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Good evening and happy Friday! Especially happy because it's the start of a 3 day weekend! I'm so looking forward to the extra day, I can't begin to tell you.

No Sunday Sketch Challenge this week!

Since I will be out of town this weekend, and Internet availability tends to be a bit sketchy where I will be, I have decided to delay this week's Sunday Stash Challenge until next week. My pal Gretchen helped me find a fresh topic today and I promise you it is going to be great fun to play with so I hope you'll come back next Sunday for that.

Now, I can't leave you for the weekend without sharing something, so here's a fun gift project I put together a few weeks ago for my little friend Lydia. Her birthday was on the 13th and I couldn't resist making her something special. From all reports it was quite a hit! I'll apologize right now for the less than fantastic photos. For some reason I just couldn't capture everything the way I wanted to but hopefully you get the idea. I made one of these purses for Gretchen for her wedding shower gift a while back too. Lydia's purse is filled with a variety of look alike items that you might find in a typical ladies purse. I filled the little pot and the compact with an assortment of punched paper flowers and brads and decorated each container to match the purse. I also made a wallet out of cardstock and designer paper and filled the pockets with stickers. Finally, I made her a card using all the same papers and punches so that it matched too. There's a fair amount of time involved in the whole thing but it turned out so cute it was well worth it.

Here's a photo of the purse, wallet, compact and little pot plus a little decorator tape roller that I had that looks just like a lipstick!

Here's a closeup of the compact and little pot filled with goodies.

Here's the wallet close up. It's a little hard to see, but the band that's across the middle of the wallet actually wraps around and gets tucked through a small paper loop just under the flower so that it will stay closed.

At this time, I do not have a template for the wallet, but it is something I came up with all by myself (lol!) so I'll see about creating instructions to share. Stay tuned!

Finally, here's the card. The glittery flowers are actually die cuts that I layered and heavily coated with glue and blue glitter. The white panel is embossed with the Cuttlebug Tapestry Texture folder and the ribbon is some I found at Michaels.

The designer paper is all from the Bayou Blue DSP pack. All put together, I used about a sheet and a half.

Here are the rest of the components:

Stamps: InkADinkADo - Birthday Wishes, Ginormous Flowers Paper: Bayou Blue, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Bayou Blue DSP Ink: Bayou Blue, Baja Breeze Accessories: 5 petal punch, small and medium oval punches, flowers 3 punch, small flower punches (EK Success), satin ribbon and flower, brads, glitter, craft glue, Not Quite Navy marker, chipboard letter "L", corner rounder, dimensionals, Sizzix Daisies die cut

That's it for now. I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Get out and enjoy the weather! I'll be back Monday night (hopefully) with something new. Thanks for stopping by!

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