Friday, 6 April 2012

Sweet Sixteen Handbag Card

My niece has her 16th Birthday in a few weeks, so when I saw the challenge from Polka Doodles this week was for BIG NUMBERS, I thought I'd use my DT sample as an excuse to make her card and be slightly more organised. :D

Now whilst this is a card, it's actually going to be a bit of a mini scrapbook for her. I've left the inside of the card blank as I want to put a couple of pictures of her as a baby/toddler and then as the beautiful princess she has turned into (I'm hoping to get a couple of good shots of her in her prom dress) and add a little journalling. Anyway, here's the card....

I printed the papers from the Sugarplum Daisy CD onto heavy weight cardstock before printing the Elegant Bag box template from the Paper Boutique Vol 1 CD over the top of it. I cut two of the bag shaped pieces out, and then cut the handle off of one of them and the fold lines off of both of them. I then scored along where the handle meets the main body of the bag and folded it over to create the front flap on the bag. To make the base I simply cut a rectangle of card that measured 4" x 5.5". I then scored the card on the shortest edge at 1" intervals and folded to make an M shape. This was then glued to both the front and back of the card base.

The handle is made from a piece of craft wire and some pearls, which has been glued into place in the crease of the flap. I made the ruffle edging by attaching some masking tape to paper and then running it through the printer (I used one of the papers from the Sugarplum Daisy CD). I then simply pleated it to give a ruffle effect, brushed the reverse with some talcum powder to stop it sticking in the wrong places and attached it to the card.

The card is held closed by means of a strip of magnetic tape under the front flap. As you can see from my picture there is plenty of room inside for me to either write a simple message or as I plan to do add a couple of pictures and some journalling.

The keychain sentiment has been made from the digi alphabet and numeral set on the CD from the new Pen & Paper Circle Magazine. Simply use your graphics programme to arrange the letters and then print onto card, colour over the letters with a Promarker, fussy cut out and then add a couple of coats of Glossy Accents to give it dimension. Once dry, it's been added to a length of chain and attached to the bag.

The gorgeous little butterfly clasp has been cut using one of the butterflies from set LR0158 by Marianne Design (I've cut a few of the other butterflies from the set to add to the inside of the card once everything is in place). I've then added Stickles and folded the wings before placing one on top of the other and attaching to the bag. To finish I've added some ribbon that has been coloured with Promarkers.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope the Easter Bunny is very generous to you this weekend. Enjoy the break.

Claire x

Sugarplum Daisy
Paper Boutique Vol 1
LR0158 Marianne Design
Pen & Paper Circle Magazine Issue 2
Glossy Accents
Craft Wire

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Paper Play - Shaped Cards
Crafts & Me - Butterflies & Bows
Divas By Design - Anything Goes
Flutter By Wednesdays - Open
Whimsy Stamps - Ribbon
Just Keep On Creating - Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes


  1. Oh wow, wow, wow Claire, this is absolutely stunning! You are so creative. Thank you for joining us at Whimsy Stamps this week, good luck with the challenge. Hope you are a lovely Easter xxx

  2. Oh my - absolutely gorgeous - love it x

  3. Oh wow, so fabulous! Love, love polkadots and the bead handle and charm puts the purse over the top! Great idea to add pages to it as well!

  4. this is just amazing, it has come together perfectly . All your hard work was worth it to make this mini album/card for your niece's birthday. I am sure she will love it and will keep it for years.

    Thanks so much for entering this creation at Anything goes, Just keep on creating. I hope you will continue to enter your lovely work

  5. Oh this is gorgeous,what a fabulous

  6. Just so gorgeous hun...and thanks for joining us at Divas too..:o)

    have a lovely Easter and big hugs Vicky xx

  7. Claire how gorgeous is this and I bet she will love it especially with photo's in as well a great keepsake for sweet 16!!! Have a great Easter Love Chanelle xxx

  8. Wow, what a gorgeous handbag card! It will make an awesome album and will surely be treasured by niece!

  9. This is Fantastic. I love the handbag.
    We would like to thank you for Entering Whimsy Stamps inspirations Challenge.

    We hope to see you back next week. Winner will be announced Wed.
    Best of Luck Always,

    Hugs from DT Member For Whimsy Stamps Tammy Ortiz

  10. this looks really good Claire, very pretty.x

  11. wow I bet your Niece loved this stunning handbag card Claire...beautifully designing...thanks for joining in with our Crafts and Me challenge
    Mina xxx

  12. Claire, this is just wonderful. How very clever! I love that pearl handle.

  13. absolutley beautiful thanks for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

  14. WOWsers, what a great card and fab present idea too. Your niece will love it and all the memories you will added inside.

    Hope you had a great Easter weekend,


  15. A fantastic creation hun! Thanks for playing over at PTW! xxx

  16. Oh, this is super fun and creative for sure. What a cool idea and it looks awesome! Thanks for fluttering with us at FBW this week!!

  17. What a super creation! Thank you for joining us at Divas by Design this week.
    Sarah-Jane xx

  18. this is gorgeous and so creative! thanks for sharing in the Divas challenge this week.

  19. Very very clever. Love how it fastens...I need some of those clasps.

  20. Oh Claire this is so gorgeous! Im sure your niece will be totally made up when she receives this!

    Beautiful creation!

    Keryn x


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