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Masquerade Halloween Photo Wallet Tutorial

Authentique Masquerade Halloween Photo Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Masquerade Halloween Photo Wallet Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Or maybe I should say “boo” because today I’m sharing an Authentique Paper Masquerade Halloween Photo Wallet Tutorial.  You’ve seen this design HERE and HERE, but because I had so many requests for a tutorial, I’ve made it again.  This photo wallet is a fairly quick and easy make.  It’s also incredibly versatile. Just change out your papers to match the theme and you’re on your way!

 

The video tutorial provides you with all the measurements and information you need, so I’ll just whet your appetite with some photos and a tip or two.  Then you can pop on over to my YouTube Channel to watch the video tutorial.

Tips, Tricks and Details

Create a spooky spiderweb layer with an Amazing Paper Grace Doily Round.  First, die cut the background from Authentique Spectrum Orange Blossom Cardstock.  Then cut the doily overlay from Black Jack Spectrum Cardstock.  This layer makes a great visual backdrop for the shaker frame.

Rows of messy stitching help to frame the card front.  First, layer Black Jack, Orange Blossom and Masquerade papers together.  Remember to only put a dab of adhesive in the center of each layer.  Otherwise your sewing machine will bog down in the adhesive as you stitch.

Paint a white resin frame with Black Chalk Ink.  Let it dry a second or two, then gently wipe the paint back to  create an aged, worn finish.  Then brush lightly with Little Birdie Metallic Wax (linked below) for a perfectly petrified finish.  Do you spot the wee spiders perching on the flowers?    Those are from Reneabouquets, as are the spooktacular spider webs in the corners of the frame.

I’ll show you how I finished the Happy Halloween Beautiful Board Sentiment in the video.  Adding the little silver bat charm  is a fun addition.  For the bow, top candy corn ribbon with a bit of black micro gingham and an old Prima flower from my stash.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a stylishly belted photo cascade built inside the folio.

Flaps and pockets…

…tip in pages…

and sneaky secret side pockets with mini folios await you within, if you dare!

And there is lots more room for photos in the trifold folio and wallet photo that are tucked inside the bottom pocket!

Let’s Get Our Halloween Craft On!

If this bewitching photo wallet has your fingers itching to create, then you are in luck!  Simply follow along in this video tutorial.  You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

I hope you have as much fun making this project as I had designing it!

Thanks for stoppign by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders September 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Club Kit September 2020 My Mind's Eye Gingham Gardens Photo Folio by Kathy Clement, Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders September 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop: Amazing Paper Grace Lattice Overlay

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders September 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from  Jill’s     blog. Let’s get acquainted with the Amazing Paper Grace Lattice Quadrante Die from the September Club Kit. You can see how I used this versatile die to create a shaker frame HERE.

This versatile die can be used in so many different ways.  But today I used it to create a lacy wrap on the cover of this My Mind’s Eye Gingham Gardens Photo Wallet.  Here’s how to make the overlay.

  • First,  cut a background piece from patterned paper with the large frame die.
  • Next, arrange the 4 quadrant dies inside the large frame.  Connect them with post it tape or low-tack adhesive.
  • Now lay the connected dies over a piece of pearlized cardstock.  Hold in place with a bit of tape.
  • Then run through your die cutting  machine to cut out the lacy overlay.
  • TIP: If the die does not cut completely the first time, rotate it 90 degrees and cut again.  Depending on your machine, you may need to add a piece of cardstock to your sandwich to act as a shim.
  • Don’t forget to run the lacy die through with the embossing pad.  This only takes a second and really makes the details pop.
  • Now adhere the lacy overlay to the background.
  • Finally, wrap the overlay around the top edge of the folio base to create a delicate, lacy doily effect on the folio.

Frame the small sentiment with a cluster of flowers, ribbon and a gorgeous butterfly.  You can find links to these products below.

A Peek Inside

Now turn the card into a photo folio by adding a waterfall and a pocket inside.

Create mini folios for wallet sized photos with your scraps.

Tuck a larger note card and a gift card wallet in the bottom pocket to turn the card into a gift.  Which is exactly what I did.  This was my gift to my daughter in law on her birthday.

Video Tour

I’ve prepared a little video tour of the project with tips and tricks to help you see how all the various parts come together.

 

Spellbinders $50 Gift Card Giveaway

Giveaway:
To celebrate this release, we are giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on our blog. Hop along for additional chances to win. Giveaway closes on Sunday, September 27th, 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Tuesday. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

My $25 Gift Card Giveaway

Would you like a second chance to win a Spellbinder’s gift card?  Then leave a comment on MY blog post.  One randomly chosen winner will  receive a $25 Spellbinders gift certificate.

I will notify the winner via e-mail and also post the  name at the top of this blog post on   October 3, 2020      . 

If you are the lucky winner, please contact Spellbinders at [email protected]  by    October  4 , 2020     

Please write Spellbinders September 2020 Blog Hop Winner from Kathy Clement’s  Blog in the subject line.

Please note, store credit (gift certificate) cannot be applied to Club Subscriptions. Store credit can be applied to shop past Club products, Club extras and regular releases.

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Join any Club and save 10% Off the first month. Must use Code NEWSEPT at time of subscription or savings will not be applied.  Coupon code can only be applied to ONE CLUB per transaction. Offer is for individual consumer use only; not for distribution; excludes, tax, & shipping. Not valid on any previous web, phone or retail purchases; cannot be redeemed for cash; cannot be combined with any other offer; void where prohibited; limited to stock on hand. Offer only available 9/23/2020 to 9/30/2020 at 11:59 PST.

On With the Hop

Now let’s get hopping!  Please click on these links to visit all the blogs in the September Hop.

Spellbinders Blog

Nichol Spohr

Tina Smith

Sandi MacIver

Laurie Willison

Bibi Cameron

Michelle Short

Jean Manis

Joy Baldwin

Jennifer Snyder

Virginia Lu

Jill Hilliard

Kathy Clement

Ilina Crouse

Ivana Camdzic

Gemma Campbell

Hussena Calcuttawala

Jenny Colacicco

Now hop on over and see what Ilina has prepared for you.  Then don’t forget to hop over to the Spellbinders blog and leave a comment there to be entered into the $50 prize drawing!

Subscribe to Spellbinders Club Kits HERE.  Subscribe to Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club HERE.

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

You will find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Manly Slimline Birthday Wallet

Authentique Manly Slimline Birthday Wallet by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Manly Slimline Birthday Wallet

Hello, Friends!  I’m back from the beach, and popping in with a quick and easy Authentique Manly Slimline Birthday Wallet that I made for our son this year.  When Peter was a little tyke, he wanted a pair of cowboy boots more than anything in the world.  We were a young family, living on one meager income, so there was not a lot of extra money to throw around on non-essentials.  The possibility of getting cowboy boots for this cute little guy was not likely.

But you all probably know how it is when your precious child, who really never asks for anything, wants something with all his or her heart.  It weighs on your mind. You think about it.  And finally, if you are a person of faith, you pray about it.  “Lord, it seems trivial.  But that little boy wants a pair of cowboy boots. Could you make that happen?”

So the next time Peter expressed this wish, I said, “Well, let’s talk to God about it.” That dear little boy, who was only three at the time, bowed his head and said, “God please send me some cowboy boots. ” And then he beamed at me and skipped off to play.

The Faith of  a Child

A few days later, a dear friend came to visit us from out of state.  We enjoyed a pancake breakfast together and he got quite a kick out of our vivacious and friendly son. Not one word was said about cowboy boots or money or any such thing.  Before he left, our friend pulled me aside and pressed a wad of bills into my hand.  “Go get that boy a pair of cowboy boots,” he said with a big grin on his face.

Well, I was gobsmacked.  As soon as we had finished sending our friend off, I told Peter to come see what I had to show him.  “Look, Peter!  It’s a miracle!  God sent us the money to go buy you a pair of cowboy boots!  Isn’t that amazing?”  Peter’s brown eyes looked straight into mine and he said very solemnly, “Well, we prayed didn’t we?”

Oh, the faith and wisdom of a child!  I’ve never forgotten that.  He’s still a man of faith, and we are so blessed that he is our son.  I just thought you might like to know why I chose this image and theme for Peter’s birthday card this year.

The Details

To make the card base, follow these simple steps:

  • First, trim an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of kraft cardstock to measure 7 3/4″ x 11″.
  • Next, score at 3 1/2″, 3 3/4″, 7 1/4″, 7 1/2″, 9 3/4″ .
  • Now fold along the scored lines.  You will end up with a 7 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ card base with 1/4″ spines on the top and bottom.
  • Place magnets inside the card cover and on the inner flap before you decorate with designer papers, charms and vintage buttons.
A Peek Inside

  • Now line the inner panels of the card with designer paper.
  • Create a shallow box pocket inside the card by adding gussets to the sides of the flap.
  • First, fold the last score line on the pocket flap forward to create a “cuff.”
  • Then add designer paper below the cuff.
  • Adhere the cuff to the pocket flap, then add a strip of designer paper and a sticker to decorate.
  • Cut the gussets 3/4″ wide x 2″ tall.  Score at 1/4″ and 1/2″.
  • Glue the flaps to the card base and to the inside edge of the pocket flap to form the box pocket.

I’ll tuck a cash gift inside the box so Peter can go shopping for some new workshop tools.  Presenting a cash gift in this manner makes it a bit more personal and fun.

To see more ideas for working with the “Manly” collection, click HERE.  I’ve added a linked supply list below the post.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Really Reasonable Ribbon July 2020 Blog Hop

Authentique Voyage Sparkling Seahorse Beach Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Really Reasonable Ribbon July 2020 Blog Hop

Hello, Friends! Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon July 2020 Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.   If so, you are right on track.  You can find a complete blog hop list on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog in case you are lost.

This month the Seashore Ribbon Club Assortment features aqua and coral beach themed ribbons.  Just my style!

Sparkling Seahorse Beach Folio

These lovely ribbons are a great playmate for Authentique Paper’s Voyage Paper Collection.  Since I love the beach, and I love making little folios, I decided to create an interactive trifold folio featuring these beautiful ribbons.

The 5″ x 5″ x 1 1/2″ folio base is created by joining together 12″ x 5″ strips of cardstock.  Then I simply scored at 5″, 6 1/2″, 11 1/2″, 12″ and 16 3/4″.

TIP: Create a ribbon frame for the album’s focal image.  Attach 3/8″ Coral and Starfish Grosgrain from the Ribbon Assortment with 1/4″ Scor-Tape.  Adhere buttons in the corners.

TIP: Hidden pockets are fun!  Stitch 3 sides of the 3″ x 4″ seahorse life card to the folio front.  Leave the right hand edge open to form a cute tag pocket.  Top the tag with burlap string and a charm.

TIP: Ribbon makes a great closure for a folio! Attach the 5/8″ Seashell Print Satin from the Club Assortment with 1/2″ Scor-Tape before you add your paper layers.  Be sure to leave the ends long enough to tie a nice, poufy bow.

TIP: Add a quick and easy mixed media finish to Reneabouquets Seahorse and Starfish Beautiful board.  Tap with Versamark Embossing Ink, then heat emboss with WOW Vintage Champagne Embossing Powder.

The Album Spine

Create a triple loop bow with the Blue Variegated Shell Print Ribbon from the Club Assortment.  Top this with a Natural Burlap String Bow and a Little Birdie Flower.

Decorate the spine with a sticker from the paper collection.  Then create a charm dangle with Natural Burlap String.

A Peek Inside

I love to use ribbon inside a folio, too!  It makes a great topper for little tags!

And it really comes in handy when used as a closure for interactive mechanisms!

Isn’t this 3/8″ wide coral reef grosgrain pretty?

Keep a waterfall feature from flapping open with another piece of the Seashell Satin Print Ribbon.

Sparkling Seahorse Video Tour on YouTube

To help you see how all the mechanisms and folds work together I’ve created a little video tour on YouTube.

On With the Hop

Now hop on over and see what crafty inspiration Cherry has for you today.   Be sure to finish up the hop over on the RRR Blog. Answer Bonnie’s question of the month to be entered into a drawing for a free July 2020 Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’re not subscribed to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to join.  Bonnie has a great deal for new subscribers.  I look forward each month to receiving my ribbon club.  Its always fun to look for papers that match the club assortment each month.  It’s like getting a birthday present in the mail every month of the year.

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 projects made with the Voyage collection, click HERE.

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

Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Beach Shaker Card and Altered Bottle

Ciao Bella Sound of Summer Shaker Card Folio and Altered Bottle by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Ciao Bella Sound of Summer Beach Shaker Card and Altered Bottle

Hello, Friends!  If you’re longing for the sound of surf hitting sand, then today’s Summer Beach Shaker Card and Altered Bottle is just what the doctor ordered!  My clever son turned another little apothecary bottle on his lathe.  He’s experimenting with his carving tools, and added some neat details to the face and back of this cherry wood bottle.  The moment I saw it, I imagined an old bottle washed up on the shore.  Thus, I dubbed it, “The Castaway.”  Peter was kind enough to let me alter it into the vision I had in my head. Then I just had to make a card to go with it.  And here we are.

The Castaway

I’m always a little nervous about altering these apothecary bottles because they are so beautiful in their natural state.  Peter works with primarily reclaimed wood.  Lots of it is really old, salvaged from falling down barns, estate sales, fallen trees, etc.  The goal when altering these bottles is to let the beauty of the wood shine through while creating a vignette that tells a story.

Sometimes a tag is all it takes.  Fill a little glass vial with beach sand, a real shark’s tooth and itty bitty shell.  Tap a copper starfish charm with Speckled Egg Paint to age it.  Then cluster up some Spanish moss, sequins and beads to add texture and shimmer.  Add a feather, some burlap string and BAM!  You’ve got a miniature beach on your hands.

Highlight the bottle edges with more paint.  Then tap the carved areas with gold mica gel to add a little shimmer.  Burlap trim adds the perfect rustic touch.

The neat wood piece at the bottom of the bottle is something I picked up after a storm.  I love it clustered up with some little shells and beads.  Create a sandy beach with Distress Embossing Powder.  I’m not gonna lie…this was fun!

The Shaker Card

Since I already had my Ciao Bella Sound of Summer collection out on the desk, I decided to go ahead and make a card to keep The Castaway company.  This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 1/2″ spine.   The shaker box is a Reneabouquets Shell Frame that I altered with Shabby Ivory Embossing Enamel.  It’s hard to see in the photo, but there are little flecks of gold that shimmer like the sun on water.

To keep with the shell theme, I added a vintage ribbon slide.  This came in a big box of buttons that our son and his wife gave me for my birthday one year.  It looks to be carved from Mother of Pearl or Abalone.   The delicate carved edges are simply elegant.  Striped ribbon mimics the sails on the little boats.

A Peek Inside

I had as much fun designing the inside of this box pocket card as I did the outside.

This little flap feature opens to reveal a gorgeous seaside view.  It also has a little tea bag pocket.

The box pocket is a “two for one” creation.  Three small folios fit into the little pocket on top, while a bookmark, seashell spoon, cookie, chocolate, and magnet fit into the larger space.

These little folios are a great spot to write secret messages or quotes.  They are also great for tiny photos or gift cards.

Here’s a closer look at the magnet, bookmark and spoon.

If you’re interested in purchasing either The Castaway or the Shaker Card, you can find them in my ETSY shop.

To see more projects made with Ciao Bella Sound of Summer, Click HERE.

Thanks for sharing a cuppa with me this Saturday morning!  I hope you find time to make something beautiful today.  Creativity is good for the body and good for the soul!

Thanks for stoppign by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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