Simple Stories Weathered Garden Party in a Box Tutorial

Simple Stories Weathered Garden Party in a Box Card Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday Kathy Clement Photo 01

Simple Stories Weathered Garden Party in a Box Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  For this episode of Make & Take Tuesday, I’m sharing a lovely Simple Stories Weathered Garden Party in a Box Tutorial.  If you love soft botanicals, butterflies, tea and chocolate, I predict you are going to be very happy today!

This 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ top fold Party in a Box also features the lovely Eyelet Lace Frame Die from Spellbinders.  It’s stunning die cut from cream paper and spattered with chalk paint!

Don’t let this photo of the finished card intimidate you!  This is such a simple card to make.  The dies (and the tutorial!) do most of the heavy lifting.  All you need to do is add flowers, ribbon and a few paint spatters for a stunning finish.

This is my first time playing with layered stickers from Simple Stories, and I like them!  Add dimension to the focal image with a layered butterfly sticker.  Then create a touch of whimsy in the floral cluster with that darling little clipboard sticker.  How could I resist?

A Peek Inside

How much do we love this paper collection?  Oh, so much!  I had fun creating this flap page on the top of the card…and you will, too!

What’s behind door #1?  This sweet little pull out folio and side car pocket, that’s what!  You’ll learn how to make it in the video tutorial below.

Learn some of my favorite sneaky tricks as we make the card together.  I mentioned last week that Make & Take Tuesdays are similar to a live cooking show.  Anything can happen!

This collection is just filled to the brim with lovely images.  I think you will like seeing how I added my own personal touches to them in the video.

Then, of course, you can’t have a Party in a Box without some lovely little treats!  Use your scraps to create a darling note card.  Then wrap the treats in other small scraps.  The end result is a gorgeous gift that will make everyone remark on how clever you are!

Make & Take Tuesday Weathered Garden Party in a Box Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how this project comes together, please grab a cuppa and enjoy this video tutorial.  I’m still struggling a bit with my voice, but I managed to get this one over the finish line in spite of it!

Did you enjoy this week’s Make and Take Tuesday?  If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts in teh comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy 

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Amazing Paper Grace Filigree Marquis Die

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Amazing Paper Grace Filigree Marquis Die with Carta Bella Flora Friendship Folio

Hello, Friends!  I think you’re going to fall in love with this Amazing Paper Grace Filigree Marquis Die.  It’s one of the new dies in Spellbinder’s “Classically Becca” release.  Elegant, versatile, and inspiring are words that come to mind.  I spent a delightful afternoon creating a Friendship Party in a Box Folio with Carta Bella’s Flora 4 collection.  And this die set the tone for the design.

Although the die is sized to fit the front of an A2 (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) card base, it makes the perfect focal frame on this 6×6 folio.  The die also has a gorgeous filigree oval in the center.  Here’s where the versatility comes in.  Cut the die in half and layer it beneath the focal to add another layer of elegance to your creation.

Cinch and Go Flowers

This release also features a brand new Cinch and Go Flower set.  Becca is famous for dies that create gorgeous flowers with minimal effort.  Here’s how I made the flowers for this folio.

  • First, die cut flower layers from a sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ whip cream cardstock.
  • TIP: Always die cut more flower layers than you need for the project you are working on.  This way, you have a stash of prepared flower layers that are ready to go!
  • Next, cup the flowers by running a ball stylus from the outer edge of the petal to the center.  Apply gentle pressure, and the petals will magically turn up and shape themselves!
  • Now apply the ball stylus around the center of each petal layer to finish the shaping process.
  • Then layer the petals together, staggering the petals.  Use hot glue or liquid adhesive to hold the petals in place.
  • Next, shape the stamen die cuts in the same way and adhere in the center of each flower.  You can fill the centers with beaded stamens, micro beads, Czech beads, or Prills, as I did.
  • Finally, lightly brush the edges with ink to bring out the details.  I used Gathered Twigs because it worked well with my paper selections.

I’ll show you all the flower layers in the short video tour below.  But look how adorable this itty bitty posy is!

The Spine

Decorate the folio spine with a cluster of dangle charms.  I used an antique bronze clock, rhinestone gem, enamel bee and resin leaves.  Attach the charms to a lobster claps with jump rings.

A Peek Inside

Add a box pocket inside the folio.  Then fill it with everything you might need to create a tea party for one!

Use scraps of designer paper to gift wrap little treats.

This side pocket is the perfect spot to tuck in a note card and a trio of darling tags.

A hidden pocket in the center panel provides room for a pull out folio.  Place adhesive just along the bottom edge of an ephemera tag to create a tuck spot for a 3×4 card.

Meet the Amazing Paper Grace Filigree Marquis Die & Flower in a YouTube tour

To help you get a feel for the flow of this folio, and to introduce you to this wonderful die and flower, I’ve created a very short YouTube video tour.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.  To see the entire “Classically Becca” release at Spellbinders, please click HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Time to Flourish February Desk Calendar

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Graphic 45 Time to Flourish February Desk Calendar for the RRR January 2022 Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  This Graphic 45 Time to Flourish February Desk Calendar is my inspiration piece for the Really Reasonable Ribbon January 2022 Blog Hop!  You should be coming here full of inspiration after visiting my dear and talented friend, Ginny on her blog.  This month we are getting ready for Valentine’s Day with the Sweetheart Ribbon Club Assortment.

I received the Time to Flourish Collection as a Christmas gift to myself.  The February papers are the perfect playmate for this romantic ribbon club assortment.

I chose the Red Houndstooth, White Diamond Satin and Random Hearts on Poppy Satin to adorn this easel style desk calendar.  Can you spot the 6 areas where I used it?

The Random Red Hearts Satin really draws the eye to this pretty chipboard heart and key embellishment.

A Peek Inside

There are lots of gun surprises inside this 6″ x 6″ card base.  The pocket is a handy spot to tuck in photos and journal cards.

Then there’s a hidden pocket with a lovely little pull out folio beneath it.

I had just enough paper from the 12×12 and 8×8 pads to complete the project.

Here’s a sweet spot inside the folio for even more photos.  This is such a fun way to dress up your desk!

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties the lovely Cheryl has prepared for you.  Be sure to finish up over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  If you answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win your very own Sweetheart Ribbon Assortment.

If you’re not a member of the Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to join.  Bonnie sends out a beautiful  themed ribbon assortment each month.  If you are trying to build up your stash of ribbons, or if you’re trying to get out of a ribbon rut, the Club always has something new and fresh to play with.  You can sign up for the Club HERE.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

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January and February Gnome of the Month Card Tutorials

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January & February Gnome of the Month Card Tutorials

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m launching the first installment of my Gnome of the Month Card Tutorials.  Each month in 2022, we are going to make a cute card with Photoplay’s Year With My Gnomies paper collection.  I’ve decided that 2022 is a good year for fun and smile.  These gnomes definitely make me chuckle.   What  better way to send someone a smile in the mail each month? Sometimes these ideas just pop into my head, and so far I’ve not regretted bringing them to life.

Launching Make & Take Tuesdays on YouTube

February Gnome of the Month Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photoplay Year With My Gnomies Photo 01

Now gnomes may not be your cup of tea.  Not to worry! I’ve decided to launch a new YouTube tutorial series called Make and Take Tuesday.  This  series will be in addition to my Throwback Thursday posts.  We’ll be working with newer collections in these tutorials, and the focus will be on creating cards.  The gnomes will make a monthly appearance, but the series will cover everything from making stacks of cards in a hurry, fun fold card bases, easy to mail cards and fully loaded cards.

My goal is to share these posts with you every Tuesday as my schedule permits.  Sound like fun?

January Gnome of the Month

Since January is nearly half over, I am sharing both the January and February cards this month.  Since the idea didn’t pop into my head until after I had created the January card, there is no step by step tutorial for it.  But, the base for each of these cards is the same.  Only the patterns and the embellishments vary.  So you can easily create this wintry card, even without the step by step tutorial.

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The shaker box on the front of this card features a brand new, soon to be released die from Becca Feeken.  The Filigree Marquis die is part of her new “Classically Becca” release in January. Here’s how to make the shaker frame:

  • First, die cut the frame from 100# white cardstock.
  • Next, heat emboss the frame with VersaMark and Ranger Bridal Tinsel Embossing Powder.
  • Let the embossing cool, then back the frame with a piece of clear cardstock. (Acetate)
  • Now, place 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips around the sides of the frame.
  • Then fill the inside of the frame with a shaker mix.
  • Next, cut a panel of the polka dot paper large enough to back the frame.  Decorate it with the sledding gnome from the sticker sheet.  Then press in place on the back of the frame.
  • Finish with the fussy cut Snow Day Gnome, ribbon , flowers and charms.

A Peek Inside

The tutorial for the February card will show you how to create the base, add the pockets, and make the mini folios.

What a fun way to send birthday greetings to January birthday boys and girls!  You have plenty of room in the pocket to tuck in a gift card, tea bag, or other small treat.

February Gnome of the Month

The shaker element on the February Gnome of the Month is a Reneabouquets Beautiful Board Frame.  I’ll show you how to assemble it in the video tutorial below.

You can see how the design of each card is the same.  We just change out the patterned papers and embellishments.

I dare you not to smile at these adorable critters!

Since each month’s papers in the collection is laid out almost the same, it’s very easy to repeat the designs.

So, if  you are ready to get started on making your own Gnome of the Month Card, join me for the tutorial below.

Gnome of the Month Card Tutorial on YouTube

Let Me Hear Your Thoughts

So now I need to hear from you!  Do you like the idea of a Gnome of the Month Card Tutorial?  Are you excited about Make and Take Tuesday?  Making these video tutorials is a huge time commitment on my end.  I’m happy to do it, but I need to know that you are on board and like the idea.  Otherwise, I’m just spinning my wheels.  Please share your thoughts with me in the comment section of my blog, or on my YouTube channel.  It is really helpful when I hear from you!

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

Happy Make and Take Tuesday!

Thanks for stopping  by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Orchids and Cats Party in a Box

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Stamperia Orchids and Cats Party in a Box

Hello, Friends!  This Stamperia Orchids and Cats Party in a Box is one of several special order gifts I made during the Christmas holidays.  It will come as no surprise to learn that this was made for a cat and plant lover.  Sometimes I am asked why I keep such a large stash of papers. (Of course you never ask such things.  You understand completely.  This is why we are such good friends.)

When a customer says, “I need a special gift for someone who has everything. She loves cats and plants.” I can answer, “oh, I have just the thing.”  I always feel somewhat vindicated when I can reach into the Closet of Inspiration and Delight and find the very thing that a customer is looking for.  It’s wonderful when it works that way!

This is a larger than usual party in a box with lots of layers and fussy cutting. By layering fussy cuts beside and behind the focal image, I was able to create the cozy little scene on the cover.

I am sure this sweet kitty is having the loveliest dream while its bolder companion is gazing out of the window to the wide world beyond.

TIP: Fussy cut the small cat image, then back it with foam tape.  Now you can tuck it into the flower cluster to add a bit of whimsy to the card design.

A Peek Inside

One of the biggest challenges I had in making this gift was the size of the images in the 12×12 paper pad.  But fussy cutting around the profile of this snoozing feline allowed me to use it as a flap element inside the card cover.

A beautiful garden of orchids is hidden behind the flap along with a few fussy cut images and sentiments.

Party in a Box

How do you put together a party in a box?   First, gift wrap a tall packet of Raspberry Cocoa.  Then top it with a pretty bow to make it extra special.  Next, use scraps of designer paper to gift wrap some cookies and chocolate. Now tuck in a vintage silver plate demitasse spoon for a dash of elegance.  Finally, stitch up a little magnet to add a gift that keeps on giving.

I know many of you have a fear of cutting into your Stamperia papers.  Perhaps this example of how I used them will give you the courage to bring them to life.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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