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Graphic 45 Seasons Autumn Rhapsody Card Folio

Graphic 45 Seasons Autumn Rhapsody Card Folio

Hello Friends!  Fall has finally arrived here in North Carolina, so I thought I would share this lovely Graphic 45 Seasons Autumn Rhapsody Card Folio with you today.  This came in as a special order in my Etsy shop, and I had such fun putting all these lovely fall elements together.

The layers in this card remind me of walking in the woods on a clear blue October day.  Leaves rustle under my feet, cheeky squirrels hop from branch to branch, songbirds and butterflies flit about gathering the last bit of warmth and sunshine before winter arrives.  And all around me the glorious colors of fall fill my heart to bursting.  I sure would love to go for a walk in the woods behind my childhood home in Vermont one more time!  Wonderful memories of times spent traipsing those trails filled my mind as I worked on this card.

TIP: Fussy cut elements from the signature page.  Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress ink.  Then layer the elements in with the patterned paper background to create a scene.  Add dimensionals to the back of fussy cuts to add depth.

TIP: Mix fussy cut flowers with handmade flowers .  These Heartfelt Creations Sunflowers have been inked and sprayed with Glimmer Mist.  Fill the centers with glass beads to add a touch of dazzle and shine.

Autumn Rhapsody Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Create a quick and easy pocket by cutting your liner paper 2″ longer than the base of your card.  Add a couple of gussets to the sides, fold and adhere.  Then line the pocket with a border image.

A sweet little tea wallet holds a mini acorn spoon, honey stick and Pumpkin Spice Tea Bag.  You could also tuck a little note inside to add a personal touch.

I hope I shared some tips and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures.  No supply list on this project, as the papers have been retired.  But you could easily substitute Authentique Gracious or other fall collections.

I love fall most of all!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

Rare Oddities Curio Cabinet Halloween Card

Graphic 45 Rare Oddities Curio Cabinet Halloween Card

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Rare Oddities Curio Cabinet Halloween Card is a “scrap your stash” project.  It’s always fun to use old favorites in new ways.  And I  bet I am not the only one who has a few sheets of this gorgeous collection lying around gathering dust.  Time to sharpen the scissors and get our Halloween on with the ghosts of Halloween past!

TIP: If you don’t have Rare Oddities in the house, you could substitute the cabinet images from Olde Curiosity Shoppe DCE.

The base of this card is a 6″ x 6″ easel, so it’s pretty simple to make.  Fussy cut the elements from the signature page, and then pop them up with dimensionals for added punch.  The center panel in my Curio Cabinet is popped up on two layers of waste chipboard to add even more dimension to the card.  When finished, I covered the individual panes with Glossy Accents to give them the appearance of glass.  Add in a little chipboard action, ribbon, flowers and a pressed penny from my stash, and the card front is finished.

Rare Oddities Curio Cabinet Halloween Card: A Peek Inside

Have you ever added a pocket to an easel card?  It’s really easy to do, and lends a surprise element, which is always fun.

To make this pocket, I simply cut my designer paper 2″ longer than the height of the card base.  Since this is a 6″ x 6″ card, that means I cut my paper to measure 5 7/8″ x 7 7/8″.  Next, score the paper at 5 7/8″, add gussets to the pockets, if desired, fold and adhere to the card base.  Quick and easy pocket!  As a bonus, the pocket serves as the stopper for the easel mechanism.

Use your scraps to create a little cutaway folio to tuck into that pocket, and you’ve got yourself a frightfully fabulous Halloween card!

TIP: To see other Rare oddities projects, click HERE.

I hope I’ve inspired you to dust off some of your older Halloween collections and make something boo-tiful today.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Here are the supplies I used to make this Rare Oddities Curio Cabinet Halloween Card:

Spooktacular Rare Oddities Shaker Easel Card

Spooktacular Rare Oddities Easel Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  How about a Spooktacular Rare Oddities Easel Card just for the fun of it?  It’s purple-icious, frightfully fabulous and fun to make!  You’ll have to dig into your crafty stash of G45 retired papers to make this one,.  Or, just follow these easy steps and substitute your favorite Halloween papers.

  • Begin by creating a black 6″ x 6″ card base. Score the card front at 3″ and fold to form the easel mechanism.
  • Next, cut a 2nd 6″ x 6″ panel of purple cardstock.  Add a 5 7/8″ panel of rusty orange cardstock on top.
  • Now cut a 5 3/4″ panel of Graphic 45 Rare Oddities and adhere on top.
  • Then, cut a 5 3/4″ x 4″ panel of the 8×8 border page.  Adhere a thin strip of the plaid pattern on the top and bottom.
  • Now, stitch all these layers together on your sewing machine.  (optional…but looks so cool!)

TIP: When planning to stitch layers together on a sewing machine, don’t place adhesive around the edges.  Just add a small spot of adhesive in the center of each layer to keep it in place.  This way, you won’t gunk up your sewing machine, but the layers will stay straight as you sew.

Spooktacular Rare Oddities Easel Shaker Card: Making the Shaker Element

  • Begin by die cutting the Amazing Paper Grace Brilliante Rondelle Die from purple foil AC cardstock.  Use just the 2 largest dies.
  • Next, place  the largest Spellbinder’s Standard Small Circle Die in the center of the Brilliante Rondelle die to cut out the center aperture.  Doing this leaves you enough of a margin to place foam strips on the back.  Otherwise, the foam strips will show, and we don’t want that!
  • Then die cut clear cardstock using just the largest Brilliante Rondelle Die.
  • Now adhere the clear cardstock to the back side of the purple foil die cut. Use Dries Clear Adhesive to keep things neat and tidy.
  • Place a double or triple layer of Darice foam strips on the back of the shaker window.
  • Next, cut the “You Bewitch Me” sentiment from the 8×8 paper pad.  Back with thin dimensionals and adhere in the center of the card.
  • Now place your sequins in the center of the card, then carefully set the shaker box over the top.

Spooktacular Rare Oddities Easel Shaker Card: More Tips!

TIP: For a frightfully fabulous finishing touch, adhere vintage tinsel trim round the sides of the shaker box.  It looks ghoulishly grand!

TIP:  Adhere the card front as the very last step in the process.  Remember, only place adhesive on the bottom half of the easel card, below the 3″ score line!

Finish the card with ribbon, chipboard, die cut butterflies and charms!

 Sweet Treats Inside

Use your scraps to create a pocket and a little 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ gift card/treat wallet.

Tuck in a small journal card where you can write your Ghostly Greetings and a tasty chocolate treat.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio!

kathy

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*Please note…some items from my stash are retired.  You can substitute items from your stash in their place.  

Magic of Oz Sentimental Scarecrow Folio

Graphic 45 Magic of Oz Sentimental Scarecrow Folio for Butterbee Scraps

Hello, Friends!   We’re kicking the month of October off with this Magic of Oz Sentimental Scarecrow Folio, and it’s a very fun way to get things started! Butterbee Scraps has the cutest Wizard of Oz charm collection, and it goes perfectly with Graphic 45’s Magic of Oz collection.  Don’t those ruby slippers make you want to click your heels together and chant, “There’s no place like home…there’s no place like home?”

  The Scarecrow was always my favorite Oz character, so I made him the star of this 5″ x 7″ folio.  Even though the album is small in size, it is loaded with interactive features, and very fun to flip through.

TIP:  Paint silver tone charms with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint for a quick makeover.  Just tap it on with your finger.  I also used it on the roses and on the edges of the chipboard charm.

TIP: Chalk paint is wonderful for painting metal objects.  There is no need to prime with Gesso, so it’s a one-step process.  Paint the G45 Drawer Pull with black chalk paint.  Then come back and tap the raised areas with gold to create a wonderfully aged finish.

Sentimental Scarecrow Folio: Fun at Every Turn

TIP: Create this folio base by joining two 7″ x 11″ panels of heavy black cardstock.  To do this, adhere 1/2″ Scor-Tape along the short edge of one sheet.  Then peel off the liner tape and align the 2nd panel over the tape.

TIP: To create the base for this folio, score the long side at 3″ 3 1/2″ 8 1/2″, 9″, 13″.  Trim the piece on the right to measure 2″ wide.  This will fold and become the right hand pocket.

TIP: The Magic of Oz is a fussy cutter’s dream come true!   Cut Dorothy and Toto out from the large 6″ x 6″ card front.  Then trim out the compass rose.  Adhere just the bottom and right hand edge to form a pocket for Dorothy to live in.

Die cut patterned paper using the G45 ATC Tags die.  Line the tags, add fussy cut cards from the collection and tuck into the shallow side pocket.

The center pocket is a surprise flap page with a hidden pocket beneath it.  The left hand panel is a 5″ x 5″  accordion pull out page.  As you can see, I’ve decorated all the panels with fussy cut images of our Sentimental Scarecrow.  I just love him!

The hidden pocket has (3) 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ photo mounts tucked inside.  You’ll see all the details in this short project share video.

Sentimental Scarecrow Folio Project Share Video

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You will find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Bewitching Halloween Card Folio

Bewitching Halloween Card Folio with Gecko Galz Free Image of the Month

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  Quick question…can a Halloween card be beautiful?  Because I think this Bewitching Halloween Card Folio might just be the prettiest Halloween card I’ve ever made.

This was a custom order for one of my sweet Etsy customers.  The image is Gecko Galz free digital image for September, and I think it is gorgeous.  Paired up with Graphic 45 “An Eerie Tale” papers, Amazing Paper Grace die cut layers, Little Birdie Flowers and RRR Elderberry Seam Binding Ribbon, it has put a spell on me!

TIP:  Die cut a second layer of gold metallic paper, then adhere behind the patterned paper die cut so that it is slightly off set.  This creates instant depth and dimension, and really makes things pop!

TIP:  Shop estate sale jewelry for interesting pieces.  The “frame” for the owl in the left hand corner was a mismatched earring that I picked up for a song.  I adhered the owl chipboard behind the piece, securing it with a bit of chipboard backer.  Then I added Prills around the edge to add extra interest.

Bewitching Halloween Card Folio:  A Peek Inside

An Eerie Tale is the most beautiful Halloween collection of all time, in my opinion.  Just look at those gorgeous roses against that black background!

Tuck a  4″ x 6″ pocket folio into the shallow pocket on the card.

Then tuck some spooktacular Halloween treats into the pocket.  There’s room to write your ghostly greeting on the ephemera card.

Here’s the image, in case you want to play along in this spooktacular image challenge:

I’m entering this card in the Gecko Galz September Image Challenge.  Every month GG provides a free digital image for you to use in the challenge.  To receive it, sign up for the Gecko Galz monthly newsletter HERE.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your own Halloween crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list below the signature of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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