Proper Gentleman Pocket Card

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Pocket Card Eileen Hull House/Pocket Stitchlets Die for Frilly & Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m the hostess for the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  This Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Pocket Card fits the challenge theme like your favorite pair of jeans.  And you’ll see what I’m talking about in just a minute.  But first, let’s take a look at the challenge theme:

Challenge Theme: Re-purpose, Re-use, Recycle
Earth Day is April 22nd, so let’s honor the day with a vintage or shabby chic project that includes an item that would normally land in the recycle or trash bin.  You can use an old jar, glass bottle, packaging material or other bits and bobs to create your upcycled masterpiece.  Be sure to tell us in your post what your recycled item is and how you used it, as it may not be apparent in a photo.
Proper Gentleman Pocket Card: The Inspiration

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

True confession: there’s nothing I love more than a good pair of jeans.  So when my dear husband was retiring a much loved pair, I salvaged the back pocket label.  This particular brand of jeans has such a classic logo, and the texture of the label is almost like leather.  How could I possibly not salvage it?

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

The fact that the label lived its first life on a jeans pocket inspired me to create a new pocket for it to rest upon.  So I turned to my Eileen Hull House/Pocket Stitchlets Dies to help me bring that idea to life.  Here’s how I created this two tiered pocket:

  • First, cut the pocket base by using just the large pocket frame die.
  • Next, use both the pocket frame and the insert (with the stitching holes) to cut the plaid pocket shape out.
  • Now, trim about 1/8″ from the edges of the plaid pocket.  This way, the designer paper from the first die can be seen.
  • Then machine stitch around the inside perimeter of the plaid pocket.
  • Now, stitch the sides and bottom of the recycled jeans label in the center of the plaid pocket.  Leave the top edge open to resemble a watch pocket.
  • Next, center the plaid pocket over the base pocket.  Machine stitch the plaid pocket to the base, but leave the top edge open.
  • Back the pocket with waste chipboard or foam dimensionals and adhere to the card.

Of course, you can use the dies and the label without machine stitching.  I just happen to like the texture this adds.

Proper Gentleman Pocket Card: Details

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

Masculine cards are fun to embellish.

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

To keep with the pocket theme of this card, I chose to alter a Tim Holtz Monocle and TH Idea-Ology Pocket Watch frame.  The brass key is also a found object, picked up during one of my daily walks.  I strung all these items onto a TH Swivel Clasp.  You know how men always have a big old key ring.

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This TH Buckle mimics a belt.  It is held in place with a TH Screw Top Brad.

Proper Gentleman Pocket Card: What’s in Your Pocket

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

To keep with the recycling theme, I used some cardstock scraps  and designer paper scraps to create a little “wallet” to insert in the pocket.  The back edge of the wallet fits into the Eileen Hull pocket while the front edge tucks neatly into the label pocket.

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

Proper Gentleman Pocket Card: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 10

The inside of this card is as handsome as the outside.  I added some fussy cut details, another simple pocket and note card for writing a personal message.  Something about this design makes me think of a crisp, white pocket handkerchief, something which no proper gentleman should be without!

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 11

Now it’s YOUR Turn

You are cordially invited to join in on this fun challenge.  To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic upcycled project.   Then link  up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, April 23.  You can find all the rules and information HERE.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot  at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Did I share some tips, tricks, and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures today?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  To see more masculine card ideas on my blog, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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16 thoughts on “Proper Gentleman Pocket Card

  1. Barb Turpin

    Awesome project! My hubby wears that exact style, they are getting harder to find! Love all your details, the little buckle is adorable, I always forget I have some left in my stash.

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  2. Sara Emily Barker

    Finally here at last! I couldn’t wait to see the details on this card, and I’m so happy to be here tonight–way past my bedtime! What a fabulous second life you have given this Levi’s label. I’ve always loved the Levi’s label; such a classic! You have worked it into your design so perfectly paired with those papers and the die cut pockets. The detail I love the most is your amazing stitching! The idea of the big ole’ key chain with the key found on your walk is a clever detail (I also used something I just picked up a recent walk.) This card is so cool because you’ve included both casual and dress clothing references in your design. Love this to pieces, Kathy! Another wonderfully created project from your talented and creative hands! Sending hugs! Yippee, pollen season is almost over!

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  3. Jessica Eiss

    Your brain is amazing! To think of all this pretty awesome,and any man would be thrilled to get this! Love the details!

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  4. Jenny Marples

    Well what a perfect match Kathy! It almost looks like the jeans label came from the collection itself! Love how you’ve teamed it with these wonderful vintage look papers to make another of your stunning multi-faceted cards xx

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  5. Tracey

    Kathy this is tremendous, I love how you created a pocket in the true denim style using the branding. The stitched edges really mimic the style. A fabulous masculine vibe inside and out and you’ve added those rich reds which I always think work wonderfully with blue denim.
    A beautiful way to recycle and breath new life into that back pocket patch.
    Thanks so much for sharing xx

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  6. Gena L Krannig

    Oh Kathy, what a magnificent masculine card! Every little embellishment is so fantastic! The Levi tag is genius and that plaid pocket looks like the tip of a man’s tie! You have such incredible imagination to use extraordinary things in your crafting. One of your past tips was to look for things to use on one’s cards that aren’t necessarily in the crafts section of stores. Well who would have thought to use a tag off a pair of jeans?! Love it! I think this is definitely my favorite “guy” card so far. Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

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  7. Teresa Cruz

    Awesome upcycled project, love everything, the jeans label, the pocket stands out great and the stiching, do you use regular thread? Sometimes i stich but doesn’t look so thick, it looks great

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  8. Joyce Lennard

    Really like this card Kathy. Male designs are few aand far between, any man would be very happy to get this.

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  9. Martie Rollin

    Love it when items from real life can be incorporated on a project! Well done on this one! And thanks for all the details on re-creating this for ourselves. Much appreciated!!

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  10. Lyla McDaniel

    You are very clever & talented. Love this card, especially using the Levi label!! As always very appreciative of your sharing. Have a great day!!

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  11. Cec

    What a wonderful pocket card. The jeans label makes a great pocket and pairing it with all those very masculine papers and embellishments make a super card for a guy. My husband wears those same jeans and I never thought to save the labels but will do so now.

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  12. Gail S

    Stunning Kathy – I like all of this – but that buckle – oohhh la la – I have some buckles in my stash from TH – need to use those! TFS

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  13. stampersuzz

    Brilliant! I didn’t even notice the levi’s pocket at first glance and then saw how cleverly it fit within the bigger pocket! Love it! Handsome gentlemen’s card with so many perfect embellishments!

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  14. Suzy Q

    Awww! Kathy! Just luv this handsome guy card! And such a great idea! I too save the clothing labels! Some are so unique, I just can’t help myself! And the inside is just as handsome as the outside! Great details! Just luv this idea! Thanks for sharing on this one! Hugs, Suzy Q

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