Category Archives: Seasonal Cards

Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio

Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Gatefold Folio by Kathy Clement

Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio and a New Ribbon Crush from Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Let’s take a stroll together through this Ciao Bella Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio.  It features my new favorite addition to the  RRR shop: Variegated Sheer Ribbon.  Oooh la la!  This ribbon is everything I love: soft, elegant, easy to tie, just a touch of shimmer, and it comes in so many colors.  I’ve used the Moss/Taupe variety as a closure on this lovely little fall folio.   It’s the perfect color match for all the autumnal shades in this Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Folio.

This 5″ x 6 3/4″ folio has a gatefold cover and 1/2″ spines on each side.    I’ve piled up lots of little woodland elements on the textured wood panels.  The way I’ve stacked and placed the elements reminds me of the forest floor after all the leaves have fallen from the trees.  Serene, quiet beauty with lots of little treasures to please the senses.  That’s what I was going for here.

TIP:  Here’s how to create the card base. Cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of kraft cardstock down to 6 3/4″ ” x 11.  Then score on the long side at 2 1/2, 3″, 8″, and 8 1/2″ to form the dimensional card base.  So easy, but so effective!

Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio: Adding Texture

TIP: Texture papers with a 3-D embossing folder. For these panels, I inked up the flat side of a Spellbinder’s folder with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  Then I spritzed the patterned paper lightly with water and ran it through my Spellbinder’s Platinum machine.  The embossing folder forms deep ridges in the patterned paper, and the dark ink seeps into these crevices.  Then end result is paper that looks like tree bark.  It’s a wonderful thing!

TIP: Fill a  giant wood button with wood shavings to add even more of a woodland feel.  Then top the wood shavings with an acorn novelty button, feathers, Prills and a small burlap flower.

Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio: A Peek Inside

Well hello, Mr. Fox!  How nice of you to invite us in!  Can you spot the sweet little squirrel charm tucked into the burlap flower?  I love him!

One of the things I  love about a gatefold style folio is all the little nooks and crannies where you can add visual treats.

See that adorable little hedgehog on the left?

It’s actually a little folio with a magnetic closure.  This is a great spot to tuck in a note, gift card or photo.

The box style center pocket holds another min folio, vintage silver plate spoon and some honey.

And where there is honey, one simply must have tea!

Here’s a peek at the back side of the album.  I wish it could be autumn for at least 6 months a year!

Did I share 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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Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio

Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio with Authentique Gracious

Hello, Friends!  How about a hug in a cup this Monday morning?  I have the sweetest tea themed card folio made with Authentique Gracious to share with you this morning.

Authentique Gracious Double Z Fold Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

This little 5″ x 5 1/2″ tea themed card folio is made with scraps from other Gracious projects I’ve been making this fall.  I have to tell you…I am in love with this collection.  It is so warm and nostalgic that I can’t  seem to stop playing with it!  This resulted in a lovely little stack of off cuts, extra doilies, die cut teacups and bits and pieces that were begging to be put to good use.  So, I did!

You all know how much I love my tea, so I decided to make one more tea themed card folio with the lovely vintage teapots and teacups pattern from the collection.  Stamped sentiments come from a lovely Penny Black tea stamp set that I will link below in the supply list.

Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio: Double Z Fold Card

Double Z Fold Tea Themed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Authentique Gracious

Would you like me to do a tutorial for the double z fold card base?  Wish granted!  You’ll find a project tour with tips and tricks as well as a video tutorial below.  It’s such a fun way to make a card.  It just opens and opens and opens again, giving you lots of room to add paper pretties.

Penny Black Cup of Tea Stamps Double Z Fold Card Tutorial Kathy Clement Authentique Gracious

This is what the inside of the card looks like when fully opened.  The center pocket holds a little tea bag and blank card where you can add your own personal greeting.

But the really fun thing about this folio design is that the back side is also fully decorated.  How fun would it be to set this card out on your fall mantel, or even your Thanksgiving table?

Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio Tutorial on YouTube

You can see why I love this collection so much.   The rich autumn hues and vintage images are just dreamy.  And this card design is a great way to turn scraps into a gorgeous project!

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.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post. And to see more Gracious Projects, Click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Heartfelt Creations Wild Aster and Sunflowers Pocket Card

This hop is now closed. The randomly chosen winner is DawnMarie.  Thanks for hopping!

Heartfelt Creations Wild Aster and Sunflowers Pocket Card for the Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop.  With fall in full force here in North Carolina, I decided to make this Heartfelt Creations Wild Aster and Sunflowers Pocket Card to share with you this month.  It features two of my favorite fall blooms, and one of my favorite fall colors: purple!

Heartfelt Creations Wild Aster and Sunflowers Pocket Card: A Pocket Full of Posies

This 6″ x 8″ top fold card folio is a little larger than my normal 5″ x 7″ base.  But it features one of my favorite design techniques: the pocket.  Her’e’s how that element came together:

  • First, cut a 5 7/8″ x 7 7/8″ base panel using the woodgrain stripe from the Wild Aster Paper Collection.  Ink the edges if so desired.
  • Next, fussy cut one of the corner designs from the Fall Aster Paper Collection.  This panel measures 5 7/8″ wide x about 5 1/2″ tall.  Keep the left hand and bottom edges straight, but fussy cut around the floral images on the inside edge to create a pretty shaped pocket.
  • Next, position the shaped pocket over your base panel and stitch together on your sewing machine, leaving the shaped edge open to form a pocket.
  • Do not adhere the card front to the base panel until the interior of the card has been finished.
Heartfelt Creations Wild Aster and Sunflowers Pocket Card:  The Tag Insert

  • First, die cut your tag from cream cardstock using the Album Tags and Accents Die.
  • Then use the smaller tag die  to cut the liner paper from one of the 6″ x 6″ card fronts in the paper collection.  So quick and easy! (I also covered the back of my tag with designer paper to add extra thickness and strength.)
  • Now, die cut “A Gift for You” from the same cream cardstock using the Ornamental Tags Dies.  Adhere to the front of the tag.
  • Next, die cut the little gift tag circle using the circle die from Ornamental Tags.  Die cut a second circle from a cardstock scrap to add extra strength.
  • You will also need to die cut the Lacy Diamond from the same cream paper, along with the little lattice shaped triangle from that die set.
  • Finish the pocket with a gorgeous Purple Nite Seam Binding Bow.  Then top it with a 3/8″ bow tied with Crosshatch Purple Satin Ribbon and a small sunflower.
Heartfelt Creations Wild Aster and Sunflowers Pocket Card: Making the Flowers

Since sunflowers and asters are both lovely in the fall of the year, I decided to combine them on this tag.  I think they look gorgeous together.  Here’s how to make the flowers:

  • First,  stamp and die cut 3 sets of the asters, the aster leaves and 2 sets of the sunflowers.  Stamp in Archival Ink (listed below).
  • Next, use the Golf Tools to shape the petals, then stack the layers and adhere together with Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Then, use sponge daubers to add ink to the petals .
  • Add shine to the asters with Violet Metallic Viva 3-D Stamp Paint.  Place a small dab on your craft sheet and pick it up with a makeup sponge, dabbing most of it off on the work surface.  Then tap lightly over the petals.
  • Now,   Fill the centers of the Wild Asters with a puddle of Dries Clear, then sprinkle with Flower Soft to make realistic looking centers.
  • Use sponge daubers to color the sunflower petals with Saffron Archival Ink.  Then mist the petals lightly with Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Mist and a touch of  Perfect Copper Perfect Pearls Mists. These are both retired products, but you can substitute glimmer mists from your stash.
  • Fill the centers of the sunflowers with hot glue, then add glass beads and Expresso-Yourself Prills.
  • Now arrange the flowers and leaves at the top of the tag.  Tuck in the die cut sentiment circle.  Back the tag with the Lacy Diamond Die Cut.
Heartfelt Creations Wild Aster and Sunflowers Pocket Card: A Peek Inside

The interior of the card features a little waterfall feature made with the 6×6 card fronts and a cute gift pocket made with the Eyelet Rectangle & Basics Die. Back the pocket with Darice Thin Foam Strips on the sides and bottom so that you will have room to tuck in  some lovely treats.

To make the flip folio feature, Score 3/8″ flaps on the left hand edge of each 6×6 panel.  Adhere the first flap behind the base panel, then stack the flaps on top of one another to form a little book.

TIP: Hold the flip folio shut with a purple paper clip.  Slip this over the edge of the folio and onto the front of the card.  When you adhere the card front to the base, don’t place adhesive here.  This way, the clip can easily be taken on and off.

Die cut frames and photo mounts for the flip folio using the Eyelet Rectangle & Basics Dies and cream cardstock.  Card fronts from the paper pack make great journaling spots, or places to write your own greeting.   For the base panel, I fussy cut/tore the words “Faith” and “to” from the 12×12 image.  Then I adhered them over the original script on the page so that the message would make sense.

On With the Hop!

Visit each of the blogs in the list below. Be sure to leave a lovely comment, as one comment will be chosen from a mystery blog to win a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations!

The hop will close at 11:55PM EDT on Monday, October 28th.  A winner will be chosen and announced at the top of this blog post on Tuesday, October 29th.  Heartfelt Creations will also announce the winner on their blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, October 30th.

The winner has 72 hours to claim the prize by contacting [email protected] via email.  Please write “Winner of the October Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

Here’s the link to all the alumni team blogs this month:

KATHY (you are here) ♥ Alissa  ♥ GlendaVickiCandy SarahEmily

Thanks so much for hopping with us!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio

Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  Oh, how I love fall.  This Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio is so warm and inviting, I just had to share it with you!  It has everything I love: rich color, gorgeous textures, lush layers, machine stitching to add that homespun feel, and scrumptious patterned papers.  Yes, I had fun with this one!

Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design PHoto 01

Start with a 6″ x 6″ chocolate brown card base with a 1/2″ spine.  Them mat layers of Prima Autumn Sunset papers on cardstock and burlap.  Scurry over to the sewing machine and add some stitching.  Then heat emboss a Laserowe Love doily with Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture and pile on some fall leaves. (Prima) Place dimensionals on the back of the die cut deer and surround with gorgeous flowers.  Yummy!

TIP:  Build your card front before you adhere it to the base.  Then wrap the sides with twine and gold metallic string to create a wonderful contrast between rustic and elegant.  Top the twine with a Prima charm.  I always add my card fronts to the base as the very last step.  This way, I can finish the inside without crushing all those lovely dimensional elements.

Deer Autumn Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Create a quick and easy pocket on the inside of your card.  Simply cut the liner panel 2 1/2″ longer than the card base.  Score and fold the overhang to form a pocket.  Add gussets to the sides so you have plenty of room to add treats and treasures.

Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Use an Envelope Tool to make a little tea wallet .  Top it with a ribbon belly band to hold everything in place.  I tucked in one of my precious vintage gold plated enamel demitasse spoons and a bit of chocolate for a sweet afternoon treat.

Deer Autumn Card Folio: The Pull Out Mechanism

Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card folio Accordion Mechanism Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

This lovely little accordion mechanism is held in place with ribbon.  It’s a great way to showcase the patterns from this lovely collection.  And it’s the perfect place to add a few fall photos and journaling.  I love it when a card is also a gift and a mini album, don’ t you?

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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Ciao Bella Thankful Sunflowers Card

Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Card Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Ciao Bella Thankful Sunflowers Card

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  Today’s post features this Ciao Bella Thankful Sunflowers card that I made for my blogging buddy, Anita Houston. (The Artful Maven Haven)  Anita’s lovely blog was one of the very first that I followed.  She is one of the most talented, generous and lovely people in the mixed media world.  As a Ranger Educator, she shared dozens of techniques via her blog.  Although we have very different styles, I was able to translate many of them into my paper driven crafting.  And, she was one of the people who gently kicked me in the seat of my pants and said, “Start a blog!”  She still visits and supports my blog, which means the world to me.  My nickname for  her is “Beautiful Soul”.

In a recent email, she was praising me for the sunflowers I used on THIS card. When I mentioned to her that I had used Ranger Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Spray on the petals to amp up the color, I also mentioned that I was sad because my supply was nearly gone.  Since these mists are now retired, I was sad to see it go.  Anita immediately mailed me a package of all the colors, no charge, and she wouldn’t even let me pay postage.  See why I call her Beautiful Soul?  So this card is on its way to my dear friend, Anita.

Ciao Bella Thankful Sunflowers Card with The Sound of Autumn

 

This was my first play with Ciao Bella papers…but it will NOT be my last!  Ooh la la!  What fun I had making this fancy fold card.  This is a Z-Fold Box card, and I have a YouTube tutorial that will show you how to make the base HERE.   There is additional information for this style card on my blog HERE.  So that ought to keep you busy this weekend!

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflowers Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Heartfelt Creations Sunflowers take center stage along with beautiful layered papers, metal embellishments and gingham ribbon. Yes, I love gingham ribbon!  I’ll share a supply list at the end of this post.

For more Heartfelt Creations Sunflowers on my blog, click HERE.

Ciao Bella Thankful Sunflowers Card: A Peek Inside

So, the hedgehog….all together now…oooooooooh!  Don’t you just love it?  And of course, there’s a little tea pocket.

The z-fold area is just big enough to hold a pocket for one of my precious demitasse spoons and a little tag.  These are the z folds inside the card.

And these are the folds behind the front cover.  I would love to sit on this park bench and soak up the autumn sunshine.  How about you?

No tutorial today…just a lovely little autumn card and a shout out to a dear friend who helped me get my feet under me in the crafting world.  Love you, Anita!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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