Friday, October 17, 2014

Notepads for the Holidays - Crafty Secrets

October is half over! I read somewhere that there are only 10 weeks or so until Christmas! How is that possible?! Time gets away from me these days! Part of keeping myself on track is making lists. I love a list. That is why I am sharing a few decorated notepads with you today.

I printed some Crafty Secrets digital papers and had some odds and ends left from other projects and thought...hey, I can make some cute notepads for the holidays! You don't need a lot of fancy stuff to make these notepad holders and they are a GREAT way to use of scraps!


I created one long notepad in a Halloween theme and one "chunky" notepad in a Christmas theme. My family loves notepads, too so these will make fun decor and be super useful. These notepad covers are easy to make and are wonderful gifts for neighbors, teachers, and friends.


The long notepad is 8 x 2 1/2 inches. If you cannot find notepads in this size, your local office supply store can cut 8 x 5 inch notepads in half, usually for a small fee. (I think I paid $2 to have the dude at Office Depot cut 10 pads for me. He looked at me like I was a freak, but he did it. I just purchased a few packs of the 8x5 pads, took them to the desk where they do the photocopying, and asked to have them cut in half.)

To create the cover, trim black cardstock to 8 1/8 x 5 1/2 inches. Score on the short side at 2 5/8 and 2 7/8 inches. Cut printed paper to 8 x 2 1/2 inches for the front, back, and inside covers. I used the chandelier paper from the Vintage Halloween CD4. (The Halloween papers are also available as part of the Halloween digital paper pack.)


Add a scrap of paper to the top of the notepad to hide the "ugly" binding. I used stickers to spell out "LIST" across the top of the notepad (Halloween Treats Vintage Stickers). Glue the notepad to the right side of the inside cover.

I added a Halloween image to the left side of the cover (Halloween Printable Sheet). I rough cut the image with scissors and inked the edges with black ink. 


Create a "belly band" for your notepad. Trim black cardstock to 1 1/8 x 7 1/8 inches. Trim printed paper (also from the Vintage Halloween CD4) to 1 x 7 inches and attach to the black cardstock strip. Wrap the strip around the notepad and secure at the back. Make sure it is not too tight or you won't be able to slip it on and off the pad. 

Trim a ticket from the Halloween Greeting Creative Scraps. Use pale gray markers to color the candy image. Add the ticket to the belly band with foam squares.

I also had enough goodies to make a Christmas notepad, but this one is 5 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches. You can buy this size notepad in packs at the office supply store. They come in lots of colors, too. (I just have boring white!)


To create the cover, cut the striped paper to 5 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches. Score on the long side at 3 5/8 and 3 7/8 inches. The striped paper is digital paper from the Retro Christmas CD5, printed onto cream cardstock. (This paper is also part of the Retro Christmas digital paper pack.) Trim out the Santa image from the Vintage Christmas CD6 and at it to the front cover.


Trim music paper from the Vintage Christmas CD6 to fit the inside covers. (The vintage papers are also part of the Vintage Christams digital paper pack.) Add a scrap of paper to the top of the notepad to hide the "ugly" binding. Glue the notepad to the right side of the inside cover.

I added a Christmas image to the left side of the cover (Winter Printable Sheet). I rough cut the image with scissors and inked the edges with black ink.


I added a ticket from the Vintage Christmas CD6 to the back of the notepad cover.


Stop by the Crafty Secrets Blog to see all the news and fun projects by the Design Team. 
Crafty Secrets products:
Vintage Halloween CD #4
Halloween Treats Vintage Stickers
Halloween Printable Sheet
Halloween Greeting Creative Scraps
Halloween digital paper pack
Retro Christmas CD #5
Retro Christmas digital paper pack
Vintage Christmas CD #6
Vintage Christams digital paper pack
Winter Printable Sheet

Other products:
Cardstock: WorldWin ColorMates Treasures Black; Neenah Natural White
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo; Memento Tuxedo Black
Notepads: Office supply
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scotch 3M ATG tape

Monday, October 13, 2014

Really Reasonable Ribbon October Blog Hop Guest


Good morning, Blogger Peeps! I am the special guestie for the October Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop, which starts at the RRR Blog! I want to thank Bonnie for inviting me to play along again this month! It is always fun to play with ribbon! 

In fact, you should be coming to my blog from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. (For the complete blog list, scroll to the bottom of the post.)

Here is a peeky at the RRR October Ribbon Club Assortment


I am a huge fan of traditional Christmas colors! I especially love the red and green plaid!


I decided to make something a bit more interesting than a card to share with you. This is a 5 x 6 x 1/2 inch "folder." This project makes a great gift card holder, or a folder for a music CD, or a place to put photos and a Christmas letter.

I used Graphic 45 'Twas the Night Before Christmas papers because they are all red and green and lovely! The red and green plaid ribbon was perfect! I created a pleated border with the ribbon, that looks like luscious ribbon candy!

To create the folder, cut red cardstock to 6 x 10 1/2 inches. Score at 5 and 5 1/2 inches. Trim two 12-inch lengths of red and green plaid ribbon and attach them to the cardstock covers, front and back. This becomes the closure for the folder.

Trim Happy Holly Day paper to 5 7/8 x 10 3/8 inches. Rub edges with ink and attach to the outside of the folder. Use Graphic 45 gold washi tape to cover the spine, adding strength to the paper. (This is the back of the folder.)

Trim approximately 18 inches of red and green plaid ribbon. Using double-sided tape, pleat the ribbon along the edge of the washi tape spine. 

Add a few flowers, leaves, and berries to create a seasonal cluster at the top left edge of the folder. Trim the sentiment from printed paper and attach to the right of the cluster.


Trim the image from the Long Winter's Nap printed paper and attach to the folder with foam squares.


For the inside of the folder, create two pockets to hold tags, journal blocks, photo mats, or other items. Trim the Bundle to Toys paper to 5 7/8 x 10 3/8 inches. Rub edges with ink and attach to the inside of the folder. Use a Kiwi Lane template (Clara Lane 1A) to trace "snow hill" shapes from the Bundle to Toys reverse. Ink the edges. 

Use the paper shapes to make pockets by applying adhesive to the three straight sides of the paper. The left pocket is approximately 3 3/4 x 4 7/8 inches. The right pocket is approximately 5 7/8 x 3  1/2 inches.

Trim border strip from Ho Ho Ho paper, ink edges and add the strip to the top of the folder. Trim tags and journaling blocks from Up on the Housetops and Long Winter's Nap paper. Add ribbon to the tag shapes. Add chipboard elements to the pockets. Tie ribbon to the chipboard tag. 

If desired, create a photo mat for the right pocket. Trim red cardstock to 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches. Trim green word paper from the 'Twas the Night Before Christmas 6x6 pad to 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 inches. ink edges and attach to red cardstock. Add to pocket. 

That's all from me! Now, hop over to Ginny's Blog next!

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

Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings
Gloria - YOU ARE HERE!
Ginny
Cheryl
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings

In case you just cannot get enough ribbon, you can start your Ribbon Club with BOTH the September and October assortments!


I made a fabbie card with the September assortment.


Click HERE for details.

And an altered item with the orange dot ribbon from the September Assortment.


Click HERE for details. There is so much ribbon in these assortments that you can create tons of projects from each!

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Original ColorMates Light Berry Red
Designer paper and chipboard: Graphic 45 ' Twas the Night Before Christmas
Washi tape: Graphic 45
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon October Ribbon Club
Floral spray, snowflake buttons: Michael's Crafts
Flower: Petaloo
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape runner; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D foam squares; Score-tape; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - Fall Chalkboard Greeting

Good morning! It is my turn on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog. I have a quickie card to share today. This one is a twist on chalkboard art.


I created a 4 1/2 x 6 inch card, using Graphic 45 French Country paper for all my prints. To create the chalkboard greeting, I used the Autumn Mum Greetings stamp set. I stamped two sentiments from the set with white ink onto black cardstock. I then embossed with white embossing powder. When the embossing was cool, I stamped over the top with watermark ink and the Falling Leaves stamp set. I embossed the leaves image with clear embossing powder.



I rubbed the sentiment panel with white ink, and then buffed the ink off the leaves image in some places. It is hard to see in the photo, but the shiny leaves look cool in person!

I used the Leaf Silhouettes die set to cut out two small leaves from cardstock scraps to add to my card. 

Thanks for looking!

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps products:
Autumn Mum Greetings stamp set
Leaf Silhouettes die set
Falling Leaves stamp set

Other products:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Treasures Black and scraps
Designer paper: Graphic 45 French Country
Other dies: Spellbinders Labels One, Labels One Small
Ink: Stampin' Up Whisper White; Ranger Distress Vintage Photo; Clearsnap Top Boss Watermark
Embossing powder: Stampin' Up Clear; Close to my Heart White
Ribbon, twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Floral spray: Michaels Crafts
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue; Scotch 3M ATG tape

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Heartfelt Creations - Semifinalist Project #4

This is the last of my Heartfelt Creations semifinalist submissions. If you click HERE you can see a simple card, HERE to see a page layout, and HERE to see faux water coloring.

For this last project, I wanted to share a mixed media/altered piece. One of the stipulations for being on the team is the ability to make one altered item per month, therefore I wanted to show that I was able to do that with Heartfelt Creations products.  


I created a 6 x 8 inch banner hanging. The banner is actually a page of a mini album. I tend to collect things, use parts of them, and then I have left-overs gathering dust! I decided to take this panel and create some altered art with it.

Coat chipboard banner with gel medium and attach printed paper. Smooth with a brayer and allow medium to dry. Use a craft knife to trim around the edges of the banner. Ink the edges with Distress ink. Use modeling paste and stencils to add dimension to the paper. When the paste is dry, spray some areas with mist and ink others with Distress ink. Allow inks to dry.


Trim image from printed paper with circle die template. Mat with doily shape cut from black cardstock. Attach image to the center of the banner with foam squares. 

Create approximately 11 flowers of various sizes. Stamp both the Classic Sunflower and the Sun Kissed Fleur images with brown dye ink onto off-white cardstock. Color all flowers with Copic markers. Color some of the petals green to mimic leaves. Use the Classic Sunflower and Sun Kissed Fleur dies to cut out the flowers. Shape the flowers and glue some in layers to form larger flowers. Arrange flowers over the pre-printed image, allowing a bit of the original image to peek through. Cut the green petals apart and shape into leaves. Add as desired.


Color two ladybugs with Copic markers and attach. Trim the sentiment from printed paper and attach to the left edge of the main image. Place grommets trough the holes at the top of the banner and add a length of ribbon for a hanger.

I hope that my Heartfelt Creations reveal has been fun. They will reveal the NEW 2014-2015 team on October 29th, so join me in the wait! {bites nails} Make sure you stop by the HC website to see the new collection, All Geared Up.

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:
Other products used: 
Cardstock: WorldWin Cardstock (Treasures Black)
Markers: Copic (various)
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink (Squeezed Lemonade, Vintage Photo)
Spray mist: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Harvest Orange)
Dimensional medium: Liquitex (gel medium, modeling paste)
Stencils: The Crafter's Workshop (mini chicken wire reversed, dylusions diamond border)
Grommets: We R Memory Keepers
Chipboard banner: 7 Gypsies
Spellbinders Dies: Standard Circles Large, Parisian Motifs
Embossing powder: Hampton Art (white)
Seam binding, twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Button: craft supply
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape, Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Heartfelt Creations - Semifinalist Project #3

I am continuing my Heartfelt Creations semifinalist submission share. This is the third of my four projects. If you click HERE you can see a simple card, and HERE to see a page layout. 

I wanted to make sure to show Heartfelt Creations that I was able to use their products in a variety of ways, using a variety of techniques. I chose to share a faux watercolor technique with this card.


I think stamping with white ink and embossing white embossing powder is such a striking combination. However, I wanted to "spice it up" a little bit. I not only stamped and heat embossed, but I "water colored" the image. I also created dimensional flowers using the same technique.

Trim black cardstock to 5 x 12 inches. Score at six inches to make a top-fold card. Trim printed paper to 4 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches. Rub edges with Distress ink and attach to the card front. Trim plaid paper to 4 7/8 x 2 inches, rub edges with ink, and mat with black cardstock. Attach plaid strip to the center of the card.


Trim tag shape from off-white cardstock, approximately 3 1/2 x 5 inches. Stamp sunflower patch image onto the tag with white ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder. Rub over the image with distress inks, then wipe with a damp paper towel or baby wipe to create faux watercolor. Mat tag with black cardstock and attach to the right side of the card with foam squares.

Stamp classic sunflower image with white ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder. Rub over the image with distress inks, then wipe with a damp paper towel or baby wipe. Cut flowers using the matching die. Form flowers and add three to the center of the stamped image. 


Stamp sentiment onto off-white cardstock with brown ink. (Please note that the sentiment comes in one long strip. I stamped each part of the sentiment separately to create this look.) 
Trim sentiment into a circle and mat with black cardstock. Attach to the bottom left corner of the tag with foam squares. Add four small flowers around the edges of the sentiment circle.


Create a bow from seam binding and attach to the upper right corner of the tag. Add a twine bow and a wood button. Trim light colored printed paper to 4 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches. Rub edges with ink and attach to the inside of the card.


Use the remaining flowers to create a matching tag. Trim off-white cardstock into a 2 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches tag shape. Stamp sunflower patch image onto the tag with white ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder. Rub over the image with distress inks, then wipe with a damp paper towel or baby wipe to create faux watercolor. Rub tag edges with brown ink and mat with black cardstock.


Glue three flowers left over from the card project to the center of the tag. 


Trim ticket image from printed paper and attach to the left edge of the flower. Tie seam binding through the hole in the top of the tag.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my faux watercolor card and tag. This is such an easy way to add soft color to your projects.

I want to take a moment to remember my dad. Pop would be 86 today. I hope that they have angel food cake in heaven, because that was his favorite. Pop passed away from complications relating to leukemia in July 1997. I sure do miss him!

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:
Other products used: 
Cardstock: WorldWin Cardstock (Treasures Black); Neenah Cardstock (Natural White),
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, Dried Marigold, Shabby Shutters, Squeezed Lemonade); Tsukineko Memento dye ink (Rich Cocoa); Colorbox Pigment Ink (Cyan, Sky Blue); Stampin' Up ink (Whisper White)
Spellbinders Dies: Standard Circles Small, Large
Embossing powder: Hampton Art (white)
Seam binding, twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Button: craft supply
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape, Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Beacon Fabri-tac

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Heartfelt Creations - Semifinalist Project 2

Good morning, Blogger Peeps! Here is the second part of my semifinalist submission for the Heartfelt Creations design team call. They sent me items from the Classic Sunflower Collection to work with. I recently purchased a stamp and die set from the Sun Kissed Fleur collection, so I used those as well.

For my second project, I created a 12 x 12 scrapbook layout.


I wanted to show Heartfelt Creations that I could use their papers, as well as show them that I was able to create my own flowers. The photo is a stock photo from an online store, advertising the plaid throws (Pendleton Woolen Mills, perhaps). 

To create this layout, trim plaid pattern paper slightly smaller than 12 x 12 inches. Using a craft knife or sharp scissors, remove the center of the paper, leaving a frame approximately two inches wide. (This is to "save" some of the paper, rather than wasting the full sheet when all you need to show are the edges.) Set the removed paper aside. 

Distress and crumple the edges of the frame. Attach the pattern paper frame to a piece of 12 x 12-inch black cardstock. Trim "Sunshine" border pattern paper to slightly smaller than the base cardstock. Rip, distress, and crumple the edges as desired. Rotate the "Sunshine" border paper so that the border text is horizontal. Attach to the plaid paper, allowing some of the plaid paper to show along the edges and corners.


Trim the pocket image from pattern paper and mat with black cardstock. Using foam squares, attach the pocket to the bottom left corner of the base page. Cut tassel from printed paper and attach to the pocket rivet. 


Cut elegant post from black cardstock. Color with silver ink. Use foam squares to attach post to the upper left corner of the base page, approximately two inches from the top and three inches from the left edge. Mount photo onto black cardstock and attach directly under the elegant post using foam squares.


Cut sprockets from black cardstock and color with silver ink. Attach largest sprocket under the bottom right edge of the photo. Cut circle from plaid printed paper and attach to center of sprocket. Add next largest sprocket on top of the plaid paper. Tuck a sprocket into the top of the pocket and another under the bottom right corner of the pocket. Reserve the remaining sprockets.


Create approximately 11 flowers of various sizes. Stamp both the Classic Sunflower and the Sun Kissed Fleur images with brown dye ink onto off-white cardstock. Stamp images a second time onto printed paper. Use the Classic Sunflower and Sun Kissed Fleur dies to cut out the flowers. Color the flowers with Distress inks and shape. Glue flowers together. Add gems and glitter to the centers. Arrange flowers at the top left edge of the base page, at the bottom right edge of the photo, and at the right edge of the pocket.

Cut leaves and vines from green cardstock. Color with Distress ink and shape. Attach leaves and vines to the flower clusters. Tuck remaining sprockets into flower clusters. Cut the "Enjoy the Beauty" phrase from printed paper. Shape and attach to the right edge of the photo flower cluster using foam squares.

I will share more of my submission projects throughout the week!

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:
Other products used: 
Cardstock: WorldWin Cardstock (Treasures Black, ColorMates Smooth and Silky Natural)
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold); Tsukineko Memento dye ink (Rich Cocoa); Tsukineko Delicata ink (Silver Shimmer)
Spellbinders Dies: Little Leaf Sets, Foliage Two, Foliage, Standard Circles Small, Elegant Posts, Banner Basics Two, Sprightly Sprockets 
Glass beads and glitter: Mill Hill glass beads; The Cat's Pajamas German Glass glitter (gold); self-adhesive gems
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape, Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Beacon Fabri-tac

Monday, October 06, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #17

(To see my Crafty Secrets October Challenge post, please click HERE.)

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #17 posts today!  Remember, you have two weeks to play in the new challenge, which closes October 19th at midnight PT.

Challenge #17 Happy Fall, Y'all!

Many of us like to purchase NEW seasonal products EVERY season. What happens to last year's fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving products? We HOARD them! Drag out those hoarded fall-themed items and make a project to share with us! You can make something for fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, or any other fall or harvest celebration!

Now, it is pretty safe to say that I have a whack of hoarded fall and Halloween supplies! I DO purchase new collections every YEAR. And honestly, how much stuff can I make each season? So, yes, I have a lot of hoarded stuff! I have purchased only ONE new Halloween collection this year...so far... {Don't you judge me!}


I decided to go with Thanksgiving and use some of the fantastic Polly's Paper Studio Digital images that Ginny gave to the team. I used the most excellent Turkey Tags, as well as the Fall Wreath and Tags collage and the NeverMore Halloween collage. 

I created a 5 x 6 inch, top-fold card. This is my "new" go-to size. It is just a tad bigger than an A2 card, giving me just a teensy bit more space to junk up!


I dug way into my hoarded papers for this card! I used Authentique Enchanted (from 2012) and Memory Box Blackbird. The Memory Box paper did not have a date on it, but it's pretty old. I also used a bit of My Mind's Eye Spider's Web, which has 2009 printed on it! I have that full collection and have used only a tiny bit of it! {What is WRONG with me?!}


I used some spray mists to "colorize" some flowers. I had a few flowers in a yucky peach/salmon color, so I sprayed them and made burnt orange flowers. {that's how I roll}

I fussy cut some of the Polly's digital images to tuck in with the flowers. I am also big into using cheesecloth and twine right now.


I wanted this card to be very grungy and rustic. I tore the paper to allow the bottom layer to peek through. I mean, come on, I can afford to waste some paper by covering most of it up! It's not like I don't have bins and bins of the stuff!


I added one of the large postage images from the NeverMore Halloween collage sheet to the inside of the card. I also managed to use my own stamps on the inside of the card, in a shameless self-promotional moment. You can find my So Grateful stamp set HERE.



And that, my friends, is my rustic, vintage, Thanksgiving card, using hoarded supplies and some new digital elements from Polly's Paper Studio

Challenge Rules are HERE. Make sure you LINK your project up using the Link Tool on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog

Make sure you visit the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Design Team and check out what they have to share! 

Amber Milone

Christy Butters
Debbie Seyer
Donna Idlet
Ginny Nemchak
Pam Bray
Wendi Robinson

One talented participant will receive this prize from Polly's Paper Studio.



For more information about the design team and prize sponsor companies, and their links, please see the end of the Craft Hoarders post HERE.

Polly's Paper Studio Products:
Turkey Tags
Fall Wreath and Tags 
NeverMore Halloween collage

Other supplies:
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Very Vanilla; WorldWin Treasures Black
Designer paper: Authentique Enchanted, Memory Box Blackbird, My Mind's Eye Spider's Web
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Cheese cloth: Pure Acres Farm
Flowers: Petaloo, Wild Orchid Crafts
Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps/Gloria Stengel Designs So Grateful
Distressing tool: Prima
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo; Memento Rich Cocoa
Spray mist: Lindy's Stamp Gang Clam Bake Beige; Tattered Angels Harvest Orange; Ranger Color Wash Sunset Orange
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue