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« on: March 20, 2004 06:21:31 PM »

This is a purse made from a wood box I found at JoAnne Fabrics.  First step was the sanding and painting of the white base coat.  Next I added the pink striped awning  to the top with craft paint.  The bottom and   a bit of the bottom edge is also painted with craft paint but in green. The handle is beads on a 16 gauge wire and is strung through two holes in the top.  The ends are twisted together inside.  I have a great love for Anne Keenan Higgins' greeting cards and buy them everytime I see one. So, that became the outside of the purse.  I traced the outline onto white paper and ran a laser copy off to fit.  Next I used the Creative Versa-Tool with a transfer point to tranfer the images onto my purse.  (The copy must be laser for the transfer point to work.  Test your paint first too.)  I colored in the image using craft paint and flow medium (also in the craft paint section) in a ratio of about 90% flow medium to 10% paint. 

I cut out some foam core to fit the inside top and added a slit for the wire to fit into.  I then covered the foam core with fabric, which I had sewn a clear pocket onto to hold charge slips and put a bit of cotton batting in the slit so the wires would be a problem.  I then hot glued the fabric to the back of the foam core and the fabric covered foam core to the inside top.  I hot glued a piece of fabric covered heavy cardstock/light cardboard to the inside bottom.  The pockets around the inside are just a home made purseket but the sides are uneven because that is the way I like it. Smiley  If you don't know what a purseket is, google it.  (I can post directions to that if requested.  It is supper easy.)  I've used this purse for 2 weeks and love it.
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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2004 07:23:49 PM »

 Grin  That is so cute!   Your work is very good! The art work just makes me smile   =)

« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2004 11:56:22 PM »

love it... you did a great job!

Please post directions for the purseket. I've been wanting to make one, but I am too dependent on patterns  Sad

thanks  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2004 08:06:52 AM »

I'll take some photos and post the directions ASAP. Smiley

See "Purse Pockets Insert similar to a Purseket" for directions.  (Same section as this post)
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2004 08:55:58 AM »

Thanks  Grin
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2004 08:56:43 AM »

this is lovely!!! Your work is awesome!
I want one now! Bad thing is I could never paint like that. Oh well...
 Thanks for sharing with us.


« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2004 05:28:29 PM »

it's so funny I was JUST thinking about this project. I was in Joanns with a friend and we saw this project on the cover of the Joanns magazine and i was automatically like, yep, someone is gonna make that on craftster really soon, and voila! *lol* craftster kids, we are so predictable!
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2004 06:58:32 PM »

Actually, I saw the idea at a little shop in downtown Indy last Fall.  It was cute but no pockets!  When I saw the same shaped box in the craft store, I had to try it.  The ones I saw had more things glues onto them like strings of beads, glitter, faux jewels and such but I am pretty sure my pets would see that as a challenge to remove what I glued one. Smiley   Anyway, the one I liked there was a gold base coat with a wizard images decopaged on it.  Then on top was the sparkles.  The handle was the same as mine in premise.  The inside was covered in velvet fabric.  I didn't want to do the same as they did (iow: copy) so I went a different route.  
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2004 01:11:17 AM »

Just wanted to say your purse rules!

It looks so cute and chic and your artwork is great! Very jealous  Wink I think I might have a go once I get through my ever growing 'crafts to try' list.

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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2004 01:02:53 PM »

That purse is amazing!  It reminds me of the wooden purses my grandmother used to make when she was our age!!  Hers are still around, but she won't let me have them!!  If you haven't already polyurethaned it, I think it would be a good idea to ensure a long life!!

I love the purseket idea too!!

She looks too pure to be pink!
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« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2004 09:46:37 AM »

I did poly it before I used it once and if any one does similar I would suggest a semi-gloss or gloss so you can see if day to day wear has taken off some off the protective coating.  

I wish I had this much skill with a pen but the art is from a greeting card, just traced and transfered.  So pretty much if you can trace the image and use a copier, you can put any image one the purse.  I haven't tried it with a color image yet but I understand if it is a laser copy, the image will transfer.
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2004 05:23:56 PM »

That purse is so CUTE!!!!!
I keep looking at the wooden purse supply section everytime I'm in JoAnns but I wasnt sure how easy it would be and wasnt sure what to do about the lining. It would be cool if you could post directions of the purseket. You have inspired me to try making a couple of those purses Smiley

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« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2004 05:46:24 PM »

those are darling! so incredibly girly and well done, nice work!
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« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2004 12:14:07 AM »

It's beautiful! these type of things retails for a lot in stores....

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« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2004 04:51:14 PM »

hey great job, i love the fanciful and girly pictures, did you do it all by freehand?

It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.
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« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2004 05:54:12 PM »

I just painted the colored parts freehand.  
But when people who don't know anything about crafts ask, I'm told the proper answer is "Yes, I painted it all myself" and not give my explaination of how it was done.  LOL

The purseket directions is posted under the title "Purse Pockets Insert similar to a Purseket".
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