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Throwback Thursday: Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello Friends!  Welcome to the latest installment of Throwback Thursday!  Today I’m serving up this shabby chic, romantic Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card tutorial.  This gorgeous collection was released in 2015, and I’m betting a lot of you G45 fans have some in your stash.  Since Valentine’s Day is creeping up on us, I thought it would be fun to feature it on Throwback Thursday.  If you don’t have it on hand, you can still use this tutorial with another “oldie but goodie” collection.  So dust off your paper stash, sharpen your scissors and let’s get our craft on!

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial: The Basics

The base for this card is a 5″ x 7″ top fold with a 1/2″ spine made from an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of cream cardstock.  If you’ve never made this style of card base before, you can find a tutorial for that HERE. This Halloween tutorial demonstrates the technique used for building a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 1/2″ base.  It is a side fold card in the tutorial. To make it a top fold card, simply,  turn it “on its head” and then proceed with this tutorial.

Here is a look at what we’ll be making today:

That gorgeous butterfly cluster features Printed Beauty Board from Renea Bouquets.  I love the dimension and sparkle it adds to the card.

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

I think this would made a great Valentine…or a great all occasion card.  It was such fun to pull this lovely retired collection out of storage and put it to good use.  If you have it in your stash and would like to make this card, just follow along in this Throwback Thursday video tutorial.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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

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Bundle Up Wintry All Occasion Card Tutorial

Bundle Up Wintry All Occasion Card Tutorial with Authentique Snowfall Collection by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Bundle Up  Wintry All Occasion Card Tutorial  with Authentique Snowfall Collection

Hello, Friends!  If you’re having trouble getting your creative mojo back in gear after the holidays, this Bundle Up Wintry All Occasion Card Tutorial is sure to help!  I’ve used the adorable Authentique Snowfall collection to create a quick and easy card that’s perfect for winter birthdays, get well wishes, or just to say hello.

Let’s Get Our Craft On!

  • First, create the 5 1/2″ square card base with an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of heavy cardstock.
  • Next, trim it to measure 5 1/2″ x 11″, then score on the long side at 5 1/2″ and fold to form a simple card base.
  • Now mat a 5 1/4″ square of  the snowflake pattern from Snowfall 3 on a 5 3/8″ square Authentique Spectrum Antique Lace cardstock.
  • Then create a belly band by matting a 5 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ panel of Snowfall One Plaid on a 5 1/4″ x 4″ panel of Spectrum Forest Green Cardstock.

 

You can choose to machine stitch these layers together as I did, or simply adhere in place.

Bundle Up  Wintry All Occasion Card Tutorial:  Adding the Details

  • Punch the 3 banners from the Snowfall Element Sheet and mat on both Antique Lace and Forest Green Spectrum Cardstock.
  • To add a frosty edge to the banners, sand them lightly before matting.
  • Now place dimensionals on the back of the banners and adhere to the card front.

TIP:  Place the middle banner first so that your design will be centered properly.  Then add the two side banners.

  • Next, adhere the die cut snowflakes.  We will discuss how I embossed them in the video tutorial below.
  • Die cut and heat emboss Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves.  Adhere the stems under the left hand banner.
  • Now add a Blue/Gold Plaid Bow and some flowers.
  • Place dimensionals on the back of the snowflake icons.  Top with bitty buttons and adhere.
  • Place dimensionals behind the “Bundle Up” tab and adhere at the top of the card.

For a great snowy finish, spatter the card with diluted white acrylic paint.  Dry brush the edges with Stamperia Sparkling White Glamour Gel.

Bundle Up  Wintry All Occasion Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

The inside of this card is simply fun!

  • First, cut (2) 5 3/8″ panels of cardstock to line the base.  Sand the edges if desired
  • Now, find a scrap of the plaid pattern that is about 1 1/2″ wide x 5 3/8″ long.  Adhere just the top, bottom and left hand side to form a shallow tea bag pocket.
  • Then punch out the “frosty mornings” ticket from the Elements sheet and adhere.
  • Cut a 5 3/8″ wide belly band from the plaid paper and adhere.
  • Now adhere a blank panel of cream cardstock in the center where you can add your sentiment.

That’s it!  Easy Peasy!  You can watch me make this card live in the video tutorial below.

Bundle Up  Wintry All Occasion Card Tutorial Video

You can use this basic card design as a “recipe” for other card projects, too.  Sometimes I like to just make a big old stack of these simple cards to have on hand, or to add to orders from my Etsy Shop as a thank you gift.

If you’re still not ready to get your craft on, check out THIS wintry Twist and Pop Card Tutorial. It’s sure to make you want to break out your scissors and get crafty!

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Heartfelt Peonies Birthday Queen Greeting Card

This hop is now closed.  The winner is Sandi Marson, chosen from Monica’s blog.  Thanks for hopping!

Heartfelt Creations December Alumni Hop: Heartfelt Peonies Birthday Queen Greeting Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations December 2019 Alumni Hop!  For this last blog hop of 2019, I’m sharing this Heartfelt Peonies Birthday Queen Greeting Card.  Made with the brand new Rounded Window Frame Die, this 6×6 card is a quick make.

  • First, distress the edges of a 6×6 card front from the Window Scenes Paper Collection.  Then ink the edges with Picked Raspberries Distress Oxide Ink.
  • Next, die cut the Rounded Window Frame Die from Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Cardstock.  Center and adhere to the card base.

Now it’s time to make some flowers!

Heartfelt Peonies Birthday Queen Greeting Card: Making the Flowers

  • Stamp 3 sets of Sweet Peonies onto Deluxe Flower Shaping paper using Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink.
  • Now, sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set.
  • Next, die cut the flower layers using the matching dies.
  • Then create a puddle of Picked Raspberries ink on your craft mat by swiping the ink pad over the surface.  Spritz with water until beads of water form.  Then dip and drag the flower layers through the ink.  Let them dry most of the way, or gently dry with a heat gun.
  • Now, while the petals are slightly damp, shape them in the Floral Basics Shaping Mold.
  • Use the stylus or Golf Tools to cup the petals.  Layer together. Add Prills to the centers of the smallest blossoms.
  • Arrange as seen in the photo.
  • Add seam binding ribbons, a ticket sentiment, key,vintage  stick pins and vintage buttons to complete the card front.
Heartfelt Peonies Birthday Queen Greeting Card: A Peek Inside

Pockets are a lovely way to turn a card into a gift.

  • Line the bottom of the card with a 6″ x 8 1/2″ panel of Sweet Peony paper.  Score a 2 1/2″ line along the bottom edge.  Fold up to form a pocket.  Adhere the sides to the card base.  Decorate the top of the pocket with a border scrap and a stamp from the collection.

I created a fancy bookmark with velvet ribbon and charms. Then I stitched a pretty scrap panel to pink cardstock layers.  Die cut an oval from the center of a card front and adhere over the middle of the bookmark.  Add some lace and vintage buttons as a finishing touch.

On With the Hop

This hop will remain open from 8AM EST on Friday, December 27th until 11:55PM EST on Monday, December 30th.  A winning comment will be randomly selected from a mystery blog.  I’ll post the winner at the top of this post on Tuesday, December 31st.  If possible, I will also notify the winner via e-mail.  Heartfelt Creations will announce the winner on their blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, January 1st.  The winner will then have 72 hours to claim the prize by contacting [email protected]  Please write “Winner of the December Blog Hop” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Now let’s get hopping!  Here’s the lineup for this month:

Kathy (You are HERE) ♥  Glenda   ♥  Vicki  ♥ Els Monica  ♥  Alissa  ♥ Amarilys

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 also find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Secret Santa Treat Box with Shaker Ornament

Secret Santa Treat Box with Shaker Ornament for Authentique Christmas Group Post

Hello, Friends!  This Secret Santa Treat Box is a quick and easy last minute Christmas gift.  I’ve made it for the Authentique Christmas Group  post over on the Authentique Blog.  You’ll definitely want to pop over there to see what paper pretties the rest of the team has cooked up for you to enjoy.

Secret Santa Treat Box: Putting it together

Secret Santa Treat Box with Shaker Ornament Authentique Calendar Collection December by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I’ve had this 3″ x 4″ little slider drawer box in the Closet of Shame for ages.  It’s such a cute size , and you can tuck all sorts of goodies inside the drawer: chocolates, candies, gift cards, jewelry…whatever tiny treasure your heart desires.  Here’s how it came together:

  • First, cut Spectrum Tricycle Red Cardstock to fit the height of the box.  Then wrap it around the outside and secure with your favorite adhesive.
  • Next, cut a slightly smaller layer of the cable knit sweater pattern from Snowfall and adhere to the top of the box.  Use scraps if you have them.
  • Now, create a teeny tiny easel card with a 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of heavy cream cardstock.  Again, use scraps.  Score the easel at 2 1/2″ and again at 5″, then cover with scraps from the December Calendar Collection.  Center and adhere to the top of the box.
  • Use stamp shaped scissors to cut out the Santa Stamps.  Place a magnet behind the Santa stamp on the right.  This will hold the shaker ornament in place.  Adhere to the front of the easel.
  • Now cover the sides of the drawer with a 1″ strip of the red cardstock from the December collection kit.
  • You will need to strengthen the drawer face before you add  the drawer pull. Cut a piece of cardstock that will fit behind the drawer front.  Then place the drawer pull where you want it and use a piercing tool to add holes.  Attach the handle with brads.
  • Cover the inside of the box with scraps from the December collection.
Secret Santa Treat Box:  A Peek Inside

I was able to fit 9 Nuggets neatly inside the drawer.

TIP: If the drawer “drags” when you are trying to open and close it, simply rub the sides with a little candle wax.  It will glide freely.

Decorate the top of the box with a bottle brush Christmas tree and some pretty Prima Christmas Flowers.  Add a green gingham bow.

Secret Santa Treat Box:  The Shaker Ornament

I found this shaker ornament frame while cleaning out my chipboard stash.  While I could not find it online, I did find a nice selection of shaker ornaments HERE. You could easily substitute another Christmas shape.  Here’s how the shaker came together:

  • First, paint the outer frame and the backing with off white chalk paint.
  • Tap the frame with Versamark Embossing Ink.  Then heat emboss with Shabby Ivory Embossing powder.
  • Trace around the base of the ornament, or use a circle die to cut out the Santa image. Adhere this to the front side of the ornament base.
  • Now cut a second piece from scraps and adhere on the back side of the base.
  • Adhere foam tape around the edges of the base.  I use Darice Foam Strips because they are only 1/8″ wide and will not show through the shaker window.    I generally add 3 layers of foam tape, but you can add as many or as few as you wish.
  • Now adhere the domed shaker inside the frame using Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Next, fill the center of the base with your shaker mix.  Be careful not to let sequins or beads gather around the outer edges, or the shaker will not seal properly.
  • Now, line up the domed frame over the foam tape on the base.  Gently press in place to seal.
  • Then, adhere eyelash trim around the outer edge of the shaker to cover up the foam.
  • Next, place the 2nd magnet over the Santa Stamp.  Press the ornament against it once you have it positioned where you want it to be.  Cover the back of the magnet with a bit of Scor-Tape and cover with a small scrap of  paper.
  • Finally, string ribbon through the hanger.  Add a bow, jingle bells, holly, etc.  Stitch a Christmas button at the top of the ribbon to form a hanger.
Secret Santa Treat Box: Adding the Feet

You will need to create a false bottom for the box if you wish to add the feet.  This is easy to do.  Simply cut a 1/8″ thick piece of chipboard to match the size of the box bottom.  Wrap it with the same red cardstock that was used to cover the drawer front.  Finally, adhere the feet to the false bottom, then adhere the false bottom to the base of the box.

These little boxes would be sweet made up for any occasion: birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Easter….the sky is the limit!  You can find another of these little gift boxes that I made a while back HERE I’ve added a linked supply list at the bottom of this post for your convenience.

Now I wish you all a truly joyous and happy Christmas!  I’ll be spending time with my sweet family , but will be back for the Heartfelt Creations blog hop on Friday.  I hope to see you there!

Merry Christmas dear friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio

Stamperia Pink Christmas The Squirrel's Christmas Party Gift Box Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Stamperia Pink Christmas/Sweet Christmas The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio

Hello, Friends!  Oh, the countdown for Christmas is truly on!  But I still have time to share this darling Stamperia Sweet Christmas/Pink Christmas Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio with you.  I made (and sold!) a lot of these this Christmas season, but I am still not tired of them.  The 4 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ size makes them perfect for gifting.  I shared a YouTube tutorial for building this base earlier this week.  If you missed it, this gives you another chance to find it.  The base for this one is scored at 5 1/2 instead of 5″, so the front flap is a little short.  It’s so easy to vary the dimensions for the base simply by scoring.  That is one of the things I love about this design: it’s very adaptable. The antique bronze bulldog clip helps hold the cover closed.   Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio: Making the Nest

Meet Edith Squirrel.  She’s the chairwoman of the village Christmas party.  She is frantically decorating her nest for the holiday Christmas House competition.  And she is wearing her favorite pearls as she decorates.  Her nest is a vintage drawer pull that she found abandoned in the meadow.  It’s a bit corroded from lying in the wet grasses, but still looks very festive surrounded by pine cones, flowers, Spanish Moss, and a wee sisal tree.  If she wins the competition, Father Christmas will have tea with her.  Here is how she decorated her nest.

The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio: A Peek Inside

The inside of this folio is filled with interactive features.

I built a magnetic flap/flip page on both the top and the bottom.

The middle panel is a sweet little accordion style folio.

And of course it has pockets and tea and tags!

it looks like Edith won the Christmas House competition because here is Father Christmas to have tea with her!

TIP: Score and fold large images to fit inside the folio.  This is how you make a big piece of patterned paper fit in a small space.

The box pocket on the bottom holds a little wrapped parcel decorated with a vintage carved wooden candy cane.

Edith must have been a very good little squirrel this year, as Father Christmas has brought her lots of lovely treats!  This envelope is a cut apart image from  the paper collection.  I simply folded and tied with ribbon.  But if you have an envelope punch board, you can make your own envelope to tuck inside. I’ve done that as well on other projects.

So that is my Christmas offering for you today.  I hope I 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.  Now I’m back to the kitchen to finish baking my Christmas cookies!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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