A card that doubles as gift card holder? YES

Buying gifts during this time is a little more difficult than usual. And not knowing what someone needs during these strange times calls for a gift card. But why use a plain holder when you can easily make a unique and festive card that’s also a gift card holder?! #RondaWade demonstrated this gift holder idea several weeks ago and I loved it. So much so I made several – a fall one, Christmas one and a birthday one. The only take 10 minutes or less to make, so even if you need something at the last minute, you can make one of this to make your gift card special.

Since I’ve been working on fall cards, this was the first one I made.

I’m still using the Gilded Autumn DSP, but I’ll need to order more since I’m using a lot of it! The card base is a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Mint Macaron, not the usual card. the Early Espresso layer is embossed with the Tasteful Textile folder. The Center part is a piece of the DSP cut 4-1/2″ x 9-3/4″ and scored at 3-1/4″ and 6-1/2″ to create the card opening and gift card holder. See the cutout on the left where the Mint Macaron DSP is peaking through? That’s where you slip in your gift card. Ingenious design Ronda, thanks!!

I loved this idea so much, I couldn’t stop at just one! I also made one for Christmas. I used my retired paper since I haven’t order my new Christmas DSP yet. I love this retired paper and got extra just before it retired.

Here’s the inside – so easy, yet perfect for my holiday gifts this year!

And here’s my birthday version using the gorgeous World of Good DSP which is a great guy card!

If you want make lots of these from your Stampin’ UP! DSP, you can also reduce the size to a 4″ x 9-3/4″ piece and you’ll get 3 out of one 12″ x 12″ sheet of DSP. Give it a try, you’ll love these and so will your recipient!

I hope you had a great week and if you were in the path of the tropical storm that you had minimal damage and flooding. We are grateful that it never made it to the predicted Hurricane 1 status, but the rain did cause a lot of flooding. Have a great weekend crafting and trying your hand at making one of these gift holder cards. If you need specific directions, email me and I’ll send them to you!

Janice B at JB Stamper

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Simple Stamping…not my usual style

Simple stamping can be fun for everyone. Whether you’re brand new to papercrafting or you just want to stamp a greeting to add to a plate of cookies, we all need ideas for quick cards. I need to remind myself that sometimes “less is more.”

Here’s several simple cards created by the Stampin’ Up! artists which Stampin’ Up! recently shared with us.

One way to make simple cards is using the “stamp-off” technique shown on the card on the right using the Love of Leaves Stamp Set. This technique gives your card sophistication and depth without a lot of effort—and you get several shades of ink from one ink pad. Just add a bow, ribbon or bling and a sentiment and you’re done! What’s “stamp-off?” Simple –  follow these easy steps:

  1. Ink the stamp.
  2. Stamp the image.
  3. Re-stamp the image one or more times without re-inking it.

The middle card uses the stunningly beautiful Autumn Greetings Stamp Set to show you how stamped cardstock layers can add visual complexity without requiring a ton of work. Stamp one layer with a large stamp and adhere it to the card front. Then add a stamped tag—popped up with a Stampin’ Dimensional. It looks sophisticated, yet it’s easy to do. Simple stamping at its finest!

You can always add a touch of color to a card using a simple Blender Pen trick. (see the wheelbarrow image from the Autumn Goodness Stamp Set.) Stamp the image, then go over the stamped lines with the Blender Pen to color in the wheelbarrow. So fun! Plus, you’ve added a touch of artistry that doesn’t require a lot of effort. I must admit I always forget this technique because I’m not very good at coloring. But this method is very easy, no coloring skills needed!

I combined the first two techniques into my cards. I started with an Early Espresso card base with a Very Vanilla top pieces. I stamped the large leaf from the Gather Together stamp set several times using two colors rather than just one. Cajun Craze and Cinnamon Cider ink pads. The tag is Very Vanilla on top of a piece of Early Espresso, stamped with Early Espresso ink (okay so I’ve expanded the simple card idea to include 3 ink colors). The tag is popped up with dimensionals and added a triple Linen thread bow for interest. I was quite pleased with this simple look for a fall Thanksgiving card.

My second card combines the stamping off and masking technique to create my pumpkin scene. I tried stamping off on the pumpkins but it didn’t really work. So I stamped both pumpkins onto scrap paper and then cut them out to use as a mask.

I stamped the small pumpkins first on Very Vanilla, then added my 2-pumpkin scrap over that image before I stamped the big pumpkin. Then I also added the big pumpkin scrap along the small pumpkins scrap and stamped the wheat shafts twice without reining. The final image looks like it was all one stamp rather than 3. I cut a bigger piece of Early Espresso and then an even bigger piece of Cajun Craze to layer them together. I layered it off center so that the right and bottom edges were wider margins than the top and left side. I stamped my greeting, then popped the image up off-center with dimensionals. Another simple card, and not my usual card. I need to keep reminding myself to try more simple cards!


Here’s the supplies I used for today’s cards:


Thanks for stopping by today. Remember your cards don’t have to be elaborate and complicated. Sometimes you need (or want) a quick simple card. So remember these suggestions and happy stamping!

Janice B at JB Stamper

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Falling for FMS #454 – which card do you like the best?

I love my two fall stamp sets, Gather Together and Beautiful Autumn, along with the matching dies and Gilded Autumn DSP. I’m having so much fun with them, I haven’t stopped to order my Christmas and holiday stuff…will do soon! This week’s FMS454 sketch was an easy one for me. The question for me was do I create a simple card with only a few layers or one with more layers like I usually do.

Here are my two cards, which one do you like the best? I’m having a hard time picking my favorite of these two. Each one seems to really stand out equally well.

This one is a Very Vanilla card base with a Soft Suede frame under the Very Vanilla focal image. I was going to stamp the leaves onto the card, but decided to use the Gathered Leaves dies instead for more texture. The tag has Soft Suede underneath and is stamped in Cajun Craze ink. The entire frame is popped up with dimensional, you can see it better in person.

My second card uses Soft Suede as the card base with a piece of Very Vanilla on top. The inside frame is a duplicate of my first card. Which one do you like the best, multiple layers or the single layer? I actually prefer the first card with only one layer – surprising for me, isn’t it!

Here’s the supplies I used to make this card:


Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend stamping. We are supposed to have a glorious weekend after all the rain and wind we had from Tropical Storm Beta. I may have to leave my craft room and head outdoors for some fresh, Texas fall weather!

Janice B at JB Stamper




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Fall (and tropical storm!) hit Texas with cooler temperatures!

It looks like my making fall cards is paying off…we are finally got a “cool” front, along with a tropical storm, not a hurricane-YEA. For those of you up north…this means early summer weather – LOL. For us in Texas, we are looking at the 60’s for several days! Yea!! Another fall card today to hopefully continue this wonderful weather we are now having.

I used the Beautiful Autumn bundle which includes the stamp set and this great Autumn punch pack. And the wonderful thing about the punches? They match the Gilded Autumn paper leaves and acorns! So I went to town punching out the gold and copper leaves and acorns to make my wreath. I layered that on top of the Crumb Cake speckled paper to make the wreath and heat embossed greeting stand out (I used my Copper Stampin’ Emboss powder which is retired, but the Gold Stampin’ Emboss powder is still available). That entire piece is layered on top of the houndstooth patterns DSP with Copper foil paper to give the card an elegant flair. Another of those triple bows with Gold thread.

Here’s the original card I CASEd from page 44 in the new Mini catalog. I had so much fun punching out the leaves and acorns, I have lots leftover. I’ll need to find another way to use the extras.

And my card just happens to meet the TGIFC#282 challenge for this week! WOOHOO!

Here’s what I used to make my CASEd card. If you want the list of supplies for the catalog card, email me and I can send the list to you!

Last week, my hubby and I ventured out into the Texas countryside to see this real castle! Yes, it’s real and large, that door into the castle is 20′ tall!. It’s just outside of Bellville, Texas and the owner built it himself and gives tours of it. The drawbridge over the moat works! As they say “Only in Texas”!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my card and my castle picture. If we can’t travel overseas right now to see medieval castles, we’ll see them in Texas!

Janice B at JB Stamper


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