The closer the Holiday Catalog release date gets, the more excited I get! September 5th will be here before we know it and I’ve got another, adorable sneak peek for you today. 

I have been very busy (and thus, very quiet) for the last couple of weeks. The hubby and I headed to Disneyland, sans our toddler, last weekend. It was AMAZING! Who knew?! I mean, we visit Disneyland frequently, but getting away without the little after almost 3 years was much needed. We missed him, of course, but it was so fun to be able to visit for Pixar Fest before it ended. 

(above) Here we are at the entrance of Cars Land.

Aside from our weekend getaway, I’ve been busy prepping for my first Craft Event of the season. I will have a table set up at the El Sobrante Stroll, on Sunday, September 16th. I’m excited to join my fellow local vendors and even more excited that it’s the 25th Anniversary of the Stroll. If you’re local to the Bay Area, you should come check it out – I’d love to see you! There’ll be a parade, food, music and lots of vendors!

One of the items I’m making to sell is this fun Gift Card Holder. I was very excited to play with the new Santa’s Workshop Suite! 

This adorable holder opens up to reveal a pocket for your gift card and ample space to leave a fun note for the receiver.

I found the dimensions of this card on Pinterest, created by Lisa Ann Bernard. You can find her original post from last fall, here.

You can get two of these out of one sheet of cardstock, because the beginning dimensions are that of an A2 card base. 

The card base (Call Me Clover) is cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″ and at 2 1/2″ on one side. 

This will make it seem a little lop-sided, but the smaller flap is going to get folded in and that is what will create the pocket for the gift card.

The rest of my pieces are cut as follows: 

Solid Mat (Poppy Parade): (1) 4″ x 5 1/4″ ,  (1) 4″ x 2 3/4″  ,  (1) 4″ x 2 1/4″
Santa’s Workshop Specialty DSP:  (1)  3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ ,  (1) 3 3/4″ x 2″
Whisper White CS: 3 3/4″ x 5″

You’re going to layer all of these pieces up – the DSP will go on the Poppy Mats sized accordingly and the Whisper White onto the larger of the Poppy mats and mounted onto the card base. 

On my Whisper White mat, I stamped my sentiment in Poppy Parade ink and the holly in Memento Black so I could color it in with my Stampin’ Blends. These two stamps are from the Peaceful Poinsettia bundle. This will also be available in the new Holiday Catalog. It’s definitely on my top 5 list! I’ll have more projects using it coming soon! 

Next you’re going to add your smaller layers to your card base. I used my 1″ circle punch to cut out a notch on the layers going inside the card flap. This will allow your recipient to pull the gift card out easier. I adhered the layer down with Tear and Tape (super sticky and easy to place) on the two short sides. You don’t want to put any on the side that you notched because that would seal the pocket up. Once I had the notch cut and it stuck shut, I used the circle punch again to cut the third notch out of my card base. Three pieces of paper is just a little too thick for the punch so waited to use the layers as a guide for the third piece. 

I decorated the front using more Holiday Catalog items. The Poppy Parade Textured Weave ribbon is so pretty and was a perfect fit for my Santa. Santa was actually not stamped or colored at all! He was cut out of the Specialty Designer Series Paper with the framelits in this suite. This pack is called Specialty Paper because 4 of the designs are flocked! SO COOL! 

I layered a vellum circle cut out with our Starburst punch on top of the ribbon and then added my Santa. So quick and easy! 

I hope you enjoyed this project! I know you will have fun making these for friends and family this Holiday Season! All of the items I used are listed below but some will not be available for purchase until September 5th.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Crafting,