Gift card holder

Today I'm showing you a little gift box I made for a mom friend. Today is the last day of the 20% off Mother's Day gift code for the Ellen Hutson shop! I've included the coupon code at the bottom of this post. 

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The May Essential by Ellen release is one of my faves because it features a really great die set called a Parcel Box that was designed by my friend Julie Ebersole. I know I'm not the only mom out there that always has the best intentions for teacher gifts, friend gifts and coach gifts ... but always defaults to a gift card in a pinch! Sometimes that can feel like you're just giving cash, but I feel like the parcel box adds a personal touch that makes it just a little more special. *laugh*

The first thing I did was pull out a Lawn Fawn set called Love you a Latte (I'll have everything linked below). For a lot of my sets when I work on a project, I color a lot of the images at once and cut them out. I keep them in an envelope with the sets so I can use them as needed. This helps a lot in a pinch! I picked out a couple of die cut pieces I had colored that I wanted to use for this gift card box.

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Then I cut the parcel box out of Kraft cardstock and a few of the details out of some shiny gold cardstock. I cut out a window and used some acetate to create a shaker box.

I don't do videos, but Julie did a great video HERE of how to create a shaker box. I feel like the visual from a video helps a lot more than me trying to describe what I did because I basically just followed her tutorial. The only difference in my box was that I didn't want my sequins in front of my colored images, so I added two layered pieces of foam tape behind them so they sit proud of the base. This allows all those sequins to pass behind them instead of in front. 

I adhered my images onto a piece of 80lb Neenah Solar White cardstock that I colored using some distress oxide inks. I used some sponge daubers on these, but you can use any of the distress ink blending products to achieve this look.

Now one may argue that the images could have just gone on top of the acetate and that's absolutely true. There are many ways to do this and this was just how I wanted mine. Once I finished the box and created the shaker part, I adhered that gold bow and placed it on the corner for some added shine!

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On the back of the box I took those two gold circle pieces and used them for the closure. I had some tiny brads that I used to keep them in place. A 1/6" hole punch works well for this closure. Then I took some gold embellished twine and wrapped it around the closure to keep it shut. 

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Thanks for reading! Below you'll find that sale code I promised. If you've been on the fence about buying this parcel die, now's the time to do it for 20% off! Did you know that Copic markers are always on sale at the Ellen Hutson shop?! So grab a few of those because you'll get an extra 20% off! EEP!

CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO GET TO THE SHOP AND  USE CODE:    MOMSDAY18   AT CHECKOUT FOR 20% OFF EVERYTHING! COUPONS CANNOT BE COMBINED. CODE CANNOT BE USED ON MAMA ELEPHANT PRODUCTS RELEASED IN THE LAST 90 DAYS OR BCRF FUNDRAISER ITEMS. SALE ENDS MAY 15TH, 2018.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO GET TO THE SHOP AND USE CODE: MOMSDAY18 AT CHECKOUT FOR 20% OFF EVERYTHING! COUPONS CANNOT BE COMBINED. CODE CANNOT BE USED ON MAMA ELEPHANT PRODUCTS RELEASED IN THE LAST 90 DAYS OR BCRF FUNDRAISER ITEMS. SALE ENDS MAY 15TH, 2018.

St. Patrick's Day - Part 1

If you follow me on Instagram you've seen the photos of the parties I throw for my kids. I want to be clear, I use the term "party" loosely. I don't have a house full of people for these events, I do this just for my kids. It has become a tradition in our house. I buy balloons, streamers, a banner and make little gift bags with cute tags for them to wake up to the morning of whatever holiday we happen to be celebrating. I started doing this after we had our 3rd kiddo. I wanted to create a tradition that just the three of them shared. Something that would bring them together and that just maybe when they leave the nest they could all reflect on together. 

So this is part 1 of my process … the gift bags. For St. Patty's Day I went with clear bags, rainbow candy and color coordinated gifts.

Right now my boys are into Matchbox cars. They've been into them since they were each about a year old. I'm not sure how long it will last, but so far they're ages 5 & 7 and they still LOVE them. Their collection is quite large, but ask them if they have one or if they get a duplicate and they'll give you an inventory. I digress … I found some Airheads sour candies in rainbow colors. There were all kinds of options and this time I didn't eat them all! I divided the candy and put them into small clear bags for each of the kids. 

Then I added a few random chocolate gold coins, shamrock chocolates and a retro whistle lollipop. A little white shredded paper filler and I called it good!

The last part is the most important, THE GIFT TAGS. I received the latest Kelly Purkey kit in the mail and used the horseshoe right away with some gold embossing powder for this tag. I cut a rectangle using one of my stitched rectangles by Lawn Fawn. Then I used my Fuse Tool to seal some sequins in some plastic to create this cute little shaker tag!

Next I stamped a "Happy St. Patrick's Day" sentiment on some white cardstock and cut a long thin rectangle to layer over the shaker tag.

I'd played with some of the Distress Oxides to make rainbow printed paper a couple of weeks ago. I used one of the Mama Elephant tag dies to cut tags to put on each of the shirts I bought for the kids. Then I used an alpha die and put the initial of their first name on each of the tags.

Come back in a couple of weeks for the party pics!