Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pretty paper purses.

Since I've spent the last two three weeks mostly sitting with my leg up due to a recent fall, I've had time to craft... and it's been fun to try a few new things.

I've wanted to make one of these darling paper purses for at least a year! I'd seen a similar one on a few YouTube videos, but the instructions were hard to follow, and honestly? they seemed like too much work! Then I saw a video on the YouTube channel May May Made It Crafts and she had a really easy-to-follow video. This uses one 12x12 sheet of paper, plus a little bit of a coordinating paper.  

You should go check out May May's channel.... I just love her... she's such a kick.... and I love her accent (she's from Alabama). I've watched her since she had maybe 100 subscribers, and now she has 65,000 plus subscribers! She designs her own stamp sets now and sells them on her website May May Made It, plus many other of her most favorite tools and supplies (and I'm not getting paid to promote her.. I just love her!).

This purple and black one is the first one I made, kind of a test run so to speak, so I didn't use really gorgeous papers...... so after I finished this one, the next day I just HAD to make another one using some really summery/fall papers (scroll down to see it).  This was so fun and easy to make. Some of the other YouTube gals have made this same design, using gorgeous shabby papers (which I love).. and used lace trim on it which I also love! 

I crocheted the little flower on it.... and I used a 1-1/2" strip of paper for the bottom trim and used one of my decorative edges paper punches to dress it up a little bit. The next one I made, I used lace for the trim. You know me and lace. We are best friends!
I used velcro dots for the closure, but you could also use magnets or tie it closed. The finished size is about 7" wide by 4-1/2" tall.

My next one had to be a little more "shabby" and be ready for Fall decorating.

Oh my! I'm smitten with these! I used some very old peach eyelet lace that I had in my stash (from the 1970's) and some pretty autumn colors scrapbook paper from DCWV Project Stacks DIY Mini Albums. I glued vintage gold buttons at the bottom of each handle, front and back.

Here's the back. Isn't the paper so pretty? And love my double bow using some Dollar Tree peach chevron ribbon. I found a great tutorial for making double bows by Jak Heath. You can find the YouTube video tutorial here. You don't need any sort of tool.... just use your fingers which is so neat.

I used a big old vintage button on the flap, and tied it shut with ribbon instead of velcro. I think I like the velcro better... is much easier to open and close.

My hubby suggested I use it for a table centerpiece, with autumn colored leaves or flowers... so I immediately had to run to the Dollar Tree and get some pretty fall leaves!  I love how it looks with the leaves inside, and right now, it's sitting on our fireplace mantle. Oh hubby can come up with a good idea now and then! (  don't tell him I said so). I thought of using this for a little gift "box".. not as a centerpiece! ... but I really like it to use as a decoration.  Now I can picture a Christmas purse with holly and berries, a Halloween purse with tiny pumpkins on sticks... and so on and so forth..... for centerpieces on my dining table, or decorations for my mantle.

These little "purses" would also make sweet little gift "bags" to hold little notecards, soaps, candles, candies or soft goods. I put some fabric "fat quarters" in this one and it held about six with ease.

And since I was on a roll with "boxes", which I LOVE making (don't ask me why)........... I found a tutorial on some cute little gift/favor boxes using the WRMK (We are Memory Keepers) envelope punch board.  Oh how fun these were to make! Quick and easy and so fun to decorate.

Such a cute little box.. a mere 2-1/2 x 3 inches but oh so sweet.
I made three just for the pure joy of making them!  Here's the YouTube video by Dee Slater if you would like to make one.

Use 6x6' double sided papers..... see the little flap on the side? that is the reverse side of the paper. This one has cute bicycles on it.

........ and I thought how cute they would look on that table centerpiece idea that hubby came up with!

I'll be back soon with more projects! I'm trying to take advantage of my "down" time, although my knee is a little bit better. I can actually put some weight on it now (hush.. don't tell hubby....he's still waiting on me "somewhat" )!!

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  1. So creative! The purses are cute ♥

    1. Thank you Summer! I visited your blog and so sorry to hear you lost yours! I don't know what I'd do if mine disappeared! Oh boy.. I'd better back mine up, but don't even know if t hat would take care of it. Sending good wishes for you to get back on track with your new blog at blogger! Hugs.. Marilyn

  2. Such fabulous little projects! Love the fun trims and embellishments.

    1. Thank you so much! I have so much fun with paper for some reason.. used to sew but now I love paper and all the fun things to do with it!

  3. Hi Marilyn: Those are the cutest little things. Love the one with the fall leaves. You are so talented and your special art projects, not only look pretty, they are so well put together..Thanks for your visit and have a wonderful weekend..Judy

    1. Thank you Judy! I loved making those purses and am going to make some more as gifts. I love the idea of some Christmas purses! Hugs.. Marilyn

  4. I think this is what is known as making lemonade when you're given lemons. These purses are too freakin cute! There are so many things you can use them for, the possibilities are endless!

    Glad to hear you're feeling better (I promise I won't tell hubby).


    1. Had to laugh at your comment... yup... lemonade... it's been pretty good, but time to get up off my duff and do some things. Knee still sore but can walk on it.. just trying not to do too much all at once! It's awful being laid up! But at least I have something else to do to pass the time. Aren't those purses just the cutest????? love them.. and thinking of the different kinds I can make.... thinking of some Halloween ones and Christmas ones....
      Take care.... Marilyn

  5. Gorgeous the little details and embellishments you add! Sorry about your fall, but glad to hear you are on the mend...and making the most of being looked after for a while! Have a happy weekend.
    Helen xox

    1. Thank you Helen..... yes I do have fun with paper and scissors! Love fabric too.. and sewing... but somehow I have become addicted to paper and all of its beautiful colors.... not to say I'm not totally inspired by YOUR blog and the darling things you create! I also do sewing but just haven't posted most of it on my blog... and yes my knee is getting better each day.
      Hugs.. Marilyn


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