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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Fun with Verve Flowers

I've had this project going since the middle of March and I've been slowly finding time to put it together. Most of you would probably get something like this done in a day or even a weekend, but I've got two darling children that keep me busy and it has been March Madness season as well so you know, I'm creeping along with my projects! The idea came while getting some wedding ideas for another project and I ran across this fab trend of bouquets in purses for table decorations. Is that a new trend or old one?

So I thought it wasn't going to make it in time for the Verve March Project Parade, but here I am done with the project and I have to say it came out just like I had it "in my brain" (as my 4 year old would say).

A purse bouquet!
 I started out with a purse pattern that I altered just a bit from Mel stamps here. (For some reason the downloads on SCS weren't working when I tried, so I took the jpg image and did a redraw in PaintShopPro. I decided to add a strap from the back to the front while I was redrawing, otherwise it is her template.)

I traced my template onto kraft cardstock and embossed with a Sissix Texturz (Tween set) plate then  sponged Creamy Caramel and Ranger Walnut Stain Ink over the raised edges for depth. I embossed with clear powder over the whole thing minus the areas I needed to use tacky tape. The metal buttons are jumbo brads I got at my fav art store (Quality Art) and dabbed them on my Versamark ink pad and dipped them into Tim Holtz Metal Distress powder (2 times), then I clipped off the super long tines in the back so they wouldn't show.

The flowers are all from Verve sets ( Floral Symphony, Petals and Stems, Wishful Elegance and Believe in Miracles) that I stamped in Brilliance Graphite Black and then did my usual coloring with Prismacolor markers. I cut them all out and paper toled a few layers and then added some Martha Stewart glitter or Stickles.

I added the flowers onto a Old Olive CS cut out with a Large Labels Nestibilites, then I stamped the sentiment from Because of You in Graphite Black onto white CS and cut out with a smaller Large Labels nestibilities. It was too big for the space below the flowers so I just ran the sentiment through a couple more times cutting away the top and bottom white space.

All purses need to be filled with something so I filled a cello  bag with some wrapped candy and tied it up with some Stampin' Up ribbons. I had an extra flower I couldn't fit on the card that I strapped around the tie MacGuyver style with cording sandwiched between a couple dimensional foam dots.

I'm writing up this post in a flash so I hope this all makes sense. Enjoy, and please get creative and have some fun with this idea. You can easily use flower punches and pattern paper for the flowers or do all those great crumpled layered flowers too!

Thanks for stopping by!

I can't believe I'm suggesting this, but the photos on my screen look stark and out of focus (I must need to clean my contact lenses, LOL), but when you click on the photo it looks pretty good.

Size: 5 1/2 x 3 3/4-inches (purse only)
Stamps: Verve Floral Symphony, Petals and Stems, Wishful Elegance and Believe in Miracles, Because of You, SU! Tiny Tags
Paper: Wausau Royal Fiber Kraft, Mohawk Smooth White, Old Olive
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Creamy Caramel, Ranger Walnut Stain, Prismacolor Markers (Blush Pink, Cherry, Raspberry, Tulip Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Violet Mist, Imperial Violet, Sky Blue Light, Colorless Blender)
Accessories: Martha Stewart glitter, Stickles, clear EP, dimensional foam tape, florist wire, jewelry tag punch, Nestibilities Large Labels, jumbo brass brads, candy and cello bag


  1. This is just adorable. I love the colors. You did a great job with the whole thing. Good Luck

  2. The purse is darling. What a great idea as place cards for a mother daughter tea or luncheon,or favors at a spring fashion show. (Vendors business cards could be placed in the purse.)

  3. OMGosh Janelle this is drop dead gorgeous! Love it love it!!

  4. Janelle this is absolutely amazing! Whenever I start a big project like that I never seem to get it finished. So glad you followed through and shared!

  5. I love this purse! Too cute!

  6. It's official. You are my hero! I *love* that purse!!!

  7. Hi Janelle - the handbags are absolutely fabulous. Love the flowers too!
    Sylvia xx

  8. *gasp* this is amazing. SO much detail!

  9. Not only is the purse fantastic, but your flower arranging is AMAZING!! What a gorgeous creation Janelle!! WOW!

  10. I always love flowers ideas, wish I could do it........tfs

  11. WOW, this is absolute gorgeous! CONGRATULATIONS on your win!!!

  12. beautiful! Looks like loads of work but well worth it!

  13. What an absolutely stunning idea. Looks like it would have taken a while, but well worth it. I was thinking it would make a great gift also for someone in hospital. Instead of fresh flowers you could do this so it lasts.


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