Love Sweet Love Altered Truffle Box Tutorial with Graphic 45 A Ladies’ Diary DCE
Hello, Friends! Valentine’s Day is over, but I have just one more “Sweet” Love themed project to share with you. This Love Sweet Love Altered Truffle Box Tutorial can be adapted for any theme or occasion. And who doesn’t love to be spoiled with chocolate?
Chocolate and romance seem to go hand in hand, so I’ve used soft, romantic colors and images from Graphic 45’s A Ladies’ Diary DCE to build the base of this altered truffle box. This chocolate book box looks like it took hours to create…but it can be done in under an hour. Here’s what you’ll need to make this fun project:
Graphic 45 A Ladies’ Diary Deluxe Collector’s Edition
Graphic 45 Decades Precious Pink Ink Pad by ColorBox
Heavy Ivory Cardstock
Pale Pink Cardstock for Matting
Scoring Tool, Scor-Tape, Glue
1.5” White Silky Crush Ribbon, Ivory Burlap String
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Baroque Frame
Love Sweet Love Altered Truffle Box Tutorial: Tips and Tricks
TIP: Combine fussy cut flowers and images with paper flowers to create a lush, elegant display on the cover of your chocolate book box.
TIP: Remove the “legs” from Ornate Shabby Chic brads so that you can glue them to the front of the cover. To do this, I bend them back and forth repeatedly until they separate. Now you have a flat surface for gluing. Glossy Accents or Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive work well for adding metal embellishments to a project.
TIP: I fussy cut “Kisses” from a border strip in Place in Time. It fit perfectly on the spine of my chocolate box. Adding Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads to this Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keyhole really took things up to the next level!
TIP: To help this metal frame blend in with the project, I painted it with a light coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint.
TIP: Border strips from the cut apart page make quick and easy work out of decorating the edges of this book style box.
Love Sweet Love Altered Truffle Box Tutorial: A Peek Inside
How fun to open up this pretty little box and find 6 decadent truffles nestled inside!
One of the things I love the most about working with Graphic 45 papers is the way the collections work together. Inside this lovely little altered truffle box, I’ve combined images from A Place in Time DCE with A Ladies’ Diary. To give all my cut paper edges a finished look, I’ve sponged them lightly with ColorBox Decades Ink Precious Pink, which is one of G45’s signature colors.
Love Sweet Love Altered Truffle Box Tutorial on Snapguide
Like the old song says, “What the world needs now is Love, Sweet Love.” To help you spread a little love and sweetness around in your world, I’ve created an easy to follow Snapguide tutorial for this project. Enjoy!
Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial
Hello, G45’ers! Have you put up your Christmas tree yet? Even if you have, you’re going to want to make room to squeeze in one more last minute ornament. Today, I’m sharing a Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial with you. I think you’re going to be inspired to make a few of these yourself, as they are very festive!
Can you guess what I used as the base for this frosty, sparkly ornament? Well, if you guessed a Graphic 45 Staples Washi Tape Container, then you are correct! Move to the head of the class!
This is a fairly quick and easy project to put together, especially when you have a Snapguide tutorial to walk you through each of the steps.
The cylinder that holds the Staples Washi Tape is just the right size for a little bottle brush tree. I’ve dressed mine up with Grit Paste and Glitter, then added a bunch of faux snow, sequins and beads to make it sparkle and shine.
Chipboard elements add the finishing touch on this fun and festive project.
And Christmas Ribbon tops everything off perfectly!
Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial on Snapguide
Are you ready to learn how to make this sweet dimensional ornament? Then follow the simple steps in this Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Ornament Tutorial on Snapguide .
White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial
Hello, Friends! Happy Saturday! I’m up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog today with a Saturday Step x Step. For your convenience, I’m also posting the White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial here on my blog. This is the project I made for the Most Memorable Gift Challenge at Frilly and Funkie. You can find the original post HERE.
The tutorial focuses on the steps I used to create the shaker window element, prepare the tag base and add the basic layers. I hope you enjoy!
Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial
Hello, Friends! Baby projects are always sweet to make and fun to share. Today I have an Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial that is really easy to make. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Awww! Look at what the stork brought! This image is so perfectly vintage but sweet and fresh as a newborn babe. I kept the design fairly simple so that the shaker top and image would really shine.
The base of the card measures 5″ x 7″ with a 1/4″ spine to allow for lots of goodies to be added on the inside. I’ve mixed the gorgeous designer papers from the Beginnings collection with Spectrum Robin’s Egg Blue Cardstock and Authentique Micro Basics Brown check papers. It’s lovely that these basic patterns are a perfect color match for the Authentique designer papers.
Shake it Up Baby!
Machine stitching, ribbon and a fun shaker panel filled with sequins, seed beads, mini buttons, Prills and micro beads add loads of texture, dimension and movement to the card design.
Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial: The Details
Baby Blue Chevron Ribbon, Ivory Burlap String and a rubber duckie novelty button dress up the bottom corner of the card.
This wonderful sentiment is from the selvage edge of the 12×12 papers. I never throw these away as they are fantastic additions to projects. Cut a fishtail on one end, then mat on Spectrum Robin’s Egg Blue papers, weave between your fingers and add a button. Easiest sentiment panel ever!
Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside
You can easily turn a card into a gift by adding pockets, tags and mini folios inside. Tuck in a gift card and you’ve created a keepsake gift that does double duty as nursery decor and mini baby book.
Score Spectrum Robin’s Egg Blue cardstock to make a mini folio. I topped this with a matted sticker from the 12×12 Collection Kit and a chipboard button from my stash.
The folio measures a generous 5.25″ tall and has a simple tri fold design.
Mat stickers onto cardstock to create these adorable mini file folders. They are the perfect journal spot, aren’t they?
Create a large pocket on the bottom half of the card, then decorate it with another of the Details stickers. These come in the 12×12 Collection Kit, or you can purchase them separately.
Fill the pocket with journal cards from the cut apart page. You can write on the front, and add photos on the back.
Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial on Snapguide
This Snapguide Tutorial will guide you step by step and layer by layer so that you can create your own Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card.
There are a couple of helpful tips that will prevent your shaker card adventure from becoming a disaster:
Acetate cardstock has a lot of static. I rub mine very lightly with a dryer sheet to prevent the sequins from clinging to it.
Keep the tape liner in place until you have filled the shaker cavity with beads, sequins, etc. The tape is sticky, and small elements will cling to it. This will make the seal insecure, and your beads and other goodies will leak out.
Be mindful of the size of your shaker elements. Anything too thick will get stuck between the paper and the acetate layer.
Press the acetate firmly to seal it to the tape!
Fill your shaker with a mix of sequins, Prills, Micro Beads, seed beads and tiny buttons or chipboard. Having a mix of shaker elements really makes for a fun card.
Authentique Beginnings Bonus Card
I was having so much fun with this paper collection that I didn’t want to stop. So I made this sweet Baby Boy Bib Overall card.
The card base is an old Crafty Secrets Chipboard form that I’ve had in my stash forever. I covered it with papers from the Beginnings 6×6″ Bundle, scraps of Spectrum Robin’s Egg Blue paper and Brown Micro Check paper. The overall suspenders are actually stickers from the Details Sticker Sheet.
Fill the pockets with little tags made with scraps and tiny stickers.
On the inside, I’ve used another sheet of the Spectrum Robin’s Egg Blue paper, stickers, and some fussy cut images. The mini file folder is a great spot to add a gift card or personal note.
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.
Authentique Imagine Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble
YouTube Video and Snapguide Tutorial
Hello, Friends! I’m a big believer in the old saying that age is just a number. Today’s carousel themed birthday party ensemble is testament to that fact. Made with gorgeous Authentique Imagine papers, this table centerpiece, birthday card folio and birthday quote wallet are the perfect gift for any woman who is celebrating an all important “milestone” birthday.
(There are loads of photos, a YouTube video tour and a Snapguide tutorial to follow, so you might want to go grab a cuppa and a snack before we begin. Or, just scroll down to the bottom and watch the video tour. )
Normally, we connect carousel rides with little kids, but when I got my hands on this dreamy Imagine paper collection, my mind went right to grown up ladies. Girls just want to have fun, right?
Carousel Themed Bendi Card Birthday Centerpiece with Snapguide Tutorial
I have discovered a new crafting obsession. These oversized Bendi Card centerpieces are just too much fun to make, and I can’t stop myself.
For this beauty, I combined patterned papers, fussy cut images, Detail Stickers, chipboard elements, Petaloo flowers, Striped Chevron Ribbon and a button from my stash. I’ll share a supply list and product links at the end of this post.
Several of you have asked me if there is a tutorial for making this Bendi Card base. Well, there is now. I worked up a Snapguide Tutorial that you can adapt for use with the paper of your choice.
Here’s a good tip for you: Whenever I take a fancy fold card design for a “test drive” I create the base with my cheapest cardstock. There’s always a learning curve involved, and I’d rather destroy a cheap piece of cardstock than a piece of my gorgeous designer papers. Once you’ve made the prototype, then you can cut into your pretty papers. And remember: measure twice, cut once!
The focal image on this card inspired this entire project. I was enchanted by this lovely white haired grandma riding the carousel with her grandson. This is who I want to be when I grow up!
Because I really don’t enjoy shopping (unless it’s for paper pretties) I have developed the habit of giving a gift card or cash gift for most birthdays and holidays. But I still want my gift to be special. This desire prompted me to start creating what I call birthday card folios. These are gifts all on their own, but I always include a spot to tuck in a gift card.
I begin these cards by building a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base. Although this looks like a standard card front, I’ve designed a really fun surprise element in. See that little brown binder clip? Remove it, and you’ll find a secret compartment filled with lovely surprises.
I build my cards “inside out.” Because I want to keep the cover of my cards clean, I create the entire cover, but don’t glue it to the card base until the inside is finished. This way, flowers don’t get crushed, and I don’t accidentally pick up any mess from my crafting surface. It’s also easier to work on the inside of a card before the bulky elements on the cover have been added.
How fun is this? I’ve created a little tuck spot by fussy cutting the pretty carousel pony silhouette from the designer paper. It’s popped up on a piece of waste shipping package. You can write a little note and tuck it in here.
Turn an image from the cut apart page into an open sided pocket when you glue just the bottom edge. Then tuck this fun gift card tag behind it.
Have you ever noticed how beautiful some product packaging is? I just can’t bring myself to toss it in the recycle bin. The base of this tag is made from Petaloo flower packaging. I sanded it lightly, painted it with Distress Paints, then created a belly band with gorgeous papers and detail stickers.
Top the gift card tag with pretty ribbon and some green metal posies, and you’d never guess its humble beginnings. Then decorate a mini file folder with designer papers……
…and your tag becomes a hidden gift card holder. Fun, fun, fun!
A Peek Inside
Now we get to open the body of this folio. And what do we find? Even more surprises. I started by sewing vintage buttons to a hand made button card. Then I tuckednext it into this pretty side pocket.
Next, I went to work on the bottom half of the birthday card folio. Stamped sentiments, a sweet little paper spool of ribbon to go along with the button card and some fun treats can be found here.
When it’s your birthday, it’s OK to eat chocolate…even for breakfast! LOL I also created a sweet little tea bag holder that I decorated with one of the images from the cut apart page.
Of course, you could tuck anything into this little wallet, but I happen to love tea. Now, let’s take a look at the final member of this Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble.
Carousel Themed Birthday Quote Wallet
I thought it would be fun to create a little quote wallet filled with all kinds of happy thoughts about growing older. Also, I hate to deal with scraps….and I had just enough paper left on my desktop to create this little 4″ x 6″ quote wallet. LOL
When I have design paper that is as gorgeous as this, I tend to save every little scrap. Use a torn edge to make a pretty border on a page. Cut small strips into banner flags like the ones that flutter beneath the sticker medallion. They are just too pretty to waste!
Then you can just stamp (or write, or computer journal) your favorite quotes and add them to the wallet.
Here’s how I created this simple tri-fold quote wallet:
First, cut a piece of cardstock to measure 11″ long x 6″ high.
Then, placing the long side against the rail of your scoring tool, score at 4″ and 8″.
Now burnish the score lines with a bone folder.
Fold the right hand side toward the center and the left hand side over it.
Decorate as desired.
I also like to use small scraps to create cute little tags like the one I tucked into this pocket.
Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Video on YouTube
I share more tips, tricks and ideas in this 10 minute YouTube video tour of the album.
I hope I’ve inspired you to get out your pretty papers, scissors and glue and get your craft on! If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Thanks for stopping by!
Supply List and Product Links
(Note, I’ve provided product links whenever possible, but some items have been in my stash a long time, and are no longer available online. I’m sure you can find a good subsitute in your own crafty stash.)