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Hi!  I was a bit bored this past weekend so I fiddled around on Blogger and finally figured out how to add tabs at the top of our blog.  So our blog got a little face-lift.  Hehe.  Anyway, I thought now would be a good time to start making some teacher gifts since I was lucky enough to find some alterable products at a local store for 75% off!  I should've bought more but I wasn't sure what the products would be like and even though they were really inexpensive, I didn't want to spend too much.  And iCopic's Weekly Challenge #71 is Anything BUT a card so I get to play along! 

So this is what I bought.  It's from Kaisercraft.  I think it's made from MDF so it's pretty sturdy.

I painted one set purple and another one pink though I will save the pink one for a different project.  I used acrylic paint that my husband has had for years too.  So this project will be fairly inexpensive.  Excuse the tofu container.  Tofu containers are pretty convenient for this type of project.  I used one to hold water and another for the paint and you can rest your projects on them to dry.  We even use some to make huge chunks of ice.  Maybe only people here do that?

I used washi paper to cover the bag and added Sister Stamps Ayako.  The die cut border is from MFT and I cut one in purple cardstock and another in gold.  It's amazing how long I hold onto crafty supplies.  The gold piece is actually gold ribbon that I used for our wedding favors more than 10 years ago!  We used them to make gold fans and to tie our chopsticks together when giving away chopsticks was all the rage way back then.  Also added lots of purple rhinestones.

Ayako is colored in Copics with a touch of PMC black pencil in her hair.

Did you notice my tag?  I made a Mizuhiki knot following a tutorial HERE.  This knot is called an abalone knot.  I think this knot is a pretty general one for most occasions though I'm not sure.  I've also had these gold cords since our wedding prep days.  We never used them and I thought about giving them away but good thing we didn't.  Oh, and the purple ribbons were also from our wedding favors!

Just to show the width of the bag.  I'm not sure what I'm gonna place in this yet. 

This is the back.  I personalized it with PTI's alphabet dies.  Added more bling too.

Since All That Scraps now sells Sister Stamps, I'll be entering this in their Wednesday Challenge--All About the Sparkle too.

Thanks so much for reading!


this is so sweet! Eva love the little sweet!
RiNNE said…
Super pretty!! Such cool embellishments-- love the ribbons and tag! She is so cute!
Cheryl said…
What a pretty bag! Love the paper and embellies! Cool knot tying, I never knew those even had a name. Am I a banana? I don't even see those decorations around that often, I didn't know people made their own. Ayako is colored so nice too! Hmmm, I have always thrown away my tofu containers, never thought they could be so useful...
Lorraine said…
Such a gorgeous creation, Eva! You are just so darn creative! She will love her gift! and LOL about the tofu containers!
Wow wee Eva~
You are one awesome crafter...
love the whole detailing too it...
Awesome tote, now all you need is some goodies to go in their for her....
Rachel Parys said…
Way to make us all look bad! Already thinking about teacher gifts, and coming up with a super awesome idea! (kidding);)

Those are really fun, and they don't look too complicated! Good find! I have the worst time finding good teacher gifts, I'll have to start taking cues from you!

Awesome project Eva!
Pam Sparks said…
Fabulous project Eva! Adorable coloring and creating! So glad you linked up to the ATS Wed. Challenge... Thanks for playing!
Fabulous! I have to work with that wash tape one of these days:) Thank you for joining us at ATS and Good Luck!
Tons of Hugs, Dangina
Alyce said…
Wow this is awesome! I want one lol! Love the kimono girl and those sweet papers + your knot is perfect! One of the girls at my work is Japanese and brought some back for us...they are so pretty :D
Michele Spera said…
Beautiful project:-) I love that image, and I love the sparkle on it!Thank you for joining us at All That Scraps Wednesday challenge
Michele spera
Marie Gamber said…
Your little purse is beyond gorgeous! Love the coloring and the image is wonderful! Thank you for joining iCopic Challenge!
Marie XX

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