Really Reasonable Ribbon August Ribbon Club Collection: Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! Summer is winding down here in North Carolina. While the afternoons are still quite hot, there’s a lovely coolness in the early morning and evening hours. The days are getting shorter, too. These subtle changes inspired me to create this Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card. My RRR Autumn Harvest Ribbon Club Assortment arrived in my mailbox just in time for me to make this pretty card/tag combo!
Usually, I put my pockets on the insides of my cards. But change is good for the soul. So, this time around I created a fun tag pocket on the front of a tall, skinny kraft card base.
This side fold card measures 4.25″ wide x 7″ tall. I tore a piece of Kaisercraft Golden Grove designer paper to create this rustic looking pocket. Moss/Cream 5/8″ wide plaid ribbon looks amazing with this paper collection!
Use scraps of paper to create little pockets inside the 3″ square folio. Each pocket holds a little tag or journal spot. You could also add small treats or a gift card to each pocket.
How much fun will it be for the recipient of this card to open each section and find a yummy chocolate treat inside? I just love interactive elements in cards!
Are you ready for fall? It’s my favorite season of the year. While I get a little sad at the fact that the days are getting shorter, the promise of golden leaves, bright blue skies and cool, crisp air fills me with anticipation.
I hope I’ve shared 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.
Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag with Distress Oxide Inks and Ribbon
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! There is something about sunflowers that makes me happy every time I see them. Today I’ve combined a bunch of mixed media techniques with a summery sunflower image. It’s all tied together with gorgeous ribbons from the July Perfectly Purple Ribbon Club Mix. The end product is this Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media tag.
Next, smoosh Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Inks onto a non-stick craft sheet.
Then spritz the ink blotches with a mister bottle until little beads form.
Now, drag the tag through the inky puddle.
Then dry the tag with a heat gun. You can use a paper towel to blot up any spots that are overly wet or inky.
When the tag is somewhat dry, tap up more ink from the craft sheet, drying between each layer.
Now that you are happy with the ink, add texture by running the tag through an embossing folder. I used a Spellbinders Emboss-abilities folder called Enchanted. First, I inked the “flat” side of the folder (the side with no raised edges) with Dusty Concord ink. Then I embossed the tag.
Next, I spritzed the tag lightly with water to activate the Distress Oxide Inks that was pressed into the design by the folder.
Then, I heat dried the tag and spritzed it lightly with Tarnished Brass Distress Mica Spray.
Finally, I sponged lightly over the top of the tag with Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Let Today Last Forever
I created a little sentiment cluster with this pretty sunflower image and some tags.
Paint chipboard elements with Distress Paints, add Prills a painted filagree butterfly and you’re ready to display your tag.
Thanks so much for joining me here today. I hope this Summer Sunflower Mixed Media Tag has inspired you to get out your paper pretties and have a play. You’ll find a supply list below this post.
I’m a huge fan of G45 Staples Tags! They come in many styles and sizes, which means you can use them in a near endless variety of ways. The beautiful shaped edge and vintage metal grommet makes them the perfect layering element on a card or layout. You can string alpha tags together to make a pretty banner that spells out a special greeting. Tie a decorated tag onto gift packaging to take it to the next level. Tuck a decorated tag into a card to be used as a bookmark, and you’ve just turned a card into a gift. Set them on a small easel and use them for home decor. I’ve even used Staples Tags as pages in my mini albums.
These are thick, heavy tags ,made from high quality paper, which means you can layer them up with mixed media materials and use them as a mini canvas. Add Distress Inks or paints to these tags to add that trendy watercolor element to your creation. There seems to be no end to the number of creative ways that you can put these workhorses to use during your crafty adventure time.
From Tag to Card: Let the Adventure Begin!
I’ve made a lot of tags along the way, but this time around, I wanted to try something totally different. So I challenged myself to make a card using Staples Tags as the base. I spent a delightful morning in my studio with a stack of Staples Ivory tags in various sizes and the ever fresh Times Nouveau Deluxe Collector’s Edition. Distress Oxide Inks joined the party, making things even more lively. I even found a way to work a hidden tag pocket into the design.
The Bees Knees Tag Card: Creating the spine
You can turn a tag into a uniquely shaped card by creating a hinged spine to join two tags of the same size together. For these long tags, I cut my hinge to measure 7” tall x 2 ¼” wide. Score this strip of paper on the short side at 1” and again at 1 ¼” . Before you add the designer papers to the insides of your tags, glue the 1” strip on each side of the scored lines between the two tags, leaving a ¼” spine.
The Bees Knees Tag Card: Pockets, Tags and Folios
Tags and pockets just go together. I turned this fabulous image into a side pocket for these two little folios. Photos, journaling or gift cards can be tucked inside. I love the little banner/paper clip embellishment made with scraps. When paper is this fabulous, you want to use every little bit!
Try using Mixed Media supplies on your tags to add an extra level of interest. I used Distress Oxide inks to dress up the text area on both “Cheers” and “Celebrate” tags. With ink or paints, you can add that trendy watercolor element to your creation and color match your papers every time.
If an image (like the Bee’s Knees Postcard on this tag) is too wide for your tag base, here is a simple solution. Measure the width of your surface, then score and fold the image. Add a decorative image to the flap, and you’ve just turned a dilemma into an interactive element.
It’s the perfect spot to tuck in a hidden tag pocket and treat!
Chipboard Tags Come Along for the Ride
You can use the chipboard elements that come with the Deluxe Collector’s Edition to make fantastic embellishments for your card. I glued the tags back to back, then hitched them to a Tim Holtz Swivel Clasp.
The tags are reversible, and I love the motion they add to the design.
Other Tips and Tricks
I always decorate the insides of my cards first, and I followed that same process with this unique tag card. This keeps the front cover of the card from being crushed or soiled as you work on the inside.
Use Staples Metal packaging for the back piece of your tag card. The heavy chipboard base will allow your tag card to stand up without buckling under the weight of all the card layers. Sand the surface lightly so that papers will adhere and then go to town creating your next masterpiece.
I like to back laser cut tags with black cardstock to make the stylish font pop off the page.
Are you inspired to break out your pretty G45 papers, Staples Tags, scissors and glue? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
This is my 2nd post of the day. To find my project for Frilly & Funkie, please scroll down.
Goin’ Junkin” with Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio
Hello, G45’ers! Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Deluxe Collector Edition captures all the fun and adventure of a dusty old vintage shop. I worked these gorgeous papers and eclectic images up into an interactive folio album loaded with flaps, envelopes, fold outs, folios, tags, pockets and FUN!
I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than going junkin’. That’s what I call time spent venturing into thrift stores, flea markets and vintage shops in search of vintage treasures and “junk” that is just waiting to be given a new life in my crafting studio. You never know what kind of goodies you might find: old lace, tattered ledgers, dusty bottles, tarnished spoons, ugly home decor with good bones, estate jewelry. These items have a tendency to jump into my shopping basket when I’m not looking. (That’s my story, and I’m sticking with it!)
Make it Easy on Yourself: Using Staples Tags in a Folio Format
Make it easy on yourself! Use Kraft Staples Tags as a base as you layer your papers. The beautiful shaped edge and metal grommet add great design features. I used two on my cover. One is right side up and one is upside down.
Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio Video Tour On YouTube
I’ve used Staples tags throughout this funky little folio. Inside you will find flaps, pockets, hidden pockets, mini folios and all sorts of fun surprises. It’s just like shopping in your favorite junkin’ spot.
This is such an interactive album, that I decided to create a video tour rather than a pile of photos. It’s so much easier to explain the various features in a video. I hope you enjoy this short YouTube video tour.
To create the ATC Policy Envelope fold out feature, I cut a 1” wide x 8.25” long spine from my designer paper and scored it in half. The left hand side was glued under the facing page. Then I just glued my ATC Policy Envelopes on top of the other half. I used my craft knife to cut a slit between the envelopes so they can be turned individually.
Turning a Staples Tag into a folio is as easy as 1,2,3! For a standard tag, cut cardstock to measure 7” wide by 4.75” tall. Score on the long side at 3.5”. Fold, shape the corners (if desired) and glue onto the tag base. Now you have a fun, interactive tag folio!
Mat images from Parlor Wall onto folded pieces of kraft or black cardstock to create little folios within your album. This is a great way to use up leftover pieces of cardstock, and the interactive folios are loads of fun to open.
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.
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! I had a fun, relaxing play date in my studio this past Sunday afternoon. It was just me, my Distress Inks, a manila tag and some Really Reasonable Ribbonseam binding. I’ve been experimenting with these scrumptious inks whenever I’ve had a few extra minutes. I think I’m finally getting the hang of working with them, as this sweet vintage tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon came together with very little fuss.
This is a standard sized Ranger Manila Tag. I created the background using Faded Jeans, Broken China, Fossilized Amber and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Inks. I used the classic “smoosh, spritz and swipe or tap” method for the inks, working with one color at a time and drying each layer thoroughly.
The thing I’ve noticed about Distress Oxide Inks is that the more water you use, the better they look. And, it’s super easy to layer colors together because each layer holds its own. No more mud puddle brown backgrounds!
After the inks, I put down an old Tim Holtz Flourish mask and spritzed the tag with Dylusions White Linen spray. Then I used Texture Paste to add the wildflowers. When the paste was dry, I smooshed more Wilted Violet ink onto my craft sheet and spritzed it. Using my index finger, I picked up the ink and tapped it over the flowers. I love the way it turned out.
To dress up the background, I added some Idea-Ology rub-ons. I like the way the black pops against the colorful background. The Tim Holtz Paper Dolls were painted with Fossilized Amber and Wilted Violet Distress Oxides, backed with chipboard and glued to the tag. Next I painted a chipboard frame from Southern Ridge Trading Company with PIcket Fence Distress Paint and added that to the mix.
Altered Seam Binding Ribbon and Distress Oxide Ink
I was curious to see how Distress Oxides would work with seam binding ribbon. Regular Distress Inks have always been my “go to” when I need to custom color seam binding to match a project. But just look at how this altered seam binding ribbon reacted to Distress Oxide Inks. Ooh-la-la! I love the rich depth of color. I used one color at a time, starting with Fossilized Amber. Smoosh it on your craft sheet, spritz with water until it beads up, then soak up the inky goodness with ribbon and heat dry. I created a smaller inky puddle with the Wilted Violet and just dipped the ribbon in here and there. So, curiosity satisfied! Distress Oxide Inks work beautifully to alter seam binding ribbon.
I hope I shared a thing or two that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If you’ve had a chance to play with Distress Oxides, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Frilly and Funkie April Showers Challenge: Peek a Boo Baby Girl Shortie Tag Album Video Tour
Hello, Friends! It’s time for a brand new challenge on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. Our hostess this go round is the lovely and talented Suzz. I’ve created an adorable Peek a Boo Baby Girl Shortie Tag Album Video Tour to share with you today. But before we get to that, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this fabulous challenge.
April Showers: Create a shabby chic or vintage project inspired by the word showers. Think rain, storms, umbrellas, baby showers, wedding showers whatever comes to mind and start creating.
We hope you’ll join the fun and create your own vintage or shabby chic “April Showers” project . Then link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, April 25th.
The Frilly and Funkie team will be popping by to visit your blogs and leave you some lovely comments. Then 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. The next three favorite participants 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.
Peek a Boo Baby Girl Shortie Tag Album Video Tour
I could talk about this album all day long, but instead, I’ve prepared a little video tour where I share supplies, techniques and tips with you. Enjoy!
Most of the items I used to make this album are available at the Funkie Junkie Boutique. Some items I’ve had in my stash for a very long time, and have no idea where they came from. I’ll provide product links wherever possible.