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I have two children. My daughter Jennifer is 27 and my son Christopher is 25. And two step-sons, Trevor and Adam ages 24 and 26 along with their beautiful wives Emily and Julie and their babies, Noah and Madisyn. I also have I've been married for 12 years to my husband Gary. I'm a full time Junior High Language Arts teacher and stamping is one of my passions. All products I use are from Stampin' Up! Be sure to visit my Stampin' Up! website to view my calendar of events by clicking on the link to the right!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Dare-to-Dream Gift Card Holder

Hello Stampers!

It has been a few weeks, hasn't it?  :)  I have been getting ready to wind down the school year here, so I haven't done much stamping lately.  But I sort of couldn't put it off much longer.  I needed a gift card holder for a Barnes & Nobel gift card I purchased for a student.  Thursday is our end-of-year awards assembly, and I have the honor of awarding Outstanding Language Arts Student to one of my current 8th graders.  What makes it even more special is that I had the privilege of being her teacher when she was in 7th grade as well.  I switched over from 7th to 8th at the beginning of this year.

Although I will miss this student and many others for that matter, I am relieved that the end of the year is upon us.  It has been a long year, even though it seems as if it went by very quickly.  By the time May rolls around, I start feeling the signs of burn-out and really need a few weeks off to regenerate for the next year. 

Anyway, this is the gift card holder I made for my student.  I copied the lay out from a card that a friend of mine created, but I used different stamps and paper.    After I list all of the Stampin' Up! products I used, I will tell you how I made the card base.  You will want to scroll down to the end of this post to see the inside of the holder.

Here's what I used:
  • Creative Elements (122645/wood; 122647/clear)
  • Loving Thoughts (125845)  This is from the Occasions Mini, but I think it will be in the new IBC.
  • Crumb Cake C/S (120953)
  • Baja Breez C/S (111352)
  • First Edition Specialty DSP (121878)
  • Soft Suede Classic Ink (115657)
  • Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402)
  • Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309)
  • Bitty Buttons (118761)
  • Vintage Trinkets ((118764)
  • Designer Frames Embossing Folders (123130)
  • Linen Thread (104199)
Click here to go to my Stampin' Up! website and click on the Shop Now button to order any one or all of these items.

Okay, here's how to make the card base with the gift card pocket inside.  Cut two pieces of card stock 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches.  Score each at 4 1/4 inches.  This will be your fold line.  After the card stock is cut, place the 8 1/2 inch side of the paper at the top of your paper cutter and cut 2 1/2 inches from one end on each 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inch piece.  Adhere these shortened end together leaving an opening large enough to hold the gift card.  I used the gift card to guide me as to where I should place sticky strip.  You will place sticky strip along 3 sides, leaving the center top open for the gift card.  Decorate the outside of the holder as you wish.

Below is the inside of the gift card holder.  I covered up the note that I wrote, as I wrote on the inside of the card before I photographed it. 

Hope you like this.  As always, your comments are welcome.  Thank you for stopping by.

Happy Stamping!