Hello, Ribbon Lovers! It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the RRR Blog. I’ve created this lovely Lilac Whisper Shabby Chic Altered Notebook for this fun “anything goes with ribbon, lace or trim” challenge.
I dug through my ephemera file to find this darling vintage image of a little girl leading the birds in a sweet chorus of song. It was just the right size to fit inside the window on the front cover.
This is such a quick and easy upcycle project! You can adapt it for use with any sized notebook. I’m going to tuck this one into my “last minute gift” drawer, where I’m sure it will come in handy.
Now It’s YOUR Turn
You’re cordially invited to play along with us in this fun challenge. First, visit the RRR Blog where you’ll find loads of inspiration waiting for you from the rest of the team. Then, create a card, layout, multi media piece, tag, ATC, hair bow, you name it. Just be sure to use ribbon, lace or trim on your project.
Post your project on your blog or an online gallery (using code RRR168) and link it up over on the RRR BLOG before midnight, Wednesday, July 19th. You can find all the details HERE.
Lilac Whisper Thank You Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! Have you seen the new July Ribbon Club Assortment yet? Oooh la la! If you love purple, you’re going to swoon! I’ve I paired these Perfectly Purple Ribbons up with gorgeous papers from Kaisercraft to make this Lilac Whisper Thank You Card with pockets and tag.
This is a standard sized 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 1/4″ spine built in. I layered up my “leftover” Lilac Whisper papers with beautiful ribbons and flowers .
Ribbon does double duty here as both bow and border. This Quatrefoil Delphinium Print Satin adds pattern, texture, color and shine to the card design. Taffeta Ribbon ties into lovely, crisp bows like the luscious Hyacinth double bow I’ve added to the side of the card.
A touch of silver metallic string adds just the right amount of glam to the bow cluster. And, it serves to soften the edge of the cluster of white flowers.
Double pockets inside the card hold sweet surprises!
How about a sweet little gift card wallet and bookmark made with scraps?
Once again, I’ve used Delphinium Quatrefoil Print Satin to create stylish borders on this pretty bookmark/tag.
I think you’re really going to love this purplicious ribbon club assortment. You can see all NINE ribbons in the collection and sign up for the Ribbon Club HERE.
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!
Tammy Tutterow Creative Team: Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder with Kaisercraft High Tea
Hello, Friends! What could be lovelier than a nice cup of tea? Not much in my world! If you are are a tea lover, too, then I think you are going to like this Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder made with paper pretties from Tammy Tutterow Designs and Kaisercraft’s gorgeous High Tea paper collection.
How to Make a Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder Base
The base for this hug in a cup teabag holder is Tammy’s Tab Pocket Page Steel Rule Die from Spellbinders. This die will cut through almost anything: fabric, felt, chipboard, crafting metal, balsa wood…it’s amazing! And creating the base is a snap. Here’s how I did it:
First, die cut a Tab Pocket Page out of cream cardstock. The die automatically adds score lines and cut lines where needed.
Then cut two more Tab Pocket Pages using designer paper: one for the inside and one for the outside. Use a bone folder to crease along the fold lines.
Next, stitch the page base and the designer paper you cut for the front together on your sewing machine. (You can also just glue these two pieces together, but I love the stitching.)
Now, stitch around the inside Pocket Page and glue to the interior of the base.
You’re ready to decorate. Hooray!
Let’s Make a Pocket!
By now you know that I just have to add a pocket somewhere. While working on the base, I pondered how to make that happen. I was thinking about all of Tammy’s lovely dies, when I realized that the sweet little Mini Tag Book Die looks a lot like a tea bag. Here’s how I built the little front pocket.
First, mat the sentiment panel on green cardstock and trim.
Next, cut a piece of pink cardstock that is 1″ wider and i/2″ taller than this panel.
Now, score 1/2″ on both short sides.
Then turn the panel and score 1/2″ on one long side.
Next, crease the folds.
Where the crease lines intersect, use your scissors to bevel the edges.
Then, score to shape a pocket. Glue the angled sides to the bottom piece.
Now, back with 2 layers of waste chipboard or a double layer of foam tape to lift the pocket from the card base. This gives you room to slide the tag mini into the pocket.
Finally, adhere to the card front.
Here’s how I made these shabbylicious Pinwheel Posies.
First, cut 3 sets of petal layers of a soft sagey green dot paper from the High Tea Collection.
Then ink all the edges with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
Next lightly mist the back of the posy layers with water. I use my Distress Sprayer because it gives me good control.
Then use a stylus and foam mat to shape the flower layers.
Next glue the layers together.
Now spray with Tattered Angels Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist.
Then tap with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
Next sponge with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
Then die cut several leaves and 2 leaf clusters from Tammy’s Pom Pom Posies Die.
Now ink with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
Finally shape and add to the cluster.
A Peek Inside the Hug In a Cup Mini Tag Book
I am so in love with this little Mini Tag Book Die. First, it is sooo teeny tiny and cute, measuring a petite 2.25″ wide x 4″ tall. You can create it vertically, as I have done here, or horizontally. And doesn’t it make you think of a little tea bag? I held it together with a vintage brad from my stash. The teapot is fussy cut from the paper collection and mounted on a chipboard doily from the High Tea Collectibles. Then I cut a doily from the High Tea Wood Icons bundle in half and painted it to match the papers. Here’s a peek inside:
Isn’t it just too darling for words?
I wanted you to see this pretty curved edge and tab closure on the base of the Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder.
The inside is very simple. Just glue down a sentiment panel, some die cut roses from the Collectibles pack and add a tea bag. Isn’t it pretty?
It only took a couple of hours to pull this whole project together. But if you wanted to make a very simple tea bag holder you could leave off the pocket and Mini Tag Book. That way, you could finish this up in under an hour. These would make the most darling hostess gifts. And wouldn’t they be wonderful as place cards for a birthday party?
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!
Please note, I will provide links whenever possible, but some items have been in a my stash for a long time, and are no longer available. You can always substitute.
Getting Ready for Mother’s Day with Petaloo : Sew Much Love Folio Video Tour with Tips
Hello, Friends! My head is absolutely refusing to believe that it’s already May! And you know what that means: Mother’s Day is right around the corner. I’m getting ready for the “big day” with a little help from Petaloo and Kaisercraft. I think you’re going to enjoy my Sew Much Love Folio Video Tour. It’s loaded with vintage goodness!
Making these little folios is completely addictive. For this 5″ x 7″ folio, I adapted a tutorial that you can find HERE. It’s the same basic design, but this time I added in a side pocket page.
Friendship is Sewn with Love and Stitched with Kindness: the story behind the project
(Yes…this is a personal story. Feel free to skip ahead and look at the pretty pictures!)
Since both my precious mom and my mother in law are now residing in Heaven, I use Mother’s Day as a way to reach out to other special women in my life. This year, I made this vintage style sewing themed folio for a dear friend from high school.
Karen and I shared a lot of common interests despite the fact that she was on the math/science track and I was on the writing/Language/Literature trail. We were in marching band together, worked on the school newspaper and were co-editors of our high school yearbook. Karen was precise, logical and methodical. I was free-spirited, fueled by inspiration and spontaneous. Somehow, that combination worked!
We remained friends after graduation, but then lost track of one another after marriage. But thanks to the magic of Facebook, I was able to find her a couple years ago, and our reunion was as sweet and refreshing as our friendship had always been.
About a week ago, I received a surprise package in the mail. Karen, who is a master quilter (check out her blog HERE and you will see what I am talking about!) made me a quilt! She remembered how much I love the lilacs back in Vermont during the springtime, so she titled it “Lilacs in the Spring.” I confess…I got all choked up when I saw this gorgeous quilt. And that is why Karen is my Mother’s Day gift recipient this year.
Sew Much Love Video Tour on YouTube
It’s hard to capture this very interactive folio with still photos, so I’ve created a short YouTube video tour for you. I also share some fun tips that you can use in your own crafting adventures.
A Few Details
Pockets are fun way to add an interactive element to any project. For the front of this cover, I created a dimensional pocket and then filled it with a pretty tag and a hand stamped vintage style button card. (I’ll share links to all the products below.)
Add ribbon, small charms and buttons to the spine for even more fun.
Velvet pansies add wonderful texture to the pages.
Folios and photo mounts are held together with a decorative belly band.
A slit pocket inside a larger pocket is a great place to tuck small tickets and tags.
I tucked little vintage treasures everywhere throughout the folio.
And the Mademoiselle papers from Kaisercraft carry the sewing theme beautifully!
I added a simple waterfall feature for photos.
And managed to sneak in one more little pocket filled with a vintage button card.
Smaller pockets are decorated and filled with tags.
A handmade gift is the very best way I know of to say I love you. So get out your scissors, glue, pretty papers and beautiful Petaloo posies and make something special for mom.
Frilly and Funkie April Showers Challenge: Peek a Boo Baby Girl Shortie Tag Album Video Tour
Hello, Friends! It’s time for a brand new challenge on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. Our hostess this go round is the lovely and talented Suzz. I’ve created an adorable Peek a Boo Baby Girl Shortie Tag Album Video Tour to share with you today. But before we get to that, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this fabulous challenge.
April Showers: Create a shabby chic or vintage project inspired by the word showers. Think rain, storms, umbrellas, baby showers, wedding showers whatever comes to mind and start creating.
We hope you’ll join the fun and create your own vintage or shabby chic “April Showers” project . Then link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, April 25th.
The Frilly and Funkie team will be popping by to visit your blogs and leave you some lovely comments. Then 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. The next three favorite participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
Peek a Boo Baby Girl Shortie Tag Album Video Tour
I could talk about this album all day long, but instead, I’ve prepared a little video tour where I share supplies, techniques and tips with you. Enjoy!
Most of the items I used to make this album are available at the Funkie Junkie Boutique. Some items I’ve had in my stash for a very long time, and have no idea where they came from. I’ll provide product links wherever possible.
Hello, Friends! Sometimes when an idea comes into your head, you have to drop everything and create. I woke up with the design for this Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album in my head, then spent a few delightful hours in my studio bringing it to life. What fun!
Snips, Snails & Puppy Dog Tails Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album
All together now….”awwwwwww!” This is one of those projects I wish you could hold in your hands because it is so stinkin’ tiny and cute, cute, cute! I used Tammy Tutterow’s amazing Shortie Tag Album Die with Kaisercraft Peek-a-Boo boy papers to put this together. (You’ll find product links and a supply list below the post.)
Making this shortie tag album is loads of fun. I simply die cut 3 tags from white cardstock. The Shortie Tag Album Die comes with 6 decorative edge dies, so I ran each tag through my Spellbinder Platinum machine a second time to add the fancy edge. Each tag is about 3″ wide by about 4.5″ tall. The finished album is the perfect size for a brag book.
I used Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Inks to color the edges of my tags, then spritzed with water. Next I lightly sponged each edge with Vintage Photo Ink to create a border effect. While I was at it, I cut the designer papers to measure 2 7/8″ x 3 1/2″ and inked all those edges as well. The shortie tag album comes with a handy little reinforcement tab die that I added to each die cut tag.
That cutie pie little boy image is mounted to a wool felt flower that I die cut with Tammy’s Floweret Posies Die. I sponged the edges lightly with Tumbled Glass ink to add a sweet textural element to the cover.
A Light Bulb Moment!
One of the things I love about working with Tammy’s dies is their versatility. As I was laying out all the components for this little brag book, a light bulb went off in my brain. I realized I could use the book pages from Tammy’s Mini Tag Book die to create itty bitty folios throughout the tag album. Eureka! I love when that happens. See that little white clothespin? It’s holding the folio on the cover shut.
A Peek Inside
How fun is this? An interactive front cover that opens to hold itty bitty (2.75″ square) photos of baby. It’s a little hard to see in the photo, but if you look at that blue flower shaped button on the right, you’ll see that it is stitched to a little felt tab that I die cut with Tammy’s Shortie Tabs dies. I love the soft texture this adds to a baby project.
The tags are joined together with a ribbon wrapped O ring and the album flips open top to bottom. I was careful to glue just the bottom edge of the ephemera so that photos could be inserted behind. The bottom page holds another mini folio. I just love how tiny everything is!
This folio opens book style. The border piece is glued just on the ends so that photos can be tucked behind.
The final page contains two more mini folios. I might add that pictures can also be mounted onto the tags themselves. There are lots of options in the design, which I totally love.
This would be such a sweet baby shower gift or new baby gift. And wouldn’t every proud Nana want to show off her darling grandson in an album like this?
Sweet Baby Boy Companion Card
Because I already had everything out on my desk, and because I was having such fun playing, I went ahead and made a companion card for the Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album. I have to confess. that white wool felt flower just makes my heart happy. It’s made with the same Floweret Posies Die that I mounted the album focal image on. Each pass through the die cutting machine gives you 3 graduated flower layers. I stitched them together here and then added a baby blue button. To me, this soft layered flower makes the whole design pop.
Inside the card, I added a photo mount behind a pretty belly band.
The pocket on the bottom holds a little photo folder and a lovely ephemera card.
Oh, I do so love sweet little baby boy projects! I hope I shared some useful ideas for these fabulous dies that you can use in your own creative time.