Hello, Friends! How about a little trip to the beach? We can walk barefoot in the sand, search for shells and play in the waves all day! Sound good? While I might not be able to take you to a real beach, this Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Card Folio is almost as good as playing in the sun, surf and sand!
It’s impossible to feel gloomy in the presence of such vibrant colors and happy images. This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base. I’ve transformed it into a folio by adding a 1/2″ spine and some fun surprises inside.
If you are intimidated at the thought of making a mini album, you might want to think about creating a card folio instead. You can easily complete one in half a day, and for a fraction of the cost. Limited storage? Folios are perfect for that, too, as they take up so much less room. Need a unique gift? Folios are the perfect card/gift combo. So, yeah…I’m pretty much addicted to making them!
Rosettes make me think of beach umbrellas, so I had to make a few for this card using my Tim Holtz rosette dies. Then I used Tim’s Sand and Sea Bigz Die to cut images from patterned paper as well. The great thing about making your own paper embellishments is that they will always be a perfect color match!
To add extra dimension, die cut some chipboard or cardboard to back your seahorse die. This not only strengthens the die cut, but it really makes the image pop off the page.
Take a Peek Inside this Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Card Folio
The inside of a card folio is more fun than visiting the boardwalk at the beach!
This flap page was scored and folded to create a fun little pocket. Fill the pocket with journal tags and an ephemera card. You can also add extra photos here.
Flip the flap over, and what do you find? This fun waterfall gives you loads of room for photos.
Use another ephemera card underneath to write down your favorite vacation memories, names, dates and places.
Add a mini folio to the pocket and you’ve got room for more photos and journaling. The cover for this mini folio is the back side of one of the beautiful ephemera cards from the Sun Kissed collection. The large ephemera card on the top half of the card is the perfect spot to tell your story.
Decorate the inside with another image from the collection, and then fill the pocket with small ephemera cards and photos. You could even make this folio as a family craft activity while on vacation. There’s always a rainy day at the beach, and this would be such a fun way to take advantage of being together.
The great news is that Sun Kissed is now available for purchase! Oh the paper pretties you can make with this glorious collection!
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.
This hop is now closed. The winner is Sara Retter from Archana’s blog.
Heartfelt Creations July Alumni Hop: Seashell Shaker Card with Under the Sea
Hello, Friends! Are you ready to hop? Welcome to the July Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop! You should be coming here from Mary’s lovely blog. I’ll provide a complete hop list at the end of this post. It’s full on summer here in North Carolina and the hot, humid days have my mind turning to the beach. Oh, for a walk along the shore with the waves kissing my toes and the sand dotted with pretty shells. Since I can’t be at the beach in real life, I decided to make this Seashell Shaker Card with the Gorgeous Under the Sea Collection from Heartfelt Creations.
I’ve had my eye on this gorgeous collection since the day it released over a year ago. Making a seashell shaker card with these bright corals and deep aquas is almost as good as taking a vacation!
Shake it Up!
Just for fun, I added a little hidden tag between the card front layers. This is a quick and easy addition thanks to the cut apart page and my faithful Luggage and Tags Die.
Shaker cards are like a party on paper. This seashell shaker card is filled with a combination of Prills, micro beads, seed beads, and sequins.
I used the seashell die from Coral Reef Collage to cut my shell out of the Under the Sea paper collection. Then I sponged Abandoned Coral Distress Ink along the edges to heighten the pink tones. Next, I used my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit, mat and stylus to round out the shell body. Then I glued it to the card base. Finally, I scattered Prills and Seed Beads along the inner edge. A lucky hermit crab gets to live in this glammed up seashell!
Coral Sea Flowers with Enchanted Mums
Making these coral reef flowers was a cinch!
First, stamp the 2 smallest sizes of Enchanted Mums onto the coral dot paper using Abandoned Coral Distress Ink.
Next, heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
Then, use sponge daubers to add a little Abandoned Coral to the centers and the tips of the flower petals.
Now, die cut the flower layers.
Then, shape and stack with the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit.
Finally, add hot glue to center and fill with seed beads.
What’s Inside This Seashell Shaker Card?
I turned this card into a gift by adding a few extras on the inside.
You can easily turn a card front into a gift wallet. Just glue the image to the right hand side of a 4″ high x 11″ long strip of cardstock. Score on the left and fold.
Then cut down another card front image to serve as a pocket. Tuck in some of the cute tags from the paper collection along with a gift card and easy as 1, 2, 3….you have a gift card wallet.
I used the scraps on my worktable to make a quick little tag. These make the best bookmarks, and they also are a great way to brighten up a work cubicle!
On With the Hop!
Now pop on over and see what paper pretties has in store for you. I’ve included the complete hop list below for your convenience.
Be sure to visit and comment at each of these fabulous blogs because you will not only be inspired…your comment will enter you into a drawing to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card! The hop runs from today through Monday, July 31st at midnight EDT.
The winner of the hop will be randomly chosen from a mystery blog. Heartfelt Creations will announce the winner in their weekly blog post and Facebook page on Wednesday, August 1st. I will also post the name of the winner at the top of this post at that time.
The winner will have 72 hours to claim his/her prize by sending an e-mail to email@example.com with “Winner of the July Alumni Hop” in the subject line.
I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures with today’s Seashell Shaker Card. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
More than All the Fish in the Sea Folio with RRR and G45 Voyage Beneath the Sea
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! Welcome to summer! I love all the seasons of the year as each one has its own special beauty. Summertime is full of color and life…and trips to the beach, my favorite place on the planet! Today’s project is inspired by the Ocean Breeze Ribbon Club Assortment. I found that the Tropic Double Faced Satin Ribbon is a great companion to Graphic 45’s Voyage Beneath the Sea collection. So I paired them up to make this More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio.
This color palette is so perfect for summertime projects. The blues and greens just pop against the citrusy oranges and yellows.
More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio: Put a Bow on It!
I created this pretty bow cluster like this:
First, I tied a double loop bow with Tropic Double Face Satin using my Bow it All Tool. The thing I like the most about double faced satin is the fact that you don’t have a “wrong” side to worry about when tying bows.
Then, I tied a loopy string bow with Gold Metallic String.
Finally, I topped the bow cluster with a pretty teal flower.
More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio: A Little Bit Steampunk
To give this card a little touch of Steampunk Style, I added a cluster of steampunk gears and cogs. Really Reasonable Ribbon has a fantastic assortment of gears available in the shop at very good prices.
These gears are painted with Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint, which is very close in color to the Tropic ribbons.
Adding a snippet of ribbon and gold metallic string to this chipboard charm really gave it a presence on the page. And do you spy the darling steampunk heart gear in the center of the “O” in you? These sorts of little details just make my heart happy!
More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio: A Peek Inside
It’s easy to turn a 5″ x 7″ top fold card into a folio. When you are making your card base, simple score a second line 1/4″ from the first fold line. Instant folio!
I created a little accordion fold folio on the top of the card interior. The gatefold opening is tied shut with more pretty tropic ribbon in that fancy shell print.
This is just a sample of the pages inside the folio. The Voyage Beneath the Sea ephemera card is hinged to the gatefold, creating a secret journal spot. This also gives you a nice 4″ x 4″ spot for a photo!
The bottom pocket contains a lovely art tag and a large ephemera card.
I created a border on the tag by layering the fancy shell print ribbon over the Tropic Satin Ribbon. I love the bit of texture, pattern and shine this adds to the tag design. Another snippet of Tropic Satin tops the tag. And, gold metallic string holds that cute chipboard charm in place.
What do you do with the tag? Well, it can be used as a bookmark, of course. Or, it can really brighten up an office cubicle. Some folks have told me that they use them as home decor. They simply display them on small easels and incorporate them into their mantel decor.
You can write your personal greeting on the back of the ephemera card. Then tuck a gift card, or other small gift into the pocket and there’s no need to go to the shops!
Ribbon Makes it Shine!
I just love the playful, whimsical feel of this More than All the Fish in the Sea Folio. The ribbon really takes it to the next level, don’t you think? It’s not too late to get your own set of these gorgeous Ocean Breeze Ribbons. Simply sign up for the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club and Bonnie will send them right out to you. It will be like having a birthday every month of the year!
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.
This is my 2nd post today. Please scroll down to find the RRR Blog Hop Post.
Fun with Graphic 45: Fancy Fold Cards Video Tutorial & First 2017-2018 Brand Ambassador Post
Hello, G-45’ers! Welcome to my first official post as a Graphic 45 2017-2018 Brand Ambassador. I think all the card makers out there are really going to enjoy today’s post as it is all about cards! Today I have 3 different styles of fancy fold cards to share with you, all using fabulous papers from Graphic 45. I’ve prepared a fun Fancy Fold Cards Video Tutorial for you, so you can follow along at home and learn how to make these clever interactive cards.
Graphic 45 has lots of exciting plans and big changes in store for the 2017-2018 term, and I’m just thrilled to bits to be designing for this wonderful company for a second year. One of the changes made is that the design team is now called Graphic 45 Brand Ambassadors. I have had a little preview of the fun things coming your way, and I can honestly say I think this is going to be the best year ever for lovers of the Graphic 45 Brand.
A Little Bit About Me
Before I dig into the fancy fold cards video tutorial, G45 asked that we share a few fun facts about ourselves to kick things off. Many of you have been following me for a long time now, so feel free to skip on down to the “meat” of this post. But for new followers, here are some things you might like to know about me.
I live in beautiful North Carolina, USA, with Dale, my darling husband of 40+ years. We had theprivilege of raising 5 fun and fabulous children. Now we have the immense pleasure of beinggrandparents to three precious girls whom we call “The Littles.”.
Most days you’ll find me in my sunny little studio making cards, dabbling in mixed media, designing mini albums, folios, paper pretties for my ETSY shop and enjoying all the many adventures that the fabulous world of creativity affords. I also love to bake, spendtime with “the Littles”, cook big meals for our family, walk on the beach, go junkin’ and read.
Although I have a passion for all kinds of crafty adventures, I have no formal art training. Cards are my favorite thing to create. I especially enjoy creating interactive cards and put as much work into the insides of my cards as I do the outside. Adding tags and pockets, sweet little treats like tea bags or chocolates and surprise panels in a card really gets me excited.
I like to stay up to date with what’s going on in the crafting world. Color, pattern and design fascinate me, so I try to pay attention while reading magazines or even looking around in stores to see what colors and patterns seem to be trending. Is there a new technique? I want to learn it and I enjoy taking online classes when time permits.
For our first Brand Ambassador Challenge, Graphic 45 asked us to research trends in paper crafting and find a technique or trend that interested us. The next step was to prepare a project that represented that trend and share it with you. And that, my friends, is how this Fancy Fold Cards Video Tutorial came into being.
Card Making Trend Alert: Fancy Fold Cards are Where It’s At
In preparing for this post, I learned that in the world of cards, there are several trends that excite me. Fancy fold cards, shaker cards and pop up cards are getting a lot of attention right now. Adding buttons to cards is also making a comeback. And metallic elements are hugely popular. I decided to take some time to learn a few new fancy fold cards to share with you here today. I’ve incorporated some of these other fun trends in the designs. There are lots of photos, tips and information to follow, so you might want to go grab a cuppa and a snack to sustain you.
Fancy Fold Card #1: Bathing Beauties Double Gatefold Card with Place in Time July Papers
One of the great things about fancy fold cards is that they really bring the WOW factor to any project. The other great thing is that they really are fairly simple to make. They look impressive and complicated, but I’ll show you in today’s video tutorial just how simple it is to add that WOW factor to your next card making session.
This Double Gatefold Card started with 2 simple 5” x 7” side fold card bases. I overlapped the cards, added a couple of extra score lines, and voila! Double Gatefold card magic!
A belly band holds this Double Gatefold card shut, but you could also use ribbons to tie the gates closed.
And when you’ve slipped the belly band off the card, it’s just like watching the curtain rise at the theater.
As each panel of the card opens, there are more and more goodies to look at. Finally, the postcard pocket in the middle pane takes center stage.
The July images and prints from A Place in Time work really well with By the Sea. I’ve added some journal cards from that collection to finish the inside of my card. The vintage postcard from A Place in Time makes a great pocket, too.
Tips and Tricks for Making Double Gatefold Cards
Tip: Always remember to use your bone folder to burnish the score lines on a Fancy Fold card. Crisp fold lines are essential when you are making a card with special folds.
Tip: To create a quick and easy pocket, use a postcard! Just glue the sides and bottom edge to your card base and then slip in ephemera cards, journal cards, tags or other goodies. Everyone loves surprises!
Tip: Be careful when gluing images to your card front. You don’t want to get glue on the back layers of the card, or it won’t open properly. To prevent this from happening, turn your chipboard piece upside down on the card front and make pencil marks so you’ll know where to place the glue.
Tip: I used a craft knife and ruler to create the center slit that allows the step out mechanism to work.When using a craft knife, there are 2 important things to remember. First, always test your blade to make sure it is sharp. A dull blade will not cut cleanly. Second, I find that if I cut my paper on a glass surface, the knife glides through the paper like a hot knife goes through butter. You can use the glass from an old picture frame, or a glass cutting mat like the one I use in the video tutorial.
Tip: To add realistic beach effects to this card, I scribbled on the card base with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive then sprinkled with real beach sand. Do this over a sheet of paper, so you can tap off the excess sand once the glue dries.
Supply List for Beach Rules Step Out Card
8×8 By the Sea Paper Collection (retired)
By the Sea Decorative Chipboard
By the Sea Tags and Pockets
Colorbox Decades Dark Cashmere Ink
Fancy Fold Card #3: Portrait of a Lady Fanfare Card/Folio
This is probably my favorite fancy fold card design because it is part card, part folio, part pop-up. It looks like a really complicated and fussy design, but the truth is, It’s all just straight lines! Isn’t that a relief?
Begin with a standard 6” square top fol card base made from heavy cardstock. Because of the weight of the fanfare fold, you need a really sturdy base to work with.
The front cover of the Fanfare Fold card opens to reveal a beautiful hidden folio.
I decorated this panel with a pretty pocket and tag combo, then topped it with this gorgeous chipboard element to add even more dimension to the design.
Tips and Tricks for Making Fanfare Fold Cards
Tip: Cut sentiments from a collection’s text pages for picture perfect color matches. I snipped the word “Beauty” from the 8×8 “Grace” paper then glued it behind the G45 Staples Ornate Label Holder.
Tip:Use a scallop corner punch to create the pretty shaped edges on this card.
But Wait….there’s more!
This lovely design also opens like a standard top fold card. Decorate the inside of your Fanfare Fancy Fold Card with decorative papers, journal cards and sticker elements. This is a great style of card to present for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers or birthdays, as photos from the event can be stored in the folio. It’s like getting a card and a gift in one neat package.
Fun With Fancy Fold Cards Video Tutorial on YouTube
Are you ready to get started making your own Fancy Fold Cards with Graphic 45? Join me as I create all three of these card bases in this video tutorial. I’ll also share tips and tricks for the finished cards you see here.
As you saw in the Fancy Fold Cards Video Tutorial, these cards are much easier to make than you might think. I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Frilly and Funkie “You’re My Inspiration” Challenge: Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio
Hello, Friends! Happy Hump Day! It’s time for another great challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. This go round, Nancy is hosting the challenge and the theme is “You’re My Inspiration.” For this fun challenge, I’ve created a Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio, but before I share it with you, here’s what Nancy has to say about the challenge:
Find any type of image or photo that inspires you and create a vintage or shabby chic project based on that image or photo (you don’t need to actually use it in your project). Please post the image on your blog along with your project, and tell us what it is you love about it.
Sound like fun? I thought so, too! So without further ado, let’s get the party started.
The Beach Is My Inspiration
I am a beach loving gal. Everything about the beach inspires me: the sound of the waves, the wind whipping my hair, the wee birds skipping along in the sand, the pelicans skimming the waves, and the grains of sand that sparkle like flecks of gold under the bright sun. I do my best thinking at the beach, and my best sleeping, too. (Do you think there might be a connection?) So I chose this gorgeous digital collage image created by my dear friend, Ginny Nemchak as my inspiration photo. This gal, perched on her over-sized beach ball, wearing a fabulous vintage bathing suit is who I want to be when I grow up.
Although this looks like a card, it’s really a folio. I love to create cards that can double as gifts. I have several birthdays coming up in my family this summer, and this Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio will make some birthday girl very happy.
Off to the Races Visits the Shore
This Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio measures 5.75″ wide x 7.75″ tall. I used Graphic 45 12×12 Off to the Races Patterns and Solids paper to create my layers. These rich shades of blue and brown are perfect for a beach themed card. A Tim Holtz Sophisticate Cabinet Card frames the focal image. And here’s where I got a little creative inspiration. I’ve always felt terrible about covering up the gorgeous graphics on the back of these Cabinet Cards.
So I didn’t.
Instead, I turned it into a flap. The kraft glassine bag has a hinge mechanism so it can fold down. There’s a post card tucked into the envelope, but this leaves plenty of room to add a gift card.
I triple embossed this portion of the project: embossing folder, ink, embossing powder, paint then heat embossing again. It created a surface that really resembles beach sand.
How to Make Flap Opening for your Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio
First, insert your chosen image inside the frame. I had to add a little washi tape to the top and bottom of this image to make it fit perfectly. Easy fix!
Then, use a craft knife to gently separate the cabinet card front and back at the seam on the left hand side.
Next, cut a 1.75″ strip of paper the same height as the cabinet card.
Now, fold the paper in half to form a hinge.
Glue one half inside the opened seam. You will also need to add glue to the front of the hinge so that you can seal the cabinet card up again.
Next, create the right hand side of your flap. Measure it so that it is exactly the same width and height of the cabinet card you are using. I cropped the corners on my card so that they would match the corners on the cabinet card.
Now, Decorate the inside of this front flap.
Then, glue the other half of the hinge to the back side of this layer.
Finally, glue the whole mechanism onto your prepared card base.
Hold the cabinet card flap closed with a little hinge clasp.
I stamped and inked up a little birthday greeting to tuck behind my chipboard sand dollar. Glue just the bottom edge of the sand dollar to the card base, and you’ve got a pocket! Then mat another fabulous beach babe onto designer paper, and tuck both behind the sand dollar. I just love interactive elements on cards, don’t you?
Take a Look Inside
I packed the inside of this Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio with all kinds of fun goodies.
The top half of the folio holds a little accordion fold photo album.
And what’s in that pocket on the bottom?
How about another vintage beach babe all decked out on a tag, and a little sweet treat?
What’s Your Inspiration?
Now it’s your turn to play along and let us know what inspires YOU. You have until midnight EDT on Tuesday, June 20th to create a vintage or shabby chic project inspired by a photo. Link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.
The designers will choose their top 4 favorite projects from all those submitted. Our top favorite will be invited to serve as a Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. The next 3 will receive badges to display proudly on their own blogs. And everyone who enters and follows the rules of the challenge will be entered into the draw to receive a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.
Authentique Seafarer: Have Courage, Set Sail & Dream High Nautical Themed Graduation Cards
Hello, Friends! Do you feel the rustle of the silk robes and hear the whisper of parchment paper? Yes, people…it’s graduation season and all across the globe, young people are lining up to receive their hard earned diplomas. There will be tears and cheers, perhaps a few fears and loads of good wishes as friends and loved ones gather to send these grads out upon the Sea of Life. I’ve used Authentique’s Seafarer collection to create this trio of Have Courage, Set Sail & Dream High Nautical Themed Graduation cards.
Dream Higher Than the Sky Graduation Card
Masculine cards can be a challenge, but I found that this collection made them very easy to design. This 5″ x 7″ top fold card came together very quickly thanks to the wonderful designer paper and focal image.
I tied hemp string with a bowline hitch knot to amp up the nautical vibe, then suspended an antique brass sailing ship from it. Tim Holtz’ Ribbon Flags die makes wonderful little embellishments . Double matting the layers on red and navy cardstock gave everything a clean, crisp finish. A bow, a nautical button and a charm made by fussy cutting an image from a sheet of designer paper finish the front of this card nicely.
Because I created the card base with a 1/8″ spine, I was able to add two pockets to the interior. The smaller pocket is made with one of the 3×4 images from the cut apart page. It’s just the right size to hold a gift card.
The larger pocket on the bottom of the card holds a 4.25″ x 6″ folio that is the perfect spot for those keepsake graduation photos. A decorated belly band and a few more ribbon flags dress the folio up nicely.
Set Sail Nautical Themed Graduation Card
What could provide a more perfect graduation metaphor than this image of a ship, its sails full-blown and ready to meet life’s challenges full on?
I used a star shaped die to create the accent on this card, then topped it with an Idea-ology metal compass coin, a muse token and wooden anchor.
More bowline knotted hemp string and a pretty white sea gull complete the front of the card.
This 5″ x 7″ top fold card has a 1/8″ spine to accommodate the inner pockets.
The top pocket holds a little tag/bookmark. Write your best wishes on the back of the tag and tuck into the pocket. Interactive cards like this are always a hit!
The large bottom pocket contains another folio that I decorated with images from the paper collection.
The folio contains a gift card pocket, and room for a graduation photo.
Have Courage Graduation Card
The sentiment on this 7″ x 5″ Have Courage card is just perfect for graduation. I turned the card base on its side to accommodate this large sentiment panel. Then I added banner flags, machine stitching, knotted hemp string and some nautical charms to complete the card front.
The interior contains a gift card pocket that is just the right size for a little chocolate treat. Good wishes can be written on the journaling card. The sentiment strip reads’ It’s out there at sea that you are really yourself.”
While these nautical themed graduation cards are not your typical graduation cards, the strong masculine images, classic color palette and wonderful sentiments make them stand out from the crowd, just like the proud graduates who are setting sail on new adventures.
I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Hello, Friends! I have such a fun project to share with you. I’ve been asked to Guest Design again at Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. Woo hoo! As you all know, I am a huge Steampunk Fan, how about you? I also super love the gorgeous Super X tags from Gypsy Soul. They are thick and chunky and perfect for mixed media projects, which I also love. So what do you get when you combine these fabby tags with GSLC Steampunk Seahorses and Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea? Oh…such steampunky, beachy goodness that you can hardly believe your eyes! Take a peek:
I’ve prepared a Snapguide Tutorial for you with a complete supply list and detailed information about how I altered these gorgeous chippies.