Authentique Purebred Pet Sympathy Card

Authentique Purebred Pet Sympathy Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Purebred Pet Sympathy Card with the February Ribbon Club

Hello, Friends!  Sometimes we have to send a sad card. This soft, vintage style Authentique Purebred Pet Sympathy Card is the perfect way to send your condolences, I’ve paired it up with elegant Blue, Ivory and Gold Plaid Ribbon from the Really Reasonable Ribbon February Ribbon Club.  As a matter of fact, all the ribbons in this month’s club work beautifully with this vintage collection.

Authentique Purebred Pet Sympathy Card: Building the Layers

  • Begin by creating a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from kraft cardstock.
  • Next,  mat a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of the gingham check on navy cardstock.
  • Then mat a 4″ x 6″ journal card on navy cardstock .
  • Die cut a Spellbinder’s Tiara Rondelle from navy cardstock.  Cut in half from left to right.
  • Then die cut a Spellbinder’s Large Standard Oval from the paper pieced dog print. Adhere the Tiara Rondelle pieces top and bottom as seen in the photo.
  • Now, create a belly band with a 4 3/4″ x 3″ strip of the horizontal print.  Adhere thin strips of navy cardstock on the top and bottom to separate the patterned papers.
  • Back the 3″ x 4″ image with dimensionals and adhere.
Authentique Purebred Pet Sympathy Card: Finishing Touches

Use your Zutter-Bow-It-All Tool to create a triple loop bow from the plaid ribbon.  Arrange the flowers along the left hand side of the card.  Place a dot of hot glue under the center of the arrangement.  Fold the bow so that the knot is at the front and using the tip of your scissors, push the knot into the hot glue and hold for a second or two.  Carefully pull out your scissors and fuss the bow.

To add to the vintage, shabby chic feel of this card, dry brush the edges of the paper layers with a little ivory chalk paint.  Paint the wood icons with the same paint and when dry, brush very lightly with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Then adhere to the card.  Add some pearls, vintage buttons, and paint spatters to finish off the design.

Authentique Purebred Pet Sympathy Card: A Peek Inside

To me, nothing is as comforting as a cup of tea, so I tucked in a little tea bag in a simple pocket.  Then I die cut a note card using the Spellbinder’s Cannetille Rectangle Die and tucked it in a side pocket.  Then I stamped another cream card panel with a pet sympathy sentiment stamp, added a sticker from the Purebred Collection Kit , and adhered to the face of the pocket.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques and inspiration that you can use in your  next crafty adventure.  If so, I ‘d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  And, you’ll find a linked supply list at the end of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Ocean Blue Shaker Card

Graphic 45 Ocean Blue Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Ocean Blue Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  I had time over the weekend to make this mixed media Graphic 45 Ocean Blue Shaker card.  And boy, was it ever fun!  You all know how much I love everything about the sea, so I could not resist purchasing this collection when it was revealed.  I’m hopeless when it comes to pretty papers!

This is a 6″ x 6″  card with some mixed media effects to add extra texture and interest.  Here are some of the steps I took to create this card front.

  • First, create a 6″ x 6″ kraft cardstock base.
  • Next, double mat royal blue and soft blue cardstock to add a frame to the card base.
  • Now, cut a 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ square of the tan pinstripe paper from Patterns and Solids.  Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
Ocean Blue Shaker Card: Create the Shaker Frame

The next step is to create the shaker frame.

  • Begin by heat embossing a Reneabouquets Seashell Square Frame with Vintage Champagne Embossing Powder.
  • Then flip the frame over and back with clear cardstock (acetate).
  • Next, place 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips around the outside edge of the frame.
  • Now, cut a 4″ x 4″ panel of the sea shell patterned paper and center on the card base.  Fill the center with Shades of Chambray Shaker Mix, silver glitter glass and itty bitty seashells.

Now mat the sentiment on a piece of waste chipboard and adhere to the patterned paper. Then carefully center and adhere the prepared shaker frame.  Oooooh….preeeeeetyyyy!

Ocean Blue Shaker Card: The Embellishments

This seahorse is die cut from mat board using a Tim Holtz Sand and Sea Bigz Die.  Here’s how I altered it.

  • First, spritz the matboard or chipboard very lightly with water.
  • Next, place it in a Sizzix embossing folder.  I used a Tim Holtz Reptile Texture Fade and then ran it through my die cutting machine.
  • Now for the mixed media fun.  Paint the embossed chipboard with Folk Art Country Twill Acrylic Paint.  Heat dry.
  • Follow this with some Deco Art MEdia Fluid Acrylic paint in Burnt Sienna.  I just randomly dabbed this on with my finger.
  • Now, tap on some DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream in Patina Green.  Again, just dab this on lightly with your finger.
  • When the paint has all dried, tap with Versamark Ink.  Randomly sprinkle Seth Apter Dirty Sand Baked Texture over the surface and heat emboss.
  • Tap again with VersaMark and then heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
  • Back with dimensionals and adhere to the side of the frame.
  • Finish up with some Prima Georgia Blues Flowers and RRR Blue/Ivory/Gold Plaid Ribbon.
  • Wrap burlap string around the sides of the panel, securing on the back side with tape.
  • Now adhere to the card base.
Ocean Blue Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

This is a birthday gift for a beach loving friend, so I added a little gift pocket.

Then I created a little magnet using a small Ephemera Card as the base.

Here’s a look at all the goodies in the pocket.

I can’t wait to give this to my friend!

Did I share some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures today?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Papercrafting 101: Creating Card Layers

Papercrafting 101 Creating Layered Cards Little Birdie Crafts Birds and Berries by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Papercrafting 101: Creating Card Layers with Little Birdie Crafts Birds and Berries Collection

Hello, Friends!  Do you love patterned papers, but struggle when it comes to using them?  Today’s Papercrafting 101 Creating Card Layers is just for you!  I’ve put together a little video tutorial that will give you my top tips for creating beautifully composed card layers.

We’ll be working with this scrumptious Little Birdie Crafts Birds and Berries paper collection and the coordinating flowers and chipboard.  I’ll link a supply list at the bottom of this post.

Let’s face it: working with patterned papers can be challenging.  How do you keep the design from becoming too busy?  How do you pick papers that work together?  While we create the card together, I’ll share the “why” of this design and help you understand how to successfully layer the beautiful patterned papers we all love so much.  The video is loaded with tips, tricks and insights that will really help you move your card making to the next level.

Papercrafting 101: Creating Card Layers: A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside of this 6″ x 6″ square pocket card.  Simple, but adorable, thanks to these lovely papers from Little Birdie Crafts.  If you missed my unboxing video of the new Little Birdie Releases, you can find that HERE.

Are you ready to learn how to make this darling card?  Then grab a pencil and notebook, and click play, because Papercrafting 101 is in session!

If you’d like to see another project made with Little Birdie’s new releases, click HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you’ll be able to use in your next crafty adventure.  If so I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list there in case you wish to purchase any of the supplies I’ve used in this project.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio, 

kathy

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NOTE: use the coupon code Kathy05 to save 5% off your purchase at Little Birdie Crafts

 

Authentique March Desk Calendar Tutorial

Authentique March Desk Calendar Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique March Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends! This Celtic beauty adorns the cover of our Authentique March Desk Calendar.  That’s right!  With Valentine’s Day behind us, it’s time to get ready for the wearing of the green.  So break out your March Calendar collection pages and let’s get our craft on!

Did you make the January and February Desk Calendars yet?  The March calendar is the same size and basic design, although I streamlined a couple of features to make it even easier to create.

Just like the January and February models, the base is a 6″ x 6″ easel card.  I dressed this one up with some fancy gold buttons, shimmer satin ribbon and beautiful Little Birdie Amor Mio flowers.

You’ll still find a cute pocket with folio inserts and a March calendar on the interior of the card.  But the pocket construction is even simpler.

And we still have the nifty hidden pocket and folio feature.  But I changed the shape of the pull tab.  I can’t have you getting bored on me!

So if you’re ready to learn how to make this sweet Authentique March Desk Calendar, just click play on the video below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

The great thing about this fun design is that it makes a great gift!  Just change out the papers, and you can make birthday cards, anniversary cards, graduation cards…the options are endless!

Are you making this series along with me?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Crafts Songs of the Sea Folio

Little Birdie Crafts Songs of the Sea Mermaid Garden Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Songs of the Sea Folio: Guest Designer Post

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  Today I’m sharing a Little Birdie Crafts Songs of the Sea Folio that I created as a Guest Designer for LBC.  I call this one, “The Mermaid Garden.” The saturated blues, beachy patterns and lovely mermaids in this collection have me dreaming of the sea!  I’m thrilled to be partnering with LBC once again, and look forward to sharing a monthly post that will feature their new releases and fun projects to inspire your creativity.

And, I have more good news!  LBC just launched their very first US warehouse!  That’s right!  Now you can order direct from Little Birdie and fill your crafty space with their beautiful flowers, papers, and mixed media supplies.  You’ll want to pop by and pay them a visit, as everything is on sale as part of their grand opening celebration.

I’m a huge fan of Little Birdie Crafts…and not just because they offer such beautiful flowers and crafting supplies.  Did you know that they employ more than 3000 rural Indian women who would otherwise be without work?  These women are now able to provide their children with an education and a future.  They also rescue abandoned baby girls (still common in India) and place them in homes where they will be loved, cared for and educated.  Little Birdie is changing the future of India, and I am proud to be associated with the brand!

Songs of the Sea Folio: The Mermaid Garden

The base of this project is a “made from scratch”  6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ box style folio.  I’ve layered up the cover with beautiful Little Birdie Flowers, chipboard and papers from the 12×12 and 6×6 Songs of the Sea Collection.

TIP: Mix and match your flowers to create this Mermaid Garden.  I’ve combined Amor Mio Heleen flowers with  Songs of the Sea Nancy and Queenie blossoms.  The white blooms add life and lighten up all the beautiful deep blues.  Tuck a few tiny starfish into the floral cascade to enhance the ocean vibe.

TIP: The focal image on this folio is cut from the cover of the 6″ x 6″ pad.  Don’t forget to check the packaging!

TIP:  Paint metal charms with chalk paint.  Then tap with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink and spritz with water to create a perfectly distressed and color matched embellishment.

TIP:  Heat emboss chipboard with Versamark Ink, then emboss with Seth Apter Baked Velvet Mediterranean Powders.  They are a great color match for this collection.  Then dry brush with a little diluted chalk paint to create this faux metal patina on the chipboard.

Songs of the Sea Folio: The Spine

Punch a hole at the top of the spine and add a lobster clasp and bangle to create a quick and easy decoration.  Netting makes a great closure for the folio.

Songs of the Sea Folio:  A Peek Inside

You’ll see all the details of this interactive folio in the video tour below.  But to whet your appetite, here are a few sneak peeks.

If you’d like to see more details, just click play!

If you’d like to see all the beautiful supplies I received from Little Birdie Crafts, you can watch this unboxing video.  The new releases are gorgeous!

And here’s some happy news!  Use this coupon code Kathy05 when you shop at Little Birdie Crafts, and you’ll save an additional 5% off your order!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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