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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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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.

Embellishments

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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album Tutorial

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Reneabouquets Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  For this final Throwback Thursday of 2022,  I have this adorable Reneabouquets Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album Tutorial to share with you.  The tutorial will show you how to create a quick and easy 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Stacked Spine Mini Album base and some special interactive mechanisms that go with it.  It’s my Christmas present to each one of you that has followed my blog and left so many lovely comments this year.  Truly, you are the best of the best, and I am thankful for each one of you! Now let’s get this Throwback Thursday rolling!

Sweet Shop Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album

 

I wish you could see this album in real life.  It is just so stinkin’ cute!  The camera does not do a good job of picking up the sparkle in the shaker box or on the embossed snowflake frame.  So you will have to use your imagination there.  If you happen to have Echo Park Gingerbread Christmas in your stash, it is the perfect playmate for Reneabouquets new Sweet Shop Christmas collection.  I’ll share a peek at the goodies in the video tutorial below.

These beautiful flowers are part of the collection.  I’ve paired them up with Copper and Cream Gingham Ribbon to really amp up the gingerbread vibe of this sweet little mini.

These Sweetshop Gingerbread embellishments are just so darling.  I’ve used them throughout the album.  Because they come in multiple sizes, you can easily add them to card fronts or inside a mini.  The detail is amazing!

The Christmas Dangle Spine

We do so love a good dangle charm element, don’t we?  Here’s a close up look at the one I created for this album.  Not only do I collect charms, my husband gives them to me on special occasions, our daughter is always on the lookout for them, and even my sweet friends and followers send them to me.  That’s why it’s sometimes hard for me to list where I found a particular charm.

A Peek Inside

This petite mini album will hold 3×5 cards for recipes, 4×4 or 4×5 photos or small bits of ephemera. The base is made with 110# Michael’s Recollections  8 1/2″ x 11″ Kraft cardstock.  It’s my favorite kraft cardstock for paper engineering as it is super thick and strong…just a step below chipboard, really.

 

Interactive elements and mechanisms are what make a mini album so much fun.  So I’ll show you how to create this fun flip/flap folio page in the video tutorial.

Every mini album needs a waterfall mechanism.  This one is made with 4×4 elements.  I’ve weighted it down with another Sweet Shop Gingerbread man.  And, there’s a surprise element that you’ll see in the video tour!

You need room for journaling as well as room for photos in a good mini album, and these cute pull out pages do the trick.

How about hidden pockets?  Yep….gotta have them!  And tip in pages with a cute tab element are loads of fun, too.  Especially when they are adorned with a Sweet Shop Candy Cane!

TIP: Create more “real estate” for photos with the help of flip up pages and flap pages!

Look at all the room behind this flap page!

Reneabouquets Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album Tour and Tutorial on YouTube

You will notice in this video tutorial that I welcome you to Make & Take Tuesday.  Well, that’s because I forgot about the RRR Blog Hop that took place on Tuesday.  So I just moved this over into the Thursday slot.  Really, it works perfectly, because Gingerbread Christmas is an older collection from Echo Park.

So grab a cuppa and a gingerbread cookie and join me as we make this fun mini album base.

You can view this video HERE.

As I stated earlier, this is my last video for 2022.  I have a new grandson to cuddle, cookies to bake with The Littles, the house to decorate, our daughter’s February wedding to plan, and  some Button Farm Club Kits to finish up before the end of the year.  So I’m not really taking a break…I’m just taking care of business!

I have a few posts pre-scheduled, and if I have time, I might do a “favorites of 2022” post for you to enjoy while I’m taking care of stuff.  I’m also planning a fun 10 year Blog Anniversary celebration in January (there will be giveaways!) so look for that.

In the meantime, I wish each and every one of you a peaceful, joyous, meaningful Christmas.  May the Light of the World, Jesus, fill your hearts and homes with love, harmony and celebration.  I send every one of you a hug!

Stay warm and cozy!

Cheerio,

kathy

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