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Vintage Style Easter Shaker Card

 

Authentique Cottontail Easter Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01
Vintage Style Easter Shaker Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Here’s a sweet vintage style Easter Shaker card to brighten up your day.

Remember Easter Petticoats?  Every little girl had a new Easter dress (mine were hand me downs from my cousin) and every Easter dress had a big poufy, scratchy petticoat attached to the skirt.  Sitting through the Easter church service with that petticoat pricking at the back of your legs was almost as torturous as the little hat with the elastic band that cut into your chin.  So when I found this pink trim while tidying up in the studio, I had to give this vintage style Easter card a petticoat.  Yes, yes, I did!

Vintage Style Easter Shaker Card:  The Details

Here’s how this sweet card came together.

 

  • First, create a 5 1/2″ square easel card base from kraft cardstock.
  • Next, stitch a 5″ panel of patterned paper from Authentique Cottontail onto soft pink and periwinkle cardstock mats.
  • Now, cut a double ended fishtail banner from a strip of Cottontail plaid.  This should be slightly wider than the card base.
  • Create a shaker element (directions below). Center and adhere to the card base.
  • Add a cluster of spring flowers and foliage to the left hand side of the frame.
  • Tie a double loop bow with Coral Rose Mini Check Plaid Ribbon.  This ribbon is featured in the April Ribbon Club Assortment.  Tuck this under the floral cluster and secure with hot glue.
  • Now tie a loopy string bow with Iridescent Metallic String.  Adhere the knot on top of the plaid bow.
  • Add a button and a metal filigree corner to the card front.
Vintage Style Easter Shaker Card: How to Make the Shaker Frame

Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board Medium Patina Lilac Heart Frame Shaker by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Life is all about perspective…and in many ways, so is papercrafting.  I wanted to use this sweet vintage image inside this Reneabouquet’s Medium Patina Lilac Heart Frame.  But the frame was wider than the image.  The “fix” was to place the frame on the diagonal so that the image would fit nicely inside.

Prepare the shaker frame with a little Crystal Clear Glitter.  Use a small piece of sponge to tap the flower with Dries Clear Adhesive.  Then sprinkle with the glitter and let the excess slide off into a tray or a sheet of printer paper. Then adhere blue rhinestones over gems that are printed on the Beautiful Board.  Let everything dry.  Then you are ready to make the shaker element.

  • First, place the frame over the image so that there are no gaps on the sides.
  • Now lightly trace around the outside of the heart to mark the cutting lines on the image.
  • Next, cut out the image and set aside.
  • Repeat this procedure, only this time, trace onto clear cardstock (acetate sheets).
  • Adhere the clear cardstock to the back of the frame using Dries Clear Adhesive.  Wipe away any glue smudges immediately.
  • Now add 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips to the back of the frame.
  • Flip the frame face down on a clean sheet of printer paper.  Fill with a shaker mix.
  • Carefully line up the cut out image and adhere face down over the foam strips.  Check for gaps and seal with tape.
  • Now you can adhere the shaker frame to the card base and add your embellishments.
Vintage Style Easter Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

For easel cards, I actually make the inside of the card before I adhere the card cover.  This card has a little pocket and a little treat from the Easter Bunny inside.

Create a mini note card from your scraps and tuck inside the pocket.

I hope I shared so 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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Cottontail Easter Bunny Easel Card

Authentique Cottontail Easter Bunny Easel Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Cottontail Easter Bunny Easel Card

Hello, Friends!  I’ve used one of my favorite images on this Authentique Cottontail Easter Bunny Easel Card. This handsome bunny rabbit just makes me smile every time  I look at him.  If you need a super quick Easter card, this is it!  Read on to find out how easily this card comes together.

Authentique Cottontail Easter Bunny Easel Card: Step by Step

  • Start with a 6″ x 12″ panel of kraft cardstock.  in half to make a 6″ x 6″ card base.
  • Now score the card front horizontally at 3″ to create an easel card base.
  • Line the inside of the card with Authentique Spectrum Limeade Cardstock.  Then cut a slightly smaller mat from Bubblegum Pink and adhere.
  • Line the exterior and interior panels with the same cardstock shades.  Cut the green panels to measure 5 7/8″ x 2 7/8″.  Then cut the pink ones slightly smaller.
True Confession: I rarely measure my paper mats.  Instead, I just  cut them slightly larger than my designer paper and stack ’em up.  I provide measurements for y’all because I know you like them.  But if you were with me in the studio, you would see me mark the dimensions on my designer paper very lightly with pencil.  Then you’d see me adhere that designer panel to my cardstock mat and trim around it.  All the measuring drives me nuts!  Now you know!

  • Now cut your designer paper for the inside of the card.  You can measure it out to 5 3/8″ square, or you can use the Kathy Clement method and just mark with a pencil and cut as I described above.
  • Trim out the bunny image so that it fits the card front and adhere.  Be sure not to glue over the fold, or you no longer have an easel card.  To prevent this, I place my glue about 1/4″ inside the edges of the 6″ x 3″ kraft base.  Then I close the card and adhere the image.  No fear of messing up the card with this easy trick.
Authentique Cottontail Easter Bunny Easel Card: Building the Stopper

This is the fun part!

  • First, place dimensionals on the back side of a 6″ x 3″ panel of the floral print.  Adhere the panel about 2″ from the bottom edge of the card.
  • Now cut a 7″ x 2 1/2″ panel of the pink gingham paper.  Cut fishtail banners on both ends.  Back with dimensionals.  Center and adhere over the floral pattern.
  • Punch out the “Happy Easter” medallion from the components sheet.  Place hot glue on just the outer edges and adhere slightly right of center over the pink gingham.  Push the ends toward one another to create the bowed shape.
  • Now add a pretty floral cluster and bow on the right.
  • Next ink up a Prima Bunny and adhere on the left along with a little carrot button.
  • Add another bow and flower in the top left  hand corner of the card.
  • Finally, thread some shell buttons and adhere in the lower left hand corner.
Authentique Cottontail Easter Bunny Easel Card: A Peek Inside

Fussy cut the Cadbury Bunny from the collage sheet and adhere inside the card.  Create a simple pocket for the top and add a chocolate.

I love all the sweet images and pastel colors on this card.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post in case you want to make one yourself.  If you’d like to see other projects made with Cottontail, Click HERE.

How are you all holding up during this difficult time?  I pray for you every day, asking God to keep you safe, well and sane.  I find I am happier when I don’t watch or listen to the news.  Instead, I’ve been organizing my stash, making cards, cleaning closets and baking a little bit.  Being productive each day helps me feel less stressed.

I hope these  frequent posts are not annoying you.  My motivation is to add a happy little something to your inbox each day.  But if you’d like to see less, please let me know.  The last thing I want to do is overwhelm you.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Cottontail Easter Blessings

Authentique Cottontail Easter Blessings by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Cottontail Easter Blessings

Hello, Friends!  This Authentique Cottontail Easter Blessings card is filled with sweet spring colors and the cutest vintage Easter images.  Honestly, there are so many cute patterns and images in this collection that the hardest thing about working with it is deciding which ones to use.  But these pastel carrots pretty much win hands down!

Tips and Tricks
  • Mat all the layers on pink, blush and kraft cardstock to keep all those pretty patterned papers from becoming muddled.
  • Machine stitching helps to frame the layers.  It also lends a great vintage feel to the card.
  • Layer the banner with dimensionals and overlap the corners so it fits on the 5″ x 7″ card base.  Add bows and bitty buttons to really make it stand out.

  •  A vintage crochet doily adds wonderful texture and works perfectly with the vintage image.
  •  Fussy cut around the top of the image, then pop up on dimensionals.
  • Place hot glue on the ends of the “Easter Blessings” banner, then push toward the center to create a curve.  Top with ribbon, metallic string and flowers. Add a trio of aqua buttons in the lower right hand corner of the the card to balance things out.
Authentique Cottontail Easter Blessings: A Peek Inside

This box pocket is the perfect spot to tuck in a little Easter treat.

Just for fun, I created a pocket in a pocket!

Tuck a tea bag and some Peppermint Patties into the pocket.  Add a darling little vintage demitasse spoon and a honey stick to complete the Easter Basket treats.

I need to get one of these made for each of the grand girls this year, since we won’t be able to gather for our traditional Easter Dinner and egg hunt. But I can send them each one of these cute Easter Baskets in a card so that they know Nan is thinking of them and missing them.

By the way, I found a fun new app for my phone.  It’s called Marco Polo, and it is totally free.  The app is kind of like a video style walkie-talkie.  I’ve been chatting and singing back and forth with the Littles every day.  Today I’m going to try reading them a story and see how that works.  It’s easy enough for them to use on their own, and it helps us stay connected.  I thought y’all might enjoy it, too!

Are you working on Easter projects?  Tell me what’s on your craft table in the comment section below.

Stay safe and well, my friend!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Easter Blessings Loaded Envelope

Authentique Abundant Easter Blessings Loaded Envelope for the RRR April Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon April Blog Hop. You should be coming here filled with inspiration after having visited Karen’s lovely blog.  With Easter fast approaching, I decided it would be fun to create a Easter Blessings Loaded Envelope using the April Ribbon Club Assortment and Authentique Paper’s Abundant Easter Collection.

The base is a 5″ x 7″ kraft envelope filled with tags and goodies from the Easter Bunny!  Yellow and Gray ribbons from this month’s ribbon club really work with this vintage style paper collection.

Easter Blessings Loaded Envelope: The Front Side

The front of the envelope is also decorated.  I’ve stacked Daffodil Checkerboard Satin Ribbon with 3/8″ Metal Gray Plaid to form little bow clusters in the corners of the focal image.  Yellow bead/berry sprays really brighten things up tucked in with the ribbon and Little Birdie Flowers. A fussy cut banner from the paper collection is a great way to get the party started.

Easter Blessings Loaded Envelope: The Details

  • Fussy cut the baby chicks image and pop it up with dimensionals.
  • Cover chipboard bunnies with designer paper and add micro rose garlands.

  • Create twin bow clusters for the envelope sides and top with roses.
  • Pop the ends of a Cardstock Elements banner up on foam dots and adhere to the envelope flap.
Easter Blessings Loaded Envelope: What’s Inside?

This trio of treat tags, the vintage silver spoon and the honey stick have all been dressed up with ribbon.  I’ve wrapped a package of Chocolate Biscoff cookies with designer paper and a tag from the collection.  You get such a generous amount of the Daffodil Checkerboard Satin and the Metal Grey Plaid that there is plenty to go around!  And of course, I had to throw in a little Ivory Burlap String.

All the tags are decorated with an image on the front and a treat pocket on the back.

I’ve added a Spellbinder’s Triple Tear Circle and some cute Eileen Hull Banners and Pennants Dies  to each tag.

The third tag has a little notecard tucked into the pocket.  Make this by folding the 4″ x 6″ image in half on the long side.

I like to think of these loaded envelopes as Easter Baskets for grownups.  It’s fun to dress them up with pretty papers and ribbons.

On With the Hop!

From here, you will hop on over to Cherry’s blog.  Finish up at the RRR Blog  where you will find the complete hop list.  Answer Bonnie’s question of the month to be entered into the drawing for a free April Ribbon Club Assortment.

I hope I’ve shared some tips 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 hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m shaking things up with an Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card to share with you.

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 01

Does this ever happen to you?  It’s time to clean up the craftermath from a project.  And while you are tidying up, your eye falls on something that ignites your imagination. While cleaning up my Easter Bunny Banner, this cutie patootie Peter Cottontail hopped right off my work desk and into my hands.  How could I resist?

Peter Cottontail Shaker Card: Tall and Skinny

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 02

Tall and skinny cards seem to be all the rage right now, so I thought I’d take one for a spin, as I don’t recall having made one before.  This one measures 4 1/4″ x 7 3/4″ with a 1″ spine.  To pull out the blues in the paper collection, I matted my designer papers on Sno-Cone cardstock.  Then to anchor all those soft pastels, I matted a second time on Milk Chocolate.  Which I have to admit, is pretty perfect for an Easter Bunny card.

Peter Cottontail Shaker Card: Use Your Scraps

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 03

Remember all the little diamond shaped pennants I die cut for the Bunny Banner?  The negative cut was just perfect to use as a banner flag layer for this card.  Use your scraps, people!   I recently acquired some vintage doilies at flea market.  I love the texture they add to a shabby chic project.  So I turned a square doily into a diamond shape, wrapped the ends around my card front and secured on the back with Scor-Tape.  (You can see this better in the photo below.) Add more texture by wrapping the base of the card with some buttery yellow embroidery floss.

Peter Cottontail Shaker Card: The Shaker Box

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 04

The frame for the shaker box is another Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard frame.  You get 6 sizes and styles of frames in each pack, so I think they are a pretty good value. These are so easy to alter with inks and sprays  Here’s how I altered this one:

  • First, Sponge on a light layer of Weathered Wood Distress Oxide Ink.
  • Next, tap random areas of the frame with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink.
  • Now, spritz the frame lightly with Brushed Pewter Mica Spray.
  • Finally, heat dry the frame, blotting up any big blobs of ink with a paper towel.
  • Next, back the frame with a 3 1/2″ x 5″ panel of clear acrylic cardstock.
  • Then add a triple layer of foam adhesive.
  • Fill the shaker box with Buttons Galore Easter Chic Shaker Mix.   This mix actually contains small buttons, and that’s why we need the three layers of foam adhesive.  If you are using a different shaker mix, you can get by with a double layer of foam tape.
  • Finally, center the card front over the shaker box.  Take your time and make sure everything is centered and straight!
Peter Cottontail Shaker Card: Finishing Touches

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 05

Little Birdie Flowers cascade down the side of the card.  Alter these by dry brushing them with a little ivory chalk paint.  Tuck a Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keyhole in with the flowers to amp up the Shabby Chic Vibe.  A buttery yellow satin bow and key combo adds just the right pop of color.

Peter Cottontail Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 06

Oh look!  There’s a party inside this card!  The double pocket on the right holds a tea bag, chocolate treat, honey stick and a real treasure.

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 07

I found this darling demitasse spoon on one of my junkin’ adventures.  It is vintage silver/gold plated and engraved with the sweetest little cherub.  And…imported from italy!  I bought them all.  You know me and my passion for vintage spoons!

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 08

To add some interactive fun to the card interior, I created this little magnetic folio from scraps that were lying about.

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 09

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 10

These sweet Easter images are tucked into that wee pocket.

So that’s all for me folks.  I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques 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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