Saturday, January 17, 2009

Pouches, Pouches Everywhere!

If you're looking for some of the quickest, cutest little gift holders you can make, then you need to check out the diaper fold pouches tutorial on SCS. My STC* sis Paola turned me on to them last fall with her Halloween pouches & tags swap. Then, almost immediately, she tempted us with her Calendar Girls pouches & tags swap, where I'm a Miss February and a Miss March. This will be the closest I *ever* come to being called a Calendar Girl! (*STC - Sisterhood of the Traveling Cards; much easier to type STC!)

So here are a few pics and details of the finished products. All of the DP is from Scrappy Cat's Kids, Tweens, and InBetweens line.

Obviously, February's pouches were to have a Valentine's or Love theme.

This paper, called Candy-Heart Kisses, caught my eye because of the blue background.

Whenever I made anything as a kid for Valentine's Day, they always had paper doily hearts on them somewhere, so nostalgia set in with these! I used my Nesties scalloped circles and added white dots for a little detail. The sentiment is from a blog candy set I won from Wanda at My Creative Corner. Underneath is just a triangle of pink cardstock and I added a little red bling-stone to each corner.

The tags are just layers of cardstock (the blue is a Nestie scalloped rectangle) and the hearts were punched after the paper was embossed with Swiss Dots in the 'Bug. I popped up the hearts on dimensionals and added a little pink bling-stone to the top corners (they aren't very blingy in the pic) and the back is blank for writing.

March's pouches were to have a spring theme and initially, I wanted to do something more versatile than St. Patrick's Day, but now I wish I had gone with St. Pat's!! While I like the paper called Soda-Pop Butterflies because of the spring green background and the pinks and yellows and blues, I fear the finished pouches are more like early summer. Sorry Paola!

For the front flap, I layered a pink Prima over a white silk flower and joined them with a spring green brad through a small punched white cardstock flower. I layered that onto an orange Nestie scalloped circle from craft store dotted DP, and scattered little flowers across the flap that I punched from that same DP.

For the tags, this DP is called Cupcake Sprinkle (I love these names!) and is layered with pink and orange cardstock. For the medallions, I punched out some of the butterflies from the pouch DP and popped 'em up on white circles over yellow scalloped circles, then added a little ribbon pull behind those. The backs are blank for writing, but looking at these, I am seeing a bookmark . . .

Something I've noticed is, the more I do non-card projects, the more excited I become about papercrafting and stamping and card making. It's not that I don't enjoy making cards; on the contrary, I love doing the swaps and making a special card now and then for someone special in my life. It does make me feel good when someone says, I can't believe you made that just for me!
But making non-card projects is keeping me excited about all the different things that can be done with paper and stamps and color and embellishments, and I think it's actually helping me with my card-making mojo too.
Hope you're keeping your mojo motivated too!!
Happy Creating!


karen said...

I wish I could say a bigger WOW Susan!
These are just crazy fantastic!

I'm going to have to try a pouch one of these days!! i loved the added doily touch.. very cute and nostalgic!!

Lorie said...

Awwww, Susan! These are so pretty!! You did a fabulous job on them, and the colors are wonderful!!

Mary(OhioMary) said...

You have been busy! These are great. I agree the doilie is so nostalgic and a perfect touch to the pouches.

Anonymous said...

These are amazing! The colors as soooo happy and they are incredibly impressive all laid out together. I can't wait to get this swap back - lots of goodies!


Catherine said...

These are so great, Susan! Wow!!! Beautiful job!

Catherine said...

Susan - visit me to get 2 awards!