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Quick and Easy Masculine Fun Fold Card Tutorial

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Quick and Easy Masculine Fun Fold Card Tutorial with Photoplay DIY Home Edition

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday, so I have a Quick and Easy Masculine Fun Fold Card Tutorial to share with you.  Our eldest son’s birthday is tomorrow, and since he loves to create with wood, I decided that Photoplay’s DIY Home Edition paper collection was a good choice.  As I was taking the papers out of the storage folder, this design idea popped into my head.  So if you like fancy fold cards, and you love getting new ideas for masculine cards, I think you’ll enjoy this post.

The Recipe

All you need to create this card (besides the designer papers of your choice) is (2) 11″ x 4 1/4″ panels of black cardstock and (1) 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ panel of black cardstock, a little foam tape and an oval die.  The die is actually optional, but it makes for a fun opening inside the card.

Here’s the recipe for this card:

  • First score both 11″ x 4 1/4″ panels of black cardstock at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″.
  • Next, fold the cards on the 5″ scored line.
  • Then fold the 2 3/4″ scored line back toward the folded card edge.
  • When you overlap the 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ panel of each card, you can see that you have a double z-fold card base, which is fun, right?
  • But, if you place gussets on the sides and bottom of one of those panels, you’ve added the potential for a hidden pocket.
  • Now, if you place adhesive on just the top, bottom and left hand side of the left hand z-fold, you create a gatefold opening…and a sweet little pocket inside the card to boot!
  • Line the smaller folds with 2 1/2″ x 4″ panels of your designer paper.
  • Adhere a 3×4 card to the back of the gatefold cover before you adhere it to the front gatefold.
A Peek Inside

Now you can see that fun extra pocket on the left and the center pocket with it’s cool opening, too.

The pocket will hold a 5 1/4″ x 4″ folio, or a photo, or whatever flat goodie you choose to put inside.

Of course, you can make this same card design with feminine papers, too!

Quick and Easy Masculine Fun Fold Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see this fancy fold card come together, please enjoy this video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

That’s it for me today, friends.  It’s been such a busy month with all the family birthdays and two kits for Button Farm Club.  I’ll be back tomorrow to show you what I was up to in the studio all last week.  It’s pretty exciting!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Flower Market September Folio Tutorial

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Graphic 45 Flower Market September Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Make and Take Tuesday, I have our Graphic 45 Flower Market September Folio Tutorial ready to share with you.  This is the 9th folio in  this year-long series!  Can you even believe it? If you are new to the blog, you can catch up on the previous 8 months of folio tutorials HERE.

Asters are the featured flower for our September folio, and they are so pretty paired up with Cloudy Sky and Dune cardstock!  Once again, our folio measures 8 1/2″ square with 3/8″ spines, internal flaps, pockets and flip pages.

Authentique Stitches Guest Star of the Month

Our “guest star” for the month of September is the Stitches collection from Authentique.  The pinks and blue hues are the perfect complement to the G45 papers. While the basic folio design is the same as in previous months, I did alter the design of the top flap page just a little.  You know me…I get bored if I do the same thing all the time!

In addition to the G45 dies that we’ve been using every month, I invited my Annette Green Everyday Elements dies to the party.  I’ll list the borders, flourishes, postage stamp and doily dies in the supply list below.

Of course, if you don’t have Stitches or the dies in your stash, please feel free to substitute goodies from your stash.  It always feels good to use a product that’s been languishing in the Closet of Inspiration and Delight, don’t you agree?

Pockets and Mini Folios

Don’t  you love the way the Authentique papers blend with the Flower Market florals?

Flowers and sewing are two of my favorite crafting themes, so I really enjoyed putting this month’s folio together for you.  I hope you’ll have as much fun with it as I did.

Flower Market Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along as I make this pretty September folio, I hope you’ll enjoy this video on my YouTube channel.

 

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Craft Room Organization Tips

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Craft Room Organization Tips: Ribbon Storage Solutions

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Make and Take Tuesday, I’m inviting you into my studio for some Craft Room Organization Tips.  I’m constantly in the process of rearranging my studio to make everything fit and flow together smoothly.  During a recent clean out of my cloth bins, I ran across some product packaging that made that proverbial light bulb in my brain light up.  I was so pleased with the results that I just had to share the idea with you here.

Today’s tips will focus on ribbon storage solutions.  We’ll take a look at 3 or 4 different ways that I organize and store my ribbon, baker’s twine and thread.  I hope you’ll pick up some helpful ideas along the way!

My New Idea

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Do you struggle to keep lace and trims neat and organized?

TIP: Repurpose product packaging for ribbon storage.  This Graphic 45 Metal Staples packaging is sturdy, has a hanger hole, and is cute, too. Wind sections of lace around the tag. Then secure the lace to the tag with quilting pins, safety pins or little hooks. Add a hanger hook to the top and suspend from a dowel rod.  Now your lace bits are easy to find, protected and compactly stored. It’s always a happy day when I can find a way to repurpose product packaging!

Did you enjoy walking through my ribbon storage ideas with me?  Would you be interested in more craft room storage solutions videos in the future?  Let me know what  you think in the comment section below, friends, and I’ll try to tackle your questions.

That’s it for me today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 August Flower Market Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 August Flower Market Folio Tutorial with Authentique Dame

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday, and I have a summery Graphic 45 August Flower Market Folio Tutorial to share with you.  Flower gardens are flourishing here in North Carolina.  They usually wane a bit in the heat of summer, but we’ve had loads of rain this year, and they are blooming their heads off!   Our “guest star” this month is an oldie but a goodie: Authentique Dame is the perfect playmate for the August papers, and I’m excited to show you how well they got along together.

If you are new to this monthly folio series, you can find the previous tutorials HERE.

A Peek Inside

Can you believe how beautifully the Authentique Dame papers work with the August Flower Market designs and colors?  If you don’t have this collection in your stash,  do what I did: dig through your paper collections until you find a good partner.  Here are some tips to help you with that process:

  • First, look for papers that use a similar or complementary color palette.  When I was doing my search, I was looking for shades of pink and yellow  because those are the main colors in the August papers.
  • Next, pay attention to the hues.  For instance, choose medium shades of pink and deep shades of yellow or gold to go with the August papers.
  • Then, look for some good geometric patterns to provide a contrast from all the strong florals in the Flower Market collection.  Plaids, stripes, dots, or newsprint should work well.
  • Finally, lay the papers side by side with the G45 patterns.  If it looks good to you, it’s probably a good choice!  Go for it!
Fun with Flips, Flaps and Pockets

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The interior of this 8 1/2″ square folio is loaded with interactive features.  There’s ample room for photos, journaling, and storage, too.  If you’re looking for a unique birthday gift, how fun would it be to present a birthday month folio filled with old photos, memories and memorabilia from the birthday girl’s life?

Some of you are using this project as a way to document the events of your year.  Others are using the folios as planners.  Have you thought of a unique way to put this design to work?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Graphic 45 August Flower Market Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’re ready to dive into this month’s folio tutorial, please enjoy this video on my YouTube channel.  You might want to grab a cuppa and a snack, because the tutorial is not a quickie!  There’s a lot of ground to cover in making a project of this size.

 

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!  I’ll have our August Banner of the Month Tutorial ready for you on Thursday.

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Blue Dream Tea Party in a Box

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Stamperia Blue Dream Tea Party in a Box Tutorial with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Stamperia Blue Dream Tea Party in a Box project is the loveliest way to welcome summer!  It speaks to blue skies, sunshine, refreshing lemons, sea breezes and relaxing days by the shore.  I hope you’ll enjoy today’s Make & Take Tuesday as much as I  did! Our tutorial this week will focus on building the elements on the card front and embellishing with all sorts of paper pretties.

Old World Summer by the Sea

I don’t know about you, friends, but I wish I could step into this view and stroll along the shoreline!  I’ve only recently added this gorgeous paper collection to my stash, and I’m so glad I did!  Here are some of the fun details on this 5×7 Tea Party in a Box project.

  • First, create lots of depth and dimension by placing foam tabs between your chipboard layers. This is what gives your work this “I could walk into this picture” effect.
  • Next, balance out all the vibrant yellow hues with some deep blues.  Blue ribbon, buttons, gems and a beautiful dragonfly really made the lighthouse scene pop.
  • Third, add a bit of sparkle and shine with Fine Pearl Glitter Glass and Reneabouquets lemon branches.  Spread a little Dries Clear adhesive on the lemon blossoms, then sprinkle with the glitter glass.  It doesn’t show up here so well, but in real life, it’s stunning.
  • Lastly, add a bit of Rusty Hinge Ink and Crackle Texture paste to the brick window to give it that Old World feel.  We’ll talk more about this in the video tutorial.
A Peek Inside

I have as much fun creating the insides of my cards as I do the outsides.  It’s always an adventure to open such cards, as you never quite know what you’ll find waiting within.  This time, I added a kinetic waterfall feature to the top half of the card, and a Tea Party in a Box on the bottom.

Since it’s too hot to send chocolate in the mail right now, I opted to make a beautiful little tag and bookmark combo to take the place of the chocolate.  But all the other usual suspects are tucked inside.

I dug into my stash of vintage costume jewelry to adorn the bookmark.  The dragonfly pin on the tag is altered with wax and sprays.  And the tea sachet was just too pretty not to share up close.

Stamperia Blue Dreams Tea Party in a Box Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to take a closer look at this gorgeous paper collection and learn how I built the layers on the card front, then I hope you’ll enjoy this video tutorial.

 

Suddenly, I’m craving a tall glass of lemonade.  Wonder what that’s all about?

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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