This is my first ever Keep It Simple bag for an Artful Bag Challenge.
That's not the challenge; the challenge is to create your own paper bag, purse, clutch. My personal challenge was to keep it simple.
Because lately my mojo has gone to hell. Everything I make takes forever, and that's after I finally manage to even come up with an idea to get me started (Blogger crashing, and then the power failing several times through this weekend).
Do you have this problem? Two months ago I thought my issue was only work stress and lack of time. Now I realize that my arts and crafts abilities ... are broken.
Feeling broken is making things worse, because that leaves me psychologically shoveling out ditches full of mud and excrement when I should be joyously dipping my fingertips into a stream of colors and textures and ideas.
Ouf. Did I lose you back there? Lost me too ... damn it ...
So, back to my personal Keep It Simple challenge for the Frosted Petunias Artful Bag Challenge. I started with a lovely piece of Die Cuts With a View stock from the Far East stack, used a cut from a Cricut cartridge for the bag base and added a closure by combining a gold button and Chinese coin.
The cherry blossom branch is stamped from a home-cut stamp and embossed with copper-colored powder.
The final, and best, elements here are the lovely blossom gems. These are attached with an i-Rock that my lovely friend Terry sent to me!
She's the unbelievably skilled artist and creator at Terry's; she's also a wonderfully kind and funny woman who you should take the time to visit (hint, hint).
OK, enough from me with the whining and pushing you around to other blogs; erm, except for this one last shove toward Frosted Petunias where you can check out all of this months' amazing Artful Bags!