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Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card: How Now Brown Cow?

Hello, Friends!  You don’t usually think of putting a cow on a get well card, do you? But I think the pretty bovine image on this  Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card looks downright cheery.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I’ve lost count of just how many projects I’ve made with this gorgeous paper collection.  It really as been a favorite.  I guess it takes me back to my country roots.  Growing up in Vermont, they always said there were more cows than people.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

I had a bunch of scraps left on my desk after having made the Prima Spring Farmhouse Country Chic banner.  Since I needed to make a get well card, I decided it would be easier to make a card than put them away.  Here’s how this 5″ x 7″ card front came together.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card: Creating the Layers

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

  • First, create 5″ x 7″  side fold card base from brown cardstock.
  • I had a scrap of  the butterfly images from the 4″ x 6″ journal cards and tucked this in the upper right hand corner of the card.
  • Then cut a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ mat from pink cardstock.
  • Now, stitch a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of the brown check paper to the pink layer.

TIP:  I like to build my card front “off site.”  In other words, don’t glue the decorative card front to the card base until after the inside of the card has been completed.  This keeps the card front clean and prevents dimensional elements from getting crushed.

  • Next, cut a 4 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ belly band from the heart/dot pattern.  Mat this on a slightly larger scrap of brown cardstock and adhere.
  • Then cut a 4″ square from the gold foiled paper with the bees.  Mat this on both brown and pink cardstock and adhere.
  • Now cut a 31/2″ x 4 1/2 rectangle from the handwriting page.  Mat as before and adhere.
  • Then fussy cut along the top and side of the cow image from the 3″ x 4″ journal cards.  Mat this on a slightly larger piece of brown cardstock.
  • Finish the card front with Prima Spring Farmhouse Flowers and Say It in Crystals enamel dots.  Add in some copper metal corners for a touch of class.  Then add Tulip Taffeta and Brown Micro Gingham Bows for the perfect finishing touch.
Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card: A Peek Inside

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Create a little treat  wallet and belly band using other scraps from your table.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Chocolate always makes everything better.

Next time you have a craftermath to clean up, try making a quick card with your scraps.  It’s way more fun that cleaning up paper, and you get a pretty card as a bonus.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration 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

 

Proper Gentleman Pocket Card

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Pocket Card Eileen Hull House/Pocket Stitchlets Die for Frilly & Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m the hostess for the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  This Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Pocket Card fits the challenge theme like your favorite pair of jeans.  And you’ll see what I’m talking about in just a minute.  But first, let’s take a look at the challenge theme:

Challenge Theme: Re-purpose, Re-use, Recycle
Earth Day is April 22nd, so let’s honor the day with a vintage or shabby chic project that includes an item that would normally land in the recycle or trash bin.  You can use an old jar, glass bottle, packaging material or other bits and bobs to create your upcycled masterpiece.  Be sure to tell us in your post what your recycled item is and how you used it, as it may not be apparent in a photo.
Proper Gentleman Pocket Card: The Inspiration

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

True confession: there’s nothing I love more than a good pair of jeans.  So when my dear husband was retiring a much loved pair, I salvaged the back pocket label.  This particular brand of jeans has such a classic logo, and the texture of the label is almost like leather.  How could I possibly not salvage it?

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

The fact that the label lived its first life on a jeans pocket inspired me to create a new pocket for it to rest upon.  So I turned to my Eileen Hull House/Pocket Stitchlets Dies to help me bring that idea to life.  Here’s how I created this two tiered pocket:

  • First, cut the pocket base by using just the large pocket frame die.
  • Next, use both the pocket frame and the insert (with the stitching holes) to cut the plaid pocket shape out.
  • Now, trim about 1/8″ from the edges of the plaid pocket.  This way, the designer paper from the first die can be seen.
  • Then machine stitch around the inside perimeter of the plaid pocket.
  • Now, stitch the sides and bottom of the recycled jeans label in the center of the plaid pocket.  Leave the top edge open to resemble a watch pocket.
  • Next, center the plaid pocket over the base pocket.  Machine stitch the plaid pocket to the base, but leave the top edge open.
  • Back the pocket with waste chipboard or foam dimensionals and adhere to the card.

Of course, you can use the dies and the label without machine stitching.  I just happen to like the texture this adds.

Proper Gentleman Pocket Card: Details

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

Masculine cards are fun to embellish.

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

To keep with the pocket theme of this card, I chose to alter a Tim Holtz Monocle and TH Idea-Ology Pocket Watch frame.  The brass key is also a found object, picked up during one of my daily walks.  I strung all these items onto a TH Swivel Clasp.  You know how men always have a big old key ring.

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

This TH Buckle mimics a belt.  It is held in place with a TH Screw Top Brad.

Proper Gentleman Pocket Card: What’s in Your Pocket

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

To keep with the recycling theme, I used some cardstock scraps  and designer paper scraps to create a little “wallet” to insert in the pocket.  The back edge of the wallet fits into the Eileen Hull pocket while the front edge tucks neatly into the label pocket.

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

Proper Gentleman Pocket Card: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 10

The inside of this card is as handsome as the outside.  I added some fussy cut details, another simple pocket and note card for writing a personal message.  Something about this design makes me think of a crisp, white pocket handkerchief, something which no proper gentleman should be without!

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 11

Now it’s YOUR Turn

You are cordially invited to join in on this fun challenge.  To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic upcycled project.   Then link  up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, April 23.  You can find all the rules and information HERE.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot  at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Did I share some tips, tricks, and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures today?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  To see more masculine card ideas on my blog, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Beautiful Authentique Poised Card Folio Tutorial

Beautiful Authentique Poised Card Folio Tutorial for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a shabby chic Beautiful Authentique Poised Card Folio Tutorial to share with you.  The April Ribbon Club from RRR is the perfect playmate for the yellow/gray tones in Authentique Paper’s Poised collection.  Take a look:

Authentique Beautiful Poised Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

 

 

How shabbylicious is this?  Here’s how to create the cover of this 5″ x 7″ top fold card folio.

  • First, use steel grey cardstock to create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base with a 1/2″ spine.  You can find a tutorial for doing this with one sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper HERE.
  • Next, cut a 4 7/8″ rectangle of Poised 5.  Do not adhere it to the card base at this time.
  • Now cut a 4 7/8″ x 5″ panel from the reverse side of Poised 5.  Mat just the top and bottom edges with steel grey cardstock.  Center this on the first panel.
  • Then,  cut a 3″ tall belly band from Poised 2.  Once again, mat just the top and bottom edges and center on the Poised 5 panel.
  • Die cut a doily, or cut a ready-made doily in half. Adhere each half above and below the belly band.
  • To add extra detail, stitch around the perimeter of these panels on your sewing machine.
Beautiful Authentique Poised Card Folio Tutorial: Creating the Card Focal

Authentique Beautiful Poised Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

 

  • Begin by cutting a 4″ square panel from Poised 2.  Double mat this on both Lemon Drop and Steel Grey cardstock.  Then stitch around the perimeter.
  • Next, back this panel with foam dimensionals or waste chipboard. Center and adhere over the doily/belly band layer.
  • Now, die cut a Stitched Oval from Poised 6. Back this with dimensionals and adhere in the center of the Poised 2 panel.
  • Then fussy cut the silhouette image from Poised 6.  Leave a little grey border around the edge as you fussy cut.  Back with dimensionals and adhere in the center of the oval.
  • Note: I tapped the flowers with Art Institute Dries Clear adhesive, then sprinkled with Art Institute Angel Dust Glitter.
Beautiful Authentique Poised Card Folio Tutorial: Bow Cluster

Authentique Beautiful Poised Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

 

To create the bow cluster:

  • First, select a few yellow flowers from your stash and arrange them along the left hand side of the card.
  • Next, use your Zutter Bow it All Tool to tie a Charcoal Shimmer Satin Ribbon 3″ double loop bow.   Tuck this slightly below the largest flower, using hot glue to secure in place.
  • Adhere a fancy button over the knot.
Beautiful Authentique Poised Card Folio Tutorial: Finishing Touches

Authentique Beautiful Poised Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

 

To create the banner element:

  • First, punch out all the banner letters from the Poised 12×12 Components Sheet.  Mat these on scraps of the Steel Grey and Lemon Drop cardstock.
  • Next, place foam dots on the back sides of the “B” and the “Y” pennants. Adhere these letters to the top of the card as seen in the photo.
  • Now, use adhesive to attach the corners of the “A” and “U” pennants. Back with foam dots and place as seen in the photo.
  • Then place foam dots behind the “E” and the “T” pennants.  Attach these so that they overlap the tops of the other pennants, as seen in the photo.
  • Tie 1/2″ bows with some twine and adhere in the corners.
  • Then attach bitty buttons using hot glue to secure.

Authentique Beautiful Poised Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

To finish, punch out the sentiment from the Cardstock Components sheet.  Back the bottom edge with dimensionals and adhere as seen in the photo.  Add a mini paper clip in the top right hand corner.

This completes the card cover.

Authentique Poised Card Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Authentique Beautiful Poised Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Add a couple of pockets inside the card.  To make the side pocket on the top of the card, I simply cut my designer paper 1 3/4″ wider than the card base, scored, folded and adhered the top and bottom edge.   The side pocket holds a magnet made with the large sentiment panel from the collection.  I simply inserted a large Basic Grey Magnet between my designer papers and some cardstock, and stitched this up on the sewing machine. Top this with Yellow/Grey Chevron Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon and a posy.

Fill the bottom pocket with 2 little treat folios.

Authentique Beautiful Poised Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

 

To make the folios,  cut cardstock scraps to measure 8 1/4″ wide by 3 1/4″ tall.  Score at 4 1/8″ and fold.  To make the pocket inside, cut a 5 1/2″ x 3″ panel of paper, score at 4″ and fold to create a  pocket.  If you are using a vertical image, orient the paper in portrait mode.  For a horizontal image, orient in landscape mode.  Then tuck in your treats!

Authentique Beautiful Poised Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

A card folio like this does double duty as a gift, especially when you tuck in a little honey stick to go along with the tea.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques and inspiration 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

Authentique Poised Card Folio Tutorial: Supply List

 

 

Authentique Abundant Baby Bunny Easter Card Folio

Authentique Abundant Baby Bunny Easter Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  I’m having so much fun with Authentique Abundant! Today I have sweet and shabby chic Baby Bunny Easter Card Folio to share with you, along with a few tips and tricks.

Authentique Abundant Baby Easter Bunny Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Blue and brown or tan is one of my all time favorite color combinations.  Soft and vintage, it really speaks to me of days gone by.  To enhance the blue tones in the focal image, I added a pretty Baby Blue Circus Dot Grosgrain Ribbon Bow topped with a brown posy.

TIP: Add  a circular element to a rectangular card to create visual interest and a welcome contrast to square corners.  I used a Spellbinder Large Standard Circle die to cut the focal image, then adhered it to a  Spellbinders Triple Tear Nestablilities circle cut from light blue cardstock.  (I used this same color to build my card base.

Baby Bunny Easter Card Folio: The Details

Authentique Abundant Baby Easter Bunny Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

TIP: Look for embellishments in unusual places.  I found this wooden Easter egg in a non-scrapbooking store.  They were in the gift wrapping department and had little clothespins glued to the back.  Remove the clothespins, and you have a mighty sweet little card embellishment!

Authentique Abundant Baby Easter Bunny Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

TIP: Place butterfly embellishments around your card focal.  They will actually guide the viewer’s eye all the way around the card. Every element gets seen this way, but the eye comes back to the center, which makes the brain happy!

Baby Bunny Easter Card Folio: The Folio

Authentique Abundant Baby Easter Bunny Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

I like to think of these card folios as gifts…or in this case, an adult Easter basket!  A pair of pockets holds some fun treats, room for photos and personal notes, too.

Authentique Abundant Baby Easter Bunny Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

The upper pocket holds a decorated honey stick and a little altered metal spoon. (Not food safe…just pretty to look at!)   Wrap a belly band around the folio, add a bow, and look how cute it is!

Authentique Abundant Baby Easter Bunny Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Authentique Abundant Baby Easter Bunny Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

The flip folio has tuck spots, belly bands with photo mounts,flaps,  pull down pages and a pocket tucked inside.

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This would be such a great way to store family Easter photos from year to year.  Then you could just pull the folio out each year as part of your Easter decor.

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

 

 

Shabby Chic Authentique Poised Card

Shabby Chic Authentique Poised Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Shabby Chic Authentique Poised card to share with you along with some fun tips and tricks.  I love unexpected color combinations, and I’ve put one to good use in this perfectly Poised card.

Authentique Poised Shabby Chic Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo  02

Ooh la la!  I don’t know that I would ever have thought to combine yellow and grey in a card, but I sure do love the results!   This  5″ x 7″ top fold card came together very quickly, and I’ll share the “hows” with you as we look at the photos.

TIP: Create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from Steel Gray Heavyweight Cardstock. To do this, cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock into (2) 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels.  Score a 1/2″ flap on the 8 1/2″ edge of  one panel and cover it with 1/2″ Scor-Tape.   Line up the other panel with the Scor-Tape and burnish together.  Fold and trim to make a 5″ x 7″ card.

Shabby Chic Authentique Poised Card: Create easy layers

Authentique Poised Shabby Chic Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

I worked with both the 12×12 Collection Kit which comes with the Cardstock Components and the 6×6 paper bundle of Authentique Poised.  Here’s how to create easy layers:

  • First, cut a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel from the upper left hand corner of Poised One.  Adhere to the card front.
  • Next, tear a strip of Poised Two about 2 1/2″ tall and trim it to 4 7/8″ wide.  Adhere this along the bottom edge of the first layer.

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  • Now die cut a Heartfelt Creations Eyelet Oval from Whip Cream Cardstock.  Back this with foam adhesive or waste chipboard.
  • Use only the oval die from the same set to die cut Poised Six.  Back this with foam adhesive or waste chipboard.  Center and adhere to the Whip Cream oval.
  • Next, fussy cut the dress mannequin from Poised One.  Back with foam dots and adhere on the right hand side of the oval.
  • Now adhere this entire assembly to the card base, leaving room on the left for the bow cluster and embellishment.
  • Punch out the postage stamps from the Components Sheet. Tuck behind the focal image as seen in the photo.
Shabby Chic Authentique Poised Card: Adding the Ribbon

Authentique Poised Shabby Chic Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo  04

This ribbon combination of Charcoal Checkerboard Satin and Organza Dots really made this card come alive.  You could also use Lemon Swiss Dot Satin Ribbon.  I paired the ribbon up with WOC Yellow Cottage Roses that have been tapped with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.

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TIP:  Create instant shabby chic charm by painting a large ornate button with ivory chalk paint.  When the paint is almost completely dry, wipe back the paint a little to reveal the metal below.

Authentique Poised Shabby Chic Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo  05

I found some stick pins in my stash, and could not resist adding them to the flower cluster.

Shabby Chic Authentique Poised Card: A Peek Inside

Authentique Poised Shabby Chic Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo  06

Finish the inside of your card simply, leaving lots of room to write a personal message.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas with you today to inspire your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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