WMSC #101 - Accordion Purse

The first time I see a new sketch for Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenges, I "see" something in the sketch.  I almost always end up making something based on that first impression.  This weeks sketch  (WMSC#101) is by Mischief Maker Edna Morrisidie and when I first saw it, I "saw" a  purse turned on it's side.  I guess if you looked that up on a Rorschach Ink Blot test, it probably means something crazy psychologically, but in my mind, it was a purse.  Here's the sketch, you tell me if I am crazy or not.  On second thought...you don't have to tell me, I think I know!
For the last few weeks I have been making a set of thank-you cards to give my niece for her birthday. She is the only relative I have who likes to craft and is also very, very good about writing thank you cards.  She barely has a gift opened and there is a thank you card in the mail.  She is probably my only relative who I am certain would use a set of hand-made cards.  I have made her a set of 12 cards, four different patterns (I will be sharing the rest of the cards later this week).  I decided to make an accordion fold purse to hold them.
Sewing Box Hugs Compact Sentiments Waltzingmouse Stamps
Here's a link to the  tutorial I used to make the Accordion Purse.
Here's a picture of the accordion side (very easy to make, by the way).
I used WM Sewing Box Hugs to decorate my purse, stamped, and popped up with patterned paper.  The sentiment is from Compact Sentiments.  The red panel is stamped with a cane print pattern.

The purse closes with a little magnet that is hidden under the patterned paper.  It really snaps shut nicely.

The coordinating cards themselves are small, 3 1/2 x 5" and since my niece will be mailing them, I had to make them pretty flat so I only popped up one layer of the flower and the cute "Thank you sew much" sentiment from Sewing Box Hugs.

Thanks for taking a look at my little thank you card ensemble. Ok, you can say it now, I am a little crazy!


Joyce said...

You are NOT crazy--you are perceptive. I didn't see it, until you pointed it out, but then I saw it clear as mud! Love this little purse--it is just the cutest thing, and I know your niece will love it, too. The cards inside are darling as well. I am so glad that this stamp set is on it's way to me right now.

What a sweet set of thank you cards to give away and that accordion purse to hold them in is so creative.

That's super sweet! I love the folksy flowers in bright colours with all the red behind them, looks great, nice interpretation of the sketch too, thanks for playing along with the Mischief Makers this week!

Your niece is just going to adore this set! How nice that she still writes thank you notes. I rarely find someone who does! The accordion purse is really awesome, and I love the colors you chose, too :)

This is outstanding. Love the idea of a cute little carrier for such adorable cards. Fantastic creation!

Kelly S. said...

Oh loooove this! Double LOVE THIS, Cathy! That accordion purse is so adorable in the plaid with Sewing Box flowers! The cane print in red is amazing! What a sweet double border, too...I have resisted the edgers and they are just too cool. You crazy enabler, you! Wait, I didn't mean it! You are not crazy, heee! I can totally see why Edna's sketch made you think of a purse! What an awesome project!!

Renee said...

you're not nuts!
I "see" things too...
usually stamp sets and then even when I just can't get it right...
I refuse to give up because that's what I saw!! :0
And this is gorgeous!!
Love the colors...
and that plaid paper...
Makes such incredible flowers!! :)
Your niece will love this...
such a fabulous gift! :)

This is a brilliant idea - I love the plaid paper and layer flowers - perfect gift and a great take on the sketch!

cute project, luv this!

enjoy *~*

Jeanne J said...

Oh you are right! It does look like a purse! What a fabulous idea! I love the "purse" folder with the beautiful cards. The colors are so bright and cheerful - love the stripes! You're amazing Cathy! Great take on the sketch! Very creative!

Jeanne J said...

Had to go back for another peek - I'm using a different computer today - just picked up the cane pattern you stamped in the red! (Yes I am wearing my glasses!) Darn computer! Very neat!

Bravo to your niece for understanding the nicety of thanking people! I'm sure she will LOVE this pretty purse filled with the lovely flowered cards! nice job with the WMS sketch!

Marybeth said...

Love this Cathy! How sweet is this set of thank you cards. Such a cute idea to have it in a purse. I love that your niece sends thank you cards. I have a rule in my house, when my children received anything mostly a check …. they could not even cash it or spend the money until the thank you card was in the mail.

So nice to see something different for this challenge.

Eep! This is so cute!!! What a great set!!! Thanks for playing with us this week at WMSC! :)

Kary said...

WOW, Cathy, this is JUST Amazing!! I LOVE the Accordion purse and cards. Such a Wonderful idea!! You make such great projects always!! Have a wonderful weekend! {hugs}

I can see why you're a Top Mouse!! This is fabulous. I've put on my specs now and can see the cane pattern on the red - looks fab! Must set a bigger resolution on the monitor ;)

Kate W. said...

A big woohooo to you on being a top mouse! YAY! Of course, I think your project is over the moon fabulous! There's nothing better than a gift card set!

Susan said...

This is absolutely breath taking!! What a beautiful set. I bet she was over the moon ecstatic when she received this gift.

Vickie Z said...

I've been so busy hadn't had a chance to blog! EEEK.... This is wonderful! From the cane pattern to the colors to the use of the layout and that fabulous purse!! Well deserved win!!

Marybeth said...

Congrats on a well deserved Top Mouse!

Glad to find a moment to let you know that I think this set is just too cute!! Love the accordion construction and the fab folk art look you've achieved!

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