Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Story of Millie and Molly's Trip to Paris

It's Paulette here today with my creations for Week Three as Guest Designer for eclectic Paperie.  I've written a short scenario to accompany my projects.
  The story begins in 1922 when our two fashionistas, Molly and Millie, see this poster in their local hat shop.

The ladies are always fashion trendsetters and decide to attend the Spring Millinery Show in Paris on February 15, 1923.  They buy two tickets for the fashion show.  For all the shopping they intend to do, the ladies are taking a BIG purse full of money.  This little altered purse I created memorializes their epic shopping adventure.

And now to explain my creative process:  The project was inspired by a Graphic 45 8x8 paper pad called "Couture" and by this mini purse I picked up for $1 at a local thrift store.  

I fussy cut all the ladies, the tickets and sentiments from the G45 paper with my Cutter Bee scissors and darkened the edges with a black Pitt pen.  The two fans were cut from the G45 paper with a Die-namics rosette die.  Behind the three ladies on the right is a blue scalloped oval cut from the G45 paper pack with a Spellbinders die.  Before the paper was released from the die, I darkened the edges on the inner rim of the die with Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers Distress Ink using an Inkssentials Foam Replacement Pad.  The black satin bow with rhinestone button is a repurposed shoe bow.  The Eiffel Tower is a repurposed earring.  Molly, fashionista on the left, is wearing gold rhinestone earrings.  The other three embellishments are by Recollections.  

The poster I created is actually an ATC for a Pick-a-Theme Swap over on Splitcoaststampers.  My swapmate requested Vintage Hats as her theme.  This ATC also uses papers from the beautiful "Couture" paper pad.  Background paper is a red dotted swiss by Bazill.  The ticket was fussy cut and its edges were darkened with a black Pitt pen.  I fashioned the flower on the hat with a Punch Bunch hydrangea flower punch.  I added dimension using a mousepad and an embossing stylus.  The center is a gold rhinestone star.  Red rhinestones were added to the hat, dress and used as earrings.  Tiny gold corner stickers and a strip if red metal trim resembling the metal fabric mesh used in Whiting and Davis purses complete the design.

Thanks for stopping by...Paulette


  1. Beautiful, Paulette! You have a way with the ladies!!

  2. I am enjoying all of your projects for the design team. It's easy to see why you were selected...lots of creative talent!!
    (I loved your decorated box!)

  3. Wonderful!!! I really like the orange with the red. You really do a fabulous job Paulette!

  4. Glad you entered this gorgeous altered purse! Great work Paulette, loved your GDT post xx

  5. Paulette your project is truly beautiful! I love the story that goes with it. Sue C x

  6. Stunning project! I love your story and all of the details you added!


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