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Tiaras and Teacups for Throwback Thursday

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily Eileen Hull Sizzix Teacup Die Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Corner Cotillion by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Tiaras and Teacups for Throwback Thursday: Graphic 45 Gilded Lily Collection

Hello Friends!  It’s all about tiaras and teacups in this edition of Throwback Thursday.  I’ve reached all the way back to 2015, the year G45 released the glorious “Gilded Lily” collection.  I only have bits and bobs of this favorite collection left, but I still managed to create a teacup…

…and a shaker card!  No tutorial this week, as I have been slammed in the studio, but I’ll share lots of tips and tricks that will help you create your own Throwback Thursday masterpiece. Since my day always starts with tea, we’ll look at the teacup first.

Eileen Hull Gilded Lily Teacup

This is one of my all time favorite teacup creations.  After die cutting all the pieces from both chipboard and designer paper, I put the cup together with my Dries Clear Adhesive.  Graphic 45 Precious Pink roses adorn the base of the cup.  Then I threw in a little mixed media mayhem with Pearls, Prills and an itty bitty porcelain teacup.

TIP: Die pearls to match  your project with Alcohol Inks.  The neat and tidy way to do this is to place the pearls in a small zippered plastic bag.  Then add a few drops of alcohol ink and smoosh them around.  Remove with tweezers, and there are no messy hands involved!

TIP: Fill the tiny teacup almost to the brim with hot glue.  Then sprinkle a few Prills on top  to look like the foamy bubbles in a chai latte.  Randomly apply glue to the saucer, sprinkle with Prills and set the pearls and cup into the hot mix (carefully!).

Gift wrap  a tea bag, Lindt miniature chocolate, and Biscoff cookies to tuck inside the cup.  Tie a chipboard tag around a demitasse spoon.  This is a great way to use up your scraps and create a beautiful presentation.

Score a small ephemera card in half to create a mini note card.  Alter a resin crown with Metallic Wax.  This decorative feature looks great in the tea cup and keeps the bitty card from falling down into the recesses of the cup.

The Card: Keep Calm and Straighten Your Tiara

I pulled a lot of tricks out of my bag to make these scraps cover my card base.   First, don’t try to cover the center part of the card.  You are going to create a shaker window that will obscure any precious designer paper anyway.  Instead, simply add a border to the top and bottom of the card.  Then I cut a 3″ wide scrap in half from top to bottom.  Adhere the halves on each side of the card to cover the blank card base.  Once you add your shaker box, no one will ever know!

To create the shaker box, layer a gold foil die cut frame with a cream cardstock die cut frame.  Offset the two layers slightly when you adhere them together to create a drop shadow.  Then back the frame with clear cardstock and back with foam tape.  Fill with a shaker mix and cover with a large ephemera card.

A Peek Inside

I used most of my designer paper on the inside of the card.  But oh, what pretties I managed to tuck in here.

Here’s a book mark fit for royalty. I even attached a sparkling tiara on the top!

How about stamps?  Yup!  Gilded Lily Stamps adorn the focal on this magnet that I created from an ephemera card  (I need to stamp more…I’m so out of practice!)

Anyway..that’s Throwback Thursday for this week.  I hope by now your fingers are itching to dig through YOUR Closet of Shame and create something wonderful.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Note: Throwback Thursday posts feature older, often retired, products.  When I can find a product link, I will provide it.  But if there is no link, I bet you can find a good substitute from your stash.  Thanks for understanding!

Spellbinders Club Kits May 2020 Blog Hop

Amazing Paper Grace Fleur de Lis Grandeur Fold Over Die Spellbinders Simple Stories Vintage Garden District by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders Club Kits May 2020 Blog Hop: Amazing Paper Grace Fleur Di Lis Grandeur Fold Over with Simple Stories Vintage Garden District

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders Club Kits May 2020 Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from  Desiree’s  blog.   Today I’m sharing a Simple Stories Vintage Garden District card made with the Amazing Paper Grace Fleur de Lis Grandeur Fold Over Dies.  This elegant die set is the APG Club kit for May, and it is glorious!

Building the Card Layers

Build these card layers by following these simple steps:

  • First, prepare a 6″ x 6″ card base from cream cardstock.
  • Next, cover the card front with a 6″ x 6″ panel of gold foil paper.
  • Now, place the Fleur de Lis Grandeur Frame over a 6″ x 6″ piece of teal cardstock from the Simple Stories Simple Basics cardstock pack.
  • Then use washi tape to secure the (4) Fold Over inserts inside the frame.
  • Run the die through your machine following  manufacturer instructions, then adhere to the gold foil background.

  • Next, cut a panel of  designer paper from the collection with the Inner Square Outline Die.  Mat this on a slightly larger panel of gold foil cardstock.
  • Now place the Inner Square Pattern die on a piece of gold foil paper.  Center the Inner Square Label die and secure with washi tape before running through your die cut machine.
  • Place 1/8″ foam adhesive on the sides of the die cut and center over the patterned paper so that the pink flowers peek through.
Finishing Touches

  • Now create a burlap string wreath and place over the center opening.
  • Then select a teal butterfly from the Vintage Garden District papers.  Place foam adhesive in the center of the butterfly, lift the wings and adhere in the center of the wreath.
  • Next tie a large loopy bow with Iridescent ribbon and adhere in the right hand corner of the card.
  • Now select flowers and foliage and adhere around the card as seen in the photo.
  • Then locate “The Simple Life” banner.  Gently round it against the side of a pencil.  Adhere just the ends to the card base to create a dimensional banner in the lower left hand corner of the card.
  • Finally, adhere cream pearls to finish the card front.
A Peek Inside

Finish the inside of your card with more designer papers .  Then die cut 2 of the Fold Over Inserts from scraps of your gold cardstock.  Adhere these to create a little treat pocket.

This is such a pretty way to present a little chocolate treat inside the card.

Tuck a little tea bag wallet and a journal card into the larger pocket. Write your personal greeting or add a photo to the journal card.  Tuck a honey stick inside the pocket to go with the tea bag, if desired.  I find these honey sticks at our local farmer’s market.

Spellbinders $50 Gift Card Giveaway

To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on their blog. Hop along for additional chances to win. Giveaway closes on Sunday, May 31st, 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Tuesday. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

My $25 Gift Card Giveaway

I’ll be drawing a winner from the comments made on my blog post.  The winner will  receive a $25 Spellbinders gift certificate. Please comment on my blog post to be eligible. contact Spellbinders at [email protected] by  6/5/2020 with the subject line Spellbinders May 2020 Blog Hop Winner from Kathy Clement’s  Blog.  I’ll contact the winner via e-mail and post the name at the top of this post on May 31st.

Please note, store credit (gift certificate) cannot be applied to Club Subscriptions. Store credit can be applied to shop past Club products, Club extras and regular releases.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what Bibi has prepared for you.  Then don’t forget to hop over to the Spellbinders blog and leave a comment there to be entered into the $50 prize drawing!

Spellbinders Blog

Yana Smakula

Nichol Spohr

Tina Smith

Desiree Kuemmerle

Kathy Clement

Bibi Cameron

Jackie Pasko

Marie Heiderscheit

Jill Hilliard

Carrie Rhoades

Hussena Calcuttawala

Jennifer Snyder

Jean Manis

Virginia Lu

Jeanne Jachna

Ilina Crouse

If you’d like to see other projects created with the Fleur de Lis Grandeur card, please click HERE.

Subscribe to Spellbinders Club Kits HERE.  Subscribe to Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. You will find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Blue Roses and Butterflies

Prima Georgia Blues with Renealbouquets Beautiful Board Card Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Blue Roses and Butterflies

Hello, Friends!  When you love blue the way I do, you make a pretty card with blue roses and butterflies.  I’ve never seen a blue rose, but just look at all the dreamy blues in this Prima Georgia Blues card.

This 6″ x 6″ layered card called for a beautiful blue bow.  Light Navy Taffeta from Really Reasonable Ribbon makes a crisp triple loop bow.  I’ve topped this with a Gold Metallic String loopy bow and a big ole blue rose.  Everything about this card makes me want to go sip a tall glass of sweet tea on the veranda.

Blue Roses and Butterflies: How I Made It

Here’s how this card came together:

  • First, create a 6×6 card base from navy cardstock.
  • Cut a 5 3/4″ square of patterned paper from the Georgia Blues collection.
  • Mat on a slightly larger panel of soft blue cardstock.
  • Now cut a 4″ x 4″ panel of designer paper and double mat on soft blue and navy cardstock. Back with dimensionals.  Center and adhere.
  • Die cut Spellbinders APG Elegant Infinity from patterned paper.  Place dimensionals in the center and sides.  They will show, but we will cover them up with design elements. Center and adhere.
  • Select ephemera bits from the paper collection and arrange to cover the dimensionals behind the die cut.
  • Add some Reneabouquets butterflies and vintage blue buttons to complete the design.
Blue Roses and Butterflies:  A Peek Inside

Cover the inside of the card with more of the pretty papers.  Add pockets.

Tuck in a pretty journal card and a color matched tea bag to turn the card into a gift.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and inspiration that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Wishing you blue skies and sunshine!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace May 2020 Club Kit

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Garden District Mini Album with Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace DOM May 2020 by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace May 2020 Club Kit
Simple Stories Simple Vintage Garden District Mini Album

Hello, Friends!   I’m here to share the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace May 2020 Club Kit for National Scrapbooking Day! I’m totally smitten with this month’s club kit because it is gorgeous, versatile and so easy to use.  This die affords almost limitless possibilities!  I envisioned a shaker top mini album the minute I opened it up.  So I pulled out my Simple Stories Simple Vintage Garden District collection to make this flirty, springtime mini album.

This sweet little album measures 6″ x 6″ with a 1 1/2″ spine and a shaker frame made from the Fleur de Lis Grandeur Fold Over Die from the APG DOM Kit.  The intricate swirls and layers are just dreamy!

TIP: Mat the shaker frame on a square panel that has been die cut from the paper collection, matted on plain cardstock and backed with foam dimensionals.

TIP: Die cut flowers from the paper collection using the petal die that comes with the DOM Kit.  Mix these with packaged flowers to create a lush garden on the cover of your album.

TIP: Wrap the album cover with a ribbon closure.  Then add some dangle charms to the spine.

A Peek Inside

Create a simple stacked binding for your album by following these steps:

  • Cut (2) 18″ x 6″ panels of cream cardstock.
  • Score one panel at 6″ and 7 1/2″.  Fold.  Tuck the fold into the corner of your scoring tool and score again at 7″.  Trim off the extra panel.
  • Score the 2nd panel at 6″ and 7″, and 11 3/4″.  This will form the center pages and a flip page.
  • Now center the 1″ spine over the 1 1/2″ spine and adhere to make the album pages.
  • Have fun and decorate the pages.

The first page set features a little magnetic flap pocket and a flip page.

TIP:  Die cut 2 of the corner pieces.  Adhere together between layers of designer paper to form a decorative pull tab.

TIP: Cut (2) 5 1/2″ x 12″ panels of designer paper.  Join together with Scor-Tape.  Score this long panel every 4 1/2″ to form an accordion pull out mechanism. Attach the flap of this mechanism to a to the flap of an 8″ x 6″ panel of designer paper that has been scored at 6″.

Tea Party in a Box

Because you have a 1″ spine in the middle of the album, you can add a 3/4″ deep box pocket on the left hand page.  Fill it with what I call a tea party in a box.  “Gift wrap” a tea bag, chocolate, and cookies.  Then tuck in the box with a vintage silver spoon and a honey stick.  Once the treats are consumed, photos can be stored in the box pocket.

 

Cut paper panels wider than the album base, then score to make flip pages. Add a waterfall feature and decorate with a die cut panel. The waterfall is built on the front side of a tip in page on the left.

Create a little tag pocket and pull out page on the front side of the flap.  Interactive elements add so much to an album like this.

Here’s a peek behind the tip in page on the left.  Create a little string tie envelope to store photos or small mementos. There’s room for a nice sized photo on the 5 1/2″ x 6″ flap.

Video Project Share

This short video tour will let you see how all the project pages and mechanisms work together.  I hope you enjoy!

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace May 2020 Club Kit

You can find more ideas for using this month’s Club Kit HERE.  If you’re not a member of of the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Club, you can subscribe HERE.  To purchase past Club Kits, click HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas for using this month’s Amazing Paper Grace Club Kit.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Kaisercraft Cherry Tree Lane Vintage Style Card

Kaisercraft Cherry Blossom Lane Sympathy Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Kaisercraft Cherry Tree Lane Vintage Style Card for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Throwback Thursday post, I have a Kaisercraft Cherry Tree Lane Vintage Style Card to share with you.  There’s no tutorial this week, but I’ll share lots of helpful tips and tricks as we take a look at this lovely card.

Thoughts on Friendship

Do you remember your first childhood friend?  I do.  Her name was Robin, and we were born in the same year.  She was born in March.  I was born in July.  She lived at the bottom of the hill.  I lived at the top of the hill.  But we both had 4 siblings and a dog.  Her’s was a big old furry sheepdog.  Ours was a mutt.

I don’t remember how we met, but we were both probably playing outside as kids used to do back when you only had 3 channels on the TV, no cell phones, and no computers to keep you inside.  How lucky we were to be able to live free of these distractions from the great outdoors!

Robin and I became best friends immediately.  We played together every single day.  If it was raining, we played indoors, but mostly we played outside, riding our bikes, playing kick ball with the other kids on the hill, jumping rope, and pushing out baby dolls down the dirt road in their strollers.  In the winter, we built amazing snow forts in the huge piles left behind from the snow plows.  These had multiple stories, carved staircases and even furniture that we shaped from the packed snow.  It’s funny how the cold does not bother you when you are a kid.

We walked to school together every single day.  When the county built a “big school” we waited at the bus stop together and sat in the same seat.  We fought, forgave, got into mischief and were as close as sisters.  Even in high school, we still waited for the bus together and talked almost every day, even though our paths were by then heading in different directions.

Fast Forward to the Present

Then we both grew up and I moved away and we lost touch.  Oddly enough, I managed to stay in touch with Robin’s little sister via Facebook.  She contacted me in early March to let me know that Robin, who had been ill for quite some time, had passed away.

All these bittersweet memories came flooding back to me.  Today, my heart is full of gratitude.  How blessed I was to have had such a wonderful childhood friend.  Robin will live forever in my heart.

I made this card for the family and wrote a note with my memories of Robin to tuck inside.  When you lose someone you love, it helps to ease the sense of loss when you know others are feeling it, too.

Kaisercraft Cherry Tree Lane Vintage Style Card: Tips and Tricks

Since I was working mostly with scraps of this collection, I had to get creative.  Here are some helpful tips.

  • The background panel of this card is actually two long pieces laid side by side with the seam in the middle.
  • Mat lots of small panels on complementary cardstock.  This way, you can build layers, and cover the seam.
  • Cut an ephemera piece in half.  Layer half at the top, half on the bottom.  This extra layer covers the seam at the top and bottom of the card.
  • Die cut layers from cream cardstock to lighten up the card, and provide visual interest.  Since I had not larger focal images from the collection, this was a good substitute.
  • Pop a small fussy cut cluster of flowers up on an ephemera frame.  Surround it with flowers, ribbon and buttons to draw the eye to the center of the card.
  • Adhere cream flat back pearls to the die cut layer.  This adds to the vintage feel of the card and provides texture and shine.
Kaisercraft Cherry Blossom Lane Vintage Style Card: A Peek Inside

  • Now cover the inside of the card with patterned papers.
  • Then cut a border sticker into 2 pieces.  Attach one at the top to cover a “short” panel of paper.
  • Next, trim around the rest of the border sticker and adhere on the bottom.  Trim around the straight cut edges to give it a more organic look.
  • Finally, sand around an ephemera tag.  Adhere just the bottom edge to create a tuck spot.  This is where you can insert your  hand written note.

If you had a best friend growing up, take a moment to give thanks for all the life lessons that friendship taught you.  I’m a better person today because Robin was my friend.  I’m thankful.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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NOTE:  Since Throwback Thursday projects often use products that have been retired, I may not be able to find product links for you.  When that happens, just use a supply from your own Closet of Shame to fill in the gaps.  

 

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