Monday, September 17

It's a Wrap!

Hello Monday, my friends! So happy to have you here to tell you about our brand new challenge for this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - It's a Wrap! We are making all kinds of giftie things like tags, wrapping paper, gift bags, etc. 

I pulled out some blank gift bags I had in my stash, and had a lot of fun creating these mixed media designs for them!

I tore some strips of paper to get started and adhered them with collage medium - Beach Babe and old book paper. 

Next up, a fun mix of colors brushed on over this. I wiped it back a bit with a baby wipe. 

I find myself reaching for Simon's Irregular Dots stencil all the time, it really is a fun pattern to use. 

Once the cheddar circles dried, I laid on the Jazz Dance circles with umber. I like to use a cosmetic sponge to dab in the paint, after I have dabbed a lot of it off first.

Then, I added the tree stencil, making the bottom green (as most of the trees are at the moment), then turning it upside down and going for red and orange. (some of the leaves are beginning to change)

I couldn't resist pulling out some bubble wrap and adding another lightly layered design to this.

details of the layers....

I added a bit of stamping, colored areas in with watercolor, then a white pen.

...and here's my chirpy bird gift bag - enjoy the little things.

First layer on the white bag was the funky patterned paper, then this bright mix of colors. When it gets too bright, I lightly whitewash it. 

Here come those dots again! I overlaid the dots with different colors to create some depth to the design.


I added a stamped layer of images, then whitewashed most of the design. Once it dried, I added a bit of highlighting with the white pen. 

Cheery circles bag - enjoy the little things!

Now it's your turn to create a wrap or something to go with it! I'm looking forward to seeing your ideas! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope I've inspired you. 
One lucky participant will be chosen at random to receive a $50 shopping voucher from our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp! 


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The design team is busy wrapping up some great projects for you this week, so be sure to head on over and check out all the inspiration!


  1. Beautiful gift bags Maura! I love how you used strips of paper to add more interest and texture and the colours and designs are gorgeous!! Very pretty :-)

    hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  2. What a cool messy projects! Lovely bags with all the different patterns and colors, seem a bit ethnic but very modern at the same time. Lovely birds! Hugs, Macarena.

  3. These bags are so cool Maura!! I love how you altered them with all those layers and colors. The birds are superfun and the doodling was the perfect final touch.

  4. I forgot to say that I hope you are having a nice weekend! And how fun that the ribbon on my tag looked like a mushroom. A ribbon mushroom would be a fun idea!

  5. Fabulous bags Maura, bright and beautiful with a really funky feel to them ~ they remind me of tie-dyed pieces from the 60's and 70's! Love them... <3

  6. Fantastic bags Maura! Pastel color palette you chose is absolutely fabulous and I love so much all the layers you created with different stencils! great work! barbara

  7. Now these are some AMAZING gift bags!!!! Love love love your creativity!!!

  8. love how you used the Paperartsy stamps to decorate these gorgeous gift bags, hugs kath xxx

  9. Such cute bags, Maura! so many layers and colors! Hugs, Sandra


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