Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Simon Says............Anything but a card!!!

Good Morning everyone, we hope you are all well and ready for our new challenge

We have a lucky to have new member joining our design team  this week -
Kathy Racoosin who is also a designer for Penny Black. You probably all know her but just in case you don't her blog is here........The Daily her a visit and see her wonderful creations.

Wow - you certainly felt the 'Love in the Air' last week - we had an amazing amount of entries and it was fabulous to see your wonderful 'takes' on the love theme.

This week we would like to see ANYTHING BUT A CARD and the Design Team are featuring Tim Holtz so if you have any Tim Holtz products we would love to see them.


As I have a 21st birthday coming up I decided to make a wallet in which I could enclose money. I first cut my template in brown card. The flap of which I cut with a Tim Holtz On the Edge die.  I then cut the three pieces of white card (2 for the front, 1 for the back) and embossed them using the TH Checkerboard embossing folderThe next step was the fun one - using a Blending Tool with Tumbled Glass and Vintage Photo distress ink I inked up the three pieces - oh what a lovely mess I made. 
Using a Distress Ink Embossing pad, with  Clear embossing powder I then heat embossed the whole to give a shiny 'leather' look finish - you can see better this in the bottom picture. The next step was to stitch around the edges - in hindsight it would have been better to do the stitching before the embossing as my poor little machine groaned at the toughness of the card.
I added a flap to which I attached a jeans fastener, sadly my local shop only had the button part so I use velcro stickers to keep the flap closed.
I decorated it at this point with various items from Tim Holtz's Hardware collection and a Philosophy Tag. I felt something was missing so I attached an old acetate pocket watch which had been in my stash forever using Glossy Accents.

Now onto the inside, I made two pockets using the brown card in which to enclose money and lined the whole with Vintage Shabby Paper. Using
the Hanging Sign die to cut a flap through which I added a tag on which to write.

Here is a close up showing the sheen a little better. Sorry about the long post but this was a real fun project with many differnt procedures involved - the only non-fun part was photographing it!!

As usual our lovely boss Heidi will be giving one lucky entrant a $50 spree to her Simon Says Stamp store and with all the goodies arriving soon from the CHA there will be loads of brand new goodies to choose from too !!!



Kim Piggott said...

Heather this is totally amazing!
Such a stunning creation I love it!
kim x

Anesha said...

Stunning creation Heather!

nessy said...

what a perfect wallet for a 21st birthday ~ stunning!!
vanessa xx

Rach said...

oh wow!!!!
blown away by this hun, it is gorgeous..xx

Lorraine A said...

OMG !! I LOVE this Heather ,, stunning wallet ,, fabulous inside and out !! I love all the details and elements you used ,,, BRILLIANT !!

Lols x x x

Louise said...

Absolutely amazing!!! Love the accents you added to the wallet.

Kristel said...

This is really gorgeous Heather!!
Hugs Kristel

Pia said...

WAUUUW WAUUUw what a fantastic card, love all cool details and beautiful embossing, love it!!!!
hugs Pia

Mephisto said...

Thats really wonderful! Fab work.

Cheryl said...

oh wow hun this is simply fantastic,adore this,hugs cheryl xxxxx

Moni said...

Hi hun, you have made stunning wallet. Recipient will love it. Fab all details. Have a fab day. Hugs,moni

Jo (Boots the Monkey) said...

Wow, this is just amazing Heather, what a lucky person the recipient is to receive this stunner. Looks like you had fantastic fun making it and I just love all the fabby details you have included.


Jo x

kim-paperbabe said...

Oh WOW Heather this is stunning I love all the textures, the design is magnificent!!!
I Hope you are well
BiG HuGs Kim :)

Liz's creative corner said...

Wow hun, stunning details, love it,well worth the time taken for the photo's too, lol,

thanks for your lovely comments too, hugs Liz xx

Chrissy said...

Really brilliant work.This has come out fantastic.You are sooo amazing.

Paula said...

AMAZING! Lovely textures & a super really special gift. all the details down to the stitching make this really outstanding. Thanks for all the info - I didn't know there was s Distress Embossing Pad.
Paula (PEP)

Grenouille Greetings said...

A fabulous, fabulous make! I love all of the detail and texture! Warmest wishes, Lesley

Mandy said...

A big wow hun, this is amazing, fabulous details, colours, design, love it
hugs Mandy xx

debby4000 said...

Love your fabulous wallet Heather, it would be perfect for a man.

Mandy said...

Hi Heather,
Thank you for asking after little old me,I'm fine thank you still looking after my Mum and Dad and going to hospital in between,so still not crafting or blogging as much as I would like....Your wallet is just amazing I love everything about it,the texture,embellishments just everything...How your well????
Mandy x

Sue said...

Hi hun
wow this is totally stunning, fabulous design luv all the embelies, sue,x

CraftyC said...

Wow Heather, this is gorgeous. A lovely gift idea!

email: said...

Wow! What a gorgeous wallet, there is going to be a really lucky 21 year old recipient soon! :) I LOVE the checkerboard embossing and inking...fabby! Great embellies too!

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Tash Daly said...

This is amazing!! I love the colours and the texture throughout. I just want to reach out and touch it!! Awesome :-)

Sandra1968 said...


Jane said...

WOW!!!! this is incredible hun!!! Stunning design and I love all the trinkets you added, it looks real! hugs, Jane x

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