Yesterday was a lazy day, and my husband and I capped it off with a quick trip to our local snorkeling ponds. And, yes, our "local" ponds are written up in most Hawaii travel guides! So they are well worth the trip for anyone.
But I digress. As I floated on the surface watching all the various, wonderful fish–even a small eel–swim in and out of their pukas, I started thinking about my next project, which is to (finally!) make our own Christmas cards. We’ve already received quite a few ourselves, and many of them have a newsy letter to help us catch up with our far flung family and friends. I want to do the same, but I also don’t want to distract from the pleasure they may have from receiving a hand made card. Seeing the fish swim in and our of their pukas (oh, sorry–a puka is Hawaiian pidgin word for a hole or opening in something), I thought of the pukas in the Diagonal Double Pocket Card (or maybe I should now call it a Diagonal Double Puka Card). That’s when the light bulb went on (didn’t scare the fish, though). I would use one of the pukas in the DDF card for our Christmas letter!
Here one example of the finished product. But I have made some adjustments to the size of the card, and for a couple of reasons.
First, the size paper I used was 8" x 10", cut from Stampin’ Up! 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper. The reasons for cutting the paper to 8" x 10" were:
- One of the strips that is left is 4" wide, which is a very useful size. For example, I can use it as a layer on a 4-1/4" x 5" card front with a nice 1/8" border all around.
- I can cut the 2" strips left on the other side for bookmarks or for other layering projects.
- The height of the finished DDF card becomes 5", which allows me room to have the top of a nice bookmark shown off in one of the pukas, and have the entire project still fit in a standard sized envelope.
I also cut my computer paper to 7-1/2" x 10" (after I print on it). Paper folded from that size fits nicely in the other puka.
The paper for this particular project is a sheet from the Frosty Days Designer Series Paper (113057), some Chocolate Chip Card Stock, and chocolate rub-ons from the Old Saint Nick Rub-Ons pack (112844).
Have you made YOUR Christmas or Holiday cards yet? If not, there’s still plenty of time to order the supplies that you need–and receive free shipping if your order is more than $70! This offer is good until December 23rd. (Hint: don’t wait that long to order stuff for Christmas.) You can order online or by calling (808.854.6145) or e-mailing me to place your order for you.