Friday, June 30, 2017

A Farewell to Petaloo with Graphic 45's Master Detective

I'm sharing my last official project for Petaloo with you today.  As you may know, Floracraft purchased Petaloo a year or so ago.  Now Floracraft has made the decision to integrate the Petaloo website with the Floracraft website and they've also decided to disband the Petaloo design team and that makes me sad.  I've had a wonderful year and a half  working with Cheryl, the former owner of Petaloo,  and representing Petaloo flowers.  I had the good fortune to work at the Phoenix  show this winter and at the Collins show last September teaching and demoing for Petaloo.  A very big thanks to Cheryl for giving me that opportunity.  
I made this birthday card with the recently released Graphic 45 Master Detective collection.  Really this is more than a birthday card, it's a folio that makes a little gift statement on its own.  I'm sure the recipient will be so intrigued as they wander through the card/folio and find all the fun places where you could hide notes and gifts.  Beginning with the cover,  there's a fun little file folder that slides out from behind the cut-apart on the cover.

I've made the cover ever so pretty by using Petaloo's  Botanica blooms and gerber daisies.  They just brighten things up so much!
When you open the cover you see birthday wishes.  I made a couple of ATC tags on the left and made a Julie Nutting doll on one of the tags.  On the right I stamped birthday greeting sentiments on the back side of an ephemera card from the Master Detective collection.  Two more pretty Petaloo gerber daisies add some pretty dimension.
The folio is a trifold with pockets and places to tuck notes, gift cards, movie tickets, air tickets, how about cruise tickets?  Wouldn't that make a grand birthday present?  Int the center is a library pocket holding a small mini with 3 flip pages.

The little mini is bound at the top with staples.  The design paper strip serves to hide the staples.  This is a really quick way to make a tiny mini, just cut your paper to whatever size you wish, then score at 1/2" and staple.  Then decorate the cover and  you have a quick little flip book.  

On the right side there's a Graphic 45 policy envelope attached with felt hinges that flips over so that something can be hidden inside the envelope, yes it's a mystery what lurks inside!  On the right, underneath the policy envelope is a spot with a belly band, perfect for securing photos.

The back is simply decorated with design paper and an ephemera card.

Many thanks to all the Petaloo flower lovers that have followed the blog and design team over the years.  There will still be Petaloo flowers so keep an eye out on the Floracraft website to see what is new for Petaloo. 

One thing is for sure,  I'll still be making Petaloo's blooms part of my everyday craft life!   You can find me on my blog, Scrap, Travel & BarkPinterest,  Facebook,  and Instagram.


  1. So creative. What a wonderful secretive card to receive.. needs directions to find all the fum stuff. Great project.

  2. What a great card idea that goes with the paper line. I love the "secret" envelope and the"mini" album. Sorry to hear about the phase out of the Petaloo design team.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comments! I appreciate it so much.


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