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!


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

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!

A “Best Day” Giveaway!

Howdy folks! Happy Monday! I am so excited today because Annette, the owner of About Art Accents, sent me an extra stamp set to give away to one of my blog readers! Here is a card I made with one of the images from the Best Day stamp set:

I used my stamping gear and a few small stamps to create my background and there was enough space in the center to stamp my couple. I wasn’t intending on stamping and coloring on this cheap Georgia Pacific cardstock but hey, it doesn’t look too bad for a 2 cent sheet of paper! I stamped the same flowers on a piece of masking tape, colored it and stuck it right on the card base.  I stamped a small double happiness on a punched stamp square and adhered it with skeleton leaves over the tape. Pretty simple…I wonder if this counts as a one layer card?


So do you wanna win a set of 9 stamps from About Art Accents? Great! Just leave me a comment on this post telling my your favorite About Art Accents stamp…that’s it…really, no strings attached:) Although if you do feel compelled to do a bit of shopping at About Art Accents you can use the code Lindsay10% to save 10% off your order! They have a lot of good stuff on sale right now too! BTW, here is what the winner gets, I’ll draw a name out of a hat next monday so be sure to leave a comment before then!

Good luck & Happy Crafting!

His & Hers Bookmarks!

I think my patterned paper is getting jealous! I have been using my background stamps like they have been going out of style since I got back from the stamp show!


I had some large wood mounted stamps that would “skip” in spots when I stamped them resulting in bad images and wasted paper. So I pulled them off the blocks and slapped them on my mega mount and they work perfectly! I had fun layering my large stamps on photo paper and then cut one piece up to make the 2 bookmarks and used another piece on the card. The Frames and Cameo stamps are from Micheals, I snagged that Recollections set when I was in town for the stamp show for $6. Good quality!


Tip: If your ink skips on a solid image like the cameo silhouettes simply fill in the bare spots with a matching marker!

Well, only a few more days of school for the kids here. I’ll be glad when I can let them sleep in in the morning, they are so “over” getting up at 7am LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Double Happiness

Howdy folks! Here is a card I made from scraps leftover from this project. I’d rather make a new card that put all of that stuff away LOL! I liked the results so much I submitted a sketch of it to Oriental Stamp Art and they are using it as this week’s layout challenge!


This could be a wedding or anniversary card. I kept it vague. The focal stamp is the Chinese symbol for Double Happiness. I like that 😀 Maybe because I have twins and 2 is better thank one, or that it is such a nice marriage wish or maybe it just reminds me of Chinese food…hmmm, I could go for some Sechwan Tofu! I stamped the image (Art Neko) in a silvery purple ink and heat embossed it with clear powder, see the shiny!


The other bit of shiny goodness is the cardstock rectangle I dry-embossed then clear inked and brushed with purple pearl ex. Boy, I just love purple, I can’t wear it but I’ll use it on a card any chance I get!

Thanks all for today folks, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

My Fab Weekend!

Happy Monday! Over the weekend my niece got married, her wedding colors were Orange, green and black so I did a card and gift wrapping in those colors:

Stamps: (card) Gina K, Hero Arts, Tag: Stampin Up, Inkadinkado

I had fun making the card, I stamped the large Chandelier from the Fine furnishings set from Gina K on white cardstock and clear embossed it then sprayed it with homemade glimmer mist and sponged on orange and green ink, then I stamped a wedding script stamp from here arts over that. I like the effect! I sprayed white cardstock with pearl shimmer mist and sent it through my Big Shot with an old Fiskars texture plate to do the embossing. I made my own crinkle ribbon (Stay tuned for a tutorial later this week) and added it to the card as well.

This card qualifies for the following challenges: Alotta Rubber Stamps (fall colors), Annebelles Stamps (bow), For Fun Challenge (ribbon) and the sketch from Anyone for Anya.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Shower time!

My niece is getting married next moth and today was her bridal shower, she picked the most unusual color scheme for her wedding but it is truly stunning: Orange, green with grey and black, it did not scream wedding to me at first until I played around with the colors, here is the card I made her:

Dress card die cut: Creative Cuts & More, Stamps: Autumn Leaves, Inkadinkado, Stampin Up, Paper: Bazzill, American Crafts

I found this Dress Window die cut card from Creative Cuts & More stashed away with my white paper scraps and had to use it, I added some stamping and decorated the inside so there would be something pretty to see though the dress cutout:

I think I like decorating the inside of the card as much as I like making my homemade envelopes!

The envelope for this card is a SVG freebie (to cut with your Cricut and SCAL software) I designed and you can grab it here, it is adjustable in SCAL2 (square or rectangle), in scal 1 you are stuck with it being a square envelope, but you can still make it whatever size square you want.

Now, my niece is a very talented crafter, she was over the other day using my Cricut and she told me that she was going to buy thank you cards for the wedding instead of making them (Hats off to any bride who sends thank you notes, homemade or store-bought!) so I decided to letterpress her a set of 10 thank you notes, here you can see the detail of the debossed letterpress design:

Letterpress plates and paper: Lifestyle Crafts

If you remember a few months ago I showed you how I made a letterpress bed to fit in my Big Shot diecutter, if you want directions to make one for less than $10 check out this post, as you can see it works as well as the $149 kit from Lifestyle crafts and you can use their plates in it. Here are the cards and matching envies:

Envelope paper: K&Co, Tool: Scor-pal

Also I while back I showed you how to make envelopes with your Scor-pal, if you missed it you can see the video and grab my cheat sheet here.

These projects qualify for the following challenges: Annabelles Stamps (embossing), Clearly I Stamp (thank you cards), Cowgirls Sunday Stamping Challenge, DigiDoodles (anything goes), Creative craft Challenge (bride),  I Did It (buttons & bows), Totally Gorjuss (congrats) and Wee Memories (stamping.)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Wedding Wishes & Quick Envelopes!

What a weekend! My sister got married! It was a beautiful wedding, we all had a great time but man when it was over we were all wiped out! Here’s the card I made her using my brand new Rubber Cafe stamps:

The Rubber Cafe Stamps, DCWV paper, SCAL/Cricut letters
The Rubber Cafe Stamps, DCWV paper, SCAL/Cricut letters

I used the Renaissance Fairy stamp and water-colored it and applied a thick coat of Martha Stewart gel glue and a generous amount of Diamond Dust glitter. I love this glitter because it is super sparkly but clear so you can still see the image beneath.I cut my title out of self adhesive vinyl (freebie from a sign shop) using SCAL software, Victorian LET font and my Cricut on pressure setting 3.

Why are envelopes so expensive? They are just thin pieces of paper with a couple of folds and glue and if you want a square one they are double! Well don’t fret cuz you will never need to buy another one! Here is how to make custom square envelopes:

Use your card as a template.
Use your card as a template.

Place the card you want to make an envie for in the center of a 12×12 piece of pattern paper. I like to buy the paper in stacks on sale so they are only 6 cents a sheet, then I use the less than beautiful sheets for my envelopes.

Fold the sides around the card.
Fold the sides around the card.

fold the two sides to the middle, unfold, then fold the top and bottom to the middle keeping the card in place. You can cut cardboard to your most often used card sizes and use that as a folding template instead of the actual card if you like.

Use a circle cuttr to make your flaps.
This is how the folds look.
Use a circle cutter to make your flaps.
Use a circle cutter to make your flaps.

Use a circle cutter (or trace around a plate) to cut your flaps.

We're Almost done!
We're almost done!

Place the card inside and fold the flaps around the card. Tuck the last flap under the first flap and secure with a sticker. The sticker will cover any gap where the flaps meet.

A beautiful (and cheap) custom envelope!
A beautiful (and cheap) custom envelope!

If your card is larger than 6×6 than turn it diagonally on the 12×12 sheet and fold in the corners rather than the sides so you will have more paper to work with for the flaps.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!