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Spellbinders Queen Anne’s Lace Tutorial

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Spellbinders Queen Anne’s Lace Tutorial with Simple Stories Remember

Hello, Friends!  This Spellbinder’s Queen Anne’s Lace Tutorial is our February 2024 Flower of the Month.  Queen Anne’s Lace grew wild in the fields and along the roadsides of my Vermont childhood.  Many and many a lazy summer afternoon was spent picking these delicate beauties and making flower crowns or bouquets with them.  I always thought they were too elegant to be considered a weed, and my mom agreed.  She told me that they were grown in formal gardens in England, and I don’t know if this is true or not.  But they should be, as I think they are one of Nature’s most beautiful offerings.

At first glance, I was afraid these flowers would be hard to make.  But I was delighted to find that they come together quickly and are very easy to make.  I’ll show  you how in the video tutorial below.

Queen Anne’s Lace and Simple Stories Remember Sympathy Card

Because of the delicate beauty of the Queen Anne’s Lace, I decided to create a sympathy card.  Simple Stories new Remember collection is gorgeous, and so appropriate for use on a sympathy or get well card.  I’ll share a peek at the patterns and images  in the video tutorial, too.

TIP: Create a lush floral arrangement by pairing your handmade flowers with pre-made flowers.  This allowed me to add various textures, sizes, and color to the arrangement.

A Peek Inside

The inside of this card has a simple, peaceful vibe.  I did create a pocket, but kept it quite simple.

After matting the tag on white cardstock, I ran a bit of ribbon through it to finish it off.  The tag doubles as a bookmark, and I love the sentiment. .  Since I grew up in a household where a cup of hot tea was pretty much the cure for anything,  I created a little tea wallet to tuck inside the pocket as well.

The sentiments in this collection are so well done.

Spellbinders Queen Anne’s Lace Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to make these graceful blooms as well as take a tour of the Simple Stories Remember Collection, then I hope you will enjoy this YouTube video.


If you missed the January Flower of the Month Tutorial, you can find it HERE.

Are you enjoying these Flower of the Month tutorials?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below this blog post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!




Party Hat Slimline Birthday Card Tutorial

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Party Hat Slimline Birthday Card Tutorial: February 2024 Birthday Card of the Month

Hello, Friends!  How about an adorable Party Hat Slimline Birthday Card Tutorial?  What fun I had creating this vintage style card!  In fact, I like this card so much, I decided to make it our February 2024 Birthday Card of the Month.

This is another one of my “scrappy wonders” made with bits and bobs of Photoplay Hello, Lovely that were left after our “Make a Stack” video tutorial. I invited some paper pretties from Reneabouquets to the party along with a vintage ephemera photo that I’ve had in my stash for a long, long time.

Put on Your Party Dress….and Hat, too

Why make a slimline card, you may ask?  Well, the size and shape of my paper scraps had everything to do with that decision.  They were mostly all long and skinny.  So it made sense to create this 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card base.

You could call this card a one sheet wonder, as I only used 1 sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock to create the base.  Here’s how:

  • First, place the 11″ side of a sheet of cardstock on your scoring tool.
  • Now score at 4 1/4″ and 4 1/2″.
  • Then score at 8 3/4″ and 9″.

That’s all there is to it!  The 2″ flap on the far right will become a pocket once you add 1 3/4″ x 1 1/4″ gussets to the top and bottom edge.  (Score those gussets at 1/2″ and 3/4″.  You’ll see me do this in the video tutorial.

Party on the Inside

Create a party on the inside of this card by adding pockets, chocolate, gift card wallet and sweet little magnet on the inside.

With a little paper piecing, those bits and bobs of Hello, Lovely papers made an adorable birthday card, don’t you think?

Party Hat Slimline Birthday Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how I created this fun card with just scraps of a lovely paper collection, please enjoy the video tutorial on my YouTube Channel.

Did you enjoy seeing this sweet card come together?  What do you do with your pretty paper scraps?  I’d love to hear your ideas in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!




Birthday Card of the Month with Mintay Chocolate Kiss

January 2024 Birthday Card of the Month with Mintay Chocolate Kiss and Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  Today we’re going to create our January 2024 Birthday Card of the Month with Mintay Chocolate Kiss and some paper pretties from Reneabouquets.  Working with this scrumptious paper collection had me craving some sweet treats, let me tell you!

First, I had to decide what type of card to make.  After all, this is our very first Birthday Card of the Month tutorial.  It needs to set the tone.  Easel cards are probably my favorite fancy fold design. I never get tired of making them.  Then, I decided to tweak the basic easel card design to make it even more fun.

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How?  Well, how about a bookmark pocket built into the cover of the card?  You’ll learn how to do this in the video tutorial below.

A Peek Inside

Stamped birthday sentiments from my stash,  fussy cut images, and flirty butterflies  helped dress up the card design inside and out!  The interior pocket acts as a stopper for the easel mechanism, but it also provides a lovely spot to tuck in some birthday treats!

One simply must place chocolate in a chocolate themed birthday card.  And if one is going to enjoy a bit of chocolate, it should be accompanied by a cuppa. Don’t you agree?  I also dressed up that sweet little tag with an itty bitty notecard and a surprise flap element on the back side.  All will be revealed in the video tutorial below.

Birthday Card of the Month with Mintay Chocolate Kiss Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to take a closer look at the Mintay Chocolate Kiss collection?  Learn how to create the layers on this sweet birthday card and more as you watch the video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

Of course, you could easily use this card for Valentine’s Day.  Simply change up the sentiments, and you’re good to go!

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

I’ll be back on Thursday with a fun mixed media Valentine tutorial.  Sound like fun?

Thanks for stopping by, friends!





Mintay White Christmas Shaker Folio Tutorial

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Hello, Friends!  Well, I’m back from my break and ready to share this lovely Mintay White Christmas Shaker Folio Tutorial with you for Make & Take Tuesday.  I hope your Thanksgiving weekend was restful and restorative.  We enjoyed lots of good things to eat, lots of hugs, big laughs, great conversations and even time to rest.  What could possibly be better?

But now it’s time to get serious about Christmas crafting!  So many projects are dancing in my head, and only a few days to bring them to life.  I have quite a few new Christmas collections in my stash, and I’m excited to share them with you as we move through this festive season.

Mintay White Christmas is probably my favorite new Christmas collection this year.  It has just the right mix of traditional and fresh colors, patterns and images. Plan on seeing this collection pop up again in future projects, friends!

Reneabouquets Snowflake Shaker Frame

Reneabouquets snowflakes are so detailed and delicate, you can use them right out of the package.  But you know me…I’m going to gild the lily whenever I can!  So I heat embossed them with WOW! Powdered Snow embossing powder.  I wish you could see this 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ folio in real life because it positively glistens like fresh fallen snow.

TIP:  Add a little spice to your flower cascade by tucking fussy cut candy canes, cookies and snowflakes in between the flowers.

The Ribbon Closure and Spine

In keeping with the shabby chic design of this folio, I added torn linen ribbon as a closure.  I love the texture this adds, and the red centers of the snowflakes are a near perfect match for the paper collection.

TIP:  To keep the ribbon from fraying, place a little Dries Clear Adhesive on your fingertips, then brush them lightly over the edges.  It really works!

A Peek Inside

Designing folio bases is probably my favorite crafty pursuit.  I love to look for ways to add interactive elements so that flipping through the pages is an interactive experience.   So we will add a flip page on the left and a pull out folio on the right hand side of this album.

For even more fun, I’ve added a kinetic waterfall feature on the right and a sweet little gatefold door in the center panel.

Want to see what’s behind the door?  Well, you’ll have to watch the video to find out!

Mintay White Christmas Shaker Folio Tutorial on YouTube

This is one of my longer tutorials, so you might want to grab a cuppa, a snack, and put your feet up before you hit play.  We’ll start with a walk through of the paper collection, then I’ll share the finished folio with you.  After that, we’ll get to work building the folio base and adding the various elements.

For your convenience, you can find the basic measurements in the description box below the video on my YouTube channel.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another Christmas card featuring Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I look forward to seeing you then!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!




Graphic 45 December Flower Market Folio Tutorial

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Graphic 45 December Flower Market Folio Tutorial with G45 Warm Wishes

Hello, Friends!  I’m excited to share this Graphic 45 December Flower Market Tutorial with you for several different reasons.  First, it turned out to be the prettiest month of all.  Then, it’s December so I added some extra “bells and whistles” to provide more room for photos.  And finally, this tutorial completes this year-long monthly folio series.  What a year!  For those of you have stuck with this series from beginning to end, I salute you!  Once you complete this folio, you’ll have a gorgeous stack of floral themed folios to enjoy for years to come.

Our “guest star” paper collection for this month is Graphic 45 Warm Wishes.  Wait until you see how beautifully these two paper collections compliment one another.

The deeper tones of Warm Wishes provide depth and contrast to the lighter colored Flower Market pages.  Many of you will have this beautiful collection in your stash.  But if you don’t just use whatever you have on hand and it will be beautiful.

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You’ll find even more room for photos and more interactive pages, like this gatefold feature, built into the folio this month.

A Peek Inside


There is so much room for journaling and memory keeping in this month’s folio.  We follow the same basic format as in the previous months but added more special tags, mini folios and flaps so you can capture those special  holiday moments.

We also do a lot of simple layering techniques to build in a sense of depth and dimension without adding bulk.

Christmas cardinals and poinsettias are wonderful playmates!

Room for Large Photos

This lateral waterfall page is probably my favorite.  I love the way you lift the top flap, then the magnetic belt to reveal the large photo mats tucked inside.

And the colors are gorgeous together!

Here’s the center pocket dressed up with a sweet doily from Annette Green’s dies, a word border and postage stamp.

You can find last month’s folio and a link to previous folios HERE. For a playlist of all my G45 Flower Market Folios on YouTube, click HERE.

Graphic 45 December Flower Market Folio Tutorial on YouTube

So are you ready to create this final Flower Market Folio together?  If so, grab a cuppa and a snack, because this is a BIG tutorial and you will need sustenance to get you through.

Well, we did it, friends!  Twelve monthly folios using this gorgeous paper collection all done and dusted.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this series as much as I have.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends.