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Easter Garden Story and Card Folio

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Easter Garden Story and Card Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m going to tell you an Easter Garden Story.  I’m also going to share a sweet card folio made with Really Reasonable Ribbon, Prima Life in Full Bloom Papers, and pretties from Reneabouquets.  Grab a cuppa and a snack, sit down somewhere comfy, and relax as I share one of my favorite Easter memories with you.

My Easter Garden Story

My mother-in-law, who was a master gardener, grew the most gorgeous and delicious tomatoes I’ve ever tasted.  Everything from her garden was wonderful.  But her tomatoes were spectacular.  She saved her heirloom tomato seeds at the end of every summer.  First she washed them and dried them on paper towels.  Then she carefully put them into little manila envelopes and labeled each variety.   German Johnson, Beefsteak, Cherokee Purple, Best Boy…just saying the names makes my mouth water to this day!

Along about February, Ann would put her precious seeds into tiny peat pots out in her greenhouse.  She poured all her love into nurturing the seedlings as they popped through the soil.  In time, she would move them into larger peat pots where they flourished under her tender care.

Legendary Tomatoes

Ann’s tomato plants were legendary.  Every spring, people from surrounding counties would drive to her home to purchase those seedling tomato plants.  They were that good!

And that brings me to my Easter Garden story.  One year, when we lived in Atlanta, Ann and Robert came to spend Easter weekend with us.  Like this year, Easter came in late March.  The air was still quite chilly at night, and most gardeners had prepped the soil, but did not dare to plant.

Ann arrived on Good Friday, bearing gifts. Eighteen of her cherished tomato plants safely stowed in a cardboard box to keep them safe during the long trip.

Read that again: 18 tomato plants.

The Novice Gardener and the Master Gardener

As a novice gardener, I asked my mother-in-law how I should care for the tomato plants until it was safe to put them in the ground.

“Why, you can plant anything on Good Friday and it will grow,” was her emphatic response to my timid query.

I trusted her years of wisdom, and together we put those 18 tomato plants into the prepared soil.

“Now you just water them, and God will do the rest,” she said as she wiped the dirt off her hands with a satisfying sigh.

And I did.  So did HE!

Friends, I harvested tomatoes that year in 5 gallon buckets!

So whenever Easter comes early, I remember the year my mother-in-law taught me when and how to plant tomatoes.

Back to the Card…

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Lavender Seam Binding Ribbon was the perfect choice for this garden themed card folio.  Topped with a White Chrysanthemum, it just says “springtime.”  Gorgeous lace from Reneabouquets carries out the garden theme along with one of her beautiful butterflies.  And please don’t see that hungry bunny hiding behind the stack of terra cotta pots. He’s hoping for a bit of carrot or cabbage to fill his tummy!

A Peek Inside

I love to find ways to use ribbon inside my cards.  Elderberry Seam Binding Ribbon and my favorite yellow Buttercup Satin Ribbon dress up the tiny tag in the pocket.

 

What else is in the  pocket?  A lovely little button card wrapped with more seam binding and Buttercup satin ribbon.  A few of my precious vintage buttons and stick pins complete the ensemble.

I hope you all enjoy a beautiful Easter weekend filled with memories that you will cherish throughout the years!

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Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Pretty Purple Posies Card Embellishment Tutorial

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Pretty Purple Posies Card Embellishment Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday, and I have this Purple Posies Card Embellishment Tutorial to share with you.  I was in a purple mood, so I went digging in the Closet of Inspiration and Delight looking for royal hued goodies.  My eye fell upon Prima Lavender (2017) and the plan for this card began to form in my mind’s eye.

Since I had a healthy pile of scraps to work with, I decided that this would be one of my “use your scraps” creations.  This means I limit myself to paper that has already cut and used in a previous project.  It’s always an adventure to see what is available in those stacks of pretty paper scraps, isn’t it?

Smile

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The pretty purple posies are a gift from my friend Becky In Montana.  And the pretty wreath is cut with a new die from Crafters Companion.  It’s called Entwined Wreath, and I just love it!  Cut two layers for maximum impact.  Then put foam tabs between the layers to really make i stand out.

A Peek Inside

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By the time I was done finishing the inside of this card, I used up a nice pile of scrap papers.  That always makes me feel so good!

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Add a flap and pocket to the top of the card.  Then tuck in a journal card.  You can add a photo, or just write a nice note here.

And, of course, there is a little treat pocket!  This one holds a gift wrapped tea bag, chocolate, and a bookmark along with another little journal card.   I’ll show you how to make the the little tea wallet and chocolate wallet in the video tutorial below.

Pretty Purple Posies Card Embellishment Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to join me as I create elements for this card, please join me on my YouTube channel.

 

Do you feel like digging out something beautiful from your Closet of Inspiration and Delight?  Then I’ve done my job here today!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Mintay Nana’s Kitchen Friendship Tea Card

 

 

Mintay Nana’s Kitchen Friendship Tea Card with New Reneabouquets Goodies

Hello, Friends!  Would you like to join me for a cuppa as I share this Mintay Nana’s Kitchen Friendship Tea Card Tutorial with you?  It’s the sweetest little tea shop in town, thanks to some new paper pretties from Reneabouquets.  Oh, how I’d love to meet you in this darling tea shop for a cuppa and a chat!

Mintay papers are always gorgeous…but not always easy to use in a card.  So today’s Throwback Thursday tutorial will focus on how to create a dimensional scene that feels as though you could walk right into it.

The secret is choosing a background image cut from a corner of a 12×12 sheet of paper.  Then add layers of foam tape behind die cuts and chipboard images to create lots of depth and dimension.

Sweet Surprises Inside!

The inside of this card is as sweet as the outside.  I’m not sure what I like more: the beautiful flip page or the lace trimmed pocket.

First, I created a flip page using another corner of the same 12×12 paper.  Simply score a 1/2″ flap on the right hand side of your paper, then glue the flap behind the liner.  Add one of the darling tags from the paper collection to provide a bit of contrast.

Tea calls for a tasty treat to go with it, so I wrote out my favorite coffee cake recipe and tucked it behind one of the circle die cuts.  Then I computer journaled the Recipe for Friendship and adhered it behind the flap.  If you only put adhesive on 3 sides of the sentiment, it creates a spot where you can tuck in a sweet little tag that can be used as a bookmark.

Tasty Treat Pocket

Tuck a Vanilla Chai Teabag into an envelope, and dress it up with a bit of lace, a belly band and a bit of ephemera.  Wrap a chocolate treat in a scrap of designer paper and tuck it into the pocket.  And you can even use a small scrap to dress up the honey stick while you are at it.

Mintay Nana’s Kitchen Friendship Tea Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to join me for today’s crafty adventure, then please enjoy this video on my YouTube channel.

 

Tea and Friendship are two the best things in life, don’t you agree?

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Thanks for stopping by, friend!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Pumpkin Patch Fall Greeting Card

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Pumpkin Patch Fall Greeting Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon and Carta Bella Welcome Fall

Hello, Friends!  This Pumpkin Patch Fall Greeting Card gives me all the happy fall feels!  It’s got plaid paper, plaid ribbon , Pumpkin Pie Baker’s Twine (mmmm…pumpkin pie!) and a sweet little milk bottle bouquet.  How could I not be happy?

If you’re like me, fall colors and patterns are your favorites!  I dressed up these pretty papers with some Copper and Cream Gingham Ribbon, Pumpkin Pie Baker’s Twine and pretty fall florals.  What could be better than that?

Well, if you toss in a cute little butterfly clothespin and a beautiful Champagne Butterfly from Reneabouquets, that ups the ante quite a bit!

Featuring a Small Focal Image

Here’s a handy tip for the next time you are using a small image as the focal on your card.  This darling little milk bottle bouquet stole my heart, but it was pretty tiny.  To amp up its presence on the card front, I adhered it to a couple of oversized fall blooms.

This trick is like killing two birds with one stone.  Not only did the milk bottle image now stand out front and center, but I found a good way to use those really BIG blossoms that never quite seem to work on a card.  Try it!  You’ll like it!

A Peek Inside

It’s always a happy day for me when I get to play with my autumn papers.  What joy to dress up the inside of this card with more pretty fall papers and images.

Here are some simple and fun ways to use up scraps of your pretty fall papers:

  • Group several fall patterns together on a 3×4 panel of cardstock to create a sweet little collage tag.  Then back it with cream cardstock and tuck into a pocket to be used as a note card.
  • Select images from a word block collage page and use them as accents and pockets.  So fun!
  • Score and fold a scrap of designer paper to make a little tea wallet.
  • Top a honey stick with a little banner flag cut from scraps.

This pretty packet of wildflower seeds was too good of a color match not to tuck into the pocket.  And am I the only person who selects tea bags according to the color of the packet?

Have you started your fall crafting yet?  It’s always my favorite season, and my favorite time to craft.

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Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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How to Make a Card from Scraps

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How to Make a Card from Scraps with Graphic 45 September Time to Flourish & Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday, and I think you will enjoy this How to Make a Card from Scraps tutorial.  Last week, we made our Graphic 45 September Time to Flourish banner together.  Since I had a pile of images and a little bit of designer paper left over, it seemed like a good plan to show you how I use those little bits and bobs to make a pretty card.

Once again, I amped up the daisy theme from the Graphic 45 September papers by adding some sweet Reneabouquets Daisy Tuck-ins to the design.  And I could not resist inviting this gorgeous butterfly to the party.  Annette Green’s Everythings Blooming small doilies also echo the daisy theme.

TIP: A simple background allows patterned images to pop.  Place foam tape between the layers to add even more depth and dimension to your card design.

A Peek Inside

After making the banner, I only had a little bit of patterned paper left.  But I had loads of images and border pieces to work with.  This called for a little creative cardmaking. , Here are some handy tips for stretching your stash when working with scraps:

  • First, line the inside of your card with complementary cardstock.  This provides a great backdrop for all those images.
  • Next, layer scraps of patterned paper with border strips as I did on the pocket of the card.
  • Score images that are too wide for the card base and turn them into an interactive flip or fold element.

  • Mat stickers on cardstock and use them to fill in some gaps
  • Create a mini folio/tea wallet with larger images, then tuck inside the pocket.

Smaller images are a great addition to the mini folio pocket.  Add in a tea bag and honey stick and you just turned that pile of scraps into a lovely gift.  How cool is that?

How to Make a Card from Scraps Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to watch me assemble the cover of this card, I invite you to join  me in this YouTube video.

Did you pick up any new ideas or tricks for working with scraps?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

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Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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