Category Archives: Cards with Special Folds

Beach Window Twisted Easel Shaker Card

Ciao Bella Sound of Summer Beach Window Twisted Easel Card Amazing Paper Grace Snip It Grid Calendar Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Beach Window Twisted Easel Shaker Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  What do you see out the beach window of this Twisted Easel Shaker Card?  Seagulls soaring high in the sky?  Pelicans diving into the waves?  Or maybe there’s a school of dolphins frolicking not too far from the shore.  Whatever you can imagine, you can see through the panes of my beach window card.  Even though I have not been able to “see” the sea in a long time, my imagination can take me there, and I can enjoy the beautiful coastline that I love so much.

I’ve paired up some luxurious ribbons from the July Ribbon Club Assortment with Ciao Bella’s delightful “Sound of Summer” and Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Calendar/Grid Die to create this magical beach scene.  Capri Blue Double Faced Satin Ribbon and Blue Variegated Shell Print Satin Ribbon match the blues in this paper collection perfectly.

TIP: Die cut burlap stars then string as a banner across the top of the window.  Silver shell charms add just a touch of sparkle.

TIP: Die cut flowers from your designer paper scraps for perfectly coordinated florals.

TIP: Alter Reneabouquets Starfish Beauty Board with Little Birdie Crafts Silver Metallic Wax. Then tuck them in with the floral cascade.  This adds a soft shimmer and texture.

A Peek Inside

This style of card is designed to serve primarily as a decorative piece.  But I did manage to add a simple pocket.

TIP: Cluster real shells, flowers, and banner flags together on the pocket flap.  Then dangle a silver seahorse charm from a mini clothespin to create a beachy vignette.

TIP: Don’t be afraid to fold a large image in half.  This 8″ x 5 1/2″ journal card converts into a lovely mini folio.  Add a fussy cut image and decorative key in the corner.  This is the image you see peeking out when the card is opened for display.

Line the inside of the folio with cream cardstock.  You can write a message here, or add photos.

I hope you enjoyed looking through my beach house window with me today.  There is something very calming and relaxing about working with these shades of blue.  If you’d like to see other projects made with the Sound of Summer collection, please click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card Tutorial

Eileen Hull Mitten Box Die Sizzix Chapter Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card Tutorial with Authentique Paper A Magical Christmas by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Eileen Hull Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card Tutorial with Authentique A Magical Christmas

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card to share with you.  The Eileen Hull Educator Team is featuring Eileen’s darling new Mitten Box Die and Snowman Box Die this week.  (Be sure to check out the Eileen Hull Blog on Wednesday. You’ll find a group post filled with inspiration, tutorials and ideas for her new release.)

There’s something magical about mittens at Christmas!  Instead of using the die to make a box, I created a cute focal point for this holiday card.  Authentique’s A Magical Christmas Collection is such a great partner for this cute die!  Hanging the mittens upside down with a cluster of ribbons and flowers at the top gives them the appearance of an ornament.  In fact, you could even make tree ornaments this way!  I’ll show you how to do this in the tutorial below.

TIP: Add festive mini banners by cutting card scraps with Eileen’s Banner and Pennant Thinlets Die.  Stagger the die layers to create a sense of depth and dimension   Then add cute little bows and bitty buttons to the corners.

The Twisted Easel Card

Twisted easel cards may look complicated, but they are actually very easy to make.

  • First, create a 6″ x 6″ top fold card base.
  • Next, fold the point of the bottom right corner up until it lines up with the point of the top left hand corner.  (It will look like a triangle.)
  • Then just fold and crease!  Now you have a twisted easel card base.
  • Cut mittens, rickrack, and hearts from mat board or medium weight chipboard.
  • Flip the mittens so that you have a thumb on the right and a thumb on the left.
  • When die cutting the designer paper to cover the mittens, put one piece in face down and the other face up.  This way your papers will “match” and fit the die cut properly.

TIP:  Fold the bottom left hand corner up to the top right hand corner to make a twisted easel card that faces the other direction.  Isn’t that fun?

I love using twisted easel cards as home decor.   This Christmas version would be so pretty perched on a holiday mantel!

A Hidden Pocket

The video tutorial will show you how to build the card base, add layers and create this fun hidden tag pocket.  Eileen’s Pocket and Tag Die fits perfectly behind this pair of Christmas mittens.  You can easily add a gift card to the tag with a dab of hot glue or a glue dot.  So now, this card is also a gift!

A Peek Inside

The pocket part of Eileen’s Pocket and Tag die fits perfectly in the corner of the card interior.  I tucked a little Holiday Tea Bag inside, just for fun.

Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card Tutorial on YouTube

So are you ready to get your craft on?  Please enjoy this video tutorial showcasing Eileen’s dies and Authentique Paper’s A Magical Christmas Collection.

Once you learn how to make this fun card base, I know you’ll want to make a ton of them.  They would make great Christmas luncheon favors or girlfriend gifts.

To see more projects made with Eileen’s new dies, click HERE.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Hello Sweety! Tall and Skinny Box Card

Stamperia Sweety Tall and Skinny Box Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Hello Sweety!  Stamperia Sweety Tall and Skinny Box Card

Hello, Friends!  Or should I say Hello Sweety?  Because today I have a tall and skinny box card made with Stamperia’s new Sweety collection to share with you!  Ooh la la!  This collection is divine, my friends!  I almost passed it by, but then one of my regular patrons in my Etsy shop requested a custom order made with these darling papers.  So into my shopping cart it went, and I am so glad!  This lovely little pink confection is all packaged up and on its way, but I loved it so much, I just had to share it with you.  It’s always nice to start your Monday off with something sweet, don’t you think?

This is a 4″ x 8 1/4″ side fold card base with a 1/2″ spine.  Layer the designer papers up with some Reneabouquets Beautiful Board, Printed Beautiful Board, and fussy cut teacups to create lots of depth and dimension.

Little Birdie Flowers and gauzy ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon add even more texture and a dreamy element to the card design.  My favorite element is the little silver spoon filled with pink “sugar.”  What’s yours?

A Peek Inside

Create a box pocket on the side to hold some little treasures.

This round magnet and lacy bookmark turn the card into a gift.  So much sweetness!

The Week Ahead

So that’s it for me this morning!  I’ll be sharing more Sweety projects soon.  But now I have to go get out of my jammies and get busy creating my next Button Farm Kit.  Do you want a hint? Well…it is Christmas in July this month!   I haven’t done a card kit in quite a while.  And Authentique paper has a gorgeous new Christmas collection out.  That’s three hints!  I bet you know where I’m headed.

So if I’m a bit scarce this week, you know what I ‘m up to.  Putting these kits together takes all my attention and about 4 full work days to complete.  That means no Throwback Thursday this week, unless I get this kit finished in record time,  Hey, anything can happen!

I have a couple of posts scheduled to go live later this week…both tutorials, so that should keep you busy!  Look for the supply list for this project below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Summertime Blues Double Gatefold Card Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Aqua Medley, Fairy Sparkle Aqua Medley Flowers, Primed Chipboard Ornate Frame Double Gatefold Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Aqua Medley Summertime Blues Double Gatefold Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m celebrating Summertime Blues with a Double Gatefold Card Tutorial.  Little Birdie Crafts Aqua Medley Collection is filled with dreamy shades of blue, gorgeous florals, sweet summer songbirds and delightful patterns.  I think you’re really going to enjoy this post, and add a new fancy fold design to your crafty toolbox!

The Basics

My favorite kind of fancy fold is the one that makes people say, “How did she do that?” Especially when the answer is, “It’s so easy, you won’t believe it!”  That really is the case with a double gatefold card design.  More than just a card, this 6×6 card doubles as a folio and makes a wonderful gift!

Little Birdie Primed Chipboard creates the perfect base for this gorgeous hydrangea image.  Cluster flowers, butterflies and metal embellishments around the frame to create a truly striking cover.

Look at all this gorgeous texture and dimension.  That makes my heart happy!

A Peek Inside

Opening a double gatefold card is always dramatic! Flap pages, pockets and tags add to the excitement.

Did you know Little Birdie makes a Die Cutting Machine?  I didn’t either, but as soon as I  learned about it, I added it to my tool supplies.  It is amazing!  I used it and Little Birdie Oval Tags Dies to make these precious oval tags for the side pocket.

The large center pocket holds a pull out page in place.

This is a great place to tuck in notes, small gifts and photos.

There’s even a hidden pocket page with just enough room to tuck in a bookmark.

Oh, how I love little birds!  We have a pair of bluebirds that live in our crabapple tree and every time I see them, it makes my heart happy!

The Tutorial

Are you ready to get your craft on?  I’ll begin with a short tour of the project.  Then we will dig in and create this lovely double gatefold card together.  It’s going to be so much fun!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafting adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

And if you haven’t subscribed to the Little Birdie Blog, you might want to pop over and see all the amazing projects that are being shared.  It’s truly inspiring.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique July Desk Calendar Tutorial

Authentique July Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It hardly seems possible, but it’s time to share my Authentique July Desk Calendar Tutorial with you.  This year is really flying by, isn’t it?   If you’re new to the blog, I’ve been sharing a monthly desk calendar made with the Authentique Calendar Collection.  These 6×6 easel style calendars double as a mini folio to hold photos and memories from each month of the year.  Many of you have told me that your are giving these as birthday cards.  I think that is a brilliant idea!

The easel design of each calendar allows it to fold flat for storage.  My hope is that you will pull these out year after year, perhaps adding a new photo or memory as time goes by.

This month I’ve added lots of stars, glitter clothespins and patriotic plaid ribbon to enhance the gorgeous vintage images and patterns.

You’ll find all the usual bells and whistles inside the folio: a July calendar for recording special dates, wallet sized folios, photo  mounts, journaling spots and a nifty hidden pocket folio.

Authentique July Desk Calendar Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This larger folio has a pull out tab and room for (3) 5×5 photos.

Authentique July Desk Calendar Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to make this July calendar project, just follow along in this video tutorial.

If you are new to the series and want to get caught up, you can find the other Desk Calendar Tutorials HERE.   You can also find other calendar projects made by my Authentique teammates over on the Authentique blog.  To purchase the products used in  making this calendar, check out the linked supply list below this post.

I hope you enjoy making these sweet calendars as much as I enjoy designing them.  We only have 5 more to make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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