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Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Tutorial

Authentique Colorful Christmas: Jingle All the Way Card Folio Tutorial and Merry Christmas Banner

Hello, Friends!  I’ve had the best time playing with Authentique Paper’s Christmas collections.  Today I’m sharing a couple of projects made with their amazing Colorful Christmas.  I had great fun putting this Jingle All the Way Christmas Card  Folio Tutorial together for you.  I’m fairly addicted to making card folios, as they serve so many purposes.  This one is filled with all kinds of fun flaps, folds, flips and interactive features.  I think you’re really going to enjoy making it!

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

This is a 5″ x 7″ card folio with a 1/2″ spine.  And how about this Dapper Santa?  Isn’t he fabulous?

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

Colorful Christmas is loaded with fresh patterns, fun images and a great cut apart page!  I trimmed out the “Jingle All the Way” sentiment to make the ornament on my card front.

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3This whole collection reminds me of gingerbread…and that is always a good thing!

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

Oh, what fun!  We have a pocket, a decorated candy cane and an interactive accordion fold album on the inside of this folio.

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5The accordion fold album measures 4.75″ square and has a ribbon tie closure.

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6Untie the ribbon, and the festivities fold out!

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 7Each fold in the album measures 3.75″ wide x 5″ tall.  I’ve included flap elements and mini file folders made with the stickers that come with the collection.

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 9It’s like a party on paper, isn’t it?

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 10This 4.75″ square pocket is in the center of the album.  Decorated with a sticker, it contains 2 photo mounts and a cute gift card holder.

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 11

This large manila tag is all dressed up in holiday finery.  It sits in the large pocket on the bottom of the album, along with a decorated candy cane.

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to learn how to make this fun and festive card folio?  Then follow along with this YouTube video and learn how to build the folio base, add the accordion fold album and watch me decorate the cover step by step.

The best thing about these folios is that they can be made quickly and don’t take up a lot of space.  They are perfect for gift giving as the cost for making them is considerably less than that of making an album.  And on top of that , you can add them to your home decor!  It’s lovely when you can make something that serves multiple purposes.

Bonus Project:  Colorful Christmas Star Banner

While I had all my paper pretties out on my work desk, I decided to make a little home decor project.

Merry Christmas Star Banner Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

The base of this banner is a Crayola Chipboard Star Album.  Each star pennant measures 6″ x 6″.

Merry Christmas Star Banner Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2First, trace the chipboard star onto patterned paper from Colorful Christmas 6×6 Bundle.

Then ink the edges of the chipboard and the paper with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Next, stitch around the perimeter of the paper star, then glue onto the chipboard base.  Punch a hole at the top.

Merry Christmas Star Banner Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3Now cover chipboard letters with the poinsettia pattern.  Ink the edges.  Back with foam tabs or waste chipboard to elevate from the star base.

Merry Christmas Star Banner Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4Next, create a backdrop for the letters.  Die cut a star shape from kraft cardstock with Spellbinders Exquisite Circles #3 die.  Select a snowflake embossing folder and ink up the debossed side with Versamark Embossing Ink. Then run the die cut through the folder. Next, sprinkle the embossed star with a clear glitter embossing powder and heat set.  Finally spritz with Dylusions White Linen Spray and ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Merry Christmas Star Banner Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5Now, add foam tabs or chipboard to the back of the die cut and glue in place on the star.  Top with the prepared letter. Decorate with Colorful Christmas stickers and Christmas goodies from your stash.

Merry Christmas Star Banner Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6Punch a hole at the top of each star.  Thread ribbon through the holes.  Add bows and buttons. Then, cut the images and sentiments from the 6×6 Bundle into little fishtail banners.  Mat on kraft cardstock and attach with mini wood clothespins.

I hope these tips and tricks inspired you to get out your paper pretties and deck the halls!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Jingle All the Way and Merry Christmas Star Banner Supply List and Product Links

Authentique Paper

Spellbinders Dies

Ribbon

Other Products

  • Versamark Embossing Ink
  • WOW! Natural Shimmer Embossing Glitter
  • Dylusions White Linen Spray
  • Sizzix Snowflakes Embossing Folder
  • Crayola Star Chipboard Album

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Christmas Poinsettia Greeting Card Tutorial

This hop is now closed. The winner is Ava Gavloski, chosen from Emily’s blog.  Thanks for hopping!

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop: Pink Christmas Poinsettia Greeting Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!   I hope you all enjoyed a happy and healthy Thanksgiving yesterday.  Now that you’ve packed all the turkey leftovers away, it’s the perfect time to hop along with the Heartfelt Creations Alumni team.  I’ve prepared a Pretty in Pink Christmas Poinsettia Greeting Card tutorial to share with you on this first stop of the hop.

Pink Christmas Poinsettia Greeting Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 1

Pink poinsettia are such a festive addition to the holiday season.  And yes, those are dogwoods, too!  I’ve combined papers, stamps and dies from the Flowering Dogwood and Sparkling Poinsettia Collections to make this Pretty in Pink Christmas Poinsettia Greeting Card.  Here’s how I did it.

Pink Christmas Poinsettia Greeting Card Tutorial: Building the Base
  • First, create a 5″ x 7″ side fold card base from deep pink cardstock.
  • Next, cut a 4.75″ x 6.75″ panel of the barn wood paper from the Flowering Dogwood Paper Collection.
  • Then, lightly distress the edges of the paper and ink with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.  Spritz with water to create water spots.  Glue this panel to the card base.
  • Now, cut the pale pink dot paper from Flowering Dogwood to measure 5″ x 3″  Add a lacy edge with Border Essentials Die.  Glue in the center of the card.
  • Next, die cut the Eyelet Oval from a pearlized white linen cardstock.  I have had this in my stash forever, and honestly don’t remember where it came from.
  • Center the outer frame on the card and glue in place.
  • Now, add foam adhesive tabs to the back of the eyelet oval and place in the center of the frame.
  • If desired, use hot glue to attach a plastic glitter snowflake to the center of the oval. (From Dollar Tree).
Pink Christmas Poinsettia Greeting Card Tutorial: The Sentiment Panel

Pink Christmas Poinsettia Greeting Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 2

  • Stamp the Sentiment from Sparkling Poinsettia Joy to the World on a square of the same pale pink patterned paper you used on the border.  Use Versamark Ink and heat emboss with superfine gold embossing powder.
  • Trim the sentiment into a square.  Crop the corners with a ticket stub punch.  Mat on pearlized white linen cardstock and pale pink cardstock.  Crop the corners of each layer.  Glue on top of the glitter snowflake.
Pink Christmas Poinsettia Greeting Card Tutorial: The flowers!

Pink Christmas Poinsettia Greeting Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 3

 

 

  • Use Magenta Archival Ink to stamp two Large Sparkling Poinsettia onto pale pink dot paper from Flowering Dogwood.
  • Now, die cut with the corresponding Large Sparkling Poinsettia die.
  • Use sponge daubers to add Peeled Paint and Victorian Velvet Distress Ink to petals and leaves.
  • Then spritz lightly with water and shape with the Deluxe Flower Shaping Tool kit.
  • Now, stack the two layers together with hot glue, staggering the petals.
  • Next, fill the center of the poinsettia with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Fill with a combination of Gilt Trip and TuTu Pink Prills.  Set aside to dry.
  • While the poinsettia is drying, create the dogwood flowers.
  • Use Magenta Archival Ink to stamp one set of Flowering Dogwood onto pearlized white paper.
  • Quickly sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set.
  • Then die cut with the corresponding Flowering Dogwood Die.
  • Sponge the centers with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  Shape and stack.  Fill centers with Prills.  Set aside to dry.
  • Once everything is dry, spritz the poinsettia with Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist.
  • Hot Glue flowers to card base.
  • Finally, tie a triple loop bow with white silky crush ribbon.  Add metallic gold string and button to finish the card front.
Pink Christmas Poinsettia Greeting Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Pink Christmas Poinsettia Greeting Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 4Inside, I’ve layered papers from Flowering Dogwood with a sentiment from the Sparkling Poinsettia Paper Collection to finish the card.  Turn a journal card into a pocket by punching a thumb hole with a circle punch.  Glue just the sides and bottom to the card base. Add a tea bag and honey stick, a gift card, or other treat to the pocket.

On with the Hop!

The Hop starts 8AM EST on Friday,  November 24th and closes Monday 27th Nov at 11.59PM EST.  Be sure to visit and comment on each blog in the hop so that your name is entered into the draw for a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations.  One random comment will be chosen from a mystery blog. 

The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, November 29th.  I will also add the name of the winner at the top of this post at that time.  The winner of the hop will have 72 hours to  email Heartfelt Creations at socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us with “Winner of the November Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

Here’s the hop order this month:

Kathy (You are here) ♥ Vicki Amarilys  ♥ Gloria  ♥ Emily Deneen  ♥ Emelia ♥ Martine ♥  Sarah     ♥ Alissa ♥

 

I hope you were inspired by this Pink Christmas Poinsettia Greeting Card tutorial.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks so much for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial

Tammy Tutterow Creative Crew: Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial

Hello, Friends! We’re getting our Christmas crafts on this month!  Today,  I have the cutest Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial to share with you today!  Little things make my heart happy, and this itty bitty 4″ x 2 x 1.5″ wintry album is filled with all kinds of teeny tiny cuteness!

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 1

See what I mean?  Who doesn’t love a snow globe style shaker element on the cover of a teeny tiny mini album?

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 2The base of this adorable album is created with Tammy Tutterow’s Mini Tag Album Die.  I’ve made several albums with this sweet die, but this time, I modified the design to create a chunky spine and tabbed pocket pages.  You’ll see how I do this in my Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial video.

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial: Shake it Up, Baby!

I forgot to tell you how to make the shaker cover in my tutorial video, so I will do that here.

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 3The focal image on the cover is a sticker from Authentique’s Frosty Winter 12×12 Paper Collection. (Product Links below.)  Here’s how I created this fun shaker top element:

  • First, add the sticker to a circular die cut or chipboard piece that is about 1/2″ larger in diameter than the sticker.  I painted my die cut white first to make sure that if it showed, it would look nice.
  • Now, use the corresponding Spellbinder Small Standard Circle die to cut out a clear acetate circle.  This will be the cover for your shaker element.
  • Next, add 1/8″ Scor-tape to the back side of this die cut circle.
  • Then, add Kool-Tac clear foam tape around the outer edge of the circle with the sticker.
  • Now, carefully add some Stampendous Shaved Ice Frantage elements to the center of the snow globe base.  Be careful not to get any flakes on the Kool-Tac, or it will not stick well.
  • Next, remove the liner tape from the Scor-Tape and the Kool-Tac tape and press the acetate cover over the sticker base.
  • Now, hot glue the snow globe base to the album cover.
  • Then use hot glue to add the white leaf wreath around the outer edge.
  • Finally, decorate with die cut felt flowers.
Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial: Add a Chunky Spine

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 4You all know how much I love tags and pockets and dimensional details.  I wanted to add those to this adorable album, but to do that, I had to modify the design a little. You will learn how to turn the mini tag album base into this chunky little album in the tutorial.

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 5

I also transformed the mini tag album pages into little pockets.

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial: A Peek at the pages

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 6This album is loaded with interactive elements.  It would be a super cute stocking stuffer, and a great way to present a monetary gift as there are lots and lots of little tuck spots, pockets and hiding places inside.

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 7Each itty bitty tag is topped with one of Tammy’s Shortie Tabs.

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 9

Sticker stamps make great tuck spots if you back them with cardstock.  You can also add stickers to folded cardstock to create these mini file folders.

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 10

Page turn elements are made with a die from Tabs 2.  And Tammy’s Prim heart makes the cutest little embellishment when cut from felt.

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 11

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 12

Here’s that Prim Heart again.  This time it’s decorating a Tabbed Mini Pocket.

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 13

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 14

This is the perfect hiding spot for a little cash, tickets or even small jewelry.

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders and Authentique Photo 15

Are you ready to get your craft on?  Then let’s watch this Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial Video.

Frosty Winter Mini Tag Album Tutorial on Youtube

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Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial

Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s November, and you know what that means, right?  Time to get to work on our Christmas Card lists!  Nothing gets the old mojo flowing like a new fancy fold card design.  That’s why I’ve prepared this Christmas Z Fold cards 3 ways tutorial for you today.  We’ll be using Authentique’s awesome Vintage Christmas Collection Kit and 6×6 paper bundle to create 3 fabulous Z Fold Card Designs!

Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

One of the things I love the most about Fancy Fold cards is the “wow” factor they bring to cardmaking.  They look like little masterpieces, but the bases are actually really easy to build and super fun to decorate.

Z Fold Cards Tutorial 3 Ways: Card #1 Christmas Snow Globes Standard Z Fold Card
Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

 

The standard  Z Fold card base takes about 10 seconds to create, so it’s perfect for the busy holiday season.  It folds flat for mailing or storage, but opens out to reveal a loads of depth and dimension.

Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

 

This simple card mechanism allows a  card to  stand for display on a side table or Christmas mantel.  So your card can do double duty as home decor.  And you’ve just gotta love that!

 

Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

 

In the video tutorial below, you’ll learn how to incorporate a gift card/treat pocket in each card design.  So now your card is a gift, too.  Sweet!

Z Fold Cards Tutorial 3 Ways: Card #2: Cookies and Cocoa Easel Style Z Fold Card
Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5

 

Some of our family’s best Christmas memories are tied to the tradition of baking cookies together.  This darling easel style Z Fold Christmas card celebrates that fun family tradition.

Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6

 

Not only does this adorable card stand for display, it also contains a fun mechanism that makes it exciting to open.

Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 7

 

The inner panel contains a mini paper bag envelope with enough room to hold a sweet treat, some cash or a gift card.  I’ll show you how to make this exciting interactive card design in the YouTube tutorial below.

Z Fold Cards Tutorial 3 Ways: Card #3: Dashing Through the Snow Pop Up Z-Fold Card
Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 8

 

Pop up cards are such fun to open…and create! Learn how to combine your beautiful Authentique papers with some stylish dies and in no time flat, you’ll have this fabulous Z Fold Pop Up card ready for gifting.

Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 9

 

And of course, there’s a gift card pocket tucked into this design, too.  Oh, what fun!

Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards 3 Ways Tutorial on YouTube

So are you ready to get your craft on?  This YouTube Video will guide you step by step through building the base, adding the papers and decorating your cards.  Grab a cuppa and a snack to sustain you, because we’re making all 3 cards and I don’t want you to faint on me.  You might also want to grab a pencil and notebook to write down measurements and the like.

I’ve linked up to the papers, dies and ribbons that I used in this post below.  I hope you have as much fun making these Authentique Vintage Christmas Z Fold Cards as I did!

Cheerio,
kathy

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Sparkling Poinsettia Christmas Joy Card Folio

Sparkling Poinsettia Christmas Joy Card Folio for the Heartfelt Creations October Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for the Heartfelt Creations October Alumni Hop!  Christmas is peeking around the corner, and it’s time to get our holiday craft on.  This Sparkling Poinsettia Christmas Joy Card Folio is loaded with pull out tags, handmade flowers, hidden treats and a lovely mini photo album. I had such fun designing this 5″ x 7″ top fold card. The card base is built with a 1/4″ spine to allow for all kinds of goodies to be tucked inside.  I can’t wait to share all my tips and tricks with you.  Let’s get this party started!

Christmas Joy Card Folio: Sparkling Poinsettias

Christmas Joy Card Folio Sparkling Poinsettia by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 2

Begin the process of making this card by creating the Sparkling Poinsettia Flowers.

  • First, use Peeled Paint Distress ink to stamp Sparkling Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set twice onto lightly patterned paper from the Sparkling Poinsettia Paper Collection.
  • Immediately sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set.
  • Now, use sponge daubers to add Peeled Paint Distress ink to the flower centers.
  • Then add Fired Brick and Candied Apple  Distress Ink to the petals.
  • Now die cut the flower layers with the matching Sparkling Poinsettia Die.
  • Mist the die cut flower layers lightly with Tattered Angels Lobster Mist.
  • Now shape with the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit.
  • Heat dry.
  • Then stack together with hot glue. Add stamens to the center.
  • To add glitter, trace around the veins with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive.  Sprinkle with clear glitter.  (See links below)
  • Once the glitter has dried, fill centers with Berry Nice Prills.
Christmas Joy Card Folio: Creating the Pocket

 

Christmas Joy Card Folio Sparkling Poinsettia by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 1

It’s no secret by now that I love pockets…and tags.  So for this card, I found a fun way to use them on the cover of the card.

  • First, cut a piece of the Christmas newsprint paper slightly smaller than my card base.
  • Next, ink it up with Candied Apple, Festive Berries, and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Inks.
  • Then, spritz the paper with water and let the inks run.  Heat Dry.  Repeat until you like the way the background looks.
  • Now, fussy cut the Joy to the World banner and poinsettias from the 6×6 card front.  Ink the edges.
  • Then, place the banner over the inked panel and stitch to a mat of dark green cardstock.  Leave the top of the banner open to form a pocket.
Christmas Joy Card Folio: Creating the Tags

Christmas Joy Card Folio Sparkling Poinsettia by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 3

  • First, cut a panel of lightly patterned designer paper to measure 3.25″ x 5″.
  • Now, use Peeled Paint Distress Ink to stamp the Holly swirl from Joy to the World on this panel.
  • Next, stamp Joy to the World image on this same panel using Jet Black Archival Ink.  Heat emboss with clear powder.
  • Then, use Stack and Store Daubers  and the inks of your choice to add color.
  • Next, trace around some of the lines  in the stamped image with Art Institute Dries Clear Glue. Be sure to use the fine tip attachment.
  • Now place the image over a funnel tray or large sheet of paper and sprinkle with Crystal Ultrafine Transparent Glitter.  Tap off the excess and set aside to dry.
  • When dry, round the corners with a 1/4″ corner rounder punch.  Crop the top edge with a Scallop Edge Punch.  Add a hole punch in the center for ribbon.
  • Then cut a 6″ length of 5/8″ Red Gauze Print Satin Ribbon through the hole.  Tie with a piece of crochet lace.
  • Add poinsettia and stick pins to each tag, then tuck in the pocket.

 

To finish the card front, glue a poinsettia in the upper left and corner of the card.  Then tie a double loop bow from Forest Green Satin Swirl Ribbon.  Tuck beneath the poinsettia, using your scissor points to set it in place.

Christmas Joy Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Christmas Joy Card Folio Sparkling Poinsettia by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 5

I added a fun mini photo album to the card pocket.

Christmas Joy Card Folio Sparkling Poinsettia by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 6

It is stamped with the sentiment from the Joy to the World Cling Stamp set, and has a ribbon closure.

Christmas Joy Card Folio Sparkling Poinsettia by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 7The inner panels are decorated with 4″ x 6″ card fronts cut from the paper collection.  I’ve tucked in tags, photo mounts, and a little chocolate treat.

On with the Hop!

Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop list, as one random comment from a mystery blog will be chosen to win a $25 shopping spree at Heartfelt Creations.  If you don’t comment, you can’t win!

Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Vicki ♥ Amarilys ♥ AlissaDeneen Martine  ♥ Sarah ♥

The hop runs from 8AM EDT Friday, October 27- 11:59PM Monday, October 29th.  The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, November 1st.  The winner will then have 72 hours to claim his/her prize by contacting Heartfelt Creations at socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us with “Winner of the October Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have fun hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial with Graphic 45 Typography

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial with Graphic 45 Typography

Hello, G45’ers!  As a card maker, I have sometimes shied away from creating scrapbooking layouts.  Of course, I CAN do it…but the 12×12 format can feel intimidating for me.  Well, today’s post is all about eliminating the intimidation!  I’ve created this Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial with Graphic 45‘s Typography Collection.  Even though it is retired, it is still my all time tip top favorite from G45.   If you don’t have it in your paper stash, never fear.  This layout is so simple to make that you can easily use it with any of your favorite collections.  Let’s get this paper party started, shall we?

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

 

This photo of our daughter Liz was taken on one of our mother/daughter jaunts to the mountains last fall.  Ever since Liz was a young girl, my pet name for her has been Bella, which means “beautiful” in Italian.  (We are not Italian…I’m Irish…but nicknames don’t always have to  make sense, do they?)  I’m the only one who calls her by this name.  When I decided to scrap this photo, I remembered the Ciao Bella journal card from Typography.  That’s the inspiration for this layout.

Creating Contrast in a Simple Layout

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

There are many ways to create contrast in a layout.  Color is an obvious path to take, and I’ve certainly done that here.  But have you ever considered varying the size of your patterns as a way to create contrast?  It really works!

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3Throughout this layout, I’ve alternated 12×12 papers with 8×8 papers.  The scale of the images and the text creates instant contrast.  For instance, my background paper is 12×12, while the paper that the photo rests on is an 8×8 sheet of text paper.   The borders are from the 8×8 pad, but the bold black sentiment is from the 12×12 pad.  Instant contrast.  This creates visual interest even in a simple layout like this one.

Ciao Bella Layout: Expect the Unexpected

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Add fun to a simple layout by creating a hidden journal tag.  This 4×6 journal card has been cut down to fit the Black Staples Tag.  Then I elevated the photo with strips of cardboard to create a nifty little pocket to hold it. You’ll see how that mechanism works in the 60 second video tutorial at the end of this post.

Ciao Bella Layout: Create Simple layers

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

It honestly took me longer to photograph (and edit) than it did to make this layout.  The key is to a speedy layout is to create simple layers.  Orienting the papers on the diagonal created a sense of drama.  The bold, black sentiment panel on the right draws the eye to the focal image.  The layered borders help to form a frame.

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

This Staples Metal Door Plate & Knob is dabbed with Rusty Hinge Distress Paint to add another simple layer to the composition.

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

I also layered the typewriter key “e” over the chipboard button.  Placing this in the corner unified the paper layers as well as added dimension.

Ciao Bella Layout: Frame and Feathers

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8This sentiment describes the way our lovely daughter lives her life.  To give it more of a presence on the page, I “framed it up” inside the chipboard frame element from the Typography collection.  Then I hot glued it over the peacock feathers to hold them in place.  The black satin bow helps to draw the eye to the sentiment, and it also balances out the sentiment panel on the right.

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9

Ciao Bella Layout 60 second video tutorial

Graphic 45 challenged me to make a 60 second video tutorial of this Ciao Bella Layout.  Let me tell you…60 seconds goes by really fast!  Still, I  managed to put together a simple process video that will show you the steps I took to build this layout.  I hope you enjoy.  Don’t blink, or you’ll miss it!  LOL

I hope I’ve inspired you to get out your favorite photos and document beautiful memories today.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Folio Tutorial

Monday Make It: Authentique Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Halloween will be here before you can say “Boo!”  To help you get ready for all the spooky fun, I’ve created this Authentique Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Folio Tutorial.

Authentique Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Folio Tutorial Bewitched by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

The Bewitched Collection is absolutely loaded with fabulous patterns and images.  It’s definitely a “treat” to work with!  I’ve made a few of these waterfall folios over the year, all based off a design that i picked up from the fabulous Ginger Ropp of My Sister’s Scrapper.   I’ve adapted her basic design to suit my own needs, but I like to give credit where credit is due.

I was truly “bewitched” by this awesome woodgrain paper from the 12×12 paper pad and used it to create the cover for my 5″ x 8.5″ waterfall folio with a 1″ spine.  Brush the album cover with matte medium to help protect and strengthen it.  Little ghouls and goblins have sticky fingers!

You’ll find all the product links to make this fun album at the end of this post.  Since I created a video tour and tutorial for you, I don’t want to wear you out with lots of words.  But I will share a few still photos because I know some of you really like to study them.

Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Folio: The Slash Pocket

Pockets are such a great addition to any project.  This double pocket inside the cover holds a little wallet style folio.  There’s also loads of room to add large 4″ x 6″ photos inside.

Tuck a tag and a fun mini shaker element inside the wallet folio.

The stickers in this collection are frightfully fabulous. Use them to make tags and other spook-tacular interactive features.

Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Folio Album: The Fold Out Feature

I’m a sucker for a great fold out feature, so I added one to this folio. Jazz it up with pockets, belly bands, flap features and photo mounts.  You can learn how in the video tutorial below.

Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Folio: Open Sesame

Look at all the fun tucked inside this compact little album!

The waterfall feature is at the heart of this great design.  You’ll see all the special treats I’ve tucked inside when you watch the video. But here’s a sneaky peek to whet your appetite!

Authentique Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Tutorial on YouTube

This video starts with a short tour of the album and all its interactive features.  Next we’ll tackle each step of building the album together.

Are you ready to get your craft on?  I hope this Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Folio tutorial has you ready to break out your paper pretties and get crafting.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links

Authentique Paper

Other Products:  Tim Holtz Broomstick, mini pumpkins, Amber Moon Flowers, Amber Moon Leaves, skeleton charm, spider charm, witch hat charm, haunted house charm, owl charm, jack-0-lantern charm, black satin ribbon, black netting, Halloween Striped Ribbon, orange and black satin check ribbon, Scor-Tape (1/2″ and 1/4″), brads and novelty button from my stash, scoring tool

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