Monday, January 14

Tamale Bag Upcycle

Hello Monday my creative friends! Let's do some recycling this week with our new challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - RECYCLE SOMETHING! What do you have around the house that you could repurpose? 

My family loves tamales. It goes way back to a camping trip out in the southwest. We had broken down and were "stuck" for awhile at a little market/service station way out there with nothing around for miles. An older man stopped and set up a little stand to sell his wife's tamales, which were hands down the best ever! So from time to time, I try to find us some tamales, and the Texas Tamales are pretty darn good...and the bags are great for repurposing! 

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Texas Tamale Queen

Delicious and a bit spicy...

Be sure to slip a piece of cardboard in-between.

I gessoed both sides, and thought this was pretty cool when I pulled the cardboard out - it kind of worked like a silk screen. I'll have to save this for a future project. 

I painted and stenciled one side with bright colors. Apparently purples are calling to me!

Next I stamped some images with paint, and later with ink. These awesome stamps are designed by my teamie Andrea Ockey Parr!

I kept it simpler on the reverse side with lots of dots.

I had fun with more stamps, more layers, building the design.

Then, I decided to whitewash this side and tone it down a bit. 




Of course, either side could be the front! I love to upcycle things that might just get tossed and turn them into something brand new. How about you? Did you find something to recycle this week? Join in this fun challenge and you'll be entered into the $50 shopping voucher from our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp!


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  1. This is so pretty and such a great idea to use the tamale bag!

  2. Oh WOW!! Maura! this is absolutely gorgeous!! I love that you recycled a canvas bag and used Andrea's fabulous stamps too! I would use this for keeping all of my bits and bobs in when attending crafty retreats, everyone would be so envious of you with your apron and bag!! :-)

    Hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  3. c'est superbe Maura, j'aime énormement

  4. Love this to bits, Maura! Absolutely charming and magical!
    Claudia xxx

  5. You are always absolutely original! Love love love this creative recycle maura! fabulous colors and design too! barbara

  6. Wow, what an amazing recycling project! I loved following along with you and seeing all the beautiful layers and colours that you added 😁. Enjoy the rest of your week! J 😊 x

  7. Un gran reciclaje. Original, único...felicidades por ello. Besos y feliz fin de semana!!!

  8. I think I single-handedly owe you at least 50% of my stamp profits for being such an awesome advertiser for me! Thanks for your support and for making my designs look so amazing. It truly means a lot!

  9. This is so cool! You always make something completely different and susprising. I love your work in fabrics. Hugs, Macarena.

  10. Wow, what a great idea Maura!! Altering a bag, so cool! I love the colors, dots and all the details. I got to get those pens too. And I learnt something new, I had to google Tamales. I have heard about it before, but never knew what it was. Hugs!

  11. This is such a fun and awesome creation! Maura. Love the fabulous colors and patterns you created. :)

  12. Fabulous decorated bag and brilliant design-just googled Tamales thought that was what you called the bags!!!
    Carol x

  13. i am currently making COVID-19 resusable masks out of bgs I have saved.

    1. Great way to use the bags! Stay safe! Maura


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