I have been really busy with making lots of cards, tags and general gift items to sell at Gift Hutt. I have been seeing a lot on Facebook where people have gone to YouTube for inspiration to make boxes and general gift basket type items and I thought I would have a look through the CTMH Cricut cartridges and see what I can come up with. The Artiste cartridge came up trumps with a purse box and I could also coordinate cards and envelopes to match the edging. I was able to get 5 little cards and envelopes to fit into each purse to make a fabulous Christmas or birthday gift.
The purse, envelopes and cards are all found on page 31 of the Artiste booklet. The purse was cut at 3.6″ and just fitted onto the 12 x 12 mat. I cut one out with Pixie and the other out with Cotton Candy cardstock. I then used Cricut Craftroom to size the envelopes and cards to match – unfortunately I cannot give exact measurements as it took a bit of manipulation to get the sizes to match. I now use CCR all the time as it is easier to use the layers to check the sizes and these came out perfect on the first cut.
For the Pixie purse I have then traced the shape of the areas I wanted covered with the diamond patterned paper from the Brushed Reflections range and then cut them out and glued them onto the purse with liquid glass and trimmed any excess with sharp scissors. I have added strips of pink and the new white shimmer trim onto the front and then placed the vellum flowers from the Brushed Complements onto a piece of scrap White Daisy cardstock and then fussy cut it out and glued it onto the front with liquid glass and topped the flowers off with silver sequins. For the flap I have used the diamond patterned paper and this time change it the other way and cut a small trim of 3/4″ and then placed a strip of the white shimmer trim over it and placed it on the flap and then trimmed the ends to match the flap. I have placed a flower from the Brushed Assortment pack on the front and used one of the small hook & loop dots available from CTMH to help hold the purse together. Finally I have cut a strip of matching cardstock size 6/8″ x 10 inches and glued the edges to the inside of the purse for a small strap handle.
The Cotton Candy purse has a strip of patterned paper – 1″ wide then trimmed with Cotton Candy cardstock 3/4″ wide and then finished off with a strip of white shimmer tape and then placed along the bottom of the purse on the front and two sides. I then used the A Budding Friendship stamp set and stamped 4 of the small flowers with Cotton Candy ink and overstamped the edges with the edge stamp in Black ink. These are great little stamps as they end up looking like a watercolour and ink image and there is no need to be really fussy with the outcome. I have done the same using the small leaf stamps in Pear ink. I then arranged three flowers over the trim and coordinated the leaves around the flowers. I have used liquid glass again as I have found that over time the glue tends to melt – particularly in my warm and sunny Gift Hutt. For the flap I happened to have a spare envelope that I tore as I was getting it off the mat and it fitted perfectly on the flap and I trimmed it down to fit the flap, and I have just used the white shimmer trim as a strip to tie in with the rest of the purse. I then glued another flower and set of leaves in the centre of the trim. To finish the flowers I have place silver sequins and pink glitter gems to add a little bling.
The shapes for the sentiment have been cut out using the Art Philosophy cartridge and again I have used CCR to ensure that the White Daisy shape matches with the larger patterned paper shape as I have found that cutting two shapes only 1/4″ difference will not exactly match up on all sides. To coordinate with both purses I have again made the trims from patterned paper, coordinating cardstock and white shimmer trim – can you tell how much I love this new trim! This is now available from the new Seasonal Inspirations catalague just out today.
The envelopes were very easy to assemble and I have just added a small amount of double sided tape to use when giving the card to someone.
Both these purses will be available for purchase at Gift Hutt for $15 each.