Friday, September 25, 2009

Crafty Secrets Blog Hop - Learning to Read, A Pocket Card with Book Labels & Bookmarks

Edit ***So Sorry for the late post! I was having some issues with blogger this morning. :(

Good morning! Today is the Crafty Secrets Blog Hop and our Design Team Leader, Vicki Chrisman gave us all a challenge to create a card or project using a stamp set that we haven't used in awhile and if we were making a card it had to have fancy folds or a different size or shape.

The inspiration for the card I created came from my youngest son. We have always had stories at bedtime for both the boys ever since they were little. Our oldest son doesn't do the bedtime reading (to us) anymore but he does have a great love for books and spends many hours reading. Our youngest son started reading last year and this year we have a reading log and if he reads 500 minutes within the month he will get a certificate for pizza at a local restaurant. He loves to have and create bookmarks and write his name in the front cover so I created a book label and bookmark set for him along with a pocket card to hold the labels.

I started out with making the book labels, I used one of the stamps from the Book Lovers Clear Art Stamps from Crafty Secrets, white and brown cardstock and Labels Seven S4-231 from Spellbinders. First I took the brown cardstock and applied it to Adhesive Sheets from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, I wanted the labels to have a sticker back so my son could easily adhere them into the front cover of his favorite books. Then I made 12 diecuts with the Labels Seven S4-231 die template from Spellbinders with the brown cardstock. Then I also made 12 more diecuts using the next smaller die template in the set and white cardstock. After I had all of the white diecuts made then I stamped an image in the center with the sentiment From the Library of, colored the leaves with Copic markers, inked the edges and I left the banner blank so my son can write him name in there himself.For the bookmarks I just simply stamped images and sentiments from the Book Lovers and Story of Me Clear Art Stamps from Crafty Secrets with brown ink onto white cardstock and left the images so my son can color them. Then I inked the edges, added brown cardstock for a mat and an eyelet and some brown ribbon.For his card I used a piece of brown/orange cardstock from the Core'dinations Chocolate Box Paper Pad, some designer paper from Cosmo Cricket Lil'Man, Handsome Henry and white and brown cardstock along with stamped images from the Story of Me Clear Art Stamp Set from Crafty Secrets. I started with a piece of cardstock that was 12'' x 9-1/2'', scored it at 6'' and then scored every 4'' going across. I cut out the center bottom panel so it would fold a little easier and also because I only wanted to have two pocket. Here is a picture of the inside of the card.I inked all of the edges for the Cosmo Cricket paper and also the orange on the inside of the card. The diecut for the sentiment was made using the Large Labels S4-168 die templates from Spellbinders. Each pocket holds 6 book labels.For the front of the card I used a sweet little image from the Story of Me Clear Art Stamp Set from Crafty Secrets and colored it with Copic markers (listed below). I applied some foam tape to the back of the image to give it some dimension and then I also added some brown ribbon to the front to hold the card closed.

Not all fancy and frilly today, boys like it keep it simple. *wink*

Paper~Core'dinations Chocolate Box Paper Pad, Cosmo Cricket Lil'Man-Handsome Henry, The Paper Company-White, Brown
Stamps~Crafty Secrets-Book Lovers, Story of Me Clear Art Stamps
Ink~Tsukineko-Memento Rich Cocoa, Ranger-Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Other~Spellbinders-Wizard, Labels Seven S4-231, Large Labels S4-168 die templates, Copic Markers-E00, E27, E31, E74, YR24, Y19, Y38, YG25, YG63, B95, 100, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L-Adhesive Sheets, Brown Ribbon, Foam Tape

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed the project I shared with you and please be sure to visit the Crafty Secrets Design Team Member (listed below) for today's Blog Hop!! I can't wait to see what they have created!!

I hope you have a Fantastic Friday and a Great Weekend!!



  1. Heidi what a creative and inventive project! I love this and how clever to give someone book plates!

  2. What a fabulous idea, Heidi! Love how they turned out!

  3. What a fun and creative way to use this stamp set.. AND.. in a boyish theme! Love that! Great idea and
    Super clever!

  4. I love it. My little girl is just starting to read, what a fun gift that would be for her.

  5. Heidi what a wonderful idea. Super cute and I am sure you son will make good use of it. Love your coloring.

  6. Love this Heidi,it's perfect for a young reader, an old reader too, LOL!

  7. Very clever project, Heidi. Colors are outstanding. Thanks for sharing:)

  8. Heidi, what a great idea and so creative. I love it!


  9. I love this - what great ideas!! We are in the process of encouraging our youngest reader and I help at the school so this definitely has the wheels turning! TFS

  10. Clever, clever girl! Perfect idea for this darling stamp set. And your attention to details are great. This is just darling, and you work is always beautiful. Linda Duke

  11. That is adorable!! Very classy and cute at the same time. LOVE it!

  12. I love every part of this. How totally unique and clever!

  13. OH MY WORD Heidi ... these are AWESOME!! YOU are SO clever!!! Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration!!!!


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