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Hooray! It’s Your Birthday Gift Box

Authentique Hooray Birthday Box Amazing Paper Grace Telephone Vignette Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Hooray!  It’s Your Birthday Box with APG Telephone Vignette Die

Hello, Friends!  Do you love little boxes?  I have loved them for as long as I can remember, so making this Hooray It’s Your Birthday Box was loads of fun.  My L’il Sis is having a birthday this month, and she loves boxes, too.  This one is filled with lots of little goodies that I think will make her chuckle.  Then, when the goodies are gone she can use the box to store stuff on her work desk.  I love it when a gift just keeps on giving!

Building the Box

Here’s how the box came together:

  • First, cover the lid of an I-Phone box with papers from Authentique’s Hooray Paper Collection.
  • Then, wrap the top edge of the box with washi tape to give it a finished look.
  • Now, adhere some little box feet to the corners.
  • Die cut the Amazing Paper Grace Vignette Telephone from both Spectrum Lady Bug and Hooray patterned papers.  You will need 3 phone bases cut from patterned paper and 2 from the Lady Bug Spectrum paper.
  • Adhere the patterned papers to the Lady Bug papers so that they are slightly offset.  This creates a mat for the base and helps it to pop against the patterned papers.  You will need to cover both the front and back of the phone that is on the back side of the box.
  • Adhere the phones to the box base and fill it up with goodies!

Add ribbon and buttons to the front corners of the box if desired.

A Peek Inside

Fill the box with treats that you know the birthday girl will enjoy. I think my Sis will enjoy the little treats I tucked inside her box.

This shaker tag is so quick to make!

  • First, remove the sticker frame from the sheet and back it with clear cardstock.
  • Trace the outline of the frame onto a piece of patterned paper and trim out.
  • Then add 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips to the back of the sticker.
  • Fussy cut the sentiment from the 3 x 4 image card.  Save the sassy lady…we’ll use her elsewhere!
  • Mat the fussy cut sentiment on the piece of patterned paper you cut out.
  • Fill the shaker cavity with sequins and beads, then adhere the patterned paper tag over the foam strips.  Press lightly to seal.
  • Trim out the birthday banner from another 3×4 card and adhere.
  • Punch a hole at the top of the tag, add ribbon and a flower.

My sis and I both love tea, so I added this tin of tea to her birthday box along with a little chocolate.  Dressing these little gifts up with designer paper and ribbon really makes them special!

This is a packet of Biscoff cookies to go with the tea.  Create the little birthday wand with a washi tape wrapped popsicle stick and stickers that have been matted on Lady Bug Spectrum Cardstock.

Snarky Birthday Card

The final addition is a little 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ top fold card made with scraps.  I’m crazy for this retro color combination…how about you?

Die cut circles and stars really work with this paper collection.  I can’t wait to give this gift to my sister!

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

To see another project made with the Telephone Vignette die, click HERE.

You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace August 2020 Club Kit

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Club Kit August 2020 Vintage Telephone Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace August 2020 Club Kit: Hey, Good Looking Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s August 1st, and time to reveal my Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace August 2020 Club Kit project.  Every time I look at this Vintage Telephone Vignette Die, all I can think of is Ernestine, the telephone operator from the old Laugh-In comedy show: “One ringy dingy…” (OK…I’m showing my age here, but she was truly funny!)

I paired the club kit up with a favorite Authentique Paper Collection (Poised), Black Houndstooth Ribbon,  and some gorgeous yellow roses from Little Birdie Crafts.  Here’s how the card came together.

Is This the Number to Whom I am Speaking?

As I was playing around with the club kit, I realized it would make a super cute shaker base.

  • First, die cut the body of the phone from a 6×6 panel of the Poised Tartan and heavy black cardstock.  You will need 2 black panels and 1 plaid.
  • Now die cut the receiver from the tartan and the black cardstock.
  • Next, die cut the rotary dial from black cardstock and rose gold glitter paper.
  • Then do the same for the trim pieces on the phone.
  • Now set aside one black phone base.  Layer the other pieces together so that the black layers are slightly offset from the patterned pieces.  Use 1/8″ foam tape to add dimension.
  • Adhere 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips on the back side of the phone.  Then fill the cavity with a shaker mix.  (Linked below)
  • Now remove the foam tape liner from the back of the phone and adhere the other black phone body to finish the shaker box.
Two Ringy Dingys

Does anyone else remember growing up with a telephone table in the house?  There was always a pretty doily for the phone to rest on.  Create a doily with the July Club Kit Die (Fanfare).  Die cut it twice: once from patterned paper, and again from black.  Layer together so that the black doily is slightly offset.  This really makes the doily pop.

I opted to leave the  numbers off the phone dial so that the shaker elements would show through.  Then I added the sentiment banner beneath the phone.

A few vintage buttons from my stash, a little metal filigree corner, a couple of postage stamps, and the card front is finished.

A Peek Inside

The stopper for the easel base is actually a pocket.  So naturally, I had to put something inside the pocket.

This simple 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2 note card can be used as a photo folio.  The center oval is the dial piece cut out when making the phone.  It’s the perfect size for that cute cardstock element.

A little pocket for a tea bag and honey stick has plenty of room for a gift card.  Add your personal greeting on the opposite page.

Thanks for letting me “ring you up” this morning!  You can find out more about the  APG August Club Kit HERE.  To see past APG Club Kit projects, click HERE.  There’s a linked supply list below the post.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend with a little crafty time thrown in!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Beach Window Twisted Easel Shaker Card

Ciao Bella Sound of Summer Beach Window Twisted Easel Card Amazing Paper Grace Snip It Grid Calendar Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Beach Window Twisted Easel Shaker Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  What do you see out the beach window of this Twisted Easel Shaker Card?  Seagulls soaring high in the sky?  Pelicans diving into the waves?  Or maybe there’s a school of dolphins frolicking not too far from the shore.  Whatever you can imagine, you can see through the panes of my beach window card.  Even though I have not been able to “see” the sea in a long time, my imagination can take me there, and I can enjoy the beautiful coastline that I love so much.

I’ve paired up some luxurious ribbons from the July Ribbon Club Assortment with Ciao Bella’s delightful “Sound of Summer” and Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Calendar/Grid Die to create this magical beach scene.  Capri Blue Double Faced Satin Ribbon and Blue Variegated Shell Print Satin Ribbon match the blues in this paper collection perfectly.

TIP: Die cut burlap stars then string as a banner across the top of the window.  Silver shell charms add just a touch of sparkle.

TIP: Die cut flowers from your designer paper scraps for perfectly coordinated florals.

TIP: Alter Reneabouquets Starfish Beauty Board with Little Birdie Crafts Silver Metallic Wax. Then tuck them in with the floral cascade.  This adds a soft shimmer and texture.

A Peek Inside

This style of card is designed to serve primarily as a decorative piece.  But I did manage to add a simple pocket.

TIP: Cluster real shells, flowers, and banner flags together on the pocket flap.  Then dangle a silver seahorse charm from a mini clothespin to create a beachy vignette.

TIP: Don’t be afraid to fold a large image in half.  This 8″ x 5 1/2″ journal card converts into a lovely mini folio.  Add a fussy cut image and decorative key in the corner.  This is the image you see peeking out when the card is opened for display.

Line the inside of the folio with cream cardstock.  You can write a message here, or add photos.

I hope you enjoyed looking through my beach house window with me today.  There is something very calming and relaxing about working with these shades of blue.  If you’d like to see other projects made with the Sound of Summer collection, please click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders July 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop

Stamperia Sweety Pop Up Card for Spellbinders July 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop APG Fanfare Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders July 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop: Amazing Paper Grace Fanfare Die

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders July 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Bibi’s blog.  Today I’m featuring the Fanfare Die from the Amazing Paper Grace Club Kit.  This wonderfully versatile set contains 8 dies.

I shared another project made with the Fanfare dies earlier this month.  You can find that HERE.   Today I have 2 more Fanfare projects to share with you, both made with Stamperia’s new Sweety Collection.

APG Fanfare Cupcake Doily Pop Up Card

To make the dimensional doily for this 6×6 pop up card, do the following:

  • First, die cut 14 of the smaller ornament pieces from cream cardstock.
  • Emboss each piece as you cut it by using the embossing mat sandwich option for your die cutting machine.
  • Next, align the center of 7 die cut/embossed ornaments.  Secure them with a small brad in the center.
  • Then fan out the individual “petals” to create a doily.
  • Repeat the above process with the remaining 7 die cuts.
  • Now gently fold each “petal” from the tip to the base to create extra dimension.
  • Finally, adhere the two doily layers together with foam squares so that the edges are staggered.

When you attach the chipboard cupcake image in the center of the doily, you will need to add double layers of foam squares or waste chipboard to hold it in place as well.

Now die cut some flower layers from your scraps and use these to adorn your card front.

A Peek Inside

Create a pop up scene inside your card.  (I have a tutorial made with another paper collection that shows how to do this.  You can find that tutorial HERE.)

Create a little fold down message flap on the base of the card.

This is a great place to write a personal message or even tuck in a gift card.

Fanfare Shaker Card

The Fanfare Frame and swirl insert are perfect for making elegant shaker cards.

  • First, die cut 2 frames/inserts from cream cardstock.
  • Next, offset the layers and adhere them together.  This creates a sort of drop shadow effect as well as strengthens the die cut frame.
  • Next, use only the frame die to cut a clear cardstock (acetate sheet) backer for the shaker frame.
  • Apply Dries Clear Adhesive to the back of the shaker frame.  Spread this out with your finger or a small paintbrush.  This will keep the glue from oozing out onto the clear cardstock.
  • Now adhere the clear frame to the back of the die cut frame.
  • Now attach 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips to the back of the shaker frame.
  • Fussy cut the sentiment from the paper collection and adhere to the card base.
  • Now place your shaker mix on the card base cover with the shaker frame.  Press gently to seal.

Adorn with flowers, ribbon and a Reneabouquets dragonfly charm.

A Peek Inside

This is one of my “Tea Party in a Box” cards.  Tuck an individually wrapped tea bag dressed up with designer paper scraps and a matching honey stick into the small pocket on top.

Then add a bookmark, chocolate treat and a note card to the pocket on the bottom. Decorate the note card with the Fanfare die cut and ornament pull tab.

Spellbinder’s $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, July 26th. 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 also 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. The randomly chosen winner will contact Spellbinders at [email protected]  by              August 2nd, 2020      .

Please write Spellbinders July 2020 Blog Hop Winner from Kathy Clement’s  Blog in the subject line.  I’ll contact the winner via e-mail and post the name at the top of this post on .

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

Click on these links to visit all the blogs in the July Hop.

Spellbinders Blog

Nichol Spohr

Tina Smith

Carrie Rhoades

Bibi Cameron

Kathy Clement  (You are here)

Alicia Havranek

Jill Hilliard

Laurie Willison

Joy Baldwin

Jean Manis

Virginia Lu

Ilina Crouse

Varada Sharma

Hussena Calcuttawala

Jeanne Jachna

Gemma Campbell
Now hop on over and see what Alicia 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!

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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Throwback Thursday Christmas Shaker Hanger Tutorial

Authentique Classic Christmas Shaker Hanger with APG Snip It Grid/Calendar and Fanfare Dies by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

Throwback Thursday Christmas Shaker Hanger Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Throwback Thursday Christmas in July!  Today I have a super sweet and easy to make Christmas Shaker Hanger Tutorial for you.  You can make this cute project in no time, and then hang it on a kitchen cabinet, a door knob or an office cubicle.  If you get started on making these now, you’ll have plenty to give as gifts when Christmas rolls around.

Authentique Classic Christmas and Spellbinder Dies

Use any favorite Christmas collection to make this sweet little shaker hanger.  My blog buddy, Sherry Somers, gifted me with a 6×6 pad of Authentique Paper’s Classic Christmas collection in some happy mail this spring.  Since this is one of my all time favorite Christmas collections, I decided to feature it this week.  I had a few bits and pieces of the 12×12 brick pattern along with some 3×4 cards left.  But nothing else, so that 6×6 pad came in real handy!  Thanks again, Sherry!

TIP: Stitch the brick patterned paper onto some burlap to add country charm to your shaker hanger.  Since sewing machine needles don’t like to stitch through adhesive, just place a bit of Scor-Tape in the center of the two panels, then stitch.  You’ll be able to keep your margins straight, but won’t hurt your sewing machine.

Frosty Windowpanes

The Spellbinders June Die of the Month makes a great windowpane!  Die cut the Snip it Grid Calendar piece from the kit 3 times: twice from cream cardstock and once from grey.  Then glue the three layers together so that they are slightly offset.  This will give your window pane a real feeling of depth.

TIP: Use a paintbrush to apply dries clear adhesive to the back of each die cut layer.  This is faster, and ultimately neater, than applying the glue straight from the bottle.  I do the same thing when I add my clear cardstock to the back of the windowpanes.  You have far less trouble with glue oozing out onto the acetate and making a sticky, hard to clean up mess.

Little Details

Fussy cut this cute house from a 3×4 card.  Then back it with dimensionals.  Apply Stickles or glitter to the snowy areas of the roof to add lots of shine.  This shows up better in real life than it does in the photos.

Paint jingle bells and Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Christmas Bells with white chalk paint to add country charm.

Die cut flower layers from scraps of patterned paper and winter foliage from cream cardstock.  Custom flowers in a jiffy!

Tie painted jingle bells to the handle of a vintage mini hanger. Tuck in some die cut leaves as a finishing touch.

Christmas Shaker Hanger Video Tutorial

If you’d like to learn how to make this darling little Christmas shaker hanger, please enjoy the video tutorial below.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  I’ll be back next week with another Christmas in July Throwback Thursday.  Until then, keep calm and craft on, my friends!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post. To see past Throwback Thursday projects, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Note: Throwback Thursday is designed to encourage us to use up our crafty stash.  Many of the older items I use are no longer readily available online.  Please feel free to substitute a similar product from your stash. 

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