Category Archives: Valentine’s Day

Old World Vintage Style Valentine Folio

Old World Vintage Style Valentine Folio Just for Fun

Hello, Friends!  Today I have another “just for fun” project to share with you.  This one is an Old World Vintage Style Valentine Folio.  It’s pink and shabby chic, and distressed and filled with fun surprises.

Old World Vintage Style Valentine Folio Heart Painted by Kathy Clement Product by Lemon Craft Photo 1

I just love Valentine’s Day!  My mom and dad were married on Valentine’s Day, Dale and I were married 2 days after Valentine’s Day, our oldest son and his wife married just after Valentine’s Day and our middle son and his wife married just before Valentine’s Day.  When I was a kid, I made Valentine’s for my entire family every year.  I can remember re-using old envelopes and stuffing them with cut our hearts and little notes.  Seems like I still like to do that, right?

Old World Vintage Style Valentine Folio Heart Painted by Kathy Clement Product by Lemon Craft Photo 2

This is one of my book style folios.  These are so much fun to make.  The base is created by joining together 2 panels for cardstock cut to measure 11″ x 5″.  Join the panels to create a long, 22″ panel, then score in a spine and a pocket.  So easy, and so much fun to do.

Old World Vintage Style Valentine Folio Heart Painted by Kathy Clement Product by Lemon Craft Photo 3

The focal point on this folio is a Melissa Frances resin angel.  I was digging through my stash and thought it would go perfectly with these Lemon Craft Painted Heart papers.  It’s clustered up with some WOC flowers and a custom dyed seam binding bow. Before I added it to the card, I spritzed it with Vintage Pink Tattered Angels Mist.

 

Old World Vintage Style Valentine Folio Heart Painted by Kathy Clement Product by Lemon Craft Photo 4

Lots of layers….lots of distressing, lace trim and a curled corner give this pretty Valentine a real Old World Vintage vibe.

Old World Vintage Style Valentine Folio: A Peek Inside

Old World Vintage Style Valentine Folio Heart Painted by Kathy Clement Product by Lemon Craft Photo 5

The inside of this Valentine folio is filled with sweet surprises.

Old World Vintage Style Valentine Folio Heart Painted by Kathy Clement Product by Lemon Craft Photo 6

The pocket on the left holds a darling little tea wallet with a miniature spoon.  Can you believe this is a plastic spoon?  I found it on a shopping expedition at Tuesday Morning.

Old World Vintage Style Valentine Folio Heart Painted by Kathy Clement Product by Lemon Craft Photo 7

The side pocket is filled with a pretty little art tag, a sentiment tag, and a little chocolate wallet.  Because, hey…it’s Valentine’s Day and you gotta have chocolate!

If you need a Valentine for your favorite tea drinker, this would do the trick.  You can purchase it in my ETSY shop if you’d like.

I hope this Old World Vintage Style Valentine Folio has provided you with inspiration and ideas for your own Valentine adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Sweetheart Valentine Mini Album Tutorial

Authentique Sweetheart Valentine Mini Album Tutorial and Matching Card

Hello, Friends!  How are you coming along with your Valentines?  If you need a fresh, fun idea for your Valentine party, I have a thought.  This Authentique Sweetheart Valentine Mini Album Tutorial will guide you step by step through the process of making an adorable album where you can store all your favorite Valentine photos.

Authentique Sweetheart Valentine Mini Album Tutorial Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

This “from scratch” mini album measures 5′ x 6.5″  with a 2″ spine.  I’ve used fresh, fun papers from Authentique’s Sweetheart Collection Kit to make the album.   Authentique Spectrum Cardstock in Red Licorice and Tricycle Red is used for matting, photo mounts and on the spine.

The album has a contrasting spine and ribbon closure.  I’ve dressed up the spine with some sweet Valentine charms and ribbon.

Don’t you just love these fresh, modern images and patterns?  I wanted to create an interactive album that matched the playful feel of these delightful papers.

A fun waterfall cascade starts things out on the right foot, but keep on turning the pages!

You’ll find loads of flaps, fold-outs, flip up pages, pockets, mini file folders and tags inside.

Matching Sweetheart Valentine Gift Wallet

I was having so much fun playing with Sweetheart, that I went ahead and made a quick Valentine to match the mini album.

Here’s how to put the card together:

  • First, create a 4.25″ x 6″ top fold card base from off white cardstock.
  • Next, mat the heart paper from Sweetheart on both pink and red cardstock.
  • Now, paint a piece of corrugate paper with Picket Fence Distress paint.  Glue on top.
  • Then, die cut Tammy Tutterow Prim Hearts from scraps of paper in the collection. I also used a burlap heart my sweet daughter in law gave me for Christmas.  But you could easily substitute another die cut heart here.
  • Now the real fun begins.  Fussy cut the Cupid image and cover him in embossing ink.  Heat emboss with Shabby Ivory Embossing Powder.  Pop up on foam dots or waste chipboard.
  • Finally embellish with bow, flower, sticker and button.
A Peek Inside

There’s more fun on the inside of this cute Cupid Valentine!

I used scraps to create a little treat wallet.

Inside, I added an envelope die cut with Tammy Tutterow’s Window Mini Pocket Die. Ghiradelli makes mini chocolate treats that fit perfectly in the window.  After all, it’s Valentine’s Day and everyone needs a little chocolate treat!

Sweetheart Valentine Mini Album Tutorial on YouTube

So, are you ready to get your craft on? Then grab a cuppa, notebook and pencil and join me for this Sweetheart Valentine Mini Album Tutorial.  First we’ll take a tour of the entire album, so you can see how all the interactive elements work.  Next, I’ll guide you step by step so you can build your very own album base.  You’ll learn how to create the fun tab spine and pocket pages, too!  FInally, you’ll get to see all the elements in a photo gallery that will give all kinds of ideas for decorating and finishing your album.

If you enjoy this video, you might like to subscribe to my YouTube Channel.  I have dozens crafting videos there.  I’d love to have you join me!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

All You Need Is Love Valentine and Tag Tutorial

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Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop: All You Need is Love Valentine and Tag Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the December Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop!  Now that Christmas is behind us, it’s time to focus in on Valentine’s Day.  With that in mind, I created this All You Need is Love Valentine and Tag Tutorial using the new Heartfelt Love Collection.

All You Need is Love Valentine and Tag Heartfelt Love by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 1

Here are the supplies you will need to make this card:

 

All You Need Is Love Valentine and Tag Tutorial: Creating the Flowers

All You Need is Love Valentine and Tag Heartfelt Love by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 2

  • Stamp 3 sets of both the Botanical Rose and the Enchanted Mum on designer paper from the Heartfelt Love Collection.  Die cut with the matching dies.
  • Ink the center of each layer with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink.
  • Then ink the edges of the petals with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
  • Spritz lightly with water.
  • Then shape with the flower shaping kit and hot glue the layers together.
  • Spritz each finished flower with Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist and set aside to dry.
  • When completely dry, fill flower centers with Pink Czech beads and let dry again.
All You Need Is Love Valentine and Tag Tutorial: Making the Base

I always create the insides of my cards before I finish the card cover.  This way, the card cover stays clean and none of the dimensional elements get crushed.

All You Need is Love Valentine and Tag Heartfelt Love by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 3

  • Create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from one sheet of pale pink cardstock
  • Now, line the inside of the card with designer paper from the Heartfelt Love Collection
  • Next, cut “A Gift from the Heart” image from the cut apart page
  • Then glue the top, bottom and left side of the image to form a pocket for the chocolate
  • Next, cut a 3.5″ x 6″ piece of pale pink cardstock for the pocket
  • Place on your score tool and score 1/2″ on bottom, left and right sides.
  • Now, trim the two bottom corners so that the sides will fold easily.  Glue together and make the pocket.
  • Next, cut a 3″ x 5″ piece of pink gingham paper.  Glue on the pocket front.  Use a 1 3/8″ circle punch to create a thumb hole.
  • Now, glue the pocket to the card base.
  • Use the small rectangular die from Cut, Mat, Create Set 1-B to cut out the phrase from the word collage page in the collection.  Mat on pink cardstock and glue to pocket to finish.

This is what your card will look like at this point.

All You Need is Love Valentine and Tag Heartfelt Love by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 4

The next step is to make the tag that fits in the pocket.

 

All You Need Is Love Valentine and Tag Tutorial: Making the Tag

All You Need is Love Valentine and Tag Heartfelt Love by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 4

  • Cut a 4″ x 6″ rectangle from pale pink cardstock.  This will be your tag base.
  • Round the bottom corners with a corner rounder punch.
  • Then shape the top corners with a scallop edge punch.  I use Crop-a-Dile corner punches for this.
  • Now, cut a 3.75″ x 5.75″ rectangle of the pale pink floral paper.  Shape the top and bottom edges just as you did in the previous step. Don’t glue this to the tag base yet.
  • Next, use the Border Essentials Die to create a belly band for the tag. Let the ends of the border overlap so you can fold them around the back of this tag layer.  This will create a neat, finished appearance.
  • Now, add 1/4″ Scor-Tape to the center of the belly band, again letting the ends overlap a little.
  • Adhere the Valentine Heart Ribbon over the Scor-tape, wrapping the loose ends around to the back to create a neat appearance.
  • Now you can glue this layer to the tag base.
  • Add a charm of your choice to the ribbon layer.

All You Need is Love Valentine and Tag Heartfelt Love by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 5

 

  • Next, punch a hole at the top and thread with 8″ of Pearl Pink Satin Ribbon.
  • Then, tie a string bow with the Valentine Heart Ribbon and with Silver Metallic String
  • Loop Silver Metallic String through your chosen heart charms and tie into the bow arrangement.

All You Need is Love Valentine and Tag Heartfelt Love by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 6

  • Now, cut the two sentiment panels from the cut apart page.  Shape the corners with a Crop-a-Dile punch (optional) and mat on pink cardstock.  Glue as seen in the photo.
  • Die cut the leaves and the flowers with the Cut Mat Create Dies and add to the tag. Place the tag in the pocket.

All You Need is Love Valentine and Tag Heartfelt Love by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 7

All You Need is Love Valentine and Tag Tutorial: Decorating the Card Cover

All You Need is Love Valentine and Tag Heartfelt Love by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 7

I always assemble my card front before I glue it to the card base.

  • First, cut a 5″ x 7″ panel of the pink gingham paper from the Heartfelt Love Collection.
  • Cut a 3.5″ x 5″ banner flag from the pale pink floral print.  Mat on pink cardstock.  Glue to the pink gingham panel as seen in the photo above.
  • Now cut a 2.25″ x 6″ banner flag from the dark pink floral print paper.  Mat on pink cardstock and glue so that it overlaps the first banner, as seen in the photo.
  • Now, use the Eyelet Oval base die to cut a dark pink floral print oval.
  • Then use the oval circle and eyelet die to cut a layer from pale pink floral paper.  Glue this to the deep pink floral base.
  • Next, back the eyelet oval with foam tabs or waste chipboard and glue to the card as seen in the photo above.
  • Cut and mat All You Need is Love.
  • Cut the same size layer from the pink word collage page and mat the same way you matted the sentiment panel.
  • Now glue the word collage panel to the eyelet oval, using the photo as a guide for placement.
  • Next, back All You Need Is Love with foam tabs or waste chipboard and glue to the card base as seen in the photo.
  • Then, stamp 2 of the largest butterflies from Butterfly Medley on patterned paper.  Die cut with the matching die.
All You Need Is Love Valentine and Tag Tutorial: Finishing Touches

All You Need is Love Valentine and Tag Heartfelt Love by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 8

  • Now shape the butterfly wings with the largest stylus tip in the Flower Shaping Kit.
  • Glue the two butterfly bodies together, lifting the wings to add dimension.
  • Spray with Glimmer Mist.
  • Add a small rose to the center of the body.
  • Finally, glue in place as seen in the photo.
  • Next, tie a triple loop bow from Pink Pearl Satin Ribbon and hot glue to the side of the card.
  • Then glue all your prepared flowers in place, tucking them under the sentiment panels and between layers as well as down the side.
  • Finally, add a button to the top of the sentiment panel.
Let’s Go to the Hop!

Now it’s time to hop along and get inspired by all the rest of the Heartfelt Creations Design Team.

The Hop starts 8AM EST on Friday December 29th and closes Monday, January 1, 2018 at 11.59PM EST.

Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop, as one random comment from a mystery blog will be chosen to win a $25 shopping spree at Heartfelt Creations. The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, January 3rd.  I will also post the name of the winner at the top of this blog post.

If you are the lucky winner, simply email Heartfelt Creations at socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us with “Winner of the December Alumni Hop” in the subject line.  You will have 72 hours to claim your prize, or another winner will be chosen.

Here are the blogs in this hop:

Kathy (you are HERE) ♥ Alissa   Amarilys Vicki Martine Sarah  ♥ Deneen

I hope I’ve inspired you to break out your paper pretties and get your craft on!

Have fun hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner Tutorial

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook: Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner

Hello, Friends!  How do you spell love?  Today, I’m spelling it with a super cute Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day banner tutorial.

Isn’t it fun?  The best part about this banner is the fact that it uses very few materials and can be made in about an hour.

Supply List for Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner

Snapguide Tutorial for Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner

Check out How to Graphic 45 Butterfly Kisses Valentine Banner by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Why I love Butterflies on Valentine’s Day

I know butterflies are not a traditional image for Valentine’s Day.  Well, as you might suspect by  now, there’s a story behind this project.  Since it is nearly Valentine’s Day…and the story is super romantic, I’ll share it with you here.

My mom and dad were both working as bookkeepers at a trucking company in southern Vermont in 1939.   Mom worked the day shift.  Dad worked nights.  Mom must have caught his eye right away, because of all the available chairs in that office, Dad opted to use hers each night.  This meant that every day at shift change, he had to return her chair to her desk.  And of course, this gave him the opportunity to say good morning.

Dad was shy.  I mean super shy.  So he rarely said anything beyond good morning each day.  But, he started leaving little gifts for mom on her desk: a pack of her favorite chewing gum, a piece of candy…small tokens of friendship.  After almost a YEAR of this delicate courtship dance, Valentine’s Day rolled around.  Mom came into work that morning to find an envelope with her name on it.  Inside the envelope was a beautiful Valentine’s Day card with…you guessed it…butterflies!

Mom and Dad were finally married on Valentine’s Day 1941.  Each year when their anniversary rolled around, Dad gave her a box of chocolates, a packet of chewing gum and a card…and there was always a butterfly on it somewhere!

So now you know why I love butterflies for Valentine’s Day.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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More Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags

More Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers! I’m back today with more Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags.  With the Day of Love just a week away, I know we are all looking for some last minute Valentines that are quick and easy to make.  But we also want them to look great, right?  So these little cards and tags come together in about 20 minutes each, but look like you spent hours and hours on them.  That’s a win/win in my book!

How cute are these Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine cards and tags?  Once again, I used the Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine digital download from Polly’s Paper Etsy Shop and paired them up with some fabulous ribbons and flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Tips and Tricks for Making Quick Cards

There are some simple tricks I use when I need to make a quick card that I thought you might find helpful:

  • Keep a file full of scrap papers that you’ve cut to measure 4″ x 6″.  I have mine organized in a bin by color.  That way, I can just reach in and grab papers that go well with my images and quickly cut them to fit my card base.  It’s a huge time saver, and a great way to use up your scraps.
  • Keep an ephemera file for small tickets, tags, and other goodies that you can layer in with your papers.  I have a small bin that is full of little bits and pieces I’ve salvaged.
  • Be prepared! Tie a bunch of neutral bows and store them for future use.  This black and white houndstooth plaid is one of my favorite ribbons.  It goes with everything and ties beautifully.  I always tie an extra single or double loop bow and then toss it in a little container.  That way, the work is already done for me when I’m in a hurry!
  • Don’t worry about matting each layer.  Since these cards are more simple, maybe just mat the focal image to make it stand out.  This will save loads of time!

Make a Tag!

Another trick that I use when I’m in a hurry is to make a little tag.  Instead of packing my scraps away in the scrap drawer (aka “the land Kathy forgot”)  I’ll make a quick little tag and pop on a pre-tied bow.  This grey plaid ribbon is another favorite of mine.  The neutral color goes with so many different palettes..and always looks great with pink.

Don’t have any pre-tied bows?  Add flowers for texture!

This sheer white organza is another ribbon that I use quite often.  Again, it’s a neutral so it goes with everything.  The real bonus here is the texture and shimmer it adds to a project.

So there you have it!  A few tips and trick that will have you cranking out super cute cards in a flash!  I hope I shared some ideas that you’ll be able to use.  I’d love to hear if you have any tips or tricks that you use to make cute cards in a hurry.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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