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Authentique Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial

Authentique Calendar Collection Christmas Joy Shaker Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial with Authentique December Calendar Collection

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a sweet little Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial to share with you.  The month of December is filled with so many wonderful photo ops: picking out the tree, Black Friday Shopping  Marathons, cookie baking, decorating, pageants…the list goes on and on!  It all happens so fast that it’s easy to miss those special moments, or keep up with them in a December Daily format.  But this little flip folio is a quick and easy make.  All you have to do is add photos, a few captions, and you’ve preserved the magic of this holiday season for years to come.  the December pages from Authentique Paper’s new Calendar Collection makes it extra easy !  let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial: The Basics

The tri-fold folio base measures 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ with 1″ spines. I used 12″ x 18″ natural cardstock for the base, then lined both sides with Authentique Spectrum cardstock in Denim and Tricycle Red cardstock.  This adds a colorful base, and it also strengthens the base.

The front of the album is just one layer of the December plaid topped with a festive shaker frame.  Here’s how to make the frame:

  • First, die cut a Calllista Rectangle Shadow Box Frame from ivory cardstock. Be sure to place the insert die in the center of the frame to cut out the shaker opening.
  • Next, cover the frame with Versamark Embossing Ink.
  • Now cover the frame with Ranger Bridal Embossing Powder.  Heat emboss.  This will add a lovely sparkly shimmer to the frame, but it will also strengthen those delicate edges.
  • Cut a  3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece of clear cardstock to fit the back of the frame.  Adhere with Scor-Tape or Dries Clear Adhesive.  Remove the liner tape from each layer, but leave it on the top layer until after you’ve added your shaker mix.
  • Next, adhere 3 layers of Darice Foam Strips to the back of the solid sides of the frame.
  • Now, cut out the image from the December Calendar pages. Adhere it to the plaid patterned paper. Then place beads, sequins and other sparkly goodies in the center of the image.
  • Remove the liner tape and carefully line the frame up over the image.  Press in place.
  • Finish with flowers, ribbons and other pretty Christmas baubles.
Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial: The Spine

Cover the back and spine of the album with the cable knit sweater pattern from Authentique Snowfall.  Adhere a little Tim Holtz Christmas Ephemera label to the back of the album.  This is a great spot to write down the year you made the folio and any other little details.

Use a silver lobster clasp and jump rings to create a charm cluster on the spine.  This is the easiest way I’ve found to do this.  I just punch a hold about 1/2″ from the top of the spine, tie a bow through the opening, and add my charms.

Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

This folio is filled with fun, interactive elements.  The tag pocket on the left flips open.  The carolers on the right hand flip up.

The center panel is a box style pocket with a gift folio insert.

TIP: Score and fold the December calendar to create a spot to write down December events, shopping lists, or special memories.  Save the off cut from the shaped pocket and use it as a turn tab on the fold.

The right hand page flips out to reveal a sweet little waterfall and another die cut frame for a special photo.  Because of the box style pocket, the album stands up for display so it can be used as a home decor piece.

Fill the folio with some Christmas treats.  Once they are removed, you have a great place to tuck in even more photos!

Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial: Video Tour and How to Make the Base

If you’d like to see more of the details in this folio and learn how to build the base and mechanisms, then please enjoy this little video tutorial.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Carta Bella Christmas Market Shaker Card Folio

Carta Bella Christmas Market Shaker Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Christmas Market Shaker Card Folio

Hello, Friends! This Carta Bella Christmas Market Shaker Card Folio is a great way to start off the month of December.  Wait…is it really December already?  That’s what the calendar says, so it’s time to get our Christmas crafting on for reals!  So let’s roll out the buffalo plaid, glitter and glam!

Christmas Market is such a happy collection!  I’ve used it to make some of the merriest Christmas projects this year!  This 5″ x 7″ shaker top card has all the things I love about Christmas crafting: plaid on plaid (does it get any better than that?) sparkly shaker elements, a festive banner, and cheery red flowers.

The base for the shaker box is a Spellbinders Nestablilities Oval Majesty Die.  I’ve filled it with a chipboard Christmas Tree and some pretty new Desert Sky Shimmerz shaker elements from Buttons Galore and More.

TIP: To make the MERRY banner, follow these easy steps:

  • First, mat the stickers on scraps of green cardstock, then trim out.
  • Next, back the stickers with foam dimensionals.
  • Always start with the middle letter of a banner, then build out to each side.  This will keep things symmetrical and balanced.
  • Top the pennants with shimmery stars and pearls from the shaker collection.
  • Finally tie small bows and adhere in the corners.
Christmas Market Shaker Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Build a box pocket inside the card, then fill it with lots of fun goodies.  Attach a mini candy cane with a bit of buffalo plaid washi tape, just for fun.

Use a We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board to make a custom treat envelope.  I actually made 2 envelopes: One for the honey packet, and one for the other goodies.

These little card folios are such a fun gift at the holidays.  They are perfect for Secret Santa, hostess gifts,  or office exchange parties,  It’s a great way to give something handmade and personal.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment box below.  If you’d like to see more Christmas Market projects click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Heartfelt Creations All is Calm Shaker Christmas Card

This hop is now closed.  The winner is Dana Roepke chosen from Glenda’s Blog.  Thanks for hopping! 

Heartfelt Creations Candlelit Christmas Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Heartfelt Creations All is Calm Shaker Card for the Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations November 2019 Alumni Hop!  Christmas will be here in no time, so I thought I’d use the new Candlelit Christmas Collection to make this All is Calm Christmas Shaker Card to share with you today.

All is Calm Shaker Card: Tips and Tricks

This is a 6″ x 6″ double z-fold card.  You can find a tutorial for making this style card HERE on my blog.  The shaker frame is made with the wonderfully versatile Eyelet and Rectangle Basics Dies and some clear acrylic cardstock.  I love the way the shaker elements resemble snow.

Follow these steps to make the flowers:

Now tie bows with Blue/Ivory/Gold Plaid Ribbon and cluster them together with the flowers.  Paint jingle bells white and dip in the Crystal Clear Glitter.  Add these with a snowflake for the perfect finishing touch.

Die cut the Starry Night Decorative Die to layer behind the shaker element. Go ahead and die cut the border piece as well.  It will be used inside the card.

All is Calm Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

One of the things I love about this fancy fold is the number of surfaces you can decorate!  And, opening it is so dramatic!

TIP: Before you start putting your card together, take a few minutes to die cut the elements from the cut apart page using the Ticket and Tags Die, Album Tags and Accents Die, and Ornamental Tags Die.  Then you will have them all ready to use when you are embellishing your card.  You can do the same thing with the Glow of Christmas Die and the Candlelit Poinsettia Die.  While you are at it, go ahead and die cut the Fanci-Fold Pocket & Accents Die.

All is Calm Shaker Card: More Details

Tie round charms through the die cut ornaments for a fun card accent.  Create quick and easy tag pockets by adhering 3 sides of a paper scrap to a card panel. Everyone loves to pull a treat out of a pocket!

Decorate the center panel with die cuts and frames that you cut out earlier.  Then create a lace-topped pocket to hold this lovely little folio.  I glittered the trees with Dries Clear and Crystal Clear, but the camera did not pick it up.  It’s gorgeous in real life, however.

Tuck a Christmas tea bag inside the folio.  There’s plenty of room to write a Christmas greeting  here , and to tuck in a gift card!

Don’t forget to decorate the back side of your card folio!  Create a fancy tag pocket with that die cut Fanci-Fold Pocket.  The center panel is large enough to hold a family Christmas photo.

Use the handy side pocket to add special memories of your family activities.  These little card folios are such fun to make, and the are unique, thoughtful gifts, too!

On With the Hop!

From here, hop on over and see what inspiration my dear teammate Glenda has in store for you this month!

Visit and comment on all the blogs in the hop.  A  comment from a mystery blog will be randomly chosen to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Certificate.  The winner will be announced here on Monday, December 2nd at the top of this blog post.  Heartfelt Creations will also announce the winner on their blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, December 4th.  The winner will have 72 hours from that date to claim the prize by contacting [email protected] by email.  Please write “Winner of the November Blog Hop” in the subject line.

The hop runs from 8AM EST on Friday, November 29th until 11: 55 PM EST on Monday, December 2nd.  No comments will be entered into the drawing after the cutoff time.

Here’s the hop list:

KATHY (You are HERE) ♥ GlendaAmarilys Els  ♥ Alissa ♥  Vicki   ♥ Sarah  ♥ Monica   ♥ Candy

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Button Farm Club Rejoice Christmas Card Kit

Button Farm Club Rejoice Christmas Card Kit Release Day

Hello, Friends!  Today is release day for my latest Button Farm Club Rejoice Christmas Card Kit.  I am soooo excited about this beautiful collection of shaker cards, pop-up gift card holders, pocket cards, easel cards and as a bonus…a sweet little 5″ x 5″ Christmas folio.  There’s something for everyone in this amazing kit: pet lovers, fellas, vintage home decor, pocket cards, pop-up cards, shaker cards and photo storage.  They all have a wonderful vintage vibe, thanks to the gorgeous Authentique Rejoice paper collection used to create the kit. Let’s take a sneaky peek at a few of the paper pretties you’ll be making in this kit.

Rejoice Christmas Card Kit: Pop Up Gift Card Holders

Gift cards have become one of the most popular ways to say Merry Christmas.  You’ll be able to step up your presentation with the 4 stylish pop up gift card holders included in this kit.  There’s one for dog lovers, one for cat lovers, one for guys and one for gals, and they are all lovely.

Rejoice Christmas Card Kit: Merry Christmas Tree Shaker Card

You all know just how much I love a shaker card…but when it’s shaped like a Christmas tree and filled with sparkling snowflakes…well, that makes me merry, indeed!  There’s also a gift card pocket inside this card, which turns it into a gift.  Or add it to your holiday mantel.

Rejoice Christmas Card Kit: Home for Christmas Step Easel Card

Look how sweet this 7″ x 5″ step easel card is!  The clever design folds flat for mailing, and pops up for display.  It’s another great home decor piece!

Rejoice Christmas Card Kit: Trifold Pocket Card

Good things really DO come in small packages!  This petite 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ trifold card has 2 interior pockets, loads of dimension and would make a lovely gift.

Rejoice Christmas Card Kit:  Jolly Santa Photo Folio

Holiday photos are the best!  Capture all the memories from Christmas Day or Christmas parties in this Jolly Santa Photo Folio.

Step by step instructions and detail photos make it easy to create.  This would be a great holiday activity to pursue with the kids or visiting relatives.

Like all my folios, this one is loaded with interactive elements like the ones seen here.  Just wait til you see all the fun I packed into the design of this 5″ x 5″ folio!  It’s loaded with techniques that you’ll be able to translate into your crafting toolbox, too!

Rejoice Christmas Card Kit: Limited Edition…

This is a very limited release at The Button Farm Club. so if you are interested, you should order right away.  I expect it to sell out quickly.

The kit comes with everything you need to make 8 gorgeous Christmas projects. You just need to add your own ink, adhesives and basic crafting tools.

  • 12 sheets of 12×12 Authentique Rejoice designer paper
  • 12×12 sticker sheet
  • 4 sheets of color matched Spectrum Cardstock
  • 6 sheets of heavy 12×12 kraft cardstock
  • 3 yards of Christmas Plaid Ribbon
  • spool of gold metallic string
  • Little Birdie Christmas Flowers
  • Christmas tree shaker box
  • snowflake sequins
  • 4 mini gift card envelopes
  • wood embellishments
  • full color, printed step by step tutorial

It’s an amazing value at only $47.99!  I don’t know how Laura manages to pack all my crazy ideas into these kits at such a reasonable price, but she does it month after month. But aren’t we glad she does?

Order your kit HERE.

You can find past Button Farm Kits and tutorials HERE.

Thanks for all your kind support!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial

A Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial for Little Birdie Crafts

Hello, Friends!  I just love traditional red and green Christmas cards, don’t you?  But every once in a while, I like to go off the beaten path and play with non-traditional Christmas colors.  And that’s how this Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial for Little Birdie Crafts came into being.

Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

Little Birdie asked me to create a Christmas project this go round.  Since I did not have any Little Birdie Christmas papers, images or flowers, I had to get a little bit creative on this one.  So after I did a lot of thinking with my thunker, I decided that this pinkalicious Christmas card could pass muster.  What do you think?

This is a 6″ x 6″ top fold card made with papers from the Vintage Reflections and Aquarelle 12×12 paper packs.  I selected the “Celebrate” chipboard from the Birthday Wishes Primed Chipboard package.  I selected the candy cane image from a Gecko Galz Altered Christmas Digital Download.

TIP: To add lots of dimension to a project, print the image twice (3″ x 4″).  Cut out the candy cane and flower cluster from one image.  Adhere the cut out image to the print using dimensionals.  This makes a small image really POP on the page.

Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial: The Flowers

Little Birdie Camila Moonlight Flowers come with foliage stems and coiled wire stems.  The Rosemund Pink Roses are soft and delicate, and I just love the fact that they come on stems with foliage and berries attached.  To add texture, dimension and fullness to the floral cluster, I tucked in Green Allium Foliage and Green Ferns.  The feathers from my stash help carry out the vintage vibe.

Fantasy Rose Shimmer Satin Ribbon is the perfect color match for the floral cluster. To add even more dimension and contrast to the flowers, dry brush on a mixture of Grainy Texture Paste and Fire Brick Metallic Paint.  While digging around in my Christmas embellishment stash, I found these miniature pink ornaments.  Sometimes it does pay off to pick up random things on sale!

Victorian Style is all about excess and abundance.  It was fun to take this creation over the top with florals, embellishments, texture and dimension!

Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

The interior of the card is very simple, but still lovely.  The slash pocket is the perfect spot to tuck in a gift card or small treat.  The sentiment and ticket are also from Gecko Galz Altered Christmas.

Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial: Snapguide!

If you’d like to try your hand at this Victorian beauty, I’ve created an easy to follow Snapguide Tutorial to show you how.   There’s a complete supply list built into the Snapguide Tutorial for your convenience. I hope you enjoy!

 

Check out How to Little Birdie Crafts Victorian Pink Christmas Card by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

A Fond Farewell

This is my last post as a member of the Little Birdie Crafts Design Team.  I can’t believe how quickly the term has passed!   It’s been a very good experience for me: I’ve made new friends, learned some new techniques, discovered new products and had loads of fun sharing all of the above with you.  I’d like to thank my friends at Little Birdie Crafts for extending this opportunity to me.  I hope to be able to Guest Design for them from time to time in the future.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and Ideas 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

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