Purple Songbird All Occasion Greeting Card with Gift Card Wallet and Button Card
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! Are you up for one more project made with the Perfectly Purple Ribbon Club Mix from Really Reasonable Ribbon? I have had such fun with these pretty purple ribbons. Today I have a Purple Songbird All Occasion Greeting Card to share with you. It’s beautifully vintage and loaded with goodies on the inside.
This is my 2nd post today. Please scroll down to find the RRR Blog Hop Post.
Fun with Graphic 45: Fancy Fold Cards Video Tutorial & First 2017-2018 Brand Ambassador Post
Hello, G-45’ers! Welcome to my first official post as a Graphic 45 2017-2018 Brand Ambassador. I think all the card makers out there are really going to enjoy today’s post as it is all about cards! Today I have 3 different styles of fancy fold cards to share with you, all using fabulous papers from Graphic 45. I’ve prepared a fun Fancy Fold Cards Video Tutorial for you, so you can follow along at home and learn how to make these clever interactive cards.
Graphic 45 has lots of exciting plans and big changes in store for the 2017-2018 term, and I’m just thrilled to bits to be designing for this wonderful company for a second year. One of the changes made is that the design team is now called Graphic 45 Brand Ambassadors. I have had a little preview of the fun things coming your way, and I can honestly say I think this is going to be the best year ever for lovers of the Graphic 45 Brand.
A Little Bit About Me
Before I dig into the fancy fold cards video tutorial, G45 asked that we share a few fun facts about ourselves to kick things off. Many of you have been following me for a long time now, so feel free to skip on down to the “meat” of this post. But for new followers, here are some things you might like to know about me.
I live in beautiful North Carolina, USA, with Dale, my darling husband of 40+ years. We had theprivilege of raising 5 fun and fabulous children. Now we have the immense pleasure of beinggrandparents to three precious girls whom we call “The Littles.”.
Most days you’ll find me in my sunny little studio making cards, dabbling in mixed media, designing mini albums, folios, paper pretties for my ETSY shop and enjoying all the many adventures that the fabulous world of creativity affords. I also love to bake, spendtime with “the Littles”, cook big meals for our family, walk on the beach, go junkin’ and read.
Although I have a passion for all kinds of crafty adventures, I have no formal art training. Cards are my favorite thing to create. I especially enjoy creating interactive cards and put as much work into the insides of my cards as I do the outside. Adding tags and pockets, sweet little treats like tea bags or chocolates and surprise panels in a card really gets me excited.
I like to stay up to date with what’s going on in the crafting world. Color, pattern and design fascinate me, so I try to pay attention while reading magazines or even looking around in stores to see what colors and patterns seem to be trending. Is there a new technique? I want to learn it and I enjoy taking online classes when time permits.
For our first Brand Ambassador Challenge, Graphic 45 asked us to research trends in paper crafting and find a technique or trend that interested us. The next step was to prepare a project that represented that trend and share it with you. And that, my friends, is how this Fancy Fold Cards Video Tutorial came into being.
Card Making Trend Alert: Fancy Fold Cards are Where It’s At
In preparing for this post, I learned that in the world of cards, there are several trends that excite me. Fancy fold cards, shaker cards and pop up cards are getting a lot of attention right now. Adding buttons to cards is also making a comeback. And metallic elements are hugely popular. I decided to take some time to learn a few new fancy fold cards to share with you here today. I’ve incorporated some of these other fun trends in the designs. There are lots of photos, tips and information to follow, so you might want to go grab a cuppa and a snack to sustain you.
Fancy Fold Card #1: Bathing Beauties Double Gatefold Card with Place in Time July Papers
One of the great things about fancy fold cards is that they really bring the WOW factor to any project. The other great thing is that they really are fairly simple to make. They look impressive and complicated, but I’ll show you in today’s video tutorial just how simple it is to add that WOW factor to your next card making session.
This Double Gatefold Card started with 2 simple 5” x 7” side fold card bases. I overlapped the cards, added a couple of extra score lines, and voila! Double Gatefold card magic!
A belly band holds this Double Gatefold card shut, but you could also use ribbons to tie the gates closed.
And when you’ve slipped the belly band off the card, it’s just like watching the curtain rise at the theater.
As each panel of the card opens, there are more and more goodies to look at. Finally, the postcard pocket in the middle pane takes center stage.
The July images and prints from A Place in Time work really well with By the Sea. I’ve added some journal cards from that collection to finish the inside of my card. The vintage postcard from A Place in Time makes a great pocket, too.
Tips and Tricks for Making Double Gatefold Cards
Tip: Always remember to use your bone folder to burnish the score lines on a Fancy Fold card. Crisp fold lines are essential when you are making a card with special folds.
Tip: To create a quick and easy pocket, use a postcard! Just glue the sides and bottom edge to your card base and then slip in ephemera cards, journal cards, tags or other goodies. Everyone loves surprises!
Tip: Be careful when gluing images to your card front. You don’t want to get glue on the back layers of the card, or it won’t open properly. To prevent this from happening, turn your chipboard piece upside down on the card front and make pencil marks so you’ll know where to place the glue.
Tip: I used a craft knife and ruler to create the center slit that allows the step out mechanism to work.When using a craft knife, there are 2 important things to remember. First, always test your blade to make sure it is sharp. A dull blade will not cut cleanly. Second, I find that if I cut my paper on a glass surface, the knife glides through the paper like a hot knife goes through butter. You can use the glass from an old picture frame, or a glass cutting mat like the one I use in the video tutorial.
Tip: To add realistic beach effects to this card, I scribbled on the card base with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive then sprinkled with real beach sand. Do this over a sheet of paper, so you can tap off the excess sand once the glue dries.
Supply List for Beach Rules Step Out Card
8×8 By the Sea Paper Collection (retired)
By the Sea Decorative Chipboard
By the Sea Tags and Pockets
Colorbox Decades Dark Cashmere Ink
Fancy Fold Card #3: Portrait of a Lady Fanfare Card/Folio
This is probably my favorite fancy fold card design because it is part card, part folio, part pop-up. It looks like a really complicated and fussy design, but the truth is, It’s all just straight lines! Isn’t that a relief?
Begin with a standard 6” square top fol card base made from heavy cardstock. Because of the weight of the fanfare fold, you need a really sturdy base to work with.
The front cover of the Fanfare Fold card opens to reveal a beautiful hidden folio.
I decorated this panel with a pretty pocket and tag combo, then topped it with this gorgeous chipboard element to add even more dimension to the design.
Tips and Tricks for Making Fanfare Fold Cards
Tip: Cut sentiments from a collection’s text pages for picture perfect color matches. I snipped the word “Beauty” from the 8×8 “Grace” paper then glued it behind the G45 Staples Ornate Label Holder.
Tip:Use a scallop corner punch to create the pretty shaped edges on this card.
But Wait….there’s more!
This lovely design also opens like a standard top fold card. Decorate the inside of your Fanfare Fancy Fold Card with decorative papers, journal cards and sticker elements. This is a great style of card to present for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers or birthdays, as photos from the event can be stored in the folio. It’s like getting a card and a gift in one neat package.
Fun With Fancy Fold Cards Video Tutorial on YouTube
Are you ready to get started making your own Fancy Fold Cards with Graphic 45? Join me as I create all three of these card bases in this video tutorial. I’ll also share tips and tricks for the finished cards you see here.
As you saw in the Fancy Fold Cards Video Tutorial, these cards are much easier to make than you might think. I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Graphic 45 Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial with A Place in Time
Hello, G 45’ers! You all know how much I love paper. But did you know that I also love tea? I start every morning with a soul-satisfying cup of English Breakfast tea. It makes me a kinder, gentler Kathy. LOL When I can combine my love for tea with my love for paper, I’m a really happy gal. This Graphic 45 Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial is the perfect gift idea for any tea lover. I can see this being used as bridesmaids gifts, a bridal shower gift, a Mother’s Day present or for your own enjoyment. I’ve housed these shabby chic beauties in a lovely gift box with a shaker top. Would you like to join me for a cup of tea?
Choosing a Color Palette
Color can make or break a project. While there are all kinds of creative styles, I like it best when colors work together in harmony. When I found this darling image of genteel ladies sipping tea in the April pages of A Place in Time, I was drawn the coral accents in the border and on the table. This image set the color palette for my project.
To give my shabby chic Tea Time note cards a place to rest, I altered a G45 Ivory Staples 5″ square Mixed Media Box. I love the window opening on the cover, and discovered a quick and easy way to “frame” it with designer paper.
Cut a 5″ x 5″ square of designer paper.
Center it on the top of the box, making sure everything is straight and even.
Secure it with repositionable tape.
Open the box, and use a pencil to trace around the window opening.
Remove the paper from the top of the box and die cut with the #6 Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Classic Square.
Glue a 4.5″ square piece of clear acetate cardstock to the back side of this paper. Let the glue set before proceeding.
The rest of the box is very easy to cover, as it is all straight cuts!
Adding the Shaker Top
Here are the steps to follow to make the shaker top
First, glue the focal image to the inside of the box. This particular image is slightly larger than the window opening, so you will have to size it before you glue it down.
Next, cut waste chipboard or shipping boxes into strips that are almost the same width as the “frame” you created for the box. Glue these strips to the back of the “frame” making sure they don’t show. It takes a little longer for glue to set on acetate, so be patient.
Now, fill the window cavity with small seed beads, small sequins, or glass glitter. Do not overfill, or the shaker elements will get stuck between the two layers.
Then, glue the “frame” to the top of the box.
Heat Emboss Southern Ridge Trading Company Frame #133 with Stampendous Golden Sands Embossing Powder and glue in place.
Finally, add Petaloo Coral Botanical Blooms, Rose Silky Crush Ribbon and metal pieces.
A Peek Inside
Decorating the inside of the box is as much fun as decorating the outside. Again, it is all straight cuts, so it’s very easy to do.
The postcard image from the April pages makes a wonderful pocket.
What’s in the pocket? A sweet little tag booklet with a chipboard cover!
The box will hold 4 sweet little tea time note cards.
Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial Video
Use an assembly line approach to make these cards, and you’ll only spend between 5-10 minutes on each one. Don’t believe me? Watch this YouTube Video to see the proof.
I hope I’ve shared some ideas and/or techniques in this Tea Time Note Cards tutorial that you can use in your own crafty adventures!
Thanks for stopping by!
Please note that I have provided links to products whenever possible. However, some items may have been in my stash for some time, and are no longer readily available online. Feel free to substitute.
Beautiful Mother’s Day Wishes Easel Card with RRR and Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! I’m popping in today with a beautiful Mother’s Day Wishes easel card that you can make in under an hour. Nothing says “I love you” like a handmade card, especially when it is topped with beautiful Really Reasonable Ribbon.
I put this sweet 4.25″ square easel card together with bits and pieces that were left over from another project. The focal image from G45 A Place in Time is a near perfect color match for the background papers from G45 Cafe Parisian.
I die cut a Cheery Lynn doily from Ivory cardstock to help break up the patterned layers.
After building my easel card base, I fussy cut the vintage ladies from the focal image. Then I backed them with waste chipboard and layered them over the image background. This created wonderful depth and dimension with very little fuss.
The “stopper” is easy to make. First, cut a panel of the blue dot paper from Place in Time. Mat it on a slightly smaller piece of chipboard. Wrap with Wild Rose Swiss Dots Grograin Ribbon and glue to the card base. Then use your Zutter Bow-it-All Tool to tie a double loop bow and hot glue it in place. Add a string bow tied with Ivory Natural Burlap and glue to the center of the bow. Top with a button,
Tie a second bow with Burlap String and glue to the left hand corner of the image. Add flowers. Then glue 3 little buttons down the side of the card.
It takes under an hour to make Mom a keepsake card that she’ll cherish for years to come. And, you used up some paper scraps in the process. Win/win!
I hope you found some tips and tricks in this beautiful Mother’s Day Wishes Easel card that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette for Petaloo International
Hello, Friends! Don’t you just love springtime? One of my favorite things about this lovely season is the return of all the little songbirds. Birds will build a nest in the oddest spots. Last year, a pair of bluebirds built their nest in our neighbor’s mailbox, and all anxiously anticipated the arrival of those baby birds. Thinking about this inspired me to make this Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette for Petaloo International.
Lovebirds Nesting in a Rusty Wagon
I’ve been saving this little metal wagon for just the right project. After treating it with Prima Rust Paste, it was filled with a bed of Spanish Moss. Then I added this cute little bird nest. Next I painted some miniature eggs with Distress Oxide Ink and added them to the nest. Then I had the best time creating a garden full of pretty Petaloo flowers in shades of purple, green and white.
Love Warms Every Nest: Building the Base
Earlier this year, I happened across a fabulous clearance sale at Michael’s where I found this chunky 4″ x 4″ canvas which was perfect for the base of my vignette. I covered it with a green floral print from Graphic 45’s Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition. Then I wrapped it with these lovely bird feathers. Next, the top was covered with more Spanish Moss and more pretty flowers and butterflies.
The chipboard tag is attached to a mini chalkboard that is in turn attached to a clothespin. This way, I can just clip the tag onto the side of the wagon and it stands all on its own. The tag is from Graphic 45’s A Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition.
Making this sweet little vignette was almost as much fun as planting real flowers. I hope it brought some sunshine into your life, too.
You can find a supply list at the end of this post.
St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holders with Graphic 45 Calendar Collections
Hello, G45’ers! St. Patrick’s Day will soon be here! I thought it would be fun to create some little goodies for my favorite leprechauns to make the holiday even more fun. Graphic 45 has 3 gorgeous calendar collections: A Place in Time, Children’s Hour and Time to Flourish. And I have 3 gorgeous grand girls! What a happy coincidence! I pulled out all 3 collections, some G45 Staples long Ivory Tags and went to work designing these St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holders.
Aren’t they cute? And they are a quick and easy project to make, which is even better!
A Place in Time Leprechaun Tag: How to turn a Tag into a Treat Holder
Each tag in this trio follows the same basic “recipe.”
Place a long Staples Tag (I used Ivory) on your scoring tool so that the long side is against the rail and the bracketed edge is on your right.
Starting at the left hand side, score the tag at 3.5″ and again at 4″.
Gently fold the tag slowly so that you don’t crack the heavy cardstock. You might need to very lightly moisten the area along the crease with a baby wipe or damp paper towel.
Burnish with a bone folder to set the crease.
Decorate with paper.
Add a pocket to the inside.
Thread ribbon through the grommet, and suspend a little shamrock charm, if desired.
To make quick work of covering the spine, use wide Graphic 45 washi tape.
It’s really that simple!
For this St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holder, I filled an antique bronze charm with designer paper then covered it with a cabochon. Green gingham ribbon wrapped around a paper spool and sealed with a button makes a sweet accent.
Decorate the inside with more pretty papers. I die cut this pocket from designer paper, but you could also score an ATC tag in the same way that you scored the larger tag.
If you don’t want to put chocolate in the pocket, you can always add a tea bag, a gift card, movie tickets or some other small treat.
St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holder with Time to Flourish
This Time to Flourish Tag has a great botanical feel.
I love the little shamrock key that I hung from the grommet.
Here’s a peeky at the inside, all dressed in pretty shades of green and purple.
I had a pretty tag left from my Tags and Pockets to tuck in along with the chocolate treat.
Children’s Hour St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holder
I still love this sweet image from the Children’s Hour March page. Because it was a little too large for my tag, I fussy cut it to fit. Next I tucked stamps and flowers around it. For a finishing touch, I hung a sweet chippie from the collection and a wee shamrock charm in the grommet.
Here’s the inside view.
Trim down an ephemera card and use it as a spot to write your greeting.
This design is adaptable to any occasion or theme. Just change the papers and you’re good to go!
I hope I’ve inspired you to break out your gorgeous Graphic 45 papers, Staples tags and chips. If so, my job is done here!
Welcome Spring with Frilly and Funkie: Happy Birthday Circular Twist Easel Card
Hello, Friends! It’s time for another fabulous challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie blog. This go round, Nancy is our hostess and the theme is Welcome Spring! Let’s see what Nancy has to say about this great challenge!
Challenge Theme: Welcome, Spring!
Springtime! Its fresh, soft breezes and fragrant blossoms are just around the corner. Create any vintage or shabby chic project that welcomes the advent of this glorious season. Think budding trees, birds and nests, butterflies, and beautiful blooms!
As you know, the Frilly and Funkie Design Team is excited to be celebrating all things Wendy Vecchi this month. We will all be using her fabulous products, new and old, in our creations. You’ll be blown away at how versatile they are since we all have different creative styles. When you enter the challenge, you are not required to use Wendy’s products in your creation but it would be great if you did. Don’t have any yet? Check out her product range at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Now, let’s get the party started!
Happy Birthday Easel Card and a Wendy Vecchi Birthday Cake
Our youngest granddaughter turns TWO this month. How did that happen so fast? Her favorite color is purple, so I dug out the May pages from Graphic 45’s A Place in Time Collection where I found this darling little birthday girl image. I was thrilled when I noticed that the magazine cover actually says “Two Years Old Today.” How cool is that?
Just for fun, I turned the image into a mini card on top of a card. It measures just 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4: and is held in place by that cute little green binder clip. I can write a sweet note to Lydia on the inside, and maybe tuck some cash for her education fund in there, too.
Wendy Vecchi Circle Frames Stitching Template
Stitching is a wonderful way to add texture to a card. Normally, I use my sewing machine to do this. However, I’m not that great at sewing a perfect circle. So hand stitching became the order of the day. Normally, hand stitching on paper is an exercise in frustration. But I had a secret weapon in my tool box to help me!
Wendy created this ingenious template that makes stitching on paper a joy! I centered the template on my die cut scalloped circle, taped it in place, then laid the whole works on top of a thick foam mat. Then, using my piercing tool, I worked my way around the perimeter of the stencil, creating a perfectly spaced border of holes. All I had to do was add the stitching!
I also used the template as a stencil and added two more rows of little dots by working Wendy’s Embossing Paste through the openings. Although much of this is covered with my card design, you can see some of it near the balloon cluster in this shot.
Mat Minis Celebrations Set
These pretty purple balloons are part of the Mat Minis Celebrations set. Instead of painting or using texture paste, I covered them with designer paper. It’s great to be able to create embellishments that match a project so perfectly!
Every easel card needs a “stopper” to prop the card open. For this card, Petaloo flowers and the birthday cake from the Celebrations set do the job perfectly. The purple flowers make me think of the crocus and grape hyacinth that bloom in the spring.
After sponging the cake layers with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink, I spritzed them with Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist and heat dried them. Next, I used Wendy’s embossing paste through another stencil from my stash to add the icing to the cake. The cake plate and candles were sponged with Shaded Lilac ink, then spritzed. I used the Flourish stencil from Tim’s #10 mini set to add more decorative elements here.
I used purple Stickles between the cake “layers” and all around the edges so that it would pop off the background. I’ve never been great at decorating cakes, but I rather like the way this one turned out.
To make the candles shimmer, I first painted the flames with Mustard Seed Distress paint, then topped them with Stardust Stickles.
I think Lydia will get a kick out of opening this card and finding the birthday cake inside. She already loves to color and play with paper…so it looks as though I have another little crafter to enjoy!
Now It’s Your Turn!
You’re invited to join the fun at the Frilly and Funkie Welcome Spring Challenge. To do so, just link up your own vintage or shabby chic project. You’ll find all the details HERE.
The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into a random drawing for a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.