Friday, December 23, 2016



I wish you all a very Merry Christmas 
and a 
Happy New Year!  










See you next year!
Karen

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Gift Card Folder!


Today's gift card holder is smaller than Monday's version.  Click here to see that one!  This one has room for two gift cards and fits sweetly into its own envelope.  


The overall dimensions are 4" x 9."  Closed up it measures 3" x 4."  I used Garden Green for the base color and Warmth & Cheer DSP to decorate it. I'm a big fan of the plaids in this paper stack! 


I put a piece of Whisper White on the back middle section to write a little note, to/from, etc.


The envelope came together quickly using the Envelope Punch Board. I used the same plaid for the envie but I lined it with the matching piece from the folder.


Instead of gluing the envelope closed, I opted for a belly band to fit around it.  To "go" with the paper, I cut a tag using the Merry Tags Thinlits (on sale now for about half price!!!) and a red plaid from the Warmth & Cheer paper stack.  

All of the supplies I used will be listed at the bottom of this post.  And if you haven't checked out the Year End Close Out Sale lately, click here to view and shop.

Have a bright and merry Christmas!

Karen

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Monday, December 19, 2016

A Gift Card "Wallet"!


A client of mine asked me to make a gift card wallet of sorts that would hold four cards. She said, "It's for my daughter.  Just make it - you know - really cute!"  This is what I came up with.  I hope it's what she had in mind!


Is there any paper cuter than Candy Cane Lane?  I don't think so!  This DSP was so popular this year, that the company has depleted its stock.  I'm so glad I had enough left in my crate for this project.

I made an accordion folding wallet, each side different, and each of the four inside sides containing a pocket for a gift card.  The overall dimensions are 5" x 17 1/2".  Each section measures 5" x 3 1/2". Each pocket measures 3 1/2" x 2 1/2." 


I decorated each pocket with sentiments from Tin of Tags and cropped them with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.


I cut a gingerbread man, candy cane, and a pair of mittens from one of the prints and attached them with Mini Glue Dots.  Each pocket opening was punched with just the smallest bit of the Decorative Label Punch.


I alternated the pockets up and down.  I thought it might cut down on the bulk a little.  It's pretty chunky as it is.  The pockets are snug enough that the gift cards won't fall out.


Bits of buttons and ribbons add to the "cuteness" factor.  I also added a red pocket on the back for a note to be added by Mom.  


The whole thing is held closed with a belly band.  I used a strip of Crumb Cake, wrapped a length of the red stitched ribbon around it and held it together with Fast Fuse.  A little Baker's Twine bow and a sentiment from Candy Cane Christmas finish it up.  The two little Christmas trees are punched in Early Espresso (I know they look black in this photo!) from a little punch that I have kept from a few years ago.  Maybe you still have it too?  

I do hope this fits the bill (or gift card!!).  I'll find out later this morning when I deliver it.  I figure, how can I go wrong with peppermints and gingerbread?!

Just 6 more days till Christmas.  That means only 5 more days to get all the wrapping done.  I have another, smaller gift card holder to share with you on Wednesday.  It hold two cards. Come back to see!

Wishing all of you a sweet season ~

Karen

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Using DSP to Wrap Gifts



Last Friday I showed you some tags that I made with the Merriest Wishes stamp set and Merry Tags Thinlits Dies (both on sale right now).  If you missed that post, click HERE to see it.

Today I'm going to show you how I used This Christmas DSP to wrap some of my smaller gifts and incorporate those tags into my design.  Love how Stampin' Up! coordinates their products.  It makes it so easy to build beautiful collections!

This Christmas DSP is lighter weight than most of our other papers, which makes it ideal for wrapping.  There are also twice as many sheets in one package, which is a bonus as well!

I'm guessing many of you are like me -- you have rolls and rolls of old ribbon laying around - or perhaps neatly organized in your crafting space ;-)  The colors are still the same and coordinate beautifully with the newer papers.  It is the perfect way to use up some of your stash!






Do you see what I did on this last one?  I wanted green ribbon, but didn't have any.  Out came the Washi Tape and it is another perfect match with the Garden Green in the paper. I kind of love my fake ribbon!

Have fun with your supplies.  I usually have bunches of Holiday paper, ribbons etc. left over after Christmas.  This seems like the perfect way to utilize those supplies and make room for new products from the Occasions Catalog coming out in January.

Hopefully I've given you some ideas to play with today.  Have a great weekend.  See you back on Monday!

Karen

Don't forget to check out the Year End Closeouts for some great bargains.  Prices go till Dec. 31st or when sold out, whichever comes first. Click here to see what's left!



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