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Quick and Easy Gift Tag Tutorial

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Quick and Easy Gift Tag Tutorial with Echo Park Gnome for Christmas

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I’m rolling in late with this Quick and Easy Gift Tag Tutorial .  Today we’re working with Echo Part Gnome for Christmas to make these fun tags.  These make great stocking stuffers, Secret Santa Gifts and would even look great on the Christmas tree!  You could attach them to pretty ribbon with a clothespin and then they’d be home decor, too.  Use whatever paper collection you have on hand, or even mix and match.  What fun!

Save Time with G45 Tags and the Tag Die

I cannot count the number of projects I’ve made using Graphic 45 Tags as a base.  They are attractive, sturdy and such a time saver!  Pair the tags up with the Regular Tag Die, and you’ll have these sweet gift tags made in no time flat.

If you have an envelope punch board (and really,  you should!) pull it out and make the size envelope that calls for 6×6 paper.  Since we’re using the 6×6 paper pad, there’s no measuring or cutting necessary.  Just put the paper in the punch board, score, punch, fold and you’re done!

What’s on the Back of the Tags?

To cover up the ends of the belly band on the back of the tags, cut a 3″ x 4″ panel of white cardstock,, stamp with the Gnome for Christmas stamps and adhere.  Cute, right?

Die cut a small tag and stamp with small images, spatter with gold paint and add a Christmas charm.  This is a great place to write the recipient’s name.

Embellishments

Dress your tags up with a cluster of jingle bells, Christmas beads, mulberry flowers and foliage.  You can make your own flowers, or save time with pre-made flowers.

Gnome for Christmas adhesive brads and gold glitter stars add a bit of sparkle and shine to the tag design.

Gnome for Christmas Quick and Easy Gift Tag Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how one of these tags comes together, then please enjoy this short tutorial on my YouTube channel.

 

If you would like to see more gift tag tutorials, check out this link.

I hope you enjoyed this late, late, late Throwback Thursday tutorial.  You will find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Christmas Tea Party in a Box Tutorial

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Christmas Tea Party in a Box Tutorial with Reneabouquets-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Tea Party in a Box Tutorial with Reneabouquets:

Hello, Friends!  The Christmas train is rolling right along with this Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Tea Party in a Box Tutorial.  This is one of my “Use Your Scraps” challenges.  I’ll share all my best sneaky tricks for using tiny pieces of designer paper and a few images into a lovely 5″ x 7″ tea party in a box card.

We’re working with leftover bits and bobs from the December Banner tutorial that I shared earlier this month.  While I had quite a few images left over, I really had just a tiny bit of the Flourish patterned paper to work with.  I think you’ll enjoy seeing how I combined those bits with some lovely Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Mulberry flowers to create this project.

Lots of Lovely Little Layers

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So how did I manage to streeeeetch these designer papers?  Well, let’s just say that if you could see under all these lovely layers of images, you’d see a lot of naked cardstock.  A bountiful flower cluster and strategically placed images are a crafty girl’s best friend!

A Peek Inside

The challenge continued on the inside of this card.  I had to figure out clever ways to use odd shaped pieces of designer paper.  Thankfully, I had many of the large images from the 12×12 pad left over to help me finish the job.

We even managed to create a little flap page on the top half of the card!  I’ll share my secrets with you in the video tutorial below.

But let’s just say for now that a well-placed title covers up an obvious spot where scraps are pieced in.  It’s our secret, OK?

The Tea Party in a Box

Since I was low on designer paper, I wrapped my tea treats with cardstock.

Then I added smaller ephemera pieces to dress up the plain cardstock.  It worked really well!

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Christmas Tea Party in a Box Tutorial on YouTube

You’re invited to grab a cuppa and a snack as I share this video tutorial with you over on my YouTube Channel:

 

Did you enjoy that?  I’m having lots of fun sharing these Christmas creations with you.  I’ll be back soon with more, so keep a sharp eye out!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends.  I know how busy the holiday season is, and I truly appreciate you spending your time with me here.

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Time to Flourish December Banner

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Graphic 45 Time to Flourish December Banner with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  Can you wrap your brain around the reality that it is time for us to create our Graphic 45 Time to Flourish December Banner?  Whoa!  This year has really gone by so fast!  We’ve been creating these sweet banners each month in 2023, and the December banner is the grand finale for this series.  Once again, I’ve used the 8×8 and 12×12 papers to create the banner.

Because of a very busy schedule and some unexpected appointments, I was unable to film a step by step video this month.  (Everything is fine…just super busy and time for annual checkups and all the rest.) But I did film a project share where I go over a lot of tips and we look at the details of each pennant.  Thanks for understanding!

However, you can find a very detailed step by step tutorial for the November Banner where I discuss process and how to’s HERE.

Christmas Merriment

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Nothing says “Christmas” like rusty jingle bells, frosty poinsettias, plaid ribbon, glittering stars and sparkling holly.   This banner is filled with Christmas merriment and traditional holiday colors.  Once again, I’ve used G45 ATC tags, Regular Tags and Eileen Hull Sizzix House/Pocket Stitchlet dies to create the pennants for our banner.

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TIP: Layer the 2 largest nested star dies over gold glitter paper so that when you die cut, you get 2 stars at the same time.  Weave small images into the opening of the large star to create a very pretty frame for G45 tags and Reneabouquets Santa’s Elves Printed Beautiful Board.

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Here’s another of those adorable Santa’s Elves perched on the medium sized star that I layerd with the largest die.  These little guys are sooo cute!

TIP: Gently round the center of sentiment tags to add extra dimension to your design.  I simply run the paper between my fingers, then glue the ends down.  It’s a simple technique, but it works!

Christmas Ribbons

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I like to stitch my pennants to a ribbon border and I love adding a layer of lace to the top.  First, stitch along the top of the ribbon to secure the pennants.  Then, turn and stitch along the bottom edge.  This makes the banner hang nicely.

TIP: Vary the placement of your glitter stars to create interest and a sense of movement in your banner design.

Christmas Candy Cane

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This might be my favorite pennant in this banner, thanks to the gorgeous Reneabouquets Candy Cane image.  It’s so perfectly vintage and provides a lovely pop of color in the banner design.

For another pop of color, stitch red shell buttons between each pennant.

Here we are at the very last pennant.  The bow clusters on each end are identical to create a sense of symmetry.

TIP: Tie a length of Christmas Plaid Ribbon to each end of the banner, leaving the tails long.  Then glue your bow, metallic string, leaves and flower on top to create a dramatic bow cluster.

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish December Banner on YouTube

I hope you can join me over on my YouTube channel for a closer look at this lovely Christmas banner.

 

Well, we did it, friends!  A beautiful banner for each month of 2023!  What shall we do in 2024?  Wait and see…I’m planning!

There will be no tutorials next week as I am taking time off to prepare for Thanksgiving…my favorite holiday!  I have a tradition of baking pies with my granddaughters, making place cards for the table together and I  might even manage to squeeze in a nap!  But I’ll be back after the holiday to share more crafty adventures with my friends.

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I wish you a day filled with joy, laughter, family, friends, good food and a thankful heart.  There is always something to be thankful for, and it’s good to remember to say thank you for all the many blessings in our lives.

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

Thanks for stopping by, friends!  I’m thankful for each one of you!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Craft Room Embellishments Storage and Organization Tips

Craft Room Embellishments Storage and Organization Tips

Hello, Friends!  Just as I promised, I’m here to share my Craft Room Embellishments Storage and Organization Tips with you.  This is the 3rd installment in our Craft Room Organization Series.  If you missed out on the previous three videos,  here are the links to  Ribbon Tips , Paper TIps, and Die Cutting Storage Solutions.

Craft room organization and storage is a very personal thing.  You might already a system that works perfectly for you.  (Please share your ideas in the comment section so we can all benefit!) But if you feel like you are overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin, I think you will find some tips and ideas that will help you organize your buttons, beads, sequins, flowers, chipboard, and frames in a way that will make your crafting experience much less frustrating.

Buttons, Beads, and Sequins

It’s a rare day when I don’t have buttons, beads or sequins in use.  They are among my favorite embellishments!  If You’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you are well aware of my weakness for buttons…especially vintage buttons!

Here’s the wall where I store those delightful little tidbits.  I find that simple jars from the kitchen are a great way to keep buttons sorted by color and size.  Plus, they look wonderful on display.  I have sequins, beads, and stick pins tucked into jars on this CD rack that’s right behind my work station.

Bins of Flowers

Flowers are another favorite embellishment in my studio.  Over the past 10 years I’ve been privileged to design on the Really Reasonable Ribbon, Reneabouquets, Petaloo and Little Birdie Design teams.  So have have (ahem) a few flowers in my stash.

I’ve stored them in a lot of different ways, but the best solution I’ve found to date is cloth bins tucked into a cube storage system.  I have them sorted by company and color so I can always find what I need quickly.

Chipboard Storage

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I’m currently a Brand Ambassador for Reneabouquets.  This is the best chipboard I’ve ever worked with, and between what I have purchased and the goodies that Renea has sent me in my Brand Ambassador boxes, I have a LOT of it.

Because Reneabouquets Beautiful Board is detailed and somewhat delicate, I needed a way to store it that would protect it, but make it easy to access.  My solution is this over the door clear shoe organizer.  I have the pieces sorted by themes which makes it very easy to access.

Craft Room Embellishments Storage and Organization Tips Tour on YouTube

I’d love to invite you into my small and cozy studio for a peek at how I store and organize the many embellishments that I use to enhance my projects.  So please grab a cuppa, get comfy and enjoy this video tour.

We’d all love to hear any other embellishment storage ideas that have worked well for you, so please feel free to share in the comment section below.

I think we’ll talk about ephemera storage in our next installment.  How does that sound to you?

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 November Time to Flourish Card

Graphic 45 November Time to Flourish Card: Let’s Use Our Scraps!

Hello, Friends!  This Graphic 45 November Time to Flourish Card is made with paper scraps we had left from making our November Banner of the Month.  My mama raised me with a “waste not, want not” point of view, so I just had to find a way to create something wonderful with those tasty little bits of designer paper!  Naturally, I invited some Reneabouquets goodies along on this crafty adventure.  The end result was this luscious fall beauty of a card.  I was so pleased with it that I  just had to share the tutorial with you so you can make one with your scrappy bits, too.

Pumpkins, Butterflies and Fall Florals

When I started out to make this card, I only had 1 sheet of 8×8 paper, a 2″ x 8″ scrap from the back of the cut apart page, and an assortment of random cut apart pieces from the 8×8 pad.  This was a challenge.  But lucky for me, I love a good challenge!  The paper shortage problem was easily resolved by using mitered frames instead of large paper panels.

TIP: Need to save patterned paper?  Create mitered frame borders instead of using entire panels of patterned paper.  If you have rectangular nesting dies, you can also cut the “frames” out with those.

TIP:  Fill in empty spots with a chipboard pumpkin, large metal embellishments, and lovely fall branches.

TIP: Color your maple branches with Distress Oxide Inks in shades of Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey.  Then spritz lightly with a copper mica spray for a spectacular finish.

A Peek Inside

Reserve that 8×8 panel of patterned paper for use on the inside of your card.  First line your 5 1/8″ x 7 1/8″ cream card base with 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panels of Faded Brick or Tomato Soup cardstock.  Then trim the 8×8 paper to a width of 4 3/4″.  Line the pocket with the green reverse pattern and the top with a 4 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ panel of the pattern.  Then you can use the offcuts and other scraps to dress up the top half of the card.

TIP: Camouflage patterned paper piecing with small side panel embellishments.

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I had just enough scraps left to  make a sweet little tea wallet for my Pumpkin Spice tea bag and a decorative front for my chocolate wrapper.

Graphic 45 November Time to Flourish Card Tutorial on my YouTube channel

This fun project was a bit like putting a puzzle together, but I really enjoyed the process.  If you’d like to see how the front cover came together, grab a cuppa and join me over on my YouTube channel.

Well, what do you think?  I had not one scrap of paper left after finishing this card, and that’s just the way I like it!

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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