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May 3, 2010

"The apparel oft proclaims the Man"

 - said Shakespeare. or woman in this case... So we women will do that in our style and remain Forever Young with these purses.. from Forever Young cartridge of course.

 This purse is from the purse found on the first button Pg 24 in the cartridge book (not the online version).
This time around I made just one and I used 12 x 12 papers as I was too sick to go out and buy larger sheets to use on 12 x 24 mat.
 Tricking the mat to 12 x 24 was still small so I set the cursor height initially very high  like 20 inches ,added  the image and then reduced it to the height I needed.  Remember when doing this we can reduce size but cannot increase it back . If we need to do that then we have to start over again from the beginning.

Here is a video to show only the gypsy file portion and the tricking part. Assembly is in the photos as I was too sick to cut another purse out :)

 Part 1

Part 2

Here is the view of the page 1 of my Gypsy file

Page 2

page 3

page 4

I used metallic shimmer paper for cutting pages 1 to 3 and pattern paper - a DCWV stack - I think green stack or mariposa not sure.. for page 4.
I scored all the score marks. I did not weld the shapes from page 3 onto the purse to cover up the girl as that would have erased my score marks and I needed them and anyway since I am covering over it did not matter.
Even though the images are exact shadow and can be added as layer I reduced it a bit after unlinking the height and width as I wanted some of the metallic brown to show.
Here are all the pieces cut and scored

I glued the rectangle slightly down to get the correct width and then lifted just the edges aligned the side pieces and glued and pressed down everything. ( glued with ATG gun)

Then I folded the sides , inserted like shown in the image and glued them down with zip dry. You can also
use glue dots

Then I pasted the pattern paper.

There is a slit in case you want to close the buckle. If you want the closure this way then take a craft knife and slit from inside so that the pattern paper gets a slit too like in the picture below but I like the Velcro closure so used Velcro for actual closure

I then took a decorative button cut the shank off and glued it on the buckle, Then took a ribbon which had stictching - it's art blanche from EK success - so used that for the bottom and sides.

The rest of the places I outlined stitches with white opaque gel pen. Used some bling swirls from archiver's.
I also made a tag using plain blue card stock, some stickers ( I think 3 birds or ones I got from Tuesday Morning) . I took the blue glitter slice tag and traced the circle - used old fashioned scissors - ha ha to cut the circle. Centered the sticker flowers and then cut . I also cut 2 circles  from acrylic sheet from the cartridge pack ( I save them for such purposes) and sandwiched the cardstock between them and slid them ino the tags and used the Tag tool to crimp it.

I then punched a hole with cropadile and then threaded a fabric string through. Added a xoxo button also and blinged the center with a stone and tied it around the handle. If you want to add some words do it before crimping the tag.

So here is my purse - front


and side

Hope you enjoyed watching. Can't wait to see you all be "proclaimed" by your "apparel"


Dakota Bear said...

WOW! That is fantastic.

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Beautiful purse and I love all the bling and your color choice.... this really turned out to be a nice large purse and has to be great for gifting. A gift in a gift! Thanks for taking the time to do the videos as it really helps us to understand how to do these larger purses.

Tammy said...

This is just beautiful....Thank you, Thank you for the video's as well. I just ordered that Cartridge last night so going to try and make one of these....You did fab on yours! smiles...Tammy

amylynn said...

Awesome videos! I love how big you were able to get the purse! Thanks for the tips!

love2create said...

Wow, I can't believe how great this turned out! Love all the bling you added!

Deanna said...

Wow! Your purse is fantastic. I love all the added embellishments.

CraftyGirl said...

I really need to stop visiting this site because everytime I do, I find something new that I have to have!! Love this looks so real!!
Barb :)

scrappyRN said...

Absolutely wonderful. Now you are making me nervous about my purse day, going to have to really step it up I see.

Lisa said...

WOW, beautiful, looks real. Love the colors. Great Job.

cissi said...

Wow Pam your purse is absolutely gorgeous!!!!!! Thank you so much for the video on how to "trick" the gypsy. I never knew you could do this, this is fantastic since I only have a 12 x 12 mat. Pam, all I can say is that you ROCK!!!!! Thanks for sharing your talent and creativity with all of us.

Jodie R said...

I want a real purse like this! This is sooo beautiful! Pam, I can't believe how much I learned from this! Thank you! Thank you! I can't think of words good enough to describe how I feel about this project! Hence all the !!!!!'s.

FitterTwit said...

THAT was amazing!!! Great Job Pam!!!

Beth said...

Holy Cow, this is awesome. WOW, WOW, WOW.

I love everything about it.


CathyinMN said...

What a beautiful purse! I love it, and I'm not even a purse-type person. Wonderful job.

Nubian Crafter said...

Simply beautiful!!! TFS and the wonderful instructions.

TraciVee said...

What a great project! I am too intimidated to take on such grandiose projects, lol. :)

The Bug said...

How absolutly amazing! It is so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your project and walking us through it on your videos!

Java Jen's Creations said...

Wow!! Pam, that is absolutely beautiful!! It does not look like a paper purse!! The embellishments really set it off!! I'm so inspired to make a purse now!! Thanks so much for all you do!! Hope you're on the mend very soon!!