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Easter Garden Story and Card Folio

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Easter Garden Story and Card Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m going to tell you an Easter Garden Story.  I’m also going to share a sweet card folio made with Really Reasonable Ribbon, Prima Life in Full Bloom Papers, and pretties from Reneabouquets.  Grab a cuppa and a snack, sit down somewhere comfy, and relax as I share one of my favorite Easter memories with you.

My Easter Garden Story

My mother-in-law, who was a master gardener, grew the most gorgeous and delicious tomatoes I’ve ever tasted.  Everything from her garden was wonderful.  But her tomatoes were spectacular.  She saved her heirloom tomato seeds at the end of every summer.  First she washed them and dried them on paper towels.  Then she carefully put them into little manila envelopes and labeled each variety.   German Johnson, Beefsteak, Cherokee Purple, Best Boy…just saying the names makes my mouth water to this day!

Along about February, Ann would put her precious seeds into tiny peat pots out in her greenhouse.  She poured all her love into nurturing the seedlings as they popped through the soil.  In time, she would move them into larger peat pots where they flourished under her tender care.

Legendary Tomatoes

Ann’s tomato plants were legendary.  Every spring, people from surrounding counties would drive to her home to purchase those seedling tomato plants.  They were that good!

And that brings me to my Easter Garden story.  One year, when we lived in Atlanta, Ann and Robert came to spend Easter weekend with us.  Like this year, Easter came in late March.  The air was still quite chilly at night, and most gardeners had prepped the soil, but did not dare to plant.

Ann arrived on Good Friday, bearing gifts. Eighteen of her cherished tomato plants safely stowed in a cardboard box to keep them safe during the long trip.

Read that again: 18 tomato plants.

The Novice Gardener and the Master Gardener

As a novice gardener, I asked my mother-in-law how I should care for the tomato plants until it was safe to put them in the ground.

“Why, you can plant anything on Good Friday and it will grow,” was her emphatic response to my timid query.

I trusted her years of wisdom, and together we put those 18 tomato plants into the prepared soil.

“Now you just water them, and God will do the rest,” she said as she wiped the dirt off her hands with a satisfying sigh.

And I did.  So did HE!

Friends, I harvested tomatoes that year in 5 gallon buckets!

So whenever Easter comes early, I remember the year my mother-in-law taught me when and how to plant tomatoes.

Back to the Card…

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Lavender Seam Binding Ribbon was the perfect choice for this garden themed card folio.  Topped with a White Chrysanthemum, it just says “springtime.”  Gorgeous lace from Reneabouquets carries out the garden theme along with one of her beautiful butterflies.  And please don’t see that hungry bunny hiding behind the stack of terra cotta pots. He’s hoping for a bit of carrot or cabbage to fill his tummy!

A Peek Inside

I love to find ways to use ribbon inside my cards.  Elderberry Seam Binding Ribbon and my favorite yellow Buttercup Satin Ribbon dress up the tiny tag in the pocket.

 

What else is in the  pocket?  A lovely little button card wrapped with more seam binding and Buttercup satin ribbon.  A few of my precious vintage buttons and stick pins complete the ensemble.

I hope you all enjoy a beautiful Easter weekend filled with memories that you will cherish throughout the years!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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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Pink Autumn Thanksgiving Wreath

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Hello, Friends!  I know I said I was probably done making Autumn cards, but then I hatched the idea to make this Pink Autumn Thanksgiving Wreath Tea Party in a Box…and, how could I say no? This might be my favorite Autumn creation thus far, so I had to share it with you.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the entire year.  I love that we set a whole day aside just to say “thank you” for all the blessings in our lives.  (I have developed the habit of looking for the good and being grateful for it every day.  Because of it, I’m a happier person.)  But It’s good to have a day when we take inventory of all the GOOD thing that surround us, instead of always moaning about the bad things.  Spending time with family is irreplaceable.  Tables groaning under the weight of food that has been lovingly prepared is  a GOOD thing!  So I celebrate Thanksgiving in a big way.   To me, this card captures the beauty and bounty of the holiday I love so much.

The Inspiration

This Thanksgiving wreath in Reneabouquet’s shop caught my eye.  The softer autumn hues are a perfect pairing for Prima’s Pink Autumn collection.  The front cover of this beauty comes together very quickly, but looks as though hours were spent  on it.  That’s the beauty of printed Beautiful Board.  All the heavy lifting has been done for you.  Here’s how the cover came together.

  • First, join two 6″ x 11″ panels of chocolate brown cardstock together.  Score from left to right at 6″ and again at 7″.  Fold.  Score again at 6″ and 7″.  Then score one final time at 9 1/2″.  This small flap will be the box pocket face.  Trim away the excess paper.
  • Next, cut a 5 3/4″ square”  panel of the pastel pumpkin foiled paper.
  • Then cut a 5 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ strip of the brown pumpkin patterned paper from the A4 pad.  This is the belly band.  This darker band of paper helps the soft colors of the wreath pop off the page.
  • Now trim around the edges of the 12×12 “Give Thanks” sentiment.
  • Place foam tabs or strips on the back of the wreath and position over the sentiment.  Then center and adhere.  Place foam on the turkey and adhere on the left hand side of the wreath.
  • Arrange Pink Autumn florals in the corners of the wreath.  Add a Vanilla Shimmer Satin Bow and Metallic String to complete the composition.

Something about this card takes me right back to my Great-Grandmother’s house at Thanksgiving.

Tea Party in a Box

Here’s a peek at the Tea Party in a Box.

I used the vellum sheet from Pink Autumn to make a little 4″ x 5″ note card and treat envelope to go along with all the usual suspects.

This little ensemble makes a wonderful hostess gift.  Since I’m the one who usually prepares and hosts the feast, perhaps I shall give this one to myself.  Just kidding…you can actually find it in my Etsy shop.

Thanks for indulging me in my passion for fall this year.  I’ll turn on the Christmas creations soon.  I just hate rushing through my favorite season of the year.  So this year I decided to celebrate fall with all of you.  I hope you don’t mind.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Grateful Hearts Pumpkin Shaker Card Tutorial

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Grateful Hearts Pumpkin Shaker Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday, and I have a lovely Grateful Hearts Pumpkin Shaker Card Tutorial to share with you today.  But first, a confession: I might have bent the Throwback Thursday rules just a little!  You see, I have been wanting to play with my Prima Hello, Pink Autumn papers for weeks now.  I have been imagining this card for quite some time, but have not had the time to make it.  Until this week…but Throwback Thursday is supposed to use OLD collections.  And this is a new fall release.  Uh-oh!

I would say I am sorry I broke the rules, but I’m really not. Because this card was so rewarding to make, and I love the way it turned out.  This tutorial is my very first attempt at making a card with an acetate cover.  It was not nearly as difficult as I imagined, and I even managed to line up the acetate overlay with the patterned paper  inside the card. Yay, me!

The Pumpkin Shaker Element

Look how cute this pumpkin shaker element turned out!  This is a layered pumpkin from Reneabouquets.  Here’s how to put yours together:

  • First, trace around the bottom layer of the pumpkin onto the patterned paper of your choice.  Then trim out the pumpkin shape, ink the edges and adhere to the chipboard pumpkin.
  • Now heat emboss the top layer of the pumpkin.  First I inked the surface with a little Gathered Twigs Distress Ink because I wanted to make sure that the embossing powder had a dark base, rather than a light one.  This does seem to make a difference with the final hues of the powder.
  • Next, tap the inked surface with VersaMark and heat emboss with Ranger Rose Gold Embossing Powder.  Let this cool.  Then randomly tap with VersaMark and sprinkle with Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing powder.  This powder  has to be heated until the copper fragments begin to melt and move around.  Be patient!
  • Then trace the top onto clear acetate.  Trim out and adhere to the back of the shape.  Add 2 layers of 1/8″ foam strips.
  • Now place your sequin mix on the plaid paper and carefully line the top of the pumpkin up over the bottom.  Press in place to seal.
  • Next, wrap copper wire around a thin paintbrush handle and attach to the top of the pumpkin.  Tie a bow and add fall flowers from Reneabouquet’s shop.

To balance out the card design, I added flowers around the base of the pumpkin and the printed Beautiful Board swag at the bottom.  You will see all of this done in the tutorial.

A Peek Inside

There actually is not an inside design on this card because of the acetate cover.  So I created a little gift pocket on the back of the card.

A little tea, a little notecard…..

….and a little vintage silver plate demitasse spoon to stir in the honey stick.

Grateful Hearts Pumpkin Shaker Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see this large (6 1/4″ x 8 1/4″) card come together,  I hope you will enjoy watching this video tutorial on YouTube.

 

Did you enjoy these techniques?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Pumpkin and Spice Slimline Card

Prima Pumpkin and Spice Slimline Card

Hello, Friends!  I’m just popping in very quickly to share this quick and easy Prima Pumpkin and Spice Slimline Card.  I had a few spare minutes to play over the holiday weekend, so naturally I headed to the studio for a little free play time.

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Don’t you want this pretty arrangement of pumpkins, sunflowers and lanterns on your fall table?  It’s just so cozy and welcoming!  The mix of traditional images with shabby chic hues is so much fun!

Simple Layers

Create simple layers on this 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ slimline card for the win!

  • First, cut an 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ copper cardstock layer for the background.
  • Next, cut an 8 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ layer of the floral pattern from Prima Pumpkin and Spice. Then stitch this to the copper cardstock layer.
  • Now fussy cut the image of the pumpkins from another sheet of Pumpkin and Spice.  Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Then back with foam tape and adhere to the center of the card.  The foam tape will really make this layer pop.
Finishing Details

Adhere a Prima Sunflower vine along the base of the card.  Secure copper and cream plaid bows in the corners.  Top with burlap string and vintage metal buttons.  Spread a little Dries Clear Adhesive around the vine and sprinkle with Prills to add a little extra texture.

Now top the little chipboard charm with ribbon, acorn charm and metal wire.  Adhere this in the left corner of the card.  So cute!

A Peek Inside

Naturally, we need to tuck a Pumpkin Chai teabag and honey stick into the inside pocket!  A little journal card is a great place to write a cheery little note.

I’m so happy that the weather has cooled down a bit here in North Carolina.  The mornings have that delicious hint of fall…and I spied my first yellow leaf on my walk today.  Hooray for pumpkins and fall leaves!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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