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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

 

 

Paris Inspired Greeting Card

 Paris Inspired Greeting Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Or should I say, “Bonjour”?  Meet me at the Eiffel Tower as I share this  Paris inspired Greeting Card. Photoplay Moments in Time Paris Inspired Greeting Card with May Arts Checkered Ribbon by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made with Photoplay’s sweet vintage “Moments in Time” collection kit.   No card is complete without ribbon. This green/ivory/pink checked ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon is the perfect complement for this vintage card. .  It’s a fairly new addition to the RRR shop, and I have to say, I love everything about it.  The texture is really pliable, making it easy to tie beautiful bows.  The colors are beautifully blended and a nice change of pace from standard plaid or gingham ribbon, which I love.  And, it comes in a wide array of colors…which may or may not have all fallen into my shopping cart.

Paris Inspired Greeting Card: The Details

Photoplay Moments in Time Paris Inspired Greeting Card with May Arts Checkered Ribbon by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 02

TIP: Separate busy patterned papers with cardstock mats. You can double mat each layer of a card. Cut each layer 1/8″ smaller than the one before it and you’ll have perfectly matted cards every time.  For this card, I used both Lush Lagoon and Tropical Teal cardstock.

Photoplay Moments in Time Paris Inspired Greeting Card with Spellbinder's Tiara Rondelle Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo

TIP: Break up all those intense blues with a touch of white. Instead of using a doily, die cut a Spellbinder’s Tiara Rondelle from Whip Cream Cardstock.   It’s  on sale at Spellbinder’s and I really am enjoying it.  The die comes with the corner pieces, too.

Paris Inspired Greeting Card: A Peek Inside

Photoplay Moments in Time Paris Inspired Greeting Card with May Arts Checkered Ribbon by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 04

The inside of the card is fairly simple.  Add a side pocket and tuck in a little note card that’s been decorated with a sticker from the collection.

Photoplay Moments in Time Paris Inspired Greeting Card with May Arts Checkered Ribbon by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 05

Flip the note card over and you’ll find a little treat tucked inside a belly band.

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

 

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

 

 

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