Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Sentiments Four Ways - Quick and Easy Cards

Good morning, Crafters! It is my turn again on the Authentique Blog. We are going to play with the NEW Endless Collection today! I am always excited to bring you projects that can be completed with few supplies and little effort, but which pack a big punch!
Finding ideas for "easy to mail" cards is not....well, not always easy! I often make my cards so lumpy and full of embellishments that you need a box or padded mailer, and lots of extra postage, in order to mail them! Today, I have a set of four, easy-to-make and easy-to-mail cards, with FOUR different ideas for adding sentiments! 
To make this set of cards, you need a paper collection that has both ephemera cards and die cut shapes or stickers, some cardstock, a few enamel dots (or other fairly flat embellishment), some adhesive, and your paper trimmer. 

All the cards in this set are square cards. I made mine 6" x 6" because I have a nice stash of envelopes for this size card. It is pretty easy to find envelopes for 5" x 5" cards, too. You can use these ideas for standard-size note cards as well.
Keeping all the layers for the cards square and rectangle makes them easy to cut with your trimmer. You do not need fancy tools or shape dies. Just trim your papers with a trimmer, or even with a ruler and craft knife! 

For this first card, add embellishments from the Endless Elements Cardstock Die Cut sheet. I raised the hexagon images a bit with some foam tape. Our first sentiment idea is very simple! If you have a paper collection that contains die cut or sticker sentiments, simply attach the sentiment to your card!
The design of the second card is very similar to the first. It is made with square and rectangle shapes, overlapped. This technique is an excellent way to use up paper scraps!
If you are using a paper collection with cut-apart cards, they make excellent sentiments. I matted my sentiment card, then raised it up a bit by attaching it to a scrap of chipboard. The enamel dots add a bit of bling while still being flat.  
This next card is again, simple shapes of decorative paper, matted with cardstock. This time, our focal image is one of the cut-apart cards, double matted. To get perfect layers, I sometimes use a layers tool (from We Are Memory Keepers). The tools come in a set for a nice price, and work with  your standard craft knife. 
The next idea for sentiments is to use stamps. Stamped sentiments are easy to use for cards. You can stamp onto some scrap paper as I did here, or stamp directly onto your card! If you don't have stamps, you can create a digital stamp with your word processing program! Just type your sentiment, select a font style and size, and print! 

Here is a special tip: if you stamp directly onto your card, and make a mistake, just stamp again onto some scrap paper and glue it over the mistake! 
If you have a lot of paper to work with, this highly layered card is a fun way to create a huge impact without a lot of effort! Once again, our focal point is one of the cut-apart cards. Authentique makes it easy to create such fun projects! There is no need to color an image or mess around with looking for something when the perfect image is included with the paper pack!

Here is a tip: Keep a basket near your craft area. Fill it with various cut-apart images and sentiments from various paper collections. Then, if you need to make a quick card, you have some images and sentiments handy!
The last idea for adding sentiments is to use a die cut shape. You can use a metal die sentiment, or use an electronic cutting system such as the Silhouette Cameo to design and cut your own sentiments. You can also find pre-cut sentiments made from cardstock or chipboard at most craft retailers. 

I glued my sentiment so that it would appear to be part of the focal image mat. It gives the card a bit of special pizazz without dealing with a complicated technique.
Thank you so much for looking! Have fun making a few cards! 

Authentique Supplies Used:

Endless Collection: 12x12 Paper, Cardstock Die Cut Elements

Additional Supplies Used 
Cardstock: WorldWin Natural, Cocoa
Enamel dots: Carta Bella Practically Perfect, Doodlebug Design black and white mix
Stamp: Avery Elle Oh Happy Day
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Die cut: Cheery Lynn Design
Layer tool: We Are Memory Keepers
Adhesive: ATG tape, white glue, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Really Reasonable Ribbon July Blog Hop

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon July Blog HopYou should be coming to my blog from Bonnie's 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 July Ribbon Club Assortment shown below. (The Design Team appreciates your comments, too!)

The July Ribbon Club Assortment is a sizzlin' summer mix of orange, yellow, and green! What an eye-popping collection!
I have been paying with my Silhouette Cameo a lot lately. I have had the thing for a couple of years and rarely touch it. But, I have found so many cool things to cut with it, so I am indulging myself with a bit of cutting therapy! 

These cool flamingos are part of a set of cut files I purchased from SVGCuts called Summer Holiday Kit. I cut the ovals, the flamingos, and some of the leaves from the kit. The flowers are all fussy cut from Graphic 45 papers
The inspiration for this card came from a set of flamingo themed sentiment stamps I purchased ages ago, for some unknown reason! When Graphic 45 came out with their Lost in Paradise collection last month, and the June Ribbon Club hit my desk....kismet! 

I sponged all around my papers with various distress inks, which really makes the papers pop!
I tucked the Apple Green Sheer Organza and the Orange Plaid ribbons under the lower right flower cluster. 
 I tucked the Maize Plaid ribbon under the flower cluster in the right corner. (You can see just a bit peeking out!)
I love the layered die cuts, along with the layered fussy cut flowers, and the ribbons! Just so much color!!! Perfect for summer!  
I rubbed the inside of the card with distress ink, then splattered it with water, which makes such a cool background. I added one of the G45 ephemera cards for a message spot. 
I also added a gift card pocket to the lower inside panel.  
Thanks for joining me today! 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 July 2019 Ribbon Club (
Apple Green Sheer Organza, Orange Plaid, Maize Plaid)
Silhouette cut files: SVGCuts Summer Holiday Kit.
Paper: Graphic 45 Lost in ParadiseBohemian Bazaar, Tropical Travelogue
Ephemera card: Graphic 45 Lost in Paradise
Chipboard: Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue
Ink: Ranger Distress Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Carved Pumpkin; Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps: Mama Elephant Make a Wish, My Favorite Things Tickled Pink
Enamel dot: Doodlebug Design Sprinkles Ladybug Glitter
Dies: My Favorite Things gift card pocket
Cardstock: WorldWin Natural, Black Smooth 80#
Adhesive: hot glue, white glue, Scor-tape, ATG tape

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

July CardMaps - Create Your Own Dream

Hello, Friends! I am sharing one of the July CardMaps (from Becky Fleck at PageMaps) projects!

Here is the CardMap for today:
I like vertical and square cards the most, because they are easier to photograph! This sketch is perfect for a simple card, with lots of visual interest!
I created a 7" x 5" card, using the sketch as a guide. The style of the sketch is fairly Clean and Simple, which is NOT my style at all. But, as you can see from my card, you can interpret sketches for any style you wish!
As soon as I saw the balloons on the sketch, I knew I wanted to fussy cut the hot air balloons from the Graphic 45 Imagine paper!  (And lucky you, this paper is on SALE for 50% off just now at the G45 website!)

I fussy cut several balloons, an airship, flowers, and butterflies from the paper, along with a sentiment. 
I used foam tape to pop up the layers, making this card interesting, but still easy to mail.
Make sure to go visit Becky's site and see all the inspiration! Thanks for stopping by today. 

Printed paper: 
Graphic 45 Imagine (12x12, 8x8, Patterns and Solids)
Cardstock: WorldWin Deep Coffee Brown, Natural
Ink: Ranger Distress Tea Dye
Dies: Spellbinders Curved Borders 1
Adhesive: ATG tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares, white glue

Monday, July 08, 2019

Graphic 45 Kaleidoscope Graduation Layouts

Hello, Graphic 45 Fans! It is time to share another Graphic 45 project with you! I am loving being back on the G45 Brand Ambassador Team! I have found a new well of creativity in the past few months, and I have been learning some new things (and buying some new supplies). 

My task this month was to create a project using the #G45Technique theme. Well, I have ambled off the beaten path to bring you not only a layout tutorial, and not only a double-page layout tutorial, but a multi-photo layout tutorial! One of the most frequent things that Graphic 45 Fans ask for is LAYOUT IDEAS! So, here goes…

I admit that I do not scrapbook many 12x12 Layouts any more, and if I do it is for a gift, or for wall decor, or something of that nature. But, when my daughter graduated from university last June (2018), her friend took so many wonderful photos of Laura that I wanted to scrap some of them. (I am always in awe of Laura's beauty, and her lovely hair! She is also a smart, talented, and artistic young lady! But, I may be a tiny bit biased!)

My inspiration for the layouts was my daughter’s graduation cap! It seems all the rage these days to decorate one’s cap! (I think my cap and gown were rented, way back when I graduated university in 1988!)
My daughter is an artist, and she did a wonderful job adding a watercolor canvas to her cap. I love the colors, and since they match the Kaleidoscope Collection perfectly, I went with two layouts that are a riot of color.

Below find a tutorial for creating a double-page spread, plus a tutorial for creating the hand-made flowers.

The first thing I do when I am planning a layout is to sort through my photos and choose a theme or set of photos from a specific event. Often, I will only choose one, really good photo, but there are times when I want to scrapbook a special event and wish to use multiple photos. 

Once I have a nice selection of photos, I use some scrap 12” x 12” paper to sketch out my layouts. (This is pretty rough, since I am not an artist.) I label sizes of photos that may work, placement of embellishments, and so forth. I give myself lots of notes to follow. (Sorry this is so pale!)

Once I have my plan in place, I decide on what size and how many photos I need. I print my photos at home, so I print the photos on appropriate paper and then crop them as needed. For my layouts today, I wanted one 6” x 4” photo in black and white, and then a selection of color photos in various sizes as determined by my sketch (two 4” x 4”, two 4” x 3”, one 3” x 3”, and one 4” x 6”). I usually print more photos than I need, just in case!

Once I have all my photos cropped and ready, I choose my papers and embellishments. Sometimes I may cut titles with die cut templates or with my electronic cutting machine. Other times I use pre-made chipboard elements. If anything needs to be inked or painted, I do that ahead of time to give it time to dry before assembling my layouts.

For this project, I decided to make my flowers. Using the Kaleidoscope Collection and the Kaleidoscope Patterns and Solids papers, I die cut various flowers and leaves. I also used a bit of Nature Sketchbook Patterns and Solids green paper to die cut leaves.

I used various Distress Inks to add some color and shading to my flowers. 

There are several ways I shape my paper flowers. I sometimes use a flower mold. Place the flowers face down into one half of the plastic mold, spray lightly with water. Top with the other half of the mold and run the mold through a die cutting machine. (Most standard die cutting machines can handle the molds.) Take the flowers out of the mold, shape by hand if necessary, and then set them aside to dry.

The other way to shape flowers is by placing them face down onto a rubber mat, spraying them lightly with water, and then shaping them with a ball stylus and tweezers. This is the method I use most often because I find that the flower mold can tear the paper, especially if the paper is too wet or too thin.

Tip: The easiest way (and cheapest way!) to shape the flowers is to spray them with water, crumple them into a ball, and then allow them to air dry. Once the flowers are dry, gently open them and shape them with your fingers while gluing the layers together.

Once your flowers have dried fully, you can glue the various sizes together. I make a hole in the center and add stamens to some of my flowers. I use a strong, white glue to assemble the flowers.

Here is a finished flower. The Graphic 45 papers dry stiff and hold their shape, making them perfect for this project! The flower dies in the Graphic 45 Large Tag, ATC Tag, and Flower Die Set are wonderful for cutting out the flowers, too!

For some flowers, I add a dab of glue to the center and sprinkle on some micro beads.

Isn’t it lovely?!? By dabbing a bit of ink on some of the “worn” places, the flowers take on a nice, vintage look.

Create as many flowers as you think you will need for your project. This is a great way to use up scraps, and it’s a fun project to do while watching your favorite shows!

Now that we have our embellishments all ready, let’s work on the single-page layout first.

For your layout base, use 12” x 12” black, heavyweight cardstock. You need to use a heavier weight (80# or above) because we will be gluing metal and lots of flowers to this page. 

Next, trim blue Kaleidoscope Patterns and Solids paper to 11 ¾” x 11 ¾” and attach it to the center of the black cardstock. Then trim a sheet of Kaleidoscope Fantastic Fantasy paper to 11 ½” x 11 ½” and add it to the center of the layout.

Next, trim three banner shapes from Kaleidoscope Patterns and Solids paper. Trim three different sizes, one from purple paper, one from blue, and one from orange. Using a stylus or a pencil, gently roll the paper on the flag end.

Tip: I used a die template to trim my banners, but if you don’t have one, just trim the purple paper to 4” x 2”, the blue paper to 3” x 1 ⅜, and the orange paper to 2 ¼” x ¾”. Use scissors to trim the banner tail on one end of each paper strip.

Arrange the flags as shown, on the left side of the layout. Allow the fag ends to curl up slightly.

Trim black cardstock to 5” x 11 ½” and place the panel approximately 2” from the top edge, centered left to right. Trim a piece of Kaleidoscope Boldly Bright paper to 4 ⅞” x 11 ⅜” and place it centered over the black panel.
Dab a 6” round doily (available from most craft supply stores) with Distress Ink (Ripe Persimmon and Festive Berries), then spray with water to make the ink bleed. Then spray with purple color spray. Allow to dry fully, and then attach the doily to the layout as shown.
Double-matte the black and white photo (6” x 4”) with white and then black cardstock, then attach it to the layout. (Do not place adhesive along the bottom edge yet, as we will be tucking something underneath the photo.)
Attach the Kaleidoscope sticker to a piece of the blue Patterns and Solids paper. Attach it to the left of the photo, as shown.
Die cut “congratulations” from orange Patterns and Solids paper and attach to the top right of the layout. Attach the elephant sticker from the Kaleidoscope sticker sheet to a scrap of cardstock, and then fussy cut around the edge. Glue the image to several layers of scrap chipboard, attaching the embellishment to the top right corner of the layout.
Trim the “Anything is Possible” ephemera card from Kaleidoscope Awaken to Adventure paper and mat it with orange Patterns and Solids paper. Tuck the card under the bottom edge of the photo.

Choose your flowers and create a flower cluster, as shown.
Arrange the flowers, plus some sticker elements, and two Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys, and one Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Hole to make your cluster. 

Now, let’s work on the multi-page layout. Start with a 12” x 12” piece of black cardstock.
Lay the photos out in a grid pattern, as desired. Use pieces of scrap paper to decide where you wish to add decor to the page. I label all my scraps with what size I need to trim the decorative paper. The best way to make a grid-style layout is to trim up some scraps of computer paper into various sizes and lay them out onto your cardstock base.

If you wish a bit of black border around everything, like I have, trim your photos and paper slightly smaller than the sizes shown. I also trimmed each photo down a bit once I had everything all arranged.
For row one, trim a piece of Kaleidoscope Fantastic Fantasy paper to 3 ⅞” x 5 ⅞” and attach it to the upper left. Then, trim a strip of the blue Patterns and Solids paper to 1” x 5 ⅞” and attach it to the bottom of the Fantastic Fantasy panel. Glue your title to the blue strip. I cut my words with an electronic cutting machine, using the Black Jack font. 

Next you will need to use a 4” x 4” photo, trimmed to 3 ⅞” x 3 ⅞”. The last panel in row one is a 3 ⅞” x 1 ⅞” piece of Joy in the Journey paper.

For row two, you first need a 3” x 3” photo trimmed to 2 ⅞” x 2 ⅞” and a strip of the blue Patterns and Solids paper cut to ⅞” x 2 ⅞”. Add your embellishments to the blue strip. I added chipboard numbers which I colored with Distress Ink. 

Next you will need two 4” x 3” photos trimmed to 3 ⅞” x 2 ⅞”. For the last panel in this row, use an ephemera card for a journaling block. I did not have any of the Kaleidoscope ephemera cards, so I used one from Midnight Masquerade, trimmed down to 3 ⅞” x 2 ⅞”. I added a border strip cut from Kaleidoscope Rainbow of Color paper.

For the last row, trim a 4” x 6” photo to 3 ⅞” x 5 ⅞”. Next trim blue Patterns and Solids paper to 3 ⅞” x 1 ⅞” and attach a bit of the same border you used on the journaling card, then add your embellishments. I used chipboard letters colored with Distress Ink. The last photo is 4” x 4” trimmed to 3 ⅞” x 3 ⅞”. I also added a border strip to the bottom of the page.
Add your flower cluster to the top left panel. I also added some Matte Pearl Gems here and there. 
I also added a Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Hole, a Matte Pearl Gem, and some chipboard pieces from the Midnight Masquerade Collection to my flower cluster. 
I also placed some flowers onto the area above the journaling spot, along with a Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key. (I was actually covering up a “splotch” of ink!)

I hope you have some new ideas for creating layouts! If you have any questions, please add them to the comments below and I will come back an answer as soon as I can!
Thanks for joining me today!

Graphic 45 Supply List: 
Kaleidoscope 12x12 Papers (Signature, Fantastic Fantasy, Joy in the Journey, Boldly Brilliant, Awaken to Adventure, Rainbow of Color)
Large Tag, ATC Tag and Flower Dies (flowers and leaves)
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Holes
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys
Nature Sketchbook Patterns and Solids Pad
Midnight Masquerade Chipboard
Midnight Masquerade Patterns and Solids Pad
Midnight Masquerade Ephemera Cards

Other Supplies:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Black
Die cut phrases: Silhouette Cameo font Black Jack
Die cut templates: My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax and Layers, Phlox; Spellbinders Labels Large and Small; Cherry Lynn Designs Gardenia Small, Flourish Leaf Strip Mini Fanciful Flourish; Heartfelt Creations Simply Classic
Chipboard: Maya Road Jonathan Mini Alpha, Imagination Designs numbers
Doily: Wilton 6"
Micro beads: American Crafts Black
Flower stamens: Heartfelt Creations
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Distress Ink Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet, Festive Berries, Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin, Scattered Straw
Spray bottles: one with water, one with Art Anthology Colorations Wild Orchid
Adhesive: white glue, ATG tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares