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Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece

Graphic 45 Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece: Savor Life and All Its Magic

Hello, G’45er’s!  Do you ever use your gorgeous G45 papers to create party centerpieces?  I made this Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece with parties in mind!  If you’re hosting a prom party, a graduation party, birthday party or even a bridal shower, I think this vibrant and whimsical design would be a real conversation starter!

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

The inspiration for this project was that gorgeous ball gown on the 12×12 signature page of Midnight Masquerade.  I wanted to find a way to display that would capture all its wonderful detail.  To do this, I needed a base that would be larger than the basic bendi card design.  (You can find a link to the basic design HERE.)  This took a  llttle “mathing” but was not terribly difficult.  (Sadly, I forgot to write down what I did…so I’ll have to work another of these fun centerpieces up so I can share the numbers with you!)

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  2The end result was a fantastically dimensional, vibrant centerpiece!  I’m happy to share that this card made it all the way to CHA/Creativation back in January where it was displayed in the G45 booth.

Tips and Tricks for Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  3

If you loved to play with paper dolls when you were little, then this collection is your dream come true.  Midnight Masquerade is loaded with gorgeous ball gowns, fantastical flowers and  fabulous masks.  You’ll need a really sharp pair of fussy cutting scissors to create this centerpiece.  I found that my tiny Tim Holtz snips worked very well.  I inked all my edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink to cover up any raw paper edges.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  4

To create the dimensional skirt on the ballgown,  I gently shaped the skirt with the edge of my ruler.  When the paper began to curl, I glued just the outside edges to the base, pushing them toward the center.  Hold in place for a few seconds until the glue dries.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  5

Use extra heavy cardstock for your card base so that it will hold up under the weight of the designer paper.  I also glued the ends of my bendi flaps in place to secure them.  Normally, you would leave the bendi flaps unattached  so that the card can be folded shut.  But since I was making a centerpiece instead of a card, I chose to glue the flaps in place.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  6

Layer fussy cut flowers with dimensional flowers for extra fullness.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  7

Add height to your creation by layering the fussy cut sentiment at the very top of the card base.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  8

Use border pieces and sentiments to add text, color and drama to your centerpiece. I backed these elements with metallic cardstock for even more glitter and shine.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Supply List

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  9

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card

RRR Put a Bow on it Challenge: Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Are you ready for the latest challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon?  This time around, Bonnie wants us to “Put a Bow On It.”   That’s always fun!  I pulled out some paper pretties, my April Ribbon Club Collection, a bone folder and some sequins to make this Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card.  (Say that 3 times real fast!)

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

Easel cards are one of my favorite styles.  But lately, I’ve also been having fun with shaker cards. So why not combine the two styles and then put a bow on it?  So I did!

 

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2This 6×6 card was inspired by the focal image.  It’s part of a digital set called “Grandma’s Attic” from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy.  While it is supposed to be a journal card, I decided to cut out the journal area in the center and convert it into a shaker card.  Fun idea, right?

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3

Coral Rose Bold Diamond Print Satin Ribbon picks up on the gorgeous colors in this image.  Not only did I use it for the bow, but as a belly band, and as a border.  It’s amazing to me how the ribbon pulls all the elements in the design together.  To add the shabby chic feel of a Paris flea market, I added a little bird cage, a pen nib, a clock face and natural burlap string to the design.

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4I love the way the bird image on the designer paper peers out through the acetate cover on the shaker.  So cool!

 Paris Bird Easel Shaker Card:  A Peek Inside

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5For the inside of this Paris Bird Easel Shaker card, I created a vintage button card wrapped with custom dyed seam binding ribbon.  A fussy cut element from the paper collection serves as a pocket for a sweet little treat.  This paper has been in my stash for ages.  It’s a retired line from My Mind’s Eye called Lost and Found.  I don’t care how old it is….I still love it.

Be sure to visit the RRR BLOG for more inspiration from the rest of the team.  Then get out your paper pretties, Put a Bow On It, and link up over at RRR.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy 

 

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Pop Up Get Well Card

Feeling Run Down?  Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Pop Up Get Well Card

Hello, G 45’ers!  I created this whimsical and fun Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Pop Up Get Well card back in January for CHA…and I’m so excited that I finally get to share it with you today.

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Pop Up Get Well Card Old Curiosity Shoppe by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Winter brings with it a flurry of colds, flus and viruses. You might not be able to send chicken soup to a friend who’s knocked out with a nasty bug, but you can let them know that you care and lift spirits with a handmade get well card.  

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Pop Up Get Well Card Old Curiosity Shoppe by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

I’ve always loved the whimsical wind up lady from Olde Curiosity Shoppe.  Every time I see her, I think, “Feeling run down?”  That’s why I chose her as the focal image for this interactive pop-up card.  It’s so much fun to open this card and find a pop up panel of mini envelopes decorated with fussy cut butterflies.  It’s the perfect pick me up!

Here’s a Quick Tip

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Pop Up Get Well Card Old Curiosity Shoppe by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

I love Staple Laser Cut Tags and I use them all the time.  But  have you ever been stumped over what to do with those odd letters on the Alpha Tags?  Heres’ how I use them.  Just ink the edges and tuck into your card design to add an extra layer.  The beautiful shaped edge and vintage grommet add so much to a card!

Color Match!

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Pop Up Get Well Card Old Curiosity Shoppe by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Color plays a huge role in my designs so I always try to be careful to choose embellishments that are color matched.  Since Olde Curiosity Shoppe uses a lot of blue and green, I chose embellishments that enhanced the paper.   The flower has the same tones of green and blue that are found in the paper.  To color match the  metal embellishments, I tapped them with Vintaj Patina Moss Paint.  Now they pop off the card base and make all the greens and blues come together harmoniously.

A Peek Inside Olde Curiosity Shoppe Pop Up Get Well Card

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Pop Up Get Well Card Old Curiosity Shoppe by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

Decorating the interior of this card was a blast!  I found an online tutorial for this panel pop up card mechanism, then took it to the next level by die cutting Tammy Tutterow mini envelopes to go on each panel.  Fussy cut butterflies add a touch of whimsy and a feeling of movement.  Imagine how much fun it would be to open this card!  You can tuck a tea bag, throat lozenge or cheery note into each pocket for even more fun.

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Pop Up Get Well Card Old Curiosity Shoppe by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

A hand written sentiment adds a wonderful, personal touch to any card.  After fussy cutting some bottles and borders from the paper collection, I added them to Staples ATC tags.

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Pop Up Get Well Card Old Curiosity Shoppe by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

These little tags on the inside tie in with the large tag on the cover and serve to unify the design.

I’ve added a linked supply list below for your convenience!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

 

Tealightful Tea Party Banner and Video

Tealightful Tea Party Banner with Petaloo Spring Posies

Hello, Friends!  Little girls love tea parties!  It’s a fact.  Our middle “Little” Julia loves them so much that she’s chosen to have an American Girl Tea Party Birthday this year.  I spent the weekend creating this pinkalicious, very girly Tealightful tea party banner using Petaloo posies and designer papers from Pebbles.

Tealightful tea party banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 1Banners are fun to make, but tough to capture in a photograph.  So, I went ahead and made a very short (under 3 minute) video tour of the banner and cards so you can really get a feel for it.  I  will include still photos as well, as I know you like to study those.

Tealightful Tea Party Banner Video on YouTube

Tealightful Tea Party Banner Details

Tealightful tea party banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 2The banner is made from three 4.25″ x 5.5″ pennants and 4 ATC sized pennants.  Cut a fishtail on each rectangle, then stitch designer paper to the cardstock base. Next, stitch the banners onto ribbon.

Tealightful tea party banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 3Add a belly band, a die cut doily and fussy cut elements.  Then add pretty Petaloo posies as a finishing touch.  I used White Vintage Velvet Pansies, Pink Mini Darjeeling Butterflies, and Pink Petaloo Darjeeling Petite Blossoms.

Tealightful tea party banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 4Each large pennant is flanked by a tiny ATC sized pennant.  Every time I see these cute critters in teacups, I cannot help but smile!

 

Tealightful tea party banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 5Die cut teacups with Tim Holtz’ Tea Time dies, then fill with pretty posies.

Tealightful tea party banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 6No tea party is complete without a fancy cake!

Tealightful tea party banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 7Back layers and fussy cut images with waste chipboard or foam tape to create extra depth and dimension.

You’re My Cup of Tea Easel Birthday Card

You're My Cup of Tea Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 1To continue with the tea party theme, I put together this very girly easel card.

You're My Cup of Tea Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 2Make the stopper for your card by backing an image with chipboard or foam tape.  Cluster pretty Vintage Velvet pansies around the image to add more texture.  This will help the card stay in the display position. Cut little banner flags from paper scraps to add even more fun to the card.

You're My Cup of Tea Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 3Easel cards fold shut for presentation, then stand up for display.  They are one of my favorite cards to make!

You're My Cup of Tea Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 4Finish the interior of the card with more pretty papers and stamped birthday greetings.

Tealightful Tea Party Invites and Thank You Notes

Tealightful Tea Party Invites and Note Cards by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 1I was having such fun playing with these pretty Tealightful papers that I went ahead and made some very simple party invites and thank you notes to go with the ensemble.  Although the cards are very, very simple, I dressed them up a little with either a pink butterfly or a vintage velvet pansy.

Now I can’t wait for Julia’s birthday party!  As she says to me when we play tea party together, “Pinkies Up!”

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

The Wearin’ O’ the Green: St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card

St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card for Petaloo International

Oh, the Top of the Mornin’ to you,  my friends!  There are so many things to be happy about today.  It’s March, which means Spring is on its way.  Soon the earth will be bursting with beautiful spring flowers and tender green leaves.  And, we get to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this month!  Since I have Irish roots in my family tree, I love this holiday.  We eat fish and chips, enjoy an ice cold Guinness, I bake Irish Soda Bread and we all wear green.  Today’s St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card is definitely green!

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 1Believe it or not, with the exception of the gorgeous Petaloo blossoms,  this card was made entirely with bits and bobs from my scrap bin.  I went foraging for every scrap of leftover green paper I could find…which turned out to be quite a bit.  Some of this is Christmas paper, some bits are mixed media backgrounds I created long ago.  The sweet vintage style image came to me as an “extra helping” from an order I made at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  It felt so good to create something new and pretty with all these bits and pieces. Do you ever do this?

Green, Green and More Green

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 2After stitching all the patterned papers together, I mounted them onto this 5.5″ square easel card base.  Then the real fun began!  I dug through my Gypsy Soul Lasercuts chippies and found this stunning Victoria Small Layered Border.  After treating the bottom layer with Antique Gold Embossing Powder, I painted the top layer with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  The two layers were glued together and secured with binder clips until the glue set. After that, I glued it on the left hand side of the card base.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 3While that was going on, I die cut 3 Tim Holtz Ornate frames and layered them together with strips of foam tape.  Then I trimmed the image and glued it to the back of the frame.  To add even more depth, I backed the frame with two layers of waste chipboard.  Next, I glued it to the center of my card base.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 4Now for the ribbon cluster!  The base layer is a triple loop bow tied with Moss Green Gingham ribbon.  I looped a gold tassel over the center of the bow, then topped it with these gorgeous Pistachio Green Anemones.  These bodacious flowers are so flirty!   The ruffled layers of petals add the perfect shabby chic touch to the design.  Finally, I tied this itty  bitty teacup charm to the frame with gold metallic string.

St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card: Building the Stopper

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 5One of the reasons I love to make easel cards is that they display so nicely.  To achieve this, you have to build a “stopper”  to hold the front cover of the card open.  I began the process by laying down a strip of antique crochet trim about midway up the interior of the card.  Next, I die cut the green striped paper and matted it with green cardstock.  I softened the edges by dry brushing on a little Antique Linen Distress Paint. Gold brads hold the number plaques in place.  Finally, I backed it with waste chipboard and glued it in place.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 6But it looked a little lonely there all by itself.  To remedy this, I anchored the corners with Darjeeling Green Mini Garden Rosettes and Green Hydrangea.  I was careful to glue just the bottom petals to the striped paper so that the card could open and close.  The finishing touch is that cute little shamrock charm.  It was originally silver, but I painted it gold.  I added the labels and was finally happy.

The Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 7Every St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card needs a pot of gold tucked in somewhere, right?  So I added a gift card pocket to the card and filled it with an individually wrapped chocolate. Since I had a couple pieces of mixed media paper on the desk I cut them into little banner flags and glued them in place. Finally,  I created the sentiments on the computer, printed them out and added them to finish off the card.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 8Here’s what the card looks like folded shut.

Do you do anything fun or special for St. Patrick’s Day?  I remember dressing for school when I was little, and you had to be sure to wear green so you wouldn’t get pinched!  Fun memories…and that’s what paper crafting is all about.

Thanks for joining me here today!  May the road rise up to meet you!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks Day 9: Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card

Hello again, G 45’ers!  It’s Day 9 of Sneak Peeks over at the fabulous Graphic 45 Blog.  Today they are featuring the fanciful, mysterious and oh so fun Midnight Masquerade collection.  This collection is filled with whimsy, vibrant colors and a real playful vibe.  I took one look and thought, “Why not make a shaker card?”  And that’s how this Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker card came into being.

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1 See what I mean?  It’s perfect for Mardi Gras parties, prom parties, and shaker cards, of course!

The making of a shaker card

I’ve only made a few shaker cards, but I found a wonderful new product that makes quick work of the process.  It’s call Kool Tac Double Sided Clear Foam. In the past, I’ve sewn my shaker cards together, which is not so easy.  But using this foam with clear acetate sheets makes quick work of the job.

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2First I cut my 4×6 focal image from the designer paper.  Next I ran the clear foam tape all around the perimeter.  Then I filled the cavity with beads, sequins  and glitter.  Peel off the top layer of the tape and place your cut acetate sheet over top, being careful to line up all the edges.  Burnish with a bone folder and voila!  You’re done!

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 3Each image is featured twice in the paper collection, which allows you to frame the shaker portion of the card.  I used my ruler and craft knife to carefully cut the frame away from the inside image.  Then I used glossy accents to secure it to the top of the shaker.  (Glossy accents works well on non-porous surfaces like acetate.)  Since the feet were printed into the frame, I fussy cut some flowers to cover them up.  I also added more fussy cut flowers to the sides.  It really only took a few minutes and it looks so great, don’t you think?

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 4What could possibly be more fun than a shaker card?  Well, how about a shaker/easel card?  Yeah, I think so, too!  This time I used a flower/bow cluster as the stopper.  I also mounted a fussy cut postage stamp that is propped up on dimensionals just for fun.

Take a Look Inside

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5What a glorious riot of color!  It makes me feel like I’m at Mardi Gras in New Orleans!

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6Remember the frame we cut from the second image?  I went back and fussy cut the dancing lady from the inner portion and placed her above my flower cluster.  It’s hard to tell here, but she’s propped up with foam dimensionals.  I also added another fussy cut stamp on either side.

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 7Once again, when decorating the top of an easel card, make sure you don’t let your paper cover the break.  I hand wrote this simple sentiment on one of the journal cards from the collection.

So, what do you think of Midnight Masquerade?  To be honest with you, I was not at all sure about this collection when I opened my box.  I rarely work with such bright colors.  But almost as soon as I started working with it, I fell in love with it.  It has such a fun, playful vibe and it’s so warm and cheery.  I ended up making more samples with this collection than any other.  Funny, isn’t it?

To see more of this collection, pop on over to the Graphic 45 blog today.  And be sure to leave a comment as they are giving away a lovely prize package.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this Midnight Masquerade Easel Card in the comment section below.

Sneak peeks are the BEST!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card: Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks Day 6

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: Portrait of a Lady Easel Card

Hello G45’ers!  Have you been following along with the Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks?  I’m so excited about all these new collections.  I’ve been busy behind the scenes creating loads of samples for CHA/Creativation and I finally get to share this Portrait of a Lady Easel Card with you today.   Hooray!

I tell you no lie: When I pulled Portrait of a Lady from my design team box, I literally gasped.  It is one of the most beautiful paper collections I have ever seen.

Details and Tips

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2I die cut a doily from white cardstock, topped it with a die cut panel from the sentiment page and then wreathed it with trim from my stash.   Don’t you just love this sentiment?

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 3The neat thing about an easel card is that it will close flat for mailing.  This is what it looks like closed. I kept this design very simple and clean so that the beautiful papers and images could really shine.

To add layers of design to a card, use Staples tags!  The lovely shaped edge lends elegance and interest with very little work.  I just cut a strip of designer paper here, tucked my tags behind the focal image, trimmed the edges with lace and popped on some beautiful cream Petaloo flowers.  So simple, yet so elegant!

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 4For my custom dyed ribbon, I worked Tattered Rose Distress Ink through cream seam binding.  It’s a perfect color match and ties a beautiful shabby bow.  I love the way an easel card stands all on its own.

A Peek Inside

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5Here’s a peek at the inside.  Because an easel card has to be able to “break” in the middle of the top half, you have to decorate the inside a little differently.  Simply cut your panel of paper as you normally would, then cut it in half.  Glue one half above the break, and the other below.  This way the pattern matches, and the card will still function as designed.

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6To create the “stopper” for the easel, I layered several patterns of designer paper and matted with cardstock.  The stopper needs to sit a little bit high so that the edge of the card front will catch there and stay open.  I mounted the “Believe in Yourself” sentiment on waste chipboard for that purpose.

Want to see more?

So, what do you think of Portrait of a Lady?  Is it your cup of tea?  It certainly is mine!  This Portrait of a Lady Easel card is just one of the samples I’ve made with the collection.  I’ll be sharing more  in days to come.

If you’d like to see more of Portrait of a Lady, it’s being featured on the Graphic 45 BLOG today.  Be sure to pop over and take a look at all the elements in this glorious collection.  And be sure to leave a comment, as they are giving away a lovely prize package!

I just love sneak peeks!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

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