymous said...

This is a delight and the way you lined it with that fabric makes it even more special and I love that pop of colour from the bow on the front.

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Really beautiful, love the pretty fabrics you have used
Lindsay xx