Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Fruit and Flora Unique Z-fold Card Set and Gift Box

Hello everyone. I hope you're all doing okay, staying safe and making the most of the current situation. I personally have never done so much card making and crafting in my life as I have the past two weeks! It keeps me sane, it keeps me calm, and makes me feel super good inside.

Today I've got a tutorial to share with you for some pretty cards and matching gift box. The cards are created with a twist on the traditional Z-fold technique so I hope you check it out and give it a try. Simply watch my video below for all the info. Thanks for stopping in. Have the best day you can.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Celebrating the First Day of Spring - Planner Pages

I'm loving the weather right now in Florida. It's truly the best season to be here. Always sunny, not too hot, not cold at all. And my pup Suki loves it in particular because one of her favorite things to do is lay outside in the sun for her daily dose of vitamin D. I usually sit nearby either reading a book or checking my phone.

Today's post is about celebrating the first day of Spring! I created the left-hand page in my 2020 Garden Goddess calendar/planner months ago and created the right-hand page to complete this layout. If you would like to check out my video walk-through of this entire planner, you can view it here. I've used Planner Essentials dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs as well as the bunny die and some stamping for this layout. I'll list all the products at the end of this post.

I always keep a main list of major events at the beginning of each month as a quick reminder, which I have tucked into this pocket page. The little tags are stamped and tucked into the "details" unit for a fun embellishment. See that cute mushroom girl sticker in the upper left corner of my planner cover? That's created by my amazing artist daughter Jamie. I love having that sticker right where I can see it everyday when I look in my planner.

I absolutely adore the hole reinforcers and all the different varieties!

Simple layering of these banners in the same color but different prints makes a nice embellishment across the top of the page.

And how cute is this bunny?! This is one of Joset's dies. I had such fun putting her together and adding little eyelashes.

And there's my Suki in the Florida sunshine. She recently celebrated her 11th birthday. Time sure does fly!

Thanks for taking the time to pop in today. I hope you're enjoying the Planner Essentials line as much as I am. Be sure to join the other fabulous designers over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today for more Springtime inspiration.

Here's that list of everything I used in my layout...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Greenville Planner Progress, March

It's Planner Essentials time again as I continue to document our progress toward moving to Greenville, SC this summer. I've created another layout in my Greenville planner featured on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. More photos and details are there, including some insight to the little things we're dealing with as we prep the house to sell. I hope you take a moment to hop on over there and check it out.

FYI, it seems the ability to leave comments on THEIR blog is still not enabled, so if you wish, just come on back over here and let me know your comments or questions about anything. Thanks, as always, for stopping by today.

Here's a list of the products I used in this month's layout if you want to check them out too:

Little Birdie Poppies and Roses Card

Hello everyone! I've got two posts today and the first is this pretty, pretty birthday card I made for my sister using Little Birdie flowers, decorative chipboard, and Poppies and Roses cardstock collection. I was inspired by my crafty pal Ginny Nemchak (Polly's Paper Studio) who is the queen of card making, in my opinion. I pin so many of Ginny's cards on Pinterest for inspiration! The card below was my inspiration for my card.

This card is one of my all-time favorites of Ginny's because of the lovely layering of all the elements.

I used this beautiful collection of flowers, focusing on the stemmed pieces for my card.

The 6 x 6 pad is just the right size for card making, and this is cardstock, not paper. Each sheet is thick and one-sided.

To frame my stamped phrase, I added the Primed Chipboard Oval. (Psst, chipboard is 50% right now on their website!)

I planned out my pieces for a 5" x 7" card, fussy cut some elements, and prepared my card base.

I dabbed a bit of pale ivory paint over the chipboard frame and adhered it to my stamped phrase. This stamp sentiment comes from a new stamp set from Close To My Heart called "Sentiments and Stitches." (C1835)

I decorated the inside of the card to make it extra special, as well as to balance out the weight of the front of the card. This is a good, heavy card! I will package it up in a small mailing box or padded envelope to protect it.

If you like the products I've used today and would like to purchase your own or any other lovely Little Birdie products, be sure to use my discount code ANNETTE5 at Little Birdie Crafts.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Stay tuned for my second post later today with some fun planner pages!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Fashion Forward Valentines in an Afternoon

Valentine's Day is this Friday, so there's still time to create some pretty cards. I challenged myself to create as many cards as I could, using only one sheet of Graphic 45's Fashion Forward February page along with some patterns and solids papers, cardstock and just a few embellishments. I actually created four cards and a bonus little pocket and tag! How satisfying!

I'm featured over on the Graphic 45 blog today with close-ups of all the designs, the supply list, some tips and tricks, and a little ditty of a video. I hope you get a chance to check it out.

Have a great day!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Organizing to Move

Slowly but surely, Paul and I are getting the house ready to sell. I'm knee-deep in going through my craft room (and the other rooms in the house that have occupied a lot of additional crafty stash) and Paul is painting the entire house. Every. Single. Room. (Ugh.) So I'm quite happy to do everything else that needs to be done to avoid painting.

Through all the prepping, planning, cleaning, sorting and discarding, I'm feeling the reality of our move and, to be honest, it's stressful. The one thing I find keeps me calm and sane through this process is crafting. Even if it's just a quick card or a few pages in my planner, I try to do something every day and it's truly helping!

Today, I'm sharing another page layout in my planner using all the fabulous Planner Essentials products from Elizabeth Craft Designs. As I've mentioned before, I'm keeping a special planner just for our move to Greenville, SC. Today's pages are featured on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog and as you'll see, they're starting to reveal my feelings about moving, what we're up to, and how things are going.

Links to the supplies I used in these pages are below and also listed on their blog. Please note that I now receive a very small commission if someone clicks on my links and makes a purchase. Many crafters do this and I've just begun to as well. It's no additional cost to you at all. Just a nicety for those of us who promote companies' products.

Thanks for stopping in. Now head on over to Elizabeth Craft Designs' blog to check out all the details on my pages today.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Ocean Blue Cascading Tag Album

Happy Hump Day everyone! Today I'm sharing my cascading tag album using Graphic 45's brand new Ocean Blue collection. Here's a peek at the project I created for Creativation 2020 plus even more photos and a video tutorial on Graphic 45's blog today. Check it out here. I've shown how I created the basic structure of this tag album with tags both vertical and horizontal.

If you haven't heard yet, Graphic 45 has come out with some fabulous new die sets. This little policy envelope is one of them. I show all the dies in this new set in my video tutorial.

This fancy frame is also part of that new die set. When you view the video, you'll see I created this album from not much more than tags and the paper collection, then I used my Cinch machine to bind it all together. If you don't have a Cinch, you can simply punch holes and insert book rings or more twine.

Ocean Blue is a unique Graphic 45 collection in that it uses various shades of only three colors: blue, brown and white, which I think makes it extra fabulous! I believe this will be a favorite for Summer, vacation, cruise and beach photos, just to mention a few. 

What would you make with Ocean Blue? I would love to hear!

Don't forget to visit the Graphic 45 blog today for more photos and my video tutorial. Thanks and have a great day!

Sunday, February 2, 2020

A Unique Tag and Pocket Valentine Card

Need a unique idea for a Valentine card? Try this pretty tag and pocket combination. It's always fun to add some interaction to cards and this design is especially nice for tucking a love note or a gift card inside. If you have a pretty easel stand, it can be displayed on a shelf year-round. (Keep reading to see how I created my easel stand from cardstock.)

I've used Planner Essentials dies for this unique card idea along with Graphic 45's Love Notes collection. (A detailed list of supplies is at the bottom of this post.)

Inside, I've built another little pocket and inserted a Valentine's gift card. It's also a great place to tuck a spicy love note! Read on for the tutorial so you can make your own...

Cut sturdy black cardstock 4" x 7" and pattern paper 3 3/4" x 6 3/4" and adhere together. Die-cut pattern paper using the diagonal pocket in the Planner Essentials 26 - Planner Pocket 3 set. Die-cut the two heart charms using Planner Essentials 25 - Double Heart Insert set, once from black cardstock and the other from pattern paper. Adhere to top edge of pocket and trim the excess.

Fold a 7" x 6 1/2" piece of black cardstock in half to get a 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" size. Die-cut the large tag, positioning the left edge just off the fold as shown. You're creating a tag-shaped card so you want to keep that folded side intact. If you die-cut it, you'll end up with two black tags. Duh.

Open out the tag/card and adhere die-cut papers to the front and back. I've inked the edges softly with black ink. 

Flip the tag/card over to the inside and die-cut more papers and a topper piece. (Note: You'll have to trim a 1/16" off the side of each tag that meets at the fold to reduce bulk so your card opens and closes easily.)

Before adhering the pocket element onto your base, it's important to check the fit of the folded tag/card first. The bulk of the tag made it a super tight fit, so I simply adjusted the scored folds a bit on the left and right of the pocket to make a little more room before gluing it in place.

To dress up the tags' holes, die-cut some reinforcers for each side in colors you like. Stamp the reinforcers before adhering in place. I've used the Reinforcement Variety Pack die set and Pieces of Life 1 - Numbers and More stamp set.

I created a simple pocket by hand for the inside so I had a place for my gift card. It's also a perfect spot to write a short message. For fun, you can stamp a Valentine phrase in the background as a secret little surprise when a note or gift card has been removed from the pocket.

Onto the front of the tag/card die-cut a stitched banner and stamp as desired. I've used an old favorite stamp set from Close To My Heart called "Because I Love You." This is also one of the sets I used on the red-striped pocket, along with "Pure Love" from CTMH. Die-cut the fold-over tab from black cardstock. Attach to front and fold over to the inside. I affixed a puffy gold heart sticker I had in my stash.

Close the tag/card and pull some pretty ribbon through the holes and tie into a bow. Slide the tag into the pocket. 

Just for fun, I created this great little card stand. Elizabeth Card Designs has a die like this, but I don't own it yet. I'll list it below if you're interested. Since I needed to get this mailed off soon, I used an SVG file on my Cricut machine. It's double thick in its design, so it's perfectly sturdy for holding cards like this. Get it for free here.

I hope you've enjoyed this unique Valentine. Make sure to check out all the other great ideas from the Elizabeth Craft Designs team for more inspiration for Valentine projects.