Country Fresh Eggs and Sunshine

Country Fresh Eggs & Sunshine Easel Card with Carta Bella Homemade

Hello, Friends!  Mid-Winter is the perfect time to indulge in some Country Fresh Eggs & Sunshine, don’ t you agree?  Today I have a sweet farmhouse style easel card made with Carta Bella’s Homemade paper collection and adorned with ribbons and trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

How do you feel about yellow?  It’s one of those colors that people tend to either really enjoy or thoroughly dislike.  I fall on the really enjoy side of that equation.  So I’m very fond of this saffron- hued 5 1/2″ square easel card!

Ribbon to the Rescue!

But even as much as I enjoy shades of yellow, I find they have to be toned down with some solid neutral shades.  And that’s where ribbon comes to the rescue!  Here’s how I used ribbon to tone down the sunshine brightness on this card:

  • First, I created a belly band by layering Chipmunk Delicate Stitched Satin with 3/8″ Brown Plaid Ribbon.  The brown hues help to tone down the vibrant yellow patterns in the paper collection.
  • Use Scor-Tape between the ribbon layers, and wrap the ends around the back side of the card panel for a neat, clean finish.
  • Next, tie a poufy plaid bow with that brown plaid ribbon and tuck it into a cluster of roses and gardenias.
  • Now tie a loopy burlap bow and tuck it into the ribbon cluster to add extra texture.
  • Then create a cute banner with stickers from the paper collection.  Use your Bow-it-All Tool to tie itty bitty 1/2″ burlap ribbons and add to the corners.
  • Finally, Cocoa Ric-Rac adds an interesting country style border to the base of the card.  I don’t know why I don’t use ric-rac more often!
A Peek Inside



The country fresh vibes continue inside the card.  Don’t you just love these chickens?  Of course, you have to add gingham to a farmhouse style card, and bees come in handy, too.  So I just added all of the above. Do you spy the wee pocket?

Here’s a closer look.  Trim, score and fold a 3×4 card to make a side opening pocket that fits the narrow panel.  Then die cut the sentiment from another 3×4 card.  Thread with ribbon, tie on a sweet sunflower charm with burlap string, and now you’ve got a sweet surprise tucking inside this Country Fresh Eggs and Sunshine card.

I find I tend to turn to my bolder, brighter paper collections when the winter days are dark and gloomy.  We’ve had loads of rain and grey skies in North Carolina this month.  But I don’t mind; I just make my own sunshine on paper!  And, the sun is rising a little earlier and setting a little later each day  now, so spring can’t be too far off, can it?

I hope I shared some tips and tricks you can use in  your  next crafty adventure.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!



Country Fresh Eggs and Sunshine Supply List

9 thoughts on “Country Fresh Eggs and Sunshine

  1. Gena Krannig

    This card is so adorable, Kathy! I love the bright colors and pretty contrasting ribbons and flowers. And yes, I do like yellow. The ric rac ribbon is a really nice touch and the sunflowers in front of the rising sun are so pretty and are a lovely focal point. The chickens are so cute and just make me want to smile. Rainy and dreary here also so this card is a real spirit lifter! Thank you for sharing! Hugs! .

  2. Martie Rollin

    Every item on this cards speaks to your farm theme, especially those chickens! I so enjoy creating easel cards…always makes a nice table display. I like this more subdued shade of yellow…pleasing on the eyes. My favorite element? That little cluster on the Life Is Beautiful tag…sweet! Surprisingly, we (PAC NW) have bright sun today! But don’t get too comfortable…forecast is talking about the white stuff on Valentine’s Day!

  3. MaryH

    When you make someone smile you know you have excelled at your job! Congrats on another great job because I am smiling ear-to-ear. Today hit a high of 71 and sunshine; so we went by the beach and had lunch out! Your project completed the perfectly lovely, enjoyable day. Thanks!

  4. Helen

    Anything with chooks gets my vote! A wonderful colourful card with lovely messages. Our sun is hiding behind clouds, a cyclone is heading south offshore, so seeing your happy card brightens my day.

  5. Rosemary

    Okay, that is just downright adorable, Kathy! It’s going right into my “Kathy” folder for unashamedly copying some day! P.S. I love yellow!

  6. Laura Clark

    I love the Carta Bella paper collection you used and the yellow is so pretty. All your small details makes for a wonderful card. Thanks for your tips!

  7. Cheryl Wells

    Love this card – so bright and cheerful – I grew up on a farm, many years ago, and this kinda brings back some memories – thank you Kathy!!!

  8. Priscilla Hughs

    Oh, I so love yellow, my first formal, my “Jackie Kennedy” coat.. my granddaughter took it home with her recently and my clothes closet is filled w yellow. So fell in love with today’s project! It’s lovely!

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