Monday, August 30, 2010

Gift Card Holder Tutorial

I am making a bunch of these cute gift card holders for an upcoming craft fair in November.  Of course, I will make Holiday themed gift card holders as well, but here I am showing some with a birthday theme.  As you can see below, you slide the band off and open the envelope.  Lift the panel and slide in your gift card!  This is such a nice way to make giving a gift card seem so much nicer!  Be sure to check out my Gift Card Holder Version 2 plus tutorial  as well!

Here are the basics you will need to make these:

A2 envelope
4 panels of designer card stock (4.25" x 2.75")
1" circle punch
1/2" circle punch
1 strip of card stock (1" x7")

Fold your A2 envelope in half and then cut along the score line on the flap.  
Then cut at angle so you have 2 notched flaps.

Either lick or use adhesive to seal the top flap.

Use your 1" circle puch to cut a slot in the panel that will hold the gift card.
All designer paper used in this project is by DCWV Mango Frost Matstack.

Now adhere the inside panels to the envelope.   **** When adhering the bottom panel, DO NOT GLUE THE EDGE OF THE PANEL WITH THE NOTCH or you will not be able to insert the gift card! ****

Trim the flap to 1" and then fold down and cover with designer paper of your choice.

Use your 1/2" circle punch to add a tab on the flap.  Add the sentiment of your choice to the top panel.
I used a sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Birthday Basics set and Stampin Up's curly label XL punch.

Flip the envelope over and adhere your 2 outer panels.

Add your band around the envelope and seal with adhesive. 
Make sure it is tight enough to stay put, but loose enough to get on and off. 

Embellish your band to your liking.  I used the Stampin' Up! daisies die with daffodil delight card stock and and 1" circle punch with pumpkin pie card stock.  I stamped a sentiment on the flower's center and added some faux stitching with a white gel pen. 

I made this with Stampin Up's pretty in pink and early espresso card stock.  I embellished it with Stampin' Up Sweet Pea stitched felt.  I used a sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Birthday basics set and stamped it repeatedly in white ink on the front panel.

And here are a few more............

                                                          Hope you enjoy making them!

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 83

I needed to make a sympathy card so I used Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge for inspiration.  You can see the sketch at

Card Stock - SU rich razzleberry and whisper white
DSP - SU Cottage Wall
Ink - SU rich razzlebery
Stamp set - SU Thoughts & Prayers
Tools: - SU scallop edge border punch, PTI Beautiful Blooms II #3 die collection
Accessories - SU brads

Thursday, August 26, 2010

SC294 Sketch Challenge

I have recently gotten hooked on trying out weekly sketch challenges.  This is a great way to get you to use all of those crafty things you have bought AND a great way to take you out of your comfort zone to try new lay outs. 

This is what I came up with for the SC294 sketch challenge from Split Coast Stampers:

Stamp: Hanna Stamp
Paper:  SU crumb cae and chocolate chip CS, DCWV Mango Frost DSP
Ink:  Momemto Tuxedo Black
Accesories: copics markers, button, and twine

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hang in there, friend!

I made this card for a friend who was having a string of bad luck to try to cheer her up.  I flipped the poor turtle over on his back to go with the cute sentiment!

Card stock:  SU crumb cake, PTI new leaf and plum pudding
Stamps:  PTI polka dot basics and Amuse Art Stamps image and sentiment
Ink: Versa mark and SU basic black
Accessories:  PTI plum pudding ribbon, gemstone, SU pastels

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sympathy Card

I made this sympathy card combining stamp sets from my two favorite companies:  Stampin' Up and Papertrey Ink.  I just love the background stamps by Papertrey Ink! 

Card stock -  PTI stampers select white, SU mellow moss
DSP - Memory Box Enchanted
Stamp Sets -  SU Watercolor Trio. SU Teeny Tiny Wishes, and PTI Background Basics: Retro
Ink - SU Mellow Moss, Lavender Lace, basic black, and whisper white
Accessories - SU twine, PTI button, nestabilities

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Whimsical Words

I made this card for the Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challege 82.  Challenges are a great way to get you to think outside the box and to put all those crafty things that we obsessively by to good use!

I used PTI Melon Berry and SU daffodil delight CS and DCWV Mango Frost DSP.  I added some faux stitching on the flower with a white gel pen and embellished with twine.