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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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Spellbinders Club Kits May 2020 Blog Hop

Amazing Paper Grace Fleur de Lis Grandeur Fold Over Die Spellbinders Simple Stories Vintage Garden District by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This hop is now closed.  The winning comment is from SueD.  Thanks for hopping!

Spellbinders Club Kits May 2020 Blog Hop: Amazing Paper Grace Fleur Di Lis Grandeur Fold Over with Simple Stories Vintage Garden District

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders Club Kits May 2020 Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from  Desiree’s  blog.   Today I’m sharing a Simple Stories Vintage Garden District card made with the Amazing Paper Grace Fleur de Lis Grandeur Fold Over Dies.  This elegant die set is the APG Club kit for May, and it is glorious!

Building the Card Layers

Build these card layers by following these simple steps:

  • First, prepare a 6″ x 6″ card base from cream cardstock.
  • Next, cover the card front with a 6″ x 6″ panel of gold foil paper.
  • Now, place the Fleur de Lis Grandeur Frame over a 6″ x 6″ piece of teal cardstock from the Simple Stories Simple Basics cardstock pack.
  • Then use washi tape to secure the (4) Fold Over inserts inside the frame.
  • Run the die through your machine following  manufacturer instructions, then adhere to the gold foil background.

  • Next, cut a panel of  designer paper from the collection with the Inner Square Outline Die.  Mat this on a slightly larger panel of gold foil cardstock.
  • Now place the Inner Square Pattern die on a piece of gold foil paper.  Center the Inner Square Label die and secure with washi tape before running through your die cut machine.
  • Place 1/8″ foam adhesive on the sides of the die cut and center over the patterned paper so that the pink flowers peek through.
Finishing Touches

  • Now create a burlap string wreath and place over the center opening.
  • Then select a teal butterfly from the Vintage Garden District papers.  Place foam adhesive in the center of the butterfly, lift the wings and adhere in the center of the wreath.
  • Next tie a large loopy bow with Iridescent ribbon and adhere in the right hand corner of the card.
  • Now select flowers and foliage and adhere around the card as seen in the photo.
  • Then locate “The Simple Life” banner.  Gently round it against the side of a pencil.  Adhere just the ends to the card base to create a dimensional banner in the lower left hand corner of the card.
  • Finally, adhere cream pearls to finish the card front.
A Peek Inside

Finish the inside of your card with more designer papers .  Then die cut 2 of the Fold Over Inserts from scraps of your gold cardstock.  Adhere these to create a little treat pocket.

This is such a pretty way to present a little chocolate treat inside the card.

Tuck a little tea bag wallet and a journal card into the larger pocket. Write your personal greeting or add a photo to the journal card.  Tuck a honey stick inside the pocket to go with the tea bag, if desired.  I find these honey sticks at our local farmer’s market.

Spellbinders $50 Gift Card Giveaway

To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on their blog. Hop along for additional chances to win. Giveaway closes on Sunday, May 31st, 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Tuesday. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

My $25 Gift Card Giveaway

I’ll be drawing a winner from the comments made on my blog post.  The winner will  receive a $25 Spellbinders gift certificate. Please comment on my blog post to be eligible. contact Spellbinders at [email protected] by  6/5/2020 with the subject line Spellbinders May 2020 Blog Hop Winner from Kathy Clement’s  Blog.  I’ll contact the winner via e-mail and post the name at the top of this post on May 31st.

Please note, store credit (gift certificate) cannot be applied to Club Subscriptions. Store credit can be applied to shop past Club products, Club extras and regular releases.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what Bibi has prepared for you.  Then don’t forget to hop over to the Spellbinders blog and leave a comment there to be entered into the $50 prize drawing!

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Yana Smakula

Nichol Spohr

Tina Smith

Desiree Kuemmerle

Kathy Clement

Bibi Cameron

Jackie Pasko

Marie Heiderscheit

Jill Hilliard

Carrie Rhoades

Hussena Calcuttawala

Jennifer Snyder

Jean Manis

Virginia Lu

Jeanne Jachna

Ilina Crouse

If you’d like to see other projects created with the Fleur de Lis Grandeur card, please click HERE.

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I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. You will find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Mermaid Garden Pop Up Card Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Songs of the Sea Mermaid Garden Pop Up Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Mermaid Garden Pop Up Card Tutorial with Little Birdie Song of the Sea Collection

Hello, Friends!  How about a little Pop Up Card Tutorial to brighten your day?  Today we’re talking a stroll through a lovely Mermaid Garden with Little Birdie Crafts Song of the Sea Collection.  If you’ve never made a pop up card before, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to make using this pop up mechanism technique.

The video tutorial below will guide you through all the steps for creating the card base, pop up mechanisms and decorating the cover of this whimsical creation.

This vibrant 5″ x 7″ card is loaded with texture and dimension.  Mixed media elements like paint spatters, dry brushed edges, layered fibers, altered chipboard, glitz ribbon and metal charms create a feast for the eyes.

And don’t forget those fabulous Little Birdie Flowers!

I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the simple pop up technique I share in the video below.

I hope you’ll give pop up cards a try after viewing this video.  You can make them very simple by adding just the main pop up box.  Or you can take it to the next level by adding lots of pieces as I did in this tutorial.  Either way, you are in for a crafty good time.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Blue Roses and Butterflies

Prima Georgia Blues with Renealbouquets Beautiful Board Card Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Blue Roses and Butterflies

Hello, Friends!  When you love blue the way I do, you make a pretty card with blue roses and butterflies.  I’ve never seen a blue rose, but just look at all the dreamy blues in this Prima Georgia Blues card.

This 6″ x 6″ layered card called for a beautiful blue bow.  Light Navy Taffeta from Really Reasonable Ribbon makes a crisp triple loop bow.  I’ve topped this with a Gold Metallic String loopy bow and a big ole blue rose.  Everything about this card makes me want to go sip a tall glass of sweet tea on the veranda.

Blue Roses and Butterflies: How I Made It

Here’s how this card came together:

  • First, create a 6×6 card base from navy cardstock.
  • Cut a 5 3/4″ square of patterned paper from the Georgia Blues collection.
  • Mat on a slightly larger panel of soft blue cardstock.
  • Now cut a 4″ x 4″ panel of designer paper and double mat on soft blue and navy cardstock. Back with dimensionals.  Center and adhere.
  • Die cut Spellbinders APG Elegant Infinity from patterned paper.  Place dimensionals in the center and sides.  They will show, but we will cover them up with design elements. Center and adhere.
  • Select ephemera bits from the paper collection and arrange to cover the dimensionals behind the die cut.
  • Add some Reneabouquets butterflies and vintage blue buttons to complete the design.
Blue Roses and Butterflies:  A Peek Inside

Cover the inside of the card with more of the pretty papers.  Add pockets.

Tuck in a pretty journal card and a color matched tea bag to turn the card into a gift.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and inspiration that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Wishing you blue skies and sunshine!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Queen Mum Mother’s Day Gift Ensemble

Authentique Flawless Queen Mum Mother's Day Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Flawless Queen Mum Mother’s Day Gift Ensemble for Authentique Group Post

Hello, Friends!  Mother’s Day is literally just around the corner.  Moms should be treated like royalty on this special day, so I created this Queen Mum Mother’s Day Gift Ensemble with the Authentique Flawless Collection.  I had my own precious mother in mind while creating these paper pretties.  Her favorite color was pink…so I think she would approve.

I know Mother’s Day is not always a happy day for every woman out there.  For those of you who find it hard to get through this day because of bad memories, grief over the loss of your mother, or sadness at never having been able to become a mom, I offer you a gentle hug.  My own mom passed in 2015, so it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to celebrate with her.  My goal each year is to spend some time remembering her and celebrating her life.

A Tribute to My Mom…the Queen of My Heart!

My mom had every reason in the world to be a real “stinker.”  Born into very humble circumstances, her parents divorced and gave her away when she was only 4 years old.  She was sent to live with a very cold and aloof aunt.  She was never hugged, never tucked in at night, never told she was beautiful or smart or loved.  Yet she did not become bitter or inflict her sad life on the life of her 5 children.

My mother was joy personified.  She was always singing, always ready for a good laugh, always ready to lend a helping hand, always quick to embrace us, praise us, encourage us and sacrifice for us.  Her heart was open to those who needed a mother’s love, even if they were pretty unlovable.  A brilliant mind, creative soul and adventurous spirit made her into a remarkable mother.  So I celebrate her on this special day.

Queen Mum Shaker Trinket Box

The first item in this ensemble is the Queen Mum Shaker Trinket Box. This is 5″ x 7″ altered book box with an acrylic shaker frame on top.

TIP:  Cover the foam adhesive sides of the shaker frame with 1/4″ strips of patterned paper.

Because my mom was an avid letter writer, I designed a set of simple note cards and matching envelopes to go inside the box.

And because my mom loved to make lists, I created a little matching note pad to tuck inside, too.

Mom would have loved all this pink!

Queen Mum Easel Shaker Card

Use the same image on the easel card.  This ties it together with the trinket box and makes for a lovely presentation.

Die cut a border from the black damask pattern.  Then back it with pink cardstock to create a stunning border.

Here’s a look at the inside of the card.  All of these quotes make me think of my mom.

I had just enough room to add a box style treat pocket on the top of the easel.

Create a 3″ x 3″ envelope for tea and chocolate with an envelope punch.  Then tuck in a special demitasse spoon to complete the trio.

Years ago I found a quote from Pearl S. Buck, one of my mom’s favorite authors.  I think of it every Mother’s Day because it is so true.

“Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together”

May you all be treated like a Queen on Mother’s Day!

Cheerio,

kathy

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