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Papercrafting 101: Handmade Flowers Video Tutorial

Heartfelt Creations Handmade Poinsettias Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Papercrafting 101: Handmade Flowers Video Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Today I have Papercrafting 101 Handmade Flowers Video Tutorial to share with you.  It’s the second installment in my Papercrafting 101 series on YouTube.  You can find the first video , All About Adhesives, HERE.

So many of you have asked me to do some flower making tutorials.  Here’s what we will cover in this loaded video tutorial:

  • Flower Making Tools
  • Filling Flower Centers: Stamens and Prills
  • How to quickly and easily color flower petals
  • Stamping and die cutting flower layers
  • Shaping petals the easy way
  • Different surfaces to use when making paper flowers

Since we are coming up on Christmas, I zeroed in on handmade poinsettias.  Rest assured, the tips and techniques I share in this tutorial can easily be translated when making other paper flowers.

Papercrafting 101: Handmade Flowers Video Tutorial on YouTube

This video covers a lot of ground, so grab a cuppa and a snack, your pencil and a notebook because class is in session.

You’ll find a linked supply list to some of my favorite flower making tools and accessories at the bottom of this post.

What you you like to  learn about next in this Papercrafting 101 series?  Favorite tools?  Ribbon? Pockets? Die Cutting?  Drop me a comment below, and I’ll get busy with the next installment!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio

Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio with Authentique Gracious

Hello, Friends!  How about a hug in a cup this Monday morning?  I have the sweetest tea themed card folio made with Authentique Gracious to share with you this morning.

Authentique Gracious Double Z Fold Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

This little 5″ x 5 1/2″ tea themed card folio is made with scraps from other Gracious projects I’ve been making this fall.  I have to tell you…I am in love with this collection.  It is so warm and nostalgic that I can’t  seem to stop playing with it!  This resulted in a lovely little stack of off cuts, extra doilies, die cut teacups and bits and pieces that were begging to be put to good use.  So, I did!

You all know how much I love my tea, so I decided to make one more tea themed card folio with the lovely vintage teapots and teacups pattern from the collection.  Stamped sentiments come from a lovely Penny Black tea stamp set that I will link below in the supply list.

Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio: Double Z Fold Card

Double Z Fold Tea Themed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Authentique Gracious

Would you like me to do a tutorial for the double z fold card base?  Wish granted!  You’ll find a project tour with tips and tricks as well as a video tutorial below.  It’s such a fun way to make a card.  It just opens and opens and opens again, giving you lots of room to add paper pretties.

Penny Black Cup of Tea Stamps Double Z Fold Card Tutorial Kathy Clement Authentique Gracious

This is what the inside of the card looks like when fully opened.  The center pocket holds a little tea bag and blank card where you can add your own personal greeting.

But the really fun thing about this folio design is that the back side is also fully decorated.  How fun would it be to set this card out on your fall mantel, or even your Thanksgiving table?

Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio Tutorial on YouTube

You can see why I love this collection so much.   The rich autumn hues and vintage images are just dreamy.  And this card design is a great way to turn scraps into a gorgeous project!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post. And to see more Gracious Projects, Click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial

Eileen Hull Teacup Die, Eileen Hull Trinket Die, Authentique Gracious Collection, Folio by Kathy Clement , Kathy by Design photo 01

Authentique Gracious Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a lovely Cup of Gratitude folio tutorial to share with you.  This 8×8 flip book is made with Authentique Paper’s Gracious collection and a few Eileen Hull Sizzix Dies.  Warm and welcoming as your grandmother’s kitchen, this vintage style folio is a lovely place to write down thankful thoughts, preserve heritage photos, or just hold in your lap and enjoy. The size makes it a perfect addition to your fall home decor, or Thanksgiving table.

Gracious Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial: Turning the Eileen Hull Trinket Box into a Shaker Box

Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial with Authentique Gracious and Eileen Hull Dies by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

The cover features a Teacup resting on a Trinket Box Shaker Frame.  These are both Eileen Hull Dies.  I added a load of texture and dimension with machine stitching, metallic rick rack, flowers, ribbon, miniature fruit, metal embellishments and wood. It all just feels so cozy.

  • First, die cut 2 trinket box lids from mat board.   One of my mat board scraps had a lovely linen finish, so I didn’t even have to cover it with designer paper.  I simply inked the cut edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. If you have to cover your lid, simply cut a liner from designer paper using the die.
  • Next, cut a piece of designer paper that is slightly smaller than the trinket box lid and adhere to the back of the bottom box lid.
  • Now, place 3 layers of foam tape around the edges of the bottom box lid.  Fill the cavity with sequins, beads, glitter…even small buttons!
  • Then Die Cut the Trinket Box Lid from Clear Cardstock.  Adhere the cut to the back side of the Trinket Box Lid.
  • Finally, remove the liner tape from the foam and carefully line the shaker box top over the shaker box bottom.  Press the edges together to seal completely.
  • Place adhesive on the back of your shaker box and adhere to the cover of the folio.

Dangle Charms Authentique Gracious Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Wrap the spine of the folio with gold metallic string.  Tie metal embellishments to the loose ends.  Then slip ribbon under the metallic string and tie a bow.

Gracious Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Before we jump into the video tour and tutorial, I thought you might like to see a few photos of the folio interior.

There are loads of interactive features.  Inside the front cover you will find a pair of magnetic flaps for wallet sized photos or journaling.  The pocket beneath holds one of my cherished vintage silver demitasse spoons from Italy, a tea bag and a honey stick.

The 2nd page is a hidden pocket with a large pull out photo mount.

Next we have a large pocket with inserts and photo mount.  Then a fun little pull out page that also serves to hold the waterfall beneath it in place.

Gracious Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial:  The Video

It was too hard to photograph all the elements inside this folio, so I put together a very short video tour with tips and tricks.  That is followed by a step by step tutorial where we make the base and mechanisms together.  I hope you enjoy!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you can enjoy in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Basic Cutting Guide
  • Folio Base
    • (2) 8 1/2″ x 8 panels of brown cardstock, score 1/2″ flap to  make 8″ x 8″ square for the covers
    • (1) 8 1/4″ x 7 3/4″ panel for the middle page/score 1/2″ flap
    • (1) 11″ x 6 1/2″ panel for the pull out page scored at 1/2″, 6 1/4″, 10″
  • Waterfall Pages
    • (4) 6″ x 7 1/2″ panels of designer paper/score 1/2″ flap
  • Hidden Pocket
    • 8 3/4″ x 7 3/4″.  Score 1/2″ flaps on both sides to make 7 3/4″ square
    • 6 1/2″ x 11″ brown cardstock scored at 4 1/4″ for pocket insert

 

Heartfelt Creations Wild Aster and Sunflowers Pocket Card

This hop is now closed. The randomly chosen winner is DawnMarie.  Thanks for hopping!

Heartfelt Creations Wild Aster and Sunflowers Pocket Card for the Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop.  With fall in full force here in North Carolina, I decided to make this Heartfelt Creations Wild Aster and Sunflowers Pocket Card to share with you this month.  It features two of my favorite fall blooms, and one of my favorite fall colors: purple!

Heartfelt Creations Wild Aster and Sunflowers Pocket Card: A Pocket Full of Posies

This 6″ x 8″ top fold card folio is a little larger than my normal 5″ x 7″ base.  But it features one of my favorite design techniques: the pocket.  Her’e’s how that element came together:

  • First, cut a 5 7/8″ x 7 7/8″ base panel using the woodgrain stripe from the Wild Aster Paper Collection.  Ink the edges if so desired.
  • Next, fussy cut one of the corner designs from the Fall Aster Paper Collection.  This panel measures 5 7/8″ wide x about 5 1/2″ tall.  Keep the left hand and bottom edges straight, but fussy cut around the floral images on the inside edge to create a pretty shaped pocket.
  • Next, position the shaped pocket over your base panel and stitch together on your sewing machine, leaving the shaped edge open to form a pocket.
  • Do not adhere the card front to the base panel until the interior of the card has been finished.
Heartfelt Creations Wild Aster and Sunflowers Pocket Card:  The Tag Insert

  • First, die cut your tag from cream cardstock using the Album Tags and Accents Die.
  • Then use the smaller tag die  to cut the liner paper from one of the 6″ x 6″ card fronts in the paper collection.  So quick and easy! (I also covered the back of my tag with designer paper to add extra thickness and strength.)
  • Now, die cut “A Gift for You” from the same cream cardstock using the Ornamental Tags Dies.  Adhere to the front of the tag.
  • Next, die cut the little gift tag circle using the circle die from Ornamental Tags.  Die cut a second circle from a cardstock scrap to add extra strength.
  • You will also need to die cut the Lacy Diamond from the same cream paper, along with the little lattice shaped triangle from that die set.
  • Finish the pocket with a gorgeous Purple Nite Seam Binding Bow.  Then top it with a 3/8″ bow tied with Crosshatch Purple Satin Ribbon and a small sunflower.
Heartfelt Creations Wild Aster and Sunflowers Pocket Card: Making the Flowers

Since sunflowers and asters are both lovely in the fall of the year, I decided to combine them on this tag.  I think they look gorgeous together.  Here’s how to make the flowers:

  • First,  stamp and die cut 3 sets of the asters, the aster leaves and 2 sets of the sunflowers.  Stamp in Archival Ink (listed below).
  • Next, use the Golf Tools to shape the petals, then stack the layers and adhere together with Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Then, use sponge daubers to add ink to the petals .
  • Add shine to the asters with Violet Metallic Viva 3-D Stamp Paint.  Place a small dab on your craft sheet and pick it up with a makeup sponge, dabbing most of it off on the work surface.  Then tap lightly over the petals.
  • Now,   Fill the centers of the Wild Asters with a puddle of Dries Clear, then sprinkle with Flower Soft to make realistic looking centers.
  • Use sponge daubers to color the sunflower petals with Saffron Archival Ink.  Then mist the petals lightly with Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Mist and a touch of  Perfect Copper Perfect Pearls Mists. These are both retired products, but you can substitute glimmer mists from your stash.
  • Fill the centers of the sunflowers with hot glue, then add glass beads and Expresso-Yourself Prills.
  • Now arrange the flowers and leaves at the top of the tag.  Tuck in the die cut sentiment circle.  Back the tag with the Lacy Diamond Die Cut.
Heartfelt Creations Wild Aster and Sunflowers Pocket Card: A Peek Inside

The interior of the card features a little waterfall feature made with the 6×6 card fronts and a cute gift pocket made with the Eyelet Rectangle & Basics Die. Back the pocket with Darice Thin Foam Strips on the sides and bottom so that you will have room to tuck in  some lovely treats.

To make the flip folio feature, Score 3/8″ flaps on the left hand edge of each 6×6 panel.  Adhere the first flap behind the base panel, then stack the flaps on top of one another to form a little book.

TIP: Hold the flip folio shut with a purple paper clip.  Slip this over the edge of the folio and onto the front of the card.  When you adhere the card front to the base, don’t place adhesive here.  This way, the clip can easily be taken on and off.

Die cut frames and photo mounts for the flip folio using the Eyelet Rectangle & Basics Dies and cream cardstock.  Card fronts from the paper pack make great journaling spots, or places to write your own greeting.   For the base panel, I fussy cut/tore the words “Faith” and “to” from the 12×12 image.  Then I adhered them over the original script on the page so that the message would make sense.

On With the Hop!

Visit each of the blogs in the list below. Be sure to leave a lovely comment, as one comment will be chosen from a mystery blog to win a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations!

The hop will close at 11:55PM EDT on Monday, October 28th.  A winner will be chosen and announced at the top of this blog post on Tuesday, October 29th.  Heartfelt Creations will also announce the winner on their blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, October 30th.

The winner has 72 hours to claim the prize by contacting [email protected] via email.  Please write “Winner of the October Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

Here’s the link to all the alumni team blogs this month:

KATHY (you are here) ♥ Alissa  ♥ GlendaVickiCandy SarahEmily

Thanks so much for hopping with us!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Twilight Double Waterfall Album Tutorial

Authentique Twilight Double Waterfall Mini Album Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Halloween is such a frightfully fun holiday!  It deserves a frightfully fun mini album, dontcha think?  This Authentique Twilight Double Waterfall Mini Album Tutorial is the perfect spot to preserve all the photos of your favorite ghouls and goblins.  Check it out!

Talk about tall, dark and handsome!  This 5″ x 9 1/2″ tall and skinny album fits that description perfectly!  Learn how to build the album base with chipboard and black cardstock.  Then see how I layered up the elements on the front cover.  Next, I’ll show you how to quickly and easily add a double waterfall feature that will hold 34 photos!  Finally, you will learn how to add a shockingly stylish magnetic belly band to keep everything tucked into place.

I had a devilishly delightful time altering all the chipboard elements on the album cover, and I share that information with you in the project tour.

The album is spooky cute, not creepy, which is what I love about Authentique’s Halloween collections.

Double Waterfall Mini Album Tutorial: Icy Fingers Up & Down the Spine

Learn how to create this overlapping spine and ribbon closure in the tutorial.  And I share some of my special tips and tricks for adding strength and durability during the album construction.

Double Waterfall Mini Album Tutorial: A Peek Inside

I just love the way the double waterfall looks inside this album.  It’s sleek and chic and so easy to put together.  You are going to love it!

Double Waterfall Mini Album Tutorial on YouTube

If you are ready to get your Halloween craft on, just click play!

I hope you’ll find time to make this fun mini album!  If so, let me hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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