I searched and searched to find something different & distinctive since she has been stamping for soooo long and I wanted to do something nice (to showcase my budding card making skills). I decided upon a pocket card. Since I didn't have and super sticky tape, I decided to break out the beloved Cropodile and a couple eyelet to keep the pocket from falling apart.
Both of us are on Split Coast Stampers email list for the weekly tutorial - to my horror, the technique they selected to highlight - you guessed it - the pocket card. I'm not good at hiding my feelings (hence I never EVER play poker), so when she pulled up the weekly tutorial - I almost fell out of my chair. My mind immediately kicked into gear - "how can I make it special??!!? I know - she loves motion cards - I'll add a pinwheel spinner for the pull out section" After all, I'd been just drooling to make one after I found instructions at http://spazzgirldaily.blogspot.com/search/label/tutorial
This is my first attempt at the spinner & I guess I was in too much of a hurry, because I must confess, I did not read and follow all instructions. I tinkered and tinkered - thought I'd destroyed it once, and kept on tinkering to the point that I thought I was going to be late for work. I added the yellow strips because the unruly spinner kept falling out. (you see, I don't own the word window punch - yet - so I had to cut the slot by hand with the trusty Exacto knife and the slot was just a touch too big). Anyway, my pretty card is really a "stop motion" card because I missed the step about leaving enough room in the back for the spinner to spin.
At first she didn't realize that it was for her, we are always sharing our latest creations to each other. When she opened up the little insert card (no you don't get to see the inside greeting - it's not your birthday - it's Alison's) she got so excited that she was going to get to keep this one.
Being the friend that I am - I took my cue from her published birthday wish list (see the aforementioned blog site if you are still looking for gift ideas for the occasion) and decided her gift would be in the form of money to purchase stamping supplies.
So, on Saturday, remember to sing Miss Alison a hearty rendition of "Happy Birthday"