Category Archives: Uncategorized

Carta Bella Spring Market Hello Sunshine Card Folio

Carta Bella Spring Market Hello Sunshine Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  Here’s an encouraging word for you: Spring is just around the corner!  To help you visualize warm sunny days, I’ve created a cheery little Carta Bella Spring Market Hello Sunshine Card folio for you today. I gave myself the gift of a week of free creating last week.  No design team assignments, no deadlines.  Just paper play, and I had so much fun.  This Hello Sunshine Card Folio was made during one of my play times.

Carta Bella Spring Market Hello Spring Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design PHoto 01

Oooh, I can feel the snow melting when I look at this delightful spring images and patterns on this 5″ x 7″ top fold card.

Carta Bella Spring Market Kathy by Design

TIP: Use dies to cut patterned paper in geometric shapes to add quick and easy layers to your card design.  I’ve used a Spellbinders Label and Circle die, then popped each layer up on waste chipboard to add extra dimension to the card design.

Card Folio Spring Market Carta Bella Kathy by Design Kathy Clement

Coral Rose Delicate Stitched Satin ribbon looks so very pretty with these Little Birdie flowers!

Card Folio Carta Bella Spring Market Kathy by Design

 TIP: Place foam dimensionals in the top corners of your belly band, then leave the top edge  open so you can tuck in some of the cute cut apart tags from the Carta Bella Spring Market Collection.  Top the tags with Ivory Burlap string and some sweet pearl gems.

Carta Bella Hello Sunshine Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Spring Market Card Folio Kathy by Design

TIP: Create a sweet little tuck spot by adhering just the right side and the bottom edge of this shaped ephemera card to the top half of the interior.  Add a Spring Market Banner Flag to the pocket for extra fun.

Carta Bella Card Folio Spring Market by Kathy Clement

TIP:  Use your scraps to create this darling 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ wallet.  The scrap should be 4 1/4″ high and at least 8″ long. Score on the long side at 3 1/4″  and 6 1/2″.  Line with designer papers.  Add one of the cut apart images from the collection kit along with a little sticker to the front for quick and easy design.

Carta Bella Spring Market Card Folio Chocolate Wallet Kathy Clement

This creates a great spot to tuck in a gift card, a tea bag…or a chocolate treat!

Hello Sunshine Card Folio: Tag and Pocket Combo

Carta Bella Spring Market Card Folio Heartfelt Creations Album Tags and Accents Die Kathy Clement

The large pocket holds this pretty tag that I die cut with my Heartfelt Creations tag Die.  Add some “joy” with a Spring Market sticker.  I’ve matted my card layers on Jelly Bean Green Heavy Weight Cardstock from My Favorite Things.

TIP: Mix 12×12 patterned papers with Carta Bella Spring Farmhouse 6×6 patterned papers so that the scale of the design matches the scale of the tag.

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

 

Stamperia Winter Blues Folio

Stamperia Winter Blues Folio for The Frilly & Funkie Challenge Blog

Hello, Friends!  Today marks the start of a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  The challenge theme is “Winter Blues” and I am the hostess this go round.  This Stamperia Winter Blues Folio is filled with interactive elements…and a really fun surprise.  We’ll take a look at it in just a second, but first, let me lay out the challenge guidelines for you so you can play along.

Challenge Theme: Winter Blues
January is the longest winter month and lots of us get the “winter blues”.  Let’s take the winter blues in a positive direction and create a mostly monochromatic vintage or shabby chic project done up in shades of blue.  You may use a bit of white, beige or grey for contrast, but I would like the blues to be front and center in this project.
Stamperia Winter Blues Folio: Covering the Bases

Stamperia Winter Blues Folio Eileen Hull Passport Journal by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

Stamperia Blues answered the call for this challenge.  Filled with all shades of blue from grey blue to deep blue, it reminds me of winter twilight in my native Vermont.  I adore songbirds, and this dapper little fellow in his parchment blue feathers warms my heart.   So he won the place of honor on the cover of this 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ trifold folio.

Stamperia Winter Blues Folio Eileen Hull Passport Journal by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

One of the things I love about Stamperia papers is that the mixed media effects are built into the paper design.  I did, however, stencil on some winter leaves and berries with Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste.  These are placed in such a way to make it appear that our bird is resting on a wintry branch.  And you can see a little nest there, too, filled with 3 sweet eggs.  These are made from clay, colored with alcohol inks.  A clutch of feathers, a wintry blue flower and mustard seeds add color, texture and design.

Stamperia Winter Blues Folio Eileen Hull Passport Journal by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

Machine stitching is another way to add texture and interest to a simple cover like this one.  I also strung some beads and added them to the mix.  Contrast soft textures like the ribbon, thread and lichen in the nest with hard textures like the vintage button, beads, eggs and mustard seeds to create visual interest in your compositions.

Stamperia Winter Blues Folio: A little Bit Boho

Stamperia Winter Blues Folio Eileen Hull Passport Journal by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

I dressed up the spine of the folio with  bohemian inspired baubles.  Clear beads, a painted feather charm, heart and arrow charm and a wee apothecary bottle filled with blue glitter look right at home on the spine.

Stamperia Winter Blues Folio: A Peek Inside

Stamperia Winter Blues Folio Eileen Hull Passport Journal by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

Designing this folio was so much fun.  Tim Holtz Paper Dolls, Botanical Layers, Clipping Stickers and Small Talk Stickers feel right at home with Stamperia Blues.  The collection is loaded with lovely little tags.  I’ve tucked them into pocket and used them as tuck spots throughout the folio.

Stamperia Winter Blues Folio Eileen Hull Passport Journal by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

There were far too many details in the folio to share in this post, so I created a video tour where you can see all the flips, flaps, folds and fun.  You’ll find that at the end of this post.

Stamperia Winter Blues Folio: Eileen Hull Passport Journal Insert

Stamperia Winter Blues Folio Eileen Hull Passport Journal by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

The heart of this project is the box style center pocket, where this lovely little Eileen Hull Passport Journal fits neat as a glove.   It is bound with seam binding ribbon to keep everything looking soft and shabby chic.

Stamperia Winter Blues Folio Eileen Hull Passport Journal by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

Only the covers of the signatures are decorated.  The rest of the blue parchment pages are blank for journal entries or photos.

Stamperia Winter Blues Folio Eileen Hull Passport Journal by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 10

Any time I can add vintage buttons to a project, I’m a happy girl.

Stamperia Winter Blues Folio Eileen Hull Passport Journal by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 11

Stamperia Winter Blues Folio Tour on YouTube

I created a 10 minute video tour of this Winter Blues project with tips and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  I hope you enjoy!

Winter Blues: Now it’s YOUR turn!

I hope you will join in on this fun challenge.  To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project where blue takes center stage.  Then link it up over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, February 12th.

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!

I hope I’ve helped to chase away your winter blues.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Stamperia Winter Blues Folio Supply List

 

Graphic 45 Love Notes Sneak Peeks

Graphic 45 Love Notes Sneak Peeks

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing my Graphic 45 Love Notes Sneak Peeks with you.   I was lucky enough to be asked to create some samples using theses gorgeous papers.  These projects will be on display in the G45 booth at Creativation this year.  To see the mini album I created with By the Sea, look HERE.

Love Notes Sneak Peeks:  Music Themed Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Let me tell you, friends…this collection is stunning!  I literally gasped when I pulled it out of the box.  The colors are deep and rich, the patterns are elegant and the theme is love and music.  It’s a collection written in the key of G for “gorgeous.”

An Ornate Antique Brass Door Knocker is is the perfect accent for this regal collection.  I’ve also added Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads in each corner of the album cover for that extra touch of class.  And of course, I had to add Little Birdie Rosalind Roses in Sangria and Buttermilk to the mix.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Because of a glitch at the printer’s I only received the signature page (Love Notes) and the cut apart page (Lovely Lyrics) along with the 12″ x 12″ Patterns and Solids.  But this was all I needed to compose  this 6 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ x 1″ ode to love and music.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Black Silky Crush Ribbon serves as the closure for the album.  Additional metal accents (G45 Shabby Chic Door Plate and Knob/Ornate Antique Brass Keys) are painted with black gesso, then brushed with gold paint to match the door knocker.

Love Notes Sneak Peeks:  Time Saving Tips

Creating for a trade show is lots of fun…and a fair bit of pressure as you are usually working on very short deadlines.  I received my package of G45 goodies at 3:30 PM on Monday and had to ship them out by 3:30 PM on Thursday to get them to the show on time.   When this is the case, you have to find ways to save time while still creating a showroom floor-worthy project.  I thought I’d share some of those time-saving tips with you.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Since I love interactive elements, I added lots of pockets with various inserts to this album.  To get things started on  the right note, I created a half page with a side pocket and tag inserts.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

TIP: When you are creating on a short timeline, turn to your G45 tags and Tag Dies.  It took just moments to create these  lovely square tags.  First, cover the tags with paper from the Love Notes Signature page.  Then create a quick pocket with a cut apart image from “Lovely Lyrics.”  Adhere just the sides and the bottom, then tuck in more images from the cut part page.  Or, adhere just the edges of some fussy cut roses to create a tuck spot.  Then top the tags with a bit of ribbon and more ornate keys.  Simple, elegant and quick wins the day!

Love Notes Sneak Peeks: Policy Envelopes to the Rescue

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

TIP: G45 Policy Envelopes make great flip features!  On the reverse side of the tag/pocket flap, I’ve used Red ATC Policy envelopes as a flip feature.  Here’s how:

  • First, carefully remove the string ties from the envelopes.
  • Next, trace the envelope flap onto designer paper.  Cut out and adhere to the inside of the envelope flap.
  • Now, cover the envelopes with designer paper.
  • Adhere the outside edge of the envelope flap to the album base.
  • Finish by adhering a key at the base of each envelope to weigh it down.
  • Small photos can be added to the front of each envelope if desired, and mementos can be securely tucked inside.  You also have a space behind each envelope to add a photo.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

Decorate Large Black Policy Envelopes with your designer paper for quick and easy pocket inserts. Then, cut your pocket opening a little off center for an interesting look.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

Love Notes Sneak Peeks:  Pull-Out Feature

Graphic 45 Love Notes Trifold Tag and Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

The large center pocket on this album was begging for more tags.  This time, I covered 3 Regular Black tags with paper from the 12″ x 12″ Patterns and Solids.  Then, to change things up a little, I created little folios to hold photos and adhered them to the front of each tag.

TIP:  When adding designer paper to the back of the folio, leave an open edge at the top.  This makes space for a clever hidden tag insert.  Score a Large Black Tag at 3 3/4″.  Then die cut 2 tag liners using the Large Tag/ATC Tag and Flowers Die.  Cut each tag liner into 2 sections.  Adhere one section above and one below the score line and insert into the hidden pocket.

Love Notes Sneak Peeks: Valentines Day  Shaker Card from Scraps

Graphic 45 Love Notes Shaker Card by Kathy Clement For Creativation 2019 Photo 01

After creating the folio, I still had a few Love Notes Scraps on my work table.  So I decided to showcase the versatility of this collection by creating a very girly, shabby chic pink Valentine Shaker card.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Shaker Card by Kathy Clement For Creativation 2019 Photo 02

Once again, I’ve altered a Tim Holtz Vignette Frame as the base for my shaker box element.  A small image from the cut apart page is popped up over the Signature page background, then filled with Rose Garden Sequin Mix.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Shaker Card by Kathy Clement For Creativation 2019 Photo 03

Little Birdie Candy Flowers really pop against Black Plaid Ribbon.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Shaker Card by Kathy Clement For Creativation 2019 Photo 04

A G45 Shabby Chic Clock Key is the perfect finishing touch for this romantic card.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Shaker Card by Kathy Clement For Creativation 2019 Photo 05

The inside is very simple, as I was down to just a little fussy cut image and  few scraps of paper.  But I do love how elegant it looks.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Sneak Peeks Video Tour

Here’s a little video tour with lots of helpful tips.

So there you have it!  Graphic 45 Love Notes Sneak Peeks!  What will you create with this glorious collection?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Love Notes Sneak Peeks Supply List

*Note: when possible, I link to products, but some products are not readily available online.

Additional Supplies for the Shaker Card

 

Authentique Romance Shaker Valentine Tutorial

Authentique Romance Shaker Valentine Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Don’t you just love the fact that Valentine’s Day comes right after Christmas?  Instead of feeling sad that Christmas has all been packed away, we get to create beautiful cards and home decor to celebrate the day of love!  This Authentique Romance Shaker Valentine Tutorial will help you get your Valentine’s Day craft on.

Authentique Romance Shaker Valentine Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I went all shabby chic for this 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ Valentine Shaker Card.  The focal point is a 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Prima Resin frame that I have turned into a shaker box.

Authentique Romance Shaker Valentine Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Lots of machine stitching, gorgeous Little Birdie flowers (available at A.C. Moore), and  pearl pink taffeta ribbon are the perfect companions for the Romance collection.

Authentique Romance Shaker Valentine Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Look at that shabbylicious pink woodgrain paper layer!  Ooh la la!   This black, cream, pink and rose color palette is perfection.

Authentique Romance Shaker Valentine Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Even the flowers were taken to the shabby chic day spa for a little treatment with ivory chalk paint and Distress Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter.  They are so pretty in real life, but harder to capture with the camera lens.

Authentique Romance Shaker Valentine Tutorial: Love’s Old Sweet Song

Authentique Romance Shaker Valentine Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

I filled the frame with the Blossom Premium Sequin Mix from Buttons Galore and More.  Here’s how I created the focal image inside the frame:

  • First, cut a 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ panel of the Black and Cream stripe from the Romance 6″ x 6″ Paper Bundle.
  • Fussy cut around the floral image from the 3″ x 4″ cut aparts in Romance 8. (Love’s Old Sweet Song).  Adhere this to the black stripe paper, being sure to seal the edges down well.
  • Next, punch the romantic couple silhouette from the 12″ x 12″ cardstock components sheet. Back with a small piece of waste chipboard and adhere to the panel.
  • Adhere  a 3 1/2″ x 4  1/2″ panel of clear acrylic cardstock to the back side of the prepared frame.  Let this dry thoroughly.
  • Since I did not have foam tape in the house (it’s on its way!) I had to create my shaker “box” with cut pieces of chipboard.  I cut 3 layers of chipboard for each side.  The long sides of the frame measured 4 1/2″ and the short sides 3 1/2″ , so I cut my chipboard to those dimensions.  Then I mitered the corners and adhered the chipboard to the frame using 1/2″ scor-tape.
  • Fill the shaker frame with sequins, adhere the focal image over the top, and you’re ready to shake it up!
Authentique Romance Shaker Valentine Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Authentique Romance Shaker Valentine Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

If it’s Valentine’s Day, there had better be chocolate.  So you’ll find a mini Ghiradelli chocolate treat inside this card.

Authentique Romance Shaker Valentine Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

The pocket at the bottom of the card holds a sweet little tag insert.

Authentique Romance Shaker Valentine Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

Use your scraps to create the belly band, then tuck a small tea wallet behind  it.

Authentique Romance Shaker Valentine Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

The 3″ x 4″ cut apart images are sized perfectly for this.  I tucked in a miniature silver spoon and honey stick to go with the tea bag.

Authentique Romance Shaker Valentine Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 11

And there’s even room inside to write a little love note.

Authentique Romance Shaker Valentine Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to make this card, just watch this Authentique Romance Shaker Valentine Tutorial on YouTube.

 

If you’d like to see some more unique ways to create shaker elements on your cards, check out this post.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques 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

Prima Georgia Blues Fancy Fold Birthday Card

Prima Georgia Blues Fancy Fold Birthday Card for Frilly Funkie Inspired by Challenge

Hello Friends!  Welcome to the first Frilly and Funkie Challenge of 2019!  I’ve got an elegant Prima Georgia Blues Fancy Fold Birthday Card to share with you today.  But before we take a peek at it, let’s see what Cec, our lovely hostess for the challenge, has to say about the theme and guidelines.

Challenge Theme: Inspired By
I don’t have access to quality craft classes locally so I spend time online to learn new things. For this challenge I want you to create a vintage or shabby chic project inspired by or using a technique or tutorial that you have found online. You must provide a link to the site that is inspiring your creation and please do not make a direct copy of anything you found.
Georgia Blues Fancy Fold Birthday Card: The Inspiration

Prima Georgia Blues Fancy Fold Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

Nothing beats a really good fancy fold card.    I found this fancy fold card YouTube tutorial by the amazing Ginny Nemchak, who just happens to be my best online buddy.  It’s a really fun “card within a card” kind of design.   While I followed Ginny’s basic tutorial, I did change up the design, putting my own “KBD” spin on it.

Georgia Blues Fancy Fold Birthday Card: The Basics

This is a 6″ x 6″ side fold card base made from 100# cream cardstock.  The flap mechanism on the front of the card measures 4″ x 4″.  I changed up Ginny’s design by adding a 1/2″ spine to both the card base and the flap mechanism.  Designer paper is matted with both Blue Yonder and After Midnight cardstock layers. 

Georgia Blues Fancy Fold Birthday Card: The Details

Here’s how I put this card focal together:

  • First, select the image from the Georgia Blues 4″ x 6″ Journal Card pack.
  • Next, trim about 1/4″ off each side of the image so it will fit neatly on the card flap mechanism.
  • Now, use a corner punch to shape the corners.
  • Then ink the edges with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.
  • Mat the image on cardstock.  Punch the cardstock corners to match.
  • Wrap the bottom edge of the image with gold metallic string.  Tie a knot, then string some tiny metal keys onto the ends of the string.  Tie a bow.

TIP: Cut a tiny slit in the side of the paper where you plan to wrap your string.  It will hold the the first layer of twine in place,  making it easier for you to keep everything neat and tidy.

  • Now die cut a Spellbinder Wreath from Gold Metallic Paper.  Cut foam tabs to fit the leaves and adhere around the sentiment area.
  • Add small flowers from Georgia Blues with hot glue.
  • Tie a bow, top with gold metallic string and add more flowers.

Georgia Blues Fancy Fold Birthday Card: A Peek Inside

Opening this card is lots of fun.  Each fold reveals something new to look at.

Here’s the card, fully opened. 

You all know how much I love pockets.   I created a little box style pocket in the very center.  And there’s room to write a note on the right hand flap.

I used a 3″ x 4″ Journal card as a mat for this mini chocolate treat.  Then I used my scraps to create a little notepad to tuck inside the pocket.

I’ve also got room to add a gift card here, which makes the card a gift.

Now it’s YOUR Turn

You can play along in this “Inspired By” challenge and earn the chance to be our Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  Simply create a vintage or shabby chic project following the theme and guidelines.  Then link your project on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.

The team will pick our our top favorite to share a Guest Designer spot on the F&F blog.  Three other favorites will receive badges to display proudly on their personal blog.  And everyone who enters and follows the guidelines will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  You have until 11:55PM on Tuesday, January 16th to link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.

I hope I’ve shared some tips 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

Product Links to the Funkie Junkie Boutique

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...