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Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio Tutorial

Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio Tutorial for Frilly and Funkie “Layers of Lace” Challenge

Hello, Friends!  Is there anything more romantic and feminine than lace?  Today I have a shabby romantic Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio Tutorial to share with you.  I’ve made it for the “Layers of Lace” Challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Before we take a look at the project, let’s see what Autumn, our lovely challenge hostess, has to say about the challenge theme.

Challenge Theme: Layers of Lace
Lace, oh so lovely lace!  Whether you add delicate layers of fine lace, or tattered and torn crocheted lace, we’d love to see you add dimension and depth to your vintage or shabby chic project with lace.  Perhaps you have a favorite lace stamp or will choose to lace something up, we’d love to see your creations inspired by this topic.
Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio: A Two Story Design

Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Once again, I’ve pulled my Mixed Media Boots out of the Closet of Shame for this challenge.  And once again, I’ve created a new style of folio, which is always really fun to do!  I’m calling this a “two story” folio with a 4.25″ x 7.5″ folio layered over a standard 5″ x 7″ top fold base with a 1/2″ spine.

This makes for a really fun, dimensional look, as well as lots of fun spots to stash goodies. I would love to make you think that I’m totally brilliant, but the truth of the matter is that this design came about by accident.  When I had finished putting the individual folio components together, which is my usual work process, I realized that the “tag” I had made to fit inside the folio was too tall!  So I had to think quickly…and this design is the result.  See?  No crafting catastrophes allowed!  Just crafting opportunities!

Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio: Cover Art

I love the look of Distress Oxide Inks over kraft paper.  If you look in the top right corner, you can see it…topped with some stenciling, a little random stamping and very light heat embossing with ultra fine gold embossing powder.

The flower is actually cut from the paper collection, spritzed with water, shaped with a stylus and then inked and painted.  Use an awl to poke a hole in the flower center, then add some stamens.

And I personally love the contrast of distressed edges, burlap and crocheted lace.  It just works for me!

Open the top story of this folio to find more lace, torn paper layers, some inked, stamped, distressed paper and a handwritten sentiment.   Make the little tea bag holder by scoring a Graphic 45 Regular Ivory Tag and lining it with designer paper. Wrap the base with more lace, just for fun!

Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio: The Ground Floor

Here’s a photo of the “ground floor” or the base for this flip folio.  Here’s how I made it.

  • Create a 5″ x 7″ card base with a top fold and 1/2″ spine.
    • First, cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of kraft cardstock into two 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels.
    • Place 1/2″ Scor-tape or other adhesive along the bottom edge of one panel.
    • Next, line the second panel up over the Scor-tape and press firmly to adhere.
    • Place the long side on a scoring tool and score at 7″ and again at 7 1/2″.  This forms the 1/2″ spine
    • Finally, crease along the score lines and trim away the excess paper at the bottom.

Once you have the base built, you will need to add your flaps.

  • For the gatefold flaps on the top half of the card do as follows
    • Cut two 4″ x 6″ rectangles of kraft  cardstock.
    • Place the short side on your scoring tool and score at 1/2″ on one panel.  This forms the left hand gate.
    • Repeat with the second panel, scoring at 3 1/2″ to form the right hand gate.
    • Adhere each flap to the folio base, then cover with your designer paper.
  • For the side flap cut a 5″ x 4″ panel of kraft cardstock.  Score a 1/2″ flap on the right hand side and adhere to the right hand side of card base.
Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio: A Peek Inside

This is what my folio looks like on the inside.  I paired the Stamperia Old Lace papers up with Prima Love Story.  The combination of pink and brown really works for me.

Gatefold flaps open to reveal a pair of kraft glassine pockets on either side of the larger center panel.  By gluing just 3 sides of this postcard from the Old Lace Collection, I was able to create a nifty pocket in about 2 seconds!

Each glassine pocket folds down to reveal a photo mount and a hidden journaling spot on a card hidden inside the envelope.

Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio Tutorial: More Flaps!

Just look at the gorgeous paper on this flap feature!

Open the flap to find more interactive elements.  The back side of the flap features a pull out page with a hidden journaling spot.

This 4″ x 5 1/2″ mini folio fits neatly in the large pocket on the bottom of the base.  I’ve added some stenciled polka dots and painted edges to shabby things up even more.  But wait…there’s more!

The folio is actually a lovely little envelope.  I can’t take any credit for this at all, doggone it!  It’s part of the Old Lace paper collection.  All I did was cut it out, score and fold.  How lovely is that?  And what’s inside the envelope?

A sweet little vintage button card with real vintage buttons and a little chocolate treat.

Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio Tutorial Tour on YouTube

If you’d like to see all these interactive features in action, then grab a cuppa, click play and relax for 10 minutes.

Layers of Lace: Now it’s YOUR turn!

I hope you’re feeling inspired to play along in this lovely “Layers of Lace” Challenge.  Just create a lacy shabby chic or vintage project of your choice..  Then link up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, June 5th.

The team will pick four favorite project entries for this challenge.  The top winner will be invited to join us in a Guest Designer spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next three will receive badges to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge rules will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

You can find all the challenge rules and details HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks 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 stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Soft and Shabby Thinking of You Card

Soft and Shabby Thinking of You Card with Burlap Center Stitch Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers! Today’s project is a soft and shabby thinking of you card that is loaded with layers and texture.  You can add texture to a project in lots of different ways. But adding ribbon is the quickest way I know to get the job done.

Soft and Shabby Thinking of You Card Cherry Tree Lane by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 01

I wanted this card to have a very natural, botanical feel.  These Kaisercraft Cherry Tree Lane papers have been calling my name for a while now, They’ve been patiently waiting in the Closet of Shame and were overdue for a little paper play time.

Soft and Shabby Thinking of You Card Cherry Tree Lane by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 02

To age the papers, I first dragged the edges through a little pool of water.  We’re not talking total immersion here…just a quick skim through a teeny tiny bit of water to soften the edges.  Next, I ran my distressing tool all along the edge of every layer.  Then I inked all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink,. This step adds that aged shabby look that I love so much.

Soft and Shabby Thinking of You Card Cherry Tree Lane by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 03

Once I had all my paper layers in place, it was time to add the fun stuff.  Vintage pearl buttons from my stash, flat back pearls, coiled wire, glittered foliage and soft florals from Little Birdie Crafts all add to the vintage feel of the design.  To tie all these layers and paper pretties together, I created this soft textured bow using Really Reasonable Ribbon Pink Burlap Center Stitch Ribbon.

Soft and Shabby Thinking of You Card Cherry Tree Lane by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 04

This bow cluster makes my heart go pitty pat!

Soft and Shabby Thinking of You Card: A Peek Inside

Sad to say, I needed to make another sympathy card.  Too many this year, and it makes me just a little bit sad.  My hope is that this card brought comfort and peace to the heart of the recipient.  I don’t enjoy making sympathy cards, but I do love to let people know that they are not alone during a difficult time.

So what’s your favorite way to add texture to your projects?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio

Hello, G45’ers!  They say that everybody loves a baby, and I do believe this is true.  Making a special gift for a new babe is one of my favorite crafty adventures.  It’s always a delight to layer up those soft pastel baby papers and images, isn’t it?  I made this Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio with the Deluxe Collector Edition.  The DCE’s come with all the 12×12 papers plus the wonderful chipboard and stamp elements.  That makes it easy to create a memorable gift for baby!

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

Little Boy Blue Card Folio: How to Create a Shabby Chic Vibe

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 02

Shabby Chic cards are such fun to create.  This 5″ x 7″ Little Boy Blue Card Folio is loaded with shabby chic touches.  Here are some of the tricks I used to amp up the shabby chic volume on this card.

  • First, create distressed edges by lightly running the blade of your scissors or a distressing tool along the paper edges.  You don’t have to brutalize the paper; a light touch will do.
  • Next, I love to add machine or hand stitching to the layers.

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 03

  • Next, try to add fussy cut elements, like these floral clusters.  Tuck them in between layers.
  • Use shabby chic metal embellishments.  These Graphic 45 Staples Keys and Ornate Key Hole have been tapped with ivory acrylic paint to add to their shabby chic appeal.

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 04

  • Add lots of layers!
  • Include texture in your composition.  Ribbon, flowers, string…all these things lend themselves to shabby chic design.

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 05

  • Use floral clusters to draw the eye to an image that might otherwise be overlooked.  The flowers that surround the chipboard frame keep it from disappearing.
  • Add a little paint spatter!  Thin acrylic paint with water.  Then pick it up with a paint brush.  Hold the very end of the brush handle with one hand and tap the opposite end of the brush with your finger.  You can practice this technique on scrap paper until you feel confident enough to try it in real life!
Little Boy Blue Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 06

This hybrid creation is part card, part mini album and part gift.

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 07I managed to tuck in a sweet little waterfall cascade to keep photos of baby’s first precious days.

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 08

And I also tucked in a little gift card wallet to round things out.

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio on YouTube

I created a short YouTube video project share so you can see how all these various parts come together to form the whole.

 

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

Little Boy Blue Card Folio Supply List

 

  • Graphic 45

 

 

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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Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card

Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card with Kaisercraft Wandering Ivy

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  I’m back with another card that I made while I was on my “break” from design team assignments.  I made this Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card with the Kaisercraft Wandering Ivy Collection  and ephemera pack as well.  But the “Blooming Bicycle” focal image is from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy Shop. This one has a really fun, springtime vibe.

Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 01

As you can see from this photo, I added loads of distressed layers, blossoms, ribbon and a vintage button to this 5″ x 7″ card.Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 02

A cluster of Little Birdie Crafts Flowers add the “Bloom” to this Blooming Blue Bicycle card. The ones with beaded centers are “Jessica” ivory flowers.  The polka dot flower is called “Printed Florence Petals.”  I’m not sure where you can find these in stores, but you can visit the Little Birdie Crafts Website to find them.  These were given to me as a gift at CHA, and I just love them!

Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 03

The bow cluster is more of that luscious Ivory Checkerboard Satin Ribbon combined with Ivory Burlap String and a vintage button from my stash.  If you’re new to tying bows, I really recommend this ribbon as it is very soft, making it easy to work with.

Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card: A Peek Inside

Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 04This card is very similar in style to the one I shared with you on Monday.

Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 05

I decorated the gift card wallet with another digital image and scraps of the designer paper.  The “Wandering Ivy” collection kit comes with a sticker sheet, which I used to add the title.

Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 06Inside, there’s a tea bag and a chocolate treat.

Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 07Once again, I used up my scraps to make a pretty little bookmark and decorative honey stick.  These cards double as gifts, so even though they take a little bit longer to make, you get a lot of “bang” for your buck.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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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