Hello, Friends! Today I have a trio of Tricky Treats made with Authentique Tricky Paper Collection. There’s something for everyone here with a boo-tiful home decor banner, a spook-tacular shaker card and a creepy card folio project. This trio of tricky treats is pure Halloween fun, and too cute to spook. Let’s start with the banner.
Authentique Tricky Treats #1: Boo-tiful Banner
Nothing says ” Halloween Party” like a boo-tiful banner! This one comes together quickly thanks to the fiendishly fabulous patterns and images found in Authentique’s new Tricky collection and some of my trusty cutting dies.
You’l find links to the supplies and dies that I used at the end of this post. To make quick work of building this boo-tiful banner, it helps to follow a recipe.
First, die cut the banner base layer from black cardstock.
Next, die cut a mix of patterned papers.
Then, die cut some black doilies, or use black doilies that you have in your stash.
Now, die cut stars from goth black cardstock and patterned paper.
Next, die cut Tim Holtz Hocus Pocus Images from both black cardstock and patterned papers.
Then glue the patterned die cuts to the black cardstock, offsetting slightly to create a shadow. This helps the image to POP off the page.
Use a circle die to cut out a patterned paper center for each doily. If you don’t have a circle die that matches the size of your doily, simply trace the inside edge of the doily onto patterned paper and cut with scissors.
Layer everything up with foam tape or waste chipboard.
These witch legs crack me up! Easy to fussy cut, I layered them up with foam tape, then added some die cut Halloween numbers.
Instead of adding the straight cut images from the Tricky cut apart page, I die cut them with a circle die.
Each pennant is attached to 1.5″ Black Plaid Ribbon with a Tim Holtz Binder Clip. Orange and Gold Shimmer Ribbon bows are tied between the pennants.
It only takes a moment to fussy cut this spider web but it makes a real visual impact. So worth the time! And, how about this cute black bat popped up on foam tabs? Adding dimension to a project adds visual interest. Purple flowers add contrast and a bold pop of color as well.
Authentique Tricky Treats #2: Tricky Shaker Card
True confession: I’m hooked on shaker cards. They sparkle, they move, then make a fun noise when you shake them…what could be better than that?
This 5″ x 7″ easel style shaker really takes things to the next level.
Trim the sentiment from the top of a sheet of Tricky designer paper and mat it on purple cardstock. Then weave it between your fingers to give it this wavy shape. Glue down the ends and the middle and just like that, you’ve got a fun stopper element for this easel card. I found these cheeky crows in my stash, and had to add them to the card…aren’t they fun?
There’s nothing but treats inside this Tricky Treat Shaker Card. Because I don’t have any Halloween sentiment stamps, I created my own on my computer.
Authentique Tricky Treats #3: Halloween Card Folio for Grown Up Ghouls
How about a spook-tacular card folio for grown up ghouls? This 5″ x 7″ treat fits the bill.
This is such a quick and easy make! Just create a 5″ x 7″ card base with a 1/2″ spine. Then add a layer of this pretty dot paper, a strip of diagonal stripes and stitch the focal panel to black cardstock. Create some paper rosettes and layer it all up with pretty flowers, ribbon, tine, buttons and whatever other goodies catch your eye.
Just for fun, use a watch face in the center of your paper rosette. Or maybe a corduroy button. And why not invite a little black cat to the party?
The inside of this card has a pair of pockets filled with Halloween treats. Dark Chocolate, anyone?
How about a cup of orange and spice tea…with honey, of course! I also created this little 3.25″ x 4.5″ accordion fold folio with leftover pieces on my work space. This is such a great way to clean up scraps, make something pretty and tidy up your work space all at the same time.
I decorated both sides of this little folio with bits and pieces of designer paper.
How fun would it be to leave one of these fiendishly fabulous cards on a co-worker’s desk with a note that says, “You’ve been booed!” ?
I hope these Authentique Tricky Treats have sparked your imagination with some ideas for your own Halloween decor. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card with Penny’s Paper Doll Family Collection
Hello G45’ers! You know how life takes some interesting twists and turns sometimes? I was supposed to post this project last Friday…but I was in an airplane when G45 notified me to share. Then my vacation got extended when bad weather grounded all the planes in the Northeast. I got home very late last night, and am finally getting a chance to share this really cute Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card with you. Better late than never, right?
Sweet Childhood Memories
I had such fun making this Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel card. Paper dolls were one of my favorite childhood toys, and I spent hours and hours cutting them out. Perhaps that is where my love for fussy cutting paper was born, who knows?
Does anyone else remember cutting out the Betsy McCall paper dolls from McCall’s magazine? My sister and I anxiously awaited each new issue so we could add new outfits to our collection. These darling paper doll costumes took me right back to the excitement of those times.
Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card: Tips and Tricks
This is a 6″ x 6″ square easel card. Here are a few tips and tricks that I used to make it.
The focal images on this card are a little smaller than what I typically use. Matting focal images really helps them to stand out on the page. Since these images are all the same size, you can make the job easier by measuring and cutting the mats all at the same time. Measure each layer just slightly larger than the next, then assemble.
A die cut doily makes the perfect centerpiece for this sweet card. To make the fussy cut kitty cat stand out, I die cut a circle from designer paper for the doily center. Once again, I used foam tabs to elevate the image.
Crocheted lace adds vintage charm and texture to the card design. I used ⅛” Scor-Tape to layer the crocheted lace over Antique Gold Silky Crushed Ribbon.
Use border stamps to create the “stopper” for your easel card. First I cut the row of stamps out with shaped scissors. Then I backed them with cardboard packaging to lift them up off the card base.
Since I made this card for display at a summer trade show, I kept the interior fairly simple. But this gives you a peek at more of the lovely patterns and sweet images from the collection.
Graphic 45 Paper Doll Easel Card Supply List and Product Links
#G45Gentleman Challenge: The Game is Afoot with Master Detective!
Hello, G45’ers! Today’s post is all about the fun #G45Gentleman Challenge at Graphic 45. As you can probably guess, the challenge is to create a masculine project using Graphic 45 papers. I got inspired by this fun challenge theme…and the new Master Detective Collection and set about making this deliciously diabolical Master Detective Bendi Card.
The Game is Afoot!
Our family has always been a game-playing family. From the time they were little, our 5 kids loved nothing better than spending an afternoon or evening rolling dice, spinning spinners, and moving game pieces around a board. We played countless games of Clue, and hosted more than one Murder Mystery Dinner. So this collection really spoke to memories of happy family times. To this day, whenever we get together, the boxes come out of the closet and as Sherlock Holmes says, “The game is afoot!”
This collection is just pure fun, so I had to create an extra special fun project with it. Bendi cards provide lots of opportunites to add layers of dimension to a card.
Back fussy cut images with foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to lift them from the card base. I get lots of packages sent to me in Priority Mail boxes. Instead of throwing them in the recycle bin, I cut them up and use them instead of costly foam dimensionals.
Here’s the “view from the top” so you can get a good look at all the yummy layers in this whimsical card.
Sinister Secrets and Dastardly Deeds: Create a Secret Pocket
You can create a secret pocket in many different ways. For this project, I fussy cut a border from the 12×12 paper collection. Then, I cut a narrow strip of cardboard and glued it along the base of the strip. Next, I added 1/8″ Scor-Tape to the base of the cardboard and glued it to the base of the Master Detective Bendi Card.
Now, what did I put in the pocket?
This little gift card folio! I simply matted the image on a strip 8.5″ long cardstock that was slightly taller than the image. After gluing the image to the right hand side of the strip, I scored a line to the left and folded.
Next I trimmed down a Master Detective ephemera card, and glued it inside. This gives you room to write a personal message and a great spot to tuck in a gift card!
Cobwebbed Cabinets and Skeleton Keys
One of the elements that makes this card so much fun is the staggered layers. I knew I wanted to add some height to one side of the card, so I fussy cut the cobwebbed bookshelf from the 12×12 page. To create even more dimension, you can separate the layers. I actually made three separate tiers, each backed with cardboard to make this curio cabinet pop off the page.
If you look closely at the top tier of the cabinet, you’ll see that the base of the top tier is folded to create even more dimension. To do this, I glued two strips of cardboard, one on top of the other, to the center of the base moulding. Then I glued the cardboard to the top of the curio cabinet. Once the glue had set, I came back and folded the sides down and glued them to the paper. It gives the top tier of the cabinet a very realistic look.
Elementary, My Dear Watson: Handmade Rosettes
Circle elements always add a playful feel to a project. To incorporate them here, I made some rosettes.
No rosette die? No worries! I made these rosettes with the border strips from the 12×12 collection. Cut the borders to different widths, then score on the 12″ side every 1/4″. Accordion fold along the score lines. Glue the ends together, then clip with a small binder clip until the glue dries. Place a dime sized puddle of hot glue onto a non stick craft mat. Open the rosette and press the center down into the glue puddle, bringing all the center edges together. Hold in place for a few seconds, then top with a chipboard button or game piece from the Master Detective Decorative Chipboard.
Master Detective Tags & Pockets
This pocket provides another fun little hiding spot for tags and treats. Skeleton keys, skeleton hands, a spider webbed monocle and spider charm add even more mystery to the design.
The #G45Gentleman Challenge
So now it’s your turn to get out your scissors and glue and get your craft on. Join the #G45Gentleman Challenge!
Create a masculine project using Graphic 45 product.
Upload your project to the G45 Facebook page using #G45 Gentleman
BONUS! Use the new Master Detective Collection and your entry will count as two entries.
WIN a $150 prize pack. Graphic 45 will randomly select ONE entry as the winning project.
Stars and Stripes Forever Independence Day Decor with Authentique “Heroic”
Hello, Friends! It’s officially summer and that means the 4th of July is right around the corner. If you are hosting a cookout celebration, you might want to start thinking about a little Independence Day decor. With that in mind, I dipped into the gorgeous new “Heroic” collection from Authentique papers and put together some fancy fold cards that can double as home decor.
Red, White and blue Through and Through Step Out Card
The great thing about fancy fold cards is that they are a a natural for home decor. Because I wanted the option to use this card as home decor, I made the base to measure 7″ long x 5″ tall. (You can find the YouTube video tutorial for this card base HERE.)
Die cut stitched stars make me think of 4th of July fireworks and add a great sense of motion to this card. I’ve used 12×12 Details stickers from the Heroic Collection to add extra detail. The blue stars are cut from foil paper for a little extra shimmer.
Wouldn’t this make a great table centerpiece on your Independence day table?
The vintage patriotic gal on this large panel on the right is not just another pretty face.
If you untie the Navy Blue Stars Grosgrain ribbon, you’ll discover that it’s a gift card wallet. This would make a great host or hostess gift for July 4th cookouts or a great birthday present for those lucky 4th of July babies.
Stars and Stripes Center Step Card
This dynamic star studded step out card would also look great on a 4th of July table. I used a Cheery Lynn die to cut the card base from kraft cardstock, then decorated it with an assortment of 12×12 and 6×6 Heroic papers.
Red, white and blue Petaloo flowers anchor the left hand corner of the card along with a multi-layered patriotic star. Double mat the ticket stickers to give them more presence on the card.
And, the card folds flat for storage, or for mailing.
I love to celebrate the 4th with our family. We have a long standing tradition of enjoying a meal of chili dogs, potato salad, and coleslaw. The grand finale to the picnic is homemade brownies and ice cream. Honestly, is there anything more fun than watching the sky come alive at night with brilliant fireworks? I can hardly wait!
I hope I’ve shared some ideas, tips and tricks with you today that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Look Out World: Here Come the Graduates Vintage Style Card with Gift Card Pocket
Hello, Friends! It’s June, and all across the US, young men and women are donning caps and gowns, marching solemnly across the stage, turning their tassels, and grasping their diplomas. Look out World! With this momentous occasion in mind, Petaloo is spending the coming week celebrating Dads & Grads! I dug into one of my favorite retired Graphic 45 collections to create this colorful graduation card with a hidden gift card pocket.
I just love this sentiment from Graphic 45’s retired Come Away With Me Collection. This soft and feminine 6″ x 6″ top fold card gets loads of gorgeous texture, color and dimension from these Penny Lane Sea Green Mini Wild Roses.
My bow cluster is created with Peony Delicate Stitched Satin, burlap string and 2 of the larger Mini Wild Roses. These come 7 to a pack, so I had enough left over to add as embellishments on the ends of luggage tags.
I don’t know about you, but I just love this combination of dots, stripes and florals!
Look Out World Hidden Gift Card Pocket
Although this looks like any other ordinary top fold card, if you remove that teeny tiny brown binder clip on top of the focal image….
…you’ll find a hidden gift card pocket inside. How fun is that? Here’s how to make it:
First, mat the focal image on a piece of brown cardstock that measures 4.25″ tall x 8.5″ long.
Next, score the paper on the long side at 3 1/8″ then again at 6.25″. You will have a 2.25″ piece on the right hand side of the scored paper.
Now, crease on all the score lines and fold the paper strip so that the small piece is on the inside.
Then, line the inside of the panel with designer paper.
Now, glue a contrasting pattern to the small flap and punch a thumb hole with a circle punch.
Next, use 1/8″ Scor-Tape on the top and bottom edge of the short piece.
Remove the liner and press in place. There’s your pocket!
Add a Pocket & Tag to the left hand side.
Now glue the focal image to the front “cover.”
Then add the chipboard piece to the lower left hand corner.
Finally, place adhesive in the center of the gift card holder and glue onto the card.
A Peek Inside
Turn a postcard into a pocket by gluing just the sides and bottom edges to the card. Fill the pocket with 2 tags cut from the 12×12 collection. These are great for holding small photos of the graduate. Photos of the graduation ceremony would also fit nicely into this pocket.
You could also write words of wisdom onto the tags for a real personal touch.
The bottom half of the card is decorated with more pretty papers. Then I created a little folio, tied it with ribbon and added it to the card. This is a great spot to tuck in senior pictures or other special memories from the happy day.
A Fond Farewell
The other reason I chose a travel themed collection for this card is a little bit sad. This is my last post as a member of the Petaloo Design Team. As you know, Petaloo is now owned by Floracraft, and the parent company has decided to close down the Petaloo blog and disband the design team.
Life is a journey with lots of destinations along the way. A little more than 2 years ago, I literally danced for joy when Cheryl, the owner of Petaloo, asked me to guest design for a month. At the end of the month, she asked me if I would like to stay on as a permanent designer. Would I? You betcha!
It has been such an honor to design with gorgeous Petaloo flowers, stick pins, and trims for the past 2+ years. Cheryl has been a dream to work for: supportive, kind and generous. My Petaloo teammates have been a joy to work with and I’ve been blessed to forge some friendships that will endure even after this gig is over.
You will continue to be able to purchase Petaloo flowers in retail shops and online in stores such as Scrapbook.com, JoAnn’s, and A Cherry on Top. Thank you so much for being on the journey with me.
All good things must come to an end, and I exit with a heart that is filled with gratitude for the wonderful experience I’ve had designing for Petaloo. As the sentiment on the post card in my project says, “The Best is Yet to Be!”
Thanks so much for stopping by today. 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.
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.