Monday, November 26, 2012

Petite Purse Die Box

I was REALLY excited to get the new purse die in my recent Stampin' Up! order, but with so many holiday obligations, I wasn't sure when I'd find the time to or occasion to make pretty, girly purses. Then I realized that so many of our container dies can be made into boxes but cutting multiples and then cutting down and assembling them in creative ways. So I decided to take a stab at this one and it turned out pretty cute. I learned a few things along the way and am excited to try it again and refine my technique. This time I will document what I did so I can tell you all about it!  Until then, take a look at this one, made with our Petite Purse Bigz L die run through our Big Shot. I used Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla cardstock, some retired ribbon (so glad I bought this...I never regret owning ribbon and I always find uses for fact, this ribbon taught me two things: use the things I buy more quickly so that if I love it, I can buy more before it's too late, and two, if you love something, buy it and you will find a use for it!), our Be of Good Cheer designer series paper, neutrals designer buttons, and linen thread, and our new snowflake die (I can never resist snowflake products. Oh, and lots of sticky strip. Sticky strip is your friend in this project! Come back soon, and I will try to have a tutorial posted on how to create this box yourself.

 This is a view of the inside.  I think next time I'm going to line the inside with patterned paper.  Or make the whole box from patterned paper.  I was worried it wouldn't be sturdy enough but when it's fully and with the use of sticky strip, it's pretty solid.  The container holds about 20 Hershey's Kisses, and still folds shut nicely.  I'm thinking these will be my gifts for my co-workers this year.

The next project I wanted to share with you is a greeting card I made using the same Be of Good Cheer designer series paper.  But this time, I followed a sketch from the June 2012 CardMaps.The owner of that site, Becky Fleck, does a wonderful job of providing free scrapbook page and card layout sketches.  In addition to the DSP, I used the Ornament Keepsakes bundle from our Holiday Mini catalog, Very Vanilla Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, and cardstock in Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla.


  1. The box is awesome Michelle! Can't wait to see how you did it!! TFS

  2. Now I may have to buy that die after all. I just didn't know if I needed a purse die, but the box idea makes it so much more multi-functional. I love the snowflake and ribbon on the top. It's very lovely!

  3. Brenda (LadyofCards)December 2, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    I came to your site from DOstamping with Dawn. I do not have the Big Shot, but I have the Grand Calibur and the Cuddlebug, will this die work in either of these machines?
    Thank you... Hugs 'N Blessings

  4. This is ADORABLE!!! Looking forward to directions. Ronalyn

  5. What a cute idea for the purse die. Have you by chance created a tutorial for this? I would love to be able to create these for the holidays!

  6. super super sweet ~ can't wait to see how this was done as well! TFS and enjoy your day :-)

  7. Michelle, I was sent here by way of Dawn Olchefske's blog, & boy, am I glad! I love what u did w/ the purse die. I hope you'll post the directions & soon! Your box is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Thank you, everyone, for your kind compliments. Something is weird with the blog today and it won't let me reply to you individually. So, those of you who have questions, here's my responses:

    (1) The tutorial was posted 12/10/12 on my blog, and I have it as a word document I can share if you want to leave your email address.

    (2) The die is a Sizzix Bigz Die. It will definitely not work in a Cuddlebug. I am not familiar with the Grand Calibur, but from the research I did, it sounds like this die won't fit in there, either, unfortunately.

    Thanks again for all your compliments, it really made my day! :)


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