Monday, November 3, 2008

Flourish Purse Box with Snowflake ornament

Just can't get enough of curving this Little Paper Shop flourish; it's just so easy! I cleaned up my act with the purse template so there are no more messy spots that waste patterned paper when you print directly onto your paper. This box measures 5 2/8" at the bottom; 4ish inches at the opening; 1 1/2" deep.

Want some inspiration? Check out the thumbnails in my sidebar for the LPS Design Team. :O)


Stamps: {Flourished Dove} & {Snowflakes} from Little Paper Shop

Paper: Ski Slope DSP (S.U), Snowflake on Vellum cardstock
Inks etc: Not Quite Navy & Rose Red Craft ink with clear embossing powder, Frost Blue B-00 Copic marker & Lipstick red (R-29)
Goodies: Swarovski crystals, paper piercer, embroidery thread, pink seed beads, needle
From Stampin' Up!: hand-dyed twill ribbon (Rose Red reinker), 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8 inch circle punch, Scallop circle punch, Metal edged tags.

Jazz I did to make it:

Step 1) Cut paper to 8.5 inches & print template. Score it where dotted lines indicate.

Step 2) Curve the stamp using the template as a guide & stamp it.
(I've used Not Quite Navy ink & embossed it with clear embossing powder)

Step 3) Shade in the flourish with any marker you like

(This is a Frost Blue Copic marker B-00)

Step 4) If you want you can paper pierce the curve free-hand & stitch it

(or you can use something curved as a guide. This is the Creative Memories oval cutter that I used to draw the template. I added some pink seed beads to every other stitch.)

Step 5) Add ribbon edging by sticking double-sided tape on it. (It'll need to be super sticky!)

(This is Twill tape ribbon dyed with SU's Rose Red reinker. I find it easiest to leave it longer than I think I'll need it and trim the excess.)

Here's where I placed my twill tape so it wasn't too thick when it was all put together. I didn't bead the back, cause it's the back, haha ;O)

Step 6) Seal the ribbon ends

Normally I like to use a lighter to seal frays but twill is cottony so it just burns without sealing. Any lacquer adhesive is good to seal the ends up.

Step 7)
Cut a handle & adhere it with strong adhesive

(When using this thin patterned paper, I like to use the scrap from the top of the template & a second piece--both 1 inch wide & 8 inches long--& sandwich cardstock between them for strength)

Step 8) Punch two 1 1/4" circles of patterned paper to hid the handle seams

Step 9) Adhere the circles of DSP inside the purse box.

(This can be a good way to hide the backs of brads if you like to use them to strengthen the handle or decorate the sides.)

I stuck 3x3 notes & envelopes in here. It holds 6 nicely.

To make the snowflake ornament I did this schtuff...

...stamped the snowflake on vellum in Rose Red Craft ink
...heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.
...used a Copic marker to get two shades in the embossing.

Hopefully you can see the Lipstick red (R-29) shades if you click this picture:

...then I punched it with a 1 3/8 inch circle punch, layered it on a scallop circle of DP, pierced it, stitched with blue embroidery thread, & red thread with pink seed beads.

I wish you could see the blinginess of the Swarovski crystal in the middle. It's shiny! :O) The whole thing is just stuck on a metal edged tag & then topped with a gem brad (SU) embroidery thread & a blue bead. I made two so it's a double-sided ornament

Thanks for visiting! Hope your day is a glorious one!

P.S. Another version of this purse here (with more assembly details)
P.P.S. 100+ more purse templates here.


Julie said...

WOW Fab as always Mel xx

chelemom said...

This is gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial!

Anonymous said...

hi mel very nice work as usual, love lady

Suzanne C said...

Loving that flourish too. You keep doing such beautiful projects. Okay.. I have a question for you... what do you do with all your projects? My cards I can usually donate or send out to family and friends but you have soo many cool projects. What do you do with them?

the whimsical butterfly said...

This is so beautiful, Mel!! Love the little ornament totally makes the whole project!!

Lablady2007 said...

Brilliant .. you are amazing with your tutorials. You make everything look like a "I can do this" project. Ty for sharing your amazing talent.

Beth Norman said...

What woman doesn't love purses. I LOVE this one!

Eve said...

I just love how you included a pretty little ornament with this purse!
So sweet!!!!

kathleenh said...

I love this purse - the flourish adds so much!

mudmaven said...

The ornament is the perfect topper for this bag! Too cool as always! ~chris

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous as usual Mel what a great gift for someone.

Julia said...

This is such a great gift! The little ornament adds the perfect touch. Beautiful as always : )

Allison said...

Did you ever know that you're my hero (pretend I am singing)?

Janine said...

Hi Mel!! This is just a wonderful project!! Love it! Hope you have yourself a fabulous week.

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

Love your project, and how you jazzed it up. Cute hanging ornament. Thanks for sharing the project.

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Wow! I say that every single time I visit! Wow! Gorgeous!!

Elena said...

Mel! This purse is fantastic! Love the stitching and the beads! It looks very neat with th ribbon around the edge! Little ornament is so cute!
Thank you for the great tutorial!

stampinsilvia said...

wow this is just stunning! Love what you have done with both of these sets! GIRL YOU ROCK!!!

Angie Tieman said...

What an awesome box and little snowflake tag! That detailing around the top edge is stunning!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Wow, this is really beautiful...the ribbon is just over the top - so professional looking!! But then, you're a pro!!
hugs, Jami

Sue said...

this is so the beads, actually love the whole thing...such patience you have!

Cindy Haffner said...

So cool you rock girl.

Teri said...

Just awesome! Love dis purse! xo, teri

Theresa said...

Gorgeous! I love that little hanging medallion. Absolutely fabulous!

Expressions of a Creative Mind said...

I don't know where you come up with everything you find to make but this is awesome

Kim Etherington said...

Beautiful paper. Woo hoo.. I'm so excited you ordered some! What a cool surprise! Shimmerz painted all over would look cool?!? Can't wait to see ya tomorrow. Get ya out of your dungeon. ;o)

malieta said...

Your purse is so yummy Mel! The DP, flourish and the ornament are beautiful and work in perfect harmony!

Shirley said...

Another lovely purse and keepsake. I would never let anyone use it, let alone me. To be adored.

Tonniece said...

Well how darn cute is this? This is another cutsie purse that really rocks. Great tip about the handle to strengthen and the other to hide the brad.

As always you have left no stone unturned.


Annapurna said...

Lovely work. Love the idea for a gift with any kind of goodies. I have to make this and give it to Divya. She will love carrying it around.

Thanks for sharing your wealth of information hun!

I need a pop up window for comments, so I can read and see pictures while commenting.

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