Vintage Varsity Masculine Birthday Card

Vintage Varsity Masculine Birthday Card with RRR February Ribbon Club Assortment

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Do you struggle when it comes to making a great masculine birthday card? If you’d like to find out some of my tips and tricks for making a great masculine birthday card, then read on! This Vintage Varsity Masculine Birthday card uses ribbons from the Really Reasonable Ribbon February Ribbon Club assortment along with 7 Gypsies Vintage Varsity papers and ephemera.

Vintage Varsity Masculine Card 01I am happy to report that the February Ribbon Club Assortment contains several ribbons that work well on a masculine card.  This Emerald Green Plaid Ribbon picks up on the greens in Vintage Varsity paper collection, and the deep green color is one that most men seem to like, probably because it reminds them of a golf course, or a sports field.

Vintage Varsity Masculine Card 01aYou’ll notice that I created the card on a kraft cardstock base.  This automatically makes it feel more masculine.  Then, to add even more macho goodness, I inked and distressed all the edges of the paper layers.

Vintage Varsity Masculine Card 02I cut some ticket ephemera in half and tucked part of it behind my paper layers.  The other half was cut into a fishtail banner, wrapped in natural burlap string and embellished with a pewter star brad.  The star theme was carried out further with the star button on top of the bow, and in the novelty button. I added another punch of color by placing a strip of crosshatch emerald satin ribbon down the left hand side of my focal image.  This naturally draws the eye to that handsome rugby player…and there is nothing girly about him, am I right?

Vintage Varsity Masculine Card 03To keep my detail photo and novelty button from being overlooked, I encircled them with a strand of natural burlap string.  The natural fibers add great texture to the composition of the card, and the circle element is fun, too. And here’s another star reference to unify the theme of the card.  See, this is not so hard, right?

Vintage Varsity Masculine Card 04The inside of the card contains more layered papers along with a computer journaled sentiment that I inked and stamped.  Add a short greeting and badda bing, badda boom, this card is ready for your favorite guy!

What are some of your favorite tips for making a masculine birthday card?  I’d love to hear them in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!




Shabby Chic Valentine Wallet for RRR Anything Goes Challenge

Shabby Chic Valentine Wallet

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for a fabby new  ANYTHING GOES challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  The RRR team has been generously sponsored by Polly’s Paper Studio, and I can’t wait to share this adorable Shabby Chic Valentine Wallet with you all.  It will make your little heart go pitty pat!

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 13The papers, images and most of the ephemera used in making the Valentine wallet are from Polly’s Paper Charming Cherubs Valentine Creativity Kit.  I added beautiful mulberry flowers and ribbons from RRR along with lots of goodies found in my Closet of Shame.  Let’s take a peeky at how this little darling was constructed.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 12The  Valentine wallet style album measures 7″ x 5″ when closed.  And you’ll laugh when I tell you what inspired the design!  As you know, we have sold our large family home and are downsizing into a cute little ranch about 15 minutes away.  So I have been purging like a maniac.  When I was cleaning out a scrap drawer, I ran across 2 old manila file folders that I had set aside to upcycle.  I was just about to toss them in the trash (oh, the pain of purging!) when an idea streaked through my brain and before long I had sketched out the idea for this cute l’il Valentine wallet.  Sometimes, being a pack rat has a happy ending!

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 10Both file folders were cut along the side fold to measure 7″ long by 5″ tall.  They were laid side by side on my work surface and joined together to create a tri fold wallet style album.  Then burlap was machine stitched directly onto the front side of the cover.  Before decorating the cover, I used 1/2″ Scor-Tape to secure a 30″ length of pink chevron striped twill ribbon as a closure for the album.  1.5″ Ivory Crocheted lace was added to the fold side of the album. I added flirty pink posies (cottage roses, chrysanthemums, cosmos daisies and deep ivory gypsophila) in clusters around my embellies and pretty pink satin bow.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 08The cover of the Valentine wallet opens to reveal a sweet decorated page.  I fussy cut around the angel wings and then taped it inside this embossed paper tag.  (Which I also found while purging.) The image is mounted on a glassine bag.  It’s the perfect spot to tuck in a little gift card, tickets to a show, an individually wrapped chocolate or tea bag, too.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 01The inside of the wallet has pockets filled with tags, photo mounts, love notes and more pretty papers and images from the kit.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 02I stuck with a pink, cream and brown color palette to unify the design.  The little tags are topped with bright pink gingham ribbon. I also added more mulberry flowers to my decorated pocket.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 03I love this stamp from 7 Gypsies.  I just stamped onto kraft cardstock with black ink, then trimmed the corners to make it look like a tag.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 04I thought it would be fun to add a slash pocket to the Valentine wallet where little love notes could be tucked in.  You could also journal on the back of these little tags.  I found the booklet in my stash.  It’s amazing what you find when you are getting ready to move!  The trio of cherubs is one of the images from the Valentine creativity kit.  I just fussy cut them and perched them on top of my heading.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 05A closer look at the love notes.  You could easily write these yourself, mount them on cardstock and tuck them inside.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 06The left hand side of this page is decorated with ephemera and images from the kit.  Aren’t they just swoon worthy?

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 07Then, the pocket is stuffed with another cute stamped tag (also from 7 Gypsies) and more photo mounts.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 13This little Valentine wallet  came together fairly fast…a little more than an afternoon of paper play, which is not bad.  I love the way the burlap feels, and the contrast between the Victorian imagery and the rustic texture makes me swoon a little.

Now it’s YOUR turn!  First, go visit RRR BLOG where you will find loads of inspiration.   Then, create your own ANYTHING GOES project and link it up on the RRR Blog.  I’ll be popping by to see what you cooked up!

And, here’s a good reason to play along in this fabby challenge: Polly’s Paper Studio will be awarding one talented participant a prize of their choice of 5 digital items from their amazing shop!  So get out your glue sticks and get your craft on!

Thanks for stopping by!




Bees, Please! Altered Bee Box & Step Out Tutorial

Bees, Please!  Altered Bee Box with Step Out Tutorial for Canvas Corp Brands

Hello, Friends!  What do gardeners do during the long cold winter months?  They pore over seed catalogs, plan their gardens and dream of spring’s arrival, that’s what!  And sometimes, they go to the thrift store, where they find cast off Christmas decor that can be transformed into something wonderful with just a pinch of imagination and some fabby art supplies.  And though I don’t really fancy myself a gardener, my dear husband and I are talking seriously about starting an organic garden this spring.  So to get myself mentally ready to take on the task, I created this altered bee box using beautiful paints, papers, and textiles from Canvas Corp Brands.

Altered Bee Box for Canvas Corp BrandsIsn’t it just totally adorable?  But I want to show you what it looked like when I found it at my local Goodwill Thrift Store.

Bee Box 001Not so fabby, very shabby (but not chic) and kind of sad.  But the Gypsy Soul in me saw that with a little work, it could make a super cute piece of home decor for our screen porch, and maybe inspire me to get out and dig in the dirt.

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That’s much better, isn’t it?  You may not know this, but Canvas Corp Brands has lovely DIY paint that is perfect for this type of rehab project.  I am not a fan of sanding down wood.  So I like to work with a paint that will cover up an ugly base. Although the DIY paint comes in a rainbow of colors, I wanted to stick with a yellow and black color palette to go with my bee theme, so I chose to work with DIY Ebony.

Bee Box tutorial 01After using a screwdriver to remove Santa’s nose, I painted the box base and drawer front with DIY Ebony paint.  It did take 2 coats, but you can see how nice and smooth it went on.

Bee Box tutorial 01aNext, I measured the length and width of the little drawer and cut a strip of this French Script Printed Burlap to size.  I cut a slightly smaller strip of Watering Can Critters and Crawlers on kraft cardstock and stitched it onto the burlap, fraying the edges.  (By the way, Canvas Corp provides a Mix and Match pad of Watering Can goodies and I think it is slightly cheaper than ordering each part separately.)  And yes, you are correct: I DID change this button and knob out for a cuter drawer pull.  Good eye!

Bee Box Tutorial 02Next, I measured the garden “bench” area and cut a strip of Yellow and Ivory French Linen Stripe Cardstock to fit. (A little later in the process, I blotched this with black paint, and decided to re-cover it with Yellow and Ivory Ribbon Stripe Cardstock, and I ended up liking this look much better.)  I also measured the inside dimensions of the bee box back and lined it with more Watering Can paper.  This is already a huge improvement from the original box!

Bee Box tutorial 03Next, I lay the box on its side and traced around the edge pieces onto scrap paper to create a template.  I fit them into the sides and made adjustments as necessary. Once I was satisfied with the way they fit, I traced the templates onto more of the Yellow and Ivory Ribbon Stripe paper and used these pieces to line the sides of the box. Doing this can prevent wasting your pretty designer paper.  I decided I liked the top of the box better with just paint, so I ended up not using the piece for the top.

Bee Box tutorial 04Once my pieces were glued into place, I dry brushed some DIY Crystal Paint over the edges of my altered bee box.  This paint is really thick and creamy, so I watered it down a good bit, then dipped the tip of an old, stiff paint brush into the puddle and brushed most of the paint off onto my craft sheet before applying it to the box.  Next, I did grab a piece of fine grit sandpaper to distress the box a little so it didn’t look so “new.”  I love how this part turned out.

Bee Box tutorial 05Next, I added a little banner to the top using scrap pieces of green and yellow paper.  The pennants were strung on natural jute cording that I braided together and held in place with some fancy thumb tacks that I found in my stash.  This is where I decided to turn the drawer into a flower planter and ideas began to bloom right and left.  I removed the button from the front of the drawer, replacing it with a miniature garden spade that I found in my stash.  The drawer was hot glued into an open position, and filled with Spanish moss, flowers, Prima resin pieces and another darling sign from The Watering Can collection.  Here are some photos for you to enjoy.

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I love the way these flowers appear to be bursting out of the altered bee box. Can you spy the bees that are humming happily?

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Here you can see the Critters and Crawlers paper that was used to line the outside edges of the box. The happy little banners are made from Yellow and Ivory French Linen Stripe Cardstock and Green and Ivory Lattice cardstock. And the Watering Can Garden Sayings on Ivory added wonderful tags and titles to this altered bee box.

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Another great tag from Garden Sayings on Ivory.

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And I’m really glad I changed the drawer pull to this miniature garden spade that I dry brushed with DIY Crystal Paint.

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This would be a great place to hang your keys, but if you don’t have keys, you can always hang these cute garden tags.

Bee Box for CCB 07Making this altered bee box was the perfect remedy for the post holiday blahs!  Now I just need to get out my seed catalog and start planning my garden!

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Frilly and Funkie: Enjoy Your Embossing Challenge

Frilly and Funkie: Enjoy your Embossing Challenge

Hello, Friends!  I am so excited about today’s post, as I get to tell you a secret that I’ve been bursting to share for a while now.  As many of you know, I am huge fan of The Funkie Junkie Boutique and their amazing Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  Their design team inspires me so much that even though my schedule does not allow for a lot of blog reading these days, I never fail to check in and see what they are up to.  So imagine my surprise and delight when I was invited to join the team!  Yippee! The first project I get to share with you was made for their Enjoy Your Embossing Challenge,  I’m still pinching myself to make sure this is not just a lovely dream.  (If it is, I may just keep right on snoozing!)

Mon Amour Embossed Tag for Frilly Funkie 01You all know how much I already enjoy my embossing powders, so this  challenge theme is right up my alley: Make a vintage or shabby chic project of your choice and remember to include some embossing. Use your favorite embossing methods (wet, dry, heat, or any other techniques you want to share) – just enjoy your embossing! 

Mon Amour Embossed Tag for Frilly Funkie 02Since we are coming right up on Valentine’s Day, I decided to create a romantic tag using the Mon Amour papers from Graphic 45.  I have links to all the products I used to make the tag below so that you can make one of your own if you wish.   I began the project with an 8″ x 8″ paper (Precious One) from the collection.  After die cutting a standard tag from the flip side of the paper, I stamped the flat side of an embossing folder with embossing ink and ran it through my Big Shot.  The tag was then covered with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Powder and heat embossed.  The end result was a richly textured tag with loads of sparkle and shine!

Enjoy Your Embossing processYummy!  One tip: when working with this type of embossing powder, heat from the underside to prevent blowing the powder everywhere!  And be patient: it takes a little longer to melt.  I generally get it started on the back side, then finish the process by applying heat directly to the top side.  It saves a lot of mess! Next, I spritzed the sides of the tag and distressed the edges with a distressing tool.  The embossed tag was then glued onto a black Ranger tag.  This added both stability and a nice black border around the edges.,

Enjoy Your Embossing Mon Amour Tag for Frilly Funkie 03But we are not done embossing yet!  We are enjoying it far too much!  So I created this fabulous butterfly using Tim’s Layered Butterfly Die/Embossing Folder combo.  The butterfly was die cut with a pearlized cream cardstock, then placed in the matching embossing folder.  I had prepped the flat side of the folder with embossing ink, just as I did for the tag.  A quick trip through the Big Shot, a dusting of gold embossing powder and the butterfly was ready for its beauty treatment.  I squished Victorian Velvet, Spun, Sugar and Tattered Rose onto my non-stick craft sheet and then spritzed it lightly with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist.  I pressed the embossed side of the die cut butterfly into the ink and voila!  A gorgeous pink butterfly emerged!  After heat setting the color, I shaped the wings and attached it to my tag.

Enjoy Your Embossing for Frilly and Funkie 02This was topped with fussy cut roses,  a fussy cut lady from the paper sheet, and a wooden button that I had in my stash.  Venice lace was added to the base of the tag along with  a hand painted Baby Blush Venice Lace Heart .

Enjoy Your Embossing Challenge Frilly Funkie 05The title and little butterfly were cut from the paper pad and layered under the roses.  The antique bronze heart and arrow charm was filled with the word “love” from the paper collection and then tapped with Picket Fence Distress Paint.  How’s that for romance?

The shabby chic bow was made with seam binding that I custom dyed with the same pink Distress Inks I used on the butterfly wings.  I topped it with that sparkling black Petaloo Jeweled flower for contrast.

All my edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I used Glossy Accents to secure all the elements on the tag.

Now the best part of this whole Enjoy Your Embossing Challenge is that YOU get to play along!  Just visit the Frilly and Funkie BLOG to link your project up and the team will be stopping by to leave you lovely comments!  A winner will be chosen as a guest designer on the blog, or to win a favorites badge that you can proudly display on your own blog.  And one lucky participant will be randomly chosen to win a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  What fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you have any questions about the challenge or the construction of the tag, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.



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You Make My World a Better Place Card Tutorial

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop: You Make My World a Better Place Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the January Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop! You should be coming here from the amazingly talented Ujjwal’s BLOG.  I have a question for you: How do you feel about a BLUE Valentine?  I love the blues and browns in the Everyday Heroes collection, and put them to good use in this You Make My World a Better Place card tutorial.

You Make my World a Better Place Card Tutorial 01I have a complete tutorial below, so I’ll just hit on the high points here.  This is a 5″ x 7″ side fold card with a kraft cardstock base.  In addition to the Everyday Heroes paper collection and DIE, I used the Botanical Roses stamps and Botanical Wings Die, Decorative Oval die, and my trusty Luggage and Tags Die to create this soft, romantic card.

You Make my World a Better Place Card Tutorial 02These Botanical Roses might just be my favorite!  To pick up on the tans and browns in the paper collection, I stamped them with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with Copper Embossing powder.  I used the same technique on the tag.

You Make my World a Better Place Card Tutorial 03Here’s a handy  little tip: It can be very effective to cut a die shape in half, as I did with the Everyday Heroes die.  I also snipped the little swirls so that I could layer it both above and below the paper.  You die cut once, and get 2 embellishments!  How sweet is that?

You Make my World a Better Place Card Tutorial 04This double layered bow is tied with soft, shimmery Turquoise and Brown Ombre Organza.  I also added another layer of texture by wrapping a panel with 1.5″ Ivory Crocheted Lace.  Flower centers were filled with hot glue and teal Czech beads. I deliberately sprinkled some onto the flower petals, and filled up the torn paper on the side with them as well.

You Make my World a Better Place Card Tutorial 05Can you see the sparkly finish on the petals?  I achieved this by painting the finished flowers with a coat of Ranger Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.  I love the vintage shine this adds to flower petals and leaves.  It strengthens them and helps them hold their shape, too.   I also spritzed my papers with Tattered Angels Patina Glimmer Mist. This helped tie the brown and blue papers together, added a soft shine, and increased the vintage feel of this card.  Little touches like this make such a difference in a finished project!

You Make my World a Better Place Card Tutorial 06The inside of the card was quick and easy to complete.  I inked the edges of the light teal designer paper with Vintage Photo Ink, spritzed it with TA Patina Mist and then layered two of the card fronts together for my sentiment panel.  Plenty of room here to write a mushy Valentine message.

From here, you will hop over and find inspiration MARY’S marvelous BLOG.  Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop and leave a lovely comment, because a lucky winner will be randomly chosen from one of the comments on one of the blogs.  The winner will receive a $25 gift card at Heartfelt Creations and will be announced here on Saturday, January 30th at NOON EST.  So let’s get hopping!

Alissa WellsVicki Dutcher ♥ Caroline DuncanGlenda Brooks ♥  Emilia van den Heuvel ♥    Amy DoriaUjjwal GuptaKathy Clement (You are HERE) Mary FausSarah Miller ♥       Gini Williams Cagle ♥  Lisa Allen

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You Make My World a Better Place Card Tutorial:
Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop January 2016

Materials Used:
HCDP1-253 Everyday Heroes Paper Collection
HCD1-761 Everyday Heroes Die
HCPC 3651 Botanical Rose Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-758 Botanical Wings Die
HCD1-762 Decorative Oval Die
HCD1-745 Luggage and Tags Die
HCPC 3663 My World Cling Stamp (Everyday Heroes)
Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
ColorBox Teal Fluid Chalk Ink
Versamark Ink Pad
Copper Embossing Powder
Crochet Lace (1.5″ wide)
Burlap String
Czech Beads (teal)
Tattered Angels Patina Glimmer Mist
Art Institute Dries Clear Glue
Distressing Tool
Foam Dots
Kraft Cardstock
Copper Embossing Powder
Pearlized Cream Cardstock (Core’dinations)
Rusty Metal Heart

Create a 5″ x 7″ side fold card from Kraft Cardstock.
Cut a 5″ x 7″ panel of the polka dot paper from the paper collection. Distress the edges, spritz with mist and ink edges with Vintage Photo Ink. Glue onto prepared card base.
Die Cut the Decorative Oval from Pearlized Cream Cardstock. Glue onto the card base so that the left hand side of the oval lines up with the left hand side of the card. Reference the photos for placement.
Cut the blue roses corner piece from the paper collection into a 3.75″ x 5.75″ rectangle. Distress the edges, spritz with mist and ink edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Wrap the panel with 1.5″ wide cream crochet lace.

Die cut the circular frame with the Everyday Heroes Die from Kraft Cardstock. Cut in half. Snip the edges of the swirls and layer over top of the blue roses paper. Glue in place. Glue on top of the card base as seen in the photos. Add a brad and glue to hold in place.

Use the Luggage and tags die to cut a tag from light teal paper in the collection. Use Versamark to stamp a portion of the My World Cling Stamp onto the tag. Heat emboss with Copper Embossing Powder. Lightly distress the edges and ink with Vintage Photo DI. Use foam dots to layer this over the blue roses corner piece as seen in the photo. Add the ticket sentiment using foam dots to elevate.

Use Versamark Ink to stamp two sets of the Botanical Rose Cling Stamp onto light teal designer paper. Heat emboss with Copper Embossing powder. Die cut with the coordinating die. Shape. Stack. Sponge with teal ink.
Place on the card as shown. Fill the centers with hot glue and Czech beads. Paint the petals with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. Let Dry.

Spritz the rusty metal heart with TA spray. Heat dry. Place on the card using foam dots. Paint with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. Let dry.

Cut one final 4.75″ 5.75″ panel of the light teal designer paper and glue inside the card. Layer the pre-designed card fronts and use as sentiment panels, as shown.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show Me the Pink Challenge

Wander Mini Album for Really Reasonable Ribbon “Show Me the Pink” Challenge

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabby challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  This time our theme is “Show Me the Pink,” so I created this Wander Mini Album in soft shades of pink and cream.  It’s even got a pink birdie on the cover!

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 01In the process of purging “stuff” from my closets this month, I ran across a whole stack of 4.25″ x 5.5″ white card bases.  I mean a STACK, people!  As I was flipping through them, a little lightbulb went off in my brain: “Wouldn’t these be perfect as a base for a mini album?”  And just like that, the idea for this Wander mini album was born.  The corrugated cardboard covers were cut from another pile of “stuff” I found while cleaning, and they add strength and stability to the project.  I really need to work up a tutorial for this one, as I think some of you would like to give it a go.  Let me know, and if enough people say “pretty please” I’ll put something together.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 03I found these pretty Bo Bunny Garden journal papers while cleaning out the Closet of Shame and the color palette is perfect for this challenge.  I wanted my pretty pink bird to sit inside a sort of wreath, so I created one using an empty spool of 1/8″ redline tape.  The plastic base was wrapped with Grey Canvas Color Band ribbon and White LeavesBaby Pink Seam Binding was a perfect color match for the designer paper.  To give it more of a shabby chic feel, I spritzed it with water and crumpled it after tying it with my Zutter Bow-it-All.  The bow was topped with a soft pink Cottage Rose and some creamy white Gypsophila Blossoms.   These same Gypsophila Blossoms were clustered around the wreath with Pink Sweetheart Blossoms.  

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 02You all know how much I love my little birdies, so this album makes me happy, happy!  I tucked in a beautiful bronze leaf that I painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint.  Then a snippet of Molly White Crocheted Lace was secured below the title to add even more texture.

Would you like to peek at the inside?

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 04This little book got fat in a hurry, so I ‘m glad I thought to add the natural mesh ribbon as a closure.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 05I added pocket pages, fold out pages and fold down pages to the book, making it very interactive and fun to stroll through.  I also dug into my scraps of crocheted lace trim, using it to add texture and pattern to the inside pages.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 06It was fun to add these little cards to the pockets.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 07And you know how much I love to slip tags in between pages.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 08This trio of tags is topped with a combination of Natural Burlap String and Pearl Pink Shimmer Satin Ribbon.  Short ribbon scraps like this make great tag toppers!

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 09This page folds out to reveal two more decorated pages.  The center page has a double fold down pocket filled with more pretty cards.  The gypsophila and sweetheart blossoms are just the right size to tuck inside an album like this one.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 11Here’s a peeky at the fold down pocket page.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 12The final page has another pocket and more pretties to look at.

You could easily add photos to the backs of the tags and cards, or write little notes, encouraging quotes or memories on the backs, too.  I designed this Wander Mini Album as more of a “look book” than a true photo album.  I love the way it feels in my  hands, too.

Be sure to visit the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog because the design team is showing you all their fabby pink projects today.  And, you get to play along!  Just create your own pink project using ribbon or trim and link it up on the RRR Challenge Blog.  You can find all the information HERE.

I’m so glad you stopped by today, and I hope you enjoyed this little Wander Mini Album.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Children’s Hour January Birthday Card

Really Reasonable Ribbon and Children’s Hour January Birthday Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I have a fun January Birthday Card to share with you today.  I made it with some fabby Really Reasonable Ribbon and gorgeous Graphic 45 papers from the new Children’s Hour Collection.  Since I have a very special auntie who is celebrating a January birthday, I wanted to make her a very special January birthday card.  So this one is for you Auntie Joyce!  I hope your birthday is as special as you are.

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I picked up on the blues and golds in the January pages by accenting my card with loads of ribbon.  The belly band features one of my all time favorite ribbons: antique gold faux burlap ribbon with a wired edge. It adds wonderful texture to that gold pinstripe paper.

Childrens Hour January Birthday Card with Pocket 02I wanted to add a little border on the top and bottom of this card, and found that this Antique Gold Canvas Color Band ribbon was the perfect choice.   Then I added a big poufy bow tied with soft and shimmery Old Gold 3/8″ Satin with Gold Metallic Edges to add just the right amount of sparkle.  It makes me think of a glass of champagne, and what could be more perfect for a January Birthday card?  This was topped with a natural burlap string bow tied with red and antique gold burlap string.

Childrens Hour January Birthday Card with Pocket 03I love to create pocket cards that I can stuff with all kinds of tags and goodies.  For this January Birthday card, I tucked in a handmade card of darling vintage buttons, a little sentiment tag and a bookmark that I topped with a sweet silver mittens charm.  I know lots of folks read books on their smart phones or Kindles, but I still like to turn the pages of a real book, and I’m betting Auntie Joyce does, too.

Childrens Hour January Birthday Card with Pocket 04Here are all the goodies that were tucked into the pocket on display.  I topped my tags with more of the old gold satin ribbon, but I also used a little snippet of Ivory, Rust and Gold Plaid ribbon to decorate my sentiment tag.  I hope the rich colors and beautiful textures of this card will brighten my auntie’s birthday!

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