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Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio

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.

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

This 4.25″ x 6 folio is made from a 6″ x 12″ strip of heavy white cardstock.

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

First I covered the folio with designer papers.  Then I needed to create a closure mechanism. Ribbon almost always provides the solution here!  It adds extra color, texture, and pattern to any project.  I applied 3 strips of 1/2″ Scor-tape around the front, spine and back of the folio. Then I created a belly band.   I placed a layer of Mixed Purple Bold Chevron Striped Grosgrain Ribbon on top, and a layer of Mixed Purple Bold Diagonal Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon on the bottom.   Delphinium Diamond Satin Ribbon fills the center and extends out from the edges to form a bow closure.

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Next I layered fussy cut images from Midnight Masquerade up with a garden full of pretty purple posies.

 

 

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

I added a fold out flap on the right hand side of the album,

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

The border strip on the center panel holds this pretty tag folio to hold photos.  I’ve topped it with more of the Delphinium Diamond Satin Ribbon and a snippet of Mixed Purple Triangle Print Grosgrain Ribbon.

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

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 Cherry has in store for you. Then when you’ve visited and left comments on all the blogs in the hop, stop by the RRR BLOG and 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.

Thanks so much for hopping by!

Graphic 45 Staples Tags Are the Bees Knees Tag Card with Times Nouveau DCE

Hello, G45’ers!  If you love tags, you are going to love today’s post.  I’ve pulled out one my Times Nouveau DCE,  some Staples Tags, Distress Oxide Inks and lot of other paper playthings to make this fabulous The Bees Knees Tag Card.

I’m a huge fan of G45 Staples Tags!  They come in many styles and sizes, which means you can use them in a near endless variety of ways.  The beautiful shaped edge and vintage metal grommet makes them the perfect layering element on a card or layout.  You can string alpha tags together to  make a pretty banner that spells out a special greeting.  Tie a decorated tag onto gift packaging to take it to the next level.  Tuck a decorated tag into a card to be used as a bookmark, and you’ve just turned a card into a gift. Set them on a small easel and use them for home decor.  I’ve even used Staples Tags as pages in my mini albums.

These are thick, heavy tags ,made from high quality paper, which means you can layer them up with mixed media materials and use them as a mini canvas.  Add Distress Inks or paints to these tags to add that trendy watercolor element to your creation. There seems to be no end to the number of creative ways that you can put these workhorses to use during your crafty adventure time.

From Tag to Card: Let the Adventure Begin!

I’ve made a lot of tags along the way, but this time around, I wanted to try something totally different.  So I challenged myself to make a card using Staples Tags as the base.  I spent a delightful morning in my studio with a stack of Staples Ivory tags in various sizes and the ever fresh Times Nouveau Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  Distress Oxide Inks joined the party, making things even more lively.  I even found a way to work a hidden tag pocket into the design.

The Bees Knees Tag Card: Creating the spine

You can turn a tag into a uniquely shaped card by creating a hinged spine to join two tags of the same size together.  For these long tags, I cut my hinge to measure 7” tall x  2 ¼”  wide.  Score this strip of paper on the short side at 1” and again at 1 ¼” .  Before you add the designer papers to the insides of your tags, glue the 1” strip on each side of the scored lines between the two tags, leaving a ¼” spine.

The Bees Knees Tag Card: Pockets, Tags and Folios

Tags and pockets just go together.  I turned this fabulous image into a side pocket for these two little folios.  Photos, journaling or gift cards can be tucked inside.  I love the little banner/paper clip embellishment made with scraps.  When paper is this fabulous, you want to use every little bit!

Try using Mixed Media supplies on your tags to add an extra level of interest.  I used Distress Oxide inks to dress up the text area on both “Cheers” and “Celebrate” tags.  With ink or paints, you can add that trendy watercolor element to your creation and color match your papers every time.

If an image (like the Bee’s Knees Postcard on this tag)  is too wide for your tag base, here is a simple solution.  Measure the width of your surface, then score and fold the image.  Add a decorative image to the flap, and you’ve just turned a dilemma into an interactive element. 

It’s the perfect spot to tuck in a hidden tag pocket and treat!

Chipboard Tags Come Along for the Ride

You can use the chipboard elements that come with the Deluxe Collector’s Edition to make fantastic embellishments for your card.  I glued the tags back to back, then hitched them to a Tim Holtz Swivel Clasp.

The tags are reversible, and I love the motion they add to the design.

Other Tips and Tricks
  1. I always decorate the insides of my cards first, and I followed that same process with this unique tag card.  This keeps the front cover of the card from being crushed or soiled as you work on the inside.
  2. Use Staples Metal packaging for the back piece of your tag card.  The heavy chipboard base will allow your tag card to stand up without buckling under the weight of all the card layers.  Sand the surface lightly so that papers will adhere and then go to town creating your next masterpiece.
  3. I like to back laser cut tags with black cardstock to make the stylish font pop off the page.

Are you inspired to break out your pretty G45 papers, Staples Tags, scissors and glue?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio

This is my 2nd post of the day.  To find my project for Frilly & Funkie, please scroll down.
Goin’ Junkin” with Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio

Hello, G45’ers! Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Deluxe Collector Edition captures all the fun and adventure of a dusty old vintage shop.  I worked these gorgeous papers and eclectic images up into an interactive folio album loaded with flaps, envelopes, fold outs, folios, tags, pockets and FUN!

I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than going junkin’. That’s what I call time spent venturing into thrift stores, flea markets and vintage shops in search of vintage treasures and “junk” that is just waiting to be given a new life in my crafting studio.  You never know what kind of goodies you might find: old lace, tattered ledgers, dusty bottles, tarnished spoons, ugly home decor with good bones, estate jewelry.  These items have a tendency to jump into my shopping basket when I’m not looking.  (That’s my story, and I’m sticking with it!)  

 

Goin Junkin Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Make it Easy on Yourself: Using Staples Tags in a Folio Format

Goin Junkin Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

Make it easy on yourself! Use Kraft Staples Tags as a base as you layer your papers.  The beautiful shaped edge and metal grommet add great design features.  I used two on my cover. One is right side up and one is upside down.

Goin Junkin Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio Video Tour On YouTube

I’ve used Staples tags throughout this funky little folio.  Inside you will find flaps, pockets, hidden pockets, mini folios and all sorts of fun surprises.  It’s just like shopping in your favorite junkin’ spot.

This is such an interactive album, that I decided to create a video tour rather than a pile of photos.  It’s so much easier to explain the various features in a video. I hope you enjoy this short YouTube video tour.

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio Designer Tips

Goin Junkin Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

  • To create the ATC Policy Envelope fold out feature, I cut a 1” wide x 8.25” long spine from my designer paper and scored it in half. The left hand side was glued under the facing page.  Then I just glued my ATC Policy Envelopes on top of the other half.  I used my craft knife to cut a slit between the envelopes so they can be turned individually.
  • Turning a Staples Tag into a folio is as easy as 1,2,3!  For a standard tag, cut cardstock to measure 7” wide by 4.75” tall.  Score on the long side at 3.5”.  Fold, shape the corners (if desired) and glue onto the tag base.  Now you have a fun, interactive tag folio!
  • Mat images from Parlor Wall onto folded pieces of kraft or black cardstock to create little folios within your album.  This is a great way to use up leftover pieces of cardstock, and the interactive folios are loads of fun to open.
Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio Supply List

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe 12×12 Deluxe Collector’s Edition (2 sheets each)

  • Olde Curiosity Shoppe
  • Optical Oddities
  • Counting Down
  • Parlor Wall
  • Race for Time
  • Butterfly Specifics
  • Bazaar of Wonders
  • Exquisite Motif

I hope I’ve shared some inspiration, 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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio

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.

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

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!

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

I created this pretty bow cluster like this:

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio: A Little Bit Steampunk

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

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.

 

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4These gears are painted with Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint, which is very close in color to the Tropic ribbons.

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

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

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

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.

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

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!

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

#G45Gentleman Challenge: Master Detective Bendi Card

#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.

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

 

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!”

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2This 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.

TIP:
  • 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.

#G45Gentleman Challenge Master Detective Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

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

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

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?

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

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.

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

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

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

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.

TIP:
  • 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.

TIP:
  • 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

 

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9

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.
  • Deadline: June 30th 2017
  • You can enter multiple times!
  • Upload your projects HERE.

Thanks for joining me here 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.

Cheerio,

kathy

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card

G45 Ladies’ Diary Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card for Frilly & Funkie With this Ring Challenge

Hello, friends!  It’s time for another challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  It’s June, which is traditionally a big month for weddings, and the challenge theme of “With This Ring” reflects this joyous season.  I pulled out my G45 Ladies’ Diary DCE and some fabulous Tammy Tutterow dies to create this Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card.  But before I share the details with you, let’s see what Cec, our lovely hostess for this challenge, has to say:

Challenge Theme: With This Ring
It is wedding season so let’s create vintage or shabby chic projects that celebrate the big day.  Your creation might be a card, a gift, a decor item or something to keep the memories of the special occasion.

Sound like fun?  I thought so, too.  So let’s dig in and take a look at this Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card: The Inspiration

Inspiration is a funny thing.  Sometimes it comes from a color, or a photo in a magazine. Sometimes it’s an idea, or for me a patterned paper.  I’ve been thinking about this project for a few weeks, and while digging in my embellishment drawer for another project, I saw this little Tim Holtz “adore” Typed Token.  And that is where the plan for this card began to gel.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card: The Plan

 

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2I knew I wanted to use a very vintage, almost monochromatic color scheme for this card. Antique lace, pearls,  distressed papers, “messy” stitching and shabby flowers fit perfectly into my plan.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

This 5.25″ x 7.25″ top fold card has a 1/4″ spine because I also knew I wanted to add some special goodies to the inside.

Here are the steps I followed to build this card:

  • After building the card base from Ivory Pearl cardstock, I used my Tonic Distressing tool to rough up all the paper edges.
    • TIP: Lightly spritz the edges of your paper with a Distress Sprayer bottle for easier distressing.
  • Next, I used ivory thread and added messy stitching to most of the paper panels
  • Then, I aged the edges of the paper with Antique Linen Distress Stain.
  • Next, I added cut up chipboard (from old packing boxes) to the backs of my card layers.  This adds lots of dimension to a card.
  • Now it’s time to add the Venise Lace trim.  It was a little too white for my color palette, but I just dyed it with Antique Linen Distress Stain and it was perfect.  It is held in place with 1/8″ Scor-Tape.
  • Finally, for my shabby chic ribbon, I first stamped it in Tea Dye Distress Ink using the Dear Ruby Stamp.  It’s hard to see in the photo, but in real life, this added a really subtle pattern to the bow.  To add to the shabby chic vibe, I also tucked in a burlap string bow. I love how vintage this bow cluster looks.
Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card:  The Flowers

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Now I needed to make my flowers for the card.

  • First,  I stamped Tammy’s “Dear Ruby” onto the small dot paper with Tea Dye Distress Ink prior to die cutting.  This added an extra layer of subtle texture and pattern to the flowers.
  • Next, I inked all the edges of the frayed posies with Antique Linen Distress Stain.
  • Then, I shaped my flower layers with a mat and stylus.
  • Next, I staggered the flower layers and layered them together with hot glue.
    • TIP:  When adding one flower layer to the next, I placed them on a double foam mat. Use a 12mm ball stylus tip and press down firmly into the center of the flower.  This will cause the petals to “lift” and give you a more lifelike flower.
  • Now, cut foliage with Tammy’s Pom-Pom Posies Die.
    • TIP: Ink the cutting side of the die with Tea Dye Distress Ink before die cutting.  The ink will transfer from the die to the paper and make the vein detail pop.
  • Finally, add pearls and small gold beads to the flower centers and arrange on your card.
A Peek Inside

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

You can easily transform a card into a gift just by adding a few simple details to the interior design.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

For instance, I added a waterfall feature to the top half of the card interior.  Special photos of the wedding party can be added here, and suddenly, this card has become a mini folio.  I created this feature using Tammy’s Waterfall One Die.

To give each segment of the waterfall a little more definition, I cut 3 base pieces from kraft cardstock and 3 pieces from designer paper.  I trimmed the fold flap off the top of the designer paper die cuts, then layered them onto the kraft pieces.  I love the way this looks.

Then, I cut journaling spots from the Ladies’ Diary DCE to fit the width of each segment.  This provides a lovely journal spot.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

I turned this gorgeous rose image into a tag pocket by just gluing the bottom edge to my card base.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8Tammy’s Shortie Tag Die is the perfect size to fit inside a card pocket.  I added the decorative edge to each tag, then trimmed it out with Antique Linen dyed Venise lace.  These tags can hold photos on the reverse side.  They also make a lovely spot to add a personal note on the back. You can see the stamped seam binding ribbon better in this photo.

Now It’s YOUR Turn

For the next two weeks our theme will be “With This Ring.”  You will have until midnight on Tuesday, July 6th to link up your vintage or shabby chic wedding themed project on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.

At the end of the challenge the Frilly and Funkie team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

If you need more inspiration, be sure to pop over and see what the rest of the Frilly team has prepared for you on the blog.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Look Out World! Here Come the Graduates!

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.

Look Out World Graduation Card with hidden gift card pocket Come Away with me by Kathy Clement for Petaloo by Floracraft Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

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:

  1.  First, mat the focal image on a piece of brown cardstock that measures 4.25″ tall x 8.5″ long.
  2. 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.
  3. Now, crease on all the score lines and fold the paper strip so that the small piece is on the inside.
  4. Then, line the inside of the panel with designer paper.
  5. Now, glue a contrasting pattern to the small flap and punch a thumb hole with a circle punch.
  6. Next, use 1/8″ Scor-Tape on the top and bottom edge of the short piece.
  7. Remove the liner and press in place.  There’s your pocket!
  8. Add a Pocket & Tag to the left hand side.
  9. Now glue the focal image to the front “cover.”
  10. Then add the chipboard piece to the lower left hand corner.
  11. 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.

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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