Purse-sue Your Dreams – The Sequel

Img_0986_copy_4In memory of another dreamer . . . it was my honor to attend the memorial service for the husband of a dear friend yesterday. It was an absolutely wonderful celebration of his life. I regret that I only knew Mark from the stories told about him, and, it was clear from all the sweet sentiments yesterday, that I missed out on knowing an incredible man.

Mark survived a battle with a horrifically aggressive type of brain cancer over two years ago. His family wrote in their tribute that he never complained or acknowledged the cruelness of the disease but instead continued to enjoy an incredibly full life before the disease resurfaced a few months ago. He went on a cruise, snorkeling, Harley rides along the west, and trips to see family from New York to California. Somehow, I don’t think he lived the rest of his life pursuing dreams not yet fulfilled, but that he was just a dreamer to the core. My husband and I agreed, Mark’s beautiful service yesterday left us with a challenge to follow his example. Here’s a virtual hug to Mark’s family and a wish for safe travels as they return to their homes.

Okay, back to our project, my version of Jan Tink’s Carousel Notes Purse. I put the Basic Grey magnets under the front flap, and that makes it easy to open and close the purse. Here’s the inside of the purse. The left panel –


the middle panels –


and the right panel –


A round little Carousel Note slides out of the pockets on the right and left panels.


So, did you play the game from yesterday’s post? Can you remember everything that was on our "tray"?

Here are ALL the ingredients to the recipe for this project.

Img_0955_2Punches: 1-1/4" Circle, 5-Petal Flower, Boho Blossoms, Photo Corners, Scallop, Round Tab, 3/4" round, corner rounder, and 1/2" circle.

Techniques: Misting with Markers using Beate Johns’ tutorial, dry embossing, paper piercing, sponging, and distressing.

Img_0960_3Inks: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel (for sponging edges), Wild Wasabi, Sky Blue, and Groovy Guava. Sky Blue re-inker. Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Old Olive, and Chocolate Chip markers.

Tools: Paper Piercer, Embressor, Sponges, Coluzel, Light Table, Scor-Pal, Spritzer, Cutter Kit (distressing tool) Pick-a-Petal Classy Brass template, Cropadile, Crystal Effects, snail adhesive, Sticky Strips, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Two-way glue, Stamp-a-ma-jig (always).

Stamp sets: Live Your Dream, Define Your Life, Polka Dot (background stamp), Totally Tabs.

Img_0962_2Paper: Afternoon Tea Designer Paper; Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Sky Blue, Groovy Guava, and Whisper White card stock;  Carousel Notes.

Fibers (ribbon): 5/8" Chocolate Chip, Sky Blue and Groovy Guava Double-stitched ribbon, linen thread.

Miscellaneous: Pretties Kit for Flat-back pearls and flowers, Build-a-brad, Earth Elements & Neutral Buttons, Basic Grey magnetic snaps, Hodgepodge Hardware for ribbon loop, vintage brads, Jumbo eyelets.

Happy Talk, keep talkin’ Happy Talk,
Talk about things you’d like to do.
You got to have a dream,
if you don’t got a dream,
How you gonna have a dream come true?

   – Bloody Mary, South Pacific


Sweet Comments

  1. Beautiful.

  2. Wow! what a project- you did an amazing job!!