Opening Day!

Hi and welcome to Tap Tap Stamp. I bet you found me through my upline, Mary Fish. I am thrilled that she invited me to be her guest stamper on the day of my first blog post!

Let me start with a quick introduction. My name is Pam Morris and I have been a demonstrator with Stampin’Up! since 2001. In March of 2012 I made the decision to drop and sign back up under Mary. It was one of the best decisions I have made in all my years as a demo. Less than a week later I was contacted by a local stamper who was interested in getting back into stamping. I was thrilled to begin recruiting and couldn’t be happier to sign my first downline, Brian King. Weeeee…Let the fun begin, right? Little did I know that my business would put me smack dab in the middle of a Fish and a King! I feel that I have some pretty big shoes to fill but there is no place that I would rather be.

My project today is a long time favorite of mine. I have been making these envelope gift card holders for over 10 years. I keep them current by using Stampin’Up! products that are always on trend. I love the design and colors in the Seasons of Style Designer Series Paper that you can find in the 2013 Holiday Catalog. It pairs perfectly with the Very Merry Tags set. I have a picture tutorial to help you see how I made these cards that your friends and family would be thrilled to receive.


You first start with one of our standard envelopes. Score it at 4″ and then flip it and score again at 4″. I like to use my bone folder or stylus when scoring envelopes with my trimmer because it gives a deeper score through the layers. Once scored, open the envelope flap and fold in on the score lines as shown.



Add adhesive to the outside flap only and adhere a piece of  2 1/8 x 4 1/4 designer paper to the flap. When you open the envelope up you have a perfect sized pocket for a standard sized gift card or some cold hard cash if you wish.


You can tie it up with a ribbon or a belly band as i did. I took a piece of 1″ x 7″ card stock and loosely (so that you can easily slide it off) wrap it around and add your embellishment.  I used stamped images and pop dotted them onto the belly band. You can also see that I glued the envelope onto a piece of 2 5/8 x 4 7/8 coordinating card stock to give it an extra layer of WOW.



I hope you learned a little something new today and will give these a try. It makes an impersonal gift card a gift from the heart!

Thank you for stopping by Tap Tap Stamp on my opening day. I hope you come back soon!


200 thoughts on “Opening Day!

  1. So what if you’re between a Fish & a King…right now you’re the Queen Bee. Great job on the gift card. It’s so simple & very creative.

  2. This is a wonderful project to use as your premier post! I’ll definitely be making use of your well-done directions to make some of these puppies. Hope you heal up completely ASAP, and CONGRATLATIONS on getting your blog up and running–can’t wait to see what’s next!

  3. I love your idea for a gift card Pam! Thanks for sharing this and congratulations on your brand new blog! Looking forward to seeing more. Darlene

  4. Great project Pam. Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial with us! The gift card out of an envelope is Brilliant and it looks to be easy enough for me to make. So cute!!!

  5. I liked your gift card holder idea! Thanks for the tip about scoring with the trimmer with the bone folder for a deeper score. Congrats on your new blog. Yep, I came via Mary Fish’s blog. You do have some wonderful and talented people with Brian and Mary and the rest of the Pals. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

    1. Thank you Chris! I saw that trick at convention one year and was amazed I never thought of it. Thank you for coming by to see my blog. I agree that I am surrounded by some very inspiring talent!

    1. Congrats on your new blog! Love the design of your gift card holder. Will be casing this design, Thanks for sharing! Brenda

  6. I also came to you through Mary’s blog. I love your project and will be making one today! Congrats on your blog which I am going to follow!

  7. These look great Pam! I will be making some of these as I plan to do mostly gift cards this year. Best of luck to you with your new Blog endeavor!!

  8. I found your post via Stamping Pretty. Thanks for posting this. I love this idea.
    I’d like to suggest that you include the stamp set number (or link to it in your store).

    Thanks again for sharing!

    1. Thank you for the very good advice Teresita. I am going to figure out how to link my store before I post again. I am also going to start posting the item numbers as you suggest too. You are a doll for visiting and helping this new blogger out! Happy Stamping!

  9. Very clever! And it upsells our wonderful Envies, too! I think I can make it fit on a regular card front so that it can be both the Christmas card and gift in one…thanks for the great inspiration!

  10. Congratulations Pam on joining us in the Blogging community. You are my up-up line as I am on Brian’s team. I’ve heard so many good things about you and now can’t wait to see what you are up to through your blog.

    Blessings, Kelly DeTommaso 🙂

    1. That would make me your Stampin’ Mema! I feel like I am finally in the loop. I am always a little late to the party but I eventually get there. So glad you came over here. I look forward to seeing more of you!

  11. Awesome project and awesome job on your blog. I love seeing your work and hope to see more now…congrats on the blog start!

    1. Thank you Windy! Today has been a great day! I’ve been so hesitant to dive into the blogging world but there is no turning back now…lol. Thank you for visiting!

  12. This is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for, easy, simple but cute gift card holders. Congratulations on your new blog and first post. I wish you much success.

  13. Pam, those are just adorable! Love the name of your blog! So cute!

    Thank you so much for sharing and congratulations on your first blog post! It turned out beautifully and you did a great job with the instructions and pictures!

    1. You are so sweet Donna! Thank you for the compliments. It was really hard coming up with a name I liked that wasn’t taken. I am excited about blogging although I think I got a little spoiled today being Mary’s guest stamper. But what a great way to start!

      1. You did get a great start, Mary is awesome to give you the boost! I wish my original upline had been so supportive! I’ve been following Mary for years and she certainly has a lot of great ideas and great team members!

  14. Awesome idea, Pam! So cute….great gift for “flying friends”! Excited for you and your new blog, have lots of fun with it.

  15. Awesome gift card holders. Just made some and they were super easy. Your instructions were great. I will be a regular follower. Thanks again!!!

    1. You have no idea how happy you just made me Cathy! I am thrilled that you made these easily. Being my first post, I was not sure how my tutorial would play out. Thank you for letting me know. I look forward to sharing more!

  16. Hi Pam! Thanks for sharing your tutorial — they are great and I can’t wait to make some for the holidays! Have fun with your blog — can’t wait to see what you post next!

  17. What a wonderful post. Thank you for sharing your ideas. I have signed up to follow your blog from Australia! xxx

    1. Leesa, I am so happy you came to my blog from the other side of the world! I am still amazed that the internet can make it so easy to connect from so far away. Thank you for following me!

  18. Totally AWESOME! Helped me for a Christmas class! Congrats on your first blog and your success! I have been a St/Up crafter for 7 years and just started doing classes. You are an inspiration!

    1. Thank you for the wonderful compliments Judy! I am so happy that you found inspiration here. Congrats on doing classes. That is my favorite thing about being a demo. I love to teach and share. Good luck with your Christmas class. I hope they like them!

  19. Great project Pam! I make a different gift card holder but I love yours for cash and other shaped gift cards that aren’t just credit card size. One day perhaps I will join the blogging world, but for now I am content to follow you and other PALS and CASE your ideas. LOL

  20. Congrats on a great blog Pam! I’m a big fan of Mary and Brian’s blogs, so thank you for adding another blog to my daily inspriation! Love this gift card holder and will definitley be making a few of these!

    1. Thank you so much for joining me on My grand opening! Mary and Brian insure me daily too. I am starting with baby steps and plan on posting twice a week, on Sun and Wed. I am so happy you liked my project!

    1. I am so happy that you liked my project and want to follow me. I will try to troubleshoot the widget issue tomorrow and will email you when I figure it out myself. I have a bunch of people who are following me so I know it is somewhere. Stand by….

  21. Hi there! This is a super-cute idea! I haven’t had time to read all of your comments, but I’m wondering if there’s a way to use the SU envelope maker for the beginning envelope, part? (I’d prefer to save the envies I have that need a lick/stick to go with cards in the regular mail). 🙂

    1. I bet you could. I think you are onto a whole new design idea doing so! The only thing that you would need to tweak is the flap will be pointed instead of flat but I don’t think that will be a big issue. Good luck!

  22. Hello Pam, This is definitely a GREAT first post for your new blog! I’m thrilled to be here today. I love your gift card holders and plan to CASE before the Chistmas holiday is over. Thanks for your neat & simple – my fav – idea! Best Wishes on your renewed adventure… Barb

    1. Thank you for your wonderful compliment! I am just as thrilled that you loved my project. I am a very clean and simple stamper so I hope you come back and visit! You made my day!

  23. Hi Pam, Awesome first post to introduce us to your new blog and the gift card holder is such a great gift for anytime of the year!! I came here through Mary Fish’s blog and am glad I found you. All the best with your blog and thank you for sharing this wondeful gift card holder. Merry Christmas!

  24. This is just what I needed!!! I don’t like the store bought ones, these are perfect. Thank you so much for teaching how to make them.

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