Monday, October 13, 2014

Gift Card Holder

I vendored a crop this past weekend and this gift card holder was one of the classes that I taught.  There was interest in recreating more at home so here's my tutorial. I tried to take as many pictures and be as clear as I could be.  I hope it all makes sense!

Cut a double sided piece of paper to 7 1/2 " x 10" 
(really it can be any size you want, it's all about the folding)

Fold the paper in half (top to bottom)

Open it back up and fold it the other way.  You'll now have 4 windows

Place the paper so the shorter side is in front of you.  Take your scissors and cut along the horizontal line just until you meet where the vertical line is.

Fold the top right corner down until it meets the vertical line.

Fold the bottom left corner up  but leave about 3/4" -1" from the fold line  

 Fold the bottom right window over to the left side

Turn the paper over

Fold the bottom right corner even with the fold that you made on the other side

Turn the paper over 

Fold the bottom left window onto the top left window.

Flip the triangle on the top right corner to the other side

Fold right flap onto left flap

Staple the edge and tie ribbon on the staples
**You can also use adhesive to hold it together, just use a small amount on the edge where the staples are.  You can also use washi tape to cover the edge as well**

I added a piece of the zip strip from the paper across to cover where the two papers meet

 Cut a piece of white paper to 3" x 4"

Ink the edges, stamp your sentiment and add a ribbon (I stapled mine but you can punch a hole & tie the ribbon on too)

If you're going to put the gift card in the front pocket, make sure to seal the bottom because it's open and the gift card will fall out.  I placed my gift card in the back pocket and put the tag in the front pocket

 The back pocket is hidden behind the tag

And here's the completed project!

For this project I used a piece of the "Flirty" (retired) paper, M1033 Heartfelt Birthday Wish ($2.95), Z2123 Goldrush Ink Pad ($5.95) and the ribbon is not CTMH.  You can shop for these items, along with many other great items on my website at

Thanks for stopping by and I hope the tutorial helps!

Happy scrapping!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Chalk It Up! Post it note holder

Here is my completed project!  It's a post it note/business card holder HOWEVER, I just saw another great spin on this project!!!  Fellow consultant, Kathy Valunas (you can visit her blog at ) made a similar project and made removable tags to put in the pockets .... ADORABLE!!!

This is what the inside front pocket looks like.

And here is the back pocket!  Tags could be inserted in both pockets in place of the post it notes/business cards.

Here's the decorated project and now we'll get started with how to complete this super simple, yet adorable project!

I used my ScorPal score board, you can make it without one using a ruler and bone folder but the score board makes life SO much easier!  Close To My Heart just started carrying one in the new Annual Inspirations book

Place your 12x12 paper on your score board.  Score it at 2", 6" and 10".  Rotate the paper 1/4 turn and score at 4" and 8".  The fold all of the creases.  You'll then locate your 6" line (the one down the middle) and cut it 9" along the line.  You'll leave 1 box in tact (see picture below)

You'll then decide which side of your paper you want to see on the cover and fold it so those sides are matching to make your paper look like the image below.

You'll then fold up your 2" flaps on either side

You're going to glue the square that you left in tact so that your image will look like below.  You'll now have four squares and a flap that hangs down (that flap is the one you just glued)

Lay the paper on the four sides and finish adhering the flap 

You're going to re-open the 2" flap that you folded
Add adhesive to the 2" flap edge to make the pocket.

You're now going to apply adhesive to the entire outer square and fold it in. Do the same thing on the other side.

These show the outer edge of the flaps

I applied washi tape to seal the pocket

Then I folded the project back together.

I applied washi tape as the seam binding

Cut a strip 1 1/2 " apply a little bit of liquid glass to the edge to adhere it to the holder

Attach the closure tab to the back side of the holder

I folded the flap over to give it extra support (although this is not necessary) and attached it using liquid glass.

I use self stick velcro and attached it to the closure.

A piece of shimmer trim was added and VOILA!  A super simple project that uses minimal amounts of paper & supplies!  

If you look a bunch of posts back (I believe it was Mary 2013) I have a similar tutorial of the post it note holder with a flower on the front of it.  

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to email me at  

If you'd like to purchase any of the supplies used to make this project, you can shop on my website at

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Shaving Cream Marbling Technique

This is a fun activity that I used in my preschool classroom for YEARS!  The children loved it and guess what???  Grown ups do too!

Supplies: white cardstock, shaving cream (not the gel kind), reinkers, tray, something to swirl the colors with (I used a wooden skewer), scraper (I used my Pampered Chef tool but a flat spatula, piece of cardboard or even a paper towel would work)

Supplies are assembled and ready to go!  Lets have some messy fun!

Spray a layer of shaving cream on the tray

Add some drops of reinker (food coloring or liquid water colors work too)

Use the skewer (or tool of your choice) to swirl the colors through the shaving cream.  Be care not to stir it or you will lose the marble effect on your finished product

Place your paper on top of the shaving cream and gently pat is down so that the shaving cream compresses a little.  If you need to move your paper to get areas that you missed, just pick it up and lay it down again

Lift your paper off of the shaving cream.  This is what it will look like

Use your scraper (or tool of your choice) to remove the shaving cream from the paper.  Have paper towels handy to wipe your scraper off

This is what the finished product looks like...and the coolest part????  It's dry!!!

A closer view of the marbling

I decided I wanted a second color so I just sprayed a little more shaving cream on top of what I already had on the tray, added a second color (in this picture, it's lagoon that I added), swirled it around & put the paper on it

Same paper as above with the pear swirls on with lagoon being added.  Ready to be scraped

My final product with both colors :)

You may have noticed that I didn't cover my workspace (which happened to be the island in my kitchen)

Super easy way to clean reinkers from my counter top!  Add a little shaving cream....

Spread it around with my hands, wipe it off with paper towels or dish cloth and ......

My counter top is once again clean!!!  **This works GREAT for juice stains as well!**

My two papers that I'll be cutting to make the background for my cards

Here's the finished product!  A quick, easy way to create a unique card! 

**Stamps are both retired stamp sets from Close To My Heart**

If you're interested in picking up some reinkers of your own to try this fun technique, you can visit my website at

Thanks and Happy Crafting!