Reneabouquets Mirabelle Shaker Easel Card Tutorial

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Reneabouquets Mirabelle Shaker Easel Card Tutorial with Photoplay Midnight Garden

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I  have a lovely Reneabouquets Mirabelle Shaker Easel Card Tutorial to share with you.  This card has it all: fancy fold base, mixed media shaker window, beautiful florals, and to top it all off, a box pocket on the inside!  You’ll learn all about it in the video tutorial below.

Mirabelle is a brand new collection of paper pretties in the Reneabouquets shop.  Isn’t everything pure eye candy?

Now that you’ve seen all the gorgeous goodies in this collection, let’s dig into this card tutorial.

Mixed Media Shaker Window

Oh, how I enjoy making shaker cards!  All those glittery bits and pieces that catch the light make my heart happy!  Here’s how I made it:

  • First, paint a Reneabouquets Medium Heart Deco Circle Frame with Shaded Lilac Distress Paint.
  • Next, spray the frame lightly with a purple or lavender mist. You do not want full coverage.  Just some flecks of a contrasting shade of purple will do the job.
  • Then, when the paint has dried, apply Versamark or other embossing ink over the surface of the frame.
  • Now sprinkle the frame randomly with Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Textures and heat dry.
  • While the frame is cooling, die cut a circle of clear acetate that is roughly the same diameter.  Adhere this to the back of the cooled frame with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Now apply 3 layers of foam tape on the back of the frame.  The foam tape goes on the inside ring of the frame.
  • Die cut a circle that is slightly larger than the inner circle of the frame.  Place your shaker elements on the circle and then press the foam tape over it to create a shaker box.
A Peek Inside

Here’s a look at the inside of the card.  you can see the 1/4″ deep shaker box on the bottom.

It’s a handy spot for tucking in a little dimensional surprise like this bookmark and mini folio.

Instead of tea, I added a homemade button card and a paper bobbin wound with seam binding ribbon.  I’ll show you how to do this in the video tutorial.

Reneabouquets Mirabelle Shaker Easel Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to build this easel card/box pocket base and see the card cover come together, please enjoy this video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

You can find a linked supply list for this project below this post.

And, if  you’d like to purchase this card you can find it in my Etsy Shop.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!




Spring is Here Banner Tutorial for the RRR Blog Hop


Mintay Spring is Here Banner Tutorial  for the RRR Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  This Mintay Spring is Here Banner Tutorial is my inspiration piece for the February 2024 Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Gloria’s lovely blog.  I have a tutorial for the banner, too, since the date for the RRR Hop overlaps with our Make & Take Tuesday Banner of the Month tutorial.  So if you’re new to my Make & Take Tuesday tutorials, you are warmly invited to check out the video below.

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The banner pennants are stitched onto luxurious Gold Silky Crush Ribbon.  Then I added pretty Pink Swiss Dots Satin Bows at either end of the banner. The  pink bows are topped with Iridescent Met A row of antique lace stitched across the top adds a nice vintage vibe.  Iridescent Metallic String Bows top the pink bows for a little extra sparkle and shine.  Next I dug into my stash of RRR Mulberry Flowers because nothing says “Springtime” better than pretty posies!

Shaker Window Pennants

The pennants on this banner are die cut with Spellbinders Vista View Window Dies.  Here’s how I used the dies to create the shaker windows on the two center pennants.

  • First, die cut just the window background from pale pink cardstock
  • Then turn the window background upside down so that the rounded edge is on the bottom.  Adhere to kraft cardstock and trim out so there is a 1/8″ border on all sides.
  • Next, create a template for cutting the designer paper.  Cut out the background, fold in half and trim 1/8″ off the open edged side.  Then trim 1/4″ off the top edge.  Trace this onto patterned paper and cut out with your paper trimmer.
  • Now, place the lattice frame on a piece of pink barn wood paper and die cut.  Adhere the acetate to the back of the window lattice and trim out with your scissors.
  • Adhere 2 layers of 1/8″ foam tape on the sides, top and bottom edge of the acetate.
  • Glue down the focal images on the banner pennants and top with your shaker mix.

Finally, center the prepared window over the pennant and press in place.

The Little Details

Embellish the pennants with a combination of Mintay die cuts, Really Reasonable Ribbon Mulberry Flowers and Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board.

Mintay Spring is Here Banner of the Month Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to see how I put this pretty spring banner together?  Then please enjoy this video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties my lovely teammate Cheryl has prepared for you.   Be sure to finish up over on the RRR Blog.  Answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month, and you’ll be entered into the drawing to win a $10 RRR Gift Certificate and the free Digital Stamp Set of your choice.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Enjoy the hop!





Lavender Lilies Mixed Media Card

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Lavender Lilies Mixed Media Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon Lilac Seam Binding

Hello, Friends!  This Lavender Lilies Mixed Media Card features Spellbinders Lily Arch Clear Stamp and Dies, I shared another project with this set earlier this week.  Working with this stamp and matching die was so much fun that I decided to take it for another spin.  This time I invited the Spellbinders Efflorescent Flora 3-D Embossing Folder and the Lily of the Valley Wax Seal of the Month along for the ride.  Let me just tell you, friends: this was a crafty good time in my studio!

I created a ribbon closure for the card with Lilac Seam Binding Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  It’s the perfect color match for this card.

Mixed Media Embossed Background

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My favorite element on this card is the mixed media background.  Here’s how I created it:

  • First, lightly mist a 5″ x 7″ panel of lavender cardstock with water.
  • Next, ink the flat side of the Efflorescent Flora 3D Embossing Folder with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.  Just swipe the ink pad over the folder.
  • Now, place the cardstock on the raised side of the embossing folder and run through your die cutting machine using the “sandwich” that is recommended for your machine.
  • Gently heat dry the embossed background, then dry brush with white chalk paint.
  • Once the paint is dry, apply Nuvo Mother of Pearl Mousse over the raised areas of the panel to create a subtle shine.
  • Finally, cut the panel to fit the size of your card base (mine is 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″) and ink the edges with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.

Color your image with Milled Lavender and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Inks and a water brush.  Then back with foam tape and adhere over a panel of designer cardstock.

Custom Envelope and Wax Seal

Create a custom envelope for your card with an Envelope Punch Board and a sheet of designer paper.  To create a little color contrast on my card, I made a wax seal with the Lily of the Valley Wax Seal of the Month.  Then I added a few Essential Gems for a little extra sparkle.

A Peek Inside

Once again, I used pretty papers from Prima Plant department to finish the inside of my card.

TIP: Use a scrap of your embossed panel as a border inside the card.  It adds lots of texture, but allows the card to close with ease.

Dress up a vellum pocket with another scrap of your embossed panel.  Then create a couple of sweet little treat bags from mini paper bags and top them off with more Lilac Seam Binding Ribbon.

This was such a fun card to create, and I’m really happy with the way it turned out.  I hope I’ve shared some tips and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!




Let’s Make a Stack of Cards

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Let’s Make a Stack of Cards with Photoplay Hello, Lovely

Hello, Friends!  Let’s make a stack of cards today with Photoplay Hello, Lovely Collection.  About once a month, I select a “mostly used but still good” paper collection from the Closet of Inspiration and Delight.  Then I go to work on creating a stack of 12 simple, but pretty note cards.

This accomplishes two things: I use up a paper collection that’s been languishing in the closet.  And after a couple of hours of work, I have a lovely pile of little notecards ready to go.  Most of these end up as little “extra helpings” in my Etsy shop shipments.  But it’s also very nice to have a blank card at your fingertips when you need to write a quick note.

Sound like fun?  It is!  Let’s dig in , shall we?

Photoplay Hello, Lovely

Today’s pick for Let’s Make a Stack is this pretty paper collection from PhotoPlay.  I love the color palette, the patterns are right up my alley, and the sentiment stamps are wonderful.  But I have to be honest with you.  I really don’t care for most of the 3×4 focal images that come in the collection.  Does that ever happen to you?

To remedy this situation, I decided to die cut some of my patterned paper with Spellbinders Picot Petite Ovals Die.  Then I just added one of my stamped and inked sentiments as the focal image.

Entwined Wreath on the Assembly Line

To save time, I decided to stamp the same sentiment over and over instead of using a bunch of different sentiments.  After all, the point of this particular crafty adventure is to make as many cards as possible in the least amount of time.  Repetition saves time.

I also die cut several of the Crafter’s Companion Entwined Wreaths.  Adding a circular element like a wreath to a square card softens all those square corners and adds a lovely, feminine touch to the composition.

I did use 4 of the 3×4 sentiments that I liked.  Then I dressed everything up with white burlap string bows, sequins and Pastel Sweetheart Blossoms.  I really like the way the cards came out, and I hope you will enjoy watching them come together in today’s video tutorial.

Let’s Make a Stack of Cards Video Tutorial on YouTube

Ready to get your craft on?  Then please enjoy this video tutorial:


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

Thanks for stopping by, friends!





Stamperia Voyages Fantastique Tag Folio Tutorial

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Stamperia Voyages Fantastique Tag Folio Tutorial: February 2024 Tag of the Month

Hello, Friends!  We’re going Steampunk today with a Stamperia Voyages Fantastique Tag Folio Tutorial.  This is our February 2024 Tag of the Month feature, and it is a good one!  Even if you are not a fan of Steampunk style, you will want to stick around to learn how to create this fun, interactive tag folio.  It’s one of those designs that you’ll want to make over and over again with lots of different paper collections.

Flips, Flaps and All Kinds of Tags!

If you love, flips, flaps, pockets, pull-outs, and tags, then I think you are in for a treat today.  Our tag folio is made with all 4 sizes of the Graphic 45 Kraft Tags as well as their Policy Envelope and File Folder dies.  This gives us lots and lots of room for creative fun.

Mixed Media Mayhem

Steampunk style calls for metal embellishments and finishes.  I’ve found such an easy way to add that copper patina to an embossed background, and I’ll share the steps with you in the video tutorial.

This design has little surprises tucked in everywhere, my friends.  We’ll do a walk through so you can see them all.

The Flip Side

The back side of this tag features a really fun file folder folio with pull out pages.  The small pocket on the bottom of the tag holds an ATC tag, which keeps the file folder from flapping open.

Here’s a peek inside the file folder.  Open the  little magnetic  flap on the right and see what surprises are waiting within.

How about a simple pop up page?  This is probably the easiest way in the world to make a pop up element.

  • First, cut a 7″ x 2″ strip of designer paper.
  • Next fold it in half at 3 1/2″.
  • Then fold the right hand side toward the middle.
  • Repeat with the left hand side.
  • Now adhere the left and right hand panels as seen in the photo.
  • Dress the panels up with some fussy cut images, and that’s all there is to it!
Stamperia Voyages Fantastique Tag Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how I created this tag folio, please enjoy this video on my YouTube channel.

I hope you  have as much fun making this clever little tag folio as I did!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!