Happy Birthday Elise! (Paper Wallet Gift Card Holder)

Tuesday is my dear friend, Elise’s birthday! What better day to celebrate than to be a part of my very first blog hop with lots of her friends?! The lovelies from the “Just Us Girls” Challenge, aka: JUGs, organized this fun surprise birthday hop for her! Elise, being the fabulous paper crafter/designer that she is, creates the loveliest of cards and stamped pieces and is a fabulous designer for several scrap & embellishment companies. I learned more about the scrapbook industry from her in one weekend at CHA than I could have ever hoped to on my own. Elise is also one AMAZING fine artist.  AND, she’s my favorite cowgirl! So this project is a special birthday treat for her and a free download and tutorial for you. Please sure to check out all the links at the end of this post and when you find yourself at Elise’s blog, Mamacow Creations, I’d just love if you would leave her a nice birthday sentiment- Thank you.

For this paper wallet project, download the two free PDF files, No.1 HERE and No. 2 HERE. Print images to bright white cardstock using your printers finest settings. You can tell I don’t mind using my printer’s ink for some projects. I wouldn’t recommend printing multiples of this project, but if you are doing one or two, I think it’s worth the ink. If you are doing many, you may want to consider purchasing some brown cardstock or scrapbook paper to use instead of the brown textured leather images.

File No. 2 has a pocket image with HAPPY BIRTHDAY and another blank for other uses.

After printing and before trimming, you may opt to cover all with Contact paper, front and back for a more permanent piece. You can also create another long back pocket for bills. To make templates for creating wallets from beautifully patterned scrapbook paper, print the files in black and white at a reduced screen level.

Once pieces are printed, trim out each piece. Use only one of the angled pockets.

Score pieces to fold along flaps and fold back flaps. Create one or two scores down the center of the wallet front and back.Glue flaps back.

Use a rounder punch (or scissors as the very last step of the project) to round off the corners of all pieces where needed. Not all corners will be rounded, such as around the folds of the pockets.

Assemble all brown pieces stacked, back those up to the marbled hair image and head off to your sewing machine. Stitch around all pieces using a stitch that closely simulates a leather stitch.

To personalize, create a little name “tag” and either stitch to angle pocket under HAPPY BIRTHDAY before assembling pieces or sew an in-place zig-zag stitch onto your tag and glue in place after wallet assembly.
Once the wallet is sewn together, trim edges if necessary to complete. (I’ll be including a cute horse button from an old award rosette, perfect for the woman who raises horses.)

Now, tuck some goodies into the pockets! I included a photo of Elise with Tim Holtz, my favorite Elise Durenberger painting, The Jimtown Truck, and a gift card for a lunch date with me!

Happy Birthday Elise!!

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28 Responses to Happy Birthday Elise! (Paper Wallet Gift Card Holder)

  1. #1 - Dana Gustafson says:

    Well bust my buttons! This is pure Cathe Holden craft MAGIC! If this wallet was any more cowgirl cute it would hop right up and yell, what else? but YEEEE-HAWWWW! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing your project PDF and technique with us….I don’t think I can resist making one of these with contact paper for my purse it is so cute! Elise is going to fall over when she sees what you have made in her honor. A work of art, truly….

  2. #2 - wendy baker says:

    you my friend(taking liberties here), are so freakishly gifted. as gifted as deeply as the grand canyon kind of gifted. a bottomless pit of generosity to go with that. i can think of more than one person that would go ga-ga or yee-haw for this wallet. i want to make it with duct tape over it. of course dana is right, it is a total fit for contact paper or lamination of pre-construction parts.
    i must see if i can do this. it challenges every inexperienced paper using finger in my body. thank you for the new challenge as well as the cleverness of what is essentially you.
    thank you for sharing the how-tos.

  3. #3 - Karen says:

    Holey camole macarole! Now that is one fine birthday card/gift/wallet! And so fabulously custom fitted for Elise! You and I both love that Jimtown truck painting of hers (I get lost in its bumper…wonderful!). :>

    Thanks for the tutorial and PDFs! Always love how simply you lay it all out for us. And reading through it, gives me time to pick my jaw up off the floor after seeing what new creations you have to treat us to! :>

  4. #4 - Elise says:

    Look OUT your window…. Down the road a-piece… and o-er the hills towards the north east… COTATI! If you see a red glow… it’s not the sunset… or the sunrise… IT’S MY CHEEKS! My aura of “I’m NOT worthy!” and how, oh, how..? How did my MOST wonderful friends DO this? YOU crafty lil’ craftresses! I am MOST humbled, happy and suddenly, thinking my BIG number isn’t alllllllllll that bad! Punctuated by the fact that the MOST darling, creative and truly KIND and thoughtful personalities in my world have assembled, via LINKY! {I really feel “modern” now!} … to showcase SUCH fabulous craft, on my behalf… {Oh, gosh… here come the TEARS, again! I’m pheclempt… t’walk amongst y’selves!}… THIS is outstanding! But, then, oh THEN… you MADE/Crafted/INVENTED this wallet, thinking of ME!?! I am SPEECHLESS! What’s better, a Cathe Holden project WITH MY NAME ON IT???????? or a LUNCH certificate with CATHE HOLDEN, herself! Ohhhhhhhh, goodness! It’s the perfect STORM of fabulousness! Yes, please! I love it ALLLLLLLLLLL! Thank you, my darling friend, your kind words, ALONE, have sealed the deal on my gratitude and joy for this new year. No longer is the “bigness” of the numbers bringing me concern, because I know that part of the glory and wisdom of this number has brought me to a friendship WITH lovely YOU and all of the kind and AMAZING crafty friends who have graciously agreed to participate in the fun! {The fact that this is YOUR first blog hop!?! Whoa, Nellie! Or should I say “Whoa, Shawna!” – your lovely wallet looks like a snippet of our beloved mare! ~ I am BEYOND a description of my gratitude!} All I can say, at this point is… THANK YOU, dear girl! Your words, your craft {!}, your thoughtful and love-filled participation… well, YOU know what I’ve been through, creatively, etc. in the last 5 years… It’s ALL been worth it, to get here! Thanks, EVER so much, for making it all worth it! I love you, dear FRIEND! Thanks, AGAIN! This day is SWEETER than EVER! I love, love, LOVE your creation! {But I love YOU, most of all!}

    Yeeeeee Haaaaaaaaawwwwww!

  5. #5 - Laura says:

    fantastic – just pinned this!

  6. #6 - LeAnne says:

    Well, this will get a big yee-haw from Elise for sure! Thanks for the download and always having such great fresh ideas!!!

  7. #7 - Kathryn Berthiame says:

    Wow! Is this ever just the most creative and well thought out birthday present for the cowgirl we all know and love! Love it Cathe!

  8. #8 - Andrea Matthews says:

    WOWZAS! What an AMAZING birthday gift! It looks JUST LIKE a real wallet!!! WOW! And the contents are fabulous! So perfect for a cowgirl, like Elise! Cathe, BEAUTIFUL work! I’m sure Elise will treasure this as much as she treasures your friendship! Thanks for the links to the downloads! WOW, WOW, WOW!!!

  9. #9 - Viviana says:

    Awesome project, may have to try it out for my GF’s! Thanks for hosting the blog hop too.
    Cheers, Viviana

  10. #10 - Terre Fry says:

    Wow, stunning, you are truly a very taleted lady. Nicely done I think I saw that red glow all the way in Arizona as Elise was beaming so brightly from such an amazing creation.

  11. #11 - Rosemary D says:

    wowee zowee!! what a FANTASTIC project and so very, very perfect for the birthday girl… ELISE!! i know she is OVER THE MOON excited by your crafty gift of love/friendship!! (thanks for the download… may have to give it a try… yeehaw!)

  12. #12 - Andi Sexton says:

    Oh.my.gosh!!!! This is fabulous! What a perfect gift for Elise!
    The photo of her and Tim is hands down a fabulous ‘touch’!!


  13. #13 - Amy Baldwin says:

    How amazing is this! I am sure she will love it! I can’t believe that is paper! It totally looks like actual leather! Gorgeous!

  14. #14 - cath says:

    Cathe, this is perfect!
    My neice-in-law is turning 30. She loves creating but has very little time and she also rescues animals including 2 horses. I know she will go ape over this, thanks so much for sharing.

  15. #15 - Tammy Hershberger says:

    What a fabulous design, and perfectly suited for Elise!

  16. #16 - Vicki K. says:

    I!m going to make this for Father’s Day for my Louis L’amour fan father! Thank you Cathe!

  17. #17 - Frankie says:

    Wow! I can’t even imagine such a card!!! So very creative!! I love your blog come here daily to see what new creations you have come up with, such a creative mind of yours and also reminisce over all of your past creations!! Thank you for being so brilliant!!

  18. #18 - Veronica says:

    What a fabulous gift card holder! It really is worth all that printing – it’s simply gorgeous! Thanks so much for the printable – this one’s a keeper and will be used over and over! Happy Birthday Elise!

  19. #19 - Saucy Chick Sherry says:

    This is such a great personalized gift. Anyone would benefit from a gift like this. Love this creation…

  20. #20 - Rachel says:

    GAH! This is crazy cute. I LOVE the pony hair! You come up with the most amazing things! Thanks so much, I’ll be linking.

  21. #21 - Jenn says:

    Well that is just adorable!

  22. #22 - Amy Locurto says:

    That’s SO ADORABLE!! Lucky girl:-)

  23. #23 - Sheila Meinecke says:

    What a unique gift and birthday “card” all in one!

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  25. #24 - Traci says:

    I made this!!! What a great gift and sooooo easy!!!! Thank you so much for all your freebies…you are so talented!!!! Mine looked so professional, I had to actually tell people that I MADE IT!!!! 🙂

  26. #25 - julie Ann says:

    I so love this one.. I can never find something like this give.. you go girl..

  27. #26 - SheeDel says:

    Aww. Lucky Elise 🙂

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