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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Baby Tri Shutter

Well it sure didn't take long to make another Tri-Shutter card.  These cards are so easy to make and when you add different papers they almost look like totally different folds.  I had just found out that my cousin has a new grand-baby!!  How exciting for her.  She has been quite busy taking care of the other grandkids while her daughter was in the hospital and called me to say she needs a girls night out.  LOL  Yep grandkids can be exhausting!  So we are meeting up later this week and I wanted to give her a congratulations card.  I didn't have much boy stuff here but I did have some leftovers from my grandsons 1st year album.  A Tri -Shutter is easy to decorate because alot of times it's all about the shape not the embellishments.
I have no idea where the papers or the animals came from since they were all leftovers.  I added a little glitter for enhancement.  I like the turn out but if I was to critique it I'd say Hippos don't just float in the air and giant leaves don't drop out of clouds.  LOL
I found some Christmas paper in the China Cabinet (come on....isn't that where you keep yours?????😃😃) so I think I'll now make a Christmas one.  I'll post that next.

Til later

HAPPY CARDING!!!





Sunday, April 23, 2017

Last Minute Birthday Card

Aghhhhh.........how on earth do I get sooo unorganized???  Had a kids birthday party to go to and I went to get the gift out of the closet and noticed NO CARD!  Dang it...we were going to be leaving in a half hour!  Not wanting to go down to the craft room I went instead into the closet of Misc stuff!   Am I the only one who has one of these???  You know what I mean don't you?  A closet where you toss everything you have left all over the house from doing some sort of craft when you find out company is coming.  Well mine keeps getting more and more stuffed.😨😨😨  Anyway found some rose colored card stock and some hot pink Designer scraps.  One look at it and you think No WAY.  Cannot go together.  That's like trying to be a Victorian Hippy!  I think I am one!  Heehee  Well I used it anyway.  Then found some Owls that were punched from a calendar, some leftover clouds, googlie eyes, and a few glitter hearts(yellow) from Valentines day.  Pale blue ribbon and some orange and yellow present border punch.   Sounds awful right???  Yeah if I were to tell anyone to get those supplies and colors and said make me a card I could give away....they would laugh.  Buuttttttt..................here it is.  A Tri Shutter multi colored Owl Birthday card!



Definitely not my best work but for a last minute card for an 8yr old I think it can pass.  So off to the party we went and people oooo'd and ahhhhh'd that silly card.  Funny how one mans trash really is another ones treasure.

Now that I know I can completely design cut and assemble a birthday card in less than 30 minutes with nearly no real supplies from the craft room I'm not sure that I want to clean out that Misc Closet.  I am sure to be pressed for time again and that is just the spot to find some lost treasures.

Til next time

HAPPY CARDING!


Saturday, April 22, 2017

FRIENDSHIP SHUTTER CARD

Hello.....what a bright sunny day we have here today.  I have lots to do but first thought I'd put out a quick post.  I got together with a friend of mine Cindy.  We did a whole lot of gabbing, eBay searching and drinking Ice Coffee (YUMMY)😄😄 I had brought some stuff to try a variation on the Shutter fold card.  I sooooo thought this was going to be a quick little card and boy was I wrong..lol.  First of all I did not bring any embellishments.  I just figured we'd make our own.  I didn't bring any stamps so we sorted though hers trying to find what we liked.  Forgot about ribbon so we needed to decide on that too.  Then there was the Designer papers............though I brought 5 sheets of coordinating papers by the time I cut all the squares it was all to Matchy Matchy for the both of us so into her bins we went to find something that would pop.  Our popping color ended up being a sea green and we found ribbon that was pretty close to that color too.  Now of course I can't remember the color ink we used but it was a maroony color (is that a word??😕😕) which blended with the maroon print paper we used.

Ok enough suspense here's the card .....and....basic instructions.

Base is 8x6 scored at 2, 4, 6, on 8" side.  Turn so 6" side is at top of the cutter.  Go across 2" and down 1" and cut from 1" mark to 7" mark.  Flip and repeat on other side.  Fold as in picture.   Cut (10) DSP squares 1 7/8 x 1 7/8 and (4) DSP rectangles 7/8 x 1 7/8.

For front and back cut (2) DSP 2.25 x 6.25   (1) 14" piece ribbon
When attaching front and back only glue top and bottom leaving center open for ribbon to slide.  

The doily was a new die I bought by Prima Dies on Amazon (my favorite shopping place heehee)  Butterfly was a Martha Stewart punch.  The F tag in panel next to butterfly was a Sizzix Alpha Bar set called Doodle tag (retired)

So that's it!!!!  Cute though when closed this card is only about 2.25 x 6.25.  Both Cindy and I thought a bit bigger would be nice too so I'm going to work on that and post that later.

We had a great time last night but my husband said he wasn't sure if I could have another play date with Cindy since I did not come home until 1am!!  LOL  That's even later than when 5 of us are together heehee.  Well that just proves that we didn't bore each other!😉😉😉

Til Next Time..........................

HAPPY CARDING!!!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Heartfelt Creation Birthday and Fairy Fold Out Card

Finally!!!  A few posts back I had the planning of the Heartfelt Creations Fold out cards.  I had indicated that I was too "Frugal" to buy the bases so I was making my own.  Well the first card I actually made, I used the Heartfelt Creations Collection called "A Burst of Splendor".  I believe that is retired.  Anyway it was for my sister for her Birthday and it turned out beautiful.


I did not take any pictures of it Un-embellished.  I should have so you could see more of the details.
Soooooo........I decided to make another.  This time I used the Woodland Cottage collection from Heartfelt Creation and I have alot more pictures.

First you start out with your base which you can either make your own by tracing one of the store bought Heartfelt Creations cards found HERE or figure one out for yourself.  I traced from my girlfriends store bought card base.  This finished card measures 6 x 24 so each panel is 6"wide with 1st one being 6x6 and then each other one gradually shortening and having a curvy top.  Style is a basic Z fold card.  
Next the papers.  I'm using the Fairies from the Woodland Cottage collection.  You will probably need about 3 sheets in order to have a different look on each section.  Here are the papers adhered to the base.  I cut all of mine 5 7/8" wide and trimmed each piece to fit each section.  Cutting them smaller than the 6" base width allows for the fold to crease cleanly.
front closed

inside opened

backside opened
As you can see the papers are very decorative by themselves and I guess technically could just be left alone for those who do not like all the embellishing.
I used a border die for the cute top border but its not necessary.  If you check my post on Easter fold outs found HERE you can see how I added other trims.
Now all the rest is embellishing!!  ALOT of fussy cutting!!!  ALOT of glitter!!!  But the end result............................AWESOME.  
front closed

inside opened

outside opened
Pretty cool!!  All the little details make it POP!  Here's a few close ups of some of the left over fussy cuts I have.  I can now use these on another card. Funny how the camera isn't picking up the glitter.  Darn because they are so cool looking all sparkly!

 AWWWE...SOME!  Now these 2 cards are a  bit fancy due to the wonderful ability to use my friend Junes Heartfelt Creation dies but again as I said you don't need to.  You can try other trims such as my Easter cards have.  Maybe my next fold out will be using NON Heartfelt Creation papers or dies.  I'll make it more user friendly.  I know not all of us have all these fancy papers plus they are expensive so lets try a more available paper and more available edge punches.  So look forward to another fantastic Fold out card.

Til then.......................

HAPPY CARDING!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Bunny on the Door

Hi Everybody just a short post today to show you this adorable Bunny Door Decoration.  As most of you know I get together with friends at least once a month for card making.  Well this last Friday was no exception.  We did start our cards.  Everyone was working on the Heartfelt Creation Fold Out Cards.  No body totally finished.  Well one was really close!  In fact she surprised us...lol.  Anyway before we left another one of the ladies had bought all the makings for each of us to make this cute Bunny wreath.

First let me say thank you Cindy and second double thank you for letting us make one heck of a mess in your craft room!!  Feathers floated everywhere and we who wore black slacks......well you can imagine! 

She found directions on Pinterest, but it's super easy.  First you need a Styrofoam wreath.  I think ours were about 15".  She had all the wreaths pre-wrapped with crepe paper white streamers due to the wreath originally being green.  Then the ears had been bought at Michaels.  Its a headband actually and this got duct taped to the wreath with white duct tape.  Next 4 white feather boa's from the Dollar Tree.  Secure the beginning and the end pieces with straight pins.  Then a bow.  Plaid was 4" wide and about 1 yard and the center was 3" wide and about 7" long.  No gluing just used pipe cleaners to tie bow and then more pipe cleaners to attach to the wreath.  Then done!   Super cute...super easy!  And I needed a door decoration!

Well next time I should have more of my new Fold out card completed.  Working on a fairy scene.  Should be super cute!

Later

HAPPY CARDING!




Sunday, March 26, 2017

More Easter Cards

Well I'll tell you I've been having way too much fun with Easter cards!  I wanted to make some elegant more Anna Griffin style which is really more me but I had so many supplies out for kid cards that I just kept going.  I think I still have at least 4 more bases ready to decorate.  I really don't need that many kid cards!  LOL  Here are 2 more of the fold out cards closed up.
Here they are opened.  Love the fence.

Then the next 2 I used a die from a friend of mine.  Its an OLD Sizzix card base die but I can't remember the name.  All the spaces diagonally are die cut out which I thought was pretty cool.  If you need the name of the die (after all anything is possible to find on eBay) let me know and I'll check into it better.  anyway here are the next 2: 

Kind of whimsical. That's all for now.  I'm probably going to go continue Easter cards and maybe finish a birthday card.  Grand kids are on spring break which means break for me!!  YAY.  So maybe I'll get alot of card time in!

LATER......................................................

HAPPY CARDING!!!












Friday, March 24, 2017

FOLD OUT EASTER CARDS

Well if you read my last 2 posts you'll see that I've been working on shaped cards by copying Heartfelt Creations fold out cards.  Though I love the beauty of their cards and the lovely papers they have I was going to instead use what I had on hand and turn them into a more fun type kids card.  I send out quite a few kids Easter cards and try to use a different shape every year but.....There are only so many shapes.  I believe I have used nearly all possible fun shapes for Easter Kids cards so when I saw that my friend had bought a bunch of different size card bases from Heartfelt Creations I jumped into copy mode.  You can read the previous 2 post on how I did this for today is just a reveal.
So with out further ado........................................
All of these are just variations of a Z-fold card.  Here's Closeups.........................



The embellishing on these are super super simple on purpose.  All of these are going to little ones Under the age of 5 so you know they will be a bit mishandled.  Which is OK with me...I want them to be able to open and close the cards and touch the bunnies and eggs.All of these cards folded measure 4.25 x 5.5.  I have a few more in progress that I will be posting later. 2 more that are similar to these and 2 from a different Sizzix card die.   

Off to finish the rest......in the mean time.............................

HAPPY CARDING!!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

UPDATE to Fold Out Planning

I just re-read my post and decided that while I was trying to describe the tracing and cutting of the bases it sounded pretty confusing so decided on a new visual.
First I needed a 12x24 inch piece of card stock.  This is from a pad I got years ago so it worked.  I then traced 2 of the fold out card styles on to the sheet.  1 on bottom and 1 on top.  With the middle piece I was able to obtain 2 more card bases by just drawing a straight line.  Note the two middle cards are NOT the same size as the traced ones.

The very center straight strip is scrap as is the small straight piece on lower right  I now have 4 different cards with which to work with.  

I'm still working on gathering supplies and Designer paper for the 4 cards I originally cut from the light green paper.  I have been taking care of sick grandkids so my time is limited but stay tune....I promise these cards will be done before the week is over.

Hope this better explained what I've been trying to do.

Later............................
HAPPY CARDING!



Fold out card Planning

Today has more to do with planning out a Fold out Card than an actual finished card.  I love the look of some of the Fold Out cards on the Heartfelt Creations Site.  You can see them   here.  I love the ease...you buy a pack of pre cut card bases which is $6.99 a pack, (see them below)

 which come 4 to a pack 1 of each style and you choose a pack of white, black or Kraft.  These are available in 3 different size packs too.   4.24 x 5.5 ...5 x 7 or 6 x 6.  If you were to buy a pack of each size in each color it would cost you $62.91 plus shipping for a total of 36 cards.  Then you need a border die. A basic one has 3 decorative and 3 plain for $29.99 and that will work with some of the card borders but you need another one called elegant basic for other cards.  Also 29.99.  Then to stay true to Heartfelt you need a paper pad which is also $29.99.  Now 3 sheets of 12x12 will decorate 1 card with scraps for a different project.  So that means to make 1 card you need to spend........🥁🥁🥁(drum roll please)  $66.64  Now that's just 1 card with buying just 1 set of bases and only 1 border die and 1 paper pack.  I"M TOO CHEAP!!!!  LOL  A friend of mine did buy alot of those items (lucky for me) and I just borrowed them to trace.  To trace I needed 12x 24 paper.  I had some old cardstock that I haven't used in years so I decided to use it.  I wanted to make a few Easter cards and this paper was pastel so what the heck.  You can get 2 traced cards from 1 sheet then a third can be figured out... though it will be a totally different size....from the middle.

Really hard to see I know but here's what I was able to cut from a similar sheet just a different color.
The first card and the third are from original template the second and forth were cut from the center part of the card stock with only cutting a straight line and using the shaped ends from previous cut.  If that makes sense.  Now to decorate..... I will be cutting smaller pieces of card by using my new base as a template instead of needing a die.  I sure hope this works.  Stay tuned for card reveals.

I must say this is alot more work than buying the precut packets but I'm always looking for more frugal ways of doing things.  If I can save a few bucks................lol!

Till next time................................................
HAPPY CARDING

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Easter Z box pop up card

Oh my goodness EASTER is almost here and I have cards to make!!  Decided my first one would be one that I C.A.S.E.D. from Splitcoast.  Original video can be seen here:                  SCS VIDEO.  My Bunny's are stickers of an unknown source since they were just leftovers in a drawer from another project a few years ago.  The grass was given to me from a friend.  My tulips are from a Martha Stewart punch.  Large eggs are a frame die but I'm not sure of manufacture.  medium eggs are from a medium(yellow) steel rule die from Sizzix and the small eggs are from a tonic punch.  Clouds are from a big(red) steel rule sizzix die.  All in all I think the card turned out fine for not having the exact supplies.
Oh forgot...butterfly is also a Martha Stewart punch.  All the eggs were cut from patterned paper.  Most was from the  Recollections from Michaels.  Fun cute card and Oh My no coloring!!!  Incredible!

Well until next time..................................

HAPPY CARDING!!!!!





Friday, March 3, 2017

SCRAPPY CHRISTMAS CARD TAG

Love using scraps and by golly I have quite a few of them.  One of the ladies in my group told me to come up with a Tag design for our upcoming gathering.  Everyone is designing a card and putting together kits for each of us and it was suggested that I do a tag since I love tags.  Problem is.........the lady who suggested it really doesn't like or use tags.  So I decided to be a little creative and combine a card with a tag.  Best part I can use all scraps for my demo card.  Though I will need to get regular sheets of DSP and Card stock for the packets since I need multiples.  Well here's what I did:
 First I decided to make it larger than the typical 4.25 x 5.5 card and made the base 5 x 6.5.    This is a flat card it does not open.  I cut (2) 3.5" circles of card stock and (2) 3" circles of DSP.  Some scrap lace, ribbon and a tag die and got to work.  Finished result?  Here it is:

For the packets I had to change up the papers so that I would have enough for everyone.  Just a little bit different look.  Honestly I like my scrap one better but I'm sure everyone will like this one too.

I think I'm going to try and turn out more scrappy type of cards.  I have sooo many scraps laying around that really need to be used.  I need to refill my Christmas card box for 2017 so Scrappy it will be.  Ok along with a few with new papers.  LOL

Until next time............

HAPPY CARDING!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Edge Punch Tip

Here I go again...lol.  I wrote this a few weeks ago, forgot,, went on a little get-away, came home and said "OOPS".  Well instead of re-writing it I'm just going to post it.  So here's the weather from 2 weeks ago!

Hello.....it's mid February, the groundhog said there is 6 more weeks of winter but we have been having super mild temps here in Chicagoland. Windy????  Yes  Rainy??? Sometimes.  Freezing???
A day or two.  But mostly temps in the 30's which is mild for us and this weekend they are predicting 60!!  OMG...get out the bathing suits!!  LOL  No joke...some Chicagoans really do in 60 degree weather.
So yesterday I got my package from Anna Griffin.  I had ordered 2 sets of edger punches.  Each set came with 3 different punches.  As I sat there looking at them and wondering how they look punched I realized that I often wonder what all my edgers look like punched out and never remember the next time I want a fancy edge.  Soooo...I decided to make a little index.  I grabbed ALL my edger punches and separated them by company.  Then I took 1 company at a time and punched a strip from each punch.  Then on laminating pouches I wrote the name of the company on top, numbered each strip, numbered each punch with matching strip number.  I closed the pouch and ran it through my laminator.  Here's a start of what I got.
I had to actually lay these on paper so you could see since they are just plain clear pouches.  I still have to do EK border punches and Recollection.   
I'm going to punch a hole in the left corner and slide them onto a metal shower clip I got from the Dollar Tree.  Then it can hang right by the desk.  I thought it was a clever idea.  Now if any of my friends are looking for a particular design I don't have to load up all my punches they can just browse through my sheets!
Here's the finished project hanging.
Now when ever I want an edge I can see exactly what it will look like punched.  Of course this means that I am going to have to keep all my punches organized so I can find the right one...LOL  I should do this for more of my punches....Hmmmmmm.............

Til next time 
HAPPY CARDING!!






Saturday, February 4, 2017

Valentines for Little Valentines

Hello!!  Still cold here and no sun here today!  We had a couple days of brightness but its back to gloomy skies while we wait for some sort of rain to move in.  Maybe even a dusting of snow if it gets cold enough.   To help me through all this gloom I've been working on sunny and bright.  With all the reds, pinks, and whites of Valentines it sure has been bright!  I had worked on cards for the older grandkids and grand nieces and nephews earlier.  They are posted under A Scenic Valentine.  But I have some pretty youngsters too and they would probably just tear apart those cards so something simpler was in order for them.

A friend of mine just bought a new card die from Stephanie Barnard.  Actually not new to the line of Stephanie but new to my friend!  LOL its the Square Stand Up card.  My goodness that set comes with a lot and I mean ALOT of tiny pieces!!  The whole set has a total of 28 pieces. 
 Thank goodness I only wanted to use the 3 big ones because surely I would lose at least ONE
 (yeah probably more😉)  You can find her die HEREl
I simplified it into Valentines for the little ones that their siblings would enjoy showing them.  
Not my best work but by far the quickest.  Die cut everything then glue, glue, glue.  And you know what a little one is going to do the minute the not too much older sibling shows it to them.....wrinkle, tear, possibly eat if not caught fast enough!  LOL
Ooops..........did you catch my boo boo in my cards?  I think I'll not mention and see if any of you notice.  If so please leave a comment.  I won't be offended.  In fact I'm laughing at my own stupidity!😉😉😉
Now to start working on some adult Valentines....I need one for the Hubby and I suppose my Son and his wife since they will be here for dinner that night.  Sooooo....off to the craft room!  I have some idea's to work on.
Til next time................

HAPPY CARDING!





EASY CHRISTMAS

Hello!!  What a sunny day we have here and boy we had been missing the sunshine!  We actually only had 7 days in the entire month of January that had peeks of Sun!  That is horrible!😞😞 Our first 3 days of February have been SUNNY!  Yay....but really cold!  Guess you can't have everything.
So last night I got together with 2 of my carding Gals to a fun night of crafting.  Originally one of them had planned a Christmas card, and I brought things to make a few more Valentines and the other had some Christmas cards too.  OK well she had partial Christmas cards.  She brought bases and the 1st layer of DSP. For 5 different cards for each of us!  It kind of felt like I was on the cooking show "Chopped"!  "Here's you card base in green and a piece of DSP....your time starts........ "Now"!  LOL!  I had to do this 5 different times and using items not in my craft room but in someone else's with supplies they have.  Well I did the best I could and this is what we all ended up with.



As you can see everything is basically in the same color family.  I'm not sure what is cherry cobbler and what is real red or what is jellybean green.  I am not Stampin Up educated.  I never really learned the names of the colors so I can't really help you decipher what color is on what card....sorry.  I think any red or any green will work just fine.  Go for colors you like.  Go for simplicity.  Less is more in some cases and with these cards there will be no extra postage needed and that's a big plus!

Well that's all for now....check back later for some New Valentines.  Some for the kids and some Shabby Chic!  My fave!

Til next time

HAPPY CARDING!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Valentine Sampler

Hello Monday!!!  Today is just a little share.  Over the weekend my ladies group got together and we put together our Valentine samplers.  For those who don't know the story of how we started this I'll fill you in.  It all started with our friend June giving us a Christmas Sampler framed in an 8x8 shadow box as a Christmas present in 2015.  During the year of 2016 we made, St Patty's day, Easter, Patriotic, Halloween, and Fall.  So last Friday we did our Valentines one.  These are so cute and so much fun to make.  I would like to be able to make a bigger shadow box and maybe have 1 square dedicated to each holiday of the year.  Right now we switch out our samplers as the times change but if I made a larger one with One of everything I could leave it up all year long.  I'm not sure if the ladies would like to do this but if so it would be a fun project.  Anyway here it is:

I've got supplies lines up for a 5x7 shadow box to do with my grand-daughter tonight.  I can't wait to see how hers turns out.
Til Next Time

HAPPY CARDING!




Sunday, January 29, 2017

Birthday card for Cindy

Hello..............Is it snowing by you???  We have a few little flurries here but it has been a winter of little snow.  But boy oh boy has it been cold and we have only seen peeks of the sun for 5 days during the entire month of January!!  Today will be a good day to stay inside and maybe work on more cards!  But first Today's Card!

I love the look of Anna Griffin cards.  Last year I signed up for auto ship on HSN of Anna Griffin dies.  I seemed to be so busy with other stuff that I never really got around to using them.  Then this year started and January had my friends Junes' birthday and I pulled out those dies and made her a card.  Loved it.  Now it's Cindys' birthday and she Loves Anna Griffin too so I just had to make her a special Anna inspired card.  





I guess I needed a little sunshine because for this card I went right for my K&COMPANY paper pad of the Susan Wingets design.  The sheet I choose paired beautifully with the golden color shimmer paper I had in my stash.  My little bow was made with a pretty yellow sheer ribbon I got from the Dollar Tree.  I added just little bits of bling. I think it turned out just lovely!  

My Nieces birthday is coming up this March so I think I'll make another Anna inspired card for her.  Right now though I have some more Valentines Day cards to get done so I think that will be today's plan.  That and making a nice pot of soup to warm my bones!!

Til next time........................

HAPPY CARDING!
 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Easel Card

Today I made a  Center Easel card.  For me it's a new card fold.  Others may have already seen this but not me.  I was on You-Tube (as always..LOL) and was checking out Dawns Stamping Thoughts and she was showing the Center Easel card.  I realized this was a way to use up every tiny scrap I had from my Graphic 45 papers left over from Christmas projects.  I just can't seem to throw away even the tiniest of pieces.  I just love the Christmas line.  So I decided to give it a try.  OMG....how easy...quick and cute!
Then I decided what the heck I need a belated Birthday card so I made this one.
Then what the heck I also needed a get well card for an elderly (93) woman I know so I increased the card size to a 5.5 x 8.5.  You know how those elderly eyes are (LOL).
I know I will be making this card over and over and over again.  In fact I'm meeting up with my carding friends this Friday night and I even put together kits of this card for us to make.  And you know what?????  I still have alot of my Graphic 45 Christmas collection scraps!
Here's a link to Dawn's video if your interested.          HERE             Till next time...........



HAPPY CARDING   




























Monday, January 23, 2017

QUICKIE VALENTINES

Hello!!  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  I spent it mostly in the craft room.  Today I have a few quickie Valentines to share.  I originally designed these for the nursing home but I'm not sure if the project will take place as we have a different project for them to do this week.  Maybe the grandkids will want to make these and like I said they are quite easy.


I started with just basic pink card and embossed the fronts with different folders.  On 3 of them I stamped little red hearts added die cuts "Love" and a little ribbon or stickles.  The 4th one I added the doily and made a tiny envelope with a little greeting in it.  Super simple.
Today's post is quite short but that's what happens with super simple!  LOL  Back to craft room today as I need a get well card for a 93 yr old.  Hmmmmm...what to do?
See you next time!


HAPPY CARDING!!











Sunday, January 22, 2017

Pocket Cards

While on the Internet I noticed that there are a few You Tube videos that have shown up in my stuff.  The videos are all on Pocket Pages.  I didn't even know what a pocket page was so of course I had to investigate.  Well I tried.......but no one really said what you actually do with these pages.  I get it that you mail them to other people with little "Do Dads" and that some are actually themed but........................  What do you do with it when you receive it?  Ok obviously you can use the "Do Dads" but then what?  Do you make a special album to hold these pocket pages or do you reuse the pockets and send to someone else?  Just didn't make sense to me.
So I liked the concept of sending someone little "Do Dads" and I decided that instead of a "Pocket Page" I'd make a "Pocket Card".  Concept is kinda of the same.  Then again since I don't understand Pocket Pages maybe this is NOT the same concept.  LOL
So I started with a book type Z fold card.  As far as I know I made the template myself as I have not seen anything on line like this but if you did it first please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due.  I started out with 2 pieces of card stock measuring 8.5" x 7.5".  Then on the long side I scored at 3.75",  4.25"  and  8" on both pieces. I glued the end 1/2" of both pieces and formed a Z fold type of card.


DSP was used on each panel measuring 3.5 x 7.25.  You need 8 pieces of this size and 6 pieces .25 x 7.25" for the little spines.  Then just make coordinating pockets or matchbooks or what ever can hold a "Do Dad".    Here's the finished project.  I added a few dangling beads just for pizazz!  LOL

I made some tiny bows and taped them to some acetate and clipped it to the border trim using tiny clothespins.  A small pocket holds a few fibers.  Some Washi in a match book and Swirl die cuts in a flip up are all on the inside.  For the outside I made a large side pocket to hold a small bag of buttons and then there is an envelope pocket with more die cuts and a few tags tucked behind the envelope.
So I decided to send this to a new friend.  This was so much fun and I know I will make more.  If I was smart I wouldn't have told my friend June about it because I could have made one for her.  Maybe next idea!  Kind of wish I didn't have to send it but I know Linda will appreciate it.  Til next time...


HAPPY CARDING!!!