Holly Jolly Blog Hop

Hi, crafty friends. I’m excited to be part of THIS blog hop celebrating THIS new release. I have two cards to share that have a peek-a-boo opening that holds a gift…

For the first card…

I laid out sentiments from THIS, THIS, and THIS stamp set on a gray A2 panel in my MISTI. I used THIS to help me align all of the stamps straight. I stamped all the sentiments at once using THIS ink creating a text background. I die-cut THIS die from the center of the panel but I left out the top part of the die from the top cutting plate…

This prevents the top from cutting and I was able to score there instead, creating a hinge for the piece to open…

I adhered the panel down to a one of THESE notecards that I covered in green patterned paper using THIS foam tape. It gives a pop of color to the inside of the opening. This creates a spot to place a gift for the recipient. For this card, I used money as a an example…

I finished off the card design by stamping and coloring one of the snow globe images from THIS stamp set. I used THESE coordinating dies to cut it out and adhered it towards the bottom of the opening to give a good place for the recipient to open the flap. I also adhered one of THESE sentiment strips underneath.

For the second card…

I did the exact same process as the first card, but switched up the colors and the snow globe image. I stamped the text using THIS ink on THIS card stock.

For both snow globe images, I added “snow” using THIS white gel pen and added THIS on top for some shine…

Another gift idea for the peek-a-boo opening is a gift card…

You could also put a photo inside!

I hope this inspires you to do some partial die-cutting and create a peek-a-boo opening. The Holidays are just around the corner and it’s a perfect way to make your gift extra special.

Also, try using sentiments or small images from different stamp sets to create a custom background.

There is much more inspiration to see. Click HERE for the next stop on the hop. Click HERE to start at the beginning of the hop. Here’s the complete hop list…

Simon Says Stamp Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Cathy Zielske

Nina-Marie Trapani

Laura Bassen

Debby Hughes

Caly Person

Nichol Spohr

Amy Rysavy

Amanda Korotkova

Yana Smakula

Lisa Addesa

Yoonsun Hur

Heather Ruwe

Suzy Plantamura

Sidnie Des Jardins

Looking for even more inspiration using THIS release? I shared a couple of other projects HERE

and HERE

Simon is so generous and giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop so be sure to leave comments along the way for your chance to win. Simon Says Stamp will announce winners on their blog on Wednesday. Good luck!

Wait, there’s more…

Use the code SPGKN7 to receive a FREE exclusive Speckled Egg Mini Distress Ink Pad with any purchase. Valid while supplies last or until 11/8 at 11:59 EST.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate your support.

I’ve linked to the entire release below as well as products used on today’s cards.




  1. Natalie
    November 8, 2020

    I’m generally NOT for non traditional Christmas colors, but this pink card….WOW!

  2. Tami B
    November 8, 2020

    Your gift card holders are wonderful (& fun) & I love the Joy & Peace cards too.

  3. Betty Rae Gjerness
    November 8, 2020

    I just love all your cards! Thanks!

  4. Annette Deardurff
    November 8, 2020

    I love the cards with the opening for gift cards or cash, but I’m not visualizing what you mean when you say you left the top part of the die outside the cutting plates??

    1. Heather Ruwe
      November 11, 2020

      Hi, Annette.

      I just added a photo to the blog post that gives a better visual explanation of the partial die-cutting technique.

      Have a great day,

  5. Anne Sturgeon
    November 8, 2020

    The new background stamps are amazing. What a clever way to add a gift card!

  6. Denise Ward
    November 8, 2020

    So many great ideas here. The gift card holders are terrific! I also really like the peace designs.

  7. Dalis
    November 8, 2020

    OMG, these are so cute and they should be fast to mass produce!

    — Dalis

  8. DebbieC
    November 8, 2020

    Love the card holder cards. I don’t think to use my dies in a partial manner very often ….I must try it more often.

  9. Mirella Rogan
    November 8, 2020

    So sweet and clever!

  10. Vivian
    November 8, 2020

    What a great idea for giving a gift card or money. Thanks for sharing this.

  11. Debbie McKelvey
    November 8, 2020

    I loved all your cards, so pretty. I really loved the gift card idea so clever.

  12. Emily Henry
    November 8, 2020

    I really appreciate the links to the products. I was able to add as I went along. The cards are great. I think I can do them with your great directions

  13. lynne morgan
    November 8, 2020

    fantastic idea. liked how you used just sentiments on the front of your cards

  14. Angie D Cammack
    November 8, 2020

    Oh my goodness. These are such cute ideas!! Thanks so much for sharing! I love your style! 🙂

  15. Sheri Kempke
    November 8, 2020

    I love your gift card holder cards–what a unique way to do it! Love it!


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