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March 9, 2010

Walking Barefoot..

on the freshly sprung grass in spring time.....
What a wonderful feeling and some of my family members had this pleasure forcibly thrust upon them when I raided their shoe closet - :) for this episode of Tuesday Treats.
It wasn't that bad ...as I just raided their shoe polish , and left them with their shoes. The laces - thought it would be better all around just buying them ..
What did I need all this for??
For one of my purse this week

from Tags Boxes, Bags and More Cartridge - pg 118 button 37 on the overlay.   

Now I did do more than one and a look at all three 


I was cleaning my brown shoes when I thought why not try a Faux leather technique? I am afraid my mind gets only so creative - no feathers and no shakers. Give me metal and power tools LOL. Ok - maybe I concede to a little beads, some bling , maybe a tiny bit of ribbons and of course more tools like heat gun, stamping. After all I am a girl - well when you hear my teenage son say it - a woman...old woman... sigh. How can I make him understand that the female of the species are all forever sixteen???
Well... coming to the purse
Here's how I "dun" it.


Well hope you enjoyed the little bit of comic relief there.
Getting serious
For the brown bag - I took a length of brown book covering paper roll and cut it about 3- 4 inches more than 12 x 24 so making that  16 x 28. You can do this technique with a brown shopping bag too, but as I didn't have any I stuck to this. 
I took the paper and crumpled it.



Now before the next step - I had to make a decision. I knew that because of the crumpling and the air pockets formed it will not cut right in the cricut as the blade will skip over the pockets. So I decided to glue this down to another paper. This would also stabilize the paper as the brown paper is a little thin.  I decided to use the same brown paper . You can cut this paper also 2 inches more than 12 x 24 in case you make a mistake but with this technique it will not matter and as I have a creatopia I just passed it through that. Atg gun will work fine but with that you might want to have the paper wider and longer. Here take care to stick the shiny sides together for 2 reasons
1) polish will take better on the dull (not shiny side)
2) shiny side will not stick on the cricut mat.
so glue the shiny sides together
  

and apply brown (or black) liquid shoe polish. If using the other grab a sponge. I found the liquid easier. You can of course use regular ink but I liked this better for how apt the usage of shoe polish for leather.

wow - look at that - my hands and paper - a perfect camouflage.
So after applying polish which I did on both sides - front and back and allowing it to dry I cut the paper out.
Now a brief look at  my G file.
This is page 1 of my file

I have used the black out feature of pg 118 & welded another shape from pg 112 - a pocket folder or library pocket as I wanted a strap like closure.

 I also used the same shape (blackout) for forming pockets in the purse. I delinked the width and height i.e turned the golden chain off (white) and rotated it to check with the template in previous page. I didn't want the closure to overlap in some places and I did not want the side pockets to be more than the ... ha ha sides.

I then cut page 1 and 2 and scored & glued using ATG gun and little bit of zip dry glue
This has 10 score marks. It needs gluing with ATG or red tape on the outsides except for a couple of spots which can be optionally glue (in the insides). (When you weld sometimes the score marks goes away depending on the purse)
I of course wanted to add the pockets  and the beads which I did before gluing down the sides. I also used opaque markers - Souffle 3d  markers to draw stitch lines & this too before gluing as it is easier to work when it is flat. For the beading I was able to slightly peel apart the layers a little and hide the back of the work which was a huge advantage. I used thin metal wire which went inside a needle. I then later stuck the layers closed with zip dry glue.
 I found it easier to first fold in the half circles and then the glued small tab and then the larger side over it all.
Here's an inside view of the purse and also the handle I made with beads & shoe lace (yep - but you can use the leather strip for this). I attached the round wooden bead to the purse with a handle strap(cut by hand) and brads. Added velcro  for the closure and the bag was done. After finishing sprayed a coat of clear glossy sealer.



The second purse
 can be made with two -  12 x 12 sheets taking care to overlap at the bottom and adjusting the file (page 3) by moving it to the appropriate point point before changing mat size to 12 x 12. I used another 12 x 24 sheet and attached the pattern paper as it was thin. For the window I have used a shape form storybook and made the frame on page 4 (by increasing the image , then delinking the golden chain and adjusting the height and width to form a frame)
Here's the file view

I stamped a piece of vellum , colored it and stuck it behind the purse window and added a frame in the front. Some half pearl stickers just peeled and glued and a button with shank cut off and added with glue dots and for the handle - just a bead garland - which my son gave me for Fat Tuesday. I cut it and punched a hole in the sides slipped the beads in and taped it.The metal jewelery glue came in very handy.

Pattern Paper used for both this and the next purse is from Deja' Views Home collection.
I used the file on page 1 and the buckle on page 4 (image on the left) for this purse

I cut the buckle with chipboard, versamarked it completely, applied silver embossing powder and when it was still hot and wet stamped it with a medallion stamp I had  to give it texture. IFor the handle I just took a chain and slipped beads and glued it with Alene metal jewellery glue to keep them in place and attached it to the purse with brads. The purse looked kind of empty  so to embellish I just took strip of black cardstock - used fiskar plates called braid (I call it plait LOL) and then cuttlebugged it (sandwich is - A plate, fiskar plate,the cardstock which needs embossing,  2 embossing rubber mats (or rubber gaskets) and B plate. Then inked with silver ink and glued it in the edges. To the handle I stuck some chain and also glued a silver button (again with shank cut off)
Here are the 3 videos. You can also watch it from the youtube channel - TheBugBytes





The gypsy file is available in the file section. Hope you liked the simple project...and get to walk barefoot wherever you are if the weather permits ....




39 comments:

Melissa said...

Your creations always amaze me. They never look like they are made with paper! These are so pretty!

MelissaAllore on the Cricut Board

yvette said...

Oh Pam ... that "leather" bag with the pockets ... its to die for!! Louis Vutton is missing out big time!! I am in desperate need of an expression machine and this cartridge hahahaha .... just a few more months of saving up! Oh my, my house is gonna be one big mess, cos mama is gonna play with her new toys :)

Ohhh Snap said...

Oh My Bug!! It's a good thing I had my helmet on, those purses are seriously beautiful. Simple pleasures, but I'm always tickled how much changing the elements changes the look so much. Thanks for the lessons in making "leather", not only for bags, but I see it being very useful in making tags, cards, etc.

Pam aka TheBugBytes said...

Thank you so much for such kind encouraging words. I am touched.

Anonymous said...

These are really great. Wow is all I can say. Helen

CathyinMN said...

Pam,
I love your purses, especially the leather-look one! I am not a purse person, but you're changing my mind. They're wonderful. I'm going to have to try the leather-look technique you showed us. TFS!

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

WOW!!!! I agree Louis Vutton look out we have a new purse maker and she is going to take the purse world by storm! Each purse is amazing in its own way. Personnally I would look good in all of them!!! Look at that brown purse it looks like leather and I would have never thought it was from a brown paper bag! I can't get over how beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us! Take a bow!

littlemiss said...

So WAY WAY fantastic! You are such a great inspiration -- thanks for showing us what can be done with our gypsy/cricut tools. You always take things to a new level. I'm in awe.

Deb said...

Pam those bags are just great. It is amazing how you and all the designers take something plain and make these fabulous creations....

littlemiss said...

These are so WAY WAY fantastic. Thanks for showing us your creative diversity -- it's so inspiring and encouraging. I'm in awe.

Pam aka TheBugBytes said...

Thank you /blush . I wanted to use that emoticon for such a long time. Now you have given me the oppurtunity. Double Thanks ;;)

Cher~ said...

Pam, those are fantastic bags. I am quite partial to the leather one also. I cannot believe the detail you put in this with the pockets, beading, faux stitching, etc. You are definitely inspiring. Thanks for all the work you put into these bags for this post.

KTbirdiegirl said...

WOW!! No, Double WOW!! Your purses are absolutely beautiful. I adore the faux leather one. I can't get over how you used a crumpled brown bag to create that one. All of the details and embellishments are beautiful. You're such an inspiration. Thanks for the excellent tutorials.
Kathryn

Bobbi said...

All three are beautiful! Great job showing what you can do with one cut on the cart.

Scrappin' Playground of Dreams said...

Pam,
Your purses are breathtaking!!!
Thank you again for your incredible tutorials and inspiration.
Trish

lowfat0001 said...

Another stunner! Awesome job, Pam! I have that feathery Fiskar plate somewhere - knew it would come in handy someday LOL! TFS your awesome talent.

:) and hugs, MelodyR aka Ry&MysMom

Carla said...

Amazing! I love these.

Jodie R said...

Pam, Simply amazing! I love how you combined so many craft techniques in to one beautiful creation. - Bead, papercrafting, leather work, etc. I am in awe!

Maria L. said...

OMG is a beautiful project...........

Joy said...

WOW! I'm speechless. These are so beautiful!

Lori said...

Wow!! Those are great. Very inspiring. Keep up the great work.
Lori

flowerdisco said...

Pam, I am going to say these bags are the prettiest ever-ever-ever.

Cindy McVey said...

OMG...they are amazing!!! They don't even look like paper! And you said you weren't a designer?? HA! I beg to differ!

SweetSassyDiva said...

omg! :bows down before greatness!: need I say more?! wow!

cissi said...

OMG!!!!!!! Pam your purses are to die for, I especially love love love the faux leather one. You did an awesome job on all 3. My chin is still on the floor with amazement at your creativity and talent. Thank you so much for sharing it with us and for all the inspiration you give us. Loved your videos too.

Pam M said...

Wow, the bags are just beautiful!

Ruth said...

WOWZA!!!! I LOVE this BLOG!!!! Did you HEAR ME... I said I LOVE THIS BLOG!!!! Your CEATIVITY is BEAUTIFULLY AMAZING!!!!! ENCORE!!! ENCORE!!!

Beth said...

These are absolutely amazing, I love them. Beautiful, great job, etc etc.

Magoo said...

oh my word pam!!!!!

Where do I start with your project?!?!?!

I am just so amazed how REAL your leather purse looks....I would have NEVER guessed it was brown paper!!!

Your details on EACH purse are remarkable - I'm with Sassy I'D LOOK GREAT IN ALL OF THEM! LOL!!

This should end the debate with you once and for all: YOU ARE TALENTED AND CRAFTY AND NOOOO WAY ARE YOU SITTING OUT!!!

We need your creative mind - who else could make purses like you?!?!?

The projects from each designer just keep GETTING BETTER AND BETTER!!!!!! :) :) Congratulations Pam - this project and all of the very wonderful details in it is BRILLIANT :) :) :)

kimmie said...

are you kidding me???!!! pam these are gorgeous. they look like real little purses made from leather. you are amazing! i need a jawdrop smiley!

RaiderSoonerMom said...

WoWEeeeEEEeee! These purses are fantastic! I love all three! I can't wait to try this technique but something tells me the end result will not be a gorgeous as these! I needed a cute bag for my precious DIL's birthday present and oh how I would love to surprise her with one of these! I am running as I type into my craft room to get started! Thank you so much for sharing this great, super wonderful, clever idea! You Rock! Tuesdays are becoming my favorite day! Wish me luck!
Hugs,
Lisa

cdaily28 said...

Wow those are simply gorgoeus!!!

Lillabell said...

Love the purses, they are gorgoeus!!!

Lillabell said...

Love your purses, they are gorgoeus!!!

Jes said...

These are amazing! Never seen anything quite like this. Going to be following your blog from now on, great work.

Short Scrapper said...

Just found your blog. Love your creations! I need to try one of those purses , , ,

Rappin' About Scrappin' said...

OMG! I just hopped over to this blog from Hallmark. You are a true inspiration! These are beautiful!

Marey said...

Unbelievable ... those purses are amazing!!

texaslady said...

Pam those purses are beautiful that leather look one is to die for. TFS