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Monday 10 November 2014

Welcome Kath Stewart as Guest Creative Guide

I am really pleased to welcome a blogging friend and Tim Holtz lover to A Vintage Journey today. Kath produces the most amazing projects and can turn her hand to a variety of styles but if you visit Kath’s blog …. diary of the everyday life of a crafter you will see Tim’s influence in her projects and there is always a lovely story or some wonderful chit-chat interspersed with her photos and creative steps. So a trip across is recommended and will be well worth the visit; I am sure you will linger for a while to take in the wonderful sights and come away with lots of ideas.
Over to you Kath.

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Hi everyone…my name’s Kath and I live in the North East of Scotland with my hubby and a hooligan Golden Retriever called Buddy who’s my constant crafty partner albeit of the sleeping most of the time variety. I’ve been making things from a very young age starting off with knitting and crochet, moving on to painting ceramics until I ventured into the world of card making and paper crafting and discovered that wonderful things happen when you apply ink to stamps. I’m a huge Tim Holtz fan in fact it could well be called an addiction and my bank statements will bear that out. Tim is such a wonderful ambassador for this hobby we all love, so generous with his creative passion and takes me on a “embrace your imperfection” sometimes way out of my comfort zone journey on a daily basis, usually requiring a de-Distress session with the scrubbie and a hose down in a hot shower. I was highly delighted, very honoured and a little bit nervous to be asked to join you all today as a Guest Creative Guide but what to make…I decided on an Autumn themed Hessian Sack to hold pot pourri…

Hessian Sack 1a

… first we need to make the sack…decide on how long and wide you want your sack to be, double up the length measurement so that the sack will have a fold at the bottom and cut out a layer of hessian and lining fabric, the only dark fabric I had was from my bundle of Eclectic Elements, I know how shocking, whatever was I thinking, rather wasteful as it won’t be seen when the sack is finished. Stitch the 2 layers together and trim.

Hessian Sack 2a

Cut a small piece of Calico, ink the Leaf Blueprint Stamp from Mini Blueprints with Potting Soil Archival Ink, and stamp randomly, decorate with Alpha Chips, Alpha Letters, Label Letters and Chit Chat Stickers. Handstitch the label to what will be the front of the sack. With right sides facing, stitch the edges of the sack, together, trim to neaten the seams and turn right side out. Fill the sack with pot pourri, gather the neck together and tie with twine.

Hessian Sack 3a

Colour a piece of cardstock using Distress Spray Stains - Mustard Seed-Wild Honey and Vintage Photo, dry with a heat tool and then press randomly onto the craft mat to pick up any overspray stain.

Hessian Sack 4a

Die cut leaves using Tattered Leaves Die and ink the edges using a Mini Blending Tool and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
Using the Holiday Greens Thinlits Set, die cut foliage in various colours From Tim Holtz Core’dinations Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection Pad

Hessian Sack 5a

Scrunch the leaves up a little, bend and shape then fix to the sack using a hot glue gun.

Hessian Sack 6a

Hessian Sack 7a

Well what can I say, isn’t this the most amazing and creative project for S@ndy’s Bountiful Harvest challenge? I love the creativity and wonderful idea of having a hessian bag which is so reminiscent of days gone by when you picked up your fruit and veg from farm shops and they were kept in those wonderful old sacks.

Thank you so much Kath for sharing your wonderful creativity, beautiful photos and steps and your amazing inspiration.

So if you haven’t yet checked in at S@ndy’s Bountiful Harvest challenge, please do to take a look at the amazing Creative Guide inspiration and the beautiful entries we have already had. We hope to see you there.

Thanks for stopping by today. We will see you again on Friday when the next new challenge will be up, hosted by yours truly.

Have a creative week.

hugs brenda and the team


  1. Beautiful Harvest sack Kath. You really do produce the most unusual creations. Love the tutorial and the leaves and greenery look so real. Hugs Rita xxx

  2. What a lovely fall project Kath! love your colorful leaves and fun sentiment letters! and I bet this smells delicious with the pot pourri inside! Your tutorial is just perfect - thank you so much for sharing as the Guest Creative Guide today!

  3. A great tutorial Kath, love the leaves, I have this die and never thought for one minute that you could make leaves looking like that... will have to give this a go, thanks again for sharing:)
    Marjorie xx

  4. Fabulous, original idea (no surprises there of course), love your bountiful harvest sack with its gorgeous array of leaves. Great idea and a wonderful tutorial! Thank you!!!

  5. Oh wow Kath, this is one of the best uses of hessian I have ever seen, such a clever idea and so beautiful too. Your foliage is stunning. Great tutorial too! Thanks so much for joining us as a Creative Guide, it is such a pleasure to see you here. Hugs, Anne xx

  6. What a gorgeous project to make Kath and the result is stunning. Love your autumnal arrangement and it sits beautifully on your pot pourri hessian bag. Great tutorial and it was lovely to learn more about you. Thanks so much for joining us today as a Guest Creative Guide.
    Julie x

  7. Welcome Kath : )
    Fabulous project and fantastic tutorial, love the label and leaves

    Jools x

  8. Only you could make a sack look that good! Love the lettering and the gorgeous leaves Kath. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity. Jenny x

  9. Simply love you project Kath - Thank you so much sharing your creativity with us. So happy you could travel on this leg of the Vintage Journey with us.

  10. A fabulous make Kath and so inspiring :-) I love the hessian sacking and the wonderful array of colours, leaves and berries. It's lovely to have you here as Guest Creative Guide. Huge hugs Annie x

  11. WOW, Kath!! Such a lovely, rustic bag! A wonderful creation for your OCC GD spot :) XOXO-Shari