Victorian Snowman Tea Party

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Victorian Snowman Tea Party in a Box with Really Reasonable Ribbon & Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  This darling Victorian Snowman Tea Party in a Box card features a winning round-up of supplies from Really Reasonable Ribbon, Reneabouquets and Simple Stories Winter Woods. There is a lot of sweetness to see here, so let’s get the (tea) party started!

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

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One of the things I love about snowman images is that they are good all winter long!  This pretty in pink Victorian card would be a great winter birthday card, Valentine, or get well greeting.  I built the background of my card with paper scraps.  Then I dug into my embellishments and went to work on building the central image.  Here’s how:

  • First, heat emboss the Reneabouquet Victorian Snowflake Medallion with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel. Place foam tabs in the center of the medallion and adhere it to the card base.
  • Next,  brush Dies Clear Adhesive over the small snowflakes.  Then sprinkle them with fine pearl glitter glass.
  • Now, place dimensionals on the back of Victoria’s Snowman printed beautiful board and adhere on the right hand side of the medallion.
  • Next, arrange flowers (linked below) around the sides of the medallion as seen in the photo.
  • Tie a double loop bow with Pink Taffeta ribbon and tuck the knot under one of the pink roses. Then tie a double loop bow with Pink and Brown Twist Bakers Twine and adhere it over the pink taffeta bow.
  • Thread a heart charm on Pink and Brown Twist, tie a knot and use the point of your scissors to push into the knot of the Bakers Twine bow.
  • Place dimensionals on the back of  the vintage rose corner pieces and adhere.
  • Finally, tuck snowflakes in and around the flowers and images.  Top with Sweet Shop pearls.

A Peek Inside

Add an extra element of surprise to your project when you create a kinetic waterfall feature on the top half of the card.  Wrap ribbon around the back of the mechanism to hold everything neatly in place.

Then build a box pocket to hold all the goodies for a Victorian Snowman Tea Party. Wrap your goodies with leftover bits of designer paper.  Create a tag,  top it with more Pink Taffeta,  a White Satin Bow and a sweet rose charm.  Stitch paper scraps together to make a handy  little bookmark, and top this with white satin ribbon as well.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you’ll be able to use in your own crafty adventures.  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Stay warm and cozy!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Victorian Style Valentine Banner Tutorial

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Victorian Style Valentine Banner Tutorial with G45 Time to Flourish and Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Throwback Thursday, I’m sharing this Victorian Style Valentine Banner Tutorial.  Several of you requested a “banner of the month” post for 2023, and I cannot think of anything that would be more fun!  We’ll kick this through the year series off with a dreamy, romantic banner made with Graphic 45’s Time to Flourish February papers and loads of goodies from Reneabouquets.

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Here’s a look at this big, beautiful banner hanging from the chalk board in my kitchen.  The 7 pennants are stitched onto netting, and measure over 4 feet in length: a perfect size to display on a mantel or even a bookcase.

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Banners are loads of fun to make, but man, are they ever difficult to photograph!  It’s hard to really see the details unless you photograph in segments.  So that is what I did!

Romantic Victorian Details

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Putting the banner together is a step by step process.  Like most things in life, it seems complicated unless you break it down into manageable segments.

  • First, cover 4 Graphic 45 Ivory ATC tags with red cardstock.  Use the G45 ATC die, and this only takes a minute.
  • Next, cut another set of ATC tags using Time to Flourish February papers.  Fold each tag in half and trim about 1/8″ off around the edges to create a pretty layered effect.
  • Use paper clips or binder clips to attach the ATC tags to the netting ribbon.  Then stitch them onto the netting. Add the details to the tags after you’ve stitched the banner together.
Roses are Red…or Pink!

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The 3 large pennants are die cut with Eileen Hull’s House/Pocket Stitchlets Dies.

  • First, Die cut the red cardstock background using only the outer frame.
  • Next, center the inner die inside the frame.  Use a little tape (I like Post-It’s Notes Tape) to hold the inner die in place.  Then cut 3 pennants from patterned paper.
  • Now place the patterned paper pennants on your cutting tool.  Line the blade of your tool up so that it is in the center of the small die cut circles.  Trim so that you have a postage stamp edge on the patterned paper.
  • Then place a small piece of double sided adhesive on the back of the patterned paper so that it will stay in place on red canvas ticking fabric while you stitch the layers together.
  • Adhere the stitched pennant to the red pennant and clip onto the netting ribbon.  You will have an ATC tag, then a large pennant, then an ATC tag, etc.

TIP: Dry brush the edges and lightly spatter the printed Beautiful Board with ivory chalk paint to lend a more vintage finish.

Love is in the Air!

Assemble the two interior ATC tags the same way as before.  Decorate them with a heat embossed chipboard heart and postage stamps.

TIP: Assemble the individual pennants, then stitch onto the netting.  Now it is time to add the lace trim at the top of the stitched banner.  After that, you can decorate each pennant.  Then add the bows and flower clusters to the ends of the banner.  Finish with flowers.

I’m in Love: I’m All Shook Up

The center pennant is the star of the show with a frilly shaker heart as the focal image.  Here’s how to achieve this effect.

  • First, heat emboss a large heart frame with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel.
  • Now use Dries Clear Adhesive to adhere clear cardstock (acetate sheets) to the back of the embossed frame.  When the glue is dry, trim out the heart.
  • While the glue is drying, ink up a nice pile of heart shaped Beautiful Bits with Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, and Spun Sugar Distress Ink.
  • Inking TIP:  I put the hearts in a small plastic bag and dropped a few drops of re-inker into the bag.  Then I squished the beautiful bits around until they were covered.  Easy peasy!
  • Next, add 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips to the back of the heart frame.
  • Then cut out a 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ panel from the Time to Flourish cut apart page.  Place your inked beautiful bits, sequins, beads and buttons on the 4 1/4″ square of paper.  Then center the heart frame and press in place.
  • Adhere the heat embossed LOVE sentiment on the cover of the frame.
  • Place foam adhesive on the back of the Valentine Fairy and butterfly.
More Details

Because the gorgeous lace trim is difficult to machine stitch, I simply hot glued it to the top of the banner.

Victorian Style Valentine Banner Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see me put this banner together, then I hope you’ll enjoy this YouTube tutorial.

If you’d like to see other banner creations from my archives, please click HERE.

Let Me Hear from You!

Now I need to hear from you: How do you feel about a banner of the month post?  If you are interested, then I am, too!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Rose Parfum Tutorial

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Stamperia Rose Parfum Tea Party in a Box Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  We’re going shabby chic today with a Stamperia Rose Parfum Tea Party in a Box Tutorial.  Everything about this gorgeous paper collections says, “shabby me up.”  So I added distressed edges, machine stitching, dry brushing and spattered paint.  Pull your mixed media boots out of the closet, because we are going to have fun today!

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I’m a pushover for rose patterned papers.  I think they remind me of my grandmother’s house.  She had cabbage roses on the sofa in her parlor, and cabbage rose wallpaper in her den.  There’s a cozy, comfy nostalgia built into the design of this paper collection, and I like it!

 

Speaking of roses, I’ve added a delicious cascade of pink roses down the side of this 6 1/4″ x 6 1/2″ card folio.  We will decorate the card cover together in today’s tutorial, but the focus of the tutorial is actually on the inside of the card.

A Peek Inside

Like all my Tea Party in a Box creations, you’ll find a lovely box pocket inside the card.  I’ve filled this up with all the usual treats including a sweet little honey dipper and a heart charm. Have you given an

The main focus of our tutorial today is the accordion pull out folio situated inside the top half of the card.  I’m going to show you how to use one piece of 12×12 paper to make a 9-panel photo folio with a magnetic closure mechanism.

Look how much room we have for photos!  The side pocket/photo mat pages cover up the spots where the papers were joined together.

Here’s a closer look at all the goodies I’ve tucked inside the box pocket.

Stamperia Rose Parfum Tea Party in a Box Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to  see how this shabby chic project came together? Then please enjoy this video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

If you’ve never made one of these fun Tea Party in a Box card, I hope this video inspires you to take the plunge!  Check out previous Tea Party in a Box projects HERE.

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

Thanks for stopping by,

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial Part 2

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Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial Part 2: Finishing the February Folio

Hello, Friends!  Just as I promised, here’s the Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial Part 2.  We introduced this new “through the year” calendar folio series on Tuesday.  If you missed that post, you can get caught up HERE.

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The first part of this tutorial will show you how to create the folio base.  We’ll be using this same basic design for each month in 2023, so it’s good to watch that first segment before you dig into today’s post.

Pansies are one of my favorite flowers.  Their cheery faces never fail to make me smile.  And, they are such hardy little blooms!  Here in North Carolina they can bloom from October all the way into early May.  So I’m very happy that Graphic 45 made them the featured blossom in their gorgeous Flower Market paper collection.

February’s “Guest Stars”

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In addition to the G45 February papers, I chose 2 other paper collections to serve as our “guest stars”.  Heartfelt Creations Burst of Spring and Prima Darcelle work beautifully with these gorgeous botanicals.

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I’m really enjoying digging into my stash to find patterns from other collections that flow well with the Flower Market collection.

The darker purple tones in Darcelle add a much needed contrast to the G45 papers.  Plus, it’s always fun to use up papers from my stash.

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If you don’t have Burst of Spring or Darcelle in your Closet of Inspiration and Delight, then I’m sure you can find a suitable substitute.

Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial Part 2 on YouTube

Are you ready to see part 2 of this tutorial?  Then please enjoy this YouTube video.

I can hardly wait to get started on the March folio!  2023 is going to be a year filled with crafty adventures.  I’m so happy to have each one of you along for the journey!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial

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Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial: First in our 2023 Calendar Folio Series

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday and time to share this Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial with you.  This is going to be our Calendar Folio series for 2023!  Each month, I’ll share a fresh tutorial using these lovely papers.  Sound like fun?

What a beautiful paper collection this is!  Because the images and patterns are quite large, I decided that instead of a little card folio, we’d make an 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ flip/flap folio this year.  The design is really fun, easy to construct, and loaded with possibilities.

If you are a gardener or a lover of botanical prints, I think you will really enjoy this series.  Today I’m going to introduce the papers and the designs, show you how to make the folio base, and start decorating the February folio.  Since I had to use the January papers to come up with the folio design, there’s not a step by step for January.  But you can use the photos for January with the measurements from February and all will be well.

A Peek Inside

These large folios are perfect for record-keeping, storing receipts, documenting monthly events and a beautiful decoration for your office or craft room.  Of course they are loaded with pockets and interactive pages, because that’s what makes them fun!

Since each month in the collection only has 2 pages (one pattern, one cut apart) I had to get innovative and bring in other papers to complete the folio design.  The January folio pairs up beautifully with Graphic 45 Cottage Life.  So if  you have that collection in your stash, this is a great way to use it!

It’s amazing how well the images and color palette of these two collections work together.

I plan to share the Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial for March in February, the April folio in March and so on and so forth so that you will have time to create them before the new month turns over.

I also used the Graphic 45 dies to create special pockets, envelopes, file folders and butterfly embellishments within each folio.

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Folio Tutorial: February

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Don’t you love that the February flowers are pansies?  This is the folio we will build together in the step by step tutorial below.

The companion papers for this folio are from Heartfelt Creations Burst of Spring paper pad.  It’s amazing how well they work with the February designs and colors.

I also pulled in some patterns from Prima Darcelle.  This folio is purple-icious!

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Sharing two folios in one month made for a very long video tutorial.  So I’ve broken it into two parts.  Part 1, which we will share today, features a walk through of the papers and the finished January folio.

Are you ready to get your craft on?  Please enjoy part 1 of this 2-part video tutorial.

I’ll be back on Thursday with the 2nd tutorial.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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