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Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  We actually had a beautiful spring-like day yesterday.  Kids broke their bikes out of the shed, moms pushed babies around the block in their strollers as daffodils popped their golden heads up toward the sun.  it was glorious!  The joy of all that springtime activity prompted the creation of this Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I’ m loving these sage greens combined with peach tones.  How about you?  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card came together so quickly.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

  • Double mat the bicycle image from the collection on both green and peach papers from the Simple Basics Kit.
  • Trim the sticker border and adhere above and below the bicycle image.
  • Hot glue flowers in the top and bottom corners along with a Peach Seam Binding Bow and Burlap string bow.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo  03

  • Thread some vintage buttons and hot glue over the top border strip.
  • Add the tag from the Ephemera Pack. (comes in the kit)
Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card:  A Peek Inside

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Carry the theme of your card front inside by adding a little bicycle from the ephemera pack along with a strip of the Spring Farmhouse washi tape.

I have had such fun with this collection.  The color palette is scrumptious and so much fun for spring cards!  There are  few more in the works…coming soon! If you missed the other cards I’ve created with Spring Farmhouse, you can get all caught up HERE.

At the time that this post was written, this card was available for purchase in my ETSY shop.  It’s a one of a kind creation, so if it tickles your fancy, better grab it quick before it’s gone!

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  I love Graphic 45’s masculine collections, don’t you?  Today’s A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card features ribbons from the RRR March Ribbon Club Assortment.  There are so many ribbons in this club assortment that are perfect for masculine cards!

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

My husband has used the same CPA for our family business for over 30 years.  When Tom decided to retire this year, I wanted to make him a card to thank him for all the wise counsel and financial advice he’s given us over the years.  So I made this 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ gatefold card folio with Tom’s retirement in mind.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo

The ribbon closure is Charcoal Checkerboard Satin.  Soft, supple and easy to tie, I’m a big fan of this style of satin ribbon!

TIP:  To create a ribbon closure, place 1/2″ Scor-tape on the back of your card.  Measure your ribbon length by wrapping it around the card BEFORE you attach it to the Scor-Tape.  This way you can place the bow exactly where you want it to be.  When you’re happy with the placement, then peel off the tape liner and secure the ribbon to the back side of the card.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Gatefold Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

TIP: Mat your focal image on a double layer of foam adhesive or waste chipboard to really make it stand out.   Add a die cut word to the ribbon panel for a fun surprise when the ribbon is untied.

A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Gatefold Card by Kathy Clement Photo 02

To make the base for this gatefold card, score an 11″ x 6 1/4″ panel of grey cardstock at 4 1/2″ and 8 1/2″.  The panel for the focal image on the front is 4″ x 4″  I fussy cut a bunch of clocks and layered them on the first 4 1/4″ panel along with a strip of Red Satin Mini Swiss Dots Ribbon from the Club Assortment.  This adds a lovely pop of color, and complements the red hues in the paper.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Gatefold Card by Kathy Clement Photo 03

I always add designer paper to one half of the focal panel of a gatefold card.  That way, when the card is opened, everything looks beautifully finished.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Gatefold Card by Kathy Clement Photo 04

Since Tom is a CPA, I thought the New York Stock Exchange paper would give him a chuckle. The center panel has a little note card tucked into a pocket.  This is where we will add a personal note to thank Tom for his many years of outstanding service to our family.

I’m thinking I’ll have lots of fun making masculine cards with this month’s Ribbon Club…and feminine cards, too!

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Floral Wreath Card

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Floral Wreath Card

Hello, Friends!  I have another sweet Springtime card using the Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse collection kit today.  This floral wreath card is easy to make, but oh, so pretty!

 

Like most of my cards, this is a 5″ x 7″ top fold.  I created lots of layers by matting the designer papers on the Spring Farmhouse Basics papers.  This plain, cardstock is perfectly matched to the collection color palette, so everything harmonizes beautifully.  It’s also lightweight, so you can mat your layers without making a 2 pound card…something I am famous for!

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Floral Wreath Card: Creating the Wreath Element

To create the wreath for this card, follow these simple steps:

  • First, die cut a Spellbinder’s Fall Harvest Wreath from the peach paper in the Simple Stories Basics Collection.
  • Next, die cut a second wreath from the green paper in the Simple Stories Basics collection.
  • Now, layer the two wreaths with the green wreath on top.  Adhere them slightly off center so that the peach wreath peeks through, adding a sort of shadow effect.
  • Then place small pop dots on the back side of the leaves.  Center and adhere over the 3″ x 4″  focal image.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Floral Wreath Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I dug through my stash of Prima Flowers, and found these Georgia Blues flowers were a great color match.  To add a little more texture, I found some retired Petaloo Hydrangea blossoms in my stash that worked great.   A Champagne Wrinkled Ribbon bow adds the perfect shabby chic vibe.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Floral Wreath Card: A Peek inside

The inside is finished with more designer papers, and a blank panel to add a little personal greeting.  If you’d like to purchase this sweet card, it was still available in my Etsy shop at the time I wrote this post.

If you’d like to see more cards made with this charming collection, click HERE.

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

Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Treat Box Tutorial

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Treat Box Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for St. Patrick’s Day?  No worries!  I’m here to help with a last minute St. Patrick’s Day Treat Box Tutorial using Authentique Paper’s gloriously green Clover Collection Kit.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Perfect for party favors, hostess gifts, home decor or just a sweet treat, this 3″ x 5″ x 2″  treat box is actually an altered Graphic 45 Small Matchbook Box.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

I’ve covered the window opening with an easy to make shaker pouch.  This is probably the easiest way I know to create a shaker element.  Learn how to make one in the video tutorial below.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

I dug through my embellishments to create a little charm cluster made with broken jewelry, a metal key and padlock, vintage style safety pin and a darling miniature spoon.  This is topped with a double loop green gingham bow, gold string and fancy button.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Learn how to add the vintage style drawer pull in the tutorial, too.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

We will also create a miniature card insert for the box.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Add your favorite treats to create a memorable St. Patrick’s Day treat!

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Treat Box Tutorial Video

Are you ready to get your craft on?  Just press play.

You’ll find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post. And you can find more projects made with the lovely Clover collection HERE and HERE.

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Treat Box Tutorial Supply List

A Proper Gentleman Card Folio Tutorial

A Proper Gentleman Card Folio Tutorial is Now Live

Hello, Friends!  Good news!  Many of you asked me to create a tutorial for THIS .  Thanks to the generosity of Graphic 45, who sent me another DCE, I am happy to report that A Proper Gentleman Card Folio Tutorial is now available on my YouTube Channel.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Because I was out of a few supplies, you will find a few of the details in this tutorial are slightly different from the original project.  (And truthfully, I hate making the exact same thing twice.) But the basics are all the same, and the process is exactly the same.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02This is a “beginning to end” tutorial that will guide you through every single step in creating this folio.  (A labor of love, my friends…this took 2 1/2 days of my life.  LOL)  I had to split the tutorial into two parts because of its length.

A Proper Gentleman Card Folio Tutorial Part 1: Building the Base and the Folio Interior

A Proper Gentleman Card Folio Tutorial Part 2: Creating the Frame Border and Card Front

Now that should keep you busy for a day or two!  LOL

If you haven’t subscribed to my YouTube Channel, you are really missing out.  I have over 100 videos, many of them tutorials, where I share my love for papercrafting.  These tutorials are loaded with techniques, tips, inspiration and ideas that will help you raise your papercrafting skills to the next level.And all of them are FREE.  You can subscribe HERE.

And if you love this folio, but don’t have time to make one  yourself, I have the sample available for purchase in my ETSY shop.  First come, first served.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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