Monday, September 24, 2018

Sympathy Card Set

Good morning, Crafters! I have been trying to use some of the Authentique Spring and Summer Release Collections that I have not had a chance to cut into. The last one on my desk was the Companions Collection. (I confess that I have already cut into the fall and winter papers. I mean, who can resist?!)  
We all love our pets, and when we lose one of our beloved companions, it is very difficult for us. I wanted to create a sympathy card to send to someone who has lost her furry friend. I decided to make a full card set, with a greeting card, a memory photo card, and a matching envelope.
The greeting card is a standard 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" note card. I used the pretty Companions papers along with a die cute phrase. I matted each paper layer with black cardstock.
I added a bit of teal ribbon, to match the teal in the paper collection. I also added a bit of twine and a button for minimal decor.
The inside of the card is also decorated with a stamped sentiment and space to write a message.
I also created a photo card with the same papers, only this time I used red accents. This card is the same size, only in a horizontal format.
I used seam binding to make a loopy bow, then added a bit of twine and a button.
I also added the entwined hearts charm for a sweet touch.
The inside of the card has places for two photos.
I also decorated the back of this card since it may sit on a desk or shelf.
I used an envelope making tool to create a matching envelope from the Companions paper.
Both the greeting card and the photo card will fit into the envelope. To mail this, I would probably put the whole set into a padded mailer and pay the extra postage. 

Thanks for joining me today! 

Authentique Supplies Used:

Companions Collection: 12x12 paper, Details Cardstock Stickers
Additional Supplies: 

Cardstock: WorldWin black, natural
Seam binding: Really Reasonable Ribbon Lipstick Red 
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Jade Grosgrain
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Brown Burlap String
Buttons: stash
Charm: Amazon
Die cut phrase: My Favorite Things
Stamps: Stampin' Up
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Adhesive: ATG tape, Scor-tape, glue, hot glue
Envelope making tool: We R Memory Keepers

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Really Reasonable Ribbon September Blog Hop

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon September 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 September Ribbon Club Assortment shown below. (The Design Team appreciates your comments, too!)

The September Ribbon Club Assortment is called Halloween Assortment. Every year since I started to work with Really Reasonable Ribbon (since around 2011), I have looked forward to the holiday collections! They are always wonderful, and even after seven years, I rarely notice a ribbon cropping up a second time! 

So, since it IS a Halloween assortment, I decided to make a....Halloween card!
I recently got my hands on the NEW Authentique Nightfall collection, and, oh boy is it CUTE! I love all the vintage images! 

I decided to create a 6" x 5" loaded card. A loaded card is a card that is so much more than "just" a card. It can have elements of a scrapbook page or a mini album, as well as pockets for gift cards or small gifts. I don't want to call this a folio, because it's not's a card, on steroids! 
When the card opens, you will see six double-sided panels perfect for decorating or for adding photos. There is also a wonderful gift card pocket, which can hold candy or cash as well. 

I don't usually do a tutorial for these hops, but I DO have a little tutorial for you today! So let's get started!
To create the card base cut one piece of black cardstock to 6" x 5". This is the front of your card. Cut a second piece of black cardstock to 6 3/4" tall by 5" wide. Score at 1/2" and 3/4" from the top edge. Add adhesive to the 1/2" scored section, as shown.

Fold and burnish your score lines. Attach the front panel to the taped tab, creating a card with a 1/4" spine at the top. Now your card is actually 6" tall, 5" wide, and 1/4" deep. Creating the spine at the top allows for us to stuff this loaded card!
The Nightfall collection is all ivory, black, and orange, but I love to add green and purple to my Halloween creations. I created a layered panel with Authentique Spectrum Green Thumb and Orchid cardstock. I then added a layer of Nightfall Two paper.

I wrapped the panel with Grape Delicate Stitched Satin and Black Checkerboard Satin. I then added the die cut frame and clock to the panel (Graphic 45 Square Tag and Clock). I die cut the shapes from Nightfall Four (reverse) paper. Once I had the panel all assembled, I attached it to the front of the card.
I added a horizontal panel made from Spectrum Ginger Snap cardstock, black cardstock and Nightfall Three paper. I wrapped this panel with the Apple Green Taffeta Ribbon (my new FAVORITE taffeta color) and the Spider Webs on Black Satin Ribbon. Once I had the panel wrapped, I added it to the card. 

I double-matted the image and tucked in under the ribbon, then added the circle greeting. The greeting is from one of the Nightfall Stickers
I die cut the "Trick or Treat" topper from the Green Thumb cardstock, and then cut just the "or" from the Ginger Snap. I added it to the top of the image to look as if the image mat and the topper are all one piece. {clever and crafty, no?!}

I then decided to add just a tail of the spider web ribbon over the top of the black checkerboard.
Because I love me some big ol' bows, I made three! One from the Black Checkerboard Satin, Grape Delicate Stitched Satin, and Apple Green Taffeta Ribbon

I then created a spider from the ornate key hole die that is part of the Graphic 45 Square Tag and Clock and a matte finish enamel which I drew two eyes with a white pen! I dangled a witch's hat charm from the purple bow. CUTE!

I also added some bits of the frame under the bow for more dimension. 
The back of the card is simple, just a piece of the Nightfall Four paper, matted with Green Thumb cardstock, and a few stickers.

Now, for the magic...the inside!
Cut two pieces of black cardstock to 4" x 9 1/2" and score at 3", 6", and 9". Attach one panel by the 1/2" tab to the left side of the card and one panel to the right. I added mine just below the fold. Then, cover the inside panels with Green Thumb Spectrum cardstock.
I added Nightfall Three to the top panel and Nightfall Two to the bottom panel. I then folded up the accordion panels in a right-left progression, adding magnets to keep the panels closed. 
I created a "stacked sentiment" for the top panel by adding three different sentiments to the stamping tool, then stamping them all at once with black ink. I used the black, orange, green, and purple cardstock to create this pretty panel. 
For the bottom panel, I added a gift card pocket, decorated with one of the Nightfall 6x6 images and another stamped sentiment. I also added some spooky die cut shapes!
When the card opens, you can see all the pretty decor. 
The accordion panels fold up nicely and are held closed by the magnets. The 1/4" spine that I created allows the card to close nicely. 
A standard-size gift card fits into the holder. 
Each panel is 4" x 3" and the Nightfall ephemera cards fit perfectly! 
When you flip the left side accordion over, that reverse is also decorated!
And so is the right side! So many panels for holding decor or photos!

Thanks for looking! 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!

Trims: Really Reasonable Ribbon September Ribbon Club (
Grape Delicate Stitched SatinBlack Checkerboard SatinApple Green TaffetaSpider Webs on Black Satin)
Printed paper: Authentique Nightfall, Shamrock Five
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Black, Natural; Authentique Spectrum Green Thumb, Orchid, Ginger Snap
Stamps: Hero Arts Happy Halloween, Papertrey Ink Trick or Treat
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Enamel dots: Simple Stories Say Cheese III, Doodlebug Designs Matte Sprinkles Halloween
Charm: Amazon
Dies: Graphic 45 Square Tag and Clock; My Favorite Things Gift Card Pocket, Sentiment Strips, A2 Rectangle Stax 1, Stitch Mini Scallop Stax; Papertrey Ink Trick or Treat, Spider Webs; Tonic Studios Mixed Edge Rectangles
Adhesive: white glue, hot glue, ATG tape, foam tape

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Country Style Easel Storage Box

Good morning, Crafters! I am up on the Authentique Blog sharing a country-style storage box! Make sure you head over to the Authentique Blog because it has a NEW look!

I love to display my cards and projects on my desk, but cards are always getting knocked over by the wind or by my cats. I thought if I had them up on an easel, perhaps they would be wind and cat-free!

I love country decor, especially chickens! Authentique has some AMAZING vintage country papers, and I can match my home decor perfectly! I used three collections for my project: PleasantFrontier, and Homestead.
(shown with a card first seen HERE, using the Frontier Collection)

I love mixing collections and Authentique makes that so easy!
I wanted to create a box to hold some 6" x 6" panels so that the ones that are not being displayed could "live" in the storage drawer. I have plans to create a coloring panel for each month of the year, starting with this September panel, and this box and easel is so perfect for this purpose!
The drawer slides open to reveal a very deep drawer that can hold items slightly larger than 6" x 6". The drawer is 3" deep!
I love using papier-mâché boxes for things. They are usually inexpensive and come in all varieties and sizes. The style I am using today is a matchbox style, where the drawer slides out. The box is approximately 6 1/2" x 6 1/2", however that is the outside dimension. The drawer about 6 1/4" wide, so as to fit into the sleeve portion. 
Use a wet glue to attach your paper to your box. Make sure you don't use too much glue or the moisture in the glue will cause your box to swell. Also, measure everything because often these types of boxes are not "square" or, as my dad used to say, "they are wonky."  

I started out using the Pleasant Four paper to cover the four sides and bottom of the drawer. 
I added a vintage-look knob to the front of the drawer. The hardest part was poking the hole through the box! 
Once I had the knob on, I added paper to the inside of the box. I used Pleasant Three and Six.  
The box has a matchbox-style sleeve that holds the drawer. I covered the bottom and the sides with Frontier Frontier Two paper.

You can see that the top of the box has a cut-out. I wanted a closed top, so I cut a piece of chipboard to the size of the box top, then wrapped that with Frontier Four paper and attach it to the top of the box. I reinforced the pre-cut opening with a bit of chipboard on the underside. 
I added a panel of Pleasant Six paper, matted with dark brown cardstock to the center of the box. Then I created the easel stand. 
I cut dark brown cardstock to 8" x 5". I scored at 1", 4", and 7". I added strips  of Pleasant Three paper to the two wider sections. Then I added tape to one of the smaller sections.  
Then, I folded the cardstock into a triangle-shaped stand.  I used more tape to attach it to the top of the box. This becomes a resting place for my project. 
The two sides of the sleeve are covered with Homestead Montage paper. I also covered the bottom with this same paper.
Here is a view of the back, with the drawer installed. I get the grins when I see that old, red truck and those fabby chickens!
Here is a view with the drawer removed.  
To create a stop (to keep the card from sliding off the box), I glued a bingo tile to the box about 2" away from the easel stand. I used a circle punch to cut out a circle of paper to glue to the top of the tile. 

I cut a section of chipboard "chicken wire" to fit the box. I painted it with white paint and then stained it with a bit of brown ink. I glued the chicken wire to the left side of the box top.
I used some twine and some stickers from the Homestead Collection to decorate the box. I also used a large circle punch to punch out the pumpkin image from the Pleasant 6x6 paper. I glued it to a wood disk that I found in my stash. 
The box is perfect for storing cards or small page layouts. Or, you can put pretty much anything in the drawer. You could use this as a phone or tablet charging station, and store your cords and charger in the drawer! 
The easel can also hold an 8x8 scrapbook layout! (This layout was first seen HERE.) I really wanted to put feet on the box, but all the feet I found in my stash interfered with the drawer! I ran out of the wood feet that I normally use. As soon as can I get to the store, I am going to glue some feet onto the bottom of this dude!
I am going to display my monthly coloring panels on this box, and then store them away in the drawer. (To see my coloring project, click HERE.)

Thanks for joining me today! 

Authentique Supplies Used:

Authentique Pleasant 12x12 Paper Pad, 6x6 Paper Pad
Authentique Frontier 12x12 Paper Pad
Authentique Homestead 12x12 Paper Pad, Stickers

Other Supplies Used: 

Papier-mâché box: Graphic 45 Deep Square Matchbook Box - Kraft
Chipboard: Grafix
Cardstock: WorldWin Brown
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Ivory Burlap String
Knob: Tim Holtz
Bingo tile: craft supply
Chicken wire: Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts
Paint: Art Deco
Ink: Ranger Distress

Adhesives: Scor-tape, ATG tape, glue