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Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Christmas Tea Party in a Box Tutorial

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Christmas Tea Party in a Box Tutorial with Reneabouquets-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Tea Party in a Box Tutorial with Reneabouquets:

Hello, Friends!  The Christmas train is rolling right along with this Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Tea Party in a Box Tutorial.  This is one of my “Use Your Scraps” challenges.  I’ll share all my best sneaky tricks for using tiny pieces of designer paper and a few images into a lovely 5″ x 7″ tea party in a box card.

We’re working with leftover bits and bobs from the December Banner tutorial that I shared earlier this month.  While I had quite a few images left over, I really had just a tiny bit of the Flourish patterned paper to work with.  I think you’ll enjoy seeing how I combined those bits with some lovely Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Mulberry flowers to create this project.

Lots of Lovely Little Layers

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So how did I manage to streeeeetch these designer papers?  Well, let’s just say that if you could see under all these lovely layers of images, you’d see a lot of naked cardstock.  A bountiful flower cluster and strategically placed images are a crafty girl’s best friend!

A Peek Inside

The challenge continued on the inside of this card.  I had to figure out clever ways to use odd shaped pieces of designer paper.  Thankfully, I had many of the large images from the 12×12 pad left over to help me finish the job.

We even managed to create a little flap page on the top half of the card!  I’ll share my secrets with you in the video tutorial below.

But let’s just say for now that a well-placed title covers up an obvious spot where scraps are pieced in.  It’s our secret, OK?

The Tea Party in a Box

Since I was low on designer paper, I wrapped my tea treats with cardstock.

Then I added smaller ephemera pieces to dress up the plain cardstock.  It worked really well!

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Christmas Tea Party in a Box Tutorial on YouTube

You’re invited to grab a cuppa and a snack as I share this video tutorial with you over on my YouTube Channel:


Did you enjoy that?  I’m having lots of fun sharing these Christmas creations with you.  I’ll be back soon with more, so keep a sharp eye out!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends.  I know how busy the holiday season is, and I truly appreciate you spending your time with me here.




Graphic 45 Time to Flourish December Banner

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish December Banner-Reneabouquets-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish December Banner with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  Can you wrap your brain around the reality that it is time for us to create our Graphic 45 Time to Flourish December Banner?  Whoa!  This year has really gone by so fast!  We’ve been creating these sweet banners each month in 2023, and the December banner is the grand finale for this series.  Once again, I’ve used the 8×8 and 12×12 papers to create the banner.

Because of a very busy schedule and some unexpected appointments, I was unable to film a step by step video this month.  (Everything is fine…just super busy and time for annual checkups and all the rest.) But I did film a project share where I go over a lot of tips and we look at the details of each pennant.  Thanks for understanding!

However, you can find a very detailed step by step tutorial for the November Banner where I discuss process and how to’s HERE.

Christmas Merriment

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Nothing says “Christmas” like rusty jingle bells, frosty poinsettias, plaid ribbon, glittering stars and sparkling holly.   This banner is filled with Christmas merriment and traditional holiday colors.  Once again, I’ve used G45 ATC tags, Regular Tags and Eileen Hull Sizzix House/Pocket Stitchlet dies to create the pennants for our banner.

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TIP: Layer the 2 largest nested star dies over gold glitter paper so that when you die cut, you get 2 stars at the same time.  Weave small images into the opening of the large star to create a very pretty frame for G45 tags and Reneabouquets Santa’s Elves Printed Beautiful Board.

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Here’s another of those adorable Santa’s Elves perched on the medium sized star that I layerd with the largest die.  These little guys are sooo cute!

TIP: Gently round the center of sentiment tags to add extra dimension to your design.  I simply run the paper between my fingers, then glue the ends down.  It’s a simple technique, but it works!

Christmas Ribbons

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I like to stitch my pennants to a ribbon border and I love adding a layer of lace to the top.  First, stitch along the top of the ribbon to secure the pennants.  Then, turn and stitch along the bottom edge.  This makes the banner hang nicely.

TIP: Vary the placement of your glitter stars to create interest and a sense of movement in your banner design.

Christmas Candy Cane

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This might be my favorite pennant in this banner, thanks to the gorgeous Reneabouquets Candy Cane image.  It’s so perfectly vintage and provides a lovely pop of color in the banner design.

For another pop of color, stitch red shell buttons between each pennant.

Here we are at the very last pennant.  The bow clusters on each end are identical to create a sense of symmetry.

TIP: Tie a length of Christmas Plaid Ribbon to each end of the banner, leaving the tails long.  Then glue your bow, metallic string, leaves and flower on top to create a dramatic bow cluster.

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish December Banner on YouTube

I hope you can join me over on my YouTube channel for a closer look at this lovely Christmas banner.


Well, we did it, friends!  A beautiful banner for each month of 2023!  What shall we do in 2024?  Wait and see…I’m planning!

There will be no tutorials next week as I am taking time off to prepare for Thanksgiving…my favorite holiday!  I have a tradition of baking pies with my granddaughters, making place cards for the table together and I  might even manage to squeeze in a nap!  But I’ll be back after the holiday to share more crafty adventures with my friends.

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I wish you a day filled with joy, laughter, family, friends, good food and a thankful heart.  There is always something to be thankful for, and it’s good to remember to say thank you for all the many blessings in our lives.

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

Thanks for stopping by, friends!  I’m thankful for each one of you!




Graphic 45 November Time to Flourish Card

Graphic 45 November Time to Flourish Card: Let’s Use Our Scraps!

Hello, Friends!  This Graphic 45 November Time to Flourish Card is made with paper scraps we had left from making our November Banner of the Month.  My mama raised me with a “waste not, want not” point of view, so I just had to find a way to create something wonderful with those tasty little bits of designer paper!  Naturally, I invited some Reneabouquets goodies along on this crafty adventure.  The end result was this luscious fall beauty of a card.  I was so pleased with it that I  just had to share the tutorial with you so you can make one with your scrappy bits, too.

Pumpkins, Butterflies and Fall Florals

When I started out to make this card, I only had 1 sheet of 8×8 paper, a 2″ x 8″ scrap from the back of the cut apart page, and an assortment of random cut apart pieces from the 8×8 pad.  This was a challenge.  But lucky for me, I love a good challenge!  The paper shortage problem was easily resolved by using mitered frames instead of large paper panels.

TIP: Need to save patterned paper?  Create mitered frame borders instead of using entire panels of patterned paper.  If you have rectangular nesting dies, you can also cut the “frames” out with those.

TIP:  Fill in empty spots with a chipboard pumpkin, large metal embellishments, and lovely fall branches.

TIP: Color your maple branches with Distress Oxide Inks in shades of Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey.  Then spritz lightly with a copper mica spray for a spectacular finish.

A Peek Inside

Reserve that 8×8 panel of patterned paper for use on the inside of your card.  First line your 5 1/8″ x 7 1/8″ cream card base with 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panels of Faded Brick or Tomato Soup cardstock.  Then trim the 8×8 paper to a width of 4 3/4″.  Line the pocket with the green reverse pattern and the top with a 4 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ panel of the pattern.  Then you can use the offcuts and other scraps to dress up the top half of the card.

TIP: Camouflage patterned paper piecing with small side panel embellishments.

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I had just enough scraps left to  make a sweet little tea wallet for my Pumpkin Spice tea bag and a decorative front for my chocolate wrapper.

Graphic 45 November Time to Flourish Card Tutorial on my YouTube channel

This fun project was a bit like putting a puzzle together, but I really enjoyed the process.  If you’d like to see how the front cover came together, grab a cuppa and join me over on my YouTube channel.

Well, what do you think?  I had not one scrap of paper left after finishing this card, and that’s just the way I like it!

Thanks for stopping by, friends!




Graphic 45 November Time to Flourish Banner Tutorial

Graphic 45 November Time to Flourish Banner Tutorial with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday, and I have our Graphic 45 November Time to Flourish Banner Tutorial ready for you.  This is one of my favorite month’s from this collection (do I say that every month?) so I was super excited when it came time to put it together.  I’ve added some gorgeous Reneabouquets Beautiful Board, Really Reasonable Ribbon, flowers, charms and vintage buttons from my stash to make a banner worthy of my favorite holiday: Thanksgiving!

Autumn Hues
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Rich autumn hues take center stage this month along with beautiful birds, acorns, and fall leaves.  My favorite element (aside from the Thanksgiving Turkey shaker wreath) is the star anise embellishments.  Not only does this banner look like fall…it smells like fall, too.

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TIP: Texture adds so much to a banner design.  Try adding a layer of burlap, vintage lace and mulberry flowers to your ribbon to amp up the texture.

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TIP: Variety is the spice of life.  That’s why I used 3 different shaped and sized pennants in this month’s banner.  This allows each banner to stand out as a mini art piece all on its own.

Shake Up Your Banner

TIP:  Why not add a fun shaker element to your center banner?  This is easy to do, and it adds a surprise element that makes the banner extra special.  I show you in the tutorial  how I transformed this Reneabouquets Thanksgiving Wreath and Turkey into a shaker frame.

Charmed, I’m Sure!

Graphic 45 tags have a lovely grommet on the domed edge.  I turn them upside down to create a pretty banner shape. Then I put that grommet to good use by adding a charm dangle with jump rings.  It adds so much to the banner’s appeal.

Color Reneabouquets Fancy Fall Tuck ins with layers of Distress Oxide Ink.  Tap the color directly onto the surface of each piece, layering one color over the next.  Then spritz lightly with a metallic mist and spatter with Mustard Seed Distress Paint for a really fun fall finish.

TIP: Think of the end pieces of your banner as though they are quotation marks.  The elements on the right hand side tip to the right, but on the left hand side they tip to the left.  This simple trick makes the banner read like a sentence.

Graphic 45 November Time to Flourish Banner Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see this banner being built, I hope you’ll enjoy this video on my YouTube channel.  I talk a little about my design process at the beginning, then we dive in and layer up th elements on each pennant.  Grab a cuppa and join me for this fun tutorial.

We only have one banner left for 2023!  Can you believe it?  I’m taking notes on what sort of projects you’d like to see featured each month in 2024.  So far, we  have tags on the agenda, which makes me very happy.  Any other thoughts?

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.  Please bear in mind that Throwback Thursday supplies come from my stash, so I may not be able to list everything that you see in the project.  But dig into your stash, and I bet you’ll find something just as wonderful.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!




G45 Time to Flourish October Banner of the Month

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish October Banner-Reneabouquets-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

G45 Time to Flourish October Banner of the Month with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  This week’s Throwback Thursday features our G45 Time to Flourish October Banner of the Month tutorial.  October is one of my favorite months of the year.  It’s bright blue skies, crisp air and cooler temperatures always make me feel alive again.  Hard to believe that we are almost at October again, isn’t it?

Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board, Butterflies, glitter glass and chippies added so much to our banner design this month.  Of course, we went with an orange and black color scheme.  But we added in a healthy dose of deep purple to really make the project come alive with color.

Shaped Pennants

TIP: Mix and match pennant shapes and sizes to create visual interest.  For this banner I’ve used G45 Black ATC tags, Regular Black Laser Cut Alpha Tags, and a stitched banner as the bases for our designs.

Because I was almost out of the October Time to Flourish papers, I had to innovate the design a bit.  To save paper, I die cut liners from Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  Then I cut rectangles of my designer paper ( scraps of Time to Flourish and Midnight Tales), stitched them onto the pennant bases and then onto my ribbon streamers.

Hauntingly Beautiful Butterflies

You don’t usually think of butterflies in connection with Halloween projects, but these Reneabouquets butterflies really made everything pop!  And how cute is this little pumpkin gal with her kitty and broomstick?

TIP:  Die cut stars from gold glitter cardstock to add sparkle and shine to each collage.  Large stars serve as background pieces while smaller ones make great embellishments.

Pumpkin Patch

I had such fun creating these layered pumpkins!  First, color the cardstock background with various colors of Distress Stain.  Then color the chipboard overlay with a darker shade and adhere to the base.  Next, spritz lightly with gold mica spray.  Finally, add some Dries Clear Glitter Glue to the corners and sprinkle with Gold Glitter Glass.  The end result is spook-tacular!

Whoo- whoo Goes There?

TIP: Prima Crystals make great eyes on this handsome beautiful board owl.  He’s colored with Distress Stain, but you could also emboss him for an even more dramatic effect.

Itty Bitty Scarcrow

I’m such a fan of this sweet scarecrow.  You saw a larger version on yesterday’s Not So Scary Scarecrow card.  This itty bitty version is the perfect size for my miniature frame.

Instead of adding charms to my tags, I inserted these cute orange corduroy brads.  I like the texture they add to the design, don’t you?

And here we are at the end of this long banner. It was lots of fun putting this one together.  If you’d like to watch the process on my YouTube channel, please enjoy this video:


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

Thanks for stopping by, friends!