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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Guest Designer Yvette Cantrell- Purse with Stationary Tutorial

Happy New Years Eve everyone!!!
I'm super excited today to be bringing in the New Year with each of you here at DCRU! When Sammye Jo asked me to be a guest designer I was honored to say the least. I {heart} DCRU!!!

Today I will be sharing a SUPER EASY tutorial (So easy even a caveman can do it! Ha!) on how to make this purse that measures 5 1/2 x 4 1/4. The purse will hold 4 cards measuring 5 1/2 x 4, 4 envelopes and small pen. (I've seen a lot of ideas out there for purse tutorials and I am sure this is very similar to a lot of them, so in no way am I taking credit. I just experimented with the measurements and this is what I came up with to suit my needs.)

The supplies you will need and that were used in my photos are:
1 Sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 Card stock (heavy weight is recommended)
Embellishments of your choice,
Embossing Folders: Swiss Dots, D'Vine Swirl, Polka Dots, Script Texture

1. Using your paper trimmer cut card stock to 11x6 and cut the
leftover strip to 10 1/2 x 3.
2. Place the 11x6 sheet of card stock on your Scor-Pal and score at: 2 1/2, 3 1/2, 7 3/4, and 8 3/4 as shown in photo. (If you do not have the Scor-Pal mat that fits snug in your Scor-Pal you will need to mark the 7 3/4 and 8 3/4 with a ruler and then score.) Now place the 10 1/2 x 3 strip on your Scor-Pal and score at 1 1/4, 2 1/4, 8 1/4, and 9 1/4 as shown in photo below.

Notice in the photo above that you now have the two main sections of your purse. The top piece of CS is the "base" of the purse and the bottom piece of CS is the "box" that will fit inside of the base.

3. Pre-fold score lines. (Once the base is pre-folded notice that one side is slightly smaller than the other. The smaller side is the top of the purse.)

4. Next you will want to apply your Score-Tape or some other super sticky adhesive to the "box" part (10 1/2 x 3) as shown in below photos.

5. Carefully attach the "box" to the base as shown in photos below.

6. The last part of this tutorial is punching holes for your "strap". You can either punch holes and attach a pretty ribbon as your purse strap or you can get creative and make a paper strap, which I have done, using the Home Accents cartridge with my Cricut Expression. (In the below photo I just eyeballed where to punch the holes.)

Now all you have to do is pull out your favorite designer paper and embellishments and decorate until your little heart is content! :) Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Once you are finished decorating your purse you will want to add some type of closure such as: Velcro, Magnetic rounds or buttons. (You can attach a button to the top and one to the bottom and loop twine around like you would find on an interoffice envelope.)

You will want to make some matching cards (5 1/2 x 4) to put inside of your purse.

Here is my finished purse with stationary.

Why not give this tutorial a try and maybe giving it to a special someone in your life. It's truly better to give than to receive. With that said I would love nothing more than to give one of YOU special readers this purse with stationary. Just leave a comment below to be entered and the winner will be announced January 9.

One last thing, if you have ANY questions don't hesitate to let me know in the comment section below with a way to get in contact with you.
Happy New Year to all! :)


Gwen said...

Yvette this was great. I love the little purse and your cards. You embellished everything so well. Great chalking on the embossed areas really adds a lot of personality to the project. Thank you for being on the GDT this week. You have been an avid follower and great supporter. We all appreciate you here.


Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh what a cute purse.. I am definitely going to be trying this one... what a cute gift idea

JulyeB said...

What a fab idea for a super little gift would be perfect for a young teenager I think, I might have ti have a play thanks for the idea Julye

Margreet said...

Wow, what a nice purse, Yvette!....and you made such a clear tutorial...great!.....I'm sure gonna make it!
Happy New Year!!!!
xxx Margreet

the whimsical butterfly said...

ABSOLUTELY adorable! I LOVE it! The purse is wonderful and OH MY that butterfly DP...STUNNING!

Mali Pering said...

Beautiful! Wow!


Ruthie said...

Great tutorial - really clear and to the point....love what you made too!
thanks for sharing your skills

Liz said...

Beautiful purse Love to "see" it it the flesh so guss what? I would love to win! Will be trtying this out in the new year myself too!

Here is my link

Liz xx

Moni said...

WAw So gorgeous, thanks for the tutorial, need to do it my self. Happy New Year! Hugs,moni

Jenn K said...

Super cute purse stationary set! Thanks for the fun tutorial!

Κατερινα said...

That's a great tutorial! I wanna go home and try it!
Happy new year's eve!

Cara said...

Great project, Yvette! Love the patterned paper and chalking the embossed cardstock really makes the embossing "pop." Lovely!!

Sara said...

gorgeous yvette!!!!! you did an incredible job-this is most definitely the perfect gift :)
i love the way you chalked the embossed cardstock too!


DonnaMundinger said...

What a darling little gift and simple to make too! thanks for the tut. Especially love the creative handle you did. xxD

Claudia @ Die Cuts R Us said...

This purse is amazing! And the coordinating cards are just the icing on the cake! So glad you joined our guest designer week! I think I will be making these for friend's birthday next year...

Wow, next year is just hours away!

Claudia (DCRU)

greenqueen said...

I love this idea. I think it would be great as a teacher gift. Accessorize it with apple prints and embellies. great job on the tute. hope I win. lol.

Vijaya Siddharth said...

Oh what a cute purse! I am totally going to try this! It would make an awesome gift!

margie c said...

Beautiful! Such a wonderful tutorial, Yvette! I love purses, so I am definitely adding this to my file :)

Happy New Years Eve everyone :*)
~ margie

craft_princess said...

OMG! This is fantastic and I would love to win!
Thanks for a chance and wonderful tutorial!
-Stacie :)

Piali said...

WOW Yvette!! Fabulous Tutorial.. I'm gonna try this for sure.. beautiful DP...great gift idea.
Happy New Year Everyone!!

Jessica T said...

wow what a fab idea! I've got a nana who cant get out to the shops anymore, I'd love to make her one of these so she always has gift cards on hand :)

StampnInkLady said...

What an adorable little purse and such a great gift idea. It is just what I have been looking for and am going to make one myself soon. Thanks for the Tutorial and the chance to win this one. Hugs Lori R.

Amber said...

Yvette your tutorial is amazing! Love your little stationery purse and cards! You are a fabulous crafter! I think I will make these for my Mom and Aunt as a Valentine gift! You've truly inspired me!

Kandi Phillips said...

This is adorable!! I love that scalloped purse handle, and your cards are gorgeous! I am so excited to try this now! Thanks for doing such a wonderful tutorial even a caveman can do! ;)

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