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Gift Card Holder–Tutorial

6 Dec

‘Tis the Season…for giving!

Gift cards can be a wonderful way to treat a special someone to something they can choose. Make sure to add a personal touch by giving it in a lovely gift holder. This one reflects the classic colors of the season.

and the side view…

This may look complicated, but following the simple step-by-step instructions below, beginners and pros alike, can create this pretty little card.

First gather your favorite cardstocks–I love to use metallic, especially during the holidays. These Stardream colors, Mars, Emerald and Coral are all from CutCardStock.com. (Check them out for fantastic products, great prices and frequent sales)!–Then grab a trimmer, some adhesive, wintery die cuts/cutting system, ribbon, etc.


  • Trim Coral Cardstock at 4½x9½”
  • Score Coral rectangle to prepare it for “valley folds” at 2″, 4″, 6½” {To help me figure this out, I made a pattern from brown cardstock. Now I can tuck it away in my “patterns” folder to refer to later…}
    (To better see the score lines, click on the photo to enlarge)

    Turn over and score for “Mountain Folds” at 3 and 8¾”

    Fold along score lines as shown:
  • Trim two mats from Emerald Cardstock: 2×3½ and 2½x3½ and punch the corners with a small radius punch
  • Trim a strip of Emerald: 3/8×9″ and then cut in half to 4½” wide
  • Cut/emboss S4-224 Snowflake Borderabilities® Petite die template from Emerald to get at least 3 snowflakes.
  • Cut/emboss S4-224 Snowflake Borderabilities® Petite from Mars cardstock. Trim the border to 4½” long and 2½” wide. Keep the snowflakes and the scrap that came from the decorative edge.
  • Adhere the trimmed border to the small flap at the end of the Coral strip.
  • Flip the card over so that the large border is on the left and adhere the extra border piece near the fold on the right of the first panel.
  • To make a pocket for the gift card, cut a slit in the fold so the gift card will slip into it, add super sticky tape (with thin width) near the fold below the card slit. Press the folds together.
  • Embellish the card by adding the Emerald rectangles, strip and snowflakes along with red snowflakes.

Papers Mars, Emerald, Coral Stardream Metallics (CutCardStock.com)
Tools S4-224 Snowflake Borderabilities® Petite, Wizard (Spellbinders Paper Arts), Guillotine Trimmer (Tonic), Corner Rounder Punch (EK Success)
Embellishments Organza ribbon (Michael’s), Teriffically Tacky Tape (Provo Craft)

Other Score tool, PVA glue,


a gift for you card (CPS 173)

27 Jun

It’s nice to be home in the cool air of Colorado after experiencing the hot, hot days of Tucson, Arizona. Ahhhhh.

Today I worked on a card which was inspired by Card Positioning System blog challenge (CPS 173). Check out the sketch here. As always, the possibilities are endless. Here is my take on it.

I am really enjoying using Mint Motif Very Square Stamps by Kimberly Crawford. So for this project, I stamped four designs, one of them twice, to get five squares. Then I die cut five different shapes as seen here:

As often happens, while I’m designing, things change along the way. Instead of using the die cuts, which I had originally planned, I used the strip, popped up from the card. I chose a contrasting green paper to go with the red (for a “Complimentary” color scheme). I finished it quickly with the addition of a sticker sentiment and ribbon.

I was thinking birthday but now I realize it looks a bit like Christmas. Guess I will save it for December.

Important Stuff
Paper Mat Stack green patterned paper (Die Cuts with a View)
Stamps Mint Motif Very Square stamps (I {heart} Papers)
Ink Stampology Red (Autumn Leaves)
Tools Wizard, S4-092 Stars Five, S4-136 Classic Heart, S4-200 Flower Bouquet, S4-219 Nested Poinsettias, W-026 Grand Cut Mat Kit (Spellbinders™ Paper Arts)
Accessories Sentiment sticker (Wordsworth)

Other Stuff–White cardstock, red/white ribbon

One last look, a close up…

Enabling Creativity

17 Dec

I’m an Aunt…11 times over…and I love it. Part of my job as an aunt, and a paper crafter is to pass on a crafting legacy to my nieces and nephews who show a little interest. One of my nieces loves to stamp so I try to help her out with that often. Today, I want to share a little gift I made for her (hope she’s not reading this). It was fun and super easy.

First off, I grabbed a couple metal tins at the $1 bins at Target. I didn’t know at the time it would perfectly hold an ink pad. BONUS! I covered it with pretty papers, added a few die cuts, S4-200 Flower Bouquet and wooden letters for her name. I tucked the mini gifts inside and Voila! Easy peasy!

Let me show you what she’ll find when she opens it:

There you have it: quick and easy enabling so my niece can express herself through stamping! I hope that makes me a pretty good aunt. Now on to the other ten…lol

Important Stuff: Wizard™, S4-200 Floral Bouquet (Spellbinders), 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue (Beacon), Sparkle Clear stamp set (Hero Arts), Stampology black ink for clear stamps (Autumn Leaves)

Other Stuff: Patterned papers, Wood letters, Ribbon, sandpaper

Happy Creating, Eli

Deck the Halls card

4 Dec

Another installment in my effort to play a little with some of the games on other blogs…my fave? 2 Sketches 4You…Check there to see what they do over there with the fearless leaders: Kazan and Laura. Then click here to see the sketch that inspired this card:

It was fun to put this card together. Using Spellbinders™ Pendants is one of the easiest ways of bringing elegance, details and simple beauty to any paper projects that crafters make. A little sandpaper truly pops out the embossing. Then little dabs of paint pen add a little color and dimension. Thanks for stopping by today and have fun “Decking” your own halls.


Important Stuff:  Wizard™, S4-205 Eyelet Pendants, S4-214 Eyelet Borderabilities® Petite (Spellbinders™), Pink and Green Color Core Cardstocks (Core’dinations), Memento Rhubarb Stalk Dye Ink (Tsukineko), Brayton Font (JustRite® Stampers), Espie Paint Pen (Sakura-Japan)

Other Stuff: Pink Ribbon, PVA Glue, Corner Rounder Punch

Christmas Wishes Card

28 Nov

Another card challenge for me, yep another sketch. This time by Card Positioning System (affectionately known as CPS). You’ll see the sketch on the left side.

I have been creating up in my craft room while hearing happy voices of Hannah and her cousin downstairs playing computer games. I love Thanksgiving break…anyway…Here is my card, Christmas Wishes:

This was so much fun to make. I love seeing the combination of red and light blue for Christmas decorations. So I used these colors with my Spellbinders™ Holiday Cheer (S4-225) die template, cutting and embossing it. Then I delved into my supply of Flower Soft to create the “fur” on the stocking and hat.

I added the S4-224 Snowflake Border Petite for the top and bottom. The pink vellum mat was cut from S5-014 Deckled Mega Rectangles and the whole thing was inked up with Antique Linen Distress Ink which gave it a fun antique look.

Here is a close look at the side, showing the elements of dimension. Love that Flower Soft and 3-D Adhesive.

Important Stuff: Spellbinders™ Wizard™, S4-224 Snowflake Border Petite , S4-225 Holiday Cheer, S5-014 Deckled Mega Rectangles SM; Ivory Flower Soft, Christmas Wishes envelope cut out (Katy Sue Designs); Pastel Pink Vellum (WorldWin); Red and blue cardstock (Core’dinations); Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger); 3-D Adhesive Squares (SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVE by 3L)

Other Stuff: PVA Glue, Make-up sponge for inking

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Hope you’ve had a relaxing and “full” weekend.

Cheers, Eli

I’m dreaming of a white

30 Oct

…well, few more days. Here in Denver, we are buried in snow. It was coming down for over 30 hours. In waves. I think it may have stopped for now and yes, the kids are back to school today.

About the project today, even though it isn’t even Halloween (by 18 or so hours)…crafters have to move ahead to the holidays to be able to make all those gifts, craft show items, etc. (I still can’t abide Christmas stuff in the stores until after Thanksgiving.)

So here is a little peek at an album that I worked on while we were having our snow day. It is for someone who wants to create a little memory of Christmas with her own photos.


Boy do I love that Santa Face. It’s comes from a holiday stamp set from Stampers Anonymous. Here is a close-up.


Just so you can see how the pages are set up, check out the final image: they have four photo corners that will hold a 4×6″ photo (two are seen on the right page). The recipient simply needs to print out pics and slip them into the scrapbook. The left page shows some stamping and space for journaling. About ¼ of the pages have this.


Important Stuff: Scalloped Cardstock (Die Cuts with a View), Santa’s Wish stamp set (Stamper’s Anonymous), Bind it All binding system (Zutter), 12″ trimmer (Tonic),

Other Stuff: Red ink, PVA Glue, Organza ribbon, Striped ribbon, other Christmas stamp images, hole punch