Tuesday, 22 April 2014

A learning curve

On Easter Sunday it was raining cats and dogs here most of the day, so I spent a few hours having a play in the craft room. I'd bought the Craftwork Cards 'Kitsch' Collection of papers, embellishments and mini candi specifically to have a go at a handbag card as the papers remind me so much of Cath Kidston fabrics.

Plus, I also spotted that Kath had made a handbag card, much more detailed than mine but with no secrets of how she made it - it's absolutely fabulous! I wanted mine to stand up and open at the bottom but could I find a decent template in the size I wanted, nope - not a chance. Sooooooo, I set to and just made it up as I went along. This is only a first try and I did have a few (ahem) hiccups along the way but after it was all finished I'd learnt some things I'd change to make life simpler.

So, the next time I try this out I'll hopefully have an easier time of it and will also try and do a little tutorial as I go:
And the back so you can see where the spotty flap came from:
I used:

- 2 pieces white card stock - approx 6" square

- the handbag shape was then cut out by first doing the handles on both pieces of card. To do that I used two oval Nesties, one inside the other, but only cutting halfway across the dies, just by careful positioning of the Cuttlebug plates. On the front I cut the extra curved inner part of the handle away straight across the 'bag', but I left the rear one attached and scored across it so it formed a curved flap to push through the handles and to the front of the card

- then I cut up the sides of the card pieces at an angle from the bottom corners to the handles and rounded the bottom corners with very old Fiskars Scissors

- each side was covered with papers from the Craftwork Cards 'Kitsch' paper pad and that was the really tricky part. I've thought how to get round that next time 'cos I almost abandoned ship and ran away at that point

- the front and back of the card were then glued together, round the handles and across the top of the 'bag' only, with the flap pushed through from the back to the front - then the flap was also glued down

- phew! Then it was just a case of adding a leftover snippet of spotty paper across the card front, a flower, bow and some mini card candi from the kit. The mini card candi hides some wonky hand cutting :)

- final touch was a Craftwork Cards sentiment

Lessons learnt and one heck of a mess to clear up afterwards :)

Di 
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21 comments:

  1. You deserve a medal for figuring all that out! On my iPhone so short and see there. Great card, Di! We'll worth the work!

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  2. That's very pretty and I love your papers. Sweet little bag but an awful lot of fiddling for you !! Beautiful result though :-)
    Hugz
    IKE xxxxxxxxxx

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  3. A beautiful handbag Di ( a true labour of love by the sounds!!) and very "Kath" indeed. I treated myself to this lovely kit a while back, it's beautiful ( to touch so far!!) but I found the bows a little stiff, yours, on the other hand, looks lovely!! xx

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  4. Well done on persevering, it looks lovely. I bought the same paper pad as I thought it looked very CK too.
    Linbyx

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  5. Love it, what a great idea.

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  6. Well worth persevering it turned out great x

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  7. Well done that Woman. Top marks for effort as you have a LOVELY result from all your hard work.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  8. Oooh wow Di you have set the standards high with this one its absolutely stunning lovely paper and embellis truly is gorgeous x

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  9. Fab handbag card - papers are scrummy! x

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  10. Well done Di, you definately deserve a medal and a LARGE drink.
    Just brilliant.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  11. Wow, this is absolutely superb. Well done Di! I am having a go at making one of those box cards at the moment - I am on trial no. 3!! Lynn x

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  12. Ooh pretty! I saw kath's too, everything she does is super nice. I was doing a bit of construction at the weekend too! Never my forte, I need Sarn to pop by to help with things like that!

    Hugs
    Brenda

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  13. Oooh this is gorgous you clever girl. Those papers are fabulous and I love the flower and bow xx

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  14. Amazing! And you should get an award for perseverence ... I'd have headed for the hills long ago. Love the paper - it really does have the look of CK about it and the bow is super cute. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

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  15. Impressive! I'd have thrown in the towel long ago. I need tried and true directions and someone to hold my hand and someone else to wipe my brow. You've done wonderful here. I love those papers. They do remind me of fabric, comfy fabric!

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  16. Oh hell, not only do we have Parsnip, and I really do feel for him, we have had a stray dog and some animal from Australia and now we have cats and dogs, is it turning into a zoo? oh and not to mention all the butterflies.
    Very well done Di, for sticking with it and creating a gorgeous handbag.
    Kath x

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  17. I love bags! Love this one , worth all the angst Di! Look forward to that tutorial as I don't have your patience! I bought those papers but have only stroked them so far ;-0

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  18. Stunning! I had not seen this collection before and it really is reminiscent of Kath Kidson - love it!
    I must see if I still have the templates I made to create my own handbag cards - let me know if you would like a copy of them. Beautiful creation though and thank you for the handle tip - it's where I had come unstuck before Karen xx

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  19. Stunning! I had not seen this collection before and it really is reminiscent of Kath Kidson - love it!
    I must see if I still have the templates I made to create my own handbag cards - let me know if you would like a copy of them. Beautiful creation though and thank you for the handle tip - it's where I had come unstuck before Karen xx

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  20. What a great card! I can't wait for the tutorial!

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  21. Ere Miss you got a cuttle bug so that makes us evens!!!!!!!! This is so very Kath Kidson. Even Kath Kidson would think it wos hers!! hugs Mrs A.

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