Friday, December 19, 2008

This One's For You, Fran!

The other day my friend asked if I had an idea for a money gift card...I didn't really have a money card idea posted, so here's something I came up with. I don't know if anyone still has time to make things before Christmas...but, you can always use the pattern for birthdays or other occasions. It might be a little tricky to might help if you cut out the pattern and follow along...I'll try my best to explain. This is what the card looks like closed:

Then when you lift up the "cover", the money is revealed. I thought this might make a gift of money a little more fun to open.

You can download the pattern pieces by clicking here. There's one pattern for the box bottom and one pattern for the box top. We'll start with the box bottom. Cut along the solid lines and fold along the dotted lines as shown below:

Apply double stick tape on the 2 thin strip tabs (on the printed side of the paper)...this is where it gets tricky...fold that tab down and the connecting tab over and press down to adhere. (It'll make more sense if you follow the fold lines).

Fold the two top sections down along fold lines:

For the box top, cut along the solid lines and fold along the dotted lines. Apply double stick tape to the 2 tabs as shown below:

Fold along the fold line and press down to adhere. You just formed a little'll need to know this later.

For the next step...flip the box top piece over and fit onto the box bottom piece as shown below (this is the backview of the card):

Notice how the bottom piece slips into the "pocket" of the top piece...also, notice how the 2 green dotted tabs slip under the 2 white side tabs. Are you still following me? The next step is to put double stick tape on those 2 white tabs and fold the last bottom section up as shown below:

Now you can flip the card over to the front and decorate with a ribbon and a tag. Also, lift the cover and use double stick tape to hold the money in place.

Stamps used: #923 (Happy Holidays), #927 (Snowflake Scroll) and #930 (Elf With Bear). Please fell free to write to me if my directions don't make sense. Have a good night...good luck this weekend if you're still finishing up your shopping!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Tree Favor

Hi! Just a quick post today to share a simple pattern for a Christmas tree favor here to download a pattern.

Just cut along the solid lines, and fold along the dotted lines. Put double stick tape on each of the 3 tabs. Fill the box with whatever you want, and tape a loop of cord to the inside top of the box. Adhere sides together and decorate as desired. This box uses stamp #A112 (Christmas Lights) and #922 (Merry Christmas). Here's a side view:

Sorry...gotta run!! Be back soon!

Monday, December 15, 2008

10 Days and Counting...

How's everyone doing? Hanging in there? Things sure do seem to get pretty hectic at this time of the year!! With that in mind...I'll try to come up with some quick and easy, last-minute projects. I know gift cards are always a popular's a fast and easy to wrap them up. I stamped #920 (Christmas Bee) and layered it on some punched shapes. I glued a strip of paper (approx. 5" long) to the back of the tag:

Wrap the paper strip around the gift card and secure with double stick tape (make sure you tape the paper strip directly onto the gift card so it can't slip out). Slip a bit of ribbon under the paper strip and hang up as an ornament:

Or, use it as a gift tag for a present (you can add a simple to, from label on the back).

It just takes a few minutes to complete. I also added the "O Christmas Bee"words (stamp #923), and tied it on with some silver cord. Have a great day

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Post-it Note Holder

I ran across these pop-up post-it note holders and thought they would make some really nice gifts (without breaking your budget). Just do a little stamping to make them more special!! If you pop off the acrylic cover, you can remove the plastic piece (the part with the daisies printed on it) and use it as a template to make your own unique creation.

You could also include in your gift some different designs so the recipient can change the the look with the seasons:

Stamps used: #5040 (Butterfly With Rose), #5006 (Daisy), #5004 (Rosebud), #5058 (You Make Me Smile), #1104 (Dog With Heart), #1108 (Happy Valentine's Day), #B103 (Fancy Scroll), #701 (Pumpkin), #A108 (2 Pumpkins), #704 (Happy Halloween), #C109 (Sam & Max...I cut out just Max) and #923 (Happy Holidays).

Monday, December 8, 2008

Is It Just Me?

Or is December really flying by this year?? I haven't even started my Christmas shopping yet (please tell me I'm not the only one!!) Anyway, I'm trying to get back on the stamping track with a project using candy canes I had leftover from another project. I turned this one into a wall hanging to decorate your home or office:

I used ribbons, cord and jump rings to connect the different pieces...super simple! Stamps used: #B112 (Penguin Buddies) and #B114 (Merry Little Christmas).

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Stocking Box

Here's a little box for tiny Christmas gifts...earrings, money...anything tiny. The actual box part measures approximately 1" x 2". Click here to download the pattern. As usual...cut along the solid lines and fold along the dotted lines...see the photo below:

For the stocking piece, attach two eyelets as shown above. For the box piece, follow fold lines and form a rectangular box. Apply double stick tape to the tabs on the bottom of the box.

Attach the box along the fold line of the stocking piece. I also inserted a 1" x 2" (approximate) piece of paper into the bottom of the box to hide the tabs. Slide a ribbon through the two eyelets to close the box. For the "patches" on the stocking I used a piece punched with a Marvy (yellow) scalloped oval punch. I cut the piece in half lengthwise, and used one half along the top edge of the stocking. I trimmed the other half to fit around the toe of the stocking. I also punched a 1/16" hole on the side of the stocking and threaded a gold cord in case you want to use the box as an ornament. Here's another sample:

Stamps used: #911 (Christmas Bear), #922 (Merry Christmas), #A111 (Snowflake Buddy) and #923 (Happy Holidays). Thanks for stopping by!!!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Mele Kalikimaka

Mele Kalikimaka and Hauoli Makahiki Hou!!! (That's how we say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Hawaii!!) While many places celebrate a cold and white Christmas...we here in Hawaii have a special way of celebrating. It may get a little cooler at this time of the year...but, not cold enough to keep us away from the beaches and outdoors. Here's a card to spread some of the warmth of the islands at Christmas time!!!

Stamps used: #C112 (Mele, Hauoli), #2001 (Aloha Flowers), B101 (Maddy at the Beach), #C101 (Sam at the Beach) and #905 (Christmas From Hawaii).