Cozy Moments Slimline Shaker Card Folio Tutorial

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Ciao Bella Cozy Moments Slimline Shaker Card Folio Tutorial for Wonderful Wednesday

Hello, Friends!  It’s Wonderful Wednesday and I have a lovely Ciao Bella Cozy Moments Slimline Shaker Card Tutorial to share with you today.  Several of you asked me to do a tutorial based on my Really Reasonable Ribbon July Blog Hop Project.  More of you asked me to create another Christmas project using the Cozy Moments collection.  So this Christmas in July Birthday Card of the Month tutorial answers both of those requests.

How to Use Christmas Papers in a Birthday Card Design

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My challenge for this Birthday card of the Month tutorial was to use Christmas papers in the design.  Here are a few tips to help you do the same:

  • First, steer away from more traditional colors and themes in favor of less traditional themes and colors. The strong botanical/farmhouse vibe and neutral color palette of Cozy Moments works well on a birthday card.
  • Add some shabby chic colors and elements to the very neutral color palette. This not only warms it up, but gives it more of a birthday card vibe.   
  • Choose seasonal, but not necessarily holiday embellishments. Pretty Prima Christmas Poinsettias, sparkly  snowflakes and a darling little chipboard element from Reneabouquets help transform this Christmas/winter paper into a birthday card design.
Spellbinders Embroidery Hoops

i appreciate dies that can be used in lots of different ways.  That’s why I designed my Gift Card Wallet Die with such a simple shape.  By scoring the die differently, it makes a great magnetic flap on the card front.

Spellbinders has just released a great sewing themed die collection called Nichol’s Needlework.  I’ll show you how to use one of the wooden embroidery hoops to make the shaker window on the card front.

A Peek Inside

Don’t you love these bunnies? You will learn how to create the magnetic flap closure on this interactive card during the course of the video tutorial.  

Stamped, gold embossed sentiments add a lovely touch of elegance to the card design.

And of course there’s a pocket!

Add a pretty bookmark and gift card wallet to transform the card into a gift.

Cozy Moment Slimline Shaker Card Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to  learn how to create this Birthday Card of the Month, please enjoy this tutorial on my YouTube channel.

 

So did I meet the challenge for this Wonderful Wednesday?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Go make something beautiful today, my crafty friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Classic Christmas Slimline Shaker Card

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Stamperia Classic Christmas Slimline Shaker Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  This Stamperia Classic Christmas Slimline Shaker Card Folio is my inspiration piece for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Christmas in  July Blog Hop.   Welcome to the hop!  You should be coming here from Gloria’s lovely blog.

Christmas ribbon is always beautiful, but I especially love the 3/8″ Christmas Bold Check Ribbon that I’ve featured on this 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ slimline shaker card.  I think it’s the tiny gold threads running through it that make it so very special.

How to Make Regular Mulberry Flowers into Christmas Mulberry Flowers

Have you ever tried altering the lovely mulberry flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon?  It’s so easy to do, and gives your flowers a handmade look and feel.  Here’s how I altered the Cherry Blossoms and Magnolia Blossoms on this Christmas Card.

  • First, gently open the cupped petals with your fingers.  Both Magnolia Blooms and Cherry Blossoms come with a cupped center.
  • Next, select a small paintbrush and lightly brush the petals with gold paint, ink, or stain.  I used Nuvo Indian Gold Mousse on my petals. (Linked below.)
  • Now thin out some white paint (chalk, acrylic, distress…any white paint will do) and pick the thinned paint up with your paint brush.  As you hold the brush parallel to your flowers, tap the end so that tiny droplets of paint spatter onto the petals.  You can also spatter the paint over the rest of your card front.

TIP:  Don’t want an area to be paint spattered?  Cover it with a sticky note! Then spatter to your heart’s delight!

Magnetic Flap Closure

I’m really enjoying using my Gift Card Wallet Die for more than just making gift wallets!  On this card, it’s a magnetic flap that holds the folio neatly closed.  All the dimensional elements on the card front appear on the flap.

 

Look at all the flaps and folds on this fun card!

Add a pocket on the left hand flap, then fill it with a gift card wallet, bookmark and a pretty journal card.

Thread RRR Gold and White Baker’s Twine, Peppermint Baker’s Twine, and Green Burlap String through the top of the tag.  Twist the fibers, then tie a knot about 2″ below the end of the twine to create a pretty tassel topper.  Add charms to the top knot and grommet to make the tag extra pretty.

On With the Hop

Now hop on over to see what paper pretties the lovely Cheryl has prepared for you.  She will direct you to the next stop in the hop.

When you’ve finished hopping, visit the RRR Blog and answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month to be entered into the drawing for a $10 RRR Gift Certificate and the Digital Stamp Set of your choice.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Christmas in July Banner of the Month Tutorial

Christmas in July Banner of the Month Tutorial with Spellbinder Dies & Gnome for Christmas

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for our Christmas in July Banner of the Month Tutorial!  This is a quick and easy design thanks to loads of Spellbinder Holiday Dies and great patterns from Echo Park Gnome for Christmas paper collection.  If you are a fan of needlework, Nordic designs, and gingham, I think you are going to enjoy today’s tutorial.

Spellbinders Home for the Holidays St. Nick Dies

The focal point for this 7 pennant banner is our handsome St. Nick figure.  To me, this die has a great Nordic vibe, especially when he’s all decked out in his green Santa suit.  He’s part of the Home for the Holidays release from Spellbinder Paper Arts.

The camera lens didn’t pick this up very well, but his beard and ermine trim are made with white glitter paper, so they really sparkle when the light hits them.

Jingle Bell Beginnings and Endings

I am such a fan of this Spellbinders Tag and Label Die Set!  This time I used the largest and next to the smallest dies to cut the cardstock bases and liners for this banner.  The pennants on either end are made with the smaller dies.

These tags are fairly small, so I didn’t add too much to them.  But the gold jingle bells in the bow cluster add just the right amount of jingle and shine.

Christmas Stitchery: Nichol Spohr’s Needlework Dies

Y’all know how much I enjoy a good sewing themed project.  So you can imagine how tickled I was when I saw Nichol Spohr’s Needlework dies!  Ooooh-la-la!  I could not wait to use them, and found a way to “stitch” them into this Christmas themed banner.   This scene includes her Gathering Stitches, Needlework Tool Kit and greenery from the Faux Embroidered Stocking Dies.  I can see myself using this embroidery hoop to make fabulous shaker windows in the future.  

This pennant features the Faux Embroidered Stocking Dies.  Since I die cut my stockings from patterned paper, I didn’t add a lot of the details, but the stockings are still super cute.

This is the Faux Embroidered Spruce die set.  It’s super quick and easy to make, too.  Just layer the tree branch die cuts over the evergreen die cuts, then add in a few extra branches to fill it out.

Christmas Squirrel

This is the only banner that does not feature a die cut scene.  Instead, I went with the Nordic theme and added a sledding squirrel from Stamperia Romantic Woodland.

Christmas in July Banner of the Month Tutorial on YouTube

I’m happy to report that my husband has been cleared to resume most normal duties (still can’t lift anything heavy).  And, our daughter and new grandson are thriving.  So life here is smoothing out a bit, and now I hope to get caught up on all the work I didn’t get done while taking care of them.

So today’s tutorial is a little bit short.  If you’ve never made a banner with me before, here’s a great beginner banner tutorial for you.

For all the rest of you dear friends, please enjoy this somewhat abbreviated tutorial on my YouTube channel:

As always, you will find a linked supply list below this post.

You can also purchase this banner from my Etsy Shop.

Wishing you all a joyful and creative Wonderful Wednesday!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Vintage Christmas Lodge Card Folio

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Simple Stories Vintage Christmas Lodge Card Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  It’s Christmas in July at Kathy by Design, and I have this rustic Vintage Christmas Lodge Card Folio to share with you today.  It’s dressed up with layers of patterned paper from Simple Stories and beautiful ribbons and trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Red, black and plaid Christmas cards always make me happy, how about  you?  That’s why I created a Bold Black Check bow to accent the elements on this 5″ x 7″ top fold card.  Of course, Gold Metallic String adds just the right bit of holiday sparkle to the flower cluster.  And, teeny tiny Christmas Baker’s Twine bows make the Christmas banner element look even more adorable.

A Peek Inside

The vintage Christmas vibe carries over to the inside of the card where I’ve added a flap page and a pocket.  Since I like to give cards that double as gifts, I tucked a little gift card wallet into the pocket.  It’s made with the new Gift Card Wallet Die that I designed for The Button Farm Club.  Turns out, it’s also the perfect size to hold a Christmas tea bag, honey crystal packet and tiny tag.  How fun is that?

Tucked behind the flap page, I’ve added some bold buffalo plaid paper and a sweet little tuck spot.  There’s a 3×4 journal card in there right now, but you could easily add a large holiday photo here.  Then write your personal message on the flap.

It’s so hot here in North Carolina right now.  The heat index on Friday was 106 degrees!  Today it’s overcast and cooler, but the humidity  is still really high.  Perfect weather for Christmas card creation in my air conditioned studio!  Anyone else getting a jump start on the holiday during these steamy summer months?  I’d love to hear what you’re working on in the comment section below.

As usual, you can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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** Please note, Vintage Christmas Lodge is an older collection,, so I may not be able to link to all the elements I used from it to make this card.  Thanks for undertanding!

Cozy Moments Altered Christmas Tag Tutorial

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Ciao Bella Cozy Moments Altered Christmas Tag Tutorial with Spellbinders & Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  Our first Christmas in July project is this Ciao Bella Cozy Moments Altered Christmas Tag Tutorial.  If you are a fan of interactive tags, then I think you are going to enjoy seeing how this one comes together.  I invited some goodies from Reneabouquets and Spellbinders Paper Arts to the play along with us today.  So grab a cuppa and a snack, and let’s take a look at the July Tag of the Month.

Spellbinders Wax Seal and Clear Stamp and Die of the Month

When I received my Spellbinders Wax Seal and Stamp/Die of the Month, I fairly shouted for joy!  It was the perfect addition to the neutral tones of Ciao Bella’s Cozy Moments Collection.  Here’s how I used them on this tag project.

  • First, select 4 of the pearlized white wax beads from the WSOM kit.  I like to melt my wax beads with my heat gun instead of on the little burner that most people use.  With all the paper in my studio, I try to avoid open flame in here!  I’ve found that the inner cardboard ring from a washi tape roll makes a great “corral” for the beads and keeps them from rolling all over my work area.  Since I place them on my silicone media mat, I am not worried about making a mess.
  • Once the wax has been melted and sealed with the design, let it cool for a minute or two.  Then highlight the design with a gold painty pen.
  • While the wax seal is cooling, you can stamp and emboss your sentiment.  I like to stamp in black archival ink, then immediately dust with gold embossing powder.  It seems to me that the black makes the gold show up better.
  • Finally, die cut the sentiments using the dies from the club kit.  Back with foam tape or tabs and attach to the project.
Tags, Tags and More Tags!

You’ll find tags at every turn in this month’s tag tutorial.  The base of the project is a G45 Large Kraft Tag.  Then I created a gate fold element with 2 Regular Kraft Tags.  This fold around the sides of the base tag.  Run ribbon through the grommet and tie a bow as the closure.  The pocket on the bottom of the tag is another folded Regular Kraft Tag.  Dress up a 3 1/2″ x 7″ piece of cardstock with patterned papers and images from the collection and slide it behind the gatefold where it sits nicely in the pocket.

You can add a nice sentiment panel on the back of this tag.

The Flip Side

The back side of the tag features a little flap element made with the other part of the kraft tags.  Fun, right?  These stay in place thanks to a magnetic closure.

Dress the cover up with some printed holiday beautiful board and laser cut pine corners from Reneabouquets.  (Supplies are linked below this post.)

Tell me your reaction to this paper collection.  I loved it right away because of the soft neutral hues and botanical theme.  It’s not traditional Christmas, but it does make up into a lovely Christmas gift.

The pocket on the flip side is the domed edge of the kraft tag.

This gives us a spot to tuck in a pretty bookmark and a little tea wallet.

Ciao Bella Cozy Moments Altered Christmas Tag Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how I created this interactive tag base, I hope you’ll enjoy this tutorial on my You Tube Channel.

I hope you’ll give this fun, interactive tag design a try!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**Please note:  Some items may be out of stock or no longer available. Spellbinders Club Kits are available to new subscribers on the 10th of the month, or can be purchased without a club membership on the 27th of the month.