Hello, my Friends! The Christmas Countdown clock is ticking loud and clear! I keep finding “one more thing” on my to-do list. Yesterday, I found I needed to make some quick gift tags to tie on to some Christmas packages that my dear husband is delivering to business associates today. These Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags were a snap to make, but oh so shabby chic and pretty.
Use Your Scraps!
I had scraps of Kaisercraft Frosted on my work table left over from the Christmas Pop Up Gift Card holder that I shared yesterday. I also had scraps of cardstock that I had used for matting images. Why not make some little gift tags? So I turned on my audio book and went to work.
First, I created the tag bases from cardstock. As you can see, each tag is a different size and shape. I did use one Graphic 45 Ivory Staples tag that was in a work basket on my desk. But the other two tags are made with gray cardstock.
Merry and Bright Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags #1
For this 4.25″ x 4.75″ square tag, I started out with a scrap of gray matting cardstock. I used my 1/2″ Corner Chomper to round the bottom corners. Then I used my Scallop Corner chomper on the top to create a decorative edge.
Counting our Blessings: Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags #2
This tall and skinny tag followed the same procedure, only with a 3″ x 6″ scrap of gray cardstock.
I also die cut a small label from a scrap of the pretty blue patterned paper, cut it in half, and tucked it behind my focal image to add a pop of color. Tags are one of the best ways I know of to use up scraps!
Jingle Bells: Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags #3
Since I had used up all my gray cardstock scraps, I grabbed a Graphic 45 Staples Ivory Square tag as the base for this 3rd tag.
Here’s a helpful tip: Leave the ends of your silver metallic string long enough to tie through the handles of your gift bag.
Also, add a snippet of ribbon to a paper clip to make a festive embellishment. I also used up some leftover die cut snowflakes on this tag.
Super quick, super easy and I used up my scraps!
Now I need to hit the kitchen and get some Christmas baking done! Wishing you a joy-filled and productive day!
Really Reasonable Ribbon August Blog Hop: Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! It’s time for another fabulous Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop. You should be hopping over from Karen’s lovely blog. This month, we are getting ready for fall with the gorgeous Autumn Harvest Ribbon Club Assortment. These luscious ribbons were the perfect playmate for the Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio that I’m sharing with you today. Just look at all these wonderful autumn hues.
I added a 1/4″ spine to this 5″ x 7″ top fold card base, then loaded this Golden Grove Card Folio up with paper pretties and luscious ribbons.
Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio: The Ribbon Cluster
This is a triple bow cluster. I guess these gorgeous ribbons made me go all bow happy! The base layer is a double loop bow tied with 5./8″ Moss/Cream Plaid Ribbon. Then I tied a second double loop bow with 3/8″ Kiwi Checkerboard Satin Ribbon. This adds just a touch of shimmer to the bow cluster. Next, I tied a third double loop bow with Natural Burlap String. This adds a great rustic feel and texture to the bow cluster. Finally, I pulled some yellow posies from my stash and hot glued them in place.
A Peek Inside this Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio
Pockets make the perfect tuck spot for tags, sweets, gift cards and other fun surprises.
A snippet of 5/8″ Moss/Cream Plaid ribbon peeps out of this small pocket.
This large pocket is decorated with a small tag that I’ve topped with a cute tag/burlap string/button combo.
Hold this Moss Green/Cream Ribbon Closure in place with Scor-Tape. The mini folio measures 3.5″ x 5″. It’s a lovely size for small photos.
Wouldn’t this make a pretty autumn birthday card?
The inner pocket holds a lovely tea bag and still has lots of room for a gift card or personal note.
On with the Hop!
Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cherryhas in store for you. Then finish the hop up at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. Be sure to answer Bonnie’s question of the month so that you can be entered to win your very own Autumn Harvest Ribbon Club Assortment.
Even if you don’t win the hop, you can still have this lovely ribbon assortment delivered to your front door. Just sign up for the Monthly Ribbon Club. It’s a great way to receive a scrumptious assortment of ribbons each and every month. You can find all the sign up info HERE.
I hope you found some crafting inspiration from this Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio project. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Really Reasonable Ribbon August Ribbon Club Collection: Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! Summer is winding down here in North Carolina. While the afternoons are still quite hot, there’s a lovely coolness in the early morning and evening hours. The days are getting shorter, too. These subtle changes inspired me to create this Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card. My RRR Autumn Harvest Ribbon Club Assortment arrived in my mailbox just in time for me to make this pretty card/tag combo!
Usually, I put my pockets on the insides of my cards. But change is good for the soul. So, this time around I created a fun tag pocket on the front of a tall, skinny kraft card base.
This side fold card measures 4.25″ wide x 7″ tall. I tore a piece of Kaisercraft Golden Grove designer paper to create this rustic looking pocket. Moss/Cream 5/8″ wide plaid ribbon looks amazing with this paper collection!
Use scraps of paper to create little pockets inside the 3″ square folio. Each pocket holds a little tag or journal spot. You could also add small treats or a gift card to each pocket.
How much fun will it be for the recipient of this card to open each section and find a yummy chocolate treat inside? I just love interactive elements in cards!
Are you ready for fall? It’s my favorite season of the year. While I get a little sad at the fact that the days are getting shorter, the promise of golden leaves, bright blue skies and cool, crisp air fills me with anticipation.
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.
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.