Friday, July 28, 2017

Easy Fold Gift Card Holders

I am always on the lookout for a gift card holder! I found this particular fold from Rachel Tessman (Stamp Your Art Out) that is super easy to make! You start with a piece of cardstock cut to 4-1/4 x 11 inches. On the 11 inch side, score at 4-3/4 inches on one end and 1-1/2 inches on the other end. Fold the card in half at the 4-3/4" score line and then fold up the bottom at the 1-1/2" score mark. This is the card holder. Use thin tape or glue dots to hold the gift card holder flap shut, only attaching at the very edges of the cardstock. It's that easy!

I added a piece of patterned paper cut to 1 x 4 inches to the flap. This is optional.

Now, here is a masculine toolbox version, made horizontally. I made a Toolbox Treat Holder for Father's Day and this is a card version. (Click here to go to that post.)

This card starts with a piece of cardstock cut at 4 x 11 inches. Other than being 1/4 inch narrower,  it is made the same as the coffee cup card above. I added the faux drawers on the front of the card the same way I did in my previous Toolbox Treat Holder (see that post I linked above). I cut three strips of red cardstock at 1 x 4-1/2 inches, the black strips at 1/2 x 4 inches, and the silver strips at 1/4 x 4 inches. I glued all the pieces for each drawer together and then attached them to the card front with dimensional tape. I added a brad at the top to resemble the lock mechanism on a toolbox.

You can decorate the inside of the card anyway you want. I layered a birthday greeting onto white, black, and white cardstock. I also added another strip of black and silver cardstock to the fold-up flap for the gift card. The gift card can be added either vertically or horizontally.

Products Used:

Coffee Cup Card:

  • Caffeiene Addict Stamp Set by Sugar Pea Designs
  • Coordinating Coffee to Go Dies by Sugar Pea Designs
  • Celebrate Everything Stamp Set by Paper Pumpkin (April 2016)
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock and Coffee Break DSP by Stampin' Up
  • Corrugated Elements by Stampin' Up (small oval)
  • Small scalloped circle punch by Stampin' Up

Toolbox Card:

  • Real Red and Basic Black Cardstock by Stampin' Up
  • Silver paper - brand unknown
  • Greeting from Perfect Pairings by Stampin' Up (a Sale-a-Bration stamp set)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stampin Friends "No Rules" July Blog Hop - Coffee Break!

Welcome to Stampin' Friends July Blog Hop. This month we could create whatever we wanted - no rules! Since I am a coffee lover,  I decided to make a card and project featuring the new Stampin' Up Coffee Break DSP and a stamp set by Sugar Pea Designs called Caffeiene Addict and the matching Coffee to Go dies.  (Note: Stampin' Up has a great Coffee Cups stamp and die set too that coordinates with the DSP. I used the one I already had from Sugar Pea Designs.) 

Grab a cup of coffee and come along with us for a coffee break!

Coffee Break!

Here is the coffee cup birthday card I made.

It is a standard 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch card, top folding. I used Crumb Cake cardstock for the card base, adding Early Espresso and a piece of DSP from the Coffee Break DSP pack. I then die cut some circles using Stampin' Up's Layering Stitched Framelits in Soft Sky, Pear Pizzaz and Early Espresso. I die cut my coffee cup in Crumb Cake, the lid in Early Espresso, and the wrap in Soft Sky. I added one of the heart embellishments from the coordinating Corrugated Elements from Stampin' Up, and a small bow tied with linen thread.

I cut a 3/4 inch strip of the coffee bean DSP to go across the bottom behind my greeting, which was stamped using the Seriously Amazing stamp set from the August 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit.

For my project,  I made a simple 2-inch square, top opening box, that holds a Keurig K-Cup just perfectly! I fashioned the box after the small kraft treat box Stampin' Up used to carry. Directions for my version of the box are below. I used Crumb Cake cardstock for the box, added some DSP from the Coffee Break DSP, cut out one of the cups from the DSP, and added it on with a dimensional. I added a linen thread bow and stamped "coffee" from the Caffeiene Addict stamp set onto a small stitched shaped oval. You could use whatever stamp set you have. I wrapped some more linen thread around the bottom of the box.

Below are photos with directions for making the box. Start with a piece of cardstock cut to 6 x 8-1/2 inches. On the 8 inch long side, score at 1/2 inch, 2-1/2 inches, 4-1/2 inches, and 6-1/2 inches. Turn, and on the 6 inch long side, score at 1-1/2 inches, 3-1/2 inches, and 5-1/2 inches. Fold on score lines and cut as shown below. The small piece remaining on the lefthand side is the flap to attach the box together.

Fold the box together, attaching at the flap shown above.  At this point, the box will fold flat until ready to use.

Fold in the bottom flaps to form the bottom of the box and adhere. Use a corner rounder to round the top flap of the box closure. Use a small circle punch to punch out a partial circle on the front of the box to make it easier to remove the flap closure.

Decorate as desired and insert your K-Cup!

If you are interested in how I made the other card shown in the top photo, I will feature it in next week's blog. It is a gift card holder. I will also be using the same fold for a masculine gift card holder.

Please follow along now with the other talented hoppers listed below. Just click each name and you will be taken to their blog. Happy hopping! I hope you are enjoying your "coffee break!"

Friday, July 14, 2017

Echo Park Summer Dreams - Ferris Wheel Birthday Card

Again I have reached for my Echo Park Summer Dreams 6x6 paper pad. This card uses the ferris wheel paper along with the ferris wheel tag in the ephemera pack. I'm finding that the colors in this paper pad match almost perfectly my Stampin' Up colored cardstock. On this card I used Basic Gray and Strawberry Slush (a retired color).

The card is A2, 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, top folding. The card base is in Basic Gray and the layer under the patterned paper is in Strawberry Slush and cut at 4 x 5-1/4 inches. The ferris wheel paper is cut to 3-3/4 x 5 inches. I folded down the righthand corner of the ferris wheel paper to show the polka dot pattern on the other side. To this corner, I added a stamped greeting from Endless Birthday Wishes (Stampin' Up) in Basic Gray, and used a die from Simon Says Stamp called Bundle of Stitched Shapes (one of my favorites!)

I punched out the ferris wheel from the ephemera tag and added it back into the tag using dimensionals. That tag was layered onto a tag I die cut using the Chalk Talk Framelet set from Stampin' Up! (another favorite!) I added some enamel dots to the lower righthand side in bright yellow, hot pink and light blue.

Who doesn't love a ferris wheel? I think this card could also be a masculine card with the deep gray color.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Mason Jar Birthday Card in Red, White & Blue

In keeping with the red, white and blue theme, here is the most recent birthday card I made using the Doodlebug Design Yankee Doodle 6x6 paper pad. There is not one sheet of paper in the entire pad that I don't love!

My card is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2", top folding, in royal blue. I used several different papers in the Yankee Doodle pad. I love the red check. I cut a strip and added a piece of lacy scalloped white cardstock beneath it to resemble a red and white checked tablecloth with a lace border. The mason jar is stamped on the star paper and then cut out. I stamped the jar lid onto gray cardstock and cut it out. I tied a bow around the jar with red and white baker's twine, and attached the jar to a die cut stitched white oval using dimensionals. I punched out some stars in red, white and silver and added them to the left of the jar.

The birthday greeting is stamped onto white cardstock, cut and attached diagonally across the mason jar. I cut a strip of coordinating paper from the pad and added it to the top of the card as a border.

This card went together fairly quickly and I like the end result!

Supplies Used:
Doodlebug Design, Inc. Yankee Doodle 6x6 paper pad
Bright Blue Cardstock - unknown brand
Mason Jar stamp from a 2004 Stampin' Up set called "All Wrapped Up"
Red and White Baker's twine - Dollar Tree
Martha Stewart Scallop Lace Border Punch
Stampin' Up star punch
Greeting is from the "And Many More" stamp set by Stampin' Up
Stitched Oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits by Stampin' Up