Hi, my name is Carmen. Welcome to Beyond The Fringe!

I love sewing, crocheting, paper crafts, drawing, doodling and more. I also like to create digital stamps and sometimes offer vintage graphics, many for free. I am a mom and a grandmother of 8 adorable grandkids whom I love to make things for.

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Sep 13, 2012

Earth Laughs in Flowers on Muslin Bags

Hello there!

I love September! It's my favorite month of the year! The weather is great; the leaves eventually start to turn beautiful colors; life is back to normal and we get to look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's a wonderful time of year! 

I'm breathing a sign of relief. My summer was crazy!

But, you're not here to hear me go on....you'd probably like to see something.

Well, I agreed to decorate a couple of the Stateline Premium Muslin Bags you've been seeing here and there. I'm a bit late because of circumstances beyond my control, but here is my take on them! :)

This bag was painted black with fabric paint. Then I added metal foil art. It's a games bag...perfect size for a deck of cards and some dice, or whatever.
I used Tim Holtz Fragments and some beadware for the end of the silver stretch cord I added.
I really wanted to try a mixed media feel to one of the bags. I used fabric paint again along with some stamps and markers to get this look. 
The flowers are $1 Store fabric flowers which I also painted and glued together with buttons and beads.

The main stamp is from CTMH.  The beads are some Pandora style beads we have around.

The company, who so generously provided the bags is called Stateline Bag CompanyThese really are good quality muslin, and easy to work with!
If you'd like to see some of the other decorated bag ideas (and there's so much you can do with these!!!), then check out the Stateline Facebook Page as well! 

They can also be found on Twitter, and on Pinterest

If you'd be interested in some of these bags, they've given me some for a giveaway as well.  Here's what I'd like you to do:

Go 'like' their FB page and let me know you've done that in a comment below, and you'll have a chance to win 25 of these bags in a few different sizes, to play with. Also, please let them know you came from Beyond the Fringe Crafts. I'll pick a name out of a hat next Thursday the 19th...hope you don't mind trusting me.

Thanks and have a good day!
Carmen


24 comments:

  1. Hi Carmen, I was going to comment about your fabulous bags anyway, but I have been over to FB and "liked" the Stateline page. Two very different bags, both absolutely fabulous. If I win I shall enjoy having a go myself. You are truly inspiring! I was telling somebody about your metal work cards and coudn't remember if it was on a roll so will have to check back a few weeks! hugs Angela

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    1. Hi Angela. Thanks for your comment! The metal foil does come on a roll. :)

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  2. Carmen! Your bags are gorgeous!! When I saw the picture, without reading the blog entry, I thought the pictures were already there! But you painted them!! Wow Carmen!! I love how you embellished the straps and bags. How fun--I like the other ideas on their FB wall as well!
    Oh, you have so much talent!!

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    1. Thanks Krista! Yes, they came naked...lol. They sure would make great teachers gifts. Good idea!

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  3. BTW, they would make great teachers' gifts!!

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  4. Your bags are both totally awesome, Carmen. I love what you have done with them. You were so creative. I liked the Stateline Fb page. It would be so terrific to win an assortment of their bags. Blessings abd hugs!!!

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  5. Hello,

    Your bag is gorgeous..I would love to win these assortment bags I love your bag so much...it's beautiful I would love to make some for Teachers Appreciation Day! of gifts for Christmas!! I would love trying to make some with mixed media. Thanks for the chance to win..Also, I liked the Stateline FB page and told them you sent me...

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  6. Both of your bags are beautiful. Your 1st bag reminds me of Alice and Wonderland only no cards or hearts. LOL. I love your whimsical bag. I see you can do so much with the bags. I did stop by Stateline FB page and I let them know you sent me over. TFS AJ-

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  7. Holy cow...these are both fabulous!!! I love the foil tape! Does it stick well? What a wonderful idea, both bags are! Love the painting on the floral...simple gorgeous work! New follower here!!!

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    1. Hi Anita! Welcome and thanks for following! The foil tape does stick, but not enough to survive a child (lol). I will probably add some wellbond glue to make it hold better next time.

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  8. I love those bags Carmen - they are so different from each other too. I don't do Facebook so won't be eligible to win this lovely prize. I had to comment though and tell you how lovely they are. Good luck to all those who enter. Hugs, Suze.

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    1. Suze, if you comment on their Twitter or on their Pinterest, I will still include you in the draw. Just let them know I sent you!

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  9. Wow! Those are so cool. I especially like the game bag, it would make a great gift accompaniment since I (oops I mean Santa) gives them a game in their stocking evry year. Thanks for the ideas and the creative blog. I am always inspired when I visit you.

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  10. Guess I should have included that I "liked" them on facebook. Would love the chance to play around with the bags. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    1. Awesome Deb, and thank you for the nice compliment!

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  11. I liked their page and commented. Holy moly I love love love that games bag! And the flower bag is so pretty and summery.

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  12. ..I have just been floored - the bags are beautiful (That's not good enough)You have a wonderful imagination - I must admit I envy you being able to produce so many things that are both beautiful and practical.
    best wishes
    Margot

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  13. i proudly use one from my LSS and love to carry it.
    loyaz1 at wbhsi dot net

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  14. Thanks for the inpiration Carmen, You do such beautiful work- always look forward to what you are going to share next- I liked and also shared the bags; can't wait to have some fun with some of these-

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  15. Both of your bags are amazing! I liked Stateline Bag Company's FB page.

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  16. WOW, what Awesome bags.... I liked them on FB and thank you for the chance to win...
    Hugs
    Corinne
    ronnieandcorinne@sbcglobal.net

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Thanks for the comments!