Friday, December 7, 2012

Another handy little gift idea . . .

Hello blogging friends!
I'm here today to share with you a handy little gift idea I first saw done by Deb Felts (With A Stamp & A Song) over on Paper Craft Planet and couldn't wait to give them a try.

As you can see, I've made a whole basket full of them to have on hand throughout the holidays ... just in case I need a quick gift ... and of course for my hair dresser, waitresses at Bob Evans that we see each weekend and for the young teen girls in the neighborhood.  Just a little token of my appreciation!

I've tweaked the measurements a bit from Deb because the emery boards I purchased at Sally's Beauty Supply were a little longer than the one Deb created with.  So ... here we go!

You will need the following:
  1. Emery Boards
  2. Two sided designer paper ( I've used Graphic45 Christmas 8x8 dp)
  3. Scor-Tape (you choice of strong adhesive)
  4. Front embellishment of your choice (I've used a JustRite Christmas set & Spellbinder scallop circles)
  5. Circle punch
  6. Crimper (optional)

I have made my sleeves 6 3/4" long by 3" wide.  
By using 8x8 paper, I first cut the LENGTH (6 3/4") ... then cut it across at 6".  That left me with a 2" panel which I can use for my matching belly band.

Cut your 6" sleeve in half giving you TWO sleeves which will be 3" x 6 3/4".

Using your 2" panel, cut it into TWO 3" panels to use for the belly band.

Next you will SCORE the length of your sleeves & belly band pieces at 1", 1 1/4", 2 1/4" & 2 1/2".

In the above photo I have marked where you will place your hole punch to cut out your notch.  As you can see, it will between the two inside score lines.


Next you will use scor-tape to adhere/make your sleeve.  (sorry ... I forgot to take a photo of this step so I took one back apart to show you.)  You will place your scor-tape to the outside of the narrow panel then gently bring them together to create the sleeve.

  Place a small bit of adhesive in the bottom.  Gently pleat the sides and press the bottom together to adhere.  Crimp the edge, if desired.

 Lastly you will make your belly band, place it around the sleeve & adhere.  
Then you are ready to embellish to your hearts desire.  I chose to keep them simple by stamping out my JustRite sentiment onto white cardstock, die cutting with a Spellbinder scallop circle die and adhering to the front of the belly band.  You can go simple or super fancy ... choice is yours!

I hope you've enjoyed this little gift idea tutorial and will give it a try.  If you do, PLEASE let me know in a comment ... I'd LOVE to come see what you've created!

Here's a peek at the ones I made for my daughter to hand out to her clients with her company logo on the front.  (Hubby's idea!)   OH... and how about making them for stocking stuffers ... what fun!

Well, I'd better get busy ... still have a lot of decorating to do before my big party on the 16th (really dragging my feet this year for some reason!) and I haven't even started putting together and addressing my own personal Christmas cards!  Eeeks ... times a flyin'!

Here's a few challenge I'd like to enter into:
C.R.A.F.T. - Christmas
Charisma Card Challenge - Christmasy
 Delightful Challenges - All About Christmas
Creative Cutting Room - Anything Goes Using Graphic45
Little Miss Muffet Challenge - Tags or Gifts
Paper Crafting Journey - Any Christmas Paper Projects
PaperPlay Challenge - Christmas is Coming
Sarah Hurley Challenge - Christmas

THANKS SO MUCH for stopping by and for all your kind comments on my creations!  You have no idea how much it means to me!  God Love Ya for taking the time to brighten my day!

As always . . .


  1. Darlene this is just beautiful and such a great gift idea. Love the colours and all the little finishing touches. Everything works so well together. Hop on over to my blog to partake in my 400 Follower Give Away - thank you so much if you have already participated.
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  2. This is such a great little gift idea Darlene. Thanks for the tutorial. You are always so creative.

  3. Glad you liked it! Love yours! Merry Christmas!

  4. What a brilliant gift idea! Super and such a clear tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing at Little Miss Muffet Challenges. Good luck in the challenge and hope to see you again soon. Hugs,Frea, DT member LMM Challenges

  5. Original project. Of good ideas. Thanks for the tutorial and the photos. Excellent work ! Bravo !

    Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week.

    Hugs from France.

  6. What a cute idea. Thanks for sharing the tutorial too.

    Thanks for stopping by from MIM at my blog and leaving a beautiful comment.

    Hugs from snowy Slovenia.

  7. beautiful Christmas creation! Thanks for joining in with us at Charisma this week! :) Gem x

  8. What a brilliant idea-they look great!Thanks for sharing them with us at Sarah Hurley's Challenge Blog.

  9. ooh these look brill, perfect little gift. thanks for sharing with us at CRAFT this week, x carol

  10. These are just fabulous little gifts! Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week! :)

  11. What a fab idea...Thanks for sharing with us at Delightful

  12. Such a super idea! Perfect stocking stuffer! Thanks for joining us over at the CCR! DT Member Carri~Abusybee

  13. This is such a clever idea. Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week, hope you stop by again soon.
    Hugs Sheryl xx

  14. Wow what a fab idea such a simple gift that means a lot :)

    Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz

    Hugs Mandy xx

  15. That is such an awesome idea! Thanks for joining us at The Creative Cutter Room!


  16. Hi Darlene. What a neat idea! Great tutorial. Thanks so much for joining us this week at digital delights!

  17. Oooh nifty idea, thanks for joining us over at Sarah Hurley this month.
    C xx


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