Dec 23 2013

Festive Flurry Gift Card Holder

I had a few people want gift cards for the holidays, so here is this year's version!  I went with my traditional folded holder…amazing how different it can look with different papers and stamping elements!  I created it to fit around the pre-printed gift certificates from Stampin' Up!

Here are the details:

  1. I cut Winter Frost Designer Paper to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, then scored at 1 1/4 and 4 1/4.  (The gift certificate was trimmed down slightly to fit inside.)
  2. I folded the top flap down, then added a 1/4 x 5 1/2 strip of Silver Glimmer to the bottom of the flap.
  3. I rounded all the corners with the Corner Rounder Punch.
  4. I created the pocket by adding Sticky Strip to the sides.
  5. I stamped the small snowflake in Festive Flurry with Coastal Cabana ink on Whisper White, then cut it out with the Festive Framelit, along with one in Silver Glimmer Paper.
  6. I cut two more larger sized snowflakes with the Framelits and Coastal Cabana and Island Indigo cardstock.  I used Stampin' Dimensionals to attach to the front of the pocket.
  7. Finally, I stamped Christmas Greetings from Warmth & Wonder Hostess set with Island Indigo Ink on a strip of Whisper White and cut a flag end, then tucked it under the snowflake.

The Silver Glimmer Paper just really makes it SPARKLE!  Love it and hope all the recipients enjoy it, too! 


Hope this finds you almost ready for Christmas!  I hope to make a couple batches of cookies today AND finish up wrapping the last of my gift cards.  Waiting on ONE more gift to arrive via UPS…cutting it close with that one!  Oh, still need to get stocking candy and items today, too!



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Jul 18 2013

Pop N Cuts Gift Card Holder

While Mary and I are at Convention, we are swapping gift card holders for Create with Connie and Mary using the Pop N Cuts Die.  It's a combination of two gift holders you've probably seen…but put together in a unique way!  If you see us, make sure to stop and say hello and swap with us (while supplies last)!  If you are a subscriber…let us know that, too!  We'd love to meet you!

Mary filmed a video so you could see exactly how our holder is put together, so if you miss out on getting one…you can still see what we did!  Mary used butterflies on hers…I used my favorite Flower Shop and Pansy punch flowers!  lol!  And we used a combination of colors and designer paper so not all look exactly like these…just sayin'!



Love it…don't you?  Sounds like we are in for a fast paced, exciting NEW Convention this year!  We can't wait to see it all and catch up with old (and new!) friends!  Hope to see you there!

Jan 01 2013


WOW…hasn't the past year just FLOWN by.  My husband and I were watching the ball drop in New York and read the 2013…remembering that it just seemed like it turned over to 2000 and people were SO worried about how their technology would react!


I wanted to show off one more project I did for the holidays.  I used Patty Bennett's idea of a gift card holder and my favorite holiday set, No Peeking, to make up several of these to "unwrap" at Christmas.  I had about 10 of them to make for family, my UPS carrier, mail carrier and my postmistress.  All of them see me frequently and are so kind!  This also fits the Late Night Stampers "Snowflake" challenge this week!


Also a reminder to get those last minute Holiday Mini orders in by tomorrow, January 2…the last day to order from that catalog!  Use my online ordering button in the upper left corner of my blog to place your order!


As you can see…I used this layout "theme" a lot throughout the holidays.  My cards, the gift certificate holders and now my gift cards.  I also used the Label Framelit with this snowman as tags on a few gifts.  For the gift cards for my family, I just tucked these into another wrapped box.  For the UPS driver and others, I placed in an envelope and then attached it as a tag to a bag of homemade Christmas Candy (also called white trash in my family)…mixture of Chex cereals, Cheerios, peanuts, pretzels and red/green M&Ms, covered in white chocolate.  I didn't get any pictures of those…I was in a hurry to distribute them since I was running SO late!  lol!



Well, enjoy the day!  I plan on watching some bowl games as I work on swaps for Leadership!  lol!


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Nov 26 2012

No Peeking Igloo card


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Funny how some things inspire you to create!  I saw an igloo when I was thinking about different shaped cards and came up with this using Stampin' Up!'s No Peeking stamp set!  And, it's a normal sized card, so no extra postage required!



So, I know I'm going to get questions about the details…here you go!

  1. The larger part of the igloo is 4 1/4 x 4 1/4, the fold is on the left side.  I used a lid and cut the top on a curve.
  2. The smaller part of the igloo is 2 1/2 x 2 1/2, cut twice.  I used a smaller lid to cut the top into a curve on this one, too.  One piece is added to the front, and the second is added to the back of the inside (see other picture).
  3. Cut a 1 1/2" x 2" piece of Basic Black cardstock, curve the top of it the same way and adhere over the smaller igloo piece, lining it up at the bottom.
  4. Use the Dazzling Details and draw around the edges on the front and draw ice "bricks" across the front.  Let dry.
  5. Stamp the penguin from No Peeking in Black Stazon and Raspberry Ripple, cut out the hat and scarf from the Raspberry Ripple and layer over the black.  (Before stamping, remove black ink from eyes and beak and use Marina Mist and Pumpkin Pie Markers).  Pop up the penguin in front of the igloo with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  6. Stamp No Peeking in Black Stazon and color in the words with Raspberry Ripple Marker.  Stamp the bird in Raspberry Ripple Ink, and color the scarf with Marina Mist Marker.

What I like is that this is also a gift card holder!



  1. Here you can see where the other small igloo fits in the back.
  2. Ignore the To/From greeting that is stamped crooked!  It really isn't as bad as it looks in the photo!  lol!
  3. I added a 2 x 4 piece of Snow Festival Designer Paper and adhered only the bottom and sides to form a pocket on the inside that holds a gift card!


Isn't it fun?  I loved how it turned out!  And…I will fix that To/From!  lol!



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Feb 17 2012

Mixed Bunch special fold card

I never showed my Control Freaks swap card for the Occasions Mini!  I actually was holding onto it because I knew I wanted to use the design for my Blossom Punch Stamp Camp that was earlier this week.  I revamped my swap card a little bit…used a different flower from this one, but the look is the same.


Here is a look of it closed.  The front flap fits under the Mixed Bunch flower to hold it closed.  I only used two Stampin' Dimensionals under the left side of the flower to secure it to the inside base of the card.  The base Pool Party is 4 1/4 x 9 1/2", scored at 5 1/2" (** see my thought below**).  I used the Perfect Polka Dots on the shorter front piece, then added the Everyday Enchantment Designer Paper, layered on Poppy Parade cardstock.  The greeting from Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess only set) was stamped in Lucky Limeade on Very Vanilla and added to the front panel.



Here it is open:



On the back panel, I stamped the Mixed Bunch open flower randomly with Pool Party Classic Ink on the Pool Party cardstock for a little tone-on-tone look.  The Mixed Bunch filigree flower was stamped with Poppy Parade on Very Vanilla, then punched with the Blossom Punch.  I also punched a flower from Poppy Parade cardstock to layer under the filigree one.  I stamped the circle center with Pool Party and punched with the 3/4" Circle Punch.  In the center, there is a clear button tied in a bow with Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine.  I also stamped the filigree flower in Lucky Limeade on Very Vanilla, then punched it and cut it into pieces for the leaves in the background.


**I had a thought after I had already made this for the swap and my class.  Instead of cutting off the 1 1/2" on the front, score it instead and form a pocket when it is folded back on itself (so score the 4 1/2 x 11 sheet at 1 1/2 & 5 1/2).  Then it would have a great place to hold a gift card!!!  I'll be making a bunch of these style cards in the future!

Oct 27 2011

Stitched Stocking CCMC173

Today on Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge, we have a beautiful color challenge for you to try!  Everyone is welcome to play along!  I was surprised how much I loved the colors of Island Indigo, Baja Breeze and Rich Razzleberry together!




I worked on my card while I was at the stamping retreat.  I wanted to make a gift card holder.  This one turned out to be lots of fun!




The base is Whisper White with Rich Razzleberry layer.  I added a strip of Island Indigo in the background.  I cut the Top Note from Pocketful of Posies Designer Paper.  On top is the folder for the gift card.  I added an Island Indigo stocking from Stitched Stockings stamp set and used the coordinating punch!  I stamped the stocking snowflake again in Baja Breeze ink and added a Rhinestone jewel.  Under the stocking is a layer of Rich Razzleberry run thru the Big Shot with the Snow Burst Impressions Folder.  I wrapped some Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon around the Whisper White layer and stamped Merry Christmas from Petite Pairs in Island Indigo Classic Ink.



Inside, I also embossed the bottom portion with the Snow Burst Impressions Folder and cut a 1" half circle along the top in order to get the gift card out easily.  I stamped the paired sentiment with Island Indigo on Whisper White and punched with the Decorative Label Punch.  How wonderful to have a place for the gift card inside the card!


Make sure to check out what the rest of the Challenge Team did this week on Create with Connie and Mary!  I'm sure you'll LOVE their ideas!

Sep 30 2009

Simple Seasonal Thanks Gift Card Holder


I knew immediately when I saw this Simple Seasonal Thanks stamp in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Mini what I wanted to do with it.  Every year, I make my Snowman gift tags for Christmas.  This stamp is a perfect size for a gift tag!  Of course, the greeting in the center wouldn’t work, so I just customized my stamp and cut the greeting out before I mounted it.  I saved the greeting in case I ever wanted to use it…but now I have the perfect snowman!

And I can’t believe I forgot to post this card!  It was my Control Freaks card for the Holiday Mini Catalog Swap I did back in August!  It has a surprise inside…it is a GIFT CARD HOLDER!

The Real Red base of the card is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  Then the Bermuda Bay cardstock is 4 x 11, scored at 2 3/4 and 8.  The top piece flips up and down…the bottom piece folds up and is adhered on each side, leaving it open for the gift card to slide in.  I decorated the top flap with Christmas Cocoa Designer Paper (I used the snowflake side for my swaps…this was my sample).  Then stamped and cut out 26 snowman (TV work!)  Each snowman I colored the hat and scarf with my Real Red and Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Write Markers and the AquaPainter and added some white stitching on the hat with my White Gel Pen.  Oops…forgot about his cheeks!  I used Stampin’ Pastels.  I added two Vintage Black Mini Brads for the charcoal "buttons" on the front and stamped the greeting from Sweet Season stamp set in the empty spot on his belly!  He is secured to the top flap only on the top half of his body.


I could not get a good picture of the inside with the snowman flipped up…my camera focus went crazy.  But this is the bottom inside of the card.  Right above the Merry Christmas sign is the pocket where you place your Gift Card (below my watermark).  I stamped Merry Christmas from Teeny Tiny Wishes in Basic Brown on Sahara Sand cardstock and punched it with the Modern Label Punch.  I cut a slice of Chocolate Chip cardstock for the post.  And tore a piece of Whisper White cardtock to make the snowpile…I added Crystal Effects along the top of the snow and added Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  I had a lot of fun making these!

So…what do you think?  Like it? Leave me a comment!


Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370), Simple Seasonal Thanks (111548), Sweet Seasons (116471)

Cardstock:  Whisper White (100730), Bermuda Bay (115317), Real Red (102482), Sahara Sand (105328), Chocolate Chip (102128)

Inks:  Bermuda Bay Classic Ink pad (115655), In Colors Stampin’ Write Markers (116329), Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker (100053), Basic Brown Classic Ink (104315)

Accessories:  Vintage Mini Brads (109109), Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer paper (116770), Paper Snips (103579), Crystal Effects (101055), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (102023), White Gel Pen (105021), Stampin’ Pastels (105542)


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Apr 22 2009

Blooming with Love

Blooming with Love is such a pretty set!  I totally overlooked it the first couple times I went through the catalog…actually for about six months!  Then I saw a few cards done with it and thought WOW!  I don’t remember seeing that set before!  Then I started looking at the details of it and how versatile it really is and bought it.  It also has a matching seed packet wheel called Blooms and Bulbs that is darling!  I have an idea on how to use that wheel…just need to play with it!

This card is a Thank You gift card for my husband’s executive assistant!  Today is Executive Assistant’s Day!  Stephanie is a sweetheart and helps keep my husband sane.  Plus, she has such a delightful sense of humor, although always very proper!  I made a Tote Bag filled with cards and then my husband purchased a gift card for Starbucks to go in this card.  When you open up the top flap, there is a pocket to hold a gift card!  Clever, huh? 


Basically, cut your cardstock to 4 x 11, then score the long side at 2 3/4 and 8.  Fold the bottom flap up and adhere along the sides (this is the larger flap).  That creates a natural pocket to slip in a gift card sideways!  I adhered this entire Baja Breeze piece to a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 piece of Chocolate Chip.

The top panel I decorated with Parisian Breeze Designer Paper.  For my image panel, I stamped the Watering can on the floral DSP and cut it out.  Then I inked up just the branches with Chocolate Chip marker and stamped those on the Whisper White cardstock in the approximate place that I wanted the watering can to sit.  I stamped Thanks from Fundamental Phrases next to the watering can.  That set is GREAT for when you only have a small area for a word or two!  I used the Scallop Edge Punch along the bottom of the Whisper White and then added a strip of Baja Breeze that I also scalloped.  I matted the entire piece with Chocolate Chip cardstock.  Then I added just a strip of the Parisian Breeze striped DSP…so the watering can looks like it is sitting on something…not just floating in the air!  Finally, I added three 1/4 circles in the bottom corner and wrapped some 1/4 Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon completely around the front of the card.  Be careful when you place the front panel that you only adhere the top part to the flap of the card.

Inside, I added another piece of the Stripe DSP and the thank you greeting from Curvy Verses to dress it up.  I like the the 1/4 circles are still visible.

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I need to finish up the 50th Wedding Anniversary favors for the dinner on Friday and make a gift certificate holder for their gift…a Sunset Dinner Cruise in Key West.  They are headed there next week, so I thought that would be fun for them.


Blooming With Love
Price: $24.95

Bulbs & Blooms Wheel
Price: $6.50

Set:   Blooming with Love, Fundamental Phrases, Curvy Verses
C/S:  Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Parisian Breeze DSP
Inks:  Chocolate Chip Classic and marker
Other: Scallop Edge Punch, Sticky Strip, 1/4 Choc Chip grosgrain, 1/4 circle punch


Dec 05 2008

Blogger’s Challenge 76 – Color Inspiration

I’m feeling a little low on creative inspiration today, so I’m going for a little "cheat" by using a gift card holder that my Stamping Club made last week.  My Last Minute Gifts Class was last night…fun…but it took them much longer than I anticipated (isn’t it always that way?)  But, a great group of gals and I certainly had fun, hope they did, too!  I know they loved the projects and I’ll be sharing them on here.

So, with a color combination of Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss and Whisper White as today’s challenge, how could I not pull out the Frosty Day Designer Paper from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  I think this paper is FUN and this is my favorite pattern in the package!  Very non-traditional holiday colors!  And…Mr. Twigster fits right in with this paper as a little non-traditional snowman, too!

The base of this gift card is a Kraft Medium Size envelope.  For the outside, I stamped him in Basic Brown on Whisper White and colored his nose and scarf with Tangerine Tango and a little Bashful Blue around his body and the ground.  Then I added some liquid glue and Dazzling diamonds glitter all over his body and the ground.  Layered it on Chocolate Chip (oops!) and I used the Snow Blossom punch in Tangerine Tango with a Bashful Blue 1/2 circle and mini brad inside and popped it with dimensionals. 

Inside on the left side I used the verse from Wishing You Cheer stamp set…it is one of my favorites…and then the little tree is stamped in Kiwi Kiss and colored the ornaments with Tangerine Tango.  The right side is the pocket for the gift card.  To make the inside I first folded the envelope in half, then cut away the part of the flap and top portion of the right side, so I just had a pocket left.  I sealed the left side down.  Then I decorated the right side with more of the Frosty Day designer paper…Snowflake Pattern on the bottom and a trim of the reverse TT side to cover the seam. 

Before I placed Mr. Twigster on the front with dimensionals, I added some Tangerine Tango striped ribbon so I could tie the envelope closed. 

I’m excited to see what the rest of the Blogger’s have done this week with the color challenge.

Have a WONDERFUL weekend!

Oct 20 2008

And the Winner is…

I know…you were expecting to see a winner announced last night.  However, we got the chance to go to dinner with some dear friends and the evening got away from me!  But, here is the Winner….HEATHER…COME ON DOWN!  Remember, you do need to be a US resident in order to win this prize.

Heather on 15 Oct 2008 at 11:03 am

Hi Connie, congrats on your publication!!! I love the apothecary jars that you did. What a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing all your creative ideas, I always love seeing what you put together.


Send me an EMAIL with your information and I’ll get it out to you.  I’ll send in the form to Paper Crafts Magazine with your information, too!

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This was a blank gift card holder from Stampin’ Up! that I made up for the craft sales.  I had an entire package of last catalog colors (Old Olive, So Saffron and Sahara Sand) that I never used and some of last year’s designer paper.  Now we carry the gift cards in Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red and Kraft colors.  I used a variety of different stamp sets, but I liked the snowman from Merry & Bright the best.  After I took this picture, I did add a little bit of glitter to his body to make him sparkle!  The greeting is from an old hostess set, Warmest Regards…still one of my favorite sets that I won’t part with!  I sold out of these at the first sale, so I made up some more and only have a few of those left!  People really seemed to like them!

Busy week for me…I have a Punch class and some Class Kits to finish.  Plus a couple design team assignments.  I also need to start preparing what I’m going to work on while I’m at a weekend stamping retreat coming up in a couple weeks!  Woohoo!  Happy Monday!