Thursday, December 30, 2010

Purse Post-It

Many have asked for the Purse Post-it instructions so here they are - if you want to make a template just follow the instructions up to the point where I start adding the ribbon handle. Keep that piece of card stock as your template. The dimensions will work with a standard 3 x 3 inch pad of Post-its. I usually split the pad in half and put only one half in each purse- they fit better that way.

Cut a piece of card stock 4 7/16 by 8 inches. Measuring from one of the short edges (this will be the flap of the purse - we will call it edge A), score at 1 1/8 and 1 3/8 inches. Turn it and measure from the other short edge (the bottom of the purse, we will call this edge B) and score at 3 and 3 1/2 inches. ( I used Dusty Durango from Stampin Up for this one.)

On edge A make a mark 3/4 inch from each corner.
On edge B make a mark 1/2 inch from each corner.

I draw a dashed line to help in the cutting. Connect the marks on edge A to the 3 1/2 inch score line. Connect the marks on edge B to the 3 inch score line.

This is one of the corners with the 1/2 inch mark and diagonal line drawn to the score line.

Cut along the lines to create the angled sides of the purse.
There- you have your template.

To complete the purse. Fold along the score lines. Attach a piece of ribbon or cording (the 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon from Stampin Up works perfectly - I used Very Vanilla) between the score lines closest to edge A. Be careful to not twist the 'handle' when attaching. I used Sticky Strip to attach mine.

To decorate the front and back I cut two 1 1/2 inch strips of a card stock and two 1 1/4 inch strips of DSP. In my sample I used Pumpkin Pie card stock and Razzleberry Lemonade DSP. The length is not critical - it just needs to be longer than the width of the purse where you are going to adhere it.

Adhere the DSP to the card stock. I put them about 1/2 from the score lines (purse bottom) so the flap does not cover the stripe on the front.

Trim down the stripe to match the purse edges. I usually flip it over and cut along the purse edge.

Since I had my Trio Flower punch out I decided to decorate it with those.
I waited to add the flowers until after adhering the stripe to the side of the purse because I wanted them evenly spaced. I should have measured the stripe, trimmed it down, added the flowers and then adhered to the purse. If I had done it that way the backs of my brads would not be showing inside. - Oh well - lesson learned.
I used my mat pack and piercing tool to evenly space the flowers. The brads are some I had pre-Stampin Up demonstrator days.

I added a piece of Velcro fastener to the flap and purse front. I have found the easiest way to do this is put the two pieces of Velcro together. Remove the paper from one piece and adhere to the purse flap where you want it. Remove the paper from the other piece (do not separate the two pieces) and push the flap down onto the purse front being careful to 'center' the flap. That way the Velcro is exactly where you want it. Now you can separate the Velcro.

The fake snap on the front is something I had from pre-Stampin Up days also. When I run out of those I will probably use a brad (vintage, silver or gold) and put it on before adding the Velcro.
Hope this wasn't too confusing. I had not made any for a while and had to re-learn the process.

It's really fun coming up with designs and color combinations. If you try this, let me know how they turned out and post a link to photos if you have them.

Tri-Fold Shutter Card

I found this card design on Split Coast Stampers, however I have edited the dimensions so it will fit in the standard invitation envelope.

For this one I used the Razzleberry Lemonade DSP, Three Little Words stamp set, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry card stock, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Bermuda Bay ink pads.

You will need the following cut pieces:

Color A (Pumpkin Pie) 10 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch (1 piece)

Color B (Crushed Curry) 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch (3 pieces)

1 1/2 x 1 1/4 inch (4 pieces)

Color C (Melon Mambo) 5 1/2 x 1 1/2 inch (2 pieces)

Color D (Rich Razzleberry) 3 1/4 x 1 1/4 inch (2 pieces)

Whisper White - 2 x 3 inch (3 pieces)

DSP #1 (goes on Color B) 1 1/4 x 1 inch (4 pieces)

DSP #2 (goes on Color C) 5 x 1 1/4 inch (2 pieces)

DSP #3 (goes on Color D) 3 x 1 inch (2 pieces)

Place one long edge of Color A at 1 1/2 inches and cut a slit from the 1 3/4 inch mark to the 8 3/4 inch mark.

Turn the piece around and repeat along the other long edge.

This will make two long slits in the piece of Color A.

Place the paper so the slits are perpendicular to the cutting line with the short edge of the paper at the 8 3/4 inch mark. Score from the outside edge just up to the cut mark. Do not score all the way along the paper. Score from the opposite edge of the paper down to the cut.
Flip the paper and repeat on the other end.

Slide the paper to the 3 1/2 inch mark and score from one edge to the other and again at the 7 inch mark.

I have found the easiest way to fold it to turn it so one short edge is away from you and fold the first score marks up and the second ones down. The paper will look like this.

Flip the paper and repeat on the other end.

Your piece will look like this. Each score line is folded the opposite way of the one next to it. Now you get to decorate.

I used Rich Razzleberry for the words, Melon Mambo for the flower portion, Bermuda Bay for the flower stem and Crushed Curry sponged around each piece.

I did the flower by stamping off to get a bold image among several muted ones. I took a sponge and added Crushed Curry around the edges of all three pieces.

I go ahead and match up all my pieces, then adhere them all before adding them to the card.

Ready to put it together.

Place the DSP ones on first as shown above.

Add the stamped images last. I used Dimensionals to the inside corners of the front and back pieces.

Isn't this a fun card that anyone would be happy to receive?