Monday, April 21, 2008

Mini purses (template) & Funky Fabric Flower Sticker

These little purses were ultra easy to make. They were inspired by AnneMarie's gorgeous purses. The template is available on the Stampin Up demonstrator site, but for some reason it wouldn't print properly for me. Since I think it's just plain mean to show you a project with no template, (lol) I printed it 2 times, pieced it together, and scanned it. This also meant I could resize it for you. Here are the purse templates at standard-size, at 120%, and at 75%. They make these two mini purses (about 2" and 2.5" high):

The purse on the right is how the template prints (with handles.) However, you can save paper and add interest by omitting the handles & adding ribbon instead--as I have with the purse on the left. I used Mellow Moss taffeta ribbon here. The little flowers hide the ends of the ribbon. They're punched from the Three For You set. I've added little paper punched circles and crystal effects to them to get some dimension. Double sided paper is so sweet with these because you get the full effect of both sides. These papers are both by Cosmo Cricket: Fleuriste-Vineyard & Fleuriste-Maize.

To make the purses without having printer lines show:

  1. Print a copy of the template(s) onto cardstock (I love Naturals)
  2. Cut along the edges
  3. Place template over your patterned paper
  4. Trace with a pencil (mechanical pencil or a sharp one) Omit handles if you like
  5. Cut along pencil lines & erase them when done
  6. Score where the pattern indicates (dotted lines) Don't worry this pattern is very forgiving with score lines. I was worried I had bunged it up & it turned out just fine :0)
  7. Embellish with eyelets & ribbon (if desired)
  8. Fold & press along folds with a bone-folder
  9. Adhere with good double-sided tape

This Black fabric flower sticker is made from a sticky linen sheet that you can put in the printer. (It's by Close to my Heart and it's called StickStock (Linen)--for more see this post)

To make the flower I just did this schtuff:
  1. Printed the flower template out onto Stickstock (or cardstock)
  2. Cut a flower out & painted it with Black Craft ink
  3. Added silver stitches with glue pen embossing
  4. Rubbed on some extra silver embossing powder & heated for a distressed look
  5. Stuck it onto acetate & cut it out (leaving a border where the acetate would show)
  6. Beaded the center (using Crystal Effects adhesive & beads from an old necklace)
  7. Stuck the flower onto the card with Pop-up glue dots

The Black 'ribbon' with white text is 7gypsies gaffer tape "Le Monde" (I've tinted it with Brown Stazon to reduce the contrast.)

Other Card Supplies:
Basic Gray & Black, Patterned paper by Cosmo Cricket: Fleuriste-Cobblestone, Stamps: Close to my Heart flourish (in River Rock to right of best wishes) from Playful Petals set, Sentiment "Best Wishes" is from Kim Hughes's Silhouette Blooms I set Accessories: Hodge Podge hardware pewter, Mellow Moss Taffeta ribbon.

Thank you so much for reading &
I hope your crafting is blissful! :0)


Flossie's Follies said...

WOW, awesome, they are fantastic.

Maria said...

Hey Mel! Wow, I'm really loving all your purses!! It's such a fabulous way to use up designer papers! Love the papers that you used!!! I've been meaning to make a few purses from the templates you've provided. . .and boy, you sure provide. . .thanks so much!!!


chelemom said...

These are really cool!!! LOVE them!

Miss Crystal said...

Wow, these are fantastic. I love them. Thanks for the tutorials.

Julie said...

Hi Mel

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I love your little purses that paper is gorgeous and the fabric flower is so very clever tfs

Catherine said...


Anonymous said...

I loveee this projects.
So wonderful !

Bouncy, Flouncy, Fun,Fun, Fun said...

Ohhh! I love the little purses! They are so cute! Your card is beautiful and I love that flower!

Godchick said...

The purse looks really fun!

kathj said...

I have just looked through your blog and I think it is fantastic, i love all you tips and techniques!