Monday, August 8

Try to Contain Yourself!

Try to contain yourself, because it's a crazy life around here!!
Welcome to another Monday challenge, and this week our theme is to "contain yourself", by using a box, cup, can, or whatever you can imagine. It's sure to be a fun challenge, so come on and join us!!

It all starts with a simple mesh bag...

Apply a layer of white gesso and let it really dry, like overnight. I know, patience in crafting is not my thing! 

I didn't feel like I would do a good job stamping and coloring the crazy dogs and cats right on to the bag, so I decided to do those on watercolor paper with distress inks and sprays and then seal them.

Just thought I would give you a glimpse of my desk in the midst of all the crazy...
Since my cats and dogs are so colorful, I had to go back in and add white to the eyes and re-sketch them a bit.

Aren't they just darn cute?

Now, on to phase two...paint the background with Cheddar, then use the irregular dots stencil and the mini round blender tool to do the bright yellow dots. TIP: squirt out a bit of the paint onto a surface and take a bit with the blender tool and smooth out so you are using only a bit of paint. Use this to stencil with rather than a brush. You really don't need much.

Next layer, stenciling with the white paint and Dina Wakley's Mini Favorites stencil. 

I adhered my cut outs with 3D heavy gel, and again, had to let that dry overnight. I also went over them with a layer and added it around the edges. I want them to be flexible and stay on the bag.  

I used Umber and the fine tip applicator to make the doodle circles and words. Then, I took my Pitt pen and went around the words and some of the squares.  Final step, two layers of matte varnish with drying in-between, and attach a dog tag to the zipper. Voila!

Love this bag!! It's perfect to carry art supplies in, and the bright colors and fun crazy animals just make me happy!


Come join us in the fun this week, and create your own container. I can't wait to see what you make! Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 voucher, and it could be you!



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Be sure to head on over to the challenge blog to see how the DT is containing themselves this week. You are sure to be inspired by their awesome creativity!!
Thanks for visiting!



  1. A thousand times yes! Haha, love this truly creative and utilitarian! I'd love to try this but don't think I have your patience! I really love your background too... the dogs and cats steal the show, so I just had to say...

    1. Awe, Mimi, thanks so much! Your words make my day!

  2. This is awesome, Maura! I would have loved, loved, loved to have a pencil and art supply case like this when I was in school. Who wouldn't! Love those dogs and cats and the bright colors you used to create your bag. So cool!

    Cathie ♥

  3. love this art bag Maura! perfect to take with you when you go a'craftin' you would definitely not get it mixed up with someone else's!! ;-) The background is fabulous and I love the crazy cats and dogs, the crazy colouring is brilliant too!! \I need to make one of these for me!! thanks for the idea!!

    Lols x x x

  4. You're crazy just as the cats and dogs! This is stunning and believe me I would NEVER come up with an idea of altering a mesh bag! This absolutely rocks, you're limitless! Hugs, Marzena

  5. What a fab pouch for supplies, Maura! I love the bright color palette, perfect for the crazy animals! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  6. Oh my....this is simply fabulous. What a great pouch to put your craft goodies in, just so stinkin' creative.

  7. This bag makes me smile also. Love the bright colours and of course the stamps! I love Tim Holtz products just wish I had the amounts the you do!!! I have no where near the supplies, but slowly collecting them. Thank you for taking the time to share this great, fun and colourful project! Truly love the bag!!!

  8. Great project! So fun to see all the colorful pets and just brilliant that you took a photo to share. I expect you'd be the envy of all the kids in class bringing your school supplies in this jolly case.

  9. you are a genius my friend...this is just so all those colourful pets...hugs kath xxx

  10. Oh My! This is fabulous! Not only a brilliant idea but such a fun way to use those stamps! Happy crafting! Chrisx

  11. Oh wow! Great and super funny idea!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  12. OMG! Maura this is a Crazy idea but the result is fantastic! love your stenciled background and crazy Dogs, crazy Cats are totally cute! barbara

  13. This is absolutely fantastic Maura and what an amazing project! Love how you've used the crazy dogs and cats and adore the colours you've chosen ~ you're a genius for coming up with this idea!! :) xx

  14. This is such a fun and fabulous creation, Maura. Love the cute image and bright colors. :)

  15. This is so cool, Maura! I was trying to think of some sort of purse or bag, but couldn't figure out the logistics. You nailed it and I adore the wonderful sense of whimsy you created. The colors pop so wonderfully and those animals are so cute! You always have such a great vision and it's a treat to see your projects!

  16. Oh wow, this is so amazing, Maura! I would never come up with this! Love the amazing colors and the funky style! Hugs, Sandra


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