Happy Monday… it’s also Memorial Day, a day in which we give thanks to those who gave their lives for this country, for our freedom to think, to speak, to worship. Many have no idea what that really means ~ the ultimate sacrifice. Let me say, it’s a privilege to be an American citizen. There are incidences that occur that do not make me proud, and yet, we strive to do better, to be better. On this day as we consider the full meaning of Memorial Day, may we strive to be a better citizen, a better member of this country, a better person.

Today’s card is made with several items from the Stampin’ Up family… the Pretty Flowers embossing folder, Pocket Envelope Dies, Tea Boutique 6×6 DSP, Penned Flowers Dies, Go to Greetings stamp set and Opal Rounds. And, there may be one or two other items as well. :O) I love the Tea Boutique 6×6 DSP – so many ideas float through my head. One of the papers I especially like is the one with the cutest little envelopes with flowers sticking out of it. I pulled out the Pocket Envelope Dies and made a cute pocket for a special note inside it. I used the Go To Greetings stamp set to stamp the sentiment for the note in Orchid Oasis ink. Before I get toon far, here’s the completed card.

Pocket Envelope Dies.1

It’s funny how we can see things in a photo we didn’t notice before… for instance, the bow sdhould be straight on the ‘pocket’. Oh well, that cannot be changed now! That cute bow is made with one of the dies in the Envelope Dies. It comes in two pieces and I added the largest of the Opal Rounds on the bow. This is one of ‘hand deliver’ kind of cards as the bow would be crushed in the mail. And that cue bow would be adorable on small gift boxes. Yet, I digress :O)

The card base is Orchid Oasis card stock with a layer of Basic White, then another layer of Orchid Oasis run through the Pretty Flowers EF. You know, there are two sides that can be used with this EF: embossed and what I’ll call de-bossed. One side has more raised impressions and other more outline.

Pretty Flowers Embossing Folder.1
Pretty Flowers Embossing Folder.2

Can you see the difference in the two? I chose to use side 2. And here’s the back side of the ‘pocket’ and where I added Tear ‘n Tape to adhere it to the card front.

Pocket Envelope Dies.2

One thing to notice is side 2 of the DSP, cuz this will show at the top of the pocket. While I added a ‘note’ inside it, it does still show, so just be aware of that when putting your card or something else together. The size of the ‘note’ is about the size of a credit card, if not just a bit longer. I wanted the sentiment on it to show. :O) Orchid Oasis for the note base and a Basic White piece adhered to it after stamping. Nothing else.

For the inside of the card, I wanted to carry out the idea of the envelope on the DSP, filled with flowers. The Pocket Envelope Dies has small leaves, so I die cut several of those in Garden Green. The flowers were die cut from Penned Flowers Dies in both Fresh Freesia and Orchid Oasis. I used small scraps to adhere to the back side of the flowers contrasting the background. I thought we had an envelope die, maybe in a past set… anyway, I created my own kind of ‘willy nilly’.

Pocket Envelope Dies, inside

Didn’t this turn out sweet? It looks very similar to the ‘envelope bouquet on the DSP! The leaves were all adhered with dabs of liquid glue while many of the flowers have mini dimensionals on the back to create depth – even though it’s the inside of the card. This is probably my favorite part of this card ~ the inside.

OK, the envelope… an embossed piece of Orchid Oasis was added to the flap and a bouquet was stamped in Memento ink on the front, then colored with Fresh freesia and Orchid Oasis Stampin’ Blends. That very sweet bouquet is from Happiness Abounds stamp set.

Here’s a photo of the card, envelope.

Pocket Envelope Dies.4

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