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How to Make a Card from Scraps

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How to Make a Card from Scraps with Graphic 45 September Time to Flourish & Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday, and I think you will enjoy this How to Make a Card from Scraps tutorial.  Last week, we made our Graphic 45 September Time to Flourish banner together.  Since I had a pile of images and a little bit of designer paper left over, it seemed like a good plan to show you how I use those little bits and bobs to make a pretty card.

Once again, I amped up the daisy theme from the Graphic 45 September papers by adding some sweet Reneabouquets Daisy Tuck-ins to the design.  And I could not resist inviting this gorgeous butterfly to the party.  Annette Green’s Everythings Blooming small doilies also echo the daisy theme.

TIP: A simple background allows patterned images to pop.  Place foam tape between the layers to add even more depth and dimension to your card design.

A Peek Inside

After making the banner, I only had a little bit of patterned paper left.  But I had loads of images and border pieces to work with.  This called for a little creative cardmaking. , Here are some handy tips for stretching your stash when working with scraps:

  • First, line the inside of your card with complementary cardstock.  This provides a great backdrop for all those images.
  • Next, layer scraps of patterned paper with border strips as I did on the pocket of the card.
  • Score images that are too wide for the card base and turn them into an interactive flip or fold element.

  • Mat stickers on cardstock and use them to fill in some gaps
  • Create a mini folio/tea wallet with larger images, then tuck inside the pocket.

Smaller images are a great addition to the mini folio pocket.  Add in a tea bag and honey stick and you just turned that pile of scraps into a lovely gift.  How cool is that?

How to Make a Card from Scraps Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to watch me assemble the cover of this card, I invite you to join  me in this YouTube video.

Did you pick up any new ideas or tricks for working with scraps?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!




Graphic 45 Flower Market September Folio Tutorial

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Graphic 45 Flower Market September Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Make and Take Tuesday, I have our Graphic 45 Flower Market September Folio Tutorial ready to share with you.  This is the 9th folio in  this year-long series!  Can you even believe it? If you are new to the blog, you can catch up on the previous 8 months of folio tutorials HERE.

Asters are the featured flower for our September folio, and they are so pretty paired up with Cloudy Sky and Dune cardstock!  Once again, our folio measures 8 1/2″ square with 3/8″ spines, internal flaps, pockets and flip pages.

Authentique Stitches Guest Star of the Month

Our “guest star” for the month of September is the Stitches collection from Authentique.  The pinks and blue hues are the perfect complement to the G45 papers. While the basic folio design is the same as in previous months, I did alter the design of the top flap page just a little.  You know me…I get bored if I do the same thing all the time!

In addition to the G45 dies that we’ve been using every month, I invited my Annette Green Everyday Elements dies to the party.  I’ll list the borders, flourishes, postage stamp and doily dies in the supply list below.

Of course, if you don’t have Stitches or the dies in your stash, please feel free to substitute goodies from your stash.  It always feels good to use a product that’s been languishing in the Closet of Inspiration and Delight, don’t you agree?

Pockets and Mini Folios

Don’t  you love the way the Authentique papers blend with the Flower Market florals?

Flowers and sewing are two of my favorite crafting themes, so I really enjoyed putting this month’s folio together for you.  I hope you’ll have as much fun with it as I did.

Flower Market Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along as I make this pretty September folio, I hope you’ll enjoy this video on my YouTube channel.


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

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!




September Banner of the Month Tutorial

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September Banner of the Month Tutorial with G45 Time to Flourish & Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Throwback Thursday is our September Banner of the Month Tutorial.  It’s all about apples, dragonflies, daisies and bright blue autumn skies.  Once again, we are using our Graphic 45 Time to Flourish papers, but we are giving them a fresh face with pretty additions from Reneabouquets.

TIP: Mix and match pennant shapes to create visual interest.  Not only does it make creating a banner more fun, it allows you to use different sized images and patterns from the paper collection.

ATC Pennants, Daisies and Bow Clusters


The Time to Flourish September papers feature apples…but they also have a lot of daisy images.  So I selected daisies and red buds to go into my bow cluster.  And, lucky for me, Reneabouquets has a bunch of darling Daisy Tuck Ins that work perfectly with this banner design.

September is the traditional “back to school” month.  This sweet little girl brought back wonderful memories of flying high into the sky during school recess.  I had to include her on this banner.  You can also see the sweet little leaf flourishes here.



TIP:  Add a pop of color with a bright red apple, Reneabouquets Dragonfly and a pretty teal rosebud.  The apples were  a gift from my buddy, Becky (aka cakesfromcabinridge).

September Banner of the Month Shaker Element

The center pennant features a sweet shaker element.  Here’s how I  made it:

  • First, heat emboss a Reneabouquets Small Victorian Scroll Frame with Stampendous Shabby Ivory Embossing Enamel.
  • Next, die cut a 2 1/2″ diameter circle from an acetate sheet.  (Or, adhere the chipboard frame to the acetate and carefully cut around it once the adhesive is set. )
  • Then adhere the acetate circle to the back of the frame and add 2 layers of 1/8″ foam strips around the solid inside circle.
  • Now locate the September ledger card from the 8×8 paper pad and cut it out.
  • Place Buttons Galore and More Harvest Shaker Mix on the blank, right hand side of the ledger sheet.
  • Finally, remove the backing from the foam strips and adhere over the sequins.  Adhere the Flower Girl image on the left hand side of the frame.
Stitching the Banner

Stitch around the perimeter of your pennants to add extra texture and interest to the design.  Then place the pennants between your ribbon and a layer of antique lace to amp up the vintage vibe.

This little mason jar is also from Reneabouquets.  I traced around the outside of the jar, then trimmed it about 1/8″ inside the traced lines so it would fit.  Then I embossed it with Speckled Egg Distress Embossing Glaze to give it that antique Ball Jar look.

And of course, I had to go digging in the vintage button jar.  These beautiful old buttons were the perfect finishing touch!

September Banner of the Month Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along as I build the vignettes on each banner pennant, then I hope you will enjoy this tutorial on my YouTube channel.


So now we only have 3 banners left to make for 2023.  This year has really raced on by!  I’m already thinking about what series we might take on in 2024!  Any thoughts you’d like to share with me?

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!




Spellbinders Gnome Drive Card Tutorial

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Spellbinders Gnome Drive Card Tutorial with Photoplay Serendipity

Hello, Friends!  This adorable birthday card is made with Spellbinders Gnome Drive dies.  It’s part of the August release and it is so much fun to work with.  I’ve paired it up with vibrant Serendipity papers from Photoplay.  This gnome in her snazzy pink convertible looks ready to party!

There are 6 die sets and one sentiment stamp set in this fun release.  Our birthday party gnome is made with both the Holiday and Hearts for You set.  I also got the Spring set which features St. Patrick’s Day and Easter dies, but I’ll share those later when we are closer to the holiday.

If you are only going to get one die from this set, I  highly recommend that you get Gnome Drive Holiday.  That’s because it is the only set that comes with the car and the gnome body.  The other sets are what I call “add on” dies.

Tips for Working with Tiny Dies

Do you ever struggle when working with a die that has a lot of little pieces and layers?  I have a few helpful tips to make the job easier.

  • First, place your dies on a magnetic sheet so that  you don’t lose any of the itty bitty pieces.  It’s no fun digging through the trash can looking for that tiny gnome nose or steering wheel, let me tell you!
  • Save money by using magnetic furnace vent sheets instead of manufacturer magnetic die sheets.  Cut them to the size you need and you’ll save a ton of cash so you can buy more dies!
  • Die cut each piece from 110# cardstock (you can use scraps) before you die cut from patterned paper.  Then use the 110# cardstock as a base for the pattered paper.  It’s so much easier to handle small pieces this way.
  • Keep a small bowl or box at your side and place each die cut piece in it so they don’t get lost.
  • Finally, place each die back on the magnetic sheet after it has been cut.
A Peek Inside

Finish this cheery card with an inside pocket and gift card wallet.  You will learn how to make the wallet in the video tutorial for this card.

Gnome Drive Holiday Card

Here’s our happy little gnome getting ready for Christmas.  I don’t know what it is about gnomes, but they always make me chuckle!  I added googly eyes for even more fun.  Graphic 45 Twas the Night Before Christmas papers work perfectly with the Picot Petite Circle and glittery Christmas paper. Of course, I had to add some rusty jingle bells to the bow.

This simple card “recipe” works for any season or theme.  The same holds true for the gnomes.  Just change the papers, and they become gnomes for all seasons.

Throwback Thursday Gnome Drive Birthday Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to join me as I put the pieces of the Happy Birthday Gnome card together, please enjoy this video tutorial.


You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!




Summer Sunflowers Tea Party in a Box Tutorial

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Summer Sunflowers Tea Party in a Box Tutorial with Graphic 45 August Time to Flourish

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Throwback Thursday I have this Summer Sunflowers Tea Party in a Box Tutorial to share with you.  Last week we made our August Time to Flourish Banner with Graphic 45 Time to Flourish.  I had a few bits of the paper left over, and thought you might enjoy making another one of my “scrappy” cards.   It’s always fun to use up those last few bits and bobs of a favorite paper, right?

Rustic Sunflowers

Since the August papers feature sunflowers, I decided to make my own with my Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflower stamps, dies and shaping mold.  Here’s the process that I followed to make them:

  • First, swipe Fossilized Amber, Scattered Straw and Wild Honey Distress ink across a non-stick craft sheet.
  • Next, spritz the ink with a mister bottle until small beads of color form.
  • Now, swipe, tap and pat both sides of an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft White Cardstock through the ink until both sides are covered.
  • If you have blank spots, fill in with Fossilized Amber ink applied with a blending tool.
  • Then dry both sides of the paper thoroughly with a heat gun, or leave to dry for several hours.
  • Stamp the Rustic Sunflowers onto the dried paper using Rusty Hinge Distress Oxide Ink.
  • Next, die cut using the Heartfelt Creations Matching Dies.
  • Then stamp the leaves on scraps of green cardstock and die cut.
  • Shape the flower petals and leaves with the Rustic Sunflower mold following the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Layer the sunflower petals together, staggering the leaves and securing with adhesive.
  • Then cup the center of each flower with a stylus.
  • Fill the flower center with hot glue and let it set up.  Then place a thin layer of Dries Clear Adhesive over the hot glue and sprinkle with Prills. (Espresso Yourself, Power Outage, Copper Penny and Gilt Trip.)
  • Spray the flower petals with mica spray to add a soft sheen.
A Peek Inside

I really had to get creative on the inside of this card, and even had to dip into my stash of July TTF papers.  But we made it work!

Create a sweet tea sachet/gift card wallet with the 4×4 image from the paper collection.  I also topped a blank piece of my cream cardstock with a sunflower to dress up a blank notecard.

Create a shadow border inside the tea wallet with Annette Green’s Lacy Borders dies from Elizabeth Craft.

Summer Sunflowers Tea Party in a Box Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how to create the Tea Party in a Box base an, cover art and inside design, please enjoy this tutorial on my YouTube channel.

That’s the very end of my August Time to Flourish papers.  But what a way to go!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for joining me!