It’s the first Monday of the month, which means it is time for the next Bring Back Beautiful Challenge.

Love is a beautiful thing, so let’s honor it in our card making! Use the color red, have a feel of romance, or adorn your creation with hearts – the choice is yours! Link up your Bringing Back Beautiful Challenge card here to enter. If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword BBB07. You have until February 28th to enter! As we unveil our challenge for next month, we’ll share our True Beauties – those card makers who wowed us with this challenge! Winners will be featured on the Flourishes Blog and will receive a True Beauty blog button to display proudly on their blog!

For my sample I chose the new Heart & Flowers stamp set. I used the Rose Heart and stamped it in Rich Cocoa Memento Ink on Natural White cardstock. It was cut and embossed with Classic Circle Nestabilities and colored with Copic Markers (R01, R02, R05). The edges were sponged with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Ink. It was layered on a piece of Kraft cardstock that had been cut and embossed with a large scallop circle Nestabilities die and sponged with Vintage Photo distress ink.

I stamped the sentiment from Hearts & Flowers in Rich Cocoa Memento Ink on a 7/8′ square of Classic White cardstock. The heart was inked with Vintage Photo Ink and stamped in third generation over the sentiment. The edges of the square were sponged with the same ink and entered in the 1″ square Memory Frame. I noticed I didn’t have 1″ Memory Glass, so I added a few more 7/8″ paper squares and added a 7/8″ square of Acetate to the front and back of the frame.

My project is a Genie bag. The base is a 4″ wide lunch bag. I cut it down to a 4″ square and created covers for the bag. The paper is from 7 Gypsies Victoria pack. The sides started out with a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, then cut the sides in angles 5/8″ in. A piece of Classic White cardstock was cut with Faux Crochet Dienamics die and adhered on the upper edge of the sides.  May Arts Velvet ribbon was adhered over a horizontal strip of the same paper pack. The heart was adhered over the ribbon with dimensionals. A bow was tied out Ivory Silk ribbon from May Arts. It was topped with an Antique Brad from Stampin’ Up!

The sentiment frame as well as a key and charm from Tim Holtz Idea-ology line were attached to the bow with jump rings.

Two strips of the velvet lace ribbon were used as handles. They were adhered to the inside of the side pieces. Next small circles were cut out of Kraft paper, sponged with Vintage Photo ink and topped with smaller Antique Brads.

Here is a video for the visual learner:

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Be sure to check out the rest of the team by clicking on over to see…..

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
Hugs and smiles


Stay at Home Mom of Three, Splitcoast Team Member and Copic and Spellbinders die Lover.

29 Responses to “Bring Back Beautiful: The Beauty of Love”

  1. Fabulous idea…Thanks Beate! So many uses from those lunch sacks…I guess you could say…altered lunch sack…he, he, he!

  2. Oh my gosh, Beate this is sooo gorgeous!! What a fabulous idea. Everything works perfectly together and the little charm is such a beautiful touch.

  3. Wow! Another great idea! I’m thinking this would be a great little gift to give to my cowokers for Valentine’s Day! Thanks again Beate!

  4. Stunning, Beate! Another beautiful creation full of eye catching details! You nail it EVERY time!!!

  5. Wonderful bag Beate, love the colors, love the ribbon… Such a sweet gift! Happy monday..;-)

  6. Wonderful bag Beate, love the colors, love the heart and the ribbon…FABULOUS! Happy monday;-)

  7. Love, Love, Love it!

  8. Oh so pretty Beate! Love the entire gift ensemble right down to the little tag 🙂

  9. Beautiful gift! I love these bags – they are so quick and wonderful! Thanks for sharing another beautiful creation! You always inspire me to either try something new, or to do something that I haven’t done for a while! You rock, Beate!!!

  10. Wow! This is absolutely beautiful! Love it!

  11. Such a great idea with so many possibilities … I can already see an Easter Basket with that fun green grass!!Thanks for all the inspiration and tutorials!

  12. Such a stunning bag Beate – love, love, love it!!! Hugs & Smiles!

  13. Oh Baby!!
    You have most definitely “Brought Back the Beauty” with this one!


  14. I have been a long time admirer of your classic cards, but somehow couldn’t find your blog. I am so happy to have found your wonderful card through Flourishes blog!! Now I can come and admire whenever I want 🙂

    Beautiful, Beautiful work!! Fabulous bag idea and lovely accents!! Just beautiful vintage Perfection 🙂

  15. drool… LOVE your coloring on the rose heart, girl! so very pretty! fabulous project as always!

  16. This is so amazing! I love it. Thanks for the directions.

  17. Great tutorial! As always! I love this project, quick and simple, but it can be dressed up and made as fancy as you want. Love it! TFS!

  18. Simply gorgeous! Your coloring is perfect.

  19. WOW!!! Beate this is such an incredible project!!! Love, love, love it and of course your colouring is simply divine!! 🙂

  20. Beate, your purse is over the top FABULOUS! Awesome design! Hugs ~S~

  21. GORGEOUS handbag. Thanks for the video tutorial!

  22. Oh my this is just gorgeous, and what a great idea, love the way you combined the velvet ribbon with the lace and such pretty embellishements, thanks again for sharing the video 🙂

  23. Oh my goodness Beate. This is absolutely beautiful!! I love this cute idea of the bag. Great to fill with some candy for Valentine’s Day. How do you always do it? Always better than the last. I love coming here. 🙂

  24. Hallo Beate, die Tasche ist ja wunderschön. Tolle Farben und wirklich schön dekoriert.

    LG Andrea

  25. Wheeeeee LOVE it! How utterly beautiful. And your coloring is amaaaaazing!

  26. Traumhaft schön *schwärm*


  27. This is amazing, so glad you gave us visual learners a video. ;o) Thank you

  28. GORGEOUS, Beate! Amazing creation and detailing! Truly BEAUTIFUL!

  29. wow! Beate….this IS beautiful.

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