Masculine Gift Card Holder

Well tomorrow is the last day of school in this little town of ours. I can't believe how fast this school year has gone! Especially when I think that I started working at Craft Smith when my boys started school last August..and I still feel like "the new girl" at the office! Time has a funny way of playing tricks on us.

Today was the boy's end of the year program. We call it "May Day" and every grade does a choreographed dance and they all sing songs. And the 5th graders dance around the May Pole as part of their right of passage to the middle school. It's a tradition that is VERY old and respected in this community. ;) I love it, it's one of my favorite days of the year. I can't believe my boys will be done with the 2nd & 4th grades tomorrow! 

On my "to do" list this week was get our end of the year teacher thank you gifts out. Troy has a male teacher this year so it was a fun challenge to do something that he would like and was not super girly. The Craft Smith Indigo Gold paper pad was the perfect paper to make a gift card holder for his gift.

I used a thin sheet of chipboard and two of my favorite prints from the Indigo Gold paper line. I cut all three down to 3.5x12. I scored all three of them in half at the 6 inch mark.

I glued the papers to the chipboard so the prints faced outwards and trimmed the right edges to make a tag. The chipboard just helped make the gift card holder a little more sturdy.

I used my Crop-a-dile to make some holes to string some ribbon though. The ribbon will be tied and will be what keeps the holder closed. Troy helped me finish the rest. We used stickers, rub ons, twine and a button to decorate it.

Troy did a great job writing on the inside. (He wanted me to use my nice handwriting for writing his teacher's name. This boy definitely will not be winning any penmanship awards!)

But the message came from the heart, and hopefully his teacher can read it! We used a hobby knife to cut two slits into the card holder and slid the gift card inside. Living in the country, everyone loves to be able to have a good meal when they find themselves in the big city!

I think this will be a great gift card template to use for all kinds of gifts in the future. It was super inexpensive to make and the Indigio Gold paper made it look like a million bucks.

Wish me luck tomorrow on my last quiet day in my home office! I will definitely be setting up special "office hours" with a DO NOT DISTURB sign for this summer! They boys are old enough to know when Mama needs to be left alone to get her work done so hopefully all goes well! 

Have a wonderful day and we hope to see all of our Craft Smith Crafters next week!