French Pastry Shop Window Card

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month June 2020 by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

French Pastry Shop Window Card with Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month

Hello, friends!  Let’s gaze at the goodies inside this French Pastry Shop Window Card, shall we?  I’ve had the best time playing with the new Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month!  The minute I opened the package, I envisioned an old style European shop window filled with tantalizing treats.  Imagine my surprise when I realized that this is supposed to be a calendar grid!  This sort of imagination has landed me in hot water more than once in my life, but I’m a good swimmer, so I think everything will turn out just fine!

This A2 Snip It Grid and Calendar Creator die set has 41 pieces!  You receive the gorgeous grid die, the elegant fishtail banner, a “Save the Date” banner to layer over it, 2 gorgeous floral dies and loads of letters and digits.  I’ll share a calendar creation at another time.  Today we are just going to focus on this French Pastry Shop Window Card.

Prima Fruit Paradise Shop Window

  • Begin by creating a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base with a 3/4″ spine.
  • Next, mat a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of Fruit Paradise Cherry Blossoms paper on a slightly larger pale pink mat.
  • Now adhere a 4 3/4″ x 3″ strip of pink gingham patterned paper across the middle.
  • Then cut 3″ x 6 3/4″ fishtail banners from the “B” sides of the paper and adhere in the center of the card front.
Creating the French Pastry Shop Window

  • Now die cut the grid from patterned paper and pale pink cardstock.  Adhere the layers so that they are slightly offset.
  • Cut clear cardstock (acetate) to fit the back side of the grid and adhere with Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Add 2 layers of 1/8″ foam tape to the back of the shaker frame.
  • Fill the shaker frame with a sequin mix.  Then adhere Fruit Paradise paper over the foam tape sides.  Back with a piece of medium weight chipboard and adhere in the center of the card.
  • Die cut the fishtail banner and mat on pink cardstock.  Place dimensionals on the back.  Trim out and adhere.
  • Cut flower layers from your scraps.  I love when Becca includes a flower in a die set, because it is such a good way to use up those scraps.  And it allows you to perfectly match your flowers to your paper collection.
  • Adhere some ephemera bits t and chipboard pieces to the sides of the card. This will help support the flowers on the side of the card.
  • Add ribbon and you’re done!
A Peek Inside

Create a box pocket and side pocket inside the card.

Tuck a tea bag here.

Fill the pocket with lovely treats.  Now you’ve just turned this card into a gift!  I added a wrapped Biscoff cookie, a vintage silver demitasse spoon, chocolate treat, honey stick, mini note card and a bookmark made with my scraps.

Here’s a closer look at the bookmark.

You can learn more about the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club Kit HERE. Look for a linked supply list below this post.

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 comment section below.

Suddenly I feel a craving for a French Macaron!  How about you?

Cheerio,

kathy

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Prima Fruit Paradise Hanger Card and Homemade Jam

Prima Fruit Paradise Hanger Card by Kathy Clement Kathy  by Design Photo 01

Prima Fruit Paradise Hanger Card and Homemade Jam

Happy Monday, Friends!  I thought I’d pop in quickly this morning to share a Prima Fruit Paradise Hanger Card.  The weekend here was (thankfully) uneventful and unexpectedly sweet.  Dale and I had been waiting for the rains to stop so we could go out and harvest our first real crop of plums from our little tree in the back yard.  We could see ripe fruit on the branches (and on the ground) but with Bertha moving through, it was too wet too pick.  So first thing Saturday morning, we went out to gather in those sweet and juicy stone fruits.  The hope was to get enough fruit to make a small plum crisp.

Well, that little tree is an over-achiever!  I literally filled one side of my kitchen sink with dozens and dozens of ripe plums.  What do you do with an abundance of sweet summer fruit?  Yep.  You make jam!   Dale helped me pit and cut up a huge pile of plums.  We both had sticky plum juice running up our forearms as we worked.  Next we combined 15 cups of cut up plums with 5 cups of organic sugar and got jammin’!

A little over an hour later, we had a lovely pot of the prettiest homemade jam!  Here’s a photo of the “fruits” of our labors!  And yesterday, I did pick enough to make that small plum crisp…and it was delicious!

So all this fruit got me thinking about my Prima Fruit Paradise paper, and I had to make a little paper pretty to share with you here.

Fruit Paradise Hanger Card

This little cutie is made with scraps from the collection.  It only measures about 4 3/4″ x 6 1/2″.  An odd size, I know…but I was using up scraps of the pink cardstock and designer paper that were left over from another special project that I’ll share with you tomorrow.   The card does not open.  Instead I stitched a pocket to the front and suspended it from this cute shabby chic hanger.  So I call it a hanger card.

I mixed handmade flowers with a Little Birdie rose, stitched pink gingham ribbon in the center of white ruffled satin, added vintage buttons, a novelty button and a key to the hanger.  It is so cute in real life!

Then I made a little note card with one of the 3×4 images in the collection to tuck in that pocket.

This was such a quick and easy project, I think I’ll make more for the Etsy shop.  I think it’s a great summer kitchen decor idea.

So that’s all for me this morning!  What did you all do this weekend? I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Bluebirds and Hydrangeas Shaker Card

Heartfelt Creations Cottage Garden Collection Bluebirds and Hydrangeas Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This hop is now closed.  The randomly chosen comment came from LornaB on Alissa’s Blog.  Thanks for hopping!

Heartfelt Creations May 2020 Alumni Blog Hop:  Bluebirds and Hydrangeas Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Bluebirds and Hydrangeas Shaker Card is my offering for the Heartfelt Creations May 2020 Alumni Blog Hop.  The hop starts here!  You can visit all the blogs in the hop (the list is below) and leave a lovely comment to be entered into a drawing for a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card.  The hop runs until 11:55 PM EDT on Monday, June 1st.  A randomly chosen comment from a mystery blog will win the prize.  I’ll announce the prize at the top of this post on Tuesday, June 2nd.  The winner will claim the prize by emailing [email protected] within 72 hours of the announcement.  Please write “Winner of the May 2020 Alumni Hop” in the subject line of your email.  Now let’s get hopping!

Bluebirds and Hydrangeas Shaker Card: Creating the Card Base

What could be more perfect for a summery card than bluebirds and hydrangeas?  Here’s how to get this card started:

  • First create a  6 3/8″  square top fold card base from light blue cardstock.
  • Next mat a 6″ x 6″ card front on a slightly larger panel of light gray cardstock.
  • Now die cut 2 Decorative Pocket Accent pieces to line the top edge of the card.
  • Then trim away the pocket edge piece with your scissors
  • Place 1/8″ foam strips on the back of each die cut and adhere.
  • Place small gingham bows in the corners and top with flowers.
Bluebirds and Hydrangeas Shaker Card: Creating the Shaker Frame

  • Begin by die cutting the Decorative Circle Frame from cream cardstock.
  • Next, use the Circle Basics Large Die to cut Clear Cardstock.  Adhere the circle to the back side of the frame.
  • Now place 1/8″ foam strips around the circular frame.  I use 2 layers.
  • Fill the shaker frame with a sequin mix. Set aside carefully.
  • Use the circle die again to cut the center from a 6×6 card base.  Adhere this to the back of the  shaker frame so that the image will show through.
  • Now adhere dimensionals to the back of the shaker frame and adhere to the card base.
Bluebirds and Hydrangeas Shaker Card: Finishing Details

One of the things I love about Heartfelt Creations is how easy they make it to create a gorgeous card.  Because I was short on time, I did not stamp and color the flowers, birds and swag for this card.  I simply used the matching dies and cut them from the paper collection!  It took literally seconds to to this.

Then I shaped my hydrangea blossoms in the 3D Hydrangea Shaping Mold.  In just minutes I had dozens of beautiful blossoms.  Dab the petals lightly with Dries Clear Adhesive then dip in Rajni Chawla’s Crystal Clear to add a little glitter.  Then place a dot of Dries Clear Adhesive in the center of each blossom and fill with Ice Queen Prills.  All that is left to do now is arrange your gorgeous blooms on your card.  Easy peasy!

Bluebirds and Hydrangeas Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

Here’s a fun way to finish the inside of your card.  Use the Decorative Pocket Accents Die to create a tea bag pocket.  Then die cut a small hydrangea from the paper collection with the Fresh Cut Hydrangea Die.  Adhere just the stem and one leaf to the card base to form a tuck spot for a little note card.

On With the Hop

Now hop over to see what inspiration the rest of the Alumni Team has prepared for you.

KATHY (You are HERE)  ♥ Candy  ♥ Vicki  ♥ Amarilys  ♥ Lisa  ♥ Alissa OksanaEls

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You will find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Other Products: Sequin Mix, Light Blue Micro Gingham Ribbon, Iridescent Metallic String, Cream Cardstock, Pearls from my stash.

Tiaras and Teacups for Throwback Thursday

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily Eileen Hull Sizzix Teacup Die Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Corner Cotillion by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Tiaras and Teacups for Throwback Thursday: Graphic 45 Gilded Lily Collection

Hello Friends!  It’s all about tiaras and teacups in this edition of Throwback Thursday.  I’ve reached all the way back to 2015, the year G45 released the glorious “Gilded Lily” collection.  I only have bits and bobs of this favorite collection left, but I still managed to create a teacup…

…and a shaker card!  No tutorial this week, as I have been slammed in the studio, but I’ll share lots of tips and tricks that will help you create your own Throwback Thursday masterpiece. Since my day always starts with tea, we’ll look at the teacup first.

Eileen Hull Gilded Lily Teacup

This is one of my all time favorite teacup creations.  After die cutting all the pieces from both chipboard and designer paper, I put the cup together with my Dries Clear Adhesive.  Graphic 45 Precious Pink roses adorn the base of the cup.  Then I threw in a little mixed media mayhem with Pearls, Prills and an itty bitty porcelain teacup.

TIP: Die pearls to match  your project with Alcohol Inks.  The neat and tidy way to do this is to place the pearls in a small zippered plastic bag.  Then add a few drops of alcohol ink and smoosh them around.  Remove with tweezers, and there are no messy hands involved!

TIP: Fill the tiny teacup almost to the brim with hot glue.  Then sprinkle a few Prills on top  to look like the foamy bubbles in a chai latte.  Randomly apply glue to the saucer, sprinkle with Prills and set the pearls and cup into the hot mix (carefully!).

Gift wrap  a tea bag, Lindt miniature chocolate, and Biscoff cookies to tuck inside the cup.  Tie a chipboard tag around a demitasse spoon.  This is a great way to use up your scraps and create a beautiful presentation.

Score a small ephemera card in half to create a mini note card.  Alter a resin crown with Metallic Wax.  This decorative feature looks great in the tea cup and keeps the bitty card from falling down into the recesses of the cup.

The Card: Keep Calm and Straighten Your Tiara

I pulled a lot of tricks out of my bag to make these scraps cover my card base.   First, don’t try to cover the center part of the card.  You are going to create a shaker window that will obscure any precious designer paper anyway.  Instead, simply add a border to the top and bottom of the card.  Then I cut a 3″ wide scrap in half from top to bottom.  Adhere the halves on each side of the card to cover the blank card base.  Once you add your shaker box, no one will ever know!

To create the shaker box, layer a gold foil die cut frame with a cream cardstock die cut frame.  Offset the two layers slightly when you adhere them together to create a drop shadow.  Then back the frame with clear cardstock and back with foam tape.  Fill with a shaker mix and cover with a large ephemera card.

A Peek Inside

I used most of my designer paper on the inside of the card.  But oh, what pretties I managed to tuck in here.

Here’s a book mark fit for royalty. I even attached a sparkling tiara on the top!

How about stamps?  Yup!  Gilded Lily Stamps adorn the focal on this magnet that I created from an ephemera card  (I need to stamp more…I’m so out of practice!)

Anyway..that’s Throwback Thursday for this week.  I hope by now your fingers are itching to dig through YOUR Closet of Shame and create something wonderful.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Note: Throwback Thursday posts feature older, often retired, products.  When I can find a product link, I will provide it.  But if there is no link, I bet you can find a good substitute from your stash.  Thanks for understanding!

Tall and Skinny Botanical Butterfly Shaker Card

Simple Stories Vintage Garden District Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Tall and Skinny Botanical Butterfly Shaker Card with Vintage Garden District

Hello, Friends!  This Tall and Skinny Botanical Butterfly Shaker Card combines everything I love in one lovely package.  Gorgeous Really Reasonable Ribbon, elegant die cuts, a shaker frame, flirty butterflies and fabulous florals make my heart go pitty pat!  The color palette of this Simple Stories Vintage Garden District Collection is a great match for RRR Red, Pink and Ivory Variegated Ribbon.

Score an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper on the long side at 4″, 5″, 9″ and 10″ to make this side fold box card base.  Then tuck in lots of lovely goodies to turn it into a gift.

Turn a 3″ x 4″ journal card into note card by matting it on cardstock.  Then tuck it into a pocket on the left hand side of the card.  Gift wrap a cookie, tea bag and chocolate with your designer paper to make them really special.  These fit in the box pocket along with a cute little demitasse spoon and a honey stick.

But wait!  There’s more!  Attach a velvet book mark to the top of the card with a teeny tiny clip.  Now this card is ready to party!

You can see more Vintage Garden District Projects HERE. I’ve added a linked supply list below this post for your convenience.

I hope I’ve inspired you to break out your paper pretties and play today.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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