Wednesday, February 14, 2018

WWC157 - Heidi's "All About Occasions" Challenge

Hi stampers Happy Valentines Day!  Welcome to this week's Watercooler Wednesday challenge #WWC157.  Heidi Weaver is our host and our theme this week is "All About Occasions".    

We hope you'll join us  by linking up your special "Occasions" project by 5:00pm Mountain Time, Monday February 19th, 2018 to our Linsky.  Who knows, you might be our next Watercooler Rockstar.

Here's My Project:
Today I want to share my Thank You Note Clutch Purse project.  This cute little clutch purse and accompanying note cards could be made for just about any "Occasion" you can think of.  Mine was made as a gift for a sweet gal friend for Valentine's Day. 

The clutch is made from a single 12 x 12 sheet of double-sided designer series paper.  No special skills or tools are needed to make this clutch, other than the ability to fold the square of paper into the clutch design.  Mine was made with retired paper stock because I'm still trying to use up what's in my stash.

The clutch holds four note cards and envelopes inside, and has a magnetic clasp to keep it closed.  Here is a link to an original tutorial and video by Dee Slater on Split Coast Stampers that clearly shows how to make this special little gift card clutch purse.   


Stamp Sets: Amazing You and One Big Meaning

Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive and Soft Suede

Card Stock: Ivory Fleck (R), and Soft Suede

DSP:  Stampin Up (R) - from my stash and Ivory Envelope Paper
Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, So Succulent and Stylish Stems Thinlets (R), Stitched Shapes 2" Circle Thinlets, 2 Small Magnets Watermelon Wonder Grosgrain Ribbon,
Faceted Gems, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Tom Bow Glue, Sticky Strip.

Note Cards:
I made my own note cards, but I've seen some beautiful sets completed with the Stampin' Up! premade note cards and envelopes that are in the Annual Catalogue.  Great value here as you get 20 note cards in Whisper White or Very Vanilla card stocks with matching envelopes and the card stock is a little thicker on the note cards so make for perfect backings.
1.  Base is 7" x 5" scored at 3 1/2"
2.  1st layer - 3 1/4" x 4 3/4" Ivory Fleck card stock.  Before adhering to the note card front stamp the floral image from Amazing you in Watermelon Wonder and Old Olive.  Stamp the sentiment "A Little Thanks" from One Big Meaning in Soft Suede ink just below the floral image. Add a Faceted Gem to the flower center.
3.  2nd layer - 3 1/4" x 3/4" strip of DSP adhere below the sentiment.
4.  3rd layer - 1 1/2" x 3 1/4" strip of DSP flip so reverse side is showing.
5.  Cut a strip of ribbon and attach over the seam created by 2nd and 3rd layer and glue ribbon ends to the back of Ivory Fleck layer.  Tie a small bow in the front with another piece of ribbon and trim ends. 
6.  For the inside of the note card cut a 3 1/4" x 4 3/4"piece of Ivory Fleck card stock and adhere.  It could be stamped with another floral image but I chose to leave my black for messaging. 

7.  Two cards and envelopes fit into each of the panels on the inside of the clutch.  They tuck in rather neatly and will  stay in place.

The Clutch:
I made the clutch following the instructions in Dee Slater's video.  I changed up the way the flaps hold shut though.  I attached two small magnets under the flaps with glue dots.  I started on one side positioning the magnet underneath the flap then flipped the clutch over and let the magnet attach itself and then added the glue dot and pressed the flap down.  These are really secure and hold the clutch shut.  You could also do a belly band or tie ribbon around the clutch if you're looking for alternate methods to close it.  

The Flower Embellishment:

I created the floral embellishment with bits and pieces of cardstock I had on hand and two of my favourite die sets - So Succulent and Stylish Stems, both retired.  
I always like to ink around the edges of my flower and leaf pieces as it seems to add more depth.  For this arrangement I layered the four flower pieces together with glue dots, and attached the assembled flower to a 2" stitched circle piece that I cut from Soft Suede card stock.  Next I added the leaves with glue dots.  The circular piece was attached to the flap with sticky strip.  A few random rhinestones were added to the flap on either side of the flower.  

And that's all there is to creating this note holder.  It's a fun and very quick to assemble project and I thoroughly enjoyed making it.  So much so, that I'm  planning to do a class on how to make these, for Mother's Day so if you're in my area and interested let me know.  

I hope you enjoyed this project as well as the ones created by the rest of the Watercooler Wednesday Design Team this week.  I'd love to hear what you think of it so leave me a comment before you go.  Your feedback is really helpful.  

Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin' Spot 


Anita in France said...

What a lovely gift, Penny ... your note cards are so soft, feminine and pretty ... they're even more special packaged in that fabulous, beautifully detailed clutch ... your friend must have been delighted with this! Anita :)

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks so much for dropping by Anita. Yes my friend is thrilled. She wanted a set of note cards but wasn't expecting the clutch, so it was a double whammy! Such a fun project!

Heidi Weaver said...

Oh my goodness, Penny! What a terrific idea to create that gorgeous clutch purse and fill it with those wonderful cards. That has to be one of my favourite papers, too. It's been years, but I've still got a few sheets because it's so very special. Love the way you've combined the paper, colours, and the great new Sale-a-bration set, the Amazing You stamp set. Beautiful work!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Heidi. Glad you liked it. That paper was one of my favourites too. It goes so well with so many colours including the Watermelon Wonder.

Heather Hopson said...

Penny --------this is so amazing! I love the colors and the dsp. Your instructions are perfect. This is a beautiful gift to make for someone. That is a great stamp set and the creation of your flower finishes the clutch off perfectly.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks so much Heather for visiting and for your wonderful comment. Yes I think it's a great gift and so easy to make.

Paperesse said...

This is such a lovely project, Penny! I know your friend appreciated it immensely; I know I sure would. The clutch is so pretty all on its own, and then to open it up and find those wonderful nice!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Glad you like this project Shani. Yes it's fun when you open that magnetic clip and the cards are inside. My friend really did enjoy it.

Helen said...

Such a great project, Penny! It would make such a special gift anyone would love to receive! The cards and purse are so pretty!

Trina P. said...

Such a sweet gift idea, Penny! Your cards are stylish and so beautifully presented in that fabulous clutch. Love it!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks so much for dropping by Trina. Appreciate the comment. Yes it's such a sweet gift idea.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Helen so much for your cheery comment and for dropping by. It means a lot.

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