Deb Marie Phillips- Creative Reads Bookmark

March 16, 2009



You’ll need:

2 complementary pieces of scrapbook paper, each one 1 ½” x 6″

2 pieces of the cardstock hanger thing from the sweepstakes paper and embellishments pack, each one to measure 1 3/8″ x 5 7/8″

Glossy coating of your choice (I used a waterbase polyurethane)

Glue stick

Embellishments (stickers, 4 flowers, 2 ribbons, 4 rhinestones)

Sewing machine


Prepare the flowers:  Set the 4 flowers down onto a non-stick surface and give them a good coat of glossy polyurethane (or whatever you’re using).  Allow to dry and apply as many coats as necessary to make them shine.  The first coat soaks right into them, then subsequent layers begin to form a seal.  Allow to dry thoroughly.


Make the base:  Using the glue stick, glue the 2 cardstock pieces together, printed sides facing one another.  When doing this, leave a ½” margin at the top free of glue.


Glue stick the scrapbook pieces of paper to both sides.  You now have your bookmark base.   Decorate your bookmark with any flat embellishments, (you don’t want to ruin your book with embellishments digging into the pages).


Cut 2 complementary ribbons like so: cut 1 and the other ” long.  Fold each one in half separately (the duller sides facing one another) and glue stick together, leaving the top loop unglued to make for a nice detail.  Allow to dry.


Zigzag stitch all the way around your bookmark.  When you’re stitching the top edge, stick the cut ends in between the cardstock pieces before stitching.


Coat each side of the bookmark with layers of glossy poly and allow to dry thoroughly.


Stitch two flowers to each ribbon (back to back with the ribbon in the middle)  just below the loop using a zigzag-in-place stitch.  Glue a rhinestone in the middles of the flowers.  Do the same thing with the remaining ribbon, flowers and rhinestones.







Deb Marie Phillips- Craft Cash Wallet

March 16, 2009

You’ll need:


2 complementary pieces of scrapbook paper, each cut 7 ¾” x 8 ¾”.

1 piece of Pellon Peltex cut 7 ¾” x 8 ¾”.  Be sure to avoid the fold in the Pellon, as it can cause wrinkles in your final piece.

2 pieces Heavy Duty Pellon Wonder Under Fusible Web, each cut 7 ¾” x 8 ¾”.

2 buttons

Quick-set glue of your choice


Adhere each rectangle of Wonder Under to each side of the Peltex per manufacturer’s instructions.  Allow to cool.  Remove one of the paper backings from the web and position one of the scrapbook papers to one side of the Peltex.  Fuse it per the manufacturer’s instructions.  Flip the sandwich over and do the same thing to the other side.  Allow to cool.  You now have your base.


Take your pattern and lay it on top of your sandwich, inside of the wallet facing up.  Cut it out, taking care to not bend your project. 


Leave the pattern on the project and place a straightedge along one of the fold lines of the pattern.  Carefully fold the edge up, towards the middle section.  Turn the project around (inside of the wallet still facing up) and straightedge fold the other line. 


Using a marker that matches the papers, color the edges of the project piece.  Now distress the whole OUTSIDE of the wallet with sandpaper, if desired.


Stitch the button onto the bottom third of the wallet, near the bottom, making sure you’re attaching it to the outside of the wallet, so that when it’s folded up and stitched, the button remains on the outside.  Put a drop of quick-set glue on the button threads inside the wallet.


Zigzag stitch along the bottom edge of the project piece.  (When completed, this edge becomes the top of the pocket and the flap covers this edge when closed.)


Fold this pocket up and stitch all the way around the 3 sides of the wallet (the bottom is just a fold).


Attach the flap button to the flap.  I positioned mine in line with the pocket button, but you can certainly attach it wherever you want.  Again, add a drop of quick-set glue to the button threads for security.


Embellish your wallet to your liking, keeping in mind that decorations protruding too much will catch on things inside of your purse and could cause damage to your wallet.


Coat the whole OUTSIDE of the wallet with soft gel medium.  I tinted mine with a little bit of acrylic craft paint.  This makes the distressing pop and gives the whole outside a nice tone.  I allowed mine to dry and then gave it a second coat.  Note:  When coating, be careful not to glue your button down along the edges.


Take a piece of the Stretch Magic cording and make a loop.  Tie the two ends together in a knot, leaving the tails about 2″ long (to work with in a minute).  Before knotting, work with the elastic to make sure the loop is going to easily go over the bottom button.  You don’t want it too tight or too loose.  That’s why I use this elastic cording: it’s very forgiving!  DO NOT trim the tails.


Loop this over the flap button, tails at the top, with the loop pointing down towards the end goal button.  Take the two tails you left yourself and bring them under the button and tie once.  Then bring them back up around the button to the top and tie in a double knot.  Carefully add a drop of quick-set glue to this knot and hold it in place for a minute to make certain it’s set.  Once you’re sure it’s dry, trim the tails so that they’re hidden under the button.