Our theme this month is Summer and/or Bright Summer Colors. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a treat from the freezer, so I created this cute popsicle themed Slimline Card using 1/2″ Checkered Ribbon with a Stitched Edge. This ribbon comes in several colors, and is a great choice for summer cards.
TIP: Create a colorful ribbon belly band behind the card title. First, apply 1/2″ Scor-Tape across the center of the yellow die cut panel. Leave the ends long so that when you attach the ribbon to the tape, you can wrap them around the back side of the panel.
A Peek Inside
The inside of this card carries out the frozen treat theme with a gift card pocket and an ice cream cone greeting.
On With the Hop
Now hop on over and see what summery goodness Cheryl has prepared for you to enjoy. Be sure to finish up the hop over on the RRR Blog where you can answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month and enter the drawing for a $10 Gift Certificate and the free digital stamp set of your choice.
You can find a linked supply list below this post.
10 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway and Cupid’s Sweetheart Café Tea Party in a Box Tutorial
Hello, Friends! This week I’m celebrating a major milestone with a 10 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway! On January 13, 2013, I took the plunge into blog land with my very first blog post. I knew absolutely nothing about blogging (except that I enjoyed reading blog posts from my favorite crafters). My tech skills were pretty much non-existent. But I had a strong desire to educate and inspire other crafters about the joys of working with paper. So I plunged in and have never looked back.
Ten years of blogging represents countless hours sitting in front of a screen tapping out posts, thousands of hours of behind the scenes editing photos, self-education, experimenting, picking up spilled buttons (and sequins and glitter, sadly!) and tens of thousands of hours of pure pleasure spent playing with paper. A few of you have been on this journey with me from the very beginning; some of you have only recently discovered Kathy by Design. To all of you, a great big thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking this wild ride with me. You are the best blog buddies out there, and I am thankful for the many meaningful online relationships forged because of this blog.
So, a giveaway seems to be in order. Actually…more than one giveaway…but all will be revealed as the week goes on! Let’s get down to business with today’s Make & Take Tuesday Tutorial, shall we?
Cupid’s Sweetheart Café Slimline Tea Party in a Box with Reneabouquets
Valentine’s Day is coming up hard and fast, and PhotoPlay paper has released a gorgeous collection to help us celebrate. The thing I love the most about Cupid’s Sweetheart Café (apart from the name) is the fact that this is so much more than just a Valentine’s Day collection. So today I’m going to show you how to create a non-Valentine project with these pretty papers!
Of course, you could use this 4″ x 8 1/2″ Tea Party in a Box Shaker card as a Valentine if you wanted to. But it also makes a lovely birthday, get well, or friendship card. I’ve dressed up the paper collection with some beautiful roses, ribbons and Reneabouquets paper pretties.
I think you’ll enjoy the simple construction of the card cover. I let the patterned papers, roses, chippies and shaker element do all the heavy lifting. The tutorial shows you how to create the cut-away slimline card base. I did not have time to do a tutorial for the inside of the card. But, you can learn how to create all kinds of pockets, including box pockets, in THIS Papercrafting 101 tutorial.
A Peek Inside
The inside of the card is so much fun with all the beautiful patterned papers. And how do you feel about pink with red? It’s not a color combo I use all the time, but it works here, I think.
This tea party in a box consists of a wrapped tea sachet, cookie treat, honey stick and a little sleeve of Dove chocolates. It’s the perfect way to send a little love!
10 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway and Tutorial on my YouTube Channel
You can find out what I’m giving away today and learn how to make this sweet Tea Party in a Box card over on my YouTube channel. To enter the giveaway you need to:
Subscribe to my YouTube channel.
Leave a comment on the YouTube channel, not here on the blog.
Live in the Continental US (sorry that International shipping is so expensive.
Watch and comment before 12 NOON EST on Friday, January 13th.
Winner will be announced on my YouTube channel on Saturday, January 14th.
I hope you enjoy the video tutorial:
I will have another giveaway on my BLOG tomorrow, and a final giveaway that I will announce on Saturday on my YouTube channel! So lots of fun and celebration at Kathy by Design this week. Thanks for helping me party!
Victorian Christmas Memories Slimline Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon
Hello, Friends! I think you are going to enjoy the Victorian Christmas Memories Slimline Card that I have to share with you today. It’s filled with sweet nostalgic images, rich colors and adorned with gorgeous Christmas plaid ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. Once again, I’ve pulled my Mixed Media boots out of the Closet of Inspiration and Delight to create this dreamy slimline card. Of course, Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Printed Beautiful Board looks right at home nestled in with these stunning ribbons and trims! Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Bringing Home the Christmas Wreath
This sweet winter pixie is dreaming about ice skating on the pond as she bringing home the Christmas wreath! Perhaps our Christmas Lovebirds will build their winter nest in it’s sheltering branches. It looks like they have “borrowed” a bit of the holiday ribbon to help keep themselves warm, doesn’t It?
TIP: Create your own snow flurries by spattering the background papers with diluted ivory chalk paint.
TIP: Add a small wood slice and pine branches to create a magical woodland vibe in your card. Machine stitched edges, painted jingle bells, and beautiful bows make this 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ card display-worthy!
A Peek Inside
Stamp a golden wreath inside the card, then add a simple Christmas greeting for the win. The side pocket holds a delicious Christmas tea bag and honey stick. Now our card can double as a gift!
Don’t you wish we could step into this card and feel the crisp winter air bite at our cheeks, hear the sweet birds singing, and smell the aroma of the freshly cut pine? Well, we can if we just use our imagination!
Hello, Friends! It’s Throwback Thursday and I have a dreamy Yuletide Slimline Tea Party in a Box Tutorial for you today. This is one of those special card creations that works as a gift, and as Christmas décor, too! I’ve dressed it up with some vintage crocheted lace and altered Beautiful Board from Reneabouquets.
How much do we love this romantic skating couple? Only in my dreams could I ever be as graceful as the fur-clad beauty featured on this 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card. This image was a scrap left after creating a vintage folio that I’ll be sharing with you soon. (Yes, it’s been a very busy week in the studio!) It’s hard for the camera to pick up the shimmer and sparkle of the embossing powder that I used to alter the chipboard, but hopefully you will see it more clearly in the video tutorial.
TIP: Alter the appearance of silver tone charms with a bit of Ivory Chalk paint. Dry brush the paint on the skates and snowflake charms. Let them dry , then lightly sponge with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. Mist lightly with water, then dry again. A final brush of Ivory Chalk Paint lends a vintage, slightly grungy appearance that blends well with the card.
A Peek Inside
Here’s a peek at the inside of the card. There’s lots of room behind the flap page to write a message, a recipe, or a Christmas poem. You could also place a photo here.
The box pocket has room for a Christmas tea bag, honey stick, cookie packet, Ghirardelli Snowman, vintage gold and silver plated demitasse spoon, peppermint stick and a journal card. The back of the journal card is lined so you can write a note with ease.
Yuletide Slimline Tea Party in a Box Tutorial on YouTube
If you’d like to learn how to create the slimline card base, build the box pocket and decorate the cover, please enjoy this video tutorial on my YouTube channel.
If you’d like to see other Yuletide projects, please click HERE.
You can find a linked supply list below this post. But since this is Throwback Thursday, some items I’ve pulled from my stash may no longer be available for purchase. You can search through your stash to see what you can use in their place.
Throwback Thursday Slimline Gatefold Card Tutorial with Photoplay Friendship Collection
Hello, Friends! This Slimline Gatefold Card Tutorial is such a fun design, and so easy to make that I just had to share it with you in this week’s Throwback Thursday post. During a quick reconnaissance mission in the Closet of Inspiration and Delight, I found Photoplay’s Friendship Through the Years Collection and decided it’s fresh, somewhat modern vibe was the perfect match for this trendy card style.
I don’t know about you, but I’m loving the red, beige and teal color palette of this paper collection.
Having 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ inches of room to play with allowed me to create a 4″ x 6″ barn wood “gate” . An expedition through my Spellbinders dies unearthed this lovely Tiara Rondelle Die. First I die cut it from light kraft cardstock. Then I cut it a second time from a black floral print from the collection. Save the inner circle area that’s left from each die cut. Sandwich the floral print circle (which is the back side of the black floral) between the two Tiara Rondelle frames. Then back this with the kraft circle to create a lovely focal point for the card. Foam tape adds lots of depth and dimension.
A Peek Inside
Opening a gatefold card is always lots of fun. This design also gives you lots of room to add goodies on the inside, too.
Here’s a closer look at the gift card wallet that is tucked into the pocket.
There’s a little note area and a gift card pocket inside. So now the card becomes a gift.
Gatefold Slimline Card Tutorial on YouTube
If you’d like to learn how to create this fun fold card base and learn some of the sneaky tricks I used to put it together, please enjoy this 20 minute video tutorial.
I think Throwback Thursdays are my favorite. How about you?