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Time to Flourish July Banner of the Month

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish July Banner of the Month Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  If you guessed that I would be sharing our Graphic 45 Time to Flourish July Banner of the Month Tutorial today, please give yourself a pat on the back!  Because that is precisely what we are doing!  Welcome to Throwback Thursday, and the 6th Banner of the Month Tutorial for 2023.

We started this series with the February Time to Flourish Banner. Several of  you requested a Banner of the Month tutorial in 2023, and it really has been fun for me and I hope for you as well!  Now we’re all the way up to July!  The year is speeding right along.  So grab a cuppa and a snack and let’s take a peek at this month’s banner.

Shades of Red, White and Blue

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I simply could not create a July banner without a nod to the Red, White and Blue!  This sweet banner has a gardening theme, but it will work well for my US friends as patriotic home decor, too.

The pennants this month are Graphic 45 Square Ivory tags.  Stitched onto 1 1/2″ wide red plaid ribbon and topped with vintage lace, they hang with the dome end at the bottom.  This makes for a very quick and easy construction.  Simply use the G45 Square Tag Die to cut the liner for each tag.  Then cut a 4 1/8″ x 3 7/8″ rectangle of designer paper, round the corners and stitch to the tag base. Next, cut the July Flourish papers with a stitched oval die and you’re nearly finished.

The large pennants are flanked by small ATC laser cut tags.  I’ve dressed these up with some Reneabouquets laser cut doilies and a little charm dangle.

This garden themed banner is filled with pretty florals, flirty butterflies and cute charms like this miniature spade and watering can.


Oh, hello, ladybug clothespin!

Stitch some vintage navy blue buttons onto the lace border for a little pop of color and shine.  And, top that tiny chipboard charm with  a sweet strawberry and strawberry blossom charm to give it more of a presence.

Time to Flourish July Banner of the Month Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to join me as we create this sweet banner?  Then please enjoy this video.


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

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Graphic 45 Flower Market July Folio Tutorial

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Graphic 45 Flower Market July Folio Tutorial with Ciao Bella Microcosmos

Hello, Friends!  Can you even believe that it’s time for our Graphic 45 Flower Market July Folio Tutorial?  This year is moving so fast that it’s hard to keep up!  Flower gardens begin to burst with blooms once July moves in, and the Flower Market July papers reflect the riot of colors that accompany those beautiful blossoms.

While I’ve enjoyed making these folios this year, this month is a favorite for me.  Why?  Well, because while digging through the newly organized stash I came across Ciao Bella’s magnificent Microcosmos collection.  Talk about a match made in Heaven!  Wait until you see how beautifully this collection flows with the Flower Market colors and patterns!

If you are new to this year-long series, you can find tutorials for the previous 6 folios HERE.

A Peek Inside a Hidden World of Beauty

Here’s a peek inside this month’s folio.  It’s like entering a hidden world of beautiful flowers, sweet ladybugs, buzzing bees, adorable snails, and fabulous foliage.

See what I mean?

And while the folio base design remains the same as in previous months, I did change up the inner workings to provide more flaps and interactive elements.  All these things combine to make it my favorite Flower Market Folio Tutorial so far.

Graphic 45 Flower Market July Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to take a closer look at this month’s folio and learn how to make your own, I hope you will enjoy this video tutorial.  Grab a cuppa and a snack, because it takes more than a few minutes to create all this goodness.

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

Thanks for stopping by, friend!




Stamperia Alice Altered Mini Album Tutorial

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Stamperia Alice Altered Mini Album Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday, and I have a fabulous Stamperia Alice Altered Mini Album Tutorial to share with you.  It’s been toooo long since I last had a playdate with this whimsical collection, hasn’t it?  Lucky for me, I was tidying up my stash of Stamperia papers.  And what did I find?  A big, 12×12 plastic envelope filled with scraps from previous projects.  Most of them were smallish bits and bobs…but there were lots of them.  So I decided to create a mini album and use them all up.

Then, I went rummaging in the Closet of Inspiration and Delight in search of an album base.  I ran across a whole crate of albums that were left over from my 2 1/2 years on the Graphic 45 Design team.  Nice!

I selected one of the chunky old, 6×6 red typography mini albums because the color would look smashing with the Alice collection.  But that album had a serious design flaw: too many pages!  I remembered that if you filled all the pages, the album would not close.  What to do?

Alter it!  So that, along with some other fun tips and techniques, will be the focus of our tutorial today.

Someone’s Knocking on Alice’s Door

I’ve made more than a few Alice projects since this collection was released.  So I wanted to do something really different. How about a front door on the album cover?

And what if we make that door open to reveal the Knave of Hearts with a crown for Queen Alice?  I’ll show you how to do this in the video tutorial.

The Covers and Spine

You’ll find eye candy everywhere you look on the album cover and spine. And I’ll show you how to work around that handsome vintage label on the spine, too.

A Peek Inside

Once you learn how to perform surgery on the album base, I’ll show you how to combine your scraps to create unique paper backgrounds.

This album is filled to the brim with all the interactive elements that I love so much.  And….I think even you will be surprised by the back cover.

Alice’s Tea Party in a Box

One simply cannot create an Alice project with a nod to the famous tea party.  Since removing half of the album signatures left ample room, I created a box pocket and Tea Party in a Box on the back cover.  G45 Policy Envelopes (now retired) fit perfectly in the slash pocket on the front and this box pocket on the back.  I filled them with flower seeds, tea bag and chocolate.  Once the goodies are consumed, the envelopes are a great size to hold photos.

Stamperia Alice Altered Mini Album Tutorial on YouTube

This is a big, juicy tutorial, so go grab a cuppa and a snack, notebook and pencil and see how this fun project came together.  I hope you enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by, my friends!  Have a joyful and creative day!




Everythings Blooming Stacked Stamped Teacups

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Everythings Blooming Stacked Stamped Teacups with G45 Time to Flourish Scraps

Hello, Friends!  I’m just popping in very quickly today to share this Everything’s Blooming Stacked Stamped Teacups Easel Card.  After making my June Banner of the Month, I had a few scraps of Graphic 45 Time to Flourish paper left on my desk.  Rather than pack the lovely bits and pieces away to be forgotten, I decided to make this tea themed project. It turned out so nicely, that I thought you might enjoy seeing it, too.

Tea themed projects are amongst my favorites, so I knew I wanted to die cut a pretty teacup as the focal image for my card.  But patterned paper was in short supply, and plain die cuts just looked so, well…plain.  What to do?

What if I stamped and embossed the teacups with my Everythings Blooming stamps?  Figuring it was worth a try, I went to work.

How to Make Stamped Stacked Teacups

  • First, die cut 3 teacups from complementary cardstock.  I used Tim Holtz Bigz Die for this.
  • Next, ink up your Happy text stamp with Coffee Archival Ink and stamp the die cuts.
  • Now ink up the Happy Fern with Versamark Ink and stamp over the text on the blue teacup.  Then heat emboss with Super Fine Copper Embossing Powder.
  • Then ink up your Bloom stamps with Versamark and stamp the foliage on the pink cups.  Heat emboss.
  • Stamp the saucers with the Happy branches and heat emboss.
  • Now you can stack your teacups with foam tape spacers and decorate as desired.

EMBOSSING TIP: For clean embossing, tap your surface with an embossing buddy before stamping.  This will keep the embossing powder from sticking in places where you don’t want it to show up.

DESIGN TIP: Die cut a Large Doily to sit behind the stacked teacups.  This helps them to stand out from the background.  Then die cut the Fancy Flourishes to add an extra layer of interest to the patterned paper background.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a quick peek at the inside.  As you can see, the pocket serves as the stopper or brake for the easel mechanism.  I had to paper piece the small pocket together because the panel was too short.  But adding a little side pocket allowed me to tuck in a scrappy bookmark, so it all worked out well!

TIP: The June ledger card is too tall to fit in the pocket.  But you can score and fold it, then tuck in a little tea bag treat.  Stamp Daily Happiness and heat emboss.  Then adhere it to the flap.

Here’s the sweet little bookmark I created by stitching strips of patterned paper together on a cardstock background.  Topped with a bit of lace, button and snippet of ribbon, it works well!

I hope I’ve shared some ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure.  What was your favorite tip in today’s post?

You’ll find a linked supply list below.

Thanks for stopping by!




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June 2023 Banner of the Month Tutorial

June 2023 Banner Tutorial with Reneabouquets & Elizabeth Craft Designs Everythings Blooming

Hello, Friends!  Believe it or not, it’s time to share our June 2023 Banner Tutorial!  Once again we’re using the June papers from Graphic 45’s Time to Flourish 12×12 and 8×8 paper pads. We’ll dress it up with some lovely Reneabouquets printed beautiful board. And, I’m changing things up a bit this month with the addition of Annette Green’s Elizabeth Craft Designs Everything’s Blooming collection.  Sound like fun?  Well, grab a cuppa and a snack and let’s get this Throwback Thursday post rolling.

If you are new to the blog, you might like to know that we are sharing a Banner of the Month tutorial each month during 2023.  You can find the previous banner tutorials HERE.

Birdies and Butterflies

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The month of June is all about birdies and butterflies, and you will find them on this banner everywhere you look !  From the itty bitty Reneabouquets Mason Jar butterfly, to the glitter glass butterflies they flit around amongst the flowers.  Then, there are Annette’s Everything’s Blooming birdies.  Cut from designer paper and used as a silhouette form, they are extra sweet.

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The birds are happily perched on a flowering branch resting above Reneabouquets April in Paris doilies.

The Shaker Element

Reneabouquets Shaker Frame

I’ve used one of my favorite Reneabouquets Frames on the center pennant.  By cutting an acetate circle to fit the back of the frame, I was able to turn it into a shaker element.

When you watch the tutorial, you’ll see how I repeated the themes to create a sort of story line for the banner.  This might be my favorite banner so far this year, but then you know how much I love birds and butterflies!

June 2023 Banner of the Month Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to join me as I create this sweet, shabby chic banner, please enjoy this video tutorial.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Note:  The links to the Elizabeth Crafts Designs are to my Shopify Collabs affiliate account.  Shopping here will save you 10% on your order. Please let me know if this works, as it’s the first time I’m using this feature.  Thanks!

Thanks for stopping by!




**Please note: Throwback Thursday posts are designed to inspire us to dig into our stash and use what we have on hand.  For this reason, sometimes an item I’ve used has been retired or is out of stock.  When this happens, please just look in your stash and find a good substitute.

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