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Authentique Frontier My Country Home Vintage Style Folio

Authentique Frontier My Country Home Vintage Style Folio

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m happy to share a brand new Authentique Paper collection with you along with a new style of folio.  So buckle up little crafters, because we are in for a very fun ride with the Frontier collection.  Yee haw!  This super dimensional My Country Home Vintage Style Folio was a blast to make, and I can’t wait to share it with you…so let’s get this show on the road!

Authentique Frontier My Country Home Vintage Style Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

The vintage images and patterns in the Frontier collection are totally scrumptious, wouldn’t you agree?  The top fold folio is slightly smaller than what I usually make, measuring just 5″ x 5.75″ with a 1/2″ spine.

Adding a Vintage Vibe to Frontier My Country Home Vintage Style Folio

A few mixed media touches along with loads of dimension and texture amp up the vintage vibe.  Here’ are some tips and tricks that you can use to achieve this same effect:

  • First, lightly distress all the paper layers.  Use the blade of your scissors or a distressing tool to do this.
  • Next, ink all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  No need to go overboard here, you just want to eliminate the white edges that the distressing leaves behind.
  • Add dimensionals between the layers to provide lift and to set the individual layers apart.

  • Think texture: I’ve used burlap ribbon, textured paper flowers, burlap string,  a metal fairy garden frame, rusty metal tools, chipboard buttons, a true vintage button and a crocheted doily to this vignette.
  • Finally, dry brush flowers and paper elements with a light touch of Picket Fence Distress Paint.
How Does Your Garden Grow?

These Little Birdie Crafts flowers and foliage really make the card special.  And look at these miniature rusted farm tools?  Are they cute or what?

I distressed the flowers with Picket Fence and Weathered Wood Distress Paint, then tapped just a hint of Icicle Stickles here and there to add a hint of sparkle.

Frontier My Country Home Vintage Style Folio: A Peek Inside

I didn’t let the small size of this folio interfere with the addition of loads of interactive elements.

There’s a flap page, of course!

But I gave this one a magnetic closure.  And how about this aged barn board paper?  It makes me swoon!  You can add a 3.5″ x 4.5″ photo here.

But wait, there’s more!  LOL  Open the first flap to find a pocket filled with 4″ x 5.5″ photo mounts.  You can add journaling or another photo on the right hand flap.

Accordion Style Pull out Page Element

 

The bottom half of the card features a 4.5″ x 5.75″ accordion style pull out page.

This is held shut with more of the burlap ribbon.

There are more flap pages, journal spots, pockets and tags waiting within.

These photo mounts are tucked behind this sweet vintage image.

Flaps and more flaps!  With lots of room for photos and journaling.

I even managed to fit in a little waterfall cascade.

Lift the flap on the left to find this cheery banner page.

Use the border strips to make pockets for journal cards from the cut apart page.

Can you see why I love this collection so much?  I think this would such a great gift for Mom.  And it doubles as home decor.  You can’t beat that!

I hear you…I hear you…”please let there be a tutorial!”  While I have not done a tutorial for this exact folio, I will be sharing a tutorial on Monday, April 23rd that uses this same folio base.  It is also made with the Frontier collection.  I just need to get the video and photos all edited before I share it with y’all.   But I wanted to give you a sneaky peek because I just love this collection.

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

Supply List for Frontier My Country Home Vintage Style Folio

From Authentique Paper:

From Little Birdie Crafts

Ribbon and Trims

Tools, and Dies/ Mixed Media Supplies

 

 

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio Project Share

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio Project Share with Authentique Stitches

Hello, Friends!  Every once in a while I come across a paper collection that is like a page from my childhood.  Authentique Paper’s new Stitches collection has captured my heart.  I spent a couple of blissful days creating this Stitched with Love  Sewing Themed Flip Folio.  While I worked, I remembered my mom, who loved to sew.  She put her whole heart and soul into everything she stitched.  And this flip folio is stitched with love, too.

Stitched with Love Flip Folio Stitches by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 1

As a girl, I spent hours curled up in a chair beside my dear mom as she sewed. She was an absolute fiend on that ancient White sewing machine.  Everything Mom did was fast.  Her fingers were fast, the needle flew in and out of the fabric at lightning speed.  She ironed seams lickety split. She pinned and unpinned so fast that her fingers were a blur.  The hum of the motor, the clacking of the needle, Mom humming a tune with straight pins in the corner of her mouth…this was the music of my childhood.  I think my love for, texture, color, pattern and design was born during those happy hours watching Mom sew.

This sweetly vintage folio measures 7.25″ x 5.25″ with a 1/2″ spine. If you’re in a hurry today, you can skip down to the bottom of this post where I share a YouTube video walk through of the album.

To create the collage on the folio cover, I fussy cut images from Stitches One.  A wood doily and a die cut circle add a nice geometric element to the design.

Lots of soft colored little posies, trinkets from my stash and die cut leaves play nicely with vintage buttons.  I’ve had this miniature sewing machine in my stash for ages.  Now it has a happy new home.

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio: A Fortified Binding

I covered the cardstock folio base with designer papers from the Stitches collection.  To ensure  that the spine will hold up well, I reinforced it with a strip of Authentique Spectrum Cardstock.  This color is called Antique Lace.  To add this to the album, follow these easy steps:

  • Cut a 4″ x 5.25″ rectangle of  Old Lace Spectrum Artisan Cardstock
  • Then find the center point, which is 2″
  • Measure out 1/4″ on each side of the center point and score a line.
  • Now fold on the score lines
  • Apply adhesive, making sure that you get into the folded areas.
  • Finally, line the reinforcement spine up with the folio spine and press in place.  You can use a bone folder to really make sure it is adhered.

I also cut the cute eyelet lace border and lacing border from Antique Lace Cardstock.  I threaded a 3/8″ strip of paper through the lacing border, and then glued the two borders together on the front cover.  On the back cover, I only used the eyelet border.

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio: A Peek Inside

There are lots of great places to tuck in photos.  I think this little flip folio would make a great photo album for seamstresses, quilters, and mom, too.  It would be a great way to house heritage photos.

Inside the front cover, I created a pocket with two companion photo folios tucked inside.  Each little folio measures 3.25″ x 4.5″ and has a magnetic flap closure.

Flaps and pockets go together like needles and thread!  These flaps will hold a 5″ x 5″ photo. You can always tuck more in the pocket along with these darling journal cards from the cut apart page.

The center page of this folio features a lovely flip element.  The facing page is another little photo folio.  This one is attached to the page.

I love, love, love the journal cards in this collection! This page flips down to reveal two more photo mounts.

The pages in the center panel were created with Tammy Tutterow’s “Posies and Pennies” Die from her new Sew Sweet Collection by Spellbinders.

This flap page is actually an altered envelope!

And it holds these darling button cards made with images from the cut apart page.

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio Project Share on YouTube

Because it’s so much easier to see how one of these little folios works, I’ve created a short video project share for you today.  I hope you enjoy!

Stitches Home Decor Project

Since I already had all my paper pretties out on my work surface, I went ahead and put together this darling 8″ x 10″ altered frame.  I thought you might enjoy making one, too, so I put together a quick SnapGuide tutorial for you.  You are not going to believe how easy it is to create the crackle finish on this frame!

You’ll find the step out photos, directions and a supply list in the Snapguide below.

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Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I’ve transformed a lowly brown paper lunch bag into a showy shabby chic paper bag Pocket Easter Card.  I haven’t done anything like this in quite a while, but I kind of had a hankering to make a project with lots of pockets and tags…and this is where I wound up!

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card Eastertime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 01

Oh, but I had so much fun making this triple decker pocket card from an old brown paper bag! To make the base, I simply folded a standard brown lunch bag, lined it with darling Eastertime papers from Authentique, then adorned it with Yellow Chevron Striped Twill Ribbon , Hot Pink Quatrefoil Satin, Burlap String, and WOC flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card Eastertime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 02

Pink and yellow is such a fun, fresh color combo for Springtime!  Would you like to see what’s in the pockets?  I thought so!

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card: Pocket #1

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card Eastertime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 03

The bottom pocket is filled with treats for the tummy and treats for the eyes!  Each 3″ x 4″ string tie envelope is dressed up in its Easter best. The sweet little tag is made with a sticker from the paper collection.  Snippets of ribbon, , flowers, and burlap string are Easter Bunny approved!

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card Eastertime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 04I’ve tucked some tasty almonds and the dearest miniature card into the string tie envelopes.

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card: Pocket #2 and #3

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card Eastertime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 05

Tags and pockets go together like the Easter Bunny and Jelly Beans!  I created a tall tag for the middle pocket, then had dressing it up with ribbons, flowers stickers and charms.

The top pocket holds a decorated 4″ x 6″ string tie envelope.  Because it’s Easter, you have to have chocolate, so I’ve tucked a bag of M&M’s inside this pretty little packet.

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card Eastertime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 06Here’s a peek at the paper bag pocket with everything removed.  I think this is a really fun alternative to an Easter Basket.  What do you think?

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 Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial & Project Share

Thinking Spring: Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial & Project Share

Hello, Friends!  Old Man Winter just seems to be hanging on for dear life. I’ve been making my own springtime in my studio with pretty papers and flowers and ribbons!  This Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial is a really quick and easy card design.  Build the base with just two simple straight cuts and one simple fold.  The end result  looks so amazing, everyone will think you are a card making genius!

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

These are the cards we will be making today.  Aren’t they darling?  Each top fold card measures 7″ x 5″.   I love the fact that the center step easel design makes it very easy to set these cards out for display.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 02If you haven’t seen Authentique’s Jubilee collection yet, you are in for a real treat.  This whimsical spring collection has a strong vintage vibe with a dash of Authentique’s signature charm and humor.  The patterned papers are just stunning, as you can see in this sweet card.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 03

I really appreciate the fact that there are images and patterns that are not strictly for Easter.  This beautiful 3″ x 4″ image from the cut apart page lends itself to any occasion.  I just love a versatile paper collection, don’t you?

Other Fun Projects: Eileen Hull Trinket Box Home Decor Piece

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 04

Once I opened this beautiful paper collection up, I simply could not stop playing with it.  It’s always fun to add a little fresh home decor to welcome springtime.  So I pulled out my Eileen Hull Trinket Box Die to create this dimensional vignette.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 05The cavity of the trinket box is lined with more gorgeous papers and images from the Jubilee Collection Kit.  I also altered a Tim Holtz Idea-Ology trophy with gesso, embossing powder and paint to create this flower urn inside the box.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 06I found this darling chipboard bunny in my stash.  He looks quite dapper on the front of the trinket box.  He’s complemented with a little wooden Easter Egg, a twine bow and some sweet Petaloo Flowers.  (Sadly, Petaloo flowers are hard to find these days, but you can still find a few HERE.)

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 07This cute dimensional box is attached to an altered spool.  Beautiful Spring Ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon form the tie closure on the box.  (You will find a supply list at the end of this post.)

Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial & Project Share: One More Bunny Card

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 09

I had one more fun idea for a Jubilee Easter card.  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card base has a 1/2″ spine and a hidden tag pocket on the front.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 10

I fussy cut the banner and floral cluster from the top corner of Jubilee Two. Then I cut out a 4 7/8″ x 6 7’8″ panel with the bunny image from the same sheet of paper.  After stitching, inking and distressing the paper edges, I rolled the top left hand corner around a pencil to create a scroll.  Next I backed my card base with a complementary paper and glued the two layers together, leaving a gap in the top left corner for a tag.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 11

This is the tag that pulls out of the card front.  Fun, right?

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 12I also painted some Prima Resin eggs with watered down Distress Paint.  Then I glued them into a “nest” made from burlap string.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 13The inside of the card has 2 pockets filled with Easter treats.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 14

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 15

I could have kept right on playing with this delightful collection, but I had to go start dinner.

Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial & Project Share on YouTube

I thought you’d like to learn how to make a center step easel card, so I stole a few more minutes from my schedule and made you this YouTube tutorial.  It starts with a project share of all the paper pretties I’ve featured here, then moves into a full tutorial for the center step easel card.  I hope you enjoy!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas today that you can incorporate into your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List for
Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial & Project Share

Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card

Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card with Pockets and Treats

Hello, Friends!  I can’t believe we are already counting down the days ’til Easter!  I’m sort of glad, though, as that means I get to break out all my Easter paper pretties and ribbons!  Today I have a super sweet Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card to share with you.  Its made with Authentique Paper’s Springtime Collection (an oldie, but a goodie!) and gorgeous Really Reasonable Ribbon!

Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card Springtime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Paper Photo 01

I love these sweet bunnies so much!  This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 1/2″ spine.  I’ve enhanced the paper layers with a bodacious bow cluster tied with RRR’s  Turquoise Shimmer Satin Ribbon and topped with a Petaloo teal anemone.  The Ivory Burlap String adds just the right amount of texture to this vintage style card.

Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card Springtime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Paper Photo 02

To lighten up the layers and add some extra dimension, I die cut Spellbinder’s Labels 47 Decorative Elements from white cardstock.  I decided I wanted just the lattice portion of the die cut, and not the scrolly bits at the top, so I trimmed those off with my guillotine trimmer.  Green stick pins and a little resin bunny complete the cover design.

TIP: To add a little extra swagger to the paper layers, crop your corners with a corner punch.

Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card: A Peek Inside

Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card Springtime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Paper Photo 03

Of course, I had to finish the inside of the card!

Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card Springtime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Paper Photo 04

The shallow pocket at the top of the card holds this darling mini envelope and tag.  There’s a miniature Ghiradelli chocolate tucked into the envelope.  Making these bitty envelopes is such a great way to use up scraps.

Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card Springtime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Paper Photo 05The large pocket on the bottom holds a little tea bag wallet and honey stick.

Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card Springtime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Paper Photo 06

The Green Flash Diamond Satin Bow really pops against these aqua papers, doesn’t it?

Really Reasonable Ribbon March Ribbon Club Assortment

If you’re on the search for some great Easter Ribbons to adorn your cards, projects, or Easter Bonnet, check out the Easter Candy Colored Ribbons in this month’s Ribbon Club Assortment!

You can find out all about the Ribbon Club HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas today that will help you get ready for the Easter Bunny.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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