Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card: I Get By with a Little Help From My Friends
Just like the old Beatles tune, “I get by with a little help from my friends,” I tie bows with a little help from my friend! Studying Bonnie Garby’s YouTube video tutorials and using my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool are the secrets to my bow tying success. I know there are lots of different ways to tie fabulous bows, and some of you are so smart you don’t need to use a tool. I, however, was a bow-tying flunk out, and these two secret weapons really changed up my game.
Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card: A Peek Inside
I love finishing the inside of a card as much as I love designing the cover. Here, I’ve layered up papers, paper scraps, a vellum sentiment panel and some washi tape. A little message is tucked into the tiny envelope….just for fun!
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.
Together Card Folio with Simple Stories Vintage Blessings and Textured Ribbon
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! Time for another fabulous Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge! Once again, the theme is “anything goes” using ribbon or trim. I love using ribbon and trim to add texture to my cards. That’s what I’ve done with this Together Card Folio made with Simple Stories Vintage Blessings Collection.
Let’s look at all the ways I added texture to this cute vintage card folio:
First, I machine stitched a double border around the card perimeter.
Next, I added a couple of Tammy Tutterow Posie Part Felt Flowers and a small rolled up doily from my stash to my bow cluster.
Finally, I added a stained wood word title to the card, as well as painted/embossed/distressed wood doilies beneath that cute little house. Which is where I want to live when I retire, just so you know!
Together Card Folio: A Peek Inside
Adding pockets, mini folios and little treats to a card like this turns it into an instant gift. This would make such a lovely hostess gift or a thoughtful housewarming gift….or even a “gee I’m glad you’re my friend” kind of gift.
The side pocket on the top of the card holds this vintage button card. I jazzed it up a little with a strip of washi tape. The tiny envelope is decorated with some die cuts from the collection. It holds a lovely tea bag.
The bottom pocket holds this little photo wallet. 4″ x 4.5″ photo wallet. To add texture here, I created a string closure from Natural Burlap String and a fuzzy vintage button from my stash. Can you see the honey stick peeping out of the pocket? That’s to go with the tea bag, of course!
Here’s a peeky inside the photo wallet. The little embellishments are glued just on one end, so photos can slip right behind them.
Now it’s YOUR turn!
You can play along in this fun “anything goes with ribbon or trim” challenge, too. Just link your project up over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog. You’ll find all the rules and details at the bottom of the page.
Hello, Friends! Have you started decorating for fall yet? This rustic Autumn banner made with Tammy Tutterow stamps, stencils and dies just makes my heart happy. There’s something so cozy and nostalgic about autumn decor.
Rustic Autumn Banner: The Sentiment
Tammy’s Fall For You stamp was the inspiration for this rustic fall banner. Isn’t it just the cutest sentiment ever? It’s part of her new Happy Grams #4 release. (You can check out all the goodies HERE.)
Long story short, I did fall for this stamp in a big way, and ended up making it the focal for this rustic autumn banner.
Mat onto circular frame. This was created with a circle that I saved from a large chipboard clock design. First I sprayed it with Terra Cotta Walnut Stain, then stamped it with the Big Woodgrain Background Stamp. I followed this same procedure for the small chipboard circle that the acorns rest on. This was also salvaged from the clock chipboard.
I don’t know what it is about fall, but it seems to bring out my vintage, grungy crafting mojo. This rustic autumn banner is loaded with distressed edges, inking, stenciling, stamping, stitching, loose threads and all kinds of grungy goodness!
Rustic Autumn Banner: The Mixed Media Background
I could kick myself because I totally forgot to take photos while making the background. But here’s a little basic rundown of the steps I took.
First, cut an 8″ x 8″ square of Ranger Distress Mixed Media Heavystock. Usually, I don’t make much of a fuss over what kind of paper you should use, but in this case, I highly recommend using this specialty paper. This alterable heavy weight mixed media surface is designed to hold up under layers of product. It also works beautifully with Distress Oxide Inks.
Next, sponge the Mixed Media Heavy Stock with these Distress Oxide Inks:
To finish things off, I added a few torn strips of patterned paper, a burlap panel, then stitched the paper to a slightly larger piece of brown burlap. Then I spattered the whole thing with Terra Cotta Walnut Stain.
Rustic Fall Banner: The Handmade Felt Flowers
I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun I had making the posies for this banner. They are all cut from felt using the following dies:
Bitty Posies…the new kid on the block and too cute for words! Those are the itty bitty blooms with the brad centers. I especially love the greenery that comes with this die
These felt flowers are so quick and easy to make. Just die cut, and stitch the layers together with a vintage button center. I did use a stylus tool to shape the petals just a little bit. It was mostly an experiment, as I was not sure you could shape felt petals…but it turns out, you can!
Oh, these Bitty Posies…too too cute for words!
I clipped the banner to this mini vintage clothes hanger. This is a “leftover” from my time on the Crafty Secrets Design Team. But you could substitute a Tim Holtz Display Hanger. You would just need to knock back the nickel finish a bit to give it more of a rustic, vintage feel.
Next I added a Frayed Posie to the top of each clip, and a Bitty Posie to the Label.
This was such a fun creative project to make. I let myself go and enjoyed the entire process. I hope I’ve shared some ideas that have stirred up your own creative juices. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Our eldest son grew up reading everything he could get his hands on. He especially enjoyed reading the Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. When it came time to make him his birthday card I immediately knew I wanted to make this Elementary Masculine Birthday card for him.
Since his favorite color is green, the wonderful plaid pattern on the B side of the signature page was the perfect choice as the base of his card. I kept the design very clean so that the wonderful patterned paper and focal image would really shine.
Go Long, My Dear Watson
Changing up the size and shape of a card base doesn’t have to be a major ordeal. It can be as simple as creating a long, skinny card like this 8.25” x 4.25” top fold card. Simply score an 8.5” x 11” sheet of black cardstock in half on the long side. Then fold in half and trim.
TIP: Layer it Up!
Layers of designer paper add loads of interest to a card composition. You can make quick work of this by die cutting the layers from patterned paper. I lay my dies on my card base to make sure they work well together. Then I die cut, add foam tabs or waste chipboard to the back of each layer and glue in place.
TIP: Change Direction
I cut two different patterned papers with the same die and matted both on black cardstock. To add interest to the card composition, one pattern is oriented vertically and the other horizontally. It’s a simple trick, but really draws the eye to the focal image.
TIP: Stick to it!
The focal image on this card is from the Master Detective Sticker sheet. I chose it because its long, skinny shape echoed the shape of my card base. After matting the sticker on black cardstock, I trimmed it out into a rectangular shape. Then I used a ticket stub punch to shape the corners and a small circle punch to shape the sides.
TIP: Glossy Accents is the best adhesive I’ve found for attaching metals to paper. I ran a thin bead around the perimeter and a dot in the center, then held in place for a minute. Let it dry completely for a really secure seal.
Elementary Masculine Birthday Card: Won’t you come in?
For the interior of the card, I added a border strip and small envelope to the top half of the card. I also cut down an ephemera card, rounded the corners and matted it on black paper.This is where I wrote my birthday greetings.
Our son loved the card. In fact, the first words out of his mouth were, “Look…it’s Sherlock Holmes! Cool!” I love it when a Master Detective plan has a happy ending!
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.
Butterfinger Halloween Treat Bags with Authentique Bewitched Collection
Hello Friends! With Halloween peeping round the corner, I thought it would be fun to make these Butterfinger Halloween Treat Bags with the Halloween Ribbon Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon Club. These are a quick and easy make, and guaranteed to make your little ghosts and goblins grin with ghoulish delight. Before we take a look at the bags, here’s a look at the fabulous ribbons I had to work with for this month’s hop.
I love these colorful, whimsical ribbons, don’t you? They are just the right accent for these Butterfinger Halloween Treat Bags.
I made 6 treat bags in all. The base of each bag is a Chevron Little Bitty Bag. It was such fun to mix and match the ribbons from the Halloween Ribbon Club Assortment.
Each Butterfinger Halloween Treat Bag holds a cute little Halloween Tag.
The papers are from Graphic 45’s Happy Haunting and Kraft Reflections. (Both of these are retired collections.) You can use any Halloween collection to make these, though.
Tuck these cute vintage images behind the belly band, toss in a Fun Sized Butterfinger candy bar, and you have the cutest little Halloween Treat Bags ever! I think these would make spooktacular Halloween Party invitations or place cards.
Butterfinger Halloween Treat Bags Photos
On With the Hop
Now it’s time for you to hop on over to see what fiendishly fabulous goodies Cherry has prepared for you.
Visit all the stops on the hop, then finish up at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. Answer Bonnie’s question of the month and you could be the lucky winner of your very own Halloween Ribbon Club Assortment.
If you haven’t signed up for the monthly ribbon club yet, now is a great time. With the holidays fast approaching you’ll receive beautifully coordinated ribbon assortments that you can use on all your holiday projects. You don’t even have to go to the store! How great is that?
Pumpkin Season Eileen Hull Recipe Journal For Frilly and Funkie Challenge
Hello, Friends! One of the things I love the most about fall is that I get to pull out all my fabulous pumpkin recipes…if I can find them! To remedy that situation, I’ve created this Pumpkin Season Recipe Journal with Eileen Hull’s HeARTfelt Journal Die by Sizzix. It’s just perfect for the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog, where I get to serve as the hostess this month.
Challenge Theme: To Everything There is a Season Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. Brilliant leaves, fall flowers, crisp blue skies, and migrating geese fill the season with a sense of wonder and anticipation You’re invited to create a vintage or shabby chic project that captures the beauty of fall. You can make a card, a tag, share a journal entry or any kind of project you desire. Just be sure to create it in the shabby chic or vintage style and be sure to use fall (not Halloween) images and colors.
Pumpkin Season Recipe Journal with Prima Amber Moon Collection
Before putting the journal together, I first inked all the edges with a combination of Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. Then I cut out my covers from the A4 Amber Moon papers. All the edges were inked and distressed. I also stitched around the front cover to add a little more texture.
When all the cover pieces were glued in place, I put the journal together using the directions that come with the die,
Next, I added a contrasting strip of paper to the spine. This was heavily inked, crumpled and distressed before gluing in place. Then I added the ribbon for the closure, and punched a hole for my metal charms.
I found these mustard seeds in my spice cabinet, and thought they’d look great mixed in with all these pretty Prima blooms.
To add extra texture, stitch your sentiment panel onto burlap.
Pumpkin Season Recipe Journal: A Peek Inside
Decorating the inside of this pumpkin recipe journal was really fun. I created 3 signatures, or inserts, for the journal. To change things up a bit, I got a little inventive with the creases and folds. You’ll see the results in the video below.
Lots of tags and pockets, of course! You know I love my tags and pockets.
Tuck spots and ephemera, too! Flipping through this journal is a real adventure. You never know what you’ll find when you turn the page.
Here’s a sweet slash pocket filled with another signature. I had not planned on doing this, but when my album got too chubby, I had to improvise. (Pumpkin recipes have a habit of expanding the waistline, after all.)
I turned one of Tammy Tutterow’s mini pocket envelopes into a shaker element. Isn’t it too, too cute?
Would you like to see more? Then I hope you’ll enjoy this 10 minute video tour!
Pumpkin Season Recipe Journal Video Tour
I hope you’ll play along with us in this “To Everything There is a Season” Challenge. Simply create your very own fall themed (not Halloween) project in a vintage or shabby chic style and link it up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before midnight, Tuesday September 26th.
The design team will chose their top four favorite projects from all the entries. Our top pick will be asked to join us as a Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. The next 3 entries will receive a challenge badge to display proudly on their blog. And everyone who plays along and follows the challenge guideline will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
You can find all the details for the challenge and inspiration from the rest of the team HERE.
I can’t wait to see what you make!
I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own fall crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Halloween Card Folio Tutorial with Authentique Bewitched Collection Kit
Hello, Friends! Can you hear that sound? Know what it is? It’s the sound of little Halloween ghosts, ghouls and goblins creeping on you! There’s no time like the present to start getting ready for this spook-tacular holiday. This Halloween Card Folio Tutorial made with Authentique’s Bewitched Collection Kit is super fun way to get the party started!
Card folios are a lovely cross between a card and a mini album. Quick to make, fun to give and loaded with goodies, they’ve become my “go to” card style.
Layer up loads of gorgeous patterned papers from Authentique’s Bewitched collection on the cover of your 5″ x 7″ card folio. Then add in a bewitching black doily, lots of lovely Halloween Ribbon and pretty purple WOC flowers to make it truly fiendishly fabulous.
Bewitched Halloween Card Folio: A peek Inside
Create a waterfall album inside a card? No problem! The 1/4″ spine lets you do that with ease.
Each page in this fun flip style album measures 3.25″ x 4.25″ . You will learn how to make in in the YouTube video tutorial below.
I am so over the moon for this gorgeous black check paper. And, dancing skeletons? Yes, please!
The Details Sticker Sheet comes in the 12×12 Collection kit. It’s so easy to make little tags and inserts with these beauties. Just mat on black cardstock, and tuck into a pocket. How could it be any easier than that?
I love the way this Bewitched collection hits just the right note for fun Halloween crafting. It’s not gory and gruesome…nor is it too cutesy wootsey. It’s fun and sophisticated and vintage fresh.
Would you like to learn how to make this dimensional box style pocket? I’ve got you covered!
And these cute tags take just seconds to make. Are you ready to get your craft on now?
Halloween Card Folio Tutorial
I hope I’ve shared some ideas, 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.