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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday gift cards or containers

This weeks challenge over at the Hero Arts Blog is to create a card containing a gift. I have been so busy this week that I didn't have much time to play. But I had this sitting next to my garbage waiting to be recycled.

and I got an idea for a little card/container for a gift that looks like this:

The intent was to make a swinging card front that opens to reveal the center where you can store some goodies. (I intend to put a bracelet).

After I took the picture I cleaned up the rough edges with a nail file. Colored it brown with a permanent marker.

I also wanted to see how it would look with a bow... So I added a bow and took this picture:

I think it is nice either way.

  1. Pull off top and bottom of spool. Trace onto paper of choice. You will need 3 to cover inside and out of top and bottom. :)
  2. Die Cut using pendants nestabilities the Fleur De Lis pieces.
  3. Stamp tree and bird on cardstock using pigment ink.
  4. Stamp background script using versamark. Heat emboss using clear embossing powder.
  5. Sponge yellow dye ink over background. Sponge brown dye ink around edges.
  6. Attach fleur de lis pieces around the top. Attach stamped image over the border.
  7. File edges of circle frame on spool to remove excess glue and cardboard. Color frame edge using marker or ink pad.
  8. Plan for your brad to stick into the edge of the ribbon center. (I made a mistake and had to use a foam dot to attach my swing top. I also used a glue dot on my brad tip to add additional stickiness in holding it into the frame. Poke hole through frame and top and attach with brad.
  9. Cut a strip of cardstock to size to wrap around outside of spool and another for inside. I stamped on the inside piece.
  10. Cut circle for center inside and stamp sentiment. Attach to bottom.
  11. Cover bottom with cardstock on both top and bottom. Re-Attach to frame.

Hope you enjoyed this. I was pleased with the results and would like to re-do another one now that I have learned a few things along the way.



  1. Wow... great idea - thanks so much for sharing.

  2. very cool! you make the neatest things!

  3. Nuevamente, ¡genial!, Es una gran idea y ademas eres una gran amiga y persona que compartes todos tus trucos maravillosos.
    Felicidades, como encontraron Uno de esos contenedores de cintas, seguro que lo haré. Bss.

  4. What a fantastic recycling project, it's so elegant! Love how you used the fleur de lis on this! Really beautiful!

  5. Great idea Sue, thanks for sharing it with us.

    Lesley Xx

  6. You are ULTRA creative! I will try to remember this!!! Wow

  7. This is fantastic suzanne what a great project, you are so clever thinking of this.

  8. If this isn't a winner I will eat my shoe!! GORGEOUS, Suzanne!! Love it to pieces!

  9. So cool- you are amazing! I agree, Lin, I'll have shoe for dinner, too, if this isn't a winner! :)

  10. Wow...that is so cool, Sue! Great recycling and it turned into
    such an elegant container! Love it!!

  11. i like it both ways, too! what a fabulous idea to recycle a ribbon roll! love it!!

  12. What a superb idea Sue.. your idea is AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing the recipe behind your amazing project.. :)

  13. Super cool idea Suzz! Thanks for sharing!

  14. What a clever way to use all those empty ribbon spools!!!

  15. Creative and "green" at the same time. Wonderful project.

  16. WOW, Sue! How clever is this, totally fabulous!! Love it!

  17. This is a great ide - wonderful little project! Love the winter tree ;)

  18. I love this Sue! Sooo creative and a great way to recycle those empty spools!

  19. How very very clever. I am trying so hard not to buy those Spellbinders dies, The box is beautiful and thanks for the 'how to' too!


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