Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas gift time: Creating a Purse with My Cricut!

Wow! Cricut is an amazing little friend. :) Isn't this just an adorable purse! Perfect for holding a gift card!

This is such a cute purse I made for my Grandniece for Christmas. It will hold a nice gift card or some pretend lipstick for her and she can play with it on Christmas day it's not just a gift box. She is such a girly-girl...she'll just love it! ♥

Supplies used:
• Walk in My Garden Cricut Cartridge for the Butterfly (Butterfly1 pg 115, #34 if you number your buttons like I do)
• Tags, Bag, Boxes & More Cricut Cartridge for the Purse (purse2 pg 118, #37 if you number your buttons like me)
• 8" 1/2" wide ribbon
• Foam flower
Stickles in black, blue, and purple
• Cardstock and decorative or textures paper
• Magnet
• Adhesive

1. Set your Cricut on Fit to Page to cut the purse (It comes out to around 5" or so)
2. Cut out the butterfly to a size you want or that looks good with your purse (mine is about 2" -- remember that's the height, not the width)
3. Decorate the wings, body and antenna with the Stickles and leave to dry (an hour or two) While that is drying move on to the next parts.

(Here's a close up of the butterfly after it's dry -- it looks soooo much better in person, LOL)

4. For the front flap, I just traced the top edge of the flap (didn't want to waste the whole paper just for the flap to have Cricut do it)
5. Glued in place with my ATG gun (my new favorite sticky toy, LOL)
6. Then, used the black Stickles to trim the edge
7. Next, glue the foam flower to the center to look like a button....

8. Cut a strip of matching decorative paper for the band towards the bottom -- 1/2" wide (I cut it 5" then lightly marked where to cut before I glued in place)
9. Make sure your butterfly is dry then use some pop dots and put it on the band at an angle or however you like.

10. Now, it's time to put the ribbon handle on -- so nice of the Cricut to cut little holes for you to place the ribbon through. You can tie the ribbon in knots to keep it from pulling out or you can use your adhesive to glue it in place (depends on the look you want).

11. Finally glue the magnet to the inside of the flap and line up the matching piece on the front of the purse to help it stay closed. Works like a charm. :)

Ta-da! The perfect gift card holder and for the girly-girls a great little purse to tote around on Christmas day!

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