[ Apologies in advance for some of the bad photos. Me and my shaky hands you know :-) ]
Allan gives his nieces and nephew a gift card for Christmas each year. I've always had a problem with just sticking a gift card in an envelope and instead have searched for ways to package the gift card in a fun way. *Val - I think you had the same thoughts when you gave you nieces and nephews their Christmas cash. I seem to remember some origami for dollar bills. You'll have to refresh my memory on all the creative ways you came up with.
One year, we enclosed it in a puzzle box that they had to solve before they could get to the card. Another year we wrapped it with flat pieces of quartz we bought at the Renaissance Art Fair.
This year (2014) I thought it would be cool to stand the gift card up in a box fill of M & Ms and make each box a personalized keepsake that would fit for each one.
The one above is for Alexis, the youngest of the Mozingo nieces. She seems to love the bling so I did hers in bright pinks and black with a really cute monogrammed "A" I cut out of SU glitter paper with my Silhouette.
Allan graciously agreed to do all the decoupaging. So now Cricut man has earned the title of the "King of Mod Podge".
After multiple coats we started loading up the M & Ms and tucking in the gift cards. . .
This is Abbey's box. Another "A" monogram with some bling and a digital patterned paper in Tiffany blue - the color of her teenage bedroom.
This is Caroline's box - done up in her high school colors with some clip art I found of the school's mascot. That happens to be Allan's alma mater - the New Bern bears.
Next is the box we did for Kaitlyn, the oldest of the nieces. She's now a cosmetologist. I found a really cute clip art in some really hip colors.
And last but not least if the box for the only nephew in the bunch - John Ross. He loves South Carolina and we just found out a few weeks ago that he was accepted there. So his box was one that I hope will be put to good use in his dorm room next year.
Thank goodness for Pinterest and all the good ideas floating around out there. Stay tuned for posts about what I did for 2015 and 2016. Not sure what next year will be but I'm sure I'll come up with something.!