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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

Supply List

Graphic 45 Seasons Autumn Rhapsody Card Folio

Graphic 45 Seasons Autumn Rhapsody Card Folio

Hello Friends!  Fall has finally arrived here in North Carolina, so I thought I would share this lovely Graphic 45 Seasons Autumn Rhapsody Card Folio with you today.  This came in as a special order in my Etsy shop, and I had such fun putting all these lovely fall elements together.

The layers in this card remind me of walking in the woods on a clear blue October day.  Leaves rustle under my feet, cheeky squirrels hop from branch to branch, songbirds and butterflies flit about gathering the last bit of warmth and sunshine before winter arrives.  And all around me the glorious colors of fall fill my heart to bursting.  I sure would love to go for a walk in the woods behind my childhood home in Vermont one more time!  Wonderful memories of times spent traipsing those trails filled my mind as I worked on this card.

TIP: Fussy cut elements from the signature page.  Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress ink.  Then layer the elements in with the patterned paper background to create a scene.  Add dimensionals to the back of fussy cuts to add depth.

TIP: Mix fussy cut flowers with handmade flowers .  These Heartfelt Creations Sunflowers have been inked and sprayed with Glimmer Mist.  Fill the centers with glass beads to add a touch of dazzle and shine.

Autumn Rhapsody Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Create a quick and easy pocket by cutting your liner paper 2″ longer than the base of your card.  Add a couple of gussets to the sides, fold and adhere.  Then line the pocket with a border image.

A sweet little tea wallet holds a mini acorn spoon, honey stick and Pumpkin Spice Tea Bag.  You could also tuck a little note inside to add a personal touch.

I hope I shared some tips and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures.  No supply list on this project, as the papers have been retired.  But you could easily substitute Authentique Gracious or other fall collections.

I love fall most of all!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial

Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial and Bonus Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  I know the whole world is excited about Halloween right now.  And don’t get me wrong, I like Halloween, too.  But today I’m excited because my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is just around the corner.  To help us get ready to celebrate, I’ve prepared a simple Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial using the gorgeous Authentique Pleasant Collection.

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Oh, how I love Thanksgiving!  It goes way back to my childhood when all the aunts, uncles, cousins and even great grandparents would gather at my grandmother’s house to celebrate together.  Sometimes there were as many as 3 dozen of us tucked around the dining room table, in the kitchen, in the parlor on TV trays…and in every nook and cranny of the house!  And the food!  Ooh la la!  Those ladies could cook!  This rustic banner takes me right back to those happy, happy times. I thought you might want to make a banner for your Thanksgiving celebration, so I have a little tutorial to share with you today.

Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial: Creating the Pennants
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First, cut (3) 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ panels from Pleasant Four. Two panels will be the same, and one will have the wood grain going the opposite direction.  No worries!  By the time we’re done, no one will know!  From the paper you have left over, cut (4) 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ panels.

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Flip each panel face down.  Find the center point of the panel (2 1/8″) and measure up 1 1/2″ from that point.  You can see where I made a little pencil mark at that spot.  For the 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ panels, measure up 3/4″ from the center point which is 1 1/8″. Make a mark just as you did on the larger panels.

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Use a ruler to draw a line from each corner to the center of the mark you made.  Then cut along the line to create pennants for your banner.

Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial: Adding Texture with Fabric
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Stitch each pennant onto a slightly larger piece of burlap or linen fabric.  I used a decorative stitch and fancy thread on mine, but regular stitching and thread works great.  And, if you don’t want to sew, you can just use Scor-Tape to secure the pennants to the fabric, or eliminate the fabric altogether.  Then fringe the edges to give it a rustic look.  You don’t do this step with the small pennants.

Starting with a small pennant, position along the top edge of a 4 yard piece of ribbon.  I use binder clips to hold the pennants in place.  Then add a large pennant, then a small one and so on until you have the pennants evenly spaced out.  Stitch the fabric at the top of each pennant to the top edge of the ribbon.  Just start at one end and sew all the way to the other.

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Flip each pennant over, and add a small piece of Scor-tape to the bottom edge of the ribbon and adhere.  This keeps the banners positioned properly.  Now you are ready to decorate!  And that’s the fun part!

Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial: Making it Pretty!
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Tie a big loopy bow at each end of the banner.  Then add burlap string and flowers to dress it up.

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Tie smaller bows in the corners of each of the larger pennants.  I die cut a base layer from Pleasant with a Spellbinders Label 1 die. Then  I topped it with a doily that I cut with a Cheery Lynn Ornament 1 Die.   I also die cut leaves, wheat sheaves, pumpkins and acorns from an assortment of fall dies.  Fussy cut images from the 3″ x 4″ cut aparts and add Scrapbook Adhesives Crafty Foam Tape between the layers to create loads of dimension.
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The banners from the Components sheet are just the right size for decorating the smaller pennants.  I also cut a second pennant layer from scraps of Pleasant Four.  These measure 2″ x 3″.
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Little wooden buttons glued in the center of each smaller bow add to the rustic, homespun feel of the banner.

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Banners make every party special, and now that you know how, you can make one for every holiday of the year.

Pleasant Fall Color Card Folio

 

Authentique Pleasant Fall Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

This lovely little card would make a great hostess gift at your Thanksgiving gathering.  Or pair it up with the banner for a pretty mantel display.

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There are 2 pockets inside with lots of room to hold Thanksgiving photos.
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The top pocket holds a little tea bag wallet with a cute belly band.  I’ve used the 6″ x 6″ bundle to make the inserts for this card.

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There’s room to write a little note here.

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This folio measures 4 1/2″ x 6″ and has a magnetic tab top.

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It opens to reveal room for a photo, and another pocket with inserts.  You could put photos in the pocket.  The pocket folds down to reveal two more photo mount pages.  What a fun way to preserve your Thanksgiving memories!
You can pull this banner and card folio out year after year, so the time it takes to make them is really worthwhile.  I just love the way photos bring memories back to life.
I hope I’ve shared some tips 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.  Oh, and there’s a linked supply list below, too.
Wishing you all a warm and cozy Thanksgiving!

Cheerio,

kathy

SUPPLY LIST

Authentique Paper:
Dies, Ribbons and Flowers from my stash

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor for Little Birdie Crafts

Hello, Friends!  We are still waiting for fall weather to arrive here in North Carolina.  I thought perhaps I could conjure up some cool crisp days with this Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor piece created for Little Birdie Crafts.  Fall flowers, a really cool textured wooden pumpkin and a matching hostess gift card sing Autumn Leaves to me!

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

I tried some new mixed media techniques on this one, and I have to say, I’m super happy with the way it turned out.  The matching hostess gift card is made from the scraps I had on my table.

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Creating the Base

The base for this project is a 12″ x 9″ wood pumpkin from Hobby Lobby.  You can use whatever you can find in your stash, or cut your own pumpkin shape from chipboard.

Begin by applying a liberal coat of Little Birdie Grainy Texture Paste over the surface.  Use a palette knife, or even an old credit card for this step.  Don’t worry about creating an even layer of texture paste; uneven looks better!  Use the side of your blade to remove paste from the grooves.  Then tap the surface to create raised ridges that resemble pumpkin skin.

Next, add color with Little Birdie Color Splash.  First put down a light coating of Lemon Zing.  Follow this with a layer of Paprika.  Then add just a few spritzes of Lime Splash.  Heat set between layers.  Repeat until you are happy with the results.

TIP:  Cover your work surface with old grocery bags, newspaper or garbage bags for easy cleanup.

TIP:  Spray Color Splash in light layers for best results.

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Two Step Crackle Medium

The next step requires a little patience on your part.  To create this amazing texture, pour a layer of Little Birdie Two Step Crackle Medium (Base Coat)  over the surface of your pumpkin.  Use a foam brush to gently move the medium around, brushing as little as possible.  Then set it aside to dry overnight.  The finish will be slightly tacky in the morning, but that’s how it’s supposed to be.

Now pour Two Step Crackle Medium Top Coat in a thin layer over the entire surface.  Once again, use a foam brush to gently move the medium around.  Then let it set for a few hours, or gently heat set.  The medium will crackle as it dries, creating this cool effect.

Add walnut ink along the edges to create depth and dimension.  You may want to add more Color Splash, heat setting between layers, as I did.  The ink puddles into the cracks created by the Crackle Medium and looks amazing!

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Creating Depth and Dimension

Now comes the fun part: decorating your pumpkin!  Use an image from your stash to create a focal point.  I printed out THIS digital image twice, cutting out the girl and the wheat sheaves from one print.

Back the fussy cut image with foam adhesive or waste chipboard and adhere to the first image.  Tear bits of the bricks  and layer them behind the image.  Distress he brick papers from the 12″ x 12″ Texture Brew paper pack, tear off pieces and layer them behind the focal image. This creates loads of depth and dimension.  

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Grateful

The framed sentiment comes from the Think Positive Primed Chipboard pack.  Paint the frame with Orange Splash Chalk Paint that has been mixed with a little walnut stain.  Then heat emboss the letters with Rocky Road Baked Texture.

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: The Flowers

Choose flowers that match the colors in your focal image for a well composed design.  All my flowers have been distressed with Walnut Cream and Orange Splash Chalk Paints mixed with walnut stain.  Just dry brush over the petals to create lovely texture.

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Natural Sisal Fibre

Dye Natural Sisal Fibre with the same Color Splash Sprays that I used on the pumpkin base.

TIP:  Place the sisal fibre in a plastic grocery bag before you spray.  This keeps the mess off your work station, and off your hands.  I just smooshed the bag between my fingers to move the spray around.  So much less mess!

Harvest Themed Hostess Thank You Card

I had some leftover flowers and paper scraps, so I created this lovely hostess thank you card.

The base is a 6″ x 6″ kraft card from Little Birdie.  The image is another from the digital sheet I printed out for the pumpkin.

Distressed edges and ink spatter give this card a wonderful rustic feel.

The corrugate sentiment and chipboard are also from Little Birdie.

The inside has room to write a little note, and a tea bag pocket.

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

SUPPLY LIST

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

  • 12″ x 12″ Texture Brew Paper Pack
  • Grainy Texture Paste
  • Two Step Crackle Medium
  • Rich Copper Fairy Dust
  • Golden Hearts Melange
  • Think Positive Primed Chipboard
  • Layla Vivid Palette Flowers
  • Andrea Mulberry Flowers
  • Andrea Vivid Palette Flowers
  • Little Birdie Foliage
  • Corrugated Kraft Thank You Wishes
  • Enchanting Scroll Primed Chipboard
  • Natural Sisal Fibre
  • Walnut Creme Chalk Paint
  • Orange Splash Chalk Paint

Other Supplies:

  • Walnut Stain
  • Gecko Galz Autumn Magic Digital Collage
  • Wooden Pumpkin

 

 

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Finally, it’s fall!  Even here in the Sunny South, the days are a bit cooler and the air is a bit drier.  October’s bright blue weather inspired me to create this Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial for  you today.

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This is a 5″ x 7″ x 2″ box style trifold folio with solid chipboard covers.  I used Authentique Paper’s glorious “Pleasant” collection kit for this project.

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Everything I love about Autumn is packed into this collection: Pumpkins, Fall Flowers, Acorns, Apples…it’s just completely delightful in every way!  Since I’ve prepared a video tour and step by step tutorial for you, I’ll keep my comments here brief.

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial: The Cover

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I used a Tim Holtz Ornate Frame Die to feature this gorgeous image from the collection.  The frame is cut twice: once with chipboard, then a second time with designer paper to add lots of depth and dimension to the focal image.   Messy machine stitching adds a rustic, homespun feel to the design.  So does the Brown Center Stitch Burlap Ribbon.

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I did not have any fall colored flowers that matched this collection, so I altered some Little Birdie Swiss Mocha flowers with inks and sprays.  The end result was these golden roses, which I confess that I love.  To alter the metal butterfly, tap it with Antique Bronze, Rusty Hinge and Tumbled Glass Distress Paints.

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial: Something Old

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I dug into my box of old metal treasures where I found this vintage key hole.  My 80+ year old neighbor gave it to me several years ago as a thank you for helping her with some household tasks.  Tapped with distress paints, it’s the perfect addition to the side of the folio.

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

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Because the folio has a magnetic closure, I had to keep the first fold and inside cover very simple in design.  Thankfully, the Authentique Pleasant papers are so gorgeous that you don’t need to add much to them.  I did manage to add a little flap feature with this fantastic vintage truck image.

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Although a folio is not supposed to have pages, I bent the rules a little and added a page unit to each spine.  These function as waterfalls, and will hold 4″ x 6″ photos with ease.

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You will have to keep the embellishments in this album on the “flat” side, or you will not be able to close the cover.  Fussy cut images from the cut apart pages work perfectly for this job.

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial: Interactive Features

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You all know how much I love to add interactive elements to my creations.  This folio is loaded!  you’ll find sweet side pockets with inserts like this one.

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And you will learn how to use your scraps to create the inserts in the video tutorial, too.

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And of course, there are flaps….

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…that pull out from behind the page and function as mini folios.  Oh, look…there’s another pocket!  What a surprise!

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You’ll have to watch the video to see what is inside this mini folio…and I’ll show you how to make it and the flap insert, too.

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial: The Video

I hope you’ll enjoy the video tour with tips and ideas.  Then hang around for the step by step tutorial where we’ll build the base from scratch, add the page units, pockets and all the fun interactive elements.  The video runs a little over half an hour (there’s a lot of ground to cover) so grab a snack, a cuppa  and a notebook before you hit play.

I hope I’ve 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.  And if you’d like to purchase this Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio, you’ll find it in my ETSY shop!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial: Supply List

Authentique Paper

Other Supplies:

  • Really Reasonable Ribbon Brown Center Stitch Burlap Ribbon
  • Natural Burlap String
  • Little Birdie Swiss Coffee Flowers (Rosemund)
  • Metal Butterfly Charm
  • Acorns from my back yard
  • Vintage Key Hole and metal charms from my stash
  • Burlap
  • 12″ x 18″ Heavy weight brown cardstock
  • Medium weight chipboard

Tools, Inks and Adhesives

  • Ground Espresso Distress ink
  • Antique Bronze, Tumbled Glass, Rusty Hinge Distress Paints
  • Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Mist
  • Little Birdie Lemon Zing Color Splash
  • Tim Holtz Ornate Frame Die (Sizzix)
  • Packaging Tape
  • Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive
  • 1/2″ Scor-Tape
  • waste chipboard to add dimensional layers

 

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