Friday, August 28, 2009

Today is My Birthday!!

Today’s my birthday (na-na-na-na-na-na NA-NA)!! We’re gonna have a GOOD time (na-na-na-na-na-na NA-NA)!! And I AM seriously 27 . . . again . . . Smiley from

It was also my turn to hostess the LSC for SCS (LSC235), so I had MORE than a MAGNIFIQUE (oh WAIT!! That's FRENCH, not GERMAN!!) time making up these little birthday card $$$/gift card holders to share! I only had three "rules" or limitations for the challenge (which I oh-so-appropriately titled "It's Al About ME!!).

First rule: You need to make a birthday gift card or money card holder type of creation (any type/style will do!).

Second rule: You need to include at LEAST one butterfly SOMEwhere on your card (as many of you know, I AM the Butterfly Queen!). I LOVE butterflies!!

Third rule: I LOVE CHOCOLATE!! (Like, who doesn’t??? Seriously???) Sooooo, with that in mind, you MUST include Chocolate Chip OR Close to Cocoa cardstock (or the closest thing you have to it) in your card somewhere!

This little faux leather wallet is SOOO cool!! (I DO love it!!) I got the idea from Yvonne (YvonneAna) over on SCS. She very graciously offered to tell me how she made it so that I could copy the idea and share it with ya!! Here's a link to her AMAZING creation:

Yvonne's Sweet Peas Paper Wallet

I do believe I feel a video tutorial coming on!!! Once I return from Germany/Austria (FOUR MORE DAYS!!), I will put one together for ya!! Here are a few of the basic instructions if you wanna try to create one before then:

I cut the cardstock to 6" x 9" and scored at 3" and 6.5" on the 9" side (Yvonne's was only 5.5" wide, which would make it easier if you are using a Cuttlebug - a Big Shot or Wizard could handle the wider width better). Run the cardstock through your machine (whichever you happen to use) with an embossing folder of your choice. You will need to run it through four times to get all areas of the cardstock covered. Then, rub the cardstock with craft or versamark ink. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set. To create the little side panels, cut a piece of matching cardstock (in this case, Chocolate Chip) to 2" x 2.5". Score at .5" intervals along the 2" side and accordion fold. Adhere this piece to the front and back of the textured piece AFTER you have sewn some coordinating dsp to the back side of it (make sure to put the textured side DOWN in the sewing machine, as it tends to catch on the presser foot if you don't). Decorate and embellish to your heart's content!!

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Sincere Salutations
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, Blue Bayou, Bella Bleu dsp
Ink: Chocolate Chip (craft), Not Quite Navy
Accessories: 5-petal flower punch, MS butterfly punch, Cuttlebug Tiny Mosaic and Swiss Dots embossing folders, small oval punch, 1/2" circle punch, large pearl sticker, Blue Bayou ribbon, hodgepodge hardware ribbon slider, velcro stickers

This is my SECOND creation for the challenge. I haven't made a giftcard holder like this since Christmas 2007! (There was a TLC on SCS in November 2007 introducing this little technique - TLC196. Super fun to create!!

Special thanks to Mary Brown for inspiring the layout/design of this particular gift card holder with the card she has posted HERE for the last Control Freaks Blog Hop!! You are AMAZING, girl!!

And dang-it-all but I have to work today!! Smiley from 'Cept we are going to have an EXCELLENT party at my aunt and uncle's house tonight (which is, sadly, not really for my birthday, but to say goodbye to some out-of-town guest our extended family has had visiting here from - you guessed it! - Germany!). At least I can PRETEND that it is all about ME!!

Stamps: For All You Do, Matchbox Messages
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla, Dusty Durango
Ink: Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip, Dusty Durango, Old Olive
Accessories: 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches, scalloped border punch, vintage brad, word window punch, chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, pop-up glue dots, sewing machine


Lisa Martz said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! And, Love the wallet!

Brandi Wiggins-Côté said...

VERY cool projects, Wendy! And a big fat happy birthday to you!


Connie Babbert said...

Have a WONDERFUL birthday, Wendy! Thinking about you on your special day! Your projects are GORGEOUS!

Terry Molineux said...


Love the wallet and cannot wait until the video tutorial....this is definitely for an instruction challenged person!!!! TFS

Beate said...

Happy Birthday, Wendy!
Love both gift card holders, but the wallet was out of the world stunning. Thanks for sending me to Yvonne. She is amazing too.

Have a great day filled with cake, love and happiness!
Hugs and smiles

Cindy Major said...

Hey, Wendy

All my best birthday wishes to you!!! I hope you have a good one! Ah, to be 27 again... ;P

That wallet looks magnifique indeed!!!! I absolutely love it! It looks like the real thing! I am impressed :D


Connie M. said...

You know how I feel about both of these....stunning, my Friend!!!

I hope you have a fabulous day!!!

Jenn D said...

Happy Birthday Wendy! Both of your projects are fabulous. That wallet is so real looking!

I can raise my hand for not liking chocolate. I will only eat it for the Reese's Peanut Butter in it. LOL! But no chocolate cake or ice cream here. UGH! It gives me chills just thinking about it.

Marian said...

I so envy DREAM is to go to Austria...have a wonderful time. My Brother and Sister in Law just left for Germany if you run into Ed & Maggie...say hi...lolol.
I LOVE your work and visit your site often. Have a great birthday too...Happy Happy :)

Betty Wright said...

Happy Birthday, Wendy!!! Blessings for a great day and wonderful year!!!

Your work is fabulous!!! Especially love that awesome real looking wallet!!! Great work!!!

Unknown said...

Eeeek!! This is stinkin' fabulous, Wendy!! Definitely I have to case!! TFS~

TN Granny said...

Happy Birthday Dear Wendy, you are so amazing and this little wallet is to die for. You should be packing but instead you showing us goodies. 5 Days girl and you will have the time of your life. May God Bless you and keep you on this journey.

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you!
Hope it's a fun-filled day!

Unknown said...

OMGosh, Wendy...I feel like such a bad friend, missing your birthday! I won't make the same mistake again though. I hope your special day was an especially great one! Many hugs you to you young friend!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to YOU! My the Lord always bless you and your family.

JanTink said...

Happy Birthday Wendy!

And I'm haven't mentioned me in the whole post! WHAT IS UP WITH THAT?!?!?!?

Lisa Martz said...

This is THE BOMB!

Life Full of Sunflowers said...

Happy Belated Birthday - I hope you have a great time in Germany and can't wait to hear about it upon your return. Your projects are the BOMB - amazing.

Jo said...

Happy Belated Birthday Wendy! hey, we are only a day apart, mine is 8-27. Enjoy you trip to Germany. It is so great that you are going to be able to go over and pick up your son from his mission. That is such a wonderful experience.

Love the wallet, can hardly wait for the video tutorial.

Stampinsilvia said...

ohhh you silly silly girl! You didn't even tell me it was your birthday when you asked if we could switch! Our Birthdays are almost exactly a month a aprt! Mine is the 27th of Sept and I'll be the big 30!!! Have a great time in Germany my friend!