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Lush Lilacs and Pretty Spring Flowers Tutorial

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Lush Lilacs and Pretty Spring Flowers Tutorial for March 2024 Flower of the Month

Hello, Friends!  Spring is in full bloom and I have a Lush Lilacs and Pretty Spring Flowers Tutorial to help us celebrate!  Yes, it’s time for our March 2024 Flower of the Month Tutorial.  We’re having a blooming big party with Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilac Dies, Spellbinders Pretty Flowers Die, Prima In Full Bloom papers and paper pretties from Reneabouquets.

Oh, and there are bees,  a shaker frame, and a Tea Party in a Box, too.  Talk about pulling out all the stops!  Let’s take a closer look at this cheery 5″ x 7 creation, shall we?

Mixed Media and Mixed Florals, Too

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Prima In Full Bloom collection offers some truly lovely color palettes.  Once again, I decided to go with the yellow and purple hues to match my Reneabouquets Lavender Lilac Heart Frame.  Then I got busy creating some handmade florals to embellish the pretty frame.  Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilacs and these Amazing Paper Grace “Pretty Flowers” both went well with the bee/lilac theme that I could not choose between the two. So I made them both!

A Peek Inside

Sometimes I think I enjoy creating the inside of my cards as much as I do the outsides.  There are so many opportunities here to add little surprises and interactive elements.  How about a bee-utiful bee journal card on the flap of a flip page?  That’s fun, right?

It’s even more fun if you turn that journal card into a pocket that holds a packet of wild flower seeds, isn’t it?   There’s also loads of room here to add a sweet little note or a photo.

Tea Party in a Box

The box pocket holds a lovely tea party for one.  It starts with a dressed up packet of  Biscoff Cookies.  Then I tucked a  Lady Grey Tea Bag & Ghirardelli Chocolate into a tiny handmade envelope, tied it with ribbon, and topped it with a tag.  Of course, there’s a spoon to stir one’s cup and a pretty little honey stick to sweeten the tea.  Now that’s what I call a sweet surprise.

If you’ve never made a box pocket before, you can find a tutorial HERE

Lush Lilacs and Pretty Spring Flowers Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to create some Lush Lilacs and Pretty Spring Flowers, please enjoy this video tutorial on my YouTube Channel.

Important Announcement

I want to  let you all know that I will be changing my video tutorial schedule.  With the expected arrival of a new grandbaby, and an increase in family weekend activities, I am finding it hard to maintain my Make & Take Tuesday and Throwback Thursday video schedule.

So…Make & Take Tuesday is moving to Wonderful Wednesday!  This gives me an extra day to prepare after a busy weekend.  We will still follow our 2024 schedule of Tag of the Month, Banner of the Month, Birthday Card of the Month and Flower of the Month tutorials.  If there’s a 5th Wednesday, I’ll toss in a wild card tutorial for something fun.

Throwback Thursdays videos will be taking their final bow, however.  I simply cannot keep up with 2 video tutorials each and every week.  I’ll pop in with a 2nd video here and there as time allows, of course.

These changes will go into effect starting in April.  Thanks so much for your kind understanding.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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March 2024 Birthday Card of the Month Tutorial

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March 2024 Birthday Card of the Month Tutorial with Stamperia Romance Forever

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for our March 2024 Birthday Card of the Month Tutorial?  This is our third BCOM tutorial in 2024.  You can find the January and February BCOM tutorials HERE and HERE.

Have you seen Stamperia Romance Forever yet?  It came out around Valentine’s Day.  If you love shabby chic, pastels and gorgeous florals, I think you’re going to really enjoy working with this collection.  I know I thoroughly enjoyed creating this bookmark in a pocket card folio, and I hope you will, too.

Soft Spring Florals

Pastel shades of lilac, pink, rose and cream make this collection perfect for a spring time birthday card.  I could not resist cutting around the edges of this gorgeous floral clock image.

Next, stitch the image to a slightly larger panel of the crocheted lace doily pattern from the 8×8 paper pad.  Leave an opening you so can tuck a bookmark into the pocket, and now you have a gift.

TIP: Don’t forget to use the artwork on the front cover of these beautiful paper collections.  Trim out the sample panel of the floral border, stitch it to a slightly larger panel of lavender cardstock, back it with lace and you’ve made a really pretty bookmark.

A Peek Inside

Flaps and pockets really help to make a card special.  Score an 8″ x 6 7/8″ panel of patterned paper at 4 3/4″ .  Fold on the scored line and you have a flap page in no time!  Dress up the front of the flap with a stamped sentiment, pretty frame and a chipboard turn tab.

Add a 4″ x 3″ panel of pink cardstock inside the flap as a sentiment spot.  By the way…is this paper gorgeous or what?

Fill the pocket with fun surprises like a lavender sachet sewn from rice paper, a little birthday tag and something special (not tea!) inside one of the cut out envelopes from the collection.

Stamperia Romance Forever March 2024 Birthday Card of the Month Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to join me as I create this pretty birthday card?  Then grab a cuppa and a snack and please enjoy this video tutorial.

 

I’ll be back on Thursday with something else fun to make.  Next Tuesday is our Flower of the Month tutorial…and I’m thinking spring flowers!

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Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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January 2024 Flower of the Month Tutorial

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January 2024 Flower of the Month Tutorial with Stamperia Roseland

Hello, Friends!   I’m a little late, but I’m here today with our January 2024 Flower of the Month Tutorial.  It feels good to be back in the studio after having spent a week sick in bed!  The flower of the month is Heartfelt Creations Sweet Peony.  I’ve paired it up with Stamperia Roseland papers and some paper pretties from Reneabouquets.

When I think peonies, I think PINK!  So Stamperia’s new Roseland paper  was invited to the party. I’ll share a walk through of this collection in the video tutorial so you can see how truly lovely it is.  And since pink is the featured color, I pulled out some Reneabouquets Pink Aurora Butterfly Kisses and the adorable Snow Baby Blossom printed beautiful board chip.

Shake it Up!

I wasn’t planning on making a shaker element for this 6×6 card folio.  But while I was sifting through the adhesive ephemera pieces, my eye fell on a really pretty round frame.  It turned out to be not a frame, but a wagon wheel with a floral cluster on one side.  What did I do?  Take scissors in hand and cut the spokes out of the center.  That’s what I did, and it made a very nice shaker frame!

A Peek Inside

Of course, you knew there would be a pocket inside this card.  But did you know it would  have lace trim?  And, I found a new way to add my tea bag and chocolate treats.  These small white bags have been in my stash for ages.  Why did I  never think to use them like this before?  They are so cute!

Hide a second pocket behind a pretty little flip page.  This provides a sweet spot to add a note.

Here’s a closer look at the super cute little treat bags and the bookmark.  Now my card is a gift.  That always makes me happy!

January 2024 Flower of the Month Tutorial Video on YouTube

Would you like like to walk through the Roseland paper collection with me?  Orfollow along as I create the Sweet Peony flowers on this card?  Then please enjoy this video on my YouTube Channel.

Thanks for all of your well wishes, friends.  I’m actually feeling pretty good.  I just have to get my voice back and I’ll be good as new!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Birthday Card of the Month with Mintay Chocolate Kiss

January 2024 Birthday Card of the Month with Mintay Chocolate Kiss and Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  Today we’re going to create our January 2024 Birthday Card of the Month with Mintay Chocolate Kiss and some paper pretties from Reneabouquets.  Working with this scrumptious paper collection had me craving some sweet treats, let me tell you!

First, I had to decide what type of card to make.  After all, this is our very first Birthday Card of the Month tutorial.  It needs to set the tone.  Easel cards are probably my favorite fancy fold design. I never get tired of making them.  Then, I decided to tweak the basic easel card design to make it even more fun.

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How?  Well, how about a bookmark pocket built into the cover of the card?  You’ll learn how to do this in the video tutorial below.

A Peek Inside

Stamped birthday sentiments from my stash,  fussy cut images, and flirty butterflies  helped dress up the card design inside and out!  The interior pocket acts as a stopper for the easel mechanism, but it also provides a lovely spot to tuck in some birthday treats!

One simply must place chocolate in a chocolate themed birthday card.  And if one is going to enjoy a bit of chocolate, it should be accompanied by a cuppa. Don’t you agree?  I also dressed up that sweet little tag with an itty bitty notecard and a surprise flap element on the back side.  All will be revealed in the video tutorial below.

Birthday Card of the Month with Mintay Chocolate Kiss Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to take a closer look at the Mintay Chocolate Kiss collection?  Learn how to create the layers on this sweet birthday card and more as you watch the video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

Of course, you could easily use this card for Valentine’s Day.  Simply change up the sentiments, and you’re good to go!

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

I’ll be back on Thursday with a fun mixed media Valentine tutorial.  Sound like fun?

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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January 2024 Tag of the Month Tutorial

January 2024 Tag of the Month Tutorial with Spellbinders Wax Seal and Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  It’s a brand new year, and I’m here to share my January 2024 Tag of the Month Tutorial with you, Y’all asked for a monthly tag tutorial, and there’s no better time to kick this new series into gear.  I hope you all enjoyed the little break we took between  Christmas and New Year’s.  We had lots of festive family gatherings, loads of good food, and I even managed to sneak in a little nap here and there.  But now it’s time to get back in the rhythm  work and videos and blog posts and all the rest.  I’m excited about all the fun things I have planned for us in 2024!

Photoplay Midnight Garden

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I’ve been waiting to share this gorgeous Photoplay Midnight Garden paper collection with you for quite some time.  It was released in late autumn of 2023, and I was already up to my elbows in fall and Christmas crafting, so I didn’t get to share it with you.  But it’s the perfect choice for this first tag of 2024!  The base is a Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag.  Liners are cut with the Large Tag Dies.

Dressed up with flowers, Glitter Glass Dragonfly and April in Paris Doily from Reneabouquets, this tag has such a wonderful vintage vibe.  You’ll learn how to put the tag together step by step in the video tutorial below.

Spellbinders January Wax Seal of the Month

Have you discovered wax seals yet?  I was first introduced to them when I was helping our daughter with her wedding invitations last year.  They are so much fun to make, and add a great textural element to any project.  So when I had a chance to sign up for the Spellbinders Wax Seal of the Month Club, I did not hesitate!  You’ll learn how to create this pretty wax seal in the tutorial, too.

A Tag with Two Faces

Do you know how January got its name?  In Roman mythology, Janus was the god of beginnings. He  had two faces: one that looked back and one that looked forward. ( Yes, I was a mythology nerd when I was about 10 years old.) The month of January is named for him.  So I designed this month’s tag with two “faces”, if you will.  The front side is a pretty decorative tag, but the back side features a double pocket and flap element.   Surprise!

Two pockets give us lots of room to tuck in little treats, which is something I always try to do when  making a card.   Create the double pocket with a Graphic 45 Regular Ivory tag and a scoring tool.  It’s fast, easy and makes for a great surprise on the back of the tag.

January 2024 Tag of the Month Tutorial on my YouTube Channel

Would you like to learn how I put this tag together?  Then please enjoy this tutorial over on my YouTube channel.

I’m excited about all the crafty adventures I have planned for us in 2024!  How about  you?  I’d love to hear your thoughts about the ideas I shared in the video.  So please take a moment and leave me a comment below this post.

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Happy New Year, Friends!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy 

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