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Ciao Bella Sound of Winter Frisky Squirrel Card Folio

Ciao Bella Sound of Winter Frisky Squirrel Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Ciao Bella Sound of Winter Frisky Squirrel Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  Today I have another sweet Ciao Bella Sound of Winter project to share with you.  This Frisky Squirrel Card Folio is filled with rustic details that make my heart happy!

Loaded with texture, this 5″ x 7″ card has a  shaped, cut-away pocket filled with sweet little tags.  Vintage buttons, painted metal pine branches, die cut foliage and burlap string lend a rustic, woodland feel.

TIP: Add loads of texture to your tiny tags with scraps of canvas.  Cut fishtail banners on the ends of 1″ wide canvas, Paint wooden star buttons with ivory chalk paint.  Then top with vintage buttons and stitch onto the tags.  The end result is so pretty.

The card is still lovely, even after the tags have been removed from the pocket.

Frisky Squirrel Card Folio: A Peek Inside

The inside features a flap page with a magnetic closure and a pocket filled with little treasures.

TIP: When an image is too wide for a card base, simply score a fold line and turn it into a flap feature.  Add a fancy sentiment panel and a cut out from the collection to complete the scene.

The large pocket on the bottom holds a 4″ x 6″ image that I turned into a magnet.  And of course, there is a tea bag to warm up cold winter nights.

The collection has these pretty tall tags.  Trim these out and stitch onto canvas to make a sweet little bookmark.

This could serve as a Christmas card, New Year’s card, a winter birthday or get well card, too.  I love the cozy feeling these papers and images evoke, and had such fun working with them.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your  next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list below the signature of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Winter Fox Woodland Style Greeting Card

Ciao Bella Sound of Winter Wiinter Fox Woodland Style Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Winter Fox Woodland Style Greeting Card with Ciao Bella Sound of Winter Creative Pack

Hello Friends!  This winter fox woodland style greeting card is a lovely way to welcome the season.  It’s made with Ciao Bella Sound of Winter Creative Pack, which was a gift from my sweet Montana friend, Becky.  She knows all about winter!

This handsome fox sits quietly under the full winter moon as snowflakes drift around him.

TIP: Create a full moon effect by placing circular element from the collection behind the fox.  Pop it up with dimensionals to add depth to the card design.

Moonlight Walks

The patterns and images in this collection take me right back to my childhood home in Vermont where winter days were dark and cold…but filled with their own special beauty. If I close my eyes and remember, I can still feel the sharp, icy sting of winter air against my cheeks and smell the freshness of the snowflake filled air.  My boots squeak under my feet as I trudge up our long hill under the watery light of the winter moon.  Home is at the top of the hill.  Light, warmth and a slice of mom’s homemade bread with a bowl of steaming soup wait for me there.  It’s a cozy memory, despite the cold.  I tried to capture the feeling of serenity and natural beauty that I remember from those days in this card.  Let’s take a closer look at the details, shall we?

Winter Fox Woodland Style Greeting Card: Wintry Details

TIP: Add winter charm to a card with white!  The flowers, snowflakes, paint spatters and die cut skeleton leaves help to amp up the wintry woodland vibe of this card.

TIP: Rustic charm comes from the kraft card base, burlap panel, burlap string, distressed edges and background paper.

The card base is 5″ x 7″ with a 1/2″ spine, because I knew I would want to tuck in some goodies.

TIP: Add some sparkle with Diamond Stickles and glitter.  Use an adhesive that dries clear (Art Institute is my favorite) and all you will see is the sparkle!  Use a light hand…a little glitter goes a long way!

Winter Fox Woodland Style Greeting Card: A Peek inside

Here’s a fun idea for pockets.  Fussy cut the bird on the fence and layer over the pocket flap.  This, combined with the window scene pocket almost make you feel like you could walk into the card.

To make the window scene card, simply fussy cut it from the paper.  Then adhere top, bottom and right hand side to the card base.  Die cut a sentiment panel and tuck behind the window along with a little tea bag.

The bottom pocket holds a sweet little bookmark, a chocolate treat, honey stick and a lovely vintage gold plated demitasse spoon.  Now we’ve turned this card into a gift!  I think it would make a lovely winter birthday card, get well card or even a Happy New Year card.

If you’d like to purchase this card folio, it’s available in my Etsy shop.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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!




Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio

Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Gatefold Folio by Kathy Clement

Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio and a New Ribbon Crush from Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Let’s take a stroll together through this Ciao Bella Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio.  It features my new favorite addition to the  RRR shop: Variegated Sheer Ribbon.  Oooh la la!  This ribbon is everything I love: soft, elegant, easy to tie, just a touch of shimmer, and it comes in so many colors.  I’ve used the Moss/Taupe variety as a closure on this lovely little fall folio.   It’s the perfect color match for all the autumnal shades in this Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Folio.

This 5″ x 6 3/4″ folio has a gatefold cover and 1/2″ spines on each side.    I’ve piled up lots of little woodland elements on the textured wood panels.  The way I’ve stacked and placed the elements reminds me of the forest floor after all the leaves have fallen from the trees.  Serene, quiet beauty with lots of little treasures to please the senses.  That’s what I was going for here.

TIP:  Here’s how to create the card base. Cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of kraft cardstock down to 6 3/4″ ” x 11.  Then score on the long side at 2 1/2, 3″, 8″, and 8 1/2″ to form the dimensional card base.  So easy, but so effective!

Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio: Adding Texture

TIP: Texture papers with a 3-D embossing folder. For these panels, I inked up the flat side of a Spellbinder’s folder with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  Then I spritzed the patterned paper lightly with water and ran it through my Spellbinder’s Platinum machine.  The embossing folder forms deep ridges in the patterned paper, and the dark ink seeps into these crevices.  Then end result is paper that looks like tree bark.  It’s a wonderful thing!

TIP: Fill a  giant wood button with wood shavings to add even more of a woodland feel.  Then top the wood shavings with an acorn novelty button, feathers, Prills and a small burlap flower.

Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio: A Peek Inside

Well hello, Mr. Fox!  How nice of you to invite us in!  Can you spot the sweet little squirrel charm tucked into the burlap flower?  I love him!

One of the things I  love about a gatefold style folio is all the little nooks and crannies where you can add visual treats.

See that adorable little hedgehog on the left?

It’s actually a little folio with a magnetic closure.  This is a great spot to tuck in a note, gift card or photo.

The box style center pocket holds another min folio, vintage silver plate spoon and some honey.

And where there is honey, one simply must have tea!

Here’s a peek at the back side of the album.  I wish it could be autumn for at least 6 months a year!

Did I share 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!





Ciao Bella Thankful Sunflowers Card

Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Card Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Ciao Bella Thankful Sunflowers Card

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  Today’s post features this Ciao Bella Thankful Sunflowers card that I made for my blogging buddy, Anita Houston. (The Artful Maven Haven)  Anita’s lovely blog was one of the very first that I followed.  She is one of the most talented, generous and lovely people in the mixed media world.  As a Ranger Educator, she shared dozens of techniques via her blog.  Although we have very different styles, I was able to translate many of them into my paper driven crafting.  And, she was one of the people who gently kicked me in the seat of my pants and said, “Start a blog!”  She still visits and supports my blog, which means the world to me.  My nickname for  her is “Beautiful Soul”.

In a recent email, she was praising me for the sunflowers I used on THIS card. When I mentioned to her that I had used Ranger Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Spray on the petals to amp up the color, I also mentioned that I was sad because my supply was nearly gone.  Since these mists are now retired, I was sad to see it go.  Anita immediately mailed me a package of all the colors, no charge, and she wouldn’t even let me pay postage.  See why I call her Beautiful Soul?  So this card is on its way to my dear friend, Anita.

Ciao Bella Thankful Sunflowers Card with The Sound of Autumn


This was my first play with Ciao Bella papers…but it will NOT be my last!  Ooh la la!  What fun I had making this fancy fold card.  This is a Z-Fold Box card, and I have a YouTube tutorial that will show you how to make the base HERE.   There is additional information for this style card on my blog HERE.  So that ought to keep you busy this weekend!

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflowers Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Heartfelt Creations Sunflowers take center stage along with beautiful layered papers, metal embellishments and gingham ribbon. Yes, I love gingham ribbon!  I’ll share a supply list at the end of this post.

For more Heartfelt Creations Sunflowers on my blog, click HERE.

Ciao Bella Thankful Sunflowers Card: A Peek Inside

So, the hedgehog….all together now…oooooooooh!  Don’t you just love it?  And of course, there’s a little tea pocket.

The z-fold area is just big enough to hold a pocket for one of my precious demitasse spoons and a little tag.  These are the z folds inside the card.

And these are the folds behind the front cover.  I would love to sit on this park bench and soak up the autumn sunshine.  How about you?

No tutorial today…just a lovely little autumn card and a shout out to a dear friend who helped me get my feet under me in the crafting world.  Love you, Anita!

Thanks for stopping by!



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