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Vintage Blue Teapot Card with Wax Seal Demo

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Vintage Blue Teapot Card with Wax Seal Demo for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  The blustery weather here in North Carolina inspired me to create this Vintage Blue Teapot Card with Wax Seal Demo as our Throwback Thursday tutorial today.  I’ll show you how I used the Spellbinders January 2024 Wax Seal of the Month and I’ll share a fun way to use a 3D embossing folder to dress up a die cut teapot.  Sound like fun?

We had a huge storm blow through here yesterday with lashing rain (no joke!) and winds gusts up to 70 mph.  It was a grey, wet, raw day.  But perfect for staying inside and exploring the Closet of Inspiration and Delight!  I have wanted to use this cute Spellbinders teapot die for ages, so I paired it up with Prima Georgia Blue papers and let the crafting adventure begin!

Fun with Wax Seal of the Month

I used this same wax seal on the bee themed card I shared last Thursday.  It’s amazing how different these seals look depending on what wax you use.  If you’d like to see how I added it to my card design, I’ll show you in the video tutorial below.

Dies and Embossing Folders: Made for Eachother!

I’m a sucker for 3D Embossing Folders.  First, they are so easy to use!  Then there’s the added texture they bring to a project.  You really get a lot of bang for your buck, and they are non-consumable.  I broke down this year and signed up for the 3D Embossing Folder of the Month Club at Spellbinders, and I’m excited about adding to my stash of 3D folders.

Here’s how to create this sweet little vintage blue teapot:

  • First, die cut the teapot from designer paper.
  • Mist it lightly with water and run through your die cutting machine using the correct sandwich for  your machine.
  • Next, die cut a second teapot using heavy weight cardstock.  Then glue the two layers together.
  • Now ink the edges with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink so that it will “pop” off the page.
  • Brush the raised, embossed areas with Stormy Sky Distress Oxide.
  • Then place foam tape on the bottom, the spout, and the handle and adhere to your card.

That’s all there is to it!

A Peek Inside

Create a pocket and a tuck spot inside the card to provide plenty of room for notes and treats.

These teacups were left over from an earlier project, but they make a great little tea wallet, don’t you think?  It’s always fun to find new ways to tuck treats into a project!

Vintage Blue Teapot Card with Wax Seal Demo Video on YouTube

If you’d like to watch me put this card together and share a little wax seal demo, please enjoy this video on my YouTube channel. (Spoiler alert: I show you how to fix  a wax seal when you’ve botched the job.  Not that I botched the job, of course.  No…not at all!)

I hope I’ve shared some tips and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Stay warm and cozy, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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January 2024 Tag of the Month Tutorial

January 2024 Tag of the Month Tutorial with Spellbinders Wax Seal and Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  It’s a brand new year, and I’m here to share my January 2024 Tag of the Month Tutorial with you, Y’all asked for a monthly tag tutorial, and there’s no better time to kick this new series into gear.  I hope you all enjoyed the little break we took between  Christmas and New Year’s.  We had lots of festive family gatherings, loads of good food, and I even managed to sneak in a little nap here and there.  But now it’s time to get back in the rhythm  work and videos and blog posts and all the rest.  I’m excited about all the fun things I have planned for us in 2024!

Photoplay Midnight Garden

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I’ve been waiting to share this gorgeous Photoplay Midnight Garden paper collection with you for quite some time.  It was released in late autumn of 2023, and I was already up to my elbows in fall and Christmas crafting, so I didn’t get to share it with you.  But it’s the perfect choice for this first tag of 2024!  The base is a Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag.  Liners are cut with the Large Tag Dies.

Dressed up with flowers, Glitter Glass Dragonfly and April in Paris Doily from Reneabouquets, this tag has such a wonderful vintage vibe.  You’ll learn how to put the tag together step by step in the video tutorial below.

Spellbinders January Wax Seal of the Month

Have you discovered wax seals yet?  I was first introduced to them when I was helping our daughter with her wedding invitations last year.  They are so much fun to make, and add a great textural element to any project.  So when I had a chance to sign up for the Spellbinders Wax Seal of the Month Club, I did not hesitate!  You’ll learn how to create this pretty wax seal in the tutorial, too.

A Tag with Two Faces

Do you know how January got its name?  In Roman mythology, Janus was the god of beginnings. He  had two faces: one that looked back and one that looked forward. ( Yes, I was a mythology nerd when I was about 10 years old.) The month of January is named for him.  So I designed this month’s tag with two “faces”, if you will.  The front side is a pretty decorative tag, but the back side features a double pocket and flap element.   Surprise!

Two pockets give us lots of room to tuck in little treats, which is something I always try to do when  making a card.   Create the double pocket with a Graphic 45 Regular Ivory tag and a scoring tool.  It’s fast, easy and makes for a great surprise on the back of the tag.

January 2024 Tag of the Month Tutorial on my YouTube Channel

Would you like to learn how I put this tag together?  Then please enjoy this tutorial over on my YouTube channel.

I’m excited about all the crafty adventures I have planned for us in 2024!  How about  you?  I’d love to hear your thoughts about the ideas I shared in the video.  So please take a moment and leave me a comment below this post.

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

Happy New Year, Friends!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy 

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Snuggle Up House Mouse Stamped Card

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Snuggle Up House Mouse Stamped Card with Carta Bella Cabin Fever

Hello, Friends!  After a lovely Thanksgiving break, I’m back to share this cute little Snuggle Up House Mouse Stamped Card.  I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving , and maybe managed to sneak a little play time in amid all the cleaning and cooking and entertaining.

The winter sweater from Carta Bella Cabin Fever seemed like a good pairing for these adorable mice.  After fussy cutting it from a 4×6 journal card, I inked the edges and added rhinestones to the collar.  Now it’s the perfect holiday sweater, don’t you think?

Stamping and Coloring

One of my goals for this year was to work on my stamping and coloring skills.  Stamping really isn’t the problem…but coloring is a big challenge for me.  I’ve tried all kinds of mediums: alcohol markers, Distress Markers, Colored Pencils, Water Color, Water Color Pencils…and I never seem to be really happy with my results.  But this time, I tried water coloring with Distress Oxide Inks and water brush pens.  And you know what?  I had fun!

First I stamped the image onto a piece of the white woodgrain patterned paper from Cabin Fever using Sepia Archival Ink. Then I immediately heat embossed with clear powder.  The light woodgrain pattern added instant background texture to the image, so half the work was done for me.

Next, I used my water brush to pick up the color directly from the ink pad.  Simply swipe the brush lightly over the pad a few times.  This seemed to pick up just the right amount of ink.  The embossed lines on the stamped image helped me keep the color inside the lines.  Distress Oxide Ink layers nicely without turning into “mud”.  That also seemed to work well for me.

A Little Mixed Media

First I tore the bottom edge of the tree stump away from the stamped panel to create a more organic looking edge.  Then I scribbled Dries Clear Adhesive along the top of the stump and sprinkled with Rajni Chawla Crystal Clear Glitter to create my faux snow.  Finally, I painted a wooden snowflake white, added Dries Clear and more glitter.  It doesn’t show up as well in the photo, but it sparkles nicely in real life.

Foam tape between my layers added some nice dimension while a perky plaid bow and jingle bells finished everything off nicely.

A Peek Inside

Adding a flap to the top half of the card creates space for a hidden sentiment panel….

…and a pocket for a little winter warm up treat on the bottom.  See how I repeated the sweater image on the inside?  That’s one of my favorite things to do.

I hope you’re enjoying a restful and joyful weekend, my friends!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders Festive Bow Christmas Gift Wallet

Spellbinders Festive Bow Christmas Gift Wallet

Hello, Friends!  If you’re a giver of holiday cash or gift cards, this Spellbinders Festive Bow Christmas Gift Wallet is a quick and easy way to dress things up.  As our kids get older, they tend to want a gift card, cash or gift certificate for birthdays and Christmas.  So I’m always looking for a creative way to wrap them, and this Christmas Gift Wallet ticks all the boxes for me.

Poufy Bows and Mixed Media Backgrounds

Remember wearing fancy holiday dresses with satin sashes and poufy bows at the back?  That’s what this fun die makes me think of.

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This bow is generously sized at 5 1/2″ wide, so it made sense to create an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ slimline card base to display it.  Since I already had a nice stack of Stamperia Winter Tales left on my desk after having created yesterday’s Mixed Media Folio, I decided to use up the leftover bits to make this fun project.

TIP: Mix some silver glitter paper in with scraps of designer paper to create a card that sparkles!

You can see that I used the same mixed media technique to create the quilted background for this card.  Friends, it was all on my desk, so I just put it back to work.  This time, I used Faded Jeans Distress Ink to really make the blues pop.

TIP: Dress up your bow with a cluster of Petite Blooms.  Cut them from the scraps of your designer papers, dry brush with chalk paint, then spritz with Faded Denim Mica Mist, or other sparkly stuff.  It’s so pretty in real life, even though the camera doesn’t capture all the shine.

A Peek Inside

I kept the inside simple and sweet with patterned papers, a large pocket and a simple little 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ note card.

Honestly, friends…the details in this paper collection are beyond gorgeous!

There’s room inside the note card to add a small photo, too.  This also helps to personalize the gift.

Spellbinders Festive Bow Christmas Gift Wallet Recipe

I thought you might want the basic instructions for this quick and easy make.

  • First, score an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of light blue cardstock at 4 1/2″ and 9″.  Fold on the scored lines to form an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ slimline card base with a 2″ pocket.
  • Next, cut an 8″ x 4″ panel of designer paper and emboss it with the Geo-Quilt 3-D embossing folder.  Spatter with white chalk paint, paint the edges and brush with Glitter Glaze.
  • Mat this panel on an 8 1/8″ x 4 1/8″  panel of medium blue cardstock, then on an 8 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ panel of silver glitter cardstock.
  • Mat a 1″ strip of silver glitter paper on a 1 1/4″ strip of medium blue paper.  Wrap around the center of the designer paper panel, then adhere to the card front.
  • Die cut the bow pieces and flowers from scraps of designer paper and silver paper.  Then assemble on the card front.
  • Line the inside with 8 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ panels of white cardstock and 8″ x 4″ panels of designer paper.
  • Wrap the pocket with a 1 3/4″ strip of border pattern.  Take the ends around the back side of the card and adhere to secure the pocket.

That’s it!  Easy Peasy!

I hope you are all enjoying a peaceful, restful or creative Sunday!  Thanks for stopping by, friends!

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

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Winter Tales Mixed Media Folio

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Stamperia Winter Tales Mixed Media Folio with Spellbinders  3-D Geo Quilt Embossing Folder

Hello, Friends!  I’m just popping in quickly today with a surprise project share for this Stamperia Winter Tales Mixed Media Folio.  Wintry blues are among my favorite hues.  I think that’s what first drew me to Winter Tales when it came out.  I’ve made loads of projects with this beautiful collection because I enjoy working with it so much.  This time, I added some fun mixed media effects with the new Simon’s Geo Quilt 3-D Embossing folder from Spellbinders.

I’ll be honest with you: at first this folder had me scratching my head.  But once I ran it through my machine with a piece of test paper, I was instantly hooked.  It’s perfect for winter projects thanks to the deep quilting effect it leaves behind.  I’ll talk about how I added even more depth and dimension to the design in the project share video below.

Silver Bells…and Charms!

What is it about dangle charms that makes a project so special?  Is it the lovely sound the charms make as they gently brush against one another? The shine?  Who knows?  But I do love to add charms to the spine of a folio or album.  And since the silver jingle bells in this grouping really jingle, it’s extra fun!

A Peek Inside

Here’s a look at the inside of the folio.  More gorgeous winter blues draw me right into the pages  with a wish to see more.  How about you?

One of the challenges of working with Stamperia 12×12 papers is the size of the images.  It’s always a fun challenge to figure out how to use those gorgeous images in a smaller format like this 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ folio.  I’ll tell you how I put this dimensional page together in the project share video.  But I find it very cool that even though the page is completely flat, it still has lots of dimension.

Deluxe Tea Party in a Box

Friends, you had to know that tea would be lurking somewhere in this project.  And yes, I created a lovely Tea Party in a Box on the center panel.  It’s filled with all the usual goodies plus a few extras because…well, Christmas!  You’ll get to see what’s behind door #1 and #3 in the video tour.

Stamperia Winter Tales Mixed Media Folio Project Share on YouTube

If you’d like to see all the flips, flaps and tuck ins built into this album, then please grab a cuppa and a cozy throw (it’s downright chilly in NC today!) and meet me over on my YouTube channel.  I’ll be waiting for you!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Wishing you all a warm, cozy and creative weekend, friends!

Thanks for stopping by…

Cheerio,

kathy

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