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Pink Paislee – Gifts: Shaped Gift Card Holders

Hello there, everyone! Gifts Week continues on the Pink Paislee blog. Today I am sharing a set of shaped cards that hide a special surprise inside. Gift cards are perfect as a last minute gift idea. Although they might be considered impersonal by some, taking the time to wrap them up in some pretty handmade packaging makes all the difference.

Enza Gudor - December 14 - Styled
I used two cut files from the Silhouette Store for this. The first card is shaped as a coffee cup. What I love about it is all the extra fun details I was able to add to embellish it. Everything you need comes in the cut file set, that can be found here.

Enza Gudor - December 14 - Full1
I started with some pink patterned paper from the Oh My Heart collection as my base. All the papers in the collection are double-sided, and since I wanted to keep my color scheme “under control” and somewhat holiday-themed, I decided to cut the base twice and adhere the sides I wanted to hide together. Paper 17 in the Turn the Page collection was perfect for the peppermint candy on top of the cup. I used some glitter pens to make it shimmery and added pearlescent Liquid Pearls in the middle as a little extra detail.

Enza Gudor - December 14 - CloseUp1
I cut the holly leaves twice, one layer out of Paper 14 with its two shades of green, and the other out of white cardstock, which I heat-embossed with gold embossing powder to make it shiny and Christmasy.

Enza Gudor - December 14 - Eye Candy
The two front folding panels, as well as the middle one holding the gift card, have a thin layer of red glitter embossing powder at the very top. Embossing powder is a great way to bring some bling into your project. For the sentiment, I used Mirror Stickers from the Take Me Away collection to spell the word “Enjoy”. Gold silk ribbon keeps the card from unfolding and adds the final touch.

Enza Gudor - December 14 - CloseUp2
The second card is shaped as a gift box. A simpler design, but definitely eye-catching.

Enza Gudor - December 14 - Full2
Again, the cut file provided all the pieces to create this card. I made some small changes to it, or better created some extra layers, to personalize it a bit. The thing that makes the card is definitely the bow, big and bold. I created a double layer for it, as I wanted it to have a different color border. I then added some red ribbon in the middle, and finished it with two stars from the Turn the Page collection.

Enza Gudor - December 14 - CloseUp3
For the inside of the card, I added two white panels to make it look more finished and provide a space for the sentiment.

Enza Gudor - December 14 - CloseUp4
I really enjoyed making these gift card holders, and hope you will give it a try! Have a wonderful holiday season! See you next week!

Blog · Off the page · Stamping

Altenew – Build-A-Flower: Carnation

Hello, friends! I’m back today with a project featuring another amazing Altenew release.
This month’s build-a-flower set features a beautiful carnation. The meaning of carnation includes fascination, distinction, and love, and its use in art and decor dates back to ancient Greek and Roman times. With their ruffled appearance and classic beauty, these flowers possess a charm and allure that continues to captivate people around the globe. Alongside the multi-step carnation, we have included two-step leaves, berries, and a cluster of tiny flowers that can be used as filler images for your flower arrangements! The set also includes three kindness sentiments that are great for any occasion.

I have decided to make a set of bookmarks with it. I thought it would be a sweet little gift for the book lovers in my life 😉
Altenew - BAF Carnation - Enza Gudor - Bookmarks

Both bookmarks measure 3.5”x8”. I wanted them to be big to showcase the carnation in all its beauty.

For the first one, I stamped flowers and leaves with Altenew Crisp Inks in pink and green shades on 80-lbs white card stock, and cut them with the coordinating dies. To make the bookmark, I layered a couple of patterned papers from the Our Family Scrapbook Collection and some card stock, which served as a base for the top layer. I also created a background for my carnation by stamping the smaller flowers included in the set repeatedly with Lava Rock Crisp Ink. To achieve more dimension, I adhered it down with foam adhesive.
Altenew - BAF Carnation - Enza Gudor - Bookmarks - CloseUp2
The second bookmark doesn’t have any dimensional elements on it. I love its simple and clean look. I went with a tone-on-tone technique here, using different shades of coral to create all the layers. No leaves. Just the gorgeous carnation.
Altenew - BAF Carnation - Enza Gudor - Bookmarks - CloseUp1
I finished both bookmarks with coordinating ribbon.

There are some prizes up for grabs to celebrate this release. Leave a comment on the Altenew Card or/and Scrapbook blogs for a chance to win one of four $30 gift certificates. Winners will be announced on December 20th. (Two winners chosen from the card blog post, two winners chosen from the scrapbook blog post.)

Have a wonderful day!
Blog · Project Life · Scrapbooking

Documenting December With Altenew Stamps And Dies

 Altenew - DD Spread
 Hello, Altenew fans! As many other memory keepers out there, I document my December in a pocket-scrapbooking form. I enjoy this project very much, as it allows me to tell everyday stories and focus on the little things, while still being creative.

One of my favorite Altenew stamp sets is Bells and Bows. I have seen many gorgeous projects created with it, so I decided to incorporate it into my album. I started by stamping the bells in a variety of colors, and arranged them in clusters on a green patterned paper from the Our Family Scrapbook Collection. To achieve more dimension, I used foam adhesive to adhere them down, while to add texture I threaded jute into tiny holes I punched on the top of three of them. The little bows from the same stamp set add the finishing touch.

Since the spread is about my daughter playing her ukulele, I decided to incorporate some wood veneer music notes, which I heat-embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder. The red dots you see around the design come from the Blooming Bouquet stamp set. I use them a lot, especially when I don’t have enamel dots that coordinate with other colors on the page.

Altenew - DD Spread - CloseUp1

 The sentiment is from the December to Remember stamp set. I stamped it with Espresso Crisp Ink and quickly heat-embossed it with Translucent Pearl embossing powder.

For the journaling card on the left side of the spread, I used the Brush Alpha Die Set to cut the word “story”. I also typed my journaling onto one of the 3×4 cards that come in the Our Family Collection and cut it into strips.

Altenew - DD Spread - CloseUp2

The wood veneer number in the other pocket was heat-embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder, as well. I wanted it to match the music notes on the opposite page.

Altenew - DD Spread - CloseUp3

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my process and will feel inspired to incorporate some of these beautiful stamp sets into your December memory-keeping projects.

Have a lovely day!