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Friday, July 15, 2011


Hello my friends, and thanks for joining me  for my DT project today!  I love sharing with you, and many thanks to Pam for letting me be one of the designers on her fabulous blog!!!  You can visit Pam by clicking on her name (highlighted in blue) which is a direct link to her blog.  You'll love your visit!!!

As you know, I returned home from a family reunion/vacation recently, so I had just enough time yesterday to put this little designer purse candy/gift box together for you as my DT project:

Isn't it cute?!!!  The leather-look paper I believe I purchased some time ago from Michael's but I'm not absolutely sure as I've have had it for a while. 

I'll show you how I made the box using the sample template pictures below.  I wasn't sure how this box was going to turn out, so I did mine from the first dry run (which I think came out great) but didn't do a step-by-step while I was doing it, so I've prepared this demonstration on how to complete the box.  First, I began by designing my cut.file in Design Studio and cutting out the template on my Expression:

Once the file had cut, I removed the cut template/pattern and it looked like this:

Next I flipped the template over and folded it into the box shape along the score lines.  I made broken lines on the picture below to represent the fold lines (where the folds are made) and is the inside of the box:

After folding along the fold lines, I added adhesive to the outside top side tab, aligned it evenly with the inside of the opposite side edge of the box, and adhered it in place:

I then folded up the bottom panels and glued them together in place.  To finish the box, I aligned the top flap over the rounded sides of the box:

To keep the flap of my box shut I added self-sticking magnetic snaps for the box closure (you can use velcro or whatever you like), and here's the completed box sample:

Here's a picture of the magnetic snaps, just in case you're interested in them:

You can decorate your box as a purse candy/gift box and add handles as I have, or decorate and embellish it as a pirate's box, or even as man's toolbox -- it has quite a few use-options with using just a little imagination!

The cut.file was done using the George cartridge and is available along with the Gypsy converted file at the end of this post; however, please let me know if you don't have that cart and I'll do whatever I can to make this available for you to use, if you'd like -- just leave me a comment and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. 

Oh..., if you make this box, I'd love to see what you did with it!!!

I hope you like my candy/gift box!!!  Thanks for stopping by, and ...

I'll be seeing you!


Love That Bug said...

OMG~That is amazing, it looks like something you would buy in a store, absolutely fabulous.
Great great job

Pocono Pam said...

Found your site from Bug Bytes! Love this bag! Thank you so very much for sharing the instructions and cut fle. I do not have the George cart, but may have to get it! I am no off to look at more of your awesome work!

girlia said...

Great job.

Creative Hayes Creations said...

Very nice..now you making me think about getting that Design studio program...

Jean said...

I LOVE this Audrey. It is so nice!! Love the bling you added and I love that paper. I am going to be on the look out for that paper and I may have to get some of those magnetic snaps also.

Rhonda Emery said...

wow now this is just amazing it looks so real. I could carry this around and be styling. ha love it you do amazing work. hugs

Anonymous said...

This is so, so cute. I seen your post in Bea's side bar on her blog and had to come take a look. Love that leather paper and thanks for the info about the magnetic snaps. I will have to look for those.
sandy davis

Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

how cool is this.... pretty and elegant, love it! You have always fabulous projects! Thanks for sharing.

Monique Barr said...

Girl you ROCK that purse. Great job

Besthobbyeva said...

Audrey, this came out awesome I love it. It looks like a real purse. Thanks so much for the tutorial. You always do such a great job with that!!


Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Audrey I love your cute little designer purse... I feel like I jsut went shopping at a fancy store!! Love the paper you chose it is just perfect for this project. TFS

Angi @ CokiePop said...

So glad to see ya back Audrey. And wow...what a project. This is fabulous. :)

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Cute just isn't the right word here.. this is beyond cute... absolutely adorable. AND it is so good to see you back creating. I have missed you my friend (but so glad you were able to spend so much time with your family)... and I have missed your sweet comments.. I always get a smile when i see you have left me a comment, you are one of those few people that always speak from your heart and you have such a way of making everyone feel so special... I am glad to be part of your blogging family. love and hugs

Charlotte said...

Oh my goodness, what style you have!!! This is just fabulous at so many levels. Who wouldn't want a "real" purse like that !! I just love it and am blown away with your creativity.

Hey, this purse could be sold in several stores on The Miracle Mile"!

Big hugs to you!

lovemypaper said...

Audrey, This is such a cute purse love it.tfs

cricaholic said...


Flamenco92627/ Julieta said...

Hello sweetie!! I have been thinking of you and missing visiting you. I have been so busy! I love your pirate box! It is super cute-I can't believe that is paper! It looks like leather LOL! I love the straps and the bling you put on it. Great job!

Terry Oulboub said...

Audrey, you clever, girl! This is magnificent. I love it! I just can't resist a gorgeous purse and honey, this is amazing! You always make the best things and love that you share with us. Have a fabulous weekend, my dear! :-)

Susan said...

Oh, Audrey! So are so creative! When I first saw your project, I couldn't believe it was paper! Thank you for sharing with your fans.

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [16 Jul 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

silvia haynes said...

Audrey~Adorable purse!!LOVE the paper!!

Mary said...

I thought this was a purse you altered it looks so real! You always come up with the most amazing projects. Have a great week end my friend, Mary

Brenda said...

This is a beautiful purse. I recently learned how to make paper look like leather, so I may have to try this and use your files. Thanks so much for sharing. You are too kind!!!
I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

WandaH said...

Wow! Love this fabulous project. May I ask what you made the corner protectors/feet out of. I think that is so clever. Thank you.

Audrey Frelx said...

Thank you all for stopping by and the wonderful comments I've so enjoyed reading. So happy you liked the bag and hope you'll have fun with it!

WandaH, believe it or not, the corners on the box is only paint -- I used a gold pearl pen to just paint those corner areas in.

Hugs to you all! I'll be seeing you!

The Archiving Angel said...

WOW!!! This turned out incredible! I thought it was a real purse!!!
So gorgeous, you are amazing!
By the way, thanks for stopping by my blog too.
I appreciate the support.
You are truly a lovely lady!
Crafty best wishes,

- - Sheryl - - said...

fabulous paper! sweet project!

Kate said...

I can't believe this is paper!! WOW!! WOW!! WOW!! Audrey, this is absolutely AMAZING!! I wish I could touch it! You are so clever, Audrey!
I'm glad you arrived home safely - and had such a wonderful time with family too!

Pesky said...

I loved your purse. I downloaded the Gypsy file yesterday and tried to cut it last night. Unfortunately, it wouldn't cut for me. When I previewed all the lines were gray. Not sure what I did wrong but thanks for all your hard work and your willingness to share.

Staying Crafty said...

Totally adorable! Who doesn't love a cute purse?

DonnaMundinger said...

Holy CRAP, Girl! I'd swear that was a real purse. This is just FABULOUS! Really, I'm speechless! xxD