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!
Hello, Friends! Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations February Alumni Hop! I’m here to share a Butterfly Medley Vintage Purple Roses Trifold Folio Tutorial with you. We have a lot of ground to cover, so grab a snack and a cuppa and let’s get started!
Vintage Purple Roses Trifold Folio Tutorial: First Look
Ultra Violet is Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, so I thought I’d celebrate that with this rich purple folio. I pulled papers from the beautiful Butterfly Medley Paper Collection and added a whole host of dies to create this 5″ x 7″ trifold folio. You’ll find a complete supply list at the end of this post.
You Tube Video Tour of the Album
I think it’s easier to understand how this folio comes together if you can see all the various mechanisms at work. So I’ve made a short YouTube Video Tour of the album for you to watch before we get started. I hope you enjoy!
Vintage Purple Roses Trifold Folio Tutorial: Building the Base
Here’s how to build this trifold folio base:
First, cut 2 sheets of textured lavender cardstock to measure 11″ x 7″ high.
Then, join the two strips of cardstock together on the 7″ edge using 1/2″ Scor-Tape.
Now place the long side of this strip on your scoring tool. Score at 5″ and again at 5.5″.
Next, repeat this process all the way down the length of your paper, folding to fit your scoring platform as you go. You should end up with THREE 5″ x 7″ sections with 1/2″ spines between.
Now, on the far right hand panel, score an additional line 1.5″ from the edge. This will form the flap and pocket.
Finally, crease all scored lines with a bone folder.
Vintage Purple Roses Trifold Folio Tutorial: Decorating the base pages
We will line and design the interior of the folio before we create the cover. This way, the cover will stay clean and fresh. Dimensional elements will not get crushed during the creative process.
First, cut 3/8″ strips of patterned paper to line all the spine sections, inside and out. I used border strips for this purpose.
Next, cut panel of slightly darker lavender cardstock. Cut each panel to measure 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″.
For the next steps, DO NOT GLUE the papers until instructed to do so, or you will not be able to add the flip and flap elements.
Now, cut two panels of Butterfly Medley paper to measure 4.75″ x 6.75″. These will line the left and center folio panels.
Then cut a 2.75″ x 6.75″ panel for the flap. You may glue this in place now.
Next cut a 2″ x 6.75″ panel to line the pocket and a 1 3/8″ panel to line the pocket flap. You may glue this in place now.
To seal the pocket, add glue to the top and bottom edge only.
Vintage Purple Roses Trifold Folio Tutorial: Creating the Flap Elements
Now we will work on creating the flap element on the right hand side of the album.
First trim two card front images. The one on the top measures 4.25″ x 3″. Mat this on a piece of 4.75″ x 3.25″ lavender cardstock. Glue the image to the mat, leaving a wide margin on the right hand side. Place this on your scoring tool, and score a line just to the right of the image. Fold to form a hinge. Glue the hinge to to top of the flap.
Then repeat this process with the next image. This time trim the image to measure 4.75″ x 3.5″. Mat on a larger piece of lavender cardstock as before. Score a hinge and glue to the flap.
This is what the flap page will look like. I lined the back side of my flaps with patterned paper from the Butterfly Medley Collection. Trim out the word “Bloom” from the paper collection, mat on cardstock and glue just the left hand edge in place to create a tuck spot.
Here’s the pocket on the back side of the flap.
Vintage Purple Roses Trifold Folio Tutorial: Creating the Center Panel
Now we will work on the flip and pocket element in the center panel of the folio.
First, trim the card front to measure 4.75″ wide x 5.25″ tall. Round the corners, if desired.
Then score a 1/2″ hinge along the top edge of the image. Crease this and glue it to the center of the panel.
Now glue the Butterfly Medley panel you cut earlier in place so that it covers the hinge as seen in this photo.
Next, create a pocket by scoring 1/2″ margins on bottom, right and left hand sides of a 5 7/8″ x 2.5″ panel of paper. Fold the flaps to form a pocket. Use a circle punch to create a thumb hole. Glue in place.
Finally, fill the pocket with tags as seen here. Die cut the ticket and glue in place.
Vintage Purple Roses Trifold Folio Tutorial: The Waterfall Folio
Now we will create the waterfall folio on the left hand side.
Begin by gluing your pre-cut panel of Butterfly Medley paper in place.
Now, cut 5 panels of 4″ x 5.5″ cardstock in alternating colors of light and dark lavender.
Next, round the corners. Score a 1/2″ hinge on the top of each panel.
Then, cut 5 card fronts to fit each cardstock panel. These should measure 3.75″ x approx. 5″ . If they are a little shorter, it really doesn’t matter.
Now, for the top panel only: add a magnet toward the bottom edge of the cardstock panel.
Next, glue the card fronts to the cardstock panels, being sure to glue below the fold.
Now you will line the folded edge of the first panel up with the top edge of your Butterfly Medley paper, being sure to center it on both the right and left hand sides.
Next, glue the next folded edge so that it butts up against the previous one. You can see from this photo what that should look like.
Then continue adding panels until they are all in place.
Vintage Purple Roses Trifold Folio Tutorial: Creating the Magnetic Flap
Next, create the magnetic flap closure.
First, cut a 2″ x 5″ strip of lavender cardstock.
Then, score at 3″ and again at 3 1/8″. Crease the score lines.
Place this strip on the folio base as seen here. Place a magnet on the TOP panel of the waterfall. Don’t glue it. It will cling to the magnet beneath the paper. Remove the liner paper from the magnet.
Next, fold the flap closure up to meet the magnet on the top panel. The tape will adhere to the flap.
Now line the flap with paper, inside and out as seen here.
Then, glue the base of the flap to the base of the folio as seen in the photo.
Now, cover the flap with a matted image from the paper collection.
Be sure to visit and comment on each blog in the hop. One comment from a mystery blog will be randomly chosen to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Certificate.
The hop runs from 8 AM EST on Friday, February 23rd through Monday, February 26th at 11:59 PM. Winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018. I’ll also contact the winner via e-mail and will post the winner’s name at the top of my blog at that time.
I hope I’ve shared some ideas, 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 hopping!
Butterfly Medley Vintage Purple Roses Trifold Folio Tutorial Supply List
An Ode to Little Women: Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio for CHA/Creativation
Hello, G45’ers! Did you have a favorite book when you were growing up? One that you read over and over and never tired of? For me, that book was Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. I’ve lost count of the many times I got lost in the lives of the brave, loving and wise saga of the March family. (My favorite was Jo, of course!) So when Graphic 45 released the Little Women collection, I decided to create a big, big card to reflect the large role this book played in my life. This 8×8 Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio is truly an ode to Little Women.
Mat images on black cardstock to really make them pop.
Add designer paper to Staples Black ATC tags to add style and easy layers to your card design.
How to Create a Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio
Easel cards look complicated, but they are actually very easy to create. There are several different ways to make them, and you can find lots of variations on Pinterest. This is how I created this 8″ square easel card:
First, create the card base. Because this card is so large, I worked with a 12″ x 18″ piece of black cardstock. You can purchase this large cardstock at Envelopes.com.
Now, cut the cardstock to measure 8″ wide x 16″ long.
Next, score it in half on the long side and fold to make a standard top fold card base.
Then score the bottom panel in half again at 4″ . Fold this flap in toward the fold. This creates the easel mechanism for the card.
You will build your card front on a separate piece of 8″ square black cardstock.
The final step is gluing the bottom half of the card front to the flap. Don’t glue above the fold or the easel mechanism won’t work.
Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio: The Details
This Staples Antique Metal Door Plate and Knob is the perfect accent for the Little Women collection. It fits beautifully with the vintage vibe of the pretty papers.
Die cut and mat an image from a 4×6 Ephemera card to create a stylish focal for your card front.
Tie a Shabby Chic Clock Key to a Staples ATC tag to create an interesting dimensional element on your card.
Turn an Antique Metal Door Pull upside down, then fill with flowers! This is such a fun way to add dimension to a design. Create a stopper for the easel card by backing a border strip with foam tape or waste chipboard. This way, the card can stand upright for display.
An Ode to Little Women Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio: A Peek at the Inside
The large format of this easel card provides you with the ability to add fun interactive elements to the interior. I’ve created some mini folios and pockets using ephemera cards, ATC tags and images from the cut apart page.
The ephemera cards in this collection are especially beautiful! Don’t be afraid to use the “B” sides! I’ve cut this 4″ x 6″ ephemera card down, then turned it into a pocket to house these decorated tags and a mini folio.
And see these decorative panels? They are more than just pretty pictures!
They open to reveal a spot for photos and hidden journaling. This would be such a great way to commemorate a special event!
I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Hello, Friends! Happy Tuesday! Today’s the big day when I reveal the names of the 5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway Winners! There are 4 winners in all. Once again I’d love to send every single one of you a thank you gift. And if postage fees were not so incredibly high, I’d put together more boxes and give away more goodies. Please know how deeply I appreciate each and every one of you! And now, without further ado, here are the winners!
International 5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway Winners!
Three of my very dear International followers will receive a copy of my On the Boardwalk Zig-Zag Album tutorial. I’ll also send along a link to a YouTube video tour so you can see the design in action. These are the lucky winners of that prize:
You should be able to use any collection with this tutorial. Just change out the papers! I’ll e-mail the PDF tutorial to you all today. Thanks so much for being on the journey with me!
5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway Grand Prize Winner
Now, for the name of the big winner of all that crafty swag! I put all the multiple entries from all the different social media platforms (including this blog) into the proverbial hat and drew out the following lucky winner:
Congratulations, Beverly! I’ll be touching base with you via e-mail to get your mailing address information.
Thanks to everyone who commented, visited and shared an encouraging word. I look forward to this every year, as it gives me a chance to say thank you to each one of you for your friendship, encouragement and support. Y’all are the best!
Kiss Me, I’m Irish! Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial
Hello, Friends! Well, Valentine’s Day is past, so you know what that means don’t you? Yes! It’s time for the wearin’ o the green! I’m here today to help you get ready for Saint Patrick’s Day with a trio of totally adorable vintage style cards. This Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial will have you itching to dig into your crafty stash and get your green on!
Working with this collection is an Irish girl’s dream come true. Especially in the gloomy month of February! All this green makes my heart want to sing! Each of these 5″ x 5″ top fold cards uses the same basic “recipe.” This means, you can make a stack of cards in a very short amount of time. Just cut all your panels, die cut your embellishments and make your own assembly line!
I broke out some dies to make these festive rosettes and ribbon banners. Make a whole stack of them before you start, then you can zip right through the creative process.
You can give each card its own unique feel simply by altering the focal image and the placement of the embellishments a bit.
Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial: The Party’s on the Inside
Lest you should think that I overlooked the interior of these gloriously green cards, here’s a peek at the inside.
I’ve filled the interior with lots of fun little interactive elements that make each card feel just like a party!
Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial on YouTube
So are you ready to get your craft on? I’ve prepared a video tutorial for you. In it, we will learn how to quickly and easily build a pocket card base. We will decorate the interior of the card, and build the little wallet that tucks into the pocket. Then we’ll decorate the card front together. I think you’re going to be surprised at how quickly and easily these cards come together.
One quick note: for some reason, I got it into my crazy head that the name of this collection was Emerald. It is not. It is SHAMROCK. So whenever you hear me say “Emerald” wag your finger at me and say, “Shamrock, Kathy! Shamrock!” I apologize for the glitch!
You’ll find a linked supply list for the products I’ve used at the end of this post. Now get out your notebook and pencil, because class is in session! Enjoy!
If I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Thanks for stopping by!
Supply List and Product Links: Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial
Frilly and Funkie Saturday Showcase: How to Make a Shabby Chic Card with Prima Lavender
Hello, Friends! Happy Saturday! Just wanted to let you know that I’m up on the Frilly and Funkie Saturday Showcase today. You can learn how to make a Shabby Chic, Layered card using Prima’s Lavender collection. Here’s a sneak peek:
A Country Christmas: G45 Winter Wonderland December Daily and Embellishment Tutorial
Hello, G45’ers! If you’re like me, you haven’t had the chance to document your holiday memories yet. This Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland December Daily is such a great way to store all those precious photos and cherished memories. I’m happy to finally be able to share it with you.
To make memory keeping simple, I broke the album down into 4 weekly sections. This seems less daunting to me than a daily entry. It’s such a great place to record my play dates with the Littles, special family times and even favorite recipes, I can just pop a photo into the appropriate week, jot down a quick note and be done.
Graphic 45 Craft Basket Challenge: Mixed Media Album, 12×12 Pad and Washi Tape
As an additional motivation for this project, it’s my turn to play along in the G45 Craft Basket Challenge. This month, we were asked to create a project with a Staples Mixed Media Album (I chose Ivory) a 12×12 paper collection (I chose Winter Wonderland) and Staples Washi Tape. I have some fun features built into the pages. You’ll learn all about them in the YouTube Video tour below.
You will also find a lot of really cute embellishments made with Winter Wonderland Chipboard and Stickers. There’s a YouTube video tutorial for those, and I think you’ll have lots of fun making them.
Winter Wonderland December Daily: The Cover
Fussy cut flowers, simple paper layers, and a die cut ornament adorn the cover of this 8.25″ x 8.75″ x 2″ album. Each layer is matted with gold and black to keep the designs from becoming muddled.
I could not resist adding this little bottle brush tree to the cover decor. Here’s how I did it:
First, use Glossy Accents to secure the Staples Antique Metal Door Pull to the bottom right hand corner of the cover art. Note that it is upside down.
Now, tap a bottle brush tree with Distress Grit Paste and roll in clear Glitter.
Next, remove the round wood base from the tree and hot glue to the center of the Door Pull.
Then use hot glue to add Spanish Moss and Red Berries to the arrangement.
Finally, tap the berries, and door pull with Grit Paste to resemble fallen snow.
To make the ornament:
Die cut a Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ornament Die (retired) from medium weight chipboard.
Now cut again using the green stripe paper in 12×12 Patterns and Solids. Glue together.
Create a washi tape belly band.
Then top with the chipboard element.
Now tie gold string around the top and add small chipboard tag, jingle bells, berries and ribbon.
Tie ribbon around the spine and decorate with large jingle bells and a mini tree ornament. The back cover is decorated with 12×12 Patterns and Solids and a washi tape border.
Winter Wonderland December Daily: A Peek Inside
You’ll find a slash pocket filled with Staples Black Standard Tags and a cheery holiday banner inside the album
Use the tags to decorate cookie plates, Christmas gifts or as fun photo mounts.
This waterfall feature is a great place for all your candid holiday photos. Sew two vellum sheets together on 3 sides to create a large pocket. Then cut the heavy kraft cardstock pages to fit inside. These pages can be used for large (5″ x 7″) photos or even recipes.
The tabbed pocket pages are so quick and easy to decorate. I’ve filled them with 4″ x 6″ images from the cut apart page. I’ve also added decorated Staples Black Square Tags because they make fabulous photo mounts. Create a hinge to attach an ATC sized Policy Envelope and tuck another square tag behind it. This way, you can use the entire page for photos or recipes.
Photo wallets are so much fun to add to pockets, and they make a great place to tuck in a gift card or tickets to a special show.
This Square Black Tag is tucked behind the open side of a 4″ x 6″ photo mount. Interactive elements always make an album more fun!
You’ll find all the details and lots of tips and tricks in this YouTube Video Tour.
Winter Wonderland December Daily YouTube Video Tour
Winter Wonderland December Daily: Making the Chipboard and Sticker Embellishments
As you saw in the video, the final pocket in this Winter Wonderland December Daily holds a festive banner made with Staples Red Alpha Tags. This goes together in about 15 minutes. Here’s how:
First, mat each tag on gold metallic paper and trim around the edges.
Next, re-punch the hole at the top of each tag.
Then thread black and white ribbon through the top.
Now tie a square knot with another piece of the same ribbon.
Next, hot glue a flower to the center knot.
Then, make the chipboard and sticker embellishments following the simple steps in this YouTube Video tutorial.
I’ve used these embellishments throughout the album to dress up tags and decorate pages. They are super simple to make, and can be adapted for use with any paper collection.
Winter Wonderland December Daily Chipboard and Sticker Embellishments Tutorial on YouTube
I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own holiday crafting. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. Thanks so much for hanging with me for this long post!