Another Swell Project: LOL Cat Purse

lol cat purse

So, I’ve been wanting to work on this project all week and I finally got around to it tonight. Isn’t it crazy that I’m actually posting 2 projects in 2 days?

Anyway, I wanted to create a funny purse that I can carry around with my own cat Pixie on it, but something that said a little something about her personality. She definitely has a varied demeanor. She’s not as mean as this picture looks, but she does have her moments where I kinda don’t want to cross her path.

This purse is really fast and fun and only takes a couple hours to complete…here’s how:

– Wooden box purse (mine was purchased from Michaels)
– Americana Acrylics paint in Lamp Black
– Craft Twinkle paint in Crystal
– DecoArt’s Multi-Purpose Sealer
– About 50 6mm crystal rhinestones
– high quality resolution cat photo
– Computer with photo editing software and inkjet printer
– white cardstock
– scissors or paper cutter
– foam brush
– spray adhesive
– black stamp pad
– super glue or permanent adhesive glue like E-6000


1. Pick out your cat photo and think of a funny lol cat phrase to accompany it. To translate your phrase into LOLCAT speak, visit the Speak LOLCAT web site and type in a phrase to translate.

2. Open up your image in Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Crop your image to be 6.25″ x 6.25″. Make sure to think about where you are going to place your text inside the are when cropping. From your fonts menu, select Impact and type out your phrase (mine was set at 50pt type). Scale to fit in your image and save. Now print your document onto cardstock according to printer specifications.

3. Using scissors or paper cutter, cut out image and set aside.

4. Using Lamp Black paint, paint entire box with foam brush, being careful not to get paint on handle (only unless you want you handle painted too). Let dry. Paint inside of purse if desired and let dry. Once dry, paint with Crystal Craft Twinkles all over box except for front. Let dry.

5. Spray back of print out lightly according to directions with spray sealer. Adhere image to front of purse, pressing firmly to release any air bubbles. Use stamp pad to go around adhered image to get ride of white edge. Let dry.

6. Seal entire purse with Multi-Purpose Sealer. Let dry.

7. Use glue to adhere rhinestone crystals about 3/4″ apart around top and sides of box (I didn’t add rhinestones to the bottom of mine, because I thought it might sit funny, but you can if you want).

This is a really cute idea that could be applied to a lot of different surfaces…heres some quick ideas if you want to use it in other décor and accessories:

– pillow
– stacked box set for an office (wooden or papier maché)
– Belt buckle
– magnets
– tote bag

The sky’s the limit. OK, now time for me to go and snuggle for the night with my inspiration. After all, she does know where I sleep.

Until next time Swellions!


All content/photos copyright, © Alexa L. Westerfield, 2008

Canvas art, coffee, and glitz

Tonight, I worked on a few canvases like this:

dame canvases 1

I am making them for a friend for her to give for holiday gifts. Adhering printouts to canvas is always tricky. The canvas flexes, dips, and wants to create bubbles. I used an old CD to push the bubbles out and then sprayed it with Preserve your Memories 2.

Also, today, I got a nice surprise waiting at my desk…this…

general foods international

It was General Foods International Coffee in Pumpkin Spice flavor. I actually had bought the kind on the bottom (hazelnut) on Sat. at Target. I never have ever bought that stuff, so to get another tin of it was awesome and in my favorite flavor…pumpkin spice! I will say that the coffee had work has been rather unbearable. My friend Donna usually makes decent coffee, but even hers was ick last week when I had it. I really think it comes down to the pot. It has never been excellent coming from that pot (and I think it is supposed to be one of the more expensive kinds). I’ve been tempted to take my mini coffee maker in just for me and my co-worker, but this new stuff is much better (I like sweet coffee).

Also, at lunch, I had a minor emergency. On my way to grab a bite, I took a look at myself in the mirror and yikes…it was not pretty. I’ve been trying that new Clean and Clear product (they say it has results of clean skin in one day – puleeze). I believe, as I have heard many a time, that with using this type of medication, that it “has to get worse before it gets better”. Hopefully, my better days are just around the corner. Anyway, I had left my makeup accidentally at home, so I had to make a Wal-mart run for some foundation and while there, this caught my eye…

the more things change, the more they stay the same.

It is nice to know that simple things in everyday life, like ribbon, can make me feel happy. It wasn’t the best day, but just thinking about it puts me in a better mood.

I have lots of things to do this week…craft projects for friends, shops, and family. I also have to finalize a lot of gifts. I hope I can get it all done!