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Look Out World! Here Come the Graduates!

Look Out World: Here Come the Graduates Vintage Style Card with Gift Card Pocket

Hello, Friends!  It’s June, and all across the US, young men and women are donning caps and gowns, marching solemnly across the stage, turning their tassels, and grasping their diplomas. Look out World!  With this momentous occasion in mind, Petaloo is  spending the coming week celebrating Dads & Grads!  I dug into one of my favorite retired Graphic 45 collections to create this colorful graduation card with a hidden gift card pocket.

Look Out World Graduation Card with hidden gift card pocket Come Away with me by Kathy Clement for Petaloo by Floracraft Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

I just love this sentiment from Graphic 45’s retired Come Away With Me Collection.  This soft and feminine 6″ x 6″ top fold card gets loads of gorgeous texture, color and dimension from these Penny Lane Sea Green Mini Wild Roses.

My bow cluster is created with Peony Delicate Stitched Satin, burlap string and 2 of the larger Mini Wild Roses.  These come 7 to a pack, so I had enough left over to add as embellishments on the ends of luggage tags.

I don’t know about you, but I just love this combination of dots, stripes and florals!

Look Out World Hidden Gift Card Pocket

Although this looks like any other ordinary top fold card, if you remove that teeny tiny brown binder clip on top of the focal image….

…you’ll find a hidden gift card pocket inside.  How fun is that?  Here’s how to make it:

  1.  First, mat the focal image on a piece of brown cardstock that measures 4.25″ tall x 8.5″ long.
  2. Next, score the paper on the long side at 3 1/8″ then again at 6.25″.  You will have a 2.25″ piece on the right hand side of the scored paper.
  3. Now, crease on all the score lines and fold the paper strip so that the small piece is on the inside.
  4. Then, line the inside of the panel with designer paper.
  5. Now, glue a contrasting pattern to the small flap and punch a thumb hole with a circle punch.
  6. Next, use 1/8″ Scor-Tape on the top and bottom edge of the short piece.
  7. Remove the liner and press in place.  There’s your pocket!
  8. Add a Pocket & Tag to the left hand side.
  9. Now glue the focal image to the front “cover.”
  10. Then add the chipboard piece to the lower left hand corner.
  11. Finally, place adhesive in the center of the gift card holder and glue onto the card.
A Peek Inside

Turn a postcard into a pocket by gluing just the sides and bottom edges to the card.  Fill the pocket with 2 tags cut from the 12×12 collection.  These are great for holding small photos of the graduate.  Photos of the graduation ceremony would also fit nicely into this pocket.

You could also write words of wisdom onto the tags for a real personal touch.

The bottom half of the card is decorated with more pretty papers.  Then I created a little folio, tied it with ribbon and added it to the card.  This is a great spot to tuck in senior pictures or other special memories from the happy day.

A Fond Farewell

The other reason I chose a travel themed collection for this card is a little bit sad.  This is my last post as a member of the Petaloo Design Team.  As you know, Petaloo is now owned by Floracraft, and the parent company has decided to close down the Petaloo blog and disband the design team.

Life is a journey with lots of destinations along the way.  A little more than 2 years ago, I literally danced for joy when Cheryl, the owner of Petaloo, asked me to guest design for a month.  At the end of the month, she asked me if I would like to stay on as a permanent designer.  Would I?  You betcha!

It has been such an honor to design with gorgeous Petaloo flowers, stick pins,  and trims for the past 2+ years.  Cheryl has been a dream to work for: supportive, kind and generous.  My Petaloo teammates have been a joy to work with and I’ve been blessed to forge some friendships that will endure even after this gig is over.

You will continue to be able to purchase Petaloo flowers in retail shops and online in stores such as Scrapbook.com, JoAnn’s, and A Cherry on Top. Thank you so much for being on the journey with me.  

All good things must come to an end, and I exit with a heart that is filled with gratitude for the wonderful experience I’ve had designing for Petaloo.  As the sentiment on the post card in my project says, “The Best is Yet to Be!”

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Have Courage, Set Sail & Dream High Nautical Themed Graduation Cards

Authentique Seafarer: Have Courage, Set Sail & Dream High Nautical Themed Graduation Cards

Hello, Friends!  Do you feel the rustle of the silk robes and hear the whisper of parchment paper?  Yes, people…it’s graduation season and all across the globe, young people are lining up to receive their hard earned diplomas.  There will be tears and cheers, perhaps a few fears and loads of good wishes as friends and loved ones gather to send these grads out upon the Sea of Life.   I’ve used Authentique’s Seafarer collection to create this trio of Have Courage, Set Sail & Dream High Nautical Themed Graduation cards.

Dream Higher Than the Sky Graduation Card

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

Masculine cards can be a challenge, but I found that this collection made them very easy to design.  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card came together very quickly thanks to the wonderful designer paper and focal image.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

 

I tied hemp string with a bowline hitch knot to amp up the nautical vibe, then suspended an antique brass sailing ship from it.  Tim Holtz’ Ribbon Flags die makes wonderful little embellishments .   Double matting the layers on red and navy cardstock gave everything a clean, crisp finish.  A bow, a nautical button and a charm made by fussy cutting an image from a sheet of designer paper finish the front of this card nicely.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3Because I created the card base with a 1/8″ spine, I was able to add two pockets to the interior. The smaller pocket is made with one of the 3×4 images from the cut apart page.  It’s just the right size to hold a gift card.

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The larger pocket on the bottom of the card holds a 4.25″ x 6″ folio that is the perfect spot for those keepsake graduation photos.  A decorated belly band and a few more ribbon flags dress the folio up nicely.

Set Sail Nautical Themed Graduation Card

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What could provide a more perfect graduation metaphor than this image of a ship, its sails full-blown and ready to meet life’s challenges full on?

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I used a star shaped die to create the accent on this card, then topped it with an Idea-ology metal compass coin, a muse token and wooden anchor.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 7More bowline knotted hemp string and a pretty white sea gull complete the front of the card.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 8This 5″ x 7″ top fold card has a 1/8″ spine to accommodate the inner pockets.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 9The top pocket holds a little tag/bookmark.  Write your best wishes on the back of the tag and tuck into the pocket.  Interactive cards like this are always a hit!

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 10The large bottom pocket contains another folio that I decorated with images from the paper collection.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 11

The folio contains a gift card pocket, and room for a graduation photo.

Have Courage Graduation Card

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 12The sentiment on this 7″ x 5″ Have Courage card is just perfect for graduation.   I turned the card base on its side to accommodate this large sentiment panel.  Then I added banner flags, machine stitching, knotted hemp string and some nautical charms to complete the card front.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 13The interior contains a gift card pocket that is just the right size for a little chocolate treat.  Good wishes can be written on the journaling card.  The sentiment strip reads’ It’s out there at sea that you are really yourself.”

While these nautical themed graduation cards are not your typical graduation cards, the strong masculine images, classic color palette and wonderful sentiments make them stand out from the crowd, just like the proud graduates who are setting sail on new adventures.

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 so much for stopping by!

Cheerio

kathy

Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial

Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hello, Friends!  I’m honored to be guest designing at Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!  I love to work with these gorgeous chippies, and I’ll be featured on the GSL Blog each Wednesday this month.  It’s graduation time once again, so I thought I’d kick things off with a little Graduation Mini Album Tutorial that I made with Authentique’s Accomplished collection and some wonderful chipboard accents from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 01Supply List for 6″ x 6″ Graduation Mini Album Tutorial

Accomplished  Graduation Mini Album Tutorial

This tutorial will focus on the construction of the mini album base and on the treatment of the chipboard.  You can build this base for any occasion or theme.  You can use these photos as guides to help you decorate your mini.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorialby Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 02

Begin by cutting  2 strips of kraft cardstock to measure 6″ tall x 12″ long.  You will need 3 of these strips.  Lay the long strips side by side, overlapping on the 6″ side and glue or tape them together by overlapping the edges 1/4.  Keep the edges straight .

Once the glue has dried, score at 6.  Fold and crease.  Score again 5.75″ from the first score line.  Score and crease.  Score again 5.75″ from that crease. Score one final time 6″ from that crease.  Trim  the excess and set aside to use inside the album.

Accordion fold, and then glue the 2 5.75″ sections together along the sides and bottom to form a pocket.  Now you will have a mini album with 3 pages and one large pocket in the center.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 03Paint all the chipboard black.  While the silhouette of the graduate and the Hats Off sentiment are still wet, sprinkle with Marcasite Embossing Enamel and heat emboss.  Tap the edges with Picket Fence Distress Ink.

If you plan to add a ribbon closure to your mini album, do so before you decorate the cover.  Just run a strip of Scor-tape around the center of the album from front to back.  Peel off the backing and add your ribbon, being sure to leave enough overhang to create a bow.

Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial: Creating the Inner pages

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 04Create the pocket page this way:

  • Line the album base with the paper of your choice.  Shape the corners with a Crop-a-Dile if desired.
  • Cut a 3.5″ tall x 5″ wide piece of designer paper.  Score 1/2″ in on sides and bottom.  Bevel the edges.  Fold in.  Use a circle punch to cut a thumbhole.  Glue the flaps onto the mini album base.
  • Cut three 4″ wide x 4.5″ tall rectangles from kraft cardstock.  Shape the edges with a Crop-a-dile.  Punch a hole in the top.  Add a small O ring, ribbon and tassel to create a tag mini in the pocket.
  • Top this page with the key that you’ve painted black.  Lightly sand the edges to add a little distressing.

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  • Use the Tammy Tutterow Waterfall 2 die to create a 3 page waterfall feature on the right hand page.  Top the cover with the painted silhouette of the girl graduate.  Sand lightly to distress.  Add sentiment stickers
  • Cut photo mounts to fit inside the center pocket. Clip together with a gold binder clip.  Add ribbon and burlap string.  Tuck into pocket.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 06I cut little banner flags from scraps and added them to the upper left hand corner.  Here’s a close up of the waterfall page.

Graduation Mini Album Tutorial: Flip Page Feature.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 07The next page contains a flip feature.  Think of it as being a waterfall page on its side.  Here’s how to proceed.

  • Line the album base page with designer paper of your choice.
  • Cut 2 rectangles of designer paper to measure 3.5″ wide x 5.5″ tall.  Score on the left hand side at 1/2″ to form the hinge for the waterfall.
  • Cut 2 rectangles of kraft paper to measure 3.5″ x 5.5″.  Score at 1/2″.
  • Alternate designer papers with kraft papers to form the flip feature.
  • Add painted graduation cap to the front page.  (I distressed lightly with sand paper.)
  • Add circle punch outs to form tabs on the flip pages, as seen in the photos.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 08Turn the page, and add the painted/distressed key on the left.  Add one of the circle punch outs to the right hand page to form a tab.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 09I used the lightbulb from the Steampunk Lightbulb kit because it complemented the lightbulb paper and sentiments in the Accomplished papers so very well.  I love the texture the distressing adds to the chipboard.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 10I used a white Sharpie Painty pen to add the writing to the chipboard diploma, then tied with a ribbon.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 11Here’s a good look at the final flip page combined with the back inside cover.  I used the word “Dream” from the 10 Words Chipboard set.  The female grad silhouette was painted, distressed and added to the far edge of the final page.

As you can see, this is not a complicated construction, but it has lots of room for journaling, photos, mementoes and more.  It’s a great place to capture your graduation party memories, and it would be fun to have guests write words of congratulations on the blank kraft pages.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 12There’s even room for journaling or a large photo on the back cover.

I hope I’ve shared some fun ideas with you in this graduation mini album tutorial.  The chipboard elements really brought this album to life, and they were so easy to prepare.  I’d love to hear from you if you decide to make one of these albums yourself!

Thanks to Gina at Gypsy Soul for inviting me to play with her pretty chippies today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Petaloo/Authentique Blog Hop

Petaloo/Authentique Blog Hop: Summer is Coming!

Hello, Friends!  Hope you are having a wonderful day!  I have a couple of fun projects featured over on the Petaloo Blog today as part of their Petaloo/Authentique BlogHop. The theme for the hop is “Summer is Coming,” and once again, I worked with Authentique’s gorgeous “Explore” collection and my favorite tea-stained Darjeeling flowers from Petaloo.  (Of course I love them!  They are tea stained, after all!)  With summer on the way, my mind turned toward a gift ensemble for the graduate who plans to travel.  I’ll share some sneaky peeks of both the mini album and the card here, and if you’d like to see more, you can pop on over to the Petaloo Blog where you will find more details, and the opportunity to win some fabulous prize packages, too!

Petaloo/Authentique Blog Hop Travel Album 03 Authentique Petaloo Blog Hop Travel Album 05 Authentique Petaloo Blog Hop Travel Album 07 Authentique Petaloo Blog Hop Travel Album 08 Authentique Petaloo Blog Hop Travel Album 09Don’t you just love these flowers and papers?  Me, tooooo!

The World is Yours card Petaloo Authentique Blog Hop02 The World is Yours card Petaloo Authentique Blog Hop04The exciting thing is that Petaloo is giving away Authentique/Petaloo DT packages to FOUR lucky winners!  So pop on over to the Petaloo BLOG, say hello and enter to win!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

An Altered Tray for a Proper Gentleman

An Altered Tray for a Proper Gentleman: Using Ribbon to Alter a Printer’s Tray

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!

June is such a busy month: there’s Father’s Day, loads of weddings and of course, graduation!  That proud moment when a young person walks up (or down) the aisle to receive a hard won diploma…well, that’s one of the top moments in life!  I’ve been very busy in the studio creating a ton of graduation themed projects.  This one, an altered tray for a Proper Gentleman, was made for a young man who just graduated with a minor in Drama.  Take a peeky:

Kathy by Design/Altered Graduation TrayI am finding so many great uses for the new Canvas Color Band Ribbon!  It ties great bows, of course, but it is also the perfect width to use when covering the face of a printer’s tray!  How nifty is that!

Graduation Tray 07I applied 1/2″ Scor-Tape along the vertical sides of the tray, then pressed my Black Canvas Color Band Ribbon down to really seal it in place.  Then I did the horizontal sides in the same way.  The corners are finished off with Tim’s metal corners.

Graduation Tray 02Don’t you just love the texture this ribbon adds?  I do!  (And it comes in a rainbow of colors!  Woo-hoo!)  The papers I used to line my tray are from Graphic 45’s A Proper Gentleman.

Graduation Tray 04Because the recipient of this tray minored in drama, I’ve incorporated elements to pick up on that theme. Stars are always good on masculine projects, and they fit the theme here very well.  The quote used here is from G45’s Kraft Reflections.  I matted it with both black and gold to really make it pop. I also threaded the canvas ribbon through my tags and stapled them in place with my teeny tiny stapler.

Graduation Tray 03This large graduation cap and tassel were matted onto gold linen cardstock.  The gold looks so good with the blues and reds.  And that crisp black and cream ribbon adds great texture and pattern to the project.

Graduation Tray 05I also used the ribbon to add a border to my papers.

Graduation Tray 06And here you can really see how it makes that little tag stand out!

Kathy by Design/Altered Graduation trayUsing ribbon to alter a tray like this is so much easier than using paint or ink!  And I love the way it looks, don’t you?

Huge congrats to all the grads out there….and mom and dad, too!  Give yourselves a pat on the back for a job well done!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Enjoy the Journey Graduation Card

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Enjoy the Journey Graduation Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday!  Today I’m sharing my Enjoy the Journey graduation card made with papers, stamps, and dies from the fabulous Celebrate the Journey Collection.  It’s a quick and easy masculine card that would work perfectly for all those graduations coming up in May and June.  You’ll find a complete list of supplies and detailed tutorial at the end of this post.

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I love the strong masculine images found in this collection.  It really makes it a snap to put together a great card.  I used some fun embossing techniques and put that incredibly versatile Luggage and Tags Die to good use as well.

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I used a lot of natural fibers to heighten the masculine feel of this card.  Jute String and hemp cord were braided together to top this tag.   I love the ease of cutting out these sentiment circles when you use the Once Upon a Time die.  The custom tag was cut from the vintage map in the paper collection.  The fact that it is neutral in color meant that I could add my inks and customize it to coordinate perfectly with my card.

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Here’s another circle sentiment paired with hemp cord and jute ribbon.

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I also braided hemp cord and jute string across the top of the card, tying knots at either end.  It’s a great masculine look.

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The inside of the card carries over the theme from the front with a stamped tag, more of those great circle sentiments and another bit of vintage map paper.  Our youngest son will be graduating from his Master’s program in just a couple of weeks, and I think this is the perfect card to mark the beginning of this new chapter in his life.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out the projects from the rest of the design team…I know you’ll be inspired.  Sharing Heartfelt Creations Wednesday with you makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.

Cheerio,

kathy

Tutorial:
Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC: Paper: HCDP1 241 Once Upon a Time Collection; Stamps: HCPC 3596 Celebrate the Journey Sentiments PreCut Set, HCPC 3597 Luggage and Sentiments PreCut Set, HCPC 3598 World Map Pre Cut Set; Dies: HCD 744 Once Upon a Time Die, HCD 745 Luggage and Tags Die, Spellbinder Standard Large Circles Die; Other: 452255 Grand Calibur
Other Product Used: Paper: Olive Green Cardstock, white cardstock; Ink: Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink, Forest Moss, Old Paper and Vintage Photo Distress Ink; Clear Embossing Powder, Silver Embossing powder, Versamark Embossing Pen; Other: Natural Jute Ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon) Green Hemp Twine (RRR) Natural Jute String (RRR) Sewing machine and black thread, Foam Dots Adhesive, Glossy Accents, sandpaper or distressing tool, 1 1/2” scallop circle punch, hot glue gun or strong white glue
Direction: Create a 6” x 6” card base from olive green cardstock. Lightly sand the edges.
Cut the Discover paper from the collection to 5 3/4” x 5 3/4”. Stitch around the edges with black thread, using a messy stitching technique. Use the Versamark Embossing Pen to trace over the word “discover” and heat emboss with silver embossing powder. Use the Versamark Embossing pen to trace over the pocket watch globe and heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Heavily distress the edges and ink with Vintage Photo DI.
Stamp two sets of the Pre Cut Sentiments, one with black and one with green ink. Emboss with clear embossing powder and die cut. Use the tag die to die cut the compass rose from the paper and ink the edges with Forest Moss DI. Mat onto olive green cardstock. Fussy cut the word LIFE from the black embossed circle sentiment. Ink with Forest Moss DI and cut a fishtail on the right hand side. Use foam adhesive to secure over the green die cut sentiment. Punch scallop circle from scrap paper, ink the edges with Vintage Photo Ink and use foam dots to mat it on the sentiment circle. Glue onto the tag, as shown. Braid natural jute string and green hemp twine together and run through the top of the tag as shown. Set aside.
Use double sided adhesive to secure the natural jute ribbon to the base of this panel. Wrap green hemp twine around and secure with a knot. Use foam adhesive to attach the completed tag to the left hand side of the card at an angle, as shown.
Mat “the World” sentiment onto an olive green circle that you’ve cut with the Spellbinders circle die. Use foam adhesive and glue to secure to the card. Glue to the card base. Add Glossy Accents to the word “Discover” and set aside to dry.
Add a braided length of natural jute string and green hemp twine to the top of the card, looping and tying knots as shown. Glue down with hot glue gun or strong white glue.
Interior: Cut a 4 3/4” x 4 3/4” square of the vintage map paper and a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2″ square of another patterned paper from the collection. Ink the edges and layer as shown. Die cut a tag from white cardstock and stamp with the HCPC 3598 World Map using Old Paper DI. Run jute twine and green hemp twine through the tag top. Stamp with “enjoy the journey” and glue onto squares as shown. Add die cut embellishments.
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