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Night Before Christmas Postage Edge Card Tutorial

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Night Before Christmas Postage Edge Card Tutorial with Spellbinders Dies

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday, and I have a festive Night Before Christmas Postage Edge Card Tutorial to share with you.  These are brand new dies from Spellbinders Paper Arts, and they make card layering a breeze!  I’ve paired them up with Graphic 45’s Twas the Night Before Christmas papers, but they would work well with any collection.

This is one of my signature Tea Party in a Box creations.  I love making these as holiday gifts.  Today’s tutorial focuses on creating the cover of the card.  But you can find a tutorial for making a Tea Party in a Box card base HERE.

A Peek Inside

Do you struggle when it comes to using some large images on a card?  Well, here’s a tip that will help you with that!  Turn the base page into an interactive gatefold mechanism inside your card.

  • First, trim the bottom of the 12×12 paper just below Santa’s boots.
  • Now measure up 5 5/8″ and cut straight across the the paper.
  • Next, center the Santa image on the top of your card.
  • Then use a pencil or a stylus to mark how far to score each side panel.
  • Score the panels, then fold them in toward the center of the card.
  • Adhere the gatefold mechanism to the card base.
  • Trim the 6″ x 4″ journal card to measure 5 1/2″ in width.
  • Then adhere just the left hand side of the image to the left hand gate.
  • Decorate the top and bottom of the green stripe paper with border pieces and fussy cut holly.

It’s cute, and a fun surprise to open!

 

Use paper scraps to dress some cookies, a York Peppermint Pattie, Holiday Tea Bah, and honeystick.  Tuck in a vintage Italian demitasse spoon and a cute little 2 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ note card.

Night Before Christmas Postage Edge Card Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to see how to layer up all those neat Postage Edge Squares on the front of your card?  Then please enjoy this short and easy to follow video tutorial on YouTube.

 

I know this was a short tutorial today.  But there is a good reason.  Our 4th grandbaby, and our first grandson, Finn Michael was born last week.  Between that wonderful event, and wedding plans for our daughter and the Button Farm Club Kit, I ran out of time!  I’ll do better next week! Hopefully!

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Warm Wishes Christmas Time Clock

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Graphic 45 Warm Wishes Christmas Time Clock Shaker Card with Amazing Paper Grace DOM

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a festive Graphic 45 Winter Wishes Christmas Time Clock Shaker Card to share with you.  Our cute little alarm clock is made with the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month for November 2022.

This vintage style alarm clock is one of Becca Feeken’s signature Pop Up Vignette Dies. But I opted to turn it into a shaker card frame.  Red and Gold foil papers, sequins, beads, and pearls add holiday sparkle and shine to my Christmas Time Clock.

Dress up your Christmas Time Clock with some beautiful Reneabouquets Velvet Poinsettias and trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

A Peek Inside

Don’t  you just love it when a card doubles as a folio?  That’s why I added this 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ pull out folio to the top half of my card interior.  This is so easy to do, but adds that “extra special” element to your card.

  • First, cut one 8 1/2″ x 11″ panel of black cardstock in half at 4 1/4″.
  • Next, overlap the 4 1/4″ ends about 1/2″ and adhere to form one long paper panel.
  • Now, score every 5 1/2″ down the long side to this panel. You will have a slightly shorter panel on the end.  This will be the front of your pull out folio.
  • Then, accordion fold your scored panels so that the short panel lands on the top.
  • Next, adhere ribbon to the back side of the folio with Scor-Tape.
  • Now adhere the folio to the top half of your 6″ x 6″ card base.
  • Line the front card panel with  4″ x 5″ panels of patterned paper.  Then line the remaining panels with 4″ x 5 1/4″ rectangles of patterned paper.
  • Finally, fold and secure with a bow.

If you add a pocket to the bottom half of your card, you can tuck in a little tea sachet, honey stick, mini candy cane and a decorative sentiment panel.  The panel is covered with white cardstock on the back.  Now your card is a folio and a gift!

These card folios make great Christmas presents for friends and family.  Add photos of your tree, your decorated home, pets or family to create a unique and personal gift.

Warm Wishes Christmas Time Clock Tour on YouTube

If you’d like to take a closer look at the papers and dies I’ve used to create this project, please enjoy this short YouTube video.

You can sign up for the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club HERE.

To see other projects made with the Graphic 45 Warm Wishes paper collection, please click HERE.

If you’d like to see what Becca made with this month’s die, visit  her blog HERE.

I hope you have time for a crafty adventure today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Welcome Fall Tiered Tray Tutorial

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Carta Bella Welcome Fall Tiered Tray Tutorial with Spellbinders Becky Roberts Tiered Tray Dies

Hello, Friends!  This Carta Bella Welcome Fall Tiered Tray tutorial is such a fun bit of autumn home décor!  A few days ago, I introduced you to this fabulous die collection, but I used it to make a Christmas Tiered Tray. It was such an enjoyable crafty adventure that I decided to create another version in fall hues.

 

Look at all the fall goodness tucked into this tray!  We have another fall gnome, a fall banner, acorns, autumn leaves and pumpkins.  These are all cut from scraps of patterned paper using the Tiered Tray Décor Dies, as are the little prim house, pitcher and coffee mug.  This is a great way to use up little bits and pieces of pretty patterned paper!

Once again, I combined fussy cut elements from the 6×6 paper pad with the die cut pieces.

If you like to decorate for each season or special occasion, this die would be a fun addition to your stash.  The video tutorial below will show you how to assemble the tiered tray in a way that creates lots of depth and dimension on your finished card.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside of this vibrant fall card.  I sure do love this paper collection from Carta Bella.  The autumn hues are so warm and cozy, and it’s filled with delightful patterns.  I could not resist adding a flap page and a pocket inside the card.

Open the flap page to reveal a little photo spot and….a tiered tray!  How fun is that?  The pocket if filled with a 4×6 notecard, some tasty fall chocolate, a honey stick and a tea sachet.

This sweet little tea sachet is tucked into the pocket.  Remember when I made the Stitched Diamond Shaker Card?  Well the die cut on the front of the sachet is left over from that crafty adventure.  It really dresses up a tea bag!

Welcome Fall Tiered Tray Tutorial on You Tube

If you’d like to learn how to assemble and decorate your tiered tray, I hope you’ll enjoy this little video tutorial.

That’s it for me today, my friends!  I hope you are all enjoying some beautiful fall weather.  Just a few more days, and I’ll be sharing LOTS of Christmas tutorials and projects with you.  I’m also working on a fabulous recipe album kit for Button Farm Club.  That will be released shortly. And, the Heartfelt Creations Blog Hop is this Friday!  So lots of good things to look forward to!

You’ll find a linked supply list below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Christmas Kitchen Tiered Tray Card

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Christmas Kitchen Tiered Tray Card with Spellbinders and Echo Park Cozy Christmas

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a really cute Christmas Kitchen Tiered Tray card to share with you.  Filled with festive home décor items, this clever new Becky Roberts die from Spellbinders is loads of fun!  I’ve paired it up with some Cozy Christmas papers from Echo Park.

Tiered Trays are all the rage right now.  And no wonder!  It’s such a quick and easy way to add seasonal decorations to your kitchen or craft room.  These Tiered Tray dies offer the same kind of decorating fun, only with paper!   There are actually 3 separate components in this release: the base tray dies, accessory dies and a coordinating stamp set.  I combined the accessory dies with some fussy cut items from the paper collection in this sweet project.

Tips and Tricks
  • If you are working with lighter weight paper, consider die cutting the tray base from heavy kraft cardstock first.  Then die cut it a second time using your patterned paper.  I used the wood grain pattern from Cozy Christmas.
  • Die cut the accessories from patterned paper if, like me,  you don’t like to color. This is a great way to use up small scraps of designer paper, too.
  • Create depth and dimension by adding layers of foam tape to the back of the assembled tray.  Each tray has a slit between the back and front.  Place two rows of foam tape on the front and only one on the back.  This bows out the trays and makes them look more dimensional.
  • Practice arranging the elements in your tray before you glue them down.  I also added foam tabs behind the various pieces to create even more depth and dimension.
  • Choose a simple pattern to sit behind the finished tray so that it can take center stage.
A Peek Inside

Finish off the inside of your card with a pocket and flap detail.  You can tuck a gift card wallet and a 4×6 image into the pocket.  Back the 4×6 image with some white cardstock to create a lovely note card. If you send out a family (or pet) Christmas photo, the area behind the flap is the perfect spot to display it.  Then you can write names and ages on the back of the flap element.

The gift card wallet is a great spot to tuck in a bit of holiday chocolate, too!

Spellbinders Becky Roberts Tiered Tray Video on YouTube

If you’d like to see all the various dies and stamps in this release, I created a short YouTube video tour for your enjoyment.  I also share a wonderful new crafty tool that has just come to roost in my studio!  I’m very excited about it, and I think some of you will be, too!

You can find out more information on Glassboard Studio on their website.  And, they were kind enough to send me a discount code for my followers.  Use the code KATHY20 to save 20% on your purchase.

You can find a linked supply list for this project below the post.

OK…that’s it for today!  I’ll be back tomorrow with our Graphic 45 Time to Flourish November folio tutorial.  See you then!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Cathe Holden Christmas Flea Market Finds Projects

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Spellbinders Cathe Holden Christmas Flea Market Finds: A Bowl Full of Crafty Goodness!

Hello, Friends!  I made this vintage style stitched bowl with Spellbinders Cathe Holden Christmas Flea Market Finds goodies.  I remember making bowls like this from old Christmas cards when I was just a kid.  Did any of you make similar Christmas crafts?

Christmas Flea Market Finds  was released in July.  As soon as I saw this collection, I knew I wanted to add it to my stash. It was so popular that Spellbinders ran out of inventory, so I had to wait for my order to come in.  Can I just say, it was worth the wait? There is so much vintage crafty goodness in this mix of dies, papers, stamps and ephemera!  Once I got started creating, the ideas started flowing, and I couldn’t seem to stop!

I have many different projects to share with you today, plus a video tour.  You might want to go grab a cuppa and a snack to sustain you as we discover the possibilities in this charming collection.

Christmas Treat Containers

Once I finished making the large Christmas bowl, I decided to tackle the 3 square base boxes.  This time I paired the dies up with 110# kraft cardstock.  The dies cut through this extra heavy paper like butter!

Instead of covering these bowls with designer paper as I did with the large bowl, I decided to have a little mixed media fun.

First, I embossed the die cut panels with the Floral Swag 3-D Embossing folder.  If you mist both sides of your heavy cardstock lightly with water before you emboss, you get a very detailed dramatic finish!  This little basket is the perfect size to hold miniature candy canes and 6 packages of individually wrapped Biscoff cookies.

Next, dry brush each die cut and embossed panel with ivory chalk paint.  This frosty finish almost looks like stone in real life.  And how cute is this little box filled with tea bags and honey sticks?  Wouldn’t it make a darling Secret Santa gift?

Now you can stitch the base to the sides of your panels.  It took me a minute to remember how to do this, but my hands finally remembered the process.  This bowl is the perfect size to hold a short stack of homemade cookies or even a cupcake.  Lace the top holes with gold metallic thread, then tie with a bow to create this fun shape.

What would you put in these boxes?  Inquiring minds want to know!

Botanical  Songbird

Once I finished making the boxes, I was having so much fun that I decided to make a few Christmas cards.  Each card in this series is built on a Spellbinders 5×7 card base.   The Floral Swag 3D Embossing Folder worked beautifully with the patterned papers from the collection.

  • First, lightly mist the paper with water.
  • Next, place it patterned side up in the embossing folder.
  • Now run it through your machine following the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Then gently heat dry the paper.  This stiffens the embossing so it is less likely to get crushed as you work.
  • Finally, brush the raised area with a little Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  You can also lightly brush on some Gold Metallic Wax with your fingers, if desired.

Decorate the inside with scraps of designer paper.  Then create a pocket and dress it up with an ephemera card.  Stamp on a sentiment panel and tuck it in the pocket along with a wooden star ornament.  Now you have a gift!

Sweet Christmas Love Birds Card

I loved the look of this embossed panel so much that I tried it with a panel of the burgundy designer paper.  Instead of inking the raised portions, try using just the gold metallic wax.  The result is quite dramatic!

Here’s a peek at the inside of this card.

Vintage Christmas Tree Card

This vintage Christmas Tree , Merry Christmas title, and the vintage book cover come from the ephemera pack.  Layer these elements over another embossed panel of designer paper.  But this time, brush the raised areas with Pine Needles Distress Ink.

Try embossing a plain sheet of white cardstock and WOW!  Now you have a gorgeous sentiment panel to tuck into the card pocket.

The Old Christmas Homestead

This is probably my favorite image from the whole collection.  It takes me right back to the New England winters of my childhood.  I added a few special touches to the image, but mostly I wanted to let it take center stage.

  • Layer a small ephemera image with a cigar band ephemera bit to add a sense of dimension to the card front.
  • Make your own embellishment with a small wood slice, bird image, itty bitty post card, key and lock.  This also gives a sense of depth to the overall design.
  • Wrap the top of the panel with twine, then tie a bow.  Red flowers and rustic jingle bells make a very nice accent.

Create a tuck spot by adhering just the top and bottom of the bookmark ephemera to the inside of the card.  Then slip your own handmade bookmark behind it.

Cathe Holden Christmas Flea Market Finds Video Tour on YouTube

If you’d like to take a closer look at the dies, papers, stamps and ephemera I used to create these projects, then I hope you’ll enjoy this short project share video on my YouTube channel.

 

Thanks so much for hanging with me for this extra long post.  I hope you enjoyed seeing what I’ve been up to.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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