Memories Shabby Chic Sympathy Card with RRR Center Stitched Burlap Ribbon
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! Sympathy cards fall into the category of cards you hope you never have to make. Receiving cards and notes after the loss of a loved one is so meaningful and comforting that I try to make them extra special. This Memories shabby chic sympathy card uses one of my all time favorite sympathy sentiment stamps and lovely Pink Center Stitch Burlap Ribbon.
I like to keep everything on a sympathy card soft: the colors, the textures, and even the images. Using a natural fiber ribbon like the burlap center stitch helps me achieve these goals.
The base of this 5″ x 6″ is created from one strip of 12″ x 5″ cardstock. First I scored the paper on the long side at 4″ and 8.75″. Then I folded along the score lines. This allowed me to create a cutaway card front and an inner pocket.
Memories Shabby Chic Sympathy Card: An Easy Way to Add a Pocket
Use a punch to add a decorative edge to the pocket, then line with designer papers. Glue just the top and bottom edges to form the pocket.
Top the tag with a simple square knot bow. I also added a teabag and honey stick to the pocket. For me, nothing is more comforting than a hot cup of tea.
Natural fiber ribbon can sometimes be more challenging to tie, but if you use your Zutter-Bow-it-All Tool, you’ll find it’s much easier.
I hope this Memories shabby chic sympathy card brings comfort to the friend who received it. and I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you’ll be able to use in your own crafty adventures.
Frosty Windowpanes Christmas Shaker Card Folio and Gift Tags with Authentique Jolly Christmas Collection
Hello, Friends! Do you remember waking up on a wintry morning and peeping out of the windows, only to find them flaked with snow and ice? I do. (That’s one of the reasons why I married a Southern man…but that’s another story for another day!) This Frosty Windowpanes Christmas Shaker Card folio made with Authentique Paper’s Jolly Christmas Collection hearkens back to that childhood memory. Take a look.
I love the festive patterns and vibrant colors of this fun collection. Seeing all those lacy white snowflakes patterned on a red background inspired me to make this jolly shaker card folio.
The folio is my “go to” 5″ x 7″ base with a 1/4″ spine. I did loads of die cutting on this one, and it was all jolly good fun.
Frosty Windowpanes Christmas Shaker Card Folio: How to Create the Frosty Windowpane
Die cut 2 window frames using a Tim Holtz Window/Window Box Bigz Die. I used a pearlized white metallic paper that I found in my stash. It has a subtle sheen and frosty appearance that worked well with my card design.
Next, die cut 2 of the window boxes: one from scrap chipboard and one from patterned paper.
Now, cut two 2.25″ x 3.25″ sheets of clear acetate cardstock.
Then run 1/4″ Scor-Tape around the front edges of one window. This will be the window on the bottom in our shaker element.
Next, peel off the liner tape and adhere one of the pieces of clear acetate cardstock.
Then repeat this on the second window, BUT put the tape and the acetate cardstock on the BACK side of the window frame.
Place a layer of foam tape on the front frame of the bottom window, being sure that you don’t overlap the panes. You don’t want the tape to show.
Now, repeat this step with the top window, but as before, add the foam tape to the BACK side of the window frame.
Next, lay the bottom window face up on your work surface and carefully fill the center with glitter, beads, sequins or whatever shaker medium you choose. Don’t over fill.
Now, carefully remove the liner tape from both windows, and line them up one over the other. Take your time and make sure everything is straight and lined up. Then press to close.
Frosty Windowpanes Christmas Shaker Card Folio: A Peek Inside
The fun continues on the inside of this Frosty Windowpanes Christmas Shaker Card folio. Don’t you just love these cheery patterns? This top pocket contains a mini file folder with a bit of chocolate tucked inside. This would be a great spot to hide a gift card or monetary gift as well.
This large bottom pocket holds a decorated candy cane treat and a 4″ x 4.5″ accordion folded photo album.
This decorative belly band holds the photo album closed.
There’s room inside for eight 3.5″ x 4″ photos. Mat stickers on cardstock and then glue so that photos can be tucked behind them.
Wouldn’t this be a great way to share your family Christmas photos this year? It’s a card, and a gift, and pretty home decor all wrapped up into one neat package. You gotta love that!
Jolly Christmas Gift Tags
Gift tags are a quick and easy way to dress up a cookie plate, holiday gift or even trim the tree. These little beauties come together in a snap, thanks to the darling stickers in Jolly Christmas!
Die cut the tag bases with Tammy Tutterow’s Shortie Tags Die. Then die cut patterned paper with the same die and trim a little off the sides . Now, die cut a contrasting decorative edge using one of the shaped edge dies that comes with the set. I also die cut a little accent tab using Tammy’s Tabs Two Die. BAM! Tag bases are finished!
Now comes the fun part! Add stickers from the collection kit, pretty Christmas ribbons and trims, floral accents and Christmas embellies to make these tags shine. I find that if I make these “assembly line” style they come together really fast.
I hope I’ve 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!
Frosty Windowpanes Christmas Shaker Card Folio Supply List
NOTE: I will link to as many items as possible, but some have been in my stash for a long time and may be retired. If possible, I will suggest a substitute. Common items like cardstock, glue, etc will not be listed here.
Distress Inks Autumn Themed Mop Up Tags: Use Your Scraps Series
Hello, Friends! Today I have another idea for putting scraps to good use. This time, I’m talking about using scrap “ink”. Let me explain. These pretty little Distress Ink autumn themed mop up tags started when I used plain manila tags to clean up puddles of leftover ink from other projects.
I hate to waste good materials. Even leftover ink on your craft mat can be put to good use. When I have leftover ink on my craft mat, I just grab a standard sized manila tag and sop it up. I always have several of these mop up tags in different hues stored in a bin kept close to my work surface. Instead of wiping my leftover ink up with a paper towel, I grab a tag that will work with whatever colors are on the mat and add another layer of ink. When I like the way the tag looks, I just add some stamping or ephemera to finish it off into a little art tag. Waste not, want not, right?
Ranger makes a great manila tag that holds up well to mixed media applications. They are a staple in my studio. Of course, you can cut tags from scrap paper yourself, but depending on the structure of the paper, the tag may or may not hold up well.
Everyday Distress Ink Autumn Themed Mop Up Tags
This tag came together in minutes because the base tag was nearly finished, thanks to all the mopped up ink. I simply added some quick stamping and stenciling. Keep an organized ephemera file in your studio, so that when you need a little image for a tag, you can find it quickly. I use a plastic bin with labeled divider tabs for this purpose.
This nostalgic image is one that I printed out from a Gecko Galz collage sheet called Be Thankful for Fall. The autumn leaves came to me in a little thank you packet in my Funkie Junkie Boutique order. Linda, the shop owner, always tucks in a sweet little envelope with paper pretties as a thank you gift. The ribbon is Moss Green Shimmer Satin from RRR.
Hello, Beautiful Distress Ink Autumn Themed Mop Up Tags
Here’s another example of a mop up tag. This image, the die cut leaves and maple leaf charm also came in a little goodie bag from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. I added stamped images and stencils to finish the tag off.
The die cut leaves come as plain white cardstock. To dress them up, I added some ink, also mopped up from my craft sheet. To add texture, run the damp leaf through an embossing folder. Then stamp randomly over the top. I finished this tag with a vintage button, twine, mustard seeds and ribbon.
These tags will be tucked into orders from my Etsy shop as thank you gifts from me. It’s a fun way to pay it forward.
I’m thinking about periodically sharing a post about fun ways to use scraps. Is this something you all would be interested in? If so, please let me know in the comment section below, and I’ll start planning more of these posts into my blog calendar.
Winter Wishes Christmas Card: Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop with Gracielle Design
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! It’s time for the November Blog Hop at Really Reasonable Ribbon. This month we’re teaming up with Gracielle Design. I’ve used her digital stamps and papers to create this elegant Winter Wishes Christmas Card. If you’ve come here from Karen’s lovely blog, then you are right on track. Now let’s get to hopping!
This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card. After printing out my digital papers, I cut them to size. Then I inked the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. Next, I double matted the layers on silver metallic and burgundy cardstock. Then I created extra dimension in this Winter Wishes Christmas card by adding waste chipboard (instead of foam spacers) between the layers.
Next, I printed the sentiment on white cardstock, and matted it on a die cut label. At this point, the card is pretty…but it needs some jazzing up.
Winter Wishes Christmas Card: Ribbon to the Rescue!
Now it’s time to finish the inside of this pretty card. I layered up scraps of my digital papers with another lovely sentiment from the Winter Blessings Digital Stamp set. Dress this up with a little ribbon border and a few sparkling silver gumdrops.
Then, add a little gift card pocket filled with a tea bag and a honey stick to finish with a flourish!
On with the Hop!
From here, you will hop on over to see what paper pretties Cherry has in store for you.
Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop, and leave a little love behind. Then finish up on the RRR Blog where you will answer Bonnie’s question of the month. This will enter you into the drawing for your very own Country Holiday Ribbon Collection!
If you’re not already a subscriber to the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club, now is a great time to let Santa know that it would make a great Christmas gift! And now is the perfect time to sign up, as Bonnie is offering new subscribers a special deal on the November/December Club Assortments.
I hope I’ve inspired you with some ideas that you can use in making your own Christmas cards! Thanks for stopping by!
Thank a Veteran Greeting Card with Authentique Honor
Hello, Friends! Today I’m taking a moment to thank all the brave men and women who serve in our military. It’s Veteran’s Day here in the US, and the fine folks at Authentique Paper are taking a moment to honor our service men and women. I’ve used Authentique’s Honor Collection to create this Thank a Veteran Greeting Card.
The card measures 5″ x 7″ with a 1/4″ spine. A cascade of handmade rosettes, die cut stars, and vintage buttons adorn the front of this red, white, and blue beauty.
I made the sentiment panel by die cutting the word THANKS from a piece of blue cardstock. Then I backed it with the red, white and blue stripe paper from the collection. This is an older Authentique collection, but I just love all the beautiful patterns and images.
Inside, I’ve decorated the card with a banner flag and 3″ x 4″ journal card from the collection.
The pocket holds this beautiful sentiment card. You could easily add a photo to the back, and tuck more into the pocket.
I also created a little 3.25″ x 6″ gift card wallet.
Here’s a peeky at the inside.
Thank A Veteran: A personal note
I’m the proud daughter of a WWII veteran. Two of my older brothers served in the military as well. My oldest brother served in the Korean DMZ in the 1960’s. Brother Dave served two tours in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. My aunt was a nurse during WWII. Both grandfathers and numerous uncles all served, as well as my lovely niece who spent time in the Middle East. I am so thankful to them. They sacrificed and put themselves in harm’s way so I could live free. So today, take a moment and thank a veteran. It will do your heart good.
Welcome to my Happy Place: Kathy by Design Studio Tour
Hello, G45’ers! Welcome to my happy place! I’m so excited to share today’s post with you. Today I’m inviting you to a Kathy by Design Studio Tour with lots of storage tips and hints for organizing your crafty stash. I’ll also share how I’ve created my crafty space on a limited budget by re purposing common items, upcycling trash into treasure, and shopping beyond the scrapbooking aisle. We’ll take a video tour of my room and I’ll also share still photos with you. So let’s get started!
This photo is of my inspiration wall. I just gave it a little face lift especially for this post. Pretty things inspire me, so I surround myself with photos of the people I love, recent projects, favorite layouts and little items that make me smile.
Almost everything you see in this photo (with the exception of my computer, printer and die cutting machine) was salvaged from a thrift store, bought on clearance, picked up at a yard sale, or built by my dear husband.
I don’t sit at this desk unless I am blogging or editing photos. But I love the large surface when I am creating a project. I lay out my papers, embellishments, and dies here so that I have lots of room on my actual work space. The desk is from the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. It was in near perfect condition, and to my delight it was just tall enough that I could slip a couple of storage carts beneath it. If you are looking for desks, cabinets, shelving or other furniture for your room, check out Habitat for Humanity. You’ll get a great deal on a great piece and help out a wonderful cause at the same time.
Kathy by Design Studio Tour: The Latest Addition
I love to go junkin’! We live in an area with lots of thrift stores, bargain barns, antique malls and charity shops. I found this nifty message center in a dusty corner of a local bargain barn. And it was a real ugly duckling! But, it had great potential to become a beautiful swan. Because it was so ugly, it was also super cheap. Naturally, it had to come home with me. A little dusting, a little white chalk paint, a little update with Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe papers and BAM! Country chic message center!
TIP: White Chalk Paint is Your Friend!
Don’t walk away from a great office fixture, frame or furniture piece because it is ugly. White chalk paint is the next best thing to a magic wand. You don’t have to sand or prime the surface. Just make sure it is dust free and then paint.
The wire baskets on either side of this piece were given to me by my sister. They are supposed to hold wine corks and they had a sentiment about wine written on them. To re-purpose these baskets for the studio was a quick and easy job. Start by measuring out a piece of adhesive backed cork. Once that is in place, cover with Graphic 45 Staples Typography and Numbers DIY papers. Then, to add a finished look, add ribbon trim. I used Scor-Tape to adhere the black ribbon that Graphic 45 adds to their Staples Alpha Tags. Now I have a great resting spot for my Staples Policy Envelopes and Metal Hardware.
Kathy by Design Studio Tour: The Work Table
This 4 foot square peninsula is the perfect stand up work space. And guess what? It started life as our kitchen table! When we downsized our home, the table was too large for our tiny eat-in kitchen. But I loved the butcher block table top so much that I could not bear to toss it.
The solution? Add PVC pipes, a toilet flange (new, of course…on the plumbing aisle from Home Depot) and now you’ve got a fabulous work table. First, my husband and anchored a 2×4 piece of lumber into the studs on the back wall. Then they added the PVC legs and anchored the whole thing to the 2×4. Super sturdy, it is custom built to be the perfect height for me to stand while working, which is my preference.
As a bonus, I had enough room to place my Iris Carts (Filled with G45 papers) storage carts and a dresser below the table. I store all of my ETSY shop merchandise in plastic bins under the table so not a square inch of space is wasted. (Watch the video to see how I keep my paper, ribbons and dies neat and tidy!)
Create Designated Work Stations
I find that work stations create a good flow in my studio. You saw my stand up work station on one side of the table. On the opposite side, I’ve created a cutting/die cutting station. I leave my Spellbinder Platinum machine out all the time. Why? Because if it is out, I will use it. If it is tucked away, I will not get it out. Beside the die cutting machine I have my big old fashioned guillotine. This is great for cutting heavy chipboard. My dies are stored in the dresser below with all my cutting pads neatly tucked between.
This is my mixed media area. The cube storage and cloth bins went on super clearance at Target one year, and I scooped them up.
My wooden stamps are stored on this CD rack. I found it at a yard sale for $2. Best $2 I ever spent!
I also keep my Bow-it-All Tool and my jars of buttons here. This way, everything is just a step away from my work table.
Buttons, Buttons, Who’s Got the Buttons? I do!
Buttons. I have a thing for buttons. And for cute glass jars. Rather than toss jars into the recycle bin, I wash them out and use them for storage. My hoard of buttons is all sorted by color. Because I can see them, I use them. And, to tell the truth…they just make me happy. I love buttons so much that my kids have started scouting them at yard sales and estate sales. You can never have too many buttons!
TIP: Look beyond the scrapbooking aisle for fun, affordable and functional storage solutions
I bought this lovely wood file cabinet at a yard sale for $10. I use the top as a landing pad for my mixed media goodies.
See that little aqua colander? How cute is that? Wrap vintage style clothespins with baker’s twine and fill it up.
See that big black tiered gizmo? That’s from Harbor Freight. My BFF Ginny Nemchak sent that to me as a surprise gift after I told her about it. For under $20 you get a super sturdy 4 tiered, divided metal turntable that will hold gobs of embossing powders, texture pastes, sprays, Prills, gadgets and goodies. Why? Because it is not pink and it does not come from the scrapbooking aisle.
Now, see the white container with all the paint in it? That’s a Tupperware spice packet storage unit that no one wants anymore. So you can buy these at yard sales for anywhere from 25 cents to a dollar. I have 2 of them because they are so awesome.
Kathy by Design Studio Tour Video with MORE Tips and clever storage ideas
Thanks for joining me in my happy place today. I hope you picked up some hints and storage solutions that you can use in your own crafty space! I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.
Tammy Tutterow Creative Crew: Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial
Hello, Friends! We’re getting our Christmas crafts on this month! Today, I have the cutest Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial to share with you today! Little things make my heart happy, and this itty bitty 4″ x 2 x 1.5″ wintry album is filled with all kinds of teeny tiny cuteness!
See what I mean? Who doesn’t love a snow globe style shaker element on the cover of a teeny tiny mini album?
The base of this adorable album is created with Tammy Tutterow’s Mini Tag Album Die. I’ve made several albums with this sweet die, but this time, I modified the design to create a chunky spine and tabbed pocket pages. You’ll see how I do this in my Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial video.
Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial: Shake it Up, Baby!
I forgot to tell you how to make the shaker cover in my tutorial video, so I will do that here.
The focal image on the cover is a sticker from Authentique’s Frosty Winter 12×12 Paper Collection. (Product Links below.) Here’s how I created this fun shaker top element:
First, add the sticker to a circular die cut or chipboard piece that is about 1/2″ larger in diameter than the sticker. I painted my die cut white first to make sure that if it showed, it would look nice.
Now, use the corresponding Spellbinder Small Standard Circle die to cut out a clear acetate circle. This will be the cover for your shaker element.
Next, add 1/8″ Scor-tape to the back side of this die cut circle.
Then, add Kool-Tac clear foam tape around the outer edge of the circle with the sticker.
Now, carefully add some Stampendous Shaved Ice Frantage elements to the center of the snow globe base. Be careful not to get any flakes on the Kool-Tac, or it will not stick well.
Next, remove the liner tape from the Scor-Tape and the Kool-Tac tape and press the acetate cover over the sticker base.
Now, hot glue the snow globe base to the album cover.
Then use hot glue to add the white leaf wreath around the outer edge.
Finally, decorate with die cut felt flowers.
Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial: Add a Chunky Spine
You all know how much I love tags and pockets and dimensional details. I wanted to add those to this adorable album, but to do that, I had to modify the design a little. You will learn how to turn the mini tag album base into this chunky little album in the tutorial.
I also transformed the mini tag album pages into little pockets.
Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial: A Peek at the pages
This album is loaded with interactive elements. It would be a super cute stocking stuffer, and a great way to present a monetary gift as there are lots and lots of little tuck spots, pockets and hiding places inside.
Each itty bitty tag is topped with one of Tammy’s Shortie Tabs.
Sticker stamps make great tuck spots if you back them with cardstock. You can also add stickers to folded cardstock to create these mini file folders.
Page turn elements are made with a die from Tabs 2. And Tammy’s Prim heart makes the cutest little embellishment when cut from felt.
Here’s that Prim Heart again. This time it’s decorating a Tabbed Mini Pocket.
This is the perfect hiding spot for a little cash, tickets or even small jewelry.
Are you ready to get your craft on? Then let’s watch this Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial Video.