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Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m just popping in real quick today with a little bit of eye candy to start your week off on a sweet note.  This Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio has been sitting in my photo files, patiently waiting to be shared.  Today is the day!

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I love the soft peach and green tones of this fresh and fun card. Since I used the Collector’s Essential Kit, I had all the stickers,chippies, washi tape and the matching cardstock to work with.  I love it when everything matches! Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo  03

Die cut layers are made using Spellbinder’s Lacey Squares Dies (retired).  The bow is tied with RRR 1/2″ Champagne Wrinkled Ribbon.  This has been a real “go to” ribbon for me this spring.

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TIP: Dry brush Little Birdie Succulents (Check AC Moore) with Ivory Chalk paint.  This gives them a more organic look. Use this simple technique whenever you need to make different colored flowers “match.”  it works like a charm!

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio: A Peek Inside

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TIP: Make a quick and easy pocket by cutting your designer paper 3″ longer than your card base.  Then score at 3″, fold and adhere the sides.  Instant pocket!

TIP: Use your scraps!  The top half of this card is made by layering up bits and pieces of patterned papers that flowed well together.  Even the border pieces were made with scraps. And by leaving the top edge open on the bottom border, I created a handy shallow pocket to hold that cutie patootie magnet.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Now, fold a scrap of black cardstock from the Essential Collection kit to make this nifty gift wallet.  Then line it with more scraps of your designer paper.  You can get a LOT of mileage from a collection kit by using your scraps in this way.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

Next, fill it with a little tea bag and honey stick treat.  These cool honey sticks were atTuesday Morning.  I always seem to find the neatest stuff in that store.  It’s like my personal playground, and a very dangerous place for me to visit!

So there you have it my friends!  A few tips and tricks to get your crafty week started off on solid footing.  To see more Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Projects click HERE.

Did I shared some tips and tricks that you can use in today’s post.?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Crafty Crush: Eileen Hull Notebook Die

Crafty Crush: Eileen Hull Notebook Die for Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Have you had a chance to play with the new Eileen Hull Notebook Die?  I have a serious crafty crush on it.  I’ll tell you all about it in a moment, but first let me welcome you to the “I Love It Because…” challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  Our lovely hostess, the marvelous Jenny Marples, has this to say about the theme:

I love it because…
How often do you create something just for you that makes your heart sing? Doesn’t it feel great when you do! My challenge to you is to make a vintage or shabby chic piece of art, be it a journal page, a tag, a card, a home decor project etc, that fills you with happiness and makes you smile – don’t forget to tell us why you love it so much.
Stamperia Spring Botanic + Eileen Hull Notebook Die = Beautiful

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

If you are not familiar with the new Eileen Hull Notebook Die by Sizzix, let me be the first to introduce you.  This genius little die cuts a 3 1/2″ x 5″ notebook from mat board, fabric, leather, or chipboard with one pass through your die cutting machine.

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

At the same time as it cuts the chosen material, it also creases an area that becomes the spine.  This is book binding at it’s easiest and most basic.  So if you’ve ever wanted to make your own little books, this is a great way to get started.

Eileen Hull Notebook Die: I Love it Because
  • Ease of Use
  • Size: It fits inside her cleverly designed Treasure Box
  • Versatility: You can design this album in any number of ways.  You can find more examples of how I’ve used this clever die HERE and HERE.
  • Quick to make: I can knock out one of these lovely little notebooks in a couple of hours.  Then I have the perfect little gift to present, and people are always thrilled to receive it.
Stamperia Spring Botanic Paper Pad: I Love it Because

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

How could you not love this gorgeous paper?  The colors are my favorites, and the images are just dreamy.  And look at that wee snail?  I love him!

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

Stamperia builds their collections so that the mixed media effects I love so much are incorporated into the design.  I can add stenciling and texture on top of that if I desire to do so.  Or, I can simply cut apart the bits and pieces, dress them up with a little ribbon and a charm and be all set.

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

For this little album, I printed out a selection of my favorite Spring poems and quotes.  I wanted a little lap book that could be perused at leisure, or used for home decor.

 

 

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 08

I’ll be sharing a full video tutorial over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog this Saturday, May 11th.  We’ll make the “sister” album for this Spring album, so you’ll want to be sure to catch that!  It will be a “start to finish” project, and I think you’ll learn a lot of fun little tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

I Love it Because….Now It’s YOUR Turn!

You are cordially invited to join in on this fun challenge.  To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic spring themed project.   Then link  up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EDT on Tuesday, May 21st.  You can find all the rules and information HERE.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot  at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

See you on Saturday!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Beach Retreat

Beach Retreat and Retrospect

Hello, Friends!  I’m just popping in very quickly today to let you know that I’m taking a few days off.  Yup.  The beach is calling my name, and I must answer. I plan to rest and renew with walks in the sand, shell hunting, play with the grandgirls, great meals with the family and glorious sunrises and sunsets.

I can’t wait!

I’ll be back next week all refreshed and ready to share new inspiration with you here.  But while I’m gone, you can enjoy some past beach projects, and pretend you are dipping your toes in the surf along with me.

Enjoy another peek at this beautiful Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album.

Get your mixed media groove going with this Sea Flowers canvas I created for Little Birdie Crafts.

Sea Flowers Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

Take another look at this Vintage Beach Babes Birthday Card Folio.

Because I love the beach, I have loads of beach projects on my blog.  Checking them out will be like a taking a virtual beach trip.  Click HERE for more.

See you on Monday!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card Folio

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  This cheery Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card folio is a gift and a card all in one.

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Sweet and fresh as a spring day, this card is also quick and easy to put together.

  • Create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from Whip Cream Cardstock.
  • Mat a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of the green check paper on a slightly larger layer of pink cardstock.  Then mat a second time on olive green cardstock.
  • Then stitch the layers together on your sewing machine.  Throw in a few zig-zag stitches just for the fun of it!
  • Next, cut a 4″ x 6″ panel of the green leaf pattern.  Stitch this onto a slightly larger layer of the green cardstock.
Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card Folio: Finishing Touches

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  • Fussy cut around the white line on the sentiment panel.  This little detail makes all the difference in the world.

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

  • Place foam tape or waste chipboard behind the sentiment panel and adhere to the card.  This simple step adds loads of dimension.
  • Now, from the sticker sheet, find “Fresh Flowers”, the pink rain boots and the “Beautiful Day” circular sentiment. Add these to the card as seen in the photo.
  • Adhere a cluster of flowers along the left hand side of the sentiment.
  • Tuck in a bow tied with Pink Plaid Ribbon.
  • Place a mini binder clip on the right hand side of the sentiment panel.  Tie a bit of pink burlap string around the post.
Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Create a little sentiment panel from a scrap of the pink cardstock.  Punch two holes through the left hand side.  Then run a bit of ribbon through the holes and tie a vintage silver spoon in place.

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For the pocket on the bottom, create a little treat wallet.  Tuck in a tea bag, chocolate and honey stick.  Now you’ve got a unique and lovely birthday gift.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so,, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  To see more projects made from this Carta Bella Spring Market Collection, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial for Nomadic Soul Diaries

Hello, Friends!  Spring has sprung, and I’m thrilled to be sharing this Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial with you.  This lovely little project is created for a Guest Designer Spot with Nomadic Soul Diaries.  I became friends with the gracious and talented Nuneka Box  when she and I both served on the Little Birdie Crafts Design team.  She has been such a blessing and encouragement to me in my mixed media pursuits.  How could I say no when she asked me to design for the April challenge?   Especially since the challenge is to create an interactive card that incorporates sequins in the design!  Was this challenge made for me, or what?

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Nomadic Soul Diaries Photo 01

Here’s the inspiration board for this month’s challenge.

Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial: The Details

If you’ve never made a card folio before, you can find a really good basic tutorial HERE.  This tutorial focuses on the creation of the framed shaker box, something which many of you have asked me to do.  So here is your opportunity to learn how to alter a Tim Holtz Vignette Frame with paints and sprays.   (I’ll share a linked supply list below this post.)

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Nomadic Soul Diaries Photo 02

The folio base measures 5″ x 7″ with a 1/2″ spine.  This is my “go to” size for these little folios.  Beautiful roses and flowers cascade down the side of the frame interspersed with beautiful vintage ribbons.

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Nomadic Soul Diaries Photo 03

I’ve filled the shaker frame with shaped sequins and mustard seeds to add a real organic feel.  The focal image inside the shaker is cut from the Spring Botanic papers and popped up on waste chipboard.  To add a little steampunk vibe, I added this sweet bee and pocket watch metal embellishment.  I love to create these little vignettes inside my shaker frames.

Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Nomadic Soul Diaries Photo 04

Before we go any further…this paper!  Be still my beating heart!

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Nomadic Soul Diaries Photo 05

The top half of the card is a little gallery wall.  Cut apart images have been matted on little folio bases.  Each hanging in the gallery has a magnetic closure with a springtime quote handwritten inside.

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Nomadic Soul Diaries Photo 06

A flip page on the bottom half of the card has a fun two-tiered pocket design.    I’ve filled this with little tags, a bookmark and a magnet, all made using cut apart images from the collection.

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Nomadic Soul Diaries Photo 07

Behind the flip page is a lovely little folio, tucked into a pocket.

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Nomadic Soul Diaries Photo 08

A ribbon belly band holds everything together.

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Nomadic Soul Diaries Photo 09

TIP:  Line the pages of this little folio with images cut from the collection cover art.  This is a great way to stretch your designer paper.  Because the images and patterns are smaller, sample sizes, the scale is just right.

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Nomadic Soul Diaries Photo 10

So that’s a quick look at the folio, inside and out.  I’m so happy with the way it turned out.

Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial Video

 

If you’d like to play along in this Instagram based challenge, you can get all the details HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques and inspiration that you can use 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

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Supply List

 

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