Happy St. Patrick's Day! Being a patchwork Irish person (a little Irish here and there), I consider myself fully Irish on St. Patrick's Day. I talk in a corny Irish accent to my kids and husband (which they hate, but OH WELL, I LOVE IT!), wear my green, plus I usually cook a nice St. Patrick's Day dinner of corned beef, cabbage, onions, potatoes, and carrots, plus bake a batch of soda bread. Yes, I know that corned beef is not really Irish, but this whole holiday has been Americanized to the extreme. And Irish ham is not that available over here.
Anyway, I can no longer resist. I really feel we must MOVE ON off this dang Carousel Notes Purse! And we will not have closure on this blog until you all get your way and I make a tutorial. So, since I am SO NICE, I'm doing it!
Now, once you see how simple this is you are going to be smackin' yourself upside the head and saying, "Well, DUH! That's easy!" It is easy! And I'm not going to show you a blow by blow of how I decorated it; I'm just going to give you some basic construction instructions with dimensions and pictures (including all the ones from the original post so you can just print the whole thing and get goin') and let you go from there. So here it is:
The Carousel Notes Purse Tutorial
This is what you need:
Carousel Notes (3 or the notes, 1 of each color and 2 envelopes)
Live Your Dream Stamp set
Pick a Petal Brass template (optional) with stylus and paper piercing tool
Afternoon Tea Paper
Scallop Circle Punch
Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Soft Sky cardstock
Jumbo Eyelets to match Hodgepodge
Cropadile to set the eyelets
1 1/4" circle punch
Punches, ink, and stamps to decorate the inside. Note that there is no chocolate in this picture. That is because there is no chocolate in my stamp room. None. It's amazing that I'm even coherent enough to talk, let alone type, but I am SO NICE that I am making this tutorial anyway.
Score the cardstock at 3" from the long side, dividing the cardstock into two 3" x 6 3/16" sections.
Open the two Chocolate envelope flaps and lay them so that the flaps are next to each other, with the scored Chocolate cardstock bottom between. Chocolaaaatteeeeeee......no, those are ENVELOPES and CARDSTOCK, not real chocolate!!
Put adhesive on each side of the envelope flap and next to the fold line.
Adhere the bottom of the purse to each flap.
Fold the center of the bottom up.
You now have a W shape that is the front, bottom and back of the purse.
Now you start decorating. I cut my front and back papers 5 3/4" x 5 3/4". The striped pieces are 1" x 5 3/4". The chocolate is absent.
I used the brass template to emboss and pierce the Carousel Note that makes the top of the purse. I used the largest circle on the Coluzzle circle template (4 3/8") to cut the circles I used on the top of the purse and on each of the sliders. It's easier to score the patterned paper and Carousel Note separately before adhering them together...it just looks nicer. I used two Jumbo Eyelets to make the holes for the purse handle, which is two pieces of ribbon, 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain and Double-Stitched Groovy Guava grosgrain adhered together. (chocolate? No, that's RIBBON...not chocolate! Pay attention!) I attached the ribbon to the underside of the Carousel Note top with Sticky Strip and I attached the back of the top to the back of the purse with more Sticky Strip.
The front scallop decoration is also attached with Sticky Strip.
The inside pieces (for the base of the book) have these dimensions:
Cardstock for left and right sides: 5 1/2" x 5 3/4"
Patterned Paper for left and right sides: 5 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Patterned Paper for Center: 5 3/4" x 5 3/4"
Chocolate: at least 2 oz...if you have any. I don't.
Adhere the left and ride side patterned papers to the cardstock, then cut a notch in each using the 1 1/4" circle punch inserted halfway in the middle of the long side (right for the left side, left for the right side.)
Make sure, when you adhere the left and right sides to the envelopes, that you do not put adhesive in the place where the cardstock goes over the envelope opening...you will not be able to slide the sliders in and out!
There you have it! Now go out and make your own! Preferably with chocolate on hand!