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.
Getting Ready for Mother’s Day with Petaloo : Sew Much Love Folio Video Tour with Tips
Hello, Friends! My head is absolutely refusing to believe that it’s already May! And you know what that means: Mother’s Day is right around the corner. I’m getting ready for the “big day” with a little help from Petaloo and Kaisercraft. I think you’re going to enjoy my Sew Much Love Folio Video Tour. It’s loaded with vintage goodness!
Making these little folios is completely addictive. For this 5″ x 7″ folio, I adapted a tutorial that you can find HERE. It’s the same basic design, but this time I added in a side pocket page.
Friendship is Sewn with Love and Stitched with Kindness: the story behind the project
(Yes…this is a personal story. Feel free to skip ahead and look at the pretty pictures!)
Since both my precious mom and my mother in law are now residing in Heaven, I use Mother’s Day as a way to reach out to other special women in my life. This year, I made this vintage style sewing themed folio for a dear friend from high school.
Karen and I shared a lot of common interests despite the fact that she was on the math/science track and I was on the writing/Language/Literature trail. We were in marching band together, worked on the school newspaper and were co-editors of our high school yearbook. Karen was precise, logical and methodical. I was free-spirited, fueled by inspiration and spontaneous. Somehow, that combination worked!
We remained friends after graduation, but then lost track of one another after marriage. But thanks to the magic of Facebook, I was able to find her a couple years ago, and our reunion was as sweet and refreshing as our friendship had always been.
About a week ago, I received a surprise package in the mail. Karen, who is a master quilter (check out her blog HERE and you will see what I am talking about!) made me a quilt! She remembered how much I love the lilacs back in Vermont during the springtime, so she titled it “Lilacs in the Spring.” I confess…I got all choked up when I saw this gorgeous quilt. And that is why Karen is my Mother’s Day gift recipient this year.
Sew Much Love Video Tour on YouTube
It’s hard to capture this very interactive folio with still photos, so I’ve created a short YouTube video tour for you. I also share some fun tips that you can use in your own crafting adventures.
A Few Details
Pockets are fun way to add an interactive element to any project. For the front of this cover, I created a dimensional pocket and then filled it with a pretty tag and a hand stamped vintage style button card. (I’ll share links to all the products below.)
Add ribbon, small charms and buttons to the spine for even more fun.
Velvet pansies add wonderful texture to the pages.
Folios and photo mounts are held together with a decorative belly band.
A slit pocket inside a larger pocket is a great place to tuck small tickets and tags.
I tucked little vintage treasures everywhere throughout the folio.
And the Mademoiselle papers from Kaisercraft carry the sewing theme beautifully!
I added a simple waterfall feature for photos.
And managed to sneak in one more little pocket filled with a vintage button card.
Smaller pockets are decorated and filled with tags.
A handmade gift is the very best way I know of to say I love you. So get out your scissors, glue, pretty papers and beautiful Petaloo posies and make something special for mom.
Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette for Petaloo International
Hello, Friends! Don’t you just love springtime? One of my favorite things about this lovely season is the return of all the little songbirds. Birds will build a nest in the oddest spots. Last year, a pair of bluebirds built their nest in our neighbor’s mailbox, and all anxiously anticipated the arrival of those baby birds. Thinking about this inspired me to make this Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette for Petaloo International.
Lovebirds Nesting in a Rusty Wagon
I’ve been saving this little metal wagon for just the right project. After treating it with Prima Rust Paste, it was filled with a bed of Spanish Moss. Then I added this cute little bird nest. Next I painted some miniature eggs with Distress Oxide Ink and added them to the nest. Then I had the best time creating a garden full of pretty Petaloo flowers in shades of purple, green and white.
Love Warms Every Nest: Building the Base
Earlier this year, I happened across a fabulous clearance sale at Michael’s where I found this chunky 4″ x 4″ canvas which was perfect for the base of my vignette. I covered it with a green floral print from Graphic 45’s Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition. Then I wrapped it with these lovely bird feathers. Next, the top was covered with more Spanish Moss and more pretty flowers and butterflies.
The chipboard tag is attached to a mini chalkboard that is in turn attached to a clothespin. This way, I can just clip the tag onto the side of the wagon and it stands all on its own. The tag is from Graphic 45’s A Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition.
Making this sweet little vignette was almost as much fun as planting real flowers. I hope it brought some sunshine into your life, too.
You can find a supply list at the end of this post.
Petaloo/Creative Embellishments Blog Hop: Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Generations Layout
Hello, Friends! Are you ready to hop? I’m participating in the Petaloo International/Creative Embellishments Blog Hop that is going on from April 1st-April 11th. Be sure to pop over to the Petaloo and Creative Embellishments Blogs and leave a comment during these dates, as there are some wonderful prize packages available,My contribution to the party is this Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady “Generations” Layout.
I used the Portrait of a Lady 12×12 Patterns and Solids paper along with some scraps, an ephemera card and a whole garden full of beautiful Petaloo flowers to make this layout. As you can see from the photo, I was in the mood to get messy. You’ll find lots of distressed edges, paint spatters, dry brushing and embossing in this mixed media layout.
Chips: They’re addictive!
Just like potato chips, I find that chipboard elements are positively addictive! For this layout, I decided to use the “generations” title from the Heritage Words Set and a Curly Flourish. Chips are a great way to add texture, dimension and layers to any project!
To prepare my chips for the layout, I followed these steps:
Paint the surface with Tattered Rose Distress Ink. Dry
Add fairly thick blobs of Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint on top. Let this dry naturally, or your paint won’t crackle well.
Tap the chipboard with Versamark Embossing ink and sprinkle with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel.
It’s really just that simple! Here’s a close-up of the “generations” title.
I also painted a little Prima garden sink with Tattered Rose Distress ink. Don’t these Pink Darjeeling Petites look darling tucked into the sink with the Portrait of a Lady chipboard?
Here’s the view from the opposite side of the page.
To keep with the shabby chic vibe of this layout, I dry brushed Tattered Rose Distress Paint onto this Prima resin frame. Next, while the paint was still wet, I sprinkled it with Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel and heat set it.
Do you use chipboard in your crafting? What’s your favorite way to alter it? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Visit the Petaloo Blog all this week for more chippie inspiration and don’t forget to comment so you can win one of the wonderful prize packs.
Tealightful Tea Party Banner with Petaloo Spring Posies
Hello, Friends! Little girls love tea parties! It’s a fact. Our middle “Little” Julia loves them so much that she’s chosen to have an American Girl Tea Party Birthday this year. I spent the weekend creating this pinkalicious, very girly Tealightful tea party banner using Petaloo posies and designer papers from Pebbles.
Banners are fun to make, but tough to capture in a photograph. So, I went ahead and made a very short (under 3 minute) video tour of the banner and cards so you can really get a feel for it. I will include still photos as well, as I know you like to study those.
Tealightful Tea Party Banner Video on YouTube
Tealightful Tea Party Banner Details
The banner is made from three 4.25″ x 5.5″ pennants and 4 ATC sized pennants. Cut a fishtail on each rectangle, then stitch designer paper to the cardstock base. Next, stitch the banners onto ribbon.
Each large pennant is flanked by a tiny ATC sized pennant. Every time I see these cute critters in teacups, I cannot help but smile!
Die cut teacups with Tim Holtz’ Tea Time dies, then fill with pretty posies.
No tea party is complete without a fancy cake!
Back layers and fussy cut images with waste chipboard or foam tape to create extra depth and dimension.
You’re My Cup of Tea Easel Birthday Card
To continue with the tea party theme, I put together this very girly easel card.
Make the stopper for your card by backing an image with chipboard or foam tape. Cluster pretty Vintage Velvet pansies around the image to add more texture. This will help the card stay in the display position. Cut little banner flags from paper scraps to add even more fun to the card.
Easel cards fold shut for presentation, then stand up for display. They are one of my favorite cards to make!
Finish the interior of the card with more pretty papers and stamped birthday greetings.
Tealightful Tea Party Invites and Thank You Notes
I was having such fun playing with these pretty Tealightful papers that I went ahead and made some very simple party invites and thank you notes to go with the ensemble. Although the cards are very, very simple, I dressed them up a little with either a pink butterfly or a vintage velvet pansy.
Now I can’t wait for Julia’s birthday party! As she says to me when we play tea party together, “Pinkies Up!”
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!
Petaloo Pets Week: All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album
Hello, Friends! Are you enjoying Petaloo Pets week? Yesterday I celebrated dogs with a sweet little shabby chic folio. Today, it’s all about CATS! This All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album is purr-fectly shabby chic, filled with fun interactive elements and loaded with simple techniques you can use in any crafty endeavor. Let’s take a look,. shall we?
While straightening up the Closet of Shame, I ran across this nifty mini album base. Made with heavy book board, the album had plain kraft covers and a handy ring binder mechanism. I dressed it up with papers from Authentique’s Devoted collection, a canvas spine and lots of shabby chic details.
The focal image is this pretty kitty in an altered Prima frame. Paints and seed beads add whimsy and texture to the formerly white frame. The frame is surrounded by gorgeous Petaloo flowers, custom dyed seam binding ribbon, novelty buttons and a second, smaller vintage framed image.
The frame was painted with a cream chalk paint followed by a light coat of Tattered Rose Distress Paint. Finally, I tapped the raised edges with Vintage Photo Distress paint to make them pop.
I didn’t like the plain kraft spine, so I dressed it up with a strip of canvas that I attached with Scor-Tape. The nubby texture and ivory fabric add to the shabby chic vibe. This little antique bronze lion charm added just the right touch of whimsy to the spine.
Thinking outside the button box
If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know I have a “thing” for buttons. This love for buttons started when I was a child and my mom let me string buttons from my grandmother’s button box while I was sick in bed. In later years, I inherited that button box along with all the beautiful vintage buttons inside it. Like most collections, it grew…and grew…and grew! Thankfully, I love to use buttons to embellish my projects.
For this fun button feature, I encircled a “framed” image with pretty buttons. But do you want to guess how that frame was made? Yep. It’s a big button! I used a paper punch to cut out the sweet vintage image of the girl and her kitty, glued it into the center of the button and then filled the button with Glossy Accents. That’s how you think outside the button box!
It’s OK to Stagger!
When cutting the pages for this mini album, I decided it would be fun to create pages that were sized and shaped differently.
These staggered edges lend a playful, whimsical feel to the album and invite you to turn pages, open folders and peek inside pockets.
All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album YouTube Video
Because I find it hard to really get a feel for the flow of a mini album with still photos, I created this YouTube video tour. In the tour, I share tips for using scraps, creating custom embellishments and making interactive elements. I hope you enjoy!
Thank you so much for joining me here today! If you have any questions about this project, feel free to ask in the comment section below.