Thursday, December 17, 2015

Quick & Easy Gift Card Holders with Eileen Hull

This is the time of year when I'm always in need of quick and easy yet stylish ways to dress up little gifts. I discovered that Eileen Hull's Luggage Tags die makes a perfect holder for a gift card! I think it's just right tied to a bag of gingerbread biscotti. I hope my son's teacher and class aides think so too! It really is a quick project to make – take a look:

I whipped these up in an afternoon (the baking took longer!) I started off by adhering the patterned paper to a piece of Sizzix Scoreboard. Using my Xyron sticker maker to apply the dry adhesive made it super fast and easy.

Die cut the luggage tag. Make sure the patterned paper side faces down when making your sandwich!

Nice fit! I love it when a plan comes together.

It's easiest to decorate the tags while they are still flat. I used stamping and embossing to jazz these up a bit. A little Distress ink around the edges gives them some nice depth.

Look at how nicely that gift card fits. I wrote a little note under each card on the inside of the tag before I stapled them shut. Make sure the card is pushed right back against the fold when you go to staple it. You can set the staple in about 1/16th of an inch and still have room. The card is in there tightly enough that a single staple holds it firmly in place. If you use a thinner chipboard or cardstock you would probably need to fasten the bottom as well so the card wouldn't fall out. Check it and see!

I thought, why stop now? I like to give a bag of cookies to the bus driver too and thought his gift should look nice as well. Fortunately the Place Card & Flowers die makes a great bag topper! I just cut it out of patterned cardstock, did a little stamping, and cut out the scalloped circle to cover up the "flower" part. (being non-seasonal and all ;-) ) Now the cookies are tasty and festive.

Are you thinking those gingersnaps are looking mighty tasty? You are in luck because last year I shared a free download of this recipe and other family favorites. You can find the link HERE at the bottom of the post.

Be sure to head on over to Eileen's blog and check out more seasonal inspiration from the whole team. The December Art with Heart Challenge is also going on right now and we want to see your creativity!

Dies Used:
Eileen Hull, Place Card & Flowers (Sizzix )
Eileen Hull, Luggage Tag (Sizzix )

Stamps Used:
Tim Holtz (S.A) - Season's Silhouettes
Tim Holtz (S.A) - Grunge Flakes
Tim Holtz (S.A) - Mini Holidays 4
AJVD - Pine Branches

Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, Embossing
Ranger Archival Ink - Fern Green, Pale Ochre, Red Geranium
Embossing Powder - white, gold, Ranger Antiquities Red Cinnabar, Moss
Sizzles mat board
Sizzix & Simon Says Stamp links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also thanks you!)


  1. What a great idea for the luggage tag! I love how you've decorated them - and your treat topper is so festive!

  2. Such a great idea. Never thought that using luggage tag die as gift card holder. You are so creative


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