Cindy Fodor* is a successful Stampin' Up! Demonstrator living in Pennsylvania. I met her at the Convention last summer, and bumped into her again at the Leadership event in Orlando, Florida. This project was inspired by Cindy's swap and the little leaf on her swap. I can't show you the entire swap until the 19th, when the new Spring/Summer Collection is released... but I can share the leaf inspiration! See how the crimping goes in two different directions? Isn't that cool?
After examining her swap/leaf a little closer, I just had to make some leaves of my own... and of course that idea blossomed into something else... a flower! Petals were punched with the large oval punch, scored lengthwise and folded in half before running through my crimper. When the folded, crimped petals are opened back up, you will have these very directional crimps. Here, I've topped it with the snowflake punch in kiwi kiss, one bloom in rose red from the boho blossoms punch, and a fire crystal brad.
Of course, I had to add a couple leaves too. These are done in always artichoke and old olive, giving just enough contrast to the mostly kiwi kiss designer series paper. The leaves and flower were attached to my project with stampin' dimensionals in order to help it maintain it's shape.
The flower was attached to the bottom of my designer series paper gift bag. I used some of the holiday mini cording for handles, and also made a cute little gift card to match. Isn't it fun?
To make the bag, I cut a rectangle of Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper measuring 9.25" x 12", scoring along the short side 1-3/4" from the bottom edge, and 3/4" from the top edge. Next, score the long side at 4", 5-3/4", 9-3/4" and 11-1/2". To make the bag bottom, simply cut up to the 1-3/4" score along the long side.
Be careful when you use the cropadile to punch the hole for your handles/eyelets... when you fit the tool inside the bag to punch the large hole, it's very easy to catch the other side of the bag with the smaller punch!
Of course, you'll want to make a matching gift card with the leftover scraps too! Here, I've layered hearts from the heart to heart punch, and also scalloped the right edge of my gift card. A rose red marker was also used to add dots to each scallop, and highlight the edges of the scallops. Finally, the card was tied to the bag with pretty in pink taffeta ribbon.
*Note: Cindy Fodor does not have a blog at this time... but she's definitely thinking about it!!