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Victorian Style Valentine Banner Tutorial

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Victorian Style Valentine Banner Tutorial with G45 Time to Flourish and Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Throwback Thursday, I’m sharing this Victorian Style Valentine Banner Tutorial.  Several of you requested a “banner of the month” post for 2023, and I cannot think of anything that would be more fun!  We’ll kick this through the year series off with a dreamy, romantic banner made with Graphic 45’s Time to Flourish February papers and loads of goodies from Reneabouquets.

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Here’s a look at this big, beautiful banner hanging from the chalk board in my kitchen.  The 7 pennants are stitched onto netting, and measure over 4 feet in length: a perfect size to display on a mantel or even a bookcase.

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Banners are loads of fun to make, but man, are they ever difficult to photograph!  It’s hard to really see the details unless you photograph in segments.  So that is what I did!

Romantic Victorian Details

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Putting the banner together is a step by step process.  Like most things in life, it seems complicated unless you break it down into manageable segments.

  • First, cover 4 Graphic 45 Ivory ATC tags with red cardstock.  Use the G45 ATC die, and this only takes a minute.
  • Next, cut another set of ATC tags using Time to Flourish February papers.  Fold each tag in half and trim about 1/8″ off around the edges to create a pretty layered effect.
  • Use paper clips or binder clips to attach the ATC tags to the netting ribbon.  Then stitch them onto the netting. Add the details to the tags after you’ve stitched the banner together.
Roses are Red…or Pink!

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The 3 large pennants are die cut with Eileen Hull’s House/Pocket Stitchlets Dies.

  • First, Die cut the red cardstock background using only the outer frame.
  • Next, center the inner die inside the frame.  Use a little tape (I like Post-It’s Notes Tape) to hold the inner die in place.  Then cut 3 pennants from patterned paper.
  • Now place the patterned paper pennants on your cutting tool.  Line the blade of your tool up so that it is in the center of the small die cut circles.  Trim so that you have a postage stamp edge on the patterned paper.
  • Then place a small piece of double sided adhesive on the back of the patterned paper so that it will stay in place on red canvas ticking fabric while you stitch the layers together.
  • Adhere the stitched pennant to the red pennant and clip onto the netting ribbon.  You will have an ATC tag, then a large pennant, then an ATC tag, etc.

TIP: Dry brush the edges and lightly spatter the printed Beautiful Board with ivory chalk paint to lend a more vintage finish.

Love is in the Air!

Assemble the two interior ATC tags the same way as before.  Decorate them with a heat embossed chipboard heart and postage stamps.

TIP: Assemble the individual pennants, then stitch onto the netting.  Now it is time to add the lace trim at the top of the stitched banner.  After that, you can decorate each pennant.  Then add the bows and flower clusters to the ends of the banner.  Finish with flowers.

I’m in Love: I’m All Shook Up

The center pennant is the star of the show with a frilly shaker heart as the focal image.  Here’s how to achieve this effect.

  • First, heat emboss a large heart frame with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel.
  • Now use Dries Clear Adhesive to adhere clear cardstock (acetate sheets) to the back of the embossed frame.  When the glue is dry, trim out the heart.
  • While the glue is drying, ink up a nice pile of heart shaped Beautiful Bits with Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, and Spun Sugar Distress Ink.
  • Inking TIP:  I put the hearts in a small plastic bag and dropped a few drops of re-inker into the bag.  Then I squished the beautiful bits around until they were covered.  Easy peasy!
  • Next, add 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips to the back of the heart frame.
  • Then cut out a 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ panel from the Time to Flourish cut apart page.  Place your inked beautiful bits, sequins, beads and buttons on the 4 1/4″ square of paper.  Then center the heart frame and press in place.
  • Adhere the heat embossed LOVE sentiment on the cover of the frame.
  • Place foam adhesive on the back of the Valentine Fairy and butterfly.
More Details

Because the gorgeous lace trim is difficult to machine stitch, I simply hot glued it to the top of the banner.

Victorian Style Valentine Banner Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see me put this banner together, then I hope you’ll enjoy this YouTube tutorial.

If you’d like to see other banner creations from my archives, please click HERE.

Let Me Hear from You!

Now I need to hear from you: How do you feel about a banner of the month post?  If you are interested, then I am, too!

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

Thanks for stopping by!




December Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial

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Graphic 45 December Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  It’s time to share our December Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial.  Can you believe that we are at the end of this year-long series featuring this gorgeous collection from Graphic 45? Time to Flourish has always been one of my favorites to work with, and the addition of Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and printed Beautiful Board has made it that much more true.

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Here’s a look at this month’s folio.  I’m loving the traditional red and green color palette for this month, how about you?  Instead of poinsettias, I chose some deep red Little Birdie Flowers to accent the ribbons and papers. The gold and jeweled centers really amp up the holiday glitz and glam.

Like the previous 11 folios, this one has a hidden pocket folio built into the 6″ x 6″ easel card base. If you are new to this series, you can find MORE folios in the archives.  Or you can watch the video tutorials on my YouTube channel.

December Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Here’s the tutorial for this month’s folio.


It’s a little sad to be at the end of this series, but all good things do come to an end. The good news is that 2023 is right around the corner, and I’m working up some ideas for a new series. If you have any collections or brands that you’d like to see in 2023, please let me know in the comment section below.  I’ll do my very best to incorporate some of  your suggestions in my planning.

UPDATE: There will be no Make & Take Tuesday or Throwback Thursday tutorials next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  I have family coming in, a new grandson to enjoy, and a house to clean and pies to bake!

The Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop is on Friday, so I’ll see you all then!  Until then, I wish you all a blessed, happy, gratitude-filled and delicious Thanksgiving!

There’s a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




November Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial

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Graphic 45 November Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  Well, it’s time for us to share our Graphic 45 November Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial on this Throwback Thursday.  Wow, it seems like just a couple of weeks ago when we shared the January folio, doesn’t it?  If you are new to this year-long series, you can find the previous 10 folio tutorials on my YouTube Throwback Thursday Playlist.  The  November folio is extra beautiful with rich autumn hues and some lovely Reneabouquets Beautiful Board accents.

Each of these easel style desk folios measures 6″ x 6″.  Designed to be used as a decorative item on your desk or side table, they have ample room for photos and journaling inside.  This is my own original design, and I never seem to grow tired of making these folios.  They make the best birthday presents!  And, you can easily substitute other papers to make little baby shower, wedding, or Christmas folios.  How fun is that?

Beauti-fall Reneabouquets Beautiful Board

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Each month, I add some Reneabouquets accent pieces to really make the design special.  Sometimes I use frames or a doily.  But this month, I created a sparkly fall leaf and acorn with her stackable leaf beautiful board.  Then I added some elegance with a pull tab fashioned from a Sugar Bee Corner. Ink this up with embossing ink and sprinkle with Copper Embossing powder to create a unique pull tab. Read on to find out more!

Mixed Media Action

This lovely fall leaf Stackable Beautiful Board is so much fun to make!

  • First, color the base layer of the leaf with a blend of Spiced Marmalade, Tea Dye, Peeled Paint and Mustard Seed Distress Oxide Ink.  Sponge the ink on with a blending tool.  Then spritz it with water to distress it.  Set aside to dry.
  • Next, sponge Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink over the top chipboard layer of the leaf.  Then sprinkle with Vintage Beeswax Embossing Ink (Seth Apter).  Heat until the powder begins to melt.
  • Now sprinkle Charred Gold Baked Texture over the hot embossing powder like salt and heat again.
  • While the embossed leaf is still hot, sprinkle again with Chunky Rust Texture Embossing Powder and heat again.
  • Finally, sprinkle Ancient Amber Baked Texture over the hot embossed area and heat one last time.  The end result is a richly textured chipboard piece with subtle shades of color.
  • Finish by gluing the chipboard top to the leaf base.  Then fill in some of the swirled areas with Dries Clear Adhesive.  Sprinkle Gold Distress Glitter over the glue, turn over a funnel tray to remove the excess and set aside to dry.
Flowers, Leaves and Ribbon

Pull out the rich tones of the paper with some fall foliage, flowers and custom dyed seam binding ribbon.  I’ll share a link to the seam binding ribbon tutorial in the video description box.

A Peek Inside


The inside of the folio has all sorts of fun tuck spots, pockets, mini folios and journaling cards.

We will create a hidden pocket on the bottom of the folio to hold that tabbed pull out element.

Isn’t that embossed Beautiful Board corner pretty?

And here’s a peek inside the pull out element.  Lots of fun interactive elements here, too.

Graphic 45 November Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along as I create this pretty fall project, I hope you’ll enjoy this video tutorial.


We only have ONE monthly folio left to create.  But don’t be sad….I’m already planning another series for 2023!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial

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Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!   Well, it’s time to make our Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial.  This month’s folio is too cute to spook with cute Halloween images and lovely fall florals.  If you’ve just discovered this year-long Throwback Thursday series, you can find out how to make the first 9 folios HERE.

The star of the show this month is Darla, the cutest little witch you’ve ever seen!  She’s sitting on a pumpkin in the middle of the flower patch,  trying to figure out who she’ll be for Halloween.  Silly girl!

You just have to add a dangle charm to an October desk folio!  So I grouped together a pumpkin and a word token with this fabulous steampunk key.

What’s Inside?

The brake for this easel card is actually a pocket.  And if you have a pocket, you have to put something in it, right?

So we stirred up some special Halloween goodies to go inside our pocket this month.  You’ll learn how to make them in the video tutorial below.

Hidden Pocket!

Just a like a good mystery novel, there’s a hidden compartment tucked beneath this easel card folio!  The hidden pocket holds another interactive folio.

You’ll find another treat-filled pocket inside!

And a fun little flip page, too!

Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see all the details of this desk folio and learn how to make your own, please enjoy this video tutorial.


It’s hard to believe that we are getting close to the end of this year-long series.  I’ll have to start thinking about what kind of series to share with you in 2023!  Any thoughts?

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!





Apple Pie Season Memories

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Apple Pie Season Memories: Throwback Thursday with G45 Time to Flourish & Reneabouquets

Hello Friends!  September is creeping up on us, and that always brings to mind what I call Apple Pie Season Memories.  While creating this month’s Graphic 45 Desk Folio tutorial for you, my mind wandered back to our annual trip to the apple orchard.  If you want to skip over these ruminations, just scroll down to the video tutorial and enjoy.  But if you want to join me in a trip down memory lane, read on.

Growing up in New England, we anticipated the arrival of apple season.  The state of Vermont was dotted with graceful orchards nestled between the hills.  In the fall, nearly every family planned a trip to pick the winter’s supply of apples.

Apple Pie Season Memories: The Birthday Road Trip

My mother’s birthday came at the end of September, and her birthday wish was the same every year: a day trip to Cornwall to pick apples and picnic on the grounds.  Although we had apple orchards right in our hometown, the apples in Cornwall were less pricey. Gas was cheap, and a day trip under the brilliant blue skies was always a treat.

Somehow, the weather always cooperated with Mom’s birthday wish.  We would pack up the car with the bushel laundry baskets we used to harvest the green beans from the garden and set off early in the morning.  The drive seemed to take forever, but it was really only about a 2 hour distance from our home. Mom always packed sandwiches and a thermos of coffee for the adults.  We never packed a dessert.  Who needs one when you have the promise of ruby red apples still warm from the kiss of the sun to enjoy?

In the Orchard

Pulling into the orchard was like stepping into another world.  With the windows rolled down, the sweet smell of apples filled the air.  Bright blue sky above, emerald apple trees dotted with ruby gems, and green grass shimmering with diamond dew drops filled my heart with such joy I could barely contain myself.  Dad always had to chat a bit with the man who ran the orchard.  He directed us to the area that needed to be picked, and off we went, swinging the laundry baskets between us.  Bees buzzed all around us, glutted and happy with the sweet juices from the apples that had fallen on the ground.

We did not actually “pick” apples.  Instead, we harvested the “drops” that had fallen from the branches.  These were far less expensive and just as delicious as the apples from the tree.  We were instructed to reject apples that were bruised or soft on the underside.  Reminders were given not to pick apples from the tree, and to stay within sight of our parents. You may eat one apple, but not two.  And then we were off, giddy with the excitement of filling up our laundry basket.

The Picnic

Those laundry baskets filled up in no time flat.  The sun warmed our shoulders as we searched for the very best of the drops. Anticipation of apple pies, applesauce, apple Betty and applesauce cake danced in our heads.  Mom would can most of the apples and store the Mason jars in the furnace room of the cellar so they wouldn’t freeze during the hard winter.

Before we knew it, Mom would holler her signature “Yoo-hoo!” to signal us to come back for lunch on the ground.  Bologna sandwiches never tasted so good.  Then we could enjoy the one “special” apple we had saved for lunch.  This, too, was a ritual.  First you breathe on it, then you polish it up on your shirt tail until it shines so brightly you can almost see your face in the skin.

The first bite was the best.  Your teeth crunched through the skin, and the warm apple juice flowed down your chin and up your wrist.  Sweet, tart, juicy and earthy flavors filled your palate all at the same time.  Wonderful…absolutely wonderful!

Then it was time to pay for the apples.  I seem to remember the drops went for just $1 a bushel.  Dad and mom  loaded them into the car.  We each kept one out to munch on during the drive home.  Mom tied her kerchief around her head, and with the windows rolled down, we happily wound our way through the hillsides until we drove up the big hill that was home.

September Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Now if you’d like to learn how to make this Apple Pie Memories Folio, I hope you’ll enjoy this YouTube tutorial.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.  I hope you enjoyed picking apples with me today!



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