Friday, December 6, 2019

5 Days of Christmas | Gift Card Holders | Day 5

Welcome back to Day 5 of the 5 Days of Christmas!  I'm showing creative ways to give gift cards!  Did you miss any?  See them here:

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This holder is my favorite!!  It might be because of the big bright Real Red Ruched ribbon.  Or it might be because of the lovely layers of designer series paper and stamped images.

pop up gift card holder | stampin' up!'s toile tidings suite | 5 days of Christmas

I used Stampin' Blends in Dark Real Red and Dark Shaded Spruce to color the branch and bits of the sentiment banner.  **Note: there are dies available to cut out these images and others in the Toile Tidings set.  I don't have them, though, so I used Paper Snips to do the job.**
When the holder is untied and opened, a little slot for a gift card pops up!  I stamped and cut out a greeting to glue to the inside.
  
pop up gift card holder | stampin' up!'s toile tidings suite | 5 days of Christmas

Photo Tutorial for Pop-Up Gift Card Holder


Cut your cardstock to 9" x 4".  Score at 1-3/4", 4-1/2", 5-3/4", and 7".  Place your paper so that the pattern you want on the outside is facing down.  
pop up gift card holder photo tutorial by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Fold the 5-3/4" score line so that it is a mountain fold and the patterned paper is pressed together there.  Use a circle punch (any size) to punch a half-circle notch.  Use scissors to cut a slit on the left and right sides of the half-circle notch to within a 1/4" of the paper edge (see template above).  The photo below shows the inside of the gift card holder.
pop up gift card holder photo tutorial by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Turn the paper over so that the pattern you want showing on the outside of the holder is facing up.  Add Tear 'N Tape at the spot shown in the photo below.  Peel off the liner and adhere the sections between the 4-1/2" and 7" score lines together.  This creates a space to hold the gift card.  
pop up gift card holder photo tutorial by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

From there, wrap ribbon around the folded holder and tie shut.  Decorate the front of the holder.

pop up gift card holder | stampin' up!'s toile tidings suite | 5 days of Christmas

Tip: Use SNAIL to adhere ribbon to the holder.  Glue the decorative pieces on top of the ribbon with Stampin' Dimensionals so that when the recipient opens the holder, the ribbon stays put and can be easily retied.

You Can Make This!

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

5 Days of Christmas | Gift Card Holders | Day 4

Welcome back to Day 4 of the 5 Days of Christmas!  I'm showing creative ways to give gift cards!  Did you miss any?  See them here:

5 Days of Christmas | Gift Card Holders | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

If you're a regular reader of my site, you know that I love Splitcoaststampers.  There's community and fun stamping events like Virtual Stamp Night.  As I was browsing there a couple weeks ago, I found a tutorial for Twin Pocket Purses.  They were so cute that I had to make a couple and share!

twin pocket purse gift card holder | holds 2 gift cards or tea bags

The Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper has a fantastic vintage feel with its old-time images and classic Christmas colors on a Very Vanilla base.  A bit of sponging with Soft Suede ink really adds to that, as do the Clear and Gold Faceted Gems on the purse clasps.

twin pocket purse gift card holder | holds 2 gift cards or tea bags

A Velcro dot (from the Dollar Tree) keeps the purse closed.  And did you catch that it's a TWIN pocket purse?  That means you can place two gift cards in each purse, or one gift card and a tea bag, or a gift card and a Ghiradelli chocolate.


twin pocket purse gift card holder | holds 2 gift cards or tea bags

I would be so excited to get a gift like this!  Tea is my love language and the ritual of making it makes me feel like all is right in the world.  My favorite teas are from Twinings and David's Tea.


Made with Garden Green cardstock

Made with Real Red cardstock

What I used to make both purses:

Additional supplies for Garden Green purse:




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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

5 Days of Christmas | Gift Card Holders | Day 3

Welcome back to Day 3 of the 5 Days of Christmas!  I'm showing creative ways to give gift cards!  Did you miss any?  See them here:

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Today's idea was made by my friend and fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Lori Brausen of Duchess of Design.  I met her in Las Vegas when we were there for OnStage.  I've known her for years on Facebook, so I was thrilled to finally give her a hug!  Her beautifully kind and generous soul was even more heart-warming in person.  

Stampin' Up! gold pizza box gift card holder | made by Lori Brausen Duchess of Design

The Gold Pizza Boxes are 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" and come flat in the package.  You just need to fold to assemble.  The shiny gold make these super fancy.  



Lori used the following to make these:
Tip from Lori: punch the sentiment from the center of the Whisper White square piece to save paper.  The negative space will be covered by the Wrapped In Plaid DSP.  So smart!



The Gold Pizza Boxes easily fit a gift card.  I added shredded Shaded Spruce cardstock for a festive nest.  Lori had some other ideas for what to put in the pizza box: a fancy decorated cookie; Ghiradelli chocolates; or a set of 3" x 3" mini note cards and envelopes.  So versatile for gift giving!


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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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5 Days of Christmas Blog Series: Gift Card Holders


5 Days of Christmas: Gift Card Holders | Dec 2-6 | easy options | thejoyfulstamper.com


Gift cards are one of the most popular gifts at Christmas time and I'll show you ways to give them with style.  Follow my site by entering your email address in the "Never miss a post" box and you'll be notified when each project is up.  See Day 1 and Day 2, then come back tomorrow for Day 3!  



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5 Days of Christmas | Gift Card Holders | Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of my series on gift card holders!  Did you miss any?  See them here:

5 Days of Christmas| Gift Card Holders | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

It doesn't get any easier than this!  I used a Stampin' Up! mini shipping box to create this gift card holder.  The boxes come in packs of 8 and are scored and ready to assemble.  Just fold!  The finished dimensions are 4" x 3" x 2-5/8", so you could add some special chocolates along with a gift card, or fill it with crumpled strips of cardstock to act as a nest for the gift card.


Stampin' Up! Shipping Box gift card holder using Wrapped In Plaid Designer Series Paper, Perfectly Plaid, and Pine Tree Punch

Supplies used for this holder:


Stampin' Up! Shipping Box gift card holder using Wrapped In Plaid Designer Series Paper, Perfectly Plaid, and Pine Tree Punch


A favorite trick of mine is to curl ribbon ends with a Bone Folder.  I tie the bow, leaving long tails, then take my bone folder and run it several times along each tail.  It adds a touch of playfulness and fullness!

Stampin' Up! Shipping Box gift card holder using Wrapped In Plaid Designer Series Paper, Perfectly Plaid, and Pine Tree Punch


I left the back of the box plain, except for some Wrapped In Plaid DSP.  

The only measurements you need for this holder are the ones for the Wrapped In Plaid DSP that covers the box sides:

  • 3-1/2" x 2-1/4" (2 pieces)
  • 2-1/2" x 2-1/4" (2 pieces)
Bonus: The 6"x6" Wrapped In Plaid paper stack is perfect for cutting these!  1 sheet is all you need per box.  You'll be left with a 1-1/2" x 6" strip that you can shred for filler in the box; cut into skinny strips, curl, and add to box top; or use as a mat for a sentiment on the box front.

Check out two other ways I used the Stampin' Up! Mini Shipping Boxes:






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Monday, December 2, 2019

5 Days of Christmas Series | Gift Card Holders | Day 1

The last 5 days have been active and full.  My brother and his family stayed with us for several days and Emma was home from college.  We had 10 people packed into our little one-story, 1200 square feet home.  The cousins played games and read books, Brian wrestled with his 5 year old nephews (something he rarely did having 3 daughters), and my parents and grandmother came over for dinner each day.  Brian and I took our niece and nephews to Fun Fore All one morning and got to be silly and crazy - we attacked robots, played fooseball, raced each other on snowmobiles, and ate ice cream for lunch.  And now it's quiet because they returned home and Emma's back at college.  Alaina and Caitlin are still here, of course, but 6 fewer people in a small home is noticeable!  

5 Days of Christmas | Gift Card Holders | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

So let's begin the blog series, shall we?  It's all about creative ways to gift the ever-popular gift card.  First up is an A2-sized holder (A2 is a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card).  I received one as a swap at OnStage and loved its ease to make and that it can be mailed in an envelope for a standard sized card.

a2 sized pocket gift card holder with Stampin' Up!'s Toile Tidings stamp set and designer series paper


The first version has a shabby, vintage look that goes so well with the Toile Tidings set and Designer Series Paper.  The cardinal was stamped on Very Vanilla in Real Red ink, then a Blender Pen was used to color over the image.  This smears some of the ink to give it a soft, colored-in look.  I added scraps of Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace Trim for an extra vintage touch.  Let me show you how to make the basic gift card holder!


Cut your cardstock to 4-1/2" x 11"; score at 2-1/2" and 5-1/2" on the long side.
a2 sized pocket gift card holder with Stampin' Up!'s Toile Tidings stamp set and designer series paper


Add Tear 'N Tape to the 2-1/2" section.
a2 sized pocket gift card holder with Stampin' Up!'s Toile Tidings stamp set and designer series paper


Cut three pieces of Designer Series Paper: 2-3/4" x 4"; 2-1/4" x 4"; 1" x 4"
a2 sized pocket gift card holder with Stampin' Up!'s Toile Tidings stamp set and designer series paper


If you want to add a vintage touch, add Soft Suede ink to the edges of the designer series paper with a Stampin' Sponge.
a2 sized pocket gift card holder with Stampin' Up!'s Toile Tidings stamp set and designer series paper


Glue designer series paper to the pocket card (not shown is the 2-3/4" piece glued to the front); Use a circle punch (any size) to create a notch, then remove Tear 'N Tape liner and fold to create a pocket.
a2 sized pocket gift card holder with Stampin' Up!'s Toile Tidings stamp set and designer series paper


This is a cleaner version of the one above - no sponging, no Blender Pen coloring, and no lace.  I kept the Early Espresso mat cut with the Layering Square dies.
a2 sized pocket gift card holder with Stampin' Up!'s Toile Tidings stamp set and designer series paper

Here's one that uses the Let It Snow product suite.  I used Pool Party ink to stamp "Let It Snow" as a background for the happy snowman.  Snowfall Accents Puff Paint and a Heat Tool were used to create touchable snowballs.  A strip of washi tape from the Let It Snow Embellishment Kit runs along side panel and the Layering Square mat was cut with Sparkle Glimmer Paper.
a2 sized pocket gift card holder with Stampin' Up!'s Snowman Season stamp set and Let It Snow designer series paper

This one looks similar to the first except I eliminated the stamped background and highlighted the snowflakes with Basics Holiday Rhinestones Jewels and a Coastal Cabana Stampin' Write Marker.
a2 sized pocket gift card holder with Stampin' Up!'s Snowman Season stamp set and Let It Snow designer series paper

These gift card holders are so easy to make!  Pick your favorite set and designer series paper and follow the tutorial above.  

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Friday, November 29, 2019

NEWS FLASH! Stampin' Up! Year-End Closeout Starts December 3!

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Stampin’ Up!’s Year-End Closeout is almost here! Beginning December 3 and while supplies last, save big on a selection of retiring and surplus items including holiday catalog items, stamp sets, and Paper Pumpkin past kits. Shop early to avoid missing out! Supplies are limited and popular items will sell out quickly. This amazing sale ends on January 2. 

Make a note to stop back December 3 to see everything that's on sale.  Don't forget to stop back, because items DO sell out fast (like the very popular moose punch).  My suggestion is to go through your Holiday Catalog now, marking which products you love, so that on December 3 you are ready to shop my online store.


Herringbone Technique With Wrapped In Plaid Suite

If you live in the US, how was your Thanksgiving holiday, friend?  I cooked the entire feast (with the exception of dessert) and it wasn't that bad!  Allrecipes magazine had a day-by-day planner in an issue from last year and it was fantastic - easy to follow, simple but delicious recipes, and everything cooked at the same oven temperature.  No hiccups whatsoever!  The best part was that I WON our turkey this year.  The small, all-volunteer fire department the next town over holds its famous Turkey Bingo every November and I won a game on the first night!  Woo-hoo!  After enjoying it roasted with a honey butter glaze, that turkey's carcass is right now in my crockpot on low heat making stock for winter soups.  I also made a ginger-pear cranberry sauce that was delicious.  Allrecipes magazine is a winner in my book - we've never had a disappointing recipe.

Let's jump from turkey leftovers to PAPER leftovers!


present card using Stampin' Up!'s Wrapped In Plaid suite and herringbone technique


The herringbone technique is an oldie but goodie.  It's a classic that sticks around because it makes such beautiful use of the smallest pieces of paper.  It's the equivalent of a quilt making excellent use of leftover fabric (or at least I imagine it to be; I've never been a quilter).  There's a photo tutorial for the herringbone technique below.   

present card using Stampin' Up!'s Wrapped In Plaid suite and herringbone technique

I used Wrapped In Plaid Designer Series Paper on both these cards.  Once the strips were glued to a Whisper White cardstock panel, I wrapped Shaded Spruce/Gold Striped Ribbon around it like you would a present and tied it in a bow.  Then, I matted that panel to a Shaded Spruce (top card) or Cherry Cobbler (bottom card) cardstock panel.  The card bases are 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" Thick Whisper White folded in half.

The tree tags were made with the Pine Tree Punch and Cherry Cobbler (top card) and Shaded Spruce (bottom card) cardstock.  The sentiments were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder and a Heat Tool.  Sentiments are from Perfectly Plaid ("Ho Ho Ho") and Snowman Season ("To/From"). Solid Whisper White Baker's Twine was used to tie the trees around the bow.


Tip: To stamp "Ho Ho Ho" vertically, ink just the first part of the sentiment as shown in the photo above.  Stamp once, ink the same way again, and stamp a second time just below the sentiment.  Repeat the process to stamp the sentiment a third time.

Herringbone Technique Photo Tutorial

Apply adhesive to a 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" Whisper White cardstock panel.
Diagonally lay a DSP strip.  Your strips can be any width you like.


Lay down a second DSP strip that is perpendicular to the first strip.


Lay down a third DSP strip that is parallel to the first strip and perpendicular to the second strip (see where the arrow is pointing in the photo).


Lay down a fourth DSP strip that is parallel to the second strip and perpendicular to the third strip (see where the arrow is pointing in the photo).


Repeat that process until that section is finished.  The same steps are used to complete the other sections of the Whisper White cardstock panel.

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