Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Vintage Christmas - Authentique Paper Guest Designer

Hello, Crafting People! I am so happy to be sharing my first post as a Guest Designer for Authentique Paper! I will be around for a few months, at least! I have long awaited an invitation to join the Authentique team (even for a guestie spot), and I confess I may have begged just a little bit! 

I was sent the Christmas/Winter Collections to work with, and for my first project I decided to create a mini album with the Vintage Christmas Collection. Which is right up my crafty alley!
This jam-packed mini album measures 4 1/2" tall by 6 1/2" wide, with a 1 3/4" spine. I created the album from chipboard and added three page sets to the inside. Each page set has multiple flips, folds, tags, and pockets!
The chipboard is wrapped with black cardstock to create a wonderful border for the beautiful paper. The red and green color scheme of Vintage Christmas has black accents and wonderful vintage imagery. I used the Vintage Christmas Collection Kit (with Stickers) and the Vintage Christmas Bundle (6x6 Paper Pad) for this project.
This fun and chunky book is filled with places for photos, journaling, and memorabilia.

The book measures more than twelve inches when opened. Since paper and cardstock only comes in 12" x 12", I wanted to share a tutorial for covering your book base.
Cut black cardstock to 6 1/2" x 12" and draw a line 1" from the right edge as shown. Cut a second piece of black cardstock to 6 1/2" x 6".
Place double-sided adhesive on the 1" section, as shown. Then, attach the smaller piece of cardstock to that one-inch tab, making a piece that is 6 1/2" tall by 17" wide.
Cut two pieces of heavy weight chipboard to 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" for the front and back covers. Cut another piece of chipboard to 4 1/2" x 1 3/4" for the spine.

Place the chipboard onto the center of the black cardstock. Make sure to leave 1/8" spaces between the spine and each cover. Add adhesive around the edges of the cardstock. Angle the corners.
Wrap the cardstock around the chipboard as shown. Make an accordion-fold page hinge. I created mine to be 4 1/4" tall with 1/2" page tabs and 3/4" gutters. I have three page tabs.
Place the hinge mechanism onto the spine. Add double-sided adhesive to both sides of each hinge tab.
I created my page sets from black cardstock. I folded the cardstock in various formats to create my pages. Each page measures 4" x 6", slightly smaller than the covers. The book is pretty packed, but it still closes nicely! 

I did not create a tutorial for making the page sets. You can find many of these types of tutorials on YouTube or poke around here on the blog to see others that I have made. In all honestly, I totally forgot to take step-by-step photos! I just went to town making! 
Once I had my book all assembled, I decorated the cover and the inside pages. I wanted to use one of the sweet ephemera cards for the front, and chose this kind, smiling Santa image!
I glued a cluster of ribbon, flowers, and charms to the book cover to give it a vintage Christmas feel.
I dangled some charms, along with one of the sticker tags, from the spine of the album. When working with sticker elements, I always attach them to cardstock for extra stability. Lucky for me, I had a die cut template to exactly match this tag sticker!
Check out all those pages, pockets, and tags! Christmas eye candy!
I also created a pocket for both the inside font cover and the inside back cover. The pockets are perfect for a large tag or extra photos.
 Some of the pages have pockets and some are plain, for adding photos.
Other pages have flaps and hidden pockets!
The pages are decorated simply with enamel dots, stickers, and other small embellishments.
This mini has far too much to see for a photo spread. Editing umpteen million photos is so boring! So...

If you want to see every page, plus all the tags and pull-outs, please visit my YouTube video, linked above! Grab your hot cocoa and get ready for Christmas music! 

Thank  you so much for looking! I have projects scheduled on the Authentique Blog for November 29, December 15 and 29 also. After that...who knows?!

Paper and Stickers: Authentique Vintage Christmas Collection (Collection Kit with Stickers, Bundle 6x6 Paper Pad)
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers ColorMates Smooth Midnight
Acrylic paint: Plaid Folk Art Wicker White
Markers: Stampin' Up Basic Black, Ruby Red, Old Olive
Die cuts: My Favorite Things Stitch Mini Scallop Stax, Spellbinders Back to Basics Tags
Punches: Fiskars scallop border, Stampin' Up various circles, Creative Memories corner rounder
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon White Satin with Stitched Center
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts, Petaloo
Berries: Floral supply
Spiral stamens: Wild Orchid Crafts
Enamel dots: Your Next Stamp Gumdrops White Sugar and Sparkle, Simple Stories DIY Chirstmas
Sequins: Craft Medley
Charms: Tim Holtz, Funkie Junkie, Treasured Memories
Heavy weight chipboard: WorldWin Papers
Tags: Graphic 45 Large - black
Vintage Santa ornament: my stash
Adhesive: hot glue, Scor-tape, ATG tape, foam, multi medium

Monday, November 13, 2017

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!)
This month the collection is called Country Holiday Assortment, and is packed with soft colors of cream, pink, green, and blue. 

The team from Really Reasonable Ribbon has paired up with Graciellie Design for the month of November. We had an opportunity to play with their wonderful digital stamps and digital papers.

For my Hop project, I used used the digital image and a sentiment stamp from the Christmas Poinsettias Set from Graciellie Design and ribbons from the RRR November Ribbon Club Assortment.
I have a "thing" for pink poinsettias, so that is the color scheme I used, rather than traditional colors.
I printed the image onto white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. I fussy cut the bottom of the image to make stand out a bit from the white background. I also cut one of the flower petals out and reattached it with foam tape to add dimension, which does not really show in the photo very well.
I used a few rectangle die cuts to trim out the image and the background paper, to give the paper a stitched look, which matches the country holiday theme of the ribbon assortment.  
I wrapped the left edge of the card with both the Tulip Taffeta Ribbon and Plaid Raspberry Swirl Ribbon. I then tied a big bow with the Tulip Taffeta and glued it to the card. I made a smaller "droopy" bow with the Raspberry Swirl and added it to the card. I found some white and sliver "berries" in my hoard, and added those, as well as a silver snowflake charm and a tiny silver bell.
I printed the sentiment with black ink and cut it out with a die cut template. I added the sentiment to the inside of the card.
I placed a few enamel dots onto the card, to cover up a bit of the negative space at the upper right corner. 
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!

If you need some extra incentive to get busy making Christmas cards, then you can get BOTH the October and November assortments for a special price. Click HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon November Ribbon Club Assortment (Tulip Taffeta Ribbon, Plaid Raspberry Swirl Ribbon)
Digital stamps: Graciellie Design Christmas Poinsettias Set
Copic markers: Y0000, Y17, E0000, R81, RV0000, RV000, RV66, BV00, Colorless blender
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Colormates Smooth Midnight, CutCardStock Pop Tones Whip Cream
Printed textured cardstock: Authentique Spectrum Tickled Pink Two
Enamel dots: Your Next Stamp Gumdrops White Sugar and Sparkle, C. C. Designs Snowy Day
Bell and snowflake charms: Funkie Junkie Boutique
Berries: craft supply
Dies: Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles, My Favorite Things Stitch Mini Scallop Stax, Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stax
Adhesive: ATG tape, hot glue, multi medium, foam squares

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Really Reasonable Ribbon and Graciellie Design Team-up

Hello, Crafters, I am here with a rare appearance on the RRR Blog! You usually only see me for the monthly RRR Hop! I am very happy to be able to bring you a special Christmas card post today! The team from Really Reasonable Ribbon has paired up with Graciellie DesignWe had an opportunity to play with the wonderful digital stamps and digital papers from Graciellie Design.

I used some digital papers and sentiment stamps from the Christmas Poinsettias Set from Graciellie Design and ribbon from the RRR November Ribbon Club Assortment, plus some hoarded ribbon from one of the past ribbon club assortments (5/8" Christmas Tradition Plaid Ribbon)!
I have used Graciellie Design images before, so it was such a treat to get a chance to use them again. This set has a lovely flower image and FOUR beautiful sentiments.
As a bonus, I also got a chance to use the stunningly beautiful papers in the Holiday Traditions Digital Paper Pack.
I created a top-fold 6" x 6" card to showcase, not only the papers and sentiment, but also the ribbon bouquet. I printed the digital papers at 8" x 8" onto on off-white cardstock from CutCardStock, called Whip Cream. Doesn't that sound yummy?! Their Pop Tones line is all yummy "flavors."   
I printed the sentiment with black ink and then cut it out with an oval die. I backed the sentiment with a decorative oval cut from gold cardstock. 

For the ribbon bouquet, I first wrapped a length of the 5/8" Christmas Tradition Plaid Ribbon around the cardThen, I tied a loopy bow from the 3/8" Vanilla Satin with Gold Metallic Edges that is part of the November Ribbon Club Assortment and glued it to the card. I created a larger bow from the plaid ribbon and glued it just above the satin bow. 
I glued a charm, a few bells, and a tiny pine cone to the top of the ribbon. I also tucked in some gold ball garland and one of the Red Spiral Stamens into the top of the bow. 
I topped the sentiment with some Christmas-y enamel dots. I am so happy with the traditional colors.

It is time to get out all your Christmas ribbons and get busy making your Christmas cards! Here is a peeky at the November Club:
If you need some extra incentive, then you can get BOTH the October and November assortments for a special price. Click HERE.
Two Christmas packs of ribbon is better than one! {grin} To fine the plaid ribbons, do a search on the RRR site and you will find them. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Colormates Smooth Midnight, Elan Metallics Mocha; CutCardStock Pop Tones Whip Cream
Enamel dots: Simple Stories DIY Christmas, Emoji Love; Your Next Stamp Gumdrops White Sugar and Sparkle
Bells, garland, mini pine cone: Craft and Floral supply
Stocking charm: Funkie Junkie Boutique
Dies: Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large, Fleur de EleganceAdhesive: ATG tape, hot glue

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Let it Snow!

Welcome to another Conie Fong Art and Design inspiration project! For my project today, I am using Snowman and Birdie Friends, which you can snag for $1.
I love cutie snowmen! But, we NEVER see snow here in San Diego! Not that I miss it, because let's face it, snow always look prettier in photos than it does when you have to drive in it or shovel it!  
I printed little Mr. Snowman at about 4" tall and then colored him with Copics. I added some clear glitter pen and some Glossy Accents to him to give sparkle and shine. 
The card is a 7" x 5" top-fold with a Christmas message stamped inside. I stamped a sentiment for the front of the card, and added a few punched snowflakes. The ribbon and button ornament finish everything off. 

Thanks for looking! For more inspiration, visit the Conie Fong Facebook Group!   

I am entering my card into these challenges:

Color Throwdown #467 (Closed)
Sunny Day Crafting #59 - R is for Ribbon (Closed)
The Merry Christmas Challenge #41 - Anything Goes plus Christmas (Closed)
Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #18 - Anything Christmas Goes (Closed)

Digital stamp: Conie Fong Art and Design Snowman and Birdie Friends

Copic markers: BG0000, B000, B91, B93, R27, R29, Y38, YR23, E41, E44, C00, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, G07, G28, BV23, BV25, BV29, Colorless blender
Pens: Zig Wink of Stella Clear, Sakura Gelly Roll White, Silver
Cardstock: Hammermill 100# Digital Color Copy White; Bazzill Pomegranate
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Clear stamps: My Favorite Things Document It December (Let it Snow), Papertrey Ink Happiest of Holidays (inside)
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon 3/8" Scarlet Diamond Satin
Enamel dots: Your Next Stamp Gumdrops Ice Ice Baby
Button: Dress it Up Holiday Collection Cozy Mix
Printed paper: Fancy Pants St. Nick
Snowflake punches: EK Success
Dies: Spellbinders Standard Circles Large, My Favorite Things Stitched Circle Stax, Elizabeth Craft Stitched Rectangles
AdhesiveATG tape, Scor-tape, hot glue, Ranger Multi Medium, Ranger Glossy Accents

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Mini Album Makers November 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 November 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 made another brand NEW project to share with you this month! I have gotten the happy news that I am to be a Guest Designer for Authentique Paper for the next few months, and when they sent me some product to work with, I could not resist using some of the BRAND NEW Alpine Collection for my project today! 
I think that a "folded" mini is the easiest and most versatile of all the mini album styles. Folded minis come in all sizes, shapes, and thicknesses. Some have pockets, some have fold outs, and some have flip ups. Some have all the bells and whistles!
You can fold cardstock in so many ways to create mini albums. You don't need any fancy tools or supplies to make this style of mini, plus it is easy for beginners and fun for seasoned crafters! 
The tutorial today will show you how to make a 3 1/2" x 7" mini album with two pockets and an accordion fold out insert. 

You will need a few sheets of 12" x12" black cardstock, a score board and scoring tool (or a bone folder and ruler), a paper trimmer, adhesive, and some pretty papers and embellishments to match your theme. (For my full supply list, see the end of the post.)
To make the base of your album, start out by cutting black cardstock to 3 1/2" tall by 12" wide. Cut another piece of cardstock to 3 1.2" x 4". Measure 1" in from the left edge (on the 4" side) of the piece and draw a line. 
Place adhesive on the section of the smaller piece of cardstock, to the left of the line you drew. 
Attach the two pieces together to form one lone piece that is 3 1/2" tall by 15" wide. This will be the base of your mini album. 
Score the piece at 2", 2 1/4", 9 1/4", and 9 1/2". Fold and burnish on the score lines.  
The two 1/4" sections are the two spines for your album. The small left-hand section will slightly overlap the right-hand cover section. Open your mini again and lay it flat. 
Let's make the accordion fold insert. Cut black cardstock to 3 1/2" x 12" and score at 3 1/2", 7", and 10 1/2". Place adhesive on the small 1 1/2" tab as shown.  
Attach the tab to the inside of the mini, to the left of the second 1/4" spine, as marked above. There are three 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" accordion sections. (For my sample I added more sections, see those instructions below.)  
Add a pocket to the inside of the album. Cut cardstock to 4 1/2" x 7 3/8". Score 1/2" from the top, bottom, and right edges. Use a circle punch to punch a notch in the left edge. Fold on the score lines to make the pocket.  
Attach the pocket to the right of the first 1/4" spine section as shown.  
Let's make a small pocket for the back section. Cut cardstock to 4 1/2" x 2 1/2". Score 1/2" from the left, right, and bottom edges. Fold on the score lines to make the pocket.   
Attach the pocket to the right edge of the mini, as shown. 
Cut decorative paper to fit all the surfaces of the mini. I am using 6x6 pads from Authentique (Alpine, Loyal, and Flourish).  
Once I started my album, I decided I wanted to add two more sections to my accordion insert. If you wish to add more panels to yours, cut black cardstock to 3 1/2" x 10" and score at 3 1/2" and 7". Attach the panels together.  
 Now there are five (5) double-sided panels ready for decorating!  
Add paper to the back section and pocket. 
 Choose papers for each section of the accordion insert. 
Flip the insert over and add paper the other side of each panel. Before we decorate the inside, let's work on the cover.
Because I added those extra panels to my accordion insert, my album would not stay closed, even with the addition of magnets! I had to make a belly band to hold the little flap closed! If I had made my spine sections 1/2" rather than 1/4", that would have also solved my problem! Each mini is a learning experience!

To continue, cut paper for the cover and add a focal image or embellishment. I chose to add on of the Alpine images from the 12x12 paper. This little guy is so cute! We don't have winter here in southern California, but I remember it from my many years living back East and in the upper Midwest! Brrrrr
To make a belly band, cut black cardstock to 9" long and 2" wide. Attach a strip of printed paper cut slightly smaller to the front of the cardstock. Fold the belly band around the album and secure the edges together once you have a snug fit. Decorate the front of the band as desired. 
I chose to glue some frosty flowers and other embellishments to my band.

Remove the band and let's decorate the inside of the mini. 
Cut paper to fit each panel on the inside. I also added some sticker embellishments from the Alpine paper collection. I always place my stickers onto cardstock and then cut around them to give them more stability and dimension.
No mini is complete without lots of tags, at least in my mind!
To create a tag for the larger pocket, you will need a Graphic 45 Large Tag, in black. These come in a package of six, I believe. 
You will need to cut a bit from the sides and bottom of the tag in order for it to fit the pocket. The finished tag is approximately 6 3/8" x 3 1/8".

Cover the tag with paper. I am using the Alpine 6x6  paper pad, which works perfectly for this size mini.
I covered both sides of the tag with paper.  
Because I love tags, I also added four of the Graphic 45 ATC size tags, also in black.  
The three tags for the back pocket have paper and sticker embellishments on them. 
I decorated the back, too. Of course!
I used lots of the mini images from the 6x6 pad and some of the sticker elements to decorate each page of the accordion insert. (To see a larger photo, just click on it and it will "pop up"!)
Both sides of the accordion are decorated with little images.
The accordion page that is the "front" had a removable tag. I created a belly band with some paper and a sticker.
I covered the tag with paper on both sides.
To keep the tag from falling out, I added an embellishment to the tag with some foam tape. The little embellishment "catches" on the belly band, ensuring that the tag stays put!
Since the back of the mini is 7" wide I used a matching piece of the Alpine 12x12 paper.  
Your little mini is ready for photos and journaling!

Thanks for joining me today! 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....

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 Nov. 1st and Nov. 30th, 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  December 1st for a new set of tutorials from the team!

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Midnight (80 pound)
Printed paper: Authentique Alpine 12x12 and Alpine 6x6, Loyal 6x6, Flourish 6x6 (both Loyal and Flourish are retired collections)

Stickers: Authentique AlpineTags: Graphic 45 black Large and ATC sizes
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts, Prima, various floral department stock

Snowflake buttons: craft supply
Die cuts: My Favorite Things Stitched 2 BordersCircle punches: Stampin' Up
Corner rounder: Creative Memories
Score board: Martha Stewart
Adhesive: Scor-tape, multi medium, ATG tape, Hot glue