It’s also a great match for Graphic 45’s Let it Bee Paper collection. Check it out!
Let it Bee Card Folio
First, create a ribbon border by layering Yellow Gold Plaid over Turftan Brown Taffeta Ribbon. This pulls out all the wonderful earthy tones of the paper collection and Reneabouquets Beautiful Board embellishments.
Next, tie some loopy bows with the Moss Green Plaid Ribbon. Top these bows with Ivory Burlap String and a white blossom for a perfect finish!
Now dress up a vintage pewter hinge clip with a jaunty plaid bow and tiny blossom. Perfect harmony!
A Peek Inside
If you’d like to take a short tour of this project, I’ve created a little video to show you all the fun interactive elements tucked inside. Enjoy this 6 minute video!
On With the Hop!
Now hop on over and see what paper pretties my teammate Cheryl has prepared for you.
Land That I Love Shaker Card Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon
Hello, Friends! When the calendar flipped to May, I felt inspired to create this Land That I Love Shaker Card Folio. After all, I had the glorious Patriotic Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon in house. A quick check in at the Closet of Inspiration and Delight uncovered Photoplay’s America the Beautiful Collection waiting in the wings. How could I possibly ask for a better duo? I even found a leftover rosette tucked in with the papers, so it was clear to me that a Patriotic creation should be on the menu!
This vibrant card is slightly larger than my normal 5″ x 7″ creation. I wanted to make something large enough that it could double as a home décor piece, and function as a mini photo album. This 5 3/4″ x 8 1/4″ top fold card with a 1/2″ spine seemed about right to me. If you are like me, you enjoy having lots of “real estate” because it gives you lots of room to add layers of paper and embellishments to a card.
The Shaker Window
I am unapologetically patriotic. America is a glorious country. Her people are kind, generous, brave and hard-working. I may not always love the folks in D.C. or the way they try to run things, but the people of this nation inspire me. And the physical beauty of my country thrills me. Our oceans, mountains, rivers, forests, deserts, plains, waterfalls…all of that beautiful land fills my heart with joy. So when I found a 4×6 card in the paper collection that read “land that I love” I knew exactly what I was going to do!
First, adhere clear cardstock (acetate) on the back side of the frame in the ephemera pack.
Then, add 3 layers of 1/4″ foam tape to the back.
Next, cut a panel of the navy blue check paper so that is slightly larger than the frame. Stitch this panel onto red and navy cardstock mats to make it stand out.
Now, fill the center of that panel with red and blue buttons, Patriotic Stars Sparkletz, and sequins (linked below). Carefully line up the frame over the sequins and press in place.
Finally, fussy cut the floral US map from the 4×6 card, back with adhesive and adhere to the front of the frame. Trim out the sentiment, back with 1/8″ foam tape and adhere to the top of the frame.
Now add the red circus dot grosgrain ribbon from the assortment to the corners along with a little ivory burlap string bow and button combo.
A Peek Inside
There’s a patriotic party going on inside this vibrant card! The top half of the card houses a 3×4″ pull out folio.
There’s lots of room here to add photos and journaling, and you can also add a large photo beneath the pull out element.
Use the quad sheet to create a 5 1/2 x 6″ mini folio for all those great family photos.
You can even tuck in some flap pages!
A hidden side pocket makes a great place to tuck in some Polaroid style photo mats. Leave one side and the top edge open so that you can slide your photo in easily.
Surprise! A little tip in page provides room for even more photos!
I hope I’ve shared some ideas and inspiration that will help you create some spectacular Red, White and Blue cards just in time for summer!
Amazing Paper Grace May 2022 Die of the Month: Lovin’ from the Oven Recipe Card Folio
Hello, Friends! It’s time for me to share the Amazing Paper Grace May 2022 Die of the Month with you, and boy is it ever cute! I’m calling this one “Lovin’ from the Oven” because the adorable factor is right up there with the Pillsbury Doughboy. Remember him?
My mom was an amazing baker. There was nothing fancy or magazine worthy about our country kitchen. The linoleum was worn in spots. My dad built the countertops, then covered them with the same linoleum that adorned the kitchen floor. The pots and pans were ancient, battered and very Plain Jane. And the oven? Let’s just say you would not find it in any respectable modern kitchen and leave it at that.
But when my mom cranked up the oven, it was transformed into a sneak preview of Heaven. The woman could cook! Hardly a day passed when our home was not filled with the yeasty, mouth-watering aroma of freshly baked bread. When molasses cookies were on the menu, sweet spices filled the air. Chocolate cake? Be still my heart! I think I learned how to cook by hanging out in the kitchen with my mom. So this little project is dedicated to her memory.
3D Pop-Up Vignette Oven Shaker Element
I’m not gonna lie to you: when i took this die set out of the package, I felt a moment of anxiety. There are a LOT of small pieces inside! But, the packaging has a helpful step by step guide on the back that made it very simple to put this cutie pie oven together. I opted to adapt the die into this sweet little shaker element. (You can see Becca’s version HERE.) Here’s how this sweet little oven came together:
First, die cut the outline of the oven from plain cardstock and cut off the side tabs.
Next, die cut the oven with the door insert from plain cardstock, and cut off the tabs.
Now die cut the oven with the door insert from patterned cardstock and cut off the tabs.
Then adhere the patterned paper over the plain cardstock with the door. Back this piece with clear cardstock (acetate) and add 3 rows of 1/8″ foam tape to the back.
Next, die cut the accent pieces from rose gold cardstock as seen in the photo.
Now die cut the oven drawer, knobs and clock from a graphite shimmer cardstock.
Finally, die cut the oven mitts and utensils from a scrap of contrasting patterned paper.
Place your shaker elements inside the prepared oven cavity.
Adhere the oven racks (cut from rose gold) to the plain cardstock backer piece.
Line up the backer piece over the shaker window and press in place.
Now you can build your folio base and decorate.
A Peek Inside
This simple folio base measures 7″ x 5″ with a 1/2″ spine. I’ve added a side pocket on the left and a standard pocket on the right.
This is a great way to share a recipe with someone you love. Just tuck a couple of your tried and true recipes into the pocket on the left. Then add a little tea wallet, honey stick and photo folio to the pocket on the right.
All my best memories have been made in the kitchen! My sweet granddaughters join me every Friday for cooking lessons and we have the best time! Photos of these moments are important! So I made this little 4×4 folio to hold a few of them in place. This would also make a great gift!
Loving from the Oven Recipe Card Folio on YouTube
I prepared a short video tour of this folio with tips and ideas on YouTube. I hope you enjoy!
This weekend is Mother’s Day and I hope every single one of you knows how much you are loved and appreciated.
Echo Park Welcome Baby Girl Kangaroo Pocket Card Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon
Hello, Friends! Are you wondering what a Kangaroo Pocket Card Folio is? Well, your curiosity is about to be satisfied! This fun fold card has an itty bitty accordion folio tucked into the dimensional pocket on the cover. As the design came together, all I could think of was a baby kangaroo tucked inside her mommy’s pouch. Take a look:
Is that cute or what?
TIP: Pick up the deep pink tones of the pastel plaid by adding a Shocking Pink Checkerboard Satin Ribbon closure.
The First Year Unfolds
Capture every single memory of baby’s first year in this teeny tiny 3 1/4″ square accordion folio. It’s the perfect size for a brag book! Here’s how:
First, cut 3 sheets of Echo Park Welcome Baby Girl Solids into 12″ x 3 1/4″ strips.
Now, overlap each strip about 1/4″ and adhere to form one very long strip that is 3 1/4″ tall.
Next, score this strip every 3 1/4″ all the way down the length.
Then accordion fold. You will end up with a short flap that can be tucked inside to form a pocket.
Wrap Shocking Pink Checkerboard Satin Ribbon around the center of the folded folio. Use 1/2″ Scor-Tape to hold it in place.
Now you just need to cut apart the 3×3 images and some 3×3 panels of designer paper to cover the pages.
Decorate the cover and you’re done! You can see how the folio unfolds in the video tour below.
Quick and Cute Paper Clip Embellishment
Next you can make a quick and cute paper clip embellishment to hold the fun fold card closed. This vinyl coated paper clip is 1 1/2″ long.
First, cut a 4″ piece of Shocking Pink Plaid Ribbon.
Next, fold the ends of the ribbon in half. Cut from the fold to the outside edge to create fishtail banner ends.
Now fold the ribbon in half and thread the loop through the top of the paper clip.
Then pull the legs through the loop and tighten.
Finish with an iridescent metallic string bow and an itty bitty cluster of flowers.
A Peek Inside
Here’s a look at what’s hiding behind the front flap. There’s a little pocket with a 3×4 journal card insert. Then I matted a sentiment card on hot pink cardstock and used stickers to frame it. Light Pink Ric-Rac makes a pretty border, but keeps the card from being too bulky.
Flip open the card cover to find a belly band and photo mat inserts. There’s also a pocket and photo mat in the center of the card. So there’s lots and lots of room for sweet memories and photos of baby’s first year.
Kangaroo Pocket Card Folio Project Share on YouTube
I thought you might want to see how the accordion folio looks inside, so I created a little 5 minute video tour for you.
You can find a linked supply list below the signature. I hope you enjoyed this cutie pie card. I’m sending it to my sweet niece who just welcomed baby girl #4 to the family. So sweet!
Prima Lavender Party Dress Card Folio for Throwback Thursday
Hello, Friends! Today’s Throwback Thursday is a Prima Lavender Party Dress Card Folio. While cleaning out the Closet of Shame, I ran across a bunch of lovely chipboard pieces and a flash of inspiration! Who doesn’t love having a new party dress for spring? I know, right? So after a bit more digging, I decided to use this lovely, retired 2017 Prima collection for our Throwback Thursday this week.
Put on Your Party Dress
Chipboard is such a wonderful addition to a card design. You can paint it, cover it with paper, spritz it with mist or, as I did on today’s card, alter it with embossing powder. This is probably my favorite way to alter chipboard. Why, you may ask? Because it is fast, easy and looks terrific! It will probably take me longer to tell you the steps I followed than it did for me to actually do them. Here’s how I took this brown paper bag dress to party dress with a little mixed media magic.
First, tap the entire surface of the chipboard with VersaMark ink. Be generous!
Next, lightly shake a closed jar of Stampendous Shabby Ivory Embossing Enamel. This helps mix the particles evenly throughout the mix.
Now place the chipboard in a funnel tray or on a piece of printer paper. Gently shake the embossing powder out over the surface. You are aiming for even coverage.
Then carefully pick up the chipboard and let any loose granules roll off onto the printer paper or into the tray. Do not tap or flick the back of the chipboard! Just let gravity do its thing!
Now you want to pre-heat your heat gun for a few seconds. Use tweezers to hold the edge of the chipboard and use the heat gun to melt the granules. Keep the gun moving at all times. Chipboard will burn.
Heat the granules until the gold flecks start to melt and puddle into the ivory granules. Now this chip is perfectly cooked!
Take it to the Next Level
The dress is very pretty at this point. But I wanted to take it to the next level. So once the chip had cooled, I spritzed it lightly with some Lavender Fields Glimmer Mist that I had in my stash. Then I gently heated the embossing enamel a second time. The embossing medium will “open” and allow the mist to sink into the mix, creating a lovely impressionistic pattern on the dress.
I also inked the edges of the dress with Dusty Concord Distress Oxides. Then I spritzed and flicked water to make some pretty inky puddles. You can play with this technique. It’s fun!
TIP: Adhere an acetate floral overlay from the Lavender Collection to the center of the dress to create soft pattern and design. Use a dries clear adhesive for this step. It’s pretty magical, if I do say so myself!
Learn how I altered the chipboard doily and the background tag in the video below.
Add some pretty ribbons, trims and posies and this dress is ready for the prom!
Learn how to add these sweet charms in the video, too!
A Peek Inside
I decided to create a little folio inside the card base. The top half is an accordion pull-out with a ribbon closure.
Layer up bits and bobs on the cover to create a pretty collage.
Here’s a peek at the pages inside the 4 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ folio. Lots of lovely room for photos and journaling the story of a wedding, anniversary, prom, birthday party or bridal shower.
Party Dress Video on YouTube
Here’s a little process video showing how this card folio came together. I hope you enjoy!
And that’s it for Throwback Thursday this week! I’ll be adding this little ditty to my Etsy shop if you’d like to see it in real life.
I’ll add a supply list below. Thanks so much for stopping by!
***Please note: Since Throwback Thursday posts are designed to encourage us to use up paper pretties from our stash, I use a lot of retired items in these projects. This means I may not be able to provide a link to all the supplies used. Thanks for understanding!