Two Cards for Gift Giving

Two Cards for Gift Giving

The first card is for giving restaurant gift cards or cash for meals.

My kids often opt for take-out instead of cooking for themselves (some more than others!), so I made “Take-out Kits” for each of them as part of their Christmas gift this year. This card was part of the the “kit.”

The chef is from the “Recipe for Happiness” stamp set by My Favorite Things. He was stamped with Gina K Designs black amalgam ink and colored with Copic Markers (C0, C1, C2, C3, C5, C7, E13, E21, E25, E27, E29, E41, E42, E43, E50, R89, and a colorless blender).

The text was computer generated.

The A2 card base has a pocket inside to include restaurant gift cards or cash for meals. To make it, I started with a 5 1/2 x 11 inch panel and scored it at 4 1/4 and 8 1/2. That left the 2 1/2 inch portion to create the pocket.

The insulated bags would also be good for groceries. The cutlery could be kept in their desks at work, and the “meal decision dice” were just silly!

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The second card is for gifting an Uber gift card.

The die cut is from a Silhouette cut file called “Santa’s Sleigh” (design # 336564) by Simply Sweet Cut Files. It was cut from Bazzill “Pomegranate Splash” card stock and embossed with the SU “Subtle” embossing folder.

The background panel was debossed with the Darice “Snowflake Swirl” embossing folder. I used the debossed side so there’d be more surface area on which to adhere the die cut. The greeting was computer generated.

This one also has a pocket (or flap) to hold the gift card.

Thanks for checking out my card projects!

Santa Slider Window Card

Santa Slider Window Card

I know Christmas isn’t really about the presents, but gift giving is included in our celebration…

Christmas morning looks very different in our house now that my 4 children are adults. A few years ago, we moved from piles of wrapped gifts to a few small things and a monetary gift. I stressed about what we would do in the morning with very little to open and made it my mission to come up with a different “Christmas Morning Activity” for the kids each year instead. The first year was easy. They each received 10 wrapped boxes, each containing various amounts of money, and they needed to open them all to see how much their total gift was. Then it got trickier! We did a scavenger hunt one year where I hid a bunch of envelopes containing money near various holiday decorations around the house. They each got a list of clues, and when they found each decoration, they found the money-filled envelopes with their names on them. They worked in teams/pairs and tried to see which pair could find all their loot first. Another year, I hid puzzle pieces (for 2 identical Christmas puzzles) around the house, and the same teams/pairs had to find all the pieces and build their puzzle first. This year, I found a Christmas themed home version of an “Escape Room Challenge” which the teams raced to solve. I’m amused at the friendly competition between them as they attack the challenges each year!

Another difference for this year was that instead of giving them cash (which required a trip to the bank to make the withdrawl and then another trip back to deposit it into their accounts), I transferred the money directly into their accounts. It felt a little weird to just tell them I transferred the money so I wanted to come up with an interactive card to “present the gift” to them. (It took me a while to get to the card project for this post, but I finally made it – lol!!)

When the ribbon is pulled, Santa slides back to reveal the gift. (Theirs actually had the amount showing!)

(inside: Use it to buy something fun!)

I created the Santa from a Silhouette cut file called “Santa Cartoon” (design #283758) by Sarah Bailey. The slider window card was created from another Silhouette file called “A2 Santa Slider Window Card” (design #100187) by Lori Whitlock. This file includes a Santa as well, but I had already purchased the “Santa Cartoon” file so I thought I would go with that.

The designer paper is called Christmas Cheer Peppermint by Lily Bee Designs. The card stock is Gina K Designs Cherry Red, Christmas Pine, Warm Glow, white, black and a scrap of yellow. All the text was computer generated.

Thanks for checking out my card project (and for putting up with my narrative leading to it)!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I’d also like to take a moment to thank you all for taking the time to visit my blog and for all your support and encouragement this past year.  I really appreciate it!

(The above image was found on google and is not my own.)

Snowman Gift Tags

Snowman Gift Tags

I was wrapping gifts the other day and thought I’d whip up some simple gift tags. Ok, the snowmen took a bit of time to cut and assemble… but then I whipped up some simple gift tags. (Everything always takes longer than I expect it to – lol!)

The snowman die was from a set called “Chilly & Freezy” from Tim Holtz/Sizzix which was “a special Cyber Monday surprise free gift ” from Simon Says Stamp (with my $25 Tim Holtz purchase). His body was embossed with the “Subtle” embossing folder from Stampin’ Up (discontinued). All the other scraps already were textured.

The to/from stamp was from the GKD “Christmas Magic” stamp set and was heat embossed in white. I will use a uni-ball signo broad white pen to write the names.

The tags were cut from a steel rule die called “Tag & Tie” from Tim Holtz (discontinued), and I trimmed them down to 4 inches long. The edges were sponged with Gina K Designs Charcoal Brown ink.

Thanks for checking out my tag project!

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Happy Hanukkah Menorah Card

Happy Hanukkah Menorah Card

This card features the menorah die (DIE303-J) from Impression Obsession and one of the dies from the “Happy Hanukkah – czd149” set from CZ Design. The star is called “Blessed Hanukkah Die Set” from Altenew. The background was embossed with the Cuttlebug “Modern Wallpaper” folder. Recollections navy and white card stock was also used.

I needed to make several of these so I was trying to keep it simple. The biggest challenge was not losing all the flames (and of course adhering them to the card)! I also cut and stacked 3 of the greetings so that made it less simple as well. Hmmm…

I would love to find a Hanukkah themed embossing folder, but my search turned up empty.

Thanks for checking out my card project!