Friday, December 15, 2017

Authentique Christmas Box and Tags

Good morning I am up on the Authentique Blog today, with another fun Christmas project! I love to make pretty things, but when I make something that's pretty and also practical, that is a win-win!
Using Authentique Vintage Christmas paper collection, Authentique Colorful Christmas paper collection, and Authentique Spectrum Series Cardstock, I created a little storage box and eight (8) tags.
The eight tags come in four (4) different sizes. There is a tag for all of your gift wrapping needs! 
Plus, after you use up your tags, you can fill the little box with candy or other treats, or even a battery-powered candle. (The box is Graphic 45 ATC Book Box - Kraft.)  
I created little feet for my box from a few bingo tiles. They work great for this purpose! However, my box must have been a little bent because it was wibbly wobbly! I had to add a few punch-outs of cardstock under one of my little feet to keep the box from wobbling. 
If you wish to give your "box o'tags" as a gift, simply attach another tag to the back of the box!  
To me, there is nothing better than hand-made gift tags (or cards or bags, for that matter). I used paper, images, and stickers from the Vintage Christmas and Colorful Christmas paper collections to decorate my beautiful, hand-made tags. 

The back of each tag is plain, covered simply with paper from the Spectrum Series Cardstock. If you wanted to use the box of tags as a mini album you could place photos on the back of each tag! 

Two of the tags are 5 3/4" tall, two tags are 5 1/4", two tags are 4 3/4", and two tags are ATC size. The tags are Graphic 45 Regular and ATC Tags in kraft, and one To/From tag, also in kraft. I cut 1/2" off the bottom of two of the Regular tags, and I cut 1" off the bottom of two more of the Regular tags to achieve the various sizes. 

Here is a close-up view of each tag. 

For this tag, I used two different 12x12 paper patterns and an image from the Vintage Christmas 6x6 pad. The white paper doily and red ribbon are perfect for this snowy image. I added a few white sequins, a sparkly snowflake, two tiny bells, and some ivory string for decoration. The sentiment strip is a Vintage Christmas sticker. 
I used another doily for the second tag. I used candy cane paper, which matched the sweet image. A few of the stickers from Colorful Christmas have the same red and and green theme as Vintage Christmas. This time I added a flower cluster and some twine to the edge of the tag. I had a lot of "broken" flowers in one of my bins, so I added some gold and silver stamens to them, and glued several together to make Christmas blooms!
I love vintage Santa images! I paired the Vintage Christmas image with some of the paper and stickers, plus I added some white pearls to mimic snow. I tied a chubby bow and added a red jingle bell.
This image of the little girl baking cookies (from Vintage Christmas) is so sweet. I used the cookie paper from Colorful Christmas as my background. I then made paper "cookie" stars to decorate the tag. I also added a tiny baking tin filled with flowers, twine, and a mini cookie cutter to the bottom of the tag. I even added a tiny gingerbread man cookie (button)! 
This is my favorite tag of the set. I love the green plaid bow next to the striped paper. I placed a partial doily at the top of the tag, and then I added a sticker image as the focal image. I used some floral elements and a silver star charm.
I fussy cut this deer image (Vintage Christmas) and then used foam tape to pop him off the tag. It was fun to use the Colorful Christmas Rudolph paper as a background! I also added a chubby bow and a few other embellishments.  
The ATC tags are small, but adorable. I used the Santa sticker from Vintage Christmas and a stocking charm for this little cutie!
This last tag is also ATC size. I loved this vintage postage stamp image from Vintage Christmas. It went very well with the striped paper and sticker from Colorful Christmas! Plus, that red bow is so pretty! I cut the postage image out with decorative scissors and then sponged the edges with black ink. 
To use the tags on a package or gift bag, tie some twine or ribbon through the hole at the top and attach to your package. To use the tags as a mini album, string them onto a metal ring. Thank  you so much for looking!

Authentique Supplies: 
Vintage Christmas paper collection (12x12, Bundle 6x6 Paper Pad, Details stickers)
Colorful Christmas paper collection (12x12, Bundle 6x6 Paper Pad, Details stickers)
Spectrum Series heavy weight textured cardstock

Additional Supplies: 
Cardstock: CutCardStock Whip Cream, Canvas Corp Kraft
Tags: Graphic 45 Regular and ATC Tags - kraft, To/From ATC - kraft
Flowers:  WOC red and ivory rose buds, Petaloo velvet, misc. floral supply
Snowflake charm: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Stocking charm: Funkie Junkie
Mini baking tin: Prima
Pearls: Queen and Company Chocolate, White
Enamel dots: Simple Stories DIY Christmas
Bells: Darice
Gingerbread button and cookie cutter: Dress it Up
Snowflake button: craft supply
Sequins: Craft Medley
Metal circle charm: unknown
Bingo tiles: Tim Holtz
Ribbon and twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Ivory Burlap String, Natural Burlap String, 3/8" and 5/8" Red SatinWhite Taffeta, Celery Green Plaid
Stamens: Wild Orchid Crafts Double Head Gold and Silver Pearl, Gold and Silver Spiral
Paint: Plaid Folk Art Wicker White acrylic
Glitter glue: Ranger Stickles Diamond
Dies: Cheery Lynn Designs French Pastry Doily, Tim Holtz Star Bright 3D, Spellbinders Stars Five
Tools: Creative Memories corner rounder, Stampin' Up circle punches, Provo Craft deco scissors
Adhesive: Scor-tape, 3M foam tape, Scrapbooking Adhesives by 3L foam squares, hot glue, ATG double-sided tape, Ranger multi medium

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Really Reasonable Ribbon December Blog Hop

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon December 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 December Ribbon Club Assortment shown below. (The Design Team appreciates your comments, too!)
This month the collection is called Back to Basics Black and White Assortment. I really like this assortment, which is really black and gray, with a bit of white. I am pretty sure that this is the perfect ribbon collection for New Year's projects. But, since I never do what is expected...
I decided to create a Christmas card! The Authentique Vintage Christmas paper collection has black accents, and is a perfect match for the ribbon club!  
used the 5/8" Black Diamond Satin and the 3/8" Shell Gray Swiss Mini Dots Satin ribbons to create a Christmas bow! I added another bow made from Red Burlap String to the top of the ribbon bows. Very classy! To top it all off, I added a Silver Snowflake Charm on top of the whole stack!
A snowy die cut doily and some glittered flowers finish off the card. This card is 7" tall and 5" wide, and it will need a padded mailer or box for mailing. 
I used some of the paper scraps, plus a cut-apart sentiment and some of the Vintage Christmas stickers to finish the inside of the card. 
Now, hop over to Ginny's Blog to see what she has for you! Ginny is the QUEEN of all things layered and ribbon-y, so I am sure she has a beauty for you to see!

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


Gloria - YOU ARE HERE!

If you need some extra incentive to try the Ribbon Club, you can get BOTH the November and December assortments for a special price. Click HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon December Ribbon Club Assortment (5/8" Black Diamond Satin3/8" Shell Gray Swiss Mini Dots Satin); Red Burlap String
Snowflake Charm: Really Reasonable Ribbon Silver Snowflake Charm
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Colormates Smooth Midnight, CutCardStock Pop Tones Whip Cream
Printed paper and stickers: Authentique Vintage Christmas
Flowers: various from Prima, Petaloo, Wild Orchid Crafts
Glitter glue: Ranger Stickles Diamond
Adhesive: ATG tape, hot glue, multi medium, foam tape

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Christmas Card Make-n-Take

On Saturday (December 2nd), I taught a little Christmas card make-n-take. I thought all of you may like to have a chance to make it from the scraps in your stash!
One of my local friends (Wanda Montgomery) teaches a card workshop every other month. Wanda's style is what I'd call "clean and classic." Most of her work has an interesting folded element and uses lots of stamps, but not a whole lot of printed paper. She wanted to give her students look at a different style of work, so she asked me if I'd come to her workshop and give the ladies a bit of instruction in "my" style of cardmaking. Which is, lots of prints and layers.
I turned up with some show-and-tell and with this card for a make-n-take! I sorted through all of my stash and decided to use up some of the Graphic 45 St. Nicolas papers I am hoarding. I made 12 little card kits to pass out to the ladies. 

They all seemed to have fun, plus they gave me free lunch, so that was a win-win! 
To make this yourself, select three Christmas prints from your stash. Choose a small focal image (1 3/4" x 1 1/4") and follow these directions:

1. Cut black cardstock to 11" x 4 1/4" and score at 5 1/2" to make a top-fold card, 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". 

2. Cut candy cane paper to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and attach it to the card front.

3. Cut green stripe paper to 2 1/2" x 4 1/8" and mat with black cardstock cut to 2 5/8" x 4 1/8". Attach this panel to the center of the card front. 

4. Cut red text paper to 4" x 2 1/4" and mat with black cardstock cut to 4 1/8" x 2 3/8". Wrap a 4" length of cream satin ribbon around the top edge and another 4" length around the bottom edge of the panel. (See the sample for placement of the ribbon.)

5. Attach this panel to the left side of the card, approximately 1/2" from the top edge and 3/8" from the left edge.

7. Trim out a Santa postage image and mat with black cardstock cut into a postage shape with a die cut template. 

8. Use foam tape to attach the image to the bottom center of the red text panel. (See the photo for placement.)

9. Glue a chipboard sentiment to the top right of the card as shown in the sample. (Or use scrap chipboard or foam adhesive to attach a pre-printed paper sentiment or a stamped sentiment to the card.)

10. Glue a tiny white flower to the sentiment. 

11. Punch three branch shapes from green paper and glue to the bottom left portion of ribbon. Glue a tiny white flower and a red rose bud to the greenery. 

12. Line the inside of the card with white or cream panels, cut to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8". 

13. Trim out a second Santa postage image and mat with black cardstock cut into a postage shape with a die cut template. Attach the image to the inside of the card, as desired.

14. Stamp a sentiment onto the inside panel, as shown. 

And that's it! Have fun!

Cardstock: black and natural
Printed paper: Graphic 45 St. Nicholas
Chipboard: Graphic 45 St. Nicholas
Stamp: Papertrey Ink Happiest of Holidays
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Ribbon: cream satin
Branch punch: Martha Stewart
Postage die: My Favorite Things
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Adhesive: tape runner, foam tape, wet glue

Monday, December 04, 2017


The winner of the prize from the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Holiday Blog Hop is...

Jean Marmo2:52 PM
What fun and creative ideas! The notepad is delightful and that pencil is perfect!

Jean, please contact me with your mailing address so that I can get your prize out to you! 
If you missed the hop and still want to see the projects, click HERE.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Treats for You

Welcome to my last Conie Fong Art and Design project. I am (sadly) leaving the team after 8 months of coloring fun. I want to thank Conie for giving me the opportunity to work with her adorable artwork!
I chose to color Noelle's Gift. I ended up coloring her in this deep blue because...well, by the time I got around to coloring her the rest of the design team members had colored her every other color combo! {giggle} I also confess that she's been all colored up, just sitting patiently on my desk for over a month! Poor girl. 
I printed the image onto white cardstock at approximately 4 1/2" tall. I chose blues and grays, with a few bits of green and pink. I wanted the end result to look cold and frosty. I added some glossy accents, glitter pen work, and some sparkly enamel dots as well. I even glued a tiny bell to her hat!
The card is a generous 7" tall by 5" wide. It is perfect for decorating a gift bag or a package. Or you could just add a gift card to the inside.  
The luscious bow adds even more sparkle. Thanks for looking! For more inspiration, visit the Conie Fong Facebook Group!   

Digital stamp: Conie Fong Art and Design Noelle's Gift

Copic markers: E0000, E000, E00, E47, E49, E57, RV10, G07, G20, G28, B0000, B21, B34, B37,B39, B95, YG0000, YG03, YG25, YG67, C00, C1, C3, C5 ,C7, R20, Colorless blender
Pencil: Prismacolor White
Pens: Zig Wink of Stella Clear, Sakura Gelly Roll White, Silver
Cardstock: Hammermill 100# Digital Color Copy White; Navy blue (unknown)
Ink: Ranger Distress Old Paper, Versafine Onyx Black
Clear stamps: Verve Stamps Holiday Treats
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon 5/8" Navy Satin with Silver Metallic Edge (this color seems to be out of stock)
Enamel dots: Your Next Stamp Gumdrops Ice Ice Baby, White Sugar and Sparkle
Bell: craft supply
Printed paper: Authentique Alpine (One, Four), Spectrum Series (Antique Lace Two)
Dies: Spellbinders Curved Borders 2; My Favorite Things Stitched Circle Stax, Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stax; Heartfelt Creations Circle Basics Large
AdhesiveATG tape, Scor-tape, hot glue, 3M foam tape, Ranger Multi Medium, Ranger Glossy Accents

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Mini Album Makers December Challenge

The Mini Album Makers Challenge will feature a monthly challenge, with each Design Team Member posting a link to a mini album tutorial, tip, or trick on the 1st of each month.  Then, one team member will post a full tutorial on the 14th of each month! (My BIG tutorial month is not until February, but I will post smaller tutorials monthly.) In addition, there will be guest makers each month!

Click HERE for the December Challenge! You will have all month to make a NEW project and enter the challenge for a chance to win a prize. (See prize details at the end of the post.) Winners will be posted on the 7th of each month on the Mini Album Makers Blog.

I have gone very far outside my comfort zone this month, as I have made a midori-style journal book. This style of notebook is named after the Japanese stationary company, Midori. Their Traveler's Company notebooks are all the rage, I gather. I confess that I have never created a book with signatures that had to be "sewn" into the cover! I made some mistakes, and there was a learning curve! But I feel a bit trendy now! {grin}
I created my midori-style notebook by using the Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Journal by Eileen Hull. Eileen is the prize sponsor this month (see information below), and since my dear friend Pam Bray (Scrapbook Flair)  is on EIleen's design team, I asked her to send me a few cuts of the Journal. And because Pam is a very good egg, she sent me a lovely package of die cut shapes! 
I created three signatures (which is fancy way of saying a section of paper). Each signature has 60 pages plus a cover. That is what I love about this style and size of journal. You can get a lot of pages into it and it's easy to reload blank pages. 
I used some twine and a metal charm as the closure for the journal. 

Here is a little tutorial on how I made my book. I did make a few mistakes, but nothing that will make the journal unusable.  
I started out with two chipboard covers, cut with the Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Journal. Pam cut these for me out of heavy weight chipboard. I gently folded on the score lines.
I used glue to attach the two cover pieces together, and then clamped them to allow the glue to dry. You can find detailed instructions on assembling the journal HERE.  
I place double-sided adhesive on the front of the journal covers, including the spine area.  
I then attached the decorative paper to the front of the cover and angled the corners. I cut the paper to 11" x 12". I used a Fiskars punch to re-punch the binding holes. This type of punch can go anywhere and can punch through even very thick items. I made sure to punch the holes any time I covered them with paper, so that I would not "lose" them! 
I wrapped the cover, just as I always do with my other styles of mini albums. I had a little trouble with this step as the paper was not as "stretchy" as I had hoped. I gently worked the folds for the spine. 
This is the cover, with the holes punched. I started to get some cracking on the one spine edge. 
I fixed the spine by covering the area with cloth "washi" tape, which is a bit stretchy. Again, I re-punched the holes.
Next, I added double-sided adhesive to the inside of the cover and spine. 
I added paper to the inside. I cut the inside paper to 8 3/4" x 10". You can see I trimmed it a bit too small, but it still looks fine. I think adding about 1/2" more to the width would have been better. 

I then threaded the holes with twine. Each signature will slip under one of the twine sections. Most people use elastic cord for this step, but I did not have any in my hoard. {imagine that!} I also knotted more twine through the center hole for the closure. 
The two ends of the twine come out the front of the spine and are secured by a metal button.  
The twine wraps around the front and back covers and then ties in front to hold the book closed.
I glued a set of silverware to the cover, and threaded the left-hand bit of twine trough. Now I can tie a bow to close the journal.  
I created three covers for my signatures. I cut the decorative paper to 7 1/2" x 8 1/2" and folded each in half to make 7 1/2" x 4 1/4" covers. I cut the signature covers slightly wider than the inside pages.
For the inside I simply used printer paper for the notebooks. (This was my first try, so I wanted to keep it simple!) I cut each page to 7 1/2" x 8 1/4" and folded them all in half. I cut 10 sheets (20 pages) per signature. 
I placed each signature (notebook) into a paper cover and then slipped it under one of the strings in the journal cover.  
Since I added three strings, I can add three signatures.  
I did not add any pockets or decor, but I may go back later and do that.  
Here is the second signature. 
And here is the third signature. I love this vintage-themed cooking paper! 
You can used lined paper or add anything you wish to the inside. I just kept mine blank, for now.  
This is what the back cover looks like with all signatures added. 
Thanks for joining me today! I hope you enjoyed my first ever midori-style journal! 

Below is a full list of the Design Team, with links to their blogs!

Gloria Stengel (you are here)

Our Prize Sponsor this month is....

One lucky maker will receive....
The Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Mini Album Die (658982)! This is a $40.00 value! 

Our challenge follows a few simple rules:
Any Handmade Book Goes.  Enter any form of handmade mini albums, scrapbooks, journals, and book arts. Our focus is on completed works, so no layouts or journal spreads that are not part of a complete handmade book project. You do not have to provide a tutorial, but we wish you would. Feel free to use one of the DT tutorials to make your project and give proper credit where due. No back links allowed (this means your project must be first seen on social media between Dec. 1st and Dec. 31st, 2017).  Combine with any other challenges as applicable. No limit on entries. Share the love by visiting and commenting on other entries. Please become a follower. That's it - have fun! Click HERE to enter your project!

Come back on  January 1st for a new set of tutorials from the team!

Dies: Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Journal
Printed paper: Bo Bunny Kiss the Cook

Cloth washi: unknown
Button and charm: from my stash
Twine: craft supply
Corner rounder: Creative Memories
Hole punch: Fiskars
Score board: Martha Stewart
Chipboard: unknown
Printer paper: StaplesAdhesive: Scor-tape, multi medium