Shabby Chic Purse - Play Date Cafe Challenge

I needed some color inspiration this week to create a papercrafted purse and what better place to go than the Play Date Cafe?

Here's this week's color challenge...

So full of shabby chic goodness with ribbons, lace and pearls in the color palette of pinks, creams and tans. So pretty! And perfect for my purse.

I love templates and particularly those from My Time Made Easy, because they are so easy to print, cut and assemble. And once you purchase and download the digital template, it's yours forever! Be sure to check them out when you get a chance. This template is called "Tote-All Package" in the Pretty Packaging category on their website.

I printed out the base template of the purse right onto Vanilla Cream cardstock, and printed the purse flap onto Colonial White. Then I got busy stamping.

(For the purse base, you need to print out the template twice.) I used Parchment ink with this pretty damask pattern stamp from the Close To My Heart stamp set called Two Step Backgrounds. (D1473) The set is called "two-step" for a very good reason. The example on the left is the actual stamp. The example on the right and stamping that image in a step and repeat fashion.

Now here's the really cool part. Close To My Heart designed these stamps to work together in this set. There are four beautiful patterns and I used all four on this purse. This example is the inner damask print stamped in Baby Pink. Thank goodness for clear stamps because this step would be impossible with wooden blocks! 

For the flap of the purse, I stamped this pattern with Bamboo ink, stepping and repeating once again.

Then I used Baby Pink for the other pattern stamp.

Let's take a closer look at how these stamps are designed for the perfect stamp and repeat technique. See how the left and bottom edge of the image are not complete? This makes it super easy to stamp the next time. Just look right through the stamp block and match up the edge and stamp again. 

The same thing goes on all four of these stamp images in the set. One edge is "open" to keep on stamping. What fun this set is to play with, trying all sorts of color combinations! You can create your own custom pattern paper in a jiffy.

I am having so much fun with my Cricut cartridge called Mother's Day Bouquet. (See my earlier post from Frugal Friday where I show you how to make a fun floral arrangement.) Above is an example of layering several different flower shapes. The leaves are on this cartridge also. I am really getting a lot of use out of this one.

This pretty two-layer tag is a QuicKutz die set that I've had for a while. The stamp set is called "Fringed Phrases" from Close To My Heart and I used Baby Pink and Garden Green inks. I finished off the purse with some pink organdy ribbon, creamy lace, and some adhesive pearls.

Thank you for stopping by. 

And Happy Valentine's Day!


  1. Annette, this is so delicate and feminine! I had ruled out this stamp set, but it is back on the list! Happy Valentine's Day to you, too.

  2. What a super sweet shabby chic purse! That's an awesome template, and I love how your CTMH stamps all work so nicely together. You built a stupendous background with them in great colors!! Love it. :)

  3. What a wonderful project Annette! So soft and sweet :) Thanks for playing at the Play Date Cafe!

  4. This is so pretty...I love it! What a super creative tote! Thanks for sharing the details! Glad to have you playing along with us this week at the Play Date Cafe!

  5. I love this! I love that you stamped your own papers and made them look so beautiful! What a gorgeous project and fabulous use of our colors :) so happy you came to play at The Play Date Cafe!

  6. Awesome job creating your purse in the fabulous pinks and browns. So much work but it was worth it:-)

  7. Annette! This is fantastic! LOVE all your stamping and sweet, little embellishments! What a gorgeous take on our color story! Thank you so much for playing along with us, this week, in the Cafe!

  8. Wow! You did a ton of stamping and crafting for this project! Thanks so much for joining in the fun and playing along with us over at The Play Date Cafe!

  9. Oooh I love this sweet, sweet paper purse! What a fun project!! Thanks for joining us at The Play Date Cafe!

  10. O.K first...WOW! I thought this was premade patterned paper and to find out you stamped it yourself! AMAZING!!! Beautiful project.


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