Thursday, December 23, 2021

Wise Men and Daffodils


Greetings of the Season from the Creative Card-iology Team bloggers!  Thank you for celebrating with us this month as we share our love for stamping and the Stampin’ Up! products with you!

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You might wonder from the title of my post what wise men and daffodils have in common, and here it has to do with our blog hop theme this month - gift card or treat packaging.  This theme came at a perfect time for me as my sister had asked me to make cards where she would be able to include a gift card or gift certificate.  With just a simple cut and a few scores, you can create a card for any occasion that includes a pop-up gift card holder, and in this post you’ll see one made with retiring products and one made with products from the new January-June 2022 Mini Catolog – Wise Men and Daffodils.

Some of the products you’ll see today have already been retired, and some won’t be available to order for a couple weeks yet (unless you join the Stampin’ Up! team of demonstrators and take advantage of the demonstrator pre-ordering benefit), but the great thing about this project is that you can use any stamp set or paper!

I turned to Pinterest as I often do to search for ideas.  I knew what I had in mind, I was just looking to see if someone had already figured out measurements and how-tos.  I found a post by Jeanie Stark of (thank you Jeanie!) that had just what I was looking for.

The pop up gift card holder starts with a card base measuring 5 ½” x 11”,  scored at 4 ¼”, 5 ½” and 6 ¾”.  I folded along the 5 ½” score line first, and then folded the opposite way along the other 2 score lines.  I placed Tear ‘n Tape along the top edge of one of the folded score lines and sealed the folded piece together.  I then used the fourth smallest Stitched Rectangle Die to die cut an opening to hold a gift card or cash.  I ran my die and card through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine several times to make sure my die cut all the way through the layers.  I trimmed any excess paper left with my Paper Snips.

I used the Great Tidings bundle and paired it with the Peaceful Place Specialty Designer Series Paper for my sister’s cards.  I cut a piece of the Peaceful Place DSP and matted it onto a layer of Basic Black cardstock.  I die cut three wise men from Blackberry Bliss, Night of Navy and Cherry Cobbler and embossed them with the Timeworn Type embossing folder.  I also die cut a star from silver foil paper and placed a Basic Rhinestone Gem in the center of this start and a couple gems on the Peaceful Place DSP layer.  My “Wise men still seek Him” sentiment was stamped on a piece of Basic White and punched with the Lovely Labels Pick-A-Punch and then layered onto a punched Basic Black label. 

On the inside of my card, I added a Basic White layer for my inside sentiment.  I also adhered an embossed wise man die cut to the pop up and a piece of DSP for a background.

A 20” piece of White Glittered Organdy ribbon was adhered to the back of my card.  This ties in the front to hold the card closed.   

I made a second version of this card using the new Daffodil Daydream bundle and the Daffodil Afternoon DSP (a free with $50 Sale-A-Bration item) to make a Birthday pop up gift card holder.  I die cut a frame using the Scalloped contours
dies to frame the beautiful new Daffodil Afternoon DSP (really love this free DSP!) and colored Petal Pink Frayed Grosgrain ribbon with Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends to match my choice of cardstock and ink for this version.  I also used Daffodil Delight, Mossy Meadow and Old Olive Stampin' Blends to color my daffodils on the inside of the card and the coordinating envelope. 

Hope is also something wise men and daffodils have in common.  At Christmas we celebrate the joy the wise men felt when they saw the star (Matthew 2:10) that led them to find Jesus, the fulfillment of God’s promise of a Savior.  Daffodils symbolize hope and new birth and growth with the coming of Spring, which is the season where we celebrate the Savior’s resurrection from the dead that gives us “new birth into a living hope” (1 Peter 1:3).

Hope is the theme of the January Encountering Joy box collection!  These boxes make a great gift for a friend or yourself as a tool for focus and reflection.   Each box includes a mini journal/album, 5 note cards and envelopes to send out, and cards with scripture to reflect on the theme of Hope.  If you’d like more information on this monthly box kit, click here.    

If you'd like to check out the products used for my project, you can click on the links below or stop by my online shop.  The December 2021 host code is YNTJPFJ2.

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  1. You put your heart and soul into this card! Absolutely Beautiful, Amazing,Gorgeous! Have a Merry Christmas.