Hello blog friends…..I’ve just been on a creative marathon it seems!! My good friend Kathy over on SCS hosted our challenge for last week on our ‘Mix It Up’ thread. We were to go to the resource section on SCS and choose something from there to do. I hadn’t been to the resource section in a while so I was excited to see what new things I could learn. It didn’t take me long to find just the project to work on as I wanted something to make for a very dear friend and was looking for some inspiration…..I just need to ask myself though…..why do I pick these projects to do when I have a timeline and dealine to follow and I start it the night before it’s due…you would think I’d learn……you would think. Ya. This is a project that’s a little bigger than a card……so I have the funny feeling this will be a long blog post……better go grab a coffee or something…..lol.
It’s an acordian ‘folder’ made from a file folder. You can find the instructions here, Accordian File Folder. I’ve had those swirly rhinestones with the combination of bling, pearls and raised roses for some time now and have just never found anything to put them on……this fit the bill perfectly! They’re made by Prima and are from their “Say It In Crystals’ line. All of the designer paper I used on this project was from Creative Imiginations and I love this paper. It’s in the rich earth tones which I love and every piece I bought had a butterfly or butterflies on it. I bought a few of each sheet when I found it cause I knew it would be one I’d gravitate to a few times. There is only one sheet of designer paper made by Prima from their “Moulin Rouge Collection – Celest”
Isn’t that metal butterfly gorgeous?! It’s from a set made by Blue Moon Beads and I love this set. It comes with 4 of these beauties, all a little different and in 4 sizes. I used a few of them in this project. the parchment paper sentiment is from a set made by Creative Memories. It’s their Nancy O’Dell Collection and called ‘expressions of life’ and it is sooo versatile. You’ll see a few of the sentiments on this little folder. I tore around the word Friendship and then inked around the edges with my Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.
Here’s the whole folder opened up. It has 4 ‘pockets’ with little tags in each one and all decorated up!! The whole folder was inked around all the edges and folds with my Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I love the definition that’s created when you ink around the edges of a piece of paper. This was allot of fun to put together……it just took a long time!!
Here’s the first pocket with the tag sticking up out of it. The ‘tag’ I have attached to the top of this tag is a two piece set that I’ve had for so many years I don’t know where it came from anymore. It’s a cardstock tag with an acetate sheet overlay that has light grey print on it to create the black distressed edge, the butterfly overtop of the fern leaf and the post office paris stamp on it. The brad I used to hold it on is from Close To My Heart and from the Filigree Charms set…. (love that set of charms and brads). The ‘jewelled’ piece up on the right hand side at the top of the main tag is from a bobby pin hair accessory I found at the local Dollar Store and just detached it from the bobby pin. I love those hair accessories!! The pic on the right is of the pocket itself. that gorgeous vintage looking metal flower is from my good friend Lynn (FMcrafater) on SCS. I finally brought myself to start using these little treasures she sent me instead of hording them and just drolling over them from time to time…..lol.
The second folder and tag. This tag has a sentiment from the Creative Memories Nancy O’Dell collection again. Torn and inked around the edges with my Vintage Photo distress ink. All the tags have various strands of fibres linked through the hole in the top of the tag. I love the look of the barb-wire scroll on the desginer paper on this tag…..
Here’a close up on the left of a beautiful little trinket my friend Lisa (Ashdale) sent me a while ago. I love this thing and just thought it was a perfect addition to this tag. On the right is the pocket for this section of the folder. That little jewelled beauty on the top is another hair accessory that I just took the pliers to and detached from the clip. The sentiment is from my Creative Memories set again and the cameo is from a set made by Making Memories and their Vintage Groove II series. Sentiment inked with the Vintage Photo too.
Section #3! The tag has another parchment sentiment from my Creative Memories set and I’ve attached another one of my metal butterflies. I also added a pearl scroll from Want2Scrap and their ‘Say it with Pearls’ line. I also added three pearl drops on the right hand top corner from Making Memories.
There’s a close up on the left of the sentiment, pearl swirl and that wonderful little metal butterfly. On the right is the pocket for this section of the folder. Three more pearl drop hearts for the top right corner and another embellishment I’ve had for some time and I’m pretty sure it was a Prima set. There’s more of that designer paper with the barb-wire swirls and butterlfy on it.
Here’s the last section of the folder and my favorite sentiment!! Another one of my metal buterflies and some swirly bling on the bottom of the sentiment, which was inked with my vintage photo, peeled paint and broken china. I love how these inks blend together so well and make for a subtle hue on the parchment paper.
Man I love those butterflies!!! The pocket for this last section has a tag that I pop dotted up and again, from a sheet I’ve had forever and don’t know where it’s from. The beautiful butterfly on this pocket is from a sheet of them I picked up from Walmart and I don’t have the outer packaging!!! Oh well……
So, there you have it. Hubby apparantely thinks I need to feed him now, so I’m off to throw some chow into the oven. Thanks so much for popping in……I love to have you!!