Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Red Rubber Designs: End of School

Hi All,

This week the theme at Red Rubber Designs is "End of School".  I thought a teacher's Thank You gift would fit the theme.

I made a purse shaped card, a fun shape with a surprise inside.  I used Cha Cha patterned cardstock - the pattern and shape of the purse is somewhat retro.
The closure for the purse is a yellow fabric flower, green button and flower shaped gem.  I used a self-adhesive velcro fastener to keep the purse closed.  And here is the surprise inside...
It is a combination pop up card and gift card holder.  Isn't it a cool idea?  I color scheme for this card was based on the gift card I had.  Both patterned papers are from the Cha Cha collection.  I decided to put the brighter pattern inside because I have purses with fun fabric liners.  That was my inspiration there.

I saw the idea HERE but put my own twist on it.  There are lots of great ideas on this site.  It is amazing what Google will find for you - I searched "gift card holder ideas".

It is 2 pieces that I sewed together creating a pocket for the gift card.  A square or rectangular version would be easier, but the purse shape wasn't bad.

It is a 4.25" high and 5.5" wide at the bottom - normal A2 size.  The flap that creates the pocket is 1.5".  The front flap of the purse is 2".  I cut and scored the 2 pieces then folded and lined everything up like it would be when put together.  Then, at the top fold I marked 1" in from the edge on either side.  I cut from that mark to the bottom corner - cutting all the layers so the angles all match up perfect.  
I used a couple of tags from the Cha Cha collection die cut sheet for the sentiment.  The stamp set is For Everything.  This is a great set.  I use the 'Thank You' a lot.

I think this is a fun idea for any occasion.  The possibilities are endless.

Supplies --

Willow Sketchie - 3 eyelets
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes
Craft Us Crazy - Flowers
Wags 'n Whiskers - Anything Goes
Prairie Fairy Fridays - Anything with Flowers
Crafts 4 Eternity - Something New
Card Crafter's Circle - Stitches
Scrappy Frogs - Shape it Up 
The Craft Place - Anything but square or rectangle
Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by...


  1. A brilliant gift for a teacher.Thank you for your kind comment on my blog.

  2. AWESOME project! Perfect for a teacher gift, or anybody gift, for that matter. It is a beautiful little purse gift. Great job, Debra.

  3. It is such a lovely creation. Love the stitching, the pop up element and the useful gift card holder option. Awesome project

  4. Great take on the theme, Debra. Beautifully created and constructed.

  5. Wow - who wouldn't want to get a gift card in this cute little purse?? Adorable project and beautifully done!

  6. Hi, thanks for your nice comments on my blog. This is a great idea for a gift card. Love those retro papers you have used.
    Have a great week,

  7. What a gorgeous gift bag! Thanks for joining us at Crafts4Eternity.

  8. What a really lovely gift bag, and I adore the retro feel to it....great job! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Card Crafter's Circle, and hope to see you next week, too!

  9. This is awesome Debra! I LOVE the bright colors! And such a clever idea!!

  10. Adorable purse card. I really like it; think I just might have to try one myself. Thank you for entering your delightful design in this week's challenge at Card Crafter's Circle.

  11. Cute, creative...and I love that it,s also a gift card holder! Great project, Debra. ;D

  12. This is gorgeous, Debra! I love the retro colours. I'll have to case this one! Thank you for sharing at Card Crafter's Circle.

  13. Very fun idea. Love your stitching! What a fun surprise when you open up the purse.

  14. Totally brilliant honey!! I really do love this!!
    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Make it Monday this week.

    Hugs Krafty Karen - DT for Make It Monday.

  15. Gorgeous creation, love the colours & the patterns on those papers are fab!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Willow Sketchie this week, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  16. A fantastic creation, wow!!!

    Thanks for sharing at Willow Sketchie this week.

    Kelly x

  17. what a smashing design
    Good luck in the challenges, hugs Sarah-Louise My Blog
    Designing for:
    Crafty Purple Frog , Craft Us Crazy ,Bearly Mine Designs and DT Coordinator Kenny K

  18. WOW! This is awesome and I love the happy colors! Thanks so much for joining our "ANYTHING GOES" challenge at Shelly's Images! Please come back and join us again real soon!!
    Shelly's Images DT

  19. This is really awesome Debra!
    love this project and thanks for sharing on the tutorial... love all your creativity going on on your blog... I'm here checking them out and so inspiring...
    I'm also your newest follower...
    Have a great day/evening.....

  20. Oh WOW!! this is super Debra ~ I love it :) such a great idea. Sarah x

  21. This is super incredible! I love your papers and the gift card part! Wonderful! Thank you for sharing with us at Card Crafter's Circle!

  22. What a wonderful project! I love the design and colors!

    I’m stopping by from MIM. (I’m number 205)


    **I am having a give-away on my blog. Feel free to stop by if you are interested.**

  23. Is this cute, or what?!?! What a fun way to present a gift card!

  24. What a fabulous way to give a gift card...and lovely paper. Saw you on MIM.

  25. Gorgeous purse card with pretty papers...thanks for playing with Fairy Fun Friday's challenge: Anything with flowers!
    xxx Margreet

  26. Congrats on making my Pick of the Week this week!xx

  27. Debra! That paper is a blast from the past for me! I love Cha Cha. Good times - Cute project.