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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!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Deluxe Easter Tea Party in a Box for RRR Blog Hop

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Deluxe Easter Tea Party in a Box for RRR Blog Hop with Prima In Full Bloom

Hello, Friends!  This Deluxe Easter Tea Party in a Box is my inspiration piece for the Really Reasonable Ribbon March 2024 Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Gloria’s lovely blog.   Our theme this month is “springtime or Easter” so I created this Deluxe Easter Tea Party in a Box to share with you.  It’s all decked out in pretty springtime ribbons, trims and flowers from the RRR shop.

Life in the Garden

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You never know what you will find when you take a stroll through the garden.  Perhaps a lovely butterfly will flutter amidst the blossoms, A sweet little bird might serenade you on your stroll.  I’ve tried to capture the joy of the springtime garden in this sweet double sided box pocket card.

Lavender Seam Binding Ribbon, Iridescent Metallic String,  and a white Chrysanthemum dress up the top of the 6 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ box pocket card.  The top of the box pocket is trimmed with Light Pink Ric-Rack, a throwback to my childhood Easter baskets.  A nosegay of sweet spring flowers nestles on a chipboard doily.  (I’ll link to all the supplies below this post.)

The Flip Side

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Time for tea?  You’ll find everything you need at a tea party for one on the flip side of this double-sided pocket card.  I’ve even included a seed packet of wildflowers to plant in a garden plot or urn. Buttercup Double Face Satin Ribbon tops the bee themed bookmark and serves as the ribbon closure for my mini folio.

If you’d like to see all the details of this project, please join me on my YouTube channel for a project walk through.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties my sweet teammate Cheryl has in store for you. Be sure to pop by the RRR BLOG where you can find the complete hop list, and answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month.  This will enter you in the drawing for a $10 RRR Gift Certificate and the free digital stamp set of your choice.

You will find a linked supply list below this post.

This item is also for sale in my Etsy Shop. 

Thanks so much for hopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Sweet Springtime Window Shaker Card

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Sweet Springtime Window Shaker Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon and Mintay Spring is Here

Hello, Friends!  If you’re longing for a bit of springtime, this Sweet Springtime Window Shaker Card should brighten up your day.  Trimmed out with lovely Really Reasonable Ribbon Coral Rose Mini Check, lots of pretty flowers, and a window box filled with blooming daffodils, this card is springtime on paper!

I made a banner for the RRR February Blog Hop with this same  Spellbinders Vista View Window Die.  But I thought it would be fun to show another way to use this die set.  This time I added the cute window box dies below the window frame, then filled it up with fussy cut daffodils.

Don’t you wish you could walk out into that pretty scene behind the window panes?

A Peek Inside

I also added a little flap page and pocket combo on the inside.

TIP: Create a pretty stationery post card panel to tuck inside the flap pocket.  Emboss just the top of the paper with a 3D Embossing Folder to create a classy looking note!

TIP: Add a little Baker’s Twine to a tag and a tea wallet to really dress them up.  It’s almost like getting an Easter basket in the mail, isn’t it?

If you haven’t taken a peek at RRR’s Spring Ribbon collection in a while, you might want to pop over and see all the pretty colors, textures and patterns that are available.

I hope I shared some tips and ideas that you can use in your springtime crafty adventures.  It’s so  nice to be able to break out our spring papers and play as we wait for winter to pass.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!  I hope you have a joyful and creative day!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Easter Bonnet Shaker Easel Card

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Easter Bonnet Shaker Easel Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Easter Bonnet Shaker Easel Card is a trip down Memory Lane.  Remember when you had to wear an Easter Bonnet to church on Easter Sunday?  Mine always had an elastic string that went under the chin to keep it from falling off my head.  That string cut into your flesh, as did the stiff netting petticoat under the skirt of your Easter dress.  Oh, and remember the white patent leather shoes that pinched your toes?  About the only thing that didn’t pinch, itch or sting were the little cotton gloves we all wore on our hands. Only the promise of a chocolate Easter Bunny waiting for you at home kept you from squirming in the stiff wooden pews!  Can you relate?

Cardmaking Tips and Tricks

I’ve dressed this 6×6 card up with all the  colors of Easter!  It reminds me of a bag of jelly beans! Light Blue Chevron Stripe Ribbon ties everything together perfectly.

TIP #1: Use the colors in the plaid patterned paper as a guide for selecting ribbon, flowers and embellishments.  This way, you can use a lot of different colors, but everything works together as a whole.

TIP #2:  Repeat the color palette by adding Reneabouquets Small Evie’s Chicks Printed Beautiful Board to the card front.

TIP #3: Heat Emboss Medium Egg-Squisite Beautiful Board with a combination of Shabby Pink and Shabby Blue Embossing Enamel.  Place in the corners and on the stopper of the card.

TIP #4: Create the shaker frame by backing a heat embossed Medium Victorian Frame with acetate and foam tape.  Place your shaker mix on the Easter Egg Nest image from Photoplay’s Bunnies and Blooms, then press the frame in place.

Finish your decorating with a spray of Spring Parade Roses and Leaves and pretty Iridescent Metallic String Bows.  Now you’re ready for the Easter parade!

A Peek Inside

Create an inside pocket that doubles as the stopper for the easel mechanism.  You have just enough room to create a little tag pocket on the top, too.

Create an envelope, then fill it with a little spring note card and tea bag.  Tuck it into the pocket along with a honey stick, and now you’ve got a lovely gift that’s almost as much fun as an Easter basket!

I hope this sweet card prompted some memories of Easter celebrations from your past.  Did you have one of those elastic string  hats?  We’d all love to hear about it in the comment section below.

I’ve added a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Peter Cottontail Treat Tag

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Peter Cottontail Treat Tag for RRR March 2023 Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  This Peter Cottontail Treat Tag is my inspiration project for the Really Reasonable Ribbon March 2023 Blog Hop. Welcome!  You should be coming here from Gloria’s lovely blog. If not, why not head back to the RRR Blog and start from the beginning so you don’t miss any of the terrific projects.

Be sure to comment on the blog hop post on the RRR Blog for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to Really Reasonable Ribbon along with one Digital Stamp Set of your choice from Bonnie Garby Designs.

Our theme for this month’s hop is Easter. I searched through my stash of spring ribbons and selected this gorgeous Buttercup Double Faced Satin Ribbon.  It’s the perfect match up for the Bunnies and Blooms paper collection I used to cover my tag.

Easter Treat Tag Tea Party in a Box

I’m a big fan of yellow, pink and green for spring.  Here’s how I put this fun treat tag base together.

  • First, locate 2 G45 Square Ivory Tags.
  • Then, cut a 2″ x 3 3/4″ strip of yellow cardstock and score it at 1/2″ and 1 1/2″.
  • Next, adhere the 1/2″ sides to the sides of two square tags.  The 1″ piece in the center will serve as the spine for the little folder.
  • Now use the G45 Square Tags Die to cut 4 liners for the tags.  The inside liners will cover up the 1/2″ flaps that you used to join the two tags together.
  • Attach a ribbon closure with 1/2″ Scor-Tape.
  • Tie sweet little pink and white Baker’s Twine bows to dress up the carrot banner on the cover.
Dress Up the Spine

Thread another length of Buttercup Satin Ribbon through a hole that you punch in the 1″ spine.  Tie a bow with more Baker’s Twine.  Slip a pink vintage pin through the twine and attach some cute dangle charms.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a look at the inside of this cute little treat tag.  There’s a flap page on the left and a box pocket on the right.

To create the flap page, simply trim the 3×4 image to 3″ x 3 3/4″. Score a 1/2″ flap on the left  hand side of the bunny image.  Then wrap the flap around the tag liner before you glue it down.  You can add an Easter greeting on the back of the image.  Die cut a circle from ivory cardstock and adhere it over the tag liner.  This gives you a great spot to write a personal greeting.

Fill the box pocket up with an herbal tea packet, cookies, chocolate, jelly beans and a sweet little demitasse spoon.  Photos or a note pad can be stored in the box pocket once the treats have been enjoyed.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what Easter inspiration Cheryl has prepared for you.  Then finish up over on the RRR Blog to answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month.  She’s giving away a $10 shopping spree and a FREE digital sentiment stamp  to one lucky ribbon lover!

You’ll find a linked supply list for this project below this post.  Thanks for stopping by!

Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

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