#G45Gentleman Challenge: The Game is Afoot with Master Detective!
Hello, G45’ers! Today’s post is all about the fun #G45Gentleman Challenge at Graphic 45. As you can probably guess, the challenge is to create a masculine project using Graphic 45 papers. I got inspired by this fun challenge theme…and the new Master Detective Collection and set about making this deliciously diabolical Master Detective Bendi Card.
The Game is Afoot!
Our family has always been a game-playing family. From the time they were little, our 5 kids loved nothing better than spending an afternoon or evening rolling dice, spinning spinners, and moving game pieces around a board. We played countless games of Clue, and hosted more than one Murder Mystery Dinner. So this collection really spoke to memories of happy family times. To this day, whenever we get together, the boxes come out of the closet and as Sherlock Holmes says, “The game is afoot!”
This collection is just pure fun, so I had to create an extra special fun project with it. Bendi cards provide lots of opportunites to add layers of dimension to a card.
Back fussy cut images with foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to lift them from the card base. I get lots of packages sent to me in Priority Mail boxes. Instead of throwing them in the recycle bin, I cut them up and use them instead of costly foam dimensionals.
Here’s the “view from the top” so you can get a good look at all the yummy layers in this whimsical card.
Sinister Secrets and Dastardly Deeds: Create a Secret Pocket
You can create a secret pocket in many different ways. For this project, I fussy cut a border from the 12×12 paper collection. Then, I cut a narrow strip of cardboard and glued it along the base of the strip. Next, I added 1/8″ Scor-Tape to the base of the cardboard and glued it to the base of the Master Detective Bendi Card.
Now, what did I put in the pocket?
This little gift card folio! I simply matted the image on a strip 8.5″ long cardstock that was slightly taller than the image. After gluing the image to the right hand side of the strip, I scored a line to the left and folded.
Next I trimmed down a Master Detective ephemera card, and glued it inside. This gives you room to write a personal message and a great spot to tuck in a gift card!
Cobwebbed Cabinets and Skeleton Keys
One of the elements that makes this card so much fun is the staggered layers. I knew I wanted to add some height to one side of the card, so I fussy cut the cobwebbed bookshelf from the 12×12 page. To create even more dimension, you can separate the layers. I actually made three separate tiers, each backed with cardboard to make this curio cabinet pop off the page.
If you look closely at the top tier of the cabinet, you’ll see that the base of the top tier is folded to create even more dimension. To do this, I glued two strips of cardboard, one on top of the other, to the center of the base moulding. Then I glued the cardboard to the top of the curio cabinet. Once the glue had set, I came back and folded the sides down and glued them to the paper. It gives the top tier of the cabinet a very realistic look.
Elementary, My Dear Watson: Handmade Rosettes
Circle elements always add a playful feel to a project. To incorporate them here, I made some rosettes.
No rosette die? No worries! I made these rosettes with the border strips from the 12×12 collection. Cut the borders to different widths, then score on the 12″ side every 1/4″. Accordion fold along the score lines. Glue the ends together, then clip with a small binder clip until the glue dries. Place a dime sized puddle of hot glue onto a non stick craft mat. Open the rosette and press the center down into the glue puddle, bringing all the center edges together. Hold in place for a few seconds, then top with a chipboard button or game piece from the Master Detective Decorative Chipboard.
Master Detective Tags & Pockets
This pocket provides another fun little hiding spot for tags and treats. Skeleton keys, skeleton hands, a spider webbed monocle and spider charm add even more mystery to the design.
The #G45Gentleman Challenge
So now it’s your turn to get out your scissors and glue and get your craft on. Join the #G45Gentleman Challenge!
Create a masculine project using Graphic 45 product.
Upload your project to the G45 Facebook page using #G45 Gentleman
BONUS! Use the new Master Detective Collection and your entry will count as two entries.
WIN a $150 prize pack. Graphic 45 will randomly select ONE entry as the winning project.
Stars and Stripes Forever Independence Day Decor with Authentique “Heroic”
Hello, Friends! It’s officially summer and that means the 4th of July is right around the corner. If you are hosting a cookout celebration, you might want to start thinking about a little Independence Day decor. With that in mind, I dipped into the gorgeous new “Heroic” collection from Authentique papers and put together some fancy fold cards that can double as home decor.
Red, White and blue Through and Through Step Out Card
The great thing about fancy fold cards is that they are a a natural for home decor. Because I wanted the option to use this card as home decor, I made the base to measure 7″ long x 5″ tall. (You can find the YouTube video tutorial for this card base HERE.)
Die cut stitched stars make me think of 4th of July fireworks and add a great sense of motion to this card. I’ve used 12×12 Details stickers from the Heroic Collection to add extra detail. The blue stars are cut from foil paper for a little extra shimmer.
Wouldn’t this make a great table centerpiece on your Independence day table?
The vintage patriotic gal on this large panel on the right is not just another pretty face.
If you untie the Navy Blue Stars Grosgrain ribbon, you’ll discover that it’s a gift card wallet. This would make a great host or hostess gift for July 4th cookouts or a great birthday present for those lucky 4th of July babies.
Stars and Stripes Center Step Card
This dynamic star studded step out card would also look great on a 4th of July table. I used a Cheery Lynn die to cut the card base from kraft cardstock, then decorated it with an assortment of 12×12 and 6×6 Heroic papers.
Red, white and blue Petaloo flowers anchor the left hand corner of the card along with a multi-layered patriotic star. Double mat the ticket stickers to give them more presence on the card.
And, the card folds flat for storage, or for mailing.
I love to celebrate the 4th with our family. We have a long standing tradition of enjoying a meal of chili dogs, potato salad, and coleslaw. The grand finale to the picnic is homemade brownies and ice cream. Honestly, is there anything more fun than watching the sky come alive at night with brilliant fireworks? I can hardly wait!
I hope I’ve shared some ideas, tips and tricks with you today that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
This is my 2nd post today. Please scroll down to find the RRR Blog Hop Post.
Fun with Graphic 45: Fancy Fold Cards Video Tutorial & First 2017-2018 Brand Ambassador Post
Hello, G-45’ers! Welcome to my first official post as a Graphic 45 2017-2018 Brand Ambassador. I think all the card makers out there are really going to enjoy today’s post as it is all about cards! Today I have 3 different styles of fancy fold cards to share with you, all using fabulous papers from Graphic 45. I’ve prepared a fun Fancy Fold Cards Video Tutorial for you, so you can follow along at home and learn how to make these clever interactive cards.
Graphic 45 has lots of exciting plans and big changes in store for the 2017-2018 term, and I’m just thrilled to bits to be designing for this wonderful company for a second year. One of the changes made is that the design team is now called Graphic 45 Brand Ambassadors. I have had a little preview of the fun things coming your way, and I can honestly say I think this is going to be the best year ever for lovers of the Graphic 45 Brand.
A Little Bit About Me
Before I dig into the fancy fold cards video tutorial, G45 asked that we share a few fun facts about ourselves to kick things off. Many of you have been following me for a long time now, so feel free to skip on down to the “meat” of this post. But for new followers, here are some things you might like to know about me.
I live in beautiful North Carolina, USA, with Dale, my darling husband of 40+ years. We had theprivilege of raising 5 fun and fabulous children. Now we have the immense pleasure of beinggrandparents to three precious girls whom we call “The Littles.”.
Most days you’ll find me in my sunny little studio making cards, dabbling in mixed media, designing mini albums, folios, paper pretties for my ETSY shop and enjoying all the many adventures that the fabulous world of creativity affords. I also love to bake, spendtime with “the Littles”, cook big meals for our family, walk on the beach, go junkin’ and read.
Although I have a passion for all kinds of crafty adventures, I have no formal art training. Cards are my favorite thing to create. I especially enjoy creating interactive cards and put as much work into the insides of my cards as I do the outside. Adding tags and pockets, sweet little treats like tea bags or chocolates and surprise panels in a card really gets me excited.
I like to stay up to date with what’s going on in the crafting world. Color, pattern and design fascinate me, so I try to pay attention while reading magazines or even looking around in stores to see what colors and patterns seem to be trending. Is there a new technique? I want to learn it and I enjoy taking online classes when time permits.
For our first Brand Ambassador Challenge, Graphic 45 asked us to research trends in paper crafting and find a technique or trend that interested us. The next step was to prepare a project that represented that trend and share it with you. And that, my friends, is how this Fancy Fold Cards Video Tutorial came into being.
Card Making Trend Alert: Fancy Fold Cards are Where It’s At
In preparing for this post, I learned that in the world of cards, there are several trends that excite me. Fancy fold cards, shaker cards and pop up cards are getting a lot of attention right now. Adding buttons to cards is also making a comeback. And metallic elements are hugely popular. I decided to take some time to learn a few new fancy fold cards to share with you here today. I’ve incorporated some of these other fun trends in the designs. There are lots of photos, tips and information to follow, so you might want to go grab a cuppa and a snack to sustain you.
Fancy Fold Card #1: Bathing Beauties Double Gatefold Card with Place in Time July Papers
One of the great things about fancy fold cards is that they really bring the WOW factor to any project. The other great thing is that they really are fairly simple to make. They look impressive and complicated, but I’ll show you in today’s video tutorial just how simple it is to add that WOW factor to your next card making session.
This Double Gatefold Card started with 2 simple 5” x 7” side fold card bases. I overlapped the cards, added a couple of extra score lines, and voila! Double Gatefold card magic!
A belly band holds this Double Gatefold card shut, but you could also use ribbons to tie the gates closed.
And when you’ve slipped the belly band off the card, it’s just like watching the curtain rise at the theater.
As each panel of the card opens, there are more and more goodies to look at. Finally, the postcard pocket in the middle pane takes center stage.
The July images and prints from A Place in Time work really well with By the Sea. I’ve added some journal cards from that collection to finish the inside of my card. The vintage postcard from A Place in Time makes a great pocket, too.
Tips and Tricks for Making Double Gatefold Cards
Tip: Always remember to use your bone folder to burnish the score lines on a Fancy Fold card. Crisp fold lines are essential when you are making a card with special folds.
Tip: To create a quick and easy pocket, use a postcard! Just glue the sides and bottom edge to your card base and then slip in ephemera cards, journal cards, tags or other goodies. Everyone loves surprises!
Tip: Be careful when gluing images to your card front. You don’t want to get glue on the back layers of the card, or it won’t open properly. To prevent this from happening, turn your chipboard piece upside down on the card front and make pencil marks so you’ll know where to place the glue.
Tip: I used a craft knife and ruler to create the center slit that allows the step out mechanism to work.When using a craft knife, there are 2 important things to remember. First, always test your blade to make sure it is sharp. A dull blade will not cut cleanly. Second, I find that if I cut my paper on a glass surface, the knife glides through the paper like a hot knife goes through butter. You can use the glass from an old picture frame, or a glass cutting mat like the one I use in the video tutorial.
Tip: To add realistic beach effects to this card, I scribbled on the card base with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive then sprinkled with real beach sand. Do this over a sheet of paper, so you can tap off the excess sand once the glue dries.
Supply List for Beach Rules Step Out Card
8×8 By the Sea Paper Collection (retired)
By the Sea Decorative Chipboard
By the Sea Tags and Pockets
Colorbox Decades Dark Cashmere Ink
Fancy Fold Card #3: Portrait of a Lady Fanfare Card/Folio
This is probably my favorite fancy fold card design because it is part card, part folio, part pop-up. It looks like a really complicated and fussy design, but the truth is, It’s all just straight lines! Isn’t that a relief?
Begin with a standard 6” square top fol card base made from heavy cardstock. Because of the weight of the fanfare fold, you need a really sturdy base to work with.
The front cover of the Fanfare Fold card opens to reveal a beautiful hidden folio.
I decorated this panel with a pretty pocket and tag combo, then topped it with this gorgeous chipboard element to add even more dimension to the design.
Tips and Tricks for Making Fanfare Fold Cards
Tip: Cut sentiments from a collection’s text pages for picture perfect color matches. I snipped the word “Beauty” from the 8×8 “Grace” paper then glued it behind the G45 Staples Ornate Label Holder.
Tip:Use a scallop corner punch to create the pretty shaped edges on this card.
But Wait….there’s more!
This lovely design also opens like a standard top fold card. Decorate the inside of your Fanfare Fancy Fold Card with decorative papers, journal cards and sticker elements. This is a great style of card to present for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers or birthdays, as photos from the event can be stored in the folio. It’s like getting a card and a gift in one neat package.
Fun With Fancy Fold Cards Video Tutorial on YouTube
Are you ready to get started making your own Fancy Fold Cards with Graphic 45? Join me as I create all three of these card bases in this video tutorial. I’ll also share tips and tricks for the finished cards you see here.
As you saw in the Fancy Fold Cards Video Tutorial, these cards are much easier to make than you might think. I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Enjoy the Little Things in Life Gift Card Holder with G45 Cafe Parisian and RRR
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! I am a fan of little things. Itty bitty babies, teeny tiny desserts, ladybugs, delicate blossoms, miniature books…all things small delight me. So when it came time to create a very special birthday card and gift card holder for one of our dear daughters-in-law, I went small and made this Enjoy the Little Things in Life Gift Card Holder.
I’ve had this 3″ x 4.25″ matchbox stashed away for quite some time, just waiting for inspiration to strike. First, I covered it with some Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Patterns and Solids paper. Then I created this easel style topper for the box.
The focal image is an ephemera card from the collection which just so happens to be the perfect fit for the matchbox. To dress it up even more, I added a pretty Salmon Pink Seam Binding Bow and some gorgeous Petaloo blossoms in coral and white. (If you’ve had a hard time color matching ribbon to this collection, this ribbon is spot on!)
The easel top opens to reveal a little gift pocket that is just the right size for a gift card.
Since the box slides open, I had to fill it with something cute.
So I created this itty bitty birthday card, then tied it shut with more pretty ribbon.
The inside has a belly band that is just the right size for an individually wrapped Ghiradelli chocolate. Then I fussy cut a small image to create a tuck spot for my hand written note.
This Enjoy the Little Things in Life gift card holder was such fun to make that I am going to look for more matchboxes.
I hope I shared some ideas 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
RRR Put a Bow on it Challenge: Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! Are you ready for the latest challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon? This time around, Bonnie wants us to “Put a Bow On It.” That’s always fun! I pulled out some paper pretties, my April Ribbon Club Collection, a bone folder and some sequins to make this Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card. (Say that 3 times real fast!)
Easel cards are one of my favorite styles. But lately, I’ve also been having fun with shaker cards. So why not combine the two styles and then put a bow on it? So I did!
This 6×6 card was inspired by the focal image. It’s part of a digital set called “Grandma’s Attic” from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy. While it is supposed to be a journal card, I decided to cut out the journal area in the center and convert it into a shaker card. Fun idea, right?
Coral Rose Bold Diamond Print Satin Ribbon picks up on the gorgeous colors in this image. Not only did I use it for the bow, but as a belly band, and as a border. It’s amazing to me how the ribbon pulls all the elements in the design together. To add the shabby chic feel of a Paris flea market, I added a little bird cage, a pen nib, a clock face and natural burlap string to the design.
I love the way the bird image on the designer paper peers out through the acetate cover on the shaker. So cool!
Paris Bird Easel Shaker Card: A Peek Inside
For the inside of this Paris Bird Easel Shaker card, I created a vintage button card wrapped with custom dyed seam binding ribbon. A fussy cut element from the paper collection serves as a pocket for a sweet little treat. This paper has been in my stash for ages. It’s a retired line from My Mind’s Eye called Lost and Found. I don’t care how old it is….I still love it.
Be sure to visit the RRR BLOG for more inspiration from the rest of the team. Then get out your paper pretties, Put a Bow On It, and link up over at RRR. I can’t wait to see what you make!
St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card for Petaloo International
Oh, the Top of the Mornin’ to you, my friends! There are so many things to be happy about today. It’s March, which means Spring is on its way. Soon the earth will be bursting with beautiful spring flowers and tender green leaves. And, we get to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this month! Since I have Irish roots in my family tree, I love this holiday. We eat fish and chips, enjoy an ice cold Guinness, I bake Irish Soda Bread and we all wear green. Today’s St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card is definitely green!
Believe it or not, with the exception of the gorgeous Petaloo blossoms, this card was made entirely with bits and bobs from my scrap bin. I went foraging for every scrap of leftover green paper I could find…which turned out to be quite a bit. Some of this is Christmas paper, some bits are mixed media backgrounds I created long ago. The sweet vintage style image came to me as an “extra helping” from an order I made at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. It felt so good to create something new and pretty with all these bits and pieces. Do you ever do this?
Green, Green and More Green
After stitching all the patterned papers together, I mounted them onto this 5.5″ square easel card base. Then the real fun began! I dug through my Gypsy Soul Lasercuts chippies and found this stunning Victoria Small Layered Border. After treating the bottom layer with Antique Gold Embossing Powder, I painted the top layer with Antique Linen Distress Paint. The two layers were glued together and secured with binder clips until the glue set. After that, I glued it on the left hand side of the card base.
While that was going on, I die cut 3 Tim Holtz Ornate frames and layered them together with strips of foam tape. Then I trimmed the image and glued it to the back of the frame. To add even more depth, I backed the frame with two layers of waste chipboard. Next, I glued it to the center of my card base.
Now for the ribbon cluster! The base layer is a triple loop bow tied with Moss Green Gingham ribbon. I looped a gold tassel over the center of the bow, then topped it with these gorgeous Pistachio Green Anemones. These bodacious flowers are so flirty! The ruffled layers of petals add the perfect shabby chic touch to the design. Finally, I tied this itty bitty teacup charm to the frame with gold metallic string.
St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card: Building the Stopper
One of the reasons I love to make easel cards is that they display so nicely. To achieve this, you have to build a “stopper” to hold the front cover of the card open. I began the process by laying down a strip of antique crochet trim about midway up the interior of the card. Next, I die cut the green striped paper and matted it with green cardstock. I softened the edges by dry brushing on a little Antique Linen Distress Paint. Gold brads hold the number plaques in place. Finally, I backed it with waste chipboard and glued it in place.
But it looked a little lonely there all by itself. To remedy this, I anchored the corners with Darjeeling Green Mini Garden Rosettes and Green Hydrangea. I was careful to glue just the bottom petals to the striped paper so that the card could open and close. The finishing touch is that cute little shamrock charm. It was originally silver, but I painted it gold. I added the labels and was finally happy.
The Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow
Every St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card needs a pot of gold tucked in somewhere, right? So I added a gift card pocket to the card and filled it with an individually wrapped chocolate. Since I had a couple pieces of mixed media paper on the desk I cut them into little banner flags and glued them in place. Finally, I created the sentiments on the computer, printed them out and added them to finish off the card.
Here’s what the card looks like folded shut.
Do you do anything fun or special for St. Patrick’s Day? I remember dressing for school when I was little, and you had to be sure to wear green so you wouldn’t get pinched! Fun memories…and that’s what paper crafting is all about.
Thanks for joining me here today! May the road rise up to meet you!