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Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album

Take a Road Trip with Authetique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  Aaaah, Summertime!  The perfect time to hit the road, go adventuring, and make lasting memories!  Who wants to take a road trip with me today as we explore a brand new collection from Authentique Paper?  This Pastime Passport Style Mini Album is the perfect travel companion, loaded with fun interactive features, retro style images and ready for adventure.  Take a peek:

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This is the cutest, chunkiest little mini album!  Authentique’s Pastime Collection  is filled to the brim with  retro images like Polaroid cameras, cute little campers, vintage billboards, tickets receipts and more. The Pastime 6×6 Paper Bundle is just the right size for this petite 3.5″ x 5″ x 2″ mini album. I also used fussy cut images, patterns, Detail Stickers and Petite Diction Stickers from the 12″ x 12″ Collection Kit.

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 2Eileen Hull’s Passport Book Die by Sizzix is a perfect playmate for this paper collection.  After die cutting covers, spine and inner pages, I went to work on decorating the album.  The album contains 3 separate signatures (inserts) bound with elastic.  Each signature holds 12 pages that you cut out with the die.

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 3Here’s a peek a the album spine.  You can see the elastic binding strips threaded through the holes.  I added some vintage travel charms and beads just for fun.  Don’t you love this paper?

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album Video Tour on YouTube

This album is bursting with interactive elements like pockets, tags, flip pages, waterfall features, fold out pages and more.  I find the easiest way to share a project like this is with a YouTube video tour.  I share a lot in this video about the process for making the album as well as tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.

 

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album: A few detail shots

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Pockets add so much to a mini album design.  This side pocket is decorated with one of the fun Details Stickers from the 12×12 Collection Kit.  I matted it on kraft cardstock to make it pop against that cute patterned paper in the background.  Photo mounts held together with a decorative belly band fill the side pocket.  You can place 8 photos here.  Isn’t that amazing?The cover page of the first signature is simply decorated with another gorgeous Detail Sticker.

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I kept the embellishments in this album very simple.  Because it is small, I didn’t want the pages to be too busy.  Petite Diction stickers give you the opportunity to create your own captions, which is lots of fun.  Mat stickers on kraft cardstock, then glue just the bottom edge so that you can tuck your photo behind as I did on this flip page.

Turn fussy cut images into mini journaling spots or photo albums.  To do this, I simply fold paper in half and then add my image.  This journal spot also serves as a turn tab for the fold out page.

Make Your Own Embellishments!

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Throughout the album, I’ve used stickers to make my own embellishments. This tiny Polaroid sticker looks so cute hanging from the paperclip that holds this journal page in place.  I simply matted the sticker on folded cardstock, trimmed out the tails, then looped it over the paper clip.  It looks chic and trendy even though it’s cheap and easy!  LOL

Use Your Stash!

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Do you keep ephemera items like small paper bags and such?  An album like this is the perfect place to use these items from your stash!  I found a tiny paper bag that was the perfect size for this album,  covered it with paper, then added a tag.  Again, a quick and affordable embellishment that looks great on the page.

Creative Uses for Scraps in Your Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album

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We all have scraps, right?  And they end up in a bin and never get used, which is such a waste. When you have  gorgeous papers like these, you want to utilize every scrap.  Therefore,  I have been training myself to look for creative ways to use them in my projects.  This decorative belly band is made with a piece of paper I’d trimmed off.  Backed with kraft cardstock (also a scrap) it creates a stylish way to tuck in a tag.  And let’s talk about the tag for a moment: its also decorated with a scrap of paper.

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Punch a decorative edge on a scrap and use it as a border as I did here.  It takes just a few seconds to do, but adds a designer look to a page.  I also used a fussy cut scrap as a layering piece behind this cute hang tag made with a sticker from the collection.  Scraps are our friends, people!  Invite them to the party!

Make the Most of Your Page With Waterfall Features

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I confess a love for waterfall features. They are interactive and fun.  Not only that, you can store a ton of photos on a waterfall page.  This tiny 3.25″ x 4.25″ page can hold SIX 3.4 photos!  Here’s how to make your own waterfall element on a page:

  • First, measure the page to determine the width and length of each waterfall element.  You want the width of each waterfall page to be slightly smaller than the width of the album page.
  • Next, cut rectangles of paper.  Remember to add 1/2″ more to the length of each rectangle so you can score a flap.  Each of these rectangles measures 3″ x 4″.
  • Then, score a 1/2″ flap on the short side of each rectangle.  This is the  mechanism that will attach to the base page. Fold the flap to the back side of each rectangle.
  • Now, ink the edges and shape with corner punches if desired.
  • Place adhesive of your choice on the back side of each flap.  Beginning with the first flap, line the scored edge up with the top of your base page.  Make sure it is straight.  Press to adhere.
  • Next, lift the flap of the first waterfall. Align the scored edge of the next flap up with the bottom edge of the first flap and adhere, being sure to keep everything straight.
  • Continue until you’ve added all the flaps.
Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album: The Grand Finale

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The final page of this album is so much fun.  I created a micro journaling spot with one of the tiny stickers from the Details sheet.  Then I created a tuck spot with a fussy cut image from the 6×6 bundle.  The inside cover has a pocket with a handy little notepad that I created from designer paper and chipboard.

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I love this quote: “Life is a grand adventure: go live it!”  What a perfect way to end this post!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

Love, Luck & Ladybugs Bookmark Card

Tammy Tutterow Designs: Love, Luck & Ladybugs Bookmark Card

Hello, Friends!  I love ladybugs, do you?  There’s something magical about their little polka dot bodies and delicate wings.  So when I got my hands on Tammy Tutterow’s darling “Wishing You” stamp, I could hardly wait to use it.  Today I got to have a playdate with this darling design, and I’m excited to share this Love, Luck & Ladybugs Bookmark card .

Love, Luck and Ladybugs Bookmark Card by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1

Love Luck & Ladybugs: Stamping the Design

This is a standard 5″ x 7″ top fold card.  I tried to go clean and simple with this design…something that is very hard for me.  How’d I do?  Here’s how i went about pulling this card together:

  1. Stamp the image on smooth white cardstock with Jet Black Archival Ink.
  2. Heat Emboss with clear powder.
  3. Stamp the image a 2nd time on green polka dot paper. Cut out.
  4. Stamp the image again on black floral print, cut out.
  5. Stamp the image once more on black gingham.  Cut out.
  6. Paper piece the image together, gluing each body section in place.
  7. Stitch onto black cardstock.  Mat on red cardstock.
  8. Color the lettering.
  9. Create a mask by stamping the image onto a post it note.  Cut out, place over stamped image.
  10.  Ink the white areas with Antique Linen and Bundled Sage Distress Inks. Spritz and flick with water.
  11.  Spatter with diluted Black Chalk Paint.
Love Luck & Ladybugs: Adding the Details

Love, Luck and Ladybugs Bookmark Card by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 2

  • Tie a bow with Black and White Houndstooth Ribbon
  • Cut Pom Pom Posies from Grey Felt
  • Place each layer on foam mat and run around the edges with an 8mm ball stylus to ruffle the edges.
  • Glue layers together
  • Add button to center with hot glue.
  • Die cut leaves from green felt.  Glue onto ribbon.
  • Add Flower
  • Die Cut Frayed Tabs from designer paper to create banner flags.
  • Top with buttons.
  • Glue in place.
Love Luck & Ladybugs: The inside Job

Love, Luck and Ladybugs Bookmark Card by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 3

  • Die Cut Paper Bag Envelope from Designer Paper and assemble according to directions
  • Add square knot ribbon and sticker.
  • Glue onto upper portion of card.

Love, Luck and Ladybugs Bookmark Card by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4

  • Die cut the insert from Paper Bag Envelope using designer paper
  • Stamp with Flower Swag 5.  Color
  • Stamp with Tiny Sentiments
  • Add Frayed Tabs Banner and button

Love, Luck and Ladybugs Bookmark Card by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 5

  • Create bookmark by cutting two long strips of designer paper, one slightly longer than the other.
  • Cut fishtail banners on the ends.
  • Mat on Red and Black cardstock.
  • Join the two strips with a piece of  1/4″ Scor-Tape applied to the very top edge of the larger strip.
  • Die cut a 2″ doily from white cardstock.
  • Add faux stitching with a fine line sharpie pen.
  • Stamp the ladybug body onto the doily
  • Stamp again onto scraps of designer paper and paper piece onto doily as decoration.

Supply List

Tammy Tutterow Designs by Spellbinders

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I hope you were inspired by this sweet little ladybug!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag with Distress Oxide Inks and Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  There is something about sunflowers that makes me happy every time I see them.  Today I’ve combined a bunch of mixed media techniques with a summery sunflower image.  It’s all tied together with gorgeous ribbons from the July Perfectly Purple Ribbon Club Mix.  The end product is this Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media tag.

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag Cheerful by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1I just love this Delphinium Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon .  It really pops against all the golden hues found in the tag background.  A loopy Natural Burlap String bow adds great texture and additional fullness to the bow cluster.  The top of the tag is finished with a loop of this same Hyacinth ribbon.  I stamped this ribbon with a script stamp from my stash.  Then I just tied a square knot bow with Mixed Purple Bold Diagonal Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.

Mixed Media Background with Distress Oxide Inks

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag Cheerful by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

  1. Begin with a jumbo manila tag.  (4.25″ x 8.5″)
  2. Next, smoosh Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Inks onto a non-stick craft sheet.
  3. Then spritz the ink blotches with a mister bottle until little beads form.
  4. Now, drag the tag through the inky puddle.
  5. Then dry the tag with a heat gun.  You can use a paper towel to blot up any spots that are overly wet or inky.
  6. When the tag is somewhat dry, tap up more ink from the craft sheet, drying between each layer.
  7. Now that you are happy with the ink, add texture by running the tag through an embossing folder.  I used a Spellbinders Emboss-abilities folder called Enchanted.  First, I inked the “flat” side of the folder (the side with no raised edges) with Dusty Concord ink.  Then I embossed the tag.
  8. Next, I spritzed the tag lightly with water to activate the Distress Oxide Inks that was pressed into the design by the folder.
  9. Then, I heat dried the tag and spritzed it lightly with Tarnished Brass Distress Mica Spray.
  10. Finally, I sponged lightly over the top of the tag with Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Let Today Last Forever

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag Cheerful by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

I created a little sentiment cluster with this pretty sunflower image and some tags.

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag Cheerful by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

Paint chipboard elements with Distress Paints, add Prills a painted filagree butterfly and you’re ready to display your tag.

Thanks so much for joining me here today.  I hope this Summer Sunflower Mixed Media Tag has inspired you to get out your paper pretties and have a play.  You’ll find a supply list below this post.

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

Really Reasonable Ribbon

Other Supplies

Authentique Beginnings Baby Book Tutorial & Video Tour

Authentique Beginnings Baby Book with Eileen Hull Travel Journal Die by Sizzix

Hello, Friends!  I love Mondays!  You wake up to a brand new week with brand new opportunities to learn and create.  This Monday, I’m especially excited because I’m sharing a project made with a brand new release from Authentique Paper.  This Beginnings Baby Book is so very sweet, I can’t wait to share it with you.

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 1

See?  I told you it was sweet! When I first saw these darling papers, I nearly swooned. They are just perfect for use in a baby book!  I often think about a project for days (or even weeks) before I dig in and create, but this idea came to me in a snap.  Why not pair up these pretty pretty papers with my Eileen Hull Travel Journal die?  So I did!

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I framed this precious focal image with some Petaloo Flowers, luscious Buttercup Satin Ribbon, and some fussy cut elements from the 12×12 Collection kit. The baby book measures a generous 4.25″ wide x 8.75″ tall.  That means there’s lots and lots of room for goodies inside!

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A vintage style brad and elastic loop form the closure.  Crochet lace adds a lovely vintage feel to the design.  Don’t you love these patterns?  Yum!

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Beads. flowers and novelty buttons add fun details to the spine.

Beginnings Baby Book Tutorial on Snapguide

Travel Journal style minis are trending right now.  They are really fun to make…one could almost say addictive!  In case you’ve never put one of these together before, I prepared a SnapGuide Tutorial to walk you through the cover assembly.  You’ll also learn how to put the signature pages together.  I hope you enjoy!

Check out How to Authentique Beginnings Baby Book by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Beginnings Baby Book: Pockets and Tags

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Now that you’ve seen how the baby book is assembled, it’s time to look at some details.  One of the things that makes these travel journals so addictive is the opportunity you have for adding all kinds of interactive elements.  And you know how I feel about interactive elements in a project!

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Pockets and tags go together like babies and cuddles!  I created this large 4″ x 6″ tag with Authentique Spectrum paper in Bubblegum Pink and Antique Lace.  It was my first opportunity to play with the Spectrum line, and I have to say, I’m hooked!  It’s super sturdy, has a very slight sheen and makes really crisp folds.

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To make this tag, first I rounded the bottom corners of a rectangular piece of paper.  Then I used a corner chomper to shape the top edge.  Add some ribbon, a posy and pretty designer papers, and you have a tag in no time flat!

The pocket is decorated with a Details Sticker and some little banner flags cut from scraps.

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Here’s another sweet little pocket filled with journal cards from the cut apart page.  I also turned a Detail Sticker into a file folder by matting it on designer paper and folding.

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 9Side pockets can hold larger journal cards and photos.

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 10Don’t you just love these images?  Be still my heart!

Beginnings Baby Book: The Waterfall Feature

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 11Waterfall features are such a great way to include a lot of photos in a small space.  Here’s how I made this one.

  1. First, cut eight 4.25″ x 4.75″  rectangles from Spectrum Bubblegum 1&2 papers.
  2. Next, punch a scalloped edge along the bottom of each rectangle.
  3. Then, score each rectangle at 1/2″ on the long side.
  4. Now, burnish the score line to form a flap.
  5. Add adhesive to the back side of the flap.  JUST the flap!
  6. Next, line the flap up with the top of your paper and press in place.
  7. Line the top edge of the next rectangle up with the bottom edge of the flap above it.  Press in place.
  8. Repeat until you’ve used all the rectangles.
  9. Finally, add an image from the Details Sticker Sheet or the 6×6 bundle cut apart page to the top rectangle.
Beginnings Baby Book: The Belly Band

This image from the cut apart page is perfect for use as a belly band!  Because it is 12″ long, it will span the page nicely. My thought here was that it would be the perfect tuck spot for a copy of baby’s birth certificate, birth announcement or baptism certificate.  Of course, photos will fit here , too.
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Beginnings Baby Book: Flips, Flaps and Fold Outs

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To create these two cutie pie flaps, just score a 7″ long piece of paper in half, add a punched border and tuck beneath the elastic binding.  Decorate one of the labels that you cut while making the journal covers.  Add a little sticker from the Details Sticker sheet.  Easy peasy!  Using a variety of paper sizes and shapes makes the book much more fun!

 

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Here’s a peek at another decorated signature page.  Each signature has 4 sheets of acid free text paper in it.  These blank pages can be used for more photos, journaling or as a place for baby’s first visitors to add a special word of greeting.

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These little flip books are so easy to make!  Cut 6×6 papers in half, score in half, then add decorative corners.  Glue onto the page, add a sticker, and BAM!  Instant flip book!

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 16Here’s another fun way to add a flap: Score a journal card to fit the size of the inner page.  Glue just the edge down and fold.  Isn’t it sweet?

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 17If you glue just the edge of an image to a fold out page, a photo can still be inserted behind it.

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 18This fold out page opens up to a little side pocket and tuck spot.

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Another example of a flap and some flip pages.

Beginnings Baby Book YouTube Video Tour

Because this Beginnings Baby Book is so interactive, I decided to make a YouTube video tour of it.  I also share a lot of tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.

I know it’s true that everybody loves a baby…and I sure am in love with Authentique Beginnings! Hopefully, I’ve inspired you to break out your scissors, glue and pretty papers and get your craft on.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Imagine Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble

Authentique Imagine Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble
YouTube Video and Snapguide Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  I’m  a big believer in the old saying that age is just a number.  Today’s carousel themed birthday party ensemble is testament to that fact.  Made with gorgeous Authentique Imagine papers, this table centerpiece, birthday card folio and birthday quote wallet are the perfect gift for any woman who is celebrating an all important “milestone” birthday.

(There are loads of photos, a YouTube video tour and a Snapguide tutorial to follow, so you might want to go grab a cuppa and a snack before we begin.  Or, just scroll down to the bottom and watch the video tour. )

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

Normally, we connect carousel rides with little kids, but when I got my hands on this dreamy Imagine paper collection, my mind went right to grown up ladies.  Girls just want to have fun, right?

Carousel Themed Bendi Card Birthday Centerpiece with Snapguide Tutorial

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I have discovered a new crafting obsession.  These oversized Bendi Card centerpieces are just too much fun to make, and I can’t stop myself.

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For this beauty, I combined  patterned papers, fussy cut images, Detail Stickers, chipboard elements, Petaloo flowers, Striped Chevron Ribbon and a button from my stash.  I’ll share a supply list and product links at the end of this post.

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Several of you have asked me if there is a tutorial for making this Bendi Card base.  Well, there is now.  I worked up a Snapguide Tutorial that you can adapt for use with the paper of your choice.

Here’s a good tip for you: Whenever I take a fancy fold card design for a “test drive” I create the base with my cheapest cardstock.  There’s always a learning curve involved, and I’d rather destroy a cheap piece of cardstock than a piece of my gorgeous designer papers.  Once you’ve made the prototype, then you can cut into your pretty papers.  And remember: measure twice, cut once!

Check out How to Make a Carousel Bendi Card Authentique “Imagine” by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Carousel Themed Birthday Card Folio

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The focal image on this card inspired this entire project.  I was enchanted by this lovely white haired grandma riding the carousel with her grandson.  This is who I want to be when I grow up!

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Because I really don’t enjoy shopping (unless it’s for paper pretties) I have developed the habit of giving a gift card or cash gift for most birthdays and holidays.  But I still want my gift to be special.  This desire prompted me to start creating what I call birthday card folios.  These are gifts all on their own, but I always include a spot to tuck in a gift card.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 7I begin these cards by building a  5″ x 7″ top fold card base.  Although this looks like a standard card front, I’ve designed a really fun surprise element in.  See that little brown binder clip? Remove it, and you’ll find a secret compartment filled with lovely surprises.

TIP:

I build my cards “inside out.”  Because I want to keep the cover of my cards clean, I create the entire cover, but don’t glue it to the card base until the inside is finished.  This way, flowers don’t get crushed, and I don’t accidentally pick up any mess from my crafting surface.  It’s also easier to work on the inside of a card before the bulky elements on the cover have been added.

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How fun is this?  I’ve created a little tuck spot by fussy cutting the pretty carousel pony silhouette from the designer paper.  It’s popped up on a piece of waste shipping package.  You can write a little note and tuck it in here.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 9Turn an image from the cut apart page into an open sided pocket when you glue just the bottom edge.  Then tuck this fun gift card tag behind it.

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Have you ever noticed how beautiful some product packaging is?  I just can’t bring myself to toss it in the recycle bin.  The base of this tag is made from Petaloo flower packaging.  I sanded it lightly, painted it with Distress Paints, then created a belly band with gorgeous papers and detail stickers.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 11Top the gift card tag with pretty ribbon and some green metal posies, and you’d never guess its humble beginnings.    Then decorate a mini file folder with designer papers……

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…and your tag becomes a hidden gift card holder.  Fun, fun, fun!

A Peek Inside

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 13Now we get to open the body of this folio.  And what do we find?  Even more surprises.  I started by  sewing vintage buttons to a hand made button card. Then I tuckednext it into this pretty side pocket.

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Next, I went to work on the bottom half of the birthday card folio.  Stamped sentiments, a sweet little paper spool of ribbon to go along with the button card and some fun treats can be found here.

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When it’s your birthday, it’s OK to eat chocolate…even for breakfast!  LOL  I also created a sweet little tea bag holder that I decorated with one of the images from the cut apart page.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 16Of course, you could tuck anything into this little wallet, but I happen to love tea.  Now, let’s take a look at the final member of this Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble.

Carousel Themed Birthday Quote Wallet

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I thought it would be fun to create a little quote wallet filled with all kinds of happy thoughts about growing older.  Also, I hate to deal with scraps….and I had just enough paper left on my desktop to create this little 4″ x 6″ quote wallet.  LOL

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When I have design paper that is as gorgeous as this, I tend to save every little scrap.  Use a torn edge to make a pretty border on a page.  Cut small strips into banner flags like the ones that flutter beneath the sticker medallion.  They are just too pretty to waste!

Then you can just stamp (or write, or computer journal) your favorite quotes and add them to the wallet.

Here’s how I created this simple tri-fold quote wallet:

  1. First, cut a piece of cardstock to measure 11″ long x 6″ high.
  2. Then, placing the long side against the rail of your scoring tool, score at 4″ and 8″.
  3. Now burnish the score lines with a bone folder.
  4. Fold the right hand side toward the center and the left hand side over it.
  5. Decorate as desired.

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I also like to use small scraps to create cute little tags like the one I tucked into this pocket.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Video on YouTube

I share more tips, tricks and ideas in this 10 minute YouTube video tour of the album.

I hope I’ve inspired you to get out your pretty papers, scissors and glue and get your craft on!  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List and Product Links

(Note, I’ve provided product links whenever possible, but some items have been in my stash a long time, and are no longer available online.  I’m sure you can find a good subsitute in your own crafty stash.)

Authentique Products:

Other Products:

Stars and Stripes Forever Independence Day Decor

Stars and Stripes Forever Independence Day Decor with Authentique “Heroic”

Hello, Friends!  It’s officially summer and that means the 4th of July is right around the corner.  If you are hosting a cookout celebration, you might want to start thinking about a little Independence Day decor.  With that in mind, I dipped into the gorgeous new “Heroic” collection from Authentique papers and put together some fancy fold cards that can double as home decor.

Red, White and blue Through and Through Step Out Card

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

The great thing about fancy fold cards is that they are a a natural for home decor.  Because I wanted the option to use this card as home decor, I made the base to measure 7″ long x 5″ tall.  (You can find the YouTube video tutorial for this card base HERE.)

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

Die cut stitched stars make me think of 4th of July fireworks and add a great sense of motion to this card.  I’ve used 12×12 Details stickers from the Heroic Collection to add extra detail.  The blue stars are cut from foil paper for a little extra shimmer.

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

Wouldn’t this make a great table centerpiece on your Independence day table?

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

The vintage patriotic gal on this large panel on the right is not just another pretty face.

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5If you untie the Navy Blue Stars Grosgrain ribbon, you’ll discover that it’s a gift card wallet.  This would make a great host or hostess gift for July 4th cookouts or a great birthday present for those lucky 4th of July babies.

 

Stars and Stripes Center Step Card

 

Stars and Stripes Center Step Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

This dynamic star studded step out card would also look great on a 4th of July table.  I used a Cheery Lynn die to cut the card base from kraft cardstock, then decorated it with an assortment of 12×12 and 6×6 Heroic papers.

Stars and Stripes Center Step Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

Red, white and blue Petaloo flowers anchor the left hand corner of the card along with a multi-layered patriotic star.  Double mat the ticket stickers to give them more presence on the card.

Stars and Stripes Center Step Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo  3

And, the card folds flat for storage, or for mailing.

I love to celebrate the 4th with our family.  We have a long standing tradition of enjoying a meal of chili dogs, potato salad, and coleslaw. The grand finale to the picnic is homemade brownies and ice cream.  Honestly, is there anything more fun than watching the sky come alive at night with brilliant fireworks?  I can hardly wait!

I hope I’ve shared some ideas, tips and tricks with you today 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

Supply List

Authentique Heroic 12×12 Collection Kit (contains the detail stickers)

Heroic 6×6 Paper Bundle

My Favorite Things Stitched Star Die

Cheery Lynn Step Card Die

Navy Stars on White Grosgrain Ribbon 

Red Sheer Iridescent Ribbon

Natural Burlap String

Petaloo Flowers

Cardstock: Kraft, Deep Red, Navy, Blue Foil

Scor-Tape, Buttons, Hot Glue, Scoring Tool, Craft Knife

 

 

Keep Calm and Stay Vintage Masculine Greeting Card

Happy Father’s Day: Keep Calm and Stay Vintage Masculine Greeting Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Happy Father’s Day!  Today we honor all the dads out there, so I thought I would join the party by making this whimsical Keep Calm and Stay Vintage Masculine Greeting card.

Keep Calm and Stay Vintage Masculine Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

Secrets to Creating a Great Masculine Card

Masculine cards can be challenging to create.  In my experience there are several things that make the job easier.

  1. First, choose a strong color palette.  This grey and blue combo is classic, masculine and clean.
  2. Next, choose patterned paper that is not too “fussy.”  I’ve used Authentique’s Durable Collection Kit because not only is the color palette spot on, but the patterns are geometric in nature.
  3.  Then, choose trims that are not too frilly.  This Copen Blue Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon adds subtle texture and a pop of color to the card composition.
  4. When it comes to embellishments, keep it simple!  These Metallic Steampunk Gears, the flat back cabochons, the basic grey button from my button box, the game spinner and compass are all great embellishments for a masculine card.
  5. Think about clean lines in your designs.  I can’t speak for all men, but the ones I know definitely prefer a “tailored” look over a shabby chic look.
  6. Inject a bit of humor with sentiments and images.

A Peek Inside

I added my signature pockets to the interior of the card.

Tags are one of my favorite items to add to small pocket.

Wouldn’t this be cute with a small photo mounted on it?  Or write a personal note here to make it really special.

When you add details like tags or small folios to a card, suddenly, you have a gift and card in one.

To make this 4″ x 5″ tri fold folio here’s what you do:

  1.  First, cut a 5″ tall x 12″ long strip of designer cardstock.
  2. Next, place on your scoring tool and score on the long side at 4″ and 8″.
  3. Then, crease the score lines, folding the outer panels toward the center.  You want the left hand panel to end up on the top.
  4. Now, use a circle punch to add thumb holes, if desired.
  5. Finally, decorate the cover of your folio as desired.

I kept the decorating to a minimum so there would be room for photos.  I did include a journaling spot to record special memories or sentiments.

Although I’m sharing this card on Father’s Day, it would also make a fabulous birthday card for Dad.

And that, my friends, is how I go about designing a masculine card.  I hope you found some tips and tricks in today’s post 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

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