2- Introducing Kylie Swain, Papertrey Apprentice!

By April 13, 2008General

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Do you remember back in February when we announced the winner of our second Papertrey Apprentice contestKylie Swain was announced the winner and I was so excited to have the opportunity to work with her point of view since she lives in the Australia.  She is a VERY talented stamper (you can see Kylie’s Blog here) and I was anxious to see what she had in mind!  In her email she told me a lot about the bond that she has with her father and I found it very inspiring. 

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Kylie was kind enough to make a special project to share with all of you using the images she inspired.  She also had a few things to share about her experience:

What was it like working on a stamp set? 

It was so exciting.  I’ve never been involved in anything like this before and I didn’t know what to expect.  I am really impressed with the process of putting together a stamp set.  I would love to do more one day.

How were you involved in the process?

I gave my suggestions to Nichole (all 7 of them!!! LOL) and some images in mind.  I sent Nichole an image of a tree from a "male card" class I attended a while ago and she took it from there.  It is so amazing to see your thoughts on paper!

Why did you decide on the theme that you did?

I really wanted a masculine set as there aren’t a lot out there.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I find making males card difficult.  I have a close relationship with my dad and I just love the sentiments that Nichole came up with.  I’m pretty sure there are a few he would agree with! LOL

Which of the quotes best reflects the relationship you have
with your father?

I think it would be – "You gave me the greatest gift that anyone could give another person; you believed in me".  I also really love and find funny "A true father carries pictures in his wallet where his money used to be".  Not that I kept my dad broke, but I know he would like that one too!

NOW ONTO NICHOLE’S PROJECT:

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One of the things I love about the theme that Kylie suggested is gaining the ability to easily put into words exactly how we feel about our fathers.  I know every year I search high and low throughout the internet & idea books, trying to find the perfect sentiment for my dad on both his birthday and father’s day.  This set has a total of NINE fatherly quotes that will pull at your heartstrings.  I can hardly wait for the set to be revealed so that you can see the collection of verses for yourself!  As Kylie mentioned before, one of her favorite quotes from her set is the one at the right.  That quote is the inspiration for today’s project!

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What better to hold a quote like that than an actual wallet card?  I started with a piece of cardstock cut to 7 inches high & 8.5 inches wide, scored in half on the 7 inch side @ 3.5 inches.

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I then adhered rectangles of patterned paper (from the Father Knows Best 12×12 Patterned Paper Collection) to each half.  It is important to do two pieces, rather than one large piece that overlaps the fold.

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I scored the cardstock in half in the opposite direction.  Next, I stitched along the top & bottom edges of the cardstock strip.  The reason why I am doing this step is because I wanted there to be decorative stitching around the top edge of the wallet, but it of course could not be sewn shut.

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Next I adhered created a pocket for the wallet.  I started with a 3.75 x 2.75 inch rectangle of the same brown cardstock.  I notched the top of it with a circle punch.  I then stitched it place.

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To fasten the ends down of my first round of stitching I used crystal clear scotch tape.

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I was then ready to finish assembly of the wallet by folding it back in half and stitching up either end.  After trimming the threads on those ends, I fastened them with tiny drops of clear glue and allowed them to dry for a few minutes while I moved onto the next step.

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The pocket needed something to hold, so I traced a credit card onto white cardstock and cut it out.  I then covered it with a few more papers from the same 12×12 collection.  I stamped the sentiment with Burnt Umber Palette ink and punched it out with a 1.5-inch circle punch.

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The card looks right at home once it is inserted into the pocket!

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Here’s a shot of the final project.  I really like the patterned lining of the wallet.  I think it is such a nice detail!

So what could you put IN the wallet?  Here’s a short list to start you off:

  • a mini album with pictures of his children/grandchildren
  • coupons for personal services from you, like having the lawn mowed or a rain check for a special outing.
  • gift card to his favorite restaurant or store
  • a special handwritten note from a child
  • an appointment card for a nice massage at the local spa

I’d love to hear anything else that you can think of that I can add to the list!

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STAMPS: Father Knows Best from Papertrey Ink

INK: Burnt Umber Palette Ink

PAPER: brown Prism cardstock, Father Knows Best 12×12 Patterned Paper Collection

OTHER: sewing machine & thread, 1.5 inch circle punch from EK Success

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Amy has some fun things to share with you as she presents her contribution to the countdown this month.

Alli has yet another project that will amaze you!  You’re gonna love the versatility of her new floral set!

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Join the discussion 56 Comments

  • 1
    Tessa says:

    How cute is that?! I am loving this set! Great job Kylie!

  • 2
    Gina says:

    Wow! Who would ever think to make a card that looks like a wallet but you, Nichole! This will be perfect for my father in law!

  • 3
    C Burke says:

    What a clever card! Another idea for something to include would be money-sized notes with memories or special things about your father.

  • 4
    Karen says:

    That wallet is just a kick!

  • 5
    Sue says:

    What a cute card, Nichole. Ah, if only I could figure out how to use my sewing machine! I can’t wait to get that stamp set and the paper.

  • 6
    Debbie Olson says:

    Every single day you amaze me, Nichole. . . I *love* this wallet!

  • 7

    This is brilliant. Such a cute idea and perfectly executed! The dp is just stunning!

  • 8
    Aussie Kylie says:

    WOW. Thank you for those lovely words Nichole. Who would have thought that a card I made would be featured on YOUR blog !! OMG!!!
    What a fantastic card idea. I have to go out and buy a sewing machine now !! LOL
    I cannot wait to see the rest of the sets.
    K-xxx

  • 9
    Carol Ann says:

    What a great set to have on hand. We certainly don’t have enough masculine sayings. Thanks for filling in the void.

  • 10
    Terri Trotter Earley says:

    That is the cutest card I have seen. My Dad is getting a replica! Yet again your creativity has touched me and I will be placing my order on the 15th. Thank you so much!

    It’s a good life!
    Terri E.

  • 11
    Diane S. says:

    You are amazing! This is so clever. I love the versatility of this set and agree that it will be a great asset to creating masculine cards. THANK YOU!!!

  • 12
    Bonnie Sharp says:

    Once again I am flabber-ghasted!! Fabulous!

  • 13
    Linda Roberts says:

    So cute, love the men sets there are just not enough of them. I’ve seen the wallet cards before but never tried one, no I’ll have more inspriation. Thanks, Linda

  • 14
    Victoria says:

    I just love this idea, and I think this is now a must stamp set…no more boring typical Father’s Day cards!

    Thanks,
    Victoria

  • 15
    Carrie says:

    Love the sets & colors coming out this month! And Alli is really following in your footsteps with her great projects!

  • 16
    Sara says:

    The wallet idea is FAB, LOVE IT!

  • 17
    Michelle says:

    The wallet idea is fabulous but I bet Dads aren’t the only ones who would enjoy this. I know a lot of little boys who would think it’s a ‘big deal’ to have their own wallet too! Awesome fun way to give gift cards!

  • 18
    Anya says:

    What a great set! Thank you, Kylie for creating a set that will fill yet another niche. The sentiments look great, and I can’t wait to see it in its entirety.

  • 19
    Monika says:

    Fantastic project! Love the colors and the stitching… so real looking… TFS!

  • 20
    Bee says:

    This little wallet is awesome, and the carstock really look like leather! 🙂
    What a great idea!

  • 21
    Bee says:

    This little wallet is awesome, and the carstock really look like leather! 🙂
    What a great idea!

  • 22
    Lesa says:

    I love this wallet idea. With Graduation just around the corner that will be a great holder for a gift card for the Grad. Since both my father and father-in-law are no longer with us I still plan to get this set so hopefully in the future I can help my grandchildren make Father’s Day cards for their fathers. Love the set.

  • 23
    veronica says:

    love that phrase. funny!

  • 24
    niccole-k says:

    Awsome job on the wallet … A person could use this idea for any occasion. Thanks for all the insipration ~

  • 25
    Luci says:

    I love the way your mind works Nichole. This is an adorable project, something we can use in place of a card. And so perfect for the men in our lives. Thanks!

  • 26
    Katie D. says:

    I love this idea! I almost always give my Dad gift cards, so I instantly thought of putting a gift card in that pocket. So clever, Nichole!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  • 27
    Summer says:

    I have just recently found your site and blog about 2 months ago and it is now a regular stop for me, this kind of creativity is definetely a big reason why! I love this I can’t wait for my husband to be out doing something so I can try my hand at this! Every year we give him homemade coupons and this is a great way to make them even more special this year! You all are amazing at Papertrey!

  • 28
    Natasha says:

    Oh my God, this is so clever! I love this card. I am going to make this card for my Dear Husband for father’s day and place some pictures of our 3 kids inside the “wallet”. It is so perfect. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • 29
    Ying says:

    That was very creative and the quote just made me Laugh. Thanks for sharing Amy.

  • 30
    Robin says:

    LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT! And so will my Dad!

  • 31
    Robin says:

    LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT! And so will my Dad!

  • 32
    Ying says:

    I meant to say Thanks Nicole for sharing Amy’s and Allie’s blog.

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    Kristy says:

    I am in love with this idea! My Dad is at that stage of life where he really doesn’t need anything, so we like to get him gift cards for restaurants, car washes, movies, etc. I think I will case your wallet and fill it up with gift cards for Father’s Day. He’ll be thrilled!

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    Amy Hoogstad says:

    Nice to “meet” you, Kylie! Glad to read that you had fun during this intensive process.

    Nichole – WOW once again. This is fabulous!!

  • 35
    Debra says:

    This wallet is the best idea ever! I actually made my dad a card last year with that saying on it about the pictures instead of the money. Guess that means I’ll HAVE to get this set!

  • 36

    I might give my husband/dad a coin from the year his child was born. A special keepsake! Great idea on the wallet!

  • 37
    Granna on the Go says:

    Love the detail of the wallet. The stitching really adds to the perfect detail for the card. Love the card insert and love the sentiment! Outstanding card!

  • 38

    I was excited about the tree, but now I’m even more excited about the compass rose that you’ve included. It’s such a nice graphic image, and I’m always on the lookout for pretty ones that are not too large. Jackpot!

  • 39
    Keyser Glancy says:

    My husband came home from work not too long ago with a funny “haha” from his co-workers – they had xeroxed dollar bills and cropped out Washington,Ben Franklin etc. and put my husbands face in instead. My kids think they are hillarious and play with them all the time. This would be a great idea to put inside your unbelievable wallet card!

  • 40
    Michelle says:

    I love the little wallet you creative. You have such wonderful ideas! Keep them coming! 🙂

  • 41
    Annapurna says:

    I loved this idea so much I “CASN”ed (Copy And Stamp Nothing) it already to use for my nephew’s birthday today. My dad passed away, but I like what I see already.

  • 42
    Judy S says:

    Another fantastic project and tutorial!

  • 43
    Kiim says:

    Brilliant! Love all of your creations from this month’s release…they’re beautiful!

  • 44
    Sharon says:

    This wallet card is amazing! And I love the sentiment too.

  • 45
    Lindsay says:

    This is so neat! I will absolutely give this one a go for Father’s Day this year!

  • 46

    Oh my gosh this is so fabulous!!! An absolutely perfect solution to the continual guy “card” dilemma.

  • 47
    Nicole says:

    what an awesome set of stamps! Brilliant! I agree it is difficult to find stamps and other things for “men”!
    This will fill the gap!
    Great work Kylie and Nichole!

  • 48

    This card almost made me cry! Awesome job!

  • 49
    sue snyder says:

    great ideas I love the turtle and the wallet. thanks so much and congrades I be watching for more. Sue

  • 50
    Jamie says:

    I think it would be neat to make some fake money using family pictures in the place of the presidents. You could also write notes on the “funny money.” Who hasn’t gotten a dollar with something written on it!? Or your “funny money” could be redeemable for time or services. I’m giving this one a try!

  • 51
    Jodi says:

    My grandpa always said it was bad to luck to give a wallet without money in it. ;o) I love the gift card idea. And I love the slips of money sized paper with sentiments, idea. I think it would be cool to make it into a mini album of sorts, with old family photos, maybe of him and his father and his children. Like the sleeves of photos you carry in your wallet. LOVE the card idea. Thanks! Can’t wait to make one!

  • 52
    Calypso says:

    trop beau
    bravo

  • 53
    Calypso says:

    trop beau
    bravo

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  • 56
    Linda Griessel says:

    Hi

    Thanks for sharing this. I made my wallet card and received lots of compliments. This is a wonderful man card, the only missing part was that it contained a wording note and not a moneynote. It is a wonderful idea to put the money note at the back and the wording in the front pocket.
    Linda (George, Western Cape, SA)

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