Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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!)

The November Ribbon Club Assortment is called Holiday Shimmer Assortment. I love this soft and pretty assortment! I have long wanted to have a second Christmas tree, all decorated in these shades, with a Victorian feel. However, the spirit is willing but the flesh is worn out! So, once again this year I will have just my standard "early American" style tree.
My project for this month is this cute flip-fold mini using lots of pastel papers. I purchased an A4 pad of the Prima Santa Baby paper a few weeks ago, and it was perfect for this mini. However, there is not enough variety in the prints in the pad (to suit my taste), so I burgled my stash for other papers to complete this album. I found some papers from 2005 in my stash! I mean, really, who does that?!!

This is my second non-traditional Christmas mini for this year. (See the other one HERE.) 
If you have followed me for any length of time you may remember my Valentine flip album (HERE) or my patriotic flip album (HERE). The patriotic album has a video walk through of both albums AND a tutorial (watch to the end for the tutorial) and also a printable project sheet (HERE). 

For this version, I simply redesigned those albums with chipboard covers and spines. The closure is the Light Pink Organza with Satin Center tied in a simple bow. This is such a lovely, delicate ribbon. 
I created a ribbon and flower cluster on the front of the mini. I used Light Pink Organza with Satin CenterLavender Organza with Satin Center, and Garden Rose Satin with Silver Metallic Edge ribbons. I also used some flowers and other sparkly bits. I adore these soft colors for the holidays.

Here is a little tutorial to show you how to make the base of the book.  
Use this diagram to see how to cut your chipboard pieces.

Cut two pieces of chipboard to 6" x 6" for the front and center covers. Cut one piece of chipboard to 6" x 5 3/4" for the right cover (this gets folded into the center). Cut two pieces of chipboard to 6" x 3/4" for the two spines. 
Splice two pieces of white cardstock together to make a piece approximately 8" tall by 22 inches wide. Attach the chipboard to the cardstock as shown in the diagram above. Allow for 1/8" gutters on each side of the little spine pieces. 

Wrap the chipboard and gently score and fold the gutters. 
We are not creating hinges for this mini, so trim white cardstock to cover the spine areas and gently score and fold at the gutters.  
Attach a 12" piece of ribbon to the inside front cover. The second 12" piece is attached just to the left of the second spine, when the book is folded. (See photos below.)

The fold-out portions of the album are attached to the right of the first spine and to the left of the second spine. I trimmed white cardstock to 5 7/8" tall, and in a variety of widths with scored flaps and pockets. You are free to use your own imagination on how to fill  your little book. (For a walk-through of my book, see the video below.)
I scored 1/2" tabs to attach all the fold out sections. This way I didn't need to figure out any sort of hinge system.
Fold the right cover in toward the center, then fold the top cover over to create this folded mini. You can see where to attach the ribbon as a closure. There will be a left-hand spine and a right-hand spine.
Cover the front and back covers, as well as both spines with paper. Cut the paper for the front and back covers to 5 7/8" x 5 7/8" and for the spines 5 7/8" x 5/8". 

I loved this sweet Santa image from the Prima Santa Baby paper, so wanted him to be the cover boy! I jazzed up the cover with ribbons and flowers, plus some enamel dots. 
 The back is plain, but the paper is so very pretty!
When you open the front cover, there is a pocket for a few 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" cards, or some tags. I use a bit of ribbon and an ephemera card for a tuck spot on the pocket.

The right flap is another of the chipboard covers. The ephemera card is also a flap that opens up. That pretty card is from Stamperia Pink Christmas. The book continues to have a mash up of retro and vintage Christmas colors and images. 
When you open the center cover, you can see a waterfall element on the back of that chipboard cover (the far right panel). The center panel contains all the flip-outs. The spines give you a 3/4" space to hold all your beautiful paper!

I added some ribbon elements throughout the book as tuck spots and banners.
The center flap opens to reveal a pocket. This pocket can also hold a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" card or some tags. Again, I have used some ribbon for tuck spots. 
The center flap opens to the left, revealing another flip panel.

Look at that waterfall! I kept the colors to both pale and dark pastels, using pinks, blues, mint green, and some lavender. The waterfall element holds 4"
 x 5" photos.

The left flap opens one more time (accordion fold), the middle flap also opens. So much space for photos.
Open the flap on the left to reveal a side pocket.
The center opens up to reveal a space for a large photo or journaling.
The center piece opens to the right, to reveal the inside of the back cover (the center piece of chipboard). There is a pocket for a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" card. I used some White Shimmer Satin to decorate the pocket.
The right flap opens as well, with a heart-shaped tuck spot.

To see the full walk-through, check out the video below.

Thanks for watching!
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!

PS - For those of you who have been praying for my medical situation, there is still no resolution. I have another doctor's appointment on November 15th, and I am praying for more details after that. Thanks for keeping me and my family in your thoughts and prayers.

Trims: Really Reasonable Ribbon November Ribbon Club (
Light Pink Organza with Satin CenterLavender Organza with Satin CenterGarden Rose Satin with Silver Metallic EdgeWhite Shimmer Satin)
Printed paper and ephemera: Prima Santa Baby; Authentique Jingle, FrostedStamperia Pink Christmas; My Favorite Things True Blue Houndstooth 6x6, Plaid Patterns Merry and Bright; Graphic 45 Time to Celebrate Patterns and Solids 6x6; Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses, Figgy Pudding; Rusty Pickle Snowflakes and Mittens; Melissa Francis Home for the Holidays 6x6; My Minds Eye Colorful Christmas; Sandylion Season's Greetings; various others that were not marked
Cardstock: various white
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts, Prima
Enamel dots: Eyelet Outlet white
Brads and charms: stash
Magnets: Basic Grey
Ink: Ranger Distressed Gathered Twigs
Dies: Spellbinders Circles, My Favorite Things Stitched Circle Stax
Chipboard: Grafix
Adhesive: white glue, hot glue, ATG tape

Monday, November 05, 2018

Fall-themed Mini Storage Box

Good morning, Crafters! Happy November! I am celebrating my one year anniversary as part of the Authentique Design Team this month! It has been an amazing year and I hope to continue for a while longer! 

As fun as it is to use older collection and to look back on older projects...today is NOT that day! I have a brand new project, using the Pleasant Collection to share today!

I have been wanting to do some sort of explosion box for you, but could not think of an idea that was new to me, or one that seemed easy enough to make. I normally don't use other designers' tutorials for my design team work, but when I found THIS tutorial, by Norma at From My Craft Room Blog I knew it's what I wanted to make! 
This tutorial is from a few years ago, but I had never made this style of box before, so I wanted to give it a try!
Once you pop the lid off this little box (approximately 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" x 3 1/4") two trays are revealed! The trays are perfect for small gifts or for fun storage! I put some fall-themed mini clothes pins and some buttons in mine!
I love how the trays fold up into a small box, with a matching lid. You can make these in other sizes, I am sure, and in all different themes. This would be a fun item to give each Thanksgiving guest. The top of the lid could also hold a place card!

Follow Norma's tutorial for the basic box assembly HERE. She has amazing photo directions and printable sheets on her website. I decided to just direct you there, rather than try to recreate the steps for you. 

You need four (4) sheets of dark brown cardstock for my version, plus two or three sheets of Pleasant 12x12 paper. I used up some scraps from sheets One, Three, Four, and Six, and then a cut-apart from the 6x6 pad.
Once you have cut and scored the pieces for the lid, two trays, and the box mechanism (sides), decorate them with your paper BEFORE you assemble. I found it so much easier to glue all my paper on while the pieces were still flat. 
Assemble the lid and both trays. The "side" piece wraps around the trays, which allows them to fold together into a box. 
This is what the trays look like when the box is fully open. You will have two trays that are about 3 1/8" square and 1 1/2" deep. 
Once the trays fold together, the lid will fit perfectly. I am not that great at 3D projects, as they tend to be precise and fiddly. However, this one went together with no trouble at all. 
Once the box is all assembled, feel free to decorate as you wish! I used hot glue to add a bunch of fall-themed flowers and other bits to the lid. 
Some of the flowers were left over from another project, where I sprayed white flowers with various ink mists to give them an autumn look. Mostly, I poked around in my "fall odds and ends" box and found enough stuff to glue to the top! 

I cut out one of the messages from the Pleasant 6x6 pad and added it to the top of the box.  
Thanks for stopping by today. If you have a chance to use Norma's tutorial or to print out her directions, please give her the credit. She did a fantastic job and her tutorial was very easy to follow. 

Authentique Supplies Used:

Pleasant Collection: 12x12 paper, 6x6 paper

Additional Supplies Used: 
Cardsock: WorldWin Brown
Flowers: Prima, Wild Orchid Crafts, Petaloo
Floral elements: craft supply
Spray mists: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Pumpkin Pie, Sun Sisters; Ranger Color Wash Sunset Orange, Wild Honey
Adhesives: hot glue, white glue, Scor-tape
Tools: scoring board, paper trimmer, bone folder, sharp scissors

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Monthly Coloring Series - November

It is November 1st! That means it's time for the next installment of my monthly coloring series! 

For those of you just joining me, I will be coloring one image each month, using the Power Poppy digital flower images, found HERE. If you missed any of the previous projects, see the links at the end of the post. 

Let's see NOVEMBER project! 
One of my favorite things about fall and fall decorating are the beautiful colors of maize (usually called Indian corn in the USA). This beautiful corn comes in a plethora of colors! I had several ears of maize on hand to study while I colored my image. I chose to color some of my ears in a stunning dark wine red and navy blue to match the corn in my home decor. 
Maize (Indian corn or ornamental corn) comes in so very many colors! A simple Internet search will show you hundreds of color combinations! Here are the colors that inspired my project.  
I chose for my November image, Maize for Days, which is currently a $6 download. I loved the large bouquet of maize, perfect for Thanksgiving decor. (This image also comes as part of the clear stamp set, Fortunes of Fall, $18.00, which is a new fall 2018 release.)

Using Adobe Illustrator, I created my panel at about 5 1/4" x 5 1/4". I rotated the image slightly and sized it at approximately 4 1/4" wide.  

The finished panel is 6 1/8" x 6 1/8". I have used a stitched square die to cut out the main image panel (which measures 5 1/4" x 5 1/4"). My plan is to display each monthly image at my desk, as shown above.

I am using "Great Vibes" as my font, which I sized at about 45pt. I printed the panel onto Hammermill 100# cardstock with my Epson ET-3700 using black ink. (So far, I have had excellent results using Copics with this printer ink and paper combination.)
My images are colored with a combination of Copic Markers and Prismacolor Pencils 

To color the corn, I colored each kernel with just ONE marker, and then added the shadows and highlights with pencil and a white pen. There was no way that I was going to use 2-3 markers to shade each kernel individually! That would have been far too many markers! And it would have taken my a year to finish the project!

Here are the color combinations I have used for the finished project:

Red corn: R29 R89, RV69, B39, V09
Dark multi-color corn: YG93, Y35, BV23, YR09, YR18, Y02, RV34
Pale multi-color corn: YB91, E04,  E14, E49, Y38
Stalks: YG91, YG93, E51, E53, E55, pencil Sandbar Brown
Bittersweet berries: YR02, YR09, Y32, Y38
Ribbon: G2, YG17, YG61, YG63, pencil Sandbar Brown
Shading: BV20, Pencils 90% Cool Gray, 70% Cool Gray, White
Background: BG0000, BG000, Colorless blender
I wanted the corn stalks to look dried, and kept them pale so as to not detract from the corn. I colored the ribbon green to distinguish it from the stalks, but kept it in a muted color to help it blend into the background more. (My son wanted me to color it red, but I thought that would be too bright and would detract from the pretty colors on the corn. Maybe next time!)
After all the coloring was finished, I die cut my image and then quadruple matted it, choosing black as my neutral color and adding other layers based on the colors within my image. 

For this image, I chose deep cranberry and navy blue cardstock. I finished up with a few buttons and other bling.

If you missed the September post, click HERE
If you missed the October post, click HERE.
Thanks for stopping by! I will have a new image December 1st!

Digital image: Power Poppy Maize for Days
Cardstock: Hammermill 100# Digital Color Copy, deep cranberry, navy blue (unknown)
Markers: Copic (see list above)
Pencils: Prismacolor (see list above)
Gel pen: Sakura Gelly Roll White
Button and bling: stash
Die: Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Squares
Tools: We R Memory Keepers Guide Layers
Adhesive: ATG tape, Scor-tape, white glue

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

October CardMaps - Nostalgia

Hello, Friends! Today I am sharing another of the October CardMaps (from Becky Fleck at PageMaps)!
Here is the CardMap for today:
I love a square card! Square cards are like a mini canvas to me! This sweet sketch is loaded with possibilities! And yes, only I would share a Christmas card on Halloween! But I posted a "spooky" project last week, so don't fuss too much! {grin}
I have used this more adorable than words Christmas Collection from Authentique called Nostalgia. This sweet collection is pet friendly, but also has other vintage images. I chose to focus on this cute image of a puppy and kitten. Too cute for words!

The finished card 
is 6" square and has lots and lots of layers!
I used three styles of twine to make this loopy bow. I added some fun buttons and a silver bell. 
I decorated the inside of the card with more paper and a stamped sentiment. There is plenty of room to add a photo or a gift card, and a message.
I find that having a sketch to follow really helps me when I have crafter's block. What do you use to jump-start your creativity? 

Thanks for stopping by today. 

Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Cherry Divine Twine, red and white baker's twine (source unknown)

Printed paper: Authentique Nostalgia
Cardstock: WorldWin Black, Natural
Ink: Ranger Distress Festive Berries
Stamps: Verve Holiday Treats, Papertrey Ink Fillable Frames #9
Embellishments: my stash
Dies: My Favorite Things Sentiment Strips, Cherry Lynn Designs French Pastry Doily
Edge punch: EK Success
Adhesive: white glue, hot glue, ATG tape, Scor-tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares