Sunday, July 26, 2009

Garden Furniture Card & a Little Tall Purse (template etc.)

Missed you yesterday! Hope you had a great Saturday. I was down for the count, so I took a random day off. I'm back at it now, though, and a little bit early with this LPS Monday post. :O)

This little set is for the latest Little Paper Shop colour challenge. Well, the card isn't little (it's a 5 1/2 inch square card) but the purse is wee (it's 3 inches tall.) It's a new's a really simple one--just a rectangular box & some sides--but hopefully you might dress it up a bit & have some fun with it.

1...Little Paper Shop colour challenge tricks for custom ribbon template for a little tall purse (3" high) to make a version of it


LPS colour challenge #12

I've never made a card with pink & red before. I always start a colour challenge with a bit of the grumbles, wondering how am I going to use those colours (at the boring heart of me, I just want everything to be turquoise) LOL. When I do go for the colours, though, I'm always so glad that I did.

The image is from the LPS set {Garden Gate}:

to make it, I did this stuff...

1) Embossed the image with silver encore ink & clear embossing powder on watercolour paper
2) Painted the grass & sky with an ink wash (Kiwi Kiss, Certain Celery, & Tempting Turquoise from SU)
3) Paper pieced the chair seats with some old red Basic Grey paper
4) Coloured the tea cups & covered them in Crystal Lacquer
5) Stitched a ribbon on for the table cloth...


(Copic markered custom ribbons)

I bought this May Arts ribbon in the "I want it white" collection, & am loving colouring the dots with copics:

It's a fast way to get a custom look, but another neat thing is that the copics let you shape the ribbon a little. They stiffen it some, so it's easier to get a bow with a shape you like. :o)


Click this link to Download the PDFs:
(or click the pictures to download the JPG versions)


...make a little tall purse:
(with feet)

This little purse has a bunch of layers of cardstock to make it sturdy, but you could make a quick version of it with less than half a sheet of cardstock & two little pieces of patterned paper.

It might make a nice wedding favour box since it uses so little paper. It's small (3 inches high) but it would fit a wee gift nicely (a pair of earrings or a lip gloss, maybe?)

  • Black cardstock
  • Basic Grey 6x6 paper packs: Marrakech & Porcelain
  • Double-sided tape
  • Thread & needle
  • Wire & beads

Step 1} Print little tall box template (print it on the back of patterned paper if you like.) Cut out box & side panels & add stitching if you like

Step 2} Adhere it to cardstock & trim it

Step 3} Make scallop trim for the panel bottoms by adhering a strip of patterned paper to cardstock.

Step 4} Add beads to the feet or other embellishment.

Step 5} Adhere them to cardstock & trim (This is an optional step that makes them match the cardstock you use for the box, makes thinner papers stronger & it hides the stitching mess too) :O)

Step 6} Build the box & attach the panels (raising the box up a little can create feet for your purse)

Step 7} Depending on your curves, you might want to trim to level off the feet. I think I'd use a scallop punch next time & then punch the cardstock to match before sticking it all together. That way it'd be more stable. :O)

...Please overlook the fact that this side of the box has birdie cages that defy gravity (I put the paper on upside down. It's the back, ya that's the ticket--it's the back.) ;O)

Step 8} Attach the handles by cutting a piece of cardstock to fit in the side of the rectangular box & adding a beaded wire handle to it with some really good double-sided tape...

Step 9} Adhere the handle & cardstock pieces in each side of the purse box.

...and there ya have it.... :O)

Thank you so much for taking time to stop in!
Hope you liked this. :O)

P.S. Next post will be on Tuesday mornin' :O)


If you would like some more specific beaded handle
instructions, please see this post

Purse templates galore here.


Cindy Haffner said...

--OMG girl this is over the top again.

--How do you do it??? Do you have 48 hours in a day??

--I'm in awe of you!!

-- I love this!!

the PaperTemptress said...

Mel, just let me know when you have these pdf files and I can make digital cutting files for you in almost all formats so that you can also post them!!

the PaperTemptress

"A GIRL CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH PAPER" - Lisa Bearnson (and Copic markers)

Pat (mspfd) said...

This is fabulous. And I agree with Cindy. Thanks so much with your generosity..... Can't wait to try the template!

Jessica Diedrich said...

You are unbelievable! I'm with Cindy. Do you live in some wormhole where you like 1 second is a whole day somewhere else LOL!!! Seriously you are AMAZING!!

I love this project-its beyond adorable!!!

Becky said...

OMG!! Girl you are always over the top.. This is just fabulous, love the idea of coloring the ribbon, and love how you made a table cloth from it :), thanks for always going into such great details about everything.

Christy Farneth-Kerr said...

What a great set!!
I really like the purse.
I can't get enough of them:)
Have a great day.

Unknown said...

What a fun paper choice...terrific job on a super-hard challenge!!

Elena said...

Wow! These projects are fabulous! I love the tablecloth, wish I had this one in a real life! The purse is stunning! You have done a lot of delicate work here! Thank you so much for sharing your art, Mel!

Elena said...

Wow! These projects are fabulous! I love the tablecloth, wish I had this one in a real life! The purse is stunning! You have done a lot of delicate work here! Thank you so much for sharing your art, Mel!

Bonnie said...

Fabulous job! I am a fellow grumbler at colour challenges....always trying to figure out how the heck to use those colours! You have outdone yourself again Mel!

Anonymous said...

You should have your own boutique! REALLY YOU SHOULD!

Anonymous said...

hi, nice work...hope u r well i had bad sat night out might email u
love lady

Ann Kranitz said...

What a great little bag and your card is amazing with that sewn on table cloth. Too cute!!

Dawn said...

you never cease to amaze me!!!