Masculine Baseball Themed Birthday Card with Ribbon: Batter Up!
Hello again, Ribbon Lovers! I’m back today with another birthday card for the guys. Our youngest son has loved baseball since he was a toddler. One of his life goals is to attend a professional ballgame in every US Major League ballpark. So when it came time to make his birthday card, the theme was obvious. This masculine baseball themed birthday card uses another of my favorite ribbons for the “fellas.”
Once again, I used Authentique’s Rugged Paper Collection to make this 5″ x 7″ masculine baseball themed birthday card. I just love the vintage feel and the gorgeous patterns.
It’s especially nice on a baseball themed card, as the stitched edges echo the stitching on a baseball. How cool is that? I topped this double loop bow with a natural burlap string bow and a baseball novelty button. Home run!
I hope I’ve shared some tips that you can use the next time you need to make a masculine card. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! It’s time for another fabulous Anything Goes Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon. I’m still working my way through family birthdays. I made this golf themed masculine birthday card for my brother in law. He was a golf pro for many years, and even designed the course where he worked as the pro. Now retired, he lives in a golf course community and still loves to play. Hopefully, this card made especially for him will be a hole in one instead of a bogey!
Adding ribbon or trim to a masculine card can sometimes be tricky. I have several ribbons that I always keep on hand because they work so well on masculine cards. This Ivory, Brown and Copper Plaid is one of my favorites. I love the way it looks with these papers from Authentique’s Rugged collection.
Distressing, embossing and inking give this card a great outdoorsy, masculine feel. I even found a golf tee in my stash and used as a hanger for my little sticker banner.
The soft woven texture of this ribbon makes it so easy to tie. To add a little extra texture, I topped it with a natural burlap string bow and a leather button from my stash.
A Peek Inside
You’ll find more references to my brother-in-law’s hobby on the inside of this golf themed masculine birthday card. A small pocket holds a ribbon topped tag and a little sweet treat. The sentiment is stamped on a 3″ x 4″ journal card from the Rugged collection.
Here’s a closer look at the tag.
Now It’s Your Turn
You’re invited to join in on this fun challenge. Simply create any kind of project using ribbon or trim and link it up on the RRR Blog before midnight EST on Thursday, October 19th. We’ll be popping by to pick our top 3 favorites from all the entries.
You can read all the details and challenge guidelines HERE.
This hop is now closed. The winner is Joy McCoy. Thanks for hopping!
Heartfelt Creations September Alumni Hop: Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio
Hello, Friends! Coffee, anyone? I’m ready for you with this freshly brewed Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio. It‘s time for the Heartfelt Creations September Alumni Hop! You should be arriving here from Vicki’s beautiful blog.
Don’t you just love the browns, creams, blues and tans in the Coffee Talk collection? I had so much fun putting this 6.25″ square top fold card folio together!
Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio Tips and Tricks
Here are some tips and tricks you can use in making this Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio:
Stamp the coffee mug image onto light colored patterned paper from the Coffee Talk Paper Collection. . This saves loads of time, as there is no need to color the image! Let the Coffee Talk paper collection do all the heavy lifting for you. I used ColorBox Decades Bon Voyage Blue Ink to stamp, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
Add inky details with Sponge Daubers. This is another great time saver! I sponged Broken China and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide inks to add some shading to my coffee mug.
Cut out the coffee mug with the matching coffee mug die. Quick and easy!
Finally, layer up your background paper with a strip of striped paper and some die cut borders.
Mat the coffee cup on a white doily, then elevate with foam tabs or waste cardboard.
Coffee Talk Card Folio: Let’s Talk Flowers!
Flowers add that special finishing touch to this birthday card. Here’s how I made my flowers.
Stamp two sets of Botanical Rose on light colored patterned paper from the Coffee Talk Collection. I stamped with the same Decades Bon Voyage Blue Ink.
Add Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide Ink to the centers of each petal layer. Use Sponge Daubers to make quick work of this process.
Now, Sponge the edges of the petals with Broken China Distress Oxide Ink, again using sponge daubers.
Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop and leave a lovely comment as a lucky winner of a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card will be randomly selected from one of the blogs! The winner will be announced on the HC Blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, October 4th.
The Hop starts 8am EDT on Friday September 29th and closes Monday 2nd Oct at 11.59pm EDT.
Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card with Sweet Surprises
Hello, Friends! Can you believe it is the end of September already? This time of year is so beautiful that I wish time would slow down so it could last longer. I’ve been having the best time creating fall paper pretties. Today I have a lovely Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card to share with you. I’ve used some really fresh and fun Really Reasonable Ribbon along with a selection of Tammy Tutterow Designs stamps and dies in this tall and skinny birthday card.
Dressed to Distress
Distress is not always a bad thing! Here’s how I added even more texture, design and just a hint of grunge to these already gorgeous papers:
First, ink the edges of all paper layers with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink. I was liberal when doing this, and let my blender stray pretty far inside the lines.
Next, add Vintage Photo Distress ink to the outer edge. This serves to create a sort of frame for the panel. It’s a small step, but it makes such a huge difference in the finished design.
Now, randomly stamp Tammy Tutterow’s Big Cheesecloth Background Stamp with Coffee Archival Ink. I don’t use an acrylic block for this. Just roll a small portion of the stamp over the ink pad, then randomly roll it onto the surface of the card. I love the subtle texture this adds to a card.
Then, repeat this process with Tammy’s Dear Ruby Background Stamp.
In my world, ribbon makes a card complete. I love the fresh, almost country feel this Plaid Bold Black Check Ribbon adds to the card. The triple loop bow tied with a little help from my Zutter Bow-it-All tool adds wonderful contrast and texture to the composition. It’s a new item in the shop at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and I can’t seem to stop using it.
Dimension Makes the Difference
Adding dimension to a card makes it come to life. This can be done quite simply. For instance, I simply fussy cut these butterflies, shaped the wings with my fingers and then glued the bodies to the sentiment panel.
Adding the Element of Surprise to this Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card
Everyone loves a good surprise…especially on his or her birthday. So I packed lots of surprises into this card. Do you see the circular element in the top right hand corner of the focal image? That’s surprise #1.
This sweet little envelope is cut from designer paper using Tammy’s Tabbed mini Pocket Die. Isn’t it darling? After making the envelope, I punched the sentiment from patterned paper, then backed it with a scalloped circle punched from brown paper. It’s held in place with one of Tim’s mini paper clips.
I used the insert that comes with the Tabbed Mini Pocket Die to cut out this portion of designer paper. Then I stamped one of Tammy’s Tiny Sentiments in the corner.
A Peek Inside
More surprises await inside! A pair of pockets is the perfect place to tuck in more birthday goodies.
The side pocket holds a little folio and a 4″ x 6″ ephemera card. There’s room to write a personal birthday greeting here.
The folio holds this little tag and a tea bag treat. There’s also a honey stick in the pocket, but it didn’t make it into the photo.
I tucked a tag and a chocolate into the second pocket.
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.
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.)