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Monochromatic Shadow Box for RRR Challenge 93

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Monochromatic Shadow Box for RRR Challenge 93

Hello, all you fabulous ribbon loving peeps!  Today marks the beginning of a new challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon!  I’ve prepared this monochromatic shadow box
for RRR Challenge 93, because it’s a monochromatic challenge!  Makes sense, right? 
Here’s the theme for this challenge:

Monochromatic Theme & Ribbon
  (pick one main color/color family and you can add a colored image) 

I wanted to create something other than a card for this challenge, so I broke out one of my hoarded Shadow Box Die Cuts from the amazing Vicki Chrisman.  She designed these dies for Accu-Cut, and you can links to a tutorial on how to assemble and use them HERE.  You can find links to the shadowbox dies she’s designed HERE.    If you wish to purchase only the shadow box kits, you can find them HERE.  And now, here is my monochromatic shadow box
for RRR Challenge 93:

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I love the dimensional and interactive elements of these shadow boxes.  I used lots of ribbon from RRR and those precious WOC two tone blue sweetheart blossoms too.  Here are the links to the ribbons I used in this project:

Amelia White Crochet Lace
Leaves and Berries on Blue Mist Satin
Sheer with Embossed Center Light Blue
Diamond Satin Capri Blue
Silver Metallic Baker’s Twine
Bright Hemp Cord Set (just the blue hemp, which was frayed)

Most of them came from the February Ribbon Club Assortment, so if you have that in your stash, you’re all set!

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I love how dimensional this is.  It stands on its own little feet, like a vintage armoire, and opens to reveal a dimensional tri-fold interior. I used shabby embossing powders to create the background, Tim Holtz’ new bird stamps along with Crafty Secrets Sing for Joy. Let’s look at some photos of the shadowbox as it opens up.  You can click on the photos to see more details.

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You can see little metal bits that I altered to match, and the frayed hemp cord is attached to a wee pocket tag. And of course, I had to add feathers!

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The paper is all from Tim’s Shabby Chic stack.

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And I had to build a box to hold the shadowbox because it was so dimensional.  More gorgeious ribbon and stamping on the front of the box.

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Shadowbox and gift box side by side.

OK…now it’s your turn!  Dig through your stash and put together a monochromatic card, layout, altered art piece, off the page piece or ribbon themed project then link it up at
RRR Challenge 93 before midnight on April 30th. I’ll be stopping by to take a peek at your creative efforts, and I’ll leave you some bloggy love.  I’d love to hear your comments on my monochromatic shadow box….because your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!

Cheerio,

kathy

A Wedding Card for Danielle and Kevin

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Good Morning, Friends!  Today I have a very special card to share with you.  Two weekends ago, Dale and I traveled to Atlanta, GA to witness the wedding of our best friends’ youngest daughter.  We’ve been friends with Patrick and Dianne for 34 years.  Dianne was the very first real girlfriend I had in my adult life. We had babies together, potty trained together, commiserated together during the teen years and shared some tears, too.  But mostly, we’ve had a lot of fun!  So what do you do when your best friends’ youngest daughter gets married?  You make a special card….a wedding card for Danielle and Kevin!

Danielles wedding card 01  Danielle is an artist “for real” and her work is gorgeous. So I was a bit intimidated at the thought of making a card for her.  But when I received the wedding invitation, I was inspired by the elegant black and white design and the gorgeous belly band.  I knew I would use that belly band somehow on the card.  As you can see, it ended up on the handmade gift box.

Danielles wedding card 02  All those roses are handmade….and yes, it took a long time.  But I think the final result was worth it.  Don’t you?  Danielle does a lot of intricate calligraphy and her sketches with pen and ink made me think of this black and white paper.  I decided to make a 6″x6″ square card with a matching gift box.  The paper is Bo Bunny’s “Enchanted” .  It’s an older line, but I love the detailed black and white graphics.

Danielles wedding card 04  Here’s the card inside the box.  I made even more roses to adorn the front of the card, added tags, sentiments and extra art pieces from the collection.

Danielles wedding card 06 I used my craft knife to carefully evacuate the circle from the card panel.  I layered the resulting “frame” onto my card base using foam tape. Then I mounted the black circle onto a piece of corrugated cardboard and secured it with foam tape. The label was also popped up on foam tape because I wanted a lot of dimension.  The edges were heavily distressed and inked.  The ribbon was run through the circle opening before being tied into a bow.  I spritzed all the roses with Tattered Angels Black Magic Mist. 

Danielles wedding card 10 The interior continues the black and white theme.  I fussy cut the label from the collection and wrote the sentiment by hand.  There’s also a personal note to the bride and groom.    I used Diamond Stickles to accent several elements on the box front and also a little inside the card to finish things off.

I hand delivered the gift to Danielle the night before the wedding, and she loved the fact that I used her belly band on the box lid.  She can store little keepsakes from her wedding weekend and honeymoon in the box.  I have to say, the wedding was just filled with beauty everywhere.  Dianne worked for a whole year to make the event memorable, elegant and extremely lovely.  It was a sweet wedding, and I found myself getting a little teary-eyed as this very special bride made her way down the aisle.  Ah, love……it gets me every time!

Danielles wedding card 08  And that’s it for me today, friends!  Thanks for taking time to stop by the blog.  I love sharing my creations with you, and I love hearing your comments.  They make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time…

Cheerio,

kathy

A quick PS….I just learned that I have been selected to continue on the Heartfelt Creations Design team for another 6 month term!  I am ecstatic!  Thank you so much for your support…I can’t wait to share new ideas and creations with you all.

Strawberry Slush and Daffodil Delight Mojo

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Good Tuesday morning, friends!  I’m slipping in for a quick post today to share my take on this week’s Mojo Monday and Dynamic Duos challenges.  I fell in love with both the sketch and the color challenge this week, but didn’t have time to play in both, so I combined them into a Strawberry Slush and Daffodil Delight Mojo card.

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I would never think of putting these two colors together, and that is what makes a color challenge so much fun.  When I combined my Strawberry Slush and Daffodil Delight I fell in love! 

007 (2) The Mojo sketch was a challenge for me this week, though.  It’s a beautiful sketch, but for some reason, I just couldn’t get my head around it…until I turned it on its side, and suddenly I knew just what to do.    I added a simple white embossed background, matted each panel, stitched around them and it all came together with no more fuss.

006 (2)  I cut a shaped edge on the bottom because I wanted that Daffodil Delight to peek out from the inside of the card.  This is a really old piece of Stampin’ Up paper that I found in my stash, but it was the right color, so I was happy, happy!  I added a piece of acetate I had in my stash as well.  The butterflies are made with a Martha Stewart punch that I have in my stash.  I found some Prima posies, and a nice piece of silk ribbon that was just the right shade.  Lucky day!

008 (2)  This card has lots and lots of layers and dimension….

010 (2)….so I knew a standard envelope would never handle the height of the flower, and you probably know what I did to solve that problem…

001 (2)  Yep….I created a custom box.  If you missed yesterday’s post, I have a detailed tutorial on how to make these fun containers for the more dimensional card. 

My Strawberry Slush and Daffodil Delight Mojo card fits perfectly into its matching box!

My Strawberry Slush and Daffodil Delight Mojo card fits perfectly into its matching box!

I kept the inside of the card very simple, mainly because it was time for me to get busy in the kitchen and fix dinner for Dale!  LOL  (Remind me to share my zucchini casserole recipe with you sometime…it is the yummiest summer supper ever…but I digress…)

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And that’s it for me today, folks!  I hope you enjoyed this cheery little Strawberry Slush and Daffodil Delight Mojo card adventure with me.  Do you ever use these colors together?  Do you like the color combination?  Please let me know what you think.  And if you have any questions, feel free to ask.  Thanks for taking the time to stop by the blog today, and thanks for all your kind comments…they make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time…

Cheerio,

kathy

Products used in this creation:  Stampin’ Up Designer Papers from the In Color 2013-2015 paper pad; Stampin Up Cardstock in Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight and Crumb Cake; Stampin’ Up Ink in Strawberry Slush and Basic Black; Versamark Ink Pad; Clear Embossing powder, white superfine embossing powder, Stampin Up Stamps: Bliss, Elementary Elegance; ribbon and rhinestones from my stash; Prima flowers and gems.

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party (Custom Box and Fun Fold CardTutorials)

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party

Good Monday morning, and welcome to the  Crafty Secrets August Linky Party!  Each month, Crafty Secrets issues a challenge to the design team to use new materials in a fresh, fun way and to share that information with you in the form of a tutorial.  Then, we invite you to play along with us by linking your Crafty Secrets creation to the Heartwarming Vintage blog.  Just click on the link above, use the Linky tool to upload a photo of your project along with a link to your blog or online gallery and one lucky participant will be randomly chosen to win a $50.00 gift certificate to the Crafty Secrets online shop!  That prize will go a long way, because the shop is loaded with sale items and wonderful bargains on digital downloads.  So it’s definitely worth playing along, don’t you think? So, let the Crafty Secrets August Linky Party begin!

Beach Time Custom Box and Fun Card Fold Tutorial

I had promised some of my followers a tutorial on how to make your own custom card box, so that is the direction I went in for this design team challenge.  My regular followers know how much I love the beach, so I chose the newly released Bathing Beauties digital art stamp set to make my fun fold card and custom box tutorial.  I have always loved the sassy  bathing beauties in this wonderful set of 24 vintage images, and I hope you will, too. 

This is a photo laden post, so you might want to go get yourself a nice cuppa or a tall glass of something cool to drink before we start.  Ready?  Ok…let’s get this show on the road.

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 22  Here’s a look at the finished card and custom box.  To make this project, or one like it, you will need the following supplies: Radiant Digital Paper Collection, Bathing Beauties Digital Stamps from Crafty Secrets, Bathing Beauties Clear Arts Stamp Set (optional…but it is on sale, and there are only 3 sets left!) Travel Creative Scraps (also on sale!), a 5×7 kraft card base, a scoring tool, 2 sheets of heavy cardstock (one kraft, one the color of your choice) script stamps, coloring medium, beach embellishments of your choice, white glue, glossy accents, Versamark ink pad and brown and blue ink pads, foam tape, and ribbon. 

Fun Fold Card Tutorial

I think you are really going to love this  design.  It’s a mix between a mini album and a card and while it looks impressive, it’s really very easy to make.  Let’s begin by taking  a good look at the finished product, then I’ll show you how to make your own.

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Here’s the card front.  It looks like a standard cutaway card front….until you open it!

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 16 It opens out like a little booklet or mini album.

Each fold in the card can hold another die cut page…how fun is that?

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 13  Here’s another photo to give you a better idea of what the card looks like when fully opened:

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I began by printing out six 5×7″ papers from the Radiant Paper Collection onto plain white cardstock.  I used my Spellbinder Mega Nestabilities Curved Rectangles to cut 5 of the largest die shapes for the card.  I used the white crackle finish paper to line the folded bits, and the die cut labels became the “pages” of the card.  I also saved one of the evacuated die cuts to use as a frame on the last page of the card.  You are simply gluing these rectangles back to back over the folds so that they match up and this creates pages that you can flip through.  Here are the diagrams for the card fold:

Begin with a 5x7 kraft card base.  Open it flat on your scoring tool.  Score every 1 5/8" until you reach the center of the card.

Begin with a 5×7 kraft card base. Open it flat on your scoring tool. Score every 1 5/8″ until you reach the center of the card.

Fold the first score line into a mountain fold, the second score line into a valley fold,, the third score line into a mountain fold and the final fold into a valley fold.

Fold the first score line into a mountain fold, the second score line into a valley fold,,and the third score line into a mountain fold .

This is what your card will look like from the top

This is what your card will look like from the top

and this is what it will look like from the side

and this is what it will look like from the side

Next, I copied and pasted the bathing beauty images I wanted to use into Microsoft Word. I sized them where I wanted them, then printed them out.  I used smooth white cardstock that works well with alcohol markers, because that is how I wanted to color them.  Once the images were colored, I treated them with Glossy Accents and Stickles and set them aside to dry.  I fussy cut them from the paper, and used foam tape to secure them to the “pages” in my card. Once I had all my pages decorated, I carefully glued them onto the folds, making sure that the edges of each die cut piece lined up with its partner.  This way, you can’t tell from the outside that there are so many fun surprises inside the card.  I finished the card off with a bow and a posy.

One of the fun inside images on the card...I added Stickles to make the surf look sparkly.

One of the fun inside images on the card…I added Stickles to make the surf look sparkly.

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 14...and here’s the flip side of that page, so you can see how the die cuts are lined up. 

Custom Box Tutorial

Often, when you make a really dimensional card like this, it won’t fit into a standard envelope.  That is when you need to make your own custom card box.  It is such a simple process, but it makes for a great presentation, and provides a keepsake box that serves as a gift all on its own.

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 17  Here are the directions to make your own custom box:

Select two very heavy weight pieces of card stock.  I generally  use a piece of kraft cardstock for the base of the box, and then a coordinating piece of color cardstock for the lid.  For this card, I wanted the depth of the box to be about 1 inch deep.  The basic formula I use to determine what size I should cut my paper is as follows.

Measure your card’s width and height.  I added 2 1/2 inches to each of these measurements because I wanted a box that was 1″ deep and I also wanted there to be enough space around the edges of the box that my card would fit.  I cut both pieces of my cardstock to

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Next, I scored the base of the box:

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 02 Then  folded all four score lines with a bone folder.  You will see a small square in each corner of your folded cardstock.  You will cut as follows:

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 03 Cut from the base to the fold line, then from the center of each tab to the score line.  This becomes the flap that you will glue, fold and insert inside each corner of the box.

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 04 Use a strong white glue on each triangular piece, then fold under the adjacent box side.  Secure with clothespins or metal clips for about 5 minutes to give the glue a chance to set up.

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While the box base is drying, you will create the lid.  Start by scoring the lid at 7/8″ on all sides.

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 06  Use a bone folder to crease each side, and cut the corner tabs as before, but do not glue the lid together until after you have decorated it.  This will make your life sooooooo much easier!

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 07 Once you have decorate your lid, follow the same steps to glue each corner.

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 20I stamped on my box using images from the original Clear art stamps and a script stamp and postmark stamp from Artsy Banners.(This collection is only available in digital format now. I used the original clear art stamps.)  Then I cut images from the Travel Creative Scraps, treated them with Versamark and UTEE and gave them that wonderful vintage cracked glass look.  ( You can find a tutorial on how to do this technique here.)I layered on some fun brads, seashells, a bright tropical flower and my box was complete.

Line your box with tissue paper, if desired, add the card and a bow, and your gift is ready for giving!

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Let the linking begin!

So what will you make for your entry in the Crafty Secrets August Linky Party?  You could make your own version of this custom box and fun fold card, or something entirely different.  Be sure to check out the other designers’ projects, as they will be sharing wonderful tutorials and crafty inspiration on each of their blogs.  And be sure to link up before August 12th, so that you can have a chance to win that $50.00 gift certificate!

That’s it for me today, folks!  Thanks for hanging with me through this looooong post.  I hope you were inspired!  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding these instructions.  (I find it’s a lot harder to tell someone how to make something than it is to make it myself. )  And thanks for all your kind comments.  I read and respond to each and every one because they make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

PS…I’m also linking this project up to the Frilly and Funkie By the Seaside Challenge: http://frillyandfunkie.blogspot.com/2013/08/by-seaside.html

 

 

 

 

Summer Flowers Note Cards and Gift Box Ensemble (Crafty Secrets)

Good Monday morning, friends!  I hope you all had a good weekend with time for relaxing, time for creating and time with the people you love.  It was so hot and humid here in NC that I spent a good bit of the weekend working in my studio.  I was having fun playing with some of my new digital images from Crafty Secrets.   I fell in love with the Digital Flower Printables and decided to create a summer flowers note cards and gift box ensemble.  I also used the digital download for the Embossed Gold Papers.

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Aging a Digital Image

The flower printables are already wonderfully vintage, but to give them even more of an aged appearance, I printed them out on a natural manila cardstock from Stampin’ Up.  This instantly lent an “old paper” look to the images.  To enhance that even further, I decided to use a cracked glass embossing technique. 

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If you look closely at my finished images, you will see fine cracks all through the image.  It’s a fun technique, and not at all difficult to do.  If you want to try this, you will need to have a heat gun, some Ultra Thick Clear Embossing  Powder (UTEE), an embossing ink pad (I used Versamark) and some Black Soot Distress Ink.  Here are the simple steps:

1. Fussy cut around the frame of your printed image

2.  Apply Versamark liberally all over the image.

3. Sprinkle the image with mica chips

4. Cover the entire image with UTEE

5. Carefully heat emboss the image from the underside.  (If you try to emboss from the top side, the UTEE will fly off all over the place and make a big mess.)  Keep the nozzle of your heat gun about 3 inches from the underside of the paper, and keep the nozzle moving or you will burn your paper.  As the UTEE melts, move to the next section of the image.  I generally hold my image with a pair of tweezers so I don’t burn my fingers.

6. Once the UTEE is completely melted, set the image aside to cool. (If you are impatient, you can stick it in the freezer for 10 minutes.) When it is completely cool, gently bend it and the embossing will crack in fine lines, like crazing in pottery.  This is the effect you are looking for. 

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7.  Once your image is cracked to your liking, rub Black Soot Distress Ink all over the face of the image.  The ink will sink into the cracks, enhancing the look of cracked glass and aging the image.  Wipe the ink off with a baby wipe or a slightly damp paper towel.  Do not use permanent ink or solvent based ink for this, or it will ruin the image.

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I kept the rest of the card very simple, as I wanted that focal image to really shine.  I simply backed it with a rectangle of the embossed gold paper that I’d downloaded.  (You can choose to print it at   3 1/2″x 4 1/2″ if you would like.) Lightly distress the edges of the embossed gold paper, inking the edges very lightly with black soot DI.   Use foam tape or dimensionals to adhere the image to the gold panel. 

Crafty Secrets Summer Flowers Note Cards and Gift Box Ensemble 10 I simply cannot get over how dimensional that embossed gold paper is, and that it comes out of the printer looking like this.  It’s amazing! The white paper was embossed using my die cut machine and an embossing folder….but you cannot tell the difference between it and the paper I printed from the Crafty Secrets digital download.

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Cut a 4 3/4″x 6 1/2″ panel of plain white card stock and emboss with your choice of embossing folder.  I used the debossed side of my paper and inked it lightly with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I used a decorative punch to shape the corners.  Run ribbon or lace along the bottom edge, wrap this panel with some twine, add a button and bow and you are nearly finished.  I glued this panel to a 5″x7″ green card base. (I used Stampin’ Up Pistachio cardstock for the base of this card.) A few rhinestones were scattered and then I simply dry brushed white acrylic paint along the outer edges of the card to soften them. 

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I built the box following the same steps used in making the note card.  If you’d like me to share a tutorial with you on how to build a gift box from cardstock, please let me know and I’ll be glad to do so.  I don’t want this post to get too long, so maybe we can make the gift box next week?   What do you think?

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And, of course, I lined the envelopes:

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Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you learned something new or were inspired to try your hand at aging an image.  I love making new things look old, and with gorgeous vintage images from Crafty Secrets, a few simple techniques and a little time you can do it, too!  If you have any questions about anything in today’s post, please don’t hesitate to ask; I’m always happy to help. And thanks for all your kind comments…they make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!   Until next time….

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

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