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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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Simple Stories Winter Woods Snowman

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Simple Stories Winter Woods Snowman Home Décor & Another Giveaway

Hello, Friends!  This Simple Stories Winter Woods Snowman wall hanging makes me happy on so many levels.  First, it’s a snowman.  Can you really feel grumpy or out of sorts when you see a snowman?  I can’t!  Then, there’s the tutu trim.  I mean, people, it’s just too too much fun!  Throw in some beautiful Really Reasonable Ribbon, gorgeous papers, stunning chipboard and a chippy white vintage hanger and I’m just happy all over.  How about you?

A Little Confession…..

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I do have a little confession to make here.  When I was filming the video tutorial for my Winter Woods Mini Album Kit, I had a major technical malfunction.  I thought my phone was recording.  But my memory card was full…so while I cheerfully crafted and taught…nothing was being recorded.  Uh-oh.

And the nature of paper is that once you have used it…it can’t be used again.  Double uh-oh.

Thankfully, I had been given a gift certificate to Scrapbook.com for Christmas.  And because I loved this Winter Woods collection so much, I had purchased a few sheets for myself.  Also, the delivery came a week earlier than I had expected it.  So I had the papers in house to re-film the portion of the tutorial that didn’t record the first time.  Phew!

But then I was left with a duplicate page.  And that,  my friends, is how this sweet little wall hanging was born. I pulled things off, and glued more things on.  Then I stitched the revamped design onto a burlap panel and added a hanger.  How’s that for innovative thinking?

The Shaker Element

The main change was adding some gorgeous Really Reasonable Ribbon and this Reneabouquets Snowflake Shaker Box, flowers, tutu trim and printed beautiful board.

TIP: Create a frosted window in your shaker box with Dries Clear Adhesive and Glitter Glass.  It’s a little hard to see in the photo, but in real life, it shimmers just like snow!

TIP:  Nile Blue Crosshatch Satin Ribbon is a great color match for this paper collection.  I stitched it on at the top as a border, and I also layered it over White Satin Ribbon to form a fabric belly band.

I thought you might enjoy hearing how I got myself out of a paper fix.  Hope you enjoyed it!

10 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway Day 2

All this week I’m celebrating with a 10 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway.  You can find Day 1 HERE.

Today’s giveaway is a special Random Act of Kindness courtesy of Reneabouquets:

Wow, friends!  What a gorgeous gift from my dear friend, Renea!  Here’s how you enter to win this prize.  Thank you, Renea, for always inspiring me with your gorgeous artwork.  I’m so honored to be a Reneabouquets Ambassador.

  • Subscribe to my BLOG.
  • Leave a comment before NOON EST on Friday, January 13th.
  • This giveaway is open only to those in the Continental US due to International Shipping charges.
  • I’ll announce the winner on my YouTube channel on Saturday, January 14th.

Isn’t this a fun way to celebrate 10 years of blogging?

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Winter Woods Mini Album Kit Reveal

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Simple Stories Simple Vintage Winter Woods Mini Album Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  I’m welcoming 2023 with this gorgeous Simple Stories Simple Vintage Winter Woods Mini Album Kit Reveal for the Button Farm Club. This is the Button Farm Club January Club Kit.

Did you all have a wonderful Christmas?  We did, but it came and went very quickly!  I had such a good time baking with my daughter and the Grandgirls, feasting at our Christmas gathering and enjoying my week off from work.  But the day after Christmas, I locked myself into the studio and went to work creating this lovely kit for the Button Farm Club. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Winter Woods Mini Album: A study in collage

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Do you love to create paper collage as much as I do?  There’s something so satisfying about layering in bits and pieces of paper, images and embellishments.  It’s like telling a story with paper, and I am a fan.  So this mini album kit offers a lot of tips and techniques to help you master the art of layering paper pretties.

We will create all the fun flips, flaps and interactive elements that we love so much, of course.  But each of the 3 divider pages in this gorgeous album base is a study in collage.  It’s not as hard as it seems, and the results are stunning.

Another focus in this kit is learning how to create your own embellishments.

Don’t you love this wintry color palette?

Winter is the perfect time to cozy up and create a great big mini album!

Winter Woods Mini Album Kit Reveal on YouTube

If you’d like a closer look at the pages in this kit, please enjoy this short YouTube video tour.  You’ll also get to see all the wonderful supplies that come with it.

Did you enjoy that?  If you’d like to learn how to order this month’s Mini Album Kit, pop over to The Button Farm Club.  Laura will be glad to help you out.

In Case You Missed It

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Laura still has a few of my December Card Kits available, too.  You can find those HERE.

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And if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to document 2023, you might want to take a look at this fresh and fun Life Captured Quarterly Folio Kit.

I’m really excited about sharing lots of crafty adventures with you in this new year.  I’m still planning on more free Make & Take Tuesday video tutorials with you. And we’ll enjoy more Throwback Thursdays together, too.   Once we get past my daughter’s wedding in February I’ll be sharing more Spellbinders tips and videos with you, too.  It’s going to be a great year!

Also, I wanted to thank each one of you that took the time and love to send me a beautiful handmade Christmas card!  I was overwhelmed by your kind thoughts and wonderful creativity!  They are all proudly displayed on my dining room buffet and were a great addition to my Christmas joy.  Y’all are simply the best!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Heart Eyes Card Kit Reveal

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Simple Stories Heart Eyes Card Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  I’m popping in today to share the first look at this adorable Simple Stories Heart Eyes Card Kit with you.  It’s my Button Farm Club Quarterly Subscription kit for December 2022. Sometimes we can hit what I call the “post-holiday crafting slump”.  Does that ever happen to you?  Our crafty mojo drops down with the winter temperatures, and we need some fun, inspirational ideas to get us back into the creative swing of things.  Well, I designed this vibrant kit with that in mind, and I think you are really going to love it.  Let’s take a closer look at the fun projects in this kit, shall we?

Dimensional Loaded Envelope Tutorial

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I love loaded envelopes, and I’ve been making them since I was about 6 years old.  Of course, I didn’t call them that back then, but that’s what they were.  Mom and Dad kept an office for our small town credit union in our home when I was growing up.  The office trash can was always filled with manila envelopes  (remember those?) and I used to fish them out, dress them up with cut out hearts or snowflakes or whatever the theme of the moment happened to be. Then I would fill them to the brim with little notes and drawings and my version of cards.

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So when I entered the world of crafting, I fell in love with this concept all over again.  Some time ago, I figured out how to make the envelopes in 3-D.  You all fell in love with those projects and asked for a tutorial. But because the process was complicated and unpredictable, I never felt comfortable sharing it with you.  I kept working on the paper engineering, and earlier this year, I came up with such a simple way to make these delightful box-style envelopes, that I decided to include the design in one of my card kits.

Y’all, you are going to LOVE how easy it is to make the envelope base!  So that is why I made this the very first project in our December kit.  I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to share the design with you!

Shaker Envelope Easel Cards

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No card kit is complete without a couple of cute shaker cards!  And y’all never seem to grow tired of making them!

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Can you see the super cute sprinkles and candy hearts in the shaker window?  This view of the closed card makes it a bit easier to see, but the card actually does stand up like an easel for display.  What a bright spot of color to add to  your desk!

Slimline Card Folios

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Slimline cards continue to be very popular, so I included a very pretty pair inside this card kit.  They are so easy to make, and the folio design inside the card is fun to open!

Loaded Front Pocket and Tag Cards

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OK, y’all.  I do love a good pocket!  And if you can tuck a super cute lollipop rosette into the front pocket of a greeting card, I’m all in!

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I’ll show you how easy it is to make these festive lollipop rosettes in the card kit tutorial.  They are such a great addition to a pocket card. Each of these top fold A2 cards has a fun tag and 3×4 card insert.  You’ll see how cute the inside is, too, when you make the kit!

Twist and Pop!

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Some of you may have already seen this cutie on my Facebook or Instagram page.  Because I love pop-up cards, I try to include one in each card kit that we make. You’ll also learn how to make the really cute butterfly clothespin embellishments in this kit.

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Fun Flip Folio

And because I know you love to make them, I’ve designed a brand new fun flip folio card for this sweet kit.

You will love how easy it is to create this folio base!

I predict it will become a staple in  your crafty toolbox!

Heart Eyes Card Kit Reveal Video on YouTube

If you’d like to take a look at the supplies and finished projects in this kit, I hope you will enjoy this short YouTube video.

How to Order

If you are already subscribed to my Button Farm Club Quarterly Card Kit, you can just sit back and wait for your kit to ship out to you.  No need to order, unless you want extra kits to give as gifts.

Subscriber kits will ship out first, then Button Farm will fulfill non-subscription orders.  You can place your order HERE.

In case you missed it, we also have a lovely Simple Stories Life Captured  Folio Kit to help you record the events of 2023.  You can check that out HERE.

Closing Thoughts

I hope each one of you enjoyed a warm and cozy Christmas!  We had a marvelous time with our family and grandchildren!  So much fun, laughter, good food and great conversation made the holiday very Merry, Bright and Memorable!

Now we have a new year to look forward to!  Hooray! I’ll be back on Friday with the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop, so keep an eye out for that.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Simple Stories Rustic Christmas Poinsettia Card

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Simple Stories Rustic Christmas Poinsettia for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Simple Stories Rustic Christmas Poinsettia Card to share with you.   I’ve adorned it with ribbons from the Really Reasonable Ribbon October Ribbon Club Assortment.  Ribbon adds bright pops of color and texture to this vintage design.

Have you discovered Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon yet?  It’s one of my all time favorite choices for making beautiful bows.  Because it is soft and not too thick, it is easy to work with.  This makes it a great choice for beginner and advanced bow-makers alike!  You can get it in loads of different colors, too.  The Red Delicate Stitched Satin from the October Ribbon Club Assortment adds a bright pop of color in the corners of this rustic card.

Pretty Poinsettia Printed Satin Ribbon

Do you ever use ribbon as a border on your cards?  This is one of my favorite ways to use a printed ribbon. Poinsettia Print Satin Ribbon covered a blank white section of patterned paper on this card.  This helped draw the eye to the cute embellishment that I created with a glitter snowflake and a small sticker from the paper collection.  Here’s how to create a ribbon border on your cards:

  • First, build your card panel.  For this card, I cut a 4″ x 6″ panel of patterned paper.  Then I matted it on a slightly larger piece of cardstock and stitched around the edges.
  • Next, place Scor-Tape over the area you wish to cover with ribbon.  Let the ends of the Scor-Tape extend about 3/4″ over each side of the paper panel.
  • Now, remove the tape liner and press the ribbon in place.  Once again, let the ribbon extend about 3/4″ beyond the edges of the card panel.
  • Finish by wrapping the ribbon ends around the back side of the card panel.
  • Then adhere the card panel over the base layer.  You will have neat, clean ribbon edges and a beautiful border.

TIP: Dress up your bow clusters with Red Bead Berry Sprays.  Cut small bunches of the berries from the larger bouquet and tuck them into your bow cluster.

A Peek Inside

I like to make Christmas Cards that double as gifts.  Add a pocket inside your card, then tuck in a mini candy cane.

Use cardstock and designer paper scraps to make a little notecard/chocolate wallet to tuck into the pocket, too.  This is one of my favorite ways to use up odds and ends of designer paper.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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