Monday, November 28, 2011

Holiday Diva Dare - Day 5

Monday Greetings everyone!!  I hope you had a wonderful SUPER LONG Thanksgiving Day weekend.  This Canadian Diva is always a little jealous of the way you celebrate Thanksgiving right!  Now onto Day 5 of the Holiday Diva Dare!  For those of you who are new to this challenge, here is how it works...following each release, we will post a theme that we dare you with, and you'll have two weeks to complete the challenge. During those two weeks, the release team will post their creations and tell you how they answered the dare!

This month's theme is A Handmade Christmas! The theme is pretty broad and can be interpreted in so many different ways...from a lovingly made card, to heartfelt gifts and homemade decorations!  With the Holidays right around the corner, this will be the perfect time to get a jump start on your card and gift making!

So, we DARE you to make a Handmade Christmas card or gift!  Oops!! Did you hear Christmas?  I'm working a little backwards...so stay with me!  Today just happens to be my son's 23rd birthday (AND btw Diva Andrea's!! Happy B-Day sistah!).  I wanted to make him a birthday card that would house a Starbucks card and a "little" cheque from Mom :)  I used a Small Phrases sentiment to let Jake know, once again, how deeply loved he is by his Mama.


Here is the inside of the gift card holder, using 2 stamps from Birthday Bash along with the leaves from Bloom and Grow.


Okay, here's where the "Christmas" comes in.  It's a busy time of year and I wanted to show you how you can save time (and hair pulling) by using a card layout you've used or seen before and just change it for the present occasion.  With full time work, the pending move to the new house, Jake's birthday AND Christmas, this Diva is more than willing to save a bit of time by reusing a card design...here's the Christmas version...


I just changed the papers, dies and sentiment and voila!  Christmas Gift Card card done!  Here's a peek inside...

I had a fun time mixing last year's stamp sets (Glad Tidings, Frosty Flakes, Christmas in the Air) on the outside with the latest stamp set, Bright Spirits, on the inside....they all work together so well! Here's a last photo with both cards so you can see how similar and different they are...

Thanks so much for sharing a special day with me...now onto the details of the DARE!



Want to know how you can win some fabulous new VERVE GOODIES?


  1. Play along with us and link up your new A Handmade Christmas creation (posted November 18 or later) to the linky widget on the DAY ONE post before 9PM Mountain on Thursday, December 8. One lucky stamper will win a $30.00 gift certificate to the Verve Store. Verve Stamps are not required, but if you've got 'em we would LOVE to see ‘em!
  2. For another chance to win, be sure to give the Divas a little shout-out in the comments section as we share our A Handmade Christmas creations. One lucky commenter will win the Verve stamp set of his or her choosing! Winners will be announced on Friday, December 9 right here on the Verve blog.
Now it's YOUR turn! We DARE you to show us your creations!


24 comments:

craftymom205 said...

Love your cards. Great masculine card.

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Luanne said...

These are fantastic! Love the way you put the giftcard right on top, and the way it opens too! Super cool and fun Moe! Love them!

Nicole said...

These are both so cool. Perfect little way to make a gift card extra special. Can you share what you used for the gift card holder...template? measurements?
Thanks for the inspiration!

scrappingnana said...

Great idea for giving a gift card and very pretty also. I love both of your cards. TFS

Tricia said...

I absolutely love these! They are definitely going in my CASE file!! Maybe I'll even case them for my Diva Dare card. : )

Davi said...

What beautiful gift cards!! I love the little wallet like pocket you made to hold the cards! Hope your son has a wonderful birthday :)

Wanda Cullen said...

What a fabulous, creative idea!! Love the masculine vs. Christmas versions...a fun one for my file for a future CASE!

Queen Mary said...

I too love the cards and move from masculine to Christmas -- do you have the dimensions for the gift card fold out? I'm always looking for a new way to deliver gift cards to nieces and nephews and this is perfect!

Marisa said...

Love the pockets on the front, Moe. What a wonderful idea. Great papers on both.

Ravengirl said...

What a wonderful gift card holder! Thanks for modeling that time saving strategy. I'm going to need it this year too!

Jen Cuthbertson said...

What a great gift card holder and I know Jake will love it! I love to re-use good designs, too! :)

Liva said...

This is really awesome idea! I love how that gift card holder opens!

Tanya said...

Love these with the gift card on the front, so fun! Love your son's card, and the gift card too! :)

Jan Garber said...

I just had to send this blog link to a friend who is always looking for new gift card ideas! Love the front pocket!

Andrea Ewen said...

Fabulous, Moe! The perfect gift card holder and how crafty of you to make two! Love the masculine colors...I so struggle with those! You've done an awesome job on these...I'm sure a lot of us are going to be duplicating these in the upcoming month...thanks for the great idea! And Happy Birthday to Jake!

Heather said...

This is a really, really cute card! And a great way to give a gift card; no extra packaging required!!

Moosisk said...

I love this card! What a clever idea for a gift card holder! Thanks for the inspiration. :D

Marlena M. said...

Wonderful idea to change the theme for Christmas! Both gift card holders are beautiful. ;)

Cheri said...

What a lovely and fantastic idea! I love the color combos!

Marsha said...

I saw this kind of pocket card years ago and forgot about them. These are beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.

Lisa S. said...

Love this idea and what awesome cards. Jake is a lucky young man to have such a sweet Mama! :D

Radha said...

So sweet, u are a great mama... and a great blog friend!!! I love that font... !!! Happy holidays

Lisa M. (aka Lisabee) said...

These are just gorgeous! I'm sure he was very happy to get that from his momma! And I too pull out past designs to revamp!

Miriam Prantner said...

What fun gift card holders! Love that it's still a card too, and I enjoy seeing the two different color schemes