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Berry Fields Tea Party in a Box Tutorial

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Berry Jam Tea Party in a Box Tutorial with Simple Stories Strawberry Fields

Hello, Friends! This Berry Fields Tea party in a Box Tutorial is a great way to greet strawberry season.   Made with Simple Stories  Berry Fields collection, it’s filled with old-fashioned goodness.  Seriously, friends…this collection takes me right back to my Grammy’s kitchen!

My favorite element on this card is the cute little jam jar.  Believe it or not, this is made from product packaging!  Little Birdie uses these cute mason jar inserts for many of their small flowers.  They are so adorable that I can’t bear to throw them away, so I’ve been saving them to use “one of these days.”

From Product Packaging to Jam Jar: The Process

Here’s how I converted this product packaging into our focal image on this card.

  • First, carefully cut off the lid of the jar tag just above the top of the jar.
  • Next, trace the jar base onto patterned paper.  I used the large strawberry images from the 12×12 paper collection.
  • Now, cut out the traced shape, fold it in half and trim about 1/8″ off the edges.  Now the strawberry jam “filling” will fit inside the jar, but the “glass” will still be visible.
  • Ink up the edges of the jar base with Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Ink to give it that vintage jar look.
  • Ink the jar lid with Faded Jeans Distress Ink, then spritz with Distress Oxide Speckled Egg Spray.  This makes it look like an old zinc canning jar lid.
  • Place foam adhesive on the back of the lid and adhere the jar and the lid to a scrap of heavy cardstock.  This makes it nice and sturdy.
  • Finally, spread a layer of Spectrum Noir Glossy Highlights over the jar surface and let dry. Place foam tape on the back of the embellishment and you’re ready to go!
Don’t Forget the Details!

You’ll see how I added some fun details to my card in the video tutorial below.  These are simple steps, but they make a big visual impact.

A Peek Inside

One of the fun things about making a Tea Party in a Box is finding goodies to add to the box pocket.  And, once the goodies are consumed, the box pocket can be used to store photos.  The card is a great addition to kitchen décor, and can be pulled out seasonally.

This Tea Party in a Box has a package of flower seeds, a vintage demitasse spoon, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Tea Bag, Honey Stick, Biscoff Cookies and a note card tucked inside.  I had a leftover rosette from one of my Patriotic projects, so I turned it into this cute rosette lollipop.

Berry Fields Tea Party in a Box Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to create the box card base and create the cover of this fun project, then I hope you’ll enjoy this video tutorial.  I’ll also walk you through the Berry Fields paper collection so you can see how beautiful it is.


You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Really Reasonable Ribbon April 2023 Blog Hop

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Really Reasonable Ribbon April 2023 Blog Hop


Hello Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon April 2023 Blog Hop! You should be coming here from Gloria’s lovely blog.  Mother’s Day is our theme for April, so I’ve dished up a deliciously feminine shaker card that’s loaded with flowers, butterflies, sequins and of course, Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Mom is the Best Ever!

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Coral Rose Mini Check Ribbon is the perfect complement for this 5×7 shaker card.  I’ve placed poufy bows tied with the 3/8″ width in opposite corners of the shaker element to help frame it.


Paper pretties from Reneabouquets also adorn this flirty, feminine card.

I love the way the Mini Check Coral Rose Ribbon picks up on the pink in our Flower Girl’s scarf and the pink gingham paper.

A Peek Inside

I’ve added a kinetic waterfall element inside the card.  Write a partial greeting on each panel.  As the tab is pulled, you can read the entire message.  So fun!

Of course, I added a pocket to the card.  Create a little gift envelope by scoring and folding a 6×8 paper panel.  Then tuck a tea bag, honey stick and wildflower packet inside.  It’s nice to give Mom something to enjoy now, and something to enjoy later, too!

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has in store for you.  Be sure to finish up over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog.  You can answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month to be entered into the drawing for a $10 gift card at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I’ve added a linked supply list below this post.

Enjoy the hop!




How to Make a Southern Magnolia Paper Flower

How to Make a Southern Magnolia Paper Flower with Spellbinders Victorian Garden

Hello, Friends! Today I’m going to show you how to make a Southern Magnolia Paper Flower.  If you’re lucky enough to live in a region where  magnolias trees grow, then you understand what a treasure they are. These showy, oversized, fragrant blossoms are true Southern Belles! When we had our magnolia tree, I used to pluck the blossoms and float them in shallow bowls of water.  The soft fragrance filled the house, and the beauty of that enormous blossom added a sense of grace to the home.  Picking the leaves up from the yard every day was not as wonderful, but the flowers were so beautiful, we forgave the tree for making all that mess!

Project #1: Eyelet Lace Frame Top Fold Card

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Spellbinders has just released a new set of Susan’s Garden etched dies called Victorian Garden.  I shared some Mason Jar & Lavender and Victorian Tea Cup projects made with these amazing dies over the weekend.  Today we’ll be working with the Southern Magnolia and Southern Foliage Dies.

Creating paper flowers is a very relaxing and rewarding pursuit.   I’ve put together a Make & Take Tuesday tutorial showing you how I colored, shaped and layered these elements so you can have fun, too!

Here’s a peek inside my first card.  Both cards are made with Simple Stories Weathered Garden papers, but you can use whatever papers you have in your stash.

Project #2: Southern Magnolia and Foliage Easel Card

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The second sample I have for you today is this botanical easel card. One of the things I love about this particular flower is that you only need to add one blossom to dress up a card.  I’ve layered this one with some of the Victorian foliage and dressed it up with a Reneabouquet’s butterfly.

TIP:  Add a pocket to the interior of your easel card.  This gives you a place to tuck in a gift card or a treat and it also doubles as a brake for the easel mechanism.

I created a little chocolate wallet to hold a tasty treat, and I added a blank sentiment card to finish things off.

How to Make a Southern Magnolia Paper Flower Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how I colored, shaped and layered my magnolias and foliage, then please enjoy this video tutorial on YouTube.

I hope you feel inspired to try your hand at making these lovely blooms.  If so, you’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Life Captured 2nd Quarter Kit Reveal

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Button Farm Club Life Captured 2nd Quarter Kit Reveal: April, May, June

Hello, Friends!  Can you believe it’s time for my Button Farm Club Life Captured 2nd Quarter Kit Reveal?  April, May and June of 2023 may seem far away at the end of February, but we all know they’ll be here before we turn around twice.  So let’s get these fun folios ready to capture all the special occasions and events that are coming our way!

If you missed out on the January-March folios, no worries!  Laura at The Button Farm Club tells me they still have open stock for this project, and they can get you signed up in a jiffy!  So if you’d like to get in on the fun of making these quick, easy and fabulous folios for 2023, you can sign up HERE.

April Showers

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April ushers in beautiful spring weather, Easter and Passover celebrations, and lots of fun outdoor adventures.  This 6 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ flap style folio has loads of room to document special moments.  It also makes a great monthly planner!


Look at all the room inside this cheery folio.  My favorite thing about this folio design is how quick and easy it is to create.  Let’s face it: life is busy, and sometimes simple is the way to go.

This great big pull out folio feature provides ample room for photos…or even recipes!  Each monthly folio has this great feature in it.

May Flowers

How much do we love these chipboard frames?  I teach you a few of my sneaky tricks for altering them in the video tutorial.  I

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Beautiful May flowers and fluttering butterflies are everywhere in this sweet folio.  You can see the fun surprise I built in to this folio when you watch the video reveal.

Joyous June

June is such a wonderful month!  The days get longer and warmer, summer vacation beckons, graduation ceremonies commence, and Father’s Day is celebrated.  So much good stuff!

I teach you some fun flower layering techniques, show you how to create an adorable banner with your leftover bits and bobs, and provide lots of great basic papercrafting tips in this tutorial.

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Wait til you see what’s hidden behind the pull out folio this month!

Life Captured 2nd Quarter Kit Reveal on YouTube

If you’d like to see more of these folios, please join me over on my YouTube channel.  I’ll also walk you through all the wonderful supplies that come in this kit.


What Comes in My Kit?

I’m always amazed at how much “good stuff” Laura and I manage to cram into these kits.  This month is no exception. Here’s what comes in your kit:

  • 2 sheets April Life Captured 12×12 designer paper
  • 2 sheets May Life Captured 12×12 designer paper
  • 1 sheet June Life Captured 12×12 designer paper
  • 6 sheets 6×8 Life Captured Designer paper
  • 3 Life Captured Chipboard Frames
  • Selected Life Captured Ephemera Bits
  • 7 sheets 12×12 Color Vibe Cardstock
  • 6 sheets 12×12 Simple Stories Designer paper
  • Package of Color Vibe Spring Flower Bits
  • Simple Stories Page Pieces
  • 3 metal charms (umbrella, enamel rainbow, enamel daisy)
  • 2 yards black and white Baker’s Twine
  • 6 colorful buttons
  • 3 mini binder clips
  • Full-color Basic Written Guide
  • Access to step by step video tutorials with Kathy Clement

The price for all of this is only $49.99.  I don’t know if you’ve been to the craft store lately, but it’s hard to get that much bang for your buck!

If you’re already subscribed to the Life Captured Quarterly Kit Club, your kit will ship out to you automatically, so there’s no need to order.

Do you want to get in on the fun?  Then sign up HERE, and ask Laura about the 1st Quarter Kits.

Previews of Coming Attractions!

So what’s on the docket for Button Farm Club Kits?  Well, in March, we’ll be making some gorgeous cards with Ciao Bella Sparrow Hill.  Oh, my…what a kit!

Then in April, we’ll be making a really fun mini album!  I’ll be sharing more about that soon.

So lots and lots of good things to look forward to, my friends!  It is always a joy for me to share these kits with you.

If you have ideas for future kits or collections that you’d love to see me work into a kit, please share those ideas with me in the comment section below.

I have a fun tutorial planned for our Throwback Thursday this week, and a wedding recap, so stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by!




Victorian Snowman Tea Party

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Victorian Snowman Tea Party in a Box with Really Reasonable Ribbon & Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  This darling Victorian Snowman Tea Party in a Box card features a winning round-up of supplies from Really Reasonable Ribbon, Reneabouquets and Simple Stories Winter Woods. There is a lot of sweetness to see here, so let’s get the (tea) party started!

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

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One of the things I love about snowman images is that they are good all winter long!  This pretty in pink Victorian card would be a great winter birthday card, Valentine, or get well greeting.  I built the background of my card with paper scraps.  Then I dug into my embellishments and went to work on building the central image.  Here’s how:

  • First, heat emboss the Reneabouquet Victorian Snowflake Medallion with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel. Place foam tabs in the center of the medallion and adhere it to the card base.
  • Next,  brush Dies Clear Adhesive over the small snowflakes.  Then sprinkle them with fine pearl glitter glass.
  • Now, place dimensionals on the back of Victoria’s Snowman printed beautiful board and adhere on the right hand side of the medallion.
  • Next, arrange flowers (linked below) around the sides of the medallion as seen in the photo.
  • Tie a double loop bow with Pink Taffeta ribbon and tuck the knot under one of the pink roses. Then tie a double loop bow with Pink and Brown Twist Bakers Twine and adhere it over the pink taffeta bow.
  • Thread a heart charm on Pink and Brown Twist, tie a knot and use the point of your scissors to push into the knot of the Bakers Twine bow.
  • Place dimensionals on the back of  the vintage rose corner pieces and adhere.
  • Finally, tuck snowflakes in and around the flowers and images.  Top with Sweet Shop pearls.

A Peek Inside

Add an extra element of surprise to your project when you create a kinetic waterfall feature on the top half of the card.  Wrap ribbon around the back of the mechanism to hold everything neatly in place.

Then build a box pocket to hold all the goodies for a Victorian Snowman Tea Party. Wrap your goodies with leftover bits of designer paper.  Create a tag,  top it with more Pink Taffeta,  a White Satin Bow and a sweet rose charm.  Stitch paper scraps together to make a handy  little bookmark, and top this with white satin ribbon as well.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you’ll be able to use in your own crafty adventures.  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Stay warm and cozy!





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