A Vintage Christmas Card

rrr02A Vintage Christmas Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, fabulous ribbon lovers!  I’m popping in today to share a vintage Christmas card that has loads of layers, embellishments and gorgeous Really Reasonable Ribbon, of course!

rrr01I paired My Mind’s Eye Vintage Christmas papers and embellies with Forest Green Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon and Snowflakes on Forest Green Grosgrain to create a festive holiday vibe on my 5″ x7″ side fold card.  These ribbons are both part of the October Ribbon Club Assortment.  (By the way….Bonnie is offering a special deal if you sign up for the Ribbon Club this month.  TWO ribbon club assortments for only $17.00.  You can find our more about it HERE.)

rrr03I tied my ribbons together using my Zutter Bow-it-All tool.  That tool makes it so easy to tie together two different ribbons into one fabby bow!  I don’t think I could have done this without using it.  I topped it with a little Christmas Baker’s Twine and some rusty jingle bells.  And yes, they really jingle!

rrr02This wooden button was begging for a little bit of ribbon in the center, so I answered it’s plea with this cute little square knot bow.  It made that button really stand out!

rrr04Lots of layers, lots of stitching a couple of cute paper clips, and this vintage Christmas card is ready for Santa’s sleigh.

rrr05The inside is finished simply with a stamped and embossed sentiment.

So, how about you? Have you started your Christmas cards yet, or do you wait until the last minute?  We are definitely in the countdown stage here with less than 10 weeks to go until the big event!  Better stock up on Christmas ribbon and get your craft on, friends!

Thanks for stopping by!






Vintage Thanksgiving Card

CS Pilgrim 03Crafty Secrets Vintage Thanksgiving Card

Hello, Friends!

Have I told you yet that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday?  Well, it is!  I marvel at the stories about the Pilgrims who bravely left their homes in England in search of freedom to worship, freedom to raise their families free from fear, and freedom to create a new life for themselves.  After that first “starving winter” they were ready to celebrate a time of plenty and set aside a special day of thanksgiving to do just that.  I love that we carry that tradition on in our homes today, and I always look forward to spending that day of gratitude  with our family.  This vintage Thanksgiving card uses papers and images from the Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD  and the Seasonal Booklet.

CS Pilgrim 01I stamped some Posy Patch flowers onto paper that I printed from my computer and then die cut, shaped, spritzed and stacked them.  Lots of inking and copper embossing powder was added to the mix along with this wonderful Brown and Copper Ribbon and burlap string.  And yes, that is star anise atop the bow!  I was wandering around the spice section of a local store when I spotted a bag of this wonderfully fragrant spice and snatched it up to use as an embellishment on cards.  I tapped this one with a little Versamark and added a little copper embossing powder.  The card not only looks like Thanksgiving, it smells like it, too!

CS Pilgrim 03The swirled flourish is die cut from an old cereal box, embossed with a folder and then tapped with Versamark and heat embossed with more copper embossing powder.  I used a bunch of teal embossing powder on the die cut frame that the image rests on.

CS Pilgrim 03So, pie is a big deal at Thanksgiving in our house.  I started a bad tradition when Dale and I were newlyweds.  His favorite pie was pecan; my favorite pie was pumpkin.  So I made us each our favorite pie.  Then we had Peter….and Liz, then Kimberly, Andrew and Joel.  And Mom lived with us.  And then kids got married…and I had to make their spouses’ favorite pies so as not to show favoritism.  And they conspired together to ensure that no one chose the same “favorite pie” .  The result was that I have made as many as a dozen DIFFERENT pies at Thanksgiving.  I’ve started paring back (a little) as no one eats as much as they used to, and we really do try to limit our sugar intake.  But it’s Thanksgiving, right?  Let there be pie!

CS Pilgrim 04I wrote a little poem on the inside of the card, and layered on some of the same papers I used on the front.  I used my photo editing program to alter the colors of the papers so that they were the exact colors I wanted to use on my card.  It takes about 3 seconds to do this when I use the color changer tool in my PaintShop Pro.  I’m not very computer savvy, so the fact that I can make custom papers to match my projects really makes me happy.

Thanks for stopping by today!  If you have any questions or comments about the creation of this vintage Thanksgiving card, I’d love to hear from you. I try to personally respond to every comment that is left on my blog.  It means so much to me when I hear from you!

Until next time…




All Geared Up Birthday Card

Flower Gears Birthday 02All Geared Up Birthday Card

Hello, Friends, and welcome to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday.  I have a fun All Geared Up birthday card to share with you today.

Flower Gears Birthday 01aThis card uses papers, stamps and dies from the fabulous All Geared Up Collection.  One of the things I love about Heartfelt Creations is the many thoughtful bits and pieces they include in their paper collections.  All these tags and tickets are part of the art work on the cut apart pages.  I just cut them out, layered them onto my card and added the whimsical mechanical flowers and this card was pretty much done.  I  simply added a few vintage buttons and a bow tied with Delicate Stitched Satin ribbon!  It doesn’t get much easier than that, does it?

Flower Gears Birthday 02These gear flowers are loads of fun to create.  On this flower, I’ve tucked the “petals” from the white layer between the brown layered flowers to add great lift and dimension.  I also love using the cogs as doilies.  It’s a surprisingly feminine die when you cut it from white or soft pastel papers.

Flower Gears Birthday 03The inside was also a cinch to create.  I just stamped the greeting from Tarnished Gears onto one of the many pre-designed card fronts.  Sometimes, you just don’t have all day to make a card, and it’s lovely to have supplies that allow you to make a great looking card in a short period of time.

That’s it for me today, folks!  You’ll find a complete supply list and tutorial for making this card below.  Be sure to visit the HC BLOG where you’ll find loads of inspiration from the rest of the team.  This collection really unleashed my creativity, and I find myself using the word “FUN” over and over again when I talk about this collection! I can’t wait to share more with you in the coming weeks.  Thanks for stopping by!




Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:
PAPER: HCDP1 248 All Geared Up Paper Collection:  STAMPS: HCPC 3634 Tarnished Gears PreCut Set; Dies: HCD 745 Luggage and Tags Die, HCD 754 All Geared Up Die; 159223 Paper Blossoms Molding Mat; 459222 Paper Blossoms Tool Kit; Grand Calibur
Other Product: Paper: Pool Party Cardstock, Bronze Metallic Paper, Pearlized White Paper; INK: Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, Adirondack Cloudy Blue Ink, Ranger Archival Coffee Ink; Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon, aqua buttons; red line tape, hot glue gun.
Directions: Create a side fold 5″ x 7″ card base from Pool Party cardstock. Ink the edges with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. Cut a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of the teal flourish designer paper. Ink the edges. Use red line tape to run a 7 1/2″ piece of ribbon up the left hand side, tucking the ends onto the reverse. Glue onto card base. Die cut the tag, journal card, ticket, tab, 3 gear “doilies, and 2 sets of gear “flowers” from cardstock, as seen. Layer these elements onto the card, as shown. Create the bow and attach to the side ribbon using a hot glue gun. Stitch button centers and add to card as seen.
For the interior of the card: cut out the card front and stamp the birthday greeting in Cloudy Blue ink. Then stamp with coffee ink to create a shadow effect. Glue into card as shown.

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.

HC Girly Grunge Tag06HC Girly Grunge Tag02aHC Girly Grunge Tag03a

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!



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