Reusable Snow Globe Shaker Gift Card Holders!

Hi friends! I have been starting to slowly get ready for Christmas but picking up a gift here and there if it really seems great for a specific person. I find if I wait to christmas shop I panic and get gifts that miss the mark. One gift that always seems great is a gift card. I like to pick gift cards for someone’s favorite restaurant because you are giving an experience too so if you have friends or family who don’t need any more “stuff” it is a perfect fit! Today I am going to show you how to make a special gift card holder that can be reused, talk about the gift that keeps on giving!

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I do this a lot with cards; I’ll write my onto on a Post-it note or piece of cardstock attached with washi tape so the recipient can reuse the card if they wish. I know it is unrealistic to expect people to keep cards forever and this gives them a new lease on life! It can be like the traveling fruitcake (the one fruitcake that exists in the world that keeps getting re gifted LOL!) Watch the video to see how it’s done!

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Supplies:

  • NEW Exlusive The Frugal Crafter designed clear stamp set: Let it Snow and Trinkets and Wishes
  • Ink: Memento black *I am using memento because it is compatible with alcohol based markers, if using waterbased markers I suggest Archival or Versafine Clair.
  • Clear Versamark ink for embossing
  • White embossing powder
  • Heat tool
  • Alcohol based markers (Blick Studio)
  • Glitter pens (Jane Davenport)
  • Craft foam sheets
  • Circle Dies
  • Double sided tape (I use a tape runner)
  • Christmas pattern paper
  • White cardstock (Neenah classic crest-best for alcohol markers)
  • Cream cardstock
  • Clear transparency sheet (or leftover plastic packaging)
  • Christmas brads, washi and ribbon (optional)
  • Glitter and sequins for filling the shaker

If you plan on making more elaborate cards like shakers for Christmas gifts I recommend you start early. Get a few of these made and pick up gift cards here and there in the weeks leading up to the holiday so it is easier on your budget and then when the festive season rolls around you will be ready and able to relax and enjoy it! I hope this project gives you some helpful ideas and til next time happy crafting!

PS next weeks cardmaking video will be filmed on my new high-definition professional camera! Yipee!

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Get Ready for Christmas! Gift Card Holder Shaker Cards!

Hi friends! I got some great advice once: Do something today that will make tomorrow easier. That might be making your kids lunch the night before so you don’t have chaos in the morning or washing the dishes in the sink in the evening  so you don’t have to struggle with piles of plates just to fill the coffee maker when you are bleary eyed and in desperate need of your morning jolt of caffeine. Do “Future You” a solid and get something done ahead of time. Christmas will be here before you know it and it just seems like there is never enough time to do everything we want once December hits so I like to get a  few things made before then so I can actually relax a bit and ENJOY the holidays.  Since I have been more mindful about “stuff” this past year I am really trying not to clutter other people’s lives so this year I am going to rely more on gift cards (and not feel guilty about it like I have done in the past.) I think making a handmade card to hold a gift card says “Hey, I like and care about enough to spend time on a gift but I don’t want to clutter up your life with stuff you might not have room for.”

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I think when we make a handmade card we are showing we care without the clutter. You can even tuck a personalized not in the pocket with the gift card rather than write on it so the card can be reused by the recipient. I don’t want someone feeling like they have to keep the card forever either, this gives them permission to pass it on and brighten someone else’s day. (Truth be told I have a drawer filled with cards that were given to me but it’s a nice theory right. I admit it, I hoard cards friends give me but I don’t expect others to:) LOL!)

Want to see how I made this card? Well then, watch the video!

 

Tutorial sponsored by Top Flight Stamps! Use coupon code thefrugalcrafter10 to save 10% on your order!

Supplies from Top Flight Stamps:

Other Supplies:

Heat embossing on acetate directions:
1. Stamp design with pigment or embossing ink.
2. Sprinkle with embossing powder.
3. Heat up the gun for a few seconds before bringing to the film. Heat powder until it melts but if an area starts to warp pull the gun away, then go back in and heat some more after it cools. Embossing powder melts faster on acetate than paper typically.

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Let’s have a relaxed holiday, shall we? Do something today that future you will thank you for. I think that’s worth celebrating! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Cute as a Cupcake!

Hi friends! Sometimes you make something that is really quick, easy and cute. This is one of those times.

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I don’t like to shop and I don’t want to give gifts that will collect dust either. Mostly, I’m lazy and giving the gift of cash, especially to older kids, goes over really well. See, most kids don’t have jobs and unlike a gift card it can be spent anywhere. Plus, I have to admit, I am a horrible gift giver, sometimes I get it right but mostly I am clueless but I can make cute stuff so I put my effort there:) Buy hey, if you are a steller gift giver you could whip up one of these tins to give your awesome gift in!

Video!

I just realized that now everyone knows that I don’t put that much effort in to the packaging either. Hmmm, I really need to rethink my blog topics. I am giving all of my secrets away. I guess it’s good that not many people I know in real life read my blog LOL! Hey, just because it is fun and easy doesn’t mean it’s not worthwhile and made with love. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Supplies:
Oval Tin (also available in round, square & heart shapes)
PomPom Trim
Chalk paint in white and teal
Stamps (Sweet Cupcake-Stampin Up)
Dye Ink (Memento, Stampin Up, Altenew)
White Cardstock
Sequins (Micheals)

Directions:
1. Paint tin with chalk or acrylic paint, let dry.
2. Stamp cupcake and cut out.
3. Glue cupcake to lid of tin and glue pom-pom trim on the edges of the tin lid. Accent with sequins.

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I want to thank Papermart for sponsoring this post, they have so many cute things for packaging gifts and goodies and you can’t beat the prices. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Pop-Up Gift Card/Money Holder!

The next time you want to give the gift of cash (or a gift card) try this!

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This card was designed to hold money at a wedding but you can change-up the motif to suit your needs. Watch the video for full instructions!

 

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Supplies:
Stamps (Artneko.com) Polka dots and Backgrounds
Birds
Washi Paper
Money Envelope or gift card
Cream cardstock
Punch or die (or scissors)
Foam adhesive and double-sided tape
Washi tape

Directions:
Cut card base 3 1/2″x11″ and score at 4 1/2″, 5 1/2″ and 6 1/2″. Fold in the center and cut the gift card notch. Stamp and decorate as desired.

Another tip would be to make a bunch of the pop up card bases at once and decorate as needed (like the last-minute birthday parties your kids get invited to) so you will always be ready! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Make a Minecraft Shaker Card!

Hi friends! I always have a hard time thinking up gifts for teen boys but cash in a card is usually a safe bet, especially if the card reflects a favorite video game! The best part of this card is that it is simple and you can probably find the things you need to make it in your craft stash! Watch the video to see how easy it is!

Supplies:
Cardstock (one 5.5″x11″ piece folded in half and one 5.5″x5.5″ with a 3.5″ window cut out of the center
Green ink pads
Square stamps (foam, rubber or clear will work, mine are from Stampendous)
Happy birthday stamp
Black tape or paper
Duck tape or paper for inside pocket
Clear piece of plastic (mine was from an embossing folder package or use acetate)
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Card fill: sequins, beads, glitter, etc.
Double sided tape
Foam tape

The inside of the card has a pocket to hold cash or a gift card.

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Feel free to adapt this idea to suit other themes as well! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Easy Gift Card Wallet!

Hi Friends! The other night we gave our girl scout leader this wallet filled with gift cards. It was like giving someone a shopping spree. She really liked it. Tonight I will show you how to make it. as a bonus I get to use up some of the envelopes that sealed themselves shut when I was not looking, I guess I need to run that dehumidifier more if I am going to craft in the basement!

Another good thing is that you can remove or add more pockets if needed, they simply slip under the string. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Make a Multiple Gift Card Wallet! {great gift idea!}

Hello Friends! Today I have a project that I hope you will enjoy. With the school year winding down you might be scrambling to find ideas to thank the scout leaders, teachers and coaches in your life. Gift cards are usually the way to go if you are unsure about their personal style and when you are giving a gift as a group everyone who wants can contribute a card to a place they think the recipient might like. It’s like giving a guilt free shopping spree! And this is a fun way to package and store them and you can make it affordable using supplies from Papermart. Watch the video to see how it is done:

Directions:

I started by cutting a 5″x12″ piece of sturdy patterned paper then used a label die to shape one end of the strip. Then I scored and folded the paper so I had a cute purse with a gusset at the bottom. I sealed and cut the ends off three envelopes, stacked them and folded them in half then I punched tabs in the center of the open ends to make the gift cards easy to remove. I punched holed through the stack of envelopes and gusset area of the purse and used baker’s twine to tie it together. I made the handles from Jute cord. The flap is secured with hook and loop tape, only $2.39 for a 10 yard roll of each! I embellished the purse with die cut leaves and flowers as well as buttons. For further instruction refer to the video.

I hope you enjoyed this fun and easy project! Happy crafting!

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