Hello, Friends! I love ladybugs, do you? There’s something magical about their little polka dot bodies and delicate wings. So when I got my hands on Tammy Tutterow’s darling “Wishing You” stamp, I could hardly wait to use it. Today I got to have a playdate with this darling design, and I’m excited to share this Love, Luck & Ladybugs Bookmark card .
Love Luck & Ladybugs: Stamping the Design
This is a standard 5″ x 7″ top fold card. I tried to go clean and simple with this design…something that is very hard for me. How’d I do? Here’s how i went about pulling this card together:
Stamp the image on smooth white cardstock with Jet Black Archival Ink.
Heat Emboss with clear powder.
Stamp the image a 2nd time on green polka dot paper. Cut out.
Stamp the image again on black floral print, cut out.
Stamp the image once more on black gingham. Cut out.
Paper piece the image together, gluing each body section in place.
Stitch onto black cardstock. Mat on red cardstock.
Color the lettering.
Create a mask by stamping the image onto a post it note. Cut out, place over stamped image.
Ink the white areas with Antique Linen and Bundled Sage Distress Inks. Spritz and flick with water.
Spatter with diluted Black Chalk Paint.
Love Luck & Ladybugs: Adding the Details
Tie a bow with Black and White Houndstooth Ribbon
Cut Pom Pom Posies from Grey Felt
Place each layer on foam mat and run around the edges with an 8mm ball stylus to ruffle the edges.
Glue layers together
Add button to center with hot glue.
Die cut leaves from green felt. Glue onto ribbon.
Die Cut Frayed Tabs from designer paper to create banner flags.
Top with buttons.
Glue in place.
Love Luck & Ladybugs: The inside Job
Die Cut Paper Bag Envelope from Designer Paper and assemble according to directions
Add square knot ribbon and sticker.
Glue onto upper portion of card.
Die cut the insert from Paper Bag Envelope using designer paper
Stamp with Flower Swag 5. Color
Stamp with Tiny Sentiments
Add Frayed Tabs Banner and button
Create bookmark by cutting two long strips of designer paper, one slightly longer than the other.
Cut fishtail banners on the ends.
Mat on Red and Black cardstock.
Join the two strips with a piece of 1/4″ Scor-Tape applied to the very top edge of the larger strip.
Die cut a 2″ doily from white cardstock.
Add faux stitching with a fine line sharpie pen.
Stamp the ladybug body onto the doily
Stamp again onto scraps of designer paper and paper piece onto doily as decoration.
Authentique Beginnings Baby Book with Eileen Hull Travel Journal Die by Sizzix
Hello, Friends! I love Mondays! You wake up to a brand new week with brand new opportunities to learn and create. This Monday, I’m especially excited because I’m sharing a project made with a brand new release from Authentique Paper. This Beginnings Baby Book is so very sweet, I can’t wait to share it with you.
See? I told you it was sweet! When I first saw these darling papers, I nearly swooned. They are just perfect for use in a baby book! I often think about a project for days (or even weeks) before I dig in and create, but this idea came to me in a snap. Why not pair up these pretty pretty papers with my Eileen Hull Travel Journal die? So I did!
I framed this precious focal image with some Petaloo Flowers, luscious Buttercup Satin Ribbon, and some fussy cut elements from the 12×12 Collection kit. The baby book measures a generous 4.25″ wide x 8.75″ tall. That means there’s lots and lots of room for goodies inside!
A vintage style brad and elastic loop form the closure. Crochet lace adds a lovely vintage feel to the design. Don’t you love these patterns? Yum!
Beads. flowers and novelty buttons add fun details to the spine.
Beginnings Baby Book Tutorial on Snapguide
Travel Journal style minis are trending right now. They are really fun to make…one could almost say addictive! In case you’ve never put one of these together before, I prepared a SnapGuide Tutorial to walk you through the cover assembly. You’ll also learn how to put the signature pages together. I hope you enjoy!
Now that you’ve seen how the baby book is assembled, it’s time to look at some details. One of the things that makes these travel journals so addictive is the opportunity you have for adding all kinds of interactive elements. And you know how I feel about interactive elements in a project!
Pockets and tags go together like babies and cuddles! I created this large 4″ x 6″ tag with Authentique Spectrum paper in Bubblegum Pink and Antique Lace. It was my first opportunity to play with the Spectrum line, and I have to say, I’m hooked! It’s super sturdy, has a very slight sheen and makes really crisp folds.
To make this tag, first I rounded the bottom corners of a rectangular piece of paper. Then I used a corner chomper to shape the top edge. Add some ribbon, a posy and pretty designer papers, and you have a tag in no time flat!
The pocket is decorated with a Details Sticker and some little banner flags cut from scraps.
Here’s another sweet little pocket filled with journal cards from the cut apart page. I also turned a Detail Sticker into a file folder by matting it on designer paper and folding.
Side pockets can hold larger journal cards and photos.
Don’t you just love these images? Be still my heart!
Beginnings Baby Book: The Waterfall Feature
Waterfall features are such a great way to include a lot of photos in a small space. Here’s how I made this one.
Next, punch a scalloped edge along the bottom of each rectangle.
Then, score each rectangle at 1/2″ on the long side.
Now, burnish the score line to form a flap.
Add adhesive to the back side of the flap. JUST the flap!
Next, line the flap up with the top of your paper and press in place.
Line the top edge of the next rectangle up with the bottom edge of the flap above it. Press in place.
Repeat until you’ve used all the rectangles.
Finally, add an image from the Details Sticker Sheet or the 6×6 bundle cut apart page to the top rectangle.
Beginnings Baby Book: The Belly Band
This image from the cut apart page is perfect for use as a belly band! Because it is 12″ long, it will span the page nicely. My thought here was that it would be the perfect tuck spot for a copy of baby’s birth certificate, birth announcement or baptism certificate. Of course, photos will fit here , too.
Beginnings Baby Book: Flips, Flaps and Fold Outs
To create these two cutie pie flaps, just score a 7″ long piece of paper in half, add a punched border and tuck beneath the elastic binding. Decorate one of the labels that you cut while making the journal covers. Add a little sticker from the Details Sticker sheet. Easy peasy! Using a variety of paper sizes and shapes makes the book much more fun!
Here’s a peek at another decorated signature page. Each signature has 4 sheets of acid free text paper in it. These blank pages can be used for more photos, journaling or as a place for baby’s first visitors to add a special word of greeting.
These little flip books are so easy to make! Cut 6×6 papers in half, score in half, then add decorative corners. Glue onto the page, add a sticker, and BAM! Instant flip book!
Here’s another fun way to add a flap: Score a journal card to fit the size of the inner page. Glue just the edge down and fold. Isn’t it sweet?
If you glue just the edge of an image to a fold out page, a photo can still be inserted behind it.
This fold out page opens up to a little side pocket and tuck spot.
Another example of a flap and some flip pages.
Beginnings Baby Book YouTube Video Tour
Because this Beginnings Baby Book is so interactive, I decided to make a YouTube video tour of it. I also share a lot of tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.
I know it’s true that everybody loves a baby…and I sure am in love with Authentique Beginnings! Hopefully, I’ve inspired you to break out your scissors, glue and pretty papers and get your craft on. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
This hop is now closed. The winner is Carol Edwards. Congrats, Carol!
Heartfelt Creations June Alumni Hop: Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial
Hello Friends! Welcome to the June 2107 Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop! You should be coming here from Amarilys’ lovely blog. Our gorgeous summer weather drew me to play with the deep blues, bold yellows, and greens of the gorgeous Peacock Paisley Collection. The inspiration for this Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial occurred while I was tidying up a drawer in my studio. I happened upon a very pretty pale green envelope and suddenly, the idea was hatched!
I had so much fun making this Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope that I thought I’d share some tips and tricks with you so that you can make one yourself.
Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial: Creating the Delightful Daisies
Follow these steps to create the Delightful Daisies that will decorate the altered envelope.
First, stamp 3 sets of Delightful Daisies onto lightweight white cardstock using Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink.
Next, cover with clear embossing powder and heat set.
Now, die cut the Delightful Daisies with the matching die.
Then, use a sponge dauber to tint the leaves with Broken China Distress Ink.
Next, add Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink to the flower center.
Now shape the flowers using the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit.
Then stack the flowers together and hot glue.
Next, scribble light layers of Art institute Dries Clear Adhesive into the flower centers and randomly along the petals.
Now, sprinkle the glue with the glitter of your choice. I used Stampendous Multi Crystal Mix.
Tap the excess off into a scrappy tray.
Finally, set the flowers aside to dry.
Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial: Preparing the Envelope
First, find a 5″ x 7″ envelope with a square flap closure. This project would not work as well on an envelope with a pointed envelope flap.
Then, ink all the envelope edges with Faded Jeans Distress Ink
Next, cut a 4.75″ x 6.75″ rectangle of designer paper from the Peacock Paisley Collection.
Then Ink the edges with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink.
Now, machine stitch around the edges.
Use a distressing tool to lightly distress the edges of the panel.
Center the panel on the card front, being sure to glue it below the fold.
Next, Cut the border strip from the designer paper pack.
Then glue it onto the front of the envelope flap being sure to place it above the fold.
Now, use scissors to trim the border to fit the flap.
Finally, ink the edges with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink.
We’ll finish decorating the front of the envelope later.
Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial: Preparing the Envelope Liner and back cover
The interior of the envelope is a great tuck spot for tags, bookmarks and/or mini folios. You can’t use anything too terribly thick, as the envelope will split. But, you can create a pocket outside the envelope as I did here.
First, flip the envelope face down on your work surface.
Next, create a template for the envelope “cover” by inserting a 6 7/8″ wide piece of plain copy paper inside the envelope.
Then trace the envelope opening onto the copy paper and cut out. This will serve as the template for the envelope cover.
Place the template onto your chosen designer paper and trace the shape lightly in pencil.
Now cut the shape out. Here’s a tip: if you cut inside the traced lines, you will not have to erase any pencil marks. And, you will also have a little border around the designer paper, which looks really nice. Set this piece aside for the moment.
Now create the envelope liner.
First, select your designer paper, and measure it to 6 7/8″ wide x 7 1/4″ deep.
Next, insert the designer paper face up inside the opened envelope to make sure it fits. It should be somewhat snug.
Then, glue the envelope liner in place. It will cover the inside of the envelope as well as the inside envelope flap.
Now, use your scissors to trim away any excess paper. Ink all the edges.
Finally, carefully glue the envelope cover in place. Use your scissors to trim away any excess.
Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope Tutorial: Creating the Tag Pocket
I love little pockets filled with tags, so I decided to create a small tag pocket on the back side of my altered envelope.
First, select a 4″ x 5″ card front from the designer paper.
Then, trim the outer frame away so that the image measures approximately 4 5/8″ wide x 3.25″ tall. Ink all the edges.
Next, cut a panel of navy cardstock that measures 5.25″ wide x 3.75″ tall.
Mat the designer image on the navy cardstock, leaving a 1/2″ margin on both sides as well as the bottom. Leave just a tiny margin of navy cardstock on the top edge.
Then, use a scoring tool to score the sides and the bottom.
Next, bevel the bottom left and right corners to form pocket flaps.
Now, glue the designer image to the pocket front.
Finally glue the entire pocket in place on the back of the envelope.
Use the Luggage and Tags Dies to cut out tags and tickets from the cut apart page.
Mat on navy cardstock.
Add flowers and string bows to the tops of the tags. Insert the tags into the pocket.
Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope: Gift Card Wallet
Now we will prepare the gift card wallet for the altered envelope.
Select an image from one of the cut apart page and mat it onto the far right hand side of an 8.5″ long x 4 5.8″ tall strip of navy cardstock.
Now, place the long side of the navy cardstock on your scoring tool with the matted image on the right hand side.
Score just slightly to the left of the image so there is a small navy border.
Crease and make a mountain fold at the score line.
With the panel folded and the long side of the image against the rail, score at 3.25″.
Crease and make a valley fold at this score line.
This is your gift card wallet. Line the interior and the flap.
Use a circle punch to add a thumb hole, then glue just the sides to create a gift card pocket.
You can decorate the interior any way you like. Here’s how I decorated mine.
Peacock Paisley Altered Envelope: Creating the Bookmark
Here’s how to create this double sided bookmark.
First, use the largest rectangle from Cut, Mat, Create 1B die to cut out the design from a 5″ x 7″ card front.
Now ink the edges and flick with water.
Use a pen or computer journal the sentiment onto the panel.
Mat on navy cardstock.
Now, cut a second rectangle from designer paper.
Stamp with the Daisy Flourish Die using Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink. Use a sponge dauber to add color to daisy centers.
Trace Art Institute Dries Clear Glitter adhesive onto the stamped design and add glitter. Set aside to dry.
Ink the edges. Flick with water.
Add a border strip to the bottom.
Mat a ticket and glue in place.
Glue onto the opposite side of the navy cardstock.
I never decorate the fronts of my cards (or in this case the altered envelope) until the very end. This way, my flowers and designs don’t get crushed. Now we are finally ready to add the finishing details.
First, glue the border piece in place on the far left hand side of the envelope front.
Next, add the matted peacock tag as seen in the photo.
Now, die cut the outer frame of the Eyelet Oval from white cardstock.
Back with foam adhesive or waste chipboard to add dimension. Glue in place.
Now, use the Eyelet oval thin frame to cut the peacock image from designer paper.
Back with foam adhesive or waste chipboard for extra dimension and glue in place.
Hot glue prepared flowers, leaves and ribbon in place.
Mat a border strip onto navy cardstock and glue in place.
Add a small button.
On With the Hop!
Now it’s time to see what goodies Vicki Dutcher has prepared for you. I’ve included a list of all the blogs in this hop below for your convenience.
Authentique Imagine Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble
YouTube Video and Snapguide Tutorial
Hello, Friends! I’m a big believer in the old saying that age is just a number. Today’s carousel themed birthday party ensemble is testament to that fact. Made with gorgeous Authentique Imagine papers, this table centerpiece, birthday card folio and birthday quote wallet are the perfect gift for any woman who is celebrating an all important “milestone” birthday.
(There are loads of photos, a YouTube video tour and a Snapguide tutorial to follow, so you might want to go grab a cuppa and a snack before we begin. Or, just scroll down to the bottom and watch the video tour. )
Normally, we connect carousel rides with little kids, but when I got my hands on this dreamy Imagine paper collection, my mind went right to grown up ladies. Girls just want to have fun, right?
Carousel Themed Bendi Card Birthday Centerpiece with Snapguide Tutorial
I have discovered a new crafting obsession. These oversized Bendi Card centerpieces are just too much fun to make, and I can’t stop myself.
For this beauty, I combined patterned papers, fussy cut images, Detail Stickers, chipboard elements, Petaloo flowers, Striped Chevron Ribbon and a button from my stash. I’ll share a supply list and product links at the end of this post.
Several of you have asked me if there is a tutorial for making this Bendi Card base. Well, there is now. I worked up a Snapguide Tutorial that you can adapt for use with the paper of your choice.
Here’s a good tip for you: Whenever I take a fancy fold card design for a “test drive” I create the base with my cheapest cardstock. There’s always a learning curve involved, and I’d rather destroy a cheap piece of cardstock than a piece of my gorgeous designer papers. Once you’ve made the prototype, then you can cut into your pretty papers. And remember: measure twice, cut once!
The focal image on this card inspired this entire project. I was enchanted by this lovely white haired grandma riding the carousel with her grandson. This is who I want to be when I grow up!
Because I really don’t enjoy shopping (unless it’s for paper pretties) I have developed the habit of giving a gift card or cash gift for most birthdays and holidays. But I still want my gift to be special. This desire prompted me to start creating what I call birthday card folios. These are gifts all on their own, but I always include a spot to tuck in a gift card.
I begin these cards by building a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base. Although this looks like a standard card front, I’ve designed a really fun surprise element in. See that little brown binder clip? Remove it, and you’ll find a secret compartment filled with lovely surprises.
I build my cards “inside out.” Because I want to keep the cover of my cards clean, I create the entire cover, but don’t glue it to the card base until the inside is finished. This way, flowers don’t get crushed, and I don’t accidentally pick up any mess from my crafting surface. It’s also easier to work on the inside of a card before the bulky elements on the cover have been added.
How fun is this? I’ve created a little tuck spot by fussy cutting the pretty carousel pony silhouette from the designer paper. It’s popped up on a piece of waste shipping package. You can write a little note and tuck it in here.
Turn an image from the cut apart page into an open sided pocket when you glue just the bottom edge. Then tuck this fun gift card tag behind it.
Have you ever noticed how beautiful some product packaging is? I just can’t bring myself to toss it in the recycle bin. The base of this tag is made from Petaloo flower packaging. I sanded it lightly, painted it with Distress Paints, then created a belly band with gorgeous papers and detail stickers.
Top the gift card tag with pretty ribbon and some green metal posies, and you’d never guess its humble beginnings. Then decorate a mini file folder with designer papers……
…and your tag becomes a hidden gift card holder. Fun, fun, fun!
A Peek Inside
Now we get to open the body of this folio. And what do we find? Even more surprises. I started by sewing vintage buttons to a hand made button card. Then I tuckednext it into this pretty side pocket.
Next, I went to work on the bottom half of the birthday card folio. Stamped sentiments, a sweet little paper spool of ribbon to go along with the button card and some fun treats can be found here.
When it’s your birthday, it’s OK to eat chocolate…even for breakfast! LOL I also created a sweet little tea bag holder that I decorated with one of the images from the cut apart page.
Of course, you could tuck anything into this little wallet, but I happen to love tea. Now, let’s take a look at the final member of this Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble.
Carousel Themed Birthday Quote Wallet
I thought it would be fun to create a little quote wallet filled with all kinds of happy thoughts about growing older. Also, I hate to deal with scraps….and I had just enough paper left on my desktop to create this little 4″ x 6″ quote wallet. LOL
When I have design paper that is as gorgeous as this, I tend to save every little scrap. Use a torn edge to make a pretty border on a page. Cut small strips into banner flags like the ones that flutter beneath the sticker medallion. They are just too pretty to waste!
Then you can just stamp (or write, or computer journal) your favorite quotes and add them to the wallet.
Here’s how I created this simple tri-fold quote wallet:
First, cut a piece of cardstock to measure 11″ long x 6″ high.
Then, placing the long side against the rail of your scoring tool, score at 4″ and 8″.
Now burnish the score lines with a bone folder.
Fold the right hand side toward the center and the left hand side over it.
Decorate as desired.
I also like to use small scraps to create cute little tags like the one I tucked into this pocket.
Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Video on YouTube
I share more tips, tricks and ideas in this 10 minute YouTube video tour of the album.
I hope I’ve inspired you to get out your pretty papers, scissors and glue and get your craft on! If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Thanks for stopping by!
Supply List and Product Links
(Note, I’ve provided product links whenever possible, but some items have been in my stash a long time, and are no longer available online. I’m sure you can find a good subsitute in your own crafty stash.)
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.
Lilac Whisper Celebration Folio Tutorial: 2017/18 Kaisercraft Design Team Application
Hello, Friends! Today I get to share a secret that has had me bursting at the seams. A couple of weeks ago, I was notified by the lovely folks at Kaisercraft that I had made it past the first round auditions for the 2017/18 Kaisercraft Design Team. I came home from my beach vacation to find a gorgeous box of Kaisercraft paper pretties waiting for me. Imagine my delight when I found the shabbylicious Lilac Whisper Collection lovingly tucked inside.! My assignment? Create anything I like using the product provided and write a detailed blog post. And that’s what today’s post is all about. I’m halfway home, my friends! Grab a cuppa and a snack and let’s get this party started!
Soft as Springtime: Lilac Whisper Celebration Folio
Lilacs have a special place in my heart because they played a big role in my childhood. They always bloomed in time for Memorial Day. Some of the lilac bushes in my native Vermont grew to be as large as trees, and the branches fairly groaned with the fragrant purple blossoms and heart shaped green leaves. I used to gather them by the armful, dripping with dew to make bouquets for my mother when I was a girl. I tried to capture all those special memories in this LIlac Whisper Celebration Folio.
This box style folio measures 5.25″ wide x 7.25 inches tall. It has a 1″ spine, and a second 1/4″ spine. Birthdays are something we have a lot of during the summer months, so I went with a birthday celebration theme. My thought behind the design was to create a special box with a hidden birthday card that would also serve as a place to preserve photos and souvenirs from the event. I designed the folio especially for this paper collection, and I can wait to share it with you. Before I share the video tutorial and tour with you, I’d like to share a few detail photos.
Lilac Whisper Cover Details
To begin, I cut apart several images from the Well Wishes paper. Then I distressed the edges and inked them with Pumice Stone Distress Ink or Dusty Concord Distress paint. Next, I matted them onto Kaisercraft Weave Cardstock. The base layer is machine stitched onto cardstock. Then I painted a piece of Kaisercraft corrugated cardboard with Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender and Shaded Lilac Distress Paints. I tapped Kaisercraft paper flowers with these same paints to add a distressed, shabby chic feel to the design.
Next, I layered all the separate parts onto the album cover, using foam spacers to add depth and dimension to the design. Shaded Lilac Collectables and Mini Wood Flourishes add texture, visual interest and beauty to the cover. Finally, I added Kaisercraft flat back pearls, ribbon, and a burlap string bow to complete the design.
A Peek Inside
The folio opens just like a top fold card would. But inside, there are treasures galore!
First, I decorated the inside cover with designer paper, floral stickers and a sweet little pocket . To make the pocket, fussy cut the florals from the designer paper. Then, Ink the edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. Next, glue just the flat bottom edge to the base of the page. Now, you can tuck little paper pretties into the pocket.
Keeping it Together
After some careful thought, I decided that a belly band was the best option for holding this gatefold folio closed. After cutting a 2″ strip of designer paper, I distressed and inked the edges. Then I cut a slightly wider piece of Kaisercraft Lavendar Weaves Cardstock. Next, I glued the designer paper to the cardstock. Then I added the pretty floral sticker border, a matted Collectables and a lovely lilac butterfly to complete the belly band.
Open the Gates
Gatefold designs like this one add so much drama and excitement to a design. I always feel as though I’m watching the curtain rise on a stage production as each part unfolds to reveal even more beauty.
Flaps and Fold Out Features
Once the gatefold is open, you find this pretty little fold down flap. It makes me think of a drawbridge, for it folds down to reveal the hidden birthday card inside the folio.
Here’s a sweet little pocket filled with tags!
Paper scraps make great tags! Use a corner punch to round the bottom edge. Then use another corner punch to shape the top. Punch a 1/4″ hole, thread ribbon through it, and decorate with little bits and pieces of paper. Every scrap of this collection is beautiful, so you will want to use it all. And, there’s room in the pocket to add a gift card, movie tickets or small wrapped chocolate as an extra surprise.
At the Center of it All
At the very center of this Shaded Lilac Celebration Folio, you’ll find a secret pocket.
The pocket holds a beautiful birthday card…
…with a hidden tag pocket on the front. I used the Blossom Mini Designer Template to add texture paste to the upper right hand corner of the card.
Here’s a peek inside the card.
How to Make a Pocket
To create this pocket page, follow these easy steps.
First, cut a 5 x 7 rectangle from Mist Designer paper. Mat it on a slightly larger piece of Sage Weaves Cardstock.
Then, cut a 6″ wide x 3.5″ tall rectangle from Elephant Ears Weaves Cardstock. Score 1/2″ on the bottom and on both sides. Burnish to crease, then miter the corners with your scissors, as seen here.
Now, add a bit of adhesive where the corners meet.
Next, cut a 4 7/8″ wide x 3″ tall rectangle from Mist designer paper. Glue to the front of the pocket.
Then use a 1 3/8″ circle punch to add the thumb hole to the center of the pocket.
Next, glue the pocket to the base of the 5×7 panel. Then decorate the pocket with border stickers, a matted sentiment, painted Mini Wood Flourishes and a Mini Paper Rose.
Finally, center the entire panel and glue in place. Adding these pockets to a card, folio or album is such a quick process and it really amps up the fun factor. Everyone loves to pull something pretty from a pocket!
Lilac Whisper Celebration Folio Video Tutorial on YouTube
Would you like to make your very own Lilac Whisper Celebration Folio? This YouTube Video tutorial will guide you through the process of building the base. I also share lots of tips and tricks that will help you along in your own crafty adventures during the video tour of the folio. I hope you enjoy!
You’ll find a complete supply list with product links below. Thanks so much for joining me here today. And huge thanks to Kaisercraft for considering my application for the 2017/18 Kaisercraft Design Team. Wish me luck!
Tammy Tutterow Creative Team: Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder with Kaisercraft High Tea
Hello, Friends! What could be lovelier than a nice cup of tea? Not much in my world! If you are are a tea lover, too, then I think you are going to like this Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder made with paper pretties from Tammy Tutterow Designs and Kaisercraft’s gorgeous High Tea paper collection.
How to Make a Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder Base
The base for this hug in a cup teabag holder is Tammy’s Tab Pocket Page Steel Rule Die from Spellbinders. This die will cut through almost anything: fabric, felt, chipboard, crafting metal, balsa wood…it’s amazing! And creating the base is a snap. Here’s how I did it:
First, die cut a Tab Pocket Page out of cream cardstock. The die automatically adds score lines and cut lines where needed.
Then cut two more Tab Pocket Pages using designer paper: one for the inside and one for the outside. Use a bone folder to crease along the fold lines.
Next, stitch the page base and the designer paper you cut for the front together on your sewing machine. (You can also just glue these two pieces together, but I love the stitching.)
Now, stitch around the inside Pocket Page and glue to the interior of the base.
You’re ready to decorate. Hooray!
Let’s Make a Pocket!
By now you know that I just have to add a pocket somewhere. While working on the base, I pondered how to make that happen. I was thinking about all of Tammy’s lovely dies, when I realized that the sweet little Mini Tag Book Die looks a lot like a tea bag. Here’s how I built the little front pocket.
First, mat the sentiment panel on green cardstock and trim.
Next, cut a piece of pink cardstock that is 1″ wider and i/2″ taller than this panel.
Now, score 1/2″ on both short sides.
Then turn the panel and score 1/2″ on one long side.
Next, crease the folds.
Where the crease lines intersect, use your scissors to bevel the edges.
Then, score to shape a pocket. Glue the angled sides to the bottom piece.
Now, back with 2 layers of waste chipboard or a double layer of foam tape to lift the pocket from the card base. This gives you room to slide the tag mini into the pocket.
Finally, adhere to the card front.
Here’s how I made these shabbylicious Pinwheel Posies.
First, cut 3 sets of petal layers of a soft sagey green dot paper from the High Tea Collection.
Then ink all the edges with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
Next lightly mist the back of the posy layers with water. I use my Distress Sprayer because it gives me good control.
Then use a stylus and foam mat to shape the flower layers.
Next glue the layers together.
Now spray with Tattered Angels Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist.
Then tap with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
Next sponge with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
Then die cut several leaves and 2 leaf clusters from Tammy’s Pom Pom Posies Die.
Now ink with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
Finally shape and add to the cluster.
A Peek Inside the Hug In a Cup Mini Tag Book
I am so in love with this little Mini Tag Book Die. First, it is sooo teeny tiny and cute, measuring a petite 2.25″ wide x 4″ tall. You can create it vertically, as I have done here, or horizontally. And doesn’t it make you think of a little tea bag? I held it together with a vintage brad from my stash. The teapot is fussy cut from the paper collection and mounted on a chipboard doily from the High Tea Collectibles. Then I cut a doily from the High Tea Wood Icons bundle in half and painted it to match the papers. Here’s a peek inside:
Isn’t it just too darling for words?
I wanted you to see this pretty curved edge and tab closure on the base of the Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder.
The inside is very simple. Just glue down a sentiment panel, some die cut roses from the Collectibles pack and add a tea bag. Isn’t it pretty?
It only took a couple of hours to pull this whole project together. But if you wanted to make a very simple tea bag holder you could leave off the pocket and Mini Tag Book. That way, you could finish this up in under an hour. These would make the most darling hostess gifts. And wouldn’t they be wonderful as place cards for a birthday party?
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.
Thanks for stopping by!
Please note, I will provide links whenever possible, but some items have been in a my stash for a long time, and are no longer available. You can always substitute.