Authentique Cultivate Card Folio

Authentique Cultivate Farewell to the Summer Garden Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Cultivate Card Folio: Farewell to the Summer Garden

Hello, Friends! Today I have a sweet little Authentique Cultivate Card Folio to share with you.  I’m sitting here in complete disbelief that it is time to say farewell to the summer garden.  How did we get to the middle of September so fast?  We still have a few tomatoes coming in, but for the most part, out little summer garden is done.  I thought it would be nice to use this darling new Authentique Paper collection to create a tribute to all those tomatoes!

This 5″ x 7″ card folio is all about layers,  texture and dimension.  Here are a few tips to help you incorporate those elements in your card making.

  • Machine stitching adds wonderful texture to a card panel.  It also acts like a frame for the card.
  • Create dimension by backing the focal image with a double layer of chipboard.
  • Elevate the design even more by backing a small die cut element with chipboard.  Then top it with a resin flower basket.
  • Want some sparkle?  Wrap the top of the card with Iridescent Metallic String.  Tie on some sweet little garden charms to add visual interest.
  • Fill the trowel with mustard seeds from the kitchen for even more texture.

  • Ribbon is the quickest and easiest way to add texture to a card design.  Place it in the corners to frame the image.  But you can also use it as a border along the bottom of the card.
  • Want even more texture?  Try wrapping the card panel with some gorgeous crocheted lace.  That should do the trick!
A Peek Inside

Don’t you love these Pennsylvania Dutch patterns and colors?  I think this folio would make a wonderful gardener’s gift.  Place photos of your prize winning flowers or produce in the photo folio.  Then kick back, relax and enjoy a cuppa with the treats in the box pocket. Here’s a peek at a few of the pages in the accordion folio.  There are 4 pull out panels on each side of the design.

 

 

 

The little flip pages provide lots of room for journaling and smaller snapshots.

Dress up your treats with scraps left over from designing the card.  It’s a great way to clean up your work surface and use up odds and ends.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comments. You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Nightfall Halloween Banner

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Banner for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a spooktacular Authentique Nightfall Halloween Banner made with Really Reasonable Ribbon to share with you.  I’ve combined ribbons from the September Ribbon Club with other Boo-tiful Halloween Ribbons from RRR.  Banners are loads of fun to make, add a festive feel to any holiday and can be used from year to year.  This makes the time investment well worthwhile.  There is no tutorial for this project, but I will share lots of tips and tricks that will help you make your own version.

Halloween Banner Basics

  • Begin by cutting the individual pennants for your banner.  Sometimes I use a die for this process, but this time I hand cut the pennants..
  • First, create a template from a piece of  4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ medium weight chipboard.
  • Find the mid-point on the bottom edge of the chipboard.  For these pennants, that was 2 1/4″.  Make a small pencil mark here.
  • Now measure up 1 1/2″ from the midpoint and  make another small mark.
  • Use your ruler and a pencil to draw a line from each corner to this mark.  Then trim out to form the pennant shape.
  • Now you can trace this template onto your designer paper.
  • Add 2 ATC banner tags on each end of the banner as accents.  These hang upside down.  Use the ATC die to cut covers for each of these pennants.
Stitching the Halloween Banner

Stitch the pennants to a long piece of ribbon.  I used 1 1/2″ Black Silky Crush Ribbon.

  • First, space the pennants and ATC tags out on your work surface.
  • Cut the ribbon so that you have about a 4″ overhang on each side of the pennants.
  • Secure the banners to the ribbon with binder clips, paper clips or clothespins.
  • The pennants lie on TOP of the ribbon.
  • Add a row of orange ric rac across the top of the pennants.
  • When everything is situated the way you like it, stitch all the way across the top of the banner, removing the binder clips as you stitch..
  • Then stitch all the way across the bottom edge of the ribbon.
  • Tie ribbon between the pennants.  Leave the ribbon long and just tie a square knot.
  • Top each knot with a burlap string bow and a button.
Ribbon and Flower Clusters

Tie  Halloween Gingham bows for the corners on each end of the ribbon.

Create a bow cluster with die cut skeleton leaves and flowers.

Creating Layers

Each pennant in the banner follows the same “recipe.”

  • The first layer is a dark pennant with a small, not too busy print.
  • Then cut a 4″ x 4″ square of patterned paper.
  • Top this layer with a die cut doily.
  • Next, mat a 3″ x 4″ image on black cardstock. Back with foam or waste chipboard to create more depth and dimension.
  • The center pennant is dressed up with clusters of die cut leaves, a die cut clock and a framed sticker image.  But you still have the basic layers mentioned above.

Do you like to decorate with banners?  I’d love to hear how you use them in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Carta Bella Halloween Market Shaker Photo Wallet

Carta Bella Halloween Market Shaker Photo Wallet by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Halloween Market Shaker Photo Wallet for the RRR Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Carta Bella Halloween Market Shaker Photo Wallet as my inspiration piece for the RRR Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.   All the projects in today’s hop feature the Spooktacular September Ribbon Club Assortment.

This is one of my favorite Ribbon Clubs of the year.  I had a frightfully fun time working these ribbons into a Halloween themed photo wallet.

The wallet base is a 7″ x 5″ top fold card with a 1/2″ spine.  Here are some fun tips for using the Ribbon Club assortment in your photo wallet design.

  • First, create a layered border on the left.  Attach 5/8″ Black Satin Ribbon with a Grosgrain Edge with 1/2″ Scor-Tape.  I like to do this before I adhere my card front to the base.  That way I can wrap the ribbon around to the back .  This creates a nice neat edge on the top and bottom. You also don’t have to worry about the raw ribbon ends fraying.
  • Next, adhere the 3/8″ Halloween Words Confetti Dot Ribbon in the center of the Black Satin.
  • Tie a double loop bow with 5/8″ Black Taffeta Ribbon. Adhere on the left hand side of the shaker frame.
  • Now tie a double loop bow with the 3/8″ Tangerine Swiss Dot Grosgrain Ribbon.  Adhere this on top of the black taffeta bow.

A Peek Inside

Create a 5 page flip folio on the top half of the card.  Each page is 4 3/4″ square.  A magnetic buckle closure holds everything in place.

Add flips and flaps inside the folio to create journaling spots or room for photo booth sized pics.

The final page is a pocket filled with cute Halloween tags.

You can add journaling or small photos on the back of the tags.

The pocket on the bottom half of the photo wallet holds a 4″ x 6″ mini folio. Dress up the front with images and stickers from the paper collection.  Add texture and design with a border cut from 3/8″ Geometric Print Grosgrain Ribbon from the Club Assortment.  Leave the inside blank for photos.

This is such a fun way to document this year’s Halloween costumes!  And the nicest part is that you can set the photo wallet out as part of your Halloween decor.

On With the Hop

Now hop on over to see what paper pretties Cherry has in store for you this month.  Don’t forget to finish the hop on the RRR Blog. Answer Bonnie’s question of the month and you might be the lucky winner of your very own Halloween Ribbon Club Assortment!

But you don’t have to win the hop to get these lovely ribbons!  If you subscribe to the Ribbon Club, you’ll receive your very own Ribbon Club Assortment every month of the year!  It’s like getting a birthday present every single month.  You can find out how to subscribe HERE.

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

Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Throwback Thursday with Authentique Frontier

Authentique Frontier Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Friendship Garden Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday with Authentique Frontier

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a lovely Friendship Garden Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday with Authentique Frontier.  Seems like it’s been ages since I had the time to create a Throwback Thursday post, doesn’t it?  I’ve missed them, too!  But I was tidying up the studio after vacation and my eyes landed on this lovely collection.  Since I have a couple of friends with September birthdays, I thought this would be a good way to get back in my crafting groove.

I actually made two cards.  The first one was for practice. (You take a week of vacation, and you have to learn how to make a card all over again!)

Both cards are my “go to”  5″ x 7″ top fold style.  I had a lovely pile of Frontier scraps to choose from and a square doily that I also found while rummaging around in the Closet of Shame.  Since the doily was 8″ x 8″, I was able to trim off two of the lacy corners.  The remaining panel is the backdrop for this card, stitched to the denim blue card cover.

TIP: Create your card cover “off the card.”  This allows you to machine stitch, wrap ribbon around the card sides (or in this case a doily) and keep a neat edge.

Let’s take a closer look at the first card.

Farm Girl Card from Scraps

Each layer in this card is made with scraps.  The blue denim stripe pattern in the background was a bit short for my card height.  No problem!  Simply add a border strip to the bottom of the card.  Then wrap burlap string along the edge between the paper and the border strip to cover the gap.

Adhere foam or waste chipboard to the back of paper layers to create loads of dimension.

TIP: The gingham fishtail banner piece was too short to span the card.  No worries!  Cut it in half down the middle and adhere to the card base.  The layered images will cover the gap in the center and no one but you will know!

TIP: Cluster small elements around your focal  image to frame it.  This will automatically draw the eye to the center of the card.

A Peek Inside

Create a shallow pocket inside the card.  This is easy if you score and fold the extra panel you will have after creating the card base.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut (2) 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels of kraft cardstock from an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper.
  • Next, score the first panel at 7″ and 7 1/2″.  Fold on the score lines to create a 1/2″ top fold spine.
  • Now, adhere the 2nd panel over the 1″ overhang on the first panel.  The back panel of the card base will be too long, but don’t cut the overhang!
  • Score the overhang at 7″ and 7 1/2″.  Then fold to form a box pocket.
  • Secure the sides of the box pocket with 1 1/2″ x 1″ gussets.  Score the gussets at 1/2″ and 1″ and fold to form the sides of the box pocket.
  • Finally adhere the outer flaps of the gussets to the back side of the pocket flap and then to the card base.  Perfect box pocket!

Now wrap a tea bag and a treat with scraps of your designer paper.  Stamp a birthday sentiment on a journal card from the paper collection.  I’ll write a note on the cream panel of cardstock, then I will adhere it to the top half of the card.  It’s easier to write on this way.

Friendship Garden Card Tutorial

I call this card “Friendship Garden”.  I love the image of these two sweet girls.  There is a video tutorial for this one, so I won’t say much here.

You can see how I used one of the cut off doily corners as a layer in the card design.  I still have one left to use on another card some day.  Vintage blue buttons add a perfect finishing touch.

The die cut wreath (retired Spellbinders) is my favorite element on the card.  I rubbed the leaves with Nuvo Mousse to add a lovely patina to the leaves.

Here’s a peek at the inside.

Video Tutorial

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that will inspire you to dig into your Closet of Shame and use some of your lovely paper scraps.  There’s something so satisfying about creating with an older collection!

If you’d like to see past projects created with this lovely collection, click HERE.

You’ll find links to supplies that are still available below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Please note:  Throwback Thursday uses older collections so not all products will still be available.  Check your stash for substitutes.

 

Manly Slimline Birthday Wallet

Authentique Manly Slimline Birthday Wallet by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Manly Slimline Birthday Wallet

Hello, Friends!  I’m back from the beach, and popping in with a quick and easy Authentique Manly Slimline Birthday Wallet that I made for our son this year.  When Peter was a little tyke, he wanted a pair of cowboy boots more than anything in the world.  We were a young family, living on one meager income, so there was not a lot of extra money to throw around on non-essentials.  The possibility of getting cowboy boots for this cute little guy was not likely.

But you all probably know how it is when your precious child, who really never asks for anything, wants something with all his or her heart.  It weighs on your mind. You think about it.  And finally, if you are a person of faith, you pray about it.  “Lord, it seems trivial.  But that little boy wants a pair of cowboy boots. Could you make that happen?”

So the next time Peter expressed this wish, I said, “Well, let’s talk to God about it.” That dear little boy, who was only three at the time, bowed his head and said, “God please send me some cowboy boots. ” And then he beamed at me and skipped off to play.

The Faith of  a Child

A few days later, a dear friend came to visit us from out of state.  We enjoyed a pancake breakfast together and he got quite a kick out of our vivacious and friendly son. Not one word was said about cowboy boots or money or any such thing.  Before he left, our friend pulled me aside and pressed a wad of bills into my hand.  “Go get that boy a pair of cowboy boots,” he said with a big grin on his face.

Well, I was gobsmacked.  As soon as we had finished sending our friend off, I told Peter to come see what I had to show him.  “Look, Peter!  It’s a miracle!  God sent us the money to go buy you a pair of cowboy boots!  Isn’t that amazing?”  Peter’s brown eyes looked straight into mine and he said very solemnly, “Well, we prayed didn’t we?”

Oh, the faith and wisdom of a child!  I’ve never forgotten that.  He’s still a man of faith, and we are so blessed that he is our son.  I just thought you might like to know why I chose this image and theme for Peter’s birthday card this year.

The Details

To make the card base, follow these simple steps:

  • First, trim an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of kraft cardstock to measure 7 3/4″ x 11″.
  • Next, score at 3 1/2″, 3 3/4″, 7 1/4″, 7 1/2″, 9 3/4″ .
  • Now fold along the scored lines.  You will end up with a 7 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ card base with 1/4″ spines on the top and bottom.
  • Place magnets inside the card cover and on the inner flap before you decorate with designer papers, charms and vintage buttons.
A Peek Inside

  • Now line the inner panels of the card with designer paper.
  • Create a shallow box pocket inside the card by adding gussets to the sides of the flap.
  • First, fold the last score line on the pocket flap forward to create a “cuff.”
  • Then add designer paper below the cuff.
  • Adhere the cuff to the pocket flap, then add a strip of designer paper and a sticker to decorate.
  • Cut the gussets 3/4″ wide x 2″ tall.  Score at 1/4″ and 1/2″.
  • Glue the flaps to the card base and to the inside edge of the pocket flap to form the box pocket.

I’ll tuck a cash gift inside the box so Peter can go shopping for some new workshop tools.  Presenting a cash gift in this manner makes it a bit more personal and fun.

To see more ideas for working with the “Manly” collection, click HERE.  I’ve added a linked supply list below the post.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next masculine card making adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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