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Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Reneabouquets Butterflies Darla the Witch by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!   Well, it’s time to make our Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial.  This month’s folio is too cute to spook with cute Halloween images and lovely fall florals.  If you’ve just discovered this year-long Throwback Thursday series, you can find out how to make the first 9 folios HERE.

The star of the show this month is Darla, the cutest little witch you’ve ever seen!  She’s sitting on a pumpkin in the middle of the flower patch,  trying to figure out who she’ll be for Halloween.  Silly girl!

You just have to add a dangle charm to an October desk folio!  So I grouped together a pumpkin and a word token with this fabulous steampunk key.

What’s Inside?

The brake for this easel card is actually a pocket.  And if you have a pocket, you have to put something in it, right?

So we stirred up some special Halloween goodies to go inside our pocket this month.  You’ll learn how to make them in the video tutorial below.

Hidden Pocket!

Just a like a good mystery novel, there’s a hidden compartment tucked beneath this easel card folio!  The hidden pocket holds another interactive folio.

You’ll find another treat-filled pocket inside!

And a fun little flip page, too!

Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see all the details of this desk folio and learn how to make your own, please enjoy this video tutorial.


It’s hard to believe that we are getting close to the end of this year-long series.  I’ll have to start thinking about what kind of series to share with you in 2023!  Any thoughts?

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!





Apple Pie Season Memories

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish September Desk Folio Tutorial Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Apple Pie Season Memories: Throwback Thursday with G45 Time to Flourish & Reneabouquets

Hello Friends!  September is creeping up on us, and that always brings to mind what I call Apple Pie Season Memories.  While creating this month’s Graphic 45 Desk Folio tutorial for you, my mind wandered back to our annual trip to the apple orchard.  If you want to skip over these ruminations, just scroll down to the video tutorial and enjoy.  But if you want to join me in a trip down memory lane, read on.

Growing up in New England, we anticipated the arrival of apple season.  The state of Vermont was dotted with graceful orchards nestled between the hills.  In the fall, nearly every family planned a trip to pick the winter’s supply of apples.

Apple Pie Season Memories: The Birthday Road Trip

My mother’s birthday came at the end of September, and her birthday wish was the same every year: a day trip to Cornwall to pick apples and picnic on the grounds.  Although we had apple orchards right in our hometown, the apples in Cornwall were less pricey. Gas was cheap, and a day trip under the brilliant blue skies was always a treat.

Somehow, the weather always cooperated with Mom’s birthday wish.  We would pack up the car with the bushel laundry baskets we used to harvest the green beans from the garden and set off early in the morning.  The drive seemed to take forever, but it was really only about a 2 hour distance from our home. Mom always packed sandwiches and a thermos of coffee for the adults.  We never packed a dessert.  Who needs one when you have the promise of ruby red apples still warm from the kiss of the sun to enjoy?

In the Orchard

Pulling into the orchard was like stepping into another world.  With the windows rolled down, the sweet smell of apples filled the air.  Bright blue sky above, emerald apple trees dotted with ruby gems, and green grass shimmering with diamond dew drops filled my heart with such joy I could barely contain myself.  Dad always had to chat a bit with the man who ran the orchard.  He directed us to the area that needed to be picked, and off we went, swinging the laundry baskets between us.  Bees buzzed all around us, glutted and happy with the sweet juices from the apples that had fallen on the ground.

We did not actually “pick” apples.  Instead, we harvested the “drops” that had fallen from the branches.  These were far less expensive and just as delicious as the apples from the tree.  We were instructed to reject apples that were bruised or soft on the underside.  Reminders were given not to pick apples from the tree, and to stay within sight of our parents. You may eat one apple, but not two.  And then we were off, giddy with the excitement of filling up our laundry basket.

The Picnic

Those laundry baskets filled up in no time flat.  The sun warmed our shoulders as we searched for the very best of the drops. Anticipation of apple pies, applesauce, apple Betty and applesauce cake danced in our heads.  Mom would can most of the apples and store the Mason jars in the furnace room of the cellar so they wouldn’t freeze during the hard winter.

Before we knew it, Mom would holler her signature “Yoo-hoo!” to signal us to come back for lunch on the ground.  Bologna sandwiches never tasted so good.  Then we could enjoy the one “special” apple we had saved for lunch.  This, too, was a ritual.  First you breathe on it, then you polish it up on your shirt tail until it shines so brightly you can almost see your face in the skin.

The first bite was the best.  Your teeth crunched through the skin, and the warm apple juice flowed down your chin and up your wrist.  Sweet, tart, juicy and earthy flavors filled your palate all at the same time.  Wonderful…absolutely wonderful!

Then it was time to pay for the apples.  I seem to remember the drops went for just $1 a bushel.  Dad and mom  loaded them into the car.  We each kept one out to munch on during the drive home.  Mom tied her kerchief around her head, and with the windows rolled down, we happily wound our way through the hillsides until we drove up the big hill that was home.

September Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Now if you’d like to learn how to make this Apple Pie Memories Folio, I hope you’ll enjoy this YouTube tutorial.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.  I hope you enjoyed picking apples with me today!




Peek A Boo Trellis Christmas Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Warm Wishes Christmas Card Tutorial with Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Peek a Boo Trellis Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Amazing Paper Grace Peek A Boo Trellis Christmas Card Tutorial with G45 Warm Wishes

Hello, Friends!  For today’s Make & Take Tuesday I’m sharing a Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Peek A Boo Trellis Christmas Card Tutorial. This lovely botanical die set is a great match for Graphic 45’s Warm Wishes paper collection.  I’m going to show you 2 different ways to use this versatile die.   Don’t forget to visit Becca’s blog for even more Peek A Boo Trellis inspiration. She has some truly gorgeous samples and tutorials waiting for you there.

Merry Christmas Cardinal

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Peek a Boo Trellis Graphic 45 Warm Wishes by Kathy ClementI love it when I can snuggle a focal image in with some pretty foliage.  So for this first card, I made small cuts in the leafy panel, then inserted my focal image into the panel.  That’s pretty much all it took to complete the card front.  The rest was just adding foliage, ribbons and flowers.

I made this one a box pocket card, tucked in some sweet Christmas treats.

Peppermint sticks, Christmas tea, a Christmas Cookie, honey stick and note card turn this into a lovely little gift.

Inlaid Peek a Boo Trellis Vines

The second card is really quick and easy to make!  This time, I cut a 5×7 panel from Warm Wishes Patterns and Solids.  Then I centered the Peek A Boo Trellis vines in the center of the panel and die cut.  Next, I die cut the reverse side of this same patterned paper and adhered it slightly off center behind the inlaid design.  Finally, I stitched the entire panel onto green cardstock.

This time I used the layered rose dies that come with the die set along with a bunch of foliage.  Burlap string, rusty jingle bells and vintage buttons give it a great rustic botanical feel.

The inside is simple with a gift card wallet/pocket combo and more of the pretty designer paper.

Peek A Boo Trellis Christmas Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn more about how these cards came together, I hope you’ll enjoy this short video tutorial.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make & Take Tuesday!  I know we are in the Dog Days of summer, but Christmas will be here before you know it!  Best to get a head start on all those handmade Christmas cards and presents, right?

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

Spellbinders Tiara Trifold Graphic 45 Cottage Life Slimline Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

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.

Amazing Paper Grace DOM July 2022 Shabby Chic Gift Box by Kathy Clement Photo 01

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

Stamperia Garden of Promises Flip Folio Spellbinders Tiara Trifold APG Die Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

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

Spellbinders Tiara Trifold Tag by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

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.

Tea Party in a Box Stamperia Garden of Promises Flip Folio by Kathy Clement Spellbinders Tiara Trifold APG DOM Photo 01

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

Tiara Trifold Bookmark Tag by Kathy Clement Photo 01

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!





August Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 August Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflowers by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Graphic 45 August Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Can you believe that it’s already time to share this Graphic 45 August Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial?  Summer is just speeding by, isn’t it?  The August papers are probably my favorites from the entire collection.  Sunflowers just plain make me happy!  And I indulged myself and gave myself time to create my own sunflowers using the Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflower dies.  So this was a fun Throwback Thursday for me!

Sunny Skies, Sunflowers and Bees!

Graphic 45 August Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflowers, bees, by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Here’s a look at the folio we’ll be making this month.  Do you like the teal and gold color palette as much as I do?  It just feels like a field of cheery sunflowers under a sunny summer sky to me.

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflowers by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Oh, but I did have fun making these lovely blossoms with the Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflower stamps and dies.

  • First, stamp the sunflowers onto white cardstock using Saffron Archival Ink.
  • Next, sponge the centers of the flowers with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.
  • Now, apply Wild Honey and Mustard Seed Distress Ink on the petals.
  • Die cut the flower layers with the Rustic Sunflower Dies.
  • Next, mist them lightly with water and run through the Rustic Sunflower Shaping mold.
  • Now, layer the flowers together, staggering the petals.  Mist lightly with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist.  Heat dry.
  • Finally, fill the centers with hot glue and Czech glass beads and arrange as desired.
The Hidden Folio Pocket

This 5 1/2″ square folio tucks into a hidden pocket found on the bottom of the card base.

Look at all the fun interactive elements built into this mini folio!

Here’s a peek at the inside of the desk folio.  There’s no shortage of fun here, either!

August Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along as I make this sunny creation, I hope you’ll enjoy this video tutorial.

We only have 4 more folios to go to complete this year long series.  Maybe you can be thinking of another series for 2023!  Do you want to make monthly banners?  Wall hangings?  What sounds good to you?  Please share your ideas in the comment section below, and I’ll take them up for consideration, my friends!

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

Thanks for stopping by!



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