Thursday, June 20, 2013

Flourishes June Release Focus and Messenger Bag Tutorial


HELLO Flourishes Friends! Lots to tell you today... Today the Flourishes Team and I are excited to show you one more look at the June stamp Releases. We liked everything so much we just couldn't stop at the Sneak Peeks. Be sure to visit the Flourishes Blog today too.  The sweet and talented Stacy is the Designer Focus.

I adore the new S'more Fun Flourishes set.  I love camping, and these images are perfect.  In fact working with them has me craving a camping trip something awful!!  ;)

I decided to design a Messenger Bag to hold these two cards.  I might just include one card with a gift card inside too.  I haven't decided yet.  I've included a tutorial at the end of this post.

 But first let me show you closer look at the two 4x4 cards.  I love the S'mores and charming lantern in this S'more Fun set.


I added some Metallique - Steel Candi pieces to each card also.

The images are framed with a Postage Stamp die (Spellbinders), and the dp is Bluebell (My Mind's Eye)

Now, let me explain how I made the Messenger Bag:

Supplies you'll need:

6 1/8" x 12" piece of Carstock (I used Kraft-Core by Core'dinations)
3/8" x 8" Cardstock (Handle)
1/2" x 6" Cardstock (Strap)
1" x 1/2" Cardstock (Back patch over strap)
Scor-Tape or any other strong double-sided adhesive
Buckles (Tim Holtz ida-ology)
Piercing Tool 
Stylus or Bone Folder (for scoring)
Magnetic Discs (Basicgrey)

I started by scoring along the long side of the cardstock at 1/4", 1" on both sides (that will leave 4 1/8" in the center)
Then turn the cardstock on it's side and score at 4 1/8", 4 7/8", 9" and 9 1/2"

Now, cut off the scored pieces starting from the shortest end up about 7 1/4".  Stop when you get to the 1" scored piece.

I then scored down the middle of the two 1" pieces along each side and scored a mountain at the base so it will hold its shape when completed.

Now accordion fold the sides and add your Scor-Tape to the 1/4" pieces along each side.

For the strap, score at 1 3/4" and 2 1/4".

I used a Corner Rounder punch for the flap of the bag.
Then, lay the strap over the top and slide the buckle over it to see where you're going to need to pierce the main hole for the buckle.  You want the buckle to end right at the base of your flap.

Pierce the holes and add your patch to the back to hide the end of the strap.  For the handle, I just used my Scor-Tape to adhere it to the inside of the bag. 
I also added a Magnetic Disc (Basicgrey) behind the base of the buckle and on the inside of the front of the bag so it will stay closed.

Here's what it looks like finished.  I sewed along the edges, but you don't need to do that.  And I added a "Happy Camper" sentiment from the S'more Fun Flourishes set.  It was framed with Petite Oval dies (Spellbinders).  I also used a small corner rounder punch for the end of the strap.  Since I used Kraft-Core by Core'dinations, I sanded the cardstock to give the bag a worn look.


Here's a look at the finished back of the bag.
That's finally it for today's project.

Well, I'm the caboose for this little hop, so here's a list with the team links so you don't miss a stop.  These gals are full of inspiration!!
And remember that today is your last chance for this month's New Release Bundle of stamps at 10% off. AND for more fun SALE news... Looking to add to your ribbon collection in your stamp room? Well, now is the time to stock up! Flourishes is having a bonanza of a ribbon sale. Nearly everything in our warehouse needs to go to make room for new collections! Most ribbon can be found at prices up to 40% off retail! And, once these ribbons are gone, they will be gone! So, hop on over and shop now for the best selection!

Here's a list of the Copics I used on the cards:



Stamps:  S'more Fun (Flourishes)
Paper:  Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection (Tim Holtz), Bluebell (MME), Vintage Cream and Kraft (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Postage Stamp and Petite Oval Die (Spellbinders), Buckles (Tim Holtz idea-ology), Metallique - Steel Candi, Sewing Machine, Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, Magnetic Disc (Basicgrey) 


Cindy Lawrence said...

Oh, Tosh, this is one gorgeous set! I adore the vintage colors, verdigris lantern (want!), perfect stitching, and your gorgeous coloring. That messenger bag is just incredible, my friend! It looks like the real deal. :)

Vicki Wizniuk said...

Amazing creation, lovin' all the details to it. :)

TLady said...

WOW TASHA!!!!!!!! WHAT A TOTALLY WONDERFUL SET!!!!!!!:) I LOVE it when you ladies do 3D items!!!!!:) Makes it EVEN MORE FUN to look at!!!!!!!!!!!!:) Your cards are FABULOUS TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!:)LOOOOOOVE the VINTAGE FEEL!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!!:) THANKS for the tutorial on the little bag too!!!!!!:)

Heather Rogers said...

WOW! What a cute little set you have here. The 4x4 note cards are darling and your messenger bag looks so darn realistic. Fabulous job! :)

Lynne said...

Wonderful tutorial, great cards. I forget I have this die but will certainly get it out again. Like the way you used both the positive and negative pieces.

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Tosh! A beautiful gift set and great tutorial - thank you for sharing how to make the card holder. I especially like the stitching combinations in your background panels - lovely cards. hugs, de

ChristineCreations said...

Oh my WORD girl. Amazing! I love the canvas feel to the bag! It is unbelieveable! Totally adorable project with this set!

Stacy Morgan said...

Tosha this is awesome. Darling little gift bag (so casing that) love your warm colors and feel. Beautiful job.

Conniecrafter said...

Terrific cards, Excellent coloring, right down to the marshmallows, and your bag is Awesome!!!

Katie Sims said...

OH my gosh, Tosha...this is one of the cutest things I have ever seen! That little bag is beyond adorable and all of your details look amazing not to mention those sweet cards....your coloring is wonderful! I LOVE this project! :)

Lenoria said...

The cards are beautiful and I love the bag!

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness!! Tosha, this is super cute and fun!! Love love love your messenger bag and beautiful cards! What a fabulous project!

Amanda said...

OH. GOOD. GOSH! I am in LOVE! This is Pure Genius and So Neat!!! What a great idea, Tosha!! You need to live near me so I can scrap with you ;) I love the color, the stitching and your beautiful, beautiful cards :)

Silke Ledlow said...

OMG...this is the BOMB Tosh!!! I love this idea and your tutorial is awesome too! Gorgeous Gift Set for sure! Hugs ~S~

Allison Cope said...

OMG Tosha! This is friggin' AMAZING! So lovin' your little pack for your cards and not only that... your cards are to die for too! Awesome project this week! Love it!!!

Anonymous said...

Darling camping cards! Your bag is AMAZING! I thought it was suede when I first looked at it. Thanks for getting me thinking -- nise

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