Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Kitty with Butterfly - Treat Bag

Hi, everyone!  Today I'm sharing a treat bag that I made from a recycled cat calendar page.  I so enjoy making these!  They are great to give to crafty friends and can hold crafty treats like stamps, dies, stickers, or flat embellishments.  I save all of my old calendars and enjoy finding new ways to recycle the beautiful pages.  This treat bag measures 9" tall x 5.75" wide.  If you would like to see some previous projects I made from recycled calendar pages, click here, here, and here.  

When recycling thinner calendar pages like this one, I back them with patterned paper (see photo below) to add strength.  I learned this the hard way!  After adhering the patterned paper, I scored and folded the calendar page and assembled it into a flat-style bag.  Next I used pinking shears to create a decorative top.  To decorate the bag itself, I used several dies:  lace border (Cheery Lynn Sienna Double Edge Border), flower (InLoveArts Flower Leaf Combo), and butterfly (unknown, received from friend).  I added a self-made sentiment (Microsoft Word) and finished by adhering three gems on the butterfly's body.

Here's a photo of the inside of the gift bag (the hands belong to Brian):

My colour combo was inspired by Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge #171 Spin the Butterfly Wheel with S for Spanner Card.  I didn't make a spanner card, but I was inspired to use three of the suggested colours (Sky Blue, Salmon, and Sand), and of course, a butterfly!

I was also inspired by the following 10 challenges:

Crafts Galore Encore August 3/3
Crafty Calendar August AG 2/3
Cut it Up 257 Treat Box or Bag 1E
Dies R Us 198 Summer (Cheery Lynn dies can be found here)
DL.ART August Linky AG UE
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends 187 AG 2/3
Show Us Your Pussycats 80 Furrything Goes UE
The Outlawz Saturday Paper a la Mode Every Summer has a Story - The story here is about an indoor cat who dreams to be outdoors with the flowers and butterflies.  This cat reminds me of our girl Snowie (RIP), an indoor cat who was formerly an outdoor cat, who would dash outside any chance she got.
Wednesday's Creative Inspirations August AG UE
Word Art Wednesday 555-556 AG w Uplifting Sentiment wk1 4/5

Thank you for looking at my treat bag!  Wishing you a wonderful day!


ScrappyHorses said...

What a great use for old calendars; love this up-cycled idea! Makes the perfect gift bag and this kitty does certainly resembles Snowy! Thanks so much for sharing your make and your summer story with us at Paper á la Mode! ~Katrina

Gina's Cards said...

Beautiful! The kitty is absolutely gorgeous and the pink accents finish it off to perfection. Thank you for sharing with us at Creative Inspirations, good luck.
Gina xx

Mrs A. said...

Kitty what a great idea to reuse old calendar pages to make a treat bag with. Would never have guessed just by looking at the result. Yes any type of craft goes so long as there is a butterfly and two colours from the wheel used on the item. Thankyou so much for coming and joining in. Hugs Mrs A.

terrie said...

Such a great way to re-cycle after using the item instead of trashing it..
(All of us crafters never trash great stuff.)
Thanks for sharing your idea.

Cut It Up Challenge Blog said...

What a great way to use old calendar pages! I never thought to turn them into treat bags. Also a great way to use up a patterned paper - adding stability to the calendar page.

Thanks for participating in our Treat Box or Bag challenge at Cut it Up!


Barbara Godden said...

Beautiful use of the calendar page, what a beautiful kitty and love your story about Snowy you must have really been on your toes to keep her in check. Great idea about lining the pages with paper. fabulous gift bag.

Donna said...

How beautiful, creative and great use of calendar pages! Sorry it takes me awhile to get around, I do not spend as much time blogging as I used to.

Suzanne H said...

I have several cat calendar pages and this is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Oh, I know very well these treat bags with recycled calendar pages!! I'm one of the lucky recipients, not of one, but three!!! :)) And can say that they are so beautiful and capacious! :D I treasure them!
This one is adorable and the pink decorations make the kitty also more sweet, especially the butterfly on her head!! Beautiful border and love the pop of yellow of the flower with the black sentiment!!
Glad to see that you had the help of Bryan :)
Hope your days are full of sweetness and peace, my dear friend!! Sending big hugs and love!!!

Fikreta said...

its so cute!
thank you for playing at SUYP challenge!

Treva said...

What an adorable treat bag and great way to recycle/upcycle outdated calendars.

Thank you for sharing at Cut it Up for our Treat Bag/Box challenge.


Chris said...

Your treat bag is so pretty, such a lovely photo of the cat! A great way to recycle those beautiful calendars we can't bear to throw away. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar this month.

KraftyKoolKat said...

What a great recycling creation Kitty.

Andrea W said...

So cute! A great way to repurpose calendar pages. I'll have to give this a try. 😊

Hi! I'm Shirley and said...

Such an awesome creation! Love it and will give it a try. Thank you for sharing with us at Saturday Paper A La Mode Challenges!!

Karen Letchworth said...

Hello, my sweet creative friend!
Thanks for stopping by Word Art Wednesday to leave me such an encouraging comment and for sharing your wonderful art with us. I'm so blessed to know that the devotions are found helpful to others. God's Word can be such a blessing and a comfort. I couldn't manage my life (or eternity) without Him.
Thanks again for joining us, and have a great week.
Karen, Word Art Wednesday

Chriss America Real said...

Oh my gosh! I love this treat bag so much, it is so cute!


Gail said...

bring on the bag and fill it with chocolate - then I will send you my mailing address - LOL - such a cool bag - fabulous art! TFS - Design Team Hat - thank you for entering your art in WAW - best wishes on the draw! Have a happy day!

Andree said...

A brilliant idea to create a gift bag from this adorable kitten picture. The lovely die-cuts finish it perfectly.
Thank you for joining in with the Crafts Galore Encore August Challenge “Anything Goes”. Good luck x

Chandhini said...

Love that you recycled the calendar page to a treat bag, so creative.