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Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio Project Share

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio Project Share with Authentique Stitches

Hello, Friends!  Every once in a while I come across a paper collection that is like a page from my childhood.  Authentique Paper’s new Stitches collection has captured my heart.  I spent a couple of blissful days creating this Stitched with Love  Sewing Themed Flip Folio.  While I worked, I remembered my mom, who loved to sew.  She put her whole heart and soul into everything she stitched.  And this flip folio is stitched with love, too.

Stitched with Love Flip Folio Stitches by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 1

As a girl, I spent hours curled up in a chair beside my dear mom as she sewed. She was an absolute fiend on that ancient White sewing machine.  Everything Mom did was fast.  Her fingers were fast, the needle flew in and out of the fabric at lightning speed.  She ironed seams lickety split. She pinned and unpinned so fast that her fingers were a blur.  The hum of the motor, the clacking of the needle, Mom humming a tune with straight pins in the corner of her mouth…this was the music of my childhood.  I think my love for, texture, color, pattern and design was born during those happy hours watching Mom sew.

This sweetly vintage folio measures 7.25″ x 5.25″ with a 1/2″ spine. If you’re in a hurry today, you can skip down to the bottom of this post where I share a YouTube video walk through of the album.

To create the collage on the folio cover, I fussy cut images from Stitches One.  A wood doily and a die cut circle add a nice geometric element to the design.

Lots of soft colored little posies, trinkets from my stash and die cut leaves play nicely with vintage buttons.  I’ve had this miniature sewing machine in my stash for ages.  Now it has a happy new home.

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio: A Fortified Binding

I covered the cardstock folio base with designer papers from the Stitches collection.  To ensure  that the spine will hold up well, I reinforced it with a strip of Authentique Spectrum Cardstock.  This color is called Antique Lace.  To add this to the album, follow these easy steps:

  • Cut a 4″ x 5.25″ rectangle of  Old Lace Spectrum Artisan Cardstock
  • Then find the center point, which is 2″
  • Measure out 1/4″ on each side of the center point and score a line.
  • Now fold on the score lines
  • Apply adhesive, making sure that you get into the folded areas.
  • Finally, line the reinforcement spine up with the folio spine and press in place.  You can use a bone folder to really make sure it is adhered.

I also cut the cute eyelet lace border and lacing border from Antique Lace Cardstock.  I threaded a 3/8″ strip of paper through the lacing border, and then glued the two borders together on the front cover.  On the back cover, I only used the eyelet border.

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio: A Peek Inside

There are lots of great places to tuck in photos.  I think this little flip folio would make a great photo album for seamstresses, quilters, and mom, too.  It would be a great way to house heritage photos.

Inside the front cover, I created a pocket with two companion photo folios tucked inside.  Each little folio measures 3.25″ x 4.5″ and has a magnetic flap closure.

Flaps and pockets go together like needles and thread!  These flaps will hold a 5″ x 5″ photo. You can always tuck more in the pocket along with these darling journal cards from the cut apart page.

The center page of this folio features a lovely flip element.  The facing page is another little photo folio.  This one is attached to the page.

I love, love, love the journal cards in this collection! This page flips down to reveal two more photo mounts.

The pages in the center panel were created with Tammy Tutterow’s “Posies and Pennies” Die from her new Sew Sweet Collection by Spellbinders.

This flap page is actually an altered envelope!

And it holds these darling button cards made with images from the cut apart page.

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio Project Share on YouTube

Because it’s so much easier to see how one of these little folios works, I’ve created a short video project share for you today.  I hope you enjoy!

Stitches Home Decor Project

Since I already had all my paper pretties out on my work surface, I went ahead and put together this darling 8″ x 10″ altered frame.  I thought you might enjoy making one, too, so I put together a quick SnapGuide tutorial for you.  You are not going to believe how easy it is to create the crackle finish on this frame!

You’ll find the step out photos, directions and a supply list in the Snapguide below.

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Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card

Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon January Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the first RRR Blog Hop of 2018.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  I’ve created a pretty in pink Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card for you today, but before I reveal it, let’s take a look at the fabulous January Ribbon Club Assortment.

These are super fun ribbons to use on all your Valentine projects, but I found they work really well on regular cards, too.

Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card Vintage Girl by Kathy Clement Product by Photo Play Photo 1

This Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card pairs perfectly with the Pearl Pink Delicate Stitched Satin and Mixed Pink Diamond Grosgrain ribbons from the Valentine Mix Assortment.

 

Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card Vintage Girl by Kathy Clement Product by Photo Play Photo 2

I also used the Valentine Mix ribbons to make my belly band:

  • First, find the center of the card layer, and then add a strip of 1/2″ Scor-Tape.  Run the tape past the edge of the card layer so you can wrap the ribbon around the back. This creates a neat, clean edge.
  • Next, place Hot Pink Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon over the Scor-Tape.  Press to secure firmly and wrap the edges around the back of the card layer.
  • Now, add a strip of 1/4″ Scor-Tape in the middle of the Hot Pink Satin Ribbon.  Then attach a piece of white crochet lace.
  • Then add a strip of 1/4″ Scor-Tape above and below the hot pink satin ribbon.  Add a row of the Pink Mixed Diamond Grosgrain ribbon here.
  • Now you just add your additional card layers, easy as pie!
Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card: Ribbon Embellishments

Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card Vintage Girl by Kathy Clement Product by Photo Play Photo 3This pouf-tastic double layer bow cluster is the main embellishment on this Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card.  But you can use ribbon as an embellishment in other ways, too.

  • Thread ribbon through a paper clip or shaped paper clip to create a cute banner. I topped this one with a button to keep with the sewing theme.  But  you could easily add a key or other shape to fit the theme of your project.

Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card Vintage Girl by Kathy Clement Product by Photo Play Photo 4

  • Wrap ribbon around a miniature wooden spool.

 

Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card Vintage Girl by Kathy Clement Product by Photo Play Photo 5

I picked up these teeny tiny spools of thread at a yard sale.  Since the thread was a perfect color match, I did not remove it to add ribbon this time.  In other projects, I have wrapped empty spools with ribbon to make a custom embellishment.  And, do you see the little snippet of crochet lace peeking out from the embellishment cluster?  It adds just the right amount of texture.

Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card: A Peek Inside

Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card Vintage Girl by Kathy Clement Product by Photo Play Photo 6

The inside of this card is sweet and simple.  I simply added designer papers (this is Photo Play’s  Vintage Girl Collection, in case you want to know).

Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card Vintage Girl by Kathy Clement Product by Photo Play Photo 7Transform cardstock scraps into this sweet little tea bag wallet.  This adds a personal touch to the card design.

On with the Hop!

Now hop on over to Cherry’s lovely blog for even more Valentine inspiration.  Be sure to visit each blog in the hop and leave a sweet comment behind.  Then check in with Bonnie on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog so you can be entered into the drawing for a free Valentine Mix Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t joined the RRR Monthly RIbbon Club, now is the perfect time to join.  You’ll receive a perfectly coordinated ribbon assortment each month in 2018.  It’s a fun, affordable way to add to your ribbon stash.  You can find all the details HERE.

I think it’s lovely that Valentine’s Day comes right after Christmas.  Playing with pretty pink Valentine ribbon is a wonderful way to beat the winter blues!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio with  RRR and Kaisercraft Mademoiselle

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Today’s card is gloriously vintage and features one of my favorite themes: sewing!  This Stitched with Love Friendship card folio features custom dyed seam binding ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon and paper pretties from Kaisercraft’s Mademoiselle collection.

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 1

My mom was an incredible seamstress.  She could take a little bit of this and a little bit of that and turn it into new curtains, or a dress or a darling little pillow.  I spent hours and hours by her side watching her create with fabric.  Perhaps this is where my early love for pattern, color and design was born.

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 2I know everyone is smack dab in the middle of creating for Christmas right now, but I woke up with the urge to play with these pretty papers.  And can you blame me?  Who can resist polka dots, chippy buttons,  and vintage sewing images?  I ran into a bit of a speed bump when it came to ribbon selection, however.  Nothing in my considerable ribbon stash was quite the perfect color match.

Custom Dyed Seam Binding Ribbon: The Ribbon Lover’s Secret Weapon

If this has ever happened to you, then you are going to love what I’m about to share with you.  Create your own custom dyed ribbon with seam binding and ink.  It’s easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. First, cut a 1 yard length of white seam binding ribbon.
  2. Next, “smoosh” Distress Ink that complements your papers onto a non-stick craft sheet or other non-porous surface.  Spritz lightly with water until little beads of ink form.
  3. Now, dip the ribbon into this delicious puddle of inky goodness.  You can choose to fully immerse it, or just pick up bits and pieces of color.  You really can’t go wrong, so just have fun and play with ink and ribbon until you like the end result.  Then, gently heat dry and tie as usual. I always use my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool.
Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio:  A Peek Inside

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 3

The inside of this card is filled with vintage goodness. The die cut vintage sewing machine makes a perfect tuck spot for little tags and a tiny gift envelope.

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 4

To create a tuck spot, glue just one edge of an image to paper.  It’s so easy, and so much fun!

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 5The large side pocket holds a little art tag, tea bag and honey stick combo.  I’ve used extra bits of my custom dyed seam binding on all these little goodies inside the folio.

Now that you know how to make your own seam binding ribbon, I bet you’ll have lots of fun coming up with reasons to use it.  It’s such a great way to add a designer touch to your card creations.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Sew Much Love Folio Video Tour

Getting Ready for Mother’s Day with Petaloo : Sew Much Love Folio Video Tour with Tips

Hello, Friends!  My head is absolutely refusing to believe that it’s already May!  And you know what that means: Mother’s Day is right around the corner.  I’m getting ready for the “big day” with a little help from Petaloo and Kaisercraft.  I think you’re going to enjoy my Sew Much Love Folio Video Tour.  It’s loaded with vintage goodness!

Sew Much Love Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement Product by Petaloo and Kaisercraft Photo 1

Making these little folios is completely addictive.  For this 5″ x 7″ folio, I adapted a tutorial that you can find HERE.  It’s the same basic design, but this time I added in a side pocket page.

Sew Much Love Folio Video Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement Product by Petaloo and Kaisercraft Photo 2

Friendship is Sewn with Love and Stitched with Kindness: the story behind the project

(Yes…this is a personal story.  Feel free to skip ahead and look at the pretty pictures!)

Since both my precious mom and my mother in law are now residing in Heaven, I use Mother’s Day as a way to reach out to other special women in my life.  This year, I made this vintage style sewing themed folio for a dear friend from high school.

Karen and I shared a lot of common interests despite the fact that she was on the math/science track and I was on the writing/Language/Literature trail.   We were in marching band together, worked on the school newspaper and were co-editors of our high school yearbook.  Karen was precise, logical and methodical.  I was free-spirited, fueled by inspiration and spontaneous. Somehow, that combination worked!

We remained friends after graduation, but then lost track of one another  after marriage.  But thanks to the magic of Facebook, I was able to find her a couple years ago, and our reunion was as sweet and refreshing as our friendship had always been.

Sew Much Love Folio Video Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement Product by Petaloo and Kaisercraft Photo 3

About a week ago, I received a surprise package in the mail.  Karen, who is a master quilter (check out her blog HERE and you will see what I am talking about!) made me a quilt!  She remembered how much I love the lilacs back in Vermont during the springtime, so she titled it “Lilacs in the Spring.”  I confess…I got all choked up when I saw this gorgeous quilt.  And that is why Karen is my Mother’s Day gift recipient this year.

Sew Much Love Video Tour on YouTube

It’s hard to capture this very interactive folio with still photos, so I’ve created a short YouTube video tour for you.   I also share some fun tips that you can use in your own crafting adventures.

A Few Details

Sew Much Love Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement Product by Petaloo and Kaisercraft Photo 4

Pockets are fun way to add an interactive element to any project.  For the front of this cover, I created a dimensional pocket and then filled it with a pretty tag and a hand stamped vintage style button card.   (I’ll share links to all the products below.)

Add ribbon, small charms and buttons to the spine for even more fun.

Velvet pansies add wonderful texture to the pages.

Folios and photo mounts are held together with a decorative belly band.

A slit pocket inside a larger pocket is a great place to tuck small tickets and tags.

I tucked little vintage treasures everywhere throughout the folio.

And the Mademoiselle papers from Kaisercraft carry the sewing theme beautifully!

I added a simple waterfall feature for photos.

And managed to sneak in one more little pocket filled with a vintage button card.

Smaller pockets are decorated and filled with tags.

A handmade gift is the very best way I know of to say I love you. So get out your scissors, glue, pretty papers and beautiful Petaloo posies and make something special for mom.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List:

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets

Tammy Tutterow Designs: Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets

Hello, Friends!  I’m so excited to share today’s project with you, as I think you are going to love it!  I tried some new techniques while making these Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets, and I got to have my first play date with Tammy’s Scoop Pocket Steel rule die.  What fun!

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1These darling little Easter Tag Pockets make me so happy I want to get up and dance!  Here’s what you’ll need to make these l’il cuties

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets Supply List
Making Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 2I used the same basic “recipe” for each happy little Easter tag pocket.  Here’s how that process went:

  1. Die cut the scoop pocket from designer paper.  Crease on the fold lines.  Glue together.
  2. Cut shortie tags from designer paper.  Use the inserts to cut a decorative edge and glue onto the base of the tag.  You will have to trim out the sides to do this, but it’s easy enough.  Normally, you would cut the edge onto the bottom of the tag, but I wanted the tags to be a little bit longer so they would stick out of the pocket just a little bit.
  3. Stamp sentiments onto watercolor paper.  Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Color in with markers.
  4. Trim the sentiment.
  5. Stitch onto the tag
  6. Add ribbons and embellies.
  7. Decorate the pocket front

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 3Die cutting the pocket from double sided paper gives it very boutique feel.  The little tag has a photo mount on the back side so you can add pictures of your sweeties all dressed up in their Easter best.  Or you can write a sweet note here.  There’s also plenty of room to tuck in a little treat or gift card.  Aren’t they FUN?

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4To add the spatters to the tags, scribble your Distress Markers onto a craft sheet or stamping block.  Make an inky puddle by adding a tiny bit of water.  Then use a paintbrush to flick the ink onto the card.  This adds such a fun, festive feel to each tag. The look makes me think of those malted milk Easter Egg candies.  YUM!

Stamping on Felt: A New Technique for me

Happy Little EasterTag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 5So, I fell totally in love with Tammy’s Posie Parts Cling Stamp and Die combo when I made my Suck it Up Buttercup project.  Then, I fell in love with felt flowers when I made my Altered Starbucks Bottle Vases.  I wanted to combine the Posie Parts stamps/dies with felt.  So I put on my thinking cap and decided to try it using Ranger Archival Inks on 100% wool felt.  As you can see, the flowers are cute, cute, cute!

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 6I stamped 3 of each Posie Part flower and a bunch of leaves.  The first time I die cut them, the ink kind of bled onto my cutting plates.  Soooo, the second time, I very gently heat set the ink with my heat tool.  No problemo!  The wool felt handled the gentle heat very well, and there was no inky mess on my cutting plates.

Next, I hot glued the flower layers together, staggering the petals.  I pressed a ball end stylus into the center to create dimension.  Finally, I added little button centers.

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 7

A Nifty Clean Up Trick

If you do get ink on your cutting plates, you can break it down and wipe it off using hand sanitizing gel.  I use this stuff to clean my craft sheet, cutting mat, hands…anything that gets inky, really, and it works great!  And, it’s CHEAP!

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 8 Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 9 Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 10

Working with Tammy’s lovely products always makes me happy, happy, happy!  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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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