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#SimplyG45 Time to Flourish Gift Card Set

#Simply G45 Time to Flourish Gift Card Set

Hello G45’ers!  You all know that I love to create elaborate layered cards.  But what you might NOT know is that I also create loads of very simple, quick to make cards.  These get tucked into my Etsy shop orders as a way to thank my customers for their business.  I also like to create card sets as birthday/Christmas gifts for friends and family. One of my friends had a birthday last week.  It just so happens that the monthly challenge at Graphic 45 is  #SimplyG45 .  So the

project I have to share with you today is a #SimplyG45 Time to Flourish Gift Card Set.

#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Card Set by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

This is a set of four 4.25″ x 5.5″ all occasion cards made with ONE sheet of Graphic 45’s gorgeous Time to Flourish Collection. (retired)   I tied them together with seam binding ribbon for a pretty (and simple) presentation.

What is #SimplyG45?

A #SimplyG45  project is supposed to cost less than $10 for all supplies.  It’s supposed to be easy to make, and be made in an hour or less.  And yes, I did manage to make a set of 4 lovely cards for under $10.  The final tally for all my supplies was a meager $9.41.  I did manage to make all 4 cards in an hour…but let me tell you…that second hand had me sweating!  LOL  Let’s take a look at how this sweet and simply #SimplyG45 Time to Flourish Gift Card Set.

#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: The Supplies

To make this card set you will need:

  • 1 sheet of Time to Flourish August Cut Apart Paper
  • Time to Flourish Cardstock Flower Sheet
  • 4 sheets of Time to Flourish 6×6 Patterns and solids
  • 2 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ ivory cardstock
  • 1/2 sheet each of yellow and soft blue 8.5″ x 11 Cardstock
  • some buttons
  • 2 yards of seam binding ribbon
  • Water Soluble ink to dye your ribbon (Optional…and I did not include this in the price of the project as ink is a staple that we all have on hand.  I also did not figure in the cost of my adhesive.)
#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set

TIP:  To make quick work of cardmaking, use an assembly line approach.  Keep most of your measurements consistent for all 4 cards.  Keep the embellishments simple and similar to one another for ease of assembly.  Here are the simple steps I followed to create these cards.

  • First, create cut two sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock in half.  I chose to cut my cardstock to measure 4.25″ x 11.  Then I scored it in half at 5.5″.  This gave me two top fold vertical cards and two side fold horizontal cards.  Lay each folded card base on your work surface.
  • Next, cut a sheet of yellow and a sheet of light blue cardstock in half.  Save the other halves for another day.  Trim cardstock to measure 4″ x 5.25″.  Lay one piece on top of each card base.
  • Now, select 4 sheets from the 6″ x 6″ Time to Flourish Patterns and Solids pad.  Cut each piece to measure 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″.  Lay each piece on one of your card piles. Save the extra pieces to use as layering elements.
  • Then, cut the August Time to Flourish page apart.  Choose focal images and lay on each pile.
#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: Quick and Easy Flower Making

I love to make my own flowers…but it can take a LOT of time.  Using the Graphic 45 cardstock flowers is a very affordable way to add a lovely, custom embellishment to a project.  Here’s how I made these flowers.

  • Punch out 3 blue flower layers and about 7 yellow flowers from the cardstock sheet.  (For the yellow flowers, I opted to use the back side of the cardstock flowers.)
  • Lightly brush the edges of the petals with ink.  I used G45 Dark Cashmere Decades ColorBox Ink, but any water soluble ink will do.
  • Next, you need to shape your flowers.

TIP: Keep it simple!  I rolled my petal edges around the barrel of a pencil.  Then I used my worked my thumbs around the center of each flower layer to cup it.  This takes less than a minute for each flower.

  • When all the flower layers are shaped, stack them together using hot glue or wet glue to adhere.  Add a simple button to the center of each flower.
#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: Custom Dyed Ribbon

In Kathy World, no card is complete without ribbon.  To keep the cost down, I custom dyed white seam binding ribbon with my inks.  Then I tied all four bows at the same time.  To add more texture, I also tied 4 burlap string bows.

#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: Card #1

#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: Card #2

This card used one of the blue mats and a green micro dot paper from the 6×6 pad.

#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: Card #3

For this card, I turned my card base on its side to create a side fold horizontal card.

#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: Card #4

This is another horizontal side fold card.

#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: What’s inside?

Use the scraps and leftover cut aparts to simply decorate the inside of each card.  Make a quick and easy pocket and tuck in a tea bag or other small treat.  To make the pocket, punch a half moon shape with a circle punch.  Then adhere 3 sides of a leftover piece of the Patterns and solids paper.  This is a gift that anyone would love to receive!

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  And be sure to link up your own #SimplyG45 project on the Graphic 45 Facebook page.  Use the #SimplyG45 to tag your project.  One lucky project will be randomly selected to win a great prize package.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holders

St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holders with Graphic 45 Calendar Collections

Hello, G45’ers!  St. Patrick’s Day will soon be here!  I thought it would be fun to create some little goodies for my favorite leprechauns to make the holiday even more fun.  Graphic 45 has 3 gorgeous calendar collections: A Place in Time, Children’s Hour and Time to Flourish.  And I have 3 gorgeous grand girls!  What a happy coincidence!  I pulled out all 3 collections, some G45 Staples long Ivory Tags and went to work designing these St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holders.

Aren’t they cute?  And they are a quick and easy project to make, which is even better!

A Place in Time Leprechaun Tag: How to turn a Tag into a Treat Holder

Each tag in this trio follows the same basic “recipe.”

  1. Place a long Staples Tag (I used Ivory) on your scoring tool so that the long side is against the rail and the bracketed edge is on your right.
  2. Starting at the left hand side, score the tag at 3.5″ and again at 4″.
  3. Gently fold the tag slowly so that you don’t crack the heavy cardstock.  You might need to very lightly moisten the area along the crease with a baby wipe or damp paper towel.
  4. Burnish with a bone folder to set the crease.
  5. Decorate with paper.
  6. Add a pocket to the inside.
  7. Thread ribbon through the grommet, and suspend a little shamrock charm, if desired.
  8. To make quick work of  covering the spine, use wide Graphic 45 washi tape.

It’s really that simple!

For this St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holder, I filled an antique bronze charm with designer paper then covered it with a cabochon.  Green gingham ribbon wrapped around a paper spool and sealed with a button makes a sweet accent.

Decorate the inside with more pretty papers.  I die cut this pocket from designer paper, but you could also score an ATC tag in the same way that you scored the larger tag.

If you don’t want to put chocolate in the pocket, you can always add a tea bag, a gift card, movie tickets or some other small treat.

St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holder with  Time to Flourish

This Time to Flourish Tag has a great botanical feel.

I love the little shamrock key that I hung from the grommet.

Here’s a peeky at the inside, all dressed in pretty shades of green and purple.

I had a pretty tag left from my Tags and Pockets to tuck in along with the chocolate treat.

Children’s Hour St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holder

I still love this sweet image from the Children’s Hour March page. Because it was a little too large for my tag,  I fussy cut it to fit.  Next  I tucked stamps and flowers around it.  For a finishing touch, I hung a sweet chippie from the collection and a wee shamrock charm in the grommet.

Here’s the inside view.

Trim down an ephemera card and use it as a spot to write your greeting.

This design is adaptable to any occasion or theme.  Just change the papers and you’re good to go!

I hope I’ve inspired you to break out your gorgeous Graphic 45 papers, Staples tags and chips.  If so, my job is done here!

May the road rise up to meet you!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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Sunflowers Mini Album with G45 Time to Flourish

Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation: Sunflowers Mini Album with G45 Time to Flourish

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Nancy is our hostess this time, and the theme is Floral InfatuationCreate any kind of vintage or shabby chic project where flowers are the focal point. With that in mind, I designed and created a Sunflowers Mini Album using Graphic 45’s Time to Flourish August papers. You’re invited to enjoy a tutorial and a video tour today.  Let’s get started!

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5I adore sunflowers. This time of year, they are in full glory.  Every time I see a field of these radiant blooms, my spirits are lifted and I am reminded to keep my face turned toward the sunshine and not the shadows.  So I guess it was a natural for me to choose to make a sunflower mini album for this challenge.

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1 Just look at this color palette: teal, yellow, gold, green…color me inspired!  The album was created with a kraft cardstock base and decorated with the August papers from Graphic 45’s Time to Flourish Collection.

Golden Splendor

Time to Flourish was released with matching chipboard flowers,. It was fairly easy to alter these into bodacious sunflowers. Each blossom was carefully shaped, spritzed and inked.Teal and copper Czech bead were glued into the centers to mimic sunflower seeds.  When everything looked “just right” I piled them onto the front of the sunflower mini album in a cluster of golden splendor.

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 3

Cover Story

Adding ivory burlap to the cover created an extra layer of texture.  And I love the vintage metal findings from Graphic 45.  To age them, I tapped them with Ranger Vintaj Patina and Moss.

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 10

Sunflowers here, there and everywhere!

Here is the first opening of the album.  The side pocket contains a folder for photos.,  Pretty cut out images have been tucked into the belly band on the right hand side.   A 4″ x 6″ photo can be mounted on the base, and more can be tucked under the belly band. Prima gold crackle accents were added with one of Tim’s mini stencils.

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 7

This square tag pulls out from the center pocket.

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 8Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 9

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 11Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 12You can see that I filled the pockets of this sunflower mini album with all sorts of good things!

YouTube Video Tour of Sunflowers Mini Album

Because I find it hard to get a feel for the “flow” of a mini album through still photos, here’s a short YouTube video tour.  It runs about 4 minutes.

How to Build the Base for the Sunflower Mini Album

You know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words?  Well, I found that to be true when trying to write a step out tutorial for this album base.  I finally gave in and built a second base while shooting a video.

That pretty much covers everything for me.  Now it’s YOUR turn!  Create your very own Floral Infatuation project and link it up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before midnight EDT on Tuesday, September 6th.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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RRR Flowers and Ribbon Challenge

Really Reasonable Ribbon Flowers and Ribbon Challenge

Hello, Friends!  There’s a new challenge up on the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG. The Flowers and Ribbon Challenge is just what we need after a long, cold winter, wouldn’t you agree? I dug out my Graphic 45 “Time to Flourish” papers and the gorgeous new March Ribbon Club Assortment from RRR and created this springtime tulip card.

Kathy by Design/Time to Flourish Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Kathy by Design/Time to Flourish Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

 

I was thrilled with how perfectly the ribbons go with the April pages from Time to Flourish.  I used a combination of Light Coral and Tropic Delicate Stitched Satin and a touch of Sharon White Crocheted Lace.  The delicate stitched satin ribbon is my absolute favorite, as it has a soft sheen and ties perfect bows every time.  It also comes in a rainbow of beautiful colors!

Kathy by Design/Time to Flourish Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Kathy by Design/Time to Flourish Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

To create this two-tone bow, I stacked two 18″ lengths of ribbon one on top of the other, and then tied the bow using my Bow-it-All Tool.  I threaded some white string through the fussy cut tag and added it to the top of the pretty bow.

Kathy by Design/Time to Flourish Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Kathy by Design/Time to Flourish Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

The open tulip was created using the die cut flowers that are part of the Time to Flourish collection.  Once the individual layers were shaped, the center was filled with pink seed beads and then I painted the whole thing with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle.  I love the crackly, vintage shine this lends to the flower.

Kathy by Design/Time to Flourish Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Kathy by Design/Time to Flourish Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

The inside was finished simply with another panel of paper and a bit of artwork from the cut apart page.  I left it blank so that a personal greeting could be inserted.  This card would work well as an Easter card, a get well card, or a birthday card. It’s always good to keep one’s options open!

Now it’s your turn!  Dig into your papers, ribbons, trims and flowers and create a project for the RRR Flowers and Ribbon challenge and link it up to the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG.  I’ll be popping by to take a look at your wondrous creations between now and March 19th, which is when the challenge ends.   I can’t wait to see what you make!

Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

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