Moroccan Nights Gift Bag (sneak peek)

A Moroccan Nights - Gift Bag

Good Friday morning!  I am sooooo excited to share this whimsical gift bag with you today.  I was able to play with a new stamp set Moroccan Nights that will be available in the new 2016-17 Annual Catalog June 1, 2016.  This is the first of three projects I designed with this Moroccan inspired stamp set.

FLOWER PETALS:  When I first looked at the mandala inspired stamp I thought “if I embossed this in white it could look like lace”.  OMGosh……it turned out even better then I had hoped for.  [smile]  I embossed the image onto Vellum four times and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I must confess I did cut the four “flower petals” out by hand.  Once I got in the groove it went pretty fast.  [wink, wink] To add a bit of color and tie in with the gift bag I lightly sponged the back of the “flowers” with Watermelon Wonder ink.  I just LOVE the hint of color.  Eek!  I was concerned that when I folded the flower in half it might crack the embossing…….it did not.  Woohoo!!!  So…..I folded and stapled the flower petals (to hold their shape).  I applied these to a 1-1/2″ white circle I had laying on my work table with several glue dots to make sure they stuck.  (I probably should have used my glue gun but I was in a hurry and didn’t want to wait for it to heat up.  Lol!)

FLOWER CENTER:  Now this is a rather large flower and needed a large center to be in proportion as well as cover the staples holding the petals together.  I knew I could and wanted to use my Metal Rimmed Pearls.  I had not anticipated needing that many but when I started laying things out with the largest in the middle surrounded by the smallest ones it worked perfectly.  To give the center more substance and tie in with the bag I punched and layered Silver Foil and Watermelon Wonder circles then placed the Metal Rimmed Pearls on top.  This was applied with a couple Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Happy chair dance ensued for several minutes at this point.  [Lol!]

GIFT BAG:  I wanted to make sure the gift bag was substantial enough to support the flower but not overpower it so I went with this size.  I used a 7″ x 10″ Watermelon Wonder piece of cardstock.  I used the ‘Small” scoring and punching marks on the Gift Bag Punch Board.  [TIP:  I like to use Tear & Tape when making bags to make sure they don’t come part down the road.]  I punched two 1/8″ circles about 1-1/4″ from the top and tied on the back side with a piece of Organza Ribbon to hold the bag closed but allowing for it to open with out removing the ribbon or flower. FINALLY……I placed the flower onto the front of the bag with several Stampin’ Dimensionals just below the ribbon.

Thank you so much for popping by today.  I hope you enjoyed today’s project, any comments would be appreciated.  Have a great weekend!


  • STAMP:  Moroccan Nights  (available to order June 1, 2016)
  • PAPER:  Watermelon Wonder, Vellum, Silver Foil
  • INK:  VersaMark, Watermelon Wonder
  • ACCESSORIES:  Punches–1″ & 3/4″ Circles  |  Metal Rimmed Pearls  |  Embossing Powder–White  |  Gift Bag Punch Board  |  Handheld Stapler


Sparkly Hugs, Carol



  1. Bonnie says

    This project looks so elegant and pretty. How did you fold the vellum? and how many did it take? It looks like you used 8, but I guess it depends on how you folded the petals. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas. Bonnie Russell

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