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Throwback Thursday: Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello Friends!  Welcome to the latest installment of Throwback Thursday!  Today I’m serving up this shabby chic, romantic Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card tutorial.  This gorgeous collection was released in 2015, and I’m betting a lot of you G45 fans have some in your stash.  Since Valentine’s Day is creeping up on us, I thought it would be fun to feature it on Throwback Thursday.  If you don’t have it on hand, you can still use this tutorial with another “oldie but goodie” collection.  So dust off your paper stash, sharpen your scissors and let’s get our craft on!

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial: The Basics

The base for this card is a 5″ x 7″ top fold with a 1/2″ spine made from an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of cream cardstock.  If you’ve never made this style of card base before, you can find a tutorial for that HERE. This Halloween tutorial demonstrates the technique used for building a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 1/2″ base.  It is a side fold card in the tutorial. To make it a top fold card, simply,  turn it “on its head” and then proceed with this tutorial.

Here is a look at what we’ll be making today:

That gorgeous butterfly cluster features Printed Beauty Board from Renea Bouquets.  I love the dimension and sparkle it adds to the card.

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

I think this would made a great Valentine…or a great all occasion card.  It was such fun to pull this lovely retired collection out of storage and put it to good use.  If you have it in your stash and would like to make this card, just follow along in this Throwback Thursday video tutorial.

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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Blooming Beauty Box Card

Graphic 45 Blooming Beauty Box Card for the Really Reasonable Ribbon January Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  This Graphic 45 Blooming Beauty Box Card is my contribution to the  RRR January Blog Hop!  Your should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  If so, you are right on track.  But if you got lost somewhere along the way, you can find the entire hop list over on the RRR blog.

This month’s ribbon club features pretty pink ribbons from The Sweetheart Assortment.  These are great for Valentine’s Day projects, but I wanted to show how well they work with all occasion cards, too.

Blooming Beauty Box Card: A Posh Pocket for Posh Pink Ribbon

Blooming Beauty Box Card Graphic 45 Bloom Collection Eileen Hull Gift Card Folder and Label Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon PHoto 01

Pearl Pink Bold Satin Ribbon with a Grosgrain Edge is the perfect adornment for this 5″ x 7″ top fold card.  it picks up on the lighter shades of pink in the Graphic 45 Bloom Collection and complements the rich, bold colors of the mulberry flowers.  Plus, it ties gorgeous bows!

Top the bow cluster with some Iridescent White Metallic String, small flowers and a sweet little love charm to really make it special! Die cut an Eileen Hull Gift Card Pocket from the designer paper and add it to the cover design.  It’s always fun to have a posh little pocket and tag combination on a card front.

Blooming Beauty Box Card: A Peek Inside

The inside of this card has a box pocket (find a tutorial HERE) and an ephemera card pocket for writing a greeting.

Use an Envelope Punch Board to create a little gift pocket, then tie it with more of the pretty ribbon.  Would you like to see what is inside?

Here’s a mini honey dipper, a vintage demitasse spoon, small ephemera card, honey packet and tea bag. Now the card is a perfect Valentine, birthday card, or get well card for any tea lover.

To find past projects created with the Bloom Collection, look HERE.

On With the Hop!

From here, you will hop on over to see what paper pretties Linsey has in store for you.  Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop, and leave a sweet comment behind.  Then finish up over on the RRR Blog where you will answer Bonnie’s question of the month and be entered into the drawing for your very own Sweetheart Ribbon Club Assortment!

Not a ribbon club member yet?  Simply click here to learn all about the ribbon club.  It’s easy to sign up, and you’ll love getting your very own Ribbon Club Assortment in the mail each month.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  Look for a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Throwback Thursday: G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card

G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends! What do you do when your creative mojo is running low?  My remedy is to organize my stash.  Inevitably, while I am tidying up the studio or organizing papers, i will find something that jump starts my creativity and before you know it, poof!  I’m back up and running.  That’s what happened with this G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card.   As I was organizing the remnants of this retired collection, I saw a card in the pile, so quick as a wink, I put it together.

G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card: Lots of Layers

Graphic 45 Cityscapes Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Layering this card up is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  • First, create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from kraft cardstock.
  • Next, mat a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of designer paper on cream cardstock.  If you like wider borders on your cards, cut the panel to 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.
  • Now, layer up scraps of the blue print and the black diamond print.  No size for these…just use what you have in your scraps and trim them so that they fit.
  • Then, adhere a 4″ x 6″ ephemera card on the diagonal.  Adhere the 3 circle icons on the left.
  • Next, trim out the blue tag from another ephemera card. Top this with another sentiment panel, a bow, flower,  and some cute little travel themed charms. Adhere a chipboard tab to the back side of the tag before adding to the base.  You will need to add dimensionals to the back of the tag to level it.
  • Insert a compass brad inside a Tim Holtz Compass Coin and adhere on top of the posies.
  • Add a little border strip.
G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Cityscapes Birthday Card Interior Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Clearly, I used up a ton of scraps on the inside of this card.  Add pockets and inserts to turn this into a gift.  The little G45 Tag and Pocket combo is a great spot to stash a little cash.

The larger pocket holds a tag that can double as a bookmark.  Note:  this is the same tag design I used on the front.  I just altered it by layering a sentiment panel on top of the original sentiment.  The back of the ephemera card is a great spot to add a personal greeting.

If you need a tutorial for making a pocket on a card, you can check out my Papercrafting 101 Tutorial: Pockets on YouTube.  And if you’d like more ideas for working with this classic G45 Collection, look HERE.   Some of these projects are a great way to use up scraps, too!

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!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Accordion Folio

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Accordion Folio for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Accordion Folio

Hello, Friends!  This Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Accordion Folio is kicking off a new series here at Kathy by Design.  Twice a month, I’ll be sharing a “Throwback Thursday” project to help us all use up our crafty stash of paper pretties.  I don’t know about you, but my Closet of Shame is amply supplied with beautiful retired paper collections.  I can’t really use retired collections for design team projects, but I can use these beautiful papers  here as inspirational posts for all of you.  Who knows…maybe I’ll dig out an old collection that you have in YOUR Closet of Shame!  Since it’s nearly Christmas, I thought I’d dig out a favorite G45 Christmas collection to get things rolling!

One of my sweet blog buddies, Gena, asked me if I thought I could use this Z fold folio design with Twelve Days of Christmas.  Well, this is not quite the same Z-fold as I needed 6 double sided panels to cover the 12 Days of Christmas.  But it is a really similar design and super easy to make.  Simply score and fold the base of the album (I’ll show you how in the video tour below) then hold everything closed with a stylish belly band.

Are you ready to dig into your hoarded papers and use them to make something beautiful?  Please join me for this short video tour with tips, tricks, measurements and ideas that you can use with one of your favorite collections.

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Accordion Folio Video Tour with Tips and Tricks

So, what do you think of this Throwback Thursday idea?  Love it?  Hate It?  Want more of it?  Let me hear your thoughts in the comment section below.  I’ll also add a supply list below the signature for your convenience.

I’m also entering this in the current challenge “It’s the Holidays” over on the Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Seasons Autumn Rhapsody Card Folio

Graphic 45 Seasons Autumn Rhapsody Card Folio

Hello Friends!  Fall has finally arrived here in North Carolina, so I thought I would share this lovely Graphic 45 Seasons Autumn Rhapsody Card Folio with you today.  This came in as a special order in my Etsy shop, and I had such fun putting all these lovely fall elements together.

The layers in this card remind me of walking in the woods on a clear blue October day.  Leaves rustle under my feet, cheeky squirrels hop from branch to branch, songbirds and butterflies flit about gathering the last bit of warmth and sunshine before winter arrives.  And all around me the glorious colors of fall fill my heart to bursting.  I sure would love to go for a walk in the woods behind my childhood home in Vermont one more time!  Wonderful memories of times spent traipsing those trails filled my mind as I worked on this card.

TIP: Fussy cut elements from the signature page.  Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress ink.  Then layer the elements in with the patterned paper background to create a scene.  Add dimensionals to the back of fussy cuts to add depth.

TIP: Mix fussy cut flowers with handmade flowers .  These Heartfelt Creations Sunflowers have been inked and sprayed with Glimmer Mist.  Fill the centers with glass beads to add a touch of dazzle and shine.

Autumn Rhapsody Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Create a quick and easy pocket by cutting your liner paper 2″ longer than the base of your card.  Add a couple of gussets to the sides, fold and adhere.  Then line the pocket with a border image.

A sweet little tea wallet holds a mini acorn spoon, honey stick and Pumpkin Spice Tea Bag.  You could also tuck a little note inside to add a personal touch.

I hope I shared some tips and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures.  No supply list on this project, as the papers have been retired.  But you could easily substitute Authentique Gracious or other fall collections.

I love fall most of all!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

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