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Bewitching Halloween Card Folio

Bewitching Halloween Card Folio with Gecko Galz Free Image of the Month

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  Quick question…can a Halloween card be beautiful?  Because I think this Bewitching Halloween Card Folio might just be the prettiest Halloween card I’ve ever made.

This was a custom order for one of my sweet Etsy customers.  The image is Gecko Galz free digital image for September, and I think it is gorgeous.  Paired up with Graphic 45 “An Eerie Tale” papers, Amazing Paper Grace die cut layers, Little Birdie Flowers and RRR Elderberry Seam Binding Ribbon, it has put a spell on me!

TIP:  Die cut a second layer of gold metallic paper, then adhere behind the patterned paper die cut so that it is slightly off set.  This creates instant depth and dimension, and really makes things pop!

TIP:  Shop estate sale jewelry for interesting pieces.  The “frame” for the owl in the left hand corner was a mismatched earring that I picked up for a song.  I adhered the owl chipboard behind the piece, securing it with a bit of chipboard backer.  Then I added Prills around the edge to add extra interest.

Bewitching Halloween Card Folio:  A Peek Inside

An Eerie Tale is the most beautiful Halloween collection of all time, in my opinion.  Just look at those gorgeous roses against that black background!

Tuck a  4″ x 6″ pocket folio into the shallow pocket on the card.

Then tuck some spooktacular Halloween treats into the pocket.  There’s room to write your ghostly greeting on the ephemera card.

Here’s the image, in case you want to play along in this spooktacular image challenge:

I’m entering this card in the Gecko Galz September Image Challenge.  Every month GG provides a free digital image for you to use in the challenge.  To receive it, sign up for the Gecko Galz monthly newsletter HERE.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your own Halloween crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list below the signature of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Twilight Pocket Folio Tutorial

Authentique Twilight Pocket Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m going to help you get your Halloween on with this Authentique Twilight Pocket Folio Tutorial.  This 5″ x 7″ tag and pocket folio is such a quick and easy make that you will want to make loads of them.  And, it’s adaptable to any season or theme!  Just change out the papers and you are good to go!  How spooktacular is that?

I’m always on the lookout for pocket style cards, and went hunting on Pinterest to see what I could find.  There were loads of tutorials for a double pocket card, but they were all sized for 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card bases.  Since I like a nice big card base, I had to pull out my pencil and do some math-ing, which always makes my brain hurt.  But after a few false starts, I figured out how to create this version of a pocket card, which I love.

Create a belly band as the folio closure.  I generally use magnets to secure these, but this folio was just a tad bit chubby (too much candy corn???) so I had to decorate a binder clip and secure everything with that instead.

Mat the witch sticker on a die cut doily and adhere to the belly band.  Add Diamond Stickles for just the right touch of glittery goodness.

Authentique Twilight Pocket Folio Tutorial: Making the Tag Insert

You will learn how to create the pocket card base and line the pages in the video tutorial below.  Every pocket needs a tag, though, so here’s how to make this cute tag insert:

  • First, cut a 3 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ panel of heavy black cardstock.
  • Then cut (2) 3 5/8″ x 8 3/8″ panels of Twilight patterned paper.
  • Next, round the bottom corners with a 1/2″ corner rounder punch.
  • Now, shape the top corners  with a Stub Shaped corner punch.
  • Line both sides of the tag.
  • Attach ric rac with Dries Clear Adhesive, letting the ends hang over the edges of the tag.
  • Now tie the ric rack together with some baker’s twine and add buttons.
  • Mat a 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ panel of the cobweb paper on a slightly larger panel of black cardstock.
  • Then mat the image and adhere.
  • Punch a hole in the top of the tag and add ribbons and flowers.

Mat a sentiment or photo panel on the back of the tag and decorate with stickers to finish.

Authentique Twilight Pocket Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

The inside of the folio is so cute!  You’ll learn how to cover the pages in the tutorial.

TIP: File folder stickers make the perfect tuck spot for a treat.  Mat on a piece of black card that is slightly wider and twice as tall.  Place the sticker on the top half, score and fold.  Then adhere the back side to the folio base.  Insert a small paper clip to hold the file folder shut, then slip in the candy.

Use scraps of black card to make a little photo wallet to tuck into a pocket on the opposite page.

Authentique Twilight Pocket Folio Tutorial:: The flip side

The cool thing about this design is that you end up having a second pocket on the back side of the folio.

This is the perfect spot to tuck in a couple more little photo wallets.

Authentique Twilight Pocket Folio Tutorial: The Youtube Video

To learn how to make this folio base, just click play.

You’ll find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that will help you get your Halloween crafting underway.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Have a boo-tiful day!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Magic of Oz Folio

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop: Graphic 45 Magic of Oz Folio

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon September 2019 Blog Hop!  You should be coming  here from Karen’s lovely blog.   Today I’m showcasing the Spook-tacular Halloween Ribbons from the September Ribbon Club Assortment.  They go frightfully well with this Graphic 45 Magic of Oz Folio.

I kept the cover pretty simple, just adding a fussy cut title, some flowers and a poufy bow tied with the 3/8″ Black Stripe Grosgrain from the Ribbon Club Assortment.   Black Satin Swiss Dot Ribbon works great for the closure.

TIP: When tying a thick bow, like the black and white striped grosgrain, wrap wire around the center instead of tying a knot.  This gives the center of the ribbon less bulk, and allows you to really fluff out the loops.

Tangerine Satin Ribbon really pops on the spine.  Glue chipboard charms to the ribbon ends for extra fun.  Silver Metallic String is used to loop another charm and a vintage style clock through the bow at the top.

Graphic 45 Magic of Oz Folio: A Peek Inside

Purple, green, orange and black is the perfect color combination for Halloween.  It also happens to work beautifully with The Magic of Oz, which is really handy.

Top a little tag with a combo of Apple Green Delicate Stitched Satin and Grape Diamond Stitched Satin.  Then tie off with a short piece of the black and white stripe grosgrain.

Tuck fussy cut ATC cards from the collection behind a belly band to create a fun, interactive element.

The center panel of this tri-fold folio is a waterfall element with a magnetic closure mechanism.

Secure a fold out folio with a Black Satin Swiss Dot belly band.  Add a little charm on silver metallic string to add visual interest.

Tuck a hidden page behind the fold out folio for extra fun.

This itty bitty book is secured with a snippet of ribbon , then tucked into a pocket.

Hidden pockets are loads of fun, especially when they are filled with a double pull out page.

Photo mounts and another little accordion folio fit in the spacious pocket.

Graphic 45 Magic of Oz Folio: YouTube Video Tour

To help you get a feel for the flow of the album, I created a short YouTube Video Tour.  I hope you enjoy!

On With the Hop!

Our fabulous teamie  Linsey Rickett is next in line, so hop on over and see what ribbon magic she has created for you to enjoy. Then hop on over to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  Take a moment to answer Bonnie’s question of the month, and you’ll be entered into the drawing for your very own FREE September Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t signed up for the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to do so.  The  holidays are fast approaching, and this could be the gift you give yourself all year long!  To find out how to subscribe, click HERE.

I hope I 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.

Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

Halloween in Wonderland Fun Flip Folio

Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland Fun Flip Folio

Hello, Friends!  I love it when September rolls around, because I can start sharing spooktacular projects like this Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland Fun Flip Folio with you.  This is probably my all time favorite Halloween collection from G45, and I never get tired of working with it.

This time, I challenged myself to make an 8″ x 8″ folio base with just one sheet of 12″ x 18″ paper.  I guess this technically isn’t a folio, because it has 2 pages.  But the spine is actually scored right into the cover of the folio, making for a neat design.  I think I’m going to work this one up into a Button Farm Club kit someday soon.  It’s such a fun design!

The cover is a single layer of the signature sheet from the Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  This is stitched onto a couple of layers of cardstock, then adhered onto the folio base.  Next, I fussy cut a second Alice from another signature page.  Punch a hole for the handle of her spooky broomstick, thread the broomstick through, add dimensionals to the back and layer over the “flat” image.

Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland Fun Flip Folio: A Little Mixed Media Madness

Add dimension to the cover with your embellishments.  And a little mixed media mayhem, too.  I’ve been doing a little purging in the studio, so I’m finding lots of fun things I forgot I had.  See the doorknob on this folio?  That’s an old G45 Staples knob from their original release of metal embellishments many moons ago.  This thing is about 1 3/4″ in diameter.  I took it to the Mixed Media Day Spa for a beauty treatment with  Black Chalk Paint, Seth Apter’s Patina Oxide Baked Texture, Stamperia Gold Dew Glamour Gel and some Ranger Rusty Hinge Distress Paint.

Alter Little Birdie Flowers with Prima Copper Crackle Texture Paste, Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and Copper Penny Prills.  I even removed some of the flower centers and replaced them with vintage buttons.

The ribbon is Really Reasonable Ribbon Silky Crush Navy and Black Houndstooth.  Both go so well with this collection.

Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland Fun Flip Folio: A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek inside the album.  Cut apart the image panels from the designer paper to make pockets, titles and focal images.  To cover the corners where the fussy cut images meet, create smaller pockets, or add a sticker.

The 4″ x 6″ images in the collection are great when used for cover art on mini folios.  This flip folio has a  magnetic closure and room for 5 photos inside.

The focal image of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on the first page is actually a cleverly disguised flip page with a magnetic closure.  Turn it to reveal lots of fun spots for photos and journaling.

There are flaps to lift, and tip ins to turn, and journal cards tucked into pockets…all the things I love the most!

Each page unit is actually a pocket with a 7 1/2″ square pull out photo mount.  How fun is that?

The images in this collection are large, so I had to look for ways to make them work. These large tip in pages feature some of the fun scenes from the story line.

Open them to reveal two large flap pages and two side pockets with photo mount inserts.  Those drawer fronts make great pockets!

The final page features a large pull out, a shallow pocket and a side pocket with insert.

This pull out is 6 1/4″ wide x 12″ tall so you can fit LOTS of photos here!

And I love a good pull out feature, so I added one to the pocket.

Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland Fun Flip Folio YouTube Tour

To help you get a feel for the flow and function of this playful folio, I’ve created a short YouTube video tour.

Creating these folios is my idea of fun!  I don’t have a tutorial for this one, but I will either create a tutorial for the base and sell it in my ETSY shop, or use it for an upcoming Button Farm Kit because I think y’all would really enjoy making it, too.  Please let me know if you are interested in the comment section below.

If you’d like to see other Halloween in Wonderland projects that I’ve created, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit with Authentique Twilight Collection

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for the big reveal of my latest Button Farm Club Kit?  This Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit is frightfully fabulous!  I brewed up a magical potion that conjured up a Halloween home decor, photo album, treat tag project that is absolutely bewitching!

Every time I look at this project, I grin from ear to ear!  This 4 1/2″ drawer holds 6 dimensional treat tags that double as little photo folios.  The witch legs just slay me!

All four sides of this Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit are ready to party, making it the perfect centerpiece for your Halloween display.

The classic black, orange and cream color palette matches last year’s Button Farm Club Halloween project, too.  So if you have that one, this is a great companion piece.

The treat tags are decorated front and back as well.  I love a project that can be changed up!  And just look at those fabulous brass feet on the box!

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit: The Treat Tags

There are 6 treat tags tucked inside our Boo-tiful Halloween box.  As you can see, each tag is rich in detail and filled with fun!  (This is just a sneaky peek at 3 of the tags.)

And you can’t have a Trick or treat tag without a little candy, right?  The dimensional pocket on each tag holds an individual packet of candy corn…my favorite Halloween treat!

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit: The Techniques

Not only is this kit too cute to spook, it is filled with wonderful techniques that you can carry over into your other crafty adventures.  Here are just a few of the fun techniques that you’ll learn in this kit:

  • Cover a Graphic 45 Tag with or without a die.
  • How to create marvelous paper layers.
  • Make a dimensional box style pocket.
  • Create handmade rosettes without a die!
  • How to work with ribbons to create a fabulous ribbon cluster
  • Turn a tag into a mini photo album.

Yes, the back side of each tag is actually a miniature 3 1/2″ x 6″ photo album.

This is the perfect spot for preserving photos of your favorite little Ghouls and Goblins!  You’ll have room for 12 photos.

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit Tour on YouTube

This short video tour will show you all the wonderful features of this kit.

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit: What’s in the Kit?

By now you know I like to load up my projects with fun embellishments.  And you will get everything you need to recreate this great project in the kit.  One of the reasons I decided to release these kits through the Button Farm Club is the fact that they love to pack their kits full to the brim with creative goodies. I honestly don’t think you could purchase the individual elements for the price Laura charges…plus you get the printed tutorial written by me.  This is a venture I am really proud to be part of!

Each Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit contains:

  • A beautifully crafted  4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ wooden drawer with a metal drawer pull.
  • A full set of vintage style brass feet with the necessary hardware to attach them
  • (8) 12″ x 12″ sheets of Authentique Paper’s Spooktacular Twilight Collection
  • (1) 12″ x 12″ sticker sheet with heavy weight cardstock stickers
  • (2) 12″ x 12″ sheets of color matched Spectrum Cardstock for creating the folios
  • Graphic 45 Large Black Tag Album with 6 tags
  • Ribbon Assortment (6 different ribbon styles!)
  • One dozen witch legs in assorted colors
  • 3 silver tone Jack-o-Lantern charms
  • 3 silver tone haunted house charms
  • 1 large spiderweb/witch/cauldron charm
  • 1 package of Little Birdie Halloween chipboard
  • 6 individual packets of candy corn
  • 6 miniature wooden clothespins
  • Full color, printed step by step tutorial created exclusively for The Button Farm Club

*Note: We recommend that you purchase the Graphic 45 Large Tag die to make quick work of covering each tag.  This can be purchased at The Button Farm Club.  However, the tutorial has directions for covering the tag even if you don’t have the die.  

From your own stash, you will need to add: adhesive, scoring tool, ruler, paper trimmer, standard hole punch, corner rounder punch (if you are covering the tags by hand…if you have the die, you will not need this tool), and something to add color to your chipboard pieces.  It can be ink, paint, markers or even crayons…whatever you have on hand!

This is a limited edition kit, so place your order before they all vanish into thin air!  You can get your kit HERE.  The price is $62.99.

There are still a few of my other BFC kits in stock, as well as written tutorials for the retired projects.  To see what you might have missed, you can look HERE.

It’s always an honor to create these tutorial kits for you.  So many of you have asked me to travel to you to do classes…and this is the next best thing!  Thanks so much for your friendship and support!  I appreciate you more than words can say!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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