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7 Gypsies Birthday Card Step-Out Tutorial

7 Gypsies Birthday Card Tutorial on the CCB Blog

Hello, Friends!

Hooray!  We are settled into our new home!  Just 6 days ago, we were wall to wall boxes, and the studio looked like a disaster area.  I’ll be sharing a post soon so you can see the transformation.  But, while we were buried under all those boxes, the good folks at Canvas Corp brands published a step out tutorial I put together for this 7 Gypsies Birthday card.  I made it with the new Ordre du Jour papers and I think you will fall in love with them just as much as I did.  Here’s a little sneaky peek to whet your appetite:

7 Gypsies Birthday CardThis little beauty is filled with fun interactive elements like this library card pocket.

7 Gypsies Birthday CardSo if you have a minute and would like to be inspired, I hope you’ll pop on over to The Creative Studio and take a look around.  You can find this 7 Gypsies Ordre du Jour Birthday Card post HERE.

I’ll be back soon with a tour of my new studio and photos of the journey it took to get here.  I’ve missed y’all!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Wanderlust Junque Journal for 7 Gypsies

Wanderlust Junque Journal for 7 Gypsies: Opportunity Knocks!

Hello, Friends! Are you familiar with Junque Journals?  They are all the rage in the papercrafting world.  Junque Journals are kind of hybrid between traditional journals and scrapbooks or mini albums.  These mixed media creations combine fabric, different kinds of paper, found items and small souvenirs to capture memories in a fun and playful way.  7 Gyspies has recently released a fabulous new collection called Wanderlust that is tailor made for this kind of memory keeping.  I spent a glorious day of crafting with their Wanderlust Junque Journal and ended up with a really funky, fun, mixed media book that oozes with vintage goodness.  Take a peek:

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 01The great thing about this Wanderlust Junque Journal is that half the work has been done for you.  7 Gypsies thoughtfully stitched up a gorgeous base album with beautifully vintage cover art and 6 machine stitched pages made from cardstock, burlap, kraft paper, canvas and corrugate.  All I had to do was add the fun.

I did make a video of this project so you could really get a feel for the flow and all the various elements.  But for those of you who prefer “still” shots, I have loads of them below.  Before we get started, you might want to go get a snack and a beverage…there’s a LOT to look at!

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 02I cut out the cover focal image with my craft knife, then stitched it onto some brown faux leather paper.  I love the dimension this adds to the cover and the custom feel it gives the journal.  The little metal hasp was on an old medicine cabinet that I found at a local yard sale.  I added a fussy cut suitcase handle from Pack Your Bags to give the focal the look of a vintage suitcase.   I fussy cut other elements and added them to the cover with foam tape.  Can you spot the “luggage tag” I made with the faux leather?  I love the little post card charm!

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 04The inside pages are so much fun to build up.  I fussy cut various elements from papers found in the 12×12 Mixed Media Kit and layered them up until I was happy with the way they looked.  On the left hand page I tucked a Gypsy Moments tag into a tiny kraft bag.  You could add small photos, journaling, or small souvenirs in the bag as well.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 05I built hidden pockets and fold outs throughout the Wanderlust Junque Journal because I wanted to have that feeling you get when you are out on a really great junkin’ trip with your best buddy.  The top of this fold out was left open so that I could tuck a Postcard and photo mount in behind it.  (All my photo mounts and tags were created with Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create dies.)The focal image was cut from the “Stay Focused” 12×12 paper and then “hinged” with washi tape to create a door.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 06When you open it, there’s room to mount some photos, or to journal in white ink.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 07This two page spread displays the corrugate and burlap pages.  I love the texture you get from these. There’s a pull out pocket behind the doors on the left, and another pocket above the photo mount on the right.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 08I used my craft knife to split the doors on the image and backed it with another image from the
“Stay Focused” paper.  I spattered on some TA Chalkboard mist to add to the artsy feel of this wonderful paper.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 09This double paged spread is on burlap and kraft papers.  I cut out tags and images from “Open New Doors” and layered them in. So quick and easy!  The page on the right has a pocket/photo mount filled to the brim with tags, mini file folders and other goodies.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 10I think this might be my favorite page.  The tag pulls out from behind the wonderful “Open New Doors” image.  The lined kraft paper behind has been spattered with ink to give it a great grungy feel.  But the image on the right is so artsy and fun.  I painted the canvas page with ink.  Then I “painted” around the focal image with a water brush to make it easy to tear out from the “Be Free” 12×12 paper. This gives you great control but you still end up with that wonderful torn edge look.  A little more inking, a torn paper layer that looks like a grassy knoll and a vintage label fussy cut from the paper and this page is done.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 11Here’s another photo mount pocket filled with tags and mini file folder.  The background paper came from a Junque Pack that I had in my stash.  I also opened up a Gypsy Moments file folder and used it as a photo mat.  All I had to do was add a little hand journaling and another focal image/pocket and this page was done.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 12I love the vibrancy this red burlap page adds to the Wanderlust Junque Journal.  I created a journaling spot on the left with a Gypsy Moments ATC Printed Folder. The little die cuts were in my stash, and they fit in with this so well that I couldn’t resist using them. The corner of the typewriter to hold the folder closed.  The inside could house journaling, or small photos.  Interactive elements in a journal make me super happy.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 13This door image is from the “Be Free” 12×12 paper.  It reminds me of Dublin, and memories of Dublin make my heart sing.  I’ve used another file folder as a mat on this page.  Think outside the box when you are using your supplies…a postcard or a file folder can be a mat, or a pocket!

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 14This page is the inside back cover.  I fussy cut some keys, turned an image into a pocket and then added a file folder behind it.  This took maybe 10 minutes to do…because fussy  cutting the keys was a little bit “worky”.  But you get the idea.  You can build a fabulous album like this in less than a day because the basics have all been done for you.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 03I tied some burlap twine around the spine and then added on these fun wine charms I bought at a thrift store.  Treasure is everywhere….you just have to open your eyes and look for it!

This Wanderlust Junque Journal was so much fun to create.  I think it would be a fantastic activity for a bridal shower weekend, a girls’ retreat, a family trip.  The album is already about half done…you just add the fun details and your memories and you’ve got a great keepsake that captures a special event or time in your life.

My Gypsy Soul is so happy right now, I can hardly stand it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Vintage Varsity Masculine Birthday Card

Vintage Varsity Masculine Birthday Card with RRR February Ribbon Club Assortment

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Do you struggle when it comes to making a great masculine birthday card? If you’d like to find out some of my tips and tricks for making a great masculine birthday card, then read on! This Vintage Varsity Masculine Birthday card uses ribbons from the Really Reasonable Ribbon February Ribbon Club assortment along with 7 Gypsies Vintage Varsity papers and ephemera.

Vintage Varsity Masculine Card 01I am happy to report that the February Ribbon Club Assortment contains several ribbons that work well on a masculine card.  This Emerald Green Plaid Ribbon picks up on the greens in Vintage Varsity paper collection, and the deep green color is one that most men seem to like, probably because it reminds them of a golf course, or a sports field.

Vintage Varsity Masculine Card 01aYou’ll notice that I created the card on a kraft cardstock base.  This automatically makes it feel more masculine.  Then, to add even more macho goodness, I inked and distressed all the edges of the paper layers.

Vintage Varsity Masculine Card 02I cut some ticket ephemera in half and tucked part of it behind my paper layers.  The other half was cut into a fishtail banner, wrapped in natural burlap string and embellished with a pewter star brad.  The star theme was carried out further with the star button on top of the bow, and in the novelty button. I added another punch of color by placing a strip of crosshatch emerald satin ribbon down the left hand side of my focal image.  This naturally draws the eye to that handsome rugby player…and there is nothing girly about him, am I right?

Vintage Varsity Masculine Card 03To keep my detail photo and novelty button from being overlooked, I encircled them with a strand of natural burlap string.  The natural fibers add great texture to the composition of the card, and the circle element is fun, too. And here’s another star reference to unify the theme of the card.  See, this is not so hard, right?

Vintage Varsity Masculine Card 04The inside of the card contains more layered papers along with a computer journaled sentiment that I inked and stamped.  Add a short greeting and badda bing, badda boom, this card is ready for your favorite guy!

What are some of your favorite tips for making a masculine birthday card?  I’d love to hear them in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy