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Welcome to the second group post day for the March Papertrey Ink countdown!  Today the team is here to share lots of new projects with you using two new die collections called Coin Purse and Coin Purse Pockets.  These were designed by Erin Lincoln and are the next in her collection of popular stitching dies that help you whip up cute little stitched projects, even if you have no idea how to sew!

Nichole challenged us to find an inspiration photo as a jump start for our creations.  I've always loved the look of Fossil purses...I just love the rustic feel...usually they have lots of stitching and details and fun colors mixed in with rich leather.  Here are a few I found... Fossilpurse

So let me show you the cute little coin purse I made with these new dies, inspired by the Fossil purses!  There are so many different materials that these can be cut from...pretty much anything that doesn't fray.  I chose to use some vinyl that resembles leather.  I've had this in my stash for a while...I think my daughter and I were going to try to make some doll shoes with it, but that hasn't happened yet!  It seemed perfect for this project.  

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The vinyl cut pretty well in my diecut machine...I did have to help it along just a bit around the edges with a scissors after running it through my machine, but just on the coin purse portion because that die is larger than the metal shim.  I used the metal shim on the smaller pieces and then it cut really well.  The wristlet handle was made with just a strip of the vinyl -- I diecut the stitching holes on it using the previously released Stitching Lines dies.  I put in a contrasting zipper - have no fear if you don't have a zipper small enough - any zipper can be trimmed down to size, just whip stitch over the teeth a few times where you want it to end and cut off the excess (leaving enough to catch in your stitching).  I added a metal clip and ring which I purchased here on Etsy.  To embellish the front I diecut the leaves and a flower from the new Embellished Elegance set and stitched them to the front of my purse before assembly using my sewing machine.  The little tag that finishes it off is stamped with a handmade sentiment from the Handmade Hodgepodge set and was cut using the Tremendous Tags dies.

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Nichole challenged us to use the Coin Purse dies in an unconventional way as well, and I used them here to create a matching gift bag.  The front panel of my bag was cut using the main Coin Purse die and I used the die that's supposed to cut the zipper opening to cut a handle for my bag.  It's the perfect size to fit on a brown paper lunch bag.

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I used a strip of the vinyl as a closure, including a magnetic disc (which I purchased from the same Etsy seller I linked above) -- the magnet is probably a little stronger than needed for this project - next time I  might try something else.  The bag is embellished with elements from the new Embellished Elegance stamps and dies, also being released this month. 

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Supplies not linked, but available on March 15th, from Papertrey Ink:  Coin Purse dies, Embellished Elegance stamps and coordinating dies

I can hardly wait to see what adorable creations the rest of the team put together using these new dies!  Here are the links if you'd like to hop around and take a peek...