Friday, November 11, 2011

Paisley Purse - Altered Item

This is the last of my little Bare Elements Sonia purses. I really do wish I had a few more. I only had gotten 6 at the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington when I was able to attend in 2010. Hopefully I can find something just as cool next June when I get to go again.

Supplies Used:
Bare Elements Sonia Purse
Cricut Flower Shoppe cartridge
FancyPants All Fall patterned paper
Various cardstock
Prima Paper Flowers
Swarovski Crystals
Cat Eye Chalk Inks
Glimmer Mist
Basic Grey brad
Pearl edging
Pearl earrings minus posts

Since the paper was double sided I was able to use one of the sides for the large flower and not have to worry so much about trying to match the colors *okie so loves things made simple*. the center is cut from the green and brown polka dot you see on the purse flap. I am not sure how I like the patterned paper flower but it stuck on there now and actually might be wrapped up already so I can't change it. The little blue flowers are made from Flower Shoppe and I used Prism paper for those.

I wanted to try and show you the sparkle of the Swarovski crystals but let me tell ya, it ain't easy photographing sparkle! My friend Carol, aka Carol with two hearts, had sent me some of the crystals from her stash probably about two years ago. Well I am so picky about who I use them on that I rarely use them. I don't want to waste them on a card someone will throw away so I thought this purse was a great use for a few of them.

Here you can see where I randomly added a few of the crystals. It just kinda like the overall design of the flowers seem to flow over the flap of the purse.

You might be able to notice the pearl center in the small flower at the bottom of the picture, that is the earring with the post cut off. Years ago I went into a shop that was going out of business and they had this HUGE container of pearl earrings, fake of course, and earring jackets so I snatched them up. I had forgotten about them until the other day when I was looking for something else and got the needlework and beads tote down off the shelf. I wondered if I could cut the posts off and since I had some jewelry wire pliers/cutters I was able to snip them off easily. You will probably be seeing these in the future as well.

For the flower petals I folded down the middle lengthwise. I wanted to give the flower a Mum sort of look and I think it worked out pretty good. I again used a piece of chipboard and cardstock left over from another project to add to the top of the flap so I would have a little more room to work with and would have some extra support for the flower that is "standing" off the top of the purse.

Not sure I will get a project done tonight to post. I need to wrap some more of the prizes for my party. I got 8 wrapped last night. I still have to get the tulle so I can make the bows for them. I also have to take Naomi to wound care today. For those who know who Naomi is, she is doing well. Her surgery a few months ago went well and she goes for treatment once a week. She says there is no pain and if she hadn't gotten infection while her incision was healing she probably would be fully recovered by now. However, she is in great spirits, other than being really ticked about having to go to wound care and treatment. I told her "well ya ding bat it is better than the alternative!" and she just laughed and agreed.


  1. Awesome job on another purse. I love the colors on this one. I like you am totally in love with Flower Shoppe.

  2. Love, Love, Love, I'm going to have to get a few of these for myself and try them out. Great job girl. Smooches... Felicia