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His and Hers Birthday Card Folios with Authentique Party

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios with Authentique Party

Hello, Friends!  It seems that no matter how many birthday cards I make, I still need to make more!  So when Authentique Paper released their fabulous new Party Collection, I was nearly giddy with joy!  Just like a present at a birthday party, I ripped the pack open and went to work creating these fun His and Hers Birthday Card Folios.

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios Party by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 01

Party is a celebration on paper!  Bursting with vibrant color, retro images, playful patterns and sassy sentiments, it’s just pure fun to create with it!  Both these cards measure 5.25″ x 7.25″.  I added an extra score line to each base to create a spine that would allow for goodies to be tucked inside each folio.

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios: A Party Without Cake?  Never!

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios Party by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 02Sometimes, you open a collection and know right away what you want to do with it.  I personally love when that happens.  The minute I saw this lovely cake image, this whole card design popped into my head. Hooray for inspiration!  It makes life so much easier!

How to Create the Party Cake Focal

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Here’s how I created the focal for this party pretty card.

  • First, fussy cut the cake image from Party Eight.  Don’t worry about trimming between the candles.  Add foam tabs or dimensionals to the back side of the fussy cut image.
  • Fussy cut the floral clusters from Party Six.  Back with dimensionals.
  • Next, add foam tabs or other dimensionals to the back side of the cake image.  (I cut up the Priority Mail boxes that my design team allotments are shipped in or other waste chipboard.)
  • Die cut a doily from white cardstock.  This is a Prima doily die, but you can use any doily from your stash.  I don’t recommend using a thin paper doily, however, as it won’t work in this application.
  • Cut the black polka dot paper from Party Six with Spellbinders Small Standard Circles Die (#5). Adhere this to the center of the doily.  Back the center of the doily with more foam tabs/dimensionals.

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  • Now dress this cake up for the party by adding Diamond Stickles to the icing on the top layer and in the center of the cake layers.
  • While the Stickles are still wet, sprinkle the top of the cake with TuTu Pink Prills
  • Arrange the fussy cut flower clusters around the base of the plate, and adhere to the card.

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Party for Her: A peek Inside

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This stamped sentiment is the perfect match up for this card!

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios Party by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 08The large pocket on the bottom holds a sweet treat.  (How did Trader Joe’s know that Authentique was releasing the Party collection?  That’s what I want to know!)

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I also tucked in a little gift card holder with room to write a personal note.

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios: Aged to Perfection

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The fact that this collection can be used to create cards for guys and gals makes me really happy!

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios Party by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 11Meet Dapper Dan the Birthday Man!  LOL  Don’t you just love his natty teal birthday suit?  Since the Party Collection Kit comes with the Details Stickers and Components Die Cuts,  I was able to add some fun accents to both cards.

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The “Best Wishes” sentiment banner and the “Let’s Party” Banner Flag are from the Components Die Cut Elements sheet and the Details Sticker Sheet.    I fussy cut the “Aged to Perfection” image from Party Seven, then tucked it behind the fussy cut image from Party One.

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There’s a party going on inside this birthday card, too.  I die cut a gift card holder and added it to the top half of the card.

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Then I created a cute chocolate wallet for the large pocket on the bottom.  It takes a really secure man to wear a pointy pink party hat!  LOL

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Here’s a peeky at the inside of the chocolate wallet.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on these fun His and Hers Birthday Card Folios in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

G45 Sneak Peek Week: Imagination Steampunk Card with Handmade Flowers

Imagination Steampunk Card with Handmade Flowers: New Collection!

Hello, G45’ers!  It may be the last day of April on the calendar, but it’s the first day of Sneak Peek Week on the Graphic 45 Blog!  Today through May 2nd, G45 will be revealing the Spring Release Collections.  I’ve had a sneaky peek and I know you are going to be super excited, too.  Lucky me!  I received a few pages of the new Imagine collection last week, and went to work making samples for the reveal party.  This Imagination Steampunk Card uses gorgeous papers and Ephemera Cards along with two of the new G45 Dies.  Let’s take a peek, shall we?

Imagination Steampunk Card Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

The color palette and images in this collection are inspiring!  It’s as though A Ladies’ Diary bumped into Steampunk Debutante, and Imagine was the result.  This is a softer, more feminine version of steampunk and I found it super fun to work with.

Imagination Steampunk Card: The Clock Focal

I am loving the vintage clock face paired up with this collection. The Square Tag and Clock Dies are fast becoming a “go to” item in my workbasket.  This time, I cut the doily frame from a pearlized bronze cardstock.  Then I cut the clock face from a soft floral pattern from the collection.

Each layer is raised up with dimensionals to give the clock a strong presence in the design.  The center dial is cut from one of the gear corners on the signature page.

And if you love butterflies, you are going to swoon over the gorgeous ones found in this collection.  I fussy cut quite a few, layered them up and added them all the way around the perimeter of the clock.

I’m finding lots of good ways to use the lovely little flourish from the Square Tag and Clock Dies, too.  These corner accents really help tie everything together as well as anchor the design.

The sentiment panel is made from one of the cut apart panels on the border strip page.  I matted this on kraft cardstock.  Then I backed it with waste chipboard to add height.  Finally, I fussy cut the “Imagination” plaque from a second panel, matted it on dimensionals and matched it up carefully.  I love the dimension and simplicity this adds.

Imagination Steampunk Card: The Handmade Flowers

I finally had a chance to play with the G45 Large Tag, ATC Tag and Flowers Metal Dies.  Oooh la la!  Look at these fun steampunk posies!  I cannot get over how beautifully these dies cut through G45’s heavy papers!  One pass through and you’re done!  I added button centers, some Prills and custom dyed seam binding ribbon.

By the way…did you know you can use G45 Decades Dye Ink Pads to custom color ribbon?  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, smoosh the ink pad on your non stick kraft sheet, glass mat or other non-porous surface.
  • Next, mist the ink with water until droplets begin to form.
  • Now, dip and scrunch white seam binding ribbon into this inky pool until it is all soaked up and well distributed.
  • Set aside to dry naturally, or if you are impatient (like me) gently heat dry.

I used Decades Precious Pink to color this ribbon, and it’s a perfect match for the papers.  You’ve gotta love that!

Imagination Steampunk Card: A Peek Inside

The ephemera cards from this collection are soooooo gorgeous!  These are the back sides, if you can believe it!  I’m in love!

Imagination Steampunk Card Supply List

Graphic 45 Supplies

Other Products: A Penny Saved Prills, Seam Binding Ribbon, Kraft Cardstock, 1.5″ circle punch, Bronze Metallic Cardstock, Copper Brad

I hope I’ve shared some tips, trick and ideas that you can use in your own paper crafting adventures.  I’d love to hear your thoughts and reactions to this gorgeous new G45 collection.  Please share with me in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Heartfelt Creations Sweet Peony All Occasion Card

This hop is now closed.  The randomly chosen winner is Martie Rollin from Marie Gamber’s Blog.  Thanks for hopping!
Heartfelt Creations Sweet Peony All Occasion Card for the April 2018 Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations April 2018 Alumni Blog Hop!  The hop starts here.  You’ll find the complete hop list at the end of this post.  My grandmother had the most beautiful flower garden I have ever seen.  My favorite blooms were always the peonies. I can remember tip toeing through the garden with my mother, gently lifting those fragrant, heavy blossoms to inhale the scent.  So I just had to add the Heartfelt Creations Sweet Peony Collection to my crafty stash!    This Spring Garden All Occasion Greeting card is perfect for Mother’s Day, Birthdays, Weddings, or anniversaries.  I just loved making these bodacious blossoms!

Springtime in the Garden with Heartfelt Creations Sweet Peony

The papers in this collection are especially lovely with beautiful soft pastels and pops of pink, rose and yellow.  Here are the steps I followed to create the card.

  • Begin by cutting a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel from the floral cluster page in the  Sweet Peony paper collection.
  • Next, use a distressing tool to lightly rough up the edges.  You can also use the side of your scissor blade to to this; just be careful not to cut yourself!
  • Once you have distressed the edges, stitch around the perimeter of this panel, using ivory thread.
  • Now lightly sponge the edges with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
  • Use 1.5″ wide pink gingham ribbon to create a belly band.  Wrap this around the panel, securing with Scor-Tape or your favorite adhesive.
  • Next, cut a 4″ x 6″ rectangle from the soft pink background paper. Repeat the above steps, omitting the stitching.
  • To add dimension, back this panel with foam tape, waste chipboard or old cardboard packaging.  Then center and adhere to the first panel.
Heartfelt Creations Sweet Peony All Occasion Card: Creating the Card Focal

 

Heartfelt Creation Dies make quick work of creating this card focal.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, cut the peony image from the paper collection using the Eyelet Oval Die. I used just the 3.25″ x 5″ oval die for this. Ink the edges very lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • Next, from white cardstock, die cut the doily frame using the 4.5″ x 6″  Eyelet Oval Die frame.
  • To add dimension, back the Eyelet Oval Frame Die cut with foam tape, etc.  I sponged a very light layer of Worn Lipstick Distress Ink to the center of the die cut.  Don’t add ink to the scalloped frame portion.
  • Center and adhere to the card.
  • Adhere the die cut card focal.
  • Fussy cut the pink label from the cut apart page. Back with dimensionals.
  • Die cut the sentiment ticket with the Luggage and Tags Die.  Adhere to the pink label and then to the card.
Heartfelt Creations Sweet Peony All Occasion Card: the fun part!  Making the Flowers

There is something so relaxing and rewarding about making flowers!  I tried some new techniques when making these gorgeous Sweet Peony blooms.  Here’s how I did it:

  • Remove the soft pink background page from the Sweet Peony Paper Collection.  Cut it into two 6″ x 12″ panels.
  • Using the Colorbox Berrylicious Ink Pad,  stamp the Small Sweet Peony Cling Stamps all over both panels.  Then heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.
  • Before die cutting with the Small Sweet Peony Die, use sponge daubers to apply Colorbox Guacamole Chalk Ink in the center of each flower layer.
  • Stamp the leaves onto white cardstock, also using Guacamole Ink and heat embossing.

 

  • Once all the different sizes of Sweet Peony flower layers  have been die cut, place them in the appropriate sections of the 3-D Floral Basics Flower Shaping Mold and emboss the flowers following the product directions.
  • Assemble the flower layers, then add stamens.
  • Turn the flowers upside down and spray liberally with Alpine Ice RoseBougainvillea Spray Mists.  Spray some in between the petal layers as well, to cover over the back side of the patterned paper.  Set aside to dry naturally, or gently heat dry.
  • If you would rather not use mist, then sponge the back side of the petals with Berrylicious Ink before assembly.
  • As a final step, apply Antique Linen Distress Ink to the petal edges, and to the edges of the card layers.
  • When everything is dry, arrange the flowers on the card as seen in the photos.
Heartfelt Creations Sweet Peony All Occasion Card: A Peek Inside

Line the card interior with more designer papers.  Create a pocket and a gift card pocket, if desired.

This is an old, retired gift card die that I have in my stash.  You could create a substitute for this by cutting down a small envelope and covering with designer paper.

To create this elegant Tea Bag Wallet insert, I die cut the Sweet Lilac Scroll and Cage from White Cardstock.  Then I backed it with one of the images from the cut apart page and fussy cut around the top edges.

This makes such a fun card, gift and home decor combo!    Giving a unique gift like this is such a lovely way to shower the people you love with love!

On With the Hop!

The April Alumni Team Hop starts at 8AM EDT on Friday, April 27th and closes on Monday, April 30th at 11:59PM EDT.

One lucky comment will be randomly chosen from a mystery blog from those participating in the hop, so be sure to visit and comment at each stop along the way.  The randomly chosen winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to shop at Heartfelt Creations.  To claim this prize, the winner will e-mail socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us with “Winner of the April Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

The winner will be announced here, on the Heartfelt Creations BLOG and Facebook page on
Wednesday, May 2nd.  Good luck and have fun hopping!
Kathy (You are HERE) ♥   Amarilys   ♥  Vicki     ♥  Martine ♥ Marie  ♥ Pam    ♥ Alissa   ♥ Deneen Archana 
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 hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

Mixed Media Honeybee All Occasion Shaker Card

Frilly and Funkie Challenge: Mixed Media Honeybee All Occasion Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  This Mixed Media Honeybee All Occasion Shaker Card is loaded with texture, dimension and some really fun features.  I’ll share it with you in just a second, but first, let’s find out Sara, our hostess for the challenge, has to say about the theme:

Neutral Point of View
We’re seeing a lot of pastel and brighter colors this time of year. For this challenge we’re inviting you to step away from all that color and play with your neutral art supplies. You can add a few pops or hints of color, but be sure we see mainly neutrals on your vintage or shabby chic design. (Think black, white, gray, brown, beige, cream, ivory; even gold and silver.)
Mixed Media Honeybee All Occasion Shaker Card: Naturally Neutral

Mixed Media Honeybee All Occasion Shaker Card Alchemy by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo 01

Ooooh!  Look at all this delicious texture!  To help me embrace the challenge to use neutral tones, I turned to a lovely pad of paper created by a company I discovered (and fell in love with) while at CHA in January.  My friends, meet “Alchemy” by Stamperia, a company based in Italy.  These lovely papers have a definite “Old World” feel, and I sure do love to play with them

Honeybee Mixed Media All Occasion Shaker Card: Bringing the Mixed Media to the Mix

Mixed Media Honeybee All Occasion Shaker Card Alchemy by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo 02

Instead of matting all my paper layers, as I usually do, this time I distressed all the edges, then dry brushed them with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  While I was dry brushing, I went ahead and dabbed paint onto the flowers and other paper layers, too.  I love the way this aged the papers and gave the whole piece a very worn, antique feel.

Mixed Media Honeybee All Occasion Shaker Card Alchemy by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo 03Machine stitching, canvas ribbon and burlap string add wonderful texture.  And for just a tiny pop of color, I turned the honeybee card focal into a shaker element.  Those gold sequins add wonderful shimmer and shine to the neutral color palette.  I also scattered Czech seed beads around the card.  To me, they look like pollen.

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These Little Birdie Flowers take on a whole new look once they are brushed with paint.  I added a little bee charm to the petals, along with burlap string and a random leaf I found on my desk.

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The Tim Holtz Weathered Clock Die frames the focal.  I treated it randomly with Seth Apter’s Ancient Amber Baked Texture Embossing Powder to add hints of gold to the finish.  The weathered clock is topped with some steampunk charms and a little resin crown, just above the flower cluster.

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Mixed Media Honeybee All Occasion Shaker Card: Sweet as Honey inside!

Mixed Media Honeybee All Occasion Shaker Card Alchemy by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo 07

I simply cannot get over the Old World charm and beauty of this paper collection.  Decorating the inside of this card was every bit as much fun as creating the outside.  I created a spot on the top half of the card where a personal greeting can be written in.  By leaving this blank, I can customize the greeting for any occasion I need.

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To fill the pocket on the bottom half of the card, I matted one of the pre-made bookmarks from the Alchemy Collection on cream and kraft cardstock.  Then I created a little tea bag wallet from scraps on my table.  And you cannot present a tea bag wallet without a honey stick.  It just wouldn’t be kosher.

This card came together so quickly…in just a couple of hours.  I had such fun cutting into these gorgeous papers and watching the design take shape.  It’s always an adventure, my friends!

A Neutral Point of View: Now it’s YOUR Turn!

You’re invited to participate in this “Neutral Point of View” Challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that relies primarily on using neutral art supplies.  .  Then link your project on the Frilly and Funkie blog before 11:59PM DST on Tuesday, May 8th.  You can find all the information on that  HERE.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose four favorite projects from your entries. Our favorite artist  will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer  at Frilly and Funkie. The next three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who links up and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Did I share some tips and tricks today 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

Product Links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique



Authentique Frontier My Country Home Vintage Style Folio

Authentique Frontier My Country Home Vintage Style Folio

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m happy to share a brand new Authentique Paper collection with you along with a new style of folio.  So buckle up little crafters, because we are in for a very fun ride with the Frontier collection.  Yee haw!  This super dimensional My Country Home Vintage Style Folio was a blast to make, and I can’t wait to share it with you…so let’s get this show on the road!

Authentique Frontier My Country Home Vintage Style Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

The vintage images and patterns in the Frontier collection are totally scrumptious, wouldn’t you agree?  The top fold folio is slightly smaller than what I usually make, measuring just 5″ x 5.75″ with a 1/2″ spine.

Adding a Vintage Vibe to Frontier My Country Home Vintage Style Folio

A few mixed media touches along with loads of dimension and texture amp up the vintage vibe.  Here’ are some tips and tricks that you can use to achieve this same effect:

  • First, lightly distress all the paper layers.  Use the blade of your scissors or a distressing tool to do this.
  • Next, ink all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  No need to go overboard here, you just want to eliminate the white edges that the distressing leaves behind.
  • Add dimensionals between the layers to provide lift and to set the individual layers apart.

  • Think texture: I’ve used burlap ribbon, textured paper flowers, burlap string,  a metal fairy garden frame, rusty metal tools, chipboard buttons, a true vintage button and a crocheted doily to this vignette.
  • Finally, dry brush flowers and paper elements with a light touch of Picket Fence Distress Paint.
How Does Your Garden Grow?

These Little Birdie Crafts flowers and foliage really make the card special.  And look at these miniature rusted farm tools?  Are they cute or what?

I distressed the flowers with Picket Fence and Weathered Wood Distress Paint, then tapped just a hint of Icicle Stickles here and there to add a hint of sparkle.

Frontier My Country Home Vintage Style Folio: A Peek Inside

I didn’t let the small size of this folio interfere with the addition of loads of interactive elements.

There’s a flap page, of course!

But I gave this one a magnetic closure.  And how about this aged barn board paper?  It makes me swoon!  You can add a 3.5″ x 4.5″ photo here.

But wait, there’s more!  LOL  Open the first flap to find a pocket filled with 4″ x 5.5″ photo mounts.  You can add journaling or another photo on the right hand flap.

Accordion Style Pull out Page Element

 

The bottom half of the card features a 4.5″ x 5.75″ accordion style pull out page.

This is held shut with more of the burlap ribbon.

There are more flap pages, journal spots, pockets and tags waiting within.

These photo mounts are tucked behind this sweet vintage image.

Flaps and more flaps!  With lots of room for photos and journaling.

I even managed to fit in a little waterfall cascade.

Lift the flap on the left to find this cheery banner page.

Use the border strips to make pockets for journal cards from the cut apart page.

Can you see why I love this collection so much?  I think this would such a great gift for Mom.  And it doubles as home decor.  You can’t beat that!

I hear you…I hear you…”please let there be a tutorial!”  While I have not done a tutorial for this exact folio, I will be sharing a tutorial on Monday, April 23rd that uses this same folio base.  It is also made with the Frontier collection.  I just need to get the video and photos all edited before I share it with y’all.   But I wanted to give you a sneaky peek because I just love this collection.

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

Supply List for Frontier My Country Home Vintage Style Folio

From Authentique Paper:

From Little Birdie Crafts

Ribbon and Trims

Tools, and Dies/ Mixed Media Supplies

 

 

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