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Use Up Your Scraps!

Carta Bella Flower Garden Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday Use Up Your Scraps!  Carta Bella Flower Garden More than a Card

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready to use up your scraps?  Nothing makes me happier than clearing out a bunch of scraps from a favorite collection.  That is, unless I use those scraps to make something fresh and pretty!  So for this week’s episode of Throwback Thursday, we’re making this garden themed card using ONLY scraps from Carta Bella’s Flower Garden collection.

Sound like fun?  Well, it was fun!  I even challenged myself to use only scraps of white cardstock to make the card base and interior mechanisms, too.  That’s a double win my friends!

My card base is 5 1/2″ x 6″.  Why?  Because I had created a little quad folio with a 12×12 sheet of white cardstock some time back.  Sadly, when I made a cut along the scored edge, things went off the rails.  So I had set this base in the “we’ll talk about this later” pile.  I was able to make the boo-boo useable by trimming 1/2″ off the bottom edge.  And that’s how I ended up with a 5 1/2″ x 6″ card base.

A Peek Inside

This is one of my “more than a card” creations.  I had the other part of the quad folio laying on my desk when I realized it would fit inside the card base. (See the top half of the card.)

Then I found a little gift card wallet from an earlier project that I had cast aside because of the odd dimensions (3 3/8″ x 4 1/2″) .  Don’t even ask me how that happened.  Let’s just say I probably should have taken a lunch break.  However, it made a really cute gift card wallet inside this card.

I am happy to report that I had no useable scraps left over after completing this project!  What a great feeling!

Use Up Your Scraps Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how this fun “more than a card” came together, please enjoy this YouTube video tutorial.

And that brings us to the end of another Throwback Thursday!  Do you feel inspired to dig out some scrappy bits and  make something beautiful?  Well, that’s a triple win for me, my friends!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Mermaid Garden Shaker Card Tutorial

Reneabouquets By the Sea Collection Blue Fern Seaside Cottage Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Mermaid’s Garden Shaker Card Tutorial with Reneabouquets & Blue Fern

Hello, Friends!  I’m moving a bit slow after a very busy Memorial Day Weekend, but I wanted to pop in quickly to share this Mermaid Garden Shaker Card Tutorial with you.  We had company last week from Thursday through Monday morning.  Breakfast yesterday on the screen porch with our dear friends was beyond delightful.  Once they hit the road for home, I got the house set back in order, started the laundry and popped into the studio to put this Tuesday Tutorial together.

Reneabouquets By the Sea Collection

I probably should have just taken the rest of the day off, but I was so excited to dig into the new Reneabouquets By the Sea Collection that I forged ahead.  I’d received this lovely set in my last order from the shop, and had been itching to play with it.  This 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ top fold card is the final result.

Copper and aqua is one of my favorite color combinations, so all the elements in this collection made me super happy!  Here’s how the cover of this Mermaid’s Garden came together:

  • First, adhere a layer of Sea Shell Lace on the bottom 1/4″ of the prepared card base.
  • Then, heat emboss the square Seashell Beautiful Board Frame with WOW! Vintage Peacock Embossing Powder.
  • Next, adhere clear cardstock (acetate sheet) to the back side of the frame.
  • Now, adhere 3 rows of 1/8″ foam tape around the inside edges of the frame.
  • Fill the frame with By the Sea Beautiful Beads, Itty Bitty Starfish, and a sequin mix.
  • Then cut a 4 1/2″ square of designer paper from Blue Fern’s Seaside Cottage collection.  Add ephemera to the center of the panel and use it as the backer for the shaker frame.
  • Next, place foam tape on the back of the By the Sea Mermaid and adhere in the lower right hand corner.

Embellish the frame with the Sea Glass Glass Wing Butterfly, By the Sea Mulberry Flowers and Leaves and more Beautiful Beads.  Brush the flowers lightly with Stamperia’s Gold Dew Glamour Gel.

A Peek Inside

Do you spy these darling aqua seahorses?  They are part of the By the Sea Collection, too!

The trinkets on this bookmark are also part of the By the Sea Collection.  So perfect for summer/beach themed projects!

There’s even a sea horse hiding inside the flap page where you’ll find this gift card pocket.

Mermaid’s Garden Shaker Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see me work on this beachy creation, please enjoy this short video tutorial.

I think I was more tired than I realized, because at one point, I just stopped talking entirely!  So as a consolation prize, I added lots of Dale’s pretty music to entertain you.  You will probably also notice that I changed some things up after I finished the video.  I came in fresh and rested this morning, and added more Beautiful Beads to the bottom of the card, brushed the flowers with glimmer gel, and removed the trinkets from the floral cluster.  All good choices, I think!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post!  Thanks for stopping by, my friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 June Time to Flourish Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 June Time to Flourish Tutorial Reneabouquets Beautiful Board Reneabouquets Butterflies by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Graphic 45 June Time to Flourish Folio Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Believe it or not, it’s almost time to turn the calendar, so we need to share our Graphic 45 June Time to Flourish Folio Tutorial for this week’s Throwback Thursday post.  Summer comes into its own during the month of June. Songbirds are teaching their young to fly, butterflies flit about in the garden and the air is heady with the scent of roses.  What a beautiful month!  I think you’re going to really enjoy making this month’s folio!

We are following our basic folio design, and dressing things up with lovely elements from the Reneabouquets shop.  These Dusty Blue Roses are the perfect accent for the blues and pinks in this month’s papers.  A small April in Paris Doily creates a lovely spot to tuck in a wee bird nest. I’ll show you how to make it in the video tutorial!  And do you spy that gorgeous blue butterfly?  Yummy!

Hidden Pocket Folio

Of course, we have a hidden pocket beneath the card base.  This holds a lovely 5 1/2″ mini folio.

It’s kind of amazing how much you can fit into this small space.

I did change things up just a tad this month so that we don’t get bored with the design. You’ll see all the details in the video below.

A Peek Inside

The interior pocket doubles as a brake for the easel mechanism.

This gives us room to tuck in more small  photo folios, which is always a good idea.

Graphic 45 June Time to Flourish Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along and learn how to make this pretty little ditty, please enjoy this video tutorial.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.  New to this series?  You can find the January-May Folio tutorials HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Cottage Life Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Cottage Life Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board Reneabouquets Butterflies, Reneabouquets Lace Tuesday Tutorial Kathy Clement Photo 01

Graphic 45 Cottage Life Card Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  This Graphic 45 Cottage Life Card Tutorial is our Make & Take Tuesday project for this week.  I had used this lovely collection to fill a special order for a mini album back in April.  Since I had quite a few scraps left over, I decided we’d make a card using only the offcuts from that project.  I did allow myself to use ribbon, flowers, and some paper pretties from Reneabouquets to finish out the card design.  But all the  papers had already been cut.  Fun challenge?  I thought so!

Tips for Working with Scraps

Graphic 45 Cottage Life Card Tutorial Reneabouquets Beautiful Board Reneabouquets Butterflies Kathy by Design

As you’ll see in the video tutorial below, the first thing I do when I am going to create a card from scraps is to organize them.  First, create little piles so that all the off cuts from one pattern are together.  Then go in and arrange them by size.  This way, you can really see what you have to work with.  It’s also easier to select patterns and images that work well together when you do this step first.

Graphic 45 Cottage Life Card Tutorial  Make & Take Tuesday Reneabouquets Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

What do you do when you only have a small image to work with and it seems to disappear on the page?  Here are a few good ideas:

  • Try placing a doily or chipboard piece behind the image.  This will draw the eye to it and make it more visible.
  • Or, frame the image, as I did here.  A frame is always a good idea, but especially helpful when you have a small image to work with.
  • This Reneabouquets Flower Lady really draws the eye to the small floral cottage in the background.  She becomes part of the “story” .  Did she just come from the garden?  Is she going to join a friend for tea in the cottage?

Small details like this gorgeous butterfly help to frame the image, too.

A Peek Inside

The inside of this card is also quite lovely.  I’ve added a tea bag and honey stick to the pocket on the right.  Then I layered up more scraps and created a little blank sentiment panel on the left.

Cottage Life Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how this card came together, please enjoy this video tutorial.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks, ideas and inspiration that you can use in your next crafty adventure! If you’d like to see previous Make & Take Tuesday Tutorials, please click HERE.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Love and Cherish Anniversary Folio Tutorial

Photoplay Love & Cherish Reneabouquets Beautiful Board Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement

Photoplay Love and Cherish Anniversary Folio Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  It’s all about love this for Throwback Thursday Anniversary Folio Tutorial!  We’re going to create a lovely Photoplay Love & Cherish project to help our friends Neal and Ruth celebrate 50 years of wedded bliss!  I was going to make them a card, but decided that 50 years called for a more substantial offering.  So I whipped up this easy to make (I promise!) folio to share with you today.

Photoplay Love & Cherish Shaker Folio Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement

I really like the size of this folio.  Don’t let the 6 1/2″ size fool you; I’ve build loads of room for photos and journaling into design.  Ruth’s favorite colors are turquoise and pink, which blend beautifully with the somewhat neutral palette of the paper collection.

I added a pop of color with a Reneabouquets Beautiful Board Frame that I transformed into a shaker element.  Don’t the shaker bits look like confetti?  And how perfect is the sentiment within the frame?

Although I used this folio base to build an anniversary themed folio, you can take the same design and adapt it to  your own custom theme.

A Peek Inside

There’s loads of room inside for photos and journaling.  I  kept the embellishments to a minimum to make sure of that.

You’ll learn some fun tricks and tips in the video tutorial below.  Here’s a sneak peek of the tag pocket.  Tags are the perfect spot to write down memories, quotes or even a spot for small photos.

Perhaps my favorite element is this nifty (and easy to make!) photo folio that sits in the left hand pocket.  Once you learn how to make these, you’re going to want to do it again and again.

Love and Cherish Anniversary Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how this folio base is built, how to add the mechanisms and decorate the cover, then I hope you’ll enjoy this video.  Go grab a cuppa and a snack, then press play and enjoy!

I’m excited to gift this folio to our friends at their party.  We met them when we were out on one of our morning walks, and although we  haven’t known them for long, we have a lot in common.  It’s always a happy occasion when people gather together to celebrate a lasting love, isn’t it?

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy 

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