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Coffee/Tea Gift Card Wallet featuring A Jillian Vance Zipper Die Print E-mail
Techniques & Tutorials
Written by Shelby Thomas   
Saturday, 08 September 2012 00:00

DTS AJV GCHB Finished
 

Supplies

 

 

DTS AJV GCHB Supplies

 

 

8.5”x8.5” heavy card stock

3 pieces of layering cardstock measuring 3 5/8” w x 8 3/8 h

3 pieces of decorative paper measuring 3 ½” x 8 ¼”

1 piece of layering cardstock 7/8”  x 8 3/8”

1 piece of decorative paper ¾” x 8 ¼ “

24” Maya Road pleated satin ribbon, brads, ink

Removable tape, Glue Dots and Scor-Tape
A Jillian Vance Designs (AJV) Zipper Die and Dynamic Duo dies

AJV stamps - Universal Zipper set, Zipper Icon set, Inspirational Zipper set

Scoreboard of choice, 2  5 3/8”x 5 3/8” cardstock for envelopes

Gift cards, tea or coffee packets

 

 

Score heavy cardstock at 3.75” and at 4.75”.  Fold and crease on score lines

 

 

DTS AJV GCHB Score Card


 

 Take one piece of 3 5/8”x8 3/8” layering cardstock and make a mark ½” up from the bottom and ½”  down from the top.

 

For the top gift card - place top edge of gift card on the top 1/2" mark and center the gift card.

For the bottom gift card - place the bottom edge of gift card on the 1/2" mark and center the gift card.

 

Adhere the gift cards to the cardstock with Glue Dots.

  

 

                                                  

DTS AJV GCHB Mark Placement
                   

 

 

With the decorative paper, make a mark 3” up from the bottom, and 1” down from the top.  Draw a faint pencil mark all the way across the paper.  On the bottom 3” line, line up the top edge of the zipper cut die and adhere to the paper with removable tape.

 

 Tip:  Since the zipper die is a perforated die, I would recommend putting wax paper between the die cut and the paper so the perforation doesn’t tear while removing the paper from the die cut.  Run the die through your die cutting machine.

Repeat the process for the top portion.

 DTS AJV GCHB Front Markings

DTS AJV GCHB Mark Bttm

 

Repeat the process for the top portion.

 

DTS SJV GCHB Top Zipper Marking

 

Adhere the Decorative Paper (DP) to the layering cardstock.  Place the adhesive on the layering cardstock instead of the back of the DP so you know you aren’t putting the adhesive on the gift cards.  Adhere this panel to the front portion of the wallet after stamping the AJV zipper stamp on the die cut zipper and coordinating stamps to decorate around it - like "Open Here", "Surprise, Surprise" or others from the stamp sets.

 

Adhere the other panels of cardstock together and then to the inside of the wallet.

 

I’ve used a score board to create the envelopes and have used the #1 envelope size. 

 

 

DTS SJV GCHB ScoreBoard Env

 

Trim off the top flap of the envelope right below the score line. 


 

 

DTS AJV GCHB Trim Env Flap

 

Use a circle punch to create the notch in the envelope.

Decorate the envelopes prior to adhering them to the inside panel.

 

 

DTS AJV GCHB Punch Notch

 

Adhere the envelopes to the panel in the position which works best for the items you may be placing in them.  I’ve used coffee packets in the bottom envelope and tea bags in the top envelope.

  Finish off the inside of the wallet as you desire. 
AJV stamps and other fun AJV dies were used to decorate the interior of this gift card wallet.

DTS AJV GCHB Dec & Adhere Panels

 

Turn the wallet over so the front side is face up.  Place the two sided tape across the front and back of the wallet. 

 DTS AJV GCHB Tape Across Center

 

 Center the ribbon so there will be equal amounts in the front to tie a knot or a bow, and then adhere.

 

DTS AJV GCHB Ribbon
 

Tie the ribbon, and viola you’ve created a wonderful gift card wallet!

Who will you be creating one of these  gift card goodies for ?!?

DTS AJV GCHB Center Ribbon

We've got more great project ideas comin' your way with the new

A Jillian Vance Design dies and stamps - 

so stay tuned for more crafty creations! 

 
Scrappin Fun Off the Page with Jenni Bowlin Chalkboard Easels Print E-mail
Scrapbooking
Written by Cathy Smith   
Thursday, 30 August 2012 00:00
JBE Show Sample

 
Isn't this lovely? This was one of the wonderful samples at the Jenni Bowlin booth at the tradeshow.

We just had to get these chalkboard easels in the store,
and wait till you see the fun that members of Simple Pleasures ALPHA SCRAPPA BETA Monthly Scrap Club has been having with the easels.

 
JBE Janice Supplies

 
The basic supplies for any of these easel projects are simply a Jenni Bowlin Chalkboard easel (yes, it even comes with chalk to use), some Basic Grey magnetic discs (you'll see why in a minute or so) and some pictures and embellishments (we like the Maya Road shaped bottle caps like the flowers shown above).

 
 JBE Janice Project
 

 Janice used fibers, anchors and magnets to make her chalkboard easel a photo collage that easily accomodates changing the pictures out in an instant! She journaled in the upper lefthand corner (sorry this photo doesn't show the journaling too well) and in the bottom righthand corner, too. Again, easy peasy to just erase and journal something new when she changes out the photos.

 
Isn't her use of a photo in the Maya Road in flower "bottle cap" great?

 
JBE Janice Flower Front


 
Now here is where Janice gets really crafty ...
look at how she made it so she can also change out the photo in the flower, too.


 
 JBE Janice Flower

 
She attached one of those handy-dandy Basic Grey magnets to the back of the photo,
so she is able to change out picture in the flower, too!!!!

 
BRILLIANT!

 
How about another fun idea?
Lynne, another of the Alpha Scrappa Beta Scrap Club members,
and also one of our Design Team contributors,
also got crafty with her Chalkboard Easel.

 
Lynne used the Little Yellow Bicycle "Head of the Class" papers to frame the easel and for the embellishments on her project.

 
 JBE LYB and Supplies

Lynne also used the chalk to journal on the easel. See the bottle caps at the opposite corners of the photo? Lynne decorated them and also added magnets to the back so that the photo can be changed out from time to time throughout the school year!

 
 JBE Lynne Finished


What do you think? Are some possibilities popping in your mind for these fun easels?
Here's a final sample to share with you.

It's Anne's "Good Times" easel.

 
Anne added the hook in the center, from which she hung a photo.
Again, a great touch, and a great way to keep the easel a perpetual focal point for any picture that strikes her fancy!

 
  JBE Anne Good Times

 
So, follow Anne's lead ....

Let the "Good Times" begin with an easel project of your own!
 
Maya Road "Paws"-itively Cute Desktop Calendar Print E-mail
Calendar Creativity
Written by Cathy Smith   
Monday, 27 August 2012 00:00
SPM Cal Cover

 
Mom made this oh, so, cute desktop calendar that we just had to share with you!

 
Supplies
Maya Road acrylic calendar stand
Rosie's Roadshow 2013 mini calendar sticker sheet
We R Memory Keeper Friends Furever 12x12 collection pad
Small pics of your favorite "furry friends"
Fluid Chalk ink pads for distressing
Ribbons and decorative buttons to accent

 
 RRCB Cal Sheet

 
Without further adieu,
we'll share all 12 pages of mom's creative calendar for you.

 
SPM Cal Jan

 

SPM Cal Feb

 
Emma and Fritz, very special companions for each other.

 
SPM Cal Mar

 
OK, Mom "could" have left the March pic out - but you know how mom's are!!!

 
SPM Cal Apr

 
SPM Cal May

 
Cathy and Dad here, with the two brother pups, Fritz and Schnitz!

 
Snuggle time ...
 
 SPM Cal June

 Are you sensing a theme here?

 
And here we have Schnitz and Katie,
 Mom and Dad's two cuties ... 

SPM Cal July

 
SPM Cal Aug


SPM Cal Sept

 

 SPM Cal Oct

 
 Check out this tongue action by Katie ....

 
SPM Cal Nov


 
And what better way to celebrate the holidays than with
a few Santa's "in the picture"

 
 SPM Cal Dec

 
I have to say, these calendars are addictive to make, and also to receive! 
I bet you can think of several special people who would love to get a gift like this,
pet pics, random family shots - so many possibilities.

Thanks, Mom, for surprising ME with this calendar.
It is a gift of love that I treasure!
  
 
Fall Magnetic Picture Frame Fun Print E-mail
Techniques & Tutorials
Written by Cathy Smith   
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 00:00
We're having lots of fun with the new Magnetic Picture Frames that just arrived at the store.
See for yourself how cute, and quick, and fun they are!

 
Lynne created this "spooktacular" Halloween home decor piece
with a black vertical frame. We also have black horizontal frames. Use both frames together for a fun grouping of ghoulish delights!


 
 DTL MPF Rem Hall

 
 The great thing about scrappin' on the magnetic picture frames, is there are few supplies needed, few pictures needed and they are quick to create.

 
Supplies for the Halloween project include

Black Vertical Magnetic Picture Frame
Reminisce Hallowe'en collection goodies
Bella Blvd Sophisticates accent papers
Bottlecaps -  lined with background paper
Kaisercraft Sparklets  - used as accents in the bottle caps
Basic Grey magnets to affix background & pics to the frame under the bottlecaps
Vinyl (die cut for the word "Halloween")

 
 Rem Hall Fall 2012

 
 Rem Hall 2012 CloseUp

 
How about a scrapped Thanksgiving Magnetic Picture Frame?
Lynne used the new Bella Blvd Fall collection in this next creation,
this time choosing to use the more vintage, antiqued Magnetic Picture Frame.

 
DTL MPF Bella Thanks

 
Supplies 
Antique Rust Vertical Magnetic Picture Frame
Bella Blvd Thankful papers
Bottle caps
Basic Grey magnets
Vinyl - die cut for Thanksgiving title and flourishes
Twine accents

 
Bella Blvd Thankful Header

 
Here's a closeup of how Lynne used the bottlecaps with the magnets underneath.  They are great  accents for the "layout" and a way to anchor the photos in place so the pics can be changed out -  functional AND decorative, too!

 
DTL MPF CU Bella Thanks


How about another grouping using these versatile Magnet Picture Frames -
this time, a non-seasonal duo, on display at the store as a grouping ....
and again, the great thing about both of these is that you can switch out the pics whenever you'd like to,
thanks to the decorated bottle caps with magnets to hold the photos in place!

 
DTG MPF V EPA

 DTG MPF H EPA

 
Supplies
Vertical and Horizontal Antique Magnet Picture Frames
Echo Park "This & That" Charming papers, ThC26011, ThC26013 and THC26015
(That's right, just THREE sheets to create the two layouts)!!!

 
 EPA Charming

 
Authentique paper PFF002
Kaisercraft Sparklets
Basic Grey Magnets
Bottle caps

 
Have we peaked your curiosity or given you some ideas to create one of these fun Magnetic Picture Frames of your own?!?

Thanks for stopping in ....
Stay Tuned. More creative ideas coming your way!
 
Rosie's Roadshow Mini Calendar Creativity Print E-mail
Calendar Creativity
Written by Cathy Smith   
Sunday, 12 August 2012 00:00
RRCB Display Board

 
We're so excited with the Rosie's Roadshow stamps that have just arrived!

And, we absolutely love their calendar creativity - they make soooo many cute little stamps that make it a breeze to decorate accents for the mini-calendar holder shown above.

Supplies
Small stamps
Background Papers (Memory Box or Bo Bunny dots work great)
Rosie's Roadshow mini calendar sheet
Rosie's Roadshow acrylic calendar case
Scallop oval punch

RRCB Cal Sheet

This is what the calendar case looks like. It holds all 12 of the decorated mini calendar sheets. Perfect size for in a purse, backback or suit jacket pocket!

 
RRCB Acrylic Calendar Case
RRC MUC Scal Oval Punch
Here's a closeup of the October mini calendar sheet. Rosie's little ghost is so cute!

RRCB Oct CloseUp


 
 And there are mini stamps for every season! Fireworks, Shamrocks, flowers, cornucopia, and many more. Here's a closeup of several mini pages so you can see for yourself just how cute these stamps are

 
 RRCB Top CloseUp

 
Want to see more?!?
Here are some more Rosie's  mini calendar eye-candy!!

RRCB Bottom CloseUp

 
What do YOU think ... aren't they great!!
We've got all these Rosie stamps in stock (and more, too) as well as the Rosie mini calendar sheets and acrylic calendar cases.

Think these will be just like Potato Chips .... can't just have one!!
Gonna wanna make a whole bunch of these little calendar treats-
No Calories, either! 
 
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