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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Express Yourself with a Little Verve

Well, if ya'll will remember, I had told ya'll I had been working my butt off with some art projects that were a little different than what I normally do here on my blog. I have one to share today!

First, a little background as to why I made this:
I'm in this "Art Group" with 6 other friends. We get together once a month to just create. Usually one of us hosts, comes up with a project and provides the supplies for it and a few snacks. However this time, we did something a little different. Each person gave everyone in the group a "base" of some sort to "express" themselves on and then we each returned them to that person completed with our interpretation of them. Does that make sense? (Kind of a Circle Journal concept.)

So one of the girls gave everyone a chipboard purse shape (sorry, I forgot to take before pictures) to decorate and this is what I came up with. I cut off an old pair of Audrie's jeans (size 5!) and sewed the seam for the bottom of the purse, making the jean's actual hem the purse's "opening". I then just gathered the opening and tightened it up with the chipboard inside the "pocket" I had sewn. I used Beacon 3-in-1 glue (LOVE that stuff! You know what else I like about it? The tip never gets clogged. That's a HAPPY!) to secure the gathers, attach it to the chipboard and add the embellishments and ribbon. I had those purses from a long time ago pictured in my head--the ones that were muslin-lined, but you could change the outsides of them by buttoning on the covers and they had wooden handles. I loved those! So I made the handles from some wood veneer paper I got and inked up from The Cat's Pajamas.

The flowers are cut from red felt using the newest Joyful Blooms Die set from Verve with a cute button added. (It's just for decoration, it's not like the real purse and interchangeable. That would have been cute, but it made my brain hurt to think of making so many of those and how I could make it function like that!)

Of course, I couldn't stray too far from my papercrafting roots, or it just wouldn't be "ME", so I made a matching card using a little old and a little new from Verve as well. I thought it would be fun to use the same colors and ribbons as the purse when the light bulb went off and I remembered about the stamp set, Express Yourself with the little purse (very similar) in it! YAY me!! I added another flower made from the Joyful Blooms Die set along with the Curvy Bookplate diecut as a backdrop for the purse. I even made my own patterned paper with the Joyful Blooms stamp set on the navy cardstock. Been a while since I did that!

Ok, I have a few other things to get done today, namely eat lunch first. I'm getting shaky!! I'll be back soon!

SUSIE Q-TIP: I know we all LOVE our patterned paper and for *some* of us, it's become an addiction. Who me? When making this card, I forgot how much I love the look of a stamped pattern as well. Verve stamps make this so easy to do, too. Try it and don't forget to over-stamp off the edges, so it's more random looking.

Stamps: Joyful Blooms, Express Yourself (Verve)
Paper: White, Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Pure Poppy (PTI), Night of Navy (SU!), Travel Light (We R Memory Keepers), Wood Veneer Paper (TCP)
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukinek0), Night of Navy (SU!)
Accessories: Joyful Blooms and Curvy Bookplate (a Cut Above Dies by Verve), Seeing Spots Embossing Folder, Red Felt, Button, Divine Twine (TCP), Navy Polkadot Ribbon (MFT), Red Adhesive Rhinestones, Hot Glue, Jody Boosters
Finished Size: A2

1 comment:

  1. the purse is so cute! What a beautiful creation you made out of an old pair of jeans! Love the pop of red!


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