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Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor: Lucky Banner and Wallhangings

Hello, Friends!  Do you decorate your home for Saint Patrick’s Day?  My grandgirls loooove the holiday, because each year a “leprechaun” visits them and commits all kinds of shenanigans!  These Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor ideas should add to the fun.

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor: Lucky Banner

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick's Day Home Decor by Kathy Clement Photo 1

Banners are such a fun way to decorate your home for the holidays.  They are festive, fun to display and pretty easy to make, too.  This Lucky Banner is made with Authentique’s Shamrock paper collection and Emerald Collection Stickers.  It measures about 3 feet from end to end.  Isn’t it just gloriously green?

While I love to make banners, they are so hard to photograph.  I made a super short video so that you can see the details better.

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Look at that dapper Leprechaun!  The large pennants are 3.5″ wide x 4.5″ tall.  There are 3 of these, interspersed with smaller 2″ x 3″ pennants.

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I used a banner die to cut dark green cardstock.  Next, I matted the die cut pennant on a larger piece of lighter green cardstock.  Then I hand cut the patterned papers to fit the pennant base. Finally, I stitched the focal image to the pennant on my sewing machine.  To embellish, I used hand made rosettes, vintage buttons, white paper flowers and ivory burlap string.  The pennants are attached to the ribbon with mini clothespins.

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I’ve added sentiment stickers and metal keys.

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These small banner sentiments and images are from the sticker sheet.  Aren’t they great?

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Banners are always a great way to decorate!

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor: Irish Lass and Irish Lad Shaped Wall Hangings

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While you are decorating, why not add some smaller wall hangings to the mix?  These 6″ x 6″ shaped chipboard cards are made with retired Crafty Secrets Sweet Chips.  I did a quick internet search for them, and found you can still get them on EBay.  You might also be able to find a similar SVG cut file online as well.

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick's Day Home Decor by Kathy Clement Photo 10I’ve suspended the cards from a small vintage style wire hanger for easy display.  Lace, vintage buttons, Little Birdie Renae flowers and collection stickers have this card ready to River Dance!

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick's Day Home Decor by Kathy Clement Photo 11 The pockets are filled with little tags and stickers from the collection.  Detach the mini hanger to open the card.

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I love the sentiments in this collection!

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To make this mini file folder, I added the sticker to a piece of cardstock that was twice its height.  Then I trimmed around it and added papers  to the inside.  This would be a great place for the leprechauns to leave a little treat!

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Of course, I had to make one for an Irish Lad, too!

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These cards take “the wearin’ of the green” to a whole new level!

As always, these items are available for purchase in my ETSY shop.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that will help you get ready for Saint Patrick’s Day.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor Supply List

 

Kiss Me, I’m Irish! Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial

Kiss Me, I’m Irish! Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Well, Valentine’s Day is past, so you know what that means don’t you?  Yes!  It’s time for the wearin’ o the green!  I’m here today to help you get ready for Saint Patrick’s Day with a trio of totally adorable vintage style cards.  This Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial will have you itching to dig into your crafty stash and get your green on!

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

Working with this collection is an Irish girl’s dream come true.  Especially in the gloomy month of February!  All this green makes my heart want to sing!  Each of these 5″ x 5″ top fold cards uses the same basic “recipe.”  This means, you can make a stack of cards in a very short amount of time.  Just cut all your panels, die cut your embellishments and make your own assembly line!

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

 

I broke out some dies to make these festive rosettes and ribbon banners.  Make a whole stack of them before you start, then you can zip right through the creative process.

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

You can give each card its own unique feel simply by altering the focal image and the placement of the embellishments a bit.

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial: The Party’s on the Inside

Lest you should think that I overlooked the interior of these gloriously green cards, here’s a peek at the inside.

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 7

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 8

I’ve filled the interior with lots of fun little interactive elements that make each card feel just like a party!

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial on YouTube

So are you ready to get your craft on?  I’ve prepared a video tutorial for you.  In it, we will learn how to quickly and easily build a pocket card base.  We will decorate the interior of the card, and build the little wallet that tucks into the pocket.  Then we’ll decorate the card front together.  I think you’re going to be surprised at how quickly and easily these cards come together.

One quick note: for some reason, I got it into my crazy head that the name of this collection was Emerald.  It is not.  It is SHAMROCK.  So whenever you hear me say “Emerald” wag your finger at me and say, “Shamrock, Kathy!  Shamrock!”  I apologize for the glitch!

You’ll find a linked supply list for the products I’ve used at the end of this post.  Now get out your notebook and pencil, because class is in session!  Enjoy!

If I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List and Product Links: Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial

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Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine

Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine for Frilly Funkie All You Need is Love Challenge

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. The lovely Zoe is our host, and the theme is All You Need is Love.  I spent a delightful afternoon creating a Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine.  We’ll look at that in a moment, but first, let’s see what Zoe has to say about this challenge theme:

Challenge Theme: All You Need Is Love
Create a vintage or shabby chic card with the word “LOVE” somewhere on the card. It can be the focus or just a tiny detail.

Red and Black Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine

Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made with a combination of Graphic 45 Papers.  I’ve used the French Country Deluxe Collector’s Edition in the background layers and chipboard frame.  Black and red just work so well on a vintage Valentine!  The February pages of A Place in Time DCE provided me with the images, postcards, and tags.  You wouldn’t think of putting these two collection together in one project, but it really works!

Distressed layers always give a project a wonderful vintage feel.   Gold mat layers add to the effect.  Black jet buttons from my vintage button jar and a darling rusty heart help amp up the vintage vibe as well.

This sweet little brooch is from the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I die cut an image from one of the Place in Time tags, then glued it into the blank.  Next, I clustered Petaloo Gypsy Roses all around it.

Add finishing touches with a vintage brass word charm and a houndstooth ribbon bow.

French Country Vintage Valentine: A Peek Inside

The large pocket contains a chocolate tucked into a Graphic 45 Policy Envelope.

I created a mini flap element on the top half of the card.

Here’s how to make it:

  • First cut out the postcard image from A Place in Time February papers.
  • Next, score the post card about 1/2″ to the right of center.  Fold.
  • Mat the left hand side of the post card on black cardstock.  Glue to the card base.
  • Now, cut out the cute Cupid image and glue in place as shown.
  • For the front cover, Mat the tag on black cardstock. Glue the RIGHT hand side in place, being careful not to stick it to the postcard beneath.

Now you have a secret, hidden spot to write a Valentine message.

Now It’s YOUR turn!

You are cordially invited to play along in this “All You Need is Love” challenge. To do so, simply create a vintage or shabby chic project.  Then link your project up at the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, February 13th.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose four favorite projects from your entries. Our favorite artist  will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer  at Frilly and Funkie. The next three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Did I share some tips and tricks today 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

Product Links to the Funkie Junkie Boutique



Love, Love, Love: A Valentine Gallery Post

Love, Love, Love: A Valentine Gallery Post

Hello, Friends!  I have been having the BEST time making Valentines for my Etsy Shop.  Since there are so many, I thought I’d just pop in and share a little Valentine Gallery Post so that you can see what I’ve been up to.  This won’t be one of my typical “how to” posts.  I’ll just share all the pretty pictures so you can see what I’ve been up to.

Valentine Gallery Post #1: Hugs and Kisses Valentine Wallet

Hugs and Kisses Valentine Wallet Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Post Product by Carta Bella Photo 1

This first card is actually a little wallet made with Carta Bella’s playful Hello, Sweetheart Collection.

Hugs and Kisses Valentine Wallet Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Post Product by Carta Bella Photo 2

I love the pink and black color scheme, and the stylish belly band that holds the wallet closed.

Hugs and Kisses Valentine Wallet Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Post Product by Carta Bella Photo 3Inside the card, I created a box style pocket and stuffed it with Valentine goodies.

Hugs and Kisses Valentine Wallet Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Post Product by Carta Bella Photo 4

These papers are not my usual style…but I kinda fell for the color palette and playful imagesand had to add them to my Valentine stash.

Valentine Gallery Project #2: Valentine Viking Card

Viking Valentine Wishes Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Product by Carta Bella Photo 1

Hehehe.  This one makes me chuckle.  I found out I have Viking blood (truly, I do) about 10 years ago.  And since then, Dale and I have made all all kinds of Viking jokes.  I thought this whimsical love stricken Viking would make the perfect Valentine for my honey.  Only…get this…he does not care for cards.  So I made it, showed it to him, and now it goes into the Etsy shop for some other Viking lover.

Viking Valentine Wishes Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Product by Carta Bella Photo 2

Who can resist this little guy?  And the vintage buttons on the side make me think of Viking shields.  Fun, right?

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I love a good fold out element on a project.  This is the perfect spot to write a little greeting.

Viking Valentine Wishes Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Product by Carta Bella Photo 5And here’s my Viking sweetheart again…

Viking Valentine Wishes Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Product by Carta Bella Photo 6

I know, I know…too punny!

Valentine Gallery Project #3: Shabby Chic Pink and Black Valentine

Valentine Gallery Post Pink and Black Shabby Chic Valentine by Kathy Clement Photo 1

I kind of love the country chic vibe of this pretty pink and black Valentine.

Valentine Gallery Post Pink and Black Shabby Chic Valentine by Kathy Clement Photo 2

I blame this one on my BFF Ginny Nemchak as the country chic tag is from her Etsy Shop.  All the other papers on this one are from my scrap drawer.

Valentine Gallery Post Pink and Black Shabby Chic Valentine by Kathy Clement Photo 3

There’s a tea bag tucked in that mini envelope, to go along with the decorated honey stick in the pocket.

Valentine Gallery Post Pink and Black Shabby Chic Valentine by Kathy Clement Photo 4

And what’s a Valentine without a little chocolate?

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Valentine Gallery Project #4: Shabby Chic Valentine Tag

Shabby Chic Valentine Tag by Kathy Clement Photo 1

I decided to clean up my work table by making this sweet little shabby chic Valentine Tag.

Shabby Chic Valentine Tag by Kathy Clement Photo 2This is also an image from Ginny’s Etsy Shop.  The tag is made with cardstock and measures 4.5″ x6.5″.  The vintage button is one I found at an estate sale.  Love me some vintage buttons!

Shabby Chic Valentine Tag by Kathy Clement Photo 3

So that wraps up my Valentine Gallery for now.  If you’d like to purchase any of these items, or any other of the handmade items in my ETSY shop, you can find them HERE.  Thanks so much for letting me share these with you!

Cheerio,

kathy

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks and Treat Wallet for The Kiddies

Hello, again, Friends!  Just as I  promised, I’m back today with more Lovestruck Valentines.  My last project used Lovestruck to make a sassy and sweet grown up Valentine.  But these Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks and Valentine Treat Wallet are made with the kids in mind.  Both of today’s projects are quick and easy to make, so let’s get the party started!

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 1

These retro images take me right back to elementary school!  Remember the fun Valentine’s Day parties with cookies, punch and Valentine treats?   My mom always insisted that we make our own Valentines for those parties.  One year, we baked heart shaped cookies and decorated them with frosting.  Another year, we cut out construction paper hearts, added a stick of gum and wrote “I’m stuck on you, ” on each card.  And one year we handed out lollipops with a little tag that said, “I’m a sucker for you.”  My mom was never short on imagination!  I’m so thankful for her innovation and creativity!

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 2Somewhere in my shopping adventures, I ran across these white bookmark forms.  I think they were in a dollar bin somewhere.  I liked the shape and the scalloped edge, so I brought them home.  While doing my annual end of the year clean up, I ran across them and realized they would make great Valentines!

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 3Each bookmark measures 2″ wide x 6″ tall.  Because of the petite size, I decided to work with the Lovestruck 6″ x 6″ paper bundle as well as the Lovestruck Collection Kit.  (You always want to try to match the scale of your paper pattern to the size of your project.)

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 4The focal images are cut from the 12×12 collection kit, then embellished with stickers and other fussy cut images.

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 5

To add the lollipop to these Lovestruck Lollipop Bookmarks, punch two holes with a standard hole punch.  Then thread the stem of the lollipop through the holes and secure on the back side of the bookmark with tape.  You could make a bunch of these cutie pie bookmarks in no time!  I think they’d make darling party favors!

Lovestruck Valentine Treat Wallet

Valentine Treat Wallet Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

This cute little treat wallet is so easy to make using paper scraps and stickers.  Here’s how I did it:

Valentine Treat Wallet Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

  • First, cut a 7.5″ wide x 5″ tall piece of scrap cardstock.
  • Next, place the long side on your scoring tool.  Score at 3.25″ and 7″.
  • Crease the folds to create a little wallet. Decorate the front as seen here.
  • Create a belly band from paper scraps and decorate with a sticker.

For the inside:

Valentine Treat Wallet Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

  • You will have a 1″ overlap on the right hand side.  This becomes a pocket.
  • Now, line the interior of the wallet with papers from the 6×6 Paper Bundle.
  • Then glue the sides of the 1″ flap to the base to form a pocket.  You can punch a thumb hole with a 1″ circle punch first, if desired.
  • Now, fill the pocket with treats, a gift card or a little note.
  • Back a sticker with cardstock and glue just the bottom edge on the left hand side of the wallet.  This becomes a tuck spot for an image.

How easy was that?

I hope I’ve shared some fun ideas that you can use when making Valentines for your favorite kiddoes.  I think these would make darling party favors and would even be fun for teachers!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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