Feb 29 2008

Stamp Simply Challenge #24 – Purses!

Challenge #24– Keyword ssnotime24-There is no time limit. You can play this challenge and upload yourproject at Splitcoastand/or your Blog, anytime at all! You can play as many times as you like!!! The point is to keep it simple, quick and have fun!!! Please link back here.

The challenge this week is to either make a purse or use purse images on your project. Yes, a 3-D purse fits the bill perfectly here, but if you aren’t inclined to do a 3-D project then just make a card or any flat project that either contains purse images, which could be stamped, stickers, rub-ons, cut-outs, chipboard, anything at all — as long as there is some purse related feature to your project. And a purse can also be construed as a tote bag, book bag, shopping bag, etc — anything you would carry with you to hold your belongings. Doesn’t this sound like fun!!!! I LOVE purses!!!

Now, if you do a 3-D project PLEASE — if you can — share your instructions with us. We would all love to try these things out! If you took a template from somewhere on the net, please link it for us in your upload. If you did a super simple project and can talk us through it, that would be great. If you are a Blogger and can show us a photo of your home-made template, that would be great, too. HOWEVER, I don’t want to scare anyone off by making them feel they have to get involved in producing some huge tutorial – that is NOT the point — OK? If you can’t share instructions, that’s OK — please play anyway — but I just KNOW when everyone starts seeing cute purses, questions will arise — as, generally speaking, we are all a very curious bunch! LOL!!!

Andremember Julie Koerber from last week known as outtoimpress at SCS and Out to Impress by Julie in Blogland — well, she’s still with us!!! And that’s a good thing!!! Here is Julie’s SCS uploadand here is her Blog post, and oh my goodness!!! It is drop dead gorgeous, you have GOT to go and see it!!!

There are just a ton of purses out there to make, and I could be linking here forever to give you ideas, but what I’ve done is create a link to a search in the SCS galleries for Purse — there are tons!!! Some have instructions, some have links to Blog tutorials, some have links to instructions on the net — if you are stumped, just browse and see what inspires you!!!!

Remember when you upload to use the keyword above, followed by a comma.Please come back here to post (as a comment) that youve played, and provide a linkso I can check out your card right away. You can find all cards uploaded for this challenge by clicking Gallery Submissions Here.

Some wanting to play said they have never uploaded before. If thats you and you need help uploading, just go to my Challenge No. 1 here.


OK, here’s my sample — I made a 3-D purse, super simple (tutorial at the end of this post), with 3 coordinating cards to put inside of it — super easy too!!! It holds 4 1/4″ square cards. This truly was very little work. I used the luscious Crush Collection by Crate Paper (and that’s the only paper in this project) and it’s coordinating chipboard letters. My stamped sentiments are from Many Sentiments by Flourishes. They worked perfectly for this fun project!


Here’s the purse front. The green bands were all cut 1″ wide and then pulled through the Key Tag Punch to round the ends. If you don’t know how to do that, you can see my instructions here on this graduation upload. You could also just use a corner rounder. Either works. Measurements are listed below on the photo of the template/tutorial. There are no sides to this purse — it is just an 11 x 4.5″ piece of cardstock, scored and folded. The little straps on the side *make* the sides and hold it in shape– easy!!! The buttons/trim are the Crate chipboard pieces adhered with Zots. The S is also Crate and is attached to a punch-out from the paper pack. The key is vintage and the chain was in my collection of *things I just might need*!!!! The handle is the 5/8″ wide grosgrain ribbon, attached inside with red sticky tape and knotted on top.


Here’s a view of the back.


Here’s a view of the side so you can see what I mean. Can you see the self-adhesive Velcro dot that holds it shut? There are 3 cards inside.


These are the 3 cards inside — can’t get much easier. I used the same Crate paper for these 4 1/4″ square cards and merely stamped my sentiments, from Many Sentiments by Flourishes, but I masked off (taped over) the first letter of each sentiment as I wanted to use these chipboard letters. I like the look!!! I’d like to add that I REALLY like the quality of these Crate chipboard letters — so much better than many others I’ve had!!! Just love them!!!


Here’s the template. Cut the purse 11 x 4.5″ and score as indicated above. If you can’t read my writing, here they are:

  • The front bottom flap is 2 1/2″
  • The purse bottom is 3/4″
  • The purse back is 4 1/2″
  • The purse top is 1/2″
  • The front top flap is 2 3/4″

Cut all the strap pieces 1″ wide. The centerstrapcan be 6 1/2 or 7 inches. The side straps should be cut 4″ if you are going to run them through the Key Tag Punch. But they can be cut 3 1/2″ if you are just going to corner round them.

Ithink that should about do it!!! I couldn’t believe I did not have 1 single purse stamp anywhere in this house!!! Must have been in the batch I sold — LOL!!! Anyway, hope you all can get adventurous and try a purse of some sort, or at least a card!!! Hope we see some fun and funky purses!!! Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great weekend!!!

35 responses so far

35 Responses to “Stamp Simply Challenge #24 – Purses!”

  1. Kathie says:

    Wow this is so cute! Purse-onally I have been wanting some purse ideas and of course your blog has the ideas again. Thanks so much Sharon!

  2. Silli says:

    ohhhh…Fantastic!!! I Love it!!!! Thanks for the Tutorial!!!!

  3. Sharon, thank you so much for these instructions! This comes at a great time because my book club meeting is at my house on 3/16/08 and I wanted to make something special for the other members. I can just imagine this being made up to be very “Eastery” This is just perfect! Thanks, again!


  4. WOW! This is so off the charts fabulous! I love the trendy colors, love the little tag that dangles off with your initial! The cards are the icing too! WAY fun! TFS how you did it!

  5. Dawn E. says:

    Oh this looks fun Sharon!! LOVE it! Thank you so much for sharing the template. I can’t wait to play along!!! That paper you used is wonderful, so pretty! I really like how you used a chipboard letter on the cards too…it adds so much!!

  6. tamara hamula says:

    I love the colors.. this is a wonderful idea. Thanks

  7. twinks says:

    Oh my – what a treat for the eyes! TFS!

  8. Jerri Jimenez says:

    Sharon, this is absolutely fabulous! Wish I could enter the purse I made into this challenge, but rules are rules (hee hee hee). I love what you’ve done with the paper, you know I’m going to case this!

  9. Jerri Jimenez says:

    Oops, I meant to add how much I love the key and tag on the purse, so adorable, love what you did with the chipboard as well! Just all around fantastic work and creativity here.

  10. Lisa says:

    This is SOOOOOOOO cute!!! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for all the detailed information! Yours is really just beautiful! I love the cardstock letters with the sayings! Lisa

  11. Jamie says:

    What a fun challenge! Here is a link to the card I recently made using purses and shoes. I’m on my way downstairs to make a 3-D purse now 🙂


  12. Judy says:

    thanks so much sharon for this fun challenge.. I love to make 3D things.
    I rememberd this easy paper sack purse from some time ago.. so thought I would give it a try today.
    I really like how it turned out.. think this will be my little Easter purse for this year.. It will hold lots of fun things.
    glad I had time to play today.

  13. Judy says:

    oops forgot to put a link to my little purse… so here it is!

  14. amy says:

    You are sooo incredible!! LOVE your purse!!!

  15. Carolen says:

    Love purses and love what you did with yours!
    Thanks for sharing!

  16. Janine says:

    Beautiful Sharon !! I just love the colors. That green is one of my favorite!!

    Thanks for showing us how to put it all together…

    Check out my site for my purse…

  17. Susan G says:

    This is just the cutest! Thanks so much for sharing.

  18. Rose Ann says:

    That is the most darling purse and card set!! I love the paper and chipboard!! Thanks so much for all of the details!!

  19. Here’s mine, Sharon. http://thebuckstampshere.blogspot.com/2008/03/purse.html I will post instructions later…I’m so sorry…I am still playing catch-up around here….I was sick all last week. Thanks so very much for such a fun one! Loved this! Hope you are having a great weekend! 🙂

  20. I just love your purse!! What a fabulous idea! I made a card for your challenge, but mine is much simpler! It’s on my blog and SCS here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/832444?cat=500&ppuser=94252 Thanks for the challenge; it was fun! I usually don’t make long cards! LOL!

  21. Maren says:

    Such a fantastic idea! I think I might have to try it! Your purse is so gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing!!

  22. karen adams says:

    thats so cute and my sista`s birthday is coming up! would be great for a gift card holder!

    karen adams

  23. Susan says:

    I can’t wait to try your purse, but until then check this one out!

    Happy Weekend,

    Ps if this doesn’t link, I need one kind soul to tell me what I am doing wrong, please and thank you!

  24. beate says:

    Gorgeous purse and cards, Sharon! You always create amazing samples.
    Hugs and smiles

  25. Heather T. says:

    Your purse and matching cards are lovely, Sharon. You have inspired me to make my first purse. It was actually pretty straightforward so I’ll be making more. It is on my blog

  26. Joan B says:

    You are amazing. Everything you make is darling, professional, drop dead gorgeous and way over my stamping head!!!! You rock!!!

  27. cwilliams says:

    These are fabulous Sharon!!

  28. Helen says:

    Here is my purse for the challenge. It was a great way to get a start on Easter cards for the Grandgirls. I want to try a few of the others, too. Thanks for a great challenge. I like being able to do at least one on the weekend!

  29. Deb Neerman says:

    Omigosh, this is too cute, Sharon!! I just love it!

    I’ve created a card for your challenge; it can be found here:

    I’ve also uploaded to SCS.

    Thanks for another super-fun challenge!!

    ~Hugs, Deb

  30. Sabrina aka okimom2girlz says:

    Beautiful as always, Sharon!!!!! Love everything about it.
    I wanted to participate in this one, so this is what I came up with. Not as beautiful as yours, but it looks like a purse, plus it holds up to 6 cards or any other treat.


    Thanks for a great challenge. 😀

  31. Apparently you did not need a purse stamp to create the cutest purse EVER! Besides, do you really see a lot of purses with pictures of purses on them? This is fabulous, and your colors are spectacular! I love brown and green together!

  32. Heather T says:

    Hi Sharon,
    I finally got my tutorial done and up on my blog. This time I made a red purse with polka dots.
    Your blog continues to provide me with so much inspiration, thank you.

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