Monday 5 November 2012

Stampin' Up Purse die - what's in yours?

I'm always excited to see the new dies in each new catalogue and this year I was delighted to see the adorable Petite Purse die. I always like to pop a handmade gift into my lovely Stampers 6 members' parcels each month and I thought this die would be perfect, so I set about cutting them out and embellishing them. Here's what I ended up with:

I love the shape of these little handbags and there's plenty of room for a treat inside (I managed to get three chocolates in each of these!) or a small gift. They'd be perfect done in pinks and sparkles for a little girl's birthday party favours or white on white for elegant bridesmaids' gifts or in festive red, gold and green at Christmas...

... I chose this sophisticated autumn palette for mine - Chocolate Chip card stock, with a striped band of Patterns designer paper and a beautiful focal piece which was cut out of one of the International Bazaar papers.

Here's a close up of that piece, decorated with a tiny punched flower and a tiny pearl.  I absolutely love the design of this paper with its folk art style!

• If you're a designer paper fan it really is a brilliant time to join Stampin' Up: the starter kit is only £99 and not only do you get to choose £130 of goodies to go in it but you also get a pack of designer paper free each month for six months afterwards! Click here to find out more about becoming a demonstrator - it might be just the thing for you!

• If you're interested in joining my Stampers 6 club, there'll be a new one starting in January 2013. Click here to find out about this fun way of spreading the cost of your crafting supplies.

Here's what you'll need to make this project
Card stock: Chocolate Chip, scrap of Pacific Point
Designer paper:  International Bazaar designer paper, Patterns stack in Neutrals
Other: Big Shot, Petite Purse die, Itty Bitty punch pack, Basic Pearls
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My youngest son went off with my husband to a local fireworks display on Saturday evening (the older two had gone off to various parties) and came back rosy-cheeked and excited having seen 'the best firework display EVER' and eaten a stick of candy floss that was almost bigger than he was! I found out the other day that in Australia this confection is known as 'fairy floss' - how cute is that?! (Not sure that my son would've been particularly impressed however!)

Enjoy your Monday!


  1. Hi viicky
    How cute is this .... Gorgeous...., love it ....
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

  2. So adorable!!! Love the pop of blue - it goes perfect with the brown in the purse!
    I'll have to look into getting this to make some for the granddaughters - in pink and purple of course!
    Very nice!

  3. They're delightful, Vicky:) Perfect, as you say, for little gifts, or choccie treats! x

  4. Vicky these purses are so lovely. The blue is a perfect contrast with the brown and the design is very sweet.

    We called it "fairy floss" in Australia but here in Canada they call it "cotton candy". My son tells me he has never had it. I will buy him some when I see it for sale on a stick. It is not the same when it is stuffed in a bag!

  5. These little purses sure are cute, so many different designs you could come up with I'm sure. We have 'fairy floss' in Australia too, maybe something we picked up from the US, but it's been around since before I was a little person, and that was a LONG time ago, hee hee!

  6. These are so sweet Vicky, I love the pop of colour from the pretty paper pieced flap, and th echoes were yummy!

  7. Wow Vicky, what stunning little handbags.Love the colours you used and I bet the recipients were totally delighted! Di xx

  8. These are beautiful Vicky! I Love how you embellished them with patterned paper :) Sarah xx

  9. Wow, those little bags are so pretty Vicky, the use of that template is endless. Your members are going to love them.

    When my two boys were small we went to France on our holiday, the candy floss is called barbe a papa and has been known as this ever since :)

    Happy Monday xx

  10. Beautiful little purses Vicky and and love how you have decorated them


  11. These are lovely Vicky, they look so neat and pretty all together - Jacqueline xx

  12. Oh these are just delightful xxx

  13. Wow - super cute!!!!!! LOVE the 'closure' on the purse. So pretty!!!!!

    Thanks for your blog visit and good wishes through the storm :)

  14. These are gorgeous Vicky. You know we can't buy candy floss on a stick up here anymore - health & safety - a child might poke their eye with it! Can you believe that! xx

  15. Beautiful Vicky, and even better the chocolate inside Lol

  16. Dear Vicky, your little bags are so beautifull and elegant. Hope we see us in Manchester. Many many greetings from Germany, Heike

  17. Super cute! I had never heard of fairy floss, so I had to look it up! Such a cute name for spun sugar. I grew up calling it cotton candy, but I think I'll call it fairy floss from now on!

  18. These are perfect Vicky, love how you have done them "countryfied"

  19. Beautiful little bags, Vicky. Bonfire and firework display for us tonight, don't think there will be candy floss though... Haven't had any since I was a kid (probably at Buckingham fair!) xxx

  20. Gorgeous, how excited your ladies must be when they open their parcels!
    Val x

  21. Cute little bags and I love the colours you have chosen and the way you have embellished them. That die is definitely on my wish list x x

  22. Wow, Vicky! Those are gorgeous! Love the colours you used too

  23. Hi Vicky- these are beautiful! I am thinking of using this die to make my wedding favours and wondered if you would mind telling me which chocs you managed to fit in them as I am struggling with what to fill them with!
    Thanks very much xx

    1. Well actually I used Quality Street for these but wouldn't sugared almonds be lovely for a wedding?! Or if you prefer chocolate, I love those mini bars of Green and Blacks organic chocolate. Congratulations on your forthcoming marriage! Vicky x

  24. Love the pop of blue against the espresso! What a great idea and a fun little gift!

  25. These little bags a re indeed very elegant and the card is such a beautiful colour almost looks like suede or leather. the tags are beautiful Vicky you do know how to spoil your ladies !


  26. All great favour ideas- thank you Vicky, very much appreciated! x


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