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Happy Spring and welcome to the Simply Inspired Blog Hop.  This month’s blog hop features the beautiful Close To My Heart Skylark Paper Packet and Collection which includes a variety of fantastic products designed to coordinate together. You’re going to love it. Get ready to enjoy some fantastic artwork and fresh new project ideas.

If you have come here from Brenda Rose’s Blog  you are headed in the right direction. The blog hop is a big circle, so if this is your first stop you can start here and work your way around to see all of the inspiring artwork. If you get lost along the way, you can find the compete list of participating Close To My Heart Consultants by clicking here.


The project I would like to share with you today uses the Skylark Paper Packet along with a gift card die-cut from the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge Collection. It seems you can get gift cards to just about everywhere these days, and they are often a convenient way to give a gift that’s easy to mail. Having a personalized card to put the gift card in makes it a little more special to give and to receive.

Making your own gift card holders is simple with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge. Combine this terrific die-cut shape with the fantastic colors and patterns in the Skylark paper makes creating personalized gift card holders a snap for the many special occasions coming up this spring. Whether you need a little something for an Easter Basket, Mother’s Day, Graduation, birthdays, an appreciation gift for a co-worker, or even a little thank you for your child’s teacher at school, this project will help you share special occasions with a very personal touch.

Here’s the front of the card I made. It looks like a standard card from the outside, but when you open it up…it has a super surprise inside.


Gift Card Closed PM

Gift Card Inside


With the gift card holder popping up there in the middle it looks like I’ve done something tricky, but no. Look how easy it is to make your own personalized gift card holder.


Gift Card Step 1 & 2 Collage

Step 1: Using the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridege, cut out the gift card at 5.25″

Step 2: Fold on the score lines indicated by small cuts made in the card base while being cut on the Cricut.

Blog Hop Step 3 & 4 Collage

Step 3: Run a small line of adhesive along the outside edges of the center gift card slot making a pocket for the card.

Step 4: Decorate the front cover to use on it’s own, or glue the gift card holder into a standard sized card base for a full-size card. (The finished card shown in the first photograph, has the gift card holder cut from Kraft Cardstock that comes in the Skylark Paper Packet. Then I glued that inside a regular card base and decorate the outside of the larger card.)

Super simple, isn’t it?


Something else to note is that even decorating the inside and outside of the card was no problem thanks to the coordinating stamps that come with the CTMH Artiste Cricut Collection. Every CTMH Cricut Collection comes with three stamp sets and three sets of Dimensional Elements that all coordinate. (See picture below.)

That means I can cut the project pieces from the Artiste cartridge, then stamp on top of them with one of the stamp sets, and if I want to even layer that on a matching chipboard shape. Everything is sized, scaled, and comes together to make creating even faster.



So far, I have combined the Skylark Collection and CTMH Cricut Collections for creating scrapbook layouts, gift bags, cards, party favors, and of course, gift card holders. It’s a limitless combination. You can get all of these collections as part of an incredibly great special during the month of April, too. Contact your Close To My Heart Consultant for information. This is one special you don’t want to miss…seriously, it’s AMAZING!


Skylark Five Collage


Now off to more delightful artwork and creative inspiration at Debbi Fournier’s Blog. You will love what she has designed to share with you. Be sure to visit all of the Consultant blogs in the Simply Inspired Blog Hop to learn more about project possibilities with the Skylark Paper Packet and Collection. There are beautiful things ahead.

Thank you for stopping by, and enjoy some creative moments.

Michelle Snyder


  • Blythe Shupe says:

    So cute, Michelle! Love it.

  • Great idea, Michelle – especially cute with the “Michelle Touch”! XOXO

  • Tammy Smith says:

    Beautiful gift card holder Love it! I love this paper pack! I just love the colors! Great job!

  • I love your great idea. You always have that special touch! Thanks for reminding me how great that little card holder is!

  • What a wonderful card! I need to go and make a whole bunch of these to have on hand. I love ’em!

  • Love it! Love the Kraft medallion too!!!!

  • Lynn Darda says:

    I just love how you made the Kraft holder and inserted it into a standard card. I’m going to try that! Thanks for the inspiration.

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