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.



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

Reminder: Today (Monday) Stampin’ Up! is having a flash sale.  Click here to see what specials they’re offering!

Have a happy week.

Chanukah Event

I had such a fun event on Tuesday night!  First, I have tell you that Thursday night I was beyond exhausted.  I had been up since the early hours of the morning and had a hard day.  I was worried that I wouldn’t be energized for the event. But once the event rolled around, I had a great time.  The women were lovely.  We were cracking jokes and laughing so hard.  I love that my hobby brings smiles, not just into my life, but everyone it touches.  This is why I do what I do.

Here were the projects we made.

The card is simple but looks elegant.  There is loads of sparkle all over the menorah, but unfortunately the glitter did not show up in the photo.  We needed to keep it it simple because the event was late at night and I knew people would want to take home something gorgeous but not have to work too hard. . . this fit the bill.


The next project was a little gift bag with chocolate coins (gelt).  They were special chocolates — imported from Europe.  I know the women enjoyed them 🙂  This project also has more glam than it seems.  There is a rhinestone in the center and there is silver foil behind the light purple banner.  See it?


And here we were, having a ball.




Stamp Sets: Jewish Celebrations and Happy Hanukkah (both retired)
Colors: Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Gray

Hope stamping brings you some smiles today.

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)

More CASE fun!

Last week I challenged my friends on Facebook to show me their favorite card and I would CASE it.  Check out Robin’s favorite:


I don’t have the stamp set used, or the framelet.  No problem!  Don’t ever let that hold you back if you love a card.  Find supplies you already have and use the card for inspiration.  I used the same color scheme as the catalog card and gold embossing powder for the menorah.  To make the background, I used my aqua painter and a bunch of different inks.  To use the inks from your pads, with the ink pad closed, squish the top down.  When you open the pad, there will be a little bit of ink on the lid.  Use that with your aqua painter.  Here’s my card.


TIP:  When using an aqua painter, it is best to use special watercolor paper.  However, I didn’t have any on hand so I used whisper white.  If using whisper white, be careful not to go over the same area too many times with the aqua painter or your paper will fray.

Have fun getting ideas from the catalog and use the inspiration to make your own creations.  Be sure to send me photos of your cards — I love seeing what you come up with.

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