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Gift Card Holders

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Hi All,

Welcome back! Today I wanted to share with you a fun little way I’ve been using to wrap gift cards. I’m the type person that likes to put a personal touch on each and every item I gift to another person and gift cards are no exception. Depending on the individual, I try to find a coordinating pattern (or create one) of gift wrap to suit his or her personality. The ones shown here are by Bella Lux. I am in love with the beautiful watercolor themes they create!

There are many tutorials online that feature origami folding and ways to create pockets for letters. Several of those are great ways to wrap a gift as well! There is no glue or paste involved in this project. It is simply a matter of cutting a sheet of 8.25″ square paper and folding it to create this pocket. To clean up the inside I just cut a sheet of craft paper to size to fit.

To close the holder I went with a simple white grosgrain ribbon which I tied into a bow and trimmed the edges.

How simple and fun are these?

Holiday Cards 2014 – Day 3

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Welcome to day 3 of my Holiday Card Series 2014!


This card is created in a similar fashion to yesterday’s tree card. This time instead of a tree design I simply created a reindeer cut-out shape. Next, I added a red offset to each of the cuts. Same concept as yesterday but a completely different look!

For the reindeer I heat embossed the green color using a pearl emerald color. Can you tell it isn’t as ‘flat’ as the papers? That’s my trick to making him stand out 😉

Hope you’re enjoying the series and I’ll see you next time for Day 4!


Card Base: Bazzil 8.5 x 11 in Marshmallow

Papers: American Crafts 6×6 Noel Collection (sentiment also comes from the paper pack)

Ribbon: Crate Paper Die-Cut

Reindeer: Created using Silhouette Studio

Embossing: Stampendous Pearl Embossing Powder in Emerald Green

Other: pearls, eyelets and various adhesives

Think Pink – Breast Cancer Awareness Challenge

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Thinking Of You

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a time when we bring awareness to the fight for a cure. It’s especially a time when organizations show their support for fundraising and awareness. So as you could imagine, I was pleased to find that many crafters were also participating by creating fun challenges for their readers. I decided to join in on the fun too.

Robyn, My Pink Stamper, asked her viewers to join her in a Think Pink challenge in which she asked crafters to use pink patterns as a base for a card. Here is the design I came up with to contribute to the challenge.

I cut 1 inch squares using several papers and created a pink grid. I added in a ribbon and used a back-folding technique for extra texture. I used my circuit die cutting machine to create some cancer ribbons and a heart. Lastly, I used a simply sentiment and stamped it in black.

I think it turned out pretty well for one of my first attempts at a greeting card! More than anything, I simply enjoy participating in a noteworthy cause.

Online Card Class – Day 5

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Hi all,

We so we’ve officially completed a week of online card class and I think it was jam packed with awesomeness. Today’s focus was on stretching stamps in a way that is a little different then it’s initial use or changing the center focus of the stamp. I decided to look into my Christmas stamps and see if any of them could double for something else. The wreath here is from my Christmas Sentiments stamp set, but with a change in color – it looks very bright.

Here is my card:

KW Class - Spring Has Sprung


Card Base: Neenah Environmental Cardstock Desert Storm

Paper: Hero Hues Notecard, Neenah and Cream Vellum by Slice

Inks: Colorbox- Chestnut Roan, American Crafts Stamp markers

Embossing: Dry embossing – Cuttlebug folder, wreath embossing – Zing Leaf