Tag Archives: Cottage Life

Tea Party in a Box Folio Part 2

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Mother’s Day Tea Party in a Box Folio Tutorial Part 2 with Reneabouquets & G45 Cottage Life

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for Part 2 of our Mother’s Day Tea Party in a Box Folio Tutorial?  I’ve been a busy bee in the studio getting the remainder of this project finished for you.  Some of you have contacted me already with ways that you plan to use this folio for upcoming special occasions.  That makes my heart so happy!  I love it when you share your memories and crafty adventures with me.

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Here’s our finished project, and I have to say, I love the way it turned out.  It’s perfectly vintage and beautifully feminine.  My mom loved her flower gardens, and this precious image makes me think of her.  Mom also loved all the wee birds, so I was thrilled to find this gorgeous Printed Beautiful Board from Reneabouquets in my stash.

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Butterflies?  Yup, mom loved those too, and  of course I had to use a pink one.  The ribbon closure and bow are also pink,  because Mom loved pink in all its various shades.

The Spine

Did you guess that I would created a dangle charm for the spine?  Well, you were 100% correct!  This  one features a golden bumblebee, flying swallow, text token, daisy, and a darling little bird nest.  You can learn how to add it to your folio in today’s video tutorial.

A Peek Inside


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If you missed the first part of this tutorial, you can find it HERE. Part 1 covers building the folio base, adding the liner papers, creating the slash pocket, box pocket,  and decorating the flap pages.

Today we’ll finish the folio.  First, we’ll finish the final flap page with a little pocket, a bookmark and a magnet.  Next, I’ll talk with you about how I “gift wrap” the goodies that fit in the box pocket.  Then, we will finish out the decoration on the slash pocket and talk about how easy it is to create a belly band.

Next on our crafty adventure, we’ll add the ribbon closure, create the spine, and the dangle charm.  And last, but not least, we’ll create the cover for the folio.

I hope you’ll join me as I share Part 2 of this Mother’s Day Tea Party in a Box Folio Tutorial over on my YouTube channel.

Mother’s Day kind of sneaked up on me this year, and I know we are cutting it close with this project.  But maybe you can lock yourself up in your studio this weekend and get this project ready in time.  I hope you have as much fun with it as I did.

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

Thanks for stopping by!





March 2023 Banner of the Month Tutorial

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March 2023 Banner of the Month Tutorial with G45 Time to Flourish and Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  It’s time to share my March 2023 Banner of the  Month Tutorial with you.  How many of  you guessed that there would be a lot of green in this month’s banner?  Did  you also expect to see purple?  Shades of green, purple hues, touches of cream and a bit of gold make this banner worthy of the month when we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

This is the second banner in our 2023 Banner of the Month series.  You can watch the tutorial for the first banner HERE.

I only had small scraps of the March TTF papers left after making our March folio.  So I supplemented with some Cottage Life green patterns and solids and a few images to round out the design.

Hand Cut Pennants

This month, I cut the large 4 1/2″ x 7″ pennants by hand.  It’s not as impressive as it sounds:

  • First, cut a 4 1/2″ x 7″ rectangle of green patterns and solids.
  • Next, from the bottom edge,  measure 2 1/4″ from either side to find the center point of the rectangle.
  • Then measure up 2 1/4″ from that point.  Draw a line from the corners of the rectangle to the dot in the center and cut to form the pennant.
  • Stitch the pennant onto slightly larger rectangles of lavender cardstock, machine stitch and trim.
Ivory Square Tag Pennants

The banner also has 2 Ivory Square Tag pennants.  Use the G45 Square Tag die to cover the front and you’ll have these ready to go in no time!

Share a Cuppa with Me

Because my Irish Grammy always seemed to have a big china mug of tea going, I decided to dress up the center pennant with a tea theme.  These lovely pieces were shared with me from a friend who follows my blog.  They look wonderful on this month’s banner!

Inviting Reneabouquets to the Party

Since I had some new goodies from Reneabouquets, I had to invite them to the party!  The gorgeous purple butterflies at either end of the banner are from her new Dreamers winter release.  The lovely purple pearls, mini mason jar and stunning violet heart frame also come from her shop.  I made the bird’s nest myself. with burlap string

I hope you’ll find time to follow along with this March 2023 Banner of the Month Tutorial and make your own spring banner.  Here’s the YouTube video:

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

Thanks for stopping by!




Spellbinders July Club Kits Blog Hop

Spellbinders July Club Kits Blog Hop: Blossom Like a Rose Slimline Card with Tiara Trifold

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders July Club Kits Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Ilina’s lovely blog.

To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $25 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on the Spellbinders  blog. Giveaway closes on Sunday, July 17th, 11:59 pm MST. The winner will be announced on the Spellbinders blog hop post the following Wednesday. The winner is responsible for shipping costs, duties, and taxes.

Please note, store credit (gift certificate) cannot be applied to Club Subscriptions. Store credit can be applied to shop past Club products, Club extras and regular releases.

Tiara Trifold Slimline Card with Graphic 45 Cottage Life

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My project for the hop is this Tiara Trifold Slimline Card.  This month’s Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month is just lovely and truly versatile!  Here’s how to use it on a slimline card.

  • First, lay out all the die pieces on a piece of white cardstock.
  • Next, run the die through your die cutting  machine using the sandwich recommended.
  • Now, repeat the process.
  • Trim about 2″ off the bottom edge of each die cut.
  • Adhere the die cuts on either end of an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ slimline card base.
  • Place the focal image in the center of the card and add embellishments.

Here’s a peek at the inside:

Add a small pocket inside the card, then tuck in a gift card wallet.  Easy and elegant!

More Projects with Tiara Trifold

I’ve had loads of fun with this wonderful die! Here are a few other projects I’ve made with it.

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It makes a gorgeous gift box!  You can find more details on this project HERE.

On this card, I cut the die in half to make it longer. The I placed it behind my focal image.  Then I built my flower arrangement around it.

Fun Ways to Use the Tiara Trifold Tag

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Use the Tiara Trifold Die to make a pretty tag tuck in for a folio pocket.

TIP: Create a little tip in feature on your tag for extra fun.  Instead of cutting along the perforated line, cut about 2″ over from it to form a little flap.  Then trim the top of the flap so that it lines up with the bottom of the filigree.

Here’s a peek at the inside of the tag.

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Dress the Tiara Trifold tag up with ribbon, charm and ephemera and you’ve got a bookmark.

No wonder this die is one of my favorite APG Club Kits this year!

On With the Hop!

The next stop on your hop is Linh’s blog.

Now visit these other blogs for even more July Club Kit Inspiration!

Spellbinders Blog

Tina Smith

Kristie Marcotte

Bibi Cameron

Sandi MacIver

Jennifer Kotas

Yasmin Diaz

Jean Manis

Kelly Taylor

Rebecca Keppel

Tanya Boser

Jill Hilliard

Carrie Rhoades

Ilina Crouse

Kathy Clement (You are HERE)

Linh Van

Deborah Jenkins

Alanna Moses

Learn more about Spellbinders Club Kits HERE.

Sign up for the Amazing Paper Grace Club Kit HERE.

Enjoy the hop!





Graphic 45 Cottage Life Card Tutorial

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Graphic 45 Cottage Life Card Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  This Graphic 45 Cottage Life Card Tutorial is our Make & Take Tuesday project for this week.  I had used this lovely collection to fill a special order for a mini album back in April.  Since I had quite a few scraps left over, I decided we’d make a card using only the offcuts from that project.  I did allow myself to use ribbon, flowers, and some paper pretties from Reneabouquets to finish out the card design.  But all the  papers had already been cut.  Fun challenge?  I thought so!

Tips for Working with Scraps

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As you’ll see in the video tutorial below, the first thing I do when I am going to create a card from scraps is to organize them.  First, create little piles so that all the off cuts from one pattern are together.  Then go in and arrange them by size.  This way, you can really see what you have to work with.  It’s also easier to select patterns and images that work well together when you do this step first.

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What do you do when you only have a small image to work with and it seems to disappear on the page?  Here are a few good ideas:

  • Try placing a doily or chipboard piece behind the image.  This will draw the eye to it and make it more visible.
  • Or, frame the image, as I did here.  A frame is always a good idea, but especially helpful when you have a small image to work with.
  • This Reneabouquets Flower Lady really draws the eye to the small floral cottage in the background.  She becomes part of the “story” .  Did she just come from the garden?  Is she going to join a friend for tea in the cottage?

Small details like this gorgeous butterfly help to frame the image, too.

A Peek Inside

The inside of this card is also quite lovely.  I’ve added a tea bag and honey stick to the pocket on the right.  Then I layered up more scraps and created a little blank sentiment panel on the left.

Cottage Life Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how this card came together, please enjoy this video tutorial.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks, ideas and inspiration that you can use in your next crafty adventure! If you’d like to see previous Make & Take Tuesday Tutorials, please click HERE.

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

Thanks for stopping by!