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Authentique Nostalgia Santa Paws Christmas Card Folio Tutorial

Authentique Nostalgia Santa Paws Christmas Card Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!   if you have a fur baby in your home, you’re really going to love today’s project!  This Santa Paws Christmas Card Folio Tutorial features Authentique Paper’s Nostalgia collection. One of the things I love about this warm and whimsical collection is the fact that it includes images and patterns that work for pet projects as well as for people projects.  Creating this pet themed card folio was just so much fun!

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Look at these adorable puppies!  I could not resist making them the focal point of this 5.5″ x 7.5″ x .05″ card folio.

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Loaded with layers, machine stitching, Christmas flowers, ribbons and embellishments, this card may look difficult to create.  But when we make it together in the video tutorial below, you’ll see how easy it is to create.  What’s that old saying?  “Yard by yard life is hard, but inch by inch it’s a cinch!”  The same is true of cardmaking.  I hope that as we make this project together, you’ll learn techniques that will apply to all your crafty adventures.

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Santa Paws Christmas Card Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

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The interior of this card is filled with fun interactive elements.

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Learn how to create this magnetic flap element in the video tutorial.

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And learn how to trim out an image to create a shaped pocket behind the flap.

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Don’t these sentiments crack you up?  There’s room on the back of the 4″ x 6″ card to add a large photo.  And you can use the list to write down memories or a personal greeting.

Santa Paws Christmas Card Folio Tutorial:  The Pocket and Folio Insert

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Pockets are probably my favorite thing to add to a card.  Learn how to create this pretty shaped edge in the video tutorial, too.

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This 4 1/4″ x 6″ accordion style folio has a classy magnetic flap closure.  There are 10 panels with lots of room for photos, and a few little tuck spots, too.

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Santa Paws Christmas Card Folio Tutorial on Youtube

Are you ready to get your craft on?  Then press play and let’s build this Santa Paws Christmas Card folio together!

For your convenience, I’ve added a cutting guide below.

The great thing about this card folio “recipe” is that you can adapt it for use with any collection or theme.  This allows you to create unique and thoughtful gifts that friends and family will cherish for many years to come.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques 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

Santa Paws Christmas Card Folio Tutorial: Cutting Guide
For the folio base:
  • Cut (2) 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ panels of red cardstock to make the folio base.  Score at 7 1/2″ and 8″.  Watch the video to learn how to join the papers, etc.
For the card front:

Red Cardstock:

  • 5 1/8″ x 7 1/8″
  • 4 1/4″ 6 1/4
  • 3 3/4″ die cut circle

Green Cardstock:

  • 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″
  • 4 1/8″ x 6 1/8″
  • 2 7/8″ x 4″ for matting the sentiment

 

Papers from the Nostalgia 12″ x 12″ Paper Pad

  • 5″ x 7″ Nostalgia Eleven
  • 4″ x 6″ Nostalgia Ten
  • 5″ x 3″ Nostalgia Ten (belly band/bones)
  • 3 1/2″ die cut circle Nostalgia Two
  • Fussy cut  dogs image from Nostalgia Twelve
  • Santa Paws Sentiment from Nostalgia Twelve trimmed to 2 5/8″ x 3 7/8″.  Bevel the corners to create a tag shape
Card Interior

Top half:

  • 5 3/8″ x 7 3/8″ Nostalgia Seven
  • 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ Nostalgia Two scored 1/2″ on left for flap
  • Cut apart images
  • Red Cardstock for matting 6 1/4″ x 4 1/4″

Bottom Half:

  • 5 3/8″ x 7 3/8″ Nostalgia Two
  • 6 3/8″ x 3 1/2″ Nostalgia Two for Pocket (Score 1/2″ on 3 sides)
  • Spectrum Red Licorice Cardstock (2) 12″ x 6″ panels to make folio
  • Folio pages:  (10) 4 1/8″ x 5 7/8″ liners
  • Folio Flap Closure: (2) 1 7/8″ x 5 7/8″ panels
 Authentique Nostalgia Santa Paws Card Folio Tutorial Supply List:

Authentique Paper

Ribbons:

Dies:

Embellishments from my stash: Petaloo Velvet Leaf Cluster, Little Birdie Crafts Christmas Symphony Mulberry Flowers, Jingle Bells, Buttons Galore Santa Button, White Glitter Snowflake Ornament

Authentique Companions Furry Friends Card Folio Tutorial

Authentique Companions Furry Friends Card Folio Tutorial: The Truth About Cats and Dogs

Hello Friends!  Do you have a furry friend who makes your world a better place?  If so, you are going to love this Authentique Companions Furry Friends Card Folio Tutorial.  This is not your ordinary pet themed paper collection.  It is filled with gorgeous patterns, heartfelt sentiments and the cutest images.  But don’t take my word for it.  Here’s a peek at what I’m talking about.

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I used both the 12″ x 12 Companions Collection Kit and the 6″ x 6″ Paper Bundle to create these cutie patootie card  5 1/2″ x 7″ folios.  Honestly, every time I look at these focal images, I can’t help but grin.  And how about this color palette?  Isn’t it delightful?

Authentique Companions Furry Friends Card Folio Tutorial: How Much is that Doggy in the Window?

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Add mixed media touches to your cards by dry brushing with diluted ivory chalk paint.  I love the way this technique softens the edges and adds dimension to the gorgeous Little Birdie Flowers.  Machine stitching is another way to add texture and even pattern to a card.  Paint spatter is another great way to add mixed media effects to a card.  Even a little bit goes a long way.

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This cute fussy cut border pops because it has 3 layers of waste chipboard on the back.  As you know, I like to cut up the Priority Mail boxes that my design team shipments come in to use in place of foam tape.  This works really well, and it saves me a ton of money, too.

Authentique Companions Furry Friends Card Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

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Peek inside this card and you will find a lovely pair of pockets and an accordion fold folio.

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You’ll learn how to make these adorable tab top inserts in the video tutorial.  They are made with scraps and have a fun magnetic closure.  Each one measures 2 3/4″ x 9″ when fully opened.  This is a great spot to add tiny photos, ephemera or journaling.

Authentique Companions Furry Friends Card Folio Tutorial: Cats Rule

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OK, this Siamese cat cracks me up.  It’s the glasses.  I wish I had a pair just like them.

Authentique Companions Furry Friends Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 07This card is a mirror image of the first one.  I just changed out the flowers

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The 4 1/4″ x 6 flip folio inside the pocket has more cute kitty images.  I love them all.

Authentique Companions Furry Friends Card Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to create this 5 1/2″ x 7″ card folio base, the tab top inserts, and the flip folio, then I invite you to watch this video tutorial.  Enjoy!

You can find a supply list for this project at the bottom of this post.

Thanks so much for joining me here today.  I hope you found some ideas, techniques and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Companions Furry Friends Card Folio Tutorial Supply List

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Devoted Friend Dog Bereavement Card

Devoted  Friend Dog Bereavement Card with Authentique Devoted

Hello, Friends!  One of the things I love about blogging is the opportunity it provides to make new friends.  Soozy has been with me since my very early days.  She always has an encouraging word, a nice bit of news about the weather, or an update on what she’s working on in her crafty universe to share with me.  Last week, I heard from Soozy that her beloved doggie, Stan, had passed over the Rainbow Bridge.  And that is how this Devoted Friend Dog Bereavement Card came into being.

Devoted Friend Dog Bereavement Card Devoted by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 2

Devoted  Friend Dog Bereavement Card with Authentique Devoted: Using Up My Scraps

You may recognize this paper from some projects I made with Authentique’s Devoted collection a while ago.  I used it to make a really cute cat album. Then, when my niece lost her beloved Irish Setter, I made her this sweet card folio.  When National Pet Adoption weekend rolled around, I made these two cute little tags with the bits and bobs that were left on my work table. All I had left from the 12×12 collection kit was one full sheet and a small pile of scraps.  But that was enough to create this little card to let Soozy know that I care.

G45 Alpha Stickers spell out Stan’s name over the doghouse door.  The cute buttons are from Buttons Galore, as are the little Sparkletz sequins and gems.  A Little Birdie Flower, a Capri Blue Gingham Bow  and a couple of stickers finish out the cover design.

Devoted  Friend Dog Bereavement Card with Authentique Devoted: A Peek Inside

I wanted Soozy to have a place to store her memories and photos of Stan.  So on the inside of the card, I created a flap and  pocket and a little pocket folio.

There are four 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ photo mounts inside this side pocket with room to add another on the back side of the flap.

This 4″ x 5″ folio has a little tea bag pocket, room for a small photo and a little journal tag inside.  I thought a hot cuppa and honey stick would be comforting.

A card is such a simple, small thing.  But it means so much when you receive one in the mail.  I’m hoping this one has reached Soozy by the time this article posts.  Texts and e-mails and private messages on Facebook are all lovely, but in my world, nothing says I’m thinking about you and I care the way a handmade note or card does.  Why not reach out and share a little bit of love on paper with someone today?

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

National Pet Adoption Weekend: Who Saved Who Tags

National Pet Adoption Weekend: Who Saved Who Tags From the Scrap Drawer

Hello Friends!  Did you know that February is the month when National Pet Adoption Weekend takes place?  Sadly, severe allergies prevent me from enjoying a furry companion, but I thought I would participate by creating this pair of Who Saved Who Tags.

Creative ways to use your scraps

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 1After making my larger Shabby Chic Dog Folio and Cat Mini Albums this month, my work table was loaded with little bits and pieces of paper.  As you know, I’ve been using my scraps to make quick little cards.  But these scraps were too small even for that.  What’s the answer?  Tags, of course!

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 2Create a tag base by cutting the corners from a rectangle of leftover cardstock.  This one measures about 5.75″ tall by 3.5″ wide.  I had fussy cut this sweet little doggie image from Authentique’s Devoted paper collection earlier, and just layered it up with patterned papers from that same collection.  A bow tied with brown plaid ribbon provided just the right color contrast for the blue tones in these papers.  I topped this with natural burlap string to add just a bit more texture and a rustic feel to the tag.

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 3Another great way to use scraps is to cut them into banner flags and die cut with small doily or flower dies.

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 4This sweet little kitty cat tag measures just 2.5″ x 5″.  Once again, the tag base is made from scrap cardstock.  The image was fussy cut from one of the patterned papers in the collection.

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 5I love the way this 3.8″ Light Blue Micro Gingham Ribbon frames the focal image.  It’s just the right width for this petite tag.  Blue hemp twine adds just the right amount of texture.

I’m a firm believer that nothing in this life should be wasted, I hope I’ve shared some ideas with you that you’ll be able to use in your own crafting. Please consider adoption the next time you decide to add a furry friend to your family.  You’ll be glad you did!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album

Petaloo Pets Week: All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  Are you enjoying Petaloo Pets week?  Yesterday I celebrated dogs with a sweet little shabby chic folio.  Today, it’s all about CATS!  This All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album is purr-fectly shabby chic, filled with fun interactive elements and loaded with simple techniques you can use in any crafty endeavor.  Let’s take a look,. shall we?

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 1While straightening up the Closet of Shame, I ran across this nifty mini album base.  Made with heavy book board, the album had plain kraft covers and a handy ring binder mechanism.  I dressed it up with papers from Authentique’s Devoted collection, a canvas spine and lots of shabby chic details.

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 2The focal image is this pretty kitty in an altered Prima frame.  Paints and seed beads add whimsy and texture to the formerly white frame.  The frame is surrounded by gorgeous Petaloo flowers, custom dyed seam binding ribbon, novelty buttons and a second, smaller vintage framed image.

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 3The frame was painted with a cream chalk paint followed by a light coat of Tattered Rose Distress Paint.  Finally, I tapped the raised edges with Vintage Photo Distress paint to make them pop.

Every shabby chic project needs flowers!  For this album, I’ve added Teal Mini Wild Roses, Blue Mini Wild Roses, Teal Forget me Nots, Antique Beige Wild Roses and Ivory Burlap Textured Blossoms from Petaloo, of course!

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 4I didn’t like the plain kraft spine, so I dressed it up with a strip of canvas that I attached with Scor-Tape.  The nubby texture and ivory fabric add to the shabby chic vibe.  This little antique bronze lion charm added just the right touch of whimsy to the spine.

Thinking outside the button box

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 5If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know I have a “thing” for buttons.  This love for buttons started when I was a child and my mom let me string buttons from my grandmother’s button box while I was sick in bed.  In later years, I inherited that button box along with all the beautiful vintage buttons inside it.  Like most collections, it grew…and grew…and grew!  Thankfully, I love to use buttons to embellish my projects.

For this fun button feature, I encircled a “framed” image with pretty buttons.  But do you want to guess how that frame was made?  Yep.  It’s a big button!  I used a paper punch to cut out the sweet vintage image of the girl and her kitty, glued it into the center of the button and then filled the button with Glossy Accents.  That’s how you think outside the button box!

It’s OK to Stagger!

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 6When cutting the pages for this mini album, I decided it would be fun to create pages that were sized and shaped differently.

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 7These staggered edges lend a playful, whimsical feel to the album and invite you to turn pages, open folders and peek inside pockets.

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album YouTube Video

Because I find it hard to really get a feel for the flow of a mini album with still photos, I created this YouTube video tour.  In the tour, I share tips for using scraps, creating custom embellishments and making interactive elements.  I hope you enjoy!

Thank you so much for joining me here today!  If you have any questions about this project, feel free to ask in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

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