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Christmas in July Banner of the Month Tutorial

Christmas in July Banner of the Month Tutorial with Spellbinder Dies & Gnome for Christmas

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for our Christmas in July Banner of the Month Tutorial!  This is a quick and easy design thanks to loads of Spellbinder Holiday Dies and great patterns from Echo Park Gnome for Christmas paper collection.  If you are a fan of needlework, Nordic designs, and gingham, I think you are going to enjoy today’s tutorial.

Spellbinders Home for the Holidays St. Nick Dies

The focal point for this 7 pennant banner is our handsome St. Nick figure.  To me, this die has a great Nordic vibe, especially when he’s all decked out in his green Santa suit.  He’s part of the Home for the Holidays release from Spellbinder Paper Arts.

The camera lens didn’t pick this up very well, but his beard and ermine trim are made with white glitter paper, so they really sparkle when the light hits them.

Jingle Bell Beginnings and Endings

I am such a fan of this Spellbinders Tag and Label Die Set!  This time I used the largest and next to the smallest dies to cut the cardstock bases and liners for this banner.  The pennants on either end are made with the smaller dies.

These tags are fairly small, so I didn’t add too much to them.  But the gold jingle bells in the bow cluster add just the right amount of jingle and shine.

Christmas Stitchery: Nichol Spohr’s Needlework Dies

Y’all know how much I enjoy a good sewing themed project.  So you can imagine how tickled I was when I saw Nichol Spohr’s Needlework dies!  Ooooh-la-la!  I could not wait to use them, and found a way to “stitch” them into this Christmas themed banner.   This scene includes her Gathering Stitches, Needlework Tool Kit and greenery from the Faux Embroidered Stocking Dies.  I can see myself using this embroidery hoop to make fabulous shaker windows in the future.  

This pennant features the Faux Embroidered Stocking Dies.  Since I die cut my stockings from patterned paper, I didn’t add a lot of the details, but the stockings are still super cute.

This is the Faux Embroidered Spruce die set.  It’s super quick and easy to make, too.  Just layer the tree branch die cuts over the evergreen die cuts, then add in a few extra branches to fill it out.

Christmas Squirrel

This is the only banner that does not feature a die cut scene.  Instead, I went with the Nordic theme and added a sledding squirrel from Stamperia Romantic Woodland.

Christmas in July Banner of the Month Tutorial on YouTube

I’m happy to report that my husband has been cleared to resume most normal duties (still can’t lift anything heavy).  And, our daughter and new grandson are thriving.  So life here is smoothing out a bit, and now I hope to get caught up on all the work I didn’t get done while taking care of them.

So today’s tutorial is a little bit short.  If you’ve never made a banner with me before, here’s a great beginner banner tutorial for you.

For all the rest of you dear friends, please enjoy this somewhat abbreviated tutorial on my YouTube channel:

As always, you will find a linked supply list below this post.

You can also purchase this banner from my Etsy Shop.

Wishing you all a joyful and creative Wonderful Wednesday!




Echo Park Little Ladybug Shaker Card for RRR


Echo Park Little Ladybug Shaker Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a super sweet Echo Park Little Ladybug Shaker Card to share with you.  It’s all dressed up in beautiful trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The happy vibe and bright colors are like a tonic in the middle of winter, and remind us that spring will be back before we know it!

Remember being a kid and catching ladybugs?  Trap one carefully between your palms and then recite, “Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home,” as those tiny legs tickle your hands.  Open your thumbs just enough to let that little ladybug crawl back out into the sunlight, then watch her fly away home as directed.  Ah, the simple joys of childhood!  I think perhaps that’s why I let this collection fall into my cart.  Well, that and the lovely red, aqua and black color palette!

Dots and Checks

This card is a study in dots and checks, isn’t it?   Black 3/8″ Satin Swiss Dots ribbon forms the borders at the top and bottom of the card while 5/8″ Houndstooth Plaid makes for a perky bow beneath my floral arrangement.  We have aqua checks in the background paper and little floral dots in the accent paper.  I didn’t realize it while I was making the card, but I certainly see it now, and I like what I see!

A Peek Inside

The inside of this cheery card has lots of fun surprises built into the design.  I’ve used a Peppermint Baker’s Twine bow to secure the flap page.  Simply wrap the twine around the panel before you adhere it to the card base.

There’s a cute little pocket/tag combo and a bit of chocolate hiding behind that flap as well as room to write a little note.


And of course, there’s a pocket!  This one is filled with a red and black teabag, honey crystal packet and a little magnet or door knob hanger.  This bright and happy card is sure to brighten up even the coldest, greyest winter day!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friend!




Quick and Easy Gift Tag Tutorial

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Quick and Easy Gift Tag Tutorial with Echo Park Gnome for Christmas

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I’m rolling in late with this Quick and Easy Gift Tag Tutorial .  Today we’re working with Echo Part Gnome for Christmas to make these fun tags.  These make great stocking stuffers, Secret Santa Gifts and would even look great on the Christmas tree!  You could attach them to pretty ribbon with a clothespin and then they’d be home decor, too.  Use whatever paper collection you have on hand, or even mix and match.  What fun!

Save Time with G45 Tags and the Tag Die

I cannot count the number of projects I’ve made using Graphic 45 Tags as a base.  They are attractive, sturdy and such a time saver!  Pair the tags up with the Regular Tag Die, and you’ll have these sweet gift tags made in no time flat.

If you have an envelope punch board (and really,  you should!) pull it out and make the size envelope that calls for 6×6 paper.  Since we’re using the 6×6 paper pad, there’s no measuring or cutting necessary.  Just put the paper in the punch board, score, punch, fold and you’re done!

What’s on the Back of the Tags?

To cover up the ends of the belly band on the back of the tags, cut a 3″ x 4″ panel of white cardstock,, stamp with the Gnome for Christmas stamps and adhere.  Cute, right?

Die cut a small tag and stamp with small images, spatter with gold paint and add a Christmas charm.  This is a great place to write the recipient’s name.


Dress your tags up with a cluster of jingle bells, Christmas beads, mulberry flowers and foliage.  You can make your own flowers, or save time with pre-made flowers.

Gnome for Christmas adhesive brads and gold glitter stars add a bit of sparkle and shine to the tag design.

Gnome for Christmas Quick and Easy Gift Tag Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how one of these tags comes together, then please enjoy this short tutorial on my YouTube channel.


If you would like to see more gift tag tutorials, check out this link.

I hope you enjoyed this late, late, late Throwback Thursday tutorial.  You will find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!





Echo Park Bee Happy Cards

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Echo Park Bee Happy Cards with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  These Echo Park Bee Happy cards are a result of a free play day that I gave myself.  Sometimes, I just have to create for the sheer fun of it: no deadlines, no tutorials, no design team assignments.  Just fun.  And after I finished that massive How to Make a Mini Album tutorial, I really needed to just relax and enjoy the creative process.  Do you ever feel that way?

We’ve had loads of rainy days this summer, so I also felt the need for sunny, cheery colors.  And it’s summer…so bees always come to mind.  That’s what led me to dig out Echo Park’s super cute Bee Happy papers and some bee themed goodies from Reneabouquets.  The cards turned out so cute, I just had to share them with you.

Savor Life’s Sweetness

If you’re a fan of buffalo plaid (I am!) and button flowers (yep, me, too!)  and honeybees, then I think you’ll like this simple card.  Burlap flowers are fun when you add big old vintage buttons to the centers, and Reneabouquets bees, beehive and honeycomb beautiful board made this card a quick and easy project.

Naturally, I added a pocket or two.  One for a packet of wildflower seeds…so you can sow your own pollinator garden, of course.

And the other to hold a cute tea wallet, honey stick and bookmark.  Summer is a great time to read, and I still like real books with real pages that you can turn.  How about you?

Queen Bee

Because I already had these happy papers spread out all over my workspace, and because I was having too much fun to quit (dinner was late…oops!) I kept on crafting.  This cute Queen Bee card focused on the soft blues in the Bee Happy collection.  It’s different from the first card, but equally cheery.

Once again, I created an inside pocket and filled it with some sweet surprises.

These little tea wallets are a great way to use up bitty scraps of designer paper.  You can leave a blank sentiment panel inside for  your note, then tuck in a summery tea bag as a nice treat.  And, again with the wildflower seeds.

That’s really all I had for today, friends.  Just thought you’d like to see this sweet paper collection once again.  I find it hard not to be happy whenever I pull it out.

And if  you’re looking for a break from the summer heat, here are some more bee themed projects from the archives for you to enjoy.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Think Happy Bee Happy Bee Themed Card

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Think Happy Bee Happy Bee Themed Card

Hello, Friends!  This Think Happy Bee Happy Bee Themed Card is a bright and cheery way to start a Wednesday morning.  I had a few Reneabouquets Lemon Branches left on my workspace after making yesterday’s Blue Dream Tea Party in a Box project.  They inspired me to break out my Echo Park Bee Happy paper and a new Tiny Dots Embossing folder from Spellbinders.  This card came together as quick as quick can be!  If you’re a bee lover, like me, I think you’re going to enjoy today’s card.

Sweet as Honey

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Here’s the “recipe” for this sweet as honey card:

  • First, create a 7″ x 5″ top fold card base from black cardstock.
  • Next, mat a 6 5/8″ x 4 5/8″ panel of black gingham paper on a 6 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ panel of white cardstock.
  • Mat a 6 5.8″ x 2″ panel of the small floral print on black cardstock and adhere as a belly band.
  • Now cut a 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ panel of yellow tone on tone patterned paper and emboss with the Tiny Dots embossing folder.  Then mat on slightly larger panels of white and black cardstock. Back with foam tape and adhere to the card base.
  • Adhere the Reneabouquets lemon branch, bee hive and bee on the left hand side of the card.
  • Back the ephemera tag with foam tape, top with ribbon, twine and bee charm and adhere on the right hand side of the card.
  • Add the flowers and the bows.

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See?  Told you it was easy!

A Peek Inside

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Dress up the inside of your card with more Bee Happy paper.  And of course, you have to add a pocket!

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What goes in the pocket?  Well, honey of course!  And how about we add  a packet of wild flower seeds so we can make a garden to feed the bees?

Naturally we have to add a Lemon and Ginger teabag to our tea sachet.  It’s the perfect accompaniment to this Think Happy Bee Happy Bee Themed Card.

I’m noticing a lot of pollinator gardens going up in our neighborhood.  Bees are our friends, and I think it is a bee-utiful thing to thank them for all that they do by planting some posies for them to enjoy.

Did this little card add some sunshine to your day?  Then my job is done here!

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

Thanks for stopping by!