BEE Yourself Honeybee Greeting Card with Petaloo Posies and G45 Nature Sketchbook
Hello, Friends! I have such a fun, cheery card to share with you today! This Bee Yourself Honeybee Greeting card just bursts with happy colors, beautiful papers and bodacious blooms.
I’m in love with Petaloo International’s gorgeous Botanica Blooms. They look so lifelike you can almost smell their sweet bouquet when you use them on a project. Combine these beautiful blooms with Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook paper and a digital image from Polly’s Paper Studio, and you can color me happy, happy, happy!
This is my standard 5″ x 7″ top fold card made on a kraft cardstock base. To deepen the color of the Botanica Blooms I gave them a couple spritzes of Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist. I did the same with the sweet little Ivory Canvas Sunflower on top of my ribbon cluster.
Inside, I’ve added all sorts of wonderful goodies.
Herbal Tea and a Honeystick go perfectly with this themed card.
And why not tuck in a sweet tag and fun little tags to complete the ensemble?
I hope this BEE Yourself Honeybee Greeting card added some sunshine to your day. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Laundry Day Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon with Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home
Hello, Ribbon lovers! In my world, nothing smells so sweet as freshly washed sheets that have hung on the line. The beautiful spring weather and memories of my mom prompted me to make this Laundry Day card with Really Reasonable Ribbon and Graphic 45’s Home Sweet Home collection. It brings back so many happy childhood memories!
If you never had the joy of hanging freshly washed laundry on the line on a gorgeous spring day, then you have missed out on one of life’s greatest pleasures. With the blue sky over your head and a playful breeze blowing while cheeky little birds sing their hearts out it’s truly a feast for the soul! I tried to capture the joy of the experience in this 5″ x 7″ top fold laundry day card.
It’s All About the Layers on this Laundry Day Card
This card is all about the layers! I layered up several prints and patterns, as is my usual course of action. But I also layered up the focal image.
To do this, first create a layer with the entire image. Next, fussy cut a second image, ink the edges and back it with small foam tabs. Then carefully line the fussy cut image up with the original and press in place. I love the way this causes the image to pop off the page.
You can create layers with ribbon, too! For this card, I created a double layer bow with the Electric Blue Taffeta ribbon from the May Ribbon Club Assortment. I topped it with a bright and cheery Yellow Plaid double loop bow. Then I added some pretty red and blue blooms to go with the fussy cut hollyhocks from the paper collection.
This miniature wooden washboard is layered on top of a journal tag from the paper collection. I draped it with a snippet of Red Plaid Ribbon and a fussy cut border image. The Red Plaid Ribbon also serves as a border at the top of the card.
Pockets and Tags and Sweet Treats Inside this Laundry Day Card
I love to create cards that can double as gifts, so I generally add pockets and tags and treats to the inside. The miniature green clothespin holds a tiny folio shut.
To create this, I simply cut the strip of images from the border page in Home Sweet Home. Then I scored between each image. Next I accordion folded the strip so that the tomato image is on top. It would be fun to write either a personal note or a recipe on the ephemera card.
The lower pocket contains a tea bag and an individually wrapped chocolate. There’s plenty of room to tuck in a gift card, too.
Sadly, we are not allowed to hang clothes out on the line in my new neighborhood. But I still have the sweet memories from hanging clothes on the line with my mom. Do you use a clothesline? I’d love to hear your Laundry Day story in the comment section below.
God Bless America Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon May Blog Hop
Hello Ribbon Lovers! It’s May 13th, and that means it’s time for another fabulous Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop. You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog. If you get off track, go back to the RRR BLOG where you’ll find a complete list for the hop. We are heading right into the summer holidays, so it’s time to break out the red, white and blue ribbons from the May Patriotic Ribbon Club assortment and get your craft on. I’ve made this God Bless America card using every single ribbon in the assortment.
I don’t know what it is about combining red, white and blue, but it sure works! Here’s a look at the ribbons in this month’s club.
United We Stand
This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made with Authentique’s brand new “United” paper collection. I layered some of these fabulous ribbons to create a belly band for my card. Ribbon is a great way to create a quick border, and as you can see, I did that on the base of this card front. I also created a fun paper clip embellishment with a snippet of ribbon and a metal button.
Now, let’s talk about the bow! I tied two colors of ribbon at the same time on my Bow-it-All tool. Then I topped the bow with a flashy red flower and a star shaped stick pin.
True Blue Through and Through
The inside of the card has another belly band and a double pocket that contains a stack of little journal cards. These can hold photos, or be used as bookmarks, or for journaling.
Raise your hand if you had to memorize the Pledge of Allegiance when you were in school. Do they still do that? We started with the Pledge every single morning, and I love that Authentique included it in this collection. I also tucked a little chocolate treat inside the belly band.
Now hop on over and see what Cherryhas cooked up with this fabulous ribbon assortment. And be sure to visit the RRR Blog and let Bonnie know that you completed the hop so you can be entered to win your very own Patriotic Ribbon Club Assortment.
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.
Tammy Tutterow Creative Team Friday: Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial
Hello, Friends! Do you like to make your own flowers? I find it to be relaxing and rewarding all at the same time. For this installment of Tammy Tutterow Creative Team Friday, I have made a Shabby Posies thank you card tutorial. This beauty is adorned with a cascade of beautiful handmade Shabby Posies roses, a textured background that you can make yourself, and patterned papers that I rescued from the Closet of Shame. Let’s get started!
This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made with Prima’s retired Stationer’s Desk collection. Retired collections are too beautiful to leave languishing away The Closet of Shame!
Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial Part 1:Creating the Background Layer
Do you see the pretty textured background layer? I made this with Tammy’s Picnic embossing folder and her wonderful Big Fabric Background Stamp. Here are the steps I followed.
Cut a 4.75″ x 6.5″ panel of smooth white cardstock.
Stamp the surface in Pumice Stone Distress Ink using the Big Fabric Background Stamp.
Heat Emboss with clear powder.
Rub Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink on the flat side of the embossing folder. (This is the surface that has the Spellbinders logo imprinted on the front.)
Use a Distress Spray Bottle to lightly mist the cut cardstock.
Place the cardstock misted side up on the bottom half of the embossing folder.
Run through your die cutting machine following manufacturer’s directions.
Spritz and flick with water. Heat dry.
Use a blender tool to rub Pumice Stone DI over the embossed areas. Spritz and Flick again.
Heat set. The embossed stamping will pop through the ink, which is very cool.
Machine Stitch onto a slightly larger panel of designer paper.
Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial Part 2: Creating the Layers
Now it’s time to create the lovely layers for this card.
Cut 3 tags from designer paper using Tammy’s Shortie Tag Die. Set one aside for later.
Ink the edges of the tags with Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink. Spritz lightly to activate the ink.
Mount the tags on foam tabs. To save money, I cut up Priority Mail boxes and use them instead. Not only do I save money, but I repurpose an item that would normally end up in the recycling bin!
Add a brad to one tag and glue in place as seen in this photo.
Stagger the second tag and glue on top.
Next, I added a couple of tags from the Stationer’s Desk collection on top of this tag.
Now, use the pennant shaped die from Tammy’s Shortie Tabs to cut 3 little banner flags from scraps. Glue these in place at the base of the tag that’s on the bottom
Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial Part 3: Creating the Shabby Posies Roses
The Shabby Posie Die is probably my favorite floral die from Tammy. It is so versatile. For this card, I die cut my flower layers from patterned paper. I love the depth and dimension this adds to a finished flower. Best of all, it makes quick work of the flower making process.
Here’s how I made these Shabby Posies Roses.
Cut three sets of Shabby Posies from patterned paper.
Using the leaves from Pom Pom Posies cut 2 sets of the double leaf die and one of the single leaf die.
Use a sponge dauber to add Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink to the center and around the edges of each flower layer.
Lightly spritz the back of each flower layer. This helps to break down the fibers in the paper, making it easier to shape the petals. It also helps the layers to hold their shape as they dry, since the water releases the starch within the paper.
Shape the flowers and leaves with a stylus and foam mat.
Use smaller layers to create a rosebud for the center of one flower.
Once the layers are dry (I use a heat tool) assemble with hot glue, firmly pressing a ball stylus into the center of each flower as you stack them.
Fill the centers of two roses with hot glue and fill with glass beads.
Glue onto the card as shown.
Add ribbon and a button.
Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial Part 4: Finishing the Inside
Finishing the inside of a card is just as important to me as creating the outside. I love to make cards that can double as a gift. So I add pockets, tags, mini envelopes…whatever little treats I can think of to make the card interactive and fun.
I created a tag pocket on the top half of this card.
Remember that 3rd Shortie Tag we cut way back at the beginning? Here it is now. I’ve inked the edges, double matted it on cardstock, then stamped it with Tammy’s gorgeous Thank You Stamp.
It’s just the perfect size to fit on the Shortie Tag and the design is perfect for this card. Stamp in Jet Black Archival Ink, then heat emboss with clear powder to make the design pop. Then just add a brad and a dragonfly charm to complete the tag.
The bottom half of the card interior has layered papers topped with a postcard that’s the perfect spot to write a personal note. And who doesn’t love to open a sweet little Window Mini Pocket to see what is inside?
I’ve filled this one with a little tag from the paper collection. It’s a great spot to write a note, tuck in a cash gift or any other little treat.
Be sure to stop by Tammy’s BLOG where you’ll find inspiration from the other amazing gals on the team. I’m always blown away by the wonderful things they create with Tammy’s gorgeous designs.
I hope this Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial has given you some ideas and tips 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, wherever possible, I will link to products, but some items from my stash may no longer be readily available. You can easily substitute with items from your stash.
Frilly & Funkie Challenge: Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag
Hello, Friends! It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly & Funkie Blog. Linda is our hostess this go round, and the theme is “The Sound of Music.” I’ve created a very fun Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag to share with you, but before we get into that, let’s see what Linda has to say about this challenge.
“When this challenge goes live, I will be in Key West for the annual Songwriters’ Festival. I thought it would be fun to create something vintage or shabby chic that tells what music means to you and/or to depict a favorite song.”
Our House is a Very, Very, Very Fine House
I’ve created this shabby chic vignette on a Tim Holtz Medium Sized Etcetera tag. Don’t be fooled by the word “medium” . This tag measures a whopping 6.5″ wide x 12″ tall. It’s made of what Tim calls “thickboard” which the package says is made to be “collaged, altered, and embellished.” In other words,it can handle anything you throw at it or on it!
I dug deep into all my TH supplies for this shabby chic crafting adventure, and you can find the links to all those items in the Thumblinky below.
The Story Behind Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag
(This is a personal story, and if you’d rather not read it, just skip below and look at the pretty pictures. I won’t mind one bit! )
I’ve always loved the music of Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the song “Our House” was definitely a favorite. But in 2013 an event took place that moved it right to the top of my list.
A few of you know that my darling husband Dale had emergency quadruple bypass surgery in November 2013. The main artery to his heart was 99% blocked, and every nurse, physician and medical professional during our stay in the hospital told me that he was a walking miracle. Not only did he NOT die (Thank you Dear Lord) but he suffered no heart damage and came through the surgery like a champ.
He did, however, develop some complications after surgery that led to a 10 day hospital stay. These were some of the most stressful, scary, difficult days of our 40+ year marriage. When we were finally released to come home, it was a glad and joyous day.
A few days after getting home, we were sitting in my old studio. The sun was shining through the double windows, and I was playing the radio while I worked and Dale rested. Our House by Crosby, Stills & Nash began to play, and we both spontaneously got out of our chairs and began to slow dance with the golden sunbeams shining on us. In no time, we were both weeping tears of gratitude and love because we were so aware of how close we had come to losing one another. So, this song has deep meaning for the two of us. When Linda issued this challenge, it took me about 10 seconds to create a project that would include the lyrics of this song.
If you’re not familiar with it or if you’d just like to hear it again, have a listen on me!
On with the Show: The Details
First, I covered the tag with Tim’s “Dapper” paper collection, then sanded and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. To create a ledge for my Paper Dolls and Tiny House to rest on, I stained and cut a wooden ruler. Dapper Brads are inserted into the ruler’s round holes.
After covering the larger Tiny House with designer paper, i brushed on Picket Fence Distress Paint to give it a weathered look. Next I created gingerbread trim by cutting cream cardstock with Tim’s Lace Thinlits Die. The house was so light in color that it seemed to “float” off the tag, so I added some black accents with various Idea-Ology Rub Ons.
I stained a wooden picket fence with Vintage Photo, then brushed it with Picket Fence and Weathered Wood Distress Paint. This was glued onto the base of the house. To reflect the “two cats in the yard” line from the song, I added this cute novelty button. Next, because the song mentions putting flowers in a vase, I added these Petaloo blossoms to the vignette. My round “window” is actually a wooden button topped with another novelty button.
A Beautiful, Abundant Life
Meet Mr. & Mrs. Happy. This darling couple is one of Tim’s Paper Dolls. I colored in their clothing with alcohol ink markers. The next step was running a Glassine Paper Bag through a texture fade to create some texture. Then I sponged the raised edges with Vintage Photo.
To give Mr. & Mrs. Happy a lift, I popped them up on foam tabs and added them to the distressed pinstripe paper panel. Next, I added a ticket, a rusty house, novelty buttons and more rub ons. I especially love the one I added below the ruler that reads “a beautiful, abundant life.”
A Song in my Pocket
The glassine envelope opens to reveal a little art tag that reinforces the challenge theme.
I printed out the lyrics and added them to the back of the tag.
The other ruler piece sits at the top of the tag along with some inked up Scrabble tiles, and other bits and bobs from Tim.
Now It’s Your Turn
Now that I’ve shared my Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag with you, I’d like to invite you to share your own “Sound of Music” project with us over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Simply link your project up on the F&F blog before 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, May 9th.
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 and the next three 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. You can find all the details HERE.
I can’t wait to see what you make.
I hope this Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag project contains 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.
Graphic 45 Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece: Savor Life and All Its Magic
Hello, G’45er’s! Do you ever use your gorgeous G45 papers to create party centerpieces? I made this Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece with parties in mind! If you’re hosting a prom party, a graduation party, birthday party or even a bridal shower, I think this vibrant and whimsical design would be a real conversation starter!
The inspiration for this project was that gorgeous ball gown on the 12×12 signature page of Midnight Masquerade. I wanted to find a way to display that would capture all its wonderful detail. To do this, I needed a base that would be larger than the basic bendi card design. (You can find a link to the basic design HERE.) This took a llttle “mathing” but was not terribly difficult. (Sadly, I forgot to write down what I did…so I’ll have to work another of these fun centerpieces up so I can share the numbers with you!)
The end result was a fantastically dimensional, vibrant centerpiece! I’m happy to share that this card made it all the way to CHA/Creativation back in January where it was displayed in the G45 booth.
Tips and Tricks for Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece
If you loved to play with paper dolls when you were little, then this collection is your dream come true. Midnight Masquerade is loaded with gorgeous ball gowns, fantastical flowers and fabulous masks. You’ll need a really sharp pair of fussy cutting scissors to create this centerpiece. I found that my tiny Tim Holtz snips worked very well. I inked all my edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink to cover up any raw paper edges.
To create the dimensional skirt on the ballgown, I gently shaped the skirt with the edge of my ruler. When the paper began to curl, I glued just the outside edges to the base, pushing them toward the center. Hold in place for a few seconds until the glue dries.
Use extra heavy cardstock for your card base so that it will hold up under the weight of the designer paper. I also glued the ends of my bendi flaps in place to secure them. Normally, you would leave the bendi flaps unattached so that the card can be folded shut. But since I was making a centerpiece instead of a card, I chose to glue the flaps in place.
Layer fussy cut flowers with dimensional flowers for extra fullness.
Add height to your creation by layering the fussy cut sentiment at the very top of the card base.
Use border pieces and sentiments to add text, color and drama to your centerpiece. I backed these elements with metallic cardstock for even more glitter and shine.
Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Supply List