Friday, February 25, 2011

Graphic45 and May Arts - Part 2

The Graphic45 and May Arts Blog Hop has been going on all week. I totally spaced and did not realize I had a project posted yesterday! They already posted my card and treat bag earlier in the week, so figured they did not want to post this project! But when I checked the blog today, I saw that they had posted my gift card holder yesterday! Doh!

At any rate, here is the project. This is an accordion fold gift card holder. I learned to make these little accordion books YEARS ago, and they are easy to customize for all sorts of things. Plus, they are EASY to make!

I used Graphic45 Curtain Call papers. These are so fantastic! But I am fast running out of them, I've used them so much! I am hoping the G45 DT gets a "thank you" box at the end of our term...and that they stuff a lot of Curtain Call paper in there! {wink} To hold the little booklet closed, I used May Arts silk ribbon, and some thin ribbon that looks a bit like a film strip.

The booklet/gift cardholder is 6x3 inches and the covers are made from chipboard. I use Graphix chipboard because it's a nice heavy weight, plus I found a bunch of it in the bargain bin at the Sizzix warehouse sale a few months ago!

I decorated my cover with some of Tim Holtz's filmstrip ribbon. I received a piece of this in one of my LSS Club kits a long time ago, and have been hoarding it! Recently, I got a whole roll as a gift, so I de-hoarded the 12" piece from my kit! I rolled the filmstrip ribbon and added a Tim Holtz mini paperclip for added interest. I just used glue dots to attach the ribbon to my project. How fab are the tickets from the Curtain Call paper?!

The chipboard scrolls are from Imaginarium Designs. Their chipboard shapes are so fantastic. The lovely Jane, who is also on the G45 DT, is "the woman in charge" there! They featured one of my cards on their blog the other day. Very sweet of them!

Here is a shot of the booklet with the ribbon untied. I used some Diamond Stickles on the chipboard to make it sparkle, plus a bit of Star Dust on the flowers.

To create the inside, I just used a sheet of G45 paper cut to 10 3/8 x 5 1/2 inches. I scored the paper at 2 1/2, 5 1/2, and 7 3/4 inches. Graphic45 paper is super thick, so I holds up well to scoring and whatnot. I glued the scored paper to the chipboard covers, and then created a gift card holder out of one of the inside panels. I glued one of the G45 Envelope Tag Staples to the panel, and slipped a gift card inside! These envies are the PERFECT size for a standard gift card! I tied a bit of the May Arts thin silk ribbon to the envelope flap for more interest, plus used a bit more of the filmstrip ribbon to decorate the envelope.

I hope this little project has inspired you to jazz up your next gift card! Sometimes gift cards seem so impersonal, that it's nice to create a bit of art to go with it!

Before I sign off for today, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who left comments and good wishes on my Spellbinders posts over the past few days! I am so happy to have touched so many people, and I'm super excited to share all my crafty goodies with you here in Blogger-land! Y'all make keeping this blog worth it! Have a groovy, and craft-filled, weekend!


  1. wow this is just stunning!!! Hugs Juls

  2. This is fantastic! Love it!

  3. Me encanta!!
    Es precioso Gloria

  4. Anonymous7:06 AM

    Beautiful! I get so much inspiration from your creations. Thank you for sharing them!