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Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial & Project Share

Thinking Spring: Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial & Project Share

Hello, Friends!  Old Man Winter just seems to be hanging on for dear life. I’ve been making my own springtime in my studio with pretty papers and flowers and ribbons!  This Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial is a really quick and easy card design.  Build the base with just two simple straight cuts and one simple fold.  The end result  looks so amazing, everyone will think you are a card making genius!

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These are the cards we will be making today.  Aren’t they darling?  Each top fold card measures 7″ x 5″.   I love the fact that the center step easel design makes it very easy to set these cards out for display.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 02If you haven’t seen Authentique’s Jubilee collection yet, you are in for a real treat.  This whimsical spring collection has a strong vintage vibe with a dash of Authentique’s signature charm and humor.  The patterned papers are just stunning, as you can see in this sweet card.

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I really appreciate the fact that there are images and patterns that are not strictly for Easter.  This beautiful 3″ x 4″ image from the cut apart page lends itself to any occasion.  I just love a versatile paper collection, don’t you?

Other Fun Projects: Eileen Hull Trinket Box Home Decor Piece

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Once I opened this beautiful paper collection up, I simply could not stop playing with it.  It’s always fun to add a little fresh home decor to welcome springtime.  So I pulled out my Eileen Hull Trinket Box Die to create this dimensional vignette.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 05The cavity of the trinket box is lined with more gorgeous papers and images from the Jubilee Collection Kit.  I also altered a Tim Holtz Idea-Ology trophy with gesso, embossing powder and paint to create this flower urn inside the box.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 06I found this darling chipboard bunny in my stash.  He looks quite dapper on the front of the trinket box.  He’s complemented with a little wooden Easter Egg, a twine bow and some sweet Petaloo Flowers.  (Sadly, Petaloo flowers are hard to find these days, but you can still find a few HERE.)

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 07This cute dimensional box is attached to an altered spool.  Beautiful Spring Ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon form the tie closure on the box.  (You will find a supply list at the end of this post.)

Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial & Project Share: One More Bunny Card

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I had one more fun idea for a Jubilee Easter card.  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card base has a 1/2″ spine and a hidden tag pocket on the front.

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I fussy cut the banner and floral cluster from the top corner of Jubilee Two. Then I cut out a 4 7/8″ x 6 7’8″ panel with the bunny image from the same sheet of paper.  After stitching, inking and distressing the paper edges, I rolled the top left hand corner around a pencil to create a scroll.  Next I backed my card base with a complementary paper and glued the two layers together, leaving a gap in the top left corner for a tag.

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This is the tag that pulls out of the card front.  Fun, right?

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 12I also painted some Prima Resin eggs with watered down Distress Paint.  Then I glued them into a “nest” made from burlap string.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 13The inside of the card has 2 pockets filled with Easter treats.

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I could have kept right on playing with this delightful collection, but I had to go start dinner.

Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial & Project Share on YouTube

I thought you’d like to learn how to make a center step easel card, so I stole a few more minutes from my schedule and made you this YouTube tutorial.  It starts with a project share of all the paper pretties I’ve featured here, then moves into a full tutorial for the center step easel card.  I hope you enjoy!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas today that you can incorporate into 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

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Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial & Project Share

Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card

Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card with Pockets and Treats

Hello, Friends!  I can’t believe we are already counting down the days ’til Easter!  I’m sort of glad, though, as that means I get to break out all my Easter paper pretties and ribbons!  Today I have a super sweet Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card to share with you.  Its made with Authentique Paper’s Springtime Collection (an oldie, but a goodie!) and gorgeous Really Reasonable Ribbon!

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I love these sweet bunnies so much!  This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 1/2″ spine.  I’ve enhanced the paper layers with a bodacious bow cluster tied with RRR’s  Turquoise Shimmer Satin Ribbon and topped with a Petaloo teal anemone.  The Ivory Burlap String adds just the right amount of texture to this vintage style card.

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To lighten up the layers and add some extra dimension, I die cut Spellbinder’s Labels 47 Decorative Elements from white cardstock.  I decided I wanted just the lattice portion of the die cut, and not the scrolly bits at the top, so I trimmed those off with my guillotine trimmer.  Green stick pins and a little resin bunny complete the cover design.

TIP: To add a little extra swagger to the paper layers, crop your corners with a corner punch.

Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card: A Peek Inside

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Of course, I had to finish the inside of the card!

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The shallow pocket at the top of the card holds this darling mini envelope and tag.  There’s a miniature Ghiradelli chocolate tucked into the envelope.  Making these bitty envelopes is such a great way to use up scraps.

Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card Springtime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Paper Photo 05The large pocket on the bottom holds a little tea bag wallet and honey stick.

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The Green Flash Diamond Satin Bow really pops against these aqua papers, doesn’t it?

Really Reasonable Ribbon March Ribbon Club Assortment

If you’re on the search for some great Easter Ribbons to adorn your cards, projects, or Easter Bonnet, check out the Easter Candy Colored Ribbons in this month’s Ribbon Club Assortment!

You can find out all about the Ribbon Club HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas today that will help you get ready for the Easter Bunny.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor: Lucky Banner and Wallhangings

Hello, Friends!  Do you decorate your home for Saint Patrick’s Day?  My grandgirls loooove the holiday, because each year a “leprechaun” visits them and commits all kinds of shenanigans!  These Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor ideas should add to the fun.

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor: Lucky Banner

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Banners are such a fun way to decorate your home for the holidays.  They are festive, fun to display and pretty easy to make, too.  This Lucky Banner is made with Authentique’s Shamrock paper collection and Emerald Collection Stickers.  It measures about 3 feet from end to end.  Isn’t it just gloriously green?

While I love to make banners, they are so hard to photograph.  I made a super short video so that you can see the details better.

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Look at that dapper Leprechaun!  The large pennants are 3.5″ wide x 4.5″ tall.  There are 3 of these, interspersed with smaller 2″ x 3″ pennants.

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I used a banner die to cut dark green cardstock.  Next, I matted the die cut pennant on a larger piece of lighter green cardstock.  Then I hand cut the patterned papers to fit the pennant base. Finally, I stitched the focal image to the pennant on my sewing machine.  To embellish, I used hand made rosettes, vintage buttons, white paper flowers and ivory burlap string.  The pennants are attached to the ribbon with mini clothespins.

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I’ve added sentiment stickers and metal keys.

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These small banner sentiments and images are from the sticker sheet.  Aren’t they great?

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Banners are always a great way to decorate!

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor: Irish Lass and Irish Lad Shaped Wall Hangings

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While you are decorating, why not add some smaller wall hangings to the mix?  These 6″ x 6″ shaped chipboard cards are made with retired Crafty Secrets Sweet Chips.  I did a quick internet search for them, and found you can still get them on EBay.  You might also be able to find a similar SVG cut file online as well.

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick's Day Home Decor by Kathy Clement Photo 10I’ve suspended the cards from a small vintage style wire hanger for easy display.  Lace, vintage buttons, Little Birdie Renae flowers and collection stickers have this card ready to River Dance!

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick's Day Home Decor by Kathy Clement Photo 11 The pockets are filled with little tags and stickers from the collection.  Detach the mini hanger to open the card.

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I love the sentiments in this collection!

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To make this mini file folder, I added the sticker to a piece of cardstock that was twice its height.  Then I trimmed around it and added papers  to the inside.  This would be a great place for the leprechauns to leave a little treat!

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Of course, I had to make one for an Irish Lad, too!

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These cards take “the wearin’ of the green” to a whole new level!

As always, these items are available for purchase in my ETSY shop.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that will help you get ready for Saint Patrick’s Day.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor Supply List

 

You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box

You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box for Frilly and Funkie Trick or Treat Challenge

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for Halloween?   I created this super cute You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box for the Trick or Treat Challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  We’ll take a look at it in just a second, but first let’s see what our hostess, the sensational Suzz, has to say about this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: Trick Or Treat 

I challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with a trick or treat.  If you are feeling funkie you might want to incorporate a trick in your design or if you are feeling frilly you can incorporate a treat.  The trick or treat can be anything from a hidden pocket, unexpected design element, a treat hidden in the card or an unusual technique used on your project.  Make sure to include in your blog post a description of your trick or treat!

You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box and Treat

You've Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 2In our area, grown ups enjoy Halloween by playing  You’ve Been Booed.  Sometimes called “Ghosting” or “the Phantom”, the Halloween BOO is an Autumn take on “Secret Santa” or May baskets. Usually seen in neighborhoods–but sometimes in the workplace–BOO-ing is a friendly tradition for Halloween fun.

To start a Halloween BOO, one neighbor secretly leaves a small gift basket, a BOO poem, BOO instructions and a BOO sign at a neighbor’s doorstep.

The lucky BOO-ee is asked to post the sign near the door, alerting others that “We’ve Been BOO-ed!” That way, new BOO recruits won’t leave a duplicate BOO on the doorstep.

In turn, the neighbor is asked to BOO two other households, leading to a chain reaction–and Halloween fun.

I thought it would be fun to create a little “boo box” for my next door neighbor as she looooves Halloween.

You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: Prepping the Box

This cute little brie box was lurking in a dark corner of the Closet of Shame.  It seemed the perfect vessel for my Boo Box.   I created the shaker top with a little vintage image that I received in an order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  (Linda, the owner, always includes a cute little thank you package with every order. )

You've Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Photo 1Here’s how to prepare the Boo Box.

  • First, ink all the edges of the brie box with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • Next, trace the cover and base onto patterned paper from Prima’s Amber Moon Collection.
  • Then cover the lid, inside and out with the cut out papers.
  • Now, ine the inside base as well.
  • Then, run Scor-Tape around the outside edge of the box and cover with Prima Amber Moon Washi tape.  The Scor-Tape helps hold the washi tape in place.You've Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 6
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: Building the Shaker Element

You've Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 3Building the shaker top took a little time and patience.  And oh, the glitter storm that filled my studio.  Heres how I did it:

  • First, die cut a Tim Holtz Pocket Watch Frame from medium weight chipboard.
  • Then cut it a two more Pocket Watch frames from Prima Amber Moon paper of your choice.
  • Next, cut a 4″ square of clear acetate cardstock.  You can always use clear packaging if you have some on hand.
  • Now, ink the edges of the chipboard with Black Soot Distress Ink.
  • Next, ink the edges of the designer paper with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • Then use a craft knife to cut out the center portion of one pocket watch frame.  Ink the edges.
  • Now, glue the whole pocket watch frame to the chipboard base.
  • Next, cut thin strips of foam tape and adhere it all along the edges.  You do not want any gaps.
  • Now, glue the clear acrylic circle to the back side of the open pocket watch frame.  I used binder clips to hold it in place until dry.
  • Then, glue the vintage image to the base section of the pocket watch frame.
  • Next fill the center portion of the base with sequins, small beads, glitter…whatever you like.  Be sure NOT to overfill.  Less is more.
  • Peel the backing strips off the foam tape strips and press the dome cover in place.  Use binder clips if needed.
  • Next,run a bead of Art Institute Dries Clear adhesive around the edge of the pocket watch frame, filling in any small gaps.
  • Dust the glue with Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter.
  • Repeat this step around the plastic dome area.
  • Finally, tie ribbon around the stem of the pocket watch and use hot glue to attach to the box cover.
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: Finishing Touches

You've Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 4Die cut Tattered Florals and Tattered Leaves from Amber Moon patterned paper.  I dipped mine in a lovely puddle of Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Frayed Burlap and WIld Honey Distress Oxide Inks before shaping and stacking.  Fill the centers with mustard seeds and spatter with Walnut Ink Stain.  Attach to the box top along with a little tag made from scraps.

You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: A Peek Inside

You've Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 5Here’s  a look at the interior of the finished box.  Isn’t it fun?

Now It’s Your Turn

I hope you’ll find the time to play along in this fun Trick or Treat Challenge.  To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic Halloween project following the challenge theme and guidelines.  Then link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, November 7th.

The Frilly and Funkie Team will select their top 4 favorite projects from all the entries.  Our top pick will be invited to join us for a guest DT spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next 3 favorites will receive a favorites badge to post proudly on their blog or Facebook page.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge rules will be entered into the draw for a $25 shopping spree at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Be sure to stop by the Frilly and Funkie blog where you’ll find more inspiration from the team along with all the challenge rules.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Tricky Treats Halloween Banner

Authentique Tricky Treats Halloween Banner, Shaker Card & Card Folio Trio

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a trio of Tricky Treats made with Authentique Tricky Paper Collection.  There’s something for everyone here with a boo-tiful home decor banner, a spook-tacular shaker card and a creepy card folio project.  This trio of tricky treats is pure Halloween fun, and too cute to spook. Let’s start with the banner.

Authentique Tricky Treats #1: Boo-tiful Banner

Nothing says ” Halloween Party” like a boo-tiful banner!  This one comes together quickly thanks to the fiendishly fabulous patterns and images found in Authentique’s new Tricky collection and some of my trusty cutting dies.

You’l find links to the supplies and dies that I used at the end of this post.  To make quick work of building this boo-tiful banner, it helps to follow a recipe.

  • First, die cut the banner base layer from black cardstock.
  • Next, die cut a mix of patterned papers.
  • Then, die cut some black doilies, or use black doilies that you have in your stash.
  • Now, die cut stars from goth black cardstock and patterned paper.
  • Next, die cut Tim Holtz Hocus Pocus Images from both black cardstock and patterned papers.
  • Then glue the patterned die cuts to the black cardstock, offsetting slightly to create a shadow.  This helps the image to POP off the page.
  • Use a circle die to cut out a patterned paper center for each doily.  If you don’t have a circle die that matches the size of your doily, simply trace the inside edge of the doily onto patterned paper and cut with scissors.
  • Layer everything up with foam tape or waste chipboard.

These witch legs crack me up!  Easy to fussy cut, I layered them up with foam tape, then added some die cut Halloween numbers.

Instead of adding the straight cut images from the Tricky cut apart page, I die cut them with a circle die.

 

Each pennant is attached to 1.5″ Black Plaid Ribbon with a Tim Holtz Binder Clip. Orange and Gold Shimmer Ribbon bows are tied between the pennants.

It only takes a moment to fussy cut this spider web but it makes a real visual impact.  So worth the time!  And, how about this cute black bat popped up on foam tabs?  Adding dimension to a project adds visual interest. Purple flowers add contrast and a bold pop of color as well.

Authentique Tricky Treats #2: Tricky Shaker Card

True confession: I’m hooked on shaker cards.  They sparkle, they move, then make a fun noise when you shake them…what could be better than that?

This 5″ x 7″ easel style shaker really takes things to the next level.

Trim the sentiment from the top of a sheet of Tricky designer paper and mat it on purple cardstock. Then weave it between your fingers to give it this wavy shape.  Glue down the ends and the middle and just like that, you’ve got a fun stopper element for this easel card.  I found these cheeky crows in my stash, and had to add them to the card…aren’t they fun?

There’s nothing but treats inside this Tricky Treat Shaker Card.  Because I don’t have any Halloween sentiment stamps, I created my own on my computer.

Authentique Tricky Treats #3: Halloween Card Folio for Grown Up Ghouls

How about a spook-tacular card folio for grown up ghouls?  This 5″ x 7″ treat fits the bill.

This is such a quick and easy make!  Just create a 5″ x 7″ card base with a 1/2″ spine.  Then add a layer of this pretty dot paper, a strip of diagonal stripes and stitch the focal panel to black cardstock.  Create some paper rosettes and layer it all up with pretty flowers, ribbon, tine, buttons and whatever other goodies catch your eye.

Just for fun, use a watch face in the center of your paper rosette.  Or maybe a corduroy button. And why not invite a little black cat to the party?

The inside of this card has a pair of pockets filled with Halloween treats.  Dark Chocolate, anyone?

How about a cup of orange and spice tea…with honey, of course!  I also created this little 3.25″ x 4.5″ accordion fold folio with leftover pieces on my work space.  This is such a great way to clean up scraps, make something pretty and tidy up your work space all at the same time.

I decorated both sides of this little folio with bits and pieces of designer paper.

How fun would it be to leave one of these fiendishly fabulous cards on a co-worker’s desk with a note that says, “You’ve been booed!” ?

I hope these Authentique Tricky Treats have sparked your imagination with some ideas for your own Halloween decor.  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 Tricky Collection, Black Cardstock, Deep Purple Cardstock

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