Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio for RRR Blog Hop
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! Welcome to the July RRR Blog Hop! You should be coming here fully inspired from having visited Karen’s lovely blog. This month we’re showcasing the fabulous ribbons from the Perfectly Purple Ribbon Club Assortment. These ribbons are the perfect playmate for Graphic 45’s Midnight Masquerade Collection and they look amazing in this Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio.
This 4.25″ x 6 folio is made from a 6″ x 12″ strip of heavy white cardstock.
The side pocket holds a smaller tri fold photo wallet.
On With the Hop!
Now it’s time for you to hop on over and see what paper pretties Cherryhas in store for you. Then when you’ve visited and left comments on all the blogs in the hop, stop by the RRR BLOGand answer Bonnie’s question of the month so you can be entered into the drawing for a FREE Perfectly Purple Ribbon Club Assortment of your very own!
If you’re not already a member of the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club, now is the perfect time to sign up! You can find all the details and sign up HERE.
Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio for Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie Tammy Tutterow Designs Creative Team Friday
Hello, Friends! What an exciting day it is here on the blog! It’s time for another Friday Focus at the Frilly and Funkie Blog. And it’s also time for another Tammy Tutterow Designs Creative Team Friday. Oh, happy day! The Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie is all about Tammy Tutterow Stamps and Dies, so it all works out well. I have the sweetest Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio to share with you, so let’s get this party started!
This Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio has so many moving parts that I thought it would be wise to create a YouTube Video Tour to explain them all.
Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio
This is one of my “hybrid” card/mini album creations. It measures 5.5″ x 7.5″ with a 1/2″ spine so I can tuck in all sorts of goodies on the inside. I’ve used Graphic 45 Baby to Bride Deluxe Collector Edition papers and a huge pile of Tammy’s wonderful stamps and dies to make this project.
Welcome Wee One Stamp/Die Combo and Dear Ruby Background Stamp
I don’t think of myself as a great stamper/colorer. But Tammy’s designs are so easy to color that I find myself enjoying the process more and more all the time. I used her Dear Ruby background stamp on the pink gingham panel of this card. It adds the perfect touch of vintage texture to the background.
And how sweet is this this sentiment? First I stamped it directly onto my patterned paper. Then, once the ink had dried, I colored it in with Prismacolor pencils. The best part about this stamp set is that it comes with a matching die to cut the sentiment out. No fussy cutting! How great is that? The finishing touch was adding Glossy Accents to the words, the wee hearts and the peas in those darling pea pods.
Welcome Wee One Folio: Shortie Tabs as Banner Flags
This pretty little banner was a cinch to make with Tammy’s Shortie Tabs die. The die set contains 8 shortie tabs, and I love the various shapes. Here’s how I put this banner together:
Die cut the banner shapes from patterned paper. Shortie tabs are all double ended with a score line in the middle, which I find to be very handy.
Fold each Shortie Tab on the score line.
Ink the edges with Tea Dye Distress ink.
Cut a length of natural jute to match the width of your card. Tie a knot on either end.
Fold each Shortie Tab over the jute string. I used a little bit of 1/8″ Scor-Tape on the inside of each tab to hold it in place.
Glue the knotted ends of the jute to the card.
Welcome Wee One Folio: Shabby Posies and Pom Pom Posies Dies
I am so in love with Tammy’s flower dies! For the Wee One Folio I selected the two smallest petal layers from Shabby Posies and die cut a pile them from my patterned paper. But I’ve also die cut them from felt, burlap, crinoline, fabric and inked up cardstock. Here’s how I made the flowers:
Die cut from patterned paper.
Ink edges with Tea Dye Distress Ink.
Shape with a ball stylus on a foam mat.
Hot glue the layers together. Because I wanted these Shabby Posies to be more tightly closed, I used a double foam mat and really pressed down into the center. This draws the petals closer together.
Spritz with Tattered Angels Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist.
Randomly “draw” on the petals with Art Glitter Dries Clear Adhesive.
Sprinkle with Prills.
Die cut the leaves from Pom Pom Posies onto patterned paper.
Ink the edges.
Shape and glue beneath the flowers.
Welcome Wee One Folio: Paper Bag Pocket
Because I scored a 1/2″ spine into this 5.5″ x 7.5″ top fold card base, I can fill the inside up with lots of paper pretties!
I love to add pockets to my cards. To change things up a bit, I used Tammy’s Paper Bag Pocket Die to create a spot to tuck this Mini Tag Book. I love the boutique look of this pocket cut from the same designer paper.
Welcome Wee One Folio: The Mini Tag Book
If you follow my blog, then I know you are familiar with this darling little tag book because I use it all the time. It’s one of my favorite “Tammy Toys.”
Welcome Wee One Folio: Shortie Tags Die
Tags are another item that I love to include in my designs. I die cut this cute tag directly from the patterned paper, then dressed it up with some fancy borders and ribbon. Tammy’s Shortie Tags die comes with 6 pretty shaped edges that you can layer onto the bottom of the tag.
I had a strip of matting cardstock left on my desk, so I turned it into this simple tri-fold folio/gift card holder. It’s held shut with a darling little belly band. So cute!
Friday Focus: Tammy Tutterow Stamps and Dies at 15% Savings
Now, here’s the really good news. For the next two weeks, The Funkie Junkie Boutique is offering an additional 15% off all Tammy Tutterow Designs Stamps and Dies. Combined with the regular 20% discount TFJB offers on all items in the shop, this amounts to a 35% discount! If you’ve had any of Tammy’s paper pretties on your wish list, now is the time to snap them up. You can find the Friday Focus shopping page HERE.
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.
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.
Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet with Authentique “Dapper” Collection
Hello, Friends! It’s always hard to know what to get Dad for Father’s Day…or birthday…or Christmas for that matter! But today I have a project that I think every dad will absolutely love. I’ve created this Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet using Authentique’s “Dapper” collection. The images, patterns and colors are perfectly retro, wonderfully whimsical and fabulously fun.
See what I mean about these papers? They just capture that retro vibe so well! If your Dad loves puzzles, then he’ll love the design of this album. Although it only measures 4″ x 4″ x 1/2″, it opens up to 12″ wide x 15″ long. Filled with interactive elements like pockets, tags, fold outs and flip pages, the design meshes perfectly with the playful feel of these fun papers.
I created a belly band with ribbon and a large vintage button from my stash to decorate the top of the album. The button echoes the design of the LP album in the focal image, which makes me very happy indeed.
Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet Details
I used a Velcro closure instead of magnets as the paper is thick and I was afraid a magnet would not close.
Don’t you just love these images and the sassy captions?
Unfolding the gift wallet is an adventure all on its own.
Each of these decorative panels flips open to reveal photo mounts or hidden journaling spots.
And it just keeps on opening! I added pockets to the center panel so that gift cards, photos, tickets, chocolates or other small gifts can be inserted.
These tiny tags fill the pockets, and I just loved how easy it was to pull them together using the stickers from the Dapper collection.
This is what the gift wallet looks like when it’s fully opened. To help you get a real feel for the flow of this project, I created a very short YouTube video tour.
Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet Video on YouTube
Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet Supply List and Product Links
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.
Lilac Whisper Celebration Folio Tutorial: 2017/18 Kaisercraft Design Team Application
Hello, Friends! Today I get to share a secret that has had me bursting at the seams. A couple of weeks ago, I was notified by the lovely folks at Kaisercraft that I had made it past the first round auditions for the 2017/18 Kaisercraft Design Team. I came home from my beach vacation to find a gorgeous box of Kaisercraft paper pretties waiting for me. Imagine my delight when I found the shabbylicious Lilac Whisper Collection lovingly tucked inside.! My assignment? Create anything I like using the product provided and write a detailed blog post. And that’s what today’s post is all about. I’m halfway home, my friends! Grab a cuppa and a snack and let’s get this party started!
Soft as Springtime: Lilac Whisper Celebration Folio
Lilacs have a special place in my heart because they played a big role in my childhood. They always bloomed in time for Memorial Day. Some of the lilac bushes in my native Vermont grew to be as large as trees, and the branches fairly groaned with the fragrant purple blossoms and heart shaped green leaves. I used to gather them by the armful, dripping with dew to make bouquets for my mother when I was a girl. I tried to capture all those special memories in this LIlac Whisper Celebration Folio.
This box style folio measures 5.25″ wide x 7.25 inches tall. It has a 1″ spine, and a second 1/4″ spine. Birthdays are something we have a lot of during the summer months, so I went with a birthday celebration theme. My thought behind the design was to create a special box with a hidden birthday card that would also serve as a place to preserve photos and souvenirs from the event. I designed the folio especially for this paper collection, and I can wait to share it with you. Before I share the video tutorial and tour with you, I’d like to share a few detail photos.
Lilac Whisper Cover Details
To begin, I cut apart several images from the Well Wishes paper. Then I distressed the edges and inked them with Pumice Stone Distress Ink or Dusty Concord Distress paint. Next, I matted them onto Kaisercraft Weave Cardstock. The base layer is machine stitched onto cardstock. Then I painted a piece of Kaisercraft corrugated cardboard with Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender and Shaded Lilac Distress Paints. I tapped Kaisercraft paper flowers with these same paints to add a distressed, shabby chic feel to the design.
Next, I layered all the separate parts onto the album cover, using foam spacers to add depth and dimension to the design. Shaded Lilac Collectables and Mini Wood Flourishes add texture, visual interest and beauty to the cover. Finally, I added Kaisercraft flat back pearls, ribbon, and a burlap string bow to complete the design.
A Peek Inside
The folio opens just like a top fold card would. But inside, there are treasures galore!
First, I decorated the inside cover with designer paper, floral stickers and a sweet little pocket . To make the pocket, fussy cut the florals from the designer paper. Then, Ink the edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. Next, glue just the flat bottom edge to the base of the page. Now, you can tuck little paper pretties into the pocket.
Keeping it Together
After some careful thought, I decided that a belly band was the best option for holding this gatefold folio closed. After cutting a 2″ strip of designer paper, I distressed and inked the edges. Then I cut a slightly wider piece of Kaisercraft Lavendar Weaves Cardstock. Next, I glued the designer paper to the cardstock. Then I added the pretty floral sticker border, a matted Collectables and a lovely lilac butterfly to complete the belly band.
Open the Gates
Gatefold designs like this one add so much drama and excitement to a design. I always feel as though I’m watching the curtain rise on a stage production as each part unfolds to reveal even more beauty.
Flaps and Fold Out Features
Once the gatefold is open, you find this pretty little fold down flap. It makes me think of a drawbridge, for it folds down to reveal the hidden birthday card inside the folio.
Here’s a sweet little pocket filled with tags!
Paper scraps make great tags! Use a corner punch to round the bottom edge. Then use another corner punch to shape the top. Punch a 1/4″ hole, thread ribbon through it, and decorate with little bits and pieces of paper. Every scrap of this collection is beautiful, so you will want to use it all. And, there’s room in the pocket to add a gift card, movie tickets or small wrapped chocolate as an extra surprise.
At the Center of it All
At the very center of this Shaded Lilac Celebration Folio, you’ll find a secret pocket.
The pocket holds a beautiful birthday card…
…with a hidden tag pocket on the front. I used the Blossom Mini Designer Template to add texture paste to the upper right hand corner of the card.
Here’s a peek inside the card.
How to Make a Pocket
To create this pocket page, follow these easy steps.
First, cut a 5 x 7 rectangle from Mist Designer paper. Mat it on a slightly larger piece of Sage Weaves Cardstock.
Then, cut a 6″ wide x 3.5″ tall rectangle from Elephant Ears Weaves Cardstock. Score 1/2″ on the bottom and on both sides. Burnish to crease, then miter the corners with your scissors, as seen here.
Now, add a bit of adhesive where the corners meet.
Next, cut a 4 7/8″ wide x 3″ tall rectangle from Mist designer paper. Glue to the front of the pocket.
Then use a 1 3/8″ circle punch to add the thumb hole to the center of the pocket.
Next, glue the pocket to the base of the 5×7 panel. Then decorate the pocket with border stickers, a matted sentiment, painted Mini Wood Flourishes and a Mini Paper Rose.
Finally, center the entire panel and glue in place. Adding these pockets to a card, folio or album is such a quick process and it really amps up the fun factor. Everyone loves to pull something pretty from a pocket!
Lilac Whisper Celebration Folio Video Tutorial on YouTube
Would you like to make your very own Lilac Whisper Celebration Folio? This YouTube Video tutorial will guide you through the process of building the base. I also share lots of tips and tricks that will help you along in your own crafty adventures during the video tour of the folio. I hope you enjoy!
You’ll find a complete supply list with product links below. Thanks so much for joining me here today. And huge thanks to Kaisercraft for considering my application for the 2017/18 Kaisercraft Design Team. Wish me luck!
Just in time for Summer: Authentique Heroic Patriotic Folio and Video Tour
Hello, Friends! And Happy Memorial Day to all my US friends! This holiday weekend is the official kick off for summer here in the states. We enjoy parades, picnics and family fun. It’s also a day when we honor those who gave their lives in the service of our country. As a young girl, our family always visited the local cemetery to decorate the graves of those who served in the military. It’s a somber day, but also a day when we celebrate the freedom that was won for us with great sacrifice. So it’s the perfect day to share this Authentique Heroic Patriotic Folio and video tour with you.
To make this folio, I first created two 5″ x 7″ side fold card bases from kraft cardstock. Then I overlapped the cards to create a trifold base. Next, I scored the base at 4.5″, 5.5″ 10.5″ and 11.5″ to create a trifold folio with two 1″ spines. This gives you lots of room to add pockets, mini folios, and waterfall features.
Decorate the album with stickers, Petaloo flowers, die cut stars, ribbon and scrabble tiles. To add extra texture, machine stitch around the perimeter of each page.
A Peek Inside
Create a decorative belly band for photo mounts by wrapping them with a 1″ strip of patterned paper, gluing together on the back side. Then cut an image from a 3″ x 4″ journal card and glue to the front of the belly band.
A large center pocket holds two mini 3.25″ x 4.25″ fold out folios.
The small pocket on the inside can hold a gift card or other small memorabilia.
How to make a Waterfall Feature
A waterfall feature is a great way to mount loads of photos in a small space. Here’s how I made the waterfall feature for this Authentique Heroic Patriotic Folio:
Begin by cutting five 4″ x 5″ rectangles from patterned paper.
Then score 1/2″ from the left on the long side of each rectangle. This forms the flap for your waterfall feature.
Use a corner punch to shape the edges, if desired.
Crease the score lines.
Add glue or adhesive to the back side of the first rectangle and line up along the top edge of the panel. Glue in place.
Continue adding panels, lining each flap up so that it is flush with the previous rectangle. Do not overlap, just line up.
Add a decorative cover to the waterfall feature, if desired. I mounted mine on waste chipboard to add a little extra dimension.
In this photo you can see how each flap lines up.
And here is a side view.
This is a project that you can easily complete in an afternoon. To help you get an idea of the flow of the album, I prepared a short 5 minute video tour. Enjoy!
Authentique Heroic Patriotic Folio Video Tour on YouTube
Be sure to stop by the Authentique Blog today as we are doing a group share of projects made with this beautiful Heroic collection. I know you’ll be inspired!
I’d like to wish you all a very safe and healthy Memorial Day. And I’d also like to offer my heartfelt thanks to all the service men and women who keep our country free. You are appreciated more than words can say!
Thanks for stopping by!
Supply List & Product Links
Please note: I have provided product links when possible, but some items have been in my stash for a long time, and may no longer be available online. Feel free to substitute when necessary.