Friday, November 26, 2010

Joyful Gift Card Holders & Blog Candy

Hi peeps!  Happy Friday!  I thought I'd pop in and change up the scenery a bit.  Are you having a fabulous start to the holiday season?   I've taken advantage of quite a few little online sales, but I am not one to leave my house on a perfectly good morning that I could sleep in!!!  Speaking of online sales, Verve has all stamps on sale through Monday! Yay!

The other night I got some quality time in the studio and decided to dust off my Cricut Expression and some cutting files and get to work some pocket gift card holders that could double as tree ornaments or gift tags.  Since trios are the name of the game with this month's Verve Project Parade, I made three little holders.


The idea for this project started when I saw a gift card tag tutorial over on the Hybrid Chick blog.  I loved the idea, and thought it would be really fun to translate the concept with a cute shape that didn't require me to measure and cut angles!  :)  So I downloaded Kelleigh's Designer Label Shapes cutting files and used shape #5.  To make the tag, I cut two of the exact size the label comes into the Sure Cuts a Lot program as (3.48" x 4.15", one on cardstock, the other on patterned paper).  Then I resized the shape, adding .2 to the dimensions of each side (3.68" x 4.35")  and cut a cardstock mat for it.

Then I simply took the patterned paper piece (everything shown uses the Everybody Loves Christmas collection by Echo Park) and cut  and cut across the third ridge.  For the cardstock shape, I ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Candy Stripes embossing folder, then layered the patterned paper over the cardstock shape and secured the three sides with 1/8" scor-tape to form a pocket.  {Note:  I used the thin tape to make sure I'd have enough room for my gift card to slide into the pocket.}  For this holder, I added a Rosette from patterned paper, accented with a circle stamped with the medium snowflake from Glad Tidings and a sentiment from Holiday Phrases.  I added some May Arts Twill ribbon, a swarovski rhinestone from Pizzazz Aplenty and then layered the whole thing on a pink pirouette mat.  The hole is punched with a crop-a dile and I added some baker's twine and accented the paper with liquid pearls to finish it off.


For this second holder, I stamped the Joy sentiment from Glad Tidings on a circle, then added some real red polka dot ribbon, ruffled and a big bow to accent.  And again, there's a little bit of liquid pearl goodness added for accent.


For the third holder, I simply tied some May Arts striped ribbon around it, then added some red jingle bells with some silver cording.  The sentiment from Holiday Phrases is added on a piece of vellum and I accented with a shiny silver pearl from Pizzazz Aplenty.

Okay, I hope you've enjoyed these fun little gift card holders!  I had a blast making them, and it makes me feel not quite as lame when I take the easy way out and just give gift cards instead of braving the mall!

So if you've read all the way to here, you must want to know what the blog candy is.  I recently saw these Texture Fades at the store and had to have them only to find out that I had had them on backorder with another company and they shipped that same day!  Oops!  So I'm offering up the extras to one of you for your crafting pleasure.  Just leave  me a comment on this post by Monday night (11/29), and I'll pick a random winner to receive these four embossing folders!


Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic weekend!
-Julee

105 comments:

Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

OMGosh Julee! I love these. I have already printed them out for an immediate CASE! STAT! LOL! Seriously, they are stunning. Your work always is. I rarely have time to comment, but trust me, I have loved each and every card you have been posting. EVEN if you don't hear from me. Big Black Friday hugs to you!!

Vannessa said...

These are just so gorgeous - love the shape of them! What a fab fun gift too!

stamp500 said...

These are top quality embossing folders; would love to have these.

Aluap said...

Gorgeous gift tags! I love the effect of the ribbon of the second one :) And thanks for this chance to win!!

kmb.designer said...

These gift card holders are wonderful! Thank you for the chance to win these cool Tim Holtz folders. I've been drooling over them for a while now.

Scrapbookdoll said...

Love the giftcardholders, and the embossing folders are amazing...

maxine said...

wow I love these stunning little gift cards, thanks for the wonderful inspiration. hugs Maxine x

Cassie_lu said...

what wonderful gift tags. I love the shape and the use of embellies on them.

SueB said...

Your tags are stunning - TFS and thanx for the blog candy opp!

Tanya said...

Oh I love these gift card tags, such a cute idea! Yours are gorgeous!! Thank you so much for the chance at your fab blog candy. :)

jan farnworth said...

love your inspiration thanks for sharing.

Pattie said...

WOW! I love them all...especially the Joy one with the ruffled ribbon! Gorgeous!

Lavonne said...

Julee, really cute tags. Great looking embossing folders too! Thanks for the chance to win!

Krystle Chow said...

Oh my goodness these are adorable! I would LOVE to get a gift card in one of these. Thanks for sharing =)

Kristina said...

Oooh, those tags are so cheery and festive! I love the different variety of ribbon, and the two toned sentiments. Gorgeous! I'm suddenly feeling the urge to whip up a few Christmas tags!

Darlene said...

Julie this gift card holders are gorgeous. I love colours you've used. That ef looks wonderful. You've also given me more food for thought when it comes to deciding to/or not to get SCAL for my Cricut.
Thanks for sharing your creativity. Thanks also for a chance to win some wonderful blog candy - love that sheet music embossing folder.

Keva said...

Oh wow! What perfect little projects. These are just so dang cute...these are just perfect.

Jen Carter said...

Those are adorable!!! I love them! I love the shape of them too!

Darla said...

These are gorgeous Julee!!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

I love these and have been eyeing them at Hobby Lobby! I would love a chance at winning them.

Whimsey said...

Super cute card holders - LOVE the shape!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to win... I love that music folder especially!

wiggleshw@yahoo.ca

Susie said...

Those tags are SO pretty!
Thanks for the chance to win the texture plates. I love adding texture to my cards and projects...so I would love to win these!

Creative Mish said...

I love your gift tag holders. They turned out great and I love the colors and stamps you chose :)

pmm said...

What great ideas for using up bits of paper and ribbon, cool stamps, and, as you said, making a gift card look like not just an easy way out. ;P I actually feel that gift cards are a DOUBLE present- when you get one, you enjoy the gift and thinking about what you can buy, and then when you use it, it is like someone just gave you another gift!

Cheryl said...

Gorgeous gift card holders! I love the colors.

Thank you for the chance to win the embossing folders.,

Chrisd said...

Julee,
These are so great and I'm always eager to see what you create next. Ooh Tim Holtz folders are so wonderful. Thank you for sharing with us!

Sian said...

Adorable gift card holders, gorgeous papers.

Lillian Child said...

This is SO awesome! I've been drooling over these templates and now have a chance to possibly win them?!!! This is so generous of you! Thanks for the chance!

SmilynStef said...

Those gift card holders are absolutely fabulous ... love the embossing folders too ... glad I'm not the only one who ends up with "extras" to give away.

Kim C. said...

I know the feeling and I hate when that happens with things I buy. Your cards are stunning and so festive. I would love to win the folders only I wish it wasn't due to your misfortune.

Elaine said...

These are all so cute! What a great idea and to have two dual purposes (a gift holder and an ornament) now that's wonderful!

Marisa said...

These are absolutely adorable, Julee! Love the concept and may have to make a few myself for some family members this Christmas. Loving the EF, and can't wait to see what you come up with on Dec 3rd :)

Luanne said...

Just this week, I decided to give my adult children gift cards to their favorite stores! I love your gift card holders, and will be making some of my own. Thank you for this wonderful inspiration!! :-)

Sharon said...

What a cute idea for gift card holders! I really love your creations! Thanks for the opportunity to win some wonderful candy. I've been looking for these in the stores and have not seen them yet. Thank you!

SusanR said...

Absolutely adorable! I'd probably be more excited about the holders than the actual gift card :) Thanks for the ideas and chance to win goodies.

Chriss Blagrave said...

Your trio of gift card holders/ornaments are smashing! Totally gorgeous with all of the colour and texture that you created these with. The May Arts ribbons that you paired these up with are perfect!
I have ordered or bought things twice myself...it's really very generous of you Julee to offer these up. That sheet music one looks divine!

Big Red Scraps said...

Your tags are fantastic! So are those embossing folders. Thanks for the chance to win!

maryr917 said...

these are such beautiful gift card holders-a present in themselves-thanks for the chance to win some fab blog candy-a black friday gift to some lucky person and no fighting the mall traffic & crowds to win -yeah!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fabulous gift card holders Julee. Love the shape, the ribbons... lovely stamp images! Got to check out the tutorial. Thanks for the chance to win those fab folders. I love using them. :o)

Kelleigh @ Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs said...

Oh my goodness! These are so amazingly gorgeous!! Eeek!! LOVE!! Thank you so much for playing with my stuff! Makes me so happy!

Karen V. said...

These are so coordinated and look wonderful! Thanks for another great idea!

Debbie Carriere said...

These are all gorgeous! I especially love the ribbon on each of them. Thanks for the chance to win those great embossing folders, too :)

Catherine Kraft said...

I love your gift card holders and what fun it would be to those who will be receiving them. I haven't had any new embossing folders for some time and these would be a wonderful addition to my cards. Thanks for the chance to win.

Nicole said...

Aww, I hate when that happens! Thanks for being so generous with your mistake. Your tags are gorgeous! I always come to your site when I need a bit of inspiration.

Samantha said...

Oh I Love These! Very clever! I've been looking for gift ideas and these will be perfect! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Suzy B said...

Your gift card holders are absolutely gorgeous. I'm always looking for different ideas with some style. They look like a upscale gift wrapping instead of just a card holder. Thanks for the inspiration, can't wait to get started on some of my own.

Jill W. said...

Your tags are GORGEOUS!! Thanks for the chance to win your blog candy!

Desiree de Monye said...

Your gift card holders are amazing!!!

Sharon said...

Julee, These gift card holders are simply amazing! I just bought the candy strip embossing folder today and can't wait to get it so I attempt to make some beautiful tags, too!
Thanks for sharing with us!

Heidi said...

I just love your cards........... the paper is beautiful too! I am loving all the rosettes that I have been seeing. And that little red/white string... ugh, just sweet Julee!

And your give away- I have been wanting that postcard one so badly! You are too funny, but we all do it now and then and then just shake our heads. So sweet of you to pass them on!

Heidi

tblue said...

Holiday Joy is my favorite, but I love them all!
I can identify with forgetting the order. I turned 50 and promptly lost my memory. I write notes and then forget them! lol
Teresa Blue

Yvette said...

These are gorgeous! I think I'll make some to use as gift tags this year.

Heather Greenwood said...

These are totally awesome! I'm taking the easy way out too and giving GCs to everyone this year.

Amy and Jeremy said...

Great idea!!! So do-able which is a must for me. Love, love, love your stuff and watch for your stuff each day!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

DebbieG said...

Julee, the tags are just so beautiful. Even pretty enough to use as decorations on the Christmas tree. Thank you for sharing.

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

these are stunning Julee, I am all about tags, so I will have to make some of these..having a "why didn't I think of that moment"....lol...have a fabulous weekend and you can leave me off the giveaway and give others a chance!

enjoy *~*

Elin K. said...

Oh, my - the exact four folders that are on my Christmas list! Thanks for the change to win them. :)

Sandy said...

Your tags are so beautiful - and I just wish I could stamp like you do. Oh my - I sure would love to win those embossing folders.

SimpleScrappin said...

Once again you have created something beautiful! TFS!

Maggie said...

Julee,
Amazing gift card as always, luv the colours.
Maggie
http://passionatelyartistic.com

I am . . . said...

Oh my! Those gift card holders are sooo sweet :) Thanks for sharing.

Shay said...

These gift card holders are the bomb. I looked at them before I went to bed last night and then pulled them up again today. I always give gift cards to my friends and I just can not wait to do these and the idea can be used to any occasion. Thanks

Maureen said...

Oh, Julee...these little tags are stunning!! I just love the bright colours on them...and you kept using my favourite word, JOY :) Oh, and thanks for the chance to win some new ef!! hugs!!

Liz in MO said...

These are super cute tags!!! I love the one with the ruffled ribbon. Love the tim holtz texture fades too.

Amy Sheffer said...

Eeeek, love, love, love your tags, Julee. Your ribbons and ribbon treatments are so beautiful and inspiring!

Riet said...

Wowww Julee,so beautiful.

Hugs Riet.x

Shoebox Memories D'Luxe said...

beautiful tags. I just bought my first die cut machine, so hopefully I can add these beauties to my no stash of dies. lol

Kathy said...

Such a fun trio of tag gift card holders. Love the idea, they would be great hanging on the tree, brilliant! So sweet of you offer the blog candy! I've also bought repeats a few times myself!

Janice Webb said...

Oh, the gift cards are adorable and gorgeous! Thanks for the chance at some great blog candy too!!!!!!!!!

Christy Q said...

Beautiful tags!! you just inspired me as I'm trying to create some tags for a cookie exchange next week so your post was timely! Thanks for the inspiration (and chance to enter the blog candy!). :)

Kathy Harrison said...

Your tags are simply beautiful. What a great idea. Thanks also for a chance at you blog candy.

LouDotMac said...

Gorgeous tags. Your work is always so neat and clean. You really inspire me.

Thank you for the chance to win blog candy!!

Lou. xo

sherree said...

your tags are just beautiful!!!Love the colors :)

Meg said...

Love your gift card holders, Julie.
Can't wait to CASE them. thanks for the great ideas!

irishgalkelly said...

So, so pretty! What cheery gift tags. I'd be so thankful to win too.

Rema Timm said...

The tags are fabulous! Great blog candy.....

Linda Carson said...

WOW! Your tags are a gift all by themselves! Love their multiple uses! Brilliant idea!

Cat said...

Julee - LOVE your gift card holder tags! i'm thinking i could do something similar with my nesties? they are works of art!

Tracy said...

Wow - what great tags - I definetly have to try to do more of them - just never think of it. Great blog candy - what a lucky winner!

Wanda Cullen said...

LOVE the idea of a combination gift tag/gift card holder! Yours are all beautiful! Have not seen these holiday EFs before...thanks for the chance to win them!

Kathy said...

These are awesome! Love the shape and all the details you put into these.

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Fabulous gift card holders! I love all of them! Thanks for the chance to win!

Mary B said...

Julee, your gift card holders are so very cute! The ribbons add so much detail. I've been looking at the postcard/music embossing folder, so thanks very much for the chance to win it.

Anonymous said...

These are just wonderful! I love the shape, pocket for gift cards and the fact that they could be hung on the tree! Great design! Sue (suen)

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

These tags are just FABULOUS, Julee! WOW! I LOVE them!

shelly w said...

Love, love your tags everyone is sooo pretty! Thanks for the ideas! Thank You for the chance to win some awesome goodies!!

Wildflower Scraps by Jasmin said...

Fabulous idea! The more I see these .svg files to more I am realizing that I need SCAL!!! Lovely!

Heather said...

Thanks for the chance for some blog candy. I love all your cards and projects and these tags are fabulous. I love your creativity!

southernscraps said...

Your card holders are gorgeous! How sweet of you to offer the blog candy1

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

These are absolutely beautiful! Love the bright colours that just scream Christmas and the unique designs on such tiny surfaces are all fabulous!

Amy said...

These are just incredibly gorgeous! Love your stamps so much!

Brenda said...

Oh I love, love theses tags!!! Thank you for the inspiration.

Noelle said...

Wow, these are sooooo pretty and I love the idea of a combo ornament/ gift card holder, I think I need to do something similar for my boys' teachers holiday gifts! Thank you for your beautiful designs, I just love Verve stamps:)

Anonymous said...

I have two words for you in regards to embossing folders: Joannes Sucks!! Our Joannes carries THREE, count them 3 embossing folders!! Totallly lame!! Which is why I NEED, **need**, MUST have these!! LOL!!

Thanks for the chance!! You are so generous!!

squirrellyshirley

Rachel said...

Oh WOW these are sooo fab! Your style is amazing! I love your blog :)
Hugs, Rachel xx

Radha said...

Well done!!! The jingle the cord and JOY!!!!

JOY to u all:))

Tina said...

Super cool tags, so festive and wonderful!

Jingle said...

These are so fabulous! I love the rumpled ribbon! That is my favorite!

Ravengirl said...

Those are darling gift card holders! They are embellished beautifully!

Shawna said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS! I gotta CASE these!

NancyS (momsnack) said...

These will be great gift card holders for my college age grandkids - I've been hunting for a new idea!

Stampin' Chic'a B said...

OMg!!!! I so totally love those tags & like several other people who left comments, I am so CASE'ing you!!! LOL By the way, I wish, I wish, Oh, really I do that I could take awesome photos like yours. Maybe one day I'll get close to being somewhat decent at photography. ;-)

Sarah said...

Super cute gift card holders! I love the different ribbons you used.

JUDI said...

JULEE, seeing your NEAT Christmas Tags puts me in a Christmas frame of mind...and I needed that.
You gave me a lot of great ideas and my creative juices are drooling all over the place.
With Love Judi