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Spring Cleaning Carta Bella Farmhouse Market

Throwback Thursday: Spring Cleaning Carta Bella Farmhouse Market

Hello, Friends and welcome to Throwback Thursday! Today we’re spring cleaning Carta Bella Farmhouse Market from the Closet of Inspiration and Delight.   While re-organizing my paper stash, I unearthed this lovely springtime collection and decided it was time to liberate it from exile.  I made several projects from this collection when it was released in 2020.  If you’d like to take a trip down memory lane, you can review them HERE.

Since I still had quite a bit of the 6×6 pad and a few sheets of 12×12 papers, I decided to use the collection up with one of my little Tea party in a Box projects.  But lo and behold…there was still MORE paper.

So I made a card.

Still more paper.  How is this even possible?

The solution was a simple one.  Use the leftover bits and bobs to make one of my famous card stacks.  Film the process so all my online friends can follow along in a Throwback Thursday tutorial.  So, I did!

Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Stack of Cards by Kathy Clement Photo 01

That was fun!  Before I filmed the video tutorial for the 12 card stack, I shared a quick tour of the Tea Party in a Box folio and talked about how I made the wreath decoration on both the card and folio cover.

Pretty Little Farmhouse Style Cards

I have to be honest with you, my friends.  This is absolutely one of my favorite days in the studio.  There is something soul satisfying about polishing off a beautiful paper collection.

Add to that the fact that I really enjoy the challenge of working with limited supplies in a limited amount of time.  I only allot myself 2 hours to complete 12 cards.  This includes the time it takes me to gather materials and set up my assembly line.

How To Create a Stack of Cards Assembly Line

If you’d like to try this method on for size, here’s how I do it.

  • First, cut 6 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ white cardstock into 4 1/4″ x 11″ panels.  Score each panel at 5 1/2″ and fold to form a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ (A2) card base. Place these in a neat stack on the far right hand side of your work space.
  • Next, cut (12) 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ panels of patterned paper to serve as card fronts.  Stack these to the left of the card bases.
  • Then look at the off cuts (scraps) left from cutting the 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ panels.  Chances are good that you will have several 2″ or 3″ x 5 1/2″ strips that you can use as layering elements.  Look again; you probably have a bunch of 4 1/4″ wide strips of patterned paper that you can use as a belly band.  Stack each of these elements in their own pile to the left of the card fronts.
  • Now, cut the rest of your scraps up into  3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ panels, or 3″ x 4″ panels.  Little scraps can be cut into banner pieces.
  • Next, prepare your embellishments.  For this stack of cards, I strung all my little bee charms on pieces of white burlap string so they were ready to go when I needed them.  If you are using buttons, go ahead and thread them.  Pick through your left over flowers and select a dozen or so to use on the cards.  And don’t forget to tie all your bows in advance.
  • Pull out any left over ephemera or chipboard pieces and lay them out so you can see them.
Making Card Bundles

This next step is really fun.  Give yourself 15 minutes to go through your assembly line and compile what I call “card bundles.”  A typical bundle will include a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card front, a belly band, doily (if I’m using them), ephemera and a focal image for the card.

The trick here is to move quickly and not to overthink.  Just pull pieces together and bundle them with a card base in a stack on your work space.  Now you’re ready to put the actual cards together.  This part of the process takes me about 36 minutes.  That’s about 3 minutes per card!  Isn’t that awesome?

Spring Cleaning Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Video on YouTube

You can watch this happen in the process video below.  I’ll also share a tour of the pretty Tea Party in a Box and card before we dig in and make the stack of cards.

I hope you enjoyed watching me polish off this pretty paper collection.  The Tea Party in a Box and card are available in my Etsy Shop.  Each finished card from the stack will be tucked in with a future Etsy order as a little “extra helping” for my sweet customers.

So there you have it.  Another Throwback Thursday done and dusted!  I hope you enjoyed it!

Now go make something beautiful!




**Please note: Throwback Thursday posts are designed to inspire you to dig into your stash of beautiful older papers.  Because of this, I am often unable to link to discontinued products.  Thanks for understanding!


Parrot Tulips from Susan’s Garden

Spellbinder's Susan's Spring Garden Parrot Tulips Carta Bella Spring Farmhouse by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Spellbinder’s Parrot Tulips from Susan’s Garden Spring Florals Release

Hello, Friends!  Does anything say “Spring is here” better than Parrot Tulips?  Today I’m sharing a lovely bunch of Parrot Tulips made with Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s latest Spring Flora Release from Spellbinders.  To fill out the tulip cluster, I created some greenery with her Ferns and Ivy Dies from this same release.

I’ve paired these flowers up with Carta Bella’s cheery Farmhouse Market Paper Collection. It just seemed to be the perfect partner for these blossoms.

Flower Making Details

Do you like to make your own flowers?  I love doing it when time permits.

  • First,  Die cut the tulip layers from scraps of the Spring Farmhouse Solids cardstock for a perfect color match.   This automatically gets you started off on the right foot!
  • Now, sponge each petal with a combination of Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber,  and Ripe Persimmon Distress Oxide Inks.
  • Next, shape the petals with the Groove Golf Flower Shaping Tools.  Use the medium tool to add “veins” to the tulip petals.
  • Now round the petals with the blunt end of the largest Groove Golf Tool.  If you place the rounded (blunt) end in the center of the tulip petal, the sides will cup up beautifully.
  • Then, layer the flower petals together, staggering the edges for a more natural look.
  • Next, Use the piercing awl to make a hole for some stamens.  Add the stamens through the center for a stunning finish!


Creating the Bouquet

Die cut the ferns, ivy and tulip leaves from scraps of green cardstock.  Then shape with the groove tool and spritz with Glimmer Mist.

Our son had cut me some slices from a fallen branch.  This seemed like the perfect way to display this bouquet.  First, lightly wash the wood surface with some diluted ivory chalk paint.  Use a paper towel to dab away the excess.  Then spatter the wood with flecks of white chalk paint and Abandoned Coral Distress Paint.  Now you just need to add a bow and some buttons to finish off the card.

A Peek Inside

Create a treat pocket and a little photo spot inside the card to turn it into a thoughtful gift.

There are so many lovely flowers and fillers in this Susan’s Spring Flora Release!  If you like to make your own flowers, you might like to check them out HERE.

I love flowers at any time of year, but spring flowers seem to be the most precious.  Perhaps it’s because we’ve just endured the bleak winter months that they bring us such joy.  What’s blooming in your life right now?

Thanks so much for stopping by!





Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Slimline Gift Box Card

Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Slimline Gift Box Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  The colors of this Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Slimline Gift Box Card transport me straight into a country springtime!  The month of February has been brutally cold and downright nasty over most of the US.  So I thought we might all need some cheery colors and images to warm up our crafty mojo!

You’ve probably noticed that I’m a huge fan of this 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ slimline box style card design.  I shared a tutorial for the basic card design HEREAnd if you tune in to this week’s Throwback Thursday I’ll be sharing a really sweet recipe where I’ve altered the base just a little.  This one is dolled up with pretty pastel ribbons from the RRR February Ribbon Club Assortment. The ribbon makes a great border, too!  Just layer the 3/8″ pink gingham over the 5/8″  Pink Diamond Satin and attach to the card base with Scor-Tape.

I would love to have a set of these farmhouse style canisters in my kitchen, how about you?  Flanked by blooming roses, machine stitching and little keys, you can almost smell their delicate fragrance.  A bit of iridescent metallic string adds a touch of glam to the card design.

A Peek Inside

If you guessed that there would be a box pocket inside this Farmhouse Market Slimline Gift  Box Card, then you would be correct!    I also added a little pocket on the top.  My paper was not wide enough to span the width of the card.  Easy solution?  Adhere just 3 sides of the rose/woodgrain pattern on the left to form a pocket.  This solves the problem nicely, and looks like a deliberate design choice instead of a “fix.”

It’s a tea party for one, friends!  All dressed up in pretty paper scraps and tied with a bit of ribbon, this card is ready to party!

Is it still bitterly cold where you are?  We’ve had nothing but rain for days and days, but as I write this post on Saturday afternoon, the sun is blazing in a bright blue sky.  It’s pretty doggone chilly…but at least we have sunshine!

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!




Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Flower Box Card

Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Flower Box Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

RRR  June Ribbon Club Blog Hop: Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Flower Box Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing a Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Flower Box Card for the Really Reasonable Ribbon June Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  The June Ribbon Club Summer Stripes Assortment is filled with all the vibrant colors that the season has to offer.  Think Flip Flops, Watermelon, Beach Umbrellas and Pool Parties!

Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Flower Box Card: Sweet Summer Blooms

My mind went straight to colorful geraniums and petunias spilling over the edge of flower boxes.  And that’s how this flower box card came to life.  You all know how much I love pockets and tags.  So I decided to put both items front and center on this fun flower box styled card.

Create a faux flower box then fill it with adorable little tags.  Top the tags with Apple Green Swiss Dots Satin Ribbon  and Lime/Bright Pink Sherbet Swirl Grosgrain Ribbon from the Club Assortment.  Then tie on an itty bitty key with a little Natural Burlap String.

Mount the tag pocket on a larger box pocket.  Create cute borders on the box pocket and at the top of the card with the same Lime/Bright Pink Sherbet Ribbon.

Create a little snacky picnic in the box pocket by dressing up some treats with more ribbon and designer paper.

A Peek Inside

The inside of the card is simply decorated with more designer paper, blank sentiment panel and a tag and pocket combo.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cherry has in store for you. Finish the hop over on the RRR Blog .  Answer Bonnie’s question of the month to be entered into the drawing for a free June Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t joined the Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to get your subscription started.  It’s just like getting a birthday present in the mail every single month of the year.

I hope I’ve inspired you to get out your June Club Ribbons and make something bright and cheerful this month!

Thanks for stopping by!



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I Must Have Flowers Always and Always

Must Have Flowers Carta Bella Farmhouse Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

 I Must Have Flowers Always and Always: Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Card Folio

Hello Friends!  I Must Have Flowers always and always!  Do you feel that way?  I’m not much of a gardener, but I do love pretty floral papers and paper flowers on my projects.  This sweet little springtime card is made with the new Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Papers and some beautiful rolled roses from Little Birdie Crafts.

I Must Have Flowers…and Pretty Pretty Ribbons, too!

Light Coral Diamond Satin Ribbon is absolutely dreamy with this paper collection.  I’ve paired it up with some Iridescent Metallic String in the bow cluster. The way this string reflects the colors that surround it is absolutely magical!

And how about those flowers?  These lovely Layla Pastel Palette blooms are so pretty!  Did you know you can alter your Little Birdie Flowers?  First, I gently tapped the edges with a little Gathered Twigs Distress ink.  Then I brushed on some Stamperia Gold Dew Glamour Gel to add a touch of sparkle.  You can also brush them with Perfect Pearls or any mica based powder.  The subtle shading and shine adds to the vintage feel of this pretty card.

I Must Have Flowers: A Peek Inside

Turn this pretty card into a gift by adding a couple of pockets on the inside.  Fill the top pocket  with a color matched tea bag, note card, and decorated honey stick.

Decorate a pretty bookmark with Coral Rose Swiss Dots Satin and Petal Peach Quatrefoil Satin Ribbon.  Stitch the paper bookmark pieces onto some canvas to make a  soft bookmark that will last a long time.  This is a stamp that I’ve had in my stash for a very long time. Sadly, it has been discontinued.  But you could always print the sentiment out on your computer and add to the bookmark that way.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!