Monday, January 26, 2015

Masculine Valentine Tutorial and blog candy!

Hello, Friends!

Can you believe that we are already at the end of January?  Before we turn around twice, Valentine's Day will be here.  I've been seeing (and making!) loads and loads of pretty pink Valentines dolled up with all sorts of frilly, feminine details, and while I love them....they don't work so well for the men in our lives!  So I thought I would work up a masculine valentine tutorial to share with you here today.  I don't know about your man, but my honey loves chocolate.  I mean, he LOOOOOOOOOVES chocolate!!!!  So I wanted to design a card that would allow me to tuck in a little dark chocolate sweetness for my sweetie pie.

But before we begin, be sure to read all the way to the end of this post, because there's a little blog candy announcement there. 

I used papers from Authentique's "Durable" collection, which are perfect for any masculine project.  Here's how I made the card:

Here's what you will need to make this card
  • Navy blue cardstock: 5" x 7"'
  • Brick paper: 4 3/4" x 6 3/4"
  • Journal Tag (M is for my guy)
  • Car ad collage paper: 5 1/2" x 3 3/4"....leave the border strip on (for the pocket)
  • 6 1/2" x 4 1/2" plaid paper to wrap the chocolate bar
  • Sticker from the collection, matted onto navy cardstock and trimmed
  • Prima Ignition keys embellies
  • 4 1/2" x 2" chocolate bar
  • Natural Jute String
  • Cappuccino Diamond Satin Ribbon
  • 5x7 Kraft Card base
  • Scor-tape
  • Scoring tool
Here are the steps for making the pocket:

Place the short side of advertising paper (5 1/2 x 3 3/4) on your scoring tool and score along the border strip, as shown here.

Turn the paper to the long side, and score 1/4" in from each side, as shown.

Trim the corners along the border strip as seen here. Burnish the scored lines with a bone folder.

Turn the pocket over, and add Scor-tape to the top and both sides, as seen here. Burnish it to secure it to the paper.

Remove the paper liner from the tape, and insert the brick paper panel so that the brick pattern is face down, as seen here.

Fold the pocket edges over, as seen here.  Now when you turn this over, you have a pocket attached to your card front.

Trim the "M is for My Guy" journal card so that it measures 2" x 3".  Cut a fish tail in one end and mat with navy blue paper.  From here, I began to play around with my elements, moving them around until I liked the arrangement.  I started out thinking this was what I wanted, but ended up doing this instead:

I wanted to add a little more color to the front of the card, so I cut a panel of the newsprint paper to 4 5/8" x 2".

I scored it 5/8" from the top, and folded it down to reveal the pattern on the reverse side.

I matted this with  more of the navy cardstock and secured it to my card base with Scor-tape.

Next, I wrapped the top of the panel with a strip of Cappuccino Diamond Satin Ribbon and a triple row of Natural Jute String which I simply tied in a square knot.

Next, I wrapped my chocolate bar with the pre-cut piece of plaid paper.  I cut one of the cars from the advertising sheet, matted it with navy cardstock and glued it to the top of my chocolate bar. I wrapped the chocolate bar with more of the Cappuccino Diamond Satin, tying the ends in a simple square knot.  I added one of the ignition keys to the jute string and topped it with a bow.   I attached my banner to the top left hand side of the card with my staple gun, added a few little embellies, and the front of the card was complete.  From here, I glued the card front to the prepared navy panel and then the whole assembly to the kraft card base.

I decided to use the sticker on the inside of the card, as you can see here.

Oh, and I wanted to let you know that I am celebrating my 2 year Blogiversary over on Kathy by Design.  I'm giving away a Zutter Bow it All, some ribbons and for my international peeps, a gift certificate to Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The celebration runs through the end of this month, and I'll choose 2 random winners on February 1st.  So you might want to pop on over to the blog post and throw your hat in the ring.  

I hope you enjoyed this masculine Valentine tutorial!  I know it's always a challenge to come up with a Valentine for the guys in our lives...but this one should work well.  It's a "manly man" Valentine with brick walls, vintage cars, and chocolate!

Thanks for stopping by!



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Old School Cute...

Having fun with all kinds of kitschy today!  Love these old animal valentines like we use to get when we were little.   I made these up using RRR ribbon.  Lots of reds and aquas thrown in.  I love to fussy cut the images and use foam adhesive to bring each image to life,  layering as I go....using sweet sweetheart blossoms.   I used lipstick red and bay leaf seam bindings, and red gingham ribbon.

   Hope you enjoy, cherry

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Miss You A Latte

Hi there crafty peeps!  I am back today to share with you a card I created with a cute image from Whimsie Doodles and some fabulous ribbon from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Store.

I colored "Latte Lizzie" with my Copic Markers.  I cut her out with my Pierced Rectangle STAX dies from MFT and matted it with Wild Cherry Cardstock.  I used Echo Park "Keepin Cozy" patterned paper for the card. 

 I wrapped Gray Plaid Ribbon around the card and also created a bow with this using my Bow It All Tool.  I also wrapped Red Burlap String around the card as well.  I hope you enjoy my card.  I had so much fun coloring up this image.  Have a wonderful day!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Hot Pink Valentine Smooches

Hey peeps.  It's Dana of Got Joy Creations.  Have you had a chance to play in the hearts and ribbon challenge?  We would love to see your creations.  You can click here to check it out.  I'm still working on my Valentine's Day cards.

This card was calling for some pretty ribbon.  It was just too blah so I pulled out the gorgeous brenda white crochet lace ribbon and hot pink satin grosgrain ribbon to fancy up my card.  I love the entire January Ribbon Club pack.  It has the most amazing and color coordinating pink ribbon.  You will definitely fall in LOVE with this pack.

Here is a closeup of that gorgeous lace ribbon.  Isn't it beautiful?!?  Oh I LOVE it.  Placing the hot pink behind it just peeking out at the bottom looks sooo fabulous!

Thanks for hanging out with me today.  Make sure to swing by tomorrow to see what we have in store for you.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Vintage Valenine Tags

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Well Peeps I just can't stop myself from making vintagy Valentine projects...I am outta control!!! But how can you blame me when there are so many beautiful Really Reasonable Ribbons to add to our creations??? I made these tags with my girls in class. They originally were made to fit in a fun little red berry container....but the more I look at it I think I might string them together to make a banner.

 I started by cutting nice tag shapes out of 110 lb cardstock so they would be sturdy then covered them with vintage book pages. Then I layered on elebenty hundred images and fun embellishments!

I am smitten for heart shaped doilies!!! This little cutie Valentine clown has a bingo card, clock image and a little itty bitty love letter hung on a metal clip on a glittery heart brad. I chose Chevron Striped Twill on Red for this tag.

I "sourced" some pretty shimmery hearts on the wedding section of the craft store and wound a striped patterned paper through it. Another bingo card here and crepe fringe. This tag has Burlap Center Stitch in Red.

More Valentiny awesomeness for these layers and a sweet little bow created with Red Satin with Metallic Edge.

Last but not least...this cutie has Glitz Ribbon in Red.

Okay that's all for me..I'm off to string these together and add them to my seasonal decor : ) Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative. : ) Ginny

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

3-Day SALE at Really Reasonable Ribbon

This is the second post of the day. Please scroll down so you don't miss the fun project Karen shared with us today.
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Paper Wine Bag Album With Ribbon

Hello, crafty friends!  It's DT Member, Karen Letchworth here today sharing a great idea for creating mini albums bound with Really Reasonable Ribbons.  We've all heard of making paper bag albums; but have you ever tried using wine bags?  Next time you (don't) visit the liquor store, kindly ask for a few extra bags.  They're always VERY accommodating.  These bags are longer than your ordinary lunch bags, ad they make awesome paper bag albums.  I took three wine bags, folded them in half, decorated them with patterned papers and embellishments, and then used my Zutter binding machine to bind the edges.  You can also punch holes in the bags and run ribbons through the holes to bind your albums.  It's easy, fun, and inexpensive......which we all love!
Once my edges were bound, I tied several sweet ribbons and trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon on the wire loops of my binding including the super sweet Pink Aster Seam Binding, Light Blue Plaid Gingham Ribbon, and Helen White Crochet Lace.  Here is a closer picture of the binding from the front view:
Because I used three wine bags, that gives me a total of six pages.  This post would be SUPER long if I were to share all the photos here.  For this reason, I'm just sharing a couple of the pages here, along with the front and back covers.  If you'd like to see all six pages and more close-up photos, along with a complete supply list, you're more than welcome to visit my blog, My Cup Runneth Over.
You may also notice that when you use paper bags or wine bags for your mini albums, you will have these terrific built-in pockets where the bags open.  I used these sweet openings to tuck in photo cards made from ivory cardstock.  You will see that some of these tabs have a wide ribbon attached to them so that they can be easily pulled out of the pocket.  I used Really Reasonable Ribbon's super sweet Natural Burlap Ribbon With Pink and White Wired-Edge for these tabs.  Because it's such a nice wide ribbon, it makes a great pull tab.  This beautiful, wide ribbon comes in several lovely colors.
I really hope that you will give this fun mini album a try using wine bags instead of paper lunch bags.  This gives you a larger area for adding photos, journaling cards, and of course....RIBBONS!  Treat yourself to some of these gorgeous trims, and then come play along in our current challenge.  We look forward to seeing what you will create next.
Back Cover
Happy Crafting,