Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card with Kaisercraft Wandering Ivy
Hello, Friends! Happy Friday! I’m back with another card that I made while I was on my “break” from design team assignments. I made this Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card with the Kaisercraft Wandering Ivy Collection and ephemera pack as well. But the “Blooming Bicycle” focal image is from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy Shop. This one has a really fun, springtime vibe.
As you can see from this photo, I added loads of distressed layers, blossoms, ribbon and a vintage button to this 5″ x 7″ card.
A cluster of Little Birdie Crafts Flowers add the “Bloom” to this Blooming Blue Bicycle card. The ones with beaded centers are “Jessica” ivory flowers. The polka dot flower is called “Printed Florence Petals.” I’m not sure where you can find these in stores, but you can visit the Little Birdie Crafts Website to find them. These were given to me as a gift at CHA, and I just love them!
The bow cluster is more of that luscious Ivory Checkerboard Satin Ribbon combined with Ivory Burlap String and a vintage button from my stash. If you’re new to tying bows, I really recommend this ribbon as it is very soft, making it easy to work with.
Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card: A Peek Inside
This card is very similar in style to the one I shared with you on Monday.
I decorated the gift card wallet with another digital image and scraps of the designer paper. The “Wandering Ivy” collection kit comes with a sticker sheet, which I used to add the title.
Inside, there’s a tea bag and a chocolate treat.
Once again, I used up my scraps to make a pretty little bookmark and decorative honey stick. These cards double as gifts, so even though they take a little bit longer to make, you get a lot of “bang” for your buck.
I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures! If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card with Kaisercraft Wandering Ivy
Hello, Friends! Last week, I treated myself to a little “spring break” from design team assignments. Sometimes, I just need to play with no particular goal in mind. It recharges the old mojo and restores my love of paper. Many of you know that I am a serious tea lover! Every single day starts with at least 2 cups of steaming hot tea. (Irish Breakfast, if you please with milk and honey!) This Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card is just my cuppa!
Once again, I pulled out my Kaisercraft “Wandering Ivy” collection and the matching Collectables to make this card. This time, I focused on the green and white patterns within the collection. The card focal is a vintage style Gecko Galz digital download. I just love this tea drinking lady in her stylish hat and flowery tea set. I think I might enjoy a cuppa and a chat with her!
Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card: The Details
One of my favorite Saturday activities is going to yard sales. I picked up this vintage style brooch for a quarter a while back, and I’ve been waiting for just the right project to use it. To shabby it up, I painted the faux gold filigree with ivory chalk paint. Then I used my button tool to cut the pin off the back. To make sure it would sit level, I backed it with some squares of waste chipboard and then adhered it to the card.
This flower cluster is made with 3/8″ Ivory Satin Ribbon. The flowers are Little Birdie Crafts Jessica Ivory, Ocean Mist Bernice and Pollen Stems & Tendrils. I’ve tucked a trio of my precious vintage buttons behind the flower cluster and a metal filigree leaf beneath it.
To add texture, and also to lighten up the composition, I altered a Little Birdie Circular Chipboard Lattice with Shabby Ivory Embossing Enamel. This is tucked back behind the focal image.
Here’s a tip I think you will like. See that border of clocks behind the brooch? They are a sticker strip from the “Wandering Ivy” collection. Guess what? I cut them in half, since they are tucked behind the embossed woodgrain layer. Now I can use the other half strip in another project. It’s like having double the product to work with. The final touch on the card front was adding in some rub ons from a Tim Holtz remnant rub sheet.
Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card: A Peek Inside
I bet you knew there would be a tea bag inside this card, didn’t you? And of course there is another little honey stick all dressed up for the birthday party!
Toss in another lovely little tag made from scraps on my work desk, and this card is done! Did you spot the other half of that clock sticker on the tag? I have one more project that I made during my “spring break” but I’m saving that one for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog hop later on this month!
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.
Hello, Friends! Happy April! March was such a busy month for me, that when I managed to meet all my deadlines I decided I deserved a treat! So I pulled out a paper pack that’s been lurking in the Closet of Shame for months now, and let myself have 3 whole days to create exactly what I wanted to make! No assignments, no deadlines…just playing with paper for the pure pleasure of it! This Kaisercraft Wandering Ivy Friendship Card is one of 4 projects that I managed to finish on my “break.” I’ll be sharing 3 of them here with you this week.
I dug deep into my shabby chic style while making this pretty card. Distressed edges, painted metal embellishments, a fabby die cut frame and a bodacious bow cluster really amp up the shabby chic vibe of this 5″ x 7″ top fold card.
I just love the sentiment focal! Since blue is my very favorite color, I just had to have this “Wandering Ivy” collection pack from Kaisercraft. While I was shopping, the “Wandering Ivy Collectables” may or may not have fallen into my shopping basket. (Ahem. )
Kaisercraft Wandering Ivy Friendship Card: Bringing the Shabby Chic!
Paint metal embellishments with white chalk paint to add another layer of shabby chic to a card design. Chalk paint is great to use because it goes on smooth, and does not need a primer. It also dries with a flat finish. I love that look!
Texture is also important in a shabby chic card. And there’s no easier way to add it than with a bit of crocheted lace. This snippet is just peeping out from under the card focal like the hem of a pretty petticoat.
Kaisercraft Wandering Ivy Friendship Card: A Peek Inside
This is one of my “two pocket” cards. And just look at all those yummy shades of blue!
The top pocket holds a little gift card wallet.
In addition to a gift card, you can tuck in a tea bag and mini chocolate.
Put the scraps on your table to good use by adding a tag to your card pocket. I had a 3″ x 6″ scrap of nice, sturdy white cardstock. Turn it into a tag by rounding the corners with a Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper. To shape the top, I used my Scallop/Cloud Corner Chomper. I use these Corner Chomper tools almost every time I craft.
Itty bitty scraps can be cut into banner flags, larger ones can be used as layers on your tag. I even added a scrap to my honey stick to dress it up! The best part of it is, you have fewer scraps to clean up when you’re done creating!
It felt really good to create just for the fun of it. Of course, I always have a good time whenever I get to play with paper, but not having a deadline or an assignment made it really special. I did go ahead and load this card up in my Etsy shop in case you are interested.
I hope I 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.
Frilly and Funkie “The Year of…” Challenge: A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio
Hello, Friends! Have you chosen an inspirational word or phrase for 2018 yet? My word is “kindness.” The latest challenge at Frilly and Funkie is called, “The Year of…” and it’s all about creating a project that represents your word of the year. I created A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio for the project. But before I share that with you, let’s take a look at what Suzz, our lovely hostess this go round, has to say about this challenge:
Challenge Theme: 2018 – The Year of
Welcome to a brand new year! I am not very good at New Year Resolutions but I do like to think about what I want to focus on in the New Year. To help me do this, I pick a word that is my word for the year and try to use that word to keep me focused on what is important. The challenge to you is to pick a word that will be your inspiration for 2018. Create a vintage or shabby chic project that includes your word of 2018. The word can be part of a sentiment, phrase or stand alone on your project as long as it is featured somewhere in your art.
A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio
Suzz comes up with challenge themes that really make me think! There are so many good inspirational words to choose from. After mulling this over for several days, I decided that 2018 would be the year of KINDNESS for me. There are many obvious reasons why our world could benefit from a little more kindness in 2018, and I’m sure you are thinking about them right now.
But I chose the word kindness for personal reasons. My dear husband Dale and I are coming up on 42 years of wedded bliss next month. That’s 4 decades plus a tip! We meet a lot of young couples (and not so young couples) who are floored when we tell them how long we’ve been married. The first question they always ask is, “How have you managed to stay married for so long?” Dale and I have talked a lot about this in the past several months, and we both agreed that making the decision to do and say kind things for and about one another is probably one of the top reasons why we are still happily married today.
Daily Acts of Kindness
Kindness does not have to be a big sacrificial act. Although sometimes, it is a personal sacrifice to be kind. But I find its true power lies in the little daily acts of kindness that we do for one another. For instance, Dale fixes me a cup of my favorite tea each morning. It’s a simple act of kindness, but it smooths the pathway of our walk together. So now you can see why I chose to make this tea themed Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio. There was method to my madness!
This little silver spoon was a find on one of my many junkin’ expeditions. Make it shabby chic by painting it with a light coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint. Then fill the bowl with glitter glass shards. The Eiffel Tower Cabochon is the perfect finishing touch!
A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio: The details
The folio base measures 5″ x 7″ with a 1/2″ spine at the top fold. It’s layered up with Graphic 45’s Botanical Tea papers. The stacked teacups are die cut with Tim’s Tea Time Bigz Die. I’ve tucked a little tag inside the top cup, just for fun.
The real “meat” of this project can be found on the inside. In addition to a tea wallet and honey stick in the large bottom pocket, I’ve prepared a 5″ x 5.5″ gatefold folio.
The folio is held shut with a ribbon closure.
Open it, and you’ll find lots of lovely little pockets, tags, fold outs and flip pages.
These G45 Ivory ATC tags are more than just pretty faces. I’ve added a quote about kindness to the back of each tag.
And the fold out pages have quotes in them too. I wrote the quotes in my own hand for two reasons. One, I like to write. The other reason is that I cherish handwritten notes from friends and family. My handwriting may not be perfect, but it’s an expression of who I am. The older I get, the more I value a hand written message.
Because this folio is hard to photograph, I decided to do a short video walk through.
A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio Video on YouTube
If you’re a fan of Botanical Tea (I sure am!) you’ll be happy to know that you can pre-order the Deluxe Collector’s Edition at an unbeatable price right now at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
Now it’s YOUR Turn!
What word will you choose to represent 2018? You are cordially invited to join in on this fun challenge. Simply create a vintage or shabby chic project that represents your word for 2018. Then link it up over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before midnight on Tuesday, January 30th.
The Frilly and Funkie team will choose our top four picks. We’ll invite the creator of our favorite project to join us as a Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie. The next three favorites will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
I can’t wait to see what you make!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this Botanical Tea Folio in the comment section below.
Thanks for stopping by! Cheerio,
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Sweet Christmas Bluebirds Easel Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! Can I squeeze in one more Christmas card before the big day arrives? Sure I can! This Sweet Christmas Bluebirds Easel Card adorned with Peacock Alley Seam Binding makes my heart sing.
This is a 5″ x 7″ upright easel card. The color palette makes me swoon!
Winter birds are my absolute favorite. We have bluebirds in our back yard, and every time I see that flash of color at the feeder, it makes me happy.
Like all easel cards, this one folds flat for mailing or storage.
I’ve tucked a wee tag into the gift card/treat pocket. This way, the card becomes a gift.
The journal card is the perfect place to add a personal greeting.
I’ve had such fun making Christmas cards in non-traditional colors. Don’t get me wrong: I love red and green and gold! But there’s something kind of dreamy about this pink and aqua Sweet Christmas Bluebirds easel card that appeals to my imagination. I’d love to hear your thoughts about it in the comment section below.