Sep 19 2011

September 2011 Tour de Freaks


It's TIME again!  The September 2011 Tour de Freaks, brought to you by the Control Freak Swappers!  We have a few less people this month, but still have the same awesome projects from the ones that were able to fit into their busy schedules!  Our theme is "Fall into Step" this month…projects for Autumn, Halloween and Thanksgiving!  You've just come from Wendy Weixler's blog...great projects!  

My first project is a cardstock and Spice Cake Fabric Purse Clutch that was originally intended for another project, but I decided that I'd use it for the September Tour de Freaks instead.  I know you will love this idea!  The inside is quite spacious…enough for a nice sized package of homemade goodies or a small gift!  Now…I KNOW you will want the tutorial…and I PROMISE I have one for you on Friday of this week (Sept 23) in a CHRISTMAS version!  So make sure you stop back on Friday to get it!  I loved using the Spice Cake Fabric to make ruffles on this little clutch purse!  And…the designer button…SO much fun!



And here is the inside…like I said…big enough for a nice sized treat or gift and it looks like a little clutch purse!  Hmmm, it really would hold a travel tissue, cellphone, lipstick, mints…



There is NO sewing on this.  The base is More Mustard cardstock.  I used strips of the Spice Cake fabric on the front.  I added Early Espresso trim across the top.  I punched two Decorative Label Punches from More Mustard for the clasps, embossed with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder.  The 1/2 velcro dots hold the clasps closed.  I added a BIG designer button on the front with glue dots…added Linen Thread in the center.  Again, I'll have a FREE TUTORIAL for you on Friday with the Christmas version, so stop back!


The second item is a Top Note Nugget Holder that I made for participants of my Class the other night.



I cut the Top Note from Soft Suede and Spice Cake Designer Paper, then cut off the edge of the designer paper one and adhered it over the Soft Suede.  I scored 1/4" from the center point on each side for the spine.  I wrapped it with a Belly Band of Pool Party, embossed with the Herringbone Folder, then added a Big Designer Button tied with Spice Cake Fabric in the holes.  I added the Large Oval with Grateful stamped from the Always Thankful stamp set.  The belly band slides off to show off the nuggets inside:



I wrapped the nuggets with more Spice Cake Designer Paper and adhered them to the bottom of the Top Note.  It makes a FUN project and little gift for a friend or co-worker!  I think I'll make these for the place settings at Thanksgiving this year!


Even though neither project involved stamping, I think I showed how versatile the Designer Fabric and Designer Papers can be!


Next stop is the FABULOUS Mary Brown!  I know you will love her projects…take a look! 


17 People have left comments on this post

Sep 19, 2011 - 09:09:59

Wow!!! You totally inspired me to try this! You projects ROCK!
Kindest regards,

Sep 19, 2011 - 09:09:09
Robin said:

Connie!  That purse is INSANE!  Wowsa!

Sep 20, 2011 - 12:09:44
Terry I said:

This purse is "unbelievable", I don't know how you came up with this idea, but I can't wait for the tutorial. Also the nugget holder is so different than other one i have seen and Love the colors you have chose. Keep up the great work!! Kudos to YOU!!!!

Sep 20, 2011 - 08:09:27
Marisol Gutierrez said:

WOW! Great projects! TFS

Sep 20, 2011 - 09:09:36
Chera Wiest said:

CONNIE: Its likst you have been reading my mind! I keep looking at my fabirc stash and thinking something of the like.. However yours is much more clever!!!   I LOVE IT!

Sep 20, 2011 - 09:09:27
Cindy Major said:

That clutch bag is SOO awesome! Great way to use the fabric 😀 TFS!

Sep 20, 2011 - 10:09:29

Very Pretty!  Both items are fabulous!

Sep 20, 2011 - 11:09:09
Deb said:

Wonderful projects, Connie! Love the little clutch – how clever!!

Sep 20, 2011 - 11:09:54

Your purse is super amazing and I am going to case the nugget holder for my next class ;0)

Sep 20, 2011 - 02:09:36
Carol Carriveau said:

Love both of these projects – the purse being my fav…you are so wonderfulky creative…can't wait for the tutorial for the purse – thanks for sharing!!!!

Sep 20, 2011 - 04:09:08
Kathy T said:

Oh my gosh, I love the top note treat holder. Thanks for sharing! I work in an office of 30 and I always leave a treat in their mailbox for the various holidays and I'm definately going to use this idea.

Sep 20, 2011 - 07:09:00
Ruth Ann said:

I love your projects but the DSP you used isn't available anymore.  I wished the projects would be done with what is available so we can duplicate cause they are so cute.  I will have to use my imagination and try them with another paper.  Boo Hoo cause I loved your colors.

Sep 20, 2011 - 07:09:49

What a cute little clutch purse Connie. I love it!

Sep 20, 2011 - 08:09:31
Connie said:

Spice Cake Designer paper IS still available to purchase in the Holiday Mini!

Sep 23, 2011 - 12:09:19

Great projects.  Love the Top Note Nugget holder.  Really cute.  TFS.

Sep 23, 2011 - 05:09:51
Wendy W. said:

That little purse is stinkin' ADORABLE!!  VERY clever!!  I think your nugget holder is also quite fun!  Great use of the Spice Cake fabric/paper/accessories!! 🙂

Oct 2, 2011 - 08:10:40