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Little Birdie Crafts Magical Unicorn Birthday Card

Little Birdie Crafts Boho Dreams Magical Unicorn Easel Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Magical Unicorn Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Little Birdie Crafts Magical Unicorn Birthday Card to share with you.  This is the card I made for our granddaughter’s birthday party last month.  Julia loves saturated colors, sparkly things and unicorns.  I used the Boho Creams paper collection to make this Magical Unicorn Shaker/Easel card and she loved it!

Magical Unicorn Birthday Card: Creating the Card Base

Easel cards are probably my favorite style of fancy fold.  They are quick and easy to make, but really have that “WOW” factor we all want in our creations.  When you add a shaker element to an easel card, as I did here, you really have something special.  Here are the simple steps for putting this card base together.

  • First, score a 6″ x 12″ panel of white cardstock in half on the long side.  Fold and burnish to make a 6″ x 6″ top fold card base.
  • Next, score a horizontal line on the card front at 3 inches.  Make a mountain fold.  This is the easel element on the card.
  • Now, line the card interior with a 6″ x 6″ panel of Boho Dreams paper.  It’s all beautiful, so you can’t go wrong here!
  • Next, cut (4) 6″ x 2 7/8″ panels of designer paper to line the (4) 3″ x 6″ rectangles on the card front and interior.  Be careful not to glue over the folds or your easel mechanism will not function.
  • When it is time to add the main image to the card front, you will only place adhesive on the bottom half of the fold.  Then the card will stand upright for display.
Magical Unicorn Birthday Card: Making the Stopper for the Easel Card

Every easel card needs a brake, or a stopper to make the card stand up for display.  The stopper is actually built on the bottom half card interior.  Here’s how to add that element to your card.

  • Punch out the eyelash unicorn doily from the 12×12 paper pad.
  • Fussy cut the eyelashes and unicorn horn from the fussy cut page of the paper collection.  Place dimensionals on the back and adhere over the doily.
  • Next, fussy cut some flowers and  feathers.  Pop these up on dimensionals and cluster around the image as seen in the photo.
  • Now select 3 Boho Dreams Micro Roses and adhere around the unicorn horn.
  • Cut a little fishtail banner from a scrap of your designer paper and adhere on the right hand side.
  • Then fussy cut the banner and adhere from the top left to the bottom right.
  • Now back the doily with dimensionals and adhere to the card base.
  • Decorate the stopper with Boho Dreams Flowers.  Tuck a bow under one of the large flowers.  Because this card was for my granddaughter, I added lots of pretty rhinestones, too.
Magical Unicorn Birthday Card:  Making the Shaker Element

Here’s how to make the shaker element.

  • First, cut a 3″ x 4″ journal card from the paper collection.
  • Next, add Gold Metallic Wax to a Little Birdie Rectangular Chipboard Frame.
  • Cut a piece of clear cardstock (acetate sheet) to fit the back of the frame and adhere in place with strong tape liner or Dries Clear Adhesive.  Use a damp paper towel to clean up any little smudges of adhesive.
  • Now back the frame with 1/8″ foam tape.  I used 3 layers.
  • Next, place the frame face down and fill with sequins.  Then carefully line the journal card up over the foam tape and press to seal. Be sure there are no gaps around the edges.  If needed, you can add another layer of paper.
  • Now you can adhere the frame to the card base.  Decorate with fussy cuts and flowers.
Magical Unicorn Birthday Card: The Bookmark

Little Birdie Boho Vibes

I also made a little bookmark to go with the card.  These are quick and easy gifts to create.

  • Cut a 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ panel of designer paper.
  • Place adhesive along the top of a journal card and adhere.  If you leave the bottom open, the book page can slip between the image and the base.
  • Punch a hole in the center of the bookmark and thread with ribbon. Tie a bow with metallic string.
  • Adhere a fussy cut unicorn and add micro roses.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Celebrate Life Tall and Skinny Card Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Celebrate Life Tall and Skinny Card Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Celebrate Life Tall and Skinny Card Tutorial AND a Giveaway!

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m guest designing for Little Birdie Crafts with this “Celebrate Life” Tall and Skinny Card Tutorial.   Tall and Skinny cards are trendy right now, and for good reason: they are fun to make, give you lots of room to add embellishments, and they are a nice change of pace from the standard square or rectangular card.

This one measures 8 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ with a 3/4″ spine.  I needed to add that chunky spine to accommodate the box pocket inside!

In the video tutorial, I’ll show you how to create the card base using a single sheet of designer paper from the “Celebrate Life” collection.  I’ll also share  how to repair a BIG MISTAKE (which I made!) with a simple fix.

We’ll put the front of the card together piece by piece to  make it easy for you to reproduce the finished project.

Celebrate Life Tall and Skinny Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Would you like to learn how to make this fun box style pocket?  It’s easier than you might think, and I’ll show you how in the video below.

Once you’ve made the box pocket, you can fill it up with lovely treats.  I like to call this type of card “a party in a box.”  They make great gifts!

Little Birdie Crafts Gift Card Giveaway

Yes, you read that correctly!  Little Birdie Crafts has a $30 gift card for one lucky crafter!  Here’s what you have to do to be entered into the random drawing:

  • First, Like and Follow Little Birdie Crafts on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Sign up for the Little Birdie Crafts BLOG.
  • Watch the video on my YouTube Channel; Like and Subscribe.
  • Visit the Little Birdie Crafts online store and take a look around. Then tell me what you would like to purchase if you win the $30 gift card.

You’ll get one entry in the drawing for completing each of the above tasks.  Let me know in the comments below which tasks you completed. I’ll enter all the names in a random drawing, so the more tasks you complete, the better your chance is of winning!

This giveaway is open until 11:55PM EDT on Monday, March 9th, 2020.  The winner will be announced on my Kathy by Design Facebook page YouTube Channel and Instagram account on Tuesday, March 10th.  Good luck!

Celebrate Life Tall and Skinny Card Tutorial on YouTube

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Papercrafting 101: Creating Card Layers

Papercrafting 101 Creating Layered Cards Little Birdie Crafts Birds and Berries by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Papercrafting 101: Creating Card Layers with Little Birdie Crafts Birds and Berries Collection

Hello, Friends!  Do you love patterned papers, but struggle when it comes to using them?  Today’s Papercrafting 101 Creating Card Layers is just for you!  I’ve put together a little video tutorial that will give you my top tips for creating beautifully composed card layers.

We’ll be working with this scrumptious Little Birdie Crafts Birds and Berries paper collection and the coordinating flowers and chipboard.  I’ll link a supply list at the bottom of this post.

Let’s face it: working with patterned papers can be challenging.  How do you keep the design from becoming too busy?  How do you pick papers that work together?  While we create the card together, I’ll share the “why” of this design and help you understand how to successfully layer the beautiful patterned papers we all love so much.  The video is loaded with tips, tricks and insights that will really help you move your card making to the next level.

Papercrafting 101: Creating Card Layers: A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside of this 6″ x 6″ square pocket card.  Simple, but adorable, thanks to these lovely papers from Little Birdie Crafts.  If you missed my unboxing video of the new Little Birdie Releases, you can find that HERE.

Are you ready to learn how to make this darling card?  Then grab a pencil and notebook, and click play, because Papercrafting 101 is in session!

If you’d like to see another project made with Little Birdie’s new releases, click HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you’ll be able to use in your next crafty adventure.  If so I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list there in case you wish to purchase any of the supplies I’ve used in this project.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio, 

kathy

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NOTE: use the coupon code Kathy05 to save 5% off your purchase at Little Birdie Crafts

 

Little Birdie Crafts Songs of the Sea Folio

Little Birdie Crafts Songs of the Sea Mermaid Garden Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Songs of the Sea Folio: Guest Designer Post

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  Today I’m sharing a Little Birdie Crafts Songs of the Sea Folio that I created as a Guest Designer for LBC.  I call this one, “The Mermaid Garden.” The saturated blues, beachy patterns and lovely mermaids in this collection have me dreaming of the sea!  I’m thrilled to be partnering with LBC once again, and look forward to sharing a monthly post that will feature their new releases and fun projects to inspire your creativity.

And, I have more good news!  LBC just launched their very first US warehouse!  That’s right!  Now you can order direct from Little Birdie and fill your crafty space with their beautiful flowers, papers, and mixed media supplies.  You’ll want to pop by and pay them a visit, as everything is on sale as part of their grand opening celebration.

I’m a huge fan of Little Birdie Crafts…and not just because they offer such beautiful flowers and crafting supplies.  Did you know that they employ more than 3000 rural Indian women who would otherwise be without work?  These women are now able to provide their children with an education and a future.  They also rescue abandoned baby girls (still common in India) and place them in homes where they will be loved, cared for and educated.  Little Birdie is changing the future of India, and I am proud to be associated with the brand!

Songs of the Sea Folio: The Mermaid Garden

The base of this project is a “made from scratch”  6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ box style folio.  I’ve layered up the cover with beautiful Little Birdie Flowers, chipboard and papers from the 12×12 and 6×6 Songs of the Sea Collection.

TIP: Mix and match your flowers to create this Mermaid Garden.  I’ve combined Amor Mio Heleen flowers with  Songs of the Sea Nancy and Queenie blossoms.  The white blooms add life and lighten up all the beautiful deep blues.  Tuck a few tiny starfish into the floral cascade to enhance the ocean vibe.

TIP: The focal image on this folio is cut from the cover of the 6″ x 6″ pad.  Don’t forget to check the packaging!

TIP:  Paint metal charms with chalk paint.  Then tap with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink and spritz with water to create a perfectly distressed and color matched embellishment.

TIP:  Heat emboss chipboard with Versamark Ink, then emboss with Seth Apter Baked Velvet Mediterranean Powders.  They are a great color match for this collection.  Then dry brush with a little diluted chalk paint to create this faux metal patina on the chipboard.

Songs of the Sea Folio: The Spine

Punch a hole at the top of the spine and add a lobster clasp and bangle to create a quick and easy decoration.  Netting makes a great closure for the folio.

Songs of the Sea Folio:  A Peek Inside

You’ll see all the details of this interactive folio in the video tour below.  But to whet your appetite, here are a few sneak peeks.

If you’d like to see more details, just click play!

If you’d like to see all the beautiful supplies I received from Little Birdie Crafts, you can watch this unboxing video.  The new releases are gorgeous!

And here’s some happy news!  Use this coupon code Kathy05 when you shop at Little Birdie Crafts, and you’ll save an additional 5% off your order!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration 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

Happy Blooming Birthday Succulents Card

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Happy Blooming Birthday Succulents Card

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  Today I have a really fun Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Happy Blooming Birthday Succulents Card to share with you.

As you can see, I’m still having a blast with these Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse papers!    This 5″ x 7″ top fold card makes good use of all the pretty green tones from the Collector’s Essential Kit.

The succulents are from Little Birdie Crafts.  If you’ve been looking for a place to purchase these lovely flowers, you can now find them in your local AC Moore Crafts store.  (Not available online yet.)  A simple white seam binding bow adds freshness and texture to the card composition.

To soften the bold colors of the succulents, I have dry brushed them with a little ivory chalk paint.  This adds lots of depth and dimension, and it also helps all these different colors harmonize a little better.    For extra texture, I added some Coral See Prills to the edges of the wreath.

Lots of room on the inside to write a little birthday greeting.  Everything about this cheery card makes me happy!  If you’d like to see more examples of cards made from this collection, click HERE.

That’s all for me today!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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