Saturday, 22 March 2014

Paper Blooms Merry Christmas Card & Gift Bag - 52 {C}CT March Stash Challenge

We have a stash challenge for you this week at 52 {C}CT, Patricia, our March challenge hostess is asking for paper flowers to be used.  You can use store-bought paper flowers (such as Primas) or you can create flowers with punches, dies, or an electronic die-cutting machine.  Using floral patterned paper doesn't count for this challenge unless you find a way to lift those flowers off the card!  Stamping or using a digital image of a Christmassy flower only works if you then cut it out and give it some dimension.


Following a trip to the Glitter Pot I now own some 'Big Bloomers' - fab name LOL!  I saw these gorgeous Oyster Blush 'Big Bloomers' paper flowers from PaperMania.  They have a lovely pearly sheen and are really thick and sturdy.  I know they're not specifically Christmassy but I thought I'd get away with using them if I added some red paper flowers and a Christmas brad!  I made a 5 3/4" square card plus a gift bag.

For the card I attached the stacked blooms together with a 'Merry Christmas' brad and layered onto Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler CS mats.  I added two die cut ivy corners and two die cut photo corners.  I added a Candy Dot to each ivy shape and I punched snowflakes to go on the photo corners.  I added gems to the snowflake centres. 

Here's a closer look at the flower element.  The 'Big Bloomers' are so luxurious and elegant! 

Here's the inside of the card and the envelope front.

I love the 'Big Bloomers' so I thought I'd make a gift bag so I could use more of the flowers!  I made the gift bag from SU! Garden Green textured CS using my new We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board - it's a fab tool!  Each gift bag made on the board will have a depth of 2", you can choose from 3 widths of bag and select the height of the bag.  The instructions are great, very clear (the pictures help!) and I found the bag came together quickly and easily.  My bag is 3 3/4" wide and just a tad shy of 6 3/4" tall.  I used a holly brad to go in the centre of my stacked flowers.  I popped the flower up onto the sentiment flag banner and then popped that up on the front of the bag.  I punched two holes at the top of the bag with my Crop-a-Dile and threaded a length of white ribbon through the holes and tied a bow to keep the bag closed. 

Here's a side view of the bag.

So now it's over to you to rootle through your stash and find those paper flowers - or, like me, you can take the opportunity to add some new paper flowers to your stash!  Create a card with your paper flowers and link up to our 52 {C}CT challenge this week, I'm looking forward to seeing your creations!

Stamps: Stampendous 'Christmas Cheer', SU! 'Seasonal Wishes' set
CS: Centura Pearl Snow White Hint of Silver CS, SU! Garden Green & Cherry Cobbler, SU! Garden Green 12" x 12" textured CS
Ink: SU! Garden Green & Cherry Cobbler
Tools: 'Ivy Corner' Joanna Sheen Signature Die, MFT 'Photo Corner' & 'Fishtail Flags Stax' Die-namics dies, Spellbinders Grommet Tags dies, Fiskars snowflake punch, We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board, Crop-a-Dile
Embellishments & accessories: PaperMania Oyster Blush 'Big Bloomers' paper flowers, Dovecraft red Paper Blossoms, Dovecraft Christmas brads, SU! Garden Green & Cherry Cobbler Candy Dots, SU! Whisper White stitched ribbon,SU! Dimensionals

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Louise van Vuren said...

I, too, have some big bloomers (!!!) and have never been able to think what to do with them. This is a gorgeous idea! I would never of thought of making them Christmassy, clearly you are some kind of genius! Love the traditional colours, such a bold design demands strong colours. Awesome job, Ruth

Louise xx

Fabiola said...

quelle fraîcheur Ruth, très jolie carte, biz

Danielle Vincent said...

You converted those Big Bloomers (LOL - love that name too) so perfectly into a Christmas themed bag and card. Wonderful Ruth! You are so creative :o) Hugs D

Mynn xx said...

Absolutely FABULOUS, Ruth! LOVE this beautiful set--I adore all the flowers and the die cuts you used! :) HUGS and have a fabulous rest of the weekend! Mynn xx

Jacqueline said...

Oh Ruth thanks so much for the giggle - I love your Big Bloomers! - Jacqueline xx

Deborah Frings said...

Wow, that's one glamourous flower!! I do like the subtle pattern. As always the inside and envelope are gorgeous, and I love the addition of the gift bag! You rocked this challenge!

Peanut said...

Oh yes! That bodacious bloom deserves all the attention. And you've done it with elegance and grace. Great job, Ruth!

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