Gift Card Galore~

I can’t put it off any longer.

I have to get the gifts wrapped.

So, I decided to start with the gift cards.

I picked my favorite papers from the new DCWV Christmas stacks, my favorite Lori Whitlock cuts and got my little Silhouette busy.

My Gift Card Box~

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I love this 3D Ribbon Tie Pennant Box.

Add just a bit of ribbon and a tag and it’s all dressed up and ready.

Easy Peasy!!

My envelopes~

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To hold the extra tall American Express gift cards I chose the 5×7 envelope.

The height was perfect, but the width was a bit too wide.

So, I simply made it narrower by sliding the side panels in by a couple of inches.

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For a little decoration I made snowflakes and will use that area to put the initial of the person receiving the gift card.

After making all of these my poor little Silhouette is ready for a break, so I guess that means I absolutely have to get out the wrapping paper.

I guess you know what I’ll be doing tonight.

I used~
DCWV The Crafty Christmas Stack from Michaels
Lori Whitlock 3D Ribbon Tie Pennant Flap Box cut at 11.2″ wide
Ribbon, Bells, Papertrey Ink Twine

DCWV The Evergreen Stack from Jo-Anns
Lori Whitlock 5×7″ envelope adjusted to size
Creative Memories Circle Punch
Sesame Street Seasons for the Snowflakes

Countdown to Christmas~

You know how you see something you really like, but for whatever reason you decide that instead of buying it you can make it yourself.

Yes, that is what happened to me when I saw the Silhouette Advent Calendar kit.

At first I thought I’m definitely buying the kit, but then I got to thinking that I sure wish it came in black.

And then I remembered all the Cricut images I already own.

So, off to Hobby Lobby I went.

Which happens to be a place that has frames half off all the time.

I wanted my frame to be large, so I bought a 16 x 20 frame, several spools of wire and an assortment of Tim Holtz Idea-ology clips.

My frame~

I started by taking the glass and backing off of the frame.

And yes, I broke the glass! Yikes!

Measuring~

With a little help I measured the area to equally divide the space.

While trying to determine the spacing my wire would not lay flat, so I grabbed some bamboo skewers from the kitchen to help me plan.

And guess what?

I liked that they were straight, rigid and seemed to be the perfect size, so I ditched the wire idea and painted them black.

Gluing the rods~

I used hot glue to attach the skewers to the frame.

Easy Peasy!

And now comes the fun part.

My advent calendar~

When I looked through my Christmas supplies I instantly knew the October Afternoon Holiday Style Miscellany pack was meant for this project.

All the cards and tags have an eclectic feel, but they still kept my project uniform. Love that!

I added a few Cricut cuts, some Thickers and other October Afternoon embellishments.

I’m actually tickled at how well this turned out.

Not too bad for a DIY.

I used~
October Afternoon Holiday Style Miscellany, Word Stickers and Chip-n-Stick, Very Merry Word Stickers, Good Cheer Paper, Flower Sack, 9-5 Buttons, Rub Ons
Papertrey Ink Twine, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Idea-ology Hinge Clips, Hampton Arts Holiday Dreams & Wishes Stamps
Thickers: Sparkling, Lax, Reindeer, Jewelry Box, Elf, Lullaby, Sprinkles, Bliss
Cricut Essentials for Stars cut at various sizes starting at 2.5″
Cricut Craft Room Basics for the Scalloped Circles cut at 2.75″
Sesame Street Seasons for the Snowflakes cut at various sizes starting at 2″