Hello, Ribbon Lovers! It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the RRR Blog. I’ve created this lovely Lilac Whisper Shabby Chic Altered Notebook for this fun “anything goes with ribbon, lace or trim” challenge.
I dug through my ephemera file to find this darling vintage image of a little girl leading the birds in a sweet chorus of song. It was just the right size to fit inside the window on the front cover.
This is such a quick and easy upcycle project! You can adapt it for use with any sized notebook. I’m going to tuck this one into my “last minute gift” drawer, where I’m sure it will come in handy.
Now It’s YOUR Turn
You’re cordially invited to play along with us in this fun challenge. First, visit the RRR Blog where you’ll find loads of inspiration waiting for you from the rest of the team. Then, create a card, layout, multi media piece, tag, ATC, hair bow, you name it. Just be sure to use ribbon, lace or trim on your project.
Post your project on your blog or an online gallery (using code RRR168) and link it up over on the RRR BLOG before midnight, Wednesday, July 19th. You can find all the details HERE.
Hello, Friends! I love ladybugs, do you? There’s something magical about their little polka dot bodies and delicate wings. So when I got my hands on Tammy Tutterow’s darling “Wishing You” stamp, I could hardly wait to use it. Today I got to have a playdate with this darling design, and I’m excited to share this Love, Luck & Ladybugs Bookmark card .
Love Luck & Ladybugs: Stamping the Design
This is a standard 5″ x 7″ top fold card. I tried to go clean and simple with this design…something that is very hard for me. How’d I do? Here’s how i went about pulling this card together:
Stamp the image on smooth white cardstock with Jet Black Archival Ink.
Heat Emboss with clear powder.
Stamp the image a 2nd time on green polka dot paper. Cut out.
Stamp the image again on black floral print, cut out.
Stamp the image once more on black gingham. Cut out.
Paper piece the image together, gluing each body section in place.
Stitch onto black cardstock. Mat on red cardstock.
Color the lettering.
Create a mask by stamping the image onto a post it note. Cut out, place over stamped image.
Ink the white areas with Antique Linen and Bundled Sage Distress Inks. Spritz and flick with water.
Spatter with diluted Black Chalk Paint.
Love Luck & Ladybugs: Adding the Details
Tie a bow with Black and White Houndstooth Ribbon
Cut Pom Pom Posies from Grey Felt
Place each layer on foam mat and run around the edges with an 8mm ball stylus to ruffle the edges.
Glue layers together
Add button to center with hot glue.
Die cut leaves from green felt. Glue onto ribbon.
Die Cut Frayed Tabs from designer paper to create banner flags.
Top with buttons.
Glue in place.
Love Luck & Ladybugs: The inside Job
Die Cut Paper Bag Envelope from Designer Paper and assemble according to directions
Add square knot ribbon and sticker.
Glue onto upper portion of card.
Die cut the insert from Paper Bag Envelope using designer paper
Stamp with Flower Swag 5. Color
Stamp with Tiny Sentiments
Add Frayed Tabs Banner and button
Create bookmark by cutting two long strips of designer paper, one slightly longer than the other.
Cut fishtail banners on the ends.
Mat on Red and Black cardstock.
Join the two strips with a piece of 1/4″ Scor-Tape applied to the very top edge of the larger strip.
Die cut a 2″ doily from white cardstock.
Add faux stitching with a fine line sharpie pen.
Stamp the ladybug body onto the doily
Stamp again onto scraps of designer paper and paper piece onto doily as decoration.
Frilly and Funkie Christmas in July Challenge: Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card
Hello, Friends! It’s time for another challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog. The one and only Cec is our hostess this go round, and the theme is “Christmas in July.” With that in mind, I broke out a bunch of my Tim Holtz goodies to create this Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card. Let’s see what Cec has to say about this fun challenge.
Challenge Theme: Christmas in July
You might be experiencing summer heat but let’s think cool by getting a head start on Christmas preparations. Your vintage or shabby chic creation could be a card, something to present a gift in or a decor item for the house or tree.
Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card a la Tim Holtz “Dapper”
This was a fun card to make! You wouldn’t normally think of using Tim Holtz “Dapper” paper collection for Christmas, would you? But I found patterns in it that hit exactly the right rustic note for this card creation.
This 5″ x 7″ top fold card reminds me of taking a wintry walk in the woods. After distressing, matting and layering my designer papers I got busy with my die cutting machine. It was so much fun to die cut all these various elements from Dapper papers and then make them look like Christmas paper.
First, the sentiment from Doodle Greetings #1 was stamped in Jet Black Archival ink onto the grid paper from the collection. Then I heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Next, I lightly sponged some Pine Needles Distress Ink to add just a touch of color. This step actually helped the sentiment to pop off the page.
It is just me, or is it hilarious to think of making Christmas flowers from paper with a cigar band pattern? But that’s exactly what I did here. Here’s how I did it:
First, cut 6 squares of Dapper cigar band paper into 3.5″ squares.
Next, stack the squares on the frayed flower in the Tattered Florals Die.
Then, run the stack through your machine all at the same time. All six layers will die cut beautifully as this is a steel rule die.
Now, flip half the flower layers over to the print on the reverse side of the paper.
Next, spritz the petals with Candied Apple Distress Stain Spray. Heat Dry.
Then, Sponge the flower centers with a little Fired Brick Distress Ink.
Now, shape and stack the petals. I shaped each layer a little differently for more fullness.
Finally, fill the flower centers with hot glue, then pour in Gilt Trip Prills. Let it set a minute, then tap off the excess Prills into a funnel tray.
Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card: The bow cluster
This Vintage Christmas plaid ribbon was exactly right for the bow cluster. I tucked in some gold eyelash ribbon, a little greenery and a Tim Holtz snowflake charm to complete the cluster. I filled out the floral arrangement with some of the die cut greenery.
Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card: The Frame
Tim’s Ornate Frame is one of my all time favorite dies. I cut it twice here: once from Dapper paper and once on heavy weight chipboard. The chipboard pieces are painted with Prima Gold Crackle Texture Paste, then sponged with Vintage Photo Distress ink. I cut the chipboard frame in half, then glued the Dapper frame to it so that it was slightly offset, letting the gold peep through. The frame is surrounded with bits of greenery that I hit with a little Mica Spray.
The lovely deer was also die cut twice from Dapper paper, then layered together with small foam dots.
The Inside Story
Once again, I turned this card into a gift by adding a simple gift card pocket.
I matted this lovely vintage image onto forest green cardstock, then scored and folded it.
Add a tea bag to the pocket, and maybe a gift card and you have a lovely Christmas gift!
After stamping and embossing another image from Doodle Greetings #1, I sponged and colored the image. This was matted onto a long panel of ivory text paper. I left lots of room to write a newsy Christmas note here.
Now it’s YOUR turn
You’re invited to play along with the Frilly and Funkie teams in this fun Christmas in July challenge. Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic Christmas in July project and then link it up on the Frilly and Funkie blog. You have until midnight on Tuesday, August 1st to join the party. You can find the specific details HERE.
The Frilly and Funkie gals will be stopping by to admire your lovely creations. At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us for a Guest Designer spot at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!
I hope I’ve inspired you to break out your paper pretties and get your craft on. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag with Distress Oxide Inks and Ribbon
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! There is something about sunflowers that makes me happy every time I see them. Today I’ve combined a bunch of mixed media techniques with a summery sunflower image. It’s all tied together with gorgeous ribbons from the July Perfectly Purple Ribbon Club Mix. The end product is this Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media tag.
Next, smoosh Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Inks onto a non-stick craft sheet.
Then spritz the ink blotches with a mister bottle until little beads form.
Now, drag the tag through the inky puddle.
Then dry the tag with a heat gun. You can use a paper towel to blot up any spots that are overly wet or inky.
When the tag is somewhat dry, tap up more ink from the craft sheet, drying between each layer.
Now that you are happy with the ink, add texture by running the tag through an embossing folder. I used a Spellbinders Emboss-abilities folder called Enchanted. First, I inked the “flat” side of the folder (the side with no raised edges) with Dusty Concord ink. Then I embossed the tag.
Next, I spritzed the tag lightly with water to activate the Distress Oxide Inks that was pressed into the design by the folder.
Then, I heat dried the tag and spritzed it lightly with Tarnished Brass Distress Mica Spray.
Finally, I sponged lightly over the top of the tag with Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Let Today Last Forever
I created a little sentiment cluster with this pretty sunflower image and some tags.
Paint chipboard elements with Distress Paints, add Prills a painted filagree butterfly and you’re ready to display your tag.
Thanks so much for joining me here today. I hope this Summer Sunflower Mixed Media Tag has inspired you to get out your paper pretties and have a play. You’ll find a supply list below this post.
Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio for RRR Blog Hop
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! Welcome to the July RRR Blog Hop! You should be coming here fully inspired from having visited Karen’s lovely blog. This month we’re showcasing the fabulous ribbons from the Perfectly Purple Ribbon Club Assortment. These ribbons are the perfect playmate for Graphic 45’s Midnight Masquerade Collection and they look amazing in this Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio.
This 4.25″ x 6 folio is made from a 6″ x 12″ strip of heavy white cardstock.
The side pocket holds a smaller tri fold photo wallet.
On With the Hop!
Now it’s time for you to hop on over and see what paper pretties Cherryhas in store for you. Then when you’ve visited and left comments on all the blogs in the hop, stop by the RRR BLOGand answer Bonnie’s question of the month so you can be entered into the drawing for a FREE Perfectly Purple Ribbon Club Assortment of your very own!
If you’re not already a member of the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club, now is the perfect time to sign up! You can find all the details and sign up HERE.
I’m a huge fan of G45 Staples Tags! They come in many styles and sizes, which means you can use them in a near endless variety of ways. The beautiful shaped edge and vintage metal grommet makes them the perfect layering element on a card or layout. You can string alpha tags together to make a pretty banner that spells out a special greeting. Tie a decorated tag onto gift packaging to take it to the next level. Tuck a decorated tag into a card to be used as a bookmark, and you’ve just turned a card into a gift. Set them on a small easel and use them for home decor. I’ve even used Staples Tags as pages in my mini albums.
These are thick, heavy tags ,made from high quality paper, which means you can layer them up with mixed media materials and use them as a mini canvas. Add Distress Inks or paints to these tags to add that trendy watercolor element to your creation. There seems to be no end to the number of creative ways that you can put these workhorses to use during your crafty adventure time.
From Tag to Card: Let the Adventure Begin!
I’ve made a lot of tags along the way, but this time around, I wanted to try something totally different. So I challenged myself to make a card using Staples Tags as the base. I spent a delightful morning in my studio with a stack of Staples Ivory tags in various sizes and the ever fresh Times Nouveau Deluxe Collector’s Edition. Distress Oxide Inks joined the party, making things even more lively. I even found a way to work a hidden tag pocket into the design.
The Bees Knees Tag Card: Creating the spine
You can turn a tag into a uniquely shaped card by creating a hinged spine to join two tags of the same size together. For these long tags, I cut my hinge to measure 7” tall x 2 ¼” wide. Score this strip of paper on the short side at 1” and again at 1 ¼” . Before you add the designer papers to the insides of your tags, glue the 1” strip on each side of the scored lines between the two tags, leaving a ¼” spine.
The Bees Knees Tag Card: Pockets, Tags and Folios
Tags and pockets just go together. I turned this fabulous image into a side pocket for these two little folios. Photos, journaling or gift cards can be tucked inside. I love the little banner/paper clip embellishment made with scraps. When paper is this fabulous, you want to use every little bit!
Try using Mixed Media supplies on your tags to add an extra level of interest. I used Distress Oxide inks to dress up the text area on both “Cheers” and “Celebrate” tags. With ink or paints, you can add that trendy watercolor element to your creation and color match your papers every time.
If an image (like the Bee’s Knees Postcard on this tag) is too wide for your tag base, here is a simple solution. Measure the width of your surface, then score and fold the image. Add a decorative image to the flap, and you’ve just turned a dilemma into an interactive element.
It’s the perfect spot to tuck in a hidden tag pocket and treat!
Chipboard Tags Come Along for the Ride
You can use the chipboard elements that come with the Deluxe Collector’s Edition to make fantastic embellishments for your card. I glued the tags back to back, then hitched them to a Tim Holtz Swivel Clasp.
The tags are reversible, and I love the motion they add to the design.
Other Tips and Tricks
I always decorate the insides of my cards first, and I followed that same process with this unique tag card. This keeps the front cover of the card from being crushed or soiled as you work on the inside.
Use Staples Metal packaging for the back piece of your tag card. The heavy chipboard base will allow your tag card to stand up without buckling under the weight of all the card layers. Sand the surface lightly so that papers will adhere and then go to town creating your next masterpiece.
I like to back laser cut tags with black cardstock to make the stylish font pop off the page.
Are you inspired to break out your pretty G45 papers, Staples Tags, scissors and glue? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Authentique Beginnings Baby Book with Eileen Hull Travel Journal Die by Sizzix
Hello, Friends! I love Mondays! You wake up to a brand new week with brand new opportunities to learn and create. This Monday, I’m especially excited because I’m sharing a project made with a brand new release from Authentique Paper. This Beginnings Baby Book is so very sweet, I can’t wait to share it with you.
See? I told you it was sweet! When I first saw these darling papers, I nearly swooned. They are just perfect for use in a baby book! I often think about a project for days (or even weeks) before I dig in and create, but this idea came to me in a snap. Why not pair up these pretty pretty papers with my Eileen Hull Travel Journal die? So I did!
I framed this precious focal image with some Petaloo Flowers, luscious Buttercup Satin Ribbon, and some fussy cut elements from the 12×12 Collection kit. The baby book measures a generous 4.25″ wide x 8.75″ tall. That means there’s lots and lots of room for goodies inside!
A vintage style brad and elastic loop form the closure. Crochet lace adds a lovely vintage feel to the design. Don’t you love these patterns? Yum!
Beads. flowers and novelty buttons add fun details to the spine.
Beginnings Baby Book Tutorial on Snapguide
Travel Journal style minis are trending right now. They are really fun to make…one could almost say addictive! In case you’ve never put one of these together before, I prepared a SnapGuide Tutorial to walk you through the cover assembly. You’ll also learn how to put the signature pages together. I hope you enjoy!
Now that you’ve seen how the baby book is assembled, it’s time to look at some details. One of the things that makes these travel journals so addictive is the opportunity you have for adding all kinds of interactive elements. And you know how I feel about interactive elements in a project!
Pockets and tags go together like babies and cuddles! I created this large 4″ x 6″ tag with Authentique Spectrum paper in Bubblegum Pink and Antique Lace. It was my first opportunity to play with the Spectrum line, and I have to say, I’m hooked! It’s super sturdy, has a very slight sheen and makes really crisp folds.
To make this tag, first I rounded the bottom corners of a rectangular piece of paper. Then I used a corner chomper to shape the top edge. Add some ribbon, a posy and pretty designer papers, and you have a tag in no time flat!
The pocket is decorated with a Details Sticker and some little banner flags cut from scraps.
Here’s another sweet little pocket filled with journal cards from the cut apart page. I also turned a Detail Sticker into a file folder by matting it on designer paper and folding.
Side pockets can hold larger journal cards and photos.
Don’t you just love these images? Be still my heart!
Beginnings Baby Book: The Waterfall Feature
Waterfall features are such a great way to include a lot of photos in a small space. Here’s how I made this one.
Next, punch a scalloped edge along the bottom of each rectangle.
Then, score each rectangle at 1/2″ on the long side.
Now, burnish the score line to form a flap.
Add adhesive to the back side of the flap. JUST the flap!
Next, line the flap up with the top of your paper and press in place.
Line the top edge of the next rectangle up with the bottom edge of the flap above it. Press in place.
Repeat until you’ve used all the rectangles.
Finally, add an image from the Details Sticker Sheet or the 6×6 bundle cut apart page to the top rectangle.
Beginnings Baby Book: The Belly Band
This image from the cut apart page is perfect for use as a belly band! Because it is 12″ long, it will span the page nicely. My thought here was that it would be the perfect tuck spot for a copy of baby’s birth certificate, birth announcement or baptism certificate. Of course, photos will fit here , too.
Beginnings Baby Book: Flips, Flaps and Fold Outs
To create these two cutie pie flaps, just score a 7″ long piece of paper in half, add a punched border and tuck beneath the elastic binding. Decorate one of the labels that you cut while making the journal covers. Add a little sticker from the Details Sticker sheet. Easy peasy! Using a variety of paper sizes and shapes makes the book much more fun!
Here’s a peek at another decorated signature page. Each signature has 4 sheets of acid free text paper in it. These blank pages can be used for more photos, journaling or as a place for baby’s first visitors to add a special word of greeting.
These little flip books are so easy to make! Cut 6×6 papers in half, score in half, then add decorative corners. Glue onto the page, add a sticker, and BAM! Instant flip book!
Here’s another fun way to add a flap: Score a journal card to fit the size of the inner page. Glue just the edge down and fold. Isn’t it sweet?
If you glue just the edge of an image to a fold out page, a photo can still be inserted behind it.
This fold out page opens up to a little side pocket and tuck spot.
Another example of a flap and some flip pages.
Beginnings Baby Book YouTube Video Tour
Because this Beginnings Baby Book is so interactive, I decided to make a YouTube video tour of it. I also share a lot of tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.
I know it’s true that everybody loves a baby…and I sure am in love with Authentique Beginnings! Hopefully, I’ve inspired you to break out your scissors, glue and pretty papers and get your craft on. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.