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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.

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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

Happy Blooming Birthday Succulents Card

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Happy Blooming Birthday Succulents Card

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  Today I have a really fun Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Happy Blooming Birthday Succulents Card to share with you.

As you can see, I’m still having a blast with these Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse papers!    This 5″ x 7″ top fold card makes good use of all the pretty green tones from the Collector’s Essential Kit.

The succulents are from Little Birdie Crafts.  If you’ve been looking for a place to purchase these lovely flowers, you can now find them in your local AC Moore Crafts store.  (Not available online yet.)  A simple white seam binding bow adds freshness and texture to the card composition.

To soften the bold colors of the succulents, I have dry brushed them with a little ivory chalk paint.  This adds lots of depth and dimension, and it also helps all these different colors harmonize a little better.    For extra texture, I added some Coral See Prills to the edges of the wreath.

Lots of room on the inside to write a little birthday greeting.  Everything about this cheery card makes me happy!  If you’d like to see more examples of cards made from this collection, click HERE.

That’s all for me today!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  We actually had a beautiful spring-like day yesterday.  Kids broke their bikes out of the shed, moms pushed babies around the block in their strollers as daffodils popped their golden heads up toward the sun.  it was glorious!  The joy of all that springtime activity prompted the creation of this Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I’ m loving these sage greens combined with peach tones.  How about you?  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card came together so quickly.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

  • Double mat the bicycle image from the collection on both green and peach papers from the Simple Basics Kit.
  • Trim the sticker border and adhere above and below the bicycle image.
  • Hot glue flowers in the top and bottom corners along with a Peach Seam Binding Bow and Burlap string bow.

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  • Thread some vintage buttons and hot glue over the top border strip.
  • Add the tag from the Ephemera Pack. (comes in the kit)
Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card:  A Peek Inside

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Carry the theme of your card front inside by adding a little bicycle from the ephemera pack along with a strip of the Spring Farmhouse washi tape.

I have had such fun with this collection.  The color palette is scrumptious and so much fun for spring cards!  There are  few more in the works…coming soon! If you missed the other cards I’ve created with Spring Farmhouse, you can get all caught up HERE.

At the time that this post was written, this card was available for purchase in my ETSY shop.  It’s a one of a kind creation, so if it tickles your fancy, better grab it quick before it’s gone!

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

 

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