Last year I stumbled across this blog and project. At the time Leslie was having a challenge but I had way to much things on my plate at the time to play along. I got in contact with her this year and asked if I could use her idea for a swap on scrapbook.com and she said yes. Here is the link to her tutorial and be sure to check out her store too as you can get some neat stuff there.
I made the sides 1" smaller then Leslies and it worked out just as well. I used silver cs by DCWV. It is nice and heavy for this kind of work. There is 3 layers to the flowers, the Paper Studio, with rhinestone center brads. Major purple Bling flourishes and a silver sticker one. Attached to the handle is a purple and brushed silver medallion. Simple but with a BIG statement. As you can tell the theme is purple and silver, those are the colours my pal picked and of course they are my favourite colours too so I have TONS of things in these colours.
Bottom of the suit case. One of the other ladies in the swap was having issues with the hinges, I too was looking for something else to use then what was described, so she went with real hinges. I borrowed that from her. I found these little hinges at The Home Depot and used purple brads to adhere them to the cs.
For the handle I again use DCWV cs silver glitter, ran silver lace around both edges of each side, added a white tulle bow and some different kinds of ribbon too. The latch you can just see is a box latch again picked up at The Home Depot.
As you can see it stays closed well and sits very prettily. It turned out great and now am off to make a second one, then to package them both up and ship to my American friends!