Thursday, October 25, 2012

Paint the town Red!

My bag has sat alone and unloved in a cupboard for a couple of years.

It had served me well and I still liked the softness of the leather and the size of it too but it was boring.
It was ready for a makeover, a full rejuvenation, for my first Susan K. Weckesser Design Team assignment.

I have not worked with stamps on leather before. Where to start? A bit of pondering and  then I saw it! One of the tags from the Susan K.Weckesser Whymsical Paper Collection.

Off I went...... gathering  ...... Susan K Weckesser & Unity Stamps

........some Susan K Weckesser Whymsical Range Papers.......

......and other products to add to the rich colours that are October, no matter where in the world you live. In the Northern Hemisphere it is the richness of Autumn while down here in Australia it is bright flowers and sunshine.

A bag like this offers you many opportunities to play, to experiment and to add lots of colour to personalise it. So that's what I did!

This is the inside flap and here I used  the sequin waste stamp from the A Little Bit Washi Set SB-979A. Using Colorburst and Live, Love, Create Paper by Susan K. Weckesser I punched a variety of circles. I had fun cutting a couple of circle stamps of my own and then I went a bit "dotty" with the Viva Decor Pearl Pens.

The inside pockets continued the circle theme, which I have used all the way around the outside edge of the bag. For these I used  my favourite, In Circle Me SB-980A to stamp directly onto the leather and also onto alcohol inked, glossy cardstock which was then punched out into circles.

The bright leaves from Autumn Grunge SB-974A were coloured with stamp pads, stamped first onto tissue paper and then adhered to the bag.

The perfect finishing touch was a second tag, with just a tiny change.

My bag has been transformed in my studio - Time To Create.
I know I am going to love being able to swing it over my shoulder and have a lot more fun times with it.
Of course, I gave it a couple of coats of waterproof spray.
 After all ...we just might... ... Paint The Town Red!
Julie - Susan K. Weckesser Design Team Member


  1. What a fantastic project!!! I love that bag!

  2. incrediable!!! fantastic project!!!

  3. Amazing! Beautiful work. And thank you for this inspiration... I happen to have a couple of old bags/purses myself that have been sitting in the closet... hmmm...

  4. WOW! WOWZER! WOWEEEE! What a concept! And what an amazing talent you are Julie - Thank you sooo very much for sharing!

  5. Oh my giddy aunt Julie....Loooooooove it and sure it would look good with it on my shoulder too,hahaha!

  6. You are amazing!!! What a great idea!!! It really transformed!!! WOW!!! SO cool!!!! Great project!!!!

  7. OH that is flippin' awesome! doing research now on all the materials you used...

  8. How BEAUTIFUL is THIS!!!! You rocked this Julie! xoxox

  9. very cool what a great idea and fabby job!

  10. well done, love your creative results

  11. Completely gorgeous! What a great way to spruce up an old bag! Now, if it'd only work on my face!!!!


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