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How to Make a Southern Magnolia Paper Flower

How to Make a Southern Magnolia Paper Flower with Spellbinders Victorian Garden

Hello, Friends! Today I’m going to show you how to make a Southern Magnolia Paper Flower.  If you’re lucky enough to live in a region where  magnolias trees grow, then you understand what a treasure they are. These showy, oversized, fragrant blossoms are true Southern Belles! When we had our magnolia tree, I used to pluck the blossoms and float them in shallow bowls of water.  The soft fragrance filled the house, and the beauty of that enormous blossom added a sense of grace to the home.  Picking the leaves up from the yard every day was not as wonderful, but the flowers were so beautiful, we forgave the tree for making all that mess!

Project #1: Eyelet Lace Frame Top Fold Card

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Spellbinders has just released a new set of Susan’s Garden etched dies called Victorian Garden.  I shared some Mason Jar & Lavender and Victorian Tea Cup projects made with these amazing dies over the weekend.  Today we’ll be working with the Southern Magnolia and Southern Foliage Dies.

Creating paper flowers is a very relaxing and rewarding pursuit.   I’ve put together a Make & Take Tuesday tutorial showing you how I colored, shaped and layered these elements so you can have fun, too!

Here’s a peek inside my first card.  Both cards are made with Simple Stories Weathered Garden papers, but you can use whatever papers you have in your stash.

Project #2: Southern Magnolia and Foliage Easel Card

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The second sample I have for you today is this botanical easel card. One of the things I love about this particular flower is that you only need to add one blossom to dress up a card.  I’ve layered this one with some of the Victorian foliage and dressed it up with a Reneabouquet’s butterfly.

TIP:  Add a pocket to the interior of your easel card.  This gives you a place to tuck in a gift card or a treat and it also doubles as a brake for the easel mechanism.

I created a little chocolate wallet to hold a tasty treat, and I added a blank sentiment card to finish things off.

How to Make a Southern Magnolia Paper Flower Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how I colored, shaped and layered my magnolias and foliage, then please enjoy this video tutorial on YouTube.

I hope you feel inspired to try your hand at making these lovely blooms.  If so, you’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Susan’s Victorian Garden Peach Tea Projects

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Spellbinders Susan’s Victorian Garden Peach Tea Projects with Prima Peach Tea


Hello, Friends!  Spellbinders Susan’s Victorian Garden dies have just released, and I have some really fun Peach Tea themed projects to share with you today.  Y’all know I love my tea, and as a honorary southern gal, I definitely love iced tea!  Playing with these dies was so much fun, and I  kind of let my imagination take over while making these projects. Both were made with Prima Sweet Tea collection.  So why not grab a cuppa and a snack and join me for a little online tea party?

Victorian Tea Cup and Saucer Tea party in a Decorative Box

I’ve been having loads of fun making little boxes lately.  If you missed out on them, you can find those tutorials HERE and HERE.

Today’s shabby chic Victorian Tea Cup box is larger (4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″) but the process for making them is the same.  Instead of dry embossing this box, I lined it with Prima Peach Tea papers and decorated it with Susan’s Victorian Garden Teacup and Saucer. It’s resting on a lovely Reneabouquets  Cherry Blossom wreath.  The itty bitty spoon, key and decorative (not functional in this case) metal hasp are also from Reneabouquets.

What would you put into a peachy tea cup other than a spray of peach blossoms?  Susan’s Victorian Garden Lavender (from the Mason Jar die set) makes perfect peach blossoms, too!

TIP #1:  Die cut dozens of itty bitty blossoms using the die that comes in the Mason Jar set.  Use 3 shades of colored cardstock (dark peach, light peach and white) to lend a more realistic, shaded appearance to the blossoms.

TIP #2: Here’s a hack for adding all those itty bitty blossoms to the branch.  Shape the blossoms by pressing a small stylus into the center.  That’s all you have to do.  Then flip the blossoms face down.  Apply your glue to the floral portion of the die cut, then pick up the blossoms from your work space.  This saves loads of time!

TIP #3: Save out some single blossoms to scatter on the tag and box base.

A Peek Inside

Fill the inside of your box with a tea party for one: wrap a Mango/Passion Fruit Herbal Tea Bag (Stash brand) up in a tea sachet; use paper scraps to dress up a Biscoff cookie packet and Ghirardelli chocolate; then tuck in a sweet little vintage silver plate demitasse spoon as the crowning touch.

As you can see here, I also fully lined the box interior to give it a really finished look.  The 4 1/4″ square blank note card fits perfectly inside so you can add your own personal greetings to the gift.

Susan’s Victorian Garden Mason Jar and Lavender Sweet Peach Iced Tea Party in a Box Card

If you’ve never enjoyed the pleasure of drinking a tall glass of Southern Sweet Peach Iced Tea, you really need to put it on your bucket list!  Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day!  This 5×7 Tea Party in a Box Card is a tribute to the joys of sweet peach iced tea

I could not resist turning the Mason Jar Die into a shaker element.  You do need to use transparent foam tape for this, but the end result is certainly worth it!

Build a 1/2″ deep box pocket inside this card (there is a basic tutorial HERE) then fill it up with tea treats.  Now your card is a gift!

I’ve hidden a little tag pocket and sentiment card behind the flap page at the top of the card.

Look at al the goodies I  managed to pack into this pocket!  There’s a 3-pack of Celestial Seasonings Herbal Peach Tea Bags, chocolate, cookies, honey stick, vintage demitasse spoon and wildflower seeds!  How fun is that?

I’ll have more Susan’s Victorian Garden samples to share with you soon.  This weekend, we are entertaining dear friends from Atlanta, so I need to get out of my pajamas and get ready for their arrival.  Maybe I’ll brew up a pitcher of Peach Iced tea…I’m suddenly craving it!

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

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your weekend!




How to Make an Elegant Gift Box

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How to Create an Elegant Gift Box with Spellbinders Four Petal Floral 3D Embossing Folder

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday, and I’m going to show you how to create an elegant gift box with Spellbinders 4 Petal Floral 3D Embossing Folder.  Last Friday, I shared THIS TUTORIAL showing you some quick and easy mixed media techniques with this same folder.  We had this extra panel of embossed paper left over and I promised to show  you how to make a pretty gift box with it.

I have just finished making 82 of these sweet little boxes (using a beach/seashell 3D Folder) for our daughter’s wedding next week.  I’ll share those with you after the wedding.  These are so much fun to make, and are such an elegant way to present a small gift or a gift card.  I think you are going to want to make a LOT of these over the course of time.

Dragonflies, Flowers and a Belly Band

The belly band in this box design allows me to add some beautiful details to the design.  The gorgeous dragonfly is a new item from Reneabouquets.  Sweet little handmade posies adorn a shabby chic bow.  I opted not to give the belly band a mixed media treatment to provide a bit of contrast from the box.  But you certainly could use the same techniques to make it match if you wanted to.

What’ s Inside the Box?


I wanted to add a few little surprises inside my 3 1/2″ square gift box.  Here’s what I did, and you can do the same, or come up with your own fabulous ideas:

  • First, line the box interior with designer papers.  This really takes things up a notch, and makes the box even more sturdy.
  • Next, die cut the APG December 2022 DOM notecard from matching cardstock.  (This is Michael’s Recollections Heavy Weight 100# Rose Petals Cardstock). It makes a perfect little spot to tuck in the other sweet surprises.

  • Die cut the filigree heart from the APG January DOM and back it with the same blush cardstock.  Punch a hole in the top, thread with ribbon, and slide on one of Reneabouquets new Dreamer Trinkets Keys.  Attach a bow and handmade flower to create a sweet little bookmark or tag.
  • Gift wrap a tea bag with scraps from Stamperia Old Lace paper collection.  it fits perfectly into the folder.

  • Die cut a circle from Old Lace, then use the same die to cut a circular card base.  Fold a piece of Rose Petals cardstock in half. If you allow the top edge of the circle die to extend a little beyond the fold, it will cut out as a round card base.
  • Finally, add a sweet vintage silver spoon or a bit of chocolate or a piece of jewelry or a gift card to the mix.  The box can be used for small keepsakes and looks beautiful on a night stand.
How to Make an Elegant Gift Box Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to make this sweet little gift box, I hope you’ll enjoy this video tutorial.


That’s all for me, my friends!  I wish you all a very happy Valentine’s Day today!  Please know that you are loved!

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

Thanks for stopping by!




3D Embossing Folder Techniques and Tutorial


3D Embossing Folder Techniques and Tutorial with Spellbinders 4 Petal Floral & Reneabouquets

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Hello, Friends!  Today I have a  3D Embossing Folder Techniques and Tutorial to share with you.  We’ll be working with the newly released Spellbinders 4 Petal Floral 3D Embossing Folder, Stamperia Rose Parfum and paper pretties from Reneabouquets.  Sound like fun?  Well, then  pull on your Mixed Media Boots and get ready for another crafty adventure.

Spellbinders 4 Petal Floral Embossing Folder

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It is my personal opinion that 3D embossing folders give me more bang for my crafting dollar than just about any other tool in my considerable stash.  There are so  many reasons I love working with them. First, they are usually priced at a very affordable dollar amount.  Next, there is almost no end to the creative ways you can use them.  Also, you can achieve impressive results in almost no time at all.  Unlike paper, which y’all know I love, embossing folders are non-consumable.

So when I had a chance to take this lovely Floral 3D embossing folder for a test drive, I could not wait to try a bunch of different projects with it.  ( You’ll see 2 more on Monday and Tuesday of next week!)

You’ll see how I transformed a plain piece of cardstock into the shabby chic background on this 5 1/2″ square card in the video tutorial below.  Because this folder creates a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ panel, you’ll also learn how to cut the design down to a custom size.

Shabby Chic Details

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Oooh, how I love shabby chic details!  This floral background seemed to beg for a cascade of Strawberry Lemonade Roses, German Glitter Glass, and lots of flirty butterflies. Thankfully, I found all of the above in my stash of Reneabouquets goodies. A little treasure hunting in my embellishment stash revealed a handmade nest of speckled eggs and some soft vintage crocheted lace.

Did you notice that there is no patterned paper on this card?  Instead of using paper, I opted for layered chipboard elements from the Stamperia Parfum collection.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a sneaky peek at the inside of this card.  Of course, there’s a pocket, a tea sachet and a honey stick.  I also created a sweet little tag with another Spellbinders die. You can find it linked in the supply list below this post.

3D Embossing Folder Techniques and Tutorial on my YouTube Channel

If you’d like to see how I put this card together, and created another lovely mixed media panel, then I hope you’ll join me over on my YouTube channel.

Do you think you’ll take these techniques out for a test drive?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!






Spellbinders Home Sweet Quilt Cards

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Spellbinders Home Sweet Quilt Cards

Hello, Friends!   It’s been a chilly week here in North Carolina, and that has inspired me to make these Spellbinders Home Sweet Quilt Cards.  Growing up in Vermont, we always had at least one quilt over piles of blankets or afghans on our beds during the winter.  The weight of the bedclothes, and my mom saying “Snug as a bug in a rug” as she tucked me in at night are sweet memories.  Maybe that’s why I sleep under a weighted blanket now, who knows?

I’ve never been a quilter, but a while ago, I started saving diagrams for various quilt squares in a Pinterest file.  My intent was to replicate the patterns with paper.  Spellbinders must have been reading my mind, because this die set allows you to do just that, without all the geometry and measuring it would have taken for me to do it on my own.

Home Sweet Quilt Filigree 8 Point Star Square

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This 5 1/2″ square card uses the Filigree 8 Point Star pattern.  There are a lot of little parts that come with this die set, and at first it can seem a bit overwhelming to figure out how they all go together.  So first, maybe try die cutting from inexpensive cardstock to get the feel for how the pieces fit together.  I, of course, did not do this.  For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.  But even with my harum-scarum approach to creating, I managed to produce a very pretty design.  Bottom line: it’s not hard to do, but it gets easier with practice.   And the end result is so pleasing that I think I probably will take this die for another spin.

Here’s a peek at the inside.  Winter plaids make me think of pajamas…and that is a cozy thought, indeed.  You could put on your flannel pj’s and enjoy a hot cuppa of Winter Spice tea while watching Dr. Zhivago for the ultimate cozy winter experience.  (The winter scenes are epic!)

Quilted Stained Glass Window

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Next I created an inlaid mosaic design with the Quilted Stained Glass Window dies.  I will not lie to you: this was a lot of work because of all the little pieces.  But it was very rewarding to see the design come together.  If I did t his one again, I would probably just die cut the outline from white cardstock and lay it over a sort of calico patterned paper.  That would be a quick and easy way to create the same effect.

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Adding machine stitching to the Carta Bella Gather Again patterned papers really amped up the homespun vibe of this project.

Here’s a peek at the inside.  The cozy farmhouse vibe is perfect for winter cardmaking.

There are 6 different quilt square dies in this release along with an embossing folder and sentiment stamps.  You can take a look at all of them along with some pretty samples HERE.

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

I hope you’re staying warm and cozy this winter!



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