Your Creative Connection 104: Stampin' Up! DIY gIft cards for any occasion

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Hello stampers! Today the Stampin' Up! global Your Creative Connection team are inspiring you with a creative showcase of 'Gift Cards for any Occasion'. In this crazy reality we are all living right now, we hope that we can bring you some inspiration and ways to send comfort to other people too..

I use lots of 'Hello' cards, because I am always reaching out with a happy hello to team members, friends and customers. They are so versatile to have on hand for so many different occasions.  I have used the Scalloped Note Cards for my gift cards today. You get a pack of 20, with 5 scalloped edge card and envelopes in 4 colours.

Stampin Up Forever Blossoms Scalloped Note Cards 2020. By Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

I have kept them pretty simple. Just a tone on tone stamping of the large floral image from Forever Blossoms on both the card front and envelope, and some 1cm strips of paper from the Golden Honey Specialty DSP (you could use any coordinating DSP you had on hand).

Stampin Up Forever Blossoms Scalloped Note Cards 2020. By Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

The scalloped edges are already cut on these cards, which makes it super quick to get a great look. My greeting is from Timeless Tropical stamp set, and I have used one of the Stitched So Sweetly dies to die cut.

Stampin Up Forever Blossoms Scalloped Note Cards 2020. By Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

I really love how you get all the different colours in one pack. So quick and easy to whip up a batch of 'Hello' cards. Which ones are your favourite? I think mine are the Powder Pink and Terracotta Tile but it's hard to choose!

Stampin Up Forever Blossoms Scalloped Note Cards 2020. By Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

I'm really looking forward to popping these into some envelopes with some sample goodies for customers or team. Now is such a good time to be reaching out to people.

Stampin Up Forever Blossoms Scalloped Note Cards 2020. By Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

Now it's time to visit my amazingly creative friend Dawn Olfeschke in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


If you get lost anywhere along the tour today, here is the list of everyone participating.

Janneke Dijkstra - de Jong - Netherlands

Michelle Last - UK

Claire Daly - Australia (you are here)

Dawn Olchefske - USA

Barbara Meyer - Austria

Kristine McNickle  - New Zealand

Jenn Tinline - Canada

Jennifer Pauli - Germany


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Stampin' Up! Lots of Joy for the Art With Heart Christmas in July Blog Hop

It's Christmas in July! Can you smell the hint of brandy in the steamed plum pudding - yummmm. Ok so I got a little distracted there! Today some of my Art with Heart Stampin' Up! team girls are presenting some fabulous Christmas projects to inspire you.


This year we already have new Christmas sets to play with in the 2015 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue, and some old favourites too. We also have a brand new 2015 Holiday catalogue coming soon. If you would like a copy of any of our catalogues, to attend a Stampin' Up! class or join a large fabulous group of crafty women by becoming part of the team (hobby demonstrators welcome), be sure to contact me.

If you are not just starting the blog hop, you would have come to me from my lovely team member and friend Kayleen McClean.

My first project is a gift card holder. These are great little holders and the best bit is you can make 3 from an A4 sheet of cardstock.

Stampin Up Lots of Joy Gift Card / Festival of Trees Gift Card Holder by Claire Daly SU Demo Australia

The belly band slides off and it opens up for a gift card holder.

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Here are the step by step instructions to make the gift card holder:

  1. Cut a piece of A4 cardstock in 3 vertically so you end up with 3 pieces 7cm wide x 29.7cm long.
  2. Using the largest Framelit from the Lots of Labels Framelit set, cut the rounded edge as shown in the photo below.
  3. Starting from the straight end, score at 8cm and 12cm.
  4. Using a 2" Circle punch,  cut a semi circle in the straight end.
  5. Emboss the 8cm long piece with the semi circle (I used the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder)
  6. Cut a piece of Stampin' Up! Tear and Tape in half vertically (so you have two thinner strips). Use these to adhere the embossed pieces down to create the pouch. If you keep the tape the same width it's a bit of a tight fit for the card, but this fits and holds just fine.
  7. Cut a piece of DSP using the second smallest Lots of Labels Framelit and use that to decorate the front of the flap.
  8. Then just create your belly band and decoration. I used a 2 3/8" Scallop Punch, The Christmas Tree Punch, Lots of Joy and Festival of Trees Stamp Sets, Gold Glimmer Paper and Merry Moments DSP.

Here's how I cut the curved end using the largest label Framelit.

Gift holder bigshot

My second share today is a centre step Christmas card, again using the Lots of Labels Framelits and Lots of Joy stamp set.

Stampin Up Lots of Joy stano set, Lots of Labels framelits, centre step Christmas card by Claire Daly SU Demo Australia

I got the idea for the Gold Glimmer circle (made by punching the 2" circle punch first, and 2.5" circle punch around the outside) from my lovely demo fried Linda Higgins. The teeny glimmer stars are cut with the Confetti Stars border punch.


Now it's time to visit the next blog on our hop, which is the lovey Kathryn Ruddick.

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

  1. Ros Davidson
  2. Rachel Woollard
  3. Tina Gillespie
  4. Kayleen McLean
  5. Claire Daly
  6. Kathryn Ruddick
  7. Judy May
  8. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  9. Kate Morgan 

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Have fun, and thanks for visiting our blog hop today. See you back here again soon.