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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!

Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s edition of Throwback Thursday, I have a Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial to share with you.  Did you think I forgot?  Well, I didn’t!  I’m just  having a major case of “the slows” this week, so I’m running behind  But better late than never, right?

Earlier this week, I shared a Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card with you.  The response was so amazing, I decided to create a Throwback Thursday project with a tutorial you can use to create this style of card in any size or format.

Today’s card is a 6″ x 6″ base with a vintage style shaker frame on the cover.  One of the reasons I love this style of card so much is that it is a great way to use up scraps.  I had a lot of 3″ panels left over from an earlier Botanical Tea project.  That’s why I chose to make a 6″ x 6″ card.

Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial: The Grand Opening

Opening a double gatefold card is sort of like watching the curtain rise on the stage.  This card opens to more than 18″ wide!  They make great table decorations for a party table or home decor items because of all the beautiful panels inside the card.

TIP:  I used 18″ wide cardstock (linked below) to create my card base.  If you don’t have it, you can create your own.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut 2 panels of 12″ x 6″ cardstock.
  • Next, place 1/2″ Scor-tape right along the 6″ edge of one panel.
  • Then carefully overlap the second panel over the Scor-Tape line and burnish to seal.
  • This gives you a 23 1/2″ x 6″ panel of cardstock.  It can be tricky to score over the joint where the papers overlap, so try to keep that in center panel of your card.
Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial: Pockets and Tuck ins

Fill pockets with journal cards from the cut apart pages.  Or, die cut teacups as I did here.  I had a leftover Pocket from the Tags and pockets page, but no tag to fill it.  Substitute a miniature Lindt Chocolate prettied up with a scrap of designer paper instead.  Problem solved!

Go ahead and decorate the back side of the card if you have enough extra paper.

And why not add a pocket here as well?  Fill it with a fancied up tea bag, honey stick and little note card.

Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial On YouTube

I hope I’ve shared some tips and ideas you can use today.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card

Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card: Use Your Scraps!

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card is a great way to use up your scraps.  Earlier this month I created a Farmhouse Folio Kit for The Button Farm Club.  The lovely extra bits and bobs from that project kept calling my name.  So I finally found a minute to put them to good use on this country fresh creation.

This card base measures 4 1/2″ x 7″ when closed, but opens to more than 12″ wide.  Here’s how to create the card base.

  • First, cut a 13″ x 7″ panel of 18pt grocery bag cardstock.  (Link below)
  • Next, score along the long side as follows, 2 1/8″, 2 1/8″, 4 1/2″, 2 1/8″
  • Now accordion fold so that the 2 1/8″ flaps meet in the middle.
  • Then cut 1 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panels from your scraps to cover the small panels front and back.
  • Create a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel and adhere half of it to the center of the card.  Decorate this with cut apart images, die cuts and small border strips from your scraps.
  • Embellish with Tim Holtz Tiny Clips, a brass bulldog clip, Little Birdie Flowers, a big ole’ wood button, ribbon and twine.
Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card: The Grand Opening

Opening this style of card is really fun, because the panels fold out to reveal all the goodies inside.

You can see that I adhered the large “Blessed” cut apart on the left to the back side of the front panel.

Decorate a couple of ATC tags to tuck into the pocket along with a large ephemera tag.

Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card: The Back Gate

Add a pocket on the back side of this card.  Then fill with another ephemera card and a little chocolate treat.

This card is so cute, you can set it out as part of your kitchen decor.  It’s also a great way to present a gift card.

I hope I shared some tips and tricks 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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New Button Farm Club Kit: G45 Farmhouse Folio

Graphic 45 Farmhouse Folio Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

New Button Farm Club Kit: G45 Farmhouse Folio

Hello, Friends!  This is a happy Saturday for me, because I get to reveal my new Button Farm Club Kit.  Life is crazy and stressful and complicated right now.  I thought it would be the perfect time to release this Graphic 45 Farmhouse Folio Kit. Everything about this folio celebrates the simple joys and ordinary pleasures that make life sweet.

I’ve prepared a video tour of this 8 1/4″ x 8″ fold out style folio for you so you can see how all the fun mechanisms work.  This one is filled with fun interactive features that I think you are gonna love!

The clip in this photo does not come with the kit.  I had to use it to keep the Barn Door Feature closed while taking photos.  Yes, I said Barn Door feature:

Welcome to the barn!  You’ll have to see how this works in the video.  It’s pretty sweet!

Here’s the waterfall and a fun flip out feature….more surprises here!

You’ll learn how to make this cute string tie pocket in the kit tutorial, too.

This new folio design is really fun to make.  The thing I love the most about learning how to build a folio base is that once you’ve made one, you can easily change things up and make it again and again with different themes and collections.  It’s like adding a whole new tool to your tool belt.

New Button Farm Club Kit:  G45 Farmhouse Video Tour

Would you like to join me down on the farm this morning?  Just click play to see the features of this wonderful new kit.

I’m also excited to tell you that the tutorial this time around is actually a video!  You will be able to create this wonderful folio along with me.  This will make it so much easier for you to create your own folio.

New Button Farm Club Kit Contents

You will receive everything you need to make this G45 Farmhouse Folio in your kit.  The only things you need to add are your adhesive of choice and basic crafting tools like scissors, paper trimmer, bone folder, and a scoring tool.   The kit contains everything else, and it is a HUGE kit this month:

  • Graphic 45 Farmhouse
    • 12×12 Paper Collection Kit (includes stickers)
    • Farmhouse Chipboard
    • Die Cut Farmhouse Ephemera Pack
    • 1 of each Ephemera card from the collection
  • 4 sheets of heavy 12×12 kraft cardstock
  • 20 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock in black, cream and brown
  • Package of Little Birdie Flowers
  • 2 yards of houndstooth ribbon
  • 2 yards of burlap string
  • 7 ivory buttons
  • 3 vintage style manila tags
  • Links to private video tutorials

The price for this kit is just $62.99. If you went to the craft store and tried to buy all the elements in this kit, I don’t think you could do it for less.  Plus, with the kit, you get the video tutorials.  Such a great deal!

This is a limited edition, which means once it is gone, it is gone. So if you think you want it, you will probably need to order it quickly. Last month’s kit sold out in under 24 hours!  (Thank you, thank you, thank you!) You can place your order HERE.

A Little Happy News!

So many of us are stuck at home right now.  Crafting is definitely good therapy!  Laura and I chatted and decided to re-release a few of your favorite “sold out” kits to help you stay happy and productive during this difficult time.

So many of you were disappointed to miss out on the Peter Cottontail Kit.  Laura has managed to put a few more kits together for you.  You can order those HERE.  She has also made the tutorial available for purchase if you already have the paper, but want to know how to make the project.  You can order that HERE.

Many, many of you have asked about the Rejoice Christmas Recipe Album Kit.  Well, good news!  Laura has found enough supplies to release 24 more kits!  You can order that kit HERE.

One of my most popular kits was also a recipe album.  This Ingredient Kit sold out in just a few hours!  (Wow.  Again, thank you so much!) Laura managed to find enough of this kit to release 2 more kits.

We don’t want you to get bored!  LOL

Again, I thank you so much for your amazing response to these kits.  Many of you have asked me to travel to your area and do a class.  But I’m a home body, and I don’t love to travel.  These kits…and now the video tutorials, are the next best thing to taking a class with me.

Now, I hope you have a good Saturday and a restful weekend!  Sending you my thoughts and prayers that you all stay safe, stay well, and stay happy making pretty things from paper!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Ocean Blue Shaker Card

Graphic 45 Ocean Blue Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Ocean Blue Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  I had time over the weekend to make this mixed media Graphic 45 Ocean Blue Shaker card.  And boy, was it ever fun!  You all know how much I love everything about the sea, so I could not resist purchasing this collection when it was revealed.  I’m hopeless when it comes to pretty papers!

This is a 6″ x 6″  card with some mixed media effects to add extra texture and interest.  Here are some of the steps I took to create this card front.

  • First, create a 6″ x 6″ kraft cardstock base.
  • Next, double mat royal blue and soft blue cardstock to add a frame to the card base.
  • Now, cut a 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ square of the tan pinstripe paper from Patterns and Solids.  Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
Ocean Blue Shaker Card: Create the Shaker Frame

The next step is to create the shaker frame.

  • Begin by heat embossing a Reneabouquets Seashell Square Frame with Vintage Champagne Embossing Powder.
  • Then flip the frame over and back with clear cardstock (acetate).
  • Next, place 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips around the outside edge of the frame.
  • Now, cut a 4″ x 4″ panel of the sea shell patterned paper and center on the card base.  Fill the center with Shades of Chambray Shaker Mix, silver glitter glass and itty bitty seashells.

Now mat the sentiment on a piece of waste chipboard and adhere to the patterned paper. Then carefully center and adhere the prepared shaker frame.  Oooooh….preeeeeetyyyy!

Ocean Blue Shaker Card: The Embellishments

This seahorse is die cut from mat board using a Tim Holtz Sand and Sea Bigz Die.  Here’s how I altered it.

  • First, spritz the matboard or chipboard very lightly with water.
  • Next, place it in a Sizzix embossing folder.  I used a Tim Holtz Reptile Texture Fade and then ran it through my die cutting machine.
  • Now for the mixed media fun.  Paint the embossed chipboard with Folk Art Country Twill Acrylic Paint.  Heat dry.
  • Follow this with some Deco Art MEdia Fluid Acrylic paint in Burnt Sienna.  I just randomly dabbed this on with my finger.
  • Now, tap on some DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream in Patina Green.  Again, just dab this on lightly with your finger.
  • When the paint has all dried, tap with Versamark Ink.  Randomly sprinkle Seth Apter Dirty Sand Baked Texture over the surface and heat emboss.
  • Tap again with VersaMark and then heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
  • Back with dimensionals and adhere to the side of the frame.
  • Finish up with some Prima Georgia Blues Flowers and RRR Blue/Ivory/Gold Plaid Ribbon.
  • Wrap burlap string around the sides of the panel, securing on the back side with tape.
  • Now adhere to the card base.
Ocean Blue Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

This is a birthday gift for a beach loving friend, so I added a little gift pocket.

Then I created a little magnet using a small Ephemera Card as the base.

Here’s a look at all the goodies in the pocket.

I can’t wait to give this to my friend!

Did I share some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures today?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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