Monday, June 18, 2018

My Other Creations: Pen Pouch using Dina Wakley's Giant Funky Silhouettes Stencil

"Transport It" is this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  I made a pouch to be able to transport my pens from Point A to Point B.
My secret to making any sort of pouch or coin purse out of paper is to cover all the components with a clear type of material- in this case, peel and stick clear laminate.  It "plasticizes" the paper (as if you've heat-laminated it) and makes it more hearty.  Then I sew a zipper in and sew all the pieces together with a sewing machine.  I did a full tutorial on this process a few years ago (including clear materials that worked and didn't work) that you can see here.

I gave some oomph to this silhouette shape by collaging pieces of patterned paper together and by adding a party hat.

My daughter and I had a lot of fun playing with Shrink Film, too!  We drew and stamped shapes, threw it in the oven, and baked it until it shrunk down.  This is how I made the cat charm on the zipper.  I also made a tassel out of embroidery floss and yarn.

I built up my background with patterned paper, Washi tape, Gesso and paint.  Love this face-filled Washi tape by Jane Davenport!

The only cautionary tale I will leave with you when making a pouch or coin purse or anything else with a zipper is to test the zipper a few times before sewing it in!  There's nothing worse than putting a whole project together only to find that the zipper is defective!  That's happened a time or two to me, so I have learned to be a perpetual zipper-tester!

Here are the supplies I used which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

Grafix Shrink Film- White

Photoplay, Spring in My Garden 12x12 Paper

The Ink Road Meow Mix Clear Stamps

I'm excited to see what you come up with for this week's challenge!  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.


  1. I LOVE your interpretation of the theme!! a pen transporter! BRILLIANT :-D the colours and details are gorgeous and thats a great tip too, test the zip!
    (It has happened to me too when I made some cushions! I needed the cushions to stuff into my mouth to stop bad words escaping ;-))

    Lols x x x

  2. OMG! I absolutely love this idea. I have a bunch of mixed media prints I didn't know what to do with. I'm totally trying this!

  3. This is such a great and brilliant interpretation of the theme this week, Andrea. Love the fabulous colors and collaged texture you created. :)

  4. Haha what a funny and tricly interpretation of the challenge! I love your limitless imagination. The pouch is crazy as always and I love all the fresh colors mixed together. Hugs, Marzena

  5. Such a fun way to interpret this theme, Andrea! I love the tip on how you make pouches from paper and showing how you used that cute little cat head as a zipper pull!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  6. What a fabulous make for the Transport It theme! I love all the detail you created with the paints and layers - beautiful 😁. Wishing you a happy and creative week! J 😊 x

  7. Wow!! I am impressed Andrea - you sewed it from scratch and all - SO cool! Love the bright design and tips on how to make one. I think we need to add fashion designer to your list of titles! hugs, Maura

  8. This is so stunning Andrea! And I remember that tutorial. Thank you for reminding me of it again. Fantastic mix of products and colors here and a great idea for the challenge theme.

  9. I love your fun interpretation of the challenge theme, Andrea and LOVE how you've bought this project to life ~ it's such a wonderful project, full of colour and gorgeous layers! :)

  10. wow is there no end to your talents my friend, love you created the zippered pouch and the shrink plastic cat is just adorable, hugs kath xxx

  11. Such an amazing transformation, Andrea! Love it! And also a super fun idea! Hugs, Sandra

  12. Totally in love with your idea! As always your peoject is absolutely clever and colorful! Love the little cat! Barbara