About Me

Florence, Arizona
Welcome to my blog. I am newly retired and eager to enjoy it all - decorating, shopping, cooking, travel and most crafts - paper crafts, stained glass, mosaic, mixed media, sketching, painting - you name it, I want to try it.
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Monday, December 13, 2010


I'm not sure how much I like giving gift cards for presents, but with 3 grown kids it turns out to be the best option!  I decided to make some cute little card holders.  I basically started with the idea of an envelope and blinged it up.  I took pictures as I made it, so you can see the steps.
First of all the finished project:

Envelope with card slipping inside:

To make this, I used double-sided paper so the inside would be finished looking.  The paper used is Iron Orchid Designs from Creative Imaginations

The paper size was 8 1/4 x 5.  I scored 1/2" in on both of the long sides, and used my ATG to glue down.  I scored 5 3/4" from the bottom of the paper, creased well with my bone folder and then ran the ATG down the sides on the piece to be folded up, as close to the outside edge as possible (to give more room on the inside of the holder). 

I folded the top of the card like this:
and then glued it down, also with my ATG.
One more score line to fold the top over and it's done. 

To bling it up a little, I inked the edges, put green sticky crystals on the seam of the top inside, and used ribbon from my stash to keep it closed.  The bling design on the front of the holder is from
 Basic Gray.


  1. This is so pretty, Deb! I'm giving a couple of gift cards, as well....I'm in the middle of a 24 Days of Cards on my blog, where I show some of the cards I made this year. There are also two days left to enter my December Card Challenge...my blog is http://karelj.blogspot.com and the Challenge info is on a page at the top of the blog. I hope you'll enter...your gift card holder is perfect for it! The prize this month is a Gingerbread cartridge! Karelj

  2. PERFECT!! and that paper is beeeeautiful!