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Earth Laughs in Flowers Card Folio Tutorial Guest Designer for Little Birdie Crafts

Earth Laughs in Flowers Card Folio Tutorial: Guest Designing at Little Birdie Crafts

Hello Friends!  I’m super excited about today’s post, as I have the honor of serving as a Guest Designer at the Little Birdie Crafts Blog.  I can’t think of a better match than Little Birdie Crafts Flowers and Graphic 45’s new Floral Shoppe Collection.  So I combined the two to create this Earth Laughs in Flowers Card Folio Tutorial for you.

Earth Laughs in Flowers Card Folio Tutorial Flower Shoppe by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

This is a 5.5″ x 7.5″ card folio with a few mixed media techniques thrown in just for fun.  I’ve altered chipboard with paint and embossing enamel, machine stitched and even pulled out my paintbrush to add a little stenciling to the mix.

Of course, these stunning Little Birdie Flowers steal the show!  You’ll be able to see how I assembled this floral cascade in the YouTube video below.

I built loads of dimension and texture into this design…and boy, was it ever fun!

Working with these flowers really made me think of my mom.  She loved spending time in her gardens, coaxing a wide variety of cultivated and wild flowers to bloom in perfect  harmony.  I tried to re-create that mix of blossoms, colors and textures here.

Earth Laughs in Flowers: Gotta have a Pocket!

You all know how much I love pockets!  I decided to add one to the front of this floral delight.  The pocket itself is a fussy cut floral image from “Sunlit Medley” .  I sewed 3 sides of the image to create a spot to tuck this little bookmark.  The stenciled leaves were easy to add, thanks to Little Birdie Chalk Paint and stencil.  (I’ll have a complete supply list at the end of this post.)

Earth Laughs in Flowers Card Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

There are more pockets on the inside of the card folio.

The Floral Shoppe Ephemera Cards made it easy to create this 6.25″ x 4.25″ gift card/treat wallet.

Honestly, these ephemera cards are so pretty, it’s hard to choose between the fronts and the backs!  But I used the “B” side here, so that there would be lots of room to write a personal note.

And if you give a girl a teabag, you’d better include a honey stick!  So I did!

But enough chit chat!  Let’s get down to business and create this card folio together.  This is a long video, but I think you will find it worth watching.  We’ll being by learning how to create the card folio base.  Then we’ll stencil, build layers, distress paper edges and create the floral cascade together.

Next, we’ll learn how to make 2 kinds of pockets and the gift card/treat wallet.  Ready?  Let’s get our craft on!

Earth Laughs in Flowers Card Folio Tutorial on YouTube.

I’d like to close by thanking my friends at Little Birdie Crafts for inviting me to Guest Design on their blog today.  If you love flowers …and chipboard and paint and stencils…then you owe it to yourself to pop over to their blog for a quick visit.  And if you have a second, say hello!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that 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

Supply List and Product Links for “Earth Laughs in Flowers’ Card Folio Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Collection

Additional Supplies

Tools, Inks & Adhesives

Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card with Kaisercraft Wandering Ivy

Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card with Kaisercraft Wandering Ivy

Hello, Friends!  Last week, I treated myself to a little “spring break” from design team assignments. Sometimes, I just need to play with no particular goal in mind. It recharges the old mojo and restores my love of paper.   Many of you know that I am a serious tea lover!  Every single day starts with at least 2 cups of steaming hot tea.  (Irish Breakfast, if you please with milk and honey!) This Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card is just my cuppa!

Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 01

Once again, I pulled out my Kaisercraft “Wandering Ivy” collection and the matching Collectables to make this card.  This time, I focused on the green and white patterns within the collection.  The card focal is a vintage style Gecko Galz digital download.  I just love this tea drinking lady in her stylish hat and flowery tea set.  I think I might enjoy a cuppa and a chat with her!

Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card: The Details

Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 02

One of my favorite Saturday activities is going to yard sales.  I picked up this vintage style brooch for a quarter a while back, and I’ve been waiting for just the right project to use it.  To shabby it up, I painted the faux gold filigree with ivory chalk paint.  Then I used my button tool to cut the pin off the back.  To make sure it would sit level, I backed it with some squares of waste chipboard and then adhered it to the card.

Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 03

This flower cluster is made with 3/8″ Ivory Satin Ribbon. The flowers are Little Birdie Crafts Jessica Ivory, Ocean Mist Bernice and Pollen Stems & Tendrils.  I’ve tucked a trio of my precious vintage buttons behind the flower cluster and a metal filigree leaf beneath it.

Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 04

To add texture, and also to lighten up the composition, I altered a Little Birdie Circular Chipboard Lattice with Shabby Ivory Embossing Enamel.  This is tucked back behind the focal image.

Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 05

Here’s a tip I think you will like.  See that border of clocks behind the brooch?  They are a sticker strip from the “Wandering Ivy” collection.  Guess what?  I cut them in half, since they are tucked behind the embossed woodgrain layer.  Now I can use the other half strip in another project.  It’s like having double the product to work with.  The final touch on the card front was adding in some rub ons from a Tim Holtz remnant rub sheet.

Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card: A Peek Inside

Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 06I bet you knew there would be a tea bag inside this card, didn’t you?  And of course there is another little honey stick all dressed up for the birthday party!

Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 07Toss in another lovely little tag made from scraps on my work desk, and this card is done! Did you spot the other half of that clock sticker on the tag?  I have one more project that I made during my “spring break” but I’m saving that one for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog hop later on this month!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that 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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