Frilly and Funkie Put On Your Inking Cap Challenge: Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal Video
Hello, Friends! I’m happy to be hosting the latest challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Our theme this go round is “Put on Your Inking Cap”. I’ve created a really fun Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal to inspire you today, but before we get started, here are the guidelines for the challenge:
Challenge Theme: Put on your Inking Cap Create a vintage or shabby chic mixed media project without using patterned paper of any kind. You may use Distress Inks, Sprays, Paints, Stencils, Stamps, Embossing powders or any medium you choose but NO patterned paper allowed!
Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal with Eileen Hull and Tammy Tutterow
Eileen Hull generously donated two sets of the die cut journal components to each member of the Frilly and Funkie team. The pieces are cut from smooth mat board and are a dream to work with! If you are familiar with traditional Midori style travel journals, then you know the covers measure 8.75″ x 4.5″. Haven’t heard about Midori style journals? Then you are in for a treat! Search Midori style journals on Pinterest or Google. But prepare a snack and a beverage, as you will be engaged for a good long time!
My Choose Joy HeARTfelt journal is done in a Junk Journal style. I’ve mixed and matched all kinds of wonderful products in the three sections. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ve prepared a YouTube video tour that will do all the talking for me. I hope you enjoy!
Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal Video Tour
Do you like what you see here? Then pop on over to the Frilly and Funkie Blog and take a look at the journals made by the rest of the team. You’ll find loads of inspiration and ideas for creating with this wonderful die.
Now It’s YOUR turn
Now that you’re all inspired, I hope you will “Put on Your Inking Cap” and join this fun challenge. Just create any type of vintage or shabby chic project without using designer paper and you’re good to go.
Then link your project up over at the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, May 9th. The design team will come by to take a look at your gorgeous creations and will choose our 4 favorite projects from the bunch.
Our top favorite will be invited to serve as a Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. The next three projects will receive a Top 3 badge to display proudly on their blog. And everyone who enters and follows the challenge guidelines will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!
So what are you waiting for? Go Put on Your Inking Cap and join the fun!
I hope you were inspired by my Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal. I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Mixed Media Butterfly Card Tutorial for RRR and Canvas Corp Brands
Hello, Friends! I have such a fun mixed media butterfly card tutorial to share with you today! It’s made with the gorgeous new June Ribbon Club Assortmentfrom Really Reasonable Ribbon, fabby mixed media papers from Canvas Corp brands, and some bright and beautiful Petaloo Flowers, too. It’s like a summertime garden party on a card!
I am sooooo in love with these gorgeous ribbons! Here’s a little peek at the entire assortment:
I know….gorgeous, right? Anyway…back to the card! I have a SnapGuide below that will show you step by step how I built this Mixed Media Butterfly card, but first I thought you’d like to see some photos.
The ribbons really were the inspiration for this card. The Sheer Citrus Dots ribbon made me think of summer butterflies, which led to the paper selection. The inky goodness of the Citrus Paint Splatter Ribbon led to the decision to go in a Mixed Media Direction. Oh, what fun!
I added some fun techniques, loads of distressing, texture paint and lots of ink splatters/ The mixed media Wings paper from Canvas Corp Brands was able to hold up to all the many different treatments I added to it. I love this stuff! Adding Petaloo Gerber Daisies and Pistachio Burlap Blossoms really made this card come to life!
I wanted you to see how I was able to use my craft knife to lift those butterfly wings from the mixed media papers. This is one solid image. I did not add the butterfly. Instead, I placed the paper on a piece of glass (from an old picture frame) and traced around the wings with my craft knife, leaving the body connected to the paper. Then I just wet the wings, shaped them with my fingers and heat set them with my heat gun. They held their shape! How amazing is that? I backed the image with some tissue paper, and you can just see that peeking through here.
These papers are from the Ordre du Jour 8×8 pad. The little envelope contains a tag that I’ve topped with more of that sunshiney honeycomb ribbon.. The envelope is just big enough for a gift card or a small treat.
This is from the & Gypsies 8×8 Ordre du Jour papers. This collage is all done for you…which makes my life sooo easy! I just fussy cut a small butterfly from the Mixed Media paper and popped it into the mix.
If you love mixed media, I highly recommend you invite these Mixed Media Origins paper over for a play date. I just ordered a few more to play with myself! hehehehe And, if you still haven’t signed up for the Ribbon Club at RRR, this is a great time to jump in, cuz these ribbons are scrumptious! Just wait til you see what else I have in store for you with these bright citrusy ribbons! Fun times ahead!
If you have any questions about the techniques or processes used in this Mixed Media Butterfly Card tutorial, please don’t be afraid to ask! I’d love to help in any way I can.
Hooray! We are settled into our new home! Just 6 days ago, we were wall to wall boxes, and the studio looked like a disaster area. I’ll be sharing a post soon so you can see the transformation. But, while we were buried under all those boxes, the good folks at Canvas Corp brands published a step out tutorial I put together for this 7 Gypsies Birthday card. I made it with the new Ordre du Jour papers and I think you will fall in love with them just as much as I did. Here’s a little sneaky peek to whet your appetite:
This little beauty is filled with fun interactive elements like this library card pocket.
So if you have a minute and would like to be inspired, I hope you’ll pop on over to The Creative Studio and take a look around. You can find this 7 Gypsies Ordre du Jour Birthday Card post HERE.
I’ll be back soon with a tour of my new studio and photos of the journey it took to get here. I’ve missed y’all!
Wanderlust Junque Journal for 7 Gypsies: Opportunity Knocks!
Hello, Friends! Are you familiar with Junque Journals? They are all the rage in the papercrafting world. Junque Journals are kind of hybrid between traditional journals and scrapbooks or mini albums. These mixed media creations combine fabric, different kinds of paper, found items and small souvenirs to capture memories in a fun and playful way. 7 Gyspies has recently released a fabulous new collection called Wanderlust that is tailor made for this kind of memory keeping. I spent a glorious day of crafting with their Wanderlust Junque Journal and ended up with a really funky, fun, mixed media book that oozes with vintage goodness. Take a peek:
The great thing about this Wanderlust Junque Journal is that half the work has been done for you. 7 Gypsies thoughtfully stitched up a gorgeous base album with beautifully vintage cover art and 6 machine stitched pages made from cardstock, burlap, kraft paper, canvas and corrugate. All I had to do was add the fun.
I did make a video of this project so you could really get a feel for the flow and all the various elements. But for those of you who prefer “still” shots, I have loads of them below. Before we get started, you might want to go get a snack and a beverage…there’s a LOT to look at!
I cut out the cover focal image with my craft knife, then stitched it onto some brown faux leather paper. I love the dimension this adds to the cover and the custom feel it gives the journal. The little metal hasp was on an old medicine cabinet that I found at a local yard sale. I added a fussy cut suitcase handle from Pack Your Bags to give the focal the look of a vintage suitcase. I fussy cut other elements and added them to the cover with foam tape. Can you spot the “luggage tag” I made with the faux leather? I love the little post card charm!
The inside pages are so much fun to build up. I fussy cut various elements from papers found in the 12×12 Mixed Media Kit and layered them up until I was happy with the way they looked. On the left hand page I tucked a Gypsy Moments tag into a tiny kraft bag. You could add small photos, journaling, or small souvenirs in the bag as well.
I built hidden pockets and fold outs throughout the Wanderlust Junque Journal because I wanted to have that feeling you get when you are out on a really great junkin’ trip with your best buddy. The top of this fold out was left open so that I could tuck a Postcard and photo mount in behind it. (All my photo mounts and tags were created with Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create dies.)The focal image was cut from the “Stay Focused” 12×12 paper and then “hinged” with washi tape to create a door.
When you open it, there’s room to mount some photos, or to journal in white ink.
This two page spread displays the corrugate and burlap pages. I love the texture you get from these. There’s a pull out pocket behind the doors on the left, and another pocket above the photo mount on the right.
I used my craft knife to split the doors on the image and backed it with another image from the
“Stay Focused” paper. I spattered on some TA Chalkboard mist to add to the artsy feel of this wonderful paper.
This double paged spread is on burlap and kraft papers. I cut out tags and images from “Open New Doors” and layered them in. So quick and easy! The page on the right has a pocket/photo mount filled to the brim with tags, mini file folders and other goodies.
I think this might be my favorite page. The tag pulls out from behind the wonderful “Open New Doors” image. The lined kraft paper behind has been spattered with ink to give it a great grungy feel. But the image on the right is so artsy and fun. I painted the canvas page with ink. Then I “painted” around the focal image with a water brush to make it easy to tear out from the “Be Free” 12×12 paper. This gives you great control but you still end up with that wonderful torn edge look. A little more inking, a torn paper layer that looks like a grassy knoll and a vintage label fussy cut from the paper and this page is done.
Here’s another photo mount pocket filled with tags and mini file folder. The background paper came from a Junque Pack that I had in my stash. I also opened up a Gypsy Moments file folder and used it as a photo mat. All I had to do was add a little hand journaling and another focal image/pocket and this page was done.
I love the vibrancy this red burlap page adds to the Wanderlust Junque Journal. I created a journaling spot on the left with a Gypsy Moments ATC Printed Folder. The little die cuts were in my stash, and they fit in with this so well that I couldn’t resist using them. The corner of the typewriter to hold the folder closed. The inside could house journaling, or small photos. Interactive elements in a journal make me super happy.
This door image is from the “Be Free” 12×12 paper. It reminds me of Dublin, and memories of Dublin make my heart sing. I’ve used another file folder as a mat on this page. Think outside the box when you are using your supplies…a postcard or a file folder can be a mat, or a pocket!
This page is the inside back cover. I fussy cut some keys, turned an image into a pocket and then added a file folder behind it. This took maybe 10 minutes to do…because fussy cutting the keys was a little bit “worky”. But you get the idea. You can build a fabulous album like this in less than a day because the basics have all been done for you.
I tied some burlap twine around the spine and then added on these fun wine charms I bought at a thrift store. Treasure is everywhere….you just have to open your eyes and look for it!
This Wanderlust Junque Journal was so much fun to create. I think it would be a fantastic activity for a bridal shower weekend, a girls’ retreat, a family trip. The album is already about half done…you just add the fun details and your memories and you’ve got a great keepsake that captures a special event or time in your life.
My Gypsy Soul is so happy right now, I can hardly stand it!
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.
You’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.
I 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?
To 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?
The 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.
Hello, Friends! Yes, I ‘m still cranking out Christmas cards at a furious rate! I’ve got to beat that clock! So many of us give gift cards or cash gifts at this time of year, that I thought it would be fun to design another type of pocket card. This Santa’s Journey Pocket card uses papers from 7 Gypsies and a bunch of fun embellies so that you can present your holiday gift cards with style.
This is a masculine Christmas card, and the Santa’s Journey papers and ephemera worked perfectly for my design plan. The bold stripes on the Comfort and Joy paper were paired up with some festive dots paper from Gypsy Christmas, Dots and stripes always seem to work well on a masculine card.
I fussy cut some of the images from the ephemera pack, treated them with UTEE and then used foam tape to attach them to my cherry red pocket..which really opens and is just the right size for a gift card or cash gift…or individually wrapped chocolate, or tickets to a sporting event…you get the idea! I framed this with some custom striped seam binding that I topped with rusty jingle bells. The little “no peeking” tag is from the 12 Days of Christmas tag set. As you can see, Santa has his bags all packed and since his sleigh is in the shop, he’s traveling in this great vintage truck!
Masculine card or no, I like to add a little sparkle, so I layered in a glittery snowflake (thank you Dollar Store!) and a beautiful Tim Holtz reindeer charm that I found in my stash. This helps to brighten the color palette a little and adds some great texture and visual interest to the card as well.
Inside, I layered more of the Santa’s Journey papers and ephemera with a Farmhouse Christmas stocking tag. There’s plenty of room to add a personal note.
This Santa’s Journey Pocket card was quick to make and lots of fun. Adding layers of texture is always fun! Now, I’ve got to get back to work! Tick Tock!
Canvas Corp Brands Holiday Baking Tri-fold Thanksgiving Mini Album
I grew up in a family of amazing cooks. They may not have been gourmet cooks by today’s standards, but my mom, my grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunts knew their way around the kitchen! Thanksgiving was a huge celebration with all family members present and accounted for. Sometimes we had as many as 36 people crammed into my grandmother’s house. We lived in New England, so there was usually snow on the ground and the cold North Wind chilled you to the bone as you tramped from the car, across the porch and into the warmth of Grammy Ma’s kitchen where you were greeting with the tantalizing aroma of roasting turkey and savory dressing. Everyone brought food to this feast, but really….it was all about the PIE! Every kind of pie you can imagine: pumpkin (of course) along with mince, apple, blueberry. lemon meringue, cherry, coconut cream, banana cream and chocolate cream all arrayed in splendor on the side table. Thanksgiving is still my favorite holiday…and it’s all about the PIE, even to this day!
When Canvas Corp Brands released their gorgeous Holiday Baking collection, my mind began to race with memories of those happy Thanksgiving celebrations of my childhood. And naturally…pie! I could not believe my eyes when I saw this sentiment panel from the Holiday Baking Butcher Paper cardstock! I mean,…there was my childhood captured on paper! I gathered together some supplies and created this little tri-fold mini album in tribute to the fabulous cooks in my family. I’m sharing a full tutorial below the signature area, in case you want to make one yourself.
I love making a tri-fold album like this. It’s like opening a package as each flap reveals a wonderful new view.
And when fully opened, this festive little album can be used as holiday decor…on the pie table, of course!
I stuffed this pocket full of little goodies, like a magnet, a vintage styled postcard and tag. It would be a great place to put family pics from the great feast, too. Imagine how fun it would be to pull this year’s photos out NEXT year, and see how much everyone has changed! This little album is so full of pie that I had to clip it closed with a Vintage Silver Clip!
For me, playing with paper is all about capturing memories, creating keepsakes and celebrating life. I think of it this way: I’m creating little hooks for us to hang our memories on so they don’t slip away. Even though I say it’s all about the pie, it’s really all about the love, the laughter and the time we share together. And of course, a slice of pie makes the memory all the sweeter.
If you’d like to purchase this Thanksgiving Mini Album, it’s available in my ETSY shop.
Thanks for stopping by!
It’s All About the Pie Thanksgiving Tri-Fold Mini Album Tutorial
Cut two sheets of red cardstock to 7.25″ x 11″. Join on the short end to make one long strip measuring 7.25″ tall by approx. 15.75″ long. Score on the long side at 5.25″ and 10.25″. Crease to fold so that the right hand piece folds into the center, and the left hand piece folds onto the top.
Cut FOUR 4.75″ x 6.75″ rectangles from Kraft & White Lace Cardstock. Sponge the edges with Black Soot Ink and mat with slightly larger black cardstock rectangles. Stitch around the edges with red thread, if desired. Glue into album base as shown.
Cut ONE 4.75″ x 6.75″ rectangle from red and ivory toile paper. Ink and mat as above. Glue into the center panel inside the mini album.
Layering the cover:
Cut a 2.5″ x 6.5″ rectangle from red ticking paper, with the stripe on the horizontal. Mat with black cardstock. Stitch edges if desired and glue down in the left hand corner of the card front, as shown.
Ink the edges of the recipe tag and homemade tag. Glue down as seen in the photo.
Cut “Gather Together and Eat Pie” from Holiday Baking Butcher Paper. Mat with red and black cardstock. Stitch together.
Trim the word “Enjoy” from Gypsy Moments “To and From” tags. Ink the edges and glue to the back of the Gather Together panel.
Cut a small burlap circle in half. Stitch the edges with red thread, if desired. Attach to the bottom of the Gather Together panel, as shown.
Glue the Gather Together panel to the mini album front, as shown.
Paint two metal corners with High Impact white paint. Glue into place.
Cut a snippet of red canvas ticking and thread through the vintage pin, gluing together the reverse sides to create a banner. Add the cherry novelty button. Slip the pin through the Recipe Card, as shown.
Tie a bow with black satin ribbon. top with red flowers. glue into place with hot glue gun.
Left Hand Page
Create a slash pocket by cutting a rectangle of black cardstock to measure 5″ x 3.75″ Score 1/4″ on left and bottom. Cut on the diagonal from the 3″ mark on the top right to the bottom right corner. Crease along the score lines miter corners and glue into place.
Cut a slightly smaller piece of red toile paper and trim the corner as you did for the pocket. Glue on top of the black pocket.
Decorate with the other half of the small round burlap piece, a cut out image from Beans and Bags Teacups paper and a small novelty button.
Fill the pocket with recipe cards that have been trimmed with Kitchen and Utensil charms.
Computer journal the sentiment onto white cardstock
Die cut with the largest Spellbinders Diamondessence circle die
With Die in place, ink the inside edge with Vintage Photo Distress ink.
Glue into place.
Stitch the Happy Thanksgiving Sentiment onto natural burlap. Glue into place
Far Right Hand Page
Create a pocket as you did on the first page, only cut the diagonal slash from the left hand side to the bottom left corner and then top with red toile as you did before. Glue into place.
Cut a teacup from Beans and Bags and mat on red cardstock. Add a novelty button.
Fussy cut elements from Holiday Baking on Ivory Sheet and glue onto the White Lace & Kraft background. Fill the pocket with tags that are tied together with burlap string (pull from the burlap panel) and the magnet.