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Country Fresh Eggs and Sunshine

Carta Bella Homemade Easel Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders Home Sweet Quilt Cards

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Spellbinders Home Sweet Quilt Cards

Hello, Friends!   It’s been a chilly week here in North Carolina, and that has inspired me to make these Spellbinders Home Sweet Quilt Cards.  Growing up in Vermont, we always had at least one quilt over piles of blankets or afghans on our beds during the winter.  The weight of the bedclothes, and my mom saying “Snug as a bug in a rug” as she tucked me in at night are sweet memories.  Maybe that’s why I sleep under a weighted blanket now, who knows?

I’ve never been a quilter, but a while ago, I started saving diagrams for various quilt squares in a Pinterest file.  My intent was to replicate the patterns with paper.  Spellbinders must have been reading my mind, because this die set allows you to do just that, without all the geometry and measuring it would have taken for me to do it on my own.

Home Sweet Quilt Filigree 8 Point Star Square

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This 5 1/2″ square card uses the Filigree 8 Point Star pattern.  There are a lot of little parts that come with this die set, and at first it can seem a bit overwhelming to figure out how they all go together.  So first, maybe try die cutting from inexpensive cardstock to get the feel for how the pieces fit together.  I, of course, did not do this.  For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.  But even with my harum-scarum approach to creating, I managed to produce a very pretty design.  Bottom line: it’s not hard to do, but it gets easier with practice.   And the end result is so pleasing that I think I probably will take this die for another spin.

Here’s a peek at the inside.  Winter plaids make me think of pajamas…and that is a cozy thought, indeed.  You could put on your flannel pj’s and enjoy a hot cuppa of Winter Spice tea while watching Dr. Zhivago for the ultimate cozy winter experience.  (The winter scenes are epic!)

Quilted Stained Glass Window

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Next I created an inlaid mosaic design with the Quilted Stained Glass Window dies.  I will not lie to you: this was a lot of work because of all the little pieces.  But it was very rewarding to see the design come together.  If I did t his one again, I would probably just die cut the outline from white cardstock and lay it over a sort of calico patterned paper.  That would be a quick and easy way to create the same effect.

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Adding machine stitching to the Carta Bella Gather Again patterned papers really amped up the homespun vibe of this project.

Here’s a peek at the inside.  The cozy farmhouse vibe is perfect for winter cardmaking.

There are 6 different quilt square dies in this release along with an embossing folder and sentiment stamps.  You can take a look at all of them along with some pretty samples HERE.

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

I hope you’re staying warm and cozy this winter!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Welcome Fall Tiered Tray Tutorial

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Carta Bella Welcome Fall Tiered Tray Tutorial with Spellbinders Becky Roberts Tiered Tray Dies

Hello, Friends!  This Carta Bella Welcome Fall Tiered Tray tutorial is such a fun bit of autumn home décor!  A few days ago, I introduced you to this fabulous die collection, but I used it to make a Christmas Tiered Tray. It was such an enjoyable crafty adventure that I decided to create another version in fall hues.

 

Look at all the fall goodness tucked into this tray!  We have another fall gnome, a fall banner, acorns, autumn leaves and pumpkins.  These are all cut from scraps of patterned paper using the Tiered Tray Décor Dies, as are the little prim house, pitcher and coffee mug.  This is a great way to use up little bits and pieces of pretty patterned paper!

Once again, I combined fussy cut elements from the 6×6 paper pad with the die cut pieces.

If you like to decorate for each season or special occasion, this die would be a fun addition to your stash.  The video tutorial below will show you how to assemble the tiered tray in a way that creates lots of depth and dimension on your finished card.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside of this vibrant fall card.  I sure do love this paper collection from Carta Bella.  The autumn hues are so warm and cozy, and it’s filled with delightful patterns.  I could not resist adding a flap page and a pocket inside the card.

Open the flap page to reveal a little photo spot and….a tiered tray!  How fun is that?  The pocket if filled with a 4×6 notecard, some tasty fall chocolate, a honey stick and a tea sachet.

This sweet little tea sachet is tucked into the pocket.  Remember when I made the Stitched Diamond Shaker Card?  Well the die cut on the front of the sachet is left over from that crafty adventure.  It really dresses up a tea bag!

Welcome Fall Tiered Tray Tutorial on You Tube

If you’d like to learn how to assemble and decorate your tiered tray, I hope you’ll enjoy this little video tutorial.

That’s it for me today, my friends!  I hope you are all enjoying some beautiful fall weather.  Just a few more days, and I’ll be sharing LOTS of Christmas tutorials and projects with you.  I’m also working on a fabulous recipe album kit for Button Farm Club.  That will be released shortly. And, the Heartfelt Creations Blog Hop is this Friday!  So lots of good things to look forward to!

You’ll find a linked supply list below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Layered Stitched Diamond Shaker Card Tutorial

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Carta Bella Welcome Fall Layered Stitched Diamond Shaker Card Tutorial with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday, and I have a delightfully different Layered Stitched Diamond Shaker Card Tutorial to share with you.  Are you ready to get your craft on?

Spellbinders Layered Stitched Diamond Die

Although the Layered Stitched Diamond Die is part of Spellbinders Holiday Stitching Release, I wanted to use it in a fall project.  Why?  Well, because I had just purchased Carta Bella’s gorgeous new “Welcome Fall” collection.

It was very easy to modify this die to suit  my purposes.

  • First, die cut the outer frame and main die from orange metallic cardstock.
  • Next, use your craft knife to cut out the small rectangle piece that is attached in the center of the die cut.

TIP: If you have a glass cutting mat, or an old piece of glass from a picture frame, use that as your cutting surface.  A craft knife glides more easily when you are cutting over glass.  This gives you a cleaner cut.

  • Now cut a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel of clear cardstock (acetate sheet or window sheet).
  • Adhere this to the back side of the die cut frame.
  • Then add 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips around the back side of the prepared die cut panel.
  • Next, cut a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel of plaid paper from Welcome Fall.  Adhere the “Hello, Fall” ephemera circle in the top half of the plaid panel.
  • Finally, place your shaker mix in the center of the plaid panel, center up the prepared shaker frame and press in place to seal.
Delightful Details

You have probably noticed that I did not stitch a thing on this frame.  That’s because the etched lines on the metallic paper looked so fabulous that I did not wish to cover them up.  The lines are meant to be a guide for stitching on the card.  But it’ s OK if you don’t stitch!  The frame still looks amazing!

Dress the frame up with a gorgeous fall pumpkin from Reneabouquets.  Then tuck in some leaves, create a bow cluster, and add some sweet copper acorns to finish the card front.  So simple, but so pretty!

A Peek Inside

Naturally, I created a pocket inside the card.

Then I created a little 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ photo folio and a bookmark to tuck into the pocket.  So many families take portraits in the fall that I thought it would be nice to create a special spot for one.

Layered Stitched Diamond Shaker Card Tutorial on YouTube

Here’s a little step by step tutorial to help you put this card together.  We start with a tour of the paper collection and a good look at the Spellbinders die.  Then I show you how to create a 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ top fold base using 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.  After that, we are off to the races!  I hope you enjoy!

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Carta Bella Halloween Market Shaker Card

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Carta Bella Halloween Market Shaker Card with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board

Hello, Friends!  I don’t like spooky Halloween, but this Carta Bella Halloween Market Shaker Card is too cute to spook!  When a long-time customer from my Etsy shop placed an order for a special Halloween card, I had to dig through my stash to see what papers I had in house. These cute papers and some sweet Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board seemed like a perfect match.  And just like that,  I was off on another crafty adventure.

What to Do When You Have No Focal Image

Almost all the focal images in this collection had been used in previous projects.  (You can review them HERE. There are even some video tutorials that you might like to watch again!)

Since I depend on images to tell a story in my card designs, I had to do some thinking. Thankfully, I had some adorable Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board images in my stash along with a die cut clock.  The printed Beautiful Board was small, but what if I used these adorable images to adorn a shaker element?  This could work!

Creating the Shaker Element

Here’s how I made the shaker element:

  • First, die cut the Tim Holtz Timekeeper Clock from heavy black cardstock.
  • Next, ink the clock up with Versamark Embossing Ink.  Be generous!
  • Now cover the clock with Stampendous Aged Black Embossing Enamel.  Let the excess powder roll off the die cut, but do not tap the paper!
  • Then heat emboss from the underside of the die until the powder starts to melt.  Hold the die cut with tweezers to protect your fingers.
  • Once the embossing powder has started to melt, you can finish the job from the top side.  This prevents the embossing crystals from rolling all over your work space.
  • While you are heat embossing, go ahead and finish the spider web corners Beautiful Board with the same technique.
  • Now die cut an acetate (clear cardstock)  circle to fit the back side of the clock and adhere with Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Then add 3 rows of 1/8″ foam adhesive around the outer perimeter of the acetate circle.
  • Next, place your shaker mix in the area where you plan to place the clock.  Line the clock up over the shaker mix and press firmly in place to seal.
  • Place foam tape on the Reneabouquets Scarecrow and attach to the side of the clock.
  • Place 3 layers of foam tape to the little witch image and adhere at the base of the clock.
  • Add your bow cluster, flowers and a dangle charm at the top.
A Peek Inside

Piece patterned papers together to finish the inside of the card.  Of course, you need a pocket for treats!

Use scraps of patterned paper to dress up a tea bag and honey stick.  Turn to your scraps again and make a cute little chocolate wallet/notecard to add to the pocket.

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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