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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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Spellbinders April 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop

This hop is now closed.  The winner of the $25 gift card is Gena K.  Thanks for hopping!

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace April 2020 Die of the Month Vignette Typewriter by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders April 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop: APG 3D Vintage Vignette Typewriter Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders April 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from BIBI’S  blog.  If so , you are right on track.  You can find a complete blog hop list at the bottom of this post.    Today, I’m sharing another adorable Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Vignette Typewriter card.  If you missed the cute pink and black typewriter card that I shared earlier this month, you can find that HERE.

I love a snarky greeting on a  birthday card, don’t you?  So I paired this adorable 3D Vintage Vignette Typewriter Die up with Authentique Paper’s Party Paper Collection.  Insert a 3″ x 4″ sentiment card from the collection in the typewriter “roller”.  Then use the die from the kit to cut extra designer paper “pages”.  Place dimensionals between these layers for even more depth and dimension.  Finally, create a banner with stickers from the Party collection kit.

Die cut the pieces of the 3D Vintage Vignette Typewriter from foil cardstock and patterned papers as I did here.  To add extra depth and detail, run the die cuts through a second time using the embossing plate and mat.  Then  assemble the pieces with dimensionals between the layers. As a final touch, place a small dab of Ranger Black Enamel Dots on each key for extra shine and dimension.

APG 3D Vintage Vignette Typewriter Birthday Card: A Peek Inside

Turn the card into a sweet little gift by adding pockets on the inside.  First, tuck in a little chocolate and a blank sentiment card on the bottom.  Then create a gift card wallet and tuck into a second pocket on the top half of the card.

Such a great snarky sentiment!

Spellbinders April 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop Giveaway

To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky blog readers selected randomly from the comments on our blogs.  Hop along and comment on each blog in the hop for additional chances to win.  The giveaway closes  on Sunday, April 26th  at 11:59 PM EDT.  The winner will be announced on Spellbinders’ blog on

Please note: The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

My Giveaway

I’ll be drawing a winner to receive a $25 gift certificate. Please comment on my blog post to be eligible.  The winner will be announced at the top of this blog post, on my Facebook page and Instagram Account on Monday, April 27th .

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 JILL  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

Jennifer Snyder

Laurie Willison

Bibi Cameron

Kathy Clement

Jill Hilliard

Ilina Crouse

Jean Manis

Alicia Havranek

Hussena Calcuttawala

Joy Baldwin

Marie Heiderscheit

Zsoka Marko

Dina Kowal

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

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card

Spellbinders APG 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card by Kathy Clement Authentique Flawless Photo 01

Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card: Amazing Paper Grace April Club Kit

Hello, Friends!  This Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card is no April Fool’s Joke!  It’s my project for the Amazing Paper Grace April Club Kit. Oh, the stories I could write with this super cute pink dimensional typewriter!

One of the things I love about the APG Club Kit is the versatility each one affords.  This 3D Typewriter Vignette Die is designed to stand all on it’s own like a little shadowbox.  But I chose to use it as the dimensional focal point on this pretty in pink card.  I followed all the directions that come with the kit.  But I did not add the tabs and side pieces to make it a stand alone item.  Instead, I layered dimensionals between the typewriter layers and featured it on this 6″ x 6″ easel card.  How cute would this be on your work desk?

Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card: The Typewriter

Authentique’s Flawless collection seemed to be the perfect match up for this project.  Here’s how I put the typewriter together:

  • First, die cut (2) typewriter frames, and all the rest of the parts from black cardstock.
  • Now run these pieces through a second time using the embossing plate and mat to add lots of texture and dimension.
  • Next, die cut the pieces a second time using patterned papers from the Flawless 6″ x 6″ paper pad.  Mix and match the papers for more fun.
  • Then emboss these pieces as you did the black cardstock.

Piece the typewriter together following the directions that come with the dies.  I alternated black and pink pieces to provide more contrast and visual interest.  Add dimensionals between the layers to make the image pop off the page.

Now die cut the typewriter papers from patterned cardstock.  Cut an additional paper from black to mat the paper that is at the back.  This helps it to pop off the page.  Layer dimensionals between the pages for extra dimension. Place a dot of Glossy Accents on each of the keys for even more dimension.

Finally, die cut the sentiments from hot pink cardstock.  Cut them out and adhere over the patterned papers.  Layer the papers at an angle inside the “roller” . Then add flowers and butterfly to finish the design.

Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card: The Stopper

First, cover the inside of your card base with designer paper.  Create a pocket on the bottom of the card by adhering 3 sides of a 6″ x 2 1/2″ panel of designer paper to the card base.  You’ll see how this works below.

Cut a fishtail banner from the black damask print in Flawless.  Back it with dimensionals and adhere to the lower inside card panel.  This will be the base for the brake, or stopper, on this easel card.  Cut out two small sentiment cards from the paper collection.  Mat on both hot pink and black cardstock scraps. Arrange at an angle and place dimensionals between and on the back side.  Then adhere to the card base.  Add a little paper clip, some pretty pink posies, ribbon and a button.

Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card: A Peek Inside

Now you can see the cute pocket inside the card.  Create a little gift card wallet with a sentiment panel from the 12×12 collection.  Adhere a little chocolate treat with repositionable  Glue Dots.

To learn more about Spellbinders Monthly Club Kits, click HERE. To subscribe to the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club Kit, click HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas to inspire your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  To see previous Amazing Paper Grace projects, click HERE.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders March 2020 Clubs Inspiration Blog Hop

Stamperia Ceremony Shaker Card Folio Spellbinders APG Elegant Infinity Die of the Month by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders March 2020 Clubs Inspiration Blog Hop and Giveaway! Two Chances to Win!

This hop is now closed.  The randomly chosen comment came from MaryH.  Thank you for  hopping!

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders March 2020 Clubs Inspiration Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Brenda’s Blog.  If so, you are right on track.  But don’t worry…I have a complete hop list at the end of this post.  This inspiration blog hop is loaded with great ideas for using the Spellbinders March 2020 Club Kits.  You will want to visit all the blogs in the list, then comment on the Spellbinder’s Blog to let them know you completed the hop. To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on the Spellbinder’s blog. Hop along for additional chances to win. Giveaway closes on Sunday, March 22nd, 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.

Spellbinders is also allowing me to pick a random comment from my blog to receive a $25 gift certificate. I will  announce the winner at the top of this post blog on 3/22/2020.  If you are the lucky winner,   contact Spellbinders at [email protected] by  3/29/2020 with the subject line Spellbinders March 2020 Blog Hop Winner from the Kathy by Design Blog.

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.  

Stamperia Ceremony Love Card for the Spellbinders March 2020 Clubs Inspiration Blog Hop

Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Elegant Infinity Spellbinders March 2020 Club Inspiration Blog Hop Stamperia Ceremony by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I decided to go dreamy and romantic with the Amazing Paper Grace Elegant Infinity Die of the Month Club.  The versatility of this die allowed me to use the square and circle dies to create a lovely shaker frame for this Stamperia Ceremony card folio.  Here’s how:

  • First, die cut the frame from both patterned paper and cream cardstock.
  •  Next,  adhere the die cut layers together to create a sturdy and functional shaker frame.
  • Now, adhere clear cardstock to the back of the die cut frame.  Use an adhesive that dries clear, and wipe off any smudges that might occur.  I use Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Next add  3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips to the back side.
  • Decide where you want to place your shaker frame.  Then place your sequin mix in the center of that area.
  • Finally, adhere the square frame as a diamond to create visual interest.
Finishing Details

I love the fact that this die comes with every element to perfectly finish the card design.

  • Die cut the corner pieces from cream cardstock and the sentiment from gold foil for extra elegance.
  • Next, cut patterned paper with the 2 floral from the collection to create perfectly coordinated flower clusters.

TIP: Cut flower layers from scraps of your patterned paper!

Finish things up by die cutting the sentiment from a bit of Gold Foil paper.

A Peek Inside

The Elegant Infinity Dies found a home on the inside of this card as well.  Die cut the square frame without the inner circle and medallion piece.  Then mat on soft pink cardstock to create an elegant note card.  Die cut the corner piece from cream and patterned paper.  Adhere them together, staggering the edges a bit to create a elegant corner pocket to hold the note card in place.

This vintage button from my stash adorns a little photo folio.

 

Spellbinders March 2020 Clubs Inspiration Blog Hop: On With the Hop

Now let’s get on with this Spellbinders March 2020 Clubs Inspiration Blog Hop!  Here is the list of blog participating in the hop.  The next stop  is Linda Parker’s blog.   You’ll find the complete hop list below.

Spellbinders Blog

Yana Smakula

Nichol Spohr

Tina Smith

Bibi Cameron

Jean Manis

Henriëtte van Mierlo

Daniel West

Gemma Campbell

Dina Kowal

Virginia Lu

Jenny Colacicco

Jill Hilliard

Joy Baldwin

Jennifer Snyder

Marie Heiderscheit

Ashley Tucker

Svitlana Shayevich

Rebecca Luminarias

Brenda Noelke

Kathy Clement

Linda Parker

Varada Sharma

Hussena Calcuttawala

Jeanne Jachna

Michelle Short

Yasmin Diaz

Laurie Willison

Ilina Crouse

Laura Volpes

Alicia Havranek

Channin Pelletier

Michelle Zerull

Annie Williams

Sheri Holt

Norine Borys

Ivana Camdzic

Desiree Kuemmerle

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration you can use in your next crafty adventure!  If so, I ‘d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list below this post.  To see another project made with the APG Elegant Infinity Dies, click HERE.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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