Blue Skies, Sunshine and Buzzing Bees

Summer Days: Blue Skies, Sunshine and Buzzing Bees

Hello, Friends!  Hello, Summer: time for blue skies, sunshine and buzzing bees!  Today I’ve pulled out my favorite Authentique June Calendar papers to make this summery greeting card.

Authentique June Calendar Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is entirely made with the scraps I had left after making my June Desk Calendar Tutorial.  It’s amazing what a little clever paper piecing allows you to do!   Add a little shabby chic detail with a Spellbinders Heirloom Oval Die cut from cream cardstock.  Machine stitching and gingham ribbon add a sweet homespun feel to the card design.

TIP: Stitch panels of the plaid and floral patterns from the June calendar collection onto a white cardstock mat.  Then use ribbon to cover the seam!  It looks like a design element.  Is that sneaky or what?

TIP:  Die cut too short ? Try cutting it in half across the middle.  Then adhere the halves where you want them.  Now cover the seam with your focal image.  That’s another sneaky trick!

This handsome bee charm is headed straight for that bodacious yellow blossom in the corner.

Blue Skies, Sunshine and Buzzing Bees: A Peek Inside

Dress up the inside of your card with pockets.  Layer scraps of patterned paper to cover the card base.  Then turn an image into a pocket by gluing it down on the sides and bottom.

Mat leftover image and sentiment panels on plain cardstock to create mini folios. Measure the height of the image,double it, then add 1/4″ .  Then cut the paper about 1/4″ wider than the image.  Fold in half and adhere your image to the front.  Easy peasy!

Since I’m a tea drinker, I like to tuck in a tea bag, honey stick and a vintage demitasse spoon.  Chocolate is always a welcome treat.  But you can tailor your add ins for the recipient.  It’s such fun to find little treasures that turn a card into a gift.

I hope I’ve inspired you to break out those precious scraps and make something beautiful today.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!






13 thoughts on “Blue Skies, Sunshine and Buzzing Bees

  1. Susan Steele

    Luv this adorable sweet card …blue skies, sunshine and buzzing bees …my favorite spring card yet! And all from scraps …you are the Queen of scrap cards! I’m afraid to throw anything away! I’ll say …No, Kathy would use this somehow! Lol! I just luv this beautiful vintage creation! Thanks for sharing your great tips! Have a wonderful weekend! Be safe! Hugs, Suzy Q

  2. Gena L Krannig

    Kathy, what a pretty summer card! I love those blue and yellow color combinations. Of course anything with birds and bees is just magical to me. That little be charm is just too sweet and what pretty flowers she has to visit! The gingham bow is just gorgeous with those yellow flowers and your sentiments are wonderful, especially the “turn your face to the sun” one! Thank you for sharing such a joyful card! Hugs!

  3. Martie Rollin

    YES! This delightfully French color combination always seems to work! This Authentique paper collection is so versatile and useful. I think this is one of their very best collections. And Bees? Well, definitely one of my personal favorite themes. I don’t have any flat bees, but I do have some little dangling bee charms that will work just fine. Those buttons are a nice element alongside the machine stitching…nicely coordinated details. .

  4. MaryH.

    Those French colors are fast becoming a favorite and of course bees & teas my all time loves. Kathy, you sure know how to put a smile on our faces and a song in our hearts. Another lovely creation I adore. Thanks for the hard work you did to bring us joy.

  5. Joyce Lennard

    That is so lovely Kathy. So many beautiful details to admire. I would love to play with your stash.

  6. soozyb2013

    I love my bees! You just know what makes me smile. Such a tiny project to be packed with such yummies! Great work Kathy and the papers are lovely.


    Beautiful and bright!! Blue and yellow are always gorgeous together – well done!!!!

  8. Claire Gagne

    Another beautiful card Kathy. The color is gorgeous. You just seem to make whatever papers work and looks fantastic. Be safe & TYFS

  9. Helen Budz

    What a delightful card, Kathy. The colors of your papers and embellishments are a perfect match…that’s awesome. Your tips are always so helpful. Since I have the Authentique papers to make the calendar project (I’ll get started on it soon as a Christmas gift) I know I’ll be creating a card with the scraps that is inspired by you! tfs-Hugs. Stay well.

  10. Jan Ross

    You know I always appreciate your tips and the fact that you care about your readers in whatever supplies we may or may not own. Papercrafting is such a fun hobby for me, but it’s not inexpensive. This Authentique paper you featured here is a timeless color choice and design. I love it, and of course, the little folio makes it a real treasure for someone to admire.

  11. Elizabeth Mahoney

    Hi- where do you find your spoons? So very clever. In the card I. Ought from you I had thought it would be like the ones I’ve found (plastic with a silver coating). Yours seems to be real metal! P.s. love the card….

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