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Lush Lilacs and Pretty Spring Flowers Tutorial

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Lush Lilacs and Pretty Spring Flowers Tutorial for March 2024 Flower of the Month

Hello, Friends!  Spring is in full bloom and I have a Lush Lilacs and Pretty Spring Flowers Tutorial to help us celebrate!  Yes, it’s time for our March 2024 Flower of the Month Tutorial.  We’re having a blooming big party with Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilac Dies, Spellbinders Pretty Flowers Die, Prima In Full Bloom papers and paper pretties from Reneabouquets.

Oh, and there are bees,  a shaker frame, and a Tea Party in a Box, too.  Talk about pulling out all the stops!  Let’s take a closer look at this cheery 5″ x 7 creation, shall we?

Mixed Media and Mixed Florals, Too

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Prima In Full Bloom collection offers some truly lovely color palettes.  Once again, I decided to go with the yellow and purple hues to match my Reneabouquets Lavender Lilac Heart Frame.  Then I got busy creating some handmade florals to embellish the pretty frame.  Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilacs and these Amazing Paper Grace “Pretty Flowers” both went well with the bee/lilac theme that I could not choose between the two. So I made them both!

A Peek Inside

Sometimes I think I enjoy creating the inside of my cards as much as I do the outsides.  There are so many opportunities here to add little surprises and interactive elements.  How about a bee-utiful bee journal card on the flap of a flip page?  That’s fun, right?

It’s even more fun if you turn that journal card into a pocket that holds a packet of wild flower seeds, isn’t it?   There’s also loads of room here to add a sweet little note or a photo.

Tea Party in a Box

The box pocket holds a lovely tea party for one.  It starts with a dressed up packet of  Biscoff Cookies.  Then I tucked a  Lady Grey Tea Bag & Ghirardelli Chocolate into a tiny handmade envelope, tied it with ribbon, and topped it with a tag.  Of course, there’s a spoon to stir one’s cup and a pretty little honey stick to sweeten the tea.  Now that’s what I call a sweet surprise.

If you’ve never made a box pocket before, you can find a tutorial HERE

Lush Lilacs and Pretty Spring Flowers Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to create some Lush Lilacs and Pretty Spring Flowers, please enjoy this video tutorial on my YouTube Channel.

Important Announcement

I want to  let you all know that I will be changing my video tutorial schedule.  With the expected arrival of a new grandbaby, and an increase in family weekend activities, I am finding it hard to maintain my Make & Take Tuesday and Throwback Thursday video schedule.

So…Make & Take Tuesday is moving to Wonderful Wednesday!  This gives me an extra day to prepare after a busy weekend.  We will still follow our 2024 schedule of Tag of the Month, Banner of the Month, Birthday Card of the Month and Flower of the Month tutorials.  If there’s a 5th Wednesday, I’ll toss in a wild card tutorial for something fun.

Throwback Thursdays videos will be taking their final bow, however.  I simply cannot keep up with 2 video tutorials each and every week.  I’ll pop in with a 2nd video here and there as time allows, of course.

These changes will go into effect starting in April.  Thanks so much for your kind understanding.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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March 2024 Birthday Card of the Month Tutorial

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March 2024 Birthday Card of the Month Tutorial with Stamperia Romance Forever

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for our March 2024 Birthday Card of the Month Tutorial?  This is our third BCOM tutorial in 2024.  You can find the January and February BCOM tutorials HERE and HERE.

Have you seen Stamperia Romance Forever yet?  It came out around Valentine’s Day.  If you love shabby chic, pastels and gorgeous florals, I think you’re going to really enjoy working with this collection.  I know I thoroughly enjoyed creating this bookmark in a pocket card folio, and I hope you will, too.

Soft Spring Florals

Pastel shades of lilac, pink, rose and cream make this collection perfect for a spring time birthday card.  I could not resist cutting around the edges of this gorgeous floral clock image.

Next, stitch the image to a slightly larger panel of the crocheted lace doily pattern from the 8×8 paper pad.  Leave an opening you so can tuck a bookmark into the pocket, and now you have a gift.

TIP: Don’t forget to use the artwork on the front cover of these beautiful paper collections.  Trim out the sample panel of the floral border, stitch it to a slightly larger panel of lavender cardstock, back it with lace and you’ve made a really pretty bookmark.

A Peek Inside

Flaps and pockets really help to make a card special.  Score an 8″ x 6 7/8″ panel of patterned paper at 4 3/4″ .  Fold on the scored line and you have a flap page in no time!  Dress up the front of the flap with a stamped sentiment, pretty frame and a chipboard turn tab.

Add a 4″ x 3″ panel of pink cardstock inside the flap as a sentiment spot.  By the way…is this paper gorgeous or what?

Fill the pocket with fun surprises like a lavender sachet sewn from rice paper, a little birthday tag and something special (not tea!) inside one of the cut out envelopes from the collection.

Stamperia Romance Forever March 2024 Birthday Card of the Month Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to join me as I create this pretty birthday card?  Then grab a cuppa and a snack and please enjoy this video tutorial.

 

I’ll be back on Thursday with something else fun to make.  Next Tuesday is our Flower of the Month tutorial…and I’m thinking spring flowers!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Peter Rabbit Banner Tutorial

Peter Rabbit Banner Tutorial for March 2024 Banner of the Month

Hello, Friends!  I have a special reason for making this Peter Rabbit Banner Tutorial today.  Our precious oldest daughter is expecting her first child in June, and we couldn’t be more excited!  Her nursery decor will feature a Beatrix Potter theme, so I just had to dig out these older Peter’s World papers from Memory Place and stitch her up a banner.  What a fun afternoon in the studio!

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Here’s a peek at the whole banner.  There are seven pennants and 2 different shapes in three different sizes.   Isn’t it sweet?  We don’t know yet if we are expecting a girl or a boy.  They want to be surprised. But these are her nursery colors, so everything really worked out well.

Simple Layouts

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Because babies eyes don’t always focus well on busy patterns, I opted to keep the layouts on this banner quite simple.

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Each pennant has a simple scene with a larger focal image.  I did incorporate layers, of course, but I really did try to keep to a simpler, cleaner design.

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Since I had used most of the images that came with this collection, I had to fussy cut the characters from 12×12 papers.  I also fussy cut post marks from the backgrounds and used them to create a sense of depth.

Antique Lace

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This antique lace was a birthday gift from my daughter, so it feels right at home on this banner.  As always, I stitched the pennant to the wide ribbon with the pennant in between.  Then I turned and stitched along the bottom of the ribbon so that the banner lays nice and flat.

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I also machine stitched around the edges of each pennant to add to the vintage feel.

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Soft blue, tan and buttery yellow flowers complement the vintage papers quite nicely.

Peter Rabbit Banner Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to watch me build the scenes on each pennant and embellish it, please enjoy this YouTube tutorial.

 

I hope you enjoyed that!  You can find other Peter’s World projects in my blog archives. Beatrix Potter was such a creative and imaginative soul.  I’m so glad she was born!

I’ve linked in the video to some stores where you can still find this collection.  It’s pretty hard to find, so I thought some of you might appreciate that.  A little box will appear up in the corner of the video.  If you click on it, you’ll be able to order the product.  (If I did that right!  It’s a new feature on YouTube.)

Thanks so much for joining me friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

Simple Stories Vintage Spring Garden ATC Box of Tags

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Simple Stories Vintage Spring Garden ATC Box of Tags: March 2024 Tag of the Month Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  This Simple Stories Vintage Spring Garden ATC Box of Tags is our March 2024 Tag of the Month Tutorial.  It’s filled to the brim with pretty spring florals, cute garden images, and all kinds of shabby chic goodness.  If you love to decorate for spring, then I think you’re going to really enjoy making these mixed media tags.

This is a big project with 3 ATC tags, 2 Regular sized tags, a dressed up Graphic 45 ATC Box, and even a Tea Party in a Box tucked inside!  So it’s going to take us 2 days to complete this project.  Day One (today) will go over basic supplies and the process for making the tags.  On Day Two (Thursday) I will show you how to decorate the sweet little ATC box.

NOTE: If you don’t have an ATC box in your stash, you can use any sturdy lidded box that measures 4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 2 3/8″.

Mixed Media ATC Tags
 

Graphic 45 ATC Boxes come with a set of 3 ATC tags.  These little tags make a BIG visual impact thanks to pretty floral ephemera pockets.  We’ll add some fun mixed media texture with ink, stencils, and crackle paste.  And, there are two side to these little tags, as you will see in the video tutorial below.

Vintage Garden Regular Tags

Dig in and create some sweet garden collages on the regular sized kraft tags.  Layer ephemera, flowers, stickers and enamel dots to create a springtime garden on paper.  These tags are double-sided as well, and I’ll show you how to do it all in the video tutorial below.

Simple Stories Vintage Spring Garden ATC Box of Tags Tutorial on YouTube

Please enjoy Day One of this two-day tutorial.

Even if  you don’t have all the supplies to make the ATC Box, this tag tutorial can be used to make lovely little gifts, place cards, or home decor for springtime gatherings.

I’ll be back on Thursday to share the tutorial for making the box.

This item is also for sale in my Etsy Shop. 

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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January 2024 Flower of the Month Tutorial

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January 2024 Flower of the Month Tutorial with Stamperia Roseland

Hello, Friends!   I’m a little late, but I’m here today with our January 2024 Flower of the Month Tutorial.  It feels good to be back in the studio after having spent a week sick in bed!  The flower of the month is Heartfelt Creations Sweet Peony.  I’ve paired it up with Stamperia Roseland papers and some paper pretties from Reneabouquets.

When I think peonies, I think PINK!  So Stamperia’s new Roseland paper  was invited to the party. I’ll share a walk through of this collection in the video tutorial so you can see how truly lovely it is.  And since pink is the featured color, I pulled out some Reneabouquets Pink Aurora Butterfly Kisses and the adorable Snow Baby Blossom printed beautiful board chip.

Shake it Up!

I wasn’t planning on making a shaker element for this 6×6 card folio.  But while I was sifting through the adhesive ephemera pieces, my eye fell on a really pretty round frame.  It turned out to be not a frame, but a wagon wheel with a floral cluster on one side.  What did I do?  Take scissors in hand and cut the spokes out of the center.  That’s what I did, and it made a very nice shaker frame!

A Peek Inside

Of course, you knew there would be a pocket inside this card.  But did you know it would  have lace trim?  And, I found a new way to add my tea bag and chocolate treats.  These small white bags have been in my stash for ages.  Why did I  never think to use them like this before?  They are so cute!

Hide a second pocket behind a pretty little flip page.  This provides a sweet spot to add a note.

Here’s a closer look at the super cute little treat bags and the bookmark.  Now my card is a gift.  That always makes me happy!

January 2024 Flower of the Month Tutorial Video on YouTube

Would you like like to walk through the Roseland paper collection with me?  Orfollow along as I create the Sweet Peony flowers on this card?  Then please enjoy this video on my YouTube Channel.

Thanks for all of your well wishes, friends.  I’m actually feeling pretty good.  I just have to get my voice back and I’ll be good as new!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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