Friday, September 19, 2008

Box in a Bag

When I saw the inspiration photo for Theresa's Designer Handbag Inspiration Challenge #7, I knew I wouldn't be creating a card. This Betsy Johnson "Flower Power" Tote is colorful and fun.
In my blog surfing, I'd seen many examples of a "box in a bag". I loved the tutorial by Diana Gibbs. Her photos and instructions were great. I had never made one before, so this was a fun first attempt.

I made the box base out of Basic Black cardstock. I then cut 20 1/8" strips of Basic Black cardstock and glued them on white (the black strips go all around the bag). I used flowers from Die-cut Blooms as my template for cutting others flowers in Bravo Burgundy, Rose Red, and So Saffron cardstock. I used the dotted center from the large stamp in Eastern Blooms on the larger flowers. I covered chipboard in light copper foil paper.

It was a lot of cutting, Tombo Glue, and dimensionals, but it was fun. Thanks for looking!

Bag Ingredients
Stamps: Eastern Blooms, tiny leaf from Live Like You Mean It
Paper: Die-cut Blooms, copper (Only the Best Los Gatos), Monarch (Making Memories), white, Basic Black, Pacific Point, So Saffron, Bravo Burgundy, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Purely Pomegranate,
Ink: Apricot Appeal, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Groovy Guava, Brilliance Cosmic Copper
Other: corner rounder, chipboard tag, Tombo glue, dimensionals, red-line adhesive, flower punch, Making Memories rhinestone brad, ribbons(blog candy from Theresa & Michael's)


Two Happy Stampers said...

Love it! Awesome job! I just tried the box-in-a-bag this week for the first time, too! I think I used the same tutorial you did. BTW, your card for last week's handbag challenge a WOW! card!!! I loved that Asian paper you used for it.

chloe said...

SO super cute! Cutting out those little flowers mustve taken forever, but the result is amazing!!

Crafty Mom said...


You really outdid yourself on this challenge. I like the 3-D aspect of it.

Melanie said...

very cool! you have a great blog! good luck with the contest, what a fun challenge to get inspiration from bags!!

(very cool about "And Now Miguel"!)

Chelsea said...

I love your bag that you made ... good luck!!!

Enjoli said...

Super cute bag and so creative!! I'm going to have to try this project. I voted for you and I hope you win.. I'm also adding you to my favorites! =)

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Oh is this adorable! It looks just like the real bag!

wendyp said...

Super cute purse!!! You got my vote. Good luck!