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Authentique Gracious Thankful Thanksgiving Card

Authentique Gracious Thankful Thanksgiving Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I have the sweetest little Authentique Gracious Thankful Thanksgiving card to share with you.  Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday of all: family, food, fellowship….pie?!?  How can you beat that?  Growing up, my whole family would gather at my Grammy’s house up on the hill to celebrate together.  All the aunts and uncles, all the cousins, great-grandparents crammed into that warm and gracious home, sharing great food, lots of laughs and lots of hugs is one of my favorite childhood memories!

Gracious Thankful Thanksgiving Card: Tips and Tricks

One of the reasons I love the Gracious Collection so much is that it reminds me of my Grammy’s home and those fabulous family gatherings.  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card practically made itself!

  • Top a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base with a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel of the plaid pattern from the 8×8 paper pad.
  • Next, mat a 4″ x 6″ panel of the autumn gourds pattern on brown cardstock.  Top with a 4″ x 3″ panel of the teapot/teacup panel.  Mat just the top and bottom of the smaller panel on brown cardstock.
  • Trim the “Thankful” image to measure 2″ x 1 3/4″ and mat on brown card.  Adhere below the center panel.
  • Die cut 4 leafy wreaths from the acorn paper.  Stagger and adhere together with Darice Foam Strips.  Place foam strips on the bottom of the wreath and adhere as seen in the photo.
  • Tuck the sides of the cardstock image under the sides of the wreath and adhere in place.
  • Add ribbon, novelty buttons, foliage and flowers.

Gracious Thankful Thanksgiving Card: A Peek Inside

The inside is sweet and simple with a framed sentiment and a lovely treat pocket.

I created little folios with my scraps, then topped them with images and cardstock elements from the 12×12 collection kit.

One folio has room for a small photo and hand written note.  The other has a yummy chocolate pocket!

How does your clan celebrate Thanksgiving?  I’d love to hear about your special traditions in the comment section below.  To see more Gracious projects, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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Authentique Gracious Tea Themed Banner

Authentique Gracious Tea Themed Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Gracious Tea Themed Banner

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  Let’s kick off the weekend with a shabby chic little Gracious tea themed banner for all my fellow tea drinkers!  Imagining and designing this shabby chic beauty was so much fun!

Once again, I’ve paired some of my favorite Eileen Hull Dies up with beautiful Authentique papers and textiles to make this warm and cozy bit of eye candy.

Gracious Tea Themed Banner: Creating the Pennant Base

Each pennant in the tea themed banner has 3 layers: a burlap paper backing, a large designer paper layer and a smaller designer paper layer.

Cut the pennants for this banner with Eileen’s Sizzix House Stitchlets Die.  Use just the largest frame die to cut the first layer.  Then use both the frame and the insert die to cut the second layer.  Trim the perforated edge from the second layer.  Line it up on your cutting tool so that you only cut away half the die cut circle.  Then you have a lovely edge detail.  Next, place a bit of Scor-Tape on the back of the larger pennant, right in the center.  Lay this over some burlap and cut out the third layer by hand.  This is not as tricky as it sounds.  Just take your time and trim about 1/4″ larger than the paper layer. Stack the 3 layers together and stitch them on your sewing machine.  If you don’t sew, then just glue them all together.

TIP:  Use Scor-Tape or a small dab of adhesive on the back of each layer to hold things in place while sewing.  This makes the job so much easier.

When you have stitched all the pennant layers together, use binder clips or pins to secure them to a 1 yard length of Antique Gold Silky Crush Ribbon.  Leave about 2″  between each pennant.  Then stitch the pennants to the ribbon.  Tie a bit of ribbon between each pennant.  Add triple loop bows and gold metallic string bows on each end.

Gracious Tea Themed Banner:  The Teacups

I have found so many ways to use Eileen’s teacup die.  I wish Sizzix would release this die again, as I know many of you would like to add it to your stash.  Die cut each teacup twice: once from mat board or heavy chipboard and again from designer paper.  Adhere the designer paper to the mat board.  Easy peasy!

TIP:  Cut the paper for the tea cups to measure 4 1/2″ x 3 1/4″.  You want to place the paper on the die face down.  For the tea tag, paper measures 1 1/2″ X 2″.  Cut this twice as well: once from chipboard, once from designer paper.

Gracious Tea Themed Banner:  The Details

Now comes the fun part: assembling the banner.  Add flowers, lace, little charms and elements from the cardstock die cut sheet to make your project really special.  Die cut doilies folded in half really make the tea cups pop on the banner.  Little metal spoons, vintage buttons, fall fruits and other sweet details add that shabby chic charm we all love so much.

I just think this banner would be so sweet hanging in a kitchen.  Since I am a tea drinker, I have a buffet table in my kitchen where I store all my teas and such.  I’ve been wanting to make a banner to hang here for the longest time.  This one is in my Etsy shop, if you’d like to hang it in your kitchen.

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.  You’ll also find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Seasons Autumn Rhapsody Card Folio

Graphic 45 Seasons Autumn Rhapsody Card Folio

Hello Friends!  Fall has finally arrived here in North Carolina, so I thought I would share this lovely Graphic 45 Seasons Autumn Rhapsody Card Folio with you today.  This came in as a special order in my Etsy shop, and I had such fun putting all these lovely fall elements together.

The layers in this card remind me of walking in the woods on a clear blue October day.  Leaves rustle under my feet, cheeky squirrels hop from branch to branch, songbirds and butterflies flit about gathering the last bit of warmth and sunshine before winter arrives.  And all around me the glorious colors of fall fill my heart to bursting.  I sure would love to go for a walk in the woods behind my childhood home in Vermont one more time!  Wonderful memories of times spent traipsing those trails filled my mind as I worked on this card.

TIP: Fussy cut elements from the signature page.  Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress ink.  Then layer the elements in with the patterned paper background to create a scene.  Add dimensionals to the back of fussy cuts to add depth.

TIP: Mix fussy cut flowers with handmade flowers .  These Heartfelt Creations Sunflowers have been inked and sprayed with Glimmer Mist.  Fill the centers with glass beads to add a touch of dazzle and shine.

Autumn Rhapsody Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Create a quick and easy pocket by cutting your liner paper 2″ longer than the base of your card.  Add a couple of gussets to the sides, fold and adhere.  Then line the pocket with a border image.

A sweet little tea wallet holds a mini acorn spoon, honey stick and Pumpkin Spice Tea Bag.  You could also tuck a little note inside to add a personal touch.

I hope I shared some tips and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures.  No supply list on this project, as the papers have been retired.  But you could easily substitute Authentique Gracious or other fall collections.

I love fall most of all!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

Snarky Masculine Birthday Wishes

Authentique Party Snarky Masculine Birthday Wishes

Hello, Friends!  Can I tell you a secret?  I love to make masculine cards.  And this Snarky Masculine Birthday Wishes card makes me fairly giddy with glee.  It was perfect for our youngest son’s birthday celebration last month.  He has always been the practical, organized, level headed guy who always has a plan and I(almost) always has his act together. This is probably the sort of thing he would wish for on his birthday!

Tips for Using Ribbon on a Masculine Card

I also love to demonstrate how easy it is to use ribbon on a masculine card in a way that is not to frilly or frou-frou.  Want to know my secret?  Choose patterns and textures that make you think of mens’ ties and suits!  It’s a “win” every single time!

For this card, combine Shell Grey Shimmer Satin Ribbon with Black and Grey Diamond Print Grosgrain Ribbon for the win!  The crisp finish of the satin ribbon speaks to men’s formal wear while the pattern on the grosgrain ribbon would look right at home on a tie.  Top the bow with a little birthday cake charm and a masculine button.  Layer the patterned ribbon over the satin ribbon.  Then top with buttons for a look that resembles a French Cuff on a man’s dressy shirt.

Use Scor-Tape to adhere the ribbons, and wrap the ends around the back of your card panel for a neat and tidy finish.

Here’s a peek at the inside:

Clean and simple, but still fun.  That’s how to make a great masculine card!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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