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January 2024 Tag of the Month Tutorial

January 2024 Tag of the Month Tutorial with Spellbinders Wax Seal and Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  It’s a brand new year, and I’m here to share my January 2024 Tag of the Month Tutorial with you, Y’all asked for a monthly tag tutorial, and there’s no better time to kick this new series into gear.  I hope you all enjoyed the little break we took between  Christmas and New Year’s.  We had lots of festive family gatherings, loads of good food, and I even managed to sneak in a little nap here and there.  But now it’s time to get back in the rhythm  work and videos and blog posts and all the rest.  I’m excited about all the fun things I have planned for us in 2024!

Photoplay Midnight Garden

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I’ve been waiting to share this gorgeous Photoplay Midnight Garden paper collection with you for quite some time.  It was released in late autumn of 2023, and I was already up to my elbows in fall and Christmas crafting, so I didn’t get to share it with you.  But it’s the perfect choice for this first tag of 2024!  The base is a Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag.  Liners are cut with the Large Tag Dies.

Dressed up with flowers, Glitter Glass Dragonfly and April in Paris Doily from Reneabouquets, this tag has such a wonderful vintage vibe.  You’ll learn how to put the tag together step by step in the video tutorial below.

Spellbinders January Wax Seal of the Month

Have you discovered wax seals yet?  I was first introduced to them when I was helping our daughter with her wedding invitations last year.  They are so much fun to make, and add a great textural element to any project.  So when I had a chance to sign up for the Spellbinders Wax Seal of the Month Club, I did not hesitate!  You’ll learn how to create this pretty wax seal in the tutorial, too.

A Tag with Two Faces

Do you know how January got its name?  In Roman mythology, Janus was the god of beginnings. He  had two faces: one that looked back and one that looked forward. ( Yes, I was a mythology nerd when I was about 10 years old.) The month of January is named for him.  So I designed this month’s tag with two “faces”, if you will.  The front side is a pretty decorative tag, but the back side features a double pocket and flap element.   Surprise!

Two pockets give us lots of room to tuck in little treats, which is something I always try to do when  making a card.   Create the double pocket with a Graphic 45 Regular Ivory tag and a scoring tool.  It’s fast, easy and makes for a great surprise on the back of the tag.

January 2024 Tag of the Month Tutorial on my YouTube Channel

Would you like to learn how I put this tag together?  Then please enjoy this tutorial over on my YouTube channel.

I’m excited about all the crafty adventures I have planned for us in 2024!  How about  you?  I’d love to hear your thoughts about the ideas I shared in the video.  So please take a moment and leave me a comment below this post.

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

Happy New Year, Friends!  Thanks for stopping by!




Snuggle Up House Mouse Stamped Card

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Snuggle Up House Mouse Stamped Card with Carta Bella Cabin Fever

Hello, Friends!  After a lovely Thanksgiving break, I’m back to share this cute little Snuggle Up House Mouse Stamped Card.  I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving , and maybe managed to sneak a little play time in amid all the cleaning and cooking and entertaining.

The winter sweater from Carta Bella Cabin Fever seemed like a good pairing for these adorable mice.  After fussy cutting it from a 4×6 journal card, I inked the edges and added rhinestones to the collar.  Now it’s the perfect holiday sweater, don’t you think?

Stamping and Coloring

One of my goals for this year was to work on my stamping and coloring skills.  Stamping really isn’t the problem…but coloring is a big challenge for me.  I’ve tried all kinds of mediums: alcohol markers, Distress Markers, Colored Pencils, Water Color, Water Color Pencils…and I never seem to be really happy with my results.  But this time, I tried water coloring with Distress Oxide Inks and water brush pens.  And you know what?  I had fun!

First I stamped the image onto a piece of the white woodgrain patterned paper from Cabin Fever using Sepia Archival Ink. Then I immediately heat embossed with clear powder.  The light woodgrain pattern added instant background texture to the image, so half the work was done for me.

Next, I used my water brush to pick up the color directly from the ink pad.  Simply swipe the brush lightly over the pad a few times.  This seemed to pick up just the right amount of ink.  The embossed lines on the stamped image helped me keep the color inside the lines.  Distress Oxide Ink layers nicely without turning into “mud”.  That also seemed to work well for me.

A Little Mixed Media

First I tore the bottom edge of the tree stump away from the stamped panel to create a more organic looking edge.  Then I scribbled Dries Clear Adhesive along the top of the stump and sprinkled with Rajni Chawla Crystal Clear Glitter to create my faux snow.  Finally, I painted a wooden snowflake white, added Dries Clear and more glitter.  It doesn’t show up as well in the photo, but it sparkles nicely in real life.

Foam tape between my layers added some nice dimension while a perky plaid bow and jingle bells finished everything off nicely.

A Peek Inside

Adding a flap to the top half of the card creates space for a hidden sentiment panel….

…and a pocket for a little winter warm up treat on the bottom.  See how I repeated the sweater image on the inside?  That’s one of my favorite things to do.

I hope you’re enjoying a restful and joyful weekend, my friends!

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

Thanks for stopping by!






Graphic 45 Night Before Christmas Snowman Card

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Graphic 45 Night Before Christmas Snowman Card with Spellbinders Santa’s Circle Crew

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I have an adorable Graphic 45 Night Before Christmas Snowman Card Tutorial for you today.  It’s made with Spellbinders new Santa’s Circle Crew and Merry & Bright Petite Blooms Dies.  Quick and easy to make cards are always good to have on hand during the holiday season.

Use Your Scraps

Know what I like the most about these two die sets?  The pieces are small, which means they give you a great way to use up those small scraps of patterned papers. In fact, I did not cut into any new sheets of my designer paper to make this card.  With the exception of the card base, every single element is cut from a scrap of Night Before Christmas.  It’s always gratifying to whittle away at our scraps!

TIP: Try saving the “negative” image of a die cut to use as a frame in another project.  Last year, I cut a card layer with a postage stamp die.  (You can see that card tutorial HERE.) I positioned the die on my glitter paper so that I would have enough of an edge all the way around it to make a frame for later use.  And this year, it became the frame that my cute snowman sits inside.


TIP: Die cut foliage and flowers to provide an “anchor” for your snowman embellishment.  And googly eyes are always a fun addition to a cute card like this one.

A Peek Inside

Dress the inside of your card up with more pretty papers, pockets, tags and goodies.

I’ll show you how to make this cute little gift packet in the video tutorial, too.  It’s such a fun way to dress up a tea bag!

Now we’ve created “more than just a card.”  We also have a gift, and a cute piece of home decor to brighten up our Christmas kitchen or office.

Graphic 45 Night Before Christmas Snowman Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how I made this  quick and easy Christmas card, I hope you’ll grab a cuppa and join me over on my YouTube Channel.


Did you enjoy that?  Pick up any new tips or ideas?  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, friends!




Spellbinders Merry Mugs with Christmas Bakers Twine

Spellbinders Merry Mugs with Christmas Bakers Twine

Hello, Friends!  These cheery Spellbinders Merry Mugs with Bakers Twine Bows are my cup of Christmas tea!  With a big old dollop of sweet whipping cream, sparkling candy canes and even a bit of chocolate to dress them up, they are the sweetest Christmas treat that you could ask for!

Die cut poinsettia and foliage from the Petite Blossoms dies help to set the mood for this cup of good cheer.

TIP: Die cut the whipped cream, candy cane and marshmallows from glitter paper to add that extra bit of Christmas shine.  I also used glitter cardstock for the trees and some of the foliage.  It’s so  pretty to see in real life.

TIP: Bakers Twine comes in a wide range of colors and styles.  But Christmas Bakers Twine is the perfect pairing for these cute mugs.  Tuck it under die cut foliage to create a nice, full floral cluster.  Top off a little gift tag with a twine bow and sweetheart blossom to add just the right finishing touch.  Or, tie those candy canes together with a Bakers Twine bow.  It adds color and texture however you choose to use it!

A Peek Inside

Buffalo Plaid is such a great choice for Christmas creations.  The patterned papers you see here are from Echo Park’s whimsical Gnome for Christmas paper collection.  There are lots of classic Christmas patterns and images in addition to the gnomes.

TIP: Tuck a blank sentiment panel behind a flap page.  This simple interactive feature makes your card stand out above the crowd.  Use extra die cuts bits to embellish.

Spellbinders Merry Mugs Christmas Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

TIP: Thread pretty Christmas Bakers twine through the top of a tag.  Then add a cute mitten charm to create a sweet little Christmas bookmark.  It’s simple, but it works!

A holiday tea bag and honey sticks seem to belong in the pocket of this merry mug greeting card, don’t you think?

I can see myself using these cute mug dies in lots of different ways this season.  Who know?  Maybe I’ll be back soon with a tutorial that will share those ideas with you.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for sharing a cuppa with me today, friends!





Serenade of Autumn Boxed Note Card Set

Spellbinders Serenade of Autumn Boxed Note Card Set

Hello, Friends!  Just as I promised, I’m back today with a Spellbinders Serenade of Autumn Boxed Note Card Set.  If you missed yesterday’s post introducing you to this gorgeous new collection of dies, stamps, papers, embellishments and stencils, you can find it HERE.

For many years I’ve been on a quest to restore the fine art of note writing.  I have such fond memories of giving and receiving notes in the mail, and would love to see this habit come back into vogue.

My first pen pal was my cousin in Ohio.  We wrote one another once a week on fancy stationery that we received as birthday or Christmas gifts.  Or we made our own little notecards with cut out hearts and flowers.  My mom was an avid letter-writer, and I have a small trunk filled with her beautifully penned notes to me over the years.

As much as I use (and appreciate) the convenience of e-mail and texting, neither one matches the thrill of opening the mailbox and finding a handwritten note within.  So, as a tribute to the art of note writing, today’s project features a boxed set of lovely note cards made with goodies from the Serenade of Autumn collection.

Notecards and Lined Envelopes…oooh la la!

I spent a delightful afternoon in the studio creating this 5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ box pocket folio to hold my 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ note cards.  Each pocket has a depth of 1/2″ so the cards fit nicely inside.

Spellbinders Serenade of Autumn Boxed Notecard Set-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Lined envelopes add an extra touch of elegance to ensemble.  I custom made each envelope so that the cards slide in and out easily.  And, can we say gold foiling?  Oh, yes, we can!

Individual Note Cards

Aside from the gold metallic string, the cardstock for the bases and envelopes and the sunflower charms, all materials from the Serenade of Autumn collection.

Sentiments come from the die cut packet.

Line the inside of  your cards with a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel of cream cardstock.  Then dress it up with the offcuts from making the card cover.

Butterflies, gold flecked gems and gold foil chipboard sentiments make the note cards really shine.

And these sweet birdies made my heart sing.

You could easily adapt this design for use with any paper collection for any theme.  They’d make lovely Secret Santa gifts, too!

Basic Measurements

Although I don’t have a full tutorial for this project, I will share the basic measurements for the box folio with you.  I think you can probably figure out the cards on your own.

  • First, cut a 12″ x 6 1/2″ panel of teal cardstock.  Score at 5 1/2″ and 6 1/2.
  • Now fold along the score lines to create a 5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ folio with a 1″ spine.
  • Line the inside of the card with an 11 1/2″ x 6″ panel of rich brown cardstock.
  • Right hand box pocket measures 8″ x 4″.  Score (2) 1/2″ lines on top, bottom and right hand side.  Construct following the box pocket directions in THIS tutorial.
  • Left hand pocket measures 7 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.  Score (2) 1/2″ lines on sides and bottom.
  • Finish the inside and outside with patterned papers, layered ephemera and flowers.  Add the ribbon closure BEFORE you add the patterned papers to the outside.

How easy is that?

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!