Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Years Eve everyone!!!

I am the guest designer on the DCRU design team blog today! Woot woot!! Lol.... So with that said this may look familiar to you.

Today I will be sharing a SUPER EASY tutorial (So easy even a caveman can do it! Ha!) on how to make this purse that measures 5 1/2 x 4 1/4. The purse will hold 4 cards measuring 5 1/2 x 4, 4 envelopes and small pen. (I've seen a lot of ideas out there for purse tutorials and I am sure this is very similar to a lot of them, so in no way am I taking credit. I just experimented with the measurements and this is what I came up with to suit my needs.)

The supplies you will need and that were used in my photos are:

1 Sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 Card stock (heavy weight is recommended)


Paper Trimmer,

Patterned Paper,


Glue Glider Pro,


Embellishments of your choice,




Embossing Folders: Swiss Dots, D'Vine Swirl, Polka Dots, Script Texture


1. Using your paper trimmer cut card stock to 11x6 and cut the leftover strip to 10 1/2 x 3.

2. Place the 11x6 sheet of card stock on your Scor-Pal and score at: 2 1/2, 3 1/2, 7 3/4, and 8 3/4 as shown in photo. (If you do not have the Scor-Pal mat that fits snug in your Scor-Pal you will need to mark the 7 3/4 and 8 3/4 with a ruler and then score.) Now place the 10 1/2 x 3 strip on your Scor-Pal and score at 1 1/4, 2 1/4, 8 1/4, and 9 1/4 as shown in photo below.

Notice in the photo above that you now have the two main sections of your purse. The top piece of CS is the "base" of the purse and the bottom piece of CS is the "box" that will fit inside of the base.

3. Pre-fold score lines. (Once the base is pre-folded notice that one side is slightly smaller than the other. The smaller side is the top of the purse.)

4. Next you will want to apply your Score-Tape or some other super sticky adhesive to the "box" part (10 1/2 x 3) as shown in below photos.

5. Carefully attach the "box" to the base as shown in photos below.

6. The last part of this tutorial is punching holes for your "strap". You can either punch holes and attach a pretty ribbon as your purse strap or you can get creative and make a paper strap, which I have done, using the Home Accents cartridge with my Cricut Expression. (In the below photo I just eyeballed where to punch the holes.)

Now all you have to do is pull out your favorite designer paper and embellishments and decorate until your little heart is content! :) Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Once you are finished decorating your purse you will want to add some type of closure such as: Velcro, magnetic rounds or buttons. (You can attach a button to the top and one to the bottom and loop twine around like you would find on an interoffice envelope.)

You will want to make some matching cards (5 1/2 x 4) to put inside of your purse.

Here is my finished purse with stationary.

Why not give this tutorial a try and maybe giving it to a special someone in your life. It's truly better to give than to receive. With that said I would love nothing more than to give one of YOU special readers this purse with stationary. Just leave a comment on the DCRU design team blog today to be entered and the winner will be announced January 9.

One last thing, if you have ANY questions don't hesitate to let me know in the comment section below with a way to get in contact with you.

Happy New Year to all! :)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Good evening everyone! :)

Today I have another sweet little card using my Cricut Expression. The cartridge is Serenade.

Do you have big plans for New Years? Have you set goals? I have set several goals for myself in the different roles that I play as a mom, wife, and scrapper/blogger. I've also set some physical and spiritual goals to achieve. I want to take 2010 by the horns and if I set my mind to achieve now I know that I will succeed! I believe 2010 can be our BEST year yet!

Happy New Years everyone!!! :)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Good evening everyone! Hope you all are staying nice and warm.

This evening I have a quick card to share with using my Cricut Expression. My sweet hubby finally enabled me to be "bitten by the bug". I really did not realize all the possibilities this machine offers. Just another habit for him to support. ;)

Hope you all have a fantastic week!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Hi everyone!

If anyone deserves the worst blogger award it would be me! Seriously, how long has it been since I've posted something that I've created?!? Too long! Truth be known I've been super busy trying to get things ready for the "Most Wonderful Time of the Year". :) Ha! Hasn't everyone?! Not to mention I have not seen the sun in forever until today!

OK, enough of excuses. Now on with the show (sorry, not much of a show). Here is a sweet little card that I created today in about 15 minutes! Yay, for quick cards and yay for quick post. :)

The end.

heehee... Hope you ALL have a fabulous weekend!!! Maybe just maybe I will share something a little later, but don't hold your breath too long. :D

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wanna Win???

Die Cuts R Us is giving away this BRAND new QuicKutz Epic Six and as if this was not enough how about some die cuts to go along with it??? Sounds enticing eh?? So now you may be asking, "how can I win"? Well, let me tell you. The DCRU design team blog needs to hit 500 followers by New Years Day!! Lets help DCRU spread the word of this AMAZING giveaway!! You can post about this on your blog, Facebook, Twitter or by any other means. Don't YOU forget to become a follower as well; you do want your name in the pot don't ya? ;-) Oh, and one last thing leave a comment on this post over at DCRU. :)

Good luck!!! :)