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Ciao Bella Sound of Summer Hanging Mini Album

Ciao Bella Sounds of Summer Hanging Mini Album with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

                                         Ciao Bella Sound of Summer Hanging Mini Album                                                            with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Insert

Hello, Friends!  Let’s start our day with a Ciao Bella Sound of Summer beach themed project!  As you all know, I just adore the ocean and coastal colors.  Since we haven’t been able to visit the NC shore yet this year, I just had to get my beach vibes from playing with paper.  So I pulled out The Sounds of Summer paper collection, some beachy Reneabouquets Bouquets Beautiful board, flowers, beach embellishments and ribbon.  Time to turn on the old thinking cap and imagine something unique and worthy of these paper pretties!

After some serious thinking and experimenting, I came up with the idea for a hanging mini album.  This unusual design does triple duty: beach home decor, mini journal and photo folio all in one!  How fun is that?  The heavy cardstock hanging pocket measures 5 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ x 1″.  It’s just big enough to hold this beach diary made with Eileen Hull’s Pocket Notebook Die.  This was a pretty involved project, so there’s no tutorial, but we’ll take a closer look at each of the elements in this post.

Reneabouquets: Trinkets and  Beautiful Board Seahorse and Starfish

The inspiration for this project came from Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Trinkets. Beautiful Board is a unique surface.  (Read more about it HERE.)  It’s lovely straight out of the package.  But it also takes to mixed media products like a duck takes to water.  First, cover the Seahorse and Starfish with a nice layer of Versamark Embossing Ink.  Then sprinkle on some Seth Apter Vintage Patina, Ancient Amber and Rust Baked Textures.  Heat emboss from the underside to prevent the powders from blowing away. It’s like embossing alchemy to see the powders blend and create the baked on enamel finish.

TIP:  You can add more embossing ink and more Baked Textures in layers to get just the look you want.

The Mermaid

The  next step is to alter the Mermaid Trinkets from Renea’s shop.

  • First, paint the Baroque Metal Frame with Speckled Egg Distress Paint.  Let it dry for a minute, then gently tap a black archival ink pad on the raised oval edge of the Baroque Metal Frame.
  • Next, stamp the metal frame onto a scrap of designer paper. Wipe the frame clean with a baby wipe to remove any excess ink.
  • Now cut around the inside of the stamped image.  It should fit neatly inside the  frame.
  • Then paint the Baroque Metal Frame with Speckled Egg Distress Paint.  Let it dry for a minute, then gently wipe away with a damp paper towel or baby wipe to reveal the details.  Repeat this process with the mermaid trinket.
  • Next, adhere the cut out oval inside the frame.  Then adhere the mermaid inside the frame using a strong metal adhesive.  The adhesive will likely ooze out the sides.  This is not a problem as you can fill the bottom half of the frame with Minnie Pearls Prills to resemble bubbles in the water.

Now set everything aside to dry while you make the hanger pocket base.

Creating the Hanger Pocket Base

  • Score a 5 3/4″ x 12″ panel of cardstock on the long side at 7 3/4″ and 8 3/4″.  This leaves you with a 3 1/4″ flap and 1″ spine on the bottom of the base.
  • Line the back of the hanger with a panel of designer paper.
  • Die cut the Amazing Paper Grace Snip It Grid from cream cardstock and adhere  to resemble a window pane.
  • Die cut a burlap with the fishtail banner die from the same set.  Cut in two pieces and adhere as seen in the photo.
  • Now score two  3″ x 3 1/8″ panels of scrap paper at 1″ and 2″ to form gussets for the pocket.  Adhere to the sides of the pocket flap and the hanger card base.  Decorate as seen in the photo.
Creating the Pocket Notebook

Die cut the Eileen Hull Notebook base from mat board or heavy chipboard.  Then wrap it with designer paper.  Fold to form the journal.  Stitch canvas scraps and back with Scor-tape. Then wrap the spine to cover any cracks in the paper.

Wrap the spine with elastic and attach a dangle charm.

The cover of the journal is flat so that it will fit inside the hanger pocket. BV=ut I did add a little pocket and tag feature to liven it up.

Line the inside covers with designer paper.  Then create 3 signatures to tuck underneath the elastic bands.  Decorate the signatures with cut apart features from Ciao Bella Sound of Summer papers and more Reneabouquets Starfish.  This is what the Beautiful Board looks like with absolutely nothing done to it.  Pretty, right?

Each of the 4 signatures has five folded parchment folios inside the covers.

This gives you 10 double sided pages inside each signature.  That’s plenty of room to journal, add photos or sketch.

This would also make a wonderful guest book for a beach house! When the pages are filled up, simply slip them out from under the elastic bands and slip new pages in.  Easy peasy!

On the Flip Side

Folks, you know me…I hate to let a good surface go to waste.  So I created a simple photo folio on the back side of the hanger.  Simply score a 12″ x 7 1/2″ piece of designer paper at 1″ and 5 1/2″.  Then fold to form a folio with a spine on the right.  Adhere a length of burlap string to the back side, then adhere to the hanger pocket base.  Create a pocket for the right hand side and tuck in some 4″ x 6″ journal cards.  Add gussets to the 1″ flap on the left and fold to form a side pocket for more journal cards.  This is a great place to add family photos and memories of a beach trip.

Now decorate the pocket with your prepared flowers and embellishments. Finally, I suspended the whole rig from a Melissa Frances vintage hanger and adhered the Mermaid Trinket.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this hanging mini album creation.  I think it could be a great conversation piece, a functional guest book,  and a fun way to document beach memories.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Tiaras and Teacups for Throwback Thursday

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily Eileen Hull Sizzix Teacup Die Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Corner Cotillion by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Tiaras and Teacups for Throwback Thursday: Graphic 45 Gilded Lily Collection

Hello Friends!  It’s all about tiaras and teacups in this edition of Throwback Thursday.  I’ve reached all the way back to 2015, the year G45 released the glorious “Gilded Lily” collection.  I only have bits and bobs of this favorite collection left, but I still managed to create a teacup…

…and a shaker card!  No tutorial this week, as I have been slammed in the studio, but I’ll share lots of tips and tricks that will help you create your own Throwback Thursday masterpiece. Since my day always starts with tea, we’ll look at the teacup first.

Eileen Hull Gilded Lily Teacup

This is one of my all time favorite teacup creations.  After die cutting all the pieces from both chipboard and designer paper, I put the cup together with my Dries Clear Adhesive.  Graphic 45 Precious Pink roses adorn the base of the cup.  Then I threw in a little mixed media mayhem with Pearls, Prills and an itty bitty porcelain teacup.

TIP: Die pearls to match  your project with Alcohol Inks.  The neat and tidy way to do this is to place the pearls in a small zippered plastic bag.  Then add a few drops of alcohol ink and smoosh them around.  Remove with tweezers, and there are no messy hands involved!

TIP: Fill the tiny teacup almost to the brim with hot glue.  Then sprinkle a few Prills on top  to look like the foamy bubbles in a chai latte.  Randomly apply glue to the saucer, sprinkle with Prills and set the pearls and cup into the hot mix (carefully!).

Gift wrap  a tea bag, Lindt miniature chocolate, and Biscoff cookies to tuck inside the cup.  Tie a chipboard tag around a demitasse spoon.  This is a great way to use up your scraps and create a beautiful presentation.

Score a small ephemera card in half to create a mini note card.  Alter a resin crown with Metallic Wax.  This decorative feature looks great in the tea cup and keeps the bitty card from falling down into the recesses of the cup.

The Card: Keep Calm and Straighten Your Tiara

I pulled a lot of tricks out of my bag to make these scraps cover my card base.   First, don’t try to cover the center part of the card.  You are going to create a shaker window that will obscure any precious designer paper anyway.  Instead, simply add a border to the top and bottom of the card.  Then I cut a 3″ wide scrap in half from top to bottom.  Adhere the halves on each side of the card to cover the blank card base.  Once you add your shaker box, no one will ever know!

To create the shaker box, layer a gold foil die cut frame with a cream cardstock die cut frame.  Offset the two layers slightly when you adhere them together to create a drop shadow.  Then back the frame with clear cardstock and back with foam tape.  Fill with a shaker mix and cover with a large ephemera card.

A Peek Inside

I used most of my designer paper on the inside of the card.  But oh, what pretties I managed to tuck in here.

Here’s a book mark fit for royalty. I even attached a sparkling tiara on the top!

How about stamps?  Yup!  Gilded Lily Stamps adorn the focal on this magnet that I created from an ephemera card  (I need to stamp more…I’m so out of practice!)

Anyway..that’s Throwback Thursday for this week.  I hope by now your fingers are itching to dig through YOUR Closet of Shame and create something wonderful.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Note: Throwback Thursday posts feature older, often retired, products.  When I can find a product link, I will provide it.  But if there is no link, I bet you can find a good substitute from your stash.  Thanks for understanding!

Georgia Blues Teacup for Throwback Thursday

Prima Georgia Blues Eileen Hull Teacup Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Prima Georgia Blues Teacup for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Care to join me for a Prima Georgia Blues Teacup on this Throwback Thursday?  Then pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and let’s chat!

This week, I’ve dusted off two of my favorites for Throwback Thursday.  You all know how much I love Prima Georgia Blues as I’ve shared loads of projects made with it. Eileen Hull’s Sizzix Teacup Die is another of my absolute favorites.  So I thought to myself, why not let these two join us for a Throwback Thursday tea party?

Many of you have been very sad that this teacup die is sold out and retired.  But a little birdie whispered in my ear that Eileen will be releasing a brand new teacup die this summer.  So keep an eye out for the big announcement!

As always, die cut the teacup parts from Sizzix white chipboard.  Then die cut your designer paper to cover the panels.  It’s such a quick and easy project to make, but such an elegantl way to present a little gift.

Filled to the Brim with Love

Filling these teacups is so much fun!  I’ve wrapped my treats in Georgia Blues designer papers.  To create this tea party in a cup add Biscoff cookies, a honey stick, a vintage demitasse spoon, chocolate, and a tea bag.  Create a mini note card by folding a 3″ x 4″ journal card in half.

This project is a great way to use up your scraps from a favorite collection.  And then you have a unique and thoughtful gift to present to someone special.  That’s a win/win in my book!

To see other Teacup projects click HERE and HERE.   To see an older Georgia Blues project, click HERE.

I hope I’ve inspired you to dig into your Closet of Shame and dust off some old favorites.  Make something beautiful today, and the world will seem just a little bit brighter!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Please note: There is no supply list for today’s post as most of these items are retired and no longer available for purchase.

 

 

 

 

Authentique Gracious Tea Themed Banner

Authentique Gracious Tea Themed Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Gracious Tea Themed Banner

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  Let’s kick off the weekend with a shabby chic little Gracious tea themed banner for all my fellow tea drinkers!  Imagining and designing this shabby chic beauty was so much fun!

Once again, I’ve paired some of my favorite Eileen Hull Dies up with beautiful Authentique papers and textiles to make this warm and cozy bit of eye candy.

Gracious Tea Themed Banner: Creating the Pennant Base

Each pennant in the tea themed banner has 3 layers: a burlap paper backing, a large designer paper layer and a smaller designer paper layer.

Cut the pennants for this banner with Eileen’s Sizzix House Stitchlets Die.  Use just the largest frame die to cut the first layer.  Then use both the frame and the insert die to cut the second layer.  Trim the perforated edge from the second layer.  Line it up on your cutting tool so that you only cut away half the die cut circle.  Then you have a lovely edge detail.  Next, place a bit of Scor-Tape on the back of the larger pennant, right in the center.  Lay this over some burlap and cut out the third layer by hand.  This is not as tricky as it sounds.  Just take your time and trim about 1/4″ larger than the paper layer. Stack the 3 layers together and stitch them on your sewing machine.  If you don’t sew, then just glue them all together.

TIP:  Use Scor-Tape or a small dab of adhesive on the back of each layer to hold things in place while sewing.  This makes the job so much easier.

When you have stitched all the pennant layers together, use binder clips or pins to secure them to a 1 yard length of Antique Gold Silky Crush Ribbon.  Leave about 2″  between each pennant.  Then stitch the pennants to the ribbon.  Tie a bit of ribbon between each pennant.  Add triple loop bows and gold metallic string bows on each end.

Gracious Tea Themed Banner:  The Teacups

I have found so many ways to use Eileen’s teacup die.  I wish Sizzix would release this die again, as I know many of you would like to add it to your stash.  Die cut each teacup twice: once from mat board or heavy chipboard and again from designer paper.  Adhere the designer paper to the mat board.  Easy peasy!

TIP:  Cut the paper for the tea cups to measure 4 1/2″ x 3 1/4″.  You want to place the paper on the die face down.  For the tea tag, paper measures 1 1/2″ X 2″.  Cut this twice as well: once from chipboard, once from designer paper.

Gracious Tea Themed Banner:  The Details

Now comes the fun part: assembling the banner.  Add flowers, lace, little charms and elements from the cardstock die cut sheet to make your project really special.  Die cut doilies folded in half really make the tea cups pop on the banner.  Little metal spoons, vintage buttons, fall fruits and other sweet details add that shabby chic charm we all love so much.

I just think this banner would be so sweet hanging in a kitchen.  Since I am a tea drinker, I have a buffet table in my kitchen where I store all my teas and such.  I’ve been wanting to make a banner to hang here for the longest time.  This one is in my Etsy shop, if you’d like to hang it in your kitchen.

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 at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial

Eileen Hull Teacup Die, Eileen Hull Trinket Die, Authentique Gracious Collection, Folio by Kathy Clement , Kathy by Design photo 01

Authentique Gracious Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a lovely Cup of Gratitude folio tutorial to share with you.  This 8×8 flip book is made with Authentique Paper’s Gracious collection and a few Eileen Hull Sizzix Dies.  Warm and welcoming as your grandmother’s kitchen, this vintage style folio is a lovely place to write down thankful thoughts, preserve heritage photos, or just hold in your lap and enjoy. The size makes it a perfect addition to your fall home decor, or Thanksgiving table.

Gracious Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial: Turning the Eileen Hull Trinket Box into a Shaker Box

Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial with Authentique Gracious and Eileen Hull Dies by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

The cover features a Teacup resting on a Trinket Box Shaker Frame.  These are both Eileen Hull Dies.  I added a load of texture and dimension with machine stitching, metallic rick rack, flowers, ribbon, miniature fruit, metal embellishments and wood. It all just feels so cozy.

  • First, die cut 2 trinket box lids from mat board.   One of my mat board scraps had a lovely linen finish, so I didn’t even have to cover it with designer paper.  I simply inked the cut edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. If you have to cover your lid, simply cut a liner from designer paper using the die.
  • Next, cut a piece of designer paper that is slightly smaller than the trinket box lid and adhere to the back of the bottom box lid.
  • Now, place 3 layers of foam tape around the edges of the bottom box lid.  Fill the cavity with sequins, beads, glitter…even small buttons!
  • Then Die Cut the Trinket Box Lid from Clear Cardstock.  Adhere the cut to the back side of the Trinket Box Lid.
  • Finally, remove the liner tape from the foam and carefully line the shaker box top over the shaker box bottom.  Press the edges together to seal completely.
  • Place adhesive on the back of your shaker box and adhere to the cover of the folio.

Dangle Charms Authentique Gracious Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Wrap the spine of the folio with gold metallic string.  Tie metal embellishments to the loose ends.  Then slip ribbon under the metallic string and tie a bow.

Gracious Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Before we jump into the video tour and tutorial, I thought you might like to see a few photos of the folio interior.

There are loads of interactive features.  Inside the front cover you will find a pair of magnetic flaps for wallet sized photos or journaling.  The pocket beneath holds one of my cherished vintage silver demitasse spoons from Italy, a tea bag and a honey stick.

The 2nd page is a hidden pocket with a large pull out photo mount.

Next we have a large pocket with inserts and photo mount.  Then a fun little pull out page that also serves to hold the waterfall beneath it in place.

Gracious Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial:  The Video

It was too hard to photograph all the elements inside this folio, so I put together a very short video tour with tips and tricks.  That is followed by a step by step tutorial where we make the base and mechanisms together.  I hope you enjoy!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you can enjoy 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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Basic Cutting Guide
  • Folio Base
    • (2) 8 1/2″ x 8 panels of brown cardstock, score 1/2″ flap to  make 8″ x 8″ square for the covers
    • (1) 8 1/4″ x 7 3/4″ panel for the middle page/score 1/2″ flap
    • (1) 11″ x 6 1/2″ panel for the pull out page scored at 1/2″, 6 1/4″, 10″
  • Waterfall Pages
    • (4) 6″ x 7 1/2″ panels of designer paper/score 1/2″ flap
  • Hidden Pocket
    • 8 3/4″ x 7 3/4″.  Score 1/2″ flaps on both sides to make 7 3/4″ square
    • 6 1/2″ x 11″ brown cardstock scored at 4 1/4″ for pocket insert

 

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