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
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?
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
Masculine cards are fun to embellish.
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.
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
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.
Proper Gentleman Pocket Card: A Peek Inside
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!
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!
Products from The Funkie junkie Boutique
- Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman DCE
- Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Mini Pocket Watches
- Swivel Clasp, Tim Holtz Idea-Ology
- Tim Holtz Hex Fastener
- Index Clips Fasteners/Tim Holtz Idea-Ology
- Tangy Orange Cardstock
- After Midnight Cardstock
- Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Die
- Tim Holtz Measurements