Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Make It Monday #68

Hi there!  Happy Wednesday to you.  I hope this holiday weekend was a time of rest and relaxation for you and your family as well as a celebration of the lives of the men and women who have died in the cause of peace and democracy around the world.  Yes, it is an American holiday, one of which I am extremely proud.  One that we still observe with respect and reverence as we remember the cost of our freedoms.  My father was in the battle of Okinawa toward the end of WWII.  He was on a battleship a mere 100 miles from the shore when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.  He returned home with only a small piece of shrapnel in his face to remind him forever of the many days and nights in that ship on the rolling Pacific Ocean under many attacks of the Japanese Kami-Kazi pilots.  I spent many nights around the dinner table rolling my eyes as he would recall over and over again the stories of that time in his life.  Sorry, Daddy, that I wasn't more respectful at the time.  Thank you for doing your part in changing the world.

Ok,  now that I'm off my soapbox, would you like to see the pocket card I made for this week's MIM challenge by Heather Nichols?

I just can't seem to make a pocket card that doesn't contain a gift card.  I love the simple design of Heather's card and used the same dimensions and orientation as she, but added the gift card inside. I marked the corners of the card and made diagonal cuts with a craft knife across those corners to hold the gift card in place.  
I had lots of fun combining stamp sets to create the sentiment I was looking for.  I hope you get the pun!  
The striped Washi tape is custom made using the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set with Hibiscus Burst Ink.  I am fascinated with the phenomenon of Washi tape, but just can't bring myself to start another "micro-addiction", so I have decided to ride out the trend making my own-small batch style.  I was first introduced to this idea by Nichole Heady in this MIM last October.  I will be sharing this technique with my stamp club at our June meeting.

I have added a complete list of supplies at the bottom of the post.  I've missed being around most of the month and look forward to catching up with you!

Thanks for stopping by,

Supplies:  All Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted
Cardstock:  bulk purchase from Sam's Club
Stamp sets:  Heart-2-Heart #4, Happy Day, Birthday Basics, Little Bitty Bird, Fillable Frames #5,            Candy Cane Christmas
Dies:  Heart-2-Heart #4
Inks:  Simply Chartreuse, Hibiscus Burst, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Hibiscus Brust Ribbon, "Worn Lipstick" Distress Marker, corner rounder punch


  1. Oh you combined all these stamps soooo well!!! Thanks for sharing about your father. My dad went to Vietnam and doesn't talk about it at all just a story will pop up in conversation every now and then. Anyhoo this is a great card that any friend would be happy to get!!!

  2. What a sweet birthday card. I still have not pulled out my phone stamp or die but after seeing your beautiful creation I will have to try.

  3. You were young and just didn't know at the time how priceless your fathers stories were. Now you do. Thank you for sharing a bit about your wonderful father, I we thank him!
    Love your pocket card and all the fun stamps and tape you used. Seems like this was made for a gift card. Love the colors too.

  4. I loved reading about your Dad and your 'eye rolling'. I don't feel like the only one who didn't appreciate the significance of the gift when I was young. Now that pocket card~ too cute!!! I love it!

  5. I don't think anyone appreciates their parents' stories until they are parents or adults themselves. Not that I have anything profound to share like your dad, but I always keep this in mind when my kids don't seem to get what I'm saying. They will one day!

    Love your gift card, Suzanne! Totally laughed at your thoughts on washi tape. I'm content to ride this trend out too ... seems like it could get out of hand pretty easily. Plus I'm out of storage!

  6. I like your style, both the card AND the gift card!!!

  7. There you are! I just thought I'd inform you that you were the winner of my giveaway! here is the link:
    And love your pocket card!
    Vanessa x

  8. Love your homemade washi tape and your beautiful card! Love your pun! :)

  9. Suzanne, I just like your style! this is a darling card...simple yet what you did with the phone and the "cord"...super!

  10. What a great card--so many elements I like--the ribbon on top, your pun, the way you did the gift card holder, the Washi tape...I think you get that I really like this card.

  11. Great pocket card. like the way you added a gift card too.

  12. I love your take on the pocket card. That telephone is just too sweet. It just fell into my mailbox today. Great idea to do the stripes at the top on the pocket and the card for synchronisity

  13. Very cute pocket card. You always do such a great job on the MIM's. Thanks for sharing about you father. My dad is still telling us about his time in the war too. Great idea for a gift card. I will have to remember that.

  14. Just adorable! Love your choice of stamps & colors!

  15. Hi, Suzanne! I love this adorable pocket card you've created! You used the stamps and colors so beautifully! It is perfect for a gift card.

    Thanks for sharing the story about your father.

  16. Very fun card ~ yes, it seems that pocket cards were made for gift cards.