Layered Thanksgiving Tag

Craft hoarders blog blinkieLayered Thanksgiving Tag for Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #18

Hello, Friends!  There’s a new challenge up at Craft Hoarders Anonymous.  This time, our Chief Hoarder in Charge has challenged us to Layer It!  In the spirit of the challenge, I have created a layered Thanksgiving Tag that uses metal, sprays and loads of layers.  Here are the details for the challenge:

One good way to use your hoard is to use a lot of it all at once! So let’s see those layers! We need to see at least THREE layers on your project. Ink, paint, embossing and mixed media products do count as layers.  Drag out all of that hoarded paper, or those embossing folders that are in the back of the drawer.  Use those stamps, dies and punches!  Show us the layers!

I lost count of how many layers there are on my Thanksgiving tag.  but I think there are about 10.  Take a peek:

CHACB Layer It 01The Closet of Shame contains an entire box of hoarded tags in all shapes, sizes and colors.  This is a Jumbo Manila tag that I embossed with my Heartfelt Creations All Geared Up Die.  To do this, I placed the dies behind my tag, cutting edge up.  Then, I topped my tag with my embossing mat and ran it through my die cutting machine.  Instead of cutting the paper, the shape of the die was deeply embossed into the surface of the tag. Next, I layered on Bundled Twig, Tea Dye and a touch of Mustard Seed Distress Inks.  The surface was then flicked and spritzed with water, and again with some home made gold mist.

CHACB Layer It 02I painted my chipboard frame with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  When the paint had dried, I sponged on some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, then sprinkled on some Antique Gold embossing powder and followed that with some Aged Copper embossing enamel. I also hoard embossing powders. (She hangs her head in shame.) But when you can create cool effects like I did on the surface of this frame, I feel much less guilty about it.  I needed a focal to fit in my frame, and found this cute Thanksgiving image in my Crafty Secrets Seasonal Booklet .  This has 2 or 3 layers of UTEE on it. When it cools, you bend it to create fine cracks all over the surface.   Voila! You have just transformed a plain paper image into an old photograph.

CHACB Layer It 03 I also hoard flowers, and I rummaged around in the Closet of Shame where I found a bunch of mismatched posies and leaves.  I sprayed them liberally with Perfect Pearls Copper Mist and layered them onto my tag with my hot glue gun.  And yes, I burned my fingers.  If anyone knows how to work with a hot glue gun without burning your fingertips, I’m all ears!

The luscious ribbons are from the Really Reasonable Ribbon August Ribbon Club assortment, but you can buy the Autumn Diamond Print Grosgrain and the Olive Burlap Blend ribbon individually, too. I added some beautiful metal embellishments from Bo Bunny’s Apple Cider collection that had been languishing in my drawer of fall embellies.  And, I backed the tag with some designer paper to cover up all the messy inky bits…so that’s another layer on top of all the others. I really dug into my hoard for this one!

Now comes the real fun!  Hop along to find fabulous projects from the rest of the design team, and be sure to leave them a little love along the way.

Amber ♥ Christy ♥ Debbie ♥ Donna ♥ Ginny ♥ Glenda ♥ Gloria (blog owner)
Jan Marie ♥ Karen ♥ PamWendi

Our sponsors for this challenge are Add a Little Dazzle

and Lindy’s Stamp Gang.

You can learn more about these wonderful companies by clicking on the links.  Add a Little Dazzle provided the design team with a sample pack of their gorgeous metal sheets, which I used in my “Nevermore” mixed media card for the last challenge.  Lindy’s Stamp Gang has provided the prize for this challenge:

One talented participant will receive a $30 gift certificate to Lindy’s online store.  To join in the fun, just link up your NEW project to the Craft Hoarders Anonymous BLOG before midnight PT, Sunday, November 2nd.  I’ll be hopping by to take a look at your wonderful layered creation, and I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you were inspired by my Layered Thanksgiving tag.  Until next time,



Shabby Chic Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!

I’m just popping in very quickly this morning to share a beautiful shabby chic birthday card that I made using my Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD 2 and some beautiful bits from Love Mail Creative Scraps from Crafty Secrets. If you are not familiar with this CD, I encourage you to take a closer look, as it is just loaded with beautiful papers, illustrations, ephemera bits and more!

cd_flyer-2I could create for days on end using nothing but this CD!  I wanted to play with a pink and grey color combo on this card, and found just the right mix of papers and images to do so.

cs pink and grey01Stitching, distressing, inking and stickling….so much fun!  The focal image is from Love Mail, and the stickers are added from the Brass and Cream Hardware Stickers Sandy has on sale in the store.

cs pink and grey03I added some Glossy Accents to make them appear even more dimensional.  I just love the vintage/shabby chic vibe of this card.

cs pink and grey02My beautiful fluffy bow is tied with Pink Silky Crush Ribbon and topped with a vintage button from my grandmother’s button box.

cs pink and grey04I added more of the pretty pink polka dot paper inside the card, along with a stamped sentiment from the Garden Girls set.  It’s perfect for this shabby chic birthday card, dontcha think?

Be sure to check out the Blow Out Sales Sandy is having to clear out her U.S. warehouse!  There are 8 sale packs in all, but the Girlfriends Sale Pack would give you tons of pretty pink paper goodies to play with.

If you have any questions about the products I’ve used to create this shabby chic birthday card, just ask me in the comment section below, and I’ll be more than happy to help.  Also, don’t forget to play along in our October Linky Party!  You’ll receive a free digital download of our fun Retro Kitchen Digital Kit just for linking up!  Woot!

Thanks for stopping by!




All Geared Up Girly Grunge Tag

All Geared Up Girly Grunge Tag

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday and Really Reasonable Ribbon Cross Promotional

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to a special edition of Heartfelt Creations Wednesday and a Really Reasonable Ribbon “Anything Goes” Challenge. I’ve combined Heartfelt Creations fabulous new All Geared Up Collection with my “go to” cream seam binding from Really Reasonable Ribbon to make my All Geared Up Girly Grunge Tag.  You’ll find a complete supply list and detailed tutorial at the end of this post, below the signature.

HC Girly Grunge Tag01aThe texture you see on the tag was created by placing my dies on the back of my jumbo manila tag and my embossing mat on top of it.  When you run it through your die cut machine, it impresses the die shapes into the tag without cutting it.  Then I just layered on several mediums to create the wonderful color and shine you see here.

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The shabby seam binding bow used about 2 yards of RRR cream seam binding.  I smooshed Spun Sugar Distress Ink onto my non-stick craft sheet, spritzed it with water and then tapped/dragged/scrunched my ribbon through that glorious inky puddle to create this custom dyed seam binding.  This was wrapped several times around the base of my tag, then I used my Zutter Bow-it-All to tie the bow on my Girly Grunge Tag.  This is one of my favorite ribbon techniques.

HC Girly Grunge Tag05Be sure to check out the fabulous projects from both design teams.  You can find links to both the RRR team and the Heartfelt team by clicking on the Design Teams tab located at the top of this post.  Or, go HERE to visit the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog and HERE to visit Heartfelt Creations.  Be sure to link up your own “Anything Goes with Ribbon” challenge to the RRR blog, and I’ll be popping by to take a look at your fabulous creations!

Thanks for stopping by!  I think you’ll agree with me when I say Heartfelt Creations and Really Reasonable Ribbon are a match made in heaven!




All Geared Up Girly Grunge Tag
Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:
Paper: HCDP1 248 All Geared Up Paper Collection
DIES: HCD 754 All Geared Up Die
TOOLS: 452255 Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine; 159223 Paper Blossoms Molding Mat; 459222 Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
Other Product: PAPER: Jumbo Manila Tag, Pearlized White Cardstock, Blushing Bride Cardstock, Green Glitter Cardstock (DCWV); INKS: Versamark Embossing Ink and Clear Embossing Powder, Antique Linen Distress Paint, Picket Fence Distress Stain, Worn Lipstick Distress Stain, Worn Lipstick Distress Ink, Spun Sugar Distress Ink, Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist, Chandelier Glimmer Glam Paint; OTHER: Silver Buttons, Gold Thread, Cream Seam Binding (Really Reasonable Ribbon) Want to Scrap Pearl Swirls; Creative Embellishments Steampunk Dress Form 2, Small Silver frame, bit of ephemera to fill frame
Directions: Place the embossing pad onto the cutting mat of your Grand Calibur Machine. Place the jumbo tag on top of the embossing pad, and then arrange the gears from HCD 754 cutting side down on top of the tag. Run through the Grand Calibur to emboss the gear shapes into the tag. Repeat until you have an allover embossed pattern on the tag. Lightly rub the embossed side of the tag with Worn Lipstick Distress ink, then sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat emboss. Paint the tag with the Worn Lipstick Distress Stain and dry with a heat gun. Brush Picket Fence Distress Stain over the top, flick with water and then dry. Thoroughly cover the entire tag with Versamark Ink and cover with clear embossing powder. Heat to set the powder. Let it cool and repeat this step. This will give the tag a faux metal appearance. Brush the top of the tag with the Chandelier Glimmer Glam and let dry.
Die cut 3 sets of the gears from white cardstock, and two from pink cardstock. Die cut 2 leaves from green glitter cardstock. Shape and stack the gears. Add the silver buttons, sewing on with gold thread. Tap the center of each button with Antique Linen Distress Ink and set aside.
Paint the dress form with Antique Linen Distress Paint. Let it dry. Paint with Chandelier Glimmer Glam. When dry, add buttons as shown.
Smoosh a little Worn Lipstick Distress Ink onto a non-stick craft sheet. Spray Iridescent Gold mist into this area, and run 3 feet of seam binding through the puddle to create custom seam binding. Scrunch the ribbon as you are drying it with the heat gun. Wrap ribbon around the base of the tag, and then create a shabby bow to go on top.
Cut a journaling tag from the paper collection and ink the edges with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. Glue onto the card, as shown. Cut the birthday tag from the collection and glue down as shown. Place the gear “doily” die under the hoop skirt of the dress form and glue down. Glue the dress form on top, as shown. Add the flowers, pearls and filled silver frame. Top the tag with more of the custom dyed seam binding.

Chalkboard Birthday Card

Chalkboard Birthday  Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  The chalkboard look seems to have taken the crafting world by storm. Today’s chalkboard birthday card capitalizes on that trend, and throws a fun ribbon banner treatment into the mix.

Chalkboard Birthday RRR 01Now that looks like a celebration, doesn’t it?  The focal image and paper are from the Chalkboard paper pack and the wonderful ribbon is green Center Stitch Burlap from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I just looped it around the brads on either side of the focal, tied the ends with gold embroidery thread and “Ta-Da” !  Instant birthday banner!

The inside has a fun little surprise tucked in.

Chalkboard Birthday RRR 04Yup.  It’s a little birthday tag tucked into the side pocket and topped with more of that delicious center stitch burlap ribbon! The pocket is a cinch to make. This paper is double-sided, so when I measured it, I just added 2 inches onto the width, scored the paper, folded it over and glued just the top and bottom edge.  Instant pocket!

Chalkboard Birthday RRR 03I love to make these for friends, neighbors, co-workers…really any time I want to give a little “something” instead of a big gift. The tag can be used as a bookmark, or to decorate an office cubicle. This chalkboard birthday card becomes the gift, especially when you tuck in an individually wrapped chocolate!  It’s a party in a card!

That’s it for me today folks!  I hope you have a fabulous day.

Thanks for stopping by!



RRR Christmas Ribbon Blog Hop

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RRR Christmas Ribbon Blog Hop

Hello, you fabulous ribbon lovers!  It’s time for another great blog hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon.   You should be coming here from Cheryl’s Sweeet Designs Blog.  In case you get lost along the way, I have a link to all the blogs on the hop posted below. This month, we are featuring the gorgeous RRR Christmas Ribbon Club Assortment.  Take a peeky!

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This ribbon is sooooooo scrumptious!  And, Bonnie is offering a special deal on the Ribbon Club, too!  During the month of October, if you join the ribbon club, you get two gorgeous ribbon packs at a special price.  Click on the link to check it out!

At our house, the holidays include lots of baking.  I have a whole file folder that is bulging with nothing but special recipes that I make only at Christmas!  It is torn, stained and frankly, pretty disreputable looking.  So, when I was out “junkin”  one Saturday and found this cute little recipe box for a DIME, I brought it home with the intention of altering it to hold all those holiday recipes.  And into the Closet of Shame it went. And languished.  Until…I got these ribbons and knew exactly what I would do with them!  Check it out:

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Ta-da!  Here;s my nifty new holiday recipe box.  I can leave it out on the counter and it will totally look like Christmas decor, dontcha think?

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I used Graphic 45’s new “Twas the Night Before Christmas” papers to cover the box.  The flower is made with the Spellbinder’s Poinsettia Die and then tapped with Viva Decor Carmine Red Stamp Paint.  Here’s how this box looked before it’s magical Christmas Ribbon makeover:

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When altering a box like this, I always sand the surfaces lightly so that paint and adhesives will hold better.  I primed the surface using white chalk paint, inked the edges and then layered on my papers.  It took about an afternoon to complete.

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The box came with matching (ugly) index cards, so I transformed them as well:

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When I decorated the top of the box, I added some sprays of the beautiful new Bead Berry Sprays that Bonnie has added to the shop.  They really finished off the decor and they are sooooo pretty!

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OK, time to get hopping!  The final stop on this hop is the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG.  Once you’ve visited all the blogs below, go answer Bonnie’s secret question of the month and you’ll be entered to win your own package of beautiful Christmas ribbon!  Here’s a link to all the blogs along the way, just in case you got lost.

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Gloria –

Ginny –

613 Avenue Create CAS Challenge

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Hello, Friends!  I’m just popping in to share my inspiration piece for the 613 Avenue Create CAS Challenge.  CAS, in case you are wondering, stands for “Clean and Simple.”  This is the hardest style of card for me to create, as I love layers, embellies, more layers and detail.  So I had to scratch my head for a while to come up with an design that fit the definition of CAS.  A Clean and Simple card has:

1. One focal image

2. Lots of open space (uncluttered)

3. Limited layers and embellishing

4.) Quick and easy to create

This is almost clean and simple….and honestly, as clean and simple as I ever get!

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I created a set of note cards and matching envelopes . I definitely have more than one layer going on here, but there is a lot of open space, just one focal image, and the card is very quick and easy to create.  I had the set of 4 cards finished in under an hour, and that includes the time it took me to pull materials.  Here’s what I used to make this card:

kraft cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″

Stampin’ Up “Hardwood”  background stamp

ColorBox “Frost White” Pigment Ink and white superfine embossing Powder

Really Reasonable Ribbon Rose Pink Diamond Satin ribbon

MME Lost and Found “Madison Avenue” paper pack

My Favorite Things Plentiful Petals Die

Paper Blossoms Tool Kit and Moulding Mat

Crafty Secrets Mini Memories Stamp Set

Heartfelt Creations Luggage and Tags Die

Ranger Archival Ink (Rose Madder)

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The flower center is cut from a scrap piece of brown corrugate that I salvaged from a cookie container.  It was too pretty to toss out!  I also lined and stamped the envelopes.

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When they were all finished, I put some “shreddy” into a clear cellophane bag, added the note cards and envelopes and tied the top with burlap string.  I added a pink ribbon bow and one more flower.

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It is NOT easy to photograph an item that is in a cellophane bag, by the way! But now it’s all ready for gifting!

You can find all the details on linking up your project to the 613 Avenue Create CAS Challenge HERE.  You’ll have one week to play along, and our sponsors for this challenge are offering some very nice prizes!  The prize from Melonheadz is 1 bundle of your choice.

The prize from The Stamping Boutique is 4 digital images.

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

Anything Goes with a Twist  (female card….pink flower)

Fussy and Fancy Friday   (Lots of pink or breast cancer)

Kitty Bee Designs  ( use dies or punches…die cut flower)

Sister Act  (anything goes)

Thanks for stopping by!  Can’t wait to see what you create for this fun challenge!



All Geared Up Mini Album, Video & Tutorial

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Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday and the release of the dynamic new All Geared Up Collection!

Shift your creativity into high gear with the All Geared Up collection from Heartfelt Creations! This imaginative mix of gears, cogs, and mechanical flowers uses deep shades of rust, brown, teal, red and cream to create a fabulous industrial vibe. Clever vanity license plates, chains, wire, rugged stripes and distressed graphics mesh perfectly with Steampunk or masculine projects, and will keep your wheels turning with ideas for “girly grunge” creations, too. The versatile All Geared Up dies feature fanciful sprockets, gears, cogs, chains and license plates that can be shaped into innovative 3-D embellishments or die cut from white cardstock to create beautiful doily accents. Six hand drawn stamp sets continue the mechanical theme with a large Cogs and Gears background stamp, themed accent stamps, mechanical bouquets and playful sentiments that are “geared” to carry your project across the finish line with a smile. The All Geared Up Collection has been designed to inspire the bold in you….so let’s gear up!

To learn more about this exciting collection, visit the official release page at Heartfelt Creations.

For my inspiration piece, I up-cycled King Arthur Cake Flour boxes into a whimsical mini album that is filled with metal accents, fantastical mechanical flowers, gears, cogs, pockets tags and photo mounts.  It’s fun, a little funky and very Steampunk inspired.  I made a YouTube video of the album, but I also have still shots for you to enjoy.  I had a really hard time getting the lighting right on the video, but at least you get an idea of the flow and design of the album when you watch it.

We had a ton of family birthdays this summer, and since I am the family baker in addition to being the family card maker, I went through quite a few boxes of King Arthur Cake Flour.  I love the weight and size of these boxes ,and could not bear to throw them away.  So into the Closet of Shame they went.  When I was imagining this All Geared Up Mini Album, I had this thought that if I opened the top and bottom flaps on the box, flattened it, and cut off the top and bottom flaps with Alice (my trusty guillotine) it would make an amazing base for a page.  I was about to cut the side panels off when lightning struck my brain!  Instead of cutting off the side panels, why not just cut down the crease in the side seam, leaving the side panels in place?  They are already creased, and when stapled top and bottom form a fabulous, pre-creased pocket page.  And that is what I did.  So, enough chatter.  Here’s the photo tour of my All Geared Up Mini Album.  You’ll find a complete supply list and detailed directions at the bottom of this post, below the signature area.

All Geared Up Mini 01aFor the cover, I created lots of layers using the gears, cogs and sprockets in the All Geared Up die. I also added the suitcase from the Luggage and Tags Die.  All the little tags and tickets you’ll see throughout this album have also been cut with this die.  I use this set of dies more than any other item in my Heartfelt stash.  It’s my favorite!

All Geared Up Mini 02This funky chipboard hot air balloon is from Creative Embellishments.  I painted it with Distress Paint, tapped it with Viva Decor Copper Stamp Paint and then slathered the balloon with Ranger Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.  Once it was dry, I gently heated the balloon and shaped it with my hand to give it a round dimensional look.  The large brads found throughout this mini have been in my stash forever, and I don’t know where they came from.

All Geared Up Mini 03aI used the All Geared Up stamps throughout this mini, and cut all my photo mats with the Cut, Mat, Create dies.  The page on the right was formed from one of the King Arthur Flour side panels I described earlier.

All Geared Up Mini 04I used a lot of Natural Jute Twine and gorgeous Variegated Copper Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon throughout the book.

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All Geared Up Mini 09All Geared Up Mini 10aThe page on the right is an accordion pull out “mini within a mini”.  I got this idea from my blog buddy and fellow teammate Olga Jewell.  I tweaked her idea a little, adding a pocket for tags behind the pull out section, and covering the individual panels with 5″ x 7″ card fronts from the collection.

All Geared Up Mini 11All Geared Up Mini 12All Geared Up Mini 13This “mini within a mini” is double sided and has loads of room for photos, pockets and tags, too.

All Geared Up Mini 14I even added pockets, tags and photo mounts to the back of the album.  How fun is that?

I know this was a lot of photos, so thanks for hanging with me!  I’d love to hear your thoughts about this dynamic new collection from Heartfelt Creations.  What would you make with it?  Next week, I plan to share a project that is 180 degrees opposite from this week’s distressed/grunge mini album.  I think you will be surprised at the versatility that’s been designed into this collection.  Curious?  Be sure to join me for HC Wednesday next week to see what I’m talking about!

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time,




All Geared Up Mini Album
Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:
Paper: HCPD1 248 All Geared Up Paper Collection; Stamps: HCPC 3632 Plates and Gears, HCPC 3633 Nuts and Bolts, HCPC 3634 Tarnished Gears, HCPC 3635 Shifting Gears, HCPC 3636 Cogs and Gears; Dies: HCD 745 Luggage and Tags, HCD 750 Cut, Mat, Create, HCD 752 Cut, Mat, Create, HCD 754 All Geared Up; Other: 452255 Grand Calibur, 119390436 Viva Décor Copper Stamp Paint, 159223 Paper Blossoms Molding Mat, 459222 Paper Blossoms Tool Kit; Rock Candy Clear Crackle Paint; 368770 Scor-Pal
Other Products: PAPER: Teal, Light Teal, Brown, Kraft Cardstock, Medium weight chipboard; INK: Distress Ink: Peacock Feathers, Vintage Photo, Barn Door; Color Box Pigment Frost White; Antiqued Bronze Distress Stain; Ranger Archival: Coffee; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Patina, Copper)OTHER: Creative Embellishments Steampunk Balloon Chipboard, Tim Holtz large grunge key; copper word fragments, Brads, Button, Really Reasonable Ribbon Variegated Copper Ribbon, Natural Jute Ribbon, natural jute string, Old Cardboard containers, Foam dimensionals, Red Line tape; Metal book corners; Spellbinders 3-D Embossabilities Creative Cogs
To create the cardboard base of your book, cut three 8″ x 8″ squares of medium weight chipboard. I used King Arthur cake flour boxes for the other 3 pages. To create the pocket pages, cut the top and bottom flaps off the box. Flatten the box, and use a guillotine cutter to cut the box open along the side seam so that the whole box can be opened flat. Cut the box so that you get two 6 1/4″ x 8″ panels with a creased flap attached. The creased sides of the box can be folded up and stapled to form pockets. (See photo in my blog post at You will need three of these pocket pages, each measuring 6 1/4″ x 8″ once the pocket is folded. These pages will have the pocket positioned on the right hand side of the page.
Cut 6 sheets of designer paper to 8″ square. Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Ink and glue onto the fronts and backs of the medium weight chipboard. Line the pocket pages with 6 pieces of designer paper cut to 6″ x 8″. The pocket flap will measure 1 3/4″ x 8″.
Die cut tags using the Luggage and Tags die. Use dark brown, kraft, dark teal and light teal cardstock. You will need about 20 tags.
Die cut the photo mats from the same cardstock. I used 15 photo mats cut with the largest die from HCD 750.
Die cut at least 6 sets of gears from cardstock, cutting 2 sets from brown, 2 from dark teal, 2 from light teal. Also cut leaves and license plates and 2 sets of chain.
Die cut the tags from the cut apart page of the book as well as various bits of tickets and artwork.
Die cut the suitcase from the Luggage and Tags die from red designer paper. Assemble and set aside.
Once you have done all the die cutting, stamp and decorate the tags. Then you can begin to assemble the book as shown. Ink the chipboard balloon and key with Distress inks. Paint with Antiqued Bronze Distress Stain and then use Viva Décor Stamp paint to achieve the finish you desire. Gently heat the chipboard balloon, and while warm, carefully bend the edges to create a rounded finish. Coat the balloon with Clear Rock Candy Crackle paint and let dry.
Throughout the book, use card fronts as photo frames, add stamped and heat embossed tags to pockets, and add layered gear “flowers” and stamped artwork.
For the inside back cover, create an accordion photo display as follows: Cut two sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper to 7″ x 11″. Score on the long side every five inches, then join the two pieces together at the 1″ overlap. Accordion fold so that the top layer is a valley fold, the next fold is a mountain fold and so on. Glue the back of the final fold to the prepared book page, leaving the right hand edge open to form a pocket. Cover all the pages of this pull out section with card fronts from the designer paper collection. For the smaller card fronts, create pockets by leaving the top edge open and insert tags in the pockets.
Punch a hole in the top and bottom of each page and bind with O rings.



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