Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks Day 9: Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card

Hello again, G 45’ers!  It’s Day 9 of Sneak Peeks over at the fabulous Graphic 45 Blog.  Today they are featuring the fanciful, mysterious and oh so fun Midnight Masquerade collection.  This collection is filled with whimsy, vibrant colors and a real playful vibe.  I took one look and thought, “Why not make a shaker card?”  And that’s how this Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker card came into being.

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1 See what I mean?  It’s perfect for Mardi Gras parties, prom parties, and shaker cards, of course!

The making of a shaker card

I’ve only made a few shaker cards, but I found a wonderful new product that makes quick work of the process.  It’s call Kool Tac Double Sided Clear Foam. In the past, I’ve sewn my shaker cards together, which is not so easy.  But using this foam with clear acetate sheets makes quick work of the job.

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2First I cut my 4×6 focal image from the designer paper.  Next I ran the clear foam tape all around the perimeter.  Then I filled the cavity with beads, sequins  and glitter.  Peel off the top layer of the tape and place your cut acetate sheet over top, being careful to line up all the edges.  Burnish with a bone folder and voila!  You’re done!

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 3Each image is featured twice in the paper collection, which allows you to frame the shaker portion of the card.  I used my ruler and craft knife to carefully cut the frame away from the inside image.  Then I used glossy accents to secure it to the top of the shaker.  (Glossy accents works well on non-porous surfaces like acetate.)  Since the feet were printed into the frame, I fussy cut some flowers to cover them up.  I also added more fussy cut flowers to the sides.  It really only took a few minutes and it looks so great, don’t you think?

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 4What could possibly be more fun than a shaker card?  Well, how about a shaker/easel card?  Yeah, I think so, too!  This time I used a flower/bow cluster as the stopper.  I also mounted a fussy cut postage stamp that is propped up on dimensionals just for fun.

Take a Look Inside

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5What a glorious riot of color!  It makes me feel like I’m at Mardi Gras in New Orleans!

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6Remember the frame we cut from the second image?  I went back and fussy cut the dancing lady from the inner portion and placed her above my flower cluster.  It’s hard to tell here, but she’s propped up with foam dimensionals.  I also added another fussy cut stamp on either side.

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 7Once again, when decorating the top of an easel card, make sure you don’t let your paper cover the break.  I hand wrote this simple sentiment on one of the journal cards from the collection.

So, what do you think of Midnight Masquerade?  To be honest with you, I was not at all sure about this collection when I opened my box.  I rarely work with such bright colors.  But almost as soon as I started working with it, I fell in love with it.  It has such a fun, playful vibe and it’s so warm and cheery.  I ended up making more samples with this collection than any other.  Funny, isn’t it?

To see more of this collection, pop on over to the Graphic 45 blog today.  And be sure to leave a comment as they are giving away a lovely prize package.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this Midnight Masquerade Easel Card in the comment section below.

Sneak peeks are the BEST!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album

Frilly and Funkie Challenge: Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to another fun challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This time around the fabulous Suzz is our hostess and the theme is Winter Hues.  I pulled out all sorts of lovely blue and white goodies from so many different companies to create this little Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album.  This is the product mash up of all product mash ups! We’ll take a closer look in a second.  But first, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this challenge:

Winter time brings such a beautiful mix of colors. This challenge requires you use any or all of the following colors: blue, white, silver, gray in your vintage or shabby chic project.

I hope you will link up and play along with us.  The design team will chose their favorite project from all the entries and invite that artist to join us for a guest designer spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The top three choices will receive a badge to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who plays along and follows the guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  What fun!  You can link up and find all the details HERE.

I have loads of photos and tips to share with you, so let’s get this party started!

Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album

Let me start by saying how much fun I had creating this little album.  I cut medium weight chipboard to measure 3 5/8″ by 5.5″ and cut a spine to measure 1.5″ x 3 5/8″.  Sticky back canvas covers the spine and wraps around  to span the front and back covers.

I love making little albums like this “from scratch.”  To keep with Suzz’ directive to use shades of blue, white, silver and grey, I dipped into my Graphic 45 Place in Time and Botanical Tea papers and Pion Designs Shoreline Treasures and Paris Flea Market.  I’ve used Tammy Tutterow Spellbinder dies throughout the album, and I think you’ll be excited to see how they have been employed.

A Happy Accident

The pretty blue pinstripe paper is from Pion Designs Shoreline Treasures.  I wanted to keep the cover pretty clean and simple to sort of echo the way the world looks after a fresh snowfall.

Tammy’s innovative snowflake stamp is designed in such a way that it automatically creates a shadow layer every time you stamp it.  My thought was to Stamp it in French Blue Archival Ink.  Then I traced around it very quickly using Art Institute dries clear glue.  The plan was to then sprinkle the glue with superfine glitter.  Which I thought I grabbed from my bin.  But…guess what?

I grabbed superfine white embossing powder instead.

(Insert panic attack here.)

Once I calmed down, I decided I might as well just roll with the punches.  What’s done is done.  So I went ahead and heat embossed the glue/embossing powder mixture.

Happy accident!

It created this really cool raised edge effect on the snowflake. I think you can pick it up just a little in this close up shot.  But in real life, it looks slightly shiny and as this cool bumpy texture.  I would totally do this again on purpose.

Before gluing the snowflake in place, I put down a layer of Ivory Silky Crush Ribbon and gorgeous Venise lace trim.  These were attached with 1/2″ Scor-Tape and 1/8″ red line tape.  Then I fussy cut images from the January page of Place in time and layered those over the snowflake.

Wool felt Pom Pom Posies make the perfect floral  cluster.  I added in lots of vintage buttons from my button stash.  The tab in the top right corner is cut with Tammy’s die as well.

Paper Bag Pocket Pages

Say THAT 3 times really fast!  Tammy has this darling paper bag pocket die that makes great mini album pages.  See what you think.

The pockets were cut from white cardstock and then embellished with designer papers.  There’s a slash pocket on the left.

I filled it up with a little vintage button card and a post card from Place in Time.  Petaloo Vintage Velvet Hydrangea Blossoms add a fun touch of texture and sparkle.

Versatility in a die is a wonderful thing.  This sentiment is written on Tammy’s Mini Tag Book Die.  I trimmed off the bottom edge so that it would fit the scale of this mini album then decorated it with crochet lace and vintage buttons.

The paper bag die comes with a sweet little insert and I cut a bunch of these to go inside the pockets as photo mounts.  Each is decorated with another of Tammy’s Tab Dies and a vintage button.

This little paper spool is from the Paris Flea Market collection.  I wrapped it with Venise lace and a vintage button.  Isn’t it just too shabbylicious for words?

And here we are at the end.  Since I had one more little die cut bag, I went ahead and glued it to the inside cover.

I love the soft, nostalgic feel of this shabby chic winter hues mini album, don’t you?  Combining so many different textures adds interest to the simple design.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas you can use here.  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Pink Flamingo Valentines Day Mini File Folder

Pink Flamingo Valentines Day Mini File Folder for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  When I was a little girl, my great-grandmother had gorgeous flower gardens.  They were always blooming with some fabulous variety of Iris, or Peonies, or Hydrangeas.  But the thing I remember the most about her gorgeous flower beds was a pair of pink plastic flamingos that flanked the bird bath.  I was entranced by these exotic birds!  So, when I found the new Fabulous  collection from Authentique, I had to have it.  As luck would have it, the papers look smashing with the January Ribbon Club Assortment from RRR.  This little Pink Flamingo Valentines Day mini folder is a prime example of how much fun it is to mix pink papers with red ribbons.

Pink Flamingo Valentines Day Mini File Folder by Kathy Clement, Photo 1Every single time I look at this Pink Flamingo Valentines Day Mini Folder, I laugh out loud.  It just makes me happy, happy, happy!  I mean, what’s not to love about a pink flamingo in a fedora?

Pink Flamingo Valentines Day Mini File Folder by Kathy Clement, Photo 2This little portfolio/file folder measures 4″ x 5.5″.  I created a tie closure by layering Red Chevron Striped Grosgrain ribbon over Red Swirls on White Satin RibbonScor-Tape holds both ribbons firmly in place. I used my Zutter Bow it All Tool to tie a tiny White Taffeta Bow and tucked it beneath my Petaloo blooms to anchor them in the corner.  The side bow is tied with 5/8″ Red Satin with a grosgrain edge. I love working with this particular ribbon because it ties gorgeous bows!

Let’s Take a Look Inside

There’s a whole lotta fun stuffed inside this mini folder.  Each side has a cute little pocket that I’ve decorated with papers from the collection and more fabulous ribbon.

The pocket on the left has a sassy retro styled journal card, an individually wrapped chocolate and a tea bag…in a pink foil wrapper, of course!

The pocket on the right has a fun vintage button card that I’ve topped with  paper spool.  The spool is wrapped with Random Hearts and Confetti Dots grosgrain ribbon.  I’ve secured the ribbon in place with black burlap string and a couple of stick pins.

Although this would make a great Valentine, I think you could also send it out to cheer up a friend in the middle of winter.  I mean, really….can you stop yourself from smiling when you see pink flamingos?  I, for one, cannot!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card: Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks Day 6

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: Portrait of a Lady Easel Card

Hello G45’ers!  Have you been following along with the Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks?  I’m so excited about all these new collections.  I’ve been busy behind the scenes creating loads of samples for CHA/Creativation and I finally get to share this Portrait of a Lady Easel Card with you today.   Hooray!

I tell you no lie: When I pulled Portrait of a Lady from my design team box, I literally gasped.  It is one of the most beautiful paper collections I have ever seen.

Details and Tips

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2I die cut a doily from white cardstock, topped it with a die cut panel from the sentiment page and then wreathed it with trim from my stash.   Don’t you just love this sentiment?

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 3The neat thing about an easel card is that it will close flat for mailing.  This is what it looks like closed. I kept this design very simple and clean so that the beautiful papers and images could really shine.

To add layers of design to a card, use Staples tags!  The lovely shaped edge lends elegance and interest with very little work.  I just cut a strip of designer paper here, tucked my tags behind the focal image, trimmed the edges with lace and popped on some beautiful cream Petaloo flowers.  So simple, yet so elegant!

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 4For my custom dyed ribbon, I worked Tattered Rose Distress Ink through cream seam binding.  It’s a perfect color match and ties a beautiful shabby bow.  I love the way an easel card stands all on its own.

A Peek Inside

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5Here’s a peek at the inside.  Because an easel card has to be able to “break” in the middle of the top half, you have to decorate the inside a little differently.  Simply cut your panel of paper as you normally would, then cut it in half.  Glue one half above the break, and the other below.  This way the pattern matches, and the card will still function as designed.

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6To create the “stopper” for the easel, I layered several patterns of designer paper and matted with cardstock.  The stopper needs to sit a little bit high so that the edge of the card front will catch there and stay open.  I mounted the “Believe in Yourself” sentiment on waste chipboard for that purpose.

Want to see more?

So, what do you think of Portrait of a Lady?  Is it your cup of tea?  It certainly is mine!  This Portrait of a Lady Easel card is just one of the samples I’ve made with the collection.  I’ll be sharing more  in days to come.

If you’d like to see more of Portrait of a Lady, it’s being featured on the Graphic 45 BLOG today.  Be sure to pop over and take a look at all the elements in this glorious collection.  And be sure to leave a comment, as they are giving away a lovely prize package!

I just love sneak peeks!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

Winter Survival Kit

RRR Blog Hop: Winter Survival Kit with Authentique Wintery

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the January 2017 Blog Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon.  You should have arrived here from Karen’s lovely blog.  I’ve created a really fun Winter Survival Kit using the fabulous Sweetheart Mix in the January Ribbon Club Assortment.  These ribbons are great for Valentine’s Day, but they work well for winter projects, too!  Here’s a peek:

How to Make a Winter Survival Kit

Winter seems to be one of those seasons that elicits strong feelings: you either love it or you hate it.  Having grown up in New England, I had to endure my share of long, harsh winters.  I guess I am somewhat disloyal to the land of my birth, because I don’t miss winter one bit!  Yes, the snow is pretty.,.but it is so COLD!  Your hands get chapped, your lips get chapped, you catch colds, your nose runs, and this goes on day after day after day.  So, for those of you who are still stuck in a northern climate, I’ve created a handy dandy little Winter Survival Kit.

I traced around some packaging to create my Winter Survival Kit base box.  You could easily use a gift bag, but I wanted something really sturdy.  Authentique’s Wintery paper collection is a great playmate for the Sweetheart Mix Ribbons.  I love the way the red and white ribbons pop against these deep blue/grey papers.

I found this old die cut January calendar in my stash and glued it to the front of my Winter Survival Kit.  Then I painted a chipboard medallion with cream chalk paint and heat embossed it with shabby blue embossing enamel.  Next, I glued the snowman image in place using waste chipboard on the back to add extra dimension.

I love this teeny tiny chipboard birdhouse that I covered with papers from the collection.  The rusted heart, flowers and sentiment were glued onto a miniature slate that I found in my stash.

Don’t forget to decorate the sides of your Winter Survival Kit!

Ribbon borders add a pop of color and great texture to the top and bottom of the kit.

It’s What’s Inside that Counts!

Look at all the goodies I’ve packed in to my Winter Survival Kit.  Each item is decorated with ribbon from the Sweetheart Mix then wrapped with papers from the Wintery collection.  You’ll find just about everything you might need here to survive winter: Cut-a-Soup, Emergen-C, pocket pack of tissues, Chap Stick, hand cream,  antibacterial wipes, herbal tea, and a honey stick. The warmth and cheer inside this Winter Survival Kit is sure to chase away the winter blues!

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over to Cherry’s blog to see what goodies she has cooked up for you.  There is a complete list of the blogs in this hop on the RRR Blog, so if you get lost, hop on over there and get back on track.

Visit all the blogs along the way, and leave some love behind.  When you”re through hopping, pop on over to the RRR Blog and answer the question of the month so you can be entered into a drawing to win your very own Sweetheart Ribbon Mix.

If you’re not a member of the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club, now is a great time to join.  Each month you will receive a fabulous assortment of beautiful ribbons delivered right to your door. Monthly ribbon club assortments are selected and pre-packed to reflect a specific theme, color, or holiday season. The assortments vary from month to month, but an average assortment has 9 different ribbon styles and consists of 16-18 yards of ribbon.

That’s all for me folks!  Stay warm, and thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Happy Blogiversary Number Four and a Giveaway

Happy Blogiversary Number Four…and a Giveaway!

Hello Friends!  I know I’ve been kind of absent this week, but I’ve been busy getting samples ready for CHA in Phoenix (next week) and have hardly had time to come up for air.  All of a sudden today, I realized…this week marks my 4th anniversary on the Kathy by Design blog.  So this is a special Happy Blogiversary Number 4 blog post and a giveaway!  Woo hoo!

I don’t have a fancy project to share with you today…just my humble thanks for being on this journey with me.  I started blogging with the goal of sharing my adventures in paper crafting with anyone who was willing to listen.  LOL  I had no idea how to set up a blog, and had never written a blog post in my life.  So it thrills and amazes me to see that there were people “out there” who would share my passion for paper.

Now, four years down the road, 675 of you have graced me with your company on the journey.  I’ve published over 800 posts!  And, my blog has had close to 300,000 visitors.  9,560 of you have left me lovely comments to cheer me along the way.  I am so blessed and humbled.  I just wanted to say thank you and share a little love with you.

Happy Blogiversary #4 Giveaway WEEK ONE

I decided it would be fun to host a giveaway each week for the next four weeks.  Sound good to you?  So for my Week One Happy Blogiversary Nujmber Four giveaway, I’m offering these fabulous  Waterfall One, Waterfall Two and Pinked Posies dies from Tammy Tutterow.

Many of you know that I have the honor of designing for Tammy.  I had purchased these dies before I joined the team and as much as I love them (and I really, really do love them!) I don’t need two sets of them in my stash.  So I thought I would share the love with you.

Here’s How to Enter

To be eligible to win:

  1.  You MUST be a follower of my blog.  To join, just click on the e-mail sign up form in the top right corner of my side bar.
  2. Answer this question in the comment section below:  What do you like best and what do you like least about my blog?
  3. You must be a resident of the US or Canada.  (I just can’t afford the international postage….I’m sorry!)

I’ll keep the week one giveaway open until 5PM EST on Thursday, January 19th.  I’ll announce the winner AND the week 2 giveaway on Friday, January 20th.

If you’re already a follower, please let me know.  I’d love it if you chose to follow me on the following venues as well:

That’s it!  Thanks again for being a companion on the journey!  I am having the best time.  I never expected to make so many wonderful friends all around the world.  You add so much joy to my life!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

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Snowflake Kisses Valentine Pocket Card

Snowflake Kisses Valentine Pocket Card with Sweetheart Ribbon Mix and Authentique Wintery

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Is it snowing in your neck of the woods?  We don’t get a whole lot of snow here in North Carolina, but I see a lot of my Facebook friends dealing with lots and lots of snowflakes!  I never did much care for winter.  It’s beautiful…but it is COLD!  About the only way I like to experience winter any more is on paper.  I’ve been having lots of fun with the new Authentique Wintery collection.  It’s a great playmate for the RRR January Ribbon Club Sweetheart Mix.  I had both on my work desk today, and came up with this whimsical Snowflake Kisses Valentine Pocket Card.

These are not exactly traditional Valentine’s Day colors, but I fell in love with the sentiment.   I say this is a Valentine, but it would also make a great get well card, winter birthday card or thinking of you card.

So, I have a new ribbon crush to tell you about.  Have you tried out the taffeta ribbon in the shop?  Oooh-la-la!  It ties the most beautiful crisp bows!  I super love how the white ribbon brightens the composition of this card.  The Sweetheart Mix was put into action on the belly band, too.  Don’t you just love the Random Hearts and Confetti Dots Grosgrain layered over crocheted lace?

The ribbons in this assortment are sooo gorgeous you are going to want to use every little snippet of them.  I cut fishtails on the ends of two tiny scraps of this Bold Diamond Red Satin ribbon and tucked them under my greeting.  They don’t just look pretty; they actually draw the eye to the sentiment panel.

What’s In Your Pocket?

The inside of this card is soooo cute I can hardly stand it.  What’s in the pocket?  A packet of Lipton Cup-a-Soup, that’s what!  How fun is that?  I just couldn’t help myself, my friends.  Having practically LIVED on this stuff when I was in college way back in the Dark Ages, I thought it would be perfect for this wintry card.  What do you think?

Sending you lots and lots of wintry snowflake kisses!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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