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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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Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s edition of Throwback Thursday, I have a Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial to share with you.  Did you think I forgot?  Well, I didn’t!  I’m just  having a major case of “the slows” this week, so I’m running behind  But better late than never, right?

Earlier this week, I shared a Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card with you.  The response was so amazing, I decided to create a Throwback Thursday project with a tutorial you can use to create this style of card in any size or format.

Today’s card is a 6″ x 6″ base with a vintage style shaker frame on the cover.  One of the reasons I love this style of card so much is that it is a great way to use up scraps.  I had a lot of 3″ panels left over from an earlier Botanical Tea project.  That’s why I chose to make a 6″ x 6″ card.

Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial: The Grand Opening

Opening a double gatefold card is sort of like watching the curtain rise on the stage.  This card opens to more than 18″ wide!  They make great table decorations for a party table or home decor items because of all the beautiful panels inside the card.

TIP:  I used 18″ wide cardstock (linked below) to create my card base.  If you don’t have it, you can create your own.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut 2 panels of 12″ x 6″ cardstock.
  • Next, place 1/2″ Scor-tape right along the 6″ edge of one panel.
  • Then carefully overlap the second panel over the Scor-Tape line and burnish to seal.
  • This gives you a 23 1/2″ x 6″ panel of cardstock.  It can be tricky to score over the joint where the papers overlap, so try to keep that in center panel of your card.
Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial: Pockets and Tuck ins

Fill pockets with journal cards from the cut apart pages.  Or, die cut teacups as I did here.  I had a leftover Pocket from the Tags and pockets page, but no tag to fill it.  Substitute a miniature Lindt Chocolate prettied up with a scrap of designer paper instead.  Problem solved!

Go ahead and decorate the back side of the card if you have enough extra paper.

And why not add a pocket here as well?  Fill it with a fancied up tea bag, honey stick and little note card.

Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial On YouTube

I hope I’ve shared some tips and ideas you can use today.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card

Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card: Use Your Scraps!

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card is a great way to use up your scraps.  Earlier this month I created a Farmhouse Folio Kit for The Button Farm Club.  The lovely extra bits and bobs from that project kept calling my name.  So I finally found a minute to put them to good use on this country fresh creation.

This card base measures 4 1/2″ x 7″ when closed, but opens to more than 12″ wide.  Here’s how to create the card base.

  • First, cut a 13″ x 7″ panel of 18pt grocery bag cardstock.  (Link below)
  • Next, score along the long side as follows, 2 1/8″, 2 1/8″, 4 1/2″, 2 1/8″
  • Now accordion fold so that the 2 1/8″ flaps meet in the middle.
  • Then cut 1 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panels from your scraps to cover the small panels front and back.
  • Create a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel and adhere half of it to the center of the card.  Decorate this with cut apart images, die cuts and small border strips from your scraps.
  • Embellish with Tim Holtz Tiny Clips, a brass bulldog clip, Little Birdie Flowers, a big ole’ wood button, ribbon and twine.
Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card: The Grand Opening

Opening this style of card is really fun, because the panels fold out to reveal all the goodies inside.

You can see that I adhered the large “Blessed” cut apart on the left to the back side of the front panel.

Decorate a couple of ATC tags to tuck into the pocket along with a large ephemera tag.

Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card: The Back Gate

Add a pocket on the back side of this card.  Then fill with another ephemera card and a little chocolate treat.

This card is so cute, you can set it out as part of your kitchen decor.  It’s also a great way to present a gift card.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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