Creative Bliss

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy-Gifts and Gift Card Holders

I don't think the recipients of these read my blog regularly and if they do, act surprised when you get these! LOL

First up is a note card holder set, the template for which I got at Papertrey Ink. Lauren Meader is a phenomenal creator of all things good and she has started designing and selling templates at PTI. When you purchase the template, you also receive a pdf booklet with ideas on how to use it. Very cool. She also showcases amazing projects (different than what's in the pdf). This is one talented and creative woman! Anyway, I chose to use the All Boxed Up template (not sure if the link will work-if not, go to PapertreyInk and click on templates) to create this gift set:100_5342 100_5341

I chose to make note cards, rather than full out cards. It's a quarter of an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of cardstock and will fit in a standard invitation envelope. The paper I used is DCWV, solid is from the Summer cardstock stack and the print is from a newly released pack called Sweet. I used a Martha Stewart border punch. It's more simple than I would normally do, but being on a time crunch, I had to go easy, no stamping. I think it came out very pretty, though. The ribbon is a wide grosgrain I picked up at the dollar store, of all places. I wanted to make a second set, but simply ran out of time.

I had some gift cards to send, and I like to dress them up and here's what I did:

100_5348 This is the same design as I did previously. I just used different colors. Holiday Red (CTMH) and white and grey. The pattern paper is from Martha Stewart, as is the punch. I found some snowflake embellishments at Walmart and thought it, along with a bit of bling in the form of a rhinestone added a nice touch.

 

I saw this next idea at Archiver's and thought it would be fun to recreate. Unfortunately, the store was out of stock on the stamp set, but I made do with what I already owned. LOL Like that was a big stretch. LOL They used a die to cut out the pattern, but who needs a die when the dimensions are so straight-forward? I just traced the sample onto paper and took it from there.

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These are pretty simple, overall, but I liked the presentation. The dp is Basic Grey's Wassail line and the cardstock I picked up for free with a coupon from the store. The ribbon, which is difficult to see (sorry) was ONLY 29 cents a yard!

Unfortunately, they were also out of the epoxy brads in the Wassail line (the brad you see on the front of the card holder). But I like my version just fine. Hobby Lobby's Spare Parts Embellishment line goes on sale for 50% off regularly. The last time it did, I picked up these brads where you could add letter stickers to create words. I picked up a pack for the brads, not the letters. I snipped off the prongs, added a pop dot to attach it to the front. A 1/2 inch circle punch is the perfect size to fit on the top of the brad. Very cool! One of the appealing parts of this to me, other than the overall cute design, was the tag on the inside. The stamp set had Just For You lined up in a circle and a snowflake in the center. But the store didn't have anymore of the stamp set. (boo-hoo) But I have a Just Rite Stamper set (or two-who's counting) and I created the Just For You myself. I added a punched circle instead of a snowflakw to coordinate. The border punch I used is Fiskar's Threading Water.

Man, it doesn't look like too much right now, does it? But it took me most of the day to get these done!

Breakfast time! Gotta go for now! If I forgot something, just ask and I'll come back and answer...

Thanks for visiting!

Jeanne

3 comments:

Kathi Carlson said...

Hey. It looks like A LOT, and I marvel that you got it all done in a day. I should be so lucky . . . or fast! It would have taken me a whole day to get that very cool box together - template or no template. LOL. Seriously, everything is wonderful, and pokey granny here is in awe!

Clearly Inspired said...

Jeanne, you are a busy lady! These are awesome!

I bet they love the note card holder. I don't know how you are getting all this done with Christmas right around the corner. You sure are creative! My mojo has take a vacation with all the preparation for Christmas.

I like the Basic Grey dp. You did a fantastic job on these. You definitely don't need a die cut. Yours are great!

Barb W said...

Wow Jeanne! You are on a roll! These are great! What a neat gift idea. I love the colors. You are very busy these days!!

I received your card today...your little darlings are so cute and I just LOVE your 'catalog'. Very clever and unique. Thank you...you really made my day!