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Love Lives Here Valentine

Authentique Romance: Love Lives Here Valentine Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  Wow…it’s the last week of January!  That means Valentine’s Day is hot on our heels.  So today I’m sharing a vintage style Love Lives Here Valentine made with Authentique Paper’s gorgeous Romance collection.

Authentique Romance Love Lives Here Valentine Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card has a lovely vintage vibe thanks to the black and red color palette.  I wanted it to have the look of old ironwork, so I treated the chipboard and metal corners with a shabby black embossing powder that I found in my stash. I echoed this with the jet black vintage button that sits regally on top of the Lipstick Red seam binding bow.

TIP: for a fun, easy embellishment, wrap your card with gold metallic string.  Tie on some tiny antique bronze keys and add a bow.  Did you  notice that one of these keys is shaped like a heart?  How sweet is that?

Authentique Romance Love Lives Here Valentine Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

I combined papers from the 12×12 Collection Kit along with the 6×6 bundle to make sure that the patterned papers did not compete for attention.  I read somewhere that when you are designing with patterned papers, you want to think “quarter, nickel, dime”.  The quarter is the larger pattern: in this case, the red lattice in the background.  The “nickel” is represented in the small leaf pattern.  And the “dime” would be the small stripe.  The black and white heart pattern is large, but it reads like a neutral because of the colors.

Love Lives Here Valentine Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Authentique Romance Love Lives Here Valentine Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

It’s always fun to carry a color or a theme inside a card.  So you’ll find the same red and black color palette inside.  Don’t you just love the red and white lace patterned paper?  Ooh la la!

Authentique Romance Love Lives Here Valentine Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

I love surprises, so I tucked a sweet one inside this darling little ribbon tied gift wallet.

Authentique Romance Love Lives Here Valentine Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Sweets for the sweet…and room to write a little love note.

Authentique Romance Love Lives Here Valentine Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

The large pocket on the bottom holds a tea bag wallet, a honey stick and a vintage silver plate spoon.  I just love it when a card doubles as a gift!

Authentique Romance Love Lives Here Valentine Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

Have you started creating your Valentines yet?  Better get busy!  You can find more Authentique Romance Valentine inspiration HERE.and HERE.   I  hope I’ve shared some tips and ideas 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

 

 

Heartfelt Creations Tulip Time Shaker Card

This hop is now closed.  The randomly chosen winner is Arlene Burke from Sandy Hulsart’s Blog.  Thanks for hopping!  See you again in February!
Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop: Tulip Time Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations January 2019 Alumni Hop!  Today we’re going to tiptoe through the tulips with a Tulip Time Shaker Card.

 

Heartfelt Creations Tulip Time Shaker Card by Kathy Clement for the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop photo 01

Tulips have always been a favorite flower for me, so you can imagine my delight when Heartfelt Creations released the stunning Tulip Time Collection.   This 5 1/2″  square card boasts a tulip garden and a shaker element.  Come tiptoe through the tulips with me!

Tulip Time Shaker Card: Creating the base

Heartfelt Creations Tulip Time Shaker Card by Kathy Clement for the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop photo 02

  • Create a 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ card base with a 1/2″ spine.  To do this, cut (2) 5 1/2″ x 11″ panels from ivory cardstock.  Place 1/2″ Scor-Tape on the short end of one panel, then overlap the second panel on the Scor-Tape margin.  Score at 5 1/2″ , 6″, and again at 11 1/2″.  Trim this panel with a 2 1/2″ overhang to serve as a pocket.
  • Cut a circular opening in a a 6″ x 6″ card front image using the Eyelet Circle & Basics Small Die.  Cut the opening with the 2nd largest circle die.  Trim this panel to measure 4 1/2″ square.
  • Create the eyelet frame by nesting the 3rd largest circle die evening inside the eyelet circle.  Adhere the frame to the card opening.
  • Next, cut a 4 1/4″ piece of clear acrylic cardstock and adhere to the back side of the window you just created.
  • Then add 2 layers of 1/2″ foam tape to the back side of the window page.  Set aside.
  • Cut a 5 1/2″ square of the magenta patterned paper.
  • Now cut a 5 1/4″ panel of the garden scene paper and stitch to the magenta panel.  Adhere this to the card base.
  • Cut the tulip card front from the paper collection and trim to fit behind the window panel.
  • Then fill the center with a sequin mix, remove the liner tape from the window panel and carefully center over the tulip card front.
  • Die cut 2 Elegant Pocket Accents from ivory cardstock.  Tap with Dries Clear Adhesive and cover with Rajni Chawla’s Frosting Powder. Adhere behind the window panel.
  • Center and adhere this entire assembly to the card front.

Heartfelt Creations Tulip Time Shaker Card by Kathy Clement for the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop photo 03

Tulip Time Shaker Card: Creating the Tulip Garden

Heartfelt Creations Tulip Time Shaker Card by Kathy Clement for the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop photo 04

To create the tulip garden, follow these steps:

  • First, die cut all the tulip and leaf layers from the paper collection using the Tulip Time Die.
  • Next, customize the colors by brushing the petal layers with chalk inks.  I used ColorBox Petal Points in shades of yellow, pink, fuchsia, purple and green.  (The individual colors are not labeled on Petal Points, but you can find ColorBox Chalk Inks HERE.)
  • Now, place the petal layers face down in the 3D Tulip Shaping Mold.  You can add up to 3 layers of petals, but be sure to spritz each layer lightly with water.
  • Run the petal layers through your die cutting machine.
  • Shape the layers with the Flower Shaping Tool Kit.
  • Add Go ManGo Prills to the centers of the larger tulips.

I opted not to add stamens to my tulips.  Instead, I shaped the leaves and layered them at the base of my shaker panel.  Then I added in my finished tulips.  Add Spanish Moss with a hot glue gun, then tuck in a little pink bow and button.  You may also run pink gingham ribbon around the edges of the shaker panel and top with a button.

When I was pleased with the composition of my tulip garden, I painted the petals with Diamond Stickles and set aside to dry.

Tulip Time Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

Heartfelt Creations Tulip Time Shaker Card by Kathy Clement for the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop photo 05

I added a pocket and pull out photo album to the inside of my card.

Heartfelt Creations Tulip Time Shaker Card by Kathy Clement for the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop photo 06

The photo album measures 4 1/2″ square and has 5 panels on each side.  The center back panel is wrapped with pink gingham ribbon and adhered to the card base.

Heartfelt Creations Tulip Time Shaker Card by Kathy Clement for the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop photo 07

It’s so much fun to decorate the individual panels with designer paper.  I also added a small pocket and tucked in the circular cut out from the window panel.

Such pretty papers!

Heartfelt Creations Tulip Time Shaker Card by Kathy Clement for the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop photo 09

The large pocket on the bottom is a 4 1/2″  x 5″ tea bag wallet.

I’ve tucked in a sweet mini silver spoon, tea bag and honey stick here.  The pocket is decorated with an Elegant Pocket Accent.

On With the Hop!

This hop will remain open until 11:55PM EST on Monday, January 28th.  The winner will be announced on this blog and on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, January 30th.

Visit each blog in the hop, and leave a lovely comment behind because a randomly chosen comment will be selected from a mystery blog to receive a $25 gift certificate to Heartfelt Creations.

Here’s the hop lineup for this month:

KATHY (you are here) ♥  Vicki    ♥  Amarilys    ♥  Sandra   ♥

♥  Pamela  ♥  Joann  ♥  Susan   ♥  Emily   ♥ Sandy

You’ll find a linked supply list below.

Thanks so much for hopping with us!

Cheerio,

kathy

Tulip Time Shaker Card Supply List

Heartfelt Creations Supplies:

Supplies Purchased at Heartfelt Creations

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Graphic 45 Love Notes Sneak Peeks

Graphic 45 Love Notes Sneak Peeks

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing my Graphic 45 Love Notes Sneak Peeks with you.   I was lucky enough to be asked to create some samples using theses gorgeous papers.  These projects will be on display in the G45 booth at Creativation this year.  To see the mini album I created with By the Sea, look HERE.

Love Notes Sneak Peeks:  Music Themed Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Let me tell you, friends…this collection is stunning!  I literally gasped when I pulled it out of the box.  The colors are deep and rich, the patterns are elegant and the theme is love and music.  It’s a collection written in the key of G for “gorgeous.”

An Ornate Antique Brass Door Knocker is is the perfect accent for this regal collection.  I’ve also added Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads in each corner of the album cover for that extra touch of class.  And of course, I had to add Little Birdie Rosalind Roses in Sangria and Buttermilk to the mix.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Because of a glitch at the printer’s I only received the signature page (Love Notes) and the cut apart page (Lovely Lyrics) along with the 12″ x 12″ Patterns and Solids.  But this was all I needed to compose  this 6 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ x 1″ ode to love and music.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Black Silky Crush Ribbon serves as the closure for the album.  Additional metal accents (G45 Shabby Chic Door Plate and Knob/Ornate Antique Brass Keys) are painted with black gesso, then brushed with gold paint to match the door knocker.

Love Notes Sneak Peeks:  Time Saving Tips

Creating for a trade show is lots of fun…and a fair bit of pressure as you are usually working on very short deadlines.  I received my package of G45 goodies at 3:30 PM on Monday and had to ship them out by 3:30 PM on Thursday to get them to the show on time.   When this is the case, you have to find ways to save time while still creating a showroom floor-worthy project.  I thought I’d share some of those time-saving tips with you.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Since I love interactive elements, I added lots of pockets with various inserts to this album.  To get things started on  the right note, I created a half page with a side pocket and tag inserts.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

TIP: When you are creating on a short timeline, turn to your G45 tags and Tag Dies.  It took just moments to create these  lovely square tags.  First, cover the tags with paper from the Love Notes Signature page.  Then create a quick pocket with a cut apart image from “Lovely Lyrics.”  Adhere just the sides and the bottom, then tuck in more images from the cut part page.  Or, adhere just the edges of some fussy cut roses to create a tuck spot.  Then top the tags with a bit of ribbon and more ornate keys.  Simple, elegant and quick wins the day!

Love Notes Sneak Peeks: Policy Envelopes to the Rescue

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

TIP: G45 Policy Envelopes make great flip features!  On the reverse side of the tag/pocket flap, I’ve used Red ATC Policy envelopes as a flip feature.  Here’s how:

  • First, carefully remove the string ties from the envelopes.
  • Next, trace the envelope flap onto designer paper.  Cut out and adhere to the inside of the envelope flap.
  • Now, cover the envelopes with designer paper.
  • Adhere the outside edge of the envelope flap to the album base.
  • Finish by adhering a key at the base of each envelope to weigh it down.
  • Small photos can be added to the front of each envelope if desired, and mementos can be securely tucked inside.  You also have a space behind each envelope to add a photo.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

Decorate Large Black Policy Envelopes with your designer paper for quick and easy pocket inserts. Then, cut your pocket opening a little off center for an interesting look.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

Love Notes Sneak Peeks:  Pull-Out Feature

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

The large center pocket on this album was begging for more tags.  This time, I covered 3 Regular Black tags with paper from the 12″ x 12″ Patterns and Solids.  Then, to change things up a little, I created little folios to hold photos and adhered them to the front of each tag.

TIP:  When adding designer paper to the back of the folio, leave an open edge at the top.  This makes space for a clever hidden tag insert.  Score a Large Black Tag at 3 3/4″.  Then die cut 2 tag liners using the Large Tag/ATC Tag and Flowers Die.  Cut each tag liner into 2 sections.  Adhere one section above and one below the score line and insert into the hidden pocket.

Love Notes Sneak Peeks: Valentines Day  Shaker Card from Scraps

Graphic 45 Love Notes Shaker Card by Kathy Clement For Creativation 2019 Photo 01

After creating the folio, I still had a few Love Notes Scraps on my work table.  So I decided to showcase the versatility of this collection by creating a very girly, shabby chic pink Valentine Shaker card.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Shaker Card by Kathy Clement For Creativation 2019 Photo 02

Once again, I’ve altered a Tim Holtz Vignette Frame as the base for my shaker box element.  A small image from the cut apart page is popped up over the Signature page background, then filled with Rose Garden Sequin Mix.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Shaker Card by Kathy Clement For Creativation 2019 Photo 03

Little Birdie Candy Flowers really pop against Black Plaid Ribbon.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Shaker Card by Kathy Clement For Creativation 2019 Photo 04

A G45 Shabby Chic Clock Key is the perfect finishing touch for this romantic card.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Shaker Card by Kathy Clement For Creativation 2019 Photo 05

The inside is very simple, as I was down to just a little fussy cut image and  few scraps of paper.  But I do love how elegant it looks.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Sneak Peeks Video Tour

Here’s a little video tour with lots of helpful tips.

So there you have it!  Graphic 45 Love Notes Sneak Peeks!  What will you create with this glorious collection?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Love Notes Sneak Peeks Supply List

*Note: when possible, I link to products, but some products are not readily available online.

Additional Supplies for the Shaker Card

 

Prima Spring Farmhouse Valentine

Prima Spring Farmhouse Valentine for the RRR Hop

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the January Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  Today I have a Prima Spring Farmhouse Valentine to share with you.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Valentine by Kathy Clement kathy by design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

The January Ribbon Club Assortment is filled with all sorts of delicious pink ribbons.  I chose to add this soft and dreamy 5/8″ Light Pink Sheer Organza with Satin Center ribbon from the club assortment.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Valentine by Kathy Clement kathy by design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 02

First, I tied a triple loop bow using my Bow-it-All Tool.  Then I topped that bow with a loopy Pink Burlap String bow.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Valentine by Kathy Clement kathy by design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 03

A smaller bow cluster in the upper left hand corner helps to frame the sentiment panel.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Valentine: A Peek Inside

Prima Spring Farmhouse Valentine by Kathy Clement kathy by design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 04

I kept the inside of this Prima Spring Farmhouse Valentine pretty simple.  Just a sentiment panel on the top, and a simple pocket with insert on the bottom.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Valentine by Kathy Clement kathy by design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 05

Create the insert with one of the 4″ x 6 Spring Farmhouse Journal Cards and some extra pieces of brown cardstock.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Valentine by Kathy Clement kathy by design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 06

Tuck a tea bag, a honey stick and an individually wrapped chocolate inside for a sweet Valentine greeting.  There’s plenty of room to write a personal greeting inside this little gift wallet, too.

On With the Hop

From here, you will hop over and see what lovely inspiration my teamie Linsey has in store for you.  You can find a complete blog hop list on the RRR Blog.  Visit all the blogs in the hop, leave a lovely comment behind then finish up on the RRR blog to be entered into the drawing for your very own January Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t subscribed to the RRR Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to join.  Build your ribbon stash each month with a beautifully color coordinated assortment.  You can find out how HERE.

Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial

Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial and Video Tour

Hello, Friends!  Winter can be such a tough time of year.  So I thought I’d brighten up your day with this Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial.  It’s the perfect way to chase away the winter blues, send a bit of love to a friend who’s down with the flu, or just to let a loved one know they are in your thoughts.

Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01https://wp.me/p34lmI-4pd

This fancy fold card design is adapted from a tutorial I saw on Ginny’s YouTube channel.  I fell in love with the basic design, but thought of some fun ways to change it up and add my own KBD style to it.  (You can find another example of this card design HERE.)

Please don’t let this card design intimidate you, as it is really very simple to make.  This time, I created a 6″ x 6″ card base with a 1″ side fold spine.  Then I added a 5″ x 5″ card base with a 1″ spine on the right.  This forms the fun gatefold/flap feature on the front of the card.  So if you can make a basic side fold card base, you are already more than half way there!

Winter Survival Kit Tutorial: Some Details

  • Add extra volume and texture to your card design by hot gluing some cheesecloth behind a die cut panel.  The lacy appearance of this Spellbinder’s Floral Assortment Nestabilities Die added a snowy feel to the card design.
  • To strengthen the delicate edges of this die, emboss with clear embossing powder.  It’s amazing how much stronger the delicate points are after this treatment.
  • Add some fun dimension by curling the “winter greetings” sentiment against the edge of a ruler.  Then adhere just the ends with hot glue.

  • Add snowy accents to your card by spattering it with diluted white acrylic paint.
Winter Survival Kit Tutorial: A Peek Inside

I absolutely love the drama of unfolding this style of fancy fold card!

Decorate the side panels with elements from the paper collection.  I carried the winter bird theme inside the card by wrapping the cardstock elements image with burlap string and a rusty snowflake.

When the card is fully opened, the Winter Survival Kit is revealed.  This is a 4″ x 2″ box style pocket filled with goodies to make winter more bearable.

Tuck in a teabag, some pocket sized tissues, a chapstick, some hand cream and a honey stick.  That’s sure to brighten up someones day!

I wrapped the back side of the card and the spine with 1 1/2″ wide Ivory Silky Crush Ribbon to add texture, shine and elegance to the design.

Winter Survival Kit Tutorial and Video Tour on YouTube

To help you get a better feel for this fun project, I’ve prepared a short YouTube video tour.  This is followed by a picture and text tutorial where you will learn how to build the base and the box style pocket.  I hope you enjoy!

If I’ve managed to brighten your day, share a helpful tip or inspire you to get crafty, then I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Winter Survival Kit Tutorial Cutting Guide

For the 6″ x 6″ card base:

  • 13″ x 6″ panel of brown cardstock (you can join two panels of cardstock together with Scor-Tape.)
    • Score this panel at 3″ , 6″ and 7″
  • Cut mats from designer paper:
    • 5 7/8″ x 5 7/8″  (2)
    • 2 7/8″ x 5 7/8″ (4)
    • Spine 7/8″ x 5 7/8″ (2)

For the 5″ x 5″ card base:

  • 11″ x 5″ panel of brown cardstock
    • Score this at 5″ and 6″
  • Cut mats from designer paper
    • 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ (3)
    • 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ (2)

For the box pocket:

  • 8″ x 4″ panel of brown cardstock
    • Score on long side at 1″, 2″, 6″, 7″
    • Score on short side at 2″, 3″
  • To cover the finished pocket
    • 5 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ panel of designer paper scored on long side at 1″, 4 7/8″
    • 4 7/8″ x 7/8″ panel to line the bottom of the box
Winter Survival Kit Tutorial Supply List

Authentique Paper

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