I’m not too keen on giving gift cards as a present for friends. I prefer to get them something a little more personal but sometimes a gift card is just the right solution – maybe because I need to post the gift, maybe because there’s a larger item that they’re “saving up for”.
Today is the birthday of a friend that I knew I wouldn’t get to see face to face and so a gift card was an ideal solution for easy posting.
And yet, with Stampin’ Up! a gift card can still be made to look that little bit more special and stand out from the crowd.
The base holder was made with Very Vanilla card and the Card Base Pop ‘n’ Cuts die (130099) and the front flap was textured with the Chevron embossing folder (127749). I’ll be back with a quick tutorial including measurements and tips for embossing, in the next day or so. A panel of Halloween DSP was punched with the 3/16″ Corner (119871) and adhered to the bottom of the gift holder. Punched Witches’ Brew Washi Tape (132156) (another tip that I’ll share with you soon ) was stamped with a sentiment from Bring on the Cake (Wood 128490 or Clear 121958) using Black Stazon and matted with a Pumpkin Pie Decorative Label (120907) cut in two, before popping up on dimensionals. A few Itty Bitty flowers (118309 pack of three punches) were punched from Pumpkin Pie, topped with Basic Rhinestones (119246) and adhered to the tabbed flaps and the sentiment. Finally, Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon (119253) was tied around the top of the holder
Here’s the gift wallet opened up.
Another sentiment from the same set was stamped inside with Black Stazon and the gift card tucked inside. This is a stunt gift card as I didn’t have the actual one to hand when I took the pic
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I shared the swaps that I made for the rest of the team on Sunday. Now for the beautiful swaps that I got back in return. Here’s part 1:
From Cheryl, using Flowering Flourishes:
From Dorothy, using Flower Shop:
From Gail, using Papillon Potpourri:
From Hazel, using Simply Sketched:
From Jan, using Mosaic Madness:
From Joanne F, using Everything Eleanor:
From Joanne W, using Mosaic Madness:
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I’ll be back with Part 2 of the team swaps in a few days time, tomorrow is my Christmas inspiration feature.
Yes, just one more sleep to go and you’ll finally be able to get your hands on the lovely Sale-a-bration freebies that I’ve been sharing sneak peeks of over the last week. Have you decided which one(s) you’re getting first?
You’ll get to choose one for each £45 you spend. Spend £90 you get two, spend £135 you get three etc.
Today’s project uses the Vine Street embossing folder. If you subscribe to my newsletter then you’ll already have seen a sneak peek of this. If you don’t, then why not sign up now, so that you don’t miss out in future – just fill in the sign up panel top right and you’ll automatically get it delivered to your mailbox when the next edition goes out on 2 February.
The Petite Pocket (123131) was die cut from Lucky Limeade card and then embossed front and back with the Vine Street folder. Calypso Coral and Cherry Cobbler inks were used to stamp the same large circle from Circle Circus (W115778 or C127784) onto Whisper White card and then punched out with the 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle (127811), 1″ Circle (119868) and 3/4″ Circle (119873). These were layered together and secured with a Designer Printed brad for the pocket flap to tuck behind.
This pocket is ideal for giving gift cards in.
Apart from the Vine Street embossing folder which is a Sale-a-bration freebie that you’ll be able to get hold of tomorrow, all the other supplies are available already.
Please stop by tomorrow for full details of the Sale-a-bration!
Just a quick share today, to show some of yesterday’s gifts wrapped and tagged and with matching gift wallets. Isn’t it amazing how quickly they’re pulled apart and unwrapped.
Bless her, my Mum was trying at first to take all the wrappings off really carefully so she didn’t spoil them, until I told her to just enjoy herself and rip away!
My black and gold themed wrapping:
My frosty blues themed wrapping:
I hope that you’ve had a fantastic Christmas.
Now to start looking ahead to 2013!
My Dad has pretty much all he wants at this point in his life and so prefers to have a gift certificate that he can spend as he chooses. The Amazon certificate he wanted, can be printed out as a gift card but I still wanted to make it a little more special in the presentation, so I created a gift wallet for it.
And designed it to match the birthday card I shared yesterday
The A4 Basic Gray card for the wallet was folded into three, with the folded size just slightly larger than the printed gift card and with just a small slice cut from the front folded edge. A slot for the card was created by repeat punching with the Word Window punch (119857) on the inner fold before adhering it around the edges, to the back of the wallet. A panel of Lucky Limeade card was matted with Twitterpated DSP and added to the wallet front. Teeny Tiny Wishes (W115370) was used to stamp the sentiment in Basic Gray ink onto Whisper White card before punching out with the Word Window punch and matting onto a Modern Label (119849) punched from Basic Gray card. This sentiment was popped up on dimensionals on the wallet front. The Scallop Edge Border (119882) was used to punch a strip of Lucky Limeade card and edge the wallet before finishing with a velcro spot fastener. Here’s the inside:
I love being able to make matching items for gifting, I think it looks really professional, don’t you?
One of my work colleagues is leaving this week, taking early retirement. We’ve had a collection and have wads of money to give her so I volunteered to make a gift wallet to present it in.
I couldn’t resist using some of our gorgeous Specialty DSP and Antique Brads to give it that elegant touch.
Textured Cardstock: Basic Black (121078)
Plain Cardstock: Very Vanilla (106550)
DSP: Mocha Morning Specialty (122366)
Punches: Scallop Trim Border (118402), Word Window (119857), Boho Blossoms (119858)
Other: Antique Brads (117273)
Non-SU: Velcro spot
The Textured Basic Black card for the wallet was folded into three, with the folded size a little larger than the bank notes. A slot for the notes was created by repeat punching with the Word Window punch on the inner fold before adhering it around the edges, to the back of the wallet. A panel of Very Vanilla card was matted with one of the flocked Mocha Morning Specialty DSPs and added to the wallet front. After punching a small flower from Very Vanilla card with the Boho Blossoms, it was secured to the front of the purse with an Antique Brad. The Scallop Trim Border was used to punch a strip of Very Vanilla card which covered the brad and edged the wallet before finishing with a velcro spot fastener.
An elegant solution don’t you think.
Hope you have a great weekend.
I went to the wedding of a work colleague last weekend. Instead of individual gifts, the bride and groom had requested cash towards paying for their honeymoon and so we’d taken a collection at work. To make the presentation of it a little more special, I made a gift wallet using their wedding colours.
Stamp set: Cornelli Lace (115624)
Cardstock: Basic Black (121688), Melon Mambo (119980)
Ink: Melon Mambo (115656)
Medium Sizzlits Die: Timeless Type Junior Alphabet (115951)
Punches: Scallop Trim Border (118402), Word Window (119857)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Jumbo Handle (103661), Wheel Guide (104834)
Non-SU: Velcro spot
The Basic Black card for the wallet was folded into three, with the folded size a little larger than the bank notes. A slot for the notes was created by repeat punching with the Word Window punch on the inner fold before adhering it around the edges, to the back of the wallet. A panel of Melon Mambo was stamped with the Cornelli Lace wheel in matching ink and the bride and groom’s initials were die cut and added to the wallet front. The Scallop Trim Border was used to punch a strip of Melon Mambo card and edge the wallet before finishing with a velcro spot fastener. Here’s the inside:
A much prettier way of gifting cash, I hope you’ll agree?