Saturday, September 25, 2010

Handbag Therapy

Okay, I have to come clean in this post. I'm a "bag lady". I have a ridiculous "collection" of cute and sassy bags. One particular brand of bag (that starts with a "C") is the main component of my collection. *Sigh* 

For some reason, this week's sketch at The Paper Players blog inspired me to make a card about my obsession. Hmmm, is it a sign that it may be time for a new bag for the fall season? :)
The color combo came! I wanted to participate in a color challenge but decided to just let the sketch dictate the color combo. I really wanted to use the Greenhouse Gala DSP because I love the bright color mix of this paper.

Some time ago, I saw this cute idea to make these little "punch handbags" on Splitcoast Stampers (sorry, I can't remember exactly WHO it was)  and thought they would be fun on this card. The bags are made from the Round Tab, Curly Label and 1 1/4" Circle punches. I made the handles by double punching the  1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval punch and the 1 3/8" x 5/8" Oval punch. The little "flaps" on the bags were made with the Modern Label and 1 3/4" x 7/8" punches and accented with silver brads.  
After I decided on the punches, I needed a cute image to go with them (yes, I do things backwards, I know). My friend Dawn gave me this sassy, little stamp last month as a gift. (She is so sweet!) I thought it would be PERFECT with this card. She looks like she's contemplating getting her  little mitts on a new bag, doesn't she? Just like me! Hee Hee! 

I colored her in and then paper pieced her skirt to match one of the bags to tie in all of the colors. Then I added an itty-bitty dab of sparkle on her necklace and handbag so she would be perfectly accessorized. The sentiment just seemed so perfect because let's be honest, who doesn't LOVE a little "retail therapy" every now and again! 

Have a great Saturday! I'm off to get some things ready for a BBQ we are hosting today. Maybe I can sneak in a little shopping trip, too...hmmmm! 

Stampin' Up! Supply List: 

Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso and Whisper White cardstock, Greenhouse Gala DSP
Ink: Basic Black and Early Espresso classic ink, Versa-mark
Punches: Round Tab, Curly Label, 1 1/4" Circle, Modern Label, Word Window, 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval, 1 3/8" x 5/8" Oval, 1 1/4" Square and 1 3/8" XL Square
Accessories: Daffodil Delight 3/8" Taffeta ribbon, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, black embossing powder, silver brads

Non-SU! products: stamped image and sentiment, glitter glue and some really FABULOUS markers

Happy Stamping, 


  1. This card reminded me of the stamps over at Rubber Romance. You might want to visit her site. (SU! Demos do buy from other companies, don't they?) Great job on the card!

  2. Oh my goodness! I love this ...what I love about blogs you really get to be inspired. I was on paper players looking for the scetch and your thumbnail caught my eye and now I am even more inspired to craft this morning. Great job!


  3. Great idea to use the little bags on this fab card and I agree, she does look as if she is trying to decide which new bag to buy!

  4. Oh My Goodness!!!! This is PERFECT. So cute and yes, that image goes great with the little purses. GREAT!

  5. Ohh My goodness..this is fabulous Anne Marie!!! love how you did these purses just so creative.

  6. This is just so cute! Those bags are adorable! Thanks for joining The Paper Player this week!

  7. I'm definitely in need of handbag therapy.

  8. Anne Marie... Now... there's a sentiment I can relate to. Oh yeah.... and the collection of handbags! I love your really creative use of the sketch and the fact that you showed us what you can do with punches! Fabulous job.
    Thank you for joining the Paper Players this week. Look forward to you joining us again.

  9. Eek! This is so cute! Fantastic use of the sketch. I adore the purses, I missed that on SCS, super cute. Love that sentiment, lol! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment. :)

  10. This is such an adorable the super cute image and your little purses are simply amazing!!!

  11. Oh how cute, I just love this card with the bags. Hey you should have variety you know. Have a great BBQ and hope you got a little shopping in.

  12. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! Turned out sooo cute and her skirt is the BOMB! :) That paper rocks and so does your coloring! She's totally doing a bit of "retail therapy" lol!

  13. I should digg your post therefore other folks are able to see it, very helpful, I had a hard time finding the results searching on the web, thanks.

    - Norman

  14. I really like your combo of colors and patterns. The punch shape bags are really cute.

    I just recently purchased a purse (on clearance at Target - nothing fancy for me). It is my first purse purchase in about 10 years and I only got a new one because my old one was totally worn out and the straps had been broken and repaired multiple times. I guess I'm not into purses like you are :-)

  15. Now this is FABULOUS!!!! How absolutely creative! Super fabulous, wonderful creative and great color scheme! I'm with you on the "C" collection! My dh actually bought my first one w/ matching wallet and clutch and from there it has spiraled, lol .... the man has fabulous taste in bags :) Hope your weekend was wonderful!

  16. Ahhhh-dorable! My daughter loves that skirt coordinates with one of the purses. heh She's a retail therapy kind of gal.. and she's only 10!



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Anne Marie