Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Recycle Challenge at Frilly and Funkie - A Gift Bag

Challenge Theme

We honor Mother Earth with Earth Day on April 22 and so with that in mind our challenge this time around is all about re-purposing, re-using and recycling.  Kathy is our hostess and she is challenging us to:  "Honor the day with a vintage or shabby chic project that includes an item that would normally land in the recycle or trash bin. You can use an old jar, glass bottle, packaging material or other bits and bobs to create your upcycled masterpiece. Be sure to tell us in your post what your recycled item is and how you used it, as it may not be apparent in a photo."

My Take on the Challenge

Who doesn't need the occasional gift bag?  I seem to always be looking and never finding one. Now I'm a wee bit ahead of that game with a product bag that I've turned into a pretty gift bag perfect for Mother's Day or any occasion.

I used Graphic 45's new Bloom Collection to re-purpose my product bag.  The Funkie Junkie Boutique carries all the Graphic 45 collections so be sure to take a look at all the new collections.

Bloom is so colorful and  feminine, just perfect for Mother's day gifts.

Some of my favorite embellishments are Graphic 45's tags and ephemera cards.  The tags come in several sizes and are sturdy enough to hold up for any application.  They are made from a sturdy cardstock with a grommeted hole.   

I made a pretty pocket using an ephemera card and left an opening for a decorated tag that makes a perfect place for writing a personal message.  I used Graphic 45's regular sized die to cut the paper covering the tag.

The roses I used are very much like the gorgeous roses from Graphic 45.  These are from Little Birdie and are just a slightly different shade from the Graphic 45 roses.  The butterfly is a silver tone butterfly that I colored with alcohol ink.

 A pretty bow on the handle add that extra special touch!

The other side of the bag is also embellished with Tags and Pockets from the Bloom Collection and those pretty roses.

 Pull out the tag and you can write another hidden message.

How to Enter the Challenge

Create a vintage or shabby chic project  and link it up to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge, Re-purpose, Re-use, Recycle. The Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to be a guest designer in one of our Frillie and Funkie challenges. The other three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into a draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to take a look at the creations of my talented teammates, you can see their creations here, at the Frillie and Funkie Blog.

Supplies Available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique


  1. What a festive and beautiful gift bag! It is so pretty you don't even need to put anything inside. :) The flowers, colors, papers and then that beautiful bow all make it one gorgeous gift!

  2. I love, love, love this idea, Maggi! It's just gorgeous and such a great way to use a shopping bag! Your embellishments are picture perfect, too. How clever you are!

  3. Lovely transformation of the bag with all the pretty papers. The bow is gorgeous and I love the beautiful colouring of the butterfly.

  4. What a beautiful gift bag! Love this creation and jeeee....any tutorial on making that perfect bow!?! Love it Maggie! TFS. :)

  5. I've always loved those paper bags they have so much character but you've transformed this one so beautifully. Those papers are divine and I adore how you've left space to fit a tag inside the cover. Stunning by design thank you for sharing x

  6. This is such a gorgeous bag Maggi. In fact you've made it a gift in itself with all those beautiful paper layers. I love how you've made the pocket on the front to add a message for the recipient on the tag - such a clever idea! xx

  7. This is a case when the gift is really the wrapping! What a beautiful gift bag, Maggi--the papers, the roses, the clever pockets and that stunning butterfly and jaw dropping bow! All so wonderfully put together! (Am I the only one on this team that can't make a pretty bow???!) Sending hugs to you!


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