Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Exciting News & a Fun Challenge Project

Hello my friends!
I have some exciting news to share with you today!
I've been asked by the Mix It Up Challenge Blog to join their team
and I couldn't be more excited!   Thanks Leslie and team!  This is a monthly Anything Goes challenge with some awesome fun TWISTS to inspire your creativity!!  The twist is NOT required to play along but you might find some add fun if you give them a try!  Up to you!

The October challenge is:

Anything Goes + Open Technique
(Use any technique you'd like and it would be fun 
if you shared what technique you used with us!)

 Here's the project I'm sharing to inspire you today . . .

I love making tissue box covers (you can find my instructions below my header in the TUTORIALS file).  I didn't add any additional embellishments to the box because some ladies think they get in the way of the tissues popping up or are (as one lady put it) just another dodad to collect dust!  LOL  So I simply added a few Liquid Pearl Dots around the lid opening (as you can see a little better in the photo below) and stopped there.

To decorate my bag (purchased at Hobby Lobby), I used 2 sheets of 12x12 decorative paper also from Hobby Lobby.  I discovered by cutting my designer paper 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 for the front & back of my bag, that leaves me with just enough to decorate a tissue box cover (LOVE when that happens! lol).

I've used an A6 card front to create the sentiment on the front of the bag.  
By using a few dies from my collection, this bag came together quickly.  I will probably add 
some ribbons to the bag handle before using (or selling) this sweet gift set.

Sue Wilson Designs - Expressions Collection - You Are Special

 Sue Wilson Designs - Canadian Collection - Corner, Border & Tag

Liquid Pearls - Baby Blue

I do hope you'll pop over to the Mix It Up Challenge Blog and join in the fun!
You have until 6 PM EST the last day of the month to enter!
I'm so inspired by the rest of our amazing DT 
and I can't wait to be inspired by YOUR project!

As always, thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by!


  1. Congratulations Darlene! Sounds like a fun challenge team and blog. Love your project!

  2. Congrats, my friend, so happy for you. They are lucky to have you!!! I don't know HOW you will find the time, but you seem to always come out smelling like roses. Fabulous project here, love the patterned papers.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous gift bag and tissue box! And yep, I would have to agree with your friend with regard to embellishments on tissue boxes, lol! I don't embellish mine either! So happy to have you on my design team!

  4. So happy for you! I am sure you will have a great time. And, I love the gorgeous projects you did. That is beautiful paper.

  5. Congratulations to you, and they are SO lucky to have you on their team! Your gift set is stunning...love that paper! May have to check out the paper racks at H.L. tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow that is a gorgeous set! I don't know how you do all these design teams, Congrats!

  7. Congrats for your new DT! Well deserved!
    Love your gift kit, so feminine and pretty!!

  8. Well, first of all, congratulations on your new DT gig, Darlene! It sounds like fun! How many now? I lose track. Now, I must say your gift bag and tissue box are absolutely beautiful! Love the paper, and I've been looking at that gorgeous die you used as a border on the bag. So pretty! This makes a perfectly delightful gift! I understand about the dust collectors, and your box looks perfect as is.

  9. Thank you Darlene for your kind comment on my post. I love your craft work too. The patterned paper with leaves is amazing ! I am very glad to make new friendship with crafters all over the world. Wishing you a nice day ! Warm hugs.

  10. Congrats, Darlene and your project is beautiful! xox

  11. Dear Darlene
    Thanks a mln. I am going to take part as i hv done a gift set for my friend and son. Love you my friend. Blessings


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