Life Captured 3rd Quarter Kit Reveal

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Life Captured 3rd Quarter Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  Just popping in quickly today to share my Life Captured 3rd Quarter Kit Reveal with you. We created the January, February and March folios for The Button Farm Club back in December  2022.  Then in February we released the April, May and June folios.  Now we are headed full on into the summer months with the July, August and September release.  This year is passing by very quickly!

Life Captured July Folio: Watermelon Colors!

Is there anything more refreshing than a sweet slice of watermelon on a hot July day?  That’s what the vibrant colors of the July folio makes me think of.

Here’s a peek inside this fresh, fun folio design.

Life Captured August: Sherbet Colors!

The August folio has a back to school theme done up in the colors of sweet orange, lime and raspberry sherbet!  Just the thing to cool off the dog days of August.

Here’s a peek inside this jam-packed folio.  You’ll get a closer look in the reveal video below.

September Life Captured Folio

Hello, Autumn!  This colorful folio sets the stage for the arrival of fall with a cute vintage pickup truck filled to the brim with pumpkins in all shapes and sizes.

Filled with all kinds of room for photos, journaling, or receipts, these folios are great for documenting your memories.  They can also serve as a clever planner!  Each folio features a fun accordion fold pull-out section, pockets, waterfall features and lots of mini folios.

Need a unique birthday gift idea?  Give the birthday girl or guy the folio that matches his or her birth month.  Fill the pockets with photos and journal in memories from years gone by.  you can even tuck in small gift cards or treats as an extra surprise!

Life Captured 3rd Quarter Reveal Video

If you’d like to see all the wonderful supplies that come with this kit as well as take a closer look at all the various, flips, flaps, folds and pockets, please enjoy this short video tour.

The cost of the kit is $49.99 and is ready to ship at The Button Farm Club.

If you missed out on the 1st and 2nd Quarter folios, it’s not too late.  Laura tells me they still have some of those kits in stock.  You can find the 1st Quarter kit HERE and the 2nd Quarter Kit HERE.

Now I’m off to the kitchen to get some baking and food prep done for our family Memorial Day gathering tomorrow.  I hope you all have a wonderful time with your friends and families, too. I am so very thankful for the sacrifice of so many brave men and women in the military who have made it possible for us to enjoy our freedoms.  God Bless them, their families and God Bless the USA!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Floral Tag Junk Journal Tutorial

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Floral Tag Junk Journal Tutorial with Your Creative Studio February Subscription Box

Hello, Friends!  Well, it’s Throwback Thursday and I have a sweet Floral Tag Junk Journal Tutorial to share with you.  My friends at Your Creative Studio surprised me with the February Subscription box last week.  Since this is May, I figured the February box qualifies for a Throwback Thursday post.

You’ll get to see the unboxing video before we jump into the tutorial for this fun design.  If you love tags (and I do) and pretty vintage florals (which I also do) I think you’ll enjoy this slightly different take on making a junk journal.

Creating the Tag Base

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Graphic 45 Regular Kraft Tags serve as the base for this vintage style junk journal.  Since y’all know how much I love pockets, you won’t be surprised to learn that each of the 6 tag pages features a double pocket design.  How fun is that?

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TIP:  Create a sweet shaped pocket for the base page by scoring a G45 Kraft Regular Tag at 3 1/4″.  Fold along the scored line, secure the sides with a tiny attacher tool, then fill the pocket with ephemera.  Add gussets to the back of the tag pocket and adhere to the base to form a second pocket.  This larger pocket can hold a mini folio for notes and scribbles as well as an itty bitty folio.

Details and Tips

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Decorate your folio with the ephemera bits, rub-ons and acetate flowers that come in the box.  You can add additional details like flowers, vintage lace trim, charms and Reneabouquets butterflies to really dress up the design.

TIP: Customize the ledger sheet papers that come in the box by adding layers of Bundled Sage and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink.  I’ll show you how to do this in the video tutorial below.

Ideas for Using Your Floral Tag Junk Journal

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As I was working on this creation,  had so many ideas for using it pop into my head.  Here are a few different ways you could enjoy this journal:

  • Mini Journals like this make great gifts!  The smaller size means you can complete one in about a day, and you can use up scraps of your favorite paper collection, too.
  • You could fill each small pocket of the journal with a small gift: tea bags, gift cards, small bills, tickets or chocolate come to mind.
  • Personalize the journal by adding hand written quotes, memories and small photos on the back of the various ephemera pieces.
  • Because this journal will stand up on its own when opened, you can display it on a side table, bookshelf or mantel as part of your home décor.  Flip the pages each week to reveal a pretty new scene.
  • I love lap books.  Take time to simply sit and flip through the pages, enjoy the sentiments and the images for a relaxing, refreshing moment or two.
Floral Tag Junk Journal Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see the Your Creative Studio unboxing and learn how I put this delightful tag folio together, then I hope  you’ll grab a cuppa and enjoy this video.

Feel free to use your favorite papers and embellishments as you create your own little Tag Junk Journal.  I can’t begin to tell you how much fun I had designing this project for you!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Happy Throwback Thursday, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Everythings Blooming Stacked Stamped Teacups

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Everythings Blooming Stacked Stamped Teacups with G45 Time to Flourish Scraps

Hello, Friends!  I’m just popping in very quickly today to share this Everything’s Blooming Stacked Stamped Teacups Easel Card.  After making my June Banner of the Month, I had a few scraps of Graphic 45 Time to Flourish paper left on my desk.  Rather than pack the lovely bits and pieces away to be forgotten, I decided to make this tea themed project. It turned out so nicely, that I thought you might enjoy seeing it, too.

Tea themed projects are amongst my favorites, so I knew I wanted to die cut a pretty teacup as the focal image for my card.  But patterned paper was in short supply, and plain die cuts just looked so, well…plain.  What to do?

What if I stamped and embossed the teacups with my Everythings Blooming stamps?  Figuring it was worth a try, I went to work.

How to Make Stamped Stacked Teacups

  • First, die cut 3 teacups from complementary cardstock.  I used Tim Holtz Bigz Die for this.
  • Next, ink up your Happy text stamp with Coffee Archival Ink and stamp the die cuts.
  • Now ink up the Happy Fern with Versamark Ink and stamp over the text on the blue teacup.  Then heat emboss with Super Fine Copper Embossing Powder.
  • Then ink up your Bloom stamps with Versamark and stamp the foliage on the pink cups.  Heat emboss.
  • Stamp the saucers with the Happy branches and heat emboss.
  • Now you can stack your teacups with foam tape spacers and decorate as desired.

EMBOSSING TIP: For clean embossing, tap your surface with an embossing buddy before stamping.  This will keep the embossing powder from sticking in places where you don’t want it to show up.

DESIGN TIP: Die cut a Large Doily to sit behind the stacked teacups.  This helps them to stand out from the background.  Then die cut the Fancy Flourishes to add an extra layer of interest to the patterned paper background.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a quick peek at the inside.  As you can see, the pocket serves as the stopper or brake for the easel mechanism.  I had to paper piece the small pocket together because the panel was too short.  But adding a little side pocket allowed me to tuck in a scrappy bookmark, so it all worked out well!

TIP: The June ledger card is too tall to fit in the pocket.  But you can score and fold it, then tuck in a little tea bag treat.  Stamp Daily Happiness and heat emboss.  Then adhere it to the flap.

Here’s the sweet little bookmark I created by stitching strips of patterned paper together on a cardstock background.  Topped with a bit of lace, button and snippet of ribbon, it works well!

I hope I’ve shared some ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure.  What was your favorite tip in today’s post?

You’ll find a linked supply list below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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P13 Sea la Vie Mixed Media Collage

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P13 Sea la Vie Mixed Media Collage Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  Would you like to join me down by the sea for this P13 Sea la Vie Mixed Media Collage Tutorial?  We can dig our toes into the sand, let the beach breeze blow the cobwebs out of our brain, and maybe even pick up a few treasures as we stroll along the shore.  Can’t make it to the beach today?  Me, either!  But playing with beachy papers is the next best thing!  We’re going to have loads of fun together anyway as we create this lovely wall hanging.

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When I spied this collection back in February, I knew I had to add it to my stash!  It combines two of my favorite things: a beachy theme and a red, white and blue color palette.  The papers arrived last week, and I could not wait to pull out my fussy cutting scissors and get busy!  This 6″ x 8″ mixed media collage was the end result.

Lighthouse by the Sea

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Lighthouses always win my heart…and this image with the keeper’s cottage at its base is so dreamy and delightful.  I’ve nestled it amidst some pretty blue flowers that I dry brushed with white chalk paint, scattered shells and soaring sea gulls.  (OK…true confession…these are not seagulls.  They are doves.  But we can pretend, can’t we? )

Salt-Sprayed Seahorse

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Spattered white chalk paint lends the illusion of salt spray on this handsome seahorse.  In the video tutorial, you’ll get to see how I layered all these elements together to create a sense of depth and dimension.

A Bottle Full of Shells

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Real sea shells and sea sand draw the eye to this sweet little bottle of shells that I tucked into the collage.  Don’t you just love a red, white and blue beach collection?

YouTube Video

If you’d like to see how the layers and elements of this collage were put together, I hope you’ll  enjoy this YouTube video.

I hope this Make & Take Tuesday tutorial was fun and refreshing .  I know I enjoyed making it!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Patriotic Shaker Card from Scraps

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Patriotic Shaker Card from Scraps for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m going to show you how to create a lovely Patriotic Shaker Card from Scraps.  Do you ever end up with a little pile of patterned papers and images from a favorite paper collection?  You love every bit of that paper, and you don’t want to throw it out.  But how do you use those small bits to create a card?  I hope today’s Throwback Thursday tutorial will give you some simple tips you can use when you find yourself in this dilemma.

Tip #1: Layer Small Panels

The first tip is to layer small panels together.  For this card, I had the focal image and 2 smallish 4 1/2″ x 4 panels of patterned paper.  Overlap the papers on a cardstock mat and machine stitch them to give them a designer look.

I also had a single 4×6 panel left over from this Authentique July Calendar paper collection.  So I matted it on red cardstock and machine stitched around it, too.  This layer provided a nice backdrop for my focal image.  Stitch around the focal image and pop it up on foam tape to give it more presence on the page.

Tip #2: Use Large Embellishments!

Even after I layered my patterned papers, text panel and focal image, the entire bottom half of my card was mostly blank.  What’s the solution?  Large embellishments!  Here’s what I did:

  • First, I die cut 2 large stitched stars from white glitter paper.
  • Next, I centered the  next smallest stitched star die inside one of the stars.  Then I die cut it.  This created a lovely frame.
  • Now back die cut frame with acetate (clear cardstock) and trimmed it out with sharp scissors.  Easy, right?
  • Then, add 3 layers of 1/8″ foam adhesive on the back side of the star frame.  Fill the frame with your shaker mix, remove the liner tape, and press the solid star over the foam tape to create the shaker element.
  • Rosettes are also large embellishments that take up a lot of space on a card.  Plus, they look festive!
A Peek Inside

I was able to add strips of patterned paper to the inside of the card along with one other focal image.  Lining the card interior with cardstock really helped fill in the gaps.

I even had enough paper left over to make this cute gift card wallet. Neat, huh?

Patriotic Shaker Card from Scraps Tutorial on You Tube

If you’d like to see me put this quick and easy card together, please enjoy this short YouTube tutorial.

Since this is Throwback Thursday, many of the products I’ve used in this project are no longer available.  But I’ll link to the ones that you can still find in the supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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