Wednesday, April 4, 2018

A 'Paper Bag' Thank You!

Hi friends,
I hope and trust you had a blessed Easter?  I was with family & friends, and it was a great week-end!

I am sharing with you today a paper bag that I've recycled : ) into a card.
The "crown" at the top is really just a vertical strip of paper that I decoratively punched.  It slips into the bag - to write your sentiment on~

My camera is still not giving me the pictures I want; and I can't seem to get a close-up! : (
I lightly edged the small bag with ivory paint,  & covered it with scrapbook paper (Bo Bunny)
The beautiful image was a gift from Marie @ Lost bird Studio's~

I've used some pale tissue paper behind the image, and bits of cheese cloth, buttons, sequins . . .
Thank you for taking a peek today!
I'm hoping to share this @ Wen's Simply Neutral Tuesdays party~ at
Please take a look at all the gorgeous neutrals you will find there!

Well, here is a closer shot - but where is the top?! LOL
OK, I surrender.  I'll need to take the camera (and the photographer!) in to the shop~  *sigh*

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead~
Blessings and hugs,  Karen O


  1. I love this! I am always amazed at the creativeness of this kind of art.

  2. Hello sweetie, what a clever idea! And the result is so gorgeous! The image from Marie is so beautiful and I love that sweet little heart with the button :) It's always a great pleasure to have you join the party with your beautiful art, dear Karen. Sending you big hugs and love xx

    1. Thank you Wen; I love to visit your Simply Neutral Tuesdays : ) and experience so many lovely things~
      Wishing you a blessed week-end ahead! Karen

  3. This is so beautiful with all the delicate layers of papers and bits! I'm not the best with taking pics either so I'm of no help on that end. However, you did ask in your comment left on my blog (thank you!) about the butterfly on my piece. That is a stamp. It's by Tim Holtz and in a clear stamp set that included three butterflies and a quote about wonder.

    1. Hello Linda, it was such a delight to have you visit my blog!
      Hope yours is a great week-end! Karen

    2. PS I think I will head to the camera shop and get some advice! ; )
      And also, thank you for letting me know about the Bfly; beautiful!

  4. Hello Karen, I LOVE your card! The photos look in the style of Julia Margaret Cameron - dreamy and ethereal! The fibres look great peeking out, and the little heart with music- so gorgeous! You chose just the right scrapbooking paper -it belongs there :)

    Are you using a digital camera or a phone to take the pictures? My phone sometimes takes ages before it will focus (Samsung). If it's a camera, check your white balance, reset all your functions back to factory settings or perhaps try another focus setting? When all else fails - try reading the manual... or go to a camera shop for help :) Your work is so lovely, it deserves the fine details to be seen too.

    1. Hi Jesse,
      Thank you for the visit and encouragement about my 'paper bag' card : )
      I am using a digital camera and I did reset it back to factory settings~
      But I don't know how to use/operate it well, so I think I'll get some prof. help
      and maybe even a class or two. Thanks again for the visit Jesse! Have a great week-end~ Karen

  5. The most wonderful bag, I ever saw, dear Karen , such lovely details, and love the fivers "flying" free, on sides of the beautiful image from dear Marie, and the adorable "flowers " you created with the tiny pearls. Also the punched out top is a great detail, which I will try to remember :-) .
    Karen how are you , did you leave to take care of your family dear friend ?
    Sending you a warm hug. Love, Dorthe

    1. Hello Dorthe,
      Thank you for the visit! and your encouraging words as well. It felt good to create something : )
      I hope to e-mail you soon and catch you up on things. Blessings to you dear friend <3 Karen

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    1. Thank you very much for peeking in to my blog!
      I enjoyed the lovely family photo's you shared at yours; and the chance to see your beautiful quilting artistry! I loved the heart garland you made. (saw you were in CO; I lived in CS's for many years)
      Blessings, Karen

  7. So very sweet and pretty, I love the neutrals and the sweet image, very clever and creative on the crown that turned out so neat!
    Good to hear you enjoyed a nice Easter with your family!

    1. Hi Connie,
      Thanks so very much for stopping in my blog. I feel encouraged by the visits. And have really enjoyed learning to create again : ) Have a great day! Karen

  8. Wow!! This is gorgeous Karen!! What a fabulous recycle project .. one would never know it started life as a paper bag! So wonderfully vintage and ethereal and the focal image is so sweet! I love the texture created by the cheesecloth, etc. and the heart with the button on top is adorable! Also love the crown topped tag .. such a clever idea! So happy for you that you have started to create again. Happy for the rest of us too because your art is so inspirational!
    Really good to hear you had a wonderful Easter with family and friends and hope you enjoy what's left of the weekend! love and hugs xx

  9. Just stunning, Karen!! I love the little bits of fabric poking from under the photo! I would never be able to tell that this was a paper bag project! It's sooo lovely! Also, I can't believe how many gorgeous projects I've missed - I haven't visited in a while and just want to apologize, my dear friend! So happy to see your beautiful art again!