Monday, November 14, 2011

All in one Christmas Card-Envelope-Gift! plus a little blog candy..

Hey friends!  Happy monday!  Today I want to share a totally practical holiday gift idea.....moo-la, cold hard Christmas cash!  Let's face it, money is kinda boring to give but I find that nobody is disappointed to receive it!  But to appease my "a gift just especially for you" soul, I try and always give money creatively.  Today I am using a cute little Christmas Cash Envelope template printable by Kelleigh Ratzlaff already digitally designed with artwork by  Mari Koegelenberg, Pamela Donnis and Melissa Wilson.  Simply select the design you like and print!

Here's my envelope printed via my home inkjet printer on matte cardstock.  Now Kelleigh is the queen of the cash only system and actually uses these envelopes as a household budgeting tool, thus the circle tab at the top of the envelope.  You simply must check out her blog for tips on how her budgeting system works.  It's inspiring!  But back to gift giving...I simply altered the tab top to make this a standard flat topped envelope with the addition of strips of cut paper folded and glued to the top edges of the envelope opening.

I use my Scor-Pal board for all of my template making.  Kelleigh and the gang have built in *faint* white line marks to help you know where to score to fold this template.  My scoring tool is pointed at one of the marks...see? so faint they won't interrupt your design at all!

Two things to notes above....first the expert shadowing on the "Christmas cash" label makes it look like something I added...but nope, it's all done digitally.  THAT is simply magic!  Second, check out the exact score lines I can make with a Scor Pal!?  THAT is magic too!


Once the template is all folded and glues together, the fun of embellishing begins.  Today I chose some simple holiday colored yarn that is just a tad thicker than the Twinery twine and BUTTONS!  Have you seen the holiday linky party going on at Buttons Galore and More?  The silvery grey and white buttons above are from their product line plus a few more buttons I had in my stash.  Because the twine/yarn is thick-ish, I can thread the buttons to lie in a specific spot so that when I wrap the tie around the envelope to secure the gift inside they create a cute design on the front!  The twine is anchored by a punched circle secured with a mini brad in the center.

You can see that the money won't slip from the open area that is left once the money card is wrapped and tied closed.

Easy peasy!  My Christmas cash card is complete! to see who is on Santa's "nice" list ;)

I'll bet all of you are on Santa's nice list!  To celebrate the season of holiday giving I have a little bundle of holiday trim to give away!  If you are a believer in the philosophy of it's the little things in life that bring the most joy leave me a comment on this post for a chance to win.  If you are a follower of my blog, leave a second comment for an additional chance.  Good luck and thanks for being so sweet!
Paper: Paperstrey Ink
Digital template: Christmas Cash Envelopes by Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs at the Digichick
Tools: Scor-Pal scoring board
Buttons: Buttons Galore and More and various
Punch: SU!
Craft supply: yarn and mini brad



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Elise said...

Oh, MY! You SURE DO have a way with Buttons, Dana! They make the MOST stunning accent to this positively DARLING box! YOU are a brave and AMAZING crafter, making the digi thing seem fun and EASY! I love this darling project, and your exquisite photography to REALLY seal the deal! Bravo!

Donald Smith said...

i love this post. you seem like just the sweetest most grounded soul. happy to be a part of 12 artsy holiday ornaments with you! and this Dl Envelopes is so good looking nice work thanks for sharing

Laura Bray said...

Love the colors! Very cute project.

Kelleigh @ Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs said...

This is so cute!! I had to link you up on my FB page!! :)

Sarah @ Pink Lime said...

Cute envelope- I haven't purchased the envelope template yet but I've been eyeing it for some time now. Now I have more incentive to pick it up! Thanks for the chance!

Karen said...

Kelleigh sure has some cute templates and I've read about her using the cash envelope system. I have a friend who uses it too and has changed her perspective on spending. And you have totally made it Adorable!!!! Love all the happy buttons! :>

Hank hendricks said...

I really like the color you used...I wish to use them in my own Gift Card envelopes.