Friday, November 25, 2016

A Baker's Dozen created with Cafe Parisian Scraps!

a Country Crafts Creations design team project

What to do, what to do. Is that your mantra after creating a project and looking at all those usable scraps of paper all over your crafty spaces?  Well do I have a solution for you.  After creating my Cafe Parisian Mini Album I kept looking at all these bits and bobs of paper and decided it was time to make a few cards with the scraps.  Well a few turned into a Baker's Dozen, thirteen to be exact!  But that's not all, after the cards were done I still had a little of this and a little of that so I decided to take plain white envelopes and decorate the flaps and fronts.  Let's have a look at what all those left overs turned into.



You know once you put all the leftovers away seldom do you take them all out again and start fresh, It's much easier, when everythings all over your crafty space to cut, tear, paste and create right then and there. That's what I decided after I finished my mini.  Well actually I thought why not make a few cards and then it just grew and grew to the point I wanted to see how much I could actually squeeze out of what was left.  When you check out my video you'll see what was left over, not much a couple of sheets of 6x6" paper and a few chipboard pieces.\

 
Because there are thirteen cards I'm not going to share multiple photos of all of them, just this first one to give you an idea of what I've done.




The following cards will show only the fronts and envelopes but you can see more view and the insides of all of the cards on the video below.


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 I hope you've enjoyed this little glimpse at my pieced together cards.  As you watch the video you'll see lots more views of each card and envelopes.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Comments are most welcome.  You'll find links to Country Craft Creations and the supplies I've used directly below the video.


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Supplies from Country Craft Creations
Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian - http://tinyurl.com/jpkxdxe
8x8 pad,  6x6 pad, Journaling Chipboards, Decorative Chipboards, Ephemera Cards
Art Glitter Glue/Scor Tape 1/8" -  http://tinyurl.com/ojasb9m
Bo Bunny Pearlescents -  http://tinyurl.com/osb94vg
Hug Snug Seam Binding - http://tinyurl.com/zz3xbho
Flat Crochet Heart Lace - http://tinyurl.com/h3olh36
Artisan Cardstock - http://tinyurl.com/jx6abhs












Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Cafe Parisian Mini Album

a Country Crafts Creations Design Team Project


Today I'd like to share my November project for Country Craft Creations.  I've used Graphic 45's Cafe Parisian in a 5 page 8 1/2" square mini album.  The front, shown above, was created using two identical sheets of the 8x8 paper pad. I trimmed elements from the top sheet, took the bottom sheet and glued a sheet of Heartfelt Creations acetate paper (clear plastic) over the top.  The fussy cut sheet was then positioned and elevated using 3M foam tape to give the illusion of the girls at a table behind the glass and the server in front. I love how it turned out. You can see all the dimension you get from this side photo when you use the three layers this way.


On the inside front cover and the first page I combine the White Flat Heart Lace and the peach dyed Seam binding from the store weaving the one through the other.  I also added chipboard elements to create stoppers for interest.  The pocket on the right has gussets along the edge to allow for plenty of loose photos besides those placed on the mats.  All the chipboard pieces were sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Iridescent Gold.  I tried to pick this up on the video but it's extremely hard to show.  In real life you get a wonderful glisten to all these elements.  Notice the stem of the cherry on the inside cover, It's made with a piece of jewelry wire.


The next two pages incorporate the striped paper. I used a circle punch to cut the tabs from the paper and added them as the pulls for the mats. The ribbon tied buttons create the tab.  I've clusterd lots of elements from the paper and Chipboard pieces to create my stoppers and pockets throughout the book.  The photo to the right shows the top right page opened to reveal a journaling mat and the photo mats.




Here's the next page.  The pocket ribbon is created by gluing a scrap strip of paper to the middle of the seam binding and then gluing both ends to the page, tucking the tails to the back for a finished look.  This is a fabulous effect for your books.  By added the paper strip you strengthen the seam binding to create a nice pocket or element for your page.  I added a simple bow around the lower end to finish the look and tucked a couple of photo mats behind.


On the corresponding page I snipped the hinge in half in the middle and removed about 1/4".  This allowed me to make two small flip pages for the top and bottom in place of one full page.  I used the Martha Stewart decorative edge and corner Deco Fan punches to accent the ends.  Both have tags tied with seam binding and mats.


The next page is secured with a magnet under the bow element on the lower right.  When opened you have the top, middle and bottom for large photos or journaling.  I used an Ephemera card for the pock above the punched decorative bottom and simply folded two more Ephemera cards to create mini tuck ins.  You can see peeking out the right side is a decorative mat, I left the end open to provide a pocket.  You have the option to do this on any of the sides or tops by not gluing all around when securing the pages to the book.


Here on the left I added another Ephemera card for the pocket and a belly band to the right to hold lots of mats and photos. The flowers on the bottom left were cut a second time and popped with foam tape in the middle to give dimension to the page. The large chipboard piece on the right was left free but could be glued at the bottom if items begin to fall out of the book.  The belly band is finished out with a chipboard file tab on the top left, again, all these chipboard elements were sprayed with Glimmer Mist to give a real glisten to the page.  


Here's the last page on the left with a pocket created from the chipboard and fussy cut pieces from the 8x8 pad. I might mention that everything in the book was inked with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Rusty Hinge.


This is the back inside cover.  It houses a large envelope with a bifold booklet inside and a chipboard stopper on the bottom right to fit tuck ins behind.  I finished it up with the lace and inserted seam binding to match the front of the book.


I hope you've enjoyed this visual walk through of my mini.  Please join me on the video below for a much more indepth look with other snippets of how and why I did what.  Also I will include many more still photos.  Supplies from Country Craft Creations will be directly below the store links under the video.

Thank you for sharing your time with me!  Patti



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Supplies from Country Craft Creations
Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian - http://tinyurl.com/jpkxdxe
8x8 pad,  6x6 pad, Journaling Chipboards, Decorative Chipboards, Ephemera Cards
Art Glitter Glue/Scor Tape 1/8" -  http://tinyurl.com/ojasb9m
Bo Bunny Pearlescents -  http://tinyurl.com/osb94vg
Hug Snug Seam Binding - http://tinyurl.com/zz3xbho
Flat Crochet Heart Lace - http://tinyurl.com/h3olh36
Artisan Cardstock - http://tinyurl.com/jx6abhs
Basic Grey Magnets - http://tinyurl.com/pzdm6of

Supplies from my stash -
Cream cardstock, Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold Glimer MIst, Rose Gold High Impact Paint, Glimmer Glam Roses are Red, Stickles Christmas Red, Brads, Punches - 2 1/2" round, 1" round, Martha Steward Deco Fan Edge and Corner, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge, 3M Foam Tape,  Flat Lace, Heartfelt Creations Acetate sheet



Thursday, November 10, 2016

Unconventional Mini - Complete with Photos

Hello Everyone!

I finally got the photos into my niece's wedding album if you'd like to take a look.  Perhaps something I share will give you inspiration and ideas for mounting your own photos in one of your mini's.



If you missed the original video  you can find it here



Thanks for watching, the album base is made from covered chipboard and the papers were Recollections from Michaels.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Country Craft Creations Mafia Murder Mystery Clue #3

        
Country Craft Creations Design Team Post

Are you playing along?  Have you checked out all the clues to date the other Mafia Design Team Members Have Posted?  Have you checked out my other clues?  You can find the first clue blog post here, and the second clue blog post here.

If you aren't a member of the Scrapbookers of Country Craft Creations Facebook Group there is still time to join and solve the Mystery. Answers of Who, Where and With What will be revealed during the online Crop November 18-19.



Have fun, enjoy the mystery and check out Country Craft Creations in the mean time here -

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Country Craft Creations - November DT Box Reveal

Country Crafts Creations Design Team Share

Hi I'm sharing my newest box of goodies from Tammy Merrill of Country Craft Creations.  Be sure and check out the video to see if there is anything new you haven't seen before or something you'd seen but forgotten about.  I have lot's of gorgeous new things to play with. If you have an idea of what you see me making with either collection be sure and leave me a comment here or on my YouTube channel!




Goodies Tammy sent -

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Authentique Fabulous - Tag Folio

Country Craft Creations Design Team Project

Tammy Merrill, from Country Craft Creations, offers free video tutorials on Facebook each week.  If you are a member of her Facebook group, Scrapbookers of Country Craft Creations, you can access, view and download the tutorials at any time for reference.  This past week she shared a Tag Folio and I just had to try it.  Back in June when we first moved in our new home Tammy sent me a welcome gift and in it was the Authentique Fabulous collection.  She was trying to entice me to craft again, lol, it took a while but I absolutely loved using this collection for this folio, I'm so glad I waited.


The 50's retro vibe to this collection was perfect and I already have this ear marked for a special someone. The folio measures 5" x 9" closed.  My paper was the 6x6 pad so of course I had to be a little inventive to cover the pages.  I found this black cardstock in my stash and it was so cool, it has lines on it almost like a subtle corrugation.  Perfect for matting.


Here's the back of the folio.  Along with the paper Tammy also sent the Accent Sheet which had the top elements.  The bottom one was the inside of the front cover, you have to use everything you know.  I accented the middle strip with two buttons laced with red yarn.


When you untie (I used coffee dyed seam binding for my ties with yarn bows) the front and flip it open this is what you see.  The inside left and right front have pockets.  I used the FAB from the Accent Sheet, backing them on black and running a black cording to hang the pennants. They were finished off with Glossy Accents.


Here's a glimpse of the inside showing pockets left and right and the middle housing the Graphic 45 square tags.  This tiny tri-fold can house so many photos!  I used Tim Holtz Distress ink in Festive Berries for the red inking and the Martha Stewart boarder punch - Vintage Floral for the front accent.  The Tag openings are cut from with a 2 1/2" circle punch.


I made a little bi-fold booklet to slip into the pocket adding the same lace I used on the bottom of the tag pocket. (I thought adding the lace to the bottom of the pocket made it look like an apron) I left the strip across the bottom free on the top to slide this bookmark tag into.


I hope you'll join me on the video where I'll do a complete walk through.  This is a fast, fun project that takes minimal supplies.  Of course you can continue to mat and add to your hearts content, we crafters have a tendency to do that!  Links will be below the video along with supplies used.


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Supplies from Country Craft Creations store -
Authentique Fabulous - http://tinyurl.com/h2lmky8
Hug Snug Seam Binding - http://tinyurl.com/zq9dm9q
Art Glitter Glue - http://tinyurl.com/zpd7q8q
Scor Tape - http://tinyurl.com/jluk4n6
Artisan Cardstock - http://tinyurl.com/jx6abhs
Graphic 45 square tags - http://tinyurl.com/gu72q37

Supplies from my stash
Black Cardstock
EK Success - 2 1/2" round punch
Martha Stewart Vintage Floral Edge Punch
Wink of Stella
Glossy Accents
Pink Buttons
Made With Love charm
Red yarn
Lace
Tim Holtz Distress inks - Black Soot, Festive Berries

Friday, October 28, 2016

Country Craft Creations - Christmas Shakers



Hi everyone.  I had paper left over from the Kaisercraft Christmas Wishes paper and decided to make a couple of Shaker cards.  I'll have the complete process in the video below.


For my cards you basically need a patterned paper, some solid cards stocks, your cardstock base, some glittery bits for the shaker, acetate and any other extras (ribbon, tulle, bling etc) you'd like to add.


This was my original card.  I found out, for me anyway, it's easier to use a square or a rectangular opening instead of round.  It's much easier to apply the foam tape to make the shaker with straight lines.  I just watched a video this morning from Jennifer McGuire where she used multiple cuts of a frame and glued them one atop the other in place of foam tape.  Great idea, I'm going to be trying that next time!



You can use any assortment of sequins or gems in your shaker window just make sure they aren't too thick to allow movement.  I used a piece of Acetate from Heartfelt Creations but you can use any leftover packaging you have available.  I like to run my static embossing pillow over the inside of the acetate before gluing everything together, it helps keep the bits from sticking to it.


Card number two (and the one shown on the video) has the rectangular window.  I've used Country Craft Creations Artisan Cardstock for my A2 sized card bases.


For the card from I embossed two mats with an older Cuttlebug embossing folder (Winter House) and then from one removed the window for my shaker portion.


With the second embossed piece I cut the snowbank from the bottom, covered it with Aleene's Glitter Snow, allowed it to dry and then popped it with foam tape over the top of the other.

I hope you'll try some Shaker cards as well, try different sized windows and shapes and see which ones you like the best.  You know the old saying practice makes perfect? Well I don't think I'll ever be perfect, nor would I want to but in my case practice sure would make the process simpler and used more often.

Enjoy the video, comments are most appreciated.  Links and supplies will be directly below the video.


Thank you for sharing your time with me 

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Supplies from Country Craft Creations -

Please note the Christmas Wishes Collection sold out the minute I shared my reveal video, BUT, the store has the newest collection, Kaisercraft Frosted  check it out, it would be perfect for this mini! This collection also has the Ephemera to match!

Kaisercraft Christmas Wishes 12x12 Paper Pad
Kaisercraft Christmas Wishes Collectables
Artisan Cardstock - White
Art Glitter Glue - 2 ounce with tip
Score Tape - Various sizes
Hug Snug Seam binding

Supplies from my stash - 3M foam tape; Heartfelt Creations acetate; sequins, bling, tulle, mini roses, Cuttlebug Winter House embossing folder, Aleene's Glitter Snow, assorted solid cardstocks, gold cord; embossing pillow


Scrapbookers of Country Craft Creations Mafia Murder Mystery Clue #3

Country Craft Creations Design Team Post

Are you playing along?  Have you checked out all the clues to date the other Mafia Design Team Members Have Posted?  Have you checked out my other clues?  You can find the first clue and blog post here.  And you can find the second clue post here

If you aren't a member of the Scrapbookers of Country Craft Creations Facebook Group there is still time to join and solve the Mystery.  Answers of Who, Where and With What will be revealed during the online Crop November 18-19.



Have fun, enjoy the mystery and check out Country Craft Creations in the mean time here -

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Side Tag Mini for Country Craft Creations



Today I'm sharing my first project as a Design Team member of Country Craft Creations.  If you missed my reveal video Tammy sent me the gorgeous Kaisercraft Christmas Wishes collection to play with.  It's stunning with very nontraditional Christmas colors of teals, pale greens and pinks.  I really enjoyed making my Side Tag Mini and I hope you like it as well.  I'm including two videos today the first will be a Walk-Through of the completed mini.  The second will be a Process video of some aspects of how I created the mini and tips, tricks and ideas I share of putting it together.  I did not share the basic construction since there are so many videos and tutorials online for that process.  But none the less if you have difficulty or questions please feel free to ask.  I'll try to list all the supplies I used at the end of this post but usually I miss something along the way, so if there's something I've used that I forgot to mention that you are curious about be sure and leave a question in the comments.


I created a sleeved box to slip my mini in for safekeeping when not being looked it.  The outer box has ample room for extra photos, special cards and tags, or memorabilia from the Holiday.  The box and mini were constructed with Graphix chipboard, covered in the Artisan Paper - white from the store, and inked with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Evergreen Bough.


Tammy sent me a set of Frank Garcia's domes and I just had to incorporate one on the box portion of my project. This is so simple to use. You can purchase the accompanying die that will cut the exact circle size from your paper.  Fill the dome, slip it through the circle opening, adhere the cut out piece to the back and place it where you want - - - Voila you're done! You can see my dome has Santa's Naughty or Nice list, a sign post leading to the reindeer or workshop and some Elf Magic crystals. 


I carried the Santa theme from the outside of the box to the cover of the mini.  I just love this old world looking Santa and left him primarily alone to speak for himself.  The 'Believe' is cut from the 12x12 page of words.  I matted it twice and used the Goldenrod Stickles over the letters.  Tammy sent me Hug Snug seam binding already dyed to match the papers and I used three here to make the bow and attach the bells.  Up close you'd see the fir boughs are all glittered with Diamond Stickles.


This mini includes six pages that open from the side resembling a tag, thus the name.  There are half inch gussets between each page which leaves lots of room for expansion.


Here you can see the front inside cover and the first tag page (on the right).  I loved making the clusters for the pages and the stoppers to slip the tag ends of the pages into.  I used almost all of the Kaisercraft Christmas Wishes Collectables, heavier weight, pre-cut embellishments, which just add to the creative process.


Each tag page, when opened, gives lots of room to add photos not only to the matted page but to the additional elements I added.  On the left are two tuck in mats and on the right is a ribbon tied book that will hold 12 4'x6' photos.  I left the inside of the tag points free as journaling spots or to add smaller photos to.


By clustering elements together, either from the pre-cut Collectables selection or from fussy cut pieces I chose from the papers, you can create a great 'stopper' to tuck the tag end under and keep everything snug and closed.  I used a combination of Eucalyptus, Golden Rod and Diamond Stickles on many of my elements.


I found that I could even incorporate the large sentiment strips from the 12x12 paper pad if I snipped them apart and put part on one page and the rest on the opposite page.  They made wonderful stoppers and belly bands for my tag inserts.


All the tag pages have elements to tuck the flaps under like the poinsettias that I fussy cut from the 12x12 paper.  I used Aleene's Paper Glaze over the top and sprinkled a small amount of ultra fine glitter into it.  Christmas Red Stickles gave the berries in the middle a real dimensional look.


I'm sharing two videos with you today.  The first will be the Walk-Through of the finished mini and box.  The second will be a process video of sorts sharing how I created the tag pages, the dimensions of the mini and other tips, trick and ideas I used in the construction. As I mentioned at the beginning of the blog post, I did not share the general construction of the mini.  The hinges are each 1/2" in size and have a 1/2" gusset between them.  If you decide to make my mini and run into any questions please just email me at asoulsheartbeat@gmail.com and I'll be happy to help.  All pages were inked with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Evergreen Bough.  This is the perfect color if you're wanting to pick up the teals from the paper.  Supplies will be listed under the videos as well as links to Country Craft Creations.


Video 1 - The Walk Through

 

Video 2 - The Process

Thank you for sharing your time with me 

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Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/northwestlady/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nwlady/

Supplies from Country Craft Creations -

Please note the Christmas Wishes Collection sold out the minute I shared my reveal video, BUT, the store has the newest collection, Kaisercraft Frosted  check it out, it would be perfect for this mini! This collection also has the Ephemera to match!

Kaisercraft Christmas Wishes 12x12 Paper Pad
Kaisercraft Christmas Wishes Collectables
Prima Flowers - Sweet Peppermint
Prima Remnant Domes (3 domes in package)
Prima Remnant Dome Memory die
Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Door Pull
Artisan Cardstock - White
Art Glitter Glue - 2 ounce with tip
Score Tape - Various sizes
Hug Snug Seam binding

From my stash -
Tim Hotz Distress Ink - Evergreen Bough
Ranger Glossy Accents
Sukara 3D Crystal Lacquer
Aleene's Paper Glaze
Christmas bells
Stickles in Eucalyptus, Dazzling Diamonds and Golden Rod
Ranger Perfect Pearls - Plantinum Pearl
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Dazzling Diamonds and Iridescent Gold
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam in Rockin on Sunshine
EK Success Border Punches - Eyelet Border and Scalloped Scallop
Martha Stewart Corner Punch - Snow Flurry
EK Success Corner Punch - Venetian
Little B Scallops die
SA Crafters wooden sign post
Assorted bling
Assorted glues and double sided tapes
Graphix Chipboard