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Celebrate Life Pocket Folio Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Celebrate Life Pocket Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Little Birdie Crafts Celebrate Life Pocket Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  This Little Birdie Celebrate Life Pocket Folio Tutorial reminds me of some Robert Louis Stevenson lines that I memorized as a child.  He penned, “The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.”   This lovely poem from “A Child’s Garden of Verses“, is a good one to remember any time, but especially during these trying times. I remind myself daily to be thankful for all the wonders that surround me.  Take time to  listen to the sounds of the birds.  Watch the bumblebees drink deeply from the blossoms in the garden.  And yes, take time to smell the flowers!  You’ll be happier if you do!  I promise!

Let’s Celebrate Life

This little 6″ x 6″ folio is made with (4) 12″ x 6″ panels of white cardstock.  First, lay the panels out side by side.  Then overlap the edges about 1/4″ and join together with your adhesive of choice.  Next, score this long panel every 6″.  You will have a little flap on the right hand side once this is done.  This will become the folio spine.  Simply accordion fold, place adhesive to create inner pockets and voila!  Learn how to do this in the tutorial below.

Layer Little Birdie Primed Chipboard with flowers and fussy cuts from the Celebrate Life Paper Pad, and you’ll have a lovely window garden that blooms all year round!

A ribbon closure holds everything together neat and tidy!  These little folios are quick and easy to create.  This makes them perfect for birthday, anniversary, new baby, graduation, Christmas or any special occasion when you wish to give a gift from the heart.  Just change out your papers to adapt to the event.

A Peek Inside

Peek inside the folio to find lots of room for photos and journaling.

The folio design provides a lovely hidden pocket to hold this large photo folio.  Adhere just the bottom edge of a punch out doily from the 12″ x 12″ collection and you’ve got a handy tuck spot for these tags and journal cards.

The insert has room for 4 larger photos.

Use the Dream Cut machine and Thin Tag Dies to create layered journal tags.  Join these together with jump rings.  Then decorate with a bit of gold string, Pearl Pink Paula flowers and charms from your stash.

The format of the second page mirrors the first.

Keeping the basic design the same makes for quick and easy crafting.

Pocket Folio Tutorial on YouTube

I’ve prepared a very short video tour with an easy to follow tutorial so that you can make this sweet little pocket folio.  So if you are ready to get your craft on, just click play and enjoy!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.  To see other Little Birdie Crafts Projects, please click HERE.

Today I pray you will take time to Celebrate Life as you drink in the wonders of the world around you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card Tutorial

Eileen Hull Mitten Box Die Sizzix Chapter Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card Tutorial with Authentique Paper A Magical Christmas by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Eileen Hull Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card Tutorial with Authentique A Magical Christmas

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card to share with you.  The Eileen Hull Educator Team is featuring Eileen’s darling new Mitten Box Die and Snowman Box Die this week.  (Be sure to check out the Eileen Hull Blog on Wednesday. You’ll find a group post filled with inspiration, tutorials and ideas for her new release.)

There’s something magical about mittens at Christmas!  Instead of using the die to make a box, I created a cute focal point for this holiday card.  Authentique’s A Magical Christmas Collection is such a great partner for this cute die!  Hanging the mittens upside down with a cluster of ribbons and flowers at the top gives them the appearance of an ornament.  In fact, you could even make tree ornaments this way!  I’ll show you how to do this in the tutorial below.

TIP: Add festive mini banners by cutting card scraps with Eileen’s Banner and Pennant Thinlets Die.  Stagger the die layers to create a sense of depth and dimension   Then add cute little bows and bitty buttons to the corners.

The Twisted Easel Card

Twisted easel cards may look complicated, but they are actually very easy to make.

  • First, create a 6″ x 6″ top fold card base.
  • Next, fold the point of the bottom right corner up until it lines up with the point of the top left hand corner.  (It will look like a triangle.)
  • Then just fold and crease!  Now you have a twisted easel card base.
  • Cut mittens, rickrack, and hearts from mat board or medium weight chipboard.
  • Flip the mittens so that you have a thumb on the right and a thumb on the left.
  • When die cutting the designer paper to cover the mittens, put one piece in face down and the other face up.  This way your papers will “match” and fit the die cut properly.

TIP:  Fold the bottom left hand corner up to the top right hand corner to make a twisted easel card that faces the other direction.  Isn’t that fun?

I love using twisted easel cards as home decor.   This Christmas version would be so pretty perched on a holiday mantel!

A Hidden Pocket

The video tutorial will show you how to build the card base, add layers and create this fun hidden tag pocket.  Eileen’s Pocket and Tag Die fits perfectly behind this pair of Christmas mittens.  You can easily add a gift card to the tag with a dab of hot glue or a glue dot.  So now, this card is also a gift!

A Peek Inside

The pocket part of Eileen’s Pocket and Tag die fits perfectly in the corner of the card interior.  I tucked a little Holiday Tea Bag inside, just for fun.

Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card Tutorial on YouTube

So are you ready to get your craft on?  Please enjoy this video tutorial showcasing Eileen’s dies and Authentique Paper’s A Magical Christmas Collection.

Once you learn how to make this fun card base, I know you’ll want to make a ton of them.  They would make great Christmas luncheon favors or girlfriend gifts.

To see more projects made with Eileen’s new dies, click HERE.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Tidings Rustic Christmas Shaker Card

Authentique Tidings Rustic Christmas Shaker Card for Throwback THursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Throwback Thursday: Authentique Tidings Rustic Christmas Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to another Throwback Thursday Christmas in July tutorial.  This week, I have an Authentique Tidings Rustic Christmas Shaker Card to share with you.  Tidings, which was released in 2015, has a vintage kraft, black, and cream color palette with red and green accents.  It’s perfectly vintage with a touch of country, and I just love it!

Creating the Patchwork Card Base and Background

Here’s how to get started making this rustic Christmas card.

  • First, cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ panel of kraft cardstock to measure 5 1/2″ x 11.
  • Then score this at 5 1/2″ to form a 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ top fold card base. (I share a tip for this in the video tutorials below.)
  • Next, cut a 5 1/4″ square of green cardstock.  I did not have a 5 1/4″ square, so I pieced two smaller scraps together.
  • Now cut a 5 1/8″ x 5 1/8″ panel of the postmark/script paper.
  • Next cut a 3 1/8″ x 5 1/8″ panel of the holly pattern.  This goes about 3/4″ from the left hand edge of the postmark/script panel.
  • Then cut a 1 3/4″ x 5 1/8″ strip of the red print/kraft panel.  Line this up about 1/4″ from the left hand edge of the holly pattern.
  • Finally, machine stitch all these layers together to form a patchwork style card base. Adhere a strip of rickrack to cover the seam in the green cardstock.
Making the Shaker Element

  • Die cut 2 Spellbinders Holly Berry wreaths from the black and kraft newsprint pattern. Spray these with Perfect Pearls Green Patina mist to add a bit of color and shine.  Spray the pine cone pieces with Suede Glimmer Mist.
  • Now place small pieces of 1/8″ foam strips on the back of one wreath.  Remove the liner tape and stack the two wreaths together.
  • Cut clear cardstock with  the largest Spellbinders Standard Circles Small Die.  Cut the stag pattern with the same die.
  • Next adhere the clear cardstock to the back side of the stacked wreaths.  Place 3 layers of foam tape around the wreath to create a shaker box.
  • Now fill the shaker box with sequins and seal with the die cut circle.
  • Add rhinestones, flowers and ribbon to decorate the wreath.
  • Finally, string 2 green jingle bells on and tie the around the bow cluster, knotting securely.
Finishing Touches

Adhere the “Merry and Bright” sticker banner in the upper left hand corner.  Slide on a black and white striped paper clip.  Then mat the Santa stamp on waste chipboard and adhere in the lower right hand corner.  Adhere a small reindeer charm on the stamp.

A Peek Inside

Finish the inside of the card with simple panels of paper.  I’ll share tips about how to make the banner across the top in the video tutorial below.

So, are you ready to get your craft on?  Please enjoy this quick and easy Throwback Thursday Tutorial.

 

Have any of you started making your Christmas cards yet?  Or is it too early for you to even think about.  I like getting a head start!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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*Note: Throwback Thursday projects are designed to encourage you to break into your Closet of Shame and liberate some great older products in new projects.  For this reason, we won’t always be able to link to all products used.

Authentique August Desk Calendar Tutorial

Authentique August Desk Calendar Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique August Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends!   It’s time for our Authentique August Desk Calendar Tutorial!  August is always the hottest month of the summer, which makes it perfect beach weather.  The cool corals and beachy blues of the August Calendar Collection make me want to break out my flip flops and beach umbrella.

Like the other desk calendars in this series, this 6×6 easel style folio folds for storage.  This way you can pull out year after year.

Store photo, write down important dates, journal memories and tuck little mementos inside the folio.  Add new family photos each year, or make the folio as a birthday gift for August friends and family.

I have to confess, this folio design is one of my all time favorites.  It is compact, but so much goodness built into the design.  If you are new to this calendar series, you can find oher Authentique Calendar projects HERE.

August Desk Calendar Tutorial on YouTube

So without further ado, here is the August Calendar Video Tutorial.  I hope you enjoy!

I’d love to hear what you are doing with this desk calendar design.  Some of you have fabulous ideas for ways that you plan to use the design calendars: Christmas gifts and birthday gifts are both popular uses.  But some of you have taken the basic folio design and used it with other collections for some truly magnificent creations.  I love hearing your ideas, so please share them with me in the comment section below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Poppies and Roses Slimline Shaker Card

Little Birdie Crafts Poppies and Roses Slimline Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Poppies and Roses Slimline Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  I’m up on the Little Birdie Crafts blog today with this summery Poppies and Roses Slimline Shaker Card.  Don’t you just love all the coral shades in this beautiful paper collection?   It just speaks to me of fragrant summer roses in a lush garden.

Building the Slimline Card Base

This slimline card base is surprisingly easy to create!

  • First, cut a 12″ x 8 1/4″ panel from the Poppies and Roses 12×12 paper pad.
  • Next, score that panel at 4″  and 8″ on the long side.
  • Now accordion fold the panel so that the open edge is on the left.
  • Then adhere the front of the card to the blank panel that is behind it. This will create a simple side fold card.

TIP:  If you leave the front edge of the card base as it is, you will have an accordion fold card.  I opted to adhere the front to the panel behind it to create extra stability for the shaker frame.

Create the shaker frame like this:

  • First, heat emboss a Little Birdie Primed Chipboard Ornate Rectangular Frame with Ranger Rose Gold Embossing Powder.
  • Next, adhere acetate (clear cardstock) to the back of the frame using a dries clear adhesive.
  • Then add 3 layers of 1/8″ wide foam strips to create the shaker box.
  • Now fill the box with your desired sequin mix.
  • Then adhere patterned paper cut to fit the size of the opening to seal the shaker box.
  • Embellish with fussy cut butterflies, roses, ribbon and Little Birdie Flowers.
Create a Belly Band

The decorative belly band really dresses this card up!  It also helps to hold the “goodies” inside in place.  Here’s how to make it.

  • First, cut a 12″ x 2 1/2″ strip of the lace pattern paper.
  • Next, center the panel behind the folded card base.
  • Now gently bend it around the card edges just enough to make a little crease mar,
  • Then place it on your scoring tool and score along the small creases, or bend it against the edge of a ruler if you do not have a scoring tool.
  • Next, score or bend 1/4″ from each crease.  This will allow the belly band to fit neatly over the card.
  • Now fold around the card and trim away any excess so that the belly band fits neatly.
  • Next, color the blank side of the belly band with Abandoned Coral Distress Inks.  Add a magnetic closure.
  • Finally, adhere the circle doily to the center of the belly band.
A Peek Inside

Create a turn tab by cutting the fussy cut clock image in half. Adhere the halves back to back in the upper corner of the card.  Add a blank sentiment panel, fussy cut roses and a fancy circle die that you’ve cut with your Dream Cut Machine.

TIP: Place adhesive only on the bottom half of the circle die.  Now you have a spot where you can tuck in a gift card if desired.

Die cut a pocket and adhere at the base of the right hand side.

Create a bookmark to tuck in the pocket.  The patterned paper is so beautiful that I simply stamped a sentiment on it and topped it with ribbon.  For extra strength, stitch to canvas, felt or burlap.   Tuck in a honey stick and teabag to make the gift complete.

See, that was easy, right?

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  To see other Little Birdie projects and tutorials, click HERE.  You will find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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