Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card: I Get By with a Little Help From My Friends
Just like the old Beatles tune, “I get by with a little help from my friends,” I tie bows with a little help from my friend! Studying Bonnie Garby’s YouTube video tutorials and using my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool are the secrets to my bow tying success. I know there are lots of different ways to tie fabulous bows, and some of you are so smart you don’t need to use a tool. I, however, was a bow-tying flunk out, and these two secret weapons really changed up my game.
Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card: A Peek Inside
I love finishing the inside of a card as much as I love designing the cover. Here, I’ve layered up papers, paper scraps, a vellum sentiment panel and some washi tape. A little message is tucked into the tiny envelope….just for fun!
I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
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.
Beautiful Butterflies and Bows: Spring Has Sprung Easter Shaker Card
Hello Ribbon Lovers! Don’t you just love spring? After the grey days and cold of winter, there is nothing more beautiful than the burst of color that spring provides. I dug into the March Ribbon Club Collection from Really Reasonable Ribbon this week and decided to have a play! The Rainbow Assortment is full of bright beautiful ribbons that make you think of spring flowers. My eye was drawn to the gorgeous hue of the Tropic Taffeta ribbon and I went in search of just the right papers to pair up with it. And that’s how this Spring Has Sprung Easter Shaker Card came into being.
This 6″ x 7″ Spring has Sprung Easter shaker card has a fun cutaway front design. I decided to use a postcard from Graphic 45’s Sweet Sentiment collection as the base for the shaker. The Tropic Taffeta ribbon makes the beautiful blues in the butterfly wings come alive! Add a blush to Petaloo DIY Dogwoods by sponging them with Tattered Rose Distress Ink.
A Peek Inside
I really had fun dressing the inside of this card up in it’s Easter Best!
The decorative belly band on the left hand side of the card interior is so easy to make. Add the chipboard “buckle” from the collection to a strip of decorative paper. Then glue the ends to either side of the card. Top with a chipboard button and a fussy cut butterfly.
Next, I cut an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of primitive cream cardstock into 4 equal rectangles, cropped the corners and then slid them behind the belly band. What a fun place to keep photos of your family’s Easter celebration!
Glue the cute image of the Easter boy and girl onto the belly band, not the paper. This way photos can slide in and out easily.
And on your right….
This pretty Easter egg image became a pocket!
I cut journaling images from the paper collection to fit the pocket. This is a great place to add an Easter greeting…or to add journaling to accompany the photos. Oh…and there’s also a little chocolate treat tucked in. Because the Easter Bunny loves grown ups, too!
If you haven’t tried working with taffeta ribbon yet, I highly recommend it. Bonnie carries it in several colors and I want them alllllllll!
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!
RRR Red and/or Pink Challenge: Remember You Are Fabulous Card with Authentique Fabulous Collection
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! It’s time for another fun challenge over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Bonnie says it’s time to break out some RED and/or PINK. I spent a happy afternoon with the January Ribbon Club Assortment and Authentique’s Fabulous Collection. The result is this fun retro style Remember You Are Fabulous Card.
Pink and/or Red: Why Choose?
I have to tell you, peeps…the ribbons in the January Ribbon Club assortment are FABULOUS! There are so many great little prints, and so many wonderful textures. As you can see, I had fun using them! Red Chevron Striped Grosgrain Ribbon borders add texture, color and pattern to my design. And how much do I love the Random Hearts and Confetti Dots Grosgrain Ribbon? Lots and lots, that’s how much! Red Satin with a Grosgrain Edge lends wonderful shimmer and shine to my double loop bow. These ribbons just play perfectly with the pink, red and aqua color palette of this fun paper collection.
The Party’s on the Inside
I scored this 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 1/4″ spine so that I could load up the inside with all sorts of fun goodies.
The pocket on top holds a little sweet treat and a fun place to write a Valentine greeting. The lower pocket holds a hand stamped bookmark and a fun fridge magnet. I used the random hearts and confetti grosgrain ribbon to top the bookmark. The whole project is a great big celebration of pink and red!
Now it’s YOUR turn! Link up your own Pink and/or Red masterpiece on the RRR BLOG. You’ll find all the details HERE. Be sure to visit the projects from the rest of the team for more inspiration. I can’t wait to see what you make!