my sister amie is an "initials inc" consultant who sells their gorgeous line of personalized and monogrammed handbags, totes and accessories online and at home parties. so when i saw this adorable little wooden purse at michaels, i thought what a brilliant home it'd make for her business cards; and the SUMMER OF LOVE kit has everything i needed to pull that off: fabric-inspired papers, gorgeous teresa collins trimmings, and even some fabulous gems!
how beautiful is the lace paper from teresa collins' "posh" line? you get a sheet each of pink and black in the kit, and they are both double-sided, as well! i paired the pink with some tailored pinstripes on the sides of the purse.
for the lining, i used the front and back of the glittery rose paper, which of course coordinates perfectly with the outside. the purse's natural pale wood tone looked ok, but i thought it'd be even better in PINK. i considered paint, but sometimes painted surfaces stick together, and that is just NOT fashionable, so i employed one of my favorite tricks instead: i "stained" the wood using a permanent marker!
finally it was time to embellish. OF COURSE i needed to create a cool monogram, which i did by using the same pink glitter marker on the kit's white "thickers" alphabet, and also on a larger pink paislee cardboard letter leftover from march's FLORABUNDA kit. for extra flair i added a couple of black gems.
a line of pink rosebud trim is never a bad idea, is it?! and the pixie dust signature crinkled seam binding has a zillion uses: in this case it perfectly wraps the purse's handle. a couple of punched butterflies later and my project was complete. the only problem is my sister's birthday is A WHOLE MONTH away... and i'm just not sure i can wait to give her this... :)
Kirsty's Note -
That is absolutely ADORABLE!!!!! Thanks pixie Lauren!!!!
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