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Honey and Bee Trifold Card Folio Tutorial

Honey and Bee Trifold Card Folio Tutorial with Elizabeth Craft Designs and Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  For today’s Throwback Thursday post I’ve prepared a sweet Honey and Bee Trifold Card Folio Tutorial.  Buzzing Bees, Boho style blossoms and a lovely beehive make this the perfect summertime project.  I dug out my Elizabeth Craft Designs “Everythings Blooming” dies and some Reneabouquets goodies to my crafty adventure.  A good time was  had by all.

Playful Flowers

These cheery sunflowers are made with the Everythings Blooming Playful Flowers die.  Cut the base flower and ink it up with Mustard Seed and Scattered Straw Distress Ink.  Then cut the looped flower and ink it up with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink.  I used the “smoosh, spritz and dip” method to color both layers.  Here’s how that process works:

  • First, smoosh the ink pad onto a non-stick craft sheet. You can do both colors at the same time.
  • Next, spritz the ink with water until beads formed.
  • Now, dip the layers into the inky puddles to pick up all that luscious color.
  • Then heat dry or leave to dry overnight.  When dry, ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  You can even very lightly pounce the used blender tool over the surface oof the flower layers to create shadows.
  • Next, place a foam tab between the two layers.
  • Finish with a vintage button center.
Beehive and Stemmed Flowers

Create layers on your card with the Postage Stamp and Lace Borders Dies.  I like to layer the borders with two complementary colors of cardstock to create a shadow effect.

Color the stemmed flowers by rubbing the ink pad directly onto the die cut.  The same technique works really well for the honeycomb die.  Then spritz lightly with water to soften the finish.  Scatter mustard seeds from the kitchen around to add some extra texture.  The fun thing about mustard seeds is that they look a lot like bee pollen, so that works really well with the card design.

Creating the Folio Base

This is such an easy base to build.  Here’s the how-to:

  • First, cut (2) 8 1/2″ x 5″ panels of heavy pink cardstock.  Score one panel at 7″ and 7 1/8″.  You will have a flap on one end.
  • Place adhesive on the scored flap, then overlap the second panel and press to join.
  • Score a 1/2″ flap on a scrap of your green cardstock and adhere to the right hand side of your folio base.  The flap will be covered up by designer paper.

That’s it!  So easy!

A Peek Inside

You can see the added flap in this photo.  Turn it into a pocket, dress it up with another border piece, ephemera and stickers, then add a packet of wildflower seeds and a honey stick .  The left hand panel is jut a cute collage page with a little tuck spot for tags and ephemera.

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Add more Stemmed Flowers behind the flap, and a tiny pocket for tea.  You can see that I layered scraps of my designer paper on the right.  This is one of my favorite ways to use up those small paper scraps.  The Large Doily serves as a frame for my mini collage made with more ephemera and stickers.

Honey and Bee Trifold Card Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see the process of how I layered up the cover of this card folio, I hope you’ll enjoy this video tutorial on my YouTube channel.


Did I share some tips and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

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

Thanks for stopping by, friends!





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!




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Honeybee Shaker Card with Custom Dyed Ribbon

Honeybee Shaker Card with Custom Dyed Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Bees are buzzing and flowers are blooming, so I’m popping in to share this Honeybee Shaker Card with Custom Dyed Ribbon.  It’s adorned with Ribbon, Metallic String and Pastel Sweetheart Blossoms from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

You might recognize this Elizabeth Craft Designs Honeybee from an earlier post.  This time I dressed her up in shades of aqua and coral.  She’s headed for the spring flowers inside that shaker frame for sure!

Create the shaker frame with an Everythings Blooming Large Doily.  Die cut a circle from acetate and adhere to the back.  Then add 3 layers of foam tape and press over your selection of sequins, buttons and beads.

Die cut the honeycomb from patterned paper.   Keep the punch out pieces, flip to the reverse side and glue inside the cells. You can also scatter some sequins in for a touch of sparkle.

Custom Dyed Seam Binding Ribbon to the Rescue!

What do you do when you don’t have perfect shade of ribbon in your stash?  I turn to my white seam binding ribbon!  Then I pull out my Distress Inks and add just the colors I want.  Here’s how.

  • First, cut about 1 yard of white seam binding ribbon.
  • Next, select 3 complementary shades of Distress Ink. For this card, I chose Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Fossilized Amber.
  • Swipe the Distress Ink Pads on a non-stick craft sheet, then mist with water until small color droplets form.
  • Dip the seam binding ribbon through the inky puddles.  Don’t swipe, or the colors will get muddy.
  • Dry the ribbon with a heat gun between applications, and repeat until you are happy with the final result.
  • If your ribbon is wrinkled, you can iron with a warm iron.  But I like the crinkles!
  • Now tie your pretty bow and top with Iridescent Metallic String.
A Peek Inside

Add a cute side pocket inside your card, then fill with a mini note card and packet of wildflower seeds.

Create a cute little tag with Honeybee and Bloom stamps from the Everything’s Blooming release.  Tie waxed linen thread around the top and add a bee charm to complete the theme.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!





Everythings Blooming Honeybee Step Fold Card

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Annette Green’s Everythings Blooming Layered Honeybee Step Card with Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello, Friend!  This cute Everythings Blooming Layered Honeybee Step Card is another sample I made with Annette Green’s new Elizabeth Craft Designs release.  Oh, I am having so much fun with these stamps and dies.  This time I’ve paired the beautiful Layered Honeybee up with the Lace Borders and Postage Stamps Frame and the Honeybee Clear Acrylic Stamps.  I thought it would be fun to show them off on a fancy fold card…so I did!

I began by adapting the standard 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ step fold card base to measure 7″ x 5″.  (Yes, it took some mathing.)  The Layered Honeybee has a kraft cardstock base, patterned paper and vellum wings.  I added “pollen” to his body (he’s a very busy honeybee) with Art Institute Dries Clear Glitter Glue and Scattered Straw Distress Glitter.  The cute flowers are made with the flower dies that come in the set, as is the honeycomb background layer.

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Next I die cut a Small Doily and stamped the Honeybee Clear Acrylic Stamps Label on patterned cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink.  Heat emboss the stamped image with Clear Embossing Powder, then color in the flowers.  Brush the edges lightly with Versamark Ink and heat emboss with gold embossing powder.  Now you can mat the stamped label in the center of the small doily.

Add some mustard seeds inside your die cut honeycomb for extra texture and whimsy.  And don’t forget to add Lace Borders to the step folds!  This really helps them to stand out.

A Peek Inside

I’ve used the lace borders inside the card as well. I really like the detail they add to the card.  To make the cute tuck spot, adhere just the bottom edge of the flower basket to your card base.  Now you can tuck the cute tag behind it and add a sentiment to the back.

I’m having such a good time finding different ways to use this wonderful release.  Honeybees are a favorite of mine, so I especially enjoyed making this project.

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

Thanks for stopping by!





Everythings Blooming Layered Bird Projects

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Annette Green’s Everythings Blooming Layered Bird Projects for Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello, Friends!  I’m still having loads of fun with Annette Green’s Everythings Blooming Layered Bird, Small Doilies and Stemmed Flowers.  These new dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs are so much fun to play with.  Today I’m pairing the dies up with Fancy Pants Honey and Bee. These cute Boho style papers make great playmates for the dies.

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Here’s a look at the 5×7 topfold card I made using these supplies as well as some simple crafty tips you can use.

  • First, keep the card design simple so that these detailed dies can take center stage. By keeping the busier floral pattern in the background and the simpler wood grain pattern in the foreground, these cute birds really pop off the page.
  • Next, die cut the bird bodies from plain kraft cardstock.  this gives you a great base to build your layers on.
  • Cut the wings and details from patterned paper to create a whimsical, boho style birdie.
  • Place foam tabs or dots between the layers to add extra dimension.
  • Place one wing in front of the bird’s body and the other behind for even more dimension.

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Stemmed Flowers Tips and Tricks

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  • Die cut stemmed flowers from 4 different shades of cardstock.  I used a dark grey to match the base of my card, a light grey for contrast, a pale petal pink for the flowers, and a deep rose pink for contrast.  I picked these colors up from the flowers in the paper pack.
  • Stagger the flower layers when gluing them together to create a shadow effect.
  • Keep out some leafy foliage to tuck in behind the birds.
  • Tie the two birds together by placing the doily between them.  You can fill the center of the doily with a shaker frame, or use a sentiment as I did here.
  • Black rhinestones work well for the eyes, and as little pops of color when scattered around the card.
A Peek Inside

The inside of this card is really fun because of the pretty blank sentiment area and the roomy pocket.  Do you spy the Lace Border at the top of the pocket?  That’s also from Everythings Blooming.

Oh, look!  There’s another fun button flower tag made with Everythings Blooming Playful Flowers, Stamps and the Fancy Flourish Die.  I told you these dies are versatile!  The stamps are such fun to use in a mixed media background, too.

I made this tag using the same techniques that I demonstrated in THIS YouTube video tutorial. Simply change out the color palette to go with your papers and you are all set.

Tuck a teabag in to a cute wallet made from your scraps.  Or , you could easily tuck in a gift card, if you prefer.  Either way, you’ve just created a great gift!

Layered Bird Tag “Just for Fun”

Since I already had a big mess out on my desk, I decided to use my leftover inks on another little tag.  This is a G45 Square Laser Cut Tag.  I don’t think they are making these any more, but I had one in my stash.

I was pleasantly surprised at how well the tag held up under all  the inking and stamping.

If you’re intimidated at starting a big mixed media project, I highly recommend starting with a little tag like this.  It’s a non-threatening way to practice your techniques!

I’m off now to our youngest granddaughter’s 8th birthday party.  How she turned 8 so quickly is beyond me!  I hope you all have a restful and restorative Sunday afternoon.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!