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Cozy Moments Slimline Shaker Card Folio Tutorial

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Ciao Bella Cozy Moments Slimline Shaker Card Folio Tutorial for Wonderful Wednesday

Hello, Friends!  It’s Wonderful Wednesday and I have a lovely Ciao Bella Cozy Moments Slimline Shaker Card Tutorial to share with you today.  Several of you asked me to do a tutorial based on my Really Reasonable Ribbon July Blog Hop Project.  More of you asked me to create another Christmas project using the Cozy Moments collection.  So this Christmas in July Birthday Card of the Month tutorial answers both of those requests.

How to Use Christmas Papers in a Birthday Card Design

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My challenge for this Birthday card of the Month tutorial was to use Christmas papers in the design.  Here are a few tips to help you do the same:

  • First, steer away from more traditional colors and themes in favor of less traditional themes and colors. The strong botanical/farmhouse vibe and neutral color palette of Cozy Moments works well on a birthday card.
  • Add some shabby chic colors and elements to the very neutral color palette. This not only warms it up, but gives it more of a birthday card vibe.   
  • Choose seasonal, but not necessarily holiday embellishments. Pretty Prima Christmas Poinsettias, sparkly  snowflakes and a darling little chipboard element from Reneabouquets help transform this Christmas/winter paper into a birthday card design.
Spellbinders Embroidery Hoops

i appreciate dies that can be used in lots of different ways.  That’s why I designed my Gift Card Wallet Die with such a simple shape.  By scoring the die differently, it makes a great magnetic flap on the card front.

Spellbinders has just released a great sewing themed die collection called Nichol’s Needlework.  I’ll show you how to use one of the wooden embroidery hoops to make the shaker window on the card front.

A Peek Inside

Don’t you love these bunnies? You will learn how to create the magnetic flap closure on this interactive card during the course of the video tutorial.  

Stamped, gold embossed sentiments add a lovely touch of elegance to the card design.

And of course there’s a pocket!

Add a pretty bookmark and gift card wallet to transform the card into a gift.

Cozy Moment Slimline Shaker Card Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to  learn how to create this Birthday Card of the Month, please enjoy this tutorial on my YouTube channel.


So did I meet the challenge for this Wonderful Wednesday?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

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

Go make something beautiful today, my crafty friends!




Christmas in July Banner of the Month Tutorial

Christmas in July Banner of the Month Tutorial with Spellbinder Dies & Gnome for Christmas

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for our Christmas in July Banner of the Month Tutorial!  This is a quick and easy design thanks to loads of Spellbinder Holiday Dies and great patterns from Echo Park Gnome for Christmas paper collection.  If you are a fan of needlework, Nordic designs, and gingham, I think you are going to enjoy today’s tutorial.

Spellbinders Home for the Holidays St. Nick Dies

The focal point for this 7 pennant banner is our handsome St. Nick figure.  To me, this die has a great Nordic vibe, especially when he’s all decked out in his green Santa suit.  He’s part of the Home for the Holidays release from Spellbinder Paper Arts.

The camera lens didn’t pick this up very well, but his beard and ermine trim are made with white glitter paper, so they really sparkle when the light hits them.

Jingle Bell Beginnings and Endings

I am such a fan of this Spellbinders Tag and Label Die Set!  This time I used the largest and next to the smallest dies to cut the cardstock bases and liners for this banner.  The pennants on either end are made with the smaller dies.

These tags are fairly small, so I didn’t add too much to them.  But the gold jingle bells in the bow cluster add just the right amount of jingle and shine.

Christmas Stitchery: Nichol Spohr’s Needlework Dies

Y’all know how much I enjoy a good sewing themed project.  So you can imagine how tickled I was when I saw Nichol Spohr’s Needlework dies!  Ooooh-la-la!  I could not wait to use them, and found a way to “stitch” them into this Christmas themed banner.   This scene includes her Gathering Stitches, Needlework Tool Kit and greenery from the Faux Embroidered Stocking Dies.  I can see myself using this embroidery hoop to make fabulous shaker windows in the future.  

This pennant features the Faux Embroidered Stocking Dies.  Since I die cut my stockings from patterned paper, I didn’t add a lot of the details, but the stockings are still super cute.

This is the Faux Embroidered Spruce die set.  It’s super quick and easy to make, too.  Just layer the tree branch die cuts over the evergreen die cuts, then add in a few extra branches to fill it out.

Christmas Squirrel

This is the only banner that does not feature a die cut scene.  Instead, I went with the Nordic theme and added a sledding squirrel from Stamperia Romantic Woodland.

Christmas in July Banner of the Month Tutorial on YouTube

I’m happy to report that my husband has been cleared to resume most normal duties (still can’t lift anything heavy).  And, our daughter and new grandson are thriving.  So life here is smoothing out a bit, and now I hope to get caught up on all the work I didn’t get done while taking care of them.

So today’s tutorial is a little bit short.  If you’ve never made a banner with me before, here’s a great beginner banner tutorial for you.

For all the rest of you dear friends, please enjoy this somewhat abbreviated tutorial on my YouTube channel:

As always, you will find a linked supply list below this post.

You can also purchase this banner from my Etsy Shop.

Wishing you all a joyful and creative Wonderful Wednesday!




Cozy Moments Altered Christmas Tag Tutorial

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Ciao Bella Cozy Moments Altered Christmas Tag Tutorial with Spellbinders & Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  Our first Christmas in July project is this Ciao Bella Cozy Moments Altered Christmas Tag Tutorial.  If you are a fan of interactive tags, then I think you are going to enjoy seeing how this one comes together.  I invited some goodies from Reneabouquets and Spellbinders Paper Arts to the play along with us today.  So grab a cuppa and a snack, and let’s take a look at the July Tag of the Month.

Spellbinders Wax Seal and Clear Stamp and Die of the Month

When I received my Spellbinders Wax Seal and Stamp/Die of the Month, I fairly shouted for joy!  It was the perfect addition to the neutral tones of Ciao Bella’s Cozy Moments Collection.  Here’s how I used them on this tag project.

  • First, select 4 of the pearlized white wax beads from the WSOM kit.  I like to melt my wax beads with my heat gun instead of on the little burner that most people use.  With all the paper in my studio, I try to avoid open flame in here!  I’ve found that the inner cardboard ring from a washi tape roll makes a great “corral” for the beads and keeps them from rolling all over my work area.  Since I place them on my silicone media mat, I am not worried about making a mess.
  • Once the wax has been melted and sealed with the design, let it cool for a minute or two.  Then highlight the design with a gold painty pen.
  • While the wax seal is cooling, you can stamp and emboss your sentiment.  I like to stamp in black archival ink, then immediately dust with gold embossing powder.  It seems to me that the black makes the gold show up better.
  • Finally, die cut the sentiments using the dies from the club kit.  Back with foam tape or tabs and attach to the project.
Tags, Tags and More Tags!

You’ll find tags at every turn in this month’s tag tutorial.  The base of the project is a G45 Large Kraft Tag.  Then I created a gate fold element with 2 Regular Kraft Tags.  This fold around the sides of the base tag.  Run ribbon through the grommet and tie a bow as the closure.  The pocket on the bottom of the tag is another folded Regular Kraft Tag.  Dress up a 3 1/2″ x 7″ piece of cardstock with patterned papers and images from the collection and slide it behind the gatefold where it sits nicely in the pocket.

You can add a nice sentiment panel on the back of this tag.

The Flip Side

The back side of the tag features a little flap element made with the other part of the kraft tags.  Fun, right?  These stay in place thanks to a magnetic closure.

Dress the cover up with some printed holiday beautiful board and laser cut pine corners from Reneabouquets.  (Supplies are linked below this post.)

Tell me your reaction to this paper collection.  I loved it right away because of the soft neutral hues and botanical theme.  It’s not traditional Christmas, but it does make up into a lovely Christmas gift.

The pocket on the flip side is the domed edge of the kraft tag.

This gives us a spot to tuck in a pretty bookmark and a little tea wallet.

Ciao Bella Cozy Moments Altered Christmas Tag Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how I created this interactive tag base, I hope you’ll enjoy this tutorial on my You Tube Channel.

I hope you’ll give this fun, interactive tag design a try!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!




**Please note:  Some items may be out of stock or no longer available. Spellbinders Club Kits are available to new subscribers on the 10th of the month, or can be purchased without a club membership on the 27th of the month.

Love Note Bird Shaker Card

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Spellbinders Out and About Love Note Bird Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  I spent a fun afternoon creating this cheery Spellbinders Out and About Love Note Bird Shaker Card.  Always a fan of a bird themed project, I created a fun shaker window with the new Tunnel Scape Clouds Dies.

TIP:  Create lots of dimension by placing foam tape between your tunnel layers.  Then add foam tape to the back of  your Love Note Bird before adhering it to the shaker window.

The gold “Hello” sentiment is part of the new Out and About Collection., too.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you will definitely want to take a look.  There are a couple more fun dies that I want to add to my stash!

A Peek Inside

Spellbinders Fern and Indigo Cardstock are the perfect match for papers from the Bayfair Paper  collection.  Green and navy is a bold color combination that I really enjoy!

TIP:  Use washi tape to hold a packet of wildflower seeds in place on the top half of the card.

TIP:  Create a chic and functional sentiment panel by embossing the top of a 4″ x 6″ piece of white cardstock with the Efflorescent Flora 3D embossing folder.  Then make the design pop by brushing lightly with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.

The pocket also holds a little Tea Wallet filled with English Breakfast Tea and a packet of honey crystals.

I want to make more of these cute Love Note Birds…maybe in a note card set.  That would make a great gift, wouldn’t it?

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!





Spellbinders Paradise Resort Pocket Tag Folio

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Hello, Friends!  Summer is upon us, and this Spellbinders Paradise Resort Pocket Tag Folio captures all those great summer vibes.  Made with the June 2024 Clear Stamp and Die of the Month Club as well as the Wax Seal of the Month Club, it’s filled with summery goodness.

The Paradise Resort CSDOM has the cutest little key fob stamp and matching die.  You can change out the image on the front of the fob, too.  Here’s a closer look at this fabulous set:

New Friends and Old

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I invited some Ciao Bella Summer Breeze papers to this beach party along with my well-loved Spellbinders Coastal Escape View Dies.  It makes the cutest shaker window on the cover of this 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ pocket card.

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The sentiments look great stamped on this large manila tag, too.

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That Sun and Waves Wax Seal of the Month fits perfectly in the blue skies of this beach image, too.  Pretty fibers from the Spellbinders shop add just the right touch of texture and a tiny bit of shimmer, thanks to the metallic threads.

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When you flip the tag over, you find a fun little flap and pocket detail on the back side.

A Peek Inside the Pocket Folio

This project is actually a card base on top of a card base.  First, create  a 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ side fold card base.  Then make a diagonal cut on the front panel, and add gussets to form a pocket.  Next, create a 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ TOP fold card base.  Now mat the side fold card base on top of the top fold card base and have fun dressing it all up.

In addition to the flip/flap page on the top of the card, add a pocket on the bottom.  I’ve filled mine with a cute tag/bookmark, tea wallet, honey stick and a post card with room for a little note on the back.

You can learn how to sign up for the Spellbinders Clear Stamp and Die of the Month Club HERE, or the Wax Seal of the Month Club HERE.  The sign up window for new club members is between the 6th and the 27th of each month.  So if you were to sign up this month, you would receive the Paradise Resort Clear Stamp and Die or the Sun and Waves Wax Seal, depending on which club you join.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!  Go catch some waves!