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Fairy Sparkle Mixed Media Tag Folio Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Fairy Sparkle Mixed Media Tag Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Fairy Sparkle Mixed Media Tag Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a darling Fairy Sparkle Mixed Media Tag Folio tutorial to share with you.  Our granddaughters love fairy gardens, and fairy tales and anything to do with fairies in general.  So I’ve upcycled some corrugate packing material with my Little Birdie Crafts goodies.  I had to pull my Mixed Media Boots out of the Closet of Shame for this project, which is always fun.

Meet Belinda.  She lives in a shady forest glen surrounded by mossy rocks, blooming flowers and sweet little birds.  Learn how to add all these layers and textures in the video tutorial.  If fairies are not your thing, you could easily follow these steps to create a purely botanical tag folio. (in fact, I might just do that!)

TIP: Create a “cloud” for your fairy house with a layer of cheesecloth in the background.  This adds dimension, texture and visual interest to the tag background.

TIP:  Add natural elements like Spanish Moss and real feathers to your project.  This adds lots of lovely texture and dimension.

Two Sides to Every Story

The back side of this Fairy Sparkle mixed media tag is a sweet little accordion style folio.  This would be the perfect spot to save photos from a sleepover, tea party or birthday party.

TIP: Heat emboss a Little Birdie Chipboard Floral Wreath and use it to add details to the folio cover. A few Elira flowers add extra color and texture to the wreath design.

Add pockets and mini folios inside.

And of course I have some fun interactive features like this flap page.

Lift it to reveal this sweet little fairy in a jar.  You’ll learn how to turn this fussy cut image into a tuck spot in the video tutorial.

It is no secret that I love a good pocket…especially a hidden pocket with a pull out page.

So I show you how to create this element along with a clever little tuck spot for these sweet images in the tutorial.

Fairy Sparkle Mixed Media Tag Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to create this cute project you can follow along in this video tutorial.  You can easily translate the steps and techniques for use with any other themed project.  Just change out your paper and embellishments.

 

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

If you’d like to view some of my past Little Birdie Crafts tutorials, please click HERE.

You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Ciao Bella Micro Cosmos Joy Fold Shaker Card

Ciao Bella Micro Cosmos Joy Fold Shaker Card Folio with Really Reasonable Ribbon August 2020 Ribbon Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Ciao Bella Micro Cosmos Joy Fold Shaker Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon August 2020 Club

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Joy Fold Shaker Card was inspired by a line of poetry from William Blake. He wrote, “to see the World in a Grain of Sand and Heaven in a Wild Flower,”.  Those were the lines that kept running through my mind as I created with the RRR August Ribbon Club and Ciao Bella’s Micro Cosmos paper collection.  The earthy greens from the Sunflower Assortment seemed to be the perfect playmate for these beautiful botanical papers.    If you haven’t had a chance to play with these lovely ribbons, I hope this post will inspire you to do so!

The ribbons I used from the collection are 5/8″ Forest Green Plaid, Forest Green Diamond Satin Ribbon, and 3/8″ Yellow and Green Argyle Satin Ribbon.

Joy Fold Shaker Card: Creating the Shaker Box

If you’ve never made a Joy Fold Card before, you can find a tutorial HERE.   Once you’ve made the card base, you can create the shaker box.

  • First, heat emboss a chipboard frame with Versamark Ink and WOW! Vintage Champagne Embossing powder.
  • Next, die cut clear cardstock (acetate sheets) with an oval die.  The oval should be slightly larger than the opening in the frame.
  • Now, adhere the clear cardstock to the back of the frame with Dries Clear Adhesive.

TIP:  Use a thin bead of adhesive on the inner edge of the oval frame.  Then smooth it out with your finger or a paintbrush.  This will prevent the adhesive from “oozing” out all over the clear cardstock window.

  • Next, adhere 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips to the back side of the frame.
  • Now place your sequin mixture in the center of your focal image and adhere the shaker box so that it is centered .
  • Press lightly to completely seal the edges.

  • Then reate a ribbon closure with the Forest Green Plaid Ribbon.
  • Now tuck a loopy Forest Green Diamond Satin Ribbon into the flower cluster on the left.
  • Adhere a Reneabouquets dragonfly in the flower cluster on the right. (Product links below.)
A Peek Inside

Add lots of lovely little pockets, tags and goodies inside the folio to turn it into a gift.

Top ta bookmark with the Diamond Satin Ribbon and the Random Lines Satin Ribbon.  This pattern makes me think of bamboo, which is perfect for this project.

Create a little tag and gift card wallet to tuck inside another pocket.  It’s so much fun to pull all these pieces out!

Decorate both sides of the tag and line the interior of the gift card wallet with scraps of designer paper.

Here’s a peek at the card fully opened.  Create a hidden pocket by adhering just the sides and bottom of the smaller card to the larger card base.

Score a large ivory tag and fold to create a little photo folio with a pretty shaped edge.  I covered both sides of the tag with designer papers.  Then tuck it into the hidden pocket.  Add a blank sentiment panel to the front of the hidden pocket so you can write a personal note here.

So that’s my first play with the August Ribbon Club!  I hope I’ve inspired you to break your Sunflower Assortment out of the package and make something beautiful with all those pretty ribbons!   If you’re not currently a member of the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club, you can find out how to subscribe HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Celebrate Life Pocket Folio Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Celebrate Life Pocket Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Little Birdie Crafts Celebrate Life Pocket Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  This Little Birdie Celebrate Life Pocket Folio Tutorial reminds me of some Robert Louis Stevenson lines that I memorized as a child.  He penned, “The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.”   This lovely poem from “A Child’s Garden of Verses“, is a good one to remember any time, but especially during these trying times. I remind myself daily to be thankful for all the wonders that surround me.  Take time to  listen to the sounds of the birds.  Watch the bumblebees drink deeply from the blossoms in the garden.  And yes, take time to smell the flowers!  You’ll be happier if you do!  I promise!

Let’s Celebrate Life

This little 6″ x 6″ folio is made with (4) 12″ x 6″ panels of white cardstock.  First, lay the panels out side by side.  Then overlap the edges about 1/4″ and join together with your adhesive of choice.  Next, score this long panel every 6″.  You will have a little flap on the right hand side once this is done.  This will become the folio spine.  Simply accordion fold, place adhesive to create inner pockets and voila!  Learn how to do this in the tutorial below.

Layer Little Birdie Primed Chipboard with flowers and fussy cuts from the Celebrate Life Paper Pad, and you’ll have a lovely window garden that blooms all year round!

A ribbon closure holds everything together neat and tidy!  These little folios are quick and easy to create.  This makes them perfect for birthday, anniversary, new baby, graduation, Christmas or any special occasion when you wish to give a gift from the heart.  Just change out your papers to adapt to the event.

A Peek Inside

Peek inside the folio to find lots of room for photos and journaling.

The folio design provides a lovely hidden pocket to hold this large photo folio.  Adhere just the bottom edge of a punch out doily from the 12″ x 12″ collection and you’ve got a handy tuck spot for these tags and journal cards.

The insert has room for 4 larger photos.

Use the Dream Cut machine and Thin Tag Dies to create layered journal tags.  Join these together with jump rings.  Then decorate with a bit of gold string, Pearl Pink Paula flowers and charms from your stash.

The format of the second page mirrors the first.

Keeping the basic design the same makes for quick and easy crafting.

Pocket Folio Tutorial on YouTube

I’ve prepared a very short video tour with an easy to follow tutorial so that you can make this sweet little pocket folio.  So if you are ready to get your craft on, just click play and enjoy!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.  To see other Little Birdie Crafts Projects, please click HERE.

Today I pray you will take time to Celebrate Life as you drink in the wonders of the world around you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Poppies and Roses Slimline Shaker Card

Little Birdie Crafts Poppies and Roses Slimline Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Poppies and Roses Slimline Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  I’m up on the Little Birdie Crafts blog today with this summery Poppies and Roses Slimline Shaker Card.  Don’t you just love all the coral shades in this beautiful paper collection?   It just speaks to me of fragrant summer roses in a lush garden.

Building the Slimline Card Base

This slimline card base is surprisingly easy to create!

  • First, cut a 12″ x 8 1/4″ panel from the Poppies and Roses 12×12 paper pad.
  • Next, score that panel at 4″  and 8″ on the long side.
  • Now accordion fold the panel so that the open edge is on the left.
  • Then adhere the front of the card to the blank panel that is behind it. This will create a simple side fold card.

TIP:  If you leave the front edge of the card base as it is, you will have an accordion fold card.  I opted to adhere the front to the panel behind it to create extra stability for the shaker frame.

Create the shaker frame like this:

  • First, heat emboss a Little Birdie Primed Chipboard Ornate Rectangular Frame with Ranger Rose Gold Embossing Powder.
  • Next, adhere acetate (clear cardstock) to the back of the frame using a dries clear adhesive.
  • Then add 3 layers of 1/8″ wide foam strips to create the shaker box.
  • Now fill the box with your desired sequin mix.
  • Then adhere patterned paper cut to fit the size of the opening to seal the shaker box.
  • Embellish with fussy cut butterflies, roses, ribbon and Little Birdie Flowers.
Create a Belly Band

The decorative belly band really dresses this card up!  It also helps to hold the “goodies” inside in place.  Here’s how to make it.

  • First, cut a 12″ x 2 1/2″ strip of the lace pattern paper.
  • Next, center the panel behind the folded card base.
  • Now gently bend it around the card edges just enough to make a little crease mar,
  • Then place it on your scoring tool and score along the small creases, or bend it against the edge of a ruler if you do not have a scoring tool.
  • Next, score or bend 1/4″ from each crease.  This will allow the belly band to fit neatly over the card.
  • Now fold around the card and trim away any excess so that the belly band fits neatly.
  • Next, color the blank side of the belly band with Abandoned Coral Distress Inks.  Add a magnetic closure.
  • Finally, adhere the circle doily to the center of the belly band.
A Peek Inside

Create a turn tab by cutting the fussy cut clock image in half. Adhere the halves back to back in the upper corner of the card.  Add a blank sentiment panel, fussy cut roses and a fancy circle die that you’ve cut with your Dream Cut Machine.

TIP: Place adhesive only on the bottom half of the circle die.  Now you have a spot where you can tuck in a gift card if desired.

Die cut a pocket and adhere at the base of the right hand side.

Create a bookmark to tuck in the pocket.  The patterned paper is so beautiful that I simply stamped a sentiment on it and topped it with ribbon.  For extra strength, stitch to canvas, felt or burlap.   Tuck in a honey stick and teabag to make the gift complete.

See, that was easy, right?

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  To see other Little Birdie projects and tutorials, click HERE.  You will find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Summertime Blues Double Gatefold Card Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Aqua Medley, Fairy Sparkle Aqua Medley Flowers, Primed Chipboard Ornate Frame Double Gatefold Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Aqua Medley Summertime Blues Double Gatefold Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m celebrating Summertime Blues with a Double Gatefold Card Tutorial.  Little Birdie Crafts Aqua Medley Collection is filled with dreamy shades of blue, gorgeous florals, sweet summer songbirds and delightful patterns.  I think you’re really going to enjoy this post, and add a new fancy fold design to your crafty toolbox!

The Basics

My favorite kind of fancy fold is the one that makes people say, “How did she do that?” Especially when the answer is, “It’s so easy, you won’t believe it!”  That really is the case with a double gatefold card design.  More than just a card, this 6×6 card doubles as a folio and makes a wonderful gift!

Little Birdie Primed Chipboard creates the perfect base for this gorgeous hydrangea image.  Cluster flowers, butterflies and metal embellishments around the frame to create a truly striking cover.

Look at all this gorgeous texture and dimension.  That makes my heart happy!

A Peek Inside

Opening a double gatefold card is always dramatic! Flap pages, pockets and tags add to the excitement.

Did you know Little Birdie makes a Die Cutting Machine?  I didn’t either, but as soon as I  learned about it, I added it to my tool supplies.  It is amazing!  I used it and Little Birdie Oval Tags Dies to make these precious oval tags for the side pocket.

The large center pocket holds a pull out page in place.

This is a great place to tuck in notes, small gifts and photos.

There’s even a hidden pocket page with just enough room to tuck in a bookmark.

Oh, how I love little birds!  We have a pair of bluebirds that live in our crabapple tree and every time I see them, it makes my heart happy!

The Tutorial

Are you ready to get your craft on?  I’ll begin with a short tour of the project.  Then we will dig in and create this lovely double gatefold card together.  It’s going to be so much fun!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafting adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

And if you haven’t subscribed to the Little Birdie Blog, you might want to pop over and see all the amazing projects that are being shared.  It’s truly inspiring.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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