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Spring Cleaning Carta Bella Farmhouse Market

Throwback Thursday: Spring Cleaning Carta Bella Farmhouse Market

Hello, Friends and welcome to Throwback Thursday! Today we’re spring cleaning Carta Bella Farmhouse Market from the Closet of Inspiration and Delight.   While re-organizing my paper stash, I unearthed this lovely springtime collection and decided it was time to liberate it from exile.  I made several projects from this collection when it was released in 2020.  If you’d like to take a trip down memory lane, you can review them HERE.

Since I still had quite a bit of the 6×6 pad and a few sheets of 12×12 papers, I decided to use the collection up with one of my little Tea party in a Box projects.  But lo and behold…there was still MORE paper.

So I made a card.

Still more paper.  How is this even possible?

The solution was a simple one.  Use the leftover bits and bobs to make one of my famous card stacks.  Film the process so all my online friends can follow along in a Throwback Thursday tutorial.  So, I did!

Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Stack of Cards by Kathy Clement Photo 01

That was fun!  Before I filmed the video tutorial for the 12 card stack, I shared a quick tour of the Tea Party in a Box folio and talked about how I made the wreath decoration on both the card and folio cover.

Pretty Little Farmhouse Style Cards

I have to be honest with you, my friends.  This is absolutely one of my favorite days in the studio.  There is something soul satisfying about polishing off a beautiful paper collection.

Add to that the fact that I really enjoy the challenge of working with limited supplies in a limited amount of time.  I only allot myself 2 hours to complete 12 cards.  This includes the time it takes me to gather materials and set up my assembly line.

How To Create a Stack of Cards Assembly Line

If you’d like to try this method on for size, here’s how I do it.

  • First, cut 6 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ white cardstock into 4 1/4″ x 11″ panels.  Score each panel at 5 1/2″ and fold to form a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ (A2) card base. Place these in a neat stack on the far right hand side of your work space.
  • Next, cut (12) 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ panels of patterned paper to serve as card fronts.  Stack these to the left of the card bases.
  • Then look at the off cuts (scraps) left from cutting the 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ panels.  Chances are good that you will have several 2″ or 3″ x 5 1/2″ strips that you can use as layering elements.  Look again; you probably have a bunch of 4 1/4″ wide strips of patterned paper that you can use as a belly band.  Stack each of these elements in their own pile to the left of the card fronts.
  • Now, cut the rest of your scraps up into  3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ panels, or 3″ x 4″ panels.  Little scraps can be cut into banner pieces.
  • Next, prepare your embellishments.  For this stack of cards, I strung all my little bee charms on pieces of white burlap string so they were ready to go when I needed them.  If you are using buttons, go ahead and thread them.  Pick through your left over flowers and select a dozen or so to use on the cards.  And don’t forget to tie all your bows in advance.
  • Pull out any left over ephemera or chipboard pieces and lay them out so you can see them.
Making Card Bundles

This next step is really fun.  Give yourself 15 minutes to go through your assembly line and compile what I call “card bundles.”  A typical bundle will include a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card front, a belly band, doily (if I’m using them), ephemera and a focal image for the card.

The trick here is to move quickly and not to overthink.  Just pull pieces together and bundle them with a card base in a stack on your work space.  Now you’re ready to put the actual cards together.  This part of the process takes me about 36 minutes.  That’s about 3 minutes per card!  Isn’t that awesome?

Spring Cleaning Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Video on YouTube

You can watch this happen in the process video below.  I’ll also share a tour of the pretty Tea Party in a Box and card before we dig in and make the stack of cards.

I hope you enjoyed watching me polish off this pretty paper collection.  The Tea Party in a Box and card are available in my Etsy Shop.  Each finished card from the stack will be tucked in with a future Etsy order as a little “extra helping” for my sweet customers.

So there you have it.  Another Throwback Thursday done and dusted!  I hope you enjoyed it!

Now go make something beautiful!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**Please note: Throwback Thursday posts are designed to inspire you to dig into your stash of beautiful older papers.  Because of this, I am often unable to link to discontinued products.  Thanks for understanding!

 

Photoplay Frostival Hot Chocolate Shaker Party

Photoplay Frostival Hot Chocolate Shaker Party by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Photoplay Frostival Hot Chocolate Shaker Party

Hello, Friends!  Winter is in full swing, so I thought I’d warm things up with a Photoplay Frostival Hot Chocolate Shaker Party. Oh, the weather outside is frightful…so a cup of hot chocolate is truly delightful!   Once again, I pulled out my trusty December Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Then I proceeded to put together this festive winter card.

Wonderful things happen when you clean out a storage bin.  That’s where I found this super cute wooden hoop that came from who knows where, who knows when!  But doesn’t it work perfectly as a shaker frame?

Next I created borders with some of the inky blue satin ribbons I had left from the Club Assortment.  This is one of my favorite ways to use printed ribbon.  First, it looks great!  Then, there’s the ease factor.  Just lay down a strip of Scor-Tape, attach ribbon, and you’re done!   Next, there’s the fact that the ribbon creates the perfect spot to dangle a cluster of winter charms.  Now that’s fun!

A Peek Inside

My friends, I grew up in Vermont where winter is real and winter is brutal.  Somehow, we still managed to spend endless hours outside sledding, building snow forts, having snow ball fights, playing fox and geese in the snow.  Our favorite time to sled was after supper.  We lived at the top of a very long hill.  There was one streetlight at the very top and one almost at the bottom.  The light from the moon mixed with the light from the street lamps created a hazy blue hue on the fallen snow.  Yes, it was freezing.  But it was magical.  And when we were too cold to move, we could go inside and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa.

Naturally, I had to wrap up a pouch of yummy cocoa to tuck into the pocket of this card.  Were you wondering when the party was going to start?  How about now?  Cocoa, cookies, a peppermint stick stirrer and a yummy bit of chocolate.  Aaaah!  Now we can curl up with a good book and mark our place with this cute bookmark.

Isn’t ribbon amazing?  It can inspire such fun projects and be used in so many ways.  I hope I’ve shared a few ideas you can us in this cheery winter post.

Now excuse me…I need to go find a cuppa cocoa!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Really Reasonable Ribbon December 2021 Blog Hop

Carta Bella Welcome Winter Tea Party in a Box Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Really Reasonable Ribbon December 2021 Blog Hop:  Welcome Winter Tea Party in a Box Folio

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon December 2021 Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Ginny’s beautiful blog.  The Winter Wonderland Ribbon Assortment is extra beautiful.  Of course, I’m biased, because blue is my favorite color!

Welcome Winter Tea Party in a Box Folio

Carta Bells Welcome Winter Tea Party in a Box Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 02

Remember the excitement of a snow day when you were a kid?  Bundle up with mittens, scarves, hats and heavy winter coats.  Tug on winter boots.  Then go outside and play until you are frozen to the bone!  I tried to capture all the fun and excitement of a day frolicking in the snow in this little flip folio.

Snowy white Satin Ribbon with a Grosgrain Edge captures the feeling of a snow day.  I’ve topped this with some Blue Roses and White Cosmos Daisies. (Links below the post.)

Create a ribbon closure with Winter Swirls in Ink Blue Satin Ribbon.  Heat emboss chipboard to decorate the spine.  Then adhere a sparkly cabochon jewel in the center.  Attach a series of charms to the top of the spine with Silver Metallic String for the perfect finishing touch.

A Peek Inside

I’ve used ribbon in several ways inside the folio.  First, use Snowflake Satin as a ribbon closure for a fun accordion style pull out folio.

Each page in the folio measures 4 3/4″ square, so you can easily fit in 4×4 photos.

Cut pages a little wider than the width of the folio base so you can add cute flap elements.

Remember to leave some journaling spots, too!

There are 10 fold out panels in the folio.  The back page is a little pocket with a journal card tuck in.

Time for Tea!

Create a box pocket in the center of the folio.  Then fill it with a selection of wintry treats.

Dress up your treats with scraps of designer paper.  Punch a hole in the top of the honey pouch packet, then tie a bow with the Cross Stitch Zig Zag Satin from the assortment.  Once the treats have been enjoyed, the pocket is a great place to store photos.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has is store for you.  Be sure to finish up over on the RRR BLOG.  Once you’re there, you can answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month and enter the drawing for a FREE Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’re not a member of the Club yet, now is a great time to join.  You can tell Santa that you’ve been a very good girl this year, and that’s what you want for Christmas!  Every month you’ll receive a beautiful selection of themed ribbons in your mailbox.  How fun!   Find out how to sign up HERE.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Winter Songbirds Tea Party in a Box Tutorial

Ciao Bella Time for Home Tea Party in a Box Reneabouquets Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Pho

Throwback Thursday: Winter Songbirds Tea Party in a Box Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Throwback Thursday episode, I have a Winter Songbirds Tea Party in a Box Tutorial for you.  Oh, how I love winter blues!  Ciao Bella captured them perfectly in their Time for Home collection.  I had such a wonderful time designing this week’s Throwback Thursday that I might have to bring this collection back for an encore performance!

Blue Jays were a common sight at our winter feeder when I was growing up in Vermont.  Most other birds fled our harsh northern winters, but the blue jays and chickadees bravely soldiered through all the icy blasts of winter with us.  To see a jay at the feeder on a day when it was so cold that your breath froze in the air lifted the heart.  Brilliant flashes of blue feathers against the sparkling snow broke up the monotony of our monochromatic world.  It was as though the sky came to perch on your doorstep.  What a treat!  The images in this botanical collection carry my memories right back to the hill country where I grew up.

Throwback Thursday Techniques and Details

Silver, blue and white are the perfect color palette for the wintry world we created in this Winter Songbirds Tea Party in a Box.  Carry the theme throughout your creation with ribbon, embellishments, die cuts and matting layers to make a strong color statement.

Learn how I heat emboss my Reneabouquets Beautiful Board to create this perfectly frosty finish.

Don’t be afraid to layer chipboard elements over die cut elements.  This layering creates a wonderful sense of depth and dimension.

A Peek Inside

You’ll learn how to build this box pocket and flap page in the video tutorial.  I promise you, it’s much easier to do than you think it is!

The flap page has a secret gift card pocket hidden behind it.  I decided to build the flap page when I could not bring myself to cut up this gorgeous image.

Load the box pocket up with special treats for a winter birthday, or for a Christmas gift.  I’ve tucked in a bookmark, note card, cookies, chocolate, tea bag, honey stick, mini honey dipper and one of my treasured vintage silver plate spoons.

Use the empty box pocket to store winter recipes or photos once the treats have been consumed.  The card is so pretty, you’ll want to keep it out to decorate your home long after the treats are gone!

Winter Songbirds Tea Party in a Box Tutorial on YouTube

If you’re ready to learn how to make this lovely gift, please enjoy the video tutorial below.  Have a pencil and paper handy so you can write down the measurements!

 

I’ve listed this lovely creation in my Etsy shop in case you don’t have time right now to make one yourself.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**Please Note: Throwback Thursday tutorials are made with favorite retired collections and supplies.  For this reason, not all materials used will still be readily available online.  I’ll link whenever possible, but if an item is not listed, it’s because I could not find it.  Thanks for understanding!

Pink Autumn Thanksgiving Wreath

Pink Autumn Thanksgiving Wreath Tea Party in a Box with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board

Hello, Friends!  I know I said I was probably done making Autumn cards, but then I hatched the idea to make this Pink Autumn Thanksgiving Wreath Tea Party in a Box…and, how could I say no? This might be my favorite Autumn creation thus far, so I had to share it with you.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the entire year.  I love that we set a whole day aside just to say “thank you” for all the blessings in our lives.  (I have developed the habit of looking for the good and being grateful for it every day.  Because of it, I’m a happier person.)  But It’s good to have a day when we take inventory of all the GOOD thing that surround us, instead of always moaning about the bad things.  Spending time with family is irreplaceable.  Tables groaning under the weight of food that has been lovingly prepared is  a GOOD thing!  So I celebrate Thanksgiving in a big way.   To me, this card captures the beauty and bounty of the holiday I love so much.

The Inspiration

This Thanksgiving wreath in Reneabouquet’s shop caught my eye.  The softer autumn hues are a perfect pairing for Prima’s Pink Autumn collection.  The front cover of this beauty comes together very quickly, but looks as though hours were spent  on it.  That’s the beauty of printed Beautiful Board.  All the heavy lifting has been done for you.  Here’s how the cover came together.

  • First, join two 6″ x 11″ panels of chocolate brown cardstock together.  Score from left to right at 6″ and again at 7″.  Fold.  Score again at 6″ and 7″.  Then score one final time at 9 1/2″.  This small flap will be the box pocket face.  Trim away the excess paper.
  • Next, cut a 5 3/4″ square”  panel of the pastel pumpkin foiled paper.
  • Then cut a 5 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ strip of the brown pumpkin patterned paper from the A4 pad.  This is the belly band.  This darker band of paper helps the soft colors of the wreath pop off the page.
  • Now trim around the edges of the 12×12 “Give Thanks” sentiment.
  • Place foam tabs or strips on the back of the wreath and position over the sentiment.  Then center and adhere.  Place foam on the turkey and adhere on the left hand side of the wreath.
  • Arrange Pink Autumn florals in the corners of the wreath.  Add a Vanilla Shimmer Satin Bow and Metallic String to complete the composition.

Something about this card takes me right back to my Great-Grandmother’s house at Thanksgiving.

Tea Party in a Box

Here’s a peek at the Tea Party in a Box.

I used the vellum sheet from Pink Autumn to make a little 4″ x 5″ note card and treat envelope to go along with all the usual suspects.

This little ensemble makes a wonderful hostess gift.  Since I’m the one who usually prepares and hosts the feast, perhaps I shall give this one to myself.  Just kidding…you can actually find it in my Etsy shop.

Thanks for indulging me in my passion for fall this year.  I’ll turn on the Christmas creations soon.  I just hate rushing through my favorite season of the year.  So this year I decided to celebrate fall with all of you.  I hope you don’t mind.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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