Bella Rose Mini Tote

Stampin up bella rose bag
I saw this charming 5 1/4" high mini tote (perfect for a small gift or party favor) on Cindy Lawrence's The Creative Closet and immediately put it in my "must do" pile.  Complete "how to" details are in this tutorial by Diana Gibbs of Stampin' with Di.

Ciao Bella!  The sweet designer series paper is Bella Rose, soon to be released in Stampin' Up!'s Fall/Winter catalog on Aug. 11.  The flip side of the 2 sided paper (and the inside of this tote) is a sophisticated Kiwi Kiss Polka Dot.  The remaining Bella Rose patterns range from a more formal rose to a bold Riding Hood Red and Pink Pirouette polka dot.

I used the new Scallop Edge Punch to create the decorative Kiwi Kiss border (deliciously efficient).  The 5-Petal Kiwi Kiss flowers were embossed with Swiss Dots and topped with a debut of Stampin' Up!'s decorative Bouquet Buttons.  TIP:  I used Mini Glue Dots for a full-proof connection between the button and the card stock.  TIP:  This is in the tutorial but it's so cool I don't want you to miss it . . . I used skinny slivers of Kiwi Kiss as perfectly coordinated "thread" for the buttons.  I very carefully tied them but they are a tad fragile . . . you might need to practice a couple times (I did).  You can always opt to have the "thread" reversed like a finished button.

The Round Tab Punches at the top are in Kiwi Kiss.  The tutorial suggests using a 1/4" Circle Punch to create the holes for the ribbon.  TIP:  Maybe I'm missing something here but mine wouldn't go through two layers so I grabbed my Crop-a-dile and used the larger punch, lickety split.  I also learned that Bravo Burgundy 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon is so close to the reds in the pattern that I happily skipped the added step of dying ribbon to match. 

Hugs and Pretties . . . . M

Paper:  Bella Rose Designer Series, Kiwi Kiss
Cool Tools:  Round Tab Punch, 5 Petal Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Crop-a-dile, Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
The Perfect Touch:  Bouquet Buttons, Bravo Burgundy 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon


  1. Super cute bag! Fabulous choice of papers! Keep up the superb work!

  2. Mary – this looks fabulous!!! Love the new DP and it looks fab on your *Mini Tote*!!!

  3. This is way too cute! Great idea to emboss the flowers. I never thought of that.

    Have a great weekend Mary!

  4. really loved how you used these papers together!

  5. Love that paper and what a darling tote bag!:) My ‘got-to-have-it’ want button is beginning to quiver! Can’t wait, gotta wait, can’t wait, gotta wait!

  6. Colleen Kramer

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!! Your choice of pp and colors just sends this one out of the park! I had seen some of these cute little bags, but this one is by far the best. Thanks again for providing all the little details along the creative way.

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