Throwback Thursday: Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello Friends!  Welcome to the latest installment of Throwback Thursday!  Today I’m serving up this shabby chic, romantic Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card tutorial.  This gorgeous collection was released in 2015, and I’m betting a lot of you G45 fans have some in your stash.  Since Valentine’s Day is creeping up on us, I thought it would be fun to feature it on Throwback Thursday.  If you don’t have it on hand, you can still use this tutorial with another “oldie but goodie” collection.  So dust off your paper stash, sharpen your scissors and let’s get our craft on!

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial: The Basics

The base for this card is a 5″ x 7″ top fold with a 1/2″ spine made from an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of cream cardstock.  If you’ve never made this style of card base before, you can find a tutorial for that HERE. This Halloween tutorial demonstrates the technique used for building a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 1/2″ base.  It is a side fold card in the tutorial. To make it a top fold card, simply,  turn it “on its head” and then proceed with this tutorial.

Here is a look at what we’ll be making today:

That gorgeous butterfly cluster features Printed Beauty Board from Renea Bouquets.  I love the dimension and sparkle it adds to the card.

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

I think this would made a great Valentine…or a great all occasion card.  It was such fun to pull this lovely retired collection out of storage and put it to good use.  If you have it in your stash and would like to make this card, just follow along in this Throwback Thursday video tutorial.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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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Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial

Authentique Calendar Collection January February Desk Calendars by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design PHoto 01

Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial: January and February

Hello, Friends!  I just love the month of January.  The whole year stretches out before you like a blank book just waiting for you to write your story.  This Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial is an idea that I think you are going to love.

January Desk Calendar Authentique Calendar Collection by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

You know that old song, “Brighten the Corner Where You Are?”  These sweet little easel style folios are designed to do just that!  Each one measures 6″ x 6″ and is decorated in vintage style using the Authentique Calendar Collection.  They are the perfect way to decorate a desk, entry way, or studio and they make a great birthday gift, too.  I built some fun features into the design that I think you are really going to enjoy!  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial: Filled with Fun

Open the desk decor to find the January Calendar on the inside along with a lovely pocket of goodies.  Fill the dates in on the calendar, or use it to write down birthdays, anniversaries and holidays.

Adding a pocket to an easel style card is one of my favorite design tricks.  I’ve tucked 2 wallet sized photo folios inside the pocket along with a journaling card.  You could also add a couple of photographs here.  But there’s more to this design than what meets the eye!

Pull the tab on the right to reveal a hidden pocket built into the base of the folio.  How fun is that?

This folio measures 5 1/4″ square and will hold 3 photos.

Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial: February

February Desk Calendar Authentique Calendar Collection by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

The February Desk Decor is created using the same techniques as the ones from the January calendar.

Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial on YouTube

Because I thought you would enjoy creating these lovely little desk decor calendars, I created a video tutorial.  Just follow the simple step by step instructions.  I will build the February folio in the video, but the measurements and steps are the same for January.  Just change out the papers and images and you’ll be all set.

How do you feel about me sharing a new desk decor calendar each month in 2020?  Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Blooming Beauty Box Card

Graphic 45 Blooming Beauty Box Card for the Really Reasonable Ribbon January Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  This Graphic 45 Blooming Beauty Box Card is my contribution to the  RRR January Blog Hop!  Your should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  If so, you are right on track.  But if you got lost somewhere along the way, you can find the entire hop list over on the RRR blog.

This month’s ribbon club features pretty pink ribbons from The Sweetheart Assortment.  These are great for Valentine’s Day projects, but I wanted to show how well they work with all occasion cards, too.

Blooming Beauty Box Card: A Posh Pocket for Posh Pink Ribbon

Blooming Beauty Box Card Graphic 45 Bloom Collection Eileen Hull Gift Card Folder and Label Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon PHoto 01

Pearl Pink Bold Satin Ribbon with a Grosgrain Edge is the perfect adornment for this 5″ x 7″ top fold card.  it picks up on the lighter shades of pink in the Graphic 45 Bloom Collection and complements the rich, bold colors of the mulberry flowers.  Plus, it ties gorgeous bows!

Top the bow cluster with some Iridescent White Metallic String, small flowers and a sweet little love charm to really make it special! Die cut an Eileen Hull Gift Card Pocket from the designer paper and add it to the cover design.  It’s always fun to have a posh little pocket and tag combination on a card front.

Blooming Beauty Box Card: A Peek Inside

The inside of this card has a box pocket (find a tutorial HERE) and an ephemera card pocket for writing a greeting.

Use an Envelope Punch Board to create a little gift pocket, then tie it with more of the pretty ribbon.  Would you like to see what is inside?

Here’s a mini honey dipper, a vintage demitasse spoon, small ephemera card, honey packet and tea bag. Now the card is a perfect Valentine, birthday card, or get well card for any tea lover.

To find past projects created with the Bloom Collection, look HERE.

On With the Hop!

From here, you will hop on over to see what paper pretties Linsey has in store for you.  Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop, and leave a sweet comment behind.  Then finish up over on the RRR Blog where you will answer Bonnie’s question of the month and be entered into the drawing for your very own Sweetheart Ribbon Club Assortment!

Not a ribbon club member yet?  Simply click here to learn all about the ribbon club.  It’s easy to sign up, and you’ll love getting your very own Ribbon Club Assortment in the mail each month.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  Look for a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Shabby Rose Winter Butterflies Shaker Card

Stamperia Shabby Rose Winter Butterflies Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Stamperia Shabby Rose Winter Butterflies Shaker Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  This Stamperia Shabby Rose Winter Butterflies Shaker Card softens Winter’s blow with soft pink hues and delicate butterflies.  It’s unexpected, whimsical and oh, so pretty with RRR Dusty Rose Wrinkled Ribbon and Iridescent White Metallic String accents.

Shabby Rose Winter Butterflies Shaker Card: Preparing the Shaker Frame

The Reneabouquets Snowflake Frame makes a perfect shaker element for the card.  Here’s how to make it:

  • First, heat emboss the frame with Versamark Embossing Ink and WOW White Diamonds Embossing Glitter.
  • Next, cut a piece of clear acrylic cardstock to fit the back of the inner square.  Adhere with Dries Clear Glue, and be sure to clean away any adhesive that smooshes out.
  • Now, add a triple layer of Darice Adhesive Foam Strips to the back of the frame.
  • Cut a 5 1/2″ square mat of designer paper to cover the card front.
  • Then cut the butterfly/rose image to fit the frame.
  • Fill the center of the image with beads, buttons, sequins and glitter, then firmly press the prepared frame in place.
  • Die cut Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves and emboss with the Wow powder.  Adhere in the right hand corner of the frame.
  • Tie a triple loop bow with your Zutter Bow it All Tool and adhere over the leaves.
  • Tie the loopy metallic string bow and adhere on top.
  • Add flowers and leaves from your stash.
  • Repeat in the upper left hand corner, but tie smaller bows and use smaller flowers.
Shabby Rose Winter Butterflies Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

The inside is lined with designer papers from the Shabby Rose pad.  Create a sentiment panel by die cutting cream cardstock with a Spellbinder’s Die (Card Creator/Detailed Scallops/Retired).  Cut a circle element from the paper collection in half to create a sweet little tea bag pocket.

 

Button Farm Club January 2020 Kit Reveal

Carta Bella Home Again Altered Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag and Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 01

Button Farm Club January 2020 Kit Reveal: Carta Bella Home Again Altered Etcetera Tag & Folio

Hello, Friends!  I’m so excited to share my Button Farm Club January 2020 Kit Reveal with you today.  This idea has been rumbling around in my head for weeks, and I’m truly tickled with result.  It’s home decor, it’s an organizing tool and it’s a folio all in one.  I think you are going to love this Carta Bella Home Again Altered Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag & Folio!

If you’ve never worked with a Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag before, you are in for a treat!  The tags are made from thickboard: a thick sturdy surface that is perfect for collage, altering and embellishing.  The small tag we use in this project measures a generous 5 1/2″ x 10″; a perfect size for  home decor. And what collection could possibly be better for home decor than Home Again?  The fresh farmhouse vibe, the pretty patterns and the soothing color palette are delightful to work with.

You all know me so well…I like pretty…but I like practical, too.  So I designed this tag with a big ole slash pocket to hold an altered notebook.  It’s the perfect place to jot down a to do list, menu plans, emergency contact numbers, grocery lists….or a little daily gratitude journal.  There’s room to tuck a pen into the pocket, too so everything you need will be right at your fingertips.

Button Farm Club January 2020 Kit Reveal: The Folio

The flip side of the tag houses a delightful tri-fold folio.  You’ll learn how to paper piece this adorable little house on the cover…and just wait til you see what’s inside!

This sweet little folio is filled with flips, flaps, pockets, tags and room for loads of lovely family memories.

The waterfall feature will house (18) 4″ x 4″ photos.  And the other photo spots are designed for photos ranging in size from 4″ x 6″ to 3″ x 5″.  And, if you add a little bulldog clip to the sides, the folio will stand upright so you can display your beautiful family photos.

I think this would make a wonderful bridal shower gift, house warming present, birthday gift and…Mother’s Day will be here before we know it!  The color palette almost reads as a neutral, so it would go with almost any home color scheme.

YouTube Video Tour

To help you get a feel for the flow and function of this lovely kit, I’ve created a very short YouTube tour.

What Comes in the Kit?

As always, you will receive everything you need to complete this project with the exception of your adhesive of choice and Distress Ink, should you choose to sponge a little on the edges.

  • Tim Holtz Small Etcetera Tag
  • Carta Bella Home Again Collection
    • 1 sheet 12 x 12 Journaling Cards
    • 1 Coordinating Solids Pack
    • 1 6×6 Paper Pad
    • 1 Chipboard Phrases
  • Little Birdie Heleen Amor Mio Flowers
  • Bay Leaf Seam Binding/2 yards
  • October Afternoon Buttons (blue/3 per kit/small, med, large if possible)
  • Farmhouse Small Notebook
  • 2 pearl stickpins
  • Full color printed tutorial with easy to follow step by step instructions.

The price of the kit is just $39.99, which is a great value given the contents! The tutorial will give you some new techniques that you’ll be able to use in other crafty adventures as well.

The kit is available now at The Button Farm Club. This is a limited release, and I expect it to sell out rather quickly because it is so stinkin’ cute!

For those of you who have been asking for more card tutorials…stay tuned.  There’s a birthday card kit in the works even as I write this.  It’s going to be really, really cute!

I have spent a good bit of time imagining kits for 2020…and I am so excited to share them all with you as they are released.  2020 is going to be a year that just overflows with creativity.  Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement in this venture.  If you have kits that you’d like to see in 2020, please let me know, and I’ll take them into consideration.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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