Friday, July 8, 2011

VC_Rocker Blog Hop #3

Shari Dudek's blog

Welcome to the VC_Rocker Blog Hop #3.  If you are doing the hop you have just come from my great roomie at convention Shari Dudek's blog.  If you want to go back and take a look click on the button above that says previous.  Isn't she great?

I have had so much fun this year with the Rockers.  They are a great and very talented bunch of women.  I learn so much from them.  This month the theme for the blog hop is ABC which means Anything But a Card.  That leaves it pretty wide open.  When I was trying to figure out what to do I came across some pics I took of gift card holders from last Christmas.  I have nieces and nephews that are teenagers and they are very difficult to buy for Christmas.  I started giving gift cards a few years back and they don't seem to mind them.  This year I decorated our little tree with all of the cards that I made.  I took pics.

This one has our beautiful material that was offered in the Occasions Mini from 2010 and is available in the new catty!

I had a few others but I will save those for another time.  I decided to make a different kind for the blog hop.  I got the inspiration from the very talented Connie Babbert. It really is super easy to make and you can do it quickly.  Please forgive the pics- I am working on getting better with them.

Materials needed:
CS:  Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler
DSP: Paisley Petals- this is so special IRL
Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy 
Stamp set: Fabulous Florets
Punches: (have I told you how much I love my punches) 1" circle, 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" circle, 1 1/2" circle, Scallop circle
Various Accessories: Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon, Mr. Big Shot (my favorite), Two Tags Die, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals, stapler

Cut CS in following sizes
Outside piece (aka sleeve) measurements: 4 X 5 1/2, score at 2 1/2 and 5
Designer Paper (aka DSP): 2 1/4 X 3 3/4
Inside piece measurement:  2 1/4 X 11

Step 1 Cut outside piece of CS and score.  Add Sticky Strip along the edge.  You have just made the sleeve.

Step 2 cut the DSP to the appropriate size.  Use the 1 1/4" circle punch halfway on one end.

Step 3 Adhere the DSP to front of sleeve, punch 1" circle in area of the DSP circle to layer.  Go ahead and tape the sleeve together with your sticky strip at this part.

Step 4 Fold the 2 1/4 X 11 in half and place the folded edge JUST above the perforations on the top of the Two Tags die.  The fold is going to be right below the end of the die so it won't be cut.  Use Mr. Big Shot to cut what will be the inside piece. 
Step 4 end product

Step 5 and Step 6

Staple the folded tag closed along the top of the scallop.  I did mine also along the bottom since my gift card kept falling out and I was afraid my nephews would lose their cards.

Step 6 decorate the front in the beautiful way you want.  I stamped the flower using the Cherry Cobbler ink on Whisper White, adhered it to a Old Olive circle then adhered it to a Not Quite Navy Scallop Circle. 

Make sure when you adhere the scallop circle to the folded tag to use Stampin' Dimensionals along the right side of the scallop.  You want the left side of the scallop to side over the sleeve.

Finish decorating the sleeve and the inner part.  I used a piece of Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon on the sleeve to make a pretty bow but you could put anything you want.  After you finish decorating the folded tag slide the folded tag inside of the sleeve with the Scallop overlapping.
Closed and completed gift card holder
Shown open with gift card DS gave me for my birthday added inside folded tag piece.
I had so much fun making this and will have to use it for a present for some special person.  I hope you had as much fun as I did. 

BLOG CANDY-  Yes, I decided after seeing what other people were doing that I have to post some.  How about one of these darling gift card holders?  Now I am leaving on Monday for my dad's to get to the airport for convention so I won't be sending it till next week  but if you want one of these leave a post telling me what you would put in it.  Be sure to leave your email addy or I can't get in touch with the winner.  No, you don't get the Christmas tree with it.

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  1. Wow, super projects. I hope you didn't put up a Christmas tree just to take photos, lol! Super fun post.

  2. Cute projects, roomie! I'm liking that DSP more and more.

  3. What a great gift card holder! Thanks so much for the instructions.

  4. Great gift card holder! Gift cards or cash for the kiddos in my life... especially the college kids! Hugs, Loni loniholt at

  5. Carey, this is an awesome gift card holder, thanks so much for sharing with us. I would put a gift card for Dunkin' Donuts, my BBF's favorite coffee. she has been really stressed lately and I thing it might give her a lift.


  6. Thanks for the tutorial. Love this gift card holder and a bookmark in one, now I'll have to try one of these. TFS

  7. Love all your projects. Thanks for the detailed instructions. I will definitely be making some of these. In addition to gift cards, I would also use them for business cards. While giving someone your biz card, you are also sharing something you have made. Great business tool!
    myturn4fun at gmail dot com

  8. Great projects. Love the money holder. We give our granddaughters cash for birthdays and Christmas (their choice), so I would put cash in them. But I agree with Debbie, these would be great for passing out business cards.

    brendah1951 at gmail dot com

  9. Carey--what a beautiful tree--your decorations made it even more beautiful I'm sure! I love the tutorial for the gift card holder/bookmark....what would I put in it?? Hmmm....probably a gift card for my son to use since my first grandbaby is coming in less than a month! =-)

  10. Gorgeous tree by the way, I just these, and your tutorial was as easy to follow as your card holders where to make. Thank you for sharing. I would use mine to send my awesome sister something special(can't tell she is a rocker too)!

  11. Carey, I give a LOT of gift cards too and will certainly be making some - but a sample to look at would be so helpful ... lol .... thanx so much for the great directions and measurements - so helpful! Hugs, Sassy Shirley (just in case ....)

  12. Thanks for sharing. I love to give gift cards and that holder is too cute! Thanks for the instructions

  13. Great projects and sending a special thank you for the great RAK I got today...I so needed it today...

  14. Oh this is a great idea. Did you really put up a Christmas tree in July to take the pics? Thanks for sharing!

  15. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING and the tutorial...I would give gift cards to my neices and nephews as they get older they rather have you give them gift cards or money than you buying them gifts...UGH!
    atouchof_sol at yahoo dot com

  16. Everyone, I did not put a Christmas tree to display these. These pics were taken from last year. Don't worry if you left a message before I put what you had to do to win. I am counting you in too.

    Carey and Roscoe

  17. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha My Girl, Christmas in July! I think you should keep that tree up all year long! I love your gift card holder. The colors with the DSP paper are perfect my BFF. I would put a yearly subscription to Take Ten (remember)and some cash.
    Love you and you did good. Nice job on the blog hop. You should really post your creations more often my dear!You are so stinking creative!!! You taught me everything I know and I won't forget that! Love you me P

  18. Great gift card. Love having a new design to make now. TFS the instructions! I would probably be using them for weddings or baby gift cards. That seems to be what is going on the most lately.

    Cindy Ferenz
    Proud Parent of 2 Soldiers
    stampindragon at verizon dot net

  19. What a cute holder! I would use it for a Starbucks gift card for Hubby. We love Starbucks, we had our first date there. :)

  20. What a wonderful gift card holder! I hope I win it!

  21. Great gift card holder. Love it. I would use it to give my granddaughter a gift card to a spa. She recently broke up with her first boyfriend and could use a little pick me up, Thanks for the chance to win it.