Good morning SCT friends! Today we are excited to welcome special guest designer Wanda Guess to the SCT blog! Wanda creates the most beautiful card and 3D creations, full of color and dimension! She’s also pretty great at colouring with a Copic—just check out her Instagram feed, and you’ll see what we mean! Today, Wanda is here to share a great way to package up a summer treat in a beautiful way! Let’s take a look!


Hi crafty friends! It’s Wanda Guess here – and I’m so happy to be a guest today on the SCT Blog! I’ve been paper crafting for 25 years and blogging for over ten years. I’m a card maker, but I also love to make gift boxes and treats. I’m a sucker for a gorgeous new paper collection, and I love to stamp. I’m so grateful to be part of this creative community. I live with my awesome husband and sweet kitty outside of Sacramento California! You can find my creations on my blog: A Blog Called Wanda, or on Instagram: @stampcatwg. I’m happy to be sharing a project with you today!


Supplies | Paper and stickers: Simple Stories Summer Farmhouse Collection; Dies: Lawn Fawn Scalloped Treat Box, Scripty Hello and Spring Showers; Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Circles and Scallop Stitches Borders; Embellishments: Doodlebug Hearts, Lawn Fawn Cord, Doodlebug Doilies; Tools: We R Memory Keepers Tag Punch Board, Scor-pal and Tonic Trimmer; Adhesives: Adhesive and Foam Circles

My project for today is perfect for summer gift-giving. I made a card and a matching gift card holder in bright, fresh summer colors. This would be great for a birthday, a shower, or just because! I give gift cards a lot, and this is a good way to make your gift card-giving special and handmade. I was totally in love with the new Summer Farmhouse collection from Simple Stories the first time I saw it. It’s so bright and happy! I paired the paper collection with dies from some of my favorite companies. 


I love reading SCT Magazine, and I always enjoy looking at the Pagemaps and card Pagemaps sketches! They are a great tool for kick starting your creativity. I used a Cardmap from the spring 2020 issue to make this card, found on pages 30-32 of the issue. I followed the sketch almost exactly, and I made my own tag from pretty paper, using the We R Memory Keepers Tag Punch Board.


This card is an A2 size. I layered the gingham patterned paper, then a white cardstock layer, then the custom handmade tag. The white layer and the tag were attached to the card with foam circles. I used a pretty doily to create more of a summer country feeling. The center image and the bee and flowers are all chipboard stickers. This card is SO pretty and was easy to assemble. Pretty twine and shiny hearts completed the design.


I love the small details. That’s my style! A pop of red around the opening of the tag, some swirly twine, and a few hearts—it’s all good!


I created the matching gift card or treat box using the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Treat Box. I like to start with a blank canvas and add color and embellishments. I wrapped the box with two different paper layers. The floral layer was die cut so that it has a scalloped edge. I die cut the “Hello” die using the denim look paper from the collection. 


This box is the perfect size to tuck in a gift card and some candies. It would even be great for a smaller gift like jewelry. I closed the box with a pretty red clip, some twine and a little strawberry Chipboard Sticker. You could easily change the colors and theme of this project to use it for a birthday, Christmas, or whatever event you’re gift-giving for! 

I was so inspired to create this project by the beautiful papers in the Summer Farmhouse collection. As crafters, we have the fun opportunity to make gift giving special since we all have so many supplies on hand! The colors of summer are fresh and happy, and I think we could all use a bit of that right now. 

Take care until we meet again! 



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Be sure to follow Wanda at the links above for more card, gift-giving inspiration, and so much more! We know she will inspire YOU to get crafty this week! Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous card and gift box with us today, Wanda!