Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Holiday Gift Card Holders (2nd post today)

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I'm back with my second post for the day! Since my first post was a card  I made several years ago I wanted to go ahead and share a couple of new projects too.

We were going to an early family Christmas party, and our gifts were both gift cards and cash. I had so much fun making Gift Card Holders for those special people.

My first share today uses the Pop-Up Gift Card Holder by Lynda Kanase for Sizzix. Here is the front of the card:

The stamped and die cut Santa image was coloured with alcohol markers, then popped up over a metallic net circle. That circle came from a Stampin' Up ornament kit I made last year and there were a few left over. The festive patterned paper is also by Sizzix.

Inside there is a pop-up area for the gift card, and I added some printed embellishments as well. I usually decorate the inside of my cards for an added surprise.

We signed our names on the white die cut label.  The Pop-Up Gift Card Holder is from Lynda's 'GIFT AND GATHER COLLECTION' by Sizzix and you are going to see a lot of it from me. It's quick and easy to put together, and can be decorated as much or as little as you like.

I used my Envelope Punch Board to make a coordinating envelope for the Gift Card Holder, since we were hand delivering it at the party.

My second project uses another new die set I picked up recently - the Stocking Fold-It's by Stephanie Barnard for Sizzix, with the same Sizzix patterned paper I used for the Pop-Up Gift Card Holder above. While these Gift Card holders were going to different families, they were being gifted and opened at the same party at about the same time so I like that they coordinated so nicely.

This was the first time I used this set, so I pretty much copied the packaging sample for the layout.

The Stocking Fold-It's makes an A2 shaped card that can open at the top or at the side. For my project today I made it a side-opening card, and turned it into a Gift Card Holder!

To do this, I used the slot from Lynda Kanase's Tag Pocket w/ Phrases die set. I love that the slot is a separate die and I have some more ideas for that one. The label shape is from Lynda's Pop-Up Gift Card Holder and I liked how well that Stampin' Up stamp works for a Gift Card Holder.

Once again, the gift card shown in the photo is just a photo prop and not what we included. In fact, we gave the family folded cash for them to use on an adventure with their kids and the cash fit perfectly in the slot. To give it room though, I used narrow strips of foam tape around the outer edge of the white stocking below the slot, and adhered the upper area right to the folded card base. Worked like a charm!

Pop-Up Gift Card Holder - Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Tag Pocket with Phrases - Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Stocking Fold-It's - Stephanie Barnard (Sizzix)
Red and white card stocks
Patterned paper - Brenda Walton, Sizzix
Sakura White Gel Pen
Word stamp - Signs of Santa, Stampin' Up
Alcohol Markers
Santa stamp - Michaels
Holly and bird printed elements - my stash

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Kraft Step Card for Christmas

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I found these card photos in my files and since this card hasn't been shared on my blog yet I'm sharing it today. It was made a couple of years ago and the photos are still water marked with my old blog!

This Step Card die is one I don't use very often, and the only reason I can think of is that I keep forgetting about it. I will have to get it out again soon.

The patterned paper has fun foiled accents and I am always a fan of kraft.

The card folds flat for mailing in an A2 envelope!

Because I made this card so long ago, I no longer have a supply list. The 'be jolly' is by Lawn Fawn, and the Step die is by Spellbinders. Patterned paper is from Recollections and I believe the snowflake is a punch from my stash.

Check back later this morning when I will have a second holiday project share this time using brand new dies.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Circle Charm Holiday Card in Pinks

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Today's share is a card I made for a couple that loves to spend time in Florida. I had picked up this 12 x 12"  patterned paper pad at Michaels, and I have to say how much I'm enjoying it! Here I paired it with Karen Burniston's Circle Charm Pop-Up die set for a fun holiday card.

I fussy cut the wreath from one of the Cut-Apart journal cards in the stack and with some careful snipping I was able to make it work for the front circle on the card. I also added this sweet stitched scalloped frame to pull in a bit more of the blue.

Here is the card when it is open - the front circle pivots to the inside and two more circles are revealed.

Of course I had to add a flamingo (from the Beach Charms), and I also added some gold foil bows from the Cake Trims. The little wreath comes with the Christmas Animals. The die set is designed to hang a charm from the centre circle, and while the flamingo is a charm I preferred it on the white backing. So I added a slightly larger white die cut circle over the blue charm frame and snipped off the hanging hole on the flamingo.

I love that some of the papers in the stack have gold foil details!

Finally, here is a view from the top so you can see the pivoting circle.

Patterned paper - Recollections
1054 Rectangles Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
Turquoise and white card stocks
Black fine point marker
1051 Beach Charms - Karen Burniston
1061 Christmas Animals (wreath) - Karen Burniston
1029 Cake Trims (bows) - Karen Burniston
Gold foil card stock - Stampin' Up
Copic marker
Nuvo Shimmer pen
Stitched fishtail banner dies - MFT Stamps
Stitched Circle Scallop frames - MFT STamps
1022 Word Set 3 Holiday - Karen Burniston

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Monday, 10 December 2018

Birch Background Holiday Card

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I made this card months ago - I had just received this pretty birch background die and as usual, had to do a test cut. The champagne foil card stock was sitting on my stamping table so I grabbed it to see how it would look. Oooooh - I liked it! I had also been rooting through some of my older embellishments and found this Cricut cut deer ... so added it and die cut a couple of cardinals from red for a pop of colour.

I couldn't resist adding a third pop of red on my card front ... a red dot on the deer's nose.

This one went right into the holiday card stash.

Black, brown, white and red card stocks
Birch overplate - Taylored Expressions
Deer - Cricut cut (from my stash)
1020 Christmas Tree Pop-Up (cardinal) - Karen Burniston
White gel pen - Sakura
Black fine point marker
Foil card stock - Stampin' Up
Red enamel Accents
Blueprints #13 - stitched panel inside
Word stamp inside - Stampin' Up
Staedtler fine point red marker

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Sunday, 9 December 2018

Holiday Hello Pop-Up Card

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Today's share is a card I made for friends, using an adorable stamp set from Your Next Stamp.

This little winter bird just makes me smile!

Inside I used Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside Pop-Up, and the dog and cat from the same stamp set. It's rather appropriate, since our friends love cats and we love dogs.

The coordinating dies cut the interior stamped areas as well - check out inside the cats tail. Love that. The snowflake border is by Elizabeth Craft Designs - this is the first time I've used it and I am really going to like it!

I added a bunch of die cut gifts, from Karen Burniston's Sleigh Pop-Up and the Birthday Charms, a single red snowflake, then a white tree.

White and red card stocks
Stitched Hillside Pop-Up - Lawn Fawn
Dog and Cat stamps and dies- Your Next Stamp
Copic markers
Nuvo Shimmer pen
Sakura black glaze pen
Stitched Cloudy Hillside Pop-Up Add-On - Lawn Fawn
Patterned paper - the Paper Studio
Snowflake border die - ECD
Word bubble die - Stampin' Up
Tree die - Elizabeth Craft Designs
1021 Sleigh Pop-Up (snowflakes and gifts) - Karen Burniston
Stitched Oval dies - MFT Stamps
1004 Birthday Charms (small gift dies) - Karen Burniston
Dashing rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Sakura white gel pen
Let it snow die- Lawn Fawn

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Saturday, 8 December 2018

C4C464 Sketch Holiday Cards for the Grandkids

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It's Saturday and that means a new challenge at the Crazy4Challenges Blog. Our December  hostess is Frances Byrne. We only do challenges for the first two Saturday's in December to allow everyone time to celebrate the holidays or just relax and take a break from challenges. Traditionally this second challenge in December is a sketch challenge, allowing you to choose any one of the wonderful sketches we have shared throughout the year.

I chose Sketch C4C461, which was Joanne's sketch for November. That sort of surprised me, as I LOVE Raquel's sketch #C4C452 and have used it a lot so I expected to pull that one out again. 

I needed to make Christmas cards for three of our Grandkids (the other two celebrate Hanukkah and I have already shared their cards) so I actually made three cards for the challenge today. Two of them use the sketch and the third is a Z-Fold card.

Oh, how I love Doodlebug Designs. The stickers just seemed to work so well with this sketch! This is Ethan's card - he loves blue.

I loved that the papers have kraft accents, as that allowed me to use kraft card stock which is perfect for boys.

 Zachary loves green and black, so he is getting a card with lots of green. No black though - it just didn't look very good so I went with more kraft.

The striped border is also one of the stickers, I adhered it to white card stock then to the die cut circles to match the sketch.

The final card is a Z-fold card for Olivia. I absolutely loved this 12 x 12" paper stack at Michaels and have really been enjoying it for holiday cards this year. The mermaid & unicorn pattern was the only one I wasn't crazy about - but it worked out SO perfectly for Olivia's card I was amazed. 7 year old girls are all about unicorns and mermaids this year ... and Olivia's cardiologist often refers to her as a Unicorn (because of the 'special' way she reacts to her meds and treatments. She is the only kid with Pulmonary Hypertension who has reactions like that so they are never quite sure what is going to happen when they change her dosage or meds.)

The cut-parts were included in the paper stack, so I trimmed several out and added them to the front with glitter and gold Peel-Off snowflake stickers in gold.

Check out the C4C blog to see how the Crazies have been inspired by the challenge. We'd  love to see your take on it, so be sure to stop by the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and link up your creations. If you are uploading to an online gallery, please use the keyword C4C464.

White, blue and kraft card stocks
Patterned paper - Doodlebug
Stitched circle dies - MFT Stamps
Stamp - MFT Stamps
Stickers - Doodlebug

Green and White card stocks
Stitched circle dies - MFT Stamps
Stickers - Doodlebug
Dashing Rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Stamp - MFT Stamps

Blue, white and pink card stocks
Patterned paper - Recollections
Snowflake Peel-Off stickers - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Dashing Rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Sakura white gel pen

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Friday, 7 December 2018

Elegant Christmas Treat Holder and Gift Card Holder

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It's Fun Fold Friday here on my blog, and today I'm sharing a Pop-Up Gift Card Holder with a matching Treat Pouch. Sometimes I like to give a little somethin' somethin' to someone when their gift is a Gift Card, so this new Treat Pouch die set by Lynda Kanase is going to get a lot of use. They are both from Lynda's new Gift and Gather Collection. I chose some pretty snowflake patterned paper with gold foiled bits for holiday shimmer and shine paired with white glitter paper and gold foil card stock.

I have lots of ideas for the Pop-Up Gift Card Holder too ... what a fun way to give someone a Gift Card! Note, the gift card in the photo is an old one I use for blog photos, and not the card we will actually be gifting.

Here is the front of the Pop-Up Gift Card Holder, with these beautiful lacy looking roses.

I cut the shadow (or base) layer from white glittered card stock, and the overlay from red patterned paper that had Sizzix Double Sided Adhesive applied to the back. I also used the shadow (or base) layer from one of the sentiments that come with the dies, cut from gold foil. Since it was too short to extend the amount I wanted it to on either side of the flowers, I snipped it in half and added one half to each side of the Gift Card holder front, then popped up the glittery flowers with foam tape to hide the cut line.

Here is a look at the inside, with the Pop-Up area for the Gift Card.

The 'For You' was die cut from the red patterned paper that had Sizzix Double Sided Adhesive on the back. After adhering it to the glittered label shape, I saved all the fall-away pieces for the Treat Holder shown below. The lacy looking piece on either side of the 'For You' is actually the phrase 'Thanks' and it also comes with the Pop-Up Gift Card Holder. I simply covered the word portion with the glittery 'For You'. I love getting more mileage from my dies this way and using them in different ways.

I also like to mix and match my dies so the label where we will sign our name came from Lynda's Treat Pouch die set.

Here is a photo of the Gift Card Holder and the pretty Treat Pouch ...

You can put all kinds of treats in the Treat Pouch, this one holds Hershey Nuggets.

To make the 'For You' tag, I sandwiched a loop of Bakers Twine between two of the label shapes. I added Sizzix Double Sided Adhesive to the back side of the white glittered card stock and die cut the For You from it then adhered it over the gold frame. The red inlay pieces came from the 'For You' on the Pop-Up Gift Card Holder above!

Since this is a coordinating set, I used the same roses and papers on the Treat Pouch as I did on the Gift Card Holder.

Finally a photo of the Treat Holder from the back side. Simply untie the ribbon to pour out the little goodies inside.

Treat Pouch - Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Patterned paper - DCWV
Sizzix Double Sided Adhesive
Glitter paper - Stampin' Up
Gift Card Holder Pop-Up - Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Gold foil card stock - Stampin' Up
Snowflake Peel-Off's - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Bakers Twine

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