Learn How to Make a Pocket Card!

I am so excited about today’s project! Every year I take upon an important task. I make the cards for all the teachers in our kid’s small school. The cards mean SO MUCH to the teachers. They thank me, and then thank me again. And a few months later, again….It is amazing how much they appreciate my work! I also take the time to write EACH teacher an individual note, telling them why the students and parents appreciate them. It takes me forever, but as you can tell, it’s so worth it. The teachers should be earning more than investment bankers, in my opinion. I can’t give them the six-figure salary that they deserve, but I can tell them how much we all appreciate them.

We usually give them cash or gift certificates for their holiday gift, so I wanted a project with a pocket. I have a tutorial to show you exactly how to make the cards. It’s easy! I had to make it easy since I needed to make a lot of them. LOL.

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

I decorated the cards for Chanuakah using the candle from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set. The card is square and the finished size measures 4 x 4.

Chanukah (Hannukah) card with Sprinkles of Life stamp set with Stampin' Up!

When you open it up, here’s how it looks on the inside:

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

The project is easy to make since I needed so many of them. Here’s how to make them:

Step 1: Cut the card stock to 8 x 5 1/2. I designed the cards so I could get two projects from one sheet of card stock.  This saved me some money since I had so many to make! If you’re making them in bulk, I suggest shaving 1/2 off the long side (as shown below), and then cut the card stock in half, at 5 1/2″.

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

Step 2: Score the card stock at 4″

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

Step 3: Turn the card stock and score again at 4″. See, you can’t mess it up!!! LOL.

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

Step 4: Trim off the left block. I like to trim on the outside of the score lines .

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

Step 5: This step is optional, but lovely. If you have a corner rounder, round the left corner pocket. This makes it look especially lovely when the pocket is done.

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

Step 6: You’ll want to us a strong adhesive, such as sticky strip or tombow, to adhere the pocket. Put the adhesive, as shown below, and bend up to form a pocket.

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

Step 7: If you’d like to decorate the inside of the card (with designer paper or white so you can wrote a message), cut the paper to 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″.

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card


Here’s how it looks when it’s done. You can fill your pocket with cash, gift cards, anything!

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

I hope you enjoy this project!! If you make it, please send me a picture. It was such fun to make and I’ve already given them to the teachers. I’ve gotten so many heartfelt thanks that my heart is swimming with joy. Isn’t it great to be a papercrafter? What a beautiful opportunity.



Classy Chanukah Card

Today I have another Chanukah card to share with you! It’s fun making Chanukah cards using stamps that aren’t necessarily intended for this purpose. In today’s card, I used the stamp set “Sprinkles of Life.” It is an amazing versatile set. You can make cupcakes, ice cream cones, and yes, even menorahs. How cool, right?
Chanukah Card (Hannukah) using the Sprinkles of Life stamp set by Stampin' Up!


I enjoy using non-traditional colors for my holiday cards. This card is no exception. My color scheme was simple, the deep red Cherry Cobbler and the mustard yellow of Delightful Dijon. There are splashes of gold, too, thanks to some subtle ribbon and thread. The combination looks classy and interesting.

How to make the Menorah

To make the Menorah, I used the candle stamp from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set and couple of markers (Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight). I started in the center and made the middle candle high. I then started stamping to the right and made each of the four surrounding candles a bit lower. The strategically based ribbon hides the bottom of the candles so you don’t see the jagged lower parts. Gotta love ribbon, right? It can hide a host of problems while enhancing a project.

Chanukah Card (Hannukah) using the Sprinkles of Life stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Lots and Lots of Ribbon

Ribbon is featured highly in this card. Since I didn’t have any other images that were Chanukah themed, I needed something to fill the card and not detract from the central image. I decided to use lots of ribbon! And it was SO MUCH fun to do this. The card uses five different ribbons or threads:

  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Delightful Dijon
  • Gold Baker’s Twine
  • Gold Thread
  • Linen Thread

Since the colors all coordinated, it worked so great to pull them all in. Some ribbon is carefully tied, others is artfully placed. It adds so much interest to a card. I can never have too much ribbon in my craft room! It’s a fun effect.

Happy December

I hope you’re having a happy December. I’m looking forward to my kids performing in the annual Chanukah play. I’ve also started buying lots of potatoes to make my famous sweet potato pancakes. Here is a link to my favorite recipe for making the latkes. The recipe was created by Aviva Golfarb of the Six O’Clock Scramble. My kids enjoy having them with apple sauce or sour cream. Click here for the link. They are delish. I usually triple or quadruple the recipe. Lots of work, but worth it – they freeze well, too. Definitely my favorite Chanukah Treat!

Happy Day!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Sprinkles of Life, Endless Birthday Wishes, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Delightful Dijon, Cherry Cobbler
Ribbon: Cherry Cobbler, Delightful Dijon, Gold Baker’s Twine, Gold Thread, Linen Thread

Making a Chanukah Card with Birthday Candles

I am so excited to share my first Chaunkah card of the year!! This is especially exciting because unfortunately, Stampin’ Up! does offer any Chanukah stamps this year. But we’re paper crafters, right? If we have a dilemma or a challenge, we can come up with a solution!

Chaukah card using the Build a Birthday stamp set by Stampin' Up!

My solution was to create a menorah out of birthday candles. Why not, right? I used the Build a Birthday stamp set. It is ideal for a menorah and no one looking at the card would ever guess that it was meant for another purpose, right?

Card Colors

I love using non-traditional colors for projects. Jewish cards are typically done in blue and white, which is the color of the Israeli flag. However, just like I love making Christmas cards in pink or light blue, I also enjoy making Chaunkah cards in purple. I have no idea why, but it’s my “thing.” My purple Chanukah cards generally come out looking elegant and the color suits them. Here’s a Chanukah card I did a couple of years ago in purple. It just works, right?


Tips for Making the Card:

To make the card, I mostly did things free-hand. I started with a too-large piece of whisper white card stock, which I knew I’d later be trimming to fit the candles. I stamped the higher candle in the middle and then the candles on each side, eye-balling the placement (yay photopolymer stamps!). It’s important to keep the candles relatively close to each other so that the menorah doesn’t get too wide. You want it to fit nicely on your card!

When done stamping, trim the card stock on each side. Every card will measure a little different, depending on your candle placement.

Chaukah card using the Build a Birthday stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Do you see the small purple scallops on the bottom? I made these using the Square Framelits. I cut out a few scalloped squares, then cut them apart, lining them up along the bottom of the card. I LOVE the effect and know I’ll be using it a lot in the future.

This layer was then adhered to some silver paper (gotta have shine!) and dazzling diamonds glitter was added to the lights (more shine!)

To finish it off, I added a little green background at an angle to add interest to the card, and a little baker’s twine at the bottom.

Seeing Challenges in a New Light

It wasn’t easy coming up with a Chanukah card without having a Chanukah-themed stamp, but that’s how we learn and grow. In life, we also experience a lack of resources, whether it’s time or money, or something specific, like a broken appliance. What will we do when we hit the wall? Some days, we’ll give up, and that’s okay. But other days, we’ll remember how we managed to make a card even when we didn’t have the supplies we needed. We’ll remember how we tackled the problem, with zeal and a willingness to figure things out, and we came up with a beautiful creation. My wish for you is that the skills you use in your craft room will be personified in your life and help you to come up with a creative solutions that will brighten your life and those around you.


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Build a Birthday
Paper: Perfect Plum, Silver FoilInk: Crushed Curry, Perfect Plum
Other: Square Framelits, Perfect Plum Baker’s Twine, Silver Metallic Thread

Dreidel Card!

Do you know what a Dreidel is?  It’s a toy that is used on Chanukah by kids and adults alike!  It is a fun game and I wanted to make a card showing this toy.  Of course, I couldn’t find a Dreidel stamp.  So I did punch art instead!


I used a square punch (you can use any size) and punched out two squares from the same paper.  I then lined up the second piece, adhered it and cut it down the sides. Because it would be impossible to explain in words, I made a graphic for you!

Punch Art Dreidel

To finish it off, I made a little handle out of glimmer paper (what else?) and ta da, the dreidel was done!  I did stamp some hebrew letters on it — using a stamp set that belongs to my kids (shhhh).

Below are the supplies I used:

Stamp: Endless Birthday Wishes
Paper: Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon, Cherry on Top DSP, Glimmer Paper
Accessories: White satin ribbon, metallic doilies



Paper Menorah

So you’ll laugh at this one.  I was inspired for this card by a beautiful Christmas tree card made by my friend, Kimberly Van Diepen.  Christmas tree . . . Menorah, it’s all good.  It has a beautiful effect in person.  The gently folded paper that makes up the card has a vintage, airy feel.  It is a fun card and I hope you enjoy it.

To make this card, I cut a piece of Typset DSP 2 x 12.  I then put tombow liquid adhesive down the length of the 12″ inch strip and adhered it together along the long edge.  I didn’t put a crisp fold in the paper because I wanted to by airy.  It’s hard to see in the picture, but the papers have a rounded fold.  I then measured 1/4 inch lightly in pencil down the whole 12″ length and cut out the little strips of paper.  I put a some adhesive down the center of the Very Vanilla cream card stock and then built the menorah.  The Menorah was actually going to face the other way, but my 5 year old daughter told me to flip it and I liked it so much better.  So I went with it and kept going 🙂


Stamps: Build a Birthday (38646 )
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Typeset DSP, Glimmer Gold
Ink: Hello Honey
Other: Gold Glitter
Have a wonderful week!  Happy Chanukah.
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Chanukah Card

I got creative and used the Sprinkles of Life (click here) stamp set to make a chanukah card.  I used the candle and some gold glimmer paper and ta da, it’s a menorah!

Glittery Menorah

For the candles, I used pretty much every color in the Stampin’ Up! “Brights” color collection.  Gotta have some bright and cheerful candles, no?

Stamp Sets: Sprinkles of Life (click here)
Paper: Cherry On Top DSP (138443), Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray, Whisper White.
Ink: Brights Collection

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Have a happy week.

Chanukah Money Holder

Planning on giving some Chanukah money to some special people in your life?  Do it in style!  I love how easy the project below is to make, but it’s so festive and cheerful.  For those of you not yet subscribed to my mailing list, you should click here to subscribe.  In my next mailing, I’ll be including a step by step instruction sheet on how to make this project.

Here is the front of the money holder:


Here is the inside:


To make the project, cut the paper as follows:

  • 100867 Night of Navy cardstock (7″ x 8″)
  • 100730 Whisper White cardstock (2 ¾” x 6 ¾” )
  • 139590 Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper (DSP) (¼” x 1 ¾” – cut 8; ¼” x 2″ – cut 1)

Score the Night of Navy cardstock at 3″ and 6.”  On the inside folded piece (the piece that will hold the money) put a thin coat of tombow glue on both outer edges to make a pocket.

TIP:  To make sure everything lines up as nicely as possible, first glue the center candle to the middle of the cardstock.  Then, before adhering the other pieces, lay them out so they are evenly spaced out and you like the layout (for example, I put the two darkest candles on the outer edges).  Once you’re happy with it, glue it down.

For the flames, I used 138646 Build a Birthday stamp set!  Of course, the flames are coated in Dazzling Diamonds.  What’s a card without sparkle?

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Chanukah Card

I’m so excited — I’m going to be at a craft show!  The theme for the craft show is Chanukah — so I need lots of Chanukah cards.  Below is a design I made to sell at the craft fair.

In person, you can see the sparkle on the menorah.  Gotta have sparkle!!

Stay tuned — I handmade boxes for the cards.  I’ll be sharing soon.




Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Ink: Momento Tuxedo black
Stamp Set: Happy Hanukkah (135782)
Accessories: Silver Buttons, Silver 1/8 ribbon (132137)