Couch Surprise Card Tutorial


Well the PC has been set up at our new home (thanks to Chris!) so I can now post a couple of things that I created and photographed before we boxed up and moved out!

Firstly, remember the card I created for Challenge 13: Cherished Colour?
I said I’d explain the chaos in the background later didn’t I? I know this is much later but I still thought I’d tell ya! This card is a copy of my winning PTI August GSS entry; I was creating a tutorial to show how I made my ‘couch surprise’ card so was taking pics every step of the way creating this! Now I’ve managed to edit some of the pics, I figured I’d share with you all how I made it. It’s easy peasy if I can make it and suits just about any occasion and recipient!

So without further ado, how to make a ‘couch surprise card’…

Step 1
Stamp out your couch and colour (I used a circle nestie to stamp inside and promarkers to colour with directly onto Kraft card – I love colouring onto Kraft! I also added some detail with a white gel pen)
Then using a craft knife, cut across the top of the cushions you’d sit on (this is where the money slides out!)
Step 2
Now to make the pocket that will hold the money. I decided to use vellum as it’s thinner than PTI cardstock so will slide easily in and out of the slit in the couch.
I figured it’s easier to show you the template I created with the measurements written by the side (in centimetres). It’s easy if you start with a piece 14cm x 4.25cm and alter to recreate the following pic. After cutting this out, score down the 1cm flaps and across where the narrow strip meets the wide part.

Step 3
Fold the side tabs inwards first, then stick them to the narrow strip. I do it this way so the back of my pocket remains a smooth piece of vellum without any risk of glue or folded tabs making it get stuck!
As you can see on the pic, the tabs are glued inside the pocket rather than wrapped around the outer sides so the back is tab free (gosh I hope that makes sense!) Step 4
I then stamped my cushion onto cardstock and cut a thin piece of card slightly narrower than the cushion. Apply some thin sticky tape to the top of the pillow and attach the card. The reason I apply it to the top of the pillow is so the pillow sits nicely on the sofa and overhangs on the slit in the sofa.
The strip of card is then stuck to my vellum pocket (the card adds more stability for when the pocket is pulled and pushed – vellum will tend to crumple!)After creating the pocket, test it in the sofa to make sure it moves freely and nothing catches!Step 5
Next, prepare the card blank BUT DON’T STICK IT TOGETHER YET (go on, ask me how I know LOL!) You need a card blank and another layer on top – I’ve picked kraft as a base and New Leaf as the layer here (scrummy!) but you can choose whatever the occasion suits! Plan where you want the sofa to be, and using a pencil, draw around the circle (or whatever shape your sofa is on!) remember you need enough room for the pocket to hide so portrait is the best orientation for this kinda card!Step 6
Using a craft knife, cut a large gap to ensure your pocket will fit nicely behind this layer. Leave enough of a border to stick down your sofa though. I love that I don’t have to be too accurate with this and as no-one sees it, it doesn’t matter if it’s a little messy!
Step 7
Stick the sofa onto the card, threading the pocket through the gap you’ve just cut out.
Step 8
Decorate the rest of the front panel (I’ve wrapped coordinating vellum around the bottom half; drawn around the sofa circle with a white gel pen using the nestie it was cut with; cut another circle with the a sentiment on and added some yummy enchanted evening ribbon) Then add plenty of 3-D foam around the edges of the card, though not in the middle as this will prevent your pocket from working!

Step 9
Put your treat into the pocket (I went with a £10 note but it depends on just how generous you’re feeling ;D) and place the pocket back into the sofa.
Then attach the layer to your base card

Step 10
Ta Dah! Couch surprise card complete!

Card with sliding tab down…
…pillow picked up to find a nice treat down the back of the sofa!
So there ya go – a couch surprise card in 10 easy steps! This card totally justifies the purchase of the On My Couch stamp set for me, I did wonder if I’d ever use it but I ADORE it!

I hope somebody found my tutorial kinda interesting or useful….obviously you can alter some of the dimensions for your own requirements! If you do have a go I’d love to see the results!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Catch ya later!

Challenge 13: Cherished Colour


Firstly, sorry so much for the delay in posting this! I’m back at work now and still in the process of moving apartments – oh excuses, excuses I know, I’m just being a bad blogger aren’t I? LOL! I PROMISE to be more organised from this day forward – honest!

I was overwhelmed with the amount of entries and stunning CAS cards for the last challenge – you all really captured the CAS style so well!

Well I hope you’re all ready for the next challenge?! This week there’s no excuse for not playing along because this week we want you to create a card using your favourite colour. This challenge should get your mojo going if you can indulge in your fave colour to start with!

Firstly my fave colour without a doubt is green! Some say I like it because I can turn into a green-eyed monster at times but I say I like it because it’s fresh and fun just like PTI’s Leaf Green *drool*!

Here’s my example (ignore the chaos in the background – I’ll explain later!):

Recipe: (All Papertrey Ink unless otherwise stated)
Stamps – On My Couch
Card – Kraft/New Leaf/Pure Poppy/Enchanted Evening
Ink – Memento Black/Fresh Snow

Other – Enchanted Evening Satin Ribbon/Circle Nestability/Vellum/£10 LOL!

Here’s Kate’s – using her all-time favourite and beloved Aqua Mist 😉 (No surprises there then Kate LOL!)

Recipe: (All Papertrey Ink unless otherwise stated)
Stamps – In Bloom
Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black
Card – Kraft/Vintage Cream
Ribbon – Vintage Cream
Other – Copic Markers/sewing machine/adhesive pearls/Martha Stewart border punch/corner rounder punch

Now here’s the deets, the challenge ends at 9am BST on Monday 21st September. An entry will be randomly selected to win a selection of PTI Cardstock, Designer Paper and Ribbon (The prize can only be shipped within Europe – sorry!) To enter for a chance to win or just to share your creativity (entries worldwide are welcome for just fun!), simply leave a comment with a link to your entry via a blog post or online gallery. To qualify all entries must use at least one PTI product!

I can’t wait to see all your favourite colours – how many more green fans are there out there?


1. Lesley
2. Vicki
3. Antje
4. Tina
5. Linby
7. Vanessa
8. Laurel (from the USA – thanks for playing along!!)
9. Dana
10. Dawn
11. Ann
12. Nina
13. Chris
14. Chris (2nd Entry)
15. Emma

Papertrey ATC Swap

Finally, here we are with details of our first Swap!

Being very conscious of limited PTI supplies we thought what better than an ATC Swap (ATC’s are little pieces of Art Work that measure 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″)

My Example:
….& the fantastic thing about ATC’s is they make excellent Card Toppers for a quick & easy card….

Recipe: Stamps – Heart Prints, Damask Designs & Polka Dot Basis II / Card & Ink – True Black, Enchanted Evening & Raspberry Fizz / Ribbon – Saddle Stitched Grosgrain Enchanted Evening / Other – EK Success Edge Punch & Paper Piercing Tool
Kate’s Examples:

Recipe: (All Papertrey Ink unless stated)
Stamps – On My Couch/On My Couch Additions/Background Basics – Retro
Ink – Pure Poppy/Versamark/Memento Tuxedo Black
Card – Stamper’s Select White/Enchanted Evening/Pure Poppy
Ribbon – Pure Poppy twill
Other – Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder/white embossing powder/corner rounder punch
Recipe: (All Papertrey Ink unless stated)
Stamps – On My Couch
Ink – Hibiscus/Sweet Blush/Memento Tuxedo Black
Card – Vintage Cream/Hibiscus
Other – sewing machine

If you want to join in, please leave your name & email here, further details will follow when all spaces are filled (or by 05/08/09 at the latest)

Stephanie & Kate x

*No More Spaces*
ATC’s will be due in by 31 August 2009
Other brands can be used (cardstock, embellishments, ribbon etc.) but Stamps & Designer Paper must be PTI
2. Kate
3. Tina
4. Shaz
6. Dawn
7. Sue
8. Ann
10. Vicki
11. TesaB
12. JanJ
13. Nina
15. Emma Lynne
16. Bekka