Quick Graduation Gift Card Holder!

Hello crafty friends!

I am finally back to share something with you!  Let me start by saying Happy Mother’s day to all the mothers out there! I am lucky enough to still have my mom in my life and that makes me smile. Hopefully all the mothers out there are are finding time to do what they love!

Today’s card I am going to share it not a Mother’s Day card.  I figured it made more sense to share something that is coming up right around the corner.  Graduation!  We have one of those coming up at our house as the middle child finishes high school at the end of the month. Most of the time people give money or gift cards to a graduate so I figured that is just what this card needed to be!

Celebrate Today Graduation Card

This was a super quick card to make and although it is simple, the silver helps to give it just a little bit of glam for a special occasion like graduating.  Here is what the inside looks like:

Celebrate Today Graduation Card inside

First, I must give some credit to Liz Miller over at Stampin With Liz because I totally CASEd this card from her. Though her colors and stamps are different, I used her dimensions and inspiration. Check out her card here:  http://stampinwithliz.com/?p=7237  Thanks Liz!

To make this card I used the Celebrate Today stamp set for the outside and the Perfect Pairings Sale-A-Bration set for my inside sentiment.  I decided to use Bermuda Bay mostly because I liked the way it looked with the Shine On patterned paper.  I probably should have used school colors, but, if I am being honest, it would not have looked good with the shine on paper and I REALLY wanted to use that!  😉 To make the card I cut the Bermuda Bay into 7 3/4 x 5.  I also cut a strip of Bermuda Bay at 7 3/4 X 1 for the belly band. The larger Bermuda Bay cardstock was then scored at 2 1/2 inches and 6 inches. For the Shine On DSP I cut it  in two pieces. One at 2- 1/4 x 4-3/4 and the other at  1-1/2 x 4-3/4. The inside white layer was cut at 2-1/4 x 4-3/4.  I chose to use my Oval Framlits for the front and made sure to add in the Silver Foil paper to bring out the silver in paper.  I used my Star Framelits and the star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack to finish things off and then added one pretty Rhinestone. The sides of the paper on the inside were adhered using the Tape N Tear strip so it would stay nice and tight.  That is it!  It was quick and easy so if you need a gift card holder, give it a try!

I hope your weekend was wonderful and filled with crafty inspiration!


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Stampin’ Up! Birthday Balloons that POP!

Hey there crafty folks!

I have a fun birthday card to share with you that showcases some of the Stampin’ Up! retiring paper. Now when I say POP I don’t mean pop your balloon, I mean make your balloon POP on the card! I seem to be using a lot of gold lately and this card has lots of it.

Celebrate Today

See how the balloon POPS!  It is that pretty Gold Foil paper and when you emboss it, it looks even better!  I have been saving that adorable balloon paper for far too long.  I have a cute little girl that will be receiving this card for her birthday and that paper seemed like the perfect fit. The Birthday Bash DSP is from our occasions catalog and will only be available till June 2nd so don’t miss grabbing it if you love it like me! All the stamps used for this card are from the Celebrate Today stamp set that is also in our occasions catalog.

I am entering this card in the CAS-ual Fridays blog as their current theme is a birthday card using Black, White, Orange & Turquoise. 3 out of 4 ain’t bad, right?

Hope you are having a great day!


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Gift Card Holder Birthday Card with a Decorative Bag

Happy Thursday!

I am back again sharing something I learned in Stamping School!  I seem to be on a roll lately learning things from Ms. Linda Heller. I will try my best to explain how I made the card, but the best way to learn is to go watch her video at Stamping School!


Isn’t this fun?!To make this card you will need some kind of decorative paper bag. Something that is not too thick is best. The bag used for my card is one of the Polka Dot Tag a Bag Gift Bags. There are 10 per pack and cutting this just right gives you the option to make 4 gift card holders per bag. That is a lot of gift card holders!  I chose to save some of my bags for other projects though.

To make the bag you need to make two score lines lengthwise from top to bottom just far enough in to leave room for your gift card. Some cards are different sizes, so use your gift card as a guide for where to put each score line when you are making it.  Once scored, you cut the bag in half perpendicular to the score line you just made.  For the bottom portion of the bag you can cut off the part that is adhered to make to separate pieces from the back and front. The top part will already be in two pieces so there you have your 4 parts of the bag for making four gift card holders.  Now all you have to do is fold in the sides where you scored and the fold in the bottom to make the card holder.  For the top of the bag you already have a decorative edge, but I used the bottom of my bag so I used my scallop punch to make it pretty. The rest of the card is really just adding the details you like.  I chose to make mine a birthday card and used the new Celebrate Today set and paired it with the Birthday Bash Paper and the Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Now I am ready for the next birthday gift I need to send to someone far away with no extra postage for a bulky gift!

Over at The Paper Players Blog they have a fun tic tac toe challenge that helped me decide on some of my elements in the card. Here is the board to follow for the challenge:

Tic Tac toe Challenge paper Players

I am entering my card for: Dry/Wet Embossing, Any Shade of Blue and Polka Dots!  It is so fun to follow these type of challenges!

I hope I have been able to give you some explanation on how to make this card, but if you are confused you can always learn more at Stamping School!

Have a wonderful Easter weekend!


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Birthday Bokeh Balloons Card

Happy Sunday!

I tried out a new technique yesterday and decided I had to share it.  Have you heard of Bokeh? It is mostly used in photography and it is the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image. I have seen other use this technique in some card making so I wanted to try it myself. Obviously using Bokeh in stamping is not exactly the same but more of an inspiration. I actually learned this technique by watching video’s on Stamping School.  If you aren’t a member, consider becoming one because I learn something new from them every week!


The blues and greens make it a very versatile birthday card.  The Dotty Angles stamp set has the perfect stamp for making a Bokeh appearance with the dots.  You simply stamp off 3 to 4 times randomly on the paper without re-inking and it come out looking like this! Couldn’t be much easier, right?  I am truly loving the new Celebrate Today stamp set for making birthday cards. There is just so much you can do with it, especially since it comes with matching framelits!  I decided to emboss the paper with two different dot themed embossing folders to match the dots them on the paper.  I used Soft Sky, Pool Party and Wild Wasabi so the new Painted Blooms Cotton Twine matched perfectly for making the balloon strings!

I hope  you get to try making a Bokeh look on your cards too!

I am entering this card over at Die Cut Diva’s since their current challenge is Words, Quotes and Sentiments. I am also entering this card at Seize The Birthday challenge. I am not following their current theme, but since they accept birthday card themes all the time, what the heck!

Go get crafty today!


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