Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Graphic 45 Calendar Folios - UPDATE

Well, folks, once again I find I have to put these folios on hold! This is a project that I am doing for myself, and it is a major "labor of love" to share the tutorials with you. Unfortunately, when life happens, this is the first project to fall off the band wagon! With the holidays coming up, I am fairly certain that folios won't be happening on schedule! I really thought I would be able to zip through these each month, but they are so much more work than I imagined! Or, maybe I am just too much of a perfectionist? {Don't answer that!}

We still have June, July, August, November, and December to do. I will get to them as I can. Keep watch here on the blog or on my FaceBook Page. I will do my best to get on with them in January, at one per month until we finish! If you are still hanging in there with me....hold tight! I am sure these will be just as pretty in 2018 as they were in 2017! {insert hysterical laughter here}

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Holiday Blog Hop

Hello and Good Morning! The Craft Hoarders are back with a fun Holiday Hop to get you inspired and ready for the holidays! The hop starts here on my blog, then hop on to all the ladies in the list. Make sure to leave a comment, because we are all giving away prizes to one lucky crafter!

If you get lost or find a broken link, come back here to find the next Blog in the hop.
I am giving away this prize to a RANDOM DRAW from my comments. The prize pack contains stamps, paper pads, and other goodies for use in making your holiday cards and tags. I have even included TWO of my wood-mount stamp designs produced by Hampton Art!

Since this is a Hoarders post, I did dig into my hoard and not one new product was harmed in the making of this project! {grin} I also wanted to make something than any level of crafter can accomplish, using mostly scraps and cast-offs from your stash of supplies!
I had two ideas in my head, so I created both! I created a large envelope gift card holder, and I also made a notepad holder with matching pencil. They coordinate, so I can put the notepad and pencil into my envelope, add a gift card, and ta-da, instant gift! 
To create the gift card holder, you need a business-size envelop, called a #10 envelope. I used a Brown Bag Kraft envelope, which is top-loading and has a string and button closure. I had a pack of these from my Design Team term with CutCardStock.

I cut printed paper to fit the front of the envelope (Authentique Peaceful - Solitude, which is long retired).   
To create the add-on gift card pocket and decoration for the front I used the Tim Holtz tag die to cut another piece of decorative paper into a tag shape (Authentique Festive - Jolly, also retired).  I cut a second tag from kraft cardstock, and attached the tags together to make them more sturdy. The tags are 6 1/4" tall by 3 1/4" wide.

I cut a piece of red cardstock to cover the back of the Graphic 45 To/From ATC tag and attached that to the top of the larger tag. I slipped the large tag into a frosted paper treat bag. The treat bag is 4 3/4" tall by slighly wider than 3 1/4".
I used the My Favorite Things Treat Bag die to cut the gift card pocket from a scrap of snowflake paper (Canvas Corp Farmhouse Christmas - Snowflakes on Kraft Reverse, which is in stock, for a whopping 80 cents a sheet! Will wonders never cease?!)  I lined the treat bag/gift card pocket with a scrap of the candy cane stripe paper.

I used a very old Fiskars scallop circle punch to cut out a scallop circle. I placed the decorative sticker onto the circle to make a decoration for my gift card pocket. The sticker is from the Authentique Festive Details sticker sheet (yes, retired, this is Hoarders, afterall). 
I added some flowers, a rusty bell, and an old Tim Holtz reindeer charm to the tags. I also added a few white enamel dots (which, I confess are younger than 6 months old!). A standard gift card fits into the pocket.  
Add some coupons, more gift cards, or another small, flat item to the envelope, and you have a fun and festive gift! 
Since I had all my stuff out, I decided to make a matching notepad holder, too. I love making these. They are easy, use just scraps, and everyone loves a notepad! I decorated a pencil to go with it. (I hope the pencil can be sharpened now that it's all gussied up!) 
To make the holder, start by cutting kraft cardstock (Brown Bag Kraftto 8 1/8" x 5 1/2". Score on the short side at 2 5/8" and 2 7/8" to create a 8 1/8" x 2 5/8" folder. Attach a notepad to the right side of the folder with strong adhesive. The notepad used here is 8" x 2 1/2" and is approximately 1/8" thick. If you cannot find this size notepad, most office supply stores sell 8" x 5" notepads. For a small fee, they will cut them in half for you!
Decorate the inside with some paper and a few stickers. 
The decoration for the front is simply some scraps of paper and cardstock. I used some stamps and stickers to make a label for the front. I also added some twine and a few jingle bells. 
To create the matching pencil, I just trimmed a lightweight piece of printed paper to 7 1/8" x 1 1/2". I coated both sides of the paper and the surface of the pencil with gel medium. I wrapped the pencil, sealing the seam with more gel medium. I allowed the pencil to dry overnight. (The pencil won't fit into my standard pencil sharpener, so I have no idea how to sharpen it. Some sharpeners come with an adjustable hole, so I am guessing that's what's needed in Gloria's Craft Emporium.)

I added some twine to the top of the pencil and then glued on a tag and some tiny bells.
Thanks for hopping with us today! I hope you get some good ideas for making holiday gifts and projects! Make sure to leave a comment for your chance at the prize!

Envelope: CutCardStock Brown Bag Kraft envelope
Cardstock: CutCardstock Brown Bag Kraft, Authentique Red Linen Artisan Cardstock, WorldWin Papers ColorMates Smooth and Silky Midnight
Printed paper: Authentique Peaceful Solitude and Festive Jolly, Glistening; Canvas Corp Farmhouse Christmas Snowflakes on Kraft Reverse; St. Nick Vintage Collage (unknown source)
Stickers: Authentique Festive Details, Festive Elements
Stamps: My Favorite Things Document It Holiday Traditions, Document It December
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Red Burlap String, Icicle Metallic Baker's Twine
Flowers: Little Birdie, Petaloo
Bells: Darice
Deer charm: Tim Holtz
Enamel dots: Your Next Stamp White Gumdrops
ATC tag: Graphic 45 To/From - Kraft
Frosted bag: unknown
Dies: My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stax, Treat Pocket; Tim Holtz Bookplate and Tags
Punches: Fiskars scallop circle
Pencil: school supply
Paper pad: Papertrey Ink
Adhesive: Ranger Multi Medium, Scor-tape, ATG tape, 3L foam squares, Liquitex Matte Gel Medium, hot glue

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Vintage Christmas - Authentique Paper Guest Designer

Hello, Crafting People! I am so happy to be sharing my first post as a Guest Designer for Authentique Paper! I will be around for a few months, at least! I have long awaited an invitation to join the Authentique team (even for a guestie spot), and I confess I may have begged just a little bit! 

I was sent the Christmas/Winter Collections to work with, and for my first project I decided to create a mini album with the Vintage Christmas Collection. Which is right up my crafty alley!
This jam-packed mini album measures 4 1/2" tall by 6 1/2" wide, with a 1 3/4" spine. I created the album from chipboard and added three page sets to the inside. Each page set has multiple flips, folds, tags, and pockets!
The chipboard is wrapped with black cardstock to create a wonderful border for the beautiful paper. The red and green color scheme of Vintage Christmas has black accents and wonderful vintage imagery. I used the Vintage Christmas Collection Kit (with Stickers) and the Vintage Christmas Bundle (6x6 Paper Pad) for this project.
This fun and chunky book is filled with places for photos, journaling, and memorabilia.

The book measures more than twelve inches when opened. Since paper and cardstock only comes in 12" x 12", I wanted to share a tutorial for covering your book base.
Cut black cardstock to 6 1/2" x 12" and draw a line 1" from the right edge as shown. Cut a second piece of black cardstock to 6 1/2" x 6".
Place double-sided adhesive on the 1" section, as shown. Then, attach the smaller piece of cardstock to that one-inch tab, making a piece that is 6 1/2" tall by 17" wide.
Cut two pieces of heavy weight chipboard to 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" for the front and back covers. Cut another piece of chipboard to 4 1/2" x 1 3/4" for the spine.

Place the chipboard onto the center of the black cardstock. Make sure to leave 1/8" spaces between the spine and each cover. Add adhesive around the edges of the cardstock. Angle the corners.
Wrap the cardstock around the chipboard as shown. Make an accordion-fold page hinge. I created mine to be 4 1/4" tall with 1/2" page tabs and 3/4" gutters. I have three page tabs.
Place the hinge mechanism onto the spine. Add double-sided adhesive to both sides of each hinge tab.
I created my page sets from black cardstock. I folded the cardstock in various formats to create my pages. Each page measures 4" x 6", slightly smaller than the covers. The book is pretty packed, but it still closes nicely! 

I did not create a tutorial for making the page sets. You can find many of these types of tutorials on YouTube or poke around here on the blog to see others that I have made. In all honestly, I totally forgot to take step-by-step photos! I just went to town making! 
Once I had my book all assembled, I decorated the cover and the inside pages. I wanted to use one of the sweet ephemera cards for the front, and chose this kind, smiling Santa image!
I glued a cluster of ribbon, flowers, and charms to the book cover to give it a vintage Christmas feel.
I dangled some charms, along with one of the sticker tags, from the spine of the album. When working with sticker elements, I always attach them to cardstock for extra stability. Lucky for me, I had a die cut template to exactly match this tag sticker!
Check out all those pages, pockets, and tags! Christmas eye candy!
I also created a pocket for both the inside font cover and the inside back cover. The pockets are perfect for a large tag or extra photos.
 Some of the pages have pockets and some are plain, for adding photos.
Other pages have flaps and hidden pockets!
The pages are decorated simply with enamel dots, stickers, and other small embellishments.
This mini has far too much to see for a photo spread. Editing umpteen million photos is so boring! So...

If you want to see every page, plus all the tags and pull-outs, please visit my YouTube video, linked above! Grab your hot cocoa and get ready for Christmas music! 

Thank  you so much for looking! I have projects scheduled on the Authentique Blog for November 29, December 15 and 29 also. After that...who knows?!

Paper and Stickers: Authentique Vintage Christmas Collection (Collection Kit with Stickers, Bundle 6x6 Paper Pad)
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers ColorMates Smooth Midnight
Acrylic paint: Plaid Folk Art Wicker White
Markers: Stampin' Up Basic Black, Ruby Red, Old Olive
Die cuts: My Favorite Things Stitch Mini Scallop Stax, Spellbinders Back to Basics Tags
Punches: Fiskars scallop border, Stampin' Up various circles, Creative Memories corner rounder
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon White Satin with Stitched Center
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts, Petaloo
Berries: Floral supply
Spiral stamens: Wild Orchid Crafts
Enamel dots: Your Next Stamp Gumdrops White Sugar and Sparkle, Simple Stories DIY Chirstmas
Sequins: Craft Medley
Charms: Tim Holtz, Funkie Junkie, Treasured Memories
Heavy weight chipboard: WorldWin Papers
Tags: Graphic 45 Large - black
Vintage Santa ornament: my stash
Adhesive: hot glue, Scor-tape, ATG tape, foam, multi medium

Monday, November 13, 2017

Really Reasonable Ribbon November Blog Hop

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon November Blog HopYou should be coming to my blog from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. (For the complete blog list, scroll to the bottom of the post.) After visiting me, hop over to the spectacular Ginny's Blog next!

At the end of the hop, comment on the RRR Blog post, answering the question listed, for a chance to win the November Ribbon Club Assortment shown below. (The Design Team appreciates your comments, too!)
This month the collection is called Country Holiday Assortment, and is packed with soft colors of cream, pink, green, and blue. 

The team from Really Reasonable Ribbon has paired up with Graciellie Design for the month of November. We had an opportunity to play with their wonderful digital stamps and digital papers.

For my Hop project, I used used the digital image and a sentiment stamp from the Christmas Poinsettias Set from Graciellie Design and ribbons from the RRR November Ribbon Club Assortment.
I have a "thing" for pink poinsettias, so that is the color scheme I used, rather than traditional colors.
I printed the image onto white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. I fussy cut the bottom of the image to make stand out a bit from the white background. I also cut one of the flower petals out and reattached it with foam tape to add dimension, which does not really show in the photo very well.
I used a few rectangle die cuts to trim out the image and the background paper, to give the paper a stitched look, which matches the country holiday theme of the ribbon assortment.  
I wrapped the left edge of the card with both the Tulip Taffeta Ribbon and Plaid Raspberry Swirl Ribbon. I then tied a big bow with the Tulip Taffeta and glued it to the card. I made a smaller "droopy" bow with the Raspberry Swirl and added it to the card. I found some white and sliver "berries" in my hoard, and added those, as well as a silver snowflake charm and a tiny silver bell.
I printed the sentiment with black ink and cut it out with a die cut template. I added the sentiment to the inside of the card.
I placed a few enamel dots onto the card, to cover up a bit of the negative space at the upper right corner. 
Now, hop over to Ginny's Blog to see what she has for you!

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!


Gloria - YOU ARE HERE!

If you need some extra incentive to get busy making Christmas cards, then you can get BOTH the October and November assortments for a special price. Click HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon November Ribbon Club Assortment (Tulip Taffeta Ribbon, Plaid Raspberry Swirl Ribbon)
Digital stamps: Graciellie Design Christmas Poinsettias Set
Copic markers: Y0000, Y17, E0000, R81, RV0000, RV000, RV66, BV00, Colorless blender
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Colormates Smooth Midnight, CutCardStock Pop Tones Whip Cream
Printed textured cardstock: Authentique Spectrum Tickled Pink Two
Enamel dots: Your Next Stamp Gumdrops White Sugar and Sparkle, C. C. Designs Snowy Day
Bell and snowflake charms: Funkie Junkie Boutique
Berries: craft supply
Dies: Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles, My Favorite Things Stitch Mini Scallop Stax, Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stax
Adhesive: ATG tape, hot glue, multi medium, foam squares

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Really Reasonable Ribbon and Graciellie Design Team-up

Hello, Crafters, I am here with a rare appearance on the RRR Blog! You usually only see me for the monthly RRR Hop! I am very happy to be able to bring you a special Christmas card post today! The team from Really Reasonable Ribbon has paired up with Graciellie DesignWe had an opportunity to play with the wonderful digital stamps and digital papers from Graciellie Design.

I used some digital papers and sentiment stamps from the Christmas Poinsettias Set from Graciellie Design and ribbon from the RRR November Ribbon Club Assortment, plus some hoarded ribbon from one of the past ribbon club assortments (5/8" Christmas Tradition Plaid Ribbon)!
I have used Graciellie Design images before, so it was such a treat to get a chance to use them again. This set has a lovely flower image and FOUR beautiful sentiments.
As a bonus, I also got a chance to use the stunningly beautiful papers in the Holiday Traditions Digital Paper Pack.
I created a top-fold 6" x 6" card to showcase, not only the papers and sentiment, but also the ribbon bouquet. I printed the digital papers at 8" x 8" onto on off-white cardstock from CutCardStock, called Whip Cream. Doesn't that sound yummy?! Their Pop Tones line is all yummy "flavors."   
I printed the sentiment with black ink and then cut it out with an oval die. I backed the sentiment with a decorative oval cut from gold cardstock. 

For the ribbon bouquet, I first wrapped a length of the 5/8" Christmas Tradition Plaid Ribbon around the cardThen, I tied a loopy bow from the 3/8" Vanilla Satin with Gold Metallic Edges that is part of the November Ribbon Club Assortment and glued it to the card. I created a larger bow from the plaid ribbon and glued it just above the satin bow. 
I glued a charm, a few bells, and a tiny pine cone to the top of the ribbon. I also tucked in some gold ball garland and one of the Red Spiral Stamens into the top of the bow. 
I topped the sentiment with some Christmas-y enamel dots. I am so happy with the traditional colors.

It is time to get out all your Christmas ribbons and get busy making your Christmas cards! Here is a peeky at the November Club:
If you need some extra incentive, then you can get BOTH the October and November assortments for a special price. Click HERE.
Two Christmas packs of ribbon is better than one! {grin} To fine the plaid ribbons, do a search on the RRR site and you will find them. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Colormates Smooth Midnight, Elan Metallics Mocha; CutCardStock Pop Tones Whip Cream
Enamel dots: Simple Stories DIY Christmas, Emoji Love; Your Next Stamp Gumdrops White Sugar and Sparkle
Bells, garland, mini pine cone: Craft and Floral supply
Stocking charm: Funkie Junkie Boutique
Dies: Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large, Fleur de EleganceAdhesive: ATG tape, hot glue