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Authentique Imagine Tall and Skinny Birthday Card

Authentique Imagine Tall and Skinny Birthday Card for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Authentique Imagine Tall and Skinny Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  For today’s installment of Throwback Thursday we are creating a tall and skinny birthday card with Authentique Imagine.  This collection was released in 2017, and I fell for it immediately.  A soft pink and minty green color palette grabbed me right away.  Then throw in charming carousel images and I’m completely hooked!  If you have this collection in your Closet of Shame, you might want to break it out and have a play.  But even if you don’t, you’ll be able to use the tips and tricks included in this post.

Tall and Skinny Card Basics

Tall and Skinny (or Slimline) cards are a great way to use up narrow strips of designer paper.  This slimline card base measures 3 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ with a side fold.

  • First, score a 7 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ panel of white cardstock at 3 3/4″ on the short side to form th card base.
  • Next, mat a 3 1/4″ x 7 3/4″ panel of the carousel horses pattern on a slightly larger panel of white cardstock.
  • Now stitch or adhere  this panel to a 3 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ panel of the dot patterned paper.
  • Then back the 3×4 image with dimensionals and set aside momentarily.
Stack Your Scraps

Authentique Imagine Tall and Skinny Birthday Card for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Fishtail banners are also a great way to use up scraps of designer paper.  I cut a big pile of them in various sizes with the off cuts I’d saved from previous projects.

  • Adhere the largest (2 3/4″ x 4″) fishtail banner in the center of the card. M
  • Next center a smaller striped banner and adhere over that.
  • Now use a long skinny strip of green candy stripe paper in the center of that layer.
  • Then adhere a shorter, wider carousel banner flag on the left side.
  • Top this with 3 small pieces.  Stagger the placement so that you can see the cut edge of each pattern.
  • Now adhere the prepared image over the top of the banner flag stack.
  • Finally, create a bow cluster with flowers and ribbon.  Add some vintage corsage pins to the cluster as a finishing touch.
Add Some Details

  • Heat Emboss a Reneabouquets Victorian Snowflake Doily with WOW Vintage Romance Embossing Powder.
  • Next, place dimensionals on the back of the doily and adhere below the image.
  • Top with a few Prima Hydrangea blossoms.
  • Next, adhere a Reneabouquets Lissie Pink Premium Paper Glitter Glass Dragonfly on top of the flowers.

Attach a Prima Rose Quartz Paper Clip embellishment in the upper right hand corner.  Top with a small Prima Fruit Paradise rosebud.

Now wrap the left hand side of the card with Iridescent Metallic String.  Leave the tails long so that you can attach a key and birthday charm and still have enough length to tie a bow.

A Peek Inside

Decorate the inside of the card with designer papers and stickers from the collection.  Add a blank panel for a photo or a note.

TIP:  Sometimes a panel of paper is wide enough…but not long enough!  Fix this problem by adding a pocket at the base of the panel.  Now you have room to tuck in a tea bag, honey stick and bookmark.

Now the card is also a gift!

Top the bookmark with ribbon and a charm.

It’s such a good feeling to liberate pretty papers and embellishments from the Closet of Shame!  Why not poke through your crafty stash today and see what older collections and supplies you can transform into lovely card or folio?

To see an older Authentique Imagine project, click HERE.

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.  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**Note: Throwback Thursday projects are created entirely with older papers and embellishments from my stash.  Sometimes these items are no longer available for purchase.  I will link whenever possible.  I’m sure you can find a reasonable substitute in your own crafty stash. Thanks for understanding!

 

Gone Fishing Father’s Day Card

Authentique Manly Gone Fishing Tall and Skinny Father's Day Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

 Gone Fishing Father’s Day Card with Authentique Manly

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m over on the Authentique Blog sharing this Gone Fishing Father’s Day Card as part of Authentique’s Father’s Day Week Celebration.  All week long you will find wonderful masculine projects that honor the dads in our lives.

My father and 3 older brothers were avid fishermen.  The rose early in the summer mornings with tackle box, rods & reels, night crawlers, a thermos of coffee and a bag of sandwiches in tow.  They were gone fishing.  On a good day, they’d come home with fresh brook trout for dinner.  But even if their fishing creels were empty, they had the pleasure of that time together under the sky in God’s beautiful world.  And they bonded, even though hardly a word was spoken while fishing.  Dads seem to be able to speak into their children’s lives without saying a word.  I tried to capture that in this card.

Gone Fishing Father’s Day Card: Building the Layers

Here’s how to put this card together:

  • Begin by cutting an 11″ x 8 1/2″ sheet of paper to measure 10 1/2″ long.
  • Place the long side on your scoring tool and score at 4 1/4″  and 8 1/2″.
  • Fold to form a tall and skinny card base with a 2″ deep side pocket.
  • Mat a 3 5/8″ x 7 7/8″ panel of Manly 3 on a slightly larger panel of Spectrum Honey Comb and Spectrum Hot Chocolate. Don’t adhere to the card front yet.
  • Now cut the 3×4 “Outdoor Life” image from Manly 8.  Place the bass brad over the bass in the photo.  Mat on both colors of Spectrum cardstock.  Back with dimensionals and adhere in the top third of the card.
  • Next, cut a 3″ x 3″ square of Manly 3.  Mat on the Spectrum cardstock, back with dimensionals and adhere in the lower third of the card. Leave about 1/4″ between the two decorative panels.
Gone Fishing Details

  • Adhere 3 wood slices (my son made these for me) at the bottom of the bottom panel.  Top with the novelty buttons and the small fish sticker.
  • Then adhere novelty buttons on top of the wood slices.
  • Next back the “gone fishing” sticker and the fish sticker with dimensionals and adhere above the wood slices.  Adhere a bracket sticker in the top left hand corner and top with the other small fish sticker.
  • Now thread ribbon through the Tim Holtz buckle. Wrap around the card panel and secure with a dab of hot glue.  Tie a square knot with a separate piece of ribbon.
  • Finally, adhere the panel to the card base.
Gone Fishing Father’s Day Card: A Peek Inside

Now you can finish the inside of your card.  Add gussets to the side pocket and decorate with designer papers.  Tuck in a chocolate treat and a bookmark.  After all, Dad can’t fish 24/7!

I feel truly blessed to have been raised by my dad.  Although he left us far too early in life (I was only 13 years old when he passed into glory) the lessons he taught me are alive and well today.  He left his imprint on my life and character.

Wishing all the dads out there a truly blessed and restful Father’s Day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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Authentique All Star Golf Card Folio

Authentique All Stars Golf Collection Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Authentique All Star Golf Card Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  This Authentique All Star Golf Card Folio is the perfect Father’s Day card.  I’ve paired it up with Apple Green Satin Ribbon from the Really Reasonable Ribbon June Ribbon Club Assortment.

Many of you have told me that your struggle when it comes to making masculine cards.  So here are a few of my best tips:

  • First, choose a solid masculine theme.  Golf works for both men and women.
  • Next, choose a bolder color palette.  Pastel colors are not usually a good choice for masculine cards.
  • Patterned papers should reflect masculine style.  Geometric patterns, plaids and solids are always a safe bet.  Take your cues from men’s ties.
  • Use ribbon as a border as I did here.  Simply wrap the side of the card with ribbon and tie a simple square knot for an effective treatment.

It’s really not that hard, and I find I enjoy the cleaner, simpler design of most masculine cards.

Authentique All Star Golf Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Fancy fold cards provide a lot of real estate for adding pockets, decorative panels and photo panels.  Use the back side of this 3×4 journal card to mat a photo.  You can also tuck a gift card into the pocket.

Here’s a peek at the card folio fully opened.  The center panel is a pocket with a mini folio insert.  This is a great place to add photos.  The blank sentiment panel on the left is the perfect spot to write a special message or memory for Dad.

If you’d like to learn how to make this style of fancy fold card, check back tomorrow as I’ll be sharing a tutorial for Throwback Thursday.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Blue Skies, Sunshine and Buzzing Bees

Summer Days: Blue Skies, Sunshine and Buzzing Bees

Hello, Friends!  Hello, Summer: time for blue skies, sunshine and buzzing bees!  Today I’ve pulled out my favorite Authentique June Calendar papers to make this summery greeting card.

Authentique June Calendar Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is entirely made with the scraps I had left after making my June Desk Calendar Tutorial.  It’s amazing what a little clever paper piecing allows you to do!   Add a little shabby chic detail with a Spellbinders Heirloom Oval Die cut from cream cardstock.  Machine stitching and gingham ribbon add a sweet homespun feel to the card design.

TIP: Stitch panels of the plaid and floral patterns from the June calendar collection onto a white cardstock mat.  Then use ribbon to cover the seam!  It looks like a design element.  Is that sneaky or what?

TIP:  Die cut too short ? Try cutting it in half across the middle.  Then adhere the halves where you want them.  Now cover the seam with your focal image.  That’s another sneaky trick!

This handsome bee charm is headed straight for that bodacious yellow blossom in the corner.

Blue Skies, Sunshine and Buzzing Bees: A Peek Inside

Dress up the inside of your card with pockets.  Layer scraps of patterned paper to cover the card base.  Then turn an image into a pocket by gluing it down on the sides and bottom.

Mat leftover image and sentiment panels on plain cardstock to create mini folios. Measure the height of the image,double it, then add 1/4″ .  Then cut the paper about 1/4″ wider than the image.  Fold in half and adhere your image to the front.  Easy peasy!

Since I’m a tea drinker, I like to tuck in a tea bag, honey stick and a vintage demitasse spoon.  Chocolate is always a welcome treat.  But you can tailor your add ins for the recipient.  It’s such fun to find little treasures that turn a card into a gift.

I hope I’ve inspired you to break out those precious scraps and make something beautiful 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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Memorial Day Patriotic Banner and a Winner!

Authentique Liberty Patriotic Banner for Summer by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Memorial Day Patriotic Banner: Memories from the Past

Hello, Friends!  Today is Memorial Day:  a time to remember and honor all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.  It’s a somber day, but a joyous one as well, as we celebrate the freedom that sacrifice provided to us as Americans.  Now, more than ever, it’s good to remember the price that was paid for our freedom.  It is a thing to be cherished, guarded and appreciated every day of the year.  Coming from a family where my brothers and dad served our country, I am thankful.

Growing up in Vermont, Memorial Day meant rising early to pick lilacs.  The fragrant blooms were still heavy with dew as we gently laid them in a laundry basket to carry home.  Then the work of arranging them in big fan-shaped metal urns began.  Once that task was finished, we drove over to the family cemetery plot where we placed them on the graves of family members who had served.  We always brought along a bucket, soap and a scrub brush along with gardening tools so we could clean up the graves.  It sounds morbid, but I loved this tradition. It was heavenly to breathe in the scent of those glorious lilacs as we worked in the warmth of the sun under the bright blue sky.

After that, we would travel to the main street in our small town to observe the Memorial Day Parade.  Cars filled with Gold Star Mothers, a few marching bands, civic groups and Shriners filled the street for about 30 minutes.  Then we all traveled up to the Warm Memorial in the park where a prayer of gratitude was offered by local clergy.  As a wreath was placed on the memorial, someone always played “Taps” on the trumpet.  The haunting notes of that melody always left me with goosebumps and a tear in my eye.  How I miss those wonderful traditions!

Memorial Day Patriotic Banner: Tips and Tricks

 

Banners are one of my absolute favorite things to make.  I just wish they weren’t so hard to photograph!  But I think you can easily see that this red, white and blue beauty  made with Authentique Paper’s Liberty Collection is filled with lots of fun details.  While I don’t have a tutorial, I will share some tips and tricks with you.

  • Begin by cutting the banner pieces from red ticking canvas.  Use the Eileen Hull House Die for this step.  Lay the die on the fabric and cut around it with scissors.  Use the large die for the outer pennant, then trace around the inside of that die for the natural canvas.
  • Next, cut red glitter paper using the smaller die from the set.  To create the perforated edge, trim half the die cut holes using a pair of scissors.
  • Create smaller pennants with Graphic 45 ATC tags.  Cut covers for the tags with the G45 ATC Die.
  • Rosettes are a must on a patriotic banner.  Cut designer paper with the Tim Holtz Sizzix Rosette Die.  Top with buttons.
Memorial Day Patriotic Banner: Finishing Touches

  • Cut a 2 yard section of 1 1/2″ wide Royal Blue Plaid Ribbon.
  • Arrange the pennants along the ribbon.  Hold them in place with binder clips.
  • Now stitch the pieces onto the ribbon.  I added a border of White Ruffled Ribbon stitched with Red Zig Zag Ribbon in the center.
  • Next, tie bows between the pennants with Scarlet Checkerboard Satin Ribbon.
  • Then add images and flowers to finish the banner.

How do you celebrate Memorial Day?  I know this is not a typical year, but if it was, what would you be doing?  A trip to the beach?  Family picnic?  Back yard barbecue?  I’d love to hear your memories of Memorial Day past, and how you intend to honor the day this year.

Winner of my YouTube Throwback Thursday Giveaway

And, today is the day I announce the winner of my YouTube Throwback Thursday giveaway!  The randomly chosen comment came from Crafty Carolina Gal.  Please contact me at [email protected] with your address so I can ship your goodies off to you!

Wishing you all a blessed, happy and safe Memorial Day!

Cheerio,

kathy

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