Sunday, February 25, 2018

Easy Custom Envelopes + Gift Card Holder + Sweet Girl and Kitty

Do you make odd sized or shaped cards?  I never think about the envelope until I have the card finished.  You should have seen me in the past, flinging open drawers, slinging out envelopes, pulling out my hair...  

I have a LOT of envelopes.  Seriously.  Drawers Full.  And still half the time, I've made a card that just WON'T FIT or is dwarfed by the envelope.

Solution:  Make envelopes.  Well, okay.  But.... (confession here), I really don't have the patience for that really cool envelope maker that I have stashed away.  I just can't figure out how to make envelopes with it that work for my cards.

Real Solution:  Make really easy envelopes.  Okay.  How?  Here's how: 

The video shows how to make easy envelopes for small, large and shaped cards.  I use my score pad, but you could use a straight edge and a bone folder to make the scores.

One fun thing to make with this method is gift card holders.  We love books in our family, so this gift card holder has a Barnes and Noble gift card.  And see that little cat reading?  Adorable!  The kitty with the party hat is stamped on sticker paper.  It will be the seal for the back of the gift card holder.

This card is long enough for some envelopes I have, but it's too skinny.  So, a custom envelope it is.

This is another of my Agnes Richardson images.  I just love the sweet little girl and the black kitty.  You can download her below.

Download Agnes Richardson Girl with Black Cat HERE.

Dropbox seems to work differently for different people.  Either right click and save when image appears or click the download button in the top right corner.  If neither method works, email me and I'll send the files to you. 

Louisa made valentines when I was there last week.  We didn't make them until February 15th, but oh well...  I die cut some hearts and then printed unicorns on sticker paper.  I peeled the stickers for her and handed them to her.  

She really did a good job and had a lot of fun.  She made 6, which was just about right for a 15 month old.  I rubbed some baking soda on the back parts of the unicorn stickers that stuck out over the hearts to keep them from sticking to anything.  

You can see I also made envelopes the same way as I show in the video.  

So, go ahead and make those small, large and shaped cards.  Envelope?  I've got you covered.

Have a wonderful week!


  1. I've always had the same problem, Lori--thanks for the video! Such an adorable image of the little girl & that cute black kitty cat! Love how lacey & feminine that card is! Already a cardmaker--just too cute!

  2. This is a great way to make envelopes. If you want to use your envelope punch board WRMK has an envelope calculator. You put in any card size and it will give you the punch guide measurements. It's on their website:

  3. Hi Lori!! I'm the same... have that envelope maker some where in my room??? hmmmmm.. Too lazy to learn how to use it... This looks much easier! And your cards are Fabulous of course and how cute of Louisa helping make some Valentine's... they're adorable and so is she! Have a great Week!


  4. I'm he same too! :D Thanks so much for sharing your way, it's very useful and quick! Adorable both your cards- how cute!- and I'm impressed by the sweet Louise... She surely will become early a very talented young crafter as your GrandMum! :)

  5. Great idea with making the envelopes! Thank you for the video! Adorable cards and envelopes, so pretty! And, little Louisa is just too cute making the Valentines! It's never to early to start creativity, so sweet!!

  6. The image is just adorable and it looks perfect on the card and custom envelope!! Looks like your youngster is learning quite young and doing so well too!

  7. Super cute cards! What a darling image! Looks like some fun crafting time going on :)

  8. Such a sweet image, and I love the retro feel of the design. Cute card - very feminine with the buttons and lace. TFS the video on making envies...and the little one did a fine job making valentines. What a cutie she is! TFS

  9. Thank you for the awesome video, Lori! This will come in handy for those odd-sized cards! Thank you for the cute freebie as well! I am way behind in your freebies so I will have to check out your freebie page. Louisa looks like she had fun making the unicorn valentines - she is sooooo cute! What a joy!

  10. sweet sweet sweet and little Louissa - so precious. Love this post. Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. The little girl image is just way too cute and I love how you embellished it. Love your little pocket for the gift card too! Looks like Louisa is a pro with this card making. I usually make A2 cards all the time and I have an envelope template but so nice of you to share the video for those times when I might give it a try :)

  12. that image is so cute!
    love your projects and so aodrable little helper!

  13. She makes me think of the Campbell kids. LOL Both cards are precious and your tute is great. Thanks!

  14. Great idea for making your own how easy and simple they are!

  15. Thanks for all the tips for envelope making! Definitely going to use them!
    And how cute is Louisa with her Valentines! You two make an awesome team!


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