Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My daughter says I'm nuts! I made a purse out of grunge paper

Yes, she thinks I've lost it, Why would you make a purse out of paper? Because I can, was my answer. I'm loving this Tim Holtz grunge paper. It reminds me so much of leather, I can't quit using it.

It took me some time, but I figured out how to make a purse pattern, I wanted something big enough to use and the cricut would only cut little purses. This purse is made with 2 sheets of 12x12 grunge paper. It measures 5 1/4" high x 10"wide x 2" thick. I inked it with Tim Holtz distress inks. The purse is tea dye and the edges are vintage photo.
I bought this Awesome set of rubber stamps by Oxford Impressions at my local SS and stamped images all over the purse. I took a couple of images from Tim Holtz paper and cut them out and used glossy accents on them. I made the flowers out of old piano books and used glossy accents on them also. I used old lace on the front, a magnet closure and added a Tim Holtz swivel clasp with a key and a tag I made out of the grunge paper. I'm not sure about the tape measure for the handle, what do you think?
I also think it needs more, possibly my initials out of scrabble tiles on the back? More charms etc. I'd love your opinion, and I love your comments.
I probably will use it occasionally with just a few things in it. HA!


  1. Oh my goodness!!!!! I happen to love the tape measure for the handle it goes with the theme.

    I really like this ..... very cool you are super talented.

    And, I like that you've stepped out of the box with this one.

    Very Cool
    Take Care, Keep on Craftin'

  2. Shari, you've did it this time!!! That purse is awesome!!! I love it! Yes, Tim's grunge paper really does look like leather and so does your purse. So if your daughter things you've went nuts... so be it!!! LOL!!!

    Really great job!

  3. OMGosh Shari, how cute!! This is so creative and I'm lovin' it!!! TFS!! Have a wonderful day!! Hugs!!!

  4. You need to show Tim Holtz this project!!!! So craftastic!!

  5. Wow that is beautiful!!! Love evrything about it. TFS

  6. This is awesome!!!! how clever is that purse... love it, love the textures and colors. Fabulous job! Make sure you link it on the left of my blog.

  7. Shari, this purse is adorable. I totally love it!

  8. This is to stinkin adorable! I watched your video with the smaller neck purse and was amazed.
    Thanks so much for joining my blog and entering my blog candy giveaway. Good luck
    PS I just have to be a follower of yours.

  9. That is so freaking creative. You should send pic to Tim!

  10. You did a awesome job thanks for sharing!

  11. Such a cute purse!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today and leaving a comment. I wanted to pop on over and answer your question. There is no magic to submitting your stuff - you just need really tough skin. Look for all the calls (go onto the magazine websites) and submit your stuff for the calls that fit your work. If you keep at it - it will happen!

    Hope that helps.



  12. I LOVE THIS!!! I'm been making ribbon flowers for a week now...gone through like 15 spools of ribbon..haha, I need a new project!!

  13. This is sooo cool! Love it! All the quirky decorations, tape measure, music bits... Lovely, lovely, lovely! I bet you get some comments when you go out using this!! Must make some stuff like this.