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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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Authentique April Desk Calendar

Authentique April Desk Calendar: Singing in the Rain

Hello, Friends!  Can it really almost be April?  I’m almost late with this Authentique April Desk Calendar project, but I think you’ll still have plenty of time to get yours made before the calendar turns.

Since this calendar follows the same steps and measurements as the March Calendar, I did not create a video tutorial.  Just use that design with the April Calendar Collection.  Easy peasy!

Authentique April Calendar Collection Desk Calendar by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Do you remember how much fun it was as a kid to walk to school under an umbrella?  I can remember waking up excited if I heard raindrops outdoors because I  knew all my classmates would be breaking out their umbrellas, too.  We bobbed along in the rain like cheery little puddle posies while the rain tapped away at our umbrellas.  Those fun memories prompted me to select this darling image and sentiment as the focal for our calendar this month.

Opening this desk calendar is always an adventure!  There are so many sweet goodies tucked inside!

Here’s the hidden folio for the April Desk Calendar.

Plenty of room to add a few sweet photos to these colorful pages.

Use the back side of this darling Easter image to mat a photo.  The journal card tucked in the pocket is a great place to write down memories or important dates.

And there’s lots of room for smaller photos and journaling in the wallet sized folios that tuck in to the pocket.

You can watch the March Video Tutorial HERE.  Are you following along and making each monthly calendar with me?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Throwback Thursday Z Fold Pop Up Box Card Tutorial

Throwback Thursday Z Fold Pop Up Box Card Tutorial with Prima Spring Farmhouse by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday Z Fold Pop Up Box Card Tutorial with Prima Spring Farmhouse

Hello Friends!  Happy first day of Spring! It’s a perfect day and time to share this Throwback Thursday Z Fold Pop Up Box Card Tutorial with you.  Since many of us are staying in, and hopefully staying healthy, I thought I’d pop in with a little springtime cheer.  And the Prima Spring Farmhouse collection is just bursting with spring themes.  This dimensional card would make great springtime home decor, too.

The base for this card is 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  It folds flat for storage, and opens for display.

A few simple folds allow you to create this dynamic display.  I even found room to add in a little pocket and teeny tiny notecard.

Z Fold Pop Up Box Card Tutorial on You Tube

I hope you’ll enjoy this video tutorial and make time to make something beautiful today.  Being creative is a great way to take our minds off the current situation and fill our minds and bodies with good vibes.

Please know that I am holding you close in my heart and prayers during this difficult time. Let’s all stay calm, be kind, and focus on the simple every day beauty that still surrounds us.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Celebrate Life Tall and Skinny Card Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Celebrate Life Tall and Skinny Card Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Celebrate Life Tall and Skinny Card Tutorial AND a Giveaway!

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m guest designing for Little Birdie Crafts with this “Celebrate Life” Tall and Skinny Card Tutorial.   Tall and Skinny cards are trendy right now, and for good reason: they are fun to make, give you lots of room to add embellishments, and they are a nice change of pace from the standard square or rectangular card.

This one measures 8 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ with a 3/4″ spine.  I needed to add that chunky spine to accommodate the box pocket inside!

In the video tutorial, I’ll show you how to create the card base using a single sheet of designer paper from the “Celebrate Life” collection.  I’ll also share  how to repair a BIG MISTAKE (which I made!) with a simple fix.

We’ll put the front of the card together piece by piece to  make it easy for you to reproduce the finished project.

Celebrate Life Tall and Skinny Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Would you like to learn how to make this fun box style pocket?  It’s easier than you might think, and I’ll show you how in the video below.

Once you’ve made the box pocket, you can fill it up with lovely treats.  I like to call this type of card “a party in a box.”  They make great gifts!

Little Birdie Crafts Gift Card Giveaway

Yes, you read that correctly!  Little Birdie Crafts has a $30 gift card for one lucky crafter!  Here’s what you have to do to be entered into the random drawing:

  • First, Like and Follow Little Birdie Crafts on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Sign up for the Little Birdie Crafts BLOG.
  • Watch the video on my YouTube Channel; Like and Subscribe.
  • Visit the Little Birdie Crafts online store and take a look around. Then tell me what you would like to purchase if you win the $30 gift card.

You’ll get one entry in the drawing for completing each of the above tasks.  Let me know in the comments below which tasks you completed. I’ll enter all the names in a random drawing, so the more tasks you complete, the better your chance is of winning!

This giveaway is open until 11:55PM EDT on Monday, March 9th, 2020.  The winner will be announced on my Kathy by Design Facebook page YouTube Channel and Instagram account on Tuesday, March 10th.  Good luck!

Celebrate Life Tall and Skinny Card Tutorial on YouTube

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Papercrafting 101: Creating Card Layers

Papercrafting 101 Creating Layered Cards Little Birdie Crafts Birds and Berries by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Papercrafting 101: Creating Card Layers with Little Birdie Crafts Birds and Berries Collection

Hello, Friends!  Do you love patterned papers, but struggle when it comes to using them?  Today’s Papercrafting 101 Creating Card Layers is just for you!  I’ve put together a little video tutorial that will give you my top tips for creating beautifully composed card layers.

We’ll be working with this scrumptious Little Birdie Crafts Birds and Berries paper collection and the coordinating flowers and chipboard.  I’ll link a supply list at the bottom of this post.

Let’s face it: working with patterned papers can be challenging.  How do you keep the design from becoming too busy?  How do you pick papers that work together?  While we create the card together, I’ll share the “why” of this design and help you understand how to successfully layer the beautiful patterned papers we all love so much.  The video is loaded with tips, tricks and insights that will really help you move your card making to the next level.

Papercrafting 101: Creating Card Layers: A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside of this 6″ x 6″ square pocket card.  Simple, but adorable, thanks to these lovely papers from Little Birdie Crafts.  If you missed my unboxing video of the new Little Birdie Releases, you can find that HERE.

Are you ready to learn how to make this darling card?  Then grab a pencil and notebook, and click play, because Papercrafting 101 is in session!

If you’d like to see another project made with Little Birdie’s new releases, click HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you’ll be able to 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 there in case you wish to purchase any of the supplies I’ve used in this project.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio, 

kathy

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NOTE: use the coupon code Kathy05 to save 5% off your purchase at Little Birdie Crafts

 

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