Thursday, 10 February 2011

Happy Christmas, Sissy

I gave my sister a Christmas present, on the day, wrapped and paid for. She already had one. So I said that I'd change it for something else; the present in question is appropriate for another use, so it' s not a disaster. Just a shame huh, that I finally find something to give her that I like and want to give her.......still it goes like that, and because we're grown ups, she didn't whinge or stick her bottom lip out. Far.
She sweetly suggested a couple of things that I could buy that she didn't already have. And top of the list is vouchers. They are an ace present..and I'm collecting the used ones - they will one day make a fab basis for a mini album - all that colour! Anyway, digression aside.
So this card is made from a sheet of double sided paper, cut to A4, and then folded in a particular way to produce two pockets at the front. I found the tutorial on You Tube and we used it in a workshop some time ago. So I thought I'd do another for Sissy's vouchers. Didn't think it was worth looking at You Tube again (note I haven't linked to it - because I have no idea where it was now). I unpicked the original and thought to follow the folds. Ha. Not so easy. Fiddled with it ALL morning at the crop.....finally cracked it and ended up gluing it in the wrong place. Argh. Start again, can't figure it out...it's beginning to be a Rubik cube in my head. So I left it. Thought well, Sissy won't know that I intended to 'wrap' her vouchers in anything nice, I'll just have to send them, the delay is embarrassing enough! So on Tuesday when I unpacked my tote after the crop, I thought that I should just give it one more go, after all, nicely presented vouchers might make up
for the delay!
And I did it, first time, in about 3 minutes flat. What is that about? Then I used Mary Anne's amazing photo corner trick to trap the vouchers on a couple of tags, added blowsy ribbon and ta na.....proper job.

And don't worry, this particular Sissy doesn't read my blog, so until the post gets to her, the secret is safe with you, right? And of course, it's arrival is dependent on my getting it to a Post Office. Oh my Sissy, this might end up being a birthday gift!

17 comments:

Auntie Em said...

Don't worry, I won't blab to your sister but I love this little album for the cards...It would come full circle now if she would take pictures of what she got with the cards and then tucked them into the album with the used cards! Think she will go for that? :D
Thanks for sharing and hope you have a great day! :o)

Scrapcat 1 said...

Love the card and what fab ribbon you have used

sasa said...

These look very sassy. Great job. That's life - spend yonks slogging away for nowt and then another time,bingo! Just got a Bind-it-All as a late pressy from my Auntie - whooped all day - so sometimes the late ones are the best....Hope your sister loves them and the contents...

Found this link - is this possibly it????

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2baJq6015s&feature=related

Bye


Sarah

Wipso said...

Fab design Julia :-)
A x

Wipso said...

I've just blogged asking for ideas from all you clever paper crafters. Please shout if you can help cos I may well find a little gift for the best idea.
A x

The Librarian said...

I've still got the template you dished out at your workshop and made two to put vouchers in at Christmas. Sadly one of the vouchers was bigger than the pockets in the card, so had to do a bit of tweaking after I'd finished swearing!

Carmen said...

I've got a few pressies tha are going to end up exactly a year late at this rate.

Love your voucher thingies though - perfect.

Helen said...

Gorgeous voucher holders! love the ribbon. Cant believe she doesn't read your blog though!

misteejay said...

It's our secret...honest.

This made chuckle so much.

Toni :o)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Only YOU could turn a failed, miserable experience into a comedy of errors. I laughed all through the post, and was still laughing when you proudly announced you made it the right way in about three minutes on the second try. I love honesty, and this was one of those "honest to the bone" posts. Too bad sissy doesn't read your blog. I'm sure she would get as much fun from it as I do!

Tina Gilmore said...

What a fab idea Julia for giving vouchers,gonna get started straight away!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

They look great Julia, you put me to shame for sticking money into a crappily made folder at times :-/
At least you did give your sis a prezzy on the day, I've only just completed my present for my youngest sis and have yet to make something for big sis!
Anne xx

Lyn said...

Jules, you never fail to make me laugh or amaze me - Well Done That Woman!

Ann said...

Great idea. I love the photo corners holding the vouchers. An idea I'll use in the future I think!

jude said...

good for you to carry on and complete the creation.Think i would prob given up and not tried again!Im sure your sister will love it!even if your late sometimes better late than never and appreciate it more.!Have fab Sunday
hugs judex

airing cupboard crafts said...

Love the card holder. I can't believe your sister doesn't read your blog??? Ohh I forgot about the corner tip until you just reminded me.

Anne said...

Great project ,Julia, an your Sis will have lots of fun shopping !
Anne x