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Be Grateful Shaker Easel Card

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Be Grateful Shaker Card by kathy Clement Photo 01

Be Grateful Shaker Easel Card with Simple Stories Autumn Splendor

Hello, Friends!  After I finished this week’s Throwback Thursday project, I decided to make this Be Grateful Shaker Easel Card.  After all, the papers, leaves, flowers, etc. were already out on my desk. The old mojo was flowing, and it was not quite time to fix dinner.  Plenty of good reasons to make “just one more” card with this lovely fall collection.  Do you ever do that?  I find it so tempting to ignore the load of laundry that needs to be folded in favor of working with a favorite paper collection.  Once the idea popped into my head to make a shaker card, well, let’s just say the laundry got folded later!

 

Putting It Together

Here’s how this cheery fall card came together:

  • First, cut a 5 1/2″ x 11 panel of kraft cardstock.  Score at  2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ to form an easel card base.
  • Next, cut a 5 1/4″ square  of patterned paper to line the interior of the card base,
  • Then cut a 6 1/2″ x 3″ panel of kraft cardstock.  Score 1/2″ on the sides and bottom, trim out the corners, and fold the flaps to  create a pocket/brake for the easel.
  • Now cut a 5 1/2″ x 6 1/4″ panel of kraft cardstock. This will be the card front.
  • Next cut 5 1/4″ x 6″ and 5″ x 5 3/4″ mats with green and bittersweet cardstock.
  • Now top the layers with a 4 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel of the floral print.
Making the Shaker Element

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Oh, how I love a shaker frame on a card!  Especially when it is wrapped with knitted trim and wooden buttons! Here’s how I put this one together.

  • First, trace the outside edge of the frame onto a piece of clear acrylic cardstock.  Then trim along the traced lines.
  • Next, adhere the clear cardstock (acetate) to the back of the chipboard frame.
  • Now, place 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips around the sides of the frame.  Be sure not to leave any gaps where beads or glitter might escape.
  • Then,  lightly sand the top, bottom and right hand side of the Simple Stories Autumn Glory Frame.  This will help the glue grab the surface of the frame.
  • Next, place 1/4″ Scor-Tape on the frame, and adhere strips of textured trim over it.
  • Now,  lightly fray the edges where the trim meets in the corners.
  • Then top the corners with inked and threaded wooden buttons.
  • Next, adhere the 2×2 image from the paper collection on the card front base.
  • Now place your mix of sequins, buttons, beads and rhinestone leaves on the card base.
  • Finally, remove the liner tape and press the frame in place.
A Peek Inside

Don’t you just love it when a card element can perform double duty?  The stopper for this easel card is also a pocket! Now this pretty card can function as a gift!

Turn a 3×4 image into a mini folio and tuck it inside the pocket.

Add a mini Lindt chocolate a fancy herbal tea bag inside the folio pocket.  And there’s plenty of room to tuck a honey stick inside the larger pocket.

This would make a great fall birthday card, or a thoughtful get well card.  As you can tell, I’m hanging on to my fall papers as long as I can.  They are just so lovely to work with! Keep an eye out for Christmas projects starting this week, though.  (But you never know when I will give in to the temptation to make just one more autumn creation!)

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Thanksgiving Treat Tags Tutorial

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Thanksgiving Treat Tags Tutorial with Simple Stories Autumn Splendor for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  For this episode of Throwback Thursday, I have a Thanksgiving Treat Tags Tutorial to share with you.  We’re playing with our Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Collection, Graphic 45 Large Kraft Tags, G45 Large Tag Die, Prima Autumn Sunset Flowers and bits and bobs from my stash.

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These little treat pockets are quick and easy to make, which is always nice during a busy holiday season.

Graphic 45 Large Kraft Tag Treat Pocket by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Each tag is filled with a tea party for one.

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These make adorable place cards on a Thanksgiving table.

Graphic 45 Large Tag Die Simple Stories Autumn Splendor by kathy Clement Photo 01

If you are hosting a Thanksgiving buffet, the pocket is a great place to put napkin and silverware.  You could tuck in a little Andes Mint treat along with the flatware to make it extra special.

The tutorial below will show you how to transform that large kraft tag into a nifty pocket.

Quick How-To Guide and Measurements

You are going to love how easy this project is to make.

  • First, place a G45 Large Kraft Tag on your scoring tool so that the rounded edge is on the left.
  • Now score the tag at 5 1/2″ and again at 6 1/2″.  Fold and burnish the scored lines. Fold the bottom end of the tag up to form a pocket without sides.
  • Then die cut patterned paper with the G45 Large Tag Die.  Try to use paper that has a non-directional pattern on the back side.
  • Now cut the tag liner at 5 1/4″.  Adhere the top half of the liner to the tag base.  Trim 1/8″ off the bottom piece that has the square corners.  Then place the rounded corners on the left hand side of your scoring tool and score at 2″.  Set this piece aside.
  • Next, cut (2) 2″ squares of heavy kraft cardstock.  Score 1/2″ flaps on both sides.  Fold and burnish the scored lines. These are the sides for your tag pocket.
  • Then adhere the 1/2″ flaps to the back side of the pocket flap and to the tag base.
  • Now line up the rounded corners of your tag liner with the rounded corners of the pocket and adhere.
  • Finally, decorate your tag with ribbon, flowers, ephemera and charms.

You could easily use this same design for  Christmas party, Baby Shower, Birthday or Bridal Shower, too. One of the other things I love about this project is that you can use up scraps of designer paper to dress up the tea party goodies.

So dig into your stash of fall papers, and let’s get started making these clever tags!

Thanksgiving Treat Tags Tutorial on YouTube

 

I hope you enjoy making these tag pockets.  I can think of so many fun ways to use them.  What will you do with yours?  I’d love to hear in the comment section below.

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Rustic Christmas Snowbird Shaker Card

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Rustic Christmas Snowbird Shaker Card for the RRR October 2021 Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  This Rustic Christmas Snowbird Shaker Card is my inspiration piece for the Really Reasonable Ribbon October 2021 Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Ginny’s beautiful blog.  This month we’re getting ready for Christmas with the festive red, green and white ribbons from the Ribbon Club Assortment.

My eye went straight to the darling Holiday Birds and Berries Printed Grosgrain Ribbon.  Layered over Forest Green Taffeta Ribbon, it’s the perfect pairing for this wintry card.

 

When I layer ribbon on a card like this, I use Scor-Tape to hold it firmly in place.  It also allows me to wrap the ribbon ends behind the card layer so that everything looks neat and tidy.

Taffeta ribbon ties the perkiest bows, so I used it again to anchor the corner of my shaker frame.

A Peek Inside

Of course, I added a pocket inside the card, then tucked a little gift card wallet inside.

This simple trick makes the card double as a gift, which is always handy during the holidays!

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what the lovely and talented Cheryl has prepared for you.  Be sure to finish up the hop on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. Answer Bonnie’s question of the month, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win your own October Ribbon Club Assortment!

But you don’t have to take your chances…you can join the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club today.  Then you’ll be sure to receive your very own Ribbon Club Assortment each and every month of the year.  Sign up for the club HERE.

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

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card Tutorial

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for this Throwback Thursday Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card Tutorial?  It’s just loaded with fall goodness from top to bottom and side to side! This Simple Stories collection came out in 2021, but it’s still one of my favorite autumn collections.  When I found myself wanting to make a little project that could double as a bit of fall home décor, I knew this was just the right paper to work with!

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My focus for this tutorial was on sharing tips for adding lots of texture and layers.  You will learn how to build the 6×6 easel card base, see how I turned the chipboard frame into a shaker box, find out how to layer the leaves and flowers around the box, and how to add the pocket/stopper on the inside of the card.

Bee-Utiful Shaker Box Embellishment

Autumn Splendor Shaker Box Embellishment by Kathy Clement

Chipboard frames lend themselves beautifully to being transformed into a shaker box!  It’s just too easy NOT to do it!  Here’s how:

  • First, lightly sand the surface of the frame so you can add a little color with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  I do this by smooshing the ink pad on my non-stick craft sheet.  Then I spritz the ink with a little water so that bead of color form.  Next, I tap the frame lightly into the beads and heat dry.  Repeat this process until you are happy with the way the frame looks.
  • Now, back the frame with 1/4″ Scor-Tape or Red Line Tape.  Then adhere clear acrylic cardstock (acetate) to the back of the frame.  Follow up with 3 rows of 1/8″ foam adhesive strips.
  • Next, cut the bee and woodgrain paper to fit the back of the frame.
  • Then, place the frame face down and fill with your shaker elements.
  • Finally, remove the foam adhesive liner and adhere the patterned paper to the back of the box.
Adding Texture and Visual Interest

Flowers, ribbon and burlap string add great texture to the card composition.  I dug into my stash of retired Petaloo flowers and found these lovely textured blooms.

**Note: I added the chipboard pumpkin to my card AFTER I finished the video tutorial.  In the process of cleaning my desk, I found it buried under a scrap of paper.  It fit so nicely behind the flower that I just had to tuck it in.  If you decide to add it, too, make your life easier by adding it in BEFORE you glue down the flower!

Embellishments can help “tell the story” on a card when they are used well.  This little embellishment cluster features a monocle charm, acorn charm and bee charm all strung on burlap string and topped with a gingham bow.

A Peek Inside

We’ll decorate the inside of the card together, so I won’t bore you with details.  I just thought you might like to see some photos.

Create a 5 1/2″ photo wallet with leftover bits of cardstock and paper.  Then dress up the cover with some of your ephemera bits.

Tuck a little Pumpkin Spice tea bag inside as a special treat.  This would also be a great place to add your favorite gingerbread or tea bread recipe.

Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’re ready to see how this pretty card comes together, please enjoy the video tutorial.

Did you enjoy this Throwback Thursday?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section.

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**Please note: Throwback Thursday Tutorials are designed to inspire you to use retired papers and embellishments from your stash.  For that reason, not all items can be readily found online.  I will link whenever possible, but if an item is missing from the list, it is because I couldn’t find it.  Thanks for understanding!

 

 

Farmhouse Garden Bread Box Album Kit Reveal

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Farmhouse Garden Bread Box Album Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  If you have precious memories of your grandmother’s country kitchen, then I think you are going to fall in love with this Farmhouse Garden Bread Box Album Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club.  If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, and what I’ve been up to, well…here it is.  This is the largest, most involved kit I’ve put together for The Button Farm Club to date.  The planning for this beauty began back in January, if you can believe that!  But I think all the time and effort paid off, because I love the way this charming project turned out.

Farmhouse Bread Box

This adorable “made from scratch” bread box is the centerpiece of the kit.  I don’t know about you, but this one takes me right back to my Grammy’s country kitchen.  You could always count on finding something delicious tucked into her bread box!

The Farmhouse vibe comes through loud and clear in the colors, patterns and images found in Simple Stories Vintage Farmhouse Garden collection.

The theme of the collection lends itself perfectly to a recipe album, garden journal or heritage style album.  And you all know how much I love a project that doubles as home decor!

The Mini Album

Here’s the sweet treat hiding inside that country bread box.  It’s a 6×6 mini album done up in Farmhouse style.  You learn how to build the tri-fold album base in the tutorial that comes with the kit.  So once you’ve built it the first time, you can make it again and again for any theme and with any paper collection you want to use.

I just love the colors and images in this collection!

And just look at these darling charms!

A Peek Inside

The trifold album is built with loads of room for recipes, 3×5 recipe cards, photos and journaling.

You’ll learn how to add all kinds of interactive features to the album, too!

The back cover houses a dandy accordion pull out folio all decked out with gorgeous papers and images from the kit.

You know how much I love to share ways to make creative use of scraps.  This tutorial will give you lots and lots of delightful ideas for cleaning up bits and bobs of the paper collection.

The Recipe Card Envelopes

You’ll also learn how to make these clever 6 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ envelopes to house larger recipe cards.  These tuck neatly inside the front flap of the bread box.  The box also houses the mini album, isn’t that handy?

YouTube Video Tour

You can see all the kit contents and take a tour of the finished project kit here.

What Comes in the Kit

Each kit comes with everything you need beyond basic crafting supplies like adhesive, cutting tools and measuring tools.  

Here’s what comes in your Farmhouse Garden Bread Box Recipe Album Kit:

  • Simple Stories Vintage Farmhouse Garden 12×12 Collection Kit ( 12 double sided pages plus the 12×12 cardstock sticker sheet.)
  • 4 additional sheets of 12×12 Farmhouse Garden paper
  • Farmhouse Garden 12×12 Solids Paper Pack (6 color matched sheets)
  • Ephemera Bits with 44 pieces
  • Ephemera Bits and Pieces with 64 pieces
  • Farmhouse Garden Adhesive Brads
  • 10 sheets of 8 ½” x 11” black cardstock
  • 3 sheets of 12×12 chipboard
  • 2 yards of Peacock Seam Binding Ribbon
  • 1 yard of 1 ½” wide black gingham ribbon
  • 3 yards of black and white Baker’s Twine
  • 3 silver tone farmhouse charms (mix and match)
  • Little Birdie Joanna Flowers
  • Basic Written Guide in PDF format with full color pictures
  • Links to Step by Step Video Tutorials

Once again, Laura has worked her magic to make this huge kit amazingly affordable.  The price is $65.45.  You would find it very hard to buy all the elements in this kit for that price.  And on top of the supplies you get the video and written tutorials!

This is a limited edition kit, shipped first come/first served.  The last time I did a recipe album, it sold out in a day.  So you might want to jump on this one.  I think it will make an amazing Christmas gift!

Order your kit here.

As always, I humbly thank you for your enthusiastic interest and support of these kits.  I have such fun planning and designing them.  And you seem to be enjoying them, too.

Now I need to go clean my house and do the laundry!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

  

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