Well today we head home. I am always sad for the weekend to end but I am also anxious to get home to my bed. To me the weekend goes by so quickly and there is usually a few things we wanted to do that we didn't get a chance to do. There is always next year and we never know where the Retreat will be!
It is time for our Global Stampers sharing. This time we decided to use an item from Sale-abration. Sale-abration ends on March 31st so if there is anything you want you did not get now is the time to place your orders. Don't miss out on something you really want! For my item I chose the Pretty Pocket Card Kit. I think this is an item that is overlooked and it is adorable! This kit makes 8 cards but wait until I show you what I did with it!
I began by putting the kit together using their directions. Here is a picture of each card pocket.
Then I noticed the inside of the pocket has a fun pattern so I wondered if you could turn the kit inside out and what it would look like. Here are the same pockets turned inside out and the cards you could make with them!
To dress up my envelopes, I pulled out the Swirly Scribbles stamp set and created a similar look.
Now the real fun started! I got to thinking as to whether you could make your own pocket cards and decided to see if I could figure it out. I took one of the pockets and traced it onto some white card stock. As a hint to cut down on the amount of cutting you had to do, place the 2 straight edges of the pocket in a corner of the card stock and then trace. This minimized the cutting you have to do.
After I had it traced, I cut it out. I measured the finished template and wrote the size on it so I would know what size paper to use. To cut out the sentiment window, I took a hole punch and punched several holes in a row in the center of the window. Then I inserted my scissors and cut out the window. Using one of the pockets, I determined where my score lines had to be and scored on my template. As another hint, when doing the score line on the triangle flap, start the score line where the center score line is and go to the other edge. This ensures your score lines match up on each side of the triangle flap.
Now using your template, trace the pattern onto the BACK of your patterned paper. By using the back, you do not have score lines you have to erase if you don't cut exactly on the lines. Cut out your pattern. When it came to the sentiment cut out, I decided to go looking in my framelits to see if I had something I could use. I found that the Project Life Cards and Labels framelits worked great. If you do not have these, go looking at what framelits you do have and see if you have something that will work. I do suggest that even if you don't use these framelits you at least trace the pattern opening so you know where to place the framelit you choose to use so that you do not have it too high or too low on your card insert. You want to make sure you have enough space to write your message on the card.
Once you have your patterns all cut out, you can then assemble your pockets just like the ones in the kit. The Tear & Tape worked great for the the triangle flap and side flap. Here are my completed cards using the patterned paper I chose. I chose my stamp sets first and then chose the paper that would coordinate with the stamps.
Here is the masculine version using the By the Shore dsp. I realized when I added this picture I should have used a Vanilla envelope. I will be trading that out before I mail it out.
This one uses the Regals paper stack as I thought the flowers would be perfect for the bees.
Stampin' Up supplies used for my creations