Dawn, has more unique gift card holder designs…this one is VALENTINE GIFT CARD HOLDER BUT you know it can be and any theme gift card holder and it is very simple and quick…so hey QUICK AND DIRTY should be my middle name…

valentine gift card holder that slides in and out

valentine gift card holder that slides in and out

Now this works great as a gift card holder but lets just say that you are not giving the person a gift card or that you want to do something a little more personal… well cut a piece of card stock the same size as a gift card…(2/1/2x 3″) and you can put your message on it…like THIS ENTITLES THE BEARER TO ONE FREE DINNER AT MY HOUSE WITH 24 HR ADVANCE NOTICE…or ONE LUNCH AT ANYPLACE MY TREAT call and your phone or e mail and schedule…Or ONE DESSERT /COFFEE…. ONE AFTERNOON SHOPPING ….ONE FREE BABYSITTING…etc… then if you don’t feel that your card looks impressive enough or you want to jazz it up a little you can laminate it at many copy stores and for sure at the FED EX stores which use to be KINKO’S…THEY HAVE SMALL laminating sheets that work for business card size to make luggage takes with …or maybe like me you had to have your own laminating machine (PURPLE COW at AMAZON).

HINT: IF you laminate a card then maybe wait to make the folder to make sure that you have the correct size or to see if you might need to trim the laminated card down some so it slide in and out easily…. 

In any case this is another fun way to make a unique gift card holder… and I give lots of gift cards…especially STARBUCKS and Movie cards… something you know they will use …think I told you that I just gave my hubby 5 GUYS gift card as he loves them and I don’t and he already used it twice…..

STARBUCKS HINT: You might notice that they have lots of different kinds of gift cards and sometimes they are seasonal ones… Like they had leaf shaped cards last fall and they had cute little starbucks cups at christmas….and last valentine’s day they had great hearts…so my hint is that grab those unique cards when you see them…you don’t have to put the money on they right away you can do it anytime…j and if you do it right then just make a note of how much money you did put on it so you will know later… and not be like me and forget …of course you can always ask at any Starbucks and they can tell you how much is on the card.


MAGIC ENVELOPE CARDThis is a great video of a card that I learned a about 15 yrs ago from a wonderful creative woman MARY WORTHINGTON….Mary told us that she came up with this idea while fiddling around with a church bulletin.  Mary and a friend published two books that are now out of print but this was called the church envelope fold.  I don’t know where this woman got the pattern and I do believe that she figured out how to do it using the smaller paper ( Mary’s was designed using 8 ½ x 14…) but I had to give Mary credit too….I also saw Michael Jacobs teach this once and his was exactly the same as Mary’s so I know it was not his original design….sorry if this seems like a soap box but I believe one should always try to give credit where it is due and even if you modify  a design or write up directions etc be sure to tell where you got it and if you don’t know then say that too…. just my personal belief… still this is a great video and it’s nice to know that you can do the same thing using smaller paper…. so give it look see and then give it a try… It’s also a great way to write up an invitation on the computer or by hand then fold it and mail it … my favorite part is using the little triangle to put on the postage stamp but you can also flip it upside down and use a sticker to hold it together.  In addition to using duplex paper you can also use magazine covers and or calendar pages cut to size.  Its just such a great idea….

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY….wire headed cyber toad aka kath

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