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Give Thanks Banner and Greeting Card

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Give Thanks Banner and Greeting Card with Petaloo and Authentique

Hello, Friends!  Thanksgiving is upon us, and the very thought makes my heart happy!  Did you know it’s my favorite holiday?  I get to spend time with my precious family, eat fabulous food, play games, and bake pies…and bake pies…and bake pies. It’s the coziest, warmest, least complicated holiday of the season.  I generally do a little decorating to set the stage for the family feast, and with that in mind I have created a Give Thanks banner and greeting card to share with you here today.

give-thanks-banner-and-greeting-card-harvest-by-kathy-clement-product-by-authentique-photo-2I love the rich colors and beautiful patterns found in Authentique’s Harvest Collection!  They pair perfectly with these Petaloo Mocha Sugared Blooms, Cream  and Green Darjeeling Hydrangeas, and Fall Mix Burlap Leaves.  The linen ribbon I used in the background was in a clearance bin at Michaels.  To my surprise it leapt right into my cart and came home with me.  Because the sides were already stitched, I simply attached it to a cork and cardstock base.  Easy peasy!

give-thanks-banner-by-kathy-clement-product-by-petaloo-international-photo-3To create some extra dimension, I fussy cut the focal image twice. layering just the sentiment over the acorn and leaves background.

Prima Copper Crackle paste and Ranger Espresso Color Wash gave my chipboard frame an amazing vintage finish.  I backed the open center of the frame with copper wire mesh that I found in my stash. Then I began layering in all these gorgeous Petaloo flowers, mini pumpkins, acorns, and fibers into a beautiful autumn wreath.

give-thanks-banner-by-kathy-clement-product-by-petaloo-international-photo-5The mini pumpkins and acorns were lightly brushed with more of the copper texture paste.

thankful-banner-and-greeting-card-harvest-by-kathy-clement-product-by-authentique-photo-6Oh, Mocha Botanica Sugared Blooms, how I love thee!  Especially when you hang out with Copper Glitz Ribbon and Natural Burlap String.

thankful-banner-and-greeting-card-harvest-by-kathy-clement-product-by-authentique-photo-3thankful-banner-and-greeting-card-harvest-by-kathy-clement-product-by-authentique-photo-1 A Tim Holtz Idea-Ology vintage hanger makes this banner easy to display.

Thankful Greeting Card

thankful-card-harvest-by-kathy-clement-product-by-authentique-photo-1How gorgeous is this image?  I kept the design of this card very simple so that the spotlight would shine brightly on this autumn beauty.

thankful-card-harvest-by-kathy-clement-product-by-authentique-photo-2A solitary Darjeeling Cream Anemone flanked by two Ivory Vintage Velvet Mini blooms pairs perfectly with this gorgeous vintage image.

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I love the way this Ivory/Brown/Copper Plaid ribbon pull out the colors in the designer papers.

thankful-card-harvest-by-kathy-clement-product-by-authentique-photo-5thankful-card-harvest-by-kathy-clement-product-by-authentique-photo-6One of my signature pockets and gift card holders awaits on the inside.  There is a fall tea bag and honey stick, too.

thankful-card-harvest-by-kathy-clement-product-by-authentique-photo-7I created a little belly band for the tea bag by wrapping it with a scrap of designer paper and tying it with a little copper glitz ribbon.

thankful-card-harvest-by-kathy-clement-product-by-authentique-photo-8Lots of goodies in these pockets!  This would make such a lovely hostess gift at Thanksgiving!

That’s it for me, my friends.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

What are you most thankful for this fall?  I am thankful for each and every one of you who are sharing this creative journey with me.

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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It’s all about the PIE!

It’s All About the PIE!

Canvas Corp Brands Holiday Baking Tri-fold  Thanksgiving Mini Album

I grew up in a family of amazing cooks.  They may not have been gourmet cooks by today’s standards, but my mom, my grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunts knew their way around the kitchen!  Thanksgiving was a huge celebration with all family members present and accounted for.  Sometimes we had as many as 36 people crammed into my grandmother’s house.  We lived in New England, so there was usually snow on the ground and the cold North Wind chilled you to the bone as you tramped from the car, across the porch and into the warmth of Grammy Ma’s kitchen where you were greeting with the tantalizing aroma of roasting turkey and savory dressing.  Everyone brought food to this feast, but really….it was all about the PIE!  Every kind of pie you can imagine: pumpkin (of course) along with mince, apple, blueberry. lemon meringue, cherry, coconut cream, banana cream and chocolate cream all arrayed in splendor on the side table.  Thanksgiving is still my favorite holiday…and it’s all about the PIE, even to this day!

Kathy by Design/Thanksgiving Pie Tri-fold MiniWhen Canvas Corp Brands released their gorgeous Holiday Baking collection, my mind began to race with memories of those happy Thanksgiving celebrations of my childhood.  And naturally…pie!  I could not believe my eyes when I saw this sentiment panel from the Holiday Baking Butcher Paper cardstock! I mean,…there was my childhood captured on paper!  I gathered together some supplies and created this little tri-fold mini album in tribute to the fabulous cooks in my family.   I’m sharing a full tutorial below the signature area, in case you want to make one yourself.

Tri Fold Christmas Card CCB 03I love making a tri-fold album like this.  It’s like opening a package as each flap reveals a wonderful new view.

Tri Fold Christmas Card CCB 04And when fully opened, this festive little album can be used as holiday decor…on the pie table, of course!

Tri Fold Christmas Card CCB 05I stuffed this pocket full of little goodies, like a magnet, a vintage styled postcard and tag.  It would be a great place to put family pics from the great feast, too.  Imagine how fun it would be to pull this year’s photos out NEXT year, and see how much everyone has changed! This little album is so full of pie that I had to clip it closed with a Vintage Silver Clip!

For me, playing with paper is all about capturing memories, creating keepsakes and celebrating life.  I think of it this way: I’m creating little hooks for us to hang our memories on so they don’t slip away.  Even though I say it’s all about the pie, it’s really all about the love, the laughter and the time we share together.  And of course, a slice of pie makes the memory all the sweeter.

If you’d like to purchase this Thanksgiving Mini Album, it’s available in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

It’s All About the Pie Thanksgiving Tri-Fold Mini Album Tutorial

Supplies:

Prepare the mini base:

  1. Cut two sheets of red cardstock to 7.25″ x 11″.  Join on the short end to make one long strip measuring 7.25″ tall by approx. 15.75″ long.  Score on the long side at 5.25″ and 10.25″.  Crease to fold so that the right hand piece folds into the center, and the left hand piece folds onto the top.
  2. Cut FOUR 4.75″ x 6.75″ rectangles from Kraft & White Lace Cardstock. Sponge the edges with Black Soot Ink and mat with slightly larger black cardstock rectangles.  Stitch around the edges with red thread, if desired. Glue into album base as shown.
  3. Cut ONE 4.75″ x 6.75″ rectangle from red and ivory toile paper.  Ink and mat as above.  Glue into the center panel inside the mini album.

Layering the cover:

  1. Cut a 2.5″ x 6.5″ rectangle from red ticking paper, with the stripe on the horizontal.  Mat with black cardstock.  Stitch edges if desired and glue down in the left hand corner of the card front, as shown.
  2. Ink the edges of the recipe tag and homemade tag.  Glue down as seen in the photo.
  3. Cut “Gather Together and Eat Pie” from Holiday Baking Butcher Paper. Mat with red and black cardstock.  Stitch together.
  4. Trim the word “Enjoy” from Gypsy Moments “To and From” tags.  Ink the edges and glue to the back of the Gather Together panel.
  5. Cut a small burlap circle in half.  Stitch the edges with red thread, if desired.  Attach to the bottom of the Gather Together panel, as shown.
  6. Glue the Gather Together panel to the mini album front, as shown.
  7. Paint two metal corners with High Impact white paint.  Glue into place.
  8. Cut a snippet of red canvas ticking and thread through the vintage pin, gluing together the reverse sides to create a banner.  Add the cherry novelty button.  Slip the pin through the Recipe Card, as shown.
  9. Tie a bow with black satin ribbon. top with red flowers. glue into place with hot glue gun.

Left Hand Page

  1. Create a slash pocket by cutting a rectangle of black cardstock to measure 5″ x 3.75″ Score 1/4″ on left and bottom.  Cut on the diagonal from the 3″ mark on the top right to the bottom right corner. Crease along the score lines miter corners and glue into place.
  2. Cut a slightly smaller piece of red toile paper and trim the corner as you did for the pocket. Glue on top of the black pocket.
  3. Decorate with the other half of the small round burlap piece, a cut out image from Beans and Bags Teacups paper and a small novelty button.
  4. Fill the pocket with recipe cards that have been trimmed with Kitchen and Utensil charms.

Center Page

  1. Computer journal the sentiment onto white cardstock
  2. Die cut with the largest Spellbinders Diamondessence circle die
  3. With Die in place, ink the inside edge with Vintage Photo Distress ink.
  4. Glue into place.
  5. Stitch the Happy Thanksgiving Sentiment onto natural burlap.  Glue into place

Far Right Hand Page

  1. Create a pocket as you did on the first page, only cut the diagonal slash from the left hand side to the bottom left corner and then top with red toile as you did before.  Glue into place.
  2. Cut a teacup from Beans and Bags and mat on red cardstock.  Add a novelty button.
  3. Fussy cut elements from Holiday Baking on Ivory Sheet and glue onto the White Lace & Kraft background.  Fill the pocket with tags that are tied together with burlap string (pull from the burlap panel) and the magnet.

To make the magnet:

  1. Find a vintage Thanksgiving image.  Mine is from Crafty Secrets Seasonal Vintage Image and Journal Notes Booklet.
  2. Mat with black cardstock, gold paper, and red cardstock.
  3. Glue magnetic sheet onto the back.
  4. Add black cardstock to finish.

Apron Page

The apron page is the back side of the far right hand page. It will be the page on the right when the first fold of the album is opened.

  1. Cover a mini kraft bag with a piece of burlap.  I stitched around the edges of my burlap with red thread first to make it stand out from the page.
  2. Ink the edges of the Just thankful card and tuck into the pocket. Glue into place. Top with a mini clothespin if desired.
  3. Cut a teacup from Beans and Bags.  Mat on red cardstock. Glue on top of burlap as shown.
  4. Thread a button with red thread and tie a bow.  Hot glue onto kraft pocket, as shown.
  5. Cut a 4.2″ x 2″ strip of red ticking fringe. Fringe the edges. Stitch a zig zag along the bottom.  Glue into place, as shown.
  6. Fussy cut the apron from the Holiday Baking paper. Ink the edges with Black Soot and use foam tape to layer onto the page, as shown.
  7. Die cut a flower from red toile paper using the flower die of your choice. Add to the page.
  8. Cut the small coffee circle from Beans and bags.  Add to page as shown.

 

 

 

Crafty Secrets October Challenge and Blog Hop

My Favorite Pumpkin Recipes: Crafty Secrets October Challenge and Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Crafty Secrets October Challenge and Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from the Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Blog. If so, you are right on track!

This month we are focusing on our blessings with a “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart!” theme. The design team was challenged to share ideas for Thanksgiving table decor, place cards, wall hangings, thank you notes, hostess gifts, gratitude journals, layouts, mixed media canvases…anything that has to do with counting our blessings, showing gratitude and being thankful.

I come from a long line of phenomenal cooks.  My earliest childhood memories are centered around family gatherings at my grandmother’s house.  Everyone brought a dish, my grandmother roasted the turkey and made dozens of pies…and let me tell you, those ladies could cook!  I am so thankful for these warm memories of  being surrounded by a loving family and good food that I decided to create a Thanksgiving  album, filled with my favorite pumpkin recipes.

Kathy by Design/Crafty Secrets Pumpkin Recipe AlbumI love these Wood Clipboard Albums from Crafty Secrets.  They can be altered in dozens of different ways and are such a unique presentation for mini albums.  Measuring 6″ x 9″ the size is just right, and they even come with little silver binding rings, sample photos, a star template, basic instructions and cut out pieces you can add to your album if you desire.

I decided to do a little mixed media cover on this particular album, and used Tea Dye, Wild Honey, and Ground Espresso Distress Stains directly on the cover.  I just “painted” the outer 1/2 inch of the album, as I knew I would be covering most of it with paper.  I spritzed the stains with a little water to blend the colors, then sponged on Walnut Brown Viva Decor 3-D Stamp Paint to add some shimmer.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 02Next, I printed out my papers on 8.5″ x 11″ primitive white cardstock from My Favorite Things.  I wanted a really heavy duty cardstock for the pages, and the Primitive Cardstock adds a nice vintage base.  Here’s a list with product links for the papers I used in this album:

I added stickers and embellies from my stash along with Petaloo Royal Blue Sugared Blossoms and gorgeous Blue/Gold/Ivory Plaid Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. 

Kathy by Design/Crafty Secrets Pumpkin Recipe AlbumEach page was cut to measure 5 7/8″ x 8 1/8″.  Corners were rounded, edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and lightly distressed.  This gives the album the look and feel of a vintage treasure, and I like that a lot.  Stitching the Pie Kids paper to the Blue Paisley paper added a wonderful homespun touch.  Then I just layered on the other elements until I was happy.  This sounds so quick and easy, doesn’t it?  While it’s not hard, it does take me some time to make up my mind about what goes where.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 04The inner pages are made from heavy weight teal cardstock, cut to be slightly smaller than the album covers.  When making an album like this, it’s important to remember two things:

  1. Leave a margin at the top of each page so you can punch your binding rings through without disturbing the images.
  2. Double check your pages to make sure you’re not gluing anything in upside down!  With a flip top album like this one, it’s easy to get top and bottom confused.  I always double check the page orientation before I glue anything down.  (And even then, I still sometimes glue upside down.  Sigh….)

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 06For the inside cover, I used the Thanksgiving hymn paper.  The illustration was colored with alcohol markers.  I’m not much of a colorist, but I felt the page looked too plain just cream and black.  The sticker was mounted on burlap to give it presence on the page.  You could also mount a Thanksgiving Day photo here, and it would fit right in.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 07I cannot begin to tell you how much I love these vintage Recipe Note Cards from the Kitchen Memories Digital kit.  They look like they came right out of my Mom’s recipe file!  I downloaded a free vintage typewriter font from the internet.  After sizing my note card to measure 4.25″ wide, I used my text tool to type the recipes onto the cards, saved them, then printed them out.  The border was created with the Yellow Apples paper and mounted on the teal.  It just kind of defines the page,and also serves to strengthen the area where the binding rings are inserted.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 08This pie lady paper is so beautiful.  I wrote the little poem on this page (really, I did!) and then just added some little leaves and a matted label from the Kitchen Memories Labels paper.  I have loads of ideas for these Kitchen memories papers running through my mind, and with any luck, I’ll get to make some of them soon.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 12Are you familiar with Whoopie Pies?  They are small, moist, round cakes that are sandwiched together with frosting of some sort.  I make these every year for our daughter-in-law, as they are her favorites.  When the grand girls asked me why they are called whoopie pies, I told them, “Because they taste so good you’ll holler ‘Whoopie!’ when you taste them! ”  (And they did…in fact, we all did! )  For this page, I created a little pocket space where the cream cheese icing could be tucked in for safe keeping.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 09Here I’ve cut out one of the cute vintage clips that comes with the album.  I just inked the edges and glued it down to the page.  I love the way it looks.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 10This page is actually the inside back cover. and I’ve used the Thanksgiving “Wheat” paper here.  The cute vintage ruler is a sticker from our Little Boy Sticker Sheet.  I used one on the cover, too because I like the rustic feel of it, and it creates a great border.

I love the idea of preserving cherished family recipes in an album like this.  I really should make one for each of our kids so they can carry on the tradition.

I hope you’ll join the fun at this month’s challenge and hop.  You don’t have to follow our theme (but it’s always fun if you do!)  Just create any project of your choice that uses Crafty Secrets goodies.  You can find all the rules, details and free downloads on the Crafty Secrets BLOG.

From here, you will hop over and visit Ginny at Polly’s Paper Studio.

Thanks for stopping by!  I am so thankful for each and every one of you!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

Vintage Autumn Leaves Thanksgiving Card

Vintage Autumn Leaves Thanksgiving Card

Hello, Friends!

Even though it’s still quite warm here in North Carolina, our leaves are just starting to be tinged with color.  It’s as though Mother Nature dips her paintbrush into pots of gold, vermillion and scarlet while we are sleeping.  Next thing you know, the trees will be ablaze with glorious color, and then those same leaves will begin to float down to rest on the earth.  It’s a time of year that’s filled with splendor, and to celebrate it, I created this Vintage Autumn Leaves Thanksgiving card using gorgeous Really Reasonable Ribbon and the Fall Harvest Creativity Kit from Polly’s Paper Studio .

Kathy by Design for Polly's Paper Studio 01This vintage autumn leaves image creates a wonderful feeling of nostalgia for me.  I decided to pick up on the wonderful shades of red and gold by adding red stitching and matting everything on Cherry Cobbler cardstock.

Kathy by Design for Polly's Paper Studio Fall Creativity Kit 03The Fall Harvest Creativity kit is filled with wonderful vintage ephemera bits.  I took one of the pieces and ran it through an embossing folder that had been inked with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.  I love the texture this adds to the composition of the piece.  I also stamped along the bottom edge of one of the 4″ x 6″ paper panels that comes in the kit, then I sewed the panel on my machine without any thread.  This is a really quick and easy way to pierce paper!

Kathy by Design for Polly's Paper Studio Fall Creativity Kit 02Three wood buttons were sewn onto a small piece of white burlap, and then I used my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool to tie up some Ivory, Rust and Gold Plaid ribbon into a double layer bow. To add even more texture to my design, a belly band of Antique Gold Faux Wired Ribbon was added behind the focal image.

Kathy by Design for Polly's Paper Studio Fall Creativity Kit 05I wanted to give you a real close look at this metal maple leaf.   I used some pliers to round the edges and then tapped it with Viva Decor 3-D Stamp Paint in copper, gold and crimson.  It lends such a lovely shimmer to the leaf and pulls out the red tones in the paper and the focal.  I tied a loopy string bow with gold metallic string and Red Burlap String, added the little metal acorns and glued it all onto the leaf.  This is probably my favorite element on the card.

Kathy by Design for Polly's Paper Studio Fall Creativity Kit 04The inside of this Thanksgiving Card is finished very simply with a computer journaled sentiment, a little stamping and a strip of the paper from the front of the card.

Have the leaves started turning in your neck of the woods?  It’s such a beautiful season…and I hope you get time today to just drink in some of that beauty to refresh your soul.

As always, if you’d like to purchase this Vintage Autumn Leaves Thanksgiving Card, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

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