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Watermelon Summer Fun Folio

Watermelon Summer Fun Folio with Really Reasonable Ribbon & Laserowe Love

Hello, Friends!  Well, summer is in full heat here in North Carolina.  And nothing is more refreshing on these sultry days than a big bowl of icy cold, sweet watermelon.  Lucky for me, I had Laserowe Love Watermelon Summer and Watermelon Friends paper collections in my stash.  I paired them up with Apple Green Organza/Satin Center and Acid Green Random Dots Grosgrain Ribbons from the RRR July Ribbon Club Assortment to make this darling Watermelon Summer Fun Folio.

The folio base is made with one sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper.  You can find a video tutorial for it HERE.   The front is a shaker frame layered up with pretty chipboard cuts from Laserowe Love. I don’t know about you, but I would love to have an icy cold umbrella drinkie inside a mini watermelon cup right about now.   Little Birdie Flowers, Ivory Burlap String, and a button from my stash are all invited to this  pool party.  Let’s take a peek inside, shall we?

Watermelon Summer Fun Folio: Party on the Inside

The fun gets started right away with a little ribbon topped tag tucked behind a chipboard umbrella drink.

The pocket page on the right holds some cute little Polaroid style photo mounts.  I’ve used more of the Acid Green Dots ribbon as a border on the pocket.

Here’s a look when everything is fully opened.  Isn’t it fun?  From left to right we have a waterfall cascade, a pocket with inserts, a dimensional tag/treat pocket, and a magnetic flap page.

Watermelon Summer Fun Folio: The Waterfall Element

 

 

Create tuck spots on the waterfall pages by adhering just the bottom edge of a tag.

 

Decorate a pocket with a little fussy cut banner.  Create the pocket page on the album base beneath the waterfall for an extra fun surprise.  The pocket holds 4″ x 4″ photo mounts.

Watermelon Summer Fun Folio: The Magnetic Flap Page

Use the tropical chipboard elements to create a little vignette on the front of the flap page.

TIP:  Create a cute turn tab when cutting the center pocket opening.  Place a Spellbinder’s Oval die about half way in the center of your pocket panel.  When you die cut, save the little half oval that the die cuts out.  Adhere the straight edge behind the designer paper panel.  Instant turn tab!  It’s a two-fer!

 

You’ll find room inside for a small photo and a tag filled pocket.  Cut fish tail ends on the Acid Green Ribbon to make a festive pocket border.

You can journal on the tags and add small photos on the back.

Watermelon Summer Fun Folio: The Dimensional Treat Pocket

Use cardstock scraps and a corner punch to create little pocket tags to tuck inside the dimensional pocket.  Decorate the pocket flap with smaller tags topped with ribbon and buttons.  And these green and pink chocolates are a perfect color match for the paper collection.   How fun is that?

You could also tuck a gift card, small photo or memento inside the pocket of each tag.  And there is ample room on the back for a photo.

This little folio comes together very quickly and makes a great summer birthday or hostess gift.  You can’t help but smile when working with the happy patterns and cute images in these two collections.

I hope you’ve been refreshed and inspired by this Watermelon Summer Fun Folio project.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Patchwork Tea Folio

     
Stamperia Patchwork Tea Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon July Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon July Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  This month we’re featuring the Sizzling Summer Ribbon Club Assortment.  These bold hues are perfect playmates for this Stamperia Patchwork Tea Folio.

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Maize Checkerboard Satin serves as the bow and as the ribbon closure for this 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ tri fold folio.  Then I layered it with 3/8″ Citrus Dots Grosgrain and Gold Metallic String as a border on the folio cover.

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Stamperia Patchwork Tea Folio

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Don’t let the petite size of this folio fool you!  I’ve packed loads of fun inside.  Here’s a cute tuck spot with a journal tag.  There’s room to add a photo behind the image, as well as a place to write a message on the back side. You can also tuck a photo behind the circular image on the right.

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This sweet little tea tag is topped with more of the citrus dots grosgrain ribbon.  And there’s room for a small photo on the back.

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Here’s a look at the folio when fully opened.

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The center panel is a little ribbon-tied flap pocket.

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If there’s tea, one must have a special little spoon and some honey to go with it!

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The right hand side is a really fun pull out folio.  You’ll see it demonstrated in the 5 minute project share video below.

On with the hop!

Now hop on over to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  Answer Bonnie’s question of the month so you will be entered into the drawing for your very own Sizzlin’ Summer Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t signed up for the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to join!  You can learn all about it HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks 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 hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Confection Sweet Treats Tutorial

 

Authentique Confection Sweet Treats Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Have you seen the darling new Authentique Confection Collection?  Oh  my goodness!  Is it ever cute!  Today I’m sharing a TRIO of Authentique Confection Creations with you as well as a shaker box tutorial.  Lots of photos and info ahead, so grab a snack and a cuppa and let’s get started!

Authentique Confection Double Waterfall Mini Album with Shaker Box Cover

How sweet is this little 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ double waterfall mini album?  I’ve used an Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasures Die (Brillante Rondelle) for the shaker box, then surround it with hot pink buttons that look like candies, Little Birdie Vivid Palette Posies, novelty buttons and pink gingham ribbon.  This would be such a cute way to document a birthday party, wouldn’t it?

The spine is wrapped with satin ribbon.  I’ve hot glued a couple more buttons to the tails, just for fun.

Double Waterfall Mini Album with Shaker Box Cover:  A Peek Inside

Inside, you will find mirror image waterfalls, each measuring 4 1/2″ square.  Confetti style grosgrain ribbon serves as a closure.

TIP: Use scraps of Spectrum Tickled Pink Cardstock  to create little 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4 folios. Top these with images from the collection.

Line the inside with 3″ x 4″ panels of designer paper.

The waterfall will hold sixteen 4″ x 4″ photos.

TIP: Score a 1/2″ flap on the side of a cut apart image.  Adhere behind the designer paper liner to add a fun interactive element to your album.

Double Waterfall Mini Album with Shaker Box Cover: How to Make the Waterfalls

There is no binding system for this album, which makes it very quick and easy to assemble.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut (10) 4 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ panels of Authentique Spectrum Tickled Pink Cardstock.
  • Next, score a 1/2″ flap on the left hand side of each panel.
  • Fold and burnish along the scored line.
  • Now, center and adhere the first flap on the far left hand side of the album base.
  • Then, flip the page open.  Line the folded edge of the next panel up with the bottom edge of the first.  Repeat this until you have added 5 panels to each side.  Keep  everything straight and centered!

The 5th flap (the one on the bottom) will be a little too long.  No worries!  Simple fold the edge back 1 1/2″ .  Now you have a fun double pocket feature on each side of the album!  Line the base page with designer paper.  Then adhere just the sides of that 1 1/2″ flap to the album base to form a pocket on the top.  Then adhere just the top and bottom edge of the waterfall panel to the album base to form a little tag pocket.

Tuck 3″ x 4″ photo mounts and decorated tags into this double pocket feature.

Authentique Confection Project #2:  Gift Card Wallet

The next project is an adorable gift card wallet.  This measures 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ with a 1/2″ spine.  You can make this with one sheet of Hot Fudge Cardstock:

  • First, place the long side of one sheet of Hot Fudge Cardstock against the rail of your scoring tool.
  • Make the first score line at 4 1/2″.
  • Score again at 5″.  This forms the 1/2″ spine.
  • Now score a final time at 9 1/2″.
  • The 1 1/2″ flap becomes the pocket.

Mat the donut image on a scrap of Tickled Pink Cardstock.  Adhere just 3 sides to form a little tag pocket.

Create a couple of cute folios to tuck into the larger pocket.

Use scraps of designer paper to create an inner pocket to hold gift cards, or small sweet treats.

Authentique Confection Project #3: Loaded Envelope with Shaker Frame

Loaded envelopes are so much fun to create!  Adding a shaker frame really makes it feel like a party is about to happen.  For this project, I combined both Authentique Party and Authentique Confection with the Eileen Hull Mailable Frame Die.  Since I share this in the tutorial video below, I won’t go into a lot of detail here.  But i will share the photos.

I had loads of fun creating little goodies to tuck inside this envelope!

This G45 Large Ivory Tag is covered on both sides.  The magnetic folio on the reverse side is a great place to write a little note.

These mixed media tags are made with G45 Square Ivory Laser Cut Tags (retired) and Distress Oxide Inks in  Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Mustard Seed, Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio.  Each tag is covered on the back side as well.

Here’s the Eileen Hull Mailable Frame Die again…this time serving as an envelope with a window opening.

And it wouldn’t be a Kathy by Design creation without a little tea, honey stick and vintage silver plate spoon, would it?  I’ve also covered individually wrapped Biscoff Cookies with designer paper.

Authentique Confection Sweet Treat Project Share and Video Tutorial

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album Tutorial

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album for Frilly & Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album to share with you.  It’s the start of a brand new challenge over on the Frilly & Funkie Blog, and our lovely hostess Sara Emily has chosen a wonderful theme for us.  Can you guess what it is?  OK, I’ll help you out!  Here’s what Sara Emily has to say about this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: Home, Sweet Home
Whether your house is grand or modest, neat or messy, there’s no place like home. Houses get bought and sold, but home stays with you forever. For this challenge, I would like to see how you interpret what home means to you on your vintage or shabby chic project.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album: Home is Where the Tea Kettle Is

You just never know when or how or where inspiration will strike.  For this challenge, I was breaking down a box of Trader Joe’s Irish Breakfast Tea.  It comes in a nice big box with LOTS of tea bags for this tea drinking girl.  As I was about to toss it in the recycle bin, I realized it already had a really nice area that would be a great spine on a mini album.  And that’s how it ended up as the album base for this project.

The finished album measures 5″ x 4 7/8″  with a 2 1/2″ spine. I paired up Stamperia Patchwork papers with the Tim Holtz Elegance 3-D Embossing Folder and a supporting cast of mixed media goodies for this production number.  Let’s take a look at that process.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  Step One/Preparing the Base

Sadly, I forgot to take a photo of the original tea box.  Thank heavens I found a photo on the internet.

  • Begin by carefully opening the box.  Cut off the left and right hand side end panels.  Then fold the box flat, and cut off one side along the scored lines.
  • Flatten the box and trim to measure 5″ x 4 7/8″.  Be careful not to cut off the one box side, as that will become the spine on your mini album
  • Now, lightly sand the entire surface of the box, front and back.  This will help it to accept accept a coat of paint later.
  • Use a damp sponge, baby wipe or paper towel to wipe any dust from the box surface.
  • Next, place the box in the Tim Holtz Elegance 3-D Embossing Folder.  You won’t be able to fit the whole thing in there, and will have to run it through your machine following the sandwich recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Keep shifting the position of the box until the entire surface has been embossed.
Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  Step 2/Mixed Media Mayhem

Now that the box is embossed, it’s time to pull on your Mixed Media Boots and get messy!+

 

  • First, paint the album base, front and back, with grey chalk paint.  If you don’t have grey chalk paint, just use Pumice Stone Distress Paint.  A light layer is fine.  Heat dry.
  • Next, dry brush the embossed areas of the base with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  This layer will act somewhat as a resist to the Distress Oxide Ink layer that comes next.
  • When the paint is dry, apply Picked Raspberry and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Inks with a blending tool.  You don’t have to cover the entire surface as we will be coming back in with more colors.
  • Once you’ve laid down the amount of color that looks good to you, spritz with water and let the ink move around a bit.  Then heat dry.
  • Repeat this with Twisted Citron and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Inks.
  • Follow this process for both sides of the album cover.
Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  Rosy Gold Accents

The top photos shows what my album cover looked like after I had finished applying the inks, spritzing and heating. While beautiful, it was brighter than the finish I wanted for my album.  I also wanted to add some metallic accents.  So I tapped on some Rose Gold Mixatives using a felt pad and blending tool.  That’s the bottom photo.  Pretty, but still brighter than the finish I was going for.

To remedy this, dry brush the entire cover a medium coat of Ivory Chalk Paint.  Let it sit for about a minute, then spritz with water and lightly wipe the surface with a paper towel.  I repeated this process until I reached the level I was happy with.  Then I coated the entire cover, inside and out with Clear Gesso to seal everything.  I’m very happy with the final result!

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  Cover and Spine Details

Now tear some images from the Stamperia Patchwork pad and layer them up on the cover.  Not too many, though!  You want that glorious mixed media background to be seen.

TIP: Lay the edge of a ruler along the area of paper that you wish to tear.  Then pull up along the ruler edge.  This leaves a nice distressed edge, but gives you better control over where the paper will tear.  I use a metal ruler, and place it upside down on my paper for better control.

Layer on some flowers and metal embellishments to add texture and dimension.

This brass door plate and door knocker are both Graphic 45.  I had them in my stash from my time on the team.  They have been aged with Cracked PIstachio Distress Paint and Seth Apter Mediterranean Baked Velvet Embossing Powders.  More about that in the video below.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  The Closure

The closure for the album is made with the left over side from the tea box.  Alter it just as you did the cover.  Measure it, and score flaps on the ends.  Adhere one flap inside the cover.  Punch two holes in the other flap, and add grommets.  Line this up with the cover, and repeat the process.  You will loop jute cord through these holes and tie a bow to close the album.  Simple, but effective.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  Staggered Pages and Simple Binding How To

Create staggered pages and a simple stacked binding for your album by following these steps:

  • First, cut (3) 11″ x 4 3/4″ panels of 85 pound kraft cardstock.
  • Page 1
    • Score on the long side at 3 3/4″ , 6 1/8″, 9 7/8″
    • Fold the small flap on the right hand side to the back side of the panel
  • Page 2
    • Score at 4 1/4″ 6″, 10 1/8″
    • Fold the flap to the CENTER of the panel
  • Page 3
    • Score at 1 1/2″ , 5 5/8″ and 6 3/8″
    • Fold the Flap to the back side of the panel
  • Now you have 3 pages with center spines of varying widths.
    • The first page has the widest spine at 2 1/4″
    • The second page has a 1 5/8″ spine.
    • The third page has a 3/4″ spine.
    • Stack the spines together so that they are evenly spaced on both right and left hand sides.  Adhere.

This is the simplest way to create a book binding that I know of.  Now you can decorate your pages however you desire.  This is always the fun part

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  A Peek Inside

NOTE: if you are short on time, just scroll on down and watch the video walk through.  But if you want tips and details on how I put these pages together, read on.  

The inside cover is a simple book plate.  Again, I did not wish to cover up the mixed media background.

The first page is an accordion pull out page.  Cut your paper 12″ x 4 5/8″.  Score every 3 5/8″.  Adhere the small flap under the base page.  Add the altered butterfly as a pull out tab.

Computer journal quotes and lines of poetry about home, then tear out and add to the album as you like.

The next set of pages is a collage page and a fun fold down flap.  To make this, cut out the tall house from the paper collection. Score and fold.

The next set of pages is a pocket with tag insert and a flap page.  Create a tuck spot on the flap page by adhering just the bottom edge of the Tim Holtz Paper Dolls to the page.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album: The Pop Up Page

This pop up page is my favorite.  Fussy cut along the tree/house line of a 12″ wide page.  Adhere about 1″ of the page on the right hand side of the album base.  Now, fold your paper so that the back side ends up on top.  Place adhesive here.  Close the book.  Instant pop up!

TIP: Practice this before you add the final adhesive.  You can hold things in place with a paper clip.  Adjust where necessary.  Once you have it as you like it, add glue.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album: More Pages

This flap and flip up page is easy to make.  The flap on the left is the one you scored onto the base.  Create a turn tab with a circular element cut from the paper pad.  For the flip up page, tear your paper with 1/2″ extra on the top.  Score this and adhere behind the base page.  Then tear paper from the collection to make the little house icon.

The final page is another flap page.  This time, adhere the image to the scored flap on the base page.  Then cut or tear paper that is the width of the page plus the back side of the flap.  Score, fold and adhere as you did with the pop up.  Fussy cut elements from the paper collection to decorate the page, and the inside back cover.

Phew!  If you hung with me through all of that, you deserve a cookie!

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album Video Tour with Tips

Now it’s YOUR Turn

What does home sweet home mean to you?  You are cordially invited to create your own vintage or shabby chic home themed project.   Then link  up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, July 2nd.

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!

A Fond Farewell

I need to let you all know that this will be my last Frilly and Funkie Challenge.  Being on this team for the past 3 1/2 years has been pure joy.  I love my beautiful and talented teammates, adore Linda, the owner of The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and have grown in my art during my time here.  But my work schedule has become a bit unwieldy as opportunities with The Button Farm Club have opened up for me. ( While I don’t sleep a lot, I do need to get at least a few hours a night.)  So the difficult decision to step down from this amazing team had to be made.  My deepest love and gratitude to Linda, Jenny, Cec, Maggi, Suzz and Sara Emily for inspiring me with your beautiful artwork.  You are the BEST!

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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From The Funkie Junkie Boutique

From my stash

  • Flowers (retired Petaloo, Little Birdie )
  • Jute cord
  • Resin Butterflies
  • G45 Metal Staples

 

 

Amazing Paper Grace Summer Berries Box Card

Amazing Paper Grace Guest Designer Spot: Stamperia Provence Summer Berries Box Card

Hello, Friends!  Aaaaah, summer!  Today’s Guest Designer Post for Amazing Paper Grace is a Summer Berries Box Card.  Made with Spellbinder’s  APG Vintage Treasures Cannetille Rectangle Dies and Stamperia Provence  and Lilac Flowers papers, it as sweet and refreshing as a bowl of summer berrries with whipped cream on top.

Stamperia Provence Summer Berries Box Card: How I Made It

Summer Berries Box Card Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Cannetille Rectangle Dies Stamperia Provence Lilac Flowers by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This box style card looks complicated, but the cover comes together in a snap, thanks to these wonderful dies!  Here’s how I made it:

  • First, cut a 12″ x 6″ panel of cream cardstock.
  • Next, score on the long side at 2 3/4″ , 5 1/2″ and 6.
  • Fold to form a little booklet with a 1/2″ spine on the left.
  • Then fold the front cover back at the 2 3/4″ score line.
  • Line all the panels with Stamperia Provence Paper.
  • Die cut the Cannetille Rectangle from Whip Cream Cardstock.
  • Now use just the outer frame of the die to cut out a panel of the Provence paper and adhere behind the die cut layers.  Leave the center open.

The floral cluster is made with a mix of purple flowers and berries that I had in my stash.  Tie it all together with some Elderberry Seam Binding Ribbon and a pretty little button.

Stamperia Provence Summer Berries Box Card: A Peek Inside

Summer Berries Box Card Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Cannetille Rectangle Dies Stamperia Provence Lilac Flowers by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Ooh la la!  Look at all the lovely papers tucked inside this pretty card!  I’ve created a box pocket to hold some lovely treats.  You can find a tutorial for that HERE.

Summer Berries Box Card Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Cannetille Rectangle Dies Stamperia Provence Lilac Flowers by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Dress up the little gift packages inside the pocket with the center medallion from the Cannetille Rectangle Dies, a button and a half pearl.   You can write a note on the back of the journal card, too.  I’ve wrapped up a little package of British Tea Cream Cookies and a honey stick with papers from the collection.  Then I tucked in a color matched tea bag and one of my precious vintage Italian Demitasse spoons to complete the gift package. This is such a pretty way to present a gift.

I’m having such fun playing with these Vintage Treasures Dies!  They fit my style to a “T”.  Did I share some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures today?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

To see my other Amazing Paper Grace Guest Designer Posts, Click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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