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Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland December Daily

A Country Christmas: G45 Winter Wonderland December Daily and Embellishment Tutorial

Hello, G45’ers!  If you’re like me, you haven’t had the chance to document your holiday memories yet.  This Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland December Daily is such a great way to store all those precious photos and cherished memories.  I’m happy to finally be able to share it with you.

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

To make memory keeping simple, I broke the album down into 4 weekly sections.   This seems less daunting to me than a daily entry.  It’s such a great place to record my play dates with the Littles, special family times and even favorite recipes, I can just pop a photo into the appropriate week, jot down a quick note and be done.

Graphic 45 Craft Basket Challenge: Mixed Media Album, 12×12 Pad and Washi Tape

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2As an additional motivation for this project, it’s my turn to play along in the G45 Craft Basket Challenge.  This month, we were asked to create a project with a Staples Mixed Media Album (I chose Ivory) a 12×12 paper collection (I chose Winter Wonderland) and Staples Washi Tape.  I have some fun features built into the pages.  You’ll learn all about them in the YouTube Video tour below.

You will also find a lot of really cute embellishments made with Winter Wonderland Chipboard and Stickers.  There’s a YouTube video tutorial for those, and I think you’ll have lots of fun making them.

Winter Wonderland December Daily: The Cover

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3Fussy cut flowers, simple paper layers, and a die cut ornament adorn the cover of this 8.25″ x 8.75″ x 2″ album.  Each layer is matted with gold and black to keep the designs from becoming muddled.

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I could not resist adding this little bottle brush tree to the cover decor.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, use Glossy Accents to secure the Staples Antique Metal Door Pull to the bottom right hand corner of the cover art.  Note that it is upside down.
  • Now, tap a bottle brush tree with Distress Grit Paste and roll in clear Glitter.
  • Next, remove the round wood base from the tree and hot glue to the center of the Door Pull.
  • Then use hot glue to add Spanish Moss and Red Berries to the arrangement.
  • Finally, tap the berries, and door pull with Grit Paste to resemble fallen snow.

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To make the ornament:

  • Die cut a Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ornament Die (retired) from medium weight chipboard.
  • Now cut again using the green stripe paper in 12×12 Patterns and Solids. Glue together.
  • Create a washi tape belly band.
  • Then top with the chipboard element.
  • Now tie gold string around the top and add small chipboard tag, jingle bells, berries and ribbon.

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Tie ribbon around the spine and decorate with large jingle bells and a mini tree ornament.  The back cover is decorated with 12×12 Patterns and Solids and a washi tape border.

Winter Wonderland December Daily: A Peek Inside

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You’ll find a slash pocket filled with Staples Black Standard Tags and a cheery holiday banner inside the album

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

Use the tags to decorate cookie plates, Christmas gifts or as fun photo mounts.

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This waterfall feature is a great place for all your candid holiday photos.  Sew two vellum sheets together on 3 sides to create a large pocket.  Then cut the heavy kraft cardstock pages to fit inside.  These pages can be used for large (5″ x 7″) photos or even recipes.

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10The tabbed pocket pages are so quick and easy to decorate.  I’ve filled them with 4″ x 6″ images from the cut apart page.  I’ve also added decorated Staples Black Square Tags because they make fabulous photo mounts.  Create a hinge to attach an ATC sized Policy Envelope and tuck another square tag behind it.  This way, you can use the entire page for photos or recipes.

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Photo wallets are so much fun to add to pockets, and they make a great place to tuck in a gift card or tickets to a special show.

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This Square Black Tag is tucked behind the open side of a 4″ x 6″ photo mount.  Interactive elements always make an album more fun!

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You’ll find all the details and lots of tips and tricks in this YouTube Video Tour.

Winter Wonderland December Daily YouTube Video Tour

Winter Wonderland December Daily: Making the Chipboard and Sticker Embellishments

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As you saw in the video, the final pocket in this Winter Wonderland December Daily holds a festive banner made with  Staples Red Alpha Tags.  This goes together in about 15 minutes. Here’s how:

  • First, mat each tag on gold metallic paper and trim around the edges.
  • Next, re-punch the hole at the top of each tag.
  • Then thread black and white ribbon through the top.
  • Now tie a square knot with another piece of the same ribbon.
  • Next, hot glue a flower to the center knot.
  • Then, make the chipboard and sticker embellishments following the simple steps in this YouTube Video tutorial.

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 18I’ve used these embellishments throughout the album to dress up tags and decorate pages.  They are super simple to make, and can be adapted for use with any paper collection.

Winter Wonderland December Daily Chipboard and Sticker Embellishments Tutorial on YouTube

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own holiday crafting.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  Thanks so much for hanging with me for this long post!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio with Video Tour

Hello, G45’ers!  Today I have a sweet Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio to share with you.  It traveled all the way to CHA in Phoenix last month.   I was thrilled to see it ion display in the G45 booth and to share it with the world in a Graphic 45 Facebook live.  Now I finally get to share this fun, interactive folio design with you on my blog.  Hooray!

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Tri Fold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

I grew up reading Little Women…probably once a year all the way through high school.  So when Graphic 45 released the Little Women collection, my heart went pitty pat!  Since designing and creating folios has become my new passion, I worked up a special design to celebrate the release.

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Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio: The Basics

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

To make the base of this album, create two 7″ x 5″ side fold cards with a 1/2″ spine.   Then overlap the card bases, leaving the top of the center panel open.  This forms a lovely pocket that I filled with Black Alpha Banner Tags.

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This image of Jo with her Professor stole my heart.  I just love the quote “Love is a great beautifier.”  How true!  Because this image really spoke to me, I decided to turn it into a pocket on the folio cover.  Here’s how to do that:

  • First, trim the image to fit the folio cover.
  • Then mat on black cardstock.
  • Next add thin strips chipboard (or foam tape) to the top, bottom and left side of the black mat.
  • Finally, position the pocket as seen in this photo and glue in place, leaving the right hand side open.

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I’ve never created a folio with a pocket on the cover before, but I have to say, I love the way it looks!

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio: Filling the Pocket

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You can create a lovely little bundle of paper pretties to tuck inside the pocket.  The back side of these ephemera cards are so pretty!  I cropped the corners and matted this 3″ x 4″ card on blac cardstock to create a unique photo mount/journaling spot.

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7This Black ATC Policy Envelope was very quick to dress up.  First, I trimmed a 3″ x 4″ ephemera card to fit.  Then I simply fussy cut around the two flower clusters to add a little dimension.  Next, I wrapped it around the policy envelope and glued in place.  Finally, I punched a hole and added the pretty Staples Ornate Key.  So simple, but so splendid!

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This 4″ x 6″ image was treated in the same fashion as the ephemera card.  Cut it down to fit the pocket, crop corners and mat on black cardstock. I added an ornate label (retired) to dress it up.  The whole little bundle is held together with a hinge clip that I dressed up with a bit of black satin ribbon.

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio: A Peek Inside

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Here I’ve used a Black Policy Envelope as a page.  Here’s how to add this to your folio:

  • First, cut a 1″ wide strip of Orchard House paper the same width as the envelope base.
  • Next, score it in half to form a hinge or flap.
  • Now, glue one side of the flap to the envelope base and the other half to the folio base.  You’ve just turned the envelope into a page!

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

To form this pocket, simply score a page and fold back.  Then you can fill it with decorated Staples ATC tags.

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The folio is mostly flat, so that it will close properly, but flat is not boring!  You can incorporate lots of interactive elements to keep things interesting!

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio: Finishing touches

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10Cover two Black Alpha Banner Tags with paper and fussy cut images.  I like to use the tags that have unusual letters like Q or W for this.  These tags fit nicely into the pocket formed by joining the two bases together.

I even added a waterfall feature to the folio.  The paper panels are die cut with a Spellbinder’s die, then matted on black cardstock.  I love the way the black elements in the folio make the patterned papers pop!

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Video Tour

To help you get a feel for how all the various mechanisms work, I’ve created a short YouTube video tour.

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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Dare to Resist: Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal

Frilly and Funkie Dare to Resist Challenge: Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie blog.  Autumn is our lovely hostess this go round, and she has issued a dare: Dare to Resist!  With this challenge in mind, I’ve created a mini Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal for you today.  We’ll take a look at it in just a moment, but first, let’s see what Autumn has to say;

Challenge Theme: Dare to Resist
Happy Valentine’s Day dear readers!  For the next two weeks, as we break away from our Valentine creations, we’d love to see you incorporate a favorite resist technique in your vintage or shabby chic project.  There are so many options, perhaps you will try something new.  Whether it be gesso resist, Vaseline resist, alcohol resist, embossing resist, or watercolor resist, we dare you to resist!
Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal with an easy resist technique

Dragonfly Discover Junk Journal Wallflower by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Tim Holtz Photo 1

I’m really not much of a mixed media girl.  Paper is my jam.  But this challenge reminded me that I can stamp, and I do like to get inky, and playing with techniques can be fun.  Messy fun, but fun all the same.  This started as a 4.75″ x 6.25″ gatefold card base .

So, this is the gatefold card that thought it should be a junk journal.  We (the card and I) had quite a protracted argument about what it was going to be.  But as you can see, the junk journal won the fight.  Does that ever happen to you?  You set out to make one thing, and you end up making something entirely different?

Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal: I Dared to Resist!

Dragonfly Discover Junk Journal Wallflower by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Tim Holtz Photo 2

Here are the basic steps of my resist technique.  It’s a basic emboss/resist with a Tim Holtz twist. I saw Tim demo this technique at CHA and instantly knew that I wanted to give it a try at home.

  • First, find a piece of Alcohol Ink Cardstock.  And yes, it must be Alcohol Ink CS, or the twist won’t work!
  • Next, place the Alcohol Ink CS on the Stamp Platform, securing it with the magnets.
  • Now, position the dragonfly image from TH Classics #1 where you want it to be on the cardstock panel.
  • Then close the lid of the Stamp Platform and make sure the placement is correct.
  • Now, ink the stamp with Jet Black Archival Ink and stamp away!  Repeat until the image looks as dark as you want it to  be.
  • Now sprinkle the image with Ranger Clear Superfine Embossing Powder.  After you’ve removed the excess, heat emboss.
  • Next, smoosh some pretty colors of Distress Oxide Ink onto your non-stick craft mat.  It must be DOX, or again, the twist won’t work.  I used Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Warm Honey, Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, and Dusty Concord.
  • Now, mist the ink with a Distress Sprayer until beads of water form.
  • Tap (don’t drag or swish!) the stamped image in the inky puddles, drying between layers.
The Twist

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Now here’s the best part of this technique, and it’s one I learned watching Tim.  Get out your Distress Micro Glaze and gently twist a mini ink blending tool over the medium.  Then use the blending tool to gently buff up the surface of the inky panel and watch the magic happen.  The milky, oxidized appearance of the inks will disappear and all the gorgeous layers of color beneath will pop through.  It’s like crafting magic!

Resist again!

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The other resist techinque I used was on this quote band.  I love to fill in the letters of the quote, but sometimes have a hard time with the process.  I started wondering what would happen if I used the Distress Micro Glaze on the word band first.  So I just lightly sponged it over the surface.  Then I came back with Picked Raspberry Distress Paint and dabbed it over the top.  The metal resisted the paint, but…it sunk right into the letters, which was what I was hoping would happen.

Details, details, details

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Next I went to work making my flowers.  First I die cut Tammy Tutterow’s Pinked Posies, Frayed Posies and Pinwheel Posies from the Wallflower paper collection.  Then I used sponge daubers to add DOX to each petal layer.  Next, I spritz, shaped and stacked.  Finally, I punched holes in the center of each flower and added stamens.  To add a little vintage shimmer, I sprayed each flower lightly with Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist.

I also experimented with making my own Prills (those itty bitty bead looking critters) with mustard seeds and alcohol ink.  It worked like a charm.

To finish the cover, I added some TH remnant rubs and a hinge clip.

Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal: A Peek Inside

Dragonfly Discover Junk Journal Wallflower by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Tim Holtz Photo 6

Here’s where I really began to have fun.  I gathered up a whole pile of TH ephemera, my paper dolls, remnant rubs, stickers and had a ball.  I dug through my stash and found a whole pile of fabulous Wendy Vecchi sentiments that were perfect for the theme of my journal.  And, I just added DOX to brighten up everything.

Dragonfly Discover Junk Journal Wallflower by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Tim Holtz Photo 7

Once I embraced the idea of turning this card into a junk journal, everything just fell into place.  I added flap pages and folded pages and flip pages.  This is the very best kind of crafty adventure for me.  I think these pictures will tell the story all on their own.  Enjoy!

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The things I like best about this Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal are the worn/distressed pages and the small size.  It’s only about 1/4″ thick, so easy to toss into a suitcase and use on a trip.  Plus, I had a blast making it.  What do you like best about it?

Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal Video Tour

Because I find it easier to understand an interactive project when I can see it being used, I’ve prepared a short YouTube video tour for you.  I hope you enjoy!

Now it’ s YOUR turn to Dare to Resist!

You are cordially invited to play along in this “Dare to Resist” challenge. To do so, simply create a vintage or shabby chic project.  Then link your project up at the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, February 27th.

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 enters 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

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RRR Hop: Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio

Really Reasonable Ribbon February Blog Hop:  Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for the Really Reasonable Ribbon  February Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  Today, I’ve created a “Magical” Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio using the gorgeous Purple & Green Ribbons from the February Ribbon Club.  They are a perfect match for the Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Collection!

 

Magical Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio Fairie Dust by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

I created a 5.25″ x 7.25″ hardcover folio with a .75″ spine.  The front of the album cover is a Prima Resin frame turned into a shaker element.  I don’t know what it is about this collection, but it just calls out for a shaker element!

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio Fairie Dust by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2You can see how perfectly the February Ribbon Club Assortment matches these pretty papers!  I created a double double loop bow cluster with Hyacinth Satin Ribbon with a Grosgrain Edge and Bud Green Crosshatch Satin Ribbon.  This is topped with some pretty purple and white flowers.

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The ribbon closure is 1.5″ Emerald Green Gingham. I secured it to the cover using strips of 1/2″ Scor-Tape.

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Magical Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio: A Peek Inside

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Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio Fairie Dust by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6This is a very simple folio.  The waterfall feature is on the right and a pocket is on the left.  But don’t be fooled!  There’s lots of room to store photos!

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I’ve incorporated belly bands to hold ephemera cards from the collection.

You can score and fold a large horizontal ephemera card to form a flap feature.

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This large pocket will easily hold 4″ x 6″ photos.

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Add ephemera cards for journaling.

This would be such a fun way to record a child’s birthday party or tea party, don’t you think?

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio on Youtube

I thought you might want to see the details of how all these mechanisms work, so I’ve prepared a very short Youtube video tour to share with you today.  Enjoy!

On with the Hop!

From here,  you will hop on over to visit Cherry’s sweet blog.  Be sure to visit each blog in the hop and then hop right over to the RRR BLOG.  Answer Bonnie’s question of the month to be entered into a drawing for your very own free Ribbon Club Assortment!

If you’re not already signed up for the Monthly Ribbon Club, now is a great time to join.  Each month, you will receive a lovely collection of perfectly coordinated ribbons that you can use to take your projects to the next level.  It’s a little bit like getting a birthday present every month of the year!  You can find out how to sign up HERE.

Thanks so much for hopping 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

The Easiest Twist and Pop Card Tutorial Ever

The Easiest Twist and Pop Card Tutorial Ever with Authentique Alpine and Tammy Tutterow Designs

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Creative Crew Friday with Tammy Tutterow Designs.  I am so excited about today’s project, as it involves a fabulous pop up card design.  I have a YouTube video to share the Easiest Twist and Pop Card Tutorial Ever!

Twist and Pop cards burst on the scene a little over a year ago and I was instantly captivated by them.  The big problem with this amazing fancy fold card was that you practically needed an engineering degree to put one together.  The pop up mechanism was complicated and bulky and it was really easy to get discouraged during the creative process.

But I love a good interactive card, so I set my mind on coming up with a design that was less bulky, easier to create and would accommodate a larger card base. First,  I spent a whole day watching dozens of twist and pop card videos and reading blog posts. While I gleaned some good tidbits from each video/tutorial I viewed none of them completely met my expectations.

Then I spent an entire day “fussing with paper” until I felt I had a design that was sleek and easy to create.  In fact, it was so much fun that I ended up making TWO cards for you today instead of just one.  So let’s get this show on the road and dig in to this Easiest Twist and Pop Card Tutorial Ever.

 

Cold  Hands Warm Heart Twist and Pop Card Tutorial

Cold Hands Warm Heart Twist and Pop Up Card Tutorial Cold Hands by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1

This first card is made with Tammy Tutterow’s amazing Cold Hands, Warm Hearts Cling Stamp.  The card base measures a generous 5″ x 6″.  This is considerably larger than the 4.25″ x 5.5″ card tutorials that I found online.  Goal number one?  Make a larger card.  Check!

Cold Hands Warm Heart Twist and Pop Up Card Tutorial Cold Hands by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 2

First, I stamped the image onto patterned paper from Authentique’s Alpine Collection Kit.  Then I colored it in with a combination of colored pencils and alcohol markers.  Next, the stamped panel was stitched onto a navy cardstock mat. Now I created my card base from the same navy cardstock and added a stitched panel of designer paper from Alpine.  Then I die cut felt flowers using Bitty Posie and Posie Parts to add to the card along with some ribbon and a cute novelty button.   I die cut a couple of banner flags using Tammy’s Frayed Banners and topped them with vintage red buttons from my stash.  Card front is done!  Easy peasy!

Twist and Pop Card Tutorial: The Party is on the Inside!

Cold Hands Warm Heart Twist and Pop Up Card Tutorial Cold Hands by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 3

There’s nothing more fun than opening up a twist and pop card….unless you are watching someone open one for the first time!

Cold Hands Warm Heart Twist and Pop Up Card Tutorial Cold Hands by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4

This cheery array of Tammy’s Mini Envelopes and Pockets decorates the pop up mechanism.

Cold Hands Warm Heart Twist and Pop Up Card Tutorial Cold Hands by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 5I even included a little shaker element!

Cold Hands Warm Heart Twist and Pop Up Card Tutorial Cold Hands by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 6

Each mini envelope has been decorated with stickers or images from the Alpine Collection Kit.  The envelopes are held in place with small magnets.  Cute images from the 6×6 bundle are tucked inside.  Find all the details in the YouTube tutorial below.

Happy Winter Twist and Pop Card Tutorial with Authentique Alpine Collection

Happy Winter Twist and Pop Card Tutorial Alpine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 1

How much do we love this winter llama and penguin?  Yeah, a lot!  This second card is the one that we will build together in the YouTube tutorial below.

Happy Winter Twist and Pop Card Tutorial Alpine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 2Happy Winter Twist and Pop Card Tutorial Alpine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 3

Like the Cold Hands card, it has a fun twist and pop design.

Happy Winter Twist and Pop Card Tutorial Alpine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 4

This time, instead of adding envelopes, I just decorated each panel of the pop up mechanism.  How fun are these images?

So are you ready to dig in and get busy with The Easiest Twist and Pop Card Tutorial Ever?  Join me below!

The Easiest Twist and Pop Card Tutorial Ever on YouTube

And Now, A Fond Farewell

I also wanted to share with you that this is my last post as a member of Tammy’s Creative Crew. I have loved every minute of being part of this team.  Tammy is the most generous, laid back and encouraging person I’ve ever worked with.  The Creative Crew is immensely talented, supportive and fun.  It has been a great gig!

Don’t worry!  I’ll continue to use Tammy’s amazing dies and stamps in my creations and will share them with you here.  Tammy also has some exciting changes going on, so be sure to visit her blog to read all about it.  You’ll also find links to inspiring projects from the rest of the Creative Crew.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and techniques 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

The Easiest Twist And Pop Card Tutorial Product Links

 

BOTH CARDS: Authentique Alpine Collection Kit (includes sticker sheet) and 6×6 Bundle

 

Christmas Pop Up Gift Card Holder

His and Hers Christmas Pop Up Gift Card Holder

Hello, Friends!  Well, we are on the final countdown to Christmas, and I’m scrambling around trying to get everything done.  If you’re like me, you’re giving at least one gift card this season, To help you with the presentation,  I thought I’d share a tutorial for a super cute, super easy  Christmas Pop Up Gift Card Holder with you today.  These are made using a tutorial that I put together last year for a Christmas blog hop.  I liked the design so well, that I adapted it a little this year and made them again.  You can find that  post and YouTube tutorial HERE.

These A2 (4.25″ x 5.5″) sized cards that I made last year feature Graphic 45’s gorgeous A Christmas Carol Collection.  It’s a retired collection, but you might have some of these pretty papers in your stash. But I wanted a larger sized card to accommodate a larger gift card, so I had to change up the design just a little.

Beary Merry Christmas Pop Up Gift Card Holder for Him

Beary Merry Christmas Pop Up Gift Card Holder Cabin Fever by Kathy Clement Product by Carta Bella Photo 1

As you can see here, this Christmas Pop Up Gift Card Holder is quite a bit larger than the ones I made last year.  This Beary Merry Christmas version is made with Carta Bella’s adorable Cabin Fever Collection.

  • First, cut a 6″ x 12″ rectangle from one 12″ x 12″ sheet of cardstock.
  • Then score on the long side at 6″ to create a 6″ square top fold card.
  • Next, cut a 5.75″ square of kraft cardstock.  Layer your card cover design on this mat and set aside.
Christmas Pop Up Gift Card Holder: Building the Pop Up Mechanism

Beary Merry Christmas Pop Up Gift Card Holder Cabin Fever by Kathy Clement Product by Carta Bella Photo 2

If pop up cards scare you, you are going to love this design.  It is soooo easy to make, and really fun to present.  Here’s how to build the inside of the card.

  • First, line both the top and the bottom of the card interior with designer papers.
  • Next, cut TWO 5.5″ wide x 4″ tall pieces of patterned paper.  These will be used to form the pop up mechanism.  This Carta Bella paper is nice and heavy, so it works well for this task.
  • Place this 5.5″ x 4″ rectangle on your scoring tool on the short side.  Score at 1″ , 2″, and 3″.
  • Now, fold on each scored line to form a kind of box shape.  If you watch my YouTube Video tutorial, you’ll see exactly how to do this.
  • Next, place Scor-Tape on the outer edge of each scored rectangle.
  • Then remove the Scor-Tape from one edge and fold in half.
  • Now, line this folded rectangle up just above the fold line of the card. The open (non-folded) edge should be facing the crease.  When it’s centered and straight, carefully press in place.
  • Next, remove the Scor-Tape from the other half of the rectangle and close the card.  Burnish with your hand, and when you open it, voila!  You will have a dimensional box shape.
  • Create the pocket (directions below) before you add the second pop up mechanism.
  • Once you have added your gift card pocket,  repeat this same procedure on the bottom half of the card.  Again, watch the video to see this done.
Christmas Pop Up Gift Card Holder: Creating the gift card pocket

Beary Merry Christmas Pop Up Gift Card Holder Cabin Fever by Kathy Clement Product by Carta Bella Photo 3

You will add the gift card pocket to the card before you add the second pop up mechanism.

  • First, cut a 6.5″ x 6.5″ square of the same cardstock you used to create the card base.
  • Now place on a scoring tool and score at 3.25″.
  • Then rotate and score 1/2″ on both the right and left hand sides.  Fold and and burnish all the score lines. You will fold the side flaps in to form a pocket.
  • To reduce the pocket bulk, I cut a small “v” notch at the center crease line.  Then I glued the pocket flaps together.
  • Decorate with designer papers, bearing in mind that the bottom 1″ will be hidden behind the pop up mechanism.
  • Add a strip of  1″ Scor-Tape to the back of the pocket.
  • Now remove the tape and line the pocket up with the pop up mechanism.  Close the card and burnish to set the seal.
  • Finally, add the second pop up mechanism.
Shabby Chic Mr. and Mrs. Christmas Pop Up Gift Card Holder for Her

I was having so much fun, that I made another Christmas Pop Up Gift Card Holder for a lovely lady on my list.

Shabby Chic Christmas Pop Up Gift Card Holder Frosted by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 1

This shabby chic feminine version is made with Kaisercraft’s Frosted collection.  I altered some chipboard with embossing enamel on the front cover.

Shabby Chic Christmas Pop Up Gift Card Holder Frosted by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 2

Is there anything lovelier than the combination of wintry blues and vintage images?

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks today that will help you make it to the finish line this Christmas.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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