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Authentique Confection Sweet Treats Tutorial

 

Authentique Confection Sweet Treats Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Have you seen the darling new Authentique Confection Collection?  Oh  my goodness!  Is it ever cute!  Today I’m sharing a TRIO of Authentique Confection Creations with you as well as a shaker box tutorial.  Lots of photos and info ahead, so grab a snack and a cuppa and let’s get started!

Authentique Confection Double Waterfall Mini Album with Shaker Box Cover

How sweet is this little 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ double waterfall mini album?  I’ve used an Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasures Die (Brillante Rondelle) for the shaker box, then surround it with hot pink buttons that look like candies, Little Birdie Vivid Palette Posies, novelty buttons and pink gingham ribbon.  This would be such a cute way to document a birthday party, wouldn’t it?

The spine is wrapped with satin ribbon.  I’ve hot glued a couple more buttons to the tails, just for fun.

Double Waterfall Mini Album with Shaker Box Cover:  A Peek Inside

Inside, you will find mirror image waterfalls, each measuring 4 1/2″ square.  Confetti style grosgrain ribbon serves as a closure.

TIP: Use scraps of Spectrum Tickled Pink Cardstock  to create little 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4 folios. Top these with images from the collection.

Line the inside with 3″ x 4″ panels of designer paper.

The waterfall will hold sixteen 4″ x 4″ photos.

TIP: Score a 1/2″ flap on the side of a cut apart image.  Adhere behind the designer paper liner to add a fun interactive element to your album.

Double Waterfall Mini Album with Shaker Box Cover: How to Make the Waterfalls

There is no binding system for this album, which makes it very quick and easy to assemble.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut (10) 4 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ panels of Authentique Spectrum Tickled Pink Cardstock.
  • Next, score a 1/2″ flap on the left hand side of each panel.
  • Fold and burnish along the scored line.
  • Now, center and adhere the first flap on the far left hand side of the album base.
  • Then, flip the page open.  Line the folded edge of the next panel up with the bottom edge of the first.  Repeat this until you have added 5 panels to each side.  Keep  everything straight and centered!

The 5th flap (the one on the bottom) will be a little too long.  No worries!  Simple fold the edge back 1 1/2″ .  Now you have a fun double pocket feature on each side of the album!  Line the base page with designer paper.  Then adhere just the sides of that 1 1/2″ flap to the album base to form a pocket on the top.  Then adhere just the top and bottom edge of the waterfall panel to the album base to form a little tag pocket.

Tuck 3″ x 4″ photo mounts and decorated tags into this double pocket feature.

Authentique Confection Project #2:  Gift Card Wallet

The next project is an adorable gift card wallet.  This measures 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ with a 1/2″ spine.  You can make this with one sheet of Hot Fudge Cardstock:

  • First, place the long side of one sheet of Hot Fudge Cardstock against the rail of your scoring tool.
  • Make the first score line at 4 1/2″.
  • Score again at 5″.  This forms the 1/2″ spine.
  • Now score a final time at 9 1/2″.
  • The 1 1/2″ flap becomes the pocket.

Mat the donut image on a scrap of Tickled Pink Cardstock.  Adhere just 3 sides to form a little tag pocket.

Create a couple of cute folios to tuck into the larger pocket.

Use scraps of designer paper to create an inner pocket to hold gift cards, or small sweet treats.

Authentique Confection Project #3: Loaded Envelope with Shaker Frame

Loaded envelopes are so much fun to create!  Adding a shaker frame really makes it feel like a party is about to happen.  For this project, I combined both Authentique Party and Authentique Confection with the Eileen Hull Mailable Frame Die.  Since I share this in the tutorial video below, I won’t go into a lot of detail here.  But i will share the photos.

I had loads of fun creating little goodies to tuck inside this envelope!

This G45 Large Ivory Tag is covered on both sides.  The magnetic folio on the reverse side is a great place to write a little note.

These mixed media tags are made with G45 Square Ivory Laser Cut Tags (retired) and Distress Oxide Inks in  Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Mustard Seed, Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio.  Each tag is covered on the back side as well.

Here’s the Eileen Hull Mailable Frame Die again…this time serving as an envelope with a window opening.

And it wouldn’t be a Kathy by Design creation without a little tea, honey stick and vintage silver plate spoon, would it?  I’ve also covered individually wrapped Biscoff Cookies with designer paper.

Authentique Confection Sweet Treat Project Share and Video Tutorial

I hope I’ve shared 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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Amazing Paper Grace Summer Berries Box Card

Amazing Paper Grace Guest Designer Spot: Stamperia Provence Summer Berries Box Card

Hello, Friends!  Aaaaah, summer!  Today’s Guest Designer Post for Amazing Paper Grace is a Summer Berries Box Card.  Made with Spellbinder’s  APG Vintage Treasures Cannetille Rectangle Dies and Stamperia Provence  and Lilac Flowers papers, it as sweet and refreshing as a bowl of summer berrries with whipped cream on top.

Stamperia Provence Summer Berries Box Card: How I Made It

Summer Berries Box Card Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Cannetille Rectangle Dies Stamperia Provence Lilac Flowers by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This box style card looks complicated, but the cover comes together in a snap, thanks to these wonderful dies!  Here’s how I made it:

  • First, cut a 12″ x 6″ panel of cream cardstock.
  • Next, score on the long side at 2 3/4″ , 5 1/2″ and 6.
  • Fold to form a little booklet with a 1/2″ spine on the left.
  • Then fold the front cover back at the 2 3/4″ score line.
  • Line all the panels with Stamperia Provence Paper.
  • Die cut the Cannetille Rectangle from Whip Cream Cardstock.
  • Now use just the outer frame of the die to cut out a panel of the Provence paper and adhere behind the die cut layers.  Leave the center open.

The floral cluster is made with a mix of purple flowers and berries that I had in my stash.  Tie it all together with some Elderberry Seam Binding Ribbon and a pretty little button.

Stamperia Provence Summer Berries Box Card: A Peek Inside

Summer Berries Box Card Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Cannetille Rectangle Dies Stamperia Provence Lilac Flowers by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Ooh la la!  Look at all the lovely papers tucked inside this pretty card!  I’ve created a box pocket to hold some lovely treats.  You can find a tutorial for that HERE.

Summer Berries Box Card Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Cannetille Rectangle Dies Stamperia Provence Lilac Flowers by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Dress up the little gift packages inside the pocket with the center medallion from the Cannetille Rectangle Dies, a button and a half pearl.   You can write a note on the back of the journal card, too.  I’ve wrapped up a little package of British Tea Cream Cookies and a honey stick with papers from the collection.  Then I tucked in a color matched tea bag and one of my precious vintage Italian Demitasse spoons to complete the gift package. This is such a pretty way to present a gift.

I’m having such fun playing with these Vintage Treasures Dies!  They fit my style to a “T”.  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 my other Amazing Paper Grace Guest Designer Posts, Click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Amazing Paper Grace Endless Summer Shaker Card

Amazing Paper Grace Endless Summer Shaker Card: Guest Designer Post

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasure Dies Brillante Rondelle Cinch and Go V Flowers Authentique Endless Easel Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Hello, Friends!  Summer is upon us, so I thought I would create this lovely Authentique Endless Summer Shaker Card for this week’s Guest Designer Post at Amazing Paper Grace.  The shaker element is made with the Spellbinder’s Shapeablilities Brillante Rondelle Etched Dies by Becca Feeken.  The floral cluster is made with APG Cinch and Go Flowers V.

TIP: Die cut flowers from patterned paper, then sponge with ink or spritz with spray to make custom flowers that match your project perfectly.  Fill the centers with small buttons or Prills, as I have here.

Endless Summer Shaker Card: The Shaker Element

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasure Dies Brillante Rondelle Cinch and Go V Flowers Authentique Endless Easel Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Here’s how I created this lovely shaker element:

  • First, place the #1, 2, and 3 Brillante Rondelle Dies on Whip Cream Cardstock.  (#1 is the largest die.)

TIP:  Make sure the dies are evenly spaced on all sides for the best cut.  You can hold them in place with a small piece of washi tape.  The washi tape will not tear your paper, but will hold the dies in place during the cutting process.

  • Next, use just the #1 die to cut a circle from clear cardstock.
  • Then cut a second circle using the mason jar paper from Authentique Endless.  This image will be the background for your shaker element.
  • Now adhere the clear cardstock circle to the back of the Brillante Rondelle using a thin bead of Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Once the glue is set, place the window face down on a clean sheet of paper.  This will protect it from any smudges or soil.
  • Then, place a triple layer of Darice Foam Strips around the inner margin of the die cut.  Leave the liner tape in place on the top layer for now.
  • Next, fill the shaker box with Lilac Lane Summer Nights Sequin Mix.
  • Remove the liner tape and adhere the mason jar circle to the shaker box.
Endless Summer Shaker Card: The Easel Action

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasure Dies Brillante Rondelle Cinch and Go V Flowers Authentique Endless Easel Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Easel cards look so fancy, yet they are amazingly simple to make.

  • Create a 6″ x 5 1/2″ top fold card.
  • Score the front side of the card in half again at 2 3/4″ .
  • Fold this flap back so that the card front looks like a triangle, or tent as seen in the above photo.
  • Score and fold the extra length at the bottom of the card base to serve as a pocket inside the card.
  • Now create a second 6″ x 5  1/2″ panel of cardstock and build the card front on it.  When finished, adhere the bottom half of the card front to the bottom edge of the card base.
  • Pop up the Center Die Cut from the Brillante Rondelle Die on foam tape or waste chipboard.
  • Adhere it along the bottom right edge of the card base as seen in the above photo.  This raised element acts as a brake for the easel, enabling it to stand upright.
  • Top the brake with a large button to cover up the dimensional element.
Endless Summer Shaker Card: Finishing Touches

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasure Dies Brillante Rondelle Cinch and Go V Flowers Authentique Endless Easel Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

  • Fussy cut the butterfly from the paper collection.
  • Tap with embossing ink and heat emboss using Seth Apter’s Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.
  • Let the wings cool slightly, then shape with your fingertips.
  • Adhere to the Brillante Rondelle Shaker Element.
  • Tie a double loop bow with Fuchsia, Orange and Lavender Plaid Ribbon.  Tuck beneath the flower cascade.  Tie a second bow with Gold Metallic String and add to the bow cluster.
  • Tap a vintage heart charm with ivory chalk paint and add to the sentiment strip.
Endless Summer Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasure Dies Brillante Rondelle Cinch and Go V Flowers Authentique Endless Easel Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

  • Adhere a 5 7/8″ wide x 2″ strip of designer paper to the pocket flap.  Adhere just the sides to the card base.  Fill the pocket with cut apart images from the paper collection.

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.

I’ll be back next week with another Guest Design Post for Amazing Paper Grace.  If you’d like to see the Wedding Folio I created with the Vintage Treasures Dies last week, click HERE.

You’ll find a linked supply list below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Endless Summer Shaker Card Supply List

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasures Dies

Paper:

Embellishments:

Inks, Tools and Adhesives

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m just popping in real quick today with a little bit of eye candy to start your week off on a sweet note.  This Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio has been sitting in my photo files, patiently waiting to be shared.  Today is the day!

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo  02

I love the soft peach and green tones of this fresh and fun card. Since I used the Collector’s Essential Kit, I had all the stickers,chippies, washi tape and the matching cardstock to work with.  I love it when everything matches! Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo  03

Die cut layers are made using Spellbinder’s Lacey Squares Dies (retired).  The bow is tied with RRR 1/2″ Champagne Wrinkled Ribbon.  This has been a real “go to” ribbon for me this spring.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

TIP: Dry brush Little Birdie Succulents (Check AC Moore) with Ivory Chalk paint.  This gives them a more organic look. Use this simple technique whenever you need to make different colored flowers “match.”  it works like a charm!

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo  05

TIP: Make a quick and easy pocket by cutting your designer paper 3″ longer than your card base.  Then score at 3″, fold and adhere the sides.  Instant pocket!

TIP: Use your scraps!  The top half of this card is made by layering up bits and pieces of patterned papers that flowed well together.  Even the border pieces were made with scraps. And by leaving the top edge open on the bottom border, I created a handy shallow pocket to hold that cutie patootie magnet.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Now, fold a scrap of black cardstock from the Essential Collection kit to make this nifty gift wallet.  Then line it with more scraps of your designer paper.  You can get a LOT of mileage from a collection kit by using your scraps in this way.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

Next, fill it with a little tea bag and honey stick treat.  These cool honey sticks were atTuesday Morning.  I always seem to find the neatest stuff in that store.  It’s like my personal playground, and a very dangerous place for me to visit!

So there you have it my friends!  A few tips and tricks to get your crafty week started off on solid footing.  To see more Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Projects click HERE.

Did I shared some tips and tricks that you can use in today’s post.?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio

Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio: Memories of Mom

Hello, Friends!  Today I have an Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio to share with you as part of the Authentique Design Team Group Post.  You can hop on over to the Authentique Blog to see more Mother’s Day inspiration from the team.

While my mom is no longer living on this earth, she lives forever in my heart.  She was my mentor, my companion, my guardian, my nurse, my teacher and my best friend for 50 years of my life.  I count myself as a most blessed woman for having had such an amazing mom.  To honor her, I thought I’d share some stories and memories that inspired this card.  This is more of a memorial post, as opposed to my normal tutorial, but I will still share some tips and tricks along with memories of mom.

Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio: The Inspiration

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

My mom was a skilled seamstress, so the Stitches collection has a very special place in my heart.  This 3″ x 4″ image could have been lifted directly from my childhood.  I can’t even count the number of hours I spent by Mom’s side as she worked away at her White sewing machine.  She always sat up straight, just like the gal in this photo, but unlike the gal in the photo, she usually had a mouth full of straight pins.  About the only time I ever saw my mother sitting down was when she was at her typewriter or sewing machine.  She did not believe in being idle.

I loved the soft scent of Tide laundry detergent combined with the liquid starch she used on all her house dresses.  I would sit as close to her as humanly possible without interfering (too much) with the task at hand.  Everything Mom did was fast: she typed so fast you couldn’t see her fingers flying over the manual keyboard.  Mom never walked up stairs; she ran.  Her mop slid   over the linoleum floor of our kitchen as though she was in a race.  And it was pedal to the metal when it came to sewing.  That needle flew in and out of the fabric at dizzying speed.  Yet her seams were always perfectly straight and true.  I guess when you are raising a family of five kids, you learn how to do everything quickly.

Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio: Pretty in Pink

Pink was Mom’s favorite color.  She even had pink tennis shoes one year, and wore them until they had holes in them.  There was a pink, A-line, pin-striped house dress that she wore all the time.  Partly because she loved pink so much; partly because she didn’t have a closet full of beautiful dresses to choose from.  Raising 5 kids also means that there’s not a lot of money for fancy clothes.  But mom loved to LOOK at fancy clothing.

Like lots of households of that era, we waited with great anticipation for the Semi-Annual release of the Montgomery Ward catalog.  It was an enormous, full color catalog filled with everything from garden tools to evening gowns.  As busy as Mom was, she always found time to drool over that virtual emporium.  With ink pen in hand, she would star the items of clothing she thought were particularly beautiful.  If she really liked something, she would fold the corner of the page over to mark its place in that massive tome.  And if she fell head over heels in love with a dress, it would find a place of honor, taped to the refrigerator door.  That page would be marked with a huge star, and emblazoned with Mom’s handwritten note, “I love this!”

The Most Beautiful Dress in the World

One year, Mom found the most beautiful party dress…and yes, it was pink with a floral print.  She starred it,  wrote “I Love this!” , tore it out of the catalog and taped it to the fridge.  “Kathy Jean, ” she proclaimed, “I am going to save up and buy that dress.  It’s the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.”

Week by week, mom put money in an envelope, saving for that dress.  She took in ironing from the neighbors, fried dozens of doughnuts (36 dozen to be exact) each Saturday morning, then sent us out to deliver them to the neighbors who happily paid 50 cents for a dozen.  Little by little, the envelope grew fat, and it looked like the pink dress was going to become a reality.

Then, disaster struck.  I came down with pneumonia, and the bills for the doctor visits and prescriptions drained that envelope dry.  One sad day, as I was recovering on the couch that Mom kept in our spacious country kitchen, I watched as she removed “the dress” from its place of honor on the fridge.  I was a little girl, but I was still able to understand why that dress was NOT going to happen.  And I began to cry, “But Mommy, you loved that dress.”

Without skipping a beat, Mom came over to the couch, put her arms around me and hugged me tight.  “Now Kathy Jean, don’t you know…I was tired of wearing that old thing.”  And we both burst into laughter.  What a Mom!

Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio: The Envelope

This story was playing through my mind while creating this card.  So I created a special “Pink Dress” envelope to tuck onto the front of this card. Here’s how it came together:

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

  • First, cut along the right hand side of the dress mannequin image with a craft knife.
  • Next, create an envelope for a 3″ x 4″ card following the instructions on a W r Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.
  • Open the envelope flat, and stitch the image to the front .
  • Leave the flaps unattached.
  • Next, cover the stitching on the inside with a 3″ x 4″ panel of designer paper.

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Tuck a vintage sewing kit and some vintage buttons on a vintage button card inside the envelope.  Fold the envelope shut, slide it into the slot you created with your craft knife, and attach it to the card front with a pink bulldog clip.

Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Inside this card, I tucked in lots of little items that made me think of Mom.

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

This little side flap pocket holds a vintage sewing card wrapped with vintage crochet lace trim and secured with a stick pin.  I also created a little 3″ x 4″ note card to tuck into the pocket.

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Mom loved to read, so I attached this very pink velvet bookmark with a mini belly band. She also had a thing for butterflies.

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

The little flap page turns over to reveal a wee pocket, sized perfectly for a pretty tea bag, vintage demitasse spoon and honey stick. And oh, Mom would have loved that pink sewing machine!

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo

This vintage silver and gold plated spoon is imported from Italy. Mom would have loved it.

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo

Mom loved pink so much, that once she painted her entire bedroom pink.  Ceiling, trim and all.  So I tried to include lots of pink in this card.

For more projects made with the Authentique Stitches Collection, click HERE.

I hope you don’t mind that I shared these stories about my wonderful Mom with you today.  Wherever you are, I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

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