Envelope Gift Card Holder

Today's post features a quick, easy, and beautiful gift card holder following this tutorial by a fellow demonstrator, Pam Morris! The measurements I used are slightly different than Pam's. The Designer Series Paper is cut to 4-3/8" x 2-1/4" and the card stock adhered to the back is cut to 4-5/8" x 2-1/2". Also, I cut my belly band to 1" x 6". The trick with the belly band is to hide the overlapped ends behind the sentiment!

My favorite Stampin' Up! color seems to change over time, but lately I find myself gravitating to Blackberry Bliss. And it is so stunning paired with gold! The sentiment on the belly band of this gift card holder is embossed with gold embossing powder and the cherry on top is the double bow of gold baker's twine.

This brought a big smile to the recipient. Wouldn't these be great for dressing up your gift cards for the holidays? Thanks for stopping by today!

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Happy Halloween!

Here's a quick post from me today to share this year's Halloween treat with you! I just can't hand out "naked" candy, so each year I come up with a way to dress it up! This little pocket was made very easily with the Envelope Punch Board! All you need is a 4" x 4" piece of Designer Series Paper and you make the first score line and punch at 1-3/4". Then just use the guide on the Envelope Punch Board to make the rest of the score lines and punches. Just remember NOT to score the 4th line - only punch. That's the part of the envelope that you won't close and allows you to slip a snack size Hershey's bar into it.

Isn't this cute?? There are so many other ways you could dress this up for other holidays. Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for stopping by today!

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Watercolor Swallowtail Card

Today's card showcases an easy watercoloring technique that really brings a wow factor! I took my Swallowtail stamp and colored on it with 4 of the 5 2014-2016 In Color Stampin' Write markers. I made sure to color starting with the lightest marker to the darkest marker. Then I spritzed it lightly (okay, I was a little heavy with the spritzin') with water using a Stampin' Spritzer and stamped it on some watercolor paper and -- voila! I love this technique!

I thought about adding ribbon to this card, but I really wanted the watercoloring to stand out, so I opted for just a small sentiment and some embellishments. What a great sentiment for someone going through a hard time - "you've got courage, you've got strength, you've got me." "You've got me" is stamped inside the card. This card is going to a dear college friend of mine battling cancer - who has unbelievable strength and courage. I continue to pray she wins the battle.

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Swallowtail Sympathy Card

Today's card is a clean and simple sympathy card using the stunning Swallowtail background stamp. I really do love this stamp, because there are so many different ways you can use it! It looks amazing stamped in black or you can watercolor it, use your Blendabilities, stamp it using a mask - I will be trying all of these ways and sharing them with you, by the way :).

This card was inspired by this beautiful card by Brandy Cox. I love the black on white as well as the dimension she gave her butterfly by fussy-cutting a portion of the butterfly as an overlay. Hopefully you can see that in this picture here:

Trying to put your finger on the beautiful silver threads tied in a bow on this card? It's from our beautiful 1/8" silver ribbon! All you have to do is cut off one side of the white trim and then you can pull out the silver threads to add to your project! I love finding different ways to use our products!

I wish I didn't have to make sympathy cards, but I do need them from time to time. This one is for my dear friend and upline, Tina, who just lost her mom to colon cancer. This one hits home for me, since I also lost my mom to colon cancer. Would you mind saying a little prayer for Tina and her family? And if you're 50 or older (although they should change the recommendation to 40) and haven't had a colonoscopy, please do so! It could save your life! I've had 3 so far with my family history, and they're not that bad!

Thank you for stopping by today! Let me know if you have any questions and have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

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Happily Ever After Card & Holiday Catalog Debut!

Today's card is a beautiful white and gold wedding card for a dear friend of mine. My favorite part of this card is the luscious gold satin ribbon - it's to die for! It also comes in silver, but the gold is just stunning.

I stamped the butterflies and the row of hearts using the Metallic Gold Encore ink pad, but I embossed "happily ever after" with gold embossing powder, because I wanted it to stand out. And I used Shimmery White card stock, because it has a heavier weight than Whisper White and has a beautiful shimmer to it. The butterflies were naked without a few pearls - the perfect touch!

Guess what? The amazing Holiday Catalog is now available! Click on the image below to view the jaw-dropping goodies offered! What's your favorite item from the Holiday Catalog?

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Tri-Fold Shutter Card with Video!

Today's card is another fancy fold card for you called the tri-fold shutter. How cool is this card?!? I love how it stands up and can be put on display - sure to bring the recipient lots of happiness.

I made this card using 8.5" x 11" card stock for the base, cut to 10.5" x 5.5". Folded up, it measures 3.5" x 5.5". You can also make this card with 12" x 12" card stock, which will measure 4" x 5.5" when folded, but I don't have any 12" x 12" card stock :).

Here's the video:
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Score your 10-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 1-3/4", 3-1/2", 7" and 8-3/4"on the long side. Then cut your card stock on the short side from the first (1-3/4") to the last score line (8-3/4") at 1-1/2" and 4".

Here are the dimensions for the smaller pieces of card stock and Designer Series Paper:

4 pieces of DSP - 1-1/2" x 1-1/4"
2 pieces of DSP - 1-1/2" x 5-1/4"
2 pieces of DSP - 1-1/2" x 2-1/4"
2 pieces of DSP  - 3-1/4" x 1-1/4"
1 piece of card stock (Old Olive) - 3-1/4" x 2-1/4"
1 piece of card stock (Whisper White for inside sentiment) - 3-1/8" x 2-1/8"

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