Stampin up polka dot punches purse group

Wedding favors, bridal showers, birthdays, gift boxes . . . papercraft purses are an adorable adventure into 3-D.  With Stampin' Up!'s Sale-A-Bration approaching on Feb. 1 (their biggest promotion of the year), it's a perfect opportunity to show off several of the free gifts you can choose from (one for every $50 you spend).  More details and samples coming in future posts.

Stampin up polka dot punches purse

First up, this sweet purse (also on p. 71 of the new Stampin' Up! Spring/Summer 2009 Catalog) was created using three exclusive Sale-A-Bration offerings:  Polka Dot Punches Stamp Set (four charming stamps that coordinate with Stampin' Up! Punches), Delicate Dots Designer Series Paper (16 sheets, 4 each of 4 double-sided sheets) and Certainly Celery 5/8" Poly-Twill Ribbon.  The Certainly Celery Ribbon comes bundled with So Saffron 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, 10 yards each. 

I'm so excited Stampin' Up! decided to offer designer paper and ribbon, along with free stamp sets for their Sale-A-Bration promotion. The colors are the essence of spring (Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand).

TIP:  I stamped the Polka Dot Punches 5-petal stamp on So Saffron card stock, trimmed and layered it on a 5 Petal Punch in Certainly Celery.  This creates a snazzy matted background.  A light blue Circle Rhinestone Brad adds "bling" to the center.

Finished size is approximately 3" x 2.5" x 1.25" (at the widest parts, excluding ribbon handle)

Download Purse Template

Stamp Set:  Polka Dot Punches (113788, available Feb. 1)
Paper:  Delicate Dots Designer Series (114674, available Feb. 1), Certainly Celery (105125), So Saffron (105118)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip (100908)
Cool Tools:  Five Petal Punch (109041), Big Shot Die Cut Machine (113439), Bigz Die Scallop Circle #2 (113469)
The Perfect Touch:  Chit Chat Rub-Ons (111804), Circle Rhinestone Brads (109110, Ice), Certainly Celery Ribbon Bundle (114618, available Feb. 1), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Stampin up polka dot punches purse white TIP:  The first time I try a 3-D object, I like to do a rehearsal with scratch paper.  I printed the purse template directly onto scratch paper, snipped it out and confirmed the "engineering" before the final run with designer paper.  With practice, I'm less likely to have an "oops" and waste the good stuff.

If the purses are decorative and won't be opened, you can typically print directly to the designer paper in your printer.  Once you close it up, the printed cut and score lines are hidden (so be sure to set up your printer so it will print on the side you want to the interior.

Stampin up polka dot punches purse 2

Here's another fun purse style to try. I layered a contrasting Delicate Dots Designer Series pattern on the flap.  TIP:  The "thread" through the Designer Button Bouquet is simply a sliver of So Saffron.  A Mini Glue Dot (103683) on the back holds the thread in place and adheres the button securely in place on the tag.

Finished size is approximately 3.25 x 2.75 x 1.25 (at the widest parts)

Download Purse Template 2

Stamp Set:  Polka Dot Punches (113788, available Feb. 1)
Paper:  Delicate Dots Designer Series (114674, available Feb. 1), Whisper White (100730), So Saffron (105118)
Ink:  Certainly Celery (105217)
Cool Tools:  1 1/4 (104403) and 1 3/8" (104401) Circle Punches
The  Perfect Touch:  Designer Button Bouquet (112092), Certainly Celery 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109031), Linen Thread (104199)

Stampin up polka dot punches scallop envelope

While I was at it, I whipped up a matching mini card and Scalloped Envelope.  The card begins with 3" x 4" Whisper White card stock, scored at 2" on the 4" side (ends up 3 x 2,  which fits neatly in Stampin' Up!'s 3 1/4" x 2 1/4" Scalloped Mini Envelope, Bigz Die, 113462). 

Another Polka Dot Punch stamp grabs attention on Bashful Blue card stock and looks delightful cropped in seconds with the Scallop Circle Punch.  I stamped it a second time on Certainly Celery card stock, snipped our the center and popped it up on Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Stamp Set:  Polka Dot Punches (113788, available Feb. 1)
Paper:  Delicate Dots Designer Series (114674, available Feb. 1), Whisper White (100730), Bashful Blue (105120), Certainly Celery (105125)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip (100908)
Cool Tools:  Scallop Circle Punch (109043), Scallop Edge Punch (112091)
The Perfect Touch:  Chit Chat Rub-Ons (111804)

Envelope:  Bigz Scallop Envelope Die (113462) & Certainly Celery 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (114618, available Feb. 1)

TIP:  Can't find a stamp set that wasn't retired and didn't show up in the Spring/Summer Catalog (for example Wonderful You and Season of Joy?  They may still be available.  Check Stampin' Up!'s Dormant Stamp List which lists available but unpublished sets.  Download also on my right side bar under "What's On Sale?"


P.S.  My big order from the new catalog arrives on Thursday, Jan. 22.  I'll be stalking the UPS truck and anxious to show you lots of new goodies.


  1. Hello Mary,
    thank you very much for the inspiration… I have made little bags as your exemple and put them on my blog with reference to you, if you want to have a look it’s here
    thank you for having a look
    nathalie (from France)

  2. Mary, you are the best! Thanks for all the beautiful samples AND the templates, too. I look forward to reading your blog everyday.

  3. OH MY GOSH MARY!!! oh I am falling on the floor here.. its all so beautiful!
    I get my new goodies TOdAY!! HAAAA and I have to work on some projects with my SAB goodies too.. so much to do so little time! but i have to do a little purse 🙂

  4. Absolutely DARLING, Mary! Love those sweet little purses!

  5. This would’ve been perfect for a purse themed shower I threw a few years ago. I guess it’s a good excuse to throw another party…or just RAK gifts. Thanks for the idea and template Mary!

  6. Purse-o-nally, I think these are great. I love that delicate dot heart paper and that template worked so nicely.

  7. Cute set! TFS the little purse!

  8. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I love the little purses. I definitely have to try them out.

  9. OMG, Mary!!! I love all your samples and appreciate the purse template so I can try them!!

  10. Gorgeous, Mary!! Can’t wait for Sale-A-Bration!

  11. Pretty projects! Great job showcasing the promo!

  12. Hi Mary! – Super cute projects with the Sale-a-bration offerings! Love them – thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  13. Mary – these little projects are darling!!!
    I love how you keep me posted – LOL!!!
    Have a great day – my friend!!!

  14. Mary,
    Thanks for being so gracious with sharing freely templates and good instructions. Your blog is one of my “must check daily” places to go, along with Patty Bennett and Shelli’s…..

    Hi Lyn and Readers:

    Just FYI: The templates are from Stampin’ Up! They have a wonderful template pattern library . . . one of the benefits of being a demo!

    Hugs, Mary

  15. Colleen Kramer

    What a nice breath of Spring! I like the polka dot SAB set, but I love the way you incorporated it into these fun little creations!

  16. Mary-These are so cute! Thank you for the templates-I’m going to practice this afternoon 🙂
    njoy all your goodies today looking forwaed to your blog posts

  17. These are so cute! I think I’ll make each of the ladies and girls in my extended family one each for Easter this year. I’ll put little lip glosses or sample sized hand creams inside as a calorie-free treat. This is a great way to make use of a variety of Spring and Easter papers I have left over from last year to make room for some new papers from the new catalog.
    You’ve inspired me again!

    Hi Michelle:

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas. Love it! I added the purse dimensions to the post! Hugs, M

  18. Wow, you really made the new SAB work!! It looks amazing.

    I really like the soft colors of those papers. They remind me of the Notations ones, which I loved so much that I actually used the whole pack (which was a first for me back then!)


  19. Mary… oh my! Now I have to get more sale a bration sets… Love the little purse, it’s so sweet.. it would make a great flower girl gift from a bride to be!
    -Sharon F / CreatedByU

  20. Sharon Turnbull

    Hi Mary,
    Your samples are so gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing the templates too. I am a SU demo in Australia, so our SAB promotion has started already, and it’s lovely to see some new ideas for projects involving the stamp sets. Unfortunately we don’t have the lovely DP in SAB that you get:(
    We have all been taking a keen interest in your new IB&C too. Our new (annual)one is released in April.
    Kind Regards, Sharon Turnbull, Queensland, Australia.

  21. Oh I didn’t think I liked the SAB offerings (besides the paper), but it looks great!!

  22. thanks for the down load! very cute.
    I love the purse and card. Good job!

  23. Mary – what a great set of beautiful projects! I am working on my Pals challenge post for this week… wish me luck!

  24. Purses usually aren’t my style but these are BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for making it easy and sharing the templates- so wonderful you are! I’m going to try them!

  25. Ohmygoodness, Mary, THANK YOU for sharing all this!! I might just try one or more of your projects to show my customers! Or even do one at my Stamp Camp! I love your detailed instructions!

    Susan, aka Soozie4Him on SCS

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