Stampin’ Up! Coffee Cafe Gift Card Holder

What could be more appropriate than a ‘gift card gift holder’. Unless it’s a coffee gift card and the holder is also coffee related.  I needed a card for a Starbucks Coffee Gift Card.  Cafe Coffee fit the bill!  Using the Coffee Cafe Bundle (stamps and dies that match) I created this Z fold card with the ‘slot’ for the gift card inside.

Using Timeless Treasures Stamp Set in Early Espresso I stamped the coffee cup circles randomly on Old Olive Color Theory Designer Series Paper.  Also using the coffee bean stamp from the Coffee Cafe Stamp set I also stamped it randomly in Early Espresso.  The stamped pieces where then adhered to Thick Whisper White Card Stock.  I created the front using Early Espresso Ink on Whisper White Card Stock and die cutting using the larger coffee cup die.  The lid was created using Early Espresso Card Stock and die cut.

I adhered the finished coffee cup to the front of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Coffee Break Designer Series Paper was used for the background of the coffee cup.


Actually a pretty quick card to make but looks much more difficult than it is.  Here are the products I used in making this Gift Card Holder:

Card Stock:  Early Espresso, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White, Old Olive

InK: Early Espresso

Papers: Coffee Break DSP,  Color Theory Specialty DSP Stack

Stamp Sets:  Coffee Cafe, Timeless Treasures

Die Cuts: Coffee Cups Framelits Dies

Embellishments: Glitter Enamel Dots

Delightful Daisy DSP Graduation Gift Check Holder

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted since early April.  Life kinda has a funny way of  happening!  Many family members visiting, and most especially my work.  And then when I had a couple of days off, got my laundry caught up and went to my craft room, I couldn’t think of one single card I wanted to make!  Ever happen to you?  So without cards I had nothing to post about.  I finally gave in and pulled out the card fronts I made for On Stage the first of April.  I have never shown them and I do think they are pretty.  So I will be featuring them over the next few weeks trying to get my posting back on a regular basis I will start by posting just once a week on Saturday.

That said, I did make a couple of new cards recently and will feature those first.  The one I am showing today was a graduation check holder made with the lovely, inspiring Delightful Daisy DSP and the Daisy Punch.

This is the outside, the check I used was a Cashiers Check and it is unusually long- 8 1/2″.  The colors are: Calypso Coral and Old Olive.  See below for the list of supplies that I used on this project.

Here it is without the ‘Belly Band”.

The sentiment is mostly original.  I found the basic sentiment on the internet but was unable to find the author.  I changed quite a bit of it to suit my situation. The sentiment was printed from my computer on Whisper White Card Stock and cut to fit.  The little length of Whisper White at the bottom of the sentiment covers up my personal message and signature.  Forgot to take a picture  before I signed it!

Here are the supplies I used in making this holder.  If you would like the size of the cuts  please email me and I will be happy to send them to you.


Calypso Coral Card Stock: 9″ X  8 1/2″ : Score Longwise: 2 3/4″,  6 3/8″  Fold on these lines

Old Olive Card Stock: Belly Band: 2″ X 8 1/2″ (overlap in back)

Whisper White Card Stock: 2 1/2″ X 8 3/4″

Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper: 2 1/2″ X 8 3/4″ (top), 2″ X 8 3/4″ ( bottom)

Belly Band DSP: 1 3/4 ” X 8 1/4″

Daisy Punch

Glitter Enamel Dots

Old Olive 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon



Real Red and Sweet Sugarplum Petite Valentine Boxes

These boxes are so cute!  so easy to make.  They will hold two pieces of Ghirardelli Chocolate Candy or two pieces of ‘Fun Bar Size’-Candy Bars! These are done in Real Red and Sweet Sugarplum Card Stock.



Here is the template showing the cuts and the scoring done.   The whole box is a piece of card stock 6 1/2″ X 4 1/2″.  Scored on all sides at 1/2″ also scored at 3″ and 3 1/2″.  Fold, Clip, Glue corners, put together and you have a sweet little trinket box, it also holds gift cards perfectly.


This is what the box looks like after folding, scoring and clipping.



Here is the box with corners glued (or you can use Fast Fuse).


Here are some ideas to decorate the outside:


On this one above I added a belly band using a 1 1/2″ piece of Sending Love Designers Series Paper Stack.  Folded to fit around sides and glued together in the middle.  Next I wrapped twice a piece of Thick Whisper White Baker Twine and fastened in the middle (under the heart).  Basic layer under heart is the Whisper White Side of the Lace Doilies (Occasions Catalog).  The die cut real red heart used the Sunshine Wishes Thinlets die.  I then glued the die cut Real Red Heart to a piece of Whisper White Card Stock and ‘fussy cut’ around the heart.  The flowery heart is stamped in Real Red using the Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set.  I then die cut again using the Sunshine Wishes Heart die and inserted the middle and glued into place!  The little Arrow was die cut using Love Notes Framelits Die Cuts and the sentiment was stamped in Real Rd on Whisper White from the Sealed with Love Stamp Set and tried down to fit on arrow.


This little beauty was finished by a belly band of Sweet Sugarplum Card Stock, topped by a piece of the lovely Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim.  I turned the doily over and used the Very Vanilla Side of the Lace Doily out.  Using Sweet Sugarplum  Ink I stamped the heart from the Bloomin Love Stamp Set on Very Vanilla Card Stock, smudged the edge using a Sponge Dauber and Sweet Sugarplum Ink Pad.  The Arrow is die cut from the Love Notes Framelits Set, the sentiment stamped in Sweet Sugarplum on a scrap of Blushing Bride Card Stock, die cut using the little scalloped note die from the Love Notes Framelits Set.

Here are the different uses for this little box.

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Here are the  Stampin’ Up! Products that I used:

Presents and Pinecones DSP with Mint Macaron slide up Christmas gift card holder.

And as I promised yesterday here is a more ‘adult’ version of the Slide up Gift Card Holder in Mint Macaron!  Pretty don’t you think?  I love this DSP too!

Again, this was cased from  Sweet Serenity’s You Tube video: Slide up Gift Card Holder.  She used Velco dots to keep the top down,  I used tiny magnets to hold the top.  Love the little ‘click’ when they meet.  Amazingly strong for such little magnets.  Available from Amazon.  img_1803_edited-1

The main part of the gift card holder is Mint Macaron Card Stock with layers of Presents and Pinecones DSP (from the Holiday Catalog) adhered with SNAIL adhesive.  The inside mechanism is using Emerald Envy Card Stock and only adhered to the inside top flap with Fast Fuse or another very strong adhesive.

The sentiment is stamped in Basic Black Ink using the HO HO HO stamp from the Oh What Fun Stamp Set.  The tag on the right was die cut from Emerald Envy Card Stock using the Merry Tags Framelits Dies.  The little deer was done by die cutting an additional piece using the Merry Tags Framelits Dies in Crumb Cake Card Stock then carefully cutting him from the Crumb Cake at the bottom of his feet and adhering him to the Emerald Envy die cut.

I then heat embossed the sentiment on the tag using VersaMark and then sprinkling White Stampin’ Emboss powder.  The sentiment is from the Merriest Wishes Stamp Set.  I also touched the edges of the pine trees with Versamark and then sprinkled White Stampin’  Emboss powder and heat embossed all.  The backing was die cut using the solid form from the Merry Tags Framelits Dies in Whisper White Card Stock and adhering together using Multipurpose Glue.  (I did use the Precision Base Plate for both die cuts).  By the way, the Merry Tags Framelits dies and the Merriest Wishes Stamp Set can be purchased as a Bundle and save 10% .


The tag was attached to the Gift Card Holder by punching a hole in the top of the inside front and using the red twine from the Candy Cane Bakers Twine set I threaded the Pin Cone Embellishment on it and tied the ends together, clipping the twine very close and hiding the knot in the back.


This is a good view of the mechanism attachment to the top flap.



Looking at this I can see where it can be adjusted a bit for a piece of Ghiradelli’s chocolate squares to be put in the little mechanism instead of a Gift Card.

Here are the products that I used in making this gift card holder: Product List

Stampin’ Up! Candy Cane Lane DSP, Real Red make really cute pop-up Christmas Gift Card Holder!

Oh, my goodness.  I love Candy Cane Lane DSP!  with it’s matching Real Red Ribbon and Card Stock.    Everyone needs some quick to make gift card holders and this one would be a best seller at a Christmas Craft Bazaar I bet.  Take a peek inside!


To make this gift holder I watched Sweet Serenity’s You Tube video: Slide up Gift Card Holder.  She has wonderful, easy directions to follow with measurements that are perfect.

The base is Real Red Card Stock , outside is Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper from the Holiday Catalog.  Around the top of the card is 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon in Real Red tied in a bow.   It is applied from the back side before finishing the inside.  The Jingle Bells in Real Red and the cute little Gingerbread boy charm come in different sets.  The Gingerbread boy is from the Christmas Trinkets Embellishments-so cute the set also includes bells and holly charms!  The little jingle bells are from the Mini Jingle Bells Set that include 60 bells, 30 each of silver and red.


The charms are tied on with the Red Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine.  A little fiddly but they can be strung on the Twine with patience!  In her video she uses little Velcro dots to hold the top closed.  I have not had very good success with Velco dots in the past so I put in little tiny magnets to hold it closed.  They are available on Amazon.

The inside is an easy lift mechanism of one sheet of Crumb Cake Card Stock just adhered to the top of the ‘lid’ with Fast Fuse.  She explains that it is important to use Fast Fuse or a very strong adhesive because when you lift the top it pulls up the inside mechanism.   Before adhering I stamped the sentiment in Real Red Ink using a stamp from the Oh What Fun Stamp Set in the 2016-2017  Annual Catalog.


Quick and easy!  And so colorful and full of fun and Gift Card.  Tomorrow I will be sharing another slide up Gift Card holder in a different DSP. Hope you will check back.  It is a bit more ‘adult’.

Here is a list of the products that I used.

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Stampin’ Up! Gift Bag Treat Holder Featuring Cookie Cutter Halloween.

For several years I made little treat bags for almost any occasion and passed them out to my coworkers at the long term care facility.  I would make up to 50 bags at a time!  Now that I am working with a smaller group of people, and I really don’t know them that well I decided not to continue to make all those treat bags.

However, loving to make the little treat bags  I was excited when I realized our ‘Inkin’ Team was having a get together the end of September.  (Amy’s Inking’ Krew).  Oh, what a great opportunity to make treat bags again!  Not sure I could hold up to making 50 of these!  (I only made 10)!

This adorable treat holder is time intensive but oh,  so much fun to finish!  It is holding three pieces of DOVE Chocolate Candy and some little teensy, tiny packages of Altoids.  Don’t you think it is cute and too Spooky!

The bag is made by using Stampin’ Up! Treat Holder Framelit and Pumpkin Pie Card Stock  adhering all edges using Fast Fuse to give it a good hold.   Before gluing all the edges I used Tuxedo Black and the House and Bat stamps from the Spooky Fun and Halloween Scares Stamp sets.  I then stamped the scare crow, crow and the trick or treat bag  stamps  from Cookie Cutter Halloween on Very Vanilla Card Stock.  He was punched out using the Cookie Cutter Punch.  I then colored him using Aqua painter and Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, Dapper Denim, Real Red and Crushed Curry Ink pads.    When ink was totally dry using a sponge dauber and Crumb Cake Ink I ‘smudged’ him all over to give him a ‘field’ look.  I also colored in the little trick or treat bag using the same colors.  The pumpkins  (from Spooky Fun Stamp Set)were stamped using Tuxedo Black on Pumpkin Pie Card Stock and die cut using the Halloween Scenes Edgelits dies.  The fence as well was die cut using the die from Halloween Scene Edgelits die.  All were adhered using Multipurpose Glue for easy positioning.



The Crow and Trick or Treat little bag were ‘fussy’ cut.  Using the Halloween Night Bakers Twine I wrapped it around the top three times and tied in a bow.  To finish off the bag, I stamped the Sentiment (from Spooky Fun), in Tuxedo Black on Pumpkin Pie and a scrap of Halloween Night Speciality DSP.  I then die cut both using two graduated dies from the Tags and Labels Die set.  Adhering together using SNAIL adhesive.  I then attached it to the top of the bag with the Bow Binder Clips.

Here are the Supplies that I used:

Product List

Stampin’ Up! Affectionately Yours DSP Double Fold Card

This card created in Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper with Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight tags and tassels is bright and fun to make.

Double fold cards look oh so difficult and yet the card is quick, easy and its all in the fold!  You start with an 8 1/2″ X 11″ card stock, (preferably double sided) and fold its and its ready to be decorated.  There are so many things that you can stick in those pockets to decorate the card are endless.  I used tags with sentiments but thought about gift cards, a special photograph (the insert can be as wide as 4″ wide and as tall as 5 inches.  This card is a regular size 4 1/2″ X 5 1/4″ Card.  It does open and has plenty of room for writing or another two pictures


Don’t you love the bright colors that Daffodil Delight and Night of Navy create in this card?  It immediately makes you happy.  The Base Card is Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper and folded into a double pocket card.  Once folded I used the Flourish Thinlets border die in Daffodil Delight.  I adhered it along the pocket line with the Fine Tip Glue Pen trimming the die cut to fit the edge.

The flower cluster is die cut from Daffodil Delight and Cucumber Crush.  I used the leaf die cut from the May Flower Framelits set and the flower was die cut from the small flower in the Botanical Builder Framelit set.  The center of the flower are enamel shapes in Night of Navy from the Regal Enamel Shapes.  The leaves and the flowers were adhered using glue dots for perfect placement.


The tags made by cutting a strip of Daffodil Delight and punching the top using the Scalloped Tag Punch.  The Tassels were made handmade from Night of Navy Solid Twine.  The flower silhouette was die cut in Very Vanilla using the Flourish Thinlits Die.  I made it go off the page for interest.  Using Night of Navy Ink I stamped the sentiments below the die cuts. Thank you sentiment is from the Tin of Cards Stamp Set and the My Heart Smiles is from the Suite Sayings Stamp Set.  I layered the Very Vanilla with Night of Navy Card Stock and cut it very close just to give it a slim shadow.  These are adhered using SNAIL adhesive.


The inside of the crd is layered with Daffodil Delight Card Stock cut 1/2″ less and the top layer is Very Vanilla cut a bit narrower.  I stamped two corners in Daffodil Delight using the small flower bunch from Love and Affection Stamp Set.  I didn’t get it in the picture but the opposite page on the inside is the same lovely pattern as the front.

Here are the supplies I used to create this card: