Category Archives: Birthday Cards

Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio

Really Reasonable Ribbon August Blog Hop: Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the RRR August Blog Hop.  You should be coming here  from Karen’s lovely blog.  Today we’re featuring the gorgeous Autumn Assortment from the RRR Ribbon Club.  I’ve created a vintage style Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio that celebrates the beauty of my favorite season.  Take a peek:

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Crimson and gold are the colors of fall, so I decided to enhance this lovely apple picking birthday card folio with a Sherry Checkerboard Satin Bow.  I love its soft texture, pattern and sheen.

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Ribbon makes a great belly band on any card.  The belly band on this 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made by adhering rows of Sherry Diamond Satin Ribbon, 3/8″ Autumn Diamond Print Grosgrain Ribbon, and 3/8″ Autumn Flowers Grosgrain Ribbon to the card base with 1/4″ Scor-Tape.

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Natural burlap string and gorgeous Little Birdie Flowers from their fall assortment add texture and vintage style to the card.

Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio: A Peek Inside

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Ribbon looks great inside a card, too!  I’ve added a tiny bit to the honey stick in the top pocket.  And the slash pocket is edged with 3/8″ Leaves on Turftan Brown Grosgrain Ribbon.

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The lower pocket holds a little 3.5″ x 5.5″ photo folio.  To create the closure, adhere 1/4″ Scor-Tape to the back side of the folio.  Then wrap more of the pretty Autumn Leaves Grosgrain Ribbon around the front and tie a bow.  Easy, peasy…but so pretty!

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I used a scrap of yellow cardstock to create this little flap folio.  The first flap is a pocket that is just wide enough to hold a gift card.

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Here’s a peek at the folio fully opened.  I tucked one of the lovely cardstock components from Authentique’s Pleasant Collection Kit  here.  (All the papers in this project are from that collection.)

Oh, and just to tempt you, here’s a look at this month’s glorious Ribbon Club Assortment.

Although this is called the Autumn Assortment, I think it’s a very versatile collection! I used this ribbon on a lovely summer themed card HERE.

Let’s Hop!

Now hop on over and see what my sweet and talented teammate Linsey has in store for you.  She always has the BEST ideas for using the ribbon club assortment.

Then be sure to hop on over to the RRR BLOG to answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  Your name will be entered into a random drawing to receive your very own Autumn Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’d like to join the Ribbon Club, you can find the sign up information HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Place in Time Garden Themed Birthday Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Place in Time Garden Themed Birthday Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s a big birthday month in the Clement household, so I’m filling up any spare minutes I can find making birthday cards.  I have a Graphic 45 Place in Time Garden Themed Birthday Card Tutorial to share with you today.  Our older daughter loves to garden.  It’s her therapy.  So I pulled out the August Cut Apart pages from my Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition, some gorgeous Little Birdie Fall Flowers and Really Reasonable Ribbon and got my craft on!

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This 5″ x 7″ top fold card folio has a 1/2″ spine that leaves lots of room for goodies on the inside.  Machine stitching, distressed edges, buttons and flowers lend it a sweet country feel.

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This really is a very quick card to make.  I prepared a process video for you so that you can see how it came together and make one yourself.

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These fall flowers from Little Birdie Crafts are so incredibly gorgeous!  I used blossoms and foliage from their Adelina, English Roses and Paulina Fall Colors assortment.   The Moss Green and Cream Plaid Ribbons work perfectly with this card design, too.

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You’ll notice in the video that I did not add metal corners.  That was a last minute decision after the video had already been edited and uploaded.  I needed something in the lower left hand corner of the focal image to kind of frame and balance it.  The metal corners are tapped with Vintaj Patina ink (Moss and Verdigris).

Graphic 45 Place in Time Garden Themed Birthday Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

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This is a new way to make a pocket, and I am loving how quick and easy it is to make.  You will learn how in the video tutorial below.

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I’ll also show you how to create this cutie patootie gift card holder from scraps.  It’s so easy, and looks adorable tucked into the pocket.

Graphic 45 Place in Time Garden Themed Birthday Card Tutorial Video

So are you ready to get your craft on?  Let’s get this crafty party started!

This simple card design could easily be adapted for use with any paper for any occasion. I’ve added a supply list below the post for your convenience.

I hope I 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

Graphic 45 Place in Time Garden Themed Birthday Card Tutorial Supply List

 

Make a Wish Mixed Media Birthday Card

Little Birdie Crafts Make a Wish Mixed Media Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  Summer time is birthday time in the Clement clan.  I thought I’d change things up a bit this year, and add some fun mixed media effects to my handmade cards.  This Little Birdie Crafts  Make a Wish Mixed Media Birthday Card was so much fun to make.  I thought you might enjoy seeing it, too.  So I’m here to share some mixed media tips and tricks that you can use to amp up your card making adventures.

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I began with a simple 6″ x 6″ kraft card base.  To this, I added a panel of wood grain paper from the Texture Brew 12×12 Paper Pack.  This paper has a wonderful linen texture.  But I amped up the texture with distressed edges, machine stitching and a layer of stenciled leaves.  You don’t need a fancy product to do this.  Little Birdie’s wonderful Sand Stone chalk paint does the job beautifully.  Simply tape your stencil over your paper and brush the paint on.  The paint dries very quickly on its own, but if you are impatient like me, you can use your heat tool.

Make a Wish Mixed Media Birthday Card: Stitching and Spattering

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The Texture Brew paper pack has a wonderful burlap print in it that is so realistic, you would think it was real fabric.  I stitched this digital feather image onto a 3.5″ x 5″ square of this burlap.  To distress the image, I spritzed a tiny bit of Ocean Mist Color Splash onto my craft sheet.  Then I picked the ink up with a paint brush and spattered it all over.   This primed chipboard sentiment is also sprayed with color spray, then lightly brushed with Sand Stone Chalk Paint.

Make a Wish Mixed Media Birthday Card: The Flowers

 

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Look at these gorgeous flowers.  Blue is my favorite color and these  Blue Printed Paris Petals are just ooh la la!  I’ve paired them up with gorgeous foliage from LBC.  These Pollen Clusters add a wonderful, organic feel to the card design.  I’ve also tucked some of my prized vintage pearl buttons in with the flower cluster to add even more texture and dimension.

Make a Wish Mixed Media Birthday Card:  Finishing Touches

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One final easy way to add mixed media touches to your handmade cards is with this gorgeous Golden Hearts Heart-y Melange glitter.  First apply an adhesive that dries clear (or use hot glue).  I like to work in one small area at a time.  Hold your card over a funnel tray or a large piece of clean paper and shake on the Heart-y Melange Glitter.  Tip the card and let the excess fall away.  I actually randomly painted on a very light layer of dries clear adhesive so that I would have areas where the glitter was heavy, and areas where just a whisper of glitter could be seen.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that will inspire you to try adding mixed media effects to your handmade cards.  You can find all the products I used in the supply list below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Make a Wish Mixed Media Birthday Card: Product Links

 

Graphic 45 Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card

Graphic 45 Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  I’m kind of excited about today’s post, because I think a LOT of you are going to have loads of fun with this quick and easy idea.  Today I’m going to share a Graphic 45 Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card with y’all.  When my dear sister-in-law celebrated a “landmark” birthday, my husband and I wanted to give her a really personal and special gift.  I was digging through old black and white family photos and found this great picture of Dale and Becky.  Then I found the perfect paper collection and sentiment to go with it.  Take a look!

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Dale and Becky have always been best buddies.  When I found this “Forever Friends” Tag from PPDF Tags and Pockets, I knew I was on the right track!  I really love the way this adorable photo taken in 1956 pops against the vibrant colors and patterns found in Penny’s Paper Doll Family. This 5” x 7” easel style card will look great on a shelf, mantel or side table. It’s great when a card can double as a gift, isn’t it?

Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card: Tips for Working with  Old Family Photos

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TIP: Scan old photos  into your computer and print out on photo paper, or take it to a photo developing booth to make a copy. This way, you preserve the original.

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TIP: Amateur photography can be challenging to work with.  The subjects of this photo were not framed well, making the composition a little unbalanced.  To fix this, I adhered the buckle from PPDF Tags and Pockets on the right hand side of the image, added a Staples Metal Key and a burlap string bow.  This fixed the photo problem, and added an interesting element to the card design at the same time.

 

TIP: Easel style cards are a great design choice for cards that feature a cherished family photo because they can stand upright for display.

Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card: Make it easy on yourself!

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Tags and pockets are a quick and easy way to add a designer touch to a card.   They are also very easy to modify.

TIP: Don’t be afraid to alter, fold or cut pockets, tags and ephemera cards to make them work with your design.  It was easy to cut this pocket right along the pre-scored fold line. Then I was able to use the other half on the inside of my card.

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TIP: When choosing embellishments like flowers and ribbons, let the color palette of the paper guide you.  I chose buttery yellow and faded blue flowers for this card based on the colors in the chipboard frame.  I knew all these colors would work well together, because they look great on the papers I used.

TIP: Create a “stopper” or a “brake” to keep your easel card standing upright.  I did this by adding a layer of waste chipboard to the green striped paper layer. Then I topped it with this pretty chipboard wreath from the collection.  

Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card: A Peek Inside

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TIP: You can extra color and design to the inside of your easel card by covering the top half with complementary papers.  Just be sure not to adhere papers over the fold line, or the easel mechanism won’t work.  And don’t forget to create a space where you can write in your own personal greeting.  This journaling ephemera card works perfectly for that assignment!

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And where did the other half of that pocket end up?  Inside the card! I backed the edges with small foam tabs, punched a little thumb hole, then turned it on its side to be used as a chocolate pocket.  

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

 

 

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios with Authentique Party

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios with Authentique Party

Hello, Friends!  It seems that no matter how many birthday cards I make, I still need to make more!  So when Authentique Paper released their fabulous new Party Collection, I was nearly giddy with joy!  Just like a present at a birthday party, I ripped the pack open and went to work creating these fun His and Hers Birthday Card Folios.

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Party is a celebration on paper!  Bursting with vibrant color, retro images, playful patterns and sassy sentiments, it’s just pure fun to create with it!  Both these cards measure 5.25″ x 7.25″.  I added an extra score line to each base to create a spine that would allow for goodies to be tucked inside each folio.

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios: A Party Without Cake?  Never!

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios Party by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 02Sometimes, you open a collection and know right away what you want to do with it.  I personally love when that happens.  The minute I saw this lovely cake image, this whole card design popped into my head. Hooray for inspiration!  It makes life so much easier!

How to Create the Party Cake Focal

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Here’s how I created the focal for this party pretty card.

  • First, fussy cut the cake image from Party Eight.  Don’t worry about trimming between the candles.  Add foam tabs or dimensionals to the back side of the fussy cut image.
  • Fussy cut the floral clusters from Party Six.  Back with dimensionals.
  • Next, add foam tabs or other dimensionals to the back side of the cake image.  (I cut up the Priority Mail boxes that my design team allotments are shipped in or other waste chipboard.)
  • Die cut a doily from white cardstock.  This is a Prima doily die, but you can use any doily from your stash.  I don’t recommend using a thin paper doily, however, as it won’t work in this application.
  • Cut the black polka dot paper from Party Six with Spellbinders Small Standard Circles Die (#5). Adhere this to the center of the doily.  Back the center of the doily with more foam tabs/dimensionals.

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  • Now dress this cake up for the party by adding Diamond Stickles to the icing on the top layer and in the center of the cake layers.
  • While the Stickles are still wet, sprinkle the top of the cake with TuTu Pink Prills
  • Arrange the fussy cut flower clusters around the base of the plate, and adhere to the card.

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Party for Her: A peek Inside

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This stamped sentiment is the perfect match up for this card!

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios Party by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 08The large pocket on the bottom holds a sweet treat.  (How did Trader Joe’s know that Authentique was releasing the Party collection?  That’s what I want to know!)

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I also tucked in a little gift card holder with room to write a personal note.

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios: Aged to Perfection

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The fact that this collection can be used to create cards for guys and gals makes me really happy!

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios Party by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 11Meet Dapper Dan the Birthday Man!  LOL  Don’t you just love his natty teal birthday suit?  Since the Party Collection Kit comes with the Details Stickers and Components Die Cuts,  I was able to add some fun accents to both cards.

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The “Best Wishes” sentiment banner and the “Let’s Party” Banner Flag are from the Components Die Cut Elements sheet and the Details Sticker Sheet.    I fussy cut the “Aged to Perfection” image from Party Seven, then tucked it behind the fussy cut image from Party One.

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There’s a party going on inside this birthday card, too.  I die cut a gift card holder and added it to the top half of the card.

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Then I created a cute chocolate wallet for the large pocket on the bottom.  It takes a really secure man to wear a pointy pink party hat!  LOL

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Here’s a peeky at the inside of the chocolate wallet.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on these fun His and Hers Birthday Card Folios in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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