Saturday, March 26, 2011

Envelope Album Tutorial

This project is easy to make and is fun to give!  I especially like the richness these colors give.  One great thing about this project is that it looks great whether you decorate every possible surface, or if you leave them as they are.

The supplies you'll need are as follows:

5 - A7  Brown Bag envelopes (I used 2 each Olive and Eggplant, and one Kraft color)
2 - 5 1/2" x 7 1/4" chipboard pieces
2 - 6 1/2" x 8 1/4" pieces of Brown Bag Tinted Text paper (I used cranberry)
5 - 4 3/4" x 7" pieces of Brown Bag Kraft 65# Cover weight paper for inserts
5 -4 1/4" x 6 1/4" assorted Brown Bag Tinted Text weight papers (I used cranberry, mushroom, blueberry and eggplant)  for the photo mats
18" ribbon
1 - 6 1/2" x 10 1/2" strip of Brown Bag Kraft Cover weight paper
1 - 6 1/2" x  1 3/4"  strip of Brown Bag Kraft Text weight paper
Scoring Board
Super Strong Adhesive - I used red line tape.

Assorted scraps for the tabs and patterned paper, if desired for inside covers. The text weight hand tinted papers also look very nice.

Step 1:  Seal the envelopes and cut to 6 1/2".  Be careful that you cut all your envelopes the same way so that the flaps are the same inside your book.

Step 2:  Using a scoring board, score your 6 1/2" x 10 1/2" strip of Kraft Cover paper at 1 1/2", 3", 4 1/2", 6", 7 1/2".  Flip the paper over, and score at 2 1/4", 3 3/4", 5 1/4", and 6 3/4".  Accordion fold the strip using the score lines.  Use a bone folder to really make sure the folds are creased well.

Step 3:  Using red line tape or other adhesive, glue one 6 1/2" x 8 1/4" Tinted Text paper to one side of each of your chipboard covers.  Turn over, and snip the edges of the text weight paper at the corners as shown.  This helps the paper lay nicely on the back of the cover.  Secure the edges to the back of the cover.  **Don't adhere the inside cover yet! **

Step 4:  Cut ribbon in half to 9". Secure the end of ribbon on the 7 1/4" side of  the inside cover, about halfway.  You only need about 1 1/2"- 2" secured inside the book, the rest you need to tie.  Repeat with your second cover.  Be sure to lay the covers next to each other to be sure the ribbons will be even.

Step 5:  Place one cover in front of you with the unfinished side up, and the ribbon on the left side.  Center one 6 1/2" end of your accordion folded strip onto the right hand side of the cover and adhere with the fold on the edge of your cover. The first fold should be a "valley fold" so if you were to fold it, it would fold back over the cover.  Repeat this process on the other cover.  You may want to line the covers up again so that your accordion binding is centered at the same place on both covers.   You may now cover the inside covers with additional text weight paper or patterned paper.  I used red line tape for this step.

Step 6:  Adhere your first envelope, cut side up to the first "mountain fold" in your accordion.  (The first fold facing upward. )  Repeat with your remaining envelopes. 

Step 7:  Cut out assorted tabs with a paper punch.  Adhere to the top of the 5 - 4 3/4" x 7" pieces of Brown Bag Kraft 65# Cover weight paper as desired.  At this time, you may want to add the 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" assorted Brown Bag Tinted Text weight papers for photo mats to these inserts.   Slide one into each envelope. 

Step 8:  Score your 1 3/4" x 6 1/2" Cover weight paper at 5/8" and 1 1/8" (on the 1 3/4" side).  Place your book with the spine facing towards you.  Adhere one end of the paper to the inside of the first fold of your spine.  Adhere the other end to the last fold of your spine.  This helps the book lay flat and makes it easier to tie it shut with the ribbon.

Viola!  You've just created an easy, fun accordion envelope album.

You can decorate or cover the envelopes, and you can add photos to the fronts and backs of the envelope inserts, as desired.    I used 4 scrap pieces of 2 3/8" x 3 1/4" text weight papers to decorate the front of my album.  I rounded the opposite corners of each piece and stamped them with VersaMark Watermark ink for a little texture.  Then, I adhered them to the front of my cover.

Supplies Used:  Chipboard, Brown Bag envelopes, Brown Bag tinted text paper in Mulberry, Olive, Kraft,  Mushroom, Blueberry and Eggplant, Brown Bag cover weight paper in Kraft, Ribbon by Hallmark, Stamps and patterned paper by Close to My Heart, VersaMark Ink by Tsukineko.

Hope you have fun with this project!  Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Easter Basket Tutorial

Happy Spring!  I have made these little baskets for years, but I was especially inspired by the bright and cheery Basis Light Yellow cardstock to make this one for Easter.  These are simple to create and easy to mass produce so you can share the love this Spring!

Easter Basket Tutorial from Amber Lawrence

Supplies Needed:
  • Light Yellow Basis Cardstock, cut to 8 ½ x 8 ½
  • Coordinating patterned paper, cut to 4 pieces each 2 ¼ x 2 ¼, and 2 pieces each 2 ¼ x 3 ¼
  • Light Yellow Basis Cardstock, strip cut to 1 ½ x 8 ½
  • Coordinating patterned paper, strip cut to 1 x 8 ½
  • Favorite adhesives, one needs to be extra strong to keep the basket assembled
  • Scoring tool and scissors
  • Paper piercer and two brads
  • Goodies to fill your basket with

Score the 8 ½ x 8 ½ Basis cardstock at 2 ½” on each side.  This creates a grid on your cardstock.  Cut in to the first score line on both bottom and top sides to create the flaps.

Adhere down the patterned paper on the four corners and the large center sides.

Create your basket handle by gluing the patterned paper strip to the cardstock strip.
Add little pieces of the strong adhesive on the inside edges of the flaps.  This will add extra holding power to your basket.

Flip your cardstock over and fold to assemble your basket.  When you gather the two sides to meet at a point on top, press down on the strong adhesive to make good contact.  Tuck in one end of the basket handle.  Hold them all together and pierce a hole through all the layers.  Add a brad to keep all the layers together and create the basket shape.  Repeat on the other side of the basket.

Now the hardest part of the project…. What goodies are your going to fill your darling basket with?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Dotty Purse Tutorial

Dotty Purse Tutorial

Hi there!
I have a adorable little purse tutorial for you today.
Here's what you will need: Brown Bag Kraft Cardstock from HERE
Denami Design Purse Template from HERE
Polka dot patterned paper
Wilson Designs Simply Silhouettes set from HERE
White cardstock from
Red Satin ribbon (Mine is May Arts)
Glossy Accents
Fine line marker or black pen
Lighter or candle
Foam tape
Glue roller
Glue Dot repositionable dots
Spring clothespins

  • Print template onto cardstock ( I enlarged mine to fit the page to make it larger)
  • Cut out, crease and assemble, glue into place with the tabs inside and hold together until dry with the clothespins.
  • Adhere patterned paper to the front of the purse and trim.
  • Stamp frame and cameo onto white cardstock and fussy cut.
  • Carefully add the glossy accents in the oval shape and pop any bubbles with a needle.
  • Let dry completely while attaching the ribbon handle to the inside edges of the purse and to the flap.
  • Burn the edges of the ribbon on the flap to prevent any fraying.
  • Once the cameo is dry, add the foam dimensional tape and position into place in the center of the flap with a little bit hanging over.
  • Cut a tiny bow from red cardstock, draw a circle in the center, then attach to cameo using foam tape.
  • Put one repositionable dot onto the cameo to allow you to get in and out of the purse.
  • Add your rhinestones and enjoy!

Its perfect packaging for a necklace or other small gift!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Celebrate with Brown Bag products!

I am so excited to be a featured artist for this blog! is my favorite online resource for all things Krafty - get it ?  Krafty - as in Kraft paper...   I really like the Brown Bag line of products they carry.  Not only do they have the #65 Cover weight, which makes great card bases or scrapbook layout bases, but they also have 70# Text weight papers.  These text weight papers are handtinted and very cool.

When I opened the Brown Bag Assortment pack, I was thrilled with the variety of beautiful, rich colors available!  For my card, I used the Brown Bag #70 text in Blueberry, Mushroom, Olive and Pepper.  I also used the Kraft 65# cover for my card base. 

I couldn't resist making my own stripes using strips of varying widths (1/8", 1/4", 1/2" ).  The stamps are Close to My Heart, and the inks are Close to My Heart Olive and Indian Corn Blue.  I used a 1/4" circle punch on some scrap Kraft cover to make the dots on the upper left, and I used 1" and 1 1/4" circle punches to create the circles on the right. Perfect for the graduate! 

Check out all the brown bag products - they are 10% off this month!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Another Brown Paper Bag project

Using my Brown Bag Collection of papers and my Cheery Lynn Designs Big Weaver and Big Wicker dies, I have created a wonderful woven background for a card base.

To create this fabulous woven background panel, I started with a sheet of Blueberry Handtinted Brown Bag paper and 2 sheets of Kraft Brown Bag paper.  Using my Cheery Lynn Designs Big Weaver (1/2" width strips) I embossed and then die cut 2 panels of Kraft paper.  One end of the panels has about a 1/2" border that does not cut, this makes it easy to hold onto while you are weaving in the other strips of paper.  Using my Cheery Lynn Designs Big Wicker (1/4" width strips) I embossed and then die cut 1 panel of Blueberry.

Before I started weaving, I took a Frayed Burlap Distress Ink pad and just rubbed along the base Kraft panel to bring up some of the embossed areas.  Using strips of Kraft and Blueberry, I wove a pattern for my card base.  You can snug the paper right up to each other for a nice tight weave.  When I got a pattern I was happy with, I cut a 5 7/8" base of Kraft paper to which I added a full sheet of Red Liner Tape.  You want this to be really secure or your weaving will come apart.  Then I attached my woven pattern to the base, running a brayer over it for a nice secure surface.

Using my Cheery Lynn Designs French Flair die, I centered it on my woven paper and embossed and then die cut it out.  I was attempting to cut through 3 layers of card stock and the red liner tape.  The die did not cut entirely through the tape but it was a simple matter to trim around the edge of the die cut.  Then using my Cheery Lynn Designs Silver French Flair, I cut the next largest panel out of Blueberry.  And the final step for creating my card base was to cut a Cheery Lynn Designs Scallop French Flair out of Brown Bag Kraft 65# Cover card stock.

Isn't this a fabulous design?  I really hated to cover it up, lol.  If you are into basket weaving, you could easily weave yourself a basket.  And the Brown Bag paper is so perfect for this project, it has that vintage quality about it.  So next it was time for finish my card.  I chose an image from Mo Manning called Savannah at Easter, isn't she a cutie?  I printed her onto Cryogen paper and colored her with Copic markers.  Then using punches and dies along with the handtinted Cranberry, Eggplant and Olive Brown Bag papers, I created some fabulous flowers and leaves, adding a few gems for the centers.

And there we have it, what a fun project and an adorable card.  I just love this paper, it is so easy to work with and as I said before, I love the soft muted tones of the handtinted colors.  Finished size is 5 5/8" square.  I hope you have enjoyed my little tutorial and that I have inspired you to try this fabulous paper and create a project of your own.   Sandy Hulsart, Creative Moments with Sandy

March 2011 Sale is our Brown Bag Collection.
 All Brown Bag Products will be discounted 10% from March 1-31.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Gnomebody Like You Card, Masking Tutorial

Gnomebody Like You Card, Masking Tutorial

Hi everyone! 
My name is Kim Wilson and I am a guest designer for and elated to be here!
I have a super fun project to share with you today so lets get started...

Here's what you will need for this project:

A Gnome stamp set- I used my Wilson Designs, Gnomebody Like You set
Brown Bag Kraft A2 folded card base from
White cardstock from
Green cardstock from
Copic Markers
Black stamp ink
Glue Pen
White Flocking powder
Glossy Accents
Post-It note or thin paper
Glue Arts Foam dimensional tape
Glue roller
(Optional: cutting knife)

  • Starting with your A2 card base, stamp sentiment near the top of the card.
  • Set aside to dry.
  • Stamp gnome onto white cardstock, let dry.
  • Stamp grass pattern onto green cardstock.
  • Color gnome using Copic markers and fussy cut it out.
  • Add glue to his beard using the glue pen and quickly add the flocking powder, tap off excess and set gnome aside.
  • Stamp mushroom pile using the masking technique below:
Stamp bottom row of mushrooms onto white cardstock (6) and then one extra mushroom on a Post-It note.
Cut out the mushroom from the Post-It note and use it to cover the first mushroom you stamped.
Stamp a second row of mushrooms (5) in a brick pattern, one at a time while covering the bottom mushrooms with the Post-It note to keep from duplicating lines.
Continue the mushroom pile while using less mushrooms for each level. (3,4,5,6)
  • After mushrooms are all stamped and you have rows of 3, 4, 5, and 6, color and shade
mushrooms with your Copic markers.
  • Fussy cut around the mushrooms and if you cant get to the small areas you can use a fine cutting knife.
  • Using the Glossy Accents, make the mushrooms dimensional and set aside to dry.
  • Cut out your grass, you can use the cutting knife if you cant scissor cut the small areas.
  • Add foam adhesive strips to the backside of the grass.
  • Add foam adhesive to the back of your gnome.
  • Hopefully at this point your mushrooms will be dry and glossy, if not check again in a few minutes.
  • After they are dry glue them down onto your card base using your glue roller.
  • Add your gnome and grass trim.
Voila! A high quality and dimensional card thats sure to bring a smile to anyone!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Orange Fizz Gift Card Holder

Orange Fizz Gift Card Holder by Amber Lawrence

Who says gift cards are only for Christmas time?  There are many great occassions to give a gift card.... birthdays, thank yous, just because.  Why not take the opportunity to add a little of your own creative spin when presenting that gift card!

This is simply a piece of Orange Fizz cardstock cut and folded around a gift card.  Hold the card inside by creating a little pocket with brads.  Add a bellyband and touches of your favorite patterned paper and you've got a gift card to remember!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Brown Bag Gift Basket

I was excited to be asked by CutCardstock to create with their fabulous Brown Bag Collection of papers.  I love the soft muted colors of the handtinted paper, it really has a vintage feel to it.  So I decided to make a Gift Basket.

Using the largest die from Cheery Lynn Designs Scallop Coved Rectangle Stackers, I embossed then die cut 4 pieces from Brown Bag Kraft 65# Cover card stock as well as 2 panels from lightweight chipboard.  This die measures a whopping 7.25" x 5.625". a perfect size for a basket.

Using a spray adhesive, I sandwiched the chipboard between the Kraft panels.  Here is a tip: to get a good seal, run a brayer over the card stock after you glue it down.  It will get all the air out and create a nice tight sandwich.
Next using my Cheery Lynn Designs Scallop and plain Oval Stackers, I created a frame using Brown Bag Mushroom 70# Text weight paper.  I used a piece of two-sided sticky tape between the dies, centering the oval inside the scallop, then embossing and die cutting them both at the same time.

Again using the Mushroom paper, I die cut a Cheery Lynn Designs Lattice panel, trimming and glueing it to the back of the oval frame in the previous step. Behind the lattice, I added a piece of Curious Metallic Poison Ivory card stock, (first adding some texture with my Cheery Lynn Designs Stitching plate.)  I added the same texture to both the front and back panel of my basket. 

I cut two pieces of Kraft card stock 4.25" x 9.375", scoring at 3.25 and 4.75 inches and down both sides at .75".  Using Red Liner tape for a good hold, I created the inside of the basket.  As I was putting it together, I realized it worked better by trimming off the long tabs on one of the bottom pieces; it nested inside the other nicely. 

So here is my basic basket, now it is time to decorate it.  Using my Nellie Snellen flower punches and the handtinted  Blueberry, Cranberry, Eggplant and Olive Brown Bag papers, I created some fabulous flowers, adding a few gems for the centers.  I punched a few flourishes out of the Olive paper as well.   I also created handles using Cranberry and Kraft Brown Bag paper, again adding stitching texture.  I used some brads to adhere them to the basket adding Cranberry and Blueberry panels to the sides and bottom of the basket for decoration and added strength.  And here is the finished basket........

It is very roomy, 2.5 x 6.75 x 5.5 inches deep.  I think it is a fabulous gift basket and a wonderful project for this great paper.  And if you want to try the paper, they now have a Brown Bag Assortment pack, 5 sheets of each of the papers. And even better, during the month of March, all Brown Bag products are 10% off.  I hope you have enjoyed my little tutorial and that I have inspired you to try this fabulous paper and create a project of your own.   Sandy Hulsart, Creative Moments with Sandy

March 2011 Sale is our Brown Bag Collection.
 All Brown Bag Products will be discounted 10% from March 1-31.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

St. Patty's Day Tag

Throughout the Month of March, we will be featuring projects focusing on our Brown Bag Products, so be sure to check back often to see some great projects and tutorials.

Amber Lawrence created this fun and festive tag featuring some of our Brown Bag products, which are on sale all month!

CutCardStock products used:
Brown Bag KRAFT
Brown Bag OLIVE

This tag is easy to create!  Use a heart punch for a simple way to create a shamrock.  Extra touches like a matching button and machine stitching bring it all together.  This would be a great addition to any special leprechaun treat!