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Be Grateful Shaker Easel Card

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Be Grateful Shaker Card by kathy Clement Photo 01

Be Grateful Shaker Easel Card with Simple Stories Autumn Splendor

Hello, Friends!  After I finished this week’s Throwback Thursday project, I decided to make this Be Grateful Shaker Easel Card.  After all, the papers, leaves, flowers, etc. were already out on my desk. The old mojo was flowing, and it was not quite time to fix dinner.  Plenty of good reasons to make “just one more” card with this lovely fall collection.  Do you ever do that?  I find it so tempting to ignore the load of laundry that needs to be folded in favor of working with a favorite paper collection.  Once the idea popped into my head to make a shaker card, well, let’s just say the laundry got folded later!

 

Putting It Together

Here’s how this cheery fall card came together:

  • First, cut a 5 1/2″ x 11 panel of kraft cardstock.  Score at  2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ to form an easel card base.
  • Next, cut a 5 1/4″ square  of patterned paper to line the interior of the card base,
  • Then cut a 6 1/2″ x 3″ panel of kraft cardstock.  Score 1/2″ on the sides and bottom, trim out the corners, and fold the flaps to  create a pocket/brake for the easel.
  • Now cut a 5 1/2″ x 6 1/4″ panel of kraft cardstock. This will be the card front.
  • Next cut 5 1/4″ x 6″ and 5″ x 5 3/4″ mats with green and bittersweet cardstock.
  • Now top the layers with a 4 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel of the floral print.
Making the Shaker Element

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Oh, how I love a shaker frame on a card!  Especially when it is wrapped with knitted trim and wooden buttons! Here’s how I put this one together.

  • First, trace the outside edge of the frame onto a piece of clear acrylic cardstock.  Then trim along the traced lines.
  • Next, adhere the clear cardstock (acetate) to the back of the chipboard frame.
  • Now, place 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips around the sides of the frame.  Be sure not to leave any gaps where beads or glitter might escape.
  • Then,  lightly sand the top, bottom and right hand side of the Simple Stories Autumn Glory Frame.  This will help the glue grab the surface of the frame.
  • Next, place 1/4″ Scor-Tape on the frame, and adhere strips of textured trim over it.
  • Now,  lightly fray the edges where the trim meets in the corners.
  • Then top the corners with inked and threaded wooden buttons.
  • Next, adhere the 2×2 image from the paper collection on the card front base.
  • Now place your mix of sequins, buttons, beads and rhinestone leaves on the card base.
  • Finally, remove the liner tape and press the frame in place.
A Peek Inside

Don’t you just love it when a card element can perform double duty?  The stopper for this easel card is also a pocket! Now this pretty card can function as a gift!

Turn a 3×4 image into a mini folio and tuck it inside the pocket.

Add a mini Lindt chocolate a fancy herbal tea bag inside the folio pocket.  And there’s plenty of room to tuck a honey stick inside the larger pocket.

This would make a great fall birthday card, or a thoughtful get well card.  As you can tell, I’m hanging on to my fall papers as long as I can.  They are just so lovely to work with! Keep an eye out for Christmas projects starting this week, though.  (But you never know when I will give in to the temptation to make just one more autumn creation!)

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Thanksgiving Treat Tags Tutorial

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Thanksgiving Treat Tags Tutorial with Simple Stories Autumn Splendor for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  For this episode of Throwback Thursday, I have a Thanksgiving Treat Tags Tutorial to share with you.  We’re playing with our Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Collection, Graphic 45 Large Kraft Tags, G45 Large Tag Die, Prima Autumn Sunset Flowers and bits and bobs from my stash.

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These little treat pockets are quick and easy to make, which is always nice during a busy holiday season.

Graphic 45 Large Kraft Tag Treat Pocket by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Each tag is filled with a tea party for one.

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These make adorable place cards on a Thanksgiving table.

Graphic 45 Large Tag Die Simple Stories Autumn Splendor by kathy Clement Photo 01

If you are hosting a Thanksgiving buffet, the pocket is a great place to put napkin and silverware.  You could tuck in a little Andes Mint treat along with the flatware to make it extra special.

The tutorial below will show you how to transform that large kraft tag into a nifty pocket.

Quick How-To Guide and Measurements

You are going to love how easy this project is to make.

  • First, place a G45 Large Kraft Tag on your scoring tool so that the rounded edge is on the left.
  • Now score the tag at 5 1/2″ and again at 6 1/2″.  Fold and burnish the scored lines. Fold the bottom end of the tag up to form a pocket without sides.
  • Then die cut patterned paper with the G45 Large Tag Die.  Try to use paper that has a non-directional pattern on the back side.
  • Now cut the tag liner at 5 1/4″.  Adhere the top half of the liner to the tag base.  Trim 1/8″ off the bottom piece that has the square corners.  Then place the rounded corners on the left hand side of your scoring tool and score at 2″.  Set this piece aside.
  • Next, cut (2) 2″ squares of heavy kraft cardstock.  Score 1/2″ flaps on both sides.  Fold and burnish the scored lines. These are the sides for your tag pocket.
  • Then adhere the 1/2″ flaps to the back side of the pocket flap and to the tag base.
  • Now line up the rounded corners of your tag liner with the rounded corners of the pocket and adhere.
  • Finally, decorate your tag with ribbon, flowers, ephemera and charms.

You could easily use this same design for  Christmas party, Baby Shower, Birthday or Bridal Shower, too. One of the other things I love about this project is that you can use up scraps of designer paper to dress up the tea party goodies.

So dig into your stash of fall papers, and let’s get started making these clever tags!

Thanksgiving Treat Tags Tutorial on YouTube

 

I hope you enjoy making these tag pockets.  I can think of so many fun ways to use them.  What will you do with yours?  I’d love to hear in the comment section below.

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Choose Happy Slimline Shaker Card

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Choose Happy Slimline Shaker Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Today we’re going to Choose Happy with a Simple Stories Farmhouse Garden Slimline Shaker Card.  Gorgeous aqua ribbon from the Really Reasonable Ribbon June Ribbon Club are the perfect color match for this pretty botanical card.

Rows of Ribbon

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know how much I like to use ribbons as a border on a card.  Here you can see that I’ve actually created rows of ribbon on each end of this 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ slimline card.  On the right, Tropic Swiss Dots Satin makes the row of black buttons pop off the page.

Next, I built my own key embellishment with a large key and a bronze bee charm.  First I rubbed the key with Little Birdie Patina Wax.  Then it was the bee’s turn to get a vintage finish.  Finally, I super glued the bee t the key to create my own custom embellishment.

The flower cluster on the left is backed by a double row of ribbon.  First I attached Tropic Diamond Satin Ribbon with 1/2″ Scor-tape.  To add another layer of interest, I attached Tropic Swiss Dot Satin with 1/4″ Scor-Tape.  Next, tie a black burlap string bow to ground all those tropical hues.  Brush flowers with more of the Patina Wax and adhere on top of the bow cluster.  Finally, tap a resin keyhole with wax and tuck it into the bow arrangement.

The Shaker Window

Create the shaker window from one of the journal cards in the paper collection.

  • First, use a craft knife to cut out the white center of the journal card. This is easiest when you cut from corner to opposite corner in each direction.  Then you can get in with your scissors and neatly trim out all the white.
  • Then adhere a panel of clear cardstock (acetate) to the back of the frame.
  • Now add 3 layers of 1/8″ foam tape around the opening .
  • When your background is ready, you simply place your shaker elements on the background, then adhere the frame on top.  I built a little scene inside my window using the ephemera from the collection.  Then I added a few Reneabouquets Tiny Treasures Butterflies to the shaker mix just for fun.
A Peek Inside

Did I forget to mention that this is a tea party in a box?

No chocolate in this tea party because the weather is just too hot to send chocolate through the mail.  So I put in an extra pretty little spoon that my friend Sara Emily sent me in the mail.

I just love making these tea party in a box cards.  They make the best little gifts!

Did I share some ideas and tips that you can use in your next craft 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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Really Reasonable Ribbon June 2021 Blog Hop

Really Reasonable Ribbon June 2021 Blog Hop:  Living the Sweet Life Bee Themed Botanical Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon June 2021 Blog Hop!  You should be coming here filled with fresh inspiration after visiting Ginny’s amazing blog.  The June Ribbon Club Assortment celebrates the trendy Southwest Vibe.  But don’t you just love how versatile the Ribbon Club assortments are?  I used the Raw Silk Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon from the club to make this botanical bee themed card.  How cool is that?

Lots of great ribbon in this beautiful assortment!

The Sweet Life Bee Themed Botanical Card

Bee Themed Botanical Card Simple Stories Farmhouse Garden Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

It’s full on summer here in North Carolina, even though the calendar says it’s still springtime.  We’ve planed our garden, and big fat bumblebees are enjoying helping us pollenate the tomato plants.  This inspired me to make this 6×6 mixed media botanical card.

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The colors in Simple Stories Farmhouse Garden collection are so vibrant that I decided to tame them down a bit with this Raw Silk Delicate Stitched Satin Bow.  It’s the color of spun honey, and I just love the way it creates a sense of calm in the middle of this paper garden.

Top your Raw Silk Bow with a Natural Burlap String Bow to add some extra texture and contrast to the card design.

A Peek Inside

I carried the botanical theme inside the card with more designer papers and a simple stamped sentiment.  There’s plenty of room to write a note on the blank sentiment panel so the card can be used for all occasions.

On With the Hop

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has in store for you.  Be sure to finish the hop over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  You can answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month to be entered into a drawing for your own Southwest Vibe Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’re not a member of the Ribbon Club yet, you can find out how easy and affordable it is to join HERE.

To comment, please click on the blue “REPLIES” button found just below the title at the top of the page.  Thanks!

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

Thanks so much for hopping along with us!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Love My Herd Farmhouse Style Fun Fold Card

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Love My Herd Farmhouse Style Fun Fold Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Meet me in the barnyard for a peek at this Love My Herd Farmhouse Style Fun Fold Card made with Really reasonable Ribbon.  There are fun surprises around every corner!

Let’s start with the front flap of this 5 1/2″ square fun fold card.  I’ve layered up some ephemera bits, patterned papers, and stickers from Simple Stories Simple Vintage Farmhouse Garden collection.  Then I created a little nest from burlap string and some itty bitty eggs I found in my stash.  If you have a nest, you’ve gotta have a mama hen!  So I found these adorable chicken and rooster buttons in my novelty button box.  (I think they are made by Dress it Up!).

TIP: Making the  nest is easy1  Simply wrap Natural Burlap String around two fingers.  Slip it off your fingers into a puddle of hot glue.  Then add the mama hen button and the bitty eggs.  Once the glue has cooled, you can attach the whole ensemble to your card with hot glue.

TIP: Pick up on the floral background by adding a Light Coral Taffeta Bow to the corner of the flap.  A Light Coral Swiss Dots bow and flower on top add a pop of color and texture to the design.

Do the Flip!

Open the front flap of the card to reveal this motley crew of barnyard buddies.  There is a magnet hidden behind the designer paper to keep the flap closed.

Now you can open the front cover of the card to reveal a pocket and a tuck spot inside.

TIP: Score and fold a 4″ x 6″ journal card.  Then add gussets to the bottom and sides to create a pocket and hidden greeting.  You can tuck a little journal card inside the pocket.

TIP: Tuck spots are so easy to make!  Simple place adhesive on just the outer edges on the left hand side of the flower ephemera.  Then make a little 3″ x 4″ note card from a scrap of black cardstock and a 3×4 card from the collection.

Do you like to make fun fold cards?  I am always looking for a way to make the act of opening a card a little more exciting.  So I like them a lot!

I hope I shared some tips and tricks you can use today.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section.  Simply click on the blue “REPLIES” button located just beneath the title of the post at the top of the page.

You’ll find a linked supply list below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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