Susan Simpson - UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Best Dressed Suite for the Kre8tors Blog Hop

Hello, I am delighted to be joining for the first time the Kreators blog hop. Our challenge this month is to use items from the Spring / Summer and Sale-A-Bration catalogues.


There were many items  I could not wait to get my hands on from the new catalogue but right at the top of the list were items from the Best Dressed Suite of products.

Craftyduckydoodah!, Best Dressed Suite, Susan Simpson UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Kre8tors Blog Hop, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

Can you see the little handbag on the right of the photo?  I love handbags and have a lot of them and, I knew I needed to make one of these straight away so, I did!

Craftyduckydoodah!, Best Dressed Suite, Susan Simpson UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Kre8tors Blog Hop, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

This little bag was so quick and easy to put together and only used two of the 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper and some off cuts of Lovely Lipstick card stock.

The clever handbag die cuts and scores with just one pass through the Big Shot.  I used double sided tape to adhere each side of the bag and Tombow for the flaps on the bottom.

I adhered the handles with Tombow too.  The little pocket has been adhered with Foam Adhesive Strips placed around the edges so you can pop a little something into the pocket.

I then decided to make another bag this time using Lovely Lipstick card stock.

Here are all the pieces you will need to cut.  I used scraps of silver foil for the buckles and the button.

Craftyduckydoodah!, Best Dressed Suite, Susan Simpson UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Kre8tors Blog Hop, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

The more observant amongst you might spot that I only cut two buckles when in fact, you need four!

I then decided to emboss my handbag with the Tufted embossing folder.

Top Tip #1
Before embossing the card stock I found it easier to crease the folds first so that they don't get 'lost' in the embossed pattern.

Place one of the pieces in the embossing folder.

Craftyduckydoodah!, Best Dressed Suite, Susan Simpson UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Kre8tors Blog Hop, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

Top Tip #2, #3 & #4
You will need to fold the larger bottom flap so that you can fit the die cut piece in the folder.

Make sure you align carefully; I choose to align the left hand side edge with the little nobbly section in between the quilted diamond shapes.

When embossing the second piece make sure you place it in the same position as the first piece otherwise you will end up with a 'wonky' pattern on the handbag once it is assembled.

Once assembled, you can have lots of fun adding the finishing touches.  

Top Tip #5
Before attaching the handles curve each piece slightly with a bone folder for a neater finish.

Here is my finished handbag complete with silver buckles - very smart!

Craftyduckydoodah!, Best Dressed Suite, Susan Simpson UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Kre8tors Blog Hop, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

You can fit all sorts of things into these little bags, I have seen so many different ideas on Pinterest too.  Backpacks/rucksacks and little tab closures - so many ideas, so little time.


Craftyduckydoodah!, Best Dressed Suite, Susan Simpson UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Kre8tors Blog Hop, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

I went on to make three little cards to fit inside one of the bags - I'll share more details of them next week.

Craftyduckydoodah!, Best Dressed Suite, Susan Simpson UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Kre8tors Blog Hop, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,


Next up is Janu Musselman from the USA, click the image below to visit her - I can't wait to see which items she has chosen to use for her project.  If you get lost along the way a list of hoppers can be found below.




Roll Call List

Happy hopping!

Susan xx

Thank you so much for looking at my Blog today, if you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and you live in the UK, I would love to be yours!  

If you need to order any supplies, simply use my “shop with me” button or click on the catalogue links on the right. Alternatively, contact me and I would be happy to place an order for you.


If you would like copies of either of the current catalogues let me know and I will pop them in the post for you.  If you prefer, you can view online versions by clicking the links to the right of this post.  
The Spring/Summer and Sale-A-Bration catalogues are now available - please message me if you would like copies.



Would you like to receive a FREE gift from me? 
All orders placed directly with me or online receive a handmade card from me as a thank you but did you know that all orders over £20 (excluding postage) will receive a gift from me too?  If you use the current Hostess Code I will pop something in with your order or post directly to you.  (Please remember to allow me to access your contact details otherwise I won't be able to contact you).

If your order is over £150 please don't use the code as you will receive your own Stampin' Rewards.  You will still receive a card and a gift from me.

If you are local to me and can collect, I’m happy for you to piggyback one of my orders to save on postage.


If you have any questions, I’m happy to help.  You can email me susan_merrey@yahoo.co.uk or telephone 07905 403 823.


Thank you for shopping with me and supporting my business! 


9 comments:

  1. Super fun - l love the handbag!

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  2. Cute!!! Love the bag both ways, but the DSP is gorgeous!

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  3. I love the handbags! So cute. TFS

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  4. The Tufted embossing folder looks great on the handbag

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  5. Beautiful tote bags. I love all the detail.

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  6. Beautiful, I think you may have convinced me to get this set, lol xx

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  7. Adorable little purse! Thanks so much for sharing and hopping with us!

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  8. Susan, great tips for this cute, little bag!

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  9. I love this bag! been playing with it today making up samples, thank you for sharing

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