Saturday, August 16, 2008

Purses! Purses! and more Purses!

Tomorrow night I'm going out to my first Designer Dinner for all the instructors who teach classes at the Scrap Arts store!

I'm so excited for 2 reasons 1. we're going to the new Moustache Cafe and I haven't been there yet and 2. I finally get to meet some of the new Designers.

I really wanted to make a little "something" for the other gals and I came across the cutest little clutch purses made by Brenda Quintana over on the Scor-Pal website.

So I got out my Bella Rose paper from Stampin' Up! and whipped up 10 of these!

I know they don't look like much from this vantage point so I've included some close up photos.

Here's a few of my favourites!

To embellish these I used the new Painterly Petals from Prima, buttons and embroidery floss.

I used an oval label holder and put everyone's name on the ribbon "strap".

TIP: I used a small torch (a BBQ lighter will do) to heat the ends of the ribbon so it won't fray

Stampin' Up!'s Bella Rose designer paper is a beautiful package of 12 coordinated double sided patterned papers.

I accented the purse with photo corners cut from the scraps.

Here's a better side view so you can see the gusset part - well kind of....

I'll put some chocolate treats inside each one.

I really struggled with putting their names on the purses. I thought about using "for you" so that they could trade or even regift them (I'm all for regifting!). But in the end I went with the names to make it more personal.

What do you do when you give someone something handmade - put their name on it or make it generic so that they can pass it on?


  1. Absolutely adorable, Marie!! Love the name tags, perfect extra touch. As to your question, I like that you used their names. It IS a gift for them, after all. I imagine almost anybody would know how to take the tag off if they really could bring themselves to part with them to regift, lol!

    Betsy Z

  2. Those look amazing! Do you have instructions on how to make them? I'd love to do this with my Hostess club! :D

  3. These are so awsome!!
    I would also love instructions or a template!


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  5. I'd love instructions as well!

  6. These are fabulous and I think they are the most adorable little gift. The name tags are great! I would love instructions as well if you decide to post or share them. Great job! Thanks for sharing, I am sure the ladies loved them.