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November 30, 2008

Cash and Carry Challenge

Nov1_ptichal_do1a Are you a gift-card or cash giver? If so, today's PaperTrey Ink challenge might be a great resource for you! Nichole challenged design team members to create gift card or cash holders. I'd like to share my little tri-fold gift card purse.

Nov1_ptichal_do1b I started with a 4-1/4" x 11" sheet of PTI's Kraft cardstock, then scored as shown in the second picture. Next I used my largest Coluzzle circle template to round the top 4-1/4" edge. (You could use any kind of circle cutter that you have and get the same effect.) I cut a piece from Pure Poppy cardstock that would be the same size as the kraft base and rounded one of its ends as well.  I then stamped both the kraft base (Polka Dot Basics) and the red flap (Rustic Snowflakes). I used another circle punch (1-3/8") to punch a semi circle from the bottom of the panel.

Next, I folded the purse up and used good scissors to cut a freehand curve up one side, just barely trimming off of the base and curving inward to about 1/2" at the top. I used the scrap piece that I had trimmed off to turn over backward and trace in pencil as a pattern for the opposite side.  (If you are looking for scissors that will handle this, I like my Tim Holtz scissors that have a micro-serrated edge.  I bought them to cut rubber after hearing people rave about them. A few days ago, I couldn't find my ribbon-cutting scissors, so I grabbed the TH scissors and tried them for that--a perfect cut. They also cut through four layers of PaperTrey Ink cardstock here with no problem. I'm suitably impressed!) To keep the purse shut, I experimented with several options before deciding that a simple slit was probably the easiest.  The button is just for looks, and it is raised on foam tape to keep it out of the way of the rounded bottom flap fitting into that slit.


The inside sentiment is from Merry and Bright. All red ink on Kraft is PaperTrey's Pure Puppy ink, and the deeper red on the Pure Poppy cardstock is  SU's retired Cranberry Crisp. (Any browned-red should work though.) I sponged some Antique Linen Distress ink on most edges and did a bit of paper piercing on the front flap. The tag sentiment on front is from the 2008 Holiday Tags Collection. Finished size is 4-1/8" x 3-1/16". Also, you could easily add a ribbon handle; I just preferred the clutch purse design here. Be sure to check out what other players came up with too: Lisa Johnson, Lauren Meader, Heather  NicholsMish Wooderson, and of course Nichole.

Nov1_ptichal_do1c Nov1_ptichal_do1d If this post is helpful to you, feel free to use the template ideas for your own personal (not commercial) use. If you make one, I'd love to see what you come up with! I would appreciate it if you would post a link to this post rather than copying and pasting my pictorial instructions online however. Thanks so much, and have a wonderful day!


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Debbie,this is terrific! And the instructions are so appreciated! I have to get busy! The season is upon us!

This is too cute, Debbie! A must-try for the holidays!

What a terrific way to make a gift card more personal (no pun intended). I sometimes shy away from gift cards because I want to give something from my heart- but this would do it! I love the colors and the snowflakes! Thanks for clear directions too.

What a darling gift card holder, Debbie! I haven't followed your super instrtuctions, and will leave that to others. I did post a card holder earlier this week, and I must say ... card holders have come a 'long way, baby!"

Happy Holiday Season to you!

What a great project!! So well executed too.

BTW I love your Merry Chrismoose. Super cute.


oh debbie..I really like this. and thanks so much for showing us how you made it.
well, i give gift cards. that way i sort of know that the receiver will get something good with the money.

This is fabulous and thanks so much for sharing!

Oh this is so darned CUTE!! I have two nieces that will love this little cutie!!! TFS!!! HUGS!!!

oh wow!! totally cute!! love this idea Debbie, TFS :) x

Perfect timing for such an adorable project! I'm sure I will case you for at least a few gifts this Christmas. Thank you for sharing!

this is so cute!!!! I am gonna have to case it. TFS!

Very cute idea. I do need to make a few of these. Thanks for getting me started.

Love this and thanks for including the instructions!!

Wow Debbie! This is the cutest gift card holder ever!

Absolutely WONDERFUL!!

Debbie great job with this challenge this is so cute. Thanks for the info as well. Have a great day and TFS.

Debbie/Phx AZ

This is great -- I need to make some! Thanks for the idea. Great directions, I haven't seen a "Pica Pole" in years!

Ohmygosh...that is the cutest gift card purse, Debbie!! Thanks for the details!! I love it!!

How funny that you would have this posted today as I was just thinking this morning that I needed 4 gift card holders! So, Thank you for sharing!
Your gift card holder is so cute!

This is great Debbie!!! Thanks so much for the tutorial!!!
God bless

Oh how adorable, Debbie! This is just too cute!

I love gift card holders! This is awesome. Thanks for the instructions. I'm definitely going to make this.

Fantastic, Debbie! Oh, I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the red polka dots on the kraft paper!!!!!!!! The way you displayed the directions is fabulous too! Great idea to make a digi layout of sorts!!

Super cute gift card holder!! Love the colors and that adorable button:) TFS


Debbie this is BRILLIANT, as always!!!!

Great presentation! I like the shape and how you decorated it!


I love it! TFS!

Oooooo Debbie! Sooo cooool! Seriously!
Thanks again for sharing your brilliance!

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