Really Reasonable Ribbon August Blog Hop: Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! It’s time for another fabulous Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop. You should be hopping over from Karen’s lovely blog. This month, we are getting ready for fall with the gorgeous Autumn Harvest Ribbon Club Assortment. These luscious ribbons were the perfect playmate for the Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio that I’m sharing with you today. Just look at all these wonderful autumn hues.
I added a 1/4″ spine to this 5″ x 7″ top fold card base, then loaded this Golden Grove Card Folio up with paper pretties and luscious ribbons.
Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio: The Ribbon Cluster
This is a triple bow cluster. I guess these gorgeous ribbons made me go all bow happy! The base layer is a double loop bow tied with 5./8″ Moss/Cream Plaid Ribbon. Then I tied a second double loop bow with 3/8″ Kiwi Checkerboard Satin Ribbon. This adds just a touch of shimmer to the bow cluster. Next, I tied a third double loop bow with Natural Burlap String. This adds a great rustic feel and texture to the bow cluster. Finally, I pulled some yellow posies from my stash and hot glued them in place.
A Peek Inside this Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio
Pockets make the perfect tuck spot for tags, sweets, gift cards and other fun surprises.
A snippet of 5/8″ Moss/Cream Plaid ribbon peeps out of this small pocket.
This large pocket is decorated with a small tag that I’ve topped with a cute tag/burlap string/button combo.
Hold this Moss Green/Cream Ribbon Closure in place with Scor-Tape. The mini folio measures 3.5″ x 5″. It’s a lovely size for small photos.
Wouldn’t this make a pretty autumn birthday card?
The inner pocket holds a lovely tea bag and still has lots of room for a gift card or personal note.
On with the Hop!
Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cherryhas in store for you. Then finish the hop up at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. Be sure to answer Bonnie’s question of the month so that you can be entered to win your very own Autumn Harvest Ribbon Club Assortment.
Even if you don’t win the hop, you can still have this lovely ribbon assortment delivered to your front door. Just sign up for the Monthly Ribbon Club. It’s a great way to receive a scrumptious assortment of ribbons each and every month. You can find all the sign up info HERE.
I hope you found some crafting inspiration from this Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio project. 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.
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.)
Fairy Happy Birthday Wishes Gift Wallet for Sophie Grace
Hello Friends! Summer is birthday season in the Clement household I have almost a dozen birthdays to prepare for over the next several weeks. The first one in line is our dear Sophie Grace who turns 8 years old this year. How is this even possible? Because she is totally into Fairies and Fairy Gardens this year, I put together a darling little Fairy Happy Birthday Wishes Gift Wallet for her party on Saturday.
The album base is made with mini file folders that I die cut using Tammy Tutterow’s Mini File Folder Die by Spellbinders Paper Arts. Each folder measures 5″ wide x 3.25 inches tall. It was easy to join the albums together to form the album. Here’s how I did it.
How To Make a Mini File Folder into a Mini Album
Begin by choosing your designer papers. I chose to work with Prima’s Princess Paper Colletion. (retired)
First, die cut three sets of mini file folders from designer paper.
Next, blend Vintage Photo Distress Ink and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink onto the inside of each file folder. (You do not have to follow this step if your paper is double sided. Mine was white on the reverse.)
Spritz and flick water onto the ink. Heat dry.+
Now, ink up the Dear Ruby Background Stamp with Sepia Archival Ink and randomly stamp on the inked surface.
Next, Cut two 1/5″ wide x 4.5″ long strips of designer paper.
Ink the edges.
Score in half. This is the hinge you will use to join the file folders together.
Then add 1/2″ Scor Tape to the white side (or back side) of each strip on both sides of the score line.
Remove the liner from one side of the hinge and line up along the front bottom edge of one folder. Press in place.
Repeat the process with the other side of the hinge, but this time press it onto bottom back edge of another file folder. Now your folders are hinged together.
Turning a Mini File Folder into a Pocket
Now that you’ve joined all three of your file folders together, you can begin to decorate them. Here’s how I turned one file folder into a pocket.
First, open the file folder so that the tab is at the bottom.
Then, add 1/8″ Scor-tape to both the left and right hand side of the folder.
Now peel off the liner from the tape and press in place.
Decorating the Cover
Create a little banner with designer paper. Add mini buttons to dress it up. To create my ribbon closure, I ran 1/2″ Scor-Tape along the back edge of the album then wrapped it with a piece of ribbon that was long enough to tie into a bow.
Pom Pom Posies can be die cut from two colors of felt to create a fanciful fairy flower. Fill the center with a pearl and small gold beads for extra fun. I filled a small corked vial with a mixture of white and gold glitter to serve as fairy dust. Then I tied on this adorable little brass fairy charm. I filled in with Petaloo Penny Lane flowers and a tag from the paper collection.
What’s in Your Pocket?
I adore Tammy’s Mini Tag Book Die and used it to create a fairy themed mini album to tuck into the pocket of the gift wallet.
Fairy sized pockets are easy to make. Simply die cut several shapes from Tammy’s Tab Set Two, glue just the sides together and you’ve got an instant pocket.
Create a flip down page by scoring a long piece of paper in half. Here I’ve used another Tab Set Two die to make a sweet little page turner. After cutting the shape, I halved it so that i could turn it with the shaped edge out.
Teeny tiny fairy postcards.
A fairy princess kitty and a fairy paper doll in a pocket add lots of whimsy and interactive elements to the pages of the mini tag book.
. I’ve tucked a ticket to the fairy dance party into this Tab Two pocket.
Along with this itty bitty teeny tiny fairy notebook. The book measure less than 1″ wide and a little more than an inch tall. The pages are stitched into the spine. It’s the kind of thing you’ll only do for your precious granddaughter.
And no fairy mini tag album is complete without a Pug Fairy wearing a crown.
Inside the Fairy Happy Birthday Wishes Gift Wallet
Fairy Happy Birthday Wishes Gift Wallet Video on YouTube
I hope you found 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. I’ll also provide a supply list and links (where available) to the products I used to make this Fairy Happy Birthday Wishes Gift Wallet.
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.
Enjoy the Little Things in Life Gift Card Holder with G45 Cafe Parisian and RRR
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! I am a fan of little things. Itty bitty babies, teeny tiny desserts, ladybugs, delicate blossoms, miniature books…all things small delight me. So when it came time to create a very special birthday card and gift card holder for one of our dear daughters-in-law, I went small and made this Enjoy the Little Things in Life Gift Card Holder.
I’ve had this 3″ x 4.25″ matchbox stashed away for quite some time, just waiting for inspiration to strike. First, I covered it with some Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Patterns and Solids paper. Then I created this easel style topper for the box.
The focal image is an ephemera card from the collection which just so happens to be the perfect fit for the matchbox. To dress it up even more, I added a pretty Salmon Pink Seam Binding Bow and some gorgeous Petaloo blossoms in coral and white. (If you’ve had a hard time color matching ribbon to this collection, this ribbon is spot on!)
The easel top opens to reveal a little gift pocket that is just the right size for a gift card.
Since the box slides open, I had to fill it with something cute.
So I created this itty bitty birthday card, then tied it shut with more pretty ribbon.
The inside has a belly band that is just the right size for an individually wrapped Ghiradelli chocolate. Then I fussy cut a small image to create a tuck spot for my hand written note.
This Enjoy the Little Things in Life gift card holder was such fun to make that I am going to look for more matchboxes.
I hope I shared some ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures! If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Tealightful Tea Party Banner with Petaloo Spring Posies
Hello, Friends! Little girls love tea parties! It’s a fact. Our middle “Little” Julia loves them so much that she’s chosen to have an American Girl Tea Party Birthday this year. I spent the weekend creating this pinkalicious, very girly Tealightful tea party banner using Petaloo posies and designer papers from Pebbles.
Banners are fun to make, but tough to capture in a photograph. So, I went ahead and made a very short (under 3 minute) video tour of the banner and cards so you can really get a feel for it. I will include still photos as well, as I know you like to study those.
Tealightful Tea Party Banner Video on YouTube
Tealightful Tea Party Banner Details
The banner is made from three 4.25″ x 5.5″ pennants and 4 ATC sized pennants. Cut a fishtail on each rectangle, then stitch designer paper to the cardstock base. Next, stitch the banners onto ribbon.
Each large pennant is flanked by a tiny ATC sized pennant. Every time I see these cute critters in teacups, I cannot help but smile!
Die cut teacups with Tim Holtz’ Tea Time dies, then fill with pretty posies.
No tea party is complete without a fancy cake!
Back layers and fussy cut images with waste chipboard or foam tape to create extra depth and dimension.
You’re My Cup of Tea Easel Birthday Card
To continue with the tea party theme, I put together this very girly easel card.
Make the stopper for your card by backing an image with chipboard or foam tape. Cluster pretty Vintage Velvet pansies around the image to add more texture. This will help the card stay in the display position. Cut little banner flags from paper scraps to add even more fun to the card.
Easel cards fold shut for presentation, then stand up for display. They are one of my favorite cards to make!
Finish the interior of the card with more pretty papers and stamped birthday greetings.
Tealightful Tea Party Invites and Thank You Notes
I was having such fun playing with these pretty Tealightful papers that I went ahead and made some very simple party invites and thank you notes to go with the ensemble. Although the cards are very, very simple, I dressed them up a little with either a pink butterfly or a vintage velvet pansy.
Now I can’t wait for Julia’s birthday party! As she says to me when we play tea party together, “Pinkies Up!”