Milestone Birthday Blog Hop Celebrating Ginger Ropp!
Hello, Friends! Today I’m particpating in a Milestone Birthday Blog Hop for the Queen of Papercrafting, Ginger Ropp! You should be coming here from Ginny Nemchak’s fabulous blog.
Most of us know Ginger by her blog and YouTube handle “My Sister’s Scrapper.” Since Ginger can’t throw a big milestone birthday bash this year, she decided to have a little birthday blog hop and invited me and two of my other favorite creative sisters to participate. So Annette Green (Annette’s Creative Journey) and Ginny Nemchak (Polly’s Paper Studio) and I are joining forces to make Ginger’s Milestone birthday memorable!
Before we dig in, I just want to sing Ginger’s praises for a moment. I’ve followed her on YouTube and her blog for a very long time now. She never fails to inspire me. Her paper engineering skills are off the charts, and her video tutorials are fabulous. But more than that, Ginger is an incredibly kind and generous person with a great sense of humor. I got to meet her :”in real life” at Creativation in 2018, and she’s as warm and real and funny as I had hoped. Thanks, Ginger, for all the many ways your friendship has blessed my life! I truly love and appreciate you!
Authentique Hooray Slightly Snarky Birthday Card
Slightly snarky birthday cards are always fun to make, give and receive. Today I have a quick and easy 10 minute tutorial that will show you how to make this cute retro style card.
The paper is from Authentique’s Hooray collection. I love the aqua and red color palette and all the fun little birthday patterns.
Here’s a peek at the inside. I added a little die cut gift card holder and a wee note card, just for fun.
The video tutorial below will show you how to make this fun card.
I also have a little giveaway over on my YouTube Channel, so you’ll want to be sure to check that out. To be entered in the random drawing, you must be subscribed to my YouTube channel and leave a comment. That’s it! You’ll have to watch the video to find out what I’m giving away!
Now hop on over and see what the birthday girl, Ginger Ropp, has prepared for you. I know she is doing a giveaway as well! Hooray for birthdays!
Thanks so much for helping us celebrate Ginger’s birthday!
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.)
Fairy Happy Birthday Wishes Gift Wallet for Sophie Grace
Hello Friends! Summer is birthday season in the Clement household I have almost a dozen birthdays to prepare for over the next several weeks. The first one in line is our dear Sophie Grace who turns 8 years old this year. How is this even possible? Because she is totally into Fairies and Fairy Gardens this year, I put together a darling little Fairy Happy Birthday Wishes Gift Wallet for her party on Saturday.
The album base is made with mini file folders that I die cut using Tammy Tutterow’s Mini File Folder Die by Spellbinders Paper Arts. Each folder measures 5″ wide x 3.25 inches tall. It was easy to join the albums together to form the album. Here’s how I did it.
How To Make a Mini File Folder into a Mini Album
Begin by choosing your designer papers. I chose to work with Prima’s Princess Paper Colletion. (retired)
First, die cut three sets of mini file folders from designer paper.
Next, blend Vintage Photo Distress Ink and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink onto the inside of each file folder. (You do not have to follow this step if your paper is double sided. Mine was white on the reverse.)
Spritz and flick water onto the ink. Heat dry.+
Now, ink up the Dear Ruby Background Stamp with Sepia Archival Ink and randomly stamp on the inked surface.
Next, Cut two 1/5″ wide x 4.5″ long strips of designer paper.
Ink the edges.
Score in half. This is the hinge you will use to join the file folders together.
Then add 1/2″ Scor Tape to the white side (or back side) of each strip on both sides of the score line.
Remove the liner from one side of the hinge and line up along the front bottom edge of one folder. Press in place.
Repeat the process with the other side of the hinge, but this time press it onto bottom back edge of another file folder. Now your folders are hinged together.
Turning a Mini File Folder into a Pocket
Now that you’ve joined all three of your file folders together, you can begin to decorate them. Here’s how I turned one file folder into a pocket.
First, open the file folder so that the tab is at the bottom.
Then, add 1/8″ Scor-tape to both the left and right hand side of the folder.
Now peel off the liner from the tape and press in place.
Decorating the Cover
Create a little banner with designer paper. Add mini buttons to dress it up. To create my ribbon closure, I ran 1/2″ Scor-Tape along the back edge of the album then wrapped it with a piece of ribbon that was long enough to tie into a bow.
Pom Pom Posies can be die cut from two colors of felt to create a fanciful fairy flower. Fill the center with a pearl and small gold beads for extra fun. I filled a small corked vial with a mixture of white and gold glitter to serve as fairy dust. Then I tied on this adorable little brass fairy charm. I filled in with Petaloo Penny Lane flowers and a tag from the paper collection.
What’s in Your Pocket?
I adore Tammy’s Mini Tag Book Die and used it to create a fairy themed mini album to tuck into the pocket of the gift wallet.
Fairy sized pockets are easy to make. Simply die cut several shapes from Tammy’s Tab Set Two, glue just the sides together and you’ve got an instant pocket.
Create a flip down page by scoring a long piece of paper in half. Here I’ve used another Tab Set Two die to make a sweet little page turner. After cutting the shape, I halved it so that i could turn it with the shaped edge out.
Teeny tiny fairy postcards.
A fairy princess kitty and a fairy paper doll in a pocket add lots of whimsy and interactive elements to the pages of the mini tag book.
. I’ve tucked a ticket to the fairy dance party into this Tab Two pocket.
Along with this itty bitty teeny tiny fairy notebook. The book measure less than 1″ wide and a little more than an inch tall. The pages are stitched into the spine. It’s the kind of thing you’ll only do for your precious granddaughter.
And no fairy mini tag album is complete without a Pug Fairy wearing a crown.
Inside the Fairy Happy Birthday Wishes Gift Wallet
Fairy Happy Birthday Wishes Gift Wallet Video on YouTube
I hope you found 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. I’ll also provide a supply list and links (where available) to the products I used to make this Fairy Happy Birthday Wishes Gift Wallet.
Frilly and Funkie “You’re My Inspiration” Challenge: Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio
Hello, Friends! Happy Hump Day! It’s time for another great challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. This go round, Nancy is hosting the challenge and the theme is “You’re My Inspiration.” For this fun challenge, I’ve created a Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio, but before I share it with you, here’s what Nancy has to say about the challenge:
Find any type of image or photo that inspires you and create a vintage or shabby chic project based on that image or photo (you don’t need to actually use it in your project). Please post the image on your blog along with your project, and tell us what it is you love about it.
Sound like fun? I thought so, too! So without further ado, let’s get the party started.
The Beach Is My Inspiration
I am a beach loving gal. Everything about the beach inspires me: the sound of the waves, the wind whipping my hair, the wee birds skipping along in the sand, the pelicans skimming the waves, and the grains of sand that sparkle like flecks of gold under the bright sun. I do my best thinking at the beach, and my best sleeping, too. (Do you think there might be a connection?) So I chose this gorgeous digital collage image created by my dear friend, Ginny Nemchak as my inspiration photo. This gal, perched on her over-sized beach ball, wearing a fabulous vintage bathing suit is who I want to be when I grow up.
Although this looks like a card, it’s really a folio. I love to create cards that can double as gifts. I have several birthdays coming up in my family this summer, and this Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio will make some birthday girl very happy.
Off to the Races Visits the Shore
This Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio measures 5.75″ wide x 7.75″ tall. I used Graphic 45 12×12 Off to the Races Patterns and Solids paper to create my layers. These rich shades of blue and brown are perfect for a beach themed card. A Tim Holtz Sophisticate Cabinet Card frames the focal image. And here’s where I got a little creative inspiration. I’ve always felt terrible about covering up the gorgeous graphics on the back of these Cabinet Cards.
So I didn’t.
Instead, I turned it into a flap. The kraft glassine bag has a hinge mechanism so it can fold down. There’s a post card tucked into the envelope, but this leaves plenty of room to add a gift card.
I triple embossed this portion of the project: embossing folder, ink, embossing powder, paint then heat embossing again. It created a surface that really resembles beach sand.
How to Make Flap Opening for your Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio
First, insert your chosen image inside the frame. I had to add a little washi tape to the top and bottom of this image to make it fit perfectly. Easy fix!
Then, use a craft knife to gently separate the cabinet card front and back at the seam on the left hand side.
Next, cut a 1.75″ strip of paper the same height as the cabinet card.
Now, fold the paper in half to form a hinge.
Glue one half inside the opened seam. You will also need to add glue to the front of the hinge so that you can seal the cabinet card up again.
Next, create the right hand side of your flap. Measure it so that it is exactly the same width and height of the cabinet card you are using. I cropped the corners on my card so that they would match the corners on the cabinet card.
Now, Decorate the inside of this front flap.
Then, glue the other half of the hinge to the back side of this layer.
Finally, glue the whole mechanism onto your prepared card base.
Hold the cabinet card flap closed with a little hinge clasp.
I stamped and inked up a little birthday greeting to tuck behind my chipboard sand dollar. Glue just the bottom edge of the sand dollar to the card base, and you’ve got a pocket! Then mat another fabulous beach babe onto designer paper, and tuck both behind the sand dollar. I just love interactive elements on cards, don’t you?
Take a Look Inside
I packed the inside of this Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio with all kinds of fun goodies.
The top half of the folio holds a little accordion fold photo album.
And what’s in that pocket on the bottom?
How about another vintage beach babe all decked out on a tag, and a little sweet treat?
What’s Your Inspiration?
Now it’s your turn to play along and let us know what inspires YOU. You have until midnight EDT on Tuesday, June 20th to create a vintage or shabby chic project inspired by a photo. Link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.
The designers will choose their top 4 favorite projects from all those submitted. Our top favorite will be invited to serve as a Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. The next 3 will receive badges to display proudly on their own blogs. And everyone who enters and follows the rules of the challenge will be entered into the draw to receive a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.
Tealightful Tea Party Banner with Petaloo Spring Posies
Hello, Friends! Little girls love tea parties! It’s a fact. Our middle “Little” Julia loves them so much that she’s chosen to have an American Girl Tea Party Birthday this year. I spent the weekend creating this pinkalicious, very girly Tealightful tea party banner using Petaloo posies and designer papers from Pebbles.
Banners are fun to make, but tough to capture in a photograph. So, I went ahead and made a very short (under 3 minute) video tour of the banner and cards so you can really get a feel for it. I will include still photos as well, as I know you like to study those.
Tealightful Tea Party Banner Video on YouTube
Tealightful Tea Party Banner Details
The banner is made from three 4.25″ x 5.5″ pennants and 4 ATC sized pennants. Cut a fishtail on each rectangle, then stitch designer paper to the cardstock base. Next, stitch the banners onto ribbon.
Each large pennant is flanked by a tiny ATC sized pennant. Every time I see these cute critters in teacups, I cannot help but smile!
Die cut teacups with Tim Holtz’ Tea Time dies, then fill with pretty posies.
No tea party is complete without a fancy cake!
Back layers and fussy cut images with waste chipboard or foam tape to create extra depth and dimension.
You’re My Cup of Tea Easel Birthday Card
To continue with the tea party theme, I put together this very girly easel card.
Make the stopper for your card by backing an image with chipboard or foam tape. Cluster pretty Vintage Velvet pansies around the image to add more texture. This will help the card stay in the display position. Cut little banner flags from paper scraps to add even more fun to the card.
Easel cards fold shut for presentation, then stand up for display. They are one of my favorite cards to make!
Finish the interior of the card with more pretty papers and stamped birthday greetings.
Tealightful Tea Party Invites and Thank You Notes
I was having such fun playing with these pretty Tealightful papers that I went ahead and made some very simple party invites and thank you notes to go with the ensemble. Although the cards are very, very simple, I dressed them up a little with either a pink butterfly or a vintage velvet pansy.
Now I can’t wait for Julia’s birthday party! As she says to me when we play tea party together, “Pinkies Up!”