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Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial

Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial and Video Tour

Hello, Friends!  Winter can be such a tough time of year.  So I thought I’d brighten up your day with this Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial.  It’s the perfect way to chase away the winter blues, send a bit of love to a friend who’s down with the flu, or just to let a loved one know they are in your thoughts.

Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01https://wp.me/p34lmI-4pd

This fancy fold card design is adapted from a tutorial I saw on Ginny’s YouTube channel.  I fell in love with the basic design, but thought of some fun ways to change it up and add my own KBD style to it.  (You can find another example of this card design HERE.)

Please don’t let this card design intimidate you, as it is really very simple to make.  This time, I created a 6″ x 6″ card base with a 1″ side fold spine.  Then I added a 5″ x 5″ card base with a 1″ spine on the right.  This forms the fun gatefold/flap feature on the front of the card.  So if you can make a basic side fold card base, you are already more than half way there!

Winter Survival Kit Tutorial: Some Details

  • Add extra volume and texture to your card design by hot gluing some cheesecloth behind a die cut panel.  The lacy appearance of this Spellbinder’s Floral Assortment Nestabilities Die added a snowy feel to the card design.
  • To strengthen the delicate edges of this die, emboss with clear embossing powder.  It’s amazing how much stronger the delicate points are after this treatment.
  • Add some fun dimension by curling the “winter greetings” sentiment against the edge of a ruler.  Then adhere just the ends with hot glue.

  • Add snowy accents to your card by spattering it with diluted white acrylic paint.
Winter Survival Kit Tutorial: A Peek Inside

I absolutely love the drama of unfolding this style of fancy fold card!

Decorate the side panels with elements from the paper collection.  I carried the winter bird theme inside the card by wrapping the cardstock elements image with burlap string and a rusty snowflake.

When the card is fully opened, the Winter Survival Kit is revealed.  This is a 4″ x 2″ box style pocket filled with goodies to make winter more bearable.

Tuck in a teabag, some pocket sized tissues, a chapstick, some hand cream and a honey stick.  That’s sure to brighten up someones day!

I wrapped the back side of the card and the spine with 1 1/2″ wide Ivory Silky Crush Ribbon to add texture, shine and elegance to the design.

Winter Survival Kit Tutorial and Video Tour on YouTube

To help you get a better feel for this fun project, I’ve prepared a short YouTube video tour.  This is followed by a picture and text tutorial where you will learn how to build the base and the box style pocket.  I hope you enjoy!

If I’ve managed to brighten your day, share a helpful tip or inspire you to get crafty, then I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Winter Survival Kit Tutorial Cutting Guide

For the 6″ x 6″ card base:

  • 13″ x 6″ panel of brown cardstock (you can join two panels of cardstock together with Scor-Tape.)
    • Score this panel at 3″ , 6″ and 7″
  • Cut mats from designer paper:
    • 5 7/8″ x 5 7/8″  (2)
    • 2 7/8″ x 5 7/8″ (4)
    • Spine 7/8″ x 5 7/8″ (2)

For the 5″ x 5″ card base:

  • 11″ x 5″ panel of brown cardstock
    • Score this at 5″ and 6″
  • Cut mats from designer paper
    • 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ (3)
    • 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ (2)

For the box pocket:

  • 8″ x 4″ panel of brown cardstock
    • Score on long side at 1″, 2″, 6″, 7″
    • Score on short side at 2″, 3″
  • To cover the finished pocket
    • 5 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ panel of designer paper scored on long side at 1″, 4 7/8″
    • 4 7/8″ x 7/8″ panel to line the bottom of the box
Winter Survival Kit Tutorial Supply List

Authentique Paper

Other Supplies:

 

Festive Holly Shaker Card Folio for the Alumni Hop

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

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations December 2018 Hop.  For this final hop of 2018, I chose create a Festive Holly Shaker Card Folio.  I love that this Christmas collection works well for winter cards, too.

Heartfelt Creations Festive Holly Shaker Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Shaker cards always feel festive.  This one measures 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ with a 1/4″ spine.  Here’s a list of the Heartfelt Creations products I used in this project.

Festive Holly Shaker Card Folio: Creating the Frame

To create the frame for this shaker card, you will need to first die cut the largest Intricate Swirl Frame from white cardstock.  Next, you will cut out a “window” inside the frame.  Place a ruler on a diagonal line from the top left corner of the frame to the bottom right corner. Now use your craft knife to cut carefully  just inside the stitch lines from one corner to the other.  Once you’ve made this first cut.  you can then use your scissors to carefully remove the solid area inside the stitch lines.  

Now you can adhere clear cardstock to the back side of the frame and create the shaker element as you would normally do.  You can find an easy to follow shaker card tutorial HERE

Festive Holly Shaker Card Folio: The Flowers

Instead of using poinsettia on this card, I chose to work with the Oakberry Lane Blossoms.  Here’s how I made the flowers:

  • First, locate the red patterned paper in the Festive Holly Paper pad.
  • Now, stamp two sets of flowers using Versamark Ink.
  • Cover the stamped images with Ultra Fine Silver Embossing Powder.  Heat Emboss.
  • Die Cut the Oakberry Lane Flowers with the matching dies.
  • Place the flower layers face down in the ED Blossom Shaping Mold.  You can add up to 3 layers of flower.  Just remember to spritz lightly with water between each layer.
  • Run the mold through your die cut machine following your manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Remove the flowers from the mold and place on the shaping mat.  Press into the center of each flower with the ball stylus to shape.
  • Stack the layers together, alternating the petals and secure with hot glue.
  • Once the flowers are arranged on the card, fill the centers with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive and Mini Pearls Prills.  
  • Drizzle adhesive along the petal edges and add more prills.
  • Stamp Oakberry leaves onto a scrap of light blue paper from the collection.  Heat emboss with silver powder and add to the arrangement.

Festive Holly Shaker Card Folio:  A Peek Inside

The interior of this card has a fun flap/pocket combo as well as a large pocket with a folio insert.

Open the flap to reveal sweet treats tucked inside a pair of pockets.  I made the lacy tea bag pocket with the corner die from Album Tags and Accents Die Set. I also die cut a tag from the collection using the Album Tags and Accents Die, then attached a chocolate treat with removable Glue Dots.

The large pocket on the bottom holds a little folio and tag combo.

This folio measures 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ so it will hold 4″ x 6″ photos.  The belly band is decorated with the Ornamental Tags Die Cut.  

Use the large tag die from Tickets and Tags to cut out a tag from patterned paper and cardstock.  Glue these together, punch a hole, add a silver charm and silver string to create a pretty bookmark.  I also tucked in a crocheted snowflake as a sweet gift.  

You can create this little Festive Holly Shaker Card folio easily by cutting a 12″ x 6 1/4″ panel of designer paper.  Score at 4 1/4″ and again at 8 1/4″.  Line two panels with 4″ x 6″ cardstock to serve as photo mounts.  The shorter panel is a great place to write a personal greeting.

On With the Hop

Be sure to visit each blog in the hop and leave a lovely comment behind.  One randomly chosen comment from a mystery blog will be chosen to win a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations.  The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations BLOG and FACEBOOK PAGE on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019.  I will also add the winner’s name at the top of this blog.

The hop will remain open until 11:55PM EST on Monday, December 31st, 2018.

Here’s the the hop list:

Kathy (YOU are HERE)  ♥ Vicki  ♥ Amarilys ♥  Susan   Sandy  ♥ Pam

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques 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 hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout

Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout: It’s a Wonderful Life

Hello, Friends!  The inspiration for this Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout started with a photo of the home I grew up in.  My parents bought this home on the hill in Central Vermont in 1956, 10 days before I was born.  To call it a “fixer upper” is to be an optimist.  The yard was nothing but dirt, the wrap around porch was rotting and falling apart and the interior plaster walls were cracked with age.  But Mom had a vision, a strong work ethic, and incredible creative skills.  By the time I was old enough to recognize the house as “home” it was easily the prettiest one on the hill.  It was surrounded by a white picket fence, the porch (repaired by my dad) was a wonderful place to play on a rainy day, and flower gardens filled every corner of the yard.  The walls had been beautified with paint and wallpaper.  Windows sparkled.  It was a wonderful life.

Many years have gone by since I lived in that humble home.  Imagine my surprise when I spotted this photo in my Facebook feed.  One of my childhood friends had posted it…and there was no caption…but my heart immediately recognized that bend in the road and that frosted home perched on the top of the hill.  I could instantly smell the freshness of the snow and the pines, feel the bite of the icy winter air on my cheeks, hear the squeak of the snow beneath my boots and remember the joy of walking through that door to smell Mom’s bread coming out of the oven.  Although I rarely create 12″ x 12″ layouts, I knew I had to scrap this photo to display in my studio to remind me that it really is a wonderful life.

Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout: A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words
Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Lucky for me, I had Authentique Paper’s gorgeous Frosted Collection Kit in the house.  I can’t think of any papers that would work better for this photo.  So here’s how I created this layout, layer by layer.

Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout by Kathy Clement Photo 02

 

This is the original photo, and while it looks great online, it printed out very dark and blurry.  So I began this project by cleaning up the photo in my editing program.  I decided to remove the telephone poles, streetlight and wires because these things were not installed when I was growing up “on the hill.”  Once I had the photo cleaned up, I got down to the fun part of creating this 12″ x 12″ layout.

Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout: Layer by Layer
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  • First, mat a 11 3/4″ x 11 3/4″ square of Light Blue Linen Cardstock on a 12″ x 12″ piece of Blue Denim Linen Cardstock.
  • Next, trim Frosted Three to measure 11 5/8″ and stitch the three layers together on a sewing machine.  (All the edges are lightly distressed and inked with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.) Leave the threads long in the upper left hand corner so you can tie a little silver charm there.
  • Now cut an 11 1/4″ x 9 1/4″ panel of Frosted Two and mat on slightly larger panels of the same Light Blue and Blue Denim Linen Cardstock.  Stitch around the edges once again. Center and adhere to the main panel.
  • The next step is to cut an 11″ x 3 1/2″ panel of Frosted Five.  Mat this as before.  Before you adhere this to the page, die cut 4 sets of white snowflakes using Tim Holtz “Snow Flurries” On the Edge Die.  Adhere the snowflake borders above and below the panel, then adhere to the page.
  • Now cut a 5 1/2″ x 11″ panel of Frosted One and mat as before.  Adhere as seen in the photo.
  • My photo is printed 4 3/4″ x 5 1/2″.  For stability, I backed it with a layer of chipboard, then adhere it to the snowflake panel.
Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout: Adding the Details
Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout by Kathy Clement Photo 04
  • Create embellishments by fussy cutting images and sentiments from Frosted Six.  Back these with dimensionals to make them pop.  Add sentiments from Frosted “Elements” Die Cuts.
Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout by Kathy Clement Photo 05
  • Die cut mittens from Frosted Three and Four. with a Spellbinders Smitten Mitten Steel Contour Die.  To create the contrasting cuffs, cut along the cuff line of the die and adhere  as seen in the photo.  Join the mittens together with an eyelet and bit of ribbon.  Place dimensionals between the mittens and adhere as seen in the photo.
Authentique Frosted Memories Winter Layout by Kathy Clement Photo 06

 

  • Die cut custom flowers from Frosted Four and One using Tammy Tutterow’s Shabby Posy Dies.  Add vintage buttons or purple stamens to the centers and adhere in the corners of the photo.
I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity to share this layout and these memories with you
here today.  Hopefully, I shared some tips, techniques or inspiration 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:

Authentique Supplies:  Frosted Collection Kit, 2 sheets each Blue Denim and Light Blue Linen Artisan Cardstock
Other Supplies: Tim Holtz Snow Flurries On the Edge Die, Spellbinder’s Smitten Mitten Steel Contour Die (retired), Tammy Tutterow Shabby Posy Die,  white pearl cardstock from my stash, purple stamens, Snowflakes on Silver Grosgrain RibbonSilver Metallic String, Buttons and charms from my stash

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  If you’ve ever wished you knew how to create a folio, today’s post is just for you.  This Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial celebrates the beauty of winter in a fun, interactive design.

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

I have a thing for birds. They are so delicately beautiful…especially in the deep winter.  The Solitude Collection is filled with beautiful winter images, a rich color palette and stunning patterns.  I love it.  This 8 1/2″ x 6″ x 3/4″ folio is really simple to construct.  The base is made with just one sheet of 12″ x 12″ kraft cardstock and just a few simple score lines.  You’ll see how to make it in the video tutorial below.

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial: Cover Details

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 02

I chose this gorgeous bird to serve as the focal image for my folio.  It is double matted on Cream and Blue Linen Artisan Cardstock.  Then I placed 3 layers of waste chipboard behind it to elevate it above the rest of the design.

TIP:  Back an image with more than one layer of foam tape or waste chipboard to make it stand out.  Height = prominence in a composition.  Think of how a king’s throne is always higher than everyone else in the room.  The same is true for design.

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 03

Burlap string adds a lovely rustic touch to the design.  Since I design my cover art before I adhere it to the base, this allows me to wrap the string around the left hand side with ease.  To add to the vintage winter vibe of this project, I strung a pair of Tim Holtz vintage ice skates from the burlap string bow.

 

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 05

TIP: For maximum visual impact, cluster your embellishments together around your focal image.  This little wood slice (from my son’s workshop) serves as a base for the altered rusty birdhouse, berries and “snowballs.”  By arranging my Little Birdie Margerry flowers, woodland tree and rusty pine tree, and Noble Peacock Seam Binding Bow in the same area, the eye is drawn to the image.

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial: The Closure

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 06

Some of you have asked me how to create a ribbon closure, so I share that detail with you in the tutorial, too.

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 07

The inside features a 10 page waterfall cascade with a magnetic belly band closure on the left.  On the right, you’ll find a roomy pocket with a 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ folio.

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 08

Each page in the waterfall has room for a 3″ x 5″ photo.  I’ll show you how to build the waterfall and the magnetic belly band closure.  You’ll also learn how to add a simple flap and/or tuck spot element.

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 09

Then we will build this delightful tab top folio with a magnetic closure together.

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 10

I’ll show you how to maximize your patterned papers and create a clever work around for short pages.

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 11

There is room for a large photo mount on the pocket page, too.  And plenty of room for extra photos in the pocket.

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial on YouTube

So are you ready to get your craft on?  I think you will really enjoy this video tutorial as I cover a lot of basic techniques that you will be able to use in any folio design for any occasion.

You’ll also see me make a really BIG mistake…and learn how to recover from it!  No one is perfect when it comes to crafting.  Mistakes happen!  The key is knowing how to think on your feet and get a project back on track when a “craftastrophe” happens!  

I’ve also created a linked supply list and a cutting guide for your convenience.  You’ll find them below the signature in this post.

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

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial Supply List

*Please note: I’ve provided product links whenever possible.  However, some items from my stash are no longer available.  Use a substitute from your own stash for these items.  Thanks!

Authentique Paper:
Other Supplies:

100# Kraft Cardstock/1 piece, 1/2″ Scor-TapeScoring Tool, Bone Folder, Basic Grey Small Magnets/2 positive, 2 negative; 30″ champagne netting ribbonNoble Peacock Seam Binding Ribbon, Little Birdie Ivory Margerry Flowers, Mini Woodland TreeRusty Pine Tree, Rusty Snowflake, Rusty Birdhouse (retired), Tim Holtz Ice Skates (retired), Wood Slice from my son’s workshop, Picket Fence Distress Paint, Mini Pearl Prills, Berries from the floral department, Ranger Grit-PasteStampendous Shaved Ice, Mini Wooden Clothespin, Natural Burlap String, Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial Cutting Guide


Kraft Cardstock for Covers: (2) 11″ x 6″ panels

Blue Linen Artisan Cardstock: (4) 8 3/8″ X 5 7/8″ panels, two for covers, two for inside covers

Birch Pattern Solitude Eight: 92) 8 1/8″ x 5 3/4″ panels to line inside covers

Waterfall Folio: (10) 4 1/2″ x 5 3/4″ panels of Blue Linen Artisan Cardstock

Waterfall Liner Papers: (19) 3 3/8″ x 5 5/8″ panels of various patterned papers

Belly Band: 9″ x 2″ Blue Linen.  Liners are 5 3/4″ x 1 7/8″ and you will need 2

Folio Insert: (2) 4 1/4″ x 12″ panels of Blue Linen Cardstock

Folio Liners:

  • (2) 4 1/4″ x 4 1/2″
  •  (3) 4 1/4″ x 6 1/8″
  • (3) 4 1/4″ x 5 7/8″
  • (3) 4 1/4″ x  2″ for tuck spots

Pocket Liner: Blue Linen 5 7.8″ x 2 7/8″ Liner paper: 5 3/4″ x 2 3/4″

 

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout

Hello, Friends!  I’m hoping you all had a very Merry Christmas yesterday!  By now, the presents are probably all unwrapped and there are nothing but crumbs left on the cookie plate.  That’s as it should be.  This Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love layout is filled with beautiful shades of blue and gorgeous vintage images and patterns.

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

A few weeks back, I received a surprise package in the mail from my sister in law.  To my great delight, the envelope contained lots of old family photos, including this one of my big brother, Doug, enjoying his first sledding party.  This was taken in 1946 on my grandmother’s farm in Williamstown, Vermont.  I just had to capture these sweet photos in a layout.  Doug passed away very suddenly in 1990 at the tender age of 44, so these pics are especially precious to me.

A Very Fun Mom

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2My mom was the most fun mom in the history of mom-dom.  She loved to play in the snow as much as we kids did.  Some of my fondest memories are of zipping down our great big hill on a sled with mom holding me firmly between her knees.  She would whoop and holler just as loudly as we did as the wind nipped our noses and the sled sent the snow flying all around us.  The faster we went, the better she liked it!  So it makes perfect sense to me to see this innovative box sled that was rigged up for Dougie, her first born, so that they could play in the snow together.

Alpine Bundled Up With Love: Lots of layer!

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3This image of the mom and her child was the inspiration for my Alpine Bundled Up With Love layout.  The image is fussy cut from Alpine Eight, and backed with waste chipboard to give it extra dimension.  My mom always wore a kerchief just like the one depicted here.  So nostalgic!

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4I created lots of distressed layers for this layout.  Here’s what that looks like:

  • First, Authentique Spectrum Cardstock in Antique Lace Two left at 12″ square
  • Next, Dark blue calico from Alpine One trimmed to 11.5″ square
  • Then, Country Village print from Alpine Three trimmed to 10″ square.  Mat this on a slightly larger piece of Antique Lace Two.
  • Now, use waste chipboard or foam tape between the layers to add lots of dimension
  • Next, use Spellbinders Grand Labels One to cut out the cute winter hats from the Alpine 6.6 Bundle
  • Then, die cut a a large circle (Spellbinder’s Grand Circles) from Alpine Three. Cut the circle in half and tuck each half behind the die cut label
  • Create the snowflake center by staggering two 8″ square lace doilies in the center of the layout
Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout: Fun with Embellishments!

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5

Once I had all my layers in place, I was ready to embellish.  I started by fussy  cutting Winter is a Wonder from the top of the mother/child image.  This was then backed with cardstock and tapped with grit paste to give it a snowy appearance.

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6Stickers from the 12×12 Collection kit make great embellishments.  I simply backed them with cardstock, added foam tape or waste chipboard to the backs and tucked them in and around the layout.

I dug through my stash of novelty buttons and winter embellies to add lots of playful elements to the layout.

So if you are looking for the perfect collection for your winter fun photos, Alpine is it.  I’ve barely scratched the surface of all the gorgeous patterns and images it provides.

Creating this layout stirred up so many happy memories for me.  I hope it inspired you to break out your paper pretties and capture some memories on paper.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Wishing you a happy and restful day after Christmas, with time for family fun!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links for Bundled Up With Love Layout

NOTE: I will provide links to products whenever possible. Some items have been in my stash a long time and may no longer be available.  Or I may have forgotten where I found them.  But I’m sure you have lots of goodies that you can substitute where needed.  Thanks for understanding.

Authentique Products:  

Other Products:

  • Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities
    • Grand Circles (die # 4) (retired)
    • Labels One (Grand Labels Die #4) (retired)
  • Petaloo White Mixed Blossoms Large
  • Ranger Distress Grit Paste
  • Berries, Pine cones, Novelty Buttons and charms from my stash

 



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