Last Minute Gifts/Cards for the Pals Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month, the theme is Last Minute Gifts/Cards to inspire you with your holiday list. We really hope that you will be enjoy all the amazing creations the Pals are sharing with you! As you hop from blog to blog, we would love for you to leave a comment. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Last Minute Gifts/Cards for the Pals Blog Hop - Leaves of Holly main photo

Well, we could all use some ideas for last minute gifts/cards, so I chose to do both. I have a little box for you that not only holds candy, but it also includes a gift card holder.

Last Minute Gifts/Cards for the Pals Blog Hop - Leaves of Holly inside the box

This fun duo is the 11th card/project in my 12 weeks of Christmas series. It is made with the Leaves of Holly stamp bundle and the Santa Express designer series paper (DSP). Both of these great items are retiring in a couple of weeks.

12 weeks of christmas

I have to admit that after making it, I’m not sure I could call it a last minute gift. It does take a little time to make, so you may not want to wait until the last minute to put it together. However, once you make one, making multiples will be a much quicker process.

So, for those up to the challenge, on to the card.

To make the card

  • Begin by cutting 3 ¼” off one of the 12” x 12” backings from a pack of designer series paper (DSP). Then, cut the middle section to measure 5 ¼”.
Last Minute Gifts/Cards for the Pals Blog Hop
  • Turn your 5 ¼” piece 90 degrees and trim ¼” from the bottom so the piece measures 5 1/4″ x 11 ¾”.
  • With your piece vertically, score at 1 ¼” and 4”. Turn 90 degrees, so the piece is horizonal with the Stampin’ Up! logo to the left and prepare to score again.
  • Score all the way across at 1 ¼”, 2 ½”, 6 ½”, 7 ¾” and score at 10 ¼” from the top to the 1st score line, then from the 2nd score line to the bottom. Burnish your score lines with your Bone Folder. (Your score lines should look like the diagram below, except with words on it.)
Last Minute Gifts/Cards for the Pals Blog Hop
  • Using your Paper Snips, cut your horizontal score lines up to the vertical lines. Then, cut your two vertical lines, on the top side, up to the horizonal line as shown below.
Last Minute Gifts/Cards for the Pals Blog Hop
  • Apply Tear & Tape to the six tabs as shown in the picture below.
Last Minute Gifts/Cards for the Pals Blog Hop
  • Adhere the first and second set of tabs to the sides to form a box. Then flip the last set of tabs so the piece is covering the top of the box at the bottom and adhere the tabs to the side.
  • Cut the 3 ¼” piece of DSP backing to measure 3 7/8” and score vertically at 1 ¼”, 1 5/8”, and 2”. Fold on the score lines to create a peak in the middle and insert into the box. (hint- this piece will help keep the candies from rolling around in the box.)
  • If the logo on the inside bothers you, cut a 1 ¼” x 2 11/16” piece of DSP backing to adhere and cover it.
Last Minute Gifts/Cards for the Pals Blog Hop

Decorate the box

  • Cut a piece of Santa Express DSP to measure the following; one 2 5/8” x 3 /8” piece, two 1 1/8” x 2 5/8” pieces, and three 1 1/8” x 3 7/8” pieces.
Last Minute Gifts/Cards for the Pals Blog Hop
  • Wrap a 24” piece of ¼” Gold Shimmer ribbon around the box and adhere in place with Stampin’ SEAL. (hint- about 8 ¾” of the ribbon should be off the edge of the top piece.)
  • Adhere the DSP to the top and sides, covering some of the ribbon, using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (MLG).
  • Cut a 2 ¾” x 3 ¾” piece of Shaded Spruce cardstock, score on 3 sides at 3/8”, and burnish with your Bone Folder.
  • On the corners, where the two score lines intersect, trim the corners off with your Paper Snips.
Last Minute Gifts/Cards for the Pals Blog Hop
  • Punch the side with no score lines with your Double Oval Punch. (Hint- only insert the cardstock about ½ way into the oval as shown.)
Last Minute Gifts/Cards for the Pals Blog Hop
  • Adhere a 2” x 2 3//4” piece of Basic White cardstock to the middle of the Shaded Spruce piece and apply Tear & Tape to the scored edges.
Last Minute Gifts/Cards for the Pals Blog Hop
  • Fold the scored edges back and apply the gift card holder to the inside of the box lid.
Last Minute Gifts/Cards for the Pals Blog Hop
  • Close the box up by tucking the sides in on the inside and tie the ribbon in a bow.

Time to stamp

  • Stamp your sentiment on a piece of Shaded Spruce cardstock with Versamark. Quickly dust the sentiment with gold Embossing Powder, remove the excess, and set in place with your Heat Tool.
  • Crop the following with your Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine using the Holly Berry dies; a small solid leaf in Shaded Spruce and Distressed Gold Specialty, a small, detailed leaf in Shaded Spruce and Distressed Gold, your sentiment, a solid berry bunch in Real Red, and a detailed berry bunch in Distressed Gold.
Last Minute Gifts/Cards for the Pals Blog Hop
  • Adhere the detailed pieces to the corresponding solid pieces using MLG.
  • Color one of the Textural Elements pieces with a Real Red and Soft Suede Stampin’ Blend.

coloring the textural element
  • Adhere the Textural Element to the box using MLG and the sentiment using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Last Minute Gifts/Cards for the Pals Blog Hop
  • Using more Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhere the holly leaves and berries.
  • Attach three Festive Pearls as shown.
Last Minute Gifts/Cards for the Pals Blog Hop - Leaves of Holly angled view

A complete PDF tutorial for this card can be found by clicking on the button below. It’s a long tutorial, so you will want to download or print it for later.

Before you go

More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team. The Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on January 11th when our theme will be Sale-A-Bration Time. The design team will showcase projects made from Sale-A-Bration items.

Until then, have fun in your craft space.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  3. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  4. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  5. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  6. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  7. Jill Loveland at Simple Stamping
  8. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  9. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  10. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  11. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  12. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  13. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  14. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  15. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  16. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  17. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja << you are here
  18. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  19. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose

I would love to hear from you. Please let me know what you think of my Last Minute Gifts/Cards treat box for the Pals Blog Hop.

If you would like to purchase the supplies used to make treat box, you can click here or any of the photos above. When ordering, be sure to enter my monthly host code to take advantage of the Ninja Loyalty Rewards Program.

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19 thoughts on “Last Minute Gifts/Cards for the Pals Blog Hop”

  1. Love this idea to make for my grand kids but I keep getting lost with following the pictures. I wish you would make a video because I could see exactly what your doing.

  2. What a wonderful gift, Melissa! Your tutorial makes it so much easier to follow. Thanks for joining the blog hop this month – Happy Holidays!

  3. Thank you for your wonderful tutorial! So much easier to follow than a video. This gift can be made for special occasions throughout the year.


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