Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Anything But A Card

Happy Tuesday to all of you. Today is Totally Ladybug Tuesday and that means we have a new challenge for you over at the Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge Blog. Our lovely Mary J chose the theme this week and she asked that we make anything but a card. I recently learned my niece is expecting her first baby so I decided to make a gift card holder so that I can give her a little something.  It's been a very long time but I can still remember how excited I was to start shopping for baby things. Well, I guess it hasn't been that long ago after all ... because I was just as bad about shopping for my first grandchild lol!

I used an image from the Baby Baby set for my gift card holder.  I colored the image with copics and colored pencils and used my Stardust pen on the zipper pull.  I cut out my image and matting layers with my Nestabilities.  I've included the dimensions in case you would like to make one of these holders.  They're super easy.

Cut your cardstock 4 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches and score at 3 1/2 and 7 inches.  Cut the last portion of the holder at an angle.  Decorate the holder as you like.  The belly band is 1 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches.  Wrap the belly band around the holder and adhere the ends.  If you are decorating with additional paper on the inside of the holder, wrap your belly band after all your paper layers have been adhered.  Be sure to leave a little "wiggle" room so the belly band isn't too tight.  I adhered my image over the overlapping ends of the belly band so that they're not seen.


Be sure to apply some adhesive along the bottom edge of the angle-cut portion so that it will adhere to the middle portion of the holder.  That way your gift card can't slip out of the bottom of the holder.                                                                         

Please stop by the Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge Blog so you can check out all the amazing projects by the rest of the talented DT.  I hope you find time to play along in our challenge this week.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

I'm entering my gift card holder in these challenges:
A Spoonful of Sugar Challenge 139  -  Anything But a Card
Simon Says  -  Anything But a Card
WhoopsiDaisy Challenge  -  Free and Easy

Stamp:  LCI - Baby Baby
Paper:  DCWV, Bazzill
Other:  Copics, Prismacolor pencils, Stardust pen, Nestabilities 


  1. What a darling of an image Anita and beautifully coloured too :o)
    Such a lovely keepsake ahhhhhhh

    hugs Vicky xx

  2. This is just so cute, I may well borrow your idea as that is fabulous! xxx

  3. That does look quite like a card... But I do love your coloring + the beautiful papers on this gift card holder!

  4. This is very cute and I love the DPs and colours! A great idea! Pami x

  5. What a cute project - love the "belly" band lol.. i would need a bigger one lol
    The colours are so pretty
    Sorry for being a diva re the photos
    Lisa ;)

  6. This is so cute! Love the papers and your coloring is wonderful! Gonna save your post so I have the instructions when I need to make a gift card holder.

  7. This is sooo lovely Anita!! those soft colours and papers are fab! It's my niece's birthday coming up - gonna have to case this!

  8. Anita that is sooooo gorgeous, and the best idea. No one wants the old folk to pick their baby's clothes anymore and they never turn their noses up at a gift voucher lol.

  9. How fabulous Anita; love the belly band - I always like those, yet seldom make them. Love the colors and your coloring is superb!!

  10. This is gorgeous Anita!!!! I think I might have to "borrow" your idea as it's so perfect and handy and I think receiving a gift card holder that is handmade is much much nicer than a shop bought one!
    Love the colours, Grace's room is based on yellow and green, I think they're lovely colours for a baby! xxx

  11. this is so sweet, anita! love your design!

  12. This is such a fabulous idea Anita, love the papers and beautiful colouring of that little cutie!!

    Sue xx

  13. GREAT colors and love how the inside works! Thanks so much for sharing this with our challenge at WHOOPSI DAISY this week:)