Time for something sweet? Just drop me a comment at the end of this post with what you most hope to see in Stampin' Up!'s Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog (to be released Aug. 11) before Noon CST, Sunday, June 22 and you get a chance to win all these chocolate-y delights. Savor 24 delicious 6 x 6 pieces of Stampin' Up!'s Au Chocolat 2-Sided Designer Series Paper (retired and one of my all time favorites), this luscious little custom purse (and an extra plastic base to create your very own) and a snippet of the real thing in Hershey's form. I'll choose a comment at random and announce the winner Sunday afternoon.
This adorable clear purse is a fabulous way to showcase Stampin' Up!'s 2-sided Designer Series patterned paper since it looks good both inside and out. No need to line the interior. TIP: It's perfect for candies, favors, even mini cards and envelopes. The idea is the brain child of Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink (her detailed tutorial is here).
Life for this project begins with a clear stationery box from Papertrey Ink. TIP: I have assembled many paper box templates in my card making lifetime, but using these clear stationery boxes is simple and sturdy. While the box is still flat, slice it in half, 2 7/8" from the main body (not the tab). TIP: I used a Hobby Knife, Cutting Mat and a straight edge to make this a snap. You get two purses out of every box!
I chose two pieces of patterned paper for the front and scalloped the edges (both inside the purse and outside) using a Corner Rounder Punch (Scallop Border Tutorial here). Overall dimensions need to be 4 3/8" wide x 6 5/8" long. After scoring at 2 7/8" in from each side (the short way), I used Vellum Glue Dots Sheets to fit the paper invisibly and securely within the clear case.
The Boho Backgrounds stamp was inked in Chocolate Chip Craft Ink, stamped on Very Vanilla and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. TIP: An embossed finish mimics the shine of the clear plastic. I then popped it out using Nestabilities Scalloped Circles and layered it with Stampin' Dimensionals on an Old Olive Scalloped Circle.
The Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain handles were applied using strips of Sticky Strip adhesive. The Boho Blossom Punch cranked out four Chocolate Chip flowers and were topped with 1/4" Old Olive centers. I attached the "blooms" to the ribbon with Mini Glue Dots on both the front and back of the purse. TIP: Mini Glue Dots keep small objects in place. The final touch was to simply the reverse colors. I punched out an Old Olive flower and layered a Chocolate Chip center. This fit neatly in the middle of the Boho stamp.
Hugs and Pretties . . . M
P.S. Good luck on the blog candy . . . please leave your comment at the end of this post to play.
Stamp Sets: Boho Backgrounds
Paper: Stampin' Up! Au Chocolat Designer Series (retired), Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Chocolate Chip Craft
Cool Tools: Boho Blossoms Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch, Heat Tool, Hobby Knife, Cutting Mat, Nestabilities Circles and Cuttlebug
Perfect Touches: Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain, Clear Embossing Powder, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Mini Glue Dots, Vellum Glue Dots Sheets