November 30, 2016


Remember I've admitted in past blog posts that I hate riding in the car for any distance? All I can think about on a road trip is how I could be getting so much done if I was back at home. On the last several trips my husband and I took, I came prepared! I have items stamped and all ready to be fussily cut while I am on the road. (This keeps me from falling asleep.) 

Recently I had stamped a bunch of the owls and foxes from the hostess set, Cozy Critters, in the current Holiday Catalog (page 3). I'd stamped the owls and foxes on Whisper White cardstock. However, I stamped their coordinating scarves on teeny scraps I had of Christmas Designer Series Papers. 

So I had a lot of cutting to do! Yay! I must have gone a bit overboard though because I had, oh, about 40 of the owls and foxes and even more of their coordinating scarves.

At my November Stamp-In workshop, my girls made cute gift card holders, using either one of my precut owls or foxes. 

The gift card holders are fairly small -- only 3 1/2" x 5".

Showing the inside of my sample. One of my workshop attendees noted, however, that I'd missed one of the supplies that was needed to make this project: the gift card! Ah, good one. I'd told her that she could have the one in my sample (it had already been used. I just wouldn't let my husband throw it away!).

Once the girls chose whether they wanted to feature the owl or the fox, they chose the coordinating scarf to glue in place.

A view that shows both the outside and the inside simultaneously. 

If you'd like to try your hand at this gift card holder, here's how:

Cozy Critters stamp set
Merriest Wishes stamp set (page 21 of the Holiday Catalog)

Whisper White cardstock
Garden Green cardstock
Cherry Cobbler cardstock
Choice of Designer Series Paper

Cherry Cobbler ink
Garden Green ink

Tear & Tape Adhesive
Stampin' Dimensionals
Big Shot
Softly Falling Embossing Folder
Merry Tags Framelits (page 21 of the Holiday Catalog)
Cherry Cobbler ribbon (mine was retired)
Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine
3/4" Circle Punch

Fold a 5" x 7" piece of Whisper White cardstock in half, creasing well with a bone folder.

Run a 3 1/4" x 4 3/4" piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock through the Big Shot inside the Softly Falling embossing folder. Adhere this piece to the card base.

Choose a piece of Christmas-y Designer Series Paper, and cut it to 1 3/4" x 4 1/2" and 2" x 4 1/2".

Adhere the 1 3/4" x 4 1/2" piece to a 4 3/4" x 2" piece of Garden Green cardstock. Attach this piece to the card front, raising it just a bit from center.

On a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the circular words in Garden Green. Cut it out with the appropriate Framelit.

Choose either an owl or the fox, and the scarf to match whichever one you pick. Adhere the scarf to your choice. Add your critter to the center of the circle with a Stampin' Dimensional.

Thread a piece of Cherry Cobbler ribbon about 5"-6" long through the top of the round tag. Hold the ribbon ends together with a bow tied around the base made of Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine. Glue this finished circle to the card front.

Inside the card, stamp the falling snow on the bottom portion right under the crease in Cherry Cobbler ink. Add Tear & Tape as close to the two short and one long edges of the remaining piece of DSP. With the 3/4" Circle Punch, punch a half circle in the untaped edge. Remove the covering from the tape strip and adhere it inside the card. Insert a gift card, and you're all set for gift giving! 

Even though this card is a bit smaller than traditional, it will fit nicely within a regular A2 size envelope. Otherwise, you could use the Envelope Punch Board to make a custom envelope that fits the card perfectly!



  1. Such a cute idea! I love that. I have made gift card holders before but not inside the card. How handy! Pinned.

  2. Awww I LOVE owls! Such a cute tutorial!! Thanks for linking up at this week's #FridayFrivolity... pinning and tweeting!

  3. i LOVE this, but how on earth can you do all this in the car without getting car sick! It's a gift, a double gift! #FridayFrivolity xo

  4. have many friends that love owls this is super cute and believe many owl lovers would be happy
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  5. How cute - it's a gift in itself! Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!

  6. Great idea, I hate it too. It feels like such a waste of creative time. I love the cards you make Linda whether you're in the car or at home, they always look lovely.

  7. What a lovely idea and so cleverly made. #CreativeMondays

  8. When I scrapbooked I would make up page kits for times when I had a few moments to kill. Sounds like you made a great use of your time in transit. Cute card!