Thursday 4 April 2013

Whoooo Loves Ya? Colour My Heart Dare #37

Time for a single-colour challenge at Color My Heart!
This week we dare you to use:
Its a pretty kind of teal-grey green.

I had made one card earlier this week, but wasn't crazy about it.  My fellow Color-My-Heart DT pal, Marie (NJ Stamping Queen) directed my attention to a new find of hers, the Ruby Sunshine Creations blog. This woman (I'm assuming her name is Ruby?) is crazy-creative! She makes fantastic gift bags and tags out of basic materials. Check out the link above for a simple but visually stunning example.
While looking through her blog, I found this cute bag:
And this one:
I had to try out making an owl gift bag for myself!

As I had to incorporate JUNIPER, I used cardstock and patterned paper from an older Close-to-My-Heart paper packet, Key to My Heart. I think it must have been the introduction product for a bunch of new colours, as it includes: Crème Brulee, Juniper, Sorbet and Tulip.
Anyway, I started covering an oval shape with strips of paper, die-cut using a large scallop die from Sizzix.
Then I realized he needed ears if he wanted to look like an owl...added those.  Following Ruby's lead, I created the beak and feet using die-cut hearts, with Desert Sand card-stock. Similarly with the eyes (circle punches). I really liked the feathery wings Ruby used, but didn't have time to run to Michael's for real feathers, so I cut the feather shape using the Cricut Artiste cartridge. Did you know that fabulous shape was there? Its on page 78, on the Thanksgiving key. I inked the edges to make them look more, well, feathery, and attached them with brads, so you can play with the wings, like this:
I glued some brown ribbon to the bag, so the owl can sit on a branch. The tag was stamped with the CTMH Doodle Alphabet set, and wrapped with a piece of washi tape which just happened to be JUNIPER-ish.
Pretty easy to dress up a bag, huh? My brother used to collect owls when he was young, so I may save this for his birthday in July. Although I'll probably fill it with a more grown-up gift, like some micro-brewery beer!

So, two things:
  1. Create a project (card, lay-out, 3D object, home decor, etc.) using JUNIPER (or as close to that colour as your stash permits) and share it with us at Color My Heart. You have until midnight next Thursday, April 11th to play along. We love to see your creations!
  2. Go check out Ruby Sunshine Creations for some crafty inspiration.  That woman should have hundreds of followers!
Happy crafting,

CTMH Supplies Used:
Card-stock: Colonial White, Desert Sand, Juniper and Black
Patterned Paper: Key to My Heart paper pack
Inks: Juniper and Desert Sand; white gel pen.
Chocolate collection ribbon; black tulle ribbon; natural hemp twine.
Cricut Artiste cartridge

Other supplies:
White gift bag
Sizzix large scallop die, hearts die set, circles die set; tag die set
Creative Memories circle punch
Brads from my stash
Washi tape


  1. This is so cute! LOVE the wings made of feathers and that they move. So fun!

  2. I love the owl bag! I didn't realize that you had cut the feathers from artiste... I seriously thought it was a stamp! Great job.

  3. Well done! I hope you'll link up at 52 Card Pickup this week...

  4. These owl bags are darling. Thank you so much for visiting my blog today--it is always appreciated! Especially when the visit is from the same Province as me.

  5. Oh my goodness!!! These are DARLING!! I absolutely love owls and these are just the cutest ever! Your bag is my favorite of all! Love the colors and the papers you used :) Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog today! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

  6. these are flippin adorable! thanks for the comment on my blog--the book was Summer of Tiffany about a woman who works at Tiffany & Co in 1945. It was a nice historical. Has your group read Red Scarf Girl by Jiang? It's a memoir of the Cultural Revolution in the 60s. I was born then and found the book so riveting. I thought it was fiction at first, but it's real. A lovely book.

  7. Absolutely stunning! Great job. I absolutely love the owl.

  8. FAB, FAB interpretation Caroline - LOVE your colour choices :)

  9. Love, love, love this owl bag with the artiste cut feathers--very, very clever! I'm really glad you found my pin from Ruby Sunshine on pinterest--you made her idea even better! Way to go!

    :) Marie

  10. Sooooo super-cute!!!! These are great bags! I really love that feather cut too. Thanks so much for trying them and sharing! :)

  11. So. Stinkin'. CUTE! I am not a fan of owls, but this almost makes me want to become one. Thanks for the link to the new blog with all the creative bags. I love stealing from the creative minds of others!!

  12. Love your owl bags!! Adorable!

  13. Caroline this is so much fun!! You did a fantastic lift on the idea (I like it even better than the original inspiration). Do I see one of these in Hamish's future? ;-)

    xox, Muggie

  14. These are adorable! I love the expression on their faces lol. so cute!

  15. Caroline,
    Thank you soooooo much for the nice words about me!Its a breath of fresh air to know people like your ideas after all the time and work into things! I'm just starting off on this blog stuff I hope I can figure out all these challenge things out, like you! ;)

  16. That is one fabulous gift bag! I love it!!!


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