Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hey COACH, what do you think of this purse?

Happy tuesday friends! Today's post is all about a special friend and the gift box that turned into a purse. Do you think COACH would like a paper purse designer? Hey COACH, I'm available *wink*

My very good friend and partner in craft had a birthday a little over a week ago. Elise is an honest to goodness artist of many mediums, a wonderful mom, a responsible steward of many critters on the family ranch, a true friend to those around her and well I could go on but she's gonna totally be blushing at my gushing already! :) If you want to check her out, you can find her at Mamacow Creations. I encourage you to visit her :)

From this angle, you can see a tiny bit of that freebie jewelry department box poking out. I started with the idea to decorate the box and before I knew it, I was sketching out a template, measuring and cutting! Pretty fun! The lavender moon cardstock was custom stamped by me using Papertrey Ink's Guidelines, Guidelines 2 and Damask Designs stamp sets. All of the houndstooth embossing on the chocolate cardstock is from a Cuttlebug A2 embosser. Lovin it!

And what purse is complete without a handle? This one is simply decorated using satin ribbon and Fabric tac for adhesive. I adhered strips of lavender moon paper to the edges of the box to dress it up a little.

A close up of the vintage look a like button and silk flower. The buttons are in a nice sized bag at Michaels and look very realistic.

Here is the purse opened up. The closure is a thin but STRONG magnet by Basic Grey on the underside of the half circle flap. These babies are the best at holding things together. A simple piece of chocolate bitty dot paper from PTI to cover the top of the box.

More chocolate paper to decorate and serve as a hinge to the box. I had to cut away the backside of the lid in order to make it hinge up like this. The bracelet is wired to a piece of lavender moon cardstock.

The teeny little card to match the purse uses mostly the same materials and adding in a border punch from SU! and the Sizzix daisy die. More hand stitching with embroidery floss.

This shows the flower dimension and the coordinating stamp inside the card.

On the centers of these stamped images on both the purse and the card are liquid pearls. Love that stuff!
And not to be forgotten...the backside of the purse has cute details too.
Thanks for stopping by! I love fun gift presentation and would love to see if you have a project link to share. Please leave it in the comments so I can come and be inspired by you :)
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Lavendar Moon and Dark Chocolate
Patterned Paper: PApertrey Ink Bitty Dots
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Guidelines, Guidelines 2, and Damask Designs
Ink: SU! Chocolate CHip
Embosser: Cuttlebug Houndstooth
Magnet: Basic Grey
Daisy Die: Sizzix
Border Punch: SU!
Other: ribbon, buttons, and embroidery floss


Elise said...

As the PROUD and most honored recipient of that gorgeous hunk of paper-candy.. PURSE! All I can say is: you truly ROCK, SLD (Sweet Little Dane)! Seriously, folks... it almost SMELLS like new leather! Fully detailed and wonderfully tactile.. I SERIOUSLY thought it WAS my gift... but there were goodies INSIDE TOO! I'm sad I can't really use it to lug my loot around, but if Dana could get a gig with "Coach" I'd be the first in line! I might have to make a mini album to go inside, to do it justice. For now, I have it on my "to drool over shelf" in "Scrapland!" Thanks for all the fine compliments, but most of all for taking the time to make something SO dear! (Like YOU!) tee hee

tg said...

Wow! This is amazing! I can't even start to comment. I love how the brown is embossed to look like leather...and the stitching...and the damask pattern. The details are perfect. Wow.

Dana said...

Thanks girls!!! WOW! And E, I LOVE the mini book idea! Now, why didn't I think of that???!

The heavy brown cardstock really does feel like leather once it was embossed and stitched. That was one of my favorite details too :)

tg said...

How cool would that technique look on a page done in the style of this New Mexico ad: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_TxgwSanxaOU/SdfjfmwglLI/AAAAAAAAAXQ/-x1T4NYyP1s/s400/Post.jpg

Tracey said...

Oh Dana that is beautiful!!!

Joshua Jiraffe Designs said...

tg is right...my mouth has hit the floor and I can't even begin to tell you how creative, lovely, awesome and fantatic this is!!! Amazing...and thanks for sharing all the details on how you made this wonderful purse. Coach designers...watch out!

Anya said...

So cool! What a great use of Guide Lines to create a very trendy design and the embossing is a great touch. Fabulous!

Karen said...

Dana, Dana, DANA!!! You are stylin' the paper crafting designer purse creatin' world!!!! This is really so chic! Love the embossed houndstooth, the stitching, your combo use of my three favorite sets from PTI (right now....wink, wink!), and that gorgeous wanna be vintage button! I think I know exactly what bag and where you are talking about those 'vintage' buttons from Michaels....almost bought it last time, but ended up couponing your other one pound gem recommendation (after going through three people and most of the store to find it! ...see me shaking my head?!) instead. But, its still on my list! And might even have to get bumped up after seeing some AMAZING inspiration designed (your own template?!!!) and created by You!!!

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Julie said...

wow...that is incredible...I wouldn't even know where to begin putting something like this together - it is beautiful and I love all of the little details (the bitty dots on the inside) and even the guidelines on the back. Really awesome!!

Dana said...

This is so adorable. Love Love Love it!