Really Reasonable Ribbon June 2022 Blog Hop

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Really Reasonable Ribbon June 2022 Blog Hop: Graphic 45 Let it Bee Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon June 2022 Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Gloria’s lovely blog.  This month’s Jungle Fun Ribbon Club Assortment is filled with lots of lovely ribbon that works on all kinds of projects!

It’s also a great match for Graphic 45’s Let it Bee Paper collection. Check it out!

Let it Bee Card Folio

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First, create a ribbon border by layering Yellow Gold Plaid over Turftan Brown Taffeta Ribbon.  This pulls out all the wonderful earthy tones of the paper collection and Reneabouquets Beautiful Board embellishments.

Next, tie some loopy bows with the Moss Green Plaid Ribbon.  Top these bows with Ivory Burlap String and a white blossom for a perfect finish!

Now dress up a vintage pewter hinge clip with a jaunty plaid bow and tiny blossom.  Perfect harmony!

A Peek Inside

If you’d like to take a short tour of this project, I’ve created a little video to show you all the fun interactive elements tucked inside.  Enjoy this 6 minute video!

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties my teammate Cheryl has prepared for you.

Don’t forget to finish up the hop on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  Answer Bonnie’s question of the month and you might win your very own June Ribbon Club Assortment.

Not a member of the Ribbon Club yet?  Well, now is a great time to join!  Bonnie will be rolling out some fabulous holiday ribbon club assortment soon!  Learn how to sign up HERE.

Have fun hopping!




Raspberry Garden Teacup Party in a Box

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LemonCraft Raspberry Garden Teacup Party in a Box for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  This LemonCraft Raspberry Garden Teacup Party in a Box is filled with all kinds of summer delights!

Let’s remember summer! In my childhood Vermont summers, picking ripe, juicy raspberries was an event we looked forward to with great anticipation.  Raspberry canes grew wild in our meadows and along country roadsides.  Thick with brambles and sharp little thorns, we braved the risk of being stung by hornets or encountering the occasional snacking snake to plunk these edible jewels into our buckets. We probably put one in our mouths for every berry that landed in our buckets, if the truth be told!

Is there anything in the world sweeter or more intoxicating than a sun kissed raspberry picked straight from the vine?  It’s the taste of summer, and for me, these elegant berries will always take me back to lazy, leisurely childhood summers.  Those memories are the inspiration behind this project that features Coral Rose Checkerboard Satin Ribbon from the Really Reasonable Ribbon June Ribbon Club Assortment.  Now we must leave off reminiscing, and talk about the project!

Raspberry Garden Teacup Tips

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Here are a few helpful tips for making the teacup portion of this Tea Party in a Box Card.

  • First, die cut two Sizzix Teacups and tags from medium weight white chipboard.
  • Next, die cut two layers from patterned paper.  Remember: place the pattern you want to use face down over the die.
  • Now, adhere the patterned paper to the front of each tea cup.  Choose contrasting papers so that one looks like the outside of the cup and the other looks like the inside.
  • Then, adhere the two layers together with two rows of foam tape.
  • Next, brush the outer edges of the teacup with Stamperia Gold Dew Drop Glamour Gel. Go easy…a little of this stuff goes a long way!
  • Now, fussy cut flowers, leaves, raspberries and the small envelope from the paper pad.
  • Then wrap the base of your easel card panel with Coral Rose Ribbon.
  • Next, tie Coral Rose bows and add Chrysanthemums and Roses from Really Reasonable Ribbon to decorate the teacup.
A Peek Inside

If you are like me, you have a few tea themed stamps and dies in your stash!  Dig them out and use them to add sentiments and designer touches to your card interior.

Use your scraps to “gift wrap” a cookie treat.  Then create a simple bookmark with a bit of paper, machine stitching, ribbon and tea bag charm.  Hide other treats inside a little gift wallet, also made from scraps.

What goes perfectly with tea?  Why, chocolate, of course!

What takes you back to your childhood summers?  Did you pick berries?  Were there long bike rides?  (How did we ever survive without helmets, knee pads and all the rest of the gear kids wear now?) Did you lay on your back and look at the clouds?  Tell me about your favorite summertime memories in the comment section below.  I love to hear your stories!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.  And if you’re interested, this card is listed in my Etsy shop, too.

Thanks for stopping by!




Ciao Bella Under the Tuscan Sun Sympathy Card

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Ciao Bella Under the Tuscan Sun Sympathy Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends! For this week’s Throwback Thursday I’m sharing a Ciao Bella Under the Tuscan Sun Sympathy Card Tutorial with you.  Sympathy cards are probably the hardest cards to make. But they are also one of the most meaningful cards to receive.  So it’s worth the time and effort it takes to make a really beautiful sympathy card.  I share a lot of tips and tricks for making them in the video tutorial below.

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Here are a few tips for success when making a sympathy card.

  • First, think color.  Choose soft shades of green, blue, beige or even white.  Save bright, bold colors for birthday cards!
  • Next, look for calming, serene images.  Grief is a chaotic emotion.  So it’s good to choose images from nature, simple patterns and calming themes.
  • Keep your basic card design simple and more on the clean side.  Even though I have used layers and some embellishments, the overall design of this card is uncluttered.  That’s a good goal.

Since the sentiment panel is the focal image on this card, I added this 2 1/2″ circular image.  To help it blend into the design, I added this Reneabouquets Butterfly.  You can find links below.

A Peek Inside

I also kept the inside of the card very simple.  The blank panel is where I’ll add my personal thoughts to my friend.

It’s a good investment to add a few sympathy sentiment stamps to your tool box.  I probably use my sympathy sentiment stamps almost as often as I use my birthday stamps.

Ciao Bella Under the Tuscan Sun Sympathy Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along as I create today’s card, please enjoy this video.

I’ll post a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Summer with My Gnomies Button Farm Club Kit Reveal

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Summer with My Gnomies Button Farm Club Kit Reveal

Hello, Friends! Today I’m happy to announce the Summer with My Gnomies Button Farm Club Kit Reveal!  This is the 3rd installment of the Year with My Gnomies Boxed Folio Set, and it’s filled with sunshine, fun, and adorable summertime gnomes!

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Grab your sunglasses and get ready for adventure, my friends!  This 6″ x 6″ mini album is bright, bold and beautiful with all the colors and images you would expect in a summertime folio.

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Just look how cute our Year in a Box project for 2022 is!  Each little album adds a burst of seasonal color and fun.  Let’s see what Summer with My Gnomies looks like, shall we?

Red, White and Blue July Gnomes

This quarter features Gnomes in the Sun, and we kick things off with our July Red, White and Blue Gnomes.

This pull out folio affords loads of room for patriotic photographs and red, white and blue celebrations!  You can see the details in the video share below.

Adorable August Gnomes

I dare you not to smile at these adorable August gnomes.  Pineapples, popsicles and flip flop power make this month super fun.

Scholarly September Gnomes

Our September gnomes know their ABC’s!

You’ll find some surprise features in the mini folios that are tucked into this box pocket.

Summer with My Gnomies Video Tour on YouTube

If you’d like to tour all the flips, flaps, pockets and pull outs in this release, please enjoy this short video tour.  You’ll see all the goodies that come in the kit, too!

What Comes in My Kit?

Each kit has everything you need to create the project besides standard crafting supplies like adhesive, cutting tools and a score board.  Here’s what comes in this kit:

  • (12) sheets of 12” x 12”  June, July and August Designer Papers from Photoplay Year With My Gnomies
  • (2) sheets of 12” x 12” Party Up Designer Paper
  • (1) sheet of 12” x 12” Flock Designer Paper
  • (2) sheets of 12” x 12” color matched Grid paper: 1 teal/1 red
  • 3 sheets of  12” x 12; heavy weight grocery bag cardstock
  • 5 sheets of 12” x 12” white cardstock
  • 3 wooden flower buttons
  • 3 silver tone summer charm embellishments
  • 2 yards of red and white twist Baker’s Twine
  • Full-Color Basic Written Guide
  • Access to private video tutorials with Kathy Clement

The price for the Summer with My Gnomies Kit is only $37.99!

You can order this quarter’s kit HERE.

It’s not too late to sign up for the quarterly subscription club!  We still have some Jan-March (comes with supplies and directions for the storage box)  and April-June kits available.  You can sign up for that HERE.

If you already have the Year with My Gnomies papers, but would still like to make the Boxed Memory Album Kit, please contact Laura at The Button Farm Club.  She can tell you how to order just the tutorials.

Thanks so much for all your support, my friends!  You keep me inspired to imagine and create!






Road Trip Simple Folio

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace June 2022 Die of the Month Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse Road Trip Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Road Trip Simple Folio with APG June 2022 DOM and Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse

Hello, Friends!  Let’s go on a road trip!  Remember those?  Before gas prices spiraled out of control?  Our family used to take at least one big road trip each summer when the kids were little.  We would plan it for months in advance, poring over maps, we would look for places of interest, historical markers, and beautiful destinations.

This was before the internet, mind you.  I would often write local Chambers of Commerce (do those still exist?) and request information about an area.  Huge manila envelopes filled with colorful brochures would come in the mail as a result.  These would be spread all over the kitchen table (or the living room floor) as we carefully plotted the stops along the way.  Our trusty highlighter pen marked the routes we would follow in the road atlas or on folded maps.

The anticipation of the trip was almost as good as the road trip itself.  My mom would often sew new summer outfits for our girls, and I would carefully pack suitcases with clothes that would suffice for climate changes along the way.  We always had to plan at least one “nice” outfit for eating out.  I can vividly recall having all the piles of neatly folded clothes laid out on my bed: one pile for each of our 5 children.

Then there was the preparation of road trip snacks and picnic lunches.  Rice Krispie Treats (with peanut butter mixed in) was not only a snack, but a great road trip breakfast.  GORP (good old raisins and peanuts) was a standby, too.  Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?  Always!

So this simple road trip folio is a tribute to those bygone days when we carried sleeping children out to the car in the early morning dark and set out on the open road.

Amazing Paper Grace Pop-Up 3-D Vignette Road Trip

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The inspiration for this project is found on the cover.  How cute  is the Amazing Paper Grace Pop Up 3D Vignette Road Trip this month?  Yes, there are a lot of little pieces.  And yes, it takes a few minutes to put it all together.  But, oh…it is soooooo doggone cute that as soon as you get one made, you want to make another.  In all the colors!  LOL

I used heavy 110# powder blue cardstock for the body of the car.  The “chrome” trim is silver metallic cardstock.  Navy blue cardstock is perfect for the dashboard.  And a scrap of black cardstock is the right choice for the tires.

Helpful Tips
  •  Make the headlights POP by adding Citron Essentials Gems to the center.
  •  Foam tabs between the layers really make the car pop off the page.
  •  Create a neutral background for your Road Trip Die.  I die cut a very small print from the Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse collection using the largest APG Picot Petite Oval die.

You can find a tutorial for assembling the car as well as other samples for using this die on Becca’s blog.

Road Trip Simple Folio: A Peek Inside

The folio base is (2) 8 1/2″ x 6″ panels of heavy white cardstock.

  • First, score a 1/2″ flap on the 6″ end of each panel.
  • Next, overlap these 1/2″ pieces and adhere to form the spine.
  • Now, cover the inside with papers from Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse Collection.

The left hand side of the folio is a mini flip book with hidden pockets, photo mats and lots of room to save memories of your road trip.

There’s a tiny pocket at the back of the folio with a journal card tucked inside.  Keep things simple so that the photos can take center stage.

The right hand side of the folio is a 5 panel waterfall folio with a magnetic closure. Each panel measures 5 1/2″ x 6″. You will cut your panels 6″ x 6″.  Then score a 1/2″ flap on the left to serve as the hinge for the waterfall.

Secure the magnetic closure behind a decorative panel at the back.

I know everyone keeps photos on their phones and computers these days.  But I have a sneaky suspicion that someday we will wish we had put more “real” photos into “real” books that we can hold in our hands and enjoy.  Making a simple folio like this one only takes an afternoon, but the memories last for many years to come.

What’s your favorite road trip memory?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

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

Thanks for stopping by!





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