So, a few days ago I hit up my local Dollar Tree and was looking through the Valentine’s Day goodies that were already out. I found these super adorable “debit cards” that are redeemable for things such as pizza for two, a batch of your favorite cookies, an unexpected kiss, etc. They’re like love coupons, but cuter! They had about 4 different sets, so I picked up one set for just a buck (4 cards in the set) and knew exactly what to make my hubby for Valentine’s Day! BONUS: it’s super duper cheap. ;)

Quite possibly the cutest thing I’ve ever found at the dollar store. They are thickĀ  just like real cards, too!

Well I didn’t want to just HAND them to him. No, that would not do. So I took some measurements and went to town in Photoshop to create a paper wallet that I decorated with my digital scrapbook supplies. I used Miss Mint’s fabulous Wild Heart Papers and Elements available for purchase at Peppermint Creative. I am giving you the blank templates, so you’ll have to decorate them yourselves. This allows you to create wallets for any occasion. :)

It has two pockets for the cards (so it can hold up to 4 cards) and a cash pocket as well. I decided I’d throw in a little cash so we can go out for ice cream on Valentine’s Day. But think of all the FUN POSSIBILITIES with this template! You can create a birthday wallet and fill it with little gift cards and cash – a small $5-10 card to their fave fast food, another $5-10 to get ice cream, a card to a local theater so they can see a movie, maybe a card to their fave clothing shop too! So get creative! You can also leave off the second card pocket if you don’t want to come up with 4 gift cards for a gift… but if you happen to find these cute “debit cards” at your dollar store, you’re set. :)

I created layered templates for you digi scrappers and also a printable PDF for you paper scrappers. Click here to download the free templates! Enjoy! I always love seeing what you create with my designs, so please leave a link to your project if you happen to use the template. :)


A few notes:
1. The cash pocket was designed so you can see the cash peeking up above it when you open it up. I did that on purpose… so make sure you glue the cash pocket on low enough to accommodate for that and not have it poke out the top when the wallet is closed (so you won’t see the cash from the front when closed). I didn’t glue mine on low enough so I need to redo mine. So learn from my mistake and have a dollar bill handy so you can mark where to glue your pocket.
2. If using cardstock, make sure you score along the fold lines to make cleaner folds.
3. Once your wallet is assembled and the gift cards are inside, it will have some bulk to it and likely will not stay closed… you can add some ribbon ties to fix that and it’d look super cute!

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I’m in a good mood and thought I’d come share one of my old products! These layered Take-Out Box Templates are super cute and fun to make! Perfect for packaging up small gifts and treats! It includes 2 sizes and they come in both .psd and layered .tif file formats. FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY! If you’d like to purchase a limited commercial use license (this includes creating freebies for your blog) then you can contact me using the contact form. The fee to use these for commercial use is $3.

Enjoy! :)

EDIT: I have made a separate download for paper scrappers/non-digi scrappers/people without Photoshop. ;) You can now download ready to print PDF files for these templates! They include the lines only so you can print directly onto scrapbook paper! For the layered template files, click the image below, but for the PDF files, please click here! Thanks!

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I love, love, LOVE classic vintage stuff. Who doesn’t? I kinda wish I lived during the 40′s. Or at least had their fashion today because I do love my high tech stuff… and internet. hehe


ANYWAYS, I think birdcage veils are so timeless and sexy. Wear one for a vintage themed photo shoot, dress up in 40′s atttire and wear one for Halloween, or make one for your wedding…. or be really brave and wear it just because. hehe!

First, I looked at some tutorials online… tried them… then they didn’t work for what I was wanting to achieve. I tried this tutorial, but it was way too puffy on top for me, and I wanted a dramatic, short veil. So here’s what ended up working for me after some trial and error…

This veil is a bandeau style veil – this means that it secures with two pins or combs, rather than one. I prefer the bandeau style because you have more control over how it sits on your face and head (I wanted one that lays more flat against my face, rather than being really poofy). It also allows you to play with angles. You could easily adjust the length of the veil to your liking.


Here’s all the stuff I needed for mine:
1/2 yard of Russian netting (usually comes in 9″ or 18″ widths)
(I ordered the 18″ width even though the length of my veil is 9″ because I can get 4 veils out of 1 yard rather than 2 veils out of 1 yard of the 9″ netting)
Thread in matching color
2 bobby pins (or small hair combs, if you prefer)

Supplies for separate flower embellishment:
Handmade satin flower
Alligator clip
Black felt
Hot glue gun

I got my netting and feathers from Etsy. I purchased my netting from GS Boutique and the feathers from Plumule… though there are lots of other suppliers on Etsy, so just search for russian netting or feathers under the supplies category.

1. Cut a rectangle of netting approximately 9 inches by 14.5 inches, with the finished edge along the bottom long side (you may want to cut it slightly wider and test it against your face before you continue in case you need more netting – this was the perfect size for me).


2. Sew a running stitch along both of the side edges, stitching through the boxes where the diamonds meet. I stitched a little bit from the edge so I’d have a little extra for when I attached the netting to my bobby pins.



3. Hold one edge of the thread and scrunch the netting towards the opposite end. Then sew a few stitches through it to secure it.


4. Thread the end through the end of a bobby pin (or sew it onto a comb if you decide to use combs).


Take the extra bit on the end and wrap it around the bottom of the bobby pin and sew the loose ends to the bottom of the veil just next to the pin. (does that make any sense?) lol

5. Repeat for the opposite side.


And there’s your veil! Next create your embellishment and attach it to an alligator clip.

This is the clip I made. I made the flower using this tutorial. Then I cut a circle of black felt and hot glued the feathers to it and then glued the flower on top of that. I hot glued the bottom of the felt piece to my alligator clip. And that was it!


The finished veil:


Pretty awesome, right? Especially considering it cost me a little less than $10 to make it and these go for $50 or more on Etsy! ;)

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Man. ever since I went designer, I have had so little time to just do my fun little crafts and hybrids! I sat down this week and did two projects and it was really nice to hybrid again! I really love it… it’s fun to get to use those tangible supplies sometimes! :) Plus, this one actually serves a purpose in my home. Ever since I got pregnant with Allie, I have been so scatterbrained. I was hoping after she was born that my brain would come back, but nope! lol… darn mom brain! :P So, given my horrible memory, I often lose mail (and important bills). So, I made this to stick important mail in so I know where to find it! I used Zoe Pearn’s Wild Thing… I LOVE her papers. They print beautifully! :) My other little project is coming Friday. It’s a very special project and you’re not going to want to miss it!!!

This week is a scrapping week. I’m done with my work for this week, so I’ve got more time to play! :) A page using Zoe goodies! I’ve gotta get on her CT… lol.

Are you starting on your fun hybrid projects yet? I love holidays…. so many fun opportunities for hybrid schtuff!! I didn’t get to do any hybrids last month because I was crazy busy… so I was SO HAPPY to finally do a fun project this week! You’re gonna’ have to check out the Girl Talk blog for all the details on these cute lil’ mailboxes!! ;)

And just in case any of you didn’t get the newsletter, you can still pick up the Be Mine Mini Add-On for super cheap! :) All the cool kids got this for free! You’re jealous now, aren’t you? Bwahahahhha!