Sunday, September 15, 2013

Bitty Bags...PS SPARKS Designer Draft Challenge

Many are the days I miss living closer to my family, but each time I look out the window, and see the stunning Three Sister mountains, the beauty of my surroundings changes my outlook (most of the time...and we are *only* 4 hours drive away...).  Today, my husband and I traveled west, into Banff National Park to Lake Louise, where the scenery is absolutely stunning! Our mission: a lovely long hike, in summer-like weather, on wonderful trails, and a chance to simply spend time together.  Our route took us past the glamourous Chateau Lake Louise, up the path (it's a bit challenging, but certainly worth every step!) to the well-known teahouse at Lake Agnes, then around the lake, up some more, until eventually we headed down to meet the connecting walkway meanders past Lake Louise itself.  We happened to catch our first glimpse of the larch trees turning spectacular they are!!  Wonderful day, spent with most marvelous company!!  Once home, I had a mission to accomplish...

Early in September, the ever-creative, delightful, talented Savannah O'Gwynn, from Virtual Smooches, shared super-duper cute little bitty-bags, decorated with - what else - PS products.  Of course, I was smitten, and the project was added to my "must try" list.  This week's PS SPARKS Designer Drafts Challenge 

was incentive to give them a go, especially since, if you read my earlier post, I'm on a "little things" kick.   My little bags, not the same as Savannah used by any stretch, are simple wee kraft bags that have been sitting neglected in my stash for far too long.  Since a 'big city' trip is a few weeks away, and the challenge was this week, I did what I had to do: improvised!

Here are my first two bitty bags...and the rest of the package will be treated accordingly! I already have plans for these babies: homes for wee treats for my niece's daycare - oops, *school* - mates.

My PS products include the frame die,Chit Chat sentiments, little dots from Reflections, and my 'go to' butterfly from Flap Happy.  Despite the small scale, I "tried" to follow the sketch: dots - check, sentiment on banner - check; squarish focal image - check.  Simple little bags, with a bit of jazzing up...

Thanks so much for dropping by; your visit adds sparkle to my day!!


  1. Love what you did to these little bags! You are one talented & loving auntie!

  2. So enjoying your small-things-kick, Carol ... especially when PS is involved too! These are so sweet for your niece's little friends ... perfect for tiny tots! Your Lake Louise hike sounds stunning ... when I saw it, it was covered in mountainous white heaps and the lake was frozen ... it was amazing just the same. How fabulous to have that on your doorstep! Anita :)

  3. You are going to make Savannah SO proud! These are adorable!! I NEED to get myself some of these! Love so much that you are doing these for your niece's school - another example of how sweet and thoughtful you are!! And oh my, your day in the mountains sounds incredible!!

  4. Oh I am so envious when I read about the world outside your window. Banff and surrounds - definitely on the bucket list! Just amazing! And speaking of amazing - how ADORABLE are your itty bitty bags! I think it is such a sweet gesture that you have made them for your nieces "school" chums! You are such a kind-hearted person, Carol!

  5. These are so super cute! Love the little bags, what a sweet little gift!

    I want to do that hike, sounds fab!

  6. What an amazing day you had! I have never been in the area but it is HIGH on my list! Your little bags are absolutely charming! I have that frame - now I just need to find some bitty bags and I will be CASEing!!

  7. OH MY! Carol-- you are just tooooooo much! I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU! First, I love that you had a day just to spend time with your hubby and enjoyed your surroundings/nature! Sounds like a fabulous time- and gorgeous views all around! Maybe if I visit you.... we can go on a hike!

    And then I continue to read your post... and the way you started the second paragraph had me on the edge of my seat! I was like, "OHHHH! Carol's found another blog I should follow! Who is so amazing?!?! Who inspired her?!" And it was ME! LOL! I had to laugh at myself because I don't think I'm that great! But it makes me feel so wonderful that you enjoy my videos and designs! You really are the BESTEST:)

    OH My! Those little bags are PERFECT! They are just the right size for your niece's school mates! ACK! How sweet is that?!!?! You're the BEST aunt ever! And I LOVE that the tag inside works with this sketch-- FAB take on this challenge! YOU ROCKED it (small scale and all!!)!!! <3

    THANKS so much for joining in the fun with the Paper Smooches SPARKS team!!! Hope you play along with us again soon!!!

  8. Hey Carol ... I just saw your name in lights with these super cute bitty bags ... as a Virtual Smooches Featured Fan ... congratulations, my friend, well deserved recognition! Anita :)