Sunday, September 18, 2011

Kristy's Farewell Gift...

Find the tutorial for this purse here.

Alas, my good friend Kristy has moved away.  :*(  We have many states between us now, but thanks to cell phones and facebook we can still bug each other throughout the day!  Kristy has many virtuous qualities that I appreciate dearly, but in one aspect, she is my "crafty-enabler-friend".  She got me hooked on die-cutting and card-making, 2 things that bring me so much satisfaction!  Kristy always has an extra craft store coupon to share, and she sends me links to the coolest crafty shopping sites.  Kristy has been a Stampin' Up demonstrator for a while now, so when I received an extra Stampin' Up catalog in the mail last month, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. 

I have been fooling around with paper weaving for the last few months and really wanted to figure out how to make a purse using this technique.   I was inspired by this fab purse made out of the Sunday funnies that I saw on BurdaStyle:

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And then I found this tutorial on how to weave a paper basket:


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And then I made these little guys:


They turned out cylinder-shaped, which is OK if you're making beer cozies and pencil cups.  However, I wanted a purse.  I needed something decidedly not cylinder-ish, but more envelope-like.  So instead of looking up another tutorial online, I decided to figure it out on my own.  I had a few paper cozies under my belt, so a wider-flatter shape shouldn't be too hard, right?  Wrong.  The shape I desire still eludes me, but I did happen upon this very peculiar shape instead:


What would you call this shape?  It's kind of like a 3-D hexagon with the top cut off.  But whatever you call it, I feel it made cute little conversation-piece handbag.  I made it out of the Stampin' Up mailer catalog to personalize it for Kristy.  I gave it a few coats of Mod Podge to toughen it up a bit.  The red alligator is from a thrifted purse.  I attached the flap and handle with leather studs. 


I'm happy with the finished product as is Miss Kristy.  If you would like to try some paper weaving, I have made a tutorial for the weaving portion of this purse here.  You will also find there other links to more paper weaving tutorials I've encountered on the web. 

If you haven't already, please check out the Retro Pillow Challenge:






As always, happy crafting and big hugs from Montana,



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27 comments:

  1. This is so different. I like it :)

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  2. She is right, I LOVE IT! This purse will have a place of honor in my scrap room. I actually had to do a double take at the red alligator portion of the purse because it perfectly matches one of my favorite purses! Thank you again my dear friend!

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  3. I like the shape!! And the red alligator fits it perfectly. Great job!

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  4. So stinking cute and clever, well done! Using the alligator was a genius move as well. Very nice.

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  5. How cute, I love the recycle aspect of this purse too, thrifted purse and reused paper, how cool! Thanks for linking up to Eat, Grow, Sew!

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  6. This is so cool!! How clever you are. I must try paper weaving. Was going to toss the last CTMH catalog but may try this instead. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me. I found your project on Make it Mon. Would love for you to visit my blog if you have a moment.
    http://u-inspire-me.blogspot.com

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  7. i don't know what shape to call your purse but its absolutely gorgeous,this is fab recycling idea thanks for sharing,oh and i saw your project on MIM and had to check it out.

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  8. Wow what a fantastic project--I dont know if I will be able to do it as looks like a lot of time and effort is required but I really admire your handiwork. Hats off to you
    Cheers from Bangalore ,India
    Dr Sonia S V
    http://cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com

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  9. I've not seen anything like this before, they totally rock, such a fantastic idea.

    Thanks for sharing your creation with Make It Monday.
    Don't forget......... if you leave a comment on another entry, mention that you saw their card on "Make It Monday" for a chance at second prize. The more entries you comment on the more chance you have of winning second prize.

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  10. Rikka, you really do think outside the box, allowing you to come up with fun, unique ideas. It's fabulous!!!

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  11. What an idea! I really love what you did. New gfc follower, saw you on linky party, Karima :) www.karimascrafts.com
    PS: also following you on pinterest - I have already pinned a few of your things - you have some great boards!

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  12. Saw your wonderful creation on Make it Monday. What an adorable idea. Well done

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  13. Oh this is wonderfully clever. Well done on making your own pattern...it is a lovely bag. Saw you on Make it Monday.

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  14. That purse is so pretty! You are so amazing with the things you create!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit! Remember the voting is now open – if you want to head over and vote for your project! The most voted link will get a full post feature/promotion next week!
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  15. And the award for "Bestest BFF" goes to...YOU! WOW, this is phenomenal and what a task. Looks outstanding!! :D
    Thanks SO much for sharing with us at Make It Monday and I plan to check out your tutorial as well. Thanks!
    Lisa xx

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  16. this is so cute! how clever and creative!

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  17. Wow, such an interesting bag - lovely job, I saw it on Make It Monday and came for a closer look, good luck in the challenge,
    Sandy

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  18. Wow! So many nice responses to this purse! Thanks to everyone who stopped by to check out my little blog post. Now please don't be strangers!
    Best,
    Rikka J.

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  19. oh wow!! wow!! this is absolutely stunning!! :-) Thanks for linking in on Monday.. Hope to see you again at Colours Dekor.. :-)

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  20. UBEr cool. I love stuff like this. I have a bag made out of juice boxes. I love to use it for the beach too. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

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  21. Great idea! I love the purses and the clutch! I saw this on make It Monday and it is really inventive

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  22. I like this!! I saw you on the blog Craft Link Party Polly want a crafter. I invite you to come visit and maybe join the link party - Galeria de Criações Compartilhadas – (Shared Creations Gallery), on my blog. Sunflower is the issue of the number 1 ! Hugs, Marion

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  23. I saw this on Craft-O-Maniac. What a great purse! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  24. Okay, I'm amazed. :0 Seriously. Thanks for linking up to Motivated Monday at BeColorful. I will be featuring your delightful creation on tonight's post.
    Pam

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  25. Very cool & unique. I've featured it today at Sew Can Do's Craftastic Monday. Feel free to grab a Featured On button:)

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  26. Oh my gosh! All gorgeous. I'm a new follower. Have a good day.

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  27. This is great..Hi there, I found ya via blog hop and had to stop in and say hello, LOVE all your creativity and space here.. Excited to get to share in more blog fun reads and inspiration from ya.. I'm officially following ya.. I'm Marilyn via http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/ - hope you can stop in sometime.. TY

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