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Thursday, June 11, 2015

TOTE-ally #Cre8time Ready for Summer...
Ann Butler Designs™ and Clearsnap® Bloghop with Designer Crafts Connection

Welcome to another special Designer Crafts Connection Bloghop which we have teamed up with Ann Butler Designs™ and Clearsnap®... making faux quilted stamped projects using the new ColorBox Background Basics Stamps by and ColorBox Crafter's Pigment Inks by Ann Butler Designs. CLICK HERE to jump to the beginning of the hop at Ann's blog.

You are in for a treat as I am stamping a new tote for the summer season - and this is a makeover of a plain canvas tote that I found in the closet.

The ColorBox Crafter's Pigment Inks by Ann Butler Designs have six new colors, perfect for the summer season and great for stamping on fabric, wood and mixed media projects. These super juicy ink pads are permanent when heat set so you can even create your own wearable art!

The ColorBox Background Basics Stamps by Ann Butler Designs come in large 4 1/2" squares with coordinating triangle wedge shapes - great for faux quilting on fabrics and larger mixed media or home decor projects.

I masked off the top edge of tote and handles with some blue painter's tape before stamping. Then I set off to decoratively stamping a fun summer pattern. I began by stamping solid Ocean Breeze Blue on the edges; then blended the blue with Evergreen inks into the center as I continued stamping pattern across tote; fading back to blue on opposite seam edge {see completed pix below}.

To achieve a gradient effect: ink one half of stamp first with lighter ink color, then stamp other side with darker color - slightly overlapping wet inks. Off stamp ink pad to paper to remove any transfer of unwanted color to inkpad.

The lightweight large stamps are easy to handle and backed with a stiff foam to aid in stamping on varied surfaces. I stamped across the bag in about a half hour - reinking stamp prior to the next impression.

After letting this sit to dry for a few minutes, I peeled off the masking tape and created a new masked border along the top edge to add some inked stripes with a paintbrush. I applied the ink tapping onto the canvas, so the color would have a crisp edge along the tape. I made an Evergreen stripe between two Blueberry stripes.

A let sit to dry a bit before giving this a blast lightly with my heat gun, so that it's dry in preparation for ironing to lock in ink permanency. I add a shimmery bluegreen ribbon along the top edge and tied a couple other coordinating ribbons and trims onto the handle with some handmade summer danglies. My bag is super cute and colorful and ready to pack for a trip to the beach {maybe I can sneak away on my lunch break}.

All Packed for the Beach!

Visit the Ann Butler Designs website and the Clearsnap® website for inspiration and information on these fabulously versatile stamping products.

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Thanks so much for visiting! For more ideas and inspiration follow the Designer Crafts Connection "Ann Butler Designs™ and Clearsnap® Challenge" by selecting hop back/forward on the logo below to enjoy all of the wonderful creations. Sb :)


  1. I love this project Susan...thanks for being part of the hop!

  2. This is awesome! What a fantastic and fun tote to use for the summer!! I LOVE those stamps!!

  3. Susan this is wonderful. What a great way to use Ann's stamps and inks. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.


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