Hello, Friends! The month of August is slipping away, and fall is quietly coming to town. Autumn is my favorite season. I always want to “feather my nest” and make everything feel all cozy inside. Lucky for me, I have a glorious new paper collection from Authentique to play with! Let’s get out our Authentique paper pretties, scissors and glue. It’s time to get our craft with this Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial for you.
Oh, but I do love fall the most! Altering this 12″ x 12″ printer’s tray is such a great way to get your home ready for fall. Each compartment is like a room in a mini art gallery. Add pumpkins and fall flowers, acorns and buttons, banners and burlap… and surround them all with gorgeous Authentique Bountiful papers.
How do you add texture to your home decor? It’s easy when you combine textiles, fibers, wood, and found items. Mixing and matching textures is a great way to add a rustic, homey vibe to your art work.
Tap pumpkins with bronze pigment ink to give them a copper glow.
Give your home decor some festive flair with a mini banner.
Mmmmm…..sweater weather! Somebody grab me a mug of hot cider!
I took this printer’s tray to the next level by removing one of the inserts and adding a fall themed folio. Held in place with velcro dots, the folio can easily be removed. It’s the perfect place to preserve all your favorite fall photos, recipes and memorabilia.
Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial Video Tour
Because a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ve prepared a video tour of this project for you. You’ll find lots of tips, tricks and design ideas that you can use in your own paper crafting adventures.
Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial for the folio insert
Now that you have taken the tour, I thought you might enjoy learning how to make this folio that fits inside the printer’s tray. Just follow the simple step by step directions in this YouTube Tutorial, and you’ll be on your way to creating your very own Authentique Bountiful Folio in no time.
Because I know some of you really want still shots to study, I’ll load some of those in here as well.
Each season has its own special beauty, so I’m always excited to see them come and go. I’m glad you could stop by today to help me roll out the red carpet for Autumn with this Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making it.
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the RRR Blog. I’ve created this lovely Lilac Whisper Shabby Chic Altered Notebook for this fun “anything goes with ribbon, lace or trim” challenge.
I dug through my ephemera file to find this darling vintage image of a little girl leading the birds in a sweet chorus of song. It was just the right size to fit inside the window on the front cover.
This is such a quick and easy upcycle project! You can adapt it for use with any sized notebook. I’m going to tuck this one into my “last minute gift” drawer, where I’m sure it will come in handy.
Now It’s YOUR Turn
You’re cordially invited to play along with us in this fun challenge. First, visit the RRR Blog where you’ll find loads of inspiration waiting for you from the rest of the team. Then, create a card, layout, multi media piece, tag, ATC, hair bow, you name it. Just be sure to use ribbon, lace or trim on your project.
Post your project on your blog or an online gallery (using code RRR168) and link it up over on the RRR BLOG before midnight, Wednesday, July 19th. You can find all the details HERE.
This hop is now closed. The winner is Carol Edwards. Congrats, Carol!
Heartfelt Creations June Alumni Hop: Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial
Hello Friends! Welcome to the June 2107 Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop! You should be coming here from Amarilys’ lovely blog. Our gorgeous summer weather drew me to play with the deep blues, bold yellows, and greens of the gorgeous Peacock Paisley Collection. The inspiration for this Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial occurred while I was tidying up a drawer in my studio. I happened upon a very pretty pale green envelope and suddenly, the idea was hatched!
I had so much fun making this Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope that I thought I’d share some tips and tricks with you so that you can make one yourself.
Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial: Creating the Delightful Daisies
Follow these steps to create the Delightful Daisies that will decorate the altered envelope.
First, stamp 3 sets of Delightful Daisies onto lightweight white cardstock using Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink.
Next, cover with clear embossing powder and heat set.
Now, die cut the Delightful Daisies with the matching die.
Then, use a sponge dauber to tint the leaves with Broken China Distress Ink.
Next, add Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink to the flower center.
Now shape the flowers using the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit.
Then stack the flowers together and hot glue.
Next, scribble light layers of Art institute Dries Clear Adhesive into the flower centers and randomly along the petals.
Now, sprinkle the glue with the glitter of your choice. I used Stampendous Multi Crystal Mix.
Tap the excess off into a scrappy tray.
Finally, set the flowers aside to dry.
Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial: Preparing the Envelope
First, find a 5″ x 7″ envelope with a square flap closure. This project would not work as well on an envelope with a pointed envelope flap.
Then, ink all the envelope edges with Faded Jeans Distress Ink
Next, cut a 4.75″ x 6.75″ rectangle of designer paper from the Peacock Paisley Collection.
Then Ink the edges with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink.
Now, machine stitch around the edges.
Use a distressing tool to lightly distress the edges of the panel.
Center the panel on the card front, being sure to glue it below the fold.
Next, Cut the border strip from the designer paper pack.
Then glue it onto the front of the envelope flap being sure to place it above the fold.
Now, use scissors to trim the border to fit the flap.
Finally, ink the edges with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink.
We’ll finish decorating the front of the envelope later.
Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial: Preparing the Envelope Liner and back cover
The interior of the envelope is a great tuck spot for tags, bookmarks and/or mini folios. You can’t use anything too terribly thick, as the envelope will split. But, you can create a pocket outside the envelope as I did here.
First, flip the envelope face down on your work surface.
Next, create a template for the envelope “cover” by inserting a 6 7/8″ wide piece of plain copy paper inside the envelope.
Then trace the envelope opening onto the copy paper and cut out. This will serve as the template for the envelope cover.
Place the template onto your chosen designer paper and trace the shape lightly in pencil.
Now cut the shape out. Here’s a tip: if you cut inside the traced lines, you will not have to erase any pencil marks. And, you will also have a little border around the designer paper, which looks really nice. Set this piece aside for the moment.
Now create the envelope liner.
First, select your designer paper, and measure it to 6 7/8″ wide x 7 1/4″ deep.
Next, insert the designer paper face up inside the opened envelope to make sure it fits. It should be somewhat snug.
Then, glue the envelope liner in place. It will cover the inside of the envelope as well as the inside envelope flap.
Now, use your scissors to trim away any excess paper. Ink all the edges.
Finally, carefully glue the envelope cover in place. Use your scissors to trim away any excess.
Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial: Creating the Tag Pocket
I love little pockets filled with tags, so I decided to create a small tag pocket on the back side of my altered envelope.
First, select a 4″ x 5″ card front from the designer paper.
Then, trim the outer frame away so that the image measures approximately 4 5/8″ wide x 3.25″ tall. Ink all the edges.
Next, cut a panel of navy cardstock that measures 5.25″ wide x 3.75″ tall.
Mat the designer image on the navy cardstock, leaving a 1/2″ margin on both sides as well as the bottom. Leave just a tiny margin of navy cardstock on the top edge.
Then, use a scoring tool to score the sides and the bottom.
Next, bevel the bottom left and right corners to form pocket flaps.
Now, glue the designer image to the pocket front.
Finally glue the entire pocket in place on the back of the envelope.
Use the Luggage and Tags Dies to cut out tags and tickets from the cut apart page.
Mat on navy cardstock.
Add flowers and string bows to the tops of the tags. Insert the tags into the pocket.
Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope: Gift Card Wallet
Now we will prepare the gift card wallet for the altered envelope.
Select an image from one of the cut apart page and mat it onto the far right hand side of an 8.5″ long x 4 5.8″ tall strip of navy cardstock.
Now, place the long side of the navy cardstock on your scoring tool with the matted image on the right hand side.
Score just slightly to the left of the image so there is a small navy border.
Crease and make a mountain fold at the score line.
With the panel folded and the long side of the image against the rail, score at 3.25″.
Crease and make a valley fold at this score line.
This is your gift card wallet. Line the interior and the flap.
Use a circle punch to add a thumb hole, then glue just the sides to create a gift card pocket.
You can decorate the interior any way you like. Here’s how I decorated mine.
Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope: Creating the Bookmark
Here’s how to create this double sided bookmark.
First, use the largest rectangle from Cut, Mat, Create 1B die to cut out the design from a 5″ x 7″ card front.
Now ink the edges and flick with water.
Use a pen or computer journal the sentiment onto the panel.
Mat on navy cardstock.
Now, cut a second rectangle from designer paper.
Stamp with the Daisy Flourish Die using Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink. Use a sponge dauber to add color to daisy centers.
Trace Art Institute Dries Clear Glitter adhesive onto the stamped design and add glitter. Set aside to dry.
Ink the edges. Flick with water.
Add a border strip to the bottom.
Mat a ticket and glue in place.
Glue onto the opposite side of the navy cardstock.
I never decorate the fronts of my cards (or in this case the altered envelope) until the very end. This way, my flowers and designs don’t get crushed. Now we are finally ready to add the finishing details.
First, glue the border piece in place on the far left hand side of the envelope front.
Next, add the matted peacock tag as seen in the photo.
Now, die cut the outer frame of the Eyelet Oval from white cardstock.
Back with foam adhesive or waste chipboard to add dimension. Glue in place.
Now, use the Eyelet oval thin frame to cut the peacock image from designer paper.
Back with foam adhesive or waste chipboard for extra dimension and glue in place.
Hot glue prepared flowers, leaves and ribbon in place.
Mat a border strip onto navy cardstock and glue in place.
Add a small button.
On With the Hop!
Now it’s time to see what goodies Vicki Dutcher has prepared for you. I’ve included a list of all the blogs in this hop below for your convenience.
Authentique Imagine Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble
YouTube Video and Snapguide Tutorial
Hello, Friends! I’m a big believer in the old saying that age is just a number. Today’s carousel themed birthday party ensemble is testament to that fact. Made with gorgeous Authentique Imagine papers, this table centerpiece, birthday card folio and birthday quote wallet are the perfect gift for any woman who is celebrating an all important “milestone” birthday.
(There are loads of photos, a YouTube video tour and a Snapguide tutorial to follow, so you might want to go grab a cuppa and a snack before we begin. Or, just scroll down to the bottom and watch the video tour. )
Normally, we connect carousel rides with little kids, but when I got my hands on this dreamy Imagine paper collection, my mind went right to grown up ladies. Girls just want to have fun, right?
Carousel Themed Bendi Card Birthday Centerpiece with Snapguide Tutorial
I have discovered a new crafting obsession. These oversized Bendi Card centerpieces are just too much fun to make, and I can’t stop myself.
For this beauty, I combined patterned papers, fussy cut images, Detail Stickers, chipboard elements, Petaloo flowers, Striped Chevron Ribbon and a button from my stash. I’ll share a supply list and product links at the end of this post.
Several of you have asked me if there is a tutorial for making this Bendi Card base. Well, there is now. I worked up a Snapguide Tutorial that you can adapt for use with the paper of your choice.
Here’s a good tip for you: Whenever I take a fancy fold card design for a “test drive” I create the base with my cheapest cardstock. There’s always a learning curve involved, and I’d rather destroy a cheap piece of cardstock than a piece of my gorgeous designer papers. Once you’ve made the prototype, then you can cut into your pretty papers. And remember: measure twice, cut once!
The focal image on this card inspired this entire project. I was enchanted by this lovely white haired grandma riding the carousel with her grandson. This is who I want to be when I grow up!
Because I really don’t enjoy shopping (unless it’s for paper pretties) I have developed the habit of giving a gift card or cash gift for most birthdays and holidays. But I still want my gift to be special. This desire prompted me to start creating what I call birthday card folios. These are gifts all on their own, but I always include a spot to tuck in a gift card.
I begin these cards by building a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base. Although this looks like a standard card front, I’ve designed a really fun surprise element in. See that little brown binder clip? Remove it, and you’ll find a secret compartment filled with lovely surprises.
I build my cards “inside out.” Because I want to keep the cover of my cards clean, I create the entire cover, but don’t glue it to the card base until the inside is finished. This way, flowers don’t get crushed, and I don’t accidentally pick up any mess from my crafting surface. It’s also easier to work on the inside of a card before the bulky elements on the cover have been added.
How fun is this? I’ve created a little tuck spot by fussy cutting the pretty carousel pony silhouette from the designer paper. It’s popped up on a piece of waste shipping package. You can write a little note and tuck it in here.
Turn an image from the cut apart page into an open sided pocket when you glue just the bottom edge. Then tuck this fun gift card tag behind it.
Have you ever noticed how beautiful some product packaging is? I just can’t bring myself to toss it in the recycle bin. The base of this tag is made from Petaloo flower packaging. I sanded it lightly, painted it with Distress Paints, then created a belly band with gorgeous papers and detail stickers.
Top the gift card tag with pretty ribbon and some green metal posies, and you’d never guess its humble beginnings. Then decorate a mini file folder with designer papers……
…and your tag becomes a hidden gift card holder. Fun, fun, fun!
A Peek Inside
Now we get to open the body of this folio. And what do we find? Even more surprises. I started by sewing vintage buttons to a hand made button card. Then I tuckednext it into this pretty side pocket.
Next, I went to work on the bottom half of the birthday card folio. Stamped sentiments, a sweet little paper spool of ribbon to go along with the button card and some fun treats can be found here.
When it’s your birthday, it’s OK to eat chocolate…even for breakfast! LOL I also created a sweet little tea bag holder that I decorated with one of the images from the cut apart page.
Of course, you could tuck anything into this little wallet, but I happen to love tea. Now, let’s take a look at the final member of this Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble.
Carousel Themed Birthday Quote Wallet
I thought it would be fun to create a little quote wallet filled with all kinds of happy thoughts about growing older. Also, I hate to deal with scraps….and I had just enough paper left on my desktop to create this little 4″ x 6″ quote wallet. LOL
When I have design paper that is as gorgeous as this, I tend to save every little scrap. Use a torn edge to make a pretty border on a page. Cut small strips into banner flags like the ones that flutter beneath the sticker medallion. They are just too pretty to waste!
Then you can just stamp (or write, or computer journal) your favorite quotes and add them to the wallet.
Here’s how I created this simple tri-fold quote wallet:
First, cut a piece of cardstock to measure 11″ long x 6″ high.
Then, placing the long side against the rail of your scoring tool, score at 4″ and 8″.
Now burnish the score lines with a bone folder.
Fold the right hand side toward the center and the left hand side over it.
Decorate as desired.
I also like to use small scraps to create cute little tags like the one I tucked into this pocket.
Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Video on YouTube
I share more tips, tricks and ideas in this 10 minute YouTube video tour of the album.
I hope I’ve inspired you to get out your pretty papers, scissors and glue and get your craft on! If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Thanks for stopping by!
Supply List and Product Links
(Note, I’ve provided product links whenever possible, but some items have been in my stash a long time, and are no longer available online. I’m sure you can find a good subsitute in your own crafty stash.)
Frilly & Funkie Challenge: Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag
Hello, Friends! It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly & Funkie Blog. Linda is our hostess this go round, and the theme is “The Sound of Music.” I’ve created a very fun Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag to share with you, but before we get into that, let’s see what Linda has to say about this challenge.
“When this challenge goes live, I will be in Key West for the annual Songwriters’ Festival. I thought it would be fun to create something vintage or shabby chic that tells what music means to you and/or to depict a favorite song.”
Our House is a Very, Very, Very Fine House
I’ve created this shabby chic vignette on a Tim Holtz Medium Sized Etcetera tag. Don’t be fooled by the word “medium” . This tag measures a whopping 6.5″ wide x 12″ tall. It’s made of what Tim calls “thickboard” which the package says is made to be “collaged, altered, and embellished.” In other words,it can handle anything you throw at it or on it!
I dug deep into all my TH supplies for this shabby chic crafting adventure, and you can find the links to all those items in the Thumblinky below.
The Story Behind Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag
(This is a personal story, and if you’d rather not read it, just skip below and look at the pretty pictures. I won’t mind one bit! )
I’ve always loved the music of Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the song “Our House” was definitely a favorite. But in 2013 an event took place that moved it right to the top of my list.
A few of you know that my darling husband Dale had emergency quadruple bypass surgery in November 2013. The main artery to his heart was 99% blocked, and every nurse, physician and medical professional during our stay in the hospital told me that he was a walking miracle. Not only did he NOT die (Thank you Dear Lord) but he suffered no heart damage and came through the surgery like a champ.
He did, however, develop some complications after surgery that led to a 10 day hospital stay. These were some of the most stressful, scary, difficult days of our 40+ year marriage. When we were finally released to come home, it was a glad and joyous day.
A few days after getting home, we were sitting in my old studio. The sun was shining through the double windows, and I was playing the radio while I worked and Dale rested. Our House by Crosby, Stills & Nash began to play, and we both spontaneously got out of our chairs and began to slow dance with the golden sunbeams shining on us. In no time, we were both weeping tears of gratitude and love because we were so aware of how close we had come to losing one another. So, this song has deep meaning for the two of us. When Linda issued this challenge, it took me about 10 seconds to create a project that would include the lyrics of this song.
If you’re not familiar with it or if you’d just like to hear it again, have a listen on me!
On with the Show: The Details
First, I covered the tag with Tim’s “Dapper” paper collection, then sanded and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. To create a ledge for my Paper Dolls and Tiny House to rest on, I stained and cut a wooden ruler. Dapper Brads are inserted into the ruler’s round holes.
After covering the larger Tiny House with designer paper, i brushed on Picket Fence Distress Paint to give it a weathered look. Next I created gingerbread trim by cutting cream cardstock with Tim’s Lace Thinlits Die. The house was so light in color that it seemed to “float” off the tag, so I added some black accents with various Idea-Ology Rub Ons.
I stained a wooden picket fence with Vintage Photo, then brushed it with Picket Fence and Weathered Wood Distress Paint. This was glued onto the base of the house. To reflect the “two cats in the yard” line from the song, I added this cute novelty button. Next, because the song mentions putting flowers in a vase, I added these Petaloo blossoms to the vignette. My round “window” is actually a wooden button topped with another novelty button.
A Beautiful, Abundant Life
Meet Mr. & Mrs. Happy. This darling couple is one of Tim’s Paper Dolls. I colored in their clothing with alcohol ink markers. The next step was running a Glassine Paper Bag through a texture fade to create some texture. Then I sponged the raised edges with Vintage Photo.
To give Mr. & Mrs. Happy a lift, I popped them up on foam tabs and added them to the distressed pinstripe paper panel. Next, I added a ticket, a rusty house, novelty buttons and more rub ons. I especially love the one I added below the ruler that reads “a beautiful, abundant life.”
A Song in my Pocket
The glassine envelope opens to reveal a little art tag that reinforces the challenge theme.
I printed out the lyrics and added them to the back of the tag.
The other ruler piece sits at the top of the tag along with some inked up Scrabble tiles, and other bits and bobs from Tim.
Now It’s Your Turn
Now that I’ve shared my Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag with you, I’d like to invite you to share your own “Sound of Music” project with us over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Simply link your project up on the F&F blog before 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, May 9th.
The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. You can find all the details HERE.
I can’t wait to see what you make.
I hope this Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag project contains 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.
Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette for Petaloo International
Hello, Friends! Don’t you just love springtime? One of my favorite things about this lovely season is the return of all the little songbirds. Birds will build a nest in the oddest spots. Last year, a pair of bluebirds built their nest in our neighbor’s mailbox, and all anxiously anticipated the arrival of those baby birds. Thinking about this inspired me to make this Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette for Petaloo International.
Lovebirds Nesting in a Rusty Wagon
I’ve been saving this little metal wagon for just the right project. After treating it with Prima Rust Paste, it was filled with a bed of Spanish Moss. Then I added this cute little bird nest. Next I painted some miniature eggs with Distress Oxide Ink and added them to the nest. Then I had the best time creating a garden full of pretty Petaloo flowers in shades of purple, green and white.
Love Warms Every Nest: Building the Base
Earlier this year, I happened across a fabulous clearance sale at Michael’s where I found this chunky 4″ x 4″ canvas which was perfect for the base of my vignette. I covered it with a green floral print from Graphic 45’s Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition. Then I wrapped it with these lovely bird feathers. Next, the top was covered with more Spanish Moss and more pretty flowers and butterflies.
The chipboard tag is attached to a mini chalkboard that is in turn attached to a clothespin. This way, I can just clip the tag onto the side of the wagon and it stands all on its own. The tag is from Graphic 45’s A Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition.
Making this sweet little vignette was almost as much fun as planting real flowers. I hope it brought some sunshine into your life, too.
You can find a supply list at the end of this post.
Hello, G 45’ers! I’m back again today with a project that is both pretty and practical. Follow this Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial and you will see that it is quite easy to make, uses very few supplies and makes a wonderful gift for mom, teacher or friend.
We all love Graphic 45 Metal Staples, don’t we? Even the packaging is gorgeous! Those sturdy chipboard tags with the graceful shaped edges and vintage style grommets are too pretty to toss in the recycle bin! Why not upcycle them into a stylish and practical notepad instead?
That’s exactly what I did and I love the fact that not only is this Nature Sketchbook Beautiful Botanical notepad attractive, it is also sturdy. I can find my notepad on my desk because of the bright colors that Nature Sketchbook lends. As an added bonus, the design means that the notepad can be refilled with a new sticky note pad once the current one is used up.
I just love the Nature Sketchbook die cut flowers! You can shape the layers, ink the edges and stack them together to create a custom embellishment for your project.
Cut the images from the 8×8 “Diary of a Botanist” paper to decorate the cover. I just matted them on black cardstock and clustered them together to make a real visual impact. And since we are upcycling, why not use waste chipboard or corrugate to elevate the layers. I cut up all my Priority Mail boxes and use them instead of foam dimensionals. It saves me money and is good for the planet, too!
The inside of this notepad is as pretty as the outside.
I created a “hinge” from paper so that this ATC Policy Envelope folds down to reveal a hidden journal tag that’s perfect for writing down phone numbers!
My sticky notes sit inside a little caddy and when they are used up, I’ll just pop in another one!
Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial on Snapguide