#SimplyG45 Time to Flourish Gift Card Set

#Simply G45 Time to Flourish Gift Card Set

Hello G45’ers!  You all know that I love to create elaborate layered cards.  But what you might NOT know is that I also create loads of very simple, quick to make cards.  These get tucked into my Etsy shop orders as a way to thank my customers for their business.  I also like to create card sets as birthday/Christmas gifts for friends and family. One of my friends had a birthday last week.  It just so happens that the monthly challenge at Graphic 45 is  #SimplyG45 .  So the

project I have to share with you today is a #SimplyG45 Time to Flourish Gift Card Set.

#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Card Set by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

This is a set of four 4.25″ x 5.5″ all occasion cards made with ONE sheet of Graphic 45’s gorgeous Time to Flourish Collection. (retired)   I tied them together with seam binding ribbon for a pretty (and simple) presentation.

What is #SimplyG45?

A #SimplyG45  project is supposed to cost less than $10 for all supplies.  It’s supposed to be easy to make, and be made in an hour or less.  And yes, I did manage to make a set of 4 lovely cards for under $10.  The final tally for all my supplies was a meager $9.41.  I did manage to make all 4 cards in an hour…but let me tell you…that second hand had me sweating!  LOL  Let’s take a look at how this sweet and simply #SimplyG45 Time to Flourish Gift Card Set.

#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: The Supplies

To make this card set you will need:

  • 1 sheet of Time to Flourish August Cut Apart Paper
  • Time to Flourish Cardstock Flower Sheet
  • 4 sheets of Time to Flourish 6×6 Patterns and solids
  • 2 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ ivory cardstock
  • 1/2 sheet each of yellow and soft blue 8.5″ x 11 Cardstock
  • some buttons
  • 2 yards of seam binding ribbon
  • Water Soluble ink to dye your ribbon (Optional…and I did not include this in the price of the project as ink is a staple that we all have on hand.  I also did not figure in the cost of my adhesive.)
#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set

TIP:  To make quick work of cardmaking, use an assembly line approach.  Keep most of your measurements consistent for all 4 cards.  Keep the embellishments simple and similar to one another for ease of assembly.  Here are the simple steps I followed to create these cards.

  • First, create cut two sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock in half.  I chose to cut my cardstock to measure 4.25″ x 11.  Then I scored it in half at 5.5″.  This gave me two top fold vertical cards and two side fold horizontal cards.  Lay each folded card base on your work surface.
  • Next, cut a sheet of yellow and a sheet of light blue cardstock in half.  Save the other halves for another day.  Trim cardstock to measure 4″ x 5.25″.  Lay one piece on top of each card base.
  • Now, select 4 sheets from the 6″ x 6″ Time to Flourish Patterns and Solids pad.  Cut each piece to measure 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″.  Lay each piece on one of your card piles. Save the extra pieces to use as layering elements.
  • Then, cut the August Time to Flourish page apart.  Choose focal images and lay on each pile.
#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: Quick and Easy Flower Making

I love to make my own flowers…but it can take a LOT of time.  Using the Graphic 45 cardstock flowers is a very affordable way to add a lovely, custom embellishment to a project.  Here’s how I made these flowers.

  • Punch out 3 blue flower layers and about 7 yellow flowers from the cardstock sheet.  (For the yellow flowers, I opted to use the back side of the cardstock flowers.)
  • Lightly brush the edges of the petals with ink.  I used G45 Dark Cashmere Decades ColorBox Ink, but any water soluble ink will do.
  • Next, you need to shape your flowers.

TIP: Keep it simple!  I rolled my petal edges around the barrel of a pencil.  Then I used my worked my thumbs around the center of each flower layer to cup it.  This takes less than a minute for each flower.

  • When all the flower layers are shaped, stack them together using hot glue or wet glue to adhere.  Add a simple button to the center of each flower.
#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: Custom Dyed Ribbon

In Kathy World, no card is complete without ribbon.  To keep the cost down, I custom dyed white seam binding ribbon with my inks.  Then I tied all four bows at the same time.  To add more texture, I also tied 4 burlap string bows.

#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: Card #1

#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: Card #2

This card used one of the blue mats and a green micro dot paper from the 6×6 pad.

#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: Card #3

For this card, I turned my card base on its side to create a side fold horizontal card.

#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: Card #4

This is another horizontal side fold card.

#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: What’s inside?

Use the scraps and leftover cut aparts to simply decorate the inside of each card.  Make a quick and easy pocket and tuck in a tea bag or other small treat.  To make the pocket, punch a half moon shape with a circle punch.  Then adhere 3 sides of a leftover piece of the Patterns and solids paper.  This is a gift that anyone would love to receive!

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  And be sure to link up your own #SimplyG45 project on the Graphic 45 Facebook page.  Use the #SimplyG45 to tag your project.  One lucky project will be randomly selected to win a great prize package.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Imagine Hot Air Balloon Embellishment Tutorial

Graphic 45 Imagine Hot Air Balloon Embellishment Tutorial and Tim Holtz Altered Mini Clipboard for the “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  I’m the hostess for this round, and the theme is “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.”  I’ve prepared a really fun Graphic 45 Imagine Dimensional Hot Air Balloon Embellishment Tutorial for you today.  The balloon is the focal point on my altered Tim Holtz Mini Clipboard.  You’re going to have so much fun with this post!  We’ll look at the details in a moment, but first, let’s look at the challenge guidelines.

Challenge Theme:  Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Summer is a great time to travel.  For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic travel themed project.  Think folded maps, cruise ships, road signs, compasses, passports, trains, planes or automobiles. As long as your project features a travel theme, you’re headed in the right direction.
Tim Holtz Mini Clipboard with Graphic 45 Imagine Hot Air Balloon Embellishment Tutorial

Graphic 45 Imagine Hot Air Balloon Embellishment Tutorial and Tim Holtz Altered Mini Clipboard by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

Folks, I hope you are not tired of seeing me create with this Graphic 45 Imagine Collection.  I keep thinking of new ways to use it.  This time, I’ve used it to alter a Tim Holtz Mini Clipboard.  What fun!  I got a little mixed media practice in, which made me very, very happy.  Then, the idea to create a dimensional hot air balloon embellishment popped into my head.  I pulled out my G45 Imagine Stamps and 12″ x 12″ Patterns and Solids popped into my head, and the fun factor rose to new heights.

Tim Holtz Altered Mini Clipboard: Laying the Foundation

If you’ve never altered one of these little clipboards before, you really owe it to yourself to do so.  They are so much fun to work with.  You can find examples of past projects HERE and HERE.  I love the fact that the clip is easy to remove from the base.  This makes the job of altering the mini clipboard so much easier.

 

First, I traced the base onto my designer paper.  After sponging the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, I adhered the papers to the base.  If I had it to do again, I would only line the back side of the base as I ended up covering up most of the paper on the front with my mixed media goodies.  I applied Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture paste around the edges, then gently head dried.  When the cracks were clearly visible and the paste was dry, I went over the surface with Gathered Twigs and Tarnished Brass Distress Stains.  I added some more texture with Seth Apter Dirty Sand Baked Enamel, some die cut gears, and some random stamping.

Graphic 45 Imagine Hot Air Balloon Embellishment Tutorial

I’ve created a little Snapguide tutorial so you can create your own Graphic 45 Hot Air Balloon Embellishment. This was my favorite part of this whole project.

Check out How to Graphic45 Dimensional Hot Air BalloonEmbellishment by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I hope you’ll find lots of ways to use this Hot Air Balloon Embellishment Tutorial. If you wish to add this dimensional embellishment to a card front, don’t adhere the final panel on the right.  Instead, secure it with one of Tim’s mini paper clips. That way, you can fold it flat for mailing.

The Flip Side

I hate to let a perfectly good surface go to waste.  So I created a little waterfall element on the flip side of my altered clipboard.  I used Graphic 45 Regular Kraft Tags and the Regular Tag and Gears Die for this step.  The domed edge of the tag creates such a pretty shape that I could not resist using them.

Enclose magnets on the back side of the belly band to make a neat closure for the waterfall. I simply folded the ends of this border strip over Basic Grey small magnets and adhered shut.  It works beautifully.

Score a 1/2″ flap on the base of each tag, Die cut the tag liner using the Square Tag and Gears Die.  Cut a 1/2″ flap from the base of each liner.  Then adhere it below the fold line as seen here.  This way the waterfall mechanism will fold easily.

Graphic 45 Imagine Altered Tim Holtz Clipboard by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

I think a hot air balloon vacation could be quite the adventure, don’ t you?

Create this little folio by scoring a 6 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ scrap of kraft cardstock in half.  Round the corners.  Add a 3″ x 4″ ephemera card to the front and adhere to the clipboard base.

Place magnets beneath the liner papers and then cover with designer paper and the “B” side of an ephemera card.  This hidden journaling spot is a great place to write down memoirs of your trip.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Challenge: Now it’s YOUR turn!

I hope you’ll play along in this fun challenge by linking up your vintage or shabby chic travel themed project at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.

The winner will earn the chance to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. We are also awarding Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because we can’t pick just one favorite!

You have until 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, July 31st to link your project.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques and ideas that you can use in your own craft adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique

 


Authentique Felicity Zig Zag Folio Tutorial

Authentique Felicity Zig Zag Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Are you having a great summer?  It’s been super busy here in Kathy World.  But I did manage to steal a play day last week.  I’ve had this idea for a new folio design rolling around in my head.  It just would not leave me alone, so I had to get it made.  This Authentique Zig Zag Folio Tutorial is the fruit of my playtime.  Filled with gorgeous summer colors and images, it also has a really cool sloped edge design.

Authentique Felicity Zig Zag Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

This 4″ x 7″ folio has a cardstock base that is made with a few simple folds.  It looks more complicated to make than it is.  I think once you make one of these, you’ll want to make bunches of them in different themes.  One cool feature is that you can actually open it out and stand it up for display.  Wouldn’t that be fun done in a Christmas theme?

Authentique Felicity Zig Zag Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 02

The belly band closure is decorated with Really Reasonable Ribbon , Little Birdie Flowers, some Prima Embellies and a novelty button from my stash.  I stitched designer paper to cardstock to form the belly band.  Velcro dots hold it closed.

Authentique Felicity Zig Zag Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 03

This tag rests on the front cover and is held in place by the belly band.  The illustration on the cover is actually a little 3.25″ x 4.25″ trifold photo wallet.  For me, these folios are all about the interactive elements!

 

Authentique Felicity Zig Zag Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Authentique Felicity Zig Zag Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 04

I designed the folio so that both sides can be used.  This gives you a total of 10 panels with lots of options for flaps, pocket, tips ins and photo display.

Authentique Felicity Zig Zag Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 05

This is just the 3 middle panels on the reverse side.  As you can see, I managed to fit in a a waterfall feature.  That makes lots of room for photos!

Authentique Felicity Zig Zag Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Because I thought you might want to try to make one of these little dittys, I created a tutorial showing you how to build the base, create the sloped edge, and add the pockets and flaps.  You’ll see a video tour of the folio first.  I hope you enjoy.

I thought about calling this a ski slope folio, or a shaped edge folio…but in the end I settled on zig zag because of the way it looks when folded.  If you have a better idea for a name, please let me know!

I hope I shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Felicity Zig Zag Folio Tutorial Supply List

Authentique Paper

  • Felicity 12×12 Collection Kit  (retired, but you can find it HERE.)
  • Spectrum Cardstock Lemondrop/Robin’s Egg

Other

 

Garden Themed Mother Goose Shaker Top Folio

Garden Themed Mother Goose Shaker Top Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  How does your garden grow? Summer is in full bloom here in North Carolina.  My darling husband decided he wanted to do a little gardening this summer, so we’ve been anxiously waiting to pick our very own home grown heirloom tomatoes.  This gardening project inspired me to create a super cute Garden Themed Mother Goose Shaker Top Folio using Graphic 45’s Mother Goose and Home Sweet Home Collections.

Home Sweet Home Garden Themed Mother Goose Shaker Top Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

This is a 7″ x 5″ side fold folio.  Don’y you just love the way this Capri Blue Taffeta Ribbon pops against the primary colors of the Mother Goose Collection?   Taffeta ribbon ties the most beautiful bows!  And I love the touch of Natural Burlap String in the bow cluster, too.

Home Sweet Home Garden Themed Mother Goose Shaker Top Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 02

Red Sweetheart Blossoms look so darling mixed in with my handmade flowers.

Garden Themed Mother Goose Shaker Top Folio: A Peek Inside

Home Sweet Home Garden Themed Mother Goose Shaker Top Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 03

On the inside of this folio, I’ve used papers from both Mother Goose and Home Sweet Home.  You wouldn’t think that they’d work so well together, but I think they look great.

Home Sweet Home Garden Themed Mother Goose Shaker Top Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 04

Garden Themed Mother Goose Shaker Top Folio YouTube Video Tour

This Garden Themed Mother Goose Shaker Top folio is just loaded up with flaps and inserts, waterfalls and tuck ins.  To help you get a feel for all the interactive mechanisms, I’ve prepared a little YouTube video tour.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Garden Themed Mother Goose Shaker Top Folio Supply List

Really Reasonable Ribbon

Graphic 45

  • Mother Goose 12×12 Collection (retired)
    • Chipboard
    • Tags & Pockets
    • 8×8 paper pad
    • 6×6 Patterns and Solids
    • Cardstock Flowers
  • Home Sweet Home Collection (retired)
    • 12×12 paper pad
    • 8×8 paper pad
    • 6×6 paper pad
    • Ephemera Cards
    • Chipboard
  • Staples ATC Alphabet Banner Tags

Other

 

 

RRR Hop: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Tag Box

Really Reasonable Ribbon Hop: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Tag Box

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for the Really Reasonable Ribbon July Blog Hop! You should be coming here all inspired after having visited Karen’s lovely blog.   I’ve created the cutest little Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Tag Box to share with you today.  It’s all decked out with the RRR Blue and Yellow Ribbon Mix and ready to party.

These are the gorgeous ribbons in the July Ribbon Club.  I love all the ribbon club assortments, but this one is especially beautiful.  The colors are just so perfect for summer crafting!

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Tag Box with Eileen Hull Card Box

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Box by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Summer parties, here I come!  The base for this tag box is Eileen Hull’s Card Box Die from her Book Club I Collection.  I’ve decorated the box with beautiful Botanical Tea Papers.  Then I added a lovely border strip to the bottom of the box.  Next, I wrapped the top of the box with the gorgeous Capri Blue Plaid Ribbon from the Ribbon Club Assortment.

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Box by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 02

This sweet little banner is from the original Botanical Tea Collection.  To make it, twist Natural Burlap String until it begins to coil in on itself.  Then, tie knots on either end of the string and adhere to the box base with hot glue.  Next, I threaded some of my precious vintage pearl buttons and adhered them between each banner.  The finishing touch is a beautiful Beaded Fancy Flower from my Etsy shop.

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Box by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 03

The back side of the box is just as pretty as the front!

Botanical Tea Party Tag Box: The Tags

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Box by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 04

I created a trio of tags to slip into the box.  These are Graphic 45 Square Ivory Laser Cut Tags from the Celebrate, Party, Cheers assortment.

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Box by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 05

Each tag is topped with a different ribbon from the Ribbon Club Assortment.  This one is topped with the 5/8″ Yellow Poppy Print Satin Ribbon.

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Box by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 06Tags are always more fun when they are interactive.  Create a pocket and tuck in a tea bag and tag for extra fun!

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Box by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 07

Top this lovely tag with some chipboard and summery Capri Blue Taffeta Ribbon.  Do you see the sweet little teacup charms?  I’ve attached them  with Natural Burlap String.

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Box by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 08

This tag opens to reveal a little gift card pocket.  Use magnets to hold it shut.

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Box by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 09

This festive tag is topped with two ribbons: 3/8″ Capri Blue Checkerboard Satin and 3/8″ Blue and Yellow Diamond Print Grosgrain Ribbon.

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Box by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 10

This tag also has a magnetic folio attached to it.  I’ve tucked some sweet cut apart images into the pocket.

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Box by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 11

The back of each tag has room for a photo or a note.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what fabulous creation awaits you on Linsey’s lovely blog.  If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete blog list at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Finish the hop at the RRR blog where you will answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  This will enter you into the drawing for a free July Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’re not already signed up for the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club, now is a great time to join.  It’s like getting a Christmas present every month of the year.  You can find all the details and sign up HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

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