Friday, December 12, 2008

"DRESS" up their gift!!!

Gift cards have so become one of the best ways to remember a friend with a gift. Kind of that "one size fits all" type of thing. Here are a couple ideas for "dressing up" those cards. They say "it's all about the packaging", so making fun holders adds to the gift.
This cutie is a Maya Road chipboard doll. She is about 8" tall and there are so many things that can be done with her. I decided to make her some clothes and on the front of her little apron, I added a row of punched lace and it isn't glued down all of the way so that I could slip my gift card into it.
When the gift card is removed, she is still dressed up and CUTE. This could also have a ribbon for hanging it on the tree as an ornament.

Here is a close-up of the apron. I used my Martha Stewart embossing border punch to create my lacey looking edge and that is the pocket.
I started out by painting the front, back and sides of the chipboard doll. I like to start these kinds of projects that way so that the areas that aren't covered with paper still look finished. The apron is one whole piece that fit over her head and I created a little belt to wrap around her. You can see the back in the above photo to get a better idea of how the apron really does "dress" her.
This is a very simple little card with a pocket. I started out with a chipboard accordian album that has a couple pockets in it. I just cut the accordian sections apart so that I ended up with a couple cards, the pocket is on the front. I then created a little tag that slips in the pocket and that holds my gift card. The ribbon bow makes it easy to remove the tag.
For the inside of the card, I simply cut a matching piece of the patterned paper and made a little insert where I added some rub-on words. This leaves space for me to write a message.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
DEAR SANTA gift-card card
Chipboard doll shape – Maya Road
Paint – FolkArt/PlaidPatterned paper – Holly and Mistletoe/Deck the Halls/KaiserCraft
Fluid Chalk stamp pad – Clearsnap
Embossed border punch – Martha Stewart
Christmas rub-on phrases – Making Memories
HOLIDAY gift-card card
Chipboard “exposed” library card – K&Co.
Patterned paper – Icicles/Jack Frost/Lasting Impressions
Fluid Chalk stamp pad – Clearsnap
Rub-on Christmas greetings – Deja Views
Ribbon – Creative Impressions


  1. A-dorable!!! I really {heart} the sweet chipboard dolls!!! Tooo cute!!!

  2. Your gift dolls are adorable!! I love them!! May lift for the teacher's gift cards!!

  3. She is so stinkin' cute Linda! what a great idea!

  4. Oh how cute is that little chipboard girl!!! I just love her!

  5. Cute gift holders. I think that doll is adorable especially with the little punched skirt bottom.

  6. These projects are wonderful! I haven't seen the stick doll before, love that idea :)

  7. What a really fun project!! Love the gift holder idea!! :) TFS!

  8. Adorable gift card holders, Linda! Love the little dolly one, and the pocket one is so elegant. makes those gift cards look like a million bucks!