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Enchanted Land Fairy Banner Tutorial

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Ciao Bella Enchanted Land Fairy Banner Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s Wonderful Wednesday, and I have an Enchanted Land Fairy Banner Tutorial to share with you.  June is “Fairy Month” here at Kathy by Design, and all our tutorials feature paper pretties from Ciao Bella Enchanted Land collection and Reneabouquets.  Today we’ve invited the newly released Spellbinders 3-D Sealed Botanical Wax Seals and Scallop Labels and Tags to our little party.  So grab a cuppa and a snack and get ready for some Wonderful Wednesday inspiration.

From Scallop Label to Banner Pennant

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It’s always exciting when you find a new way to make a banner!  Turns out that if you flip a Spellbinders Scallop Labels and Tag die upside down, it makes a wonderful shaped pennant on a banner!  The die set has 11 pieces: 5 nesting labels (or pennants) and one cute tag.  I’ll show you how to pair these dies up in the video tutorial below.

Mushroom Houses

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OK, so true confession: I have a soft spot for mushroom houses.  This collection features several whimsical designs, and I ant to live in one of them when I grow up!  Embellish the pennant with a sparkly Reneabouquets Butterfly, Bitty Hummingbird and a Spellbinders Forest Mushrooms Wax Seal, and you are good to go!

Mushroom Nest of jewels

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How about these darling mushrooms all snugged up in a little nest with fairy jewels and itty bitty posies? Does it get any more enchanted than this?

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Well, we could add a lovely Reneabouquets frame, turn it into a shaker box and add another sparkly butterfly.  That’s pretty magical, don’t you think?

Or, we could pay a visit to this charming itty bitty mushroom house in an itty bitty mason jar.  Yes, friends…I was like a child at play while making this project.  It was good for my soul!

Ciao Bella Enchanted Land Fairy Banner Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to watch this fairy banner come together, take a closer look at supplies and learn how to “fix” a wax seal that’s gone wrong, please enjoy this video on my YouTube channel.

Are you enjoying Fairy Month?  I know I am!  And next week is the Birthday Card of the Month with more sweet fairy frolics!

Tomorrow is the Really Reasonable Ribbon  Blog Hop.  It’s not a fairy project, but it is mighty sweet!  I hope to see you then!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Fairy Tea Party Tag Box Tutorial

 

Fairy Tea Party Tag Box Tutorial with Reneabouquets and Ciao Bella Enchanted Land

Hello, Friends!  It’s Wonderful Wednesday and I have a darling Fairy Tea Party Tag Box Tutorial to share with you.  I invited some Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board, Butterflies, and Ciao Bella Enchanted Land papers to the celebration. (We’ll be working with these products all month long.)

Fairy Month in June

Did you know that June 23 is Midsummer Night, the shortest night of the year?  Well, I did, and that made me think of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, where fairies play a major role in the story.  I also spied a little mushroom ring in the dewy morning grass. Any time my mom would see one of these little “fairy rings” she would say, “Oh, look!  The fairies had a tea party last night.”  And all of these things led me to the decision to make June “Fairy Month” at Kathy by Design.  All of our Wonderful Wednesday tutorials will feature fairies in one way or another.  It’s going to be loads of fun!

From Tags to Treat Box

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Look at this darling fairy perched up in the daisy arbor!  Isn’t she the sweetest?  I’ll show you how to transform the lovely daisy frame into a shaker box in the video tutorial.  You’ll also learn how to turn 3 large Graphic 45 Tags into a splendid treat box/tea party in a box with the wink of an eye!

A Peek Inside

 

A box inside a box seems like an appropriate design for fairy month, doesn’t it?  And this box has a lovely tea party tucked inside.  There sides fold down to reveal even more treasures!

Look at all the wonderful goodies you can stash inside this fun box design!  I think this would also be beautiful done up in Christmas papers (maybe next month???) too.

Fairy Tea Party Tag Box Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see this magical little box come together, please grab a cuppa and a snack and enjoy the tutorial over on our YouTube channel.

 

I’m greatly looking forward to sharing lots of sweet fairy projects with you this month.  You can find a linked supply list below this post to help  you source the supplies I’ve used to make this Fairy Tea Party Tag Box.

Happy Wonderful Wednesday, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Ciao Bella Always and Forever Wedding Album Kit

Ciao Bella Always & Forever Mini Album Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement

Ciao Bella Always and Forever Wedding Album Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  I’m excited to announce the release of this Ciao Bella Always and Forever Wedding Album Kit today.  It’s my latest Button Farm Club project and this time it’s a full-fledged mini album.  Perfect for capturing all those tender wedding moments and memories, I think it would also make a wonderful anniversary or heritage wedding album.

Everything about the Always & Forever collection calls for a  romantic project like this one.  Soft pastel colors,  gorgeous floral patterns (peonies!) and lush patterned papers made for a delightful creative adventure.

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Although this album is loaded with details and lush layers, it’s delightfully simple to assemble.  That is always a goal that I  keep in mind when I am designing a project for you.  It has to be “do-able” whether you are a seasoned crafter or a beginner.

A Peek Inside

Weddings are a big deal and call for a big mini album.  This beautiful dossier album measures a generous 6 1/4″ x 8 3/4″ x 3″ in size.  And that means there is ample room for photos, journaling and memory keeping.

The depth of the album base makes room for a huge waterfall feature, slash pockets and some really fun interactive elements.

I’ll also share lots of tips for layering fussy cut elements.  These tips will come in handy on any project you  might make in the future.

Ciao Bella Always and Forever Wedding  Album Kit Reveal on YouTube

If you’d like to take a closer look at the kit supplies and the finished album, please grab a cuppa and enjoy this reveal video:

Button Farm Club has all the kit supplies in house and ready to ship out when you order.  Like all my kits, you will receive private links to the video tutorial and full-color Basic Written Guide along with your kit supplies.  You only need to add basic crafting supplies like your adhesive of choice and some foam tape or waste chipboard to complete the project.  Everyday crafting tools like a scoring tool, paper trimmer, scissors,  circle punch, and Distress Ink (if you want to ink your edges) are all  you need to create this lovely album.

Here’s the link to order:

Ciao Bella Always & Forever

Once again, I thank you all for  your kind support of these Button Farm Club Kits.  I am always overwhelmed by your enthusiasm and lovely comments.  Creating these kits allows me to share my love for papercrafting with a wide audience and helps support my well-known paper addiction.  LOL

Wishing you all a wonderful Monday!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Sand Sun Surf Beach Banner Tutorial

Sand Sun Surf Beach Banner Tutorial with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  It’s Wonderful Wednesday, and I have a Sand Sun Surf Beach Banner Tutorial to share with you!  it’s made with some of my favorite Really Reasonable Ribbon trims and flowers, Graphic 45 The Beach is Calling, and Reneabouquets Paper Pretties.

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This is a great big banner with 8 pennants in 3 different styles and sizes.  I’ve stitched them onto a Silky Crushed Satin Navy Ribbon with a Navy Stitched Burlap Ribbon Topper.  I think this is my favorite banner so far this year with its sandcastles, beach huts, paddle boards and starfish!

I always follow this sequence when making my banners:

  • First, die cut the individual pennants or tag liners.
  • Next, machine stitch around the edges of each pennant to make a sort of “frame” for the collage.
  • Then, evenly space the pennants along the length of your ribbon.  Use binder clips to hold the pennants in place.
  • Now, top the pennants with lace or a contrasting ribbon.
  • Finally, stitch the pennants to the ribbons.  Stitch a second time along the bottom edge of the ribbon to ensure that the banner lays flat when on display.
  • Now all  you have to do is decorate your banner.

Several of you have asked me if you have to stitch the pennants to the ribbon.  No, you don’t.  You can attach with Fabric-Tac or iron on interfacing.  Or, simply attach your pennants with cute clothespins.

Shaking it Up Down by the Seashore

The central pennant is a G45 Kraft Tag topped with a fun shaker frame.  Reneabouquets Butterflies, Laser Cut Starfish and Tiny Shells help to dress things up.

Beach Flowers

The corner pennants on each end feature Blue/Gold/Ivory Plaid Ribbon Bows topped with Gold Metallic String Bows and lots of pretty mulberry flowers.

Sand Sun Surf Banner Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to learn how to create this pretty bit of home decor?  Then please grab a cuppa, a snack and enjoy this video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

 

Now I want to run away to the beach.  How about you?

If you’d rather not make your own banner, you can purchase this one from my Etsy Shop.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Happy Wonderful Wednesday, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders Susan’s Garden Nasturtiums Tutorial

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Spellbinders Susan’s Garden Nasturtiums Tutorial for April 2024 Flower of the Month

Happy Wonderful Wednesday, Friends!  It’s time to make our April 2024 Flower of the Month with a Spellbinders Susan’s Garden Nasturtiums Tutorial.  I’ve always been a big fan of these cheery little flowers and their parasol-shaped leaves.  So when Spellbinder’s released them as a Susan’s Garden die set, I just had to add them to my stash.   I’ll show you how I colored and shaped these pretty petals in the video tutorial below.

 Stamperia Garden Card Details

As soon as I pulled this die set out of the Closet of Inspiration and Delight, I knew I wanted to pair it up with Stamperia Garden patterned papers.  Teal and tangerine is probably not the first color palette that comes to your mind on a Wednesday morning, but don’t they look terrific together?

Here’s how to put this card base together:

  • First, create a 7″ x 5″ top fold card base from dark grey  cardstock.
  • Next, cut a 6 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ panel of the Stamperia Garden patterned paper.  Adhere this to as slightly larger panel of teal cardstock.
  • Now, cut a 6 3/4″ x 2″ belly band of the striped paper and mat on a slightly larger panel of teal cardstock.
  • Fussy cut the plant tag and adhere on a slightly larger panel of teal cardstock.  Back with dimensionals.
  • Die cut the galvanized garden tub from both grey cardstock and a patterned paper.  Adhere the patterned paper so it is slightly offset.  Back with two layers of dimensionals at the base, and one around the top edge of the barrel.
  • Add the nasturtium leaves to the galvanized garden tub first, then adhere the prepared blooms.
  • Adhere a few colored mustard seeds at the base of the plant stake.
Propagation Garden Sentiments

I never quite feel as though a card is finished until I’ve added a sentiment or some text to the cover.  What could be a  better option than this lovely Spellbinders Propagation Garden Stamp & Die Set?

The original sentiment on the Stamperia Garden tag was Spring is Here.  But I wanted to add a sentiment with a little more whimsy.  Here’s how to make that happen:

  • First, ink up a panel of plain white cardstock with Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, and Lost Mariner Distress Inks.
  • Then , rub an anti-static pouch over the inky panel.
  • Next, stamp the sentiment with Jet Black Archival Ink and immediately cover with clear embossing powder.
  • Now heat set the embossing powder and cut the sentiment out with the matching die.

TIP: Cut a teal cardstock mat for the stamped sentiment using the same die.  Cut it in half across the middle and adhere to the back of the sentiment so that you have a little cardstock margin around it.  No one will notice, I promise!

A Peek Inside

 

Cut a 12″ x 4 7/8″ panel of patterned paper for the top half of the card.  Score at 6 7/8″ to form the flap.  Create a pocket with a journal card from the paper collection, and tuck in a seed packet.

It’s always nice to have a space to write a personal message and/or add a photo.  This makes a card really feel more like a folio, which is something I like.

The bottom pocket has a second large panel for a note or photo as well as a cute bookmark.  All the stamped sentiments are from the Propagation Garden stamp set.

Spellbinders Susan’s Garden Nasturtium Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to make these cheery blossoms, please enjoy this tutorial on my YouTube channel.

 

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and how-to’s that you can use in your next crafty adventure.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friend!

Cheerio,

kathy

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