Flutter Full Bloom Card Folio

Graphic 45 Flutter Full Bloom Card Folio with Really Reasonable Ribbon November Ribbon Club

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Do you love purple?  Then today’s purplicious post is going to absolutely thrill you.  I’ve created a purplicious Full Bloom Card Folio with gorgeous Grape Shimmer Satin Ribbon and Graphic 45’s vibrant Flutter collection.  And to take the purple to a whole new level, I piled on loads of luscious Little Birdie Flowers.  Ooh la la!  I’m not even that much of a purple lover, but I sure do love this card!

Flutter Full Bloom Card Folio: Building the Layers

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This 5 1/8″ x 7 1/8″ x 1/4″ card folio is pretty simple in design.  Here’s how I I put the cover together:

  • First, mat a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel of  “Iridescent” on lavender cardstock.  Stitch around the edges.
  • Next, Mat a 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ panel of “Flutter” on lavender cardstock and stitch around the edges.  Place the blue stripe corner stickers in the upper right and left hand corners.
  • Center and adhere this panel to the “Iridescent” panel.
  • Now die cut a Heartfelt Creations Eyelet Oval on Pearlized White Paper.  Place adhesive on the scalloped outer frame and center on the “Flutter” panel.
  • Cut a solid oval of lavender paper with the HC Eyelet Oval Die and adhere the eyelet oval to it.  Place two layers of foam tape on the back side I use waste chipboard to save money) and center inside the scalloped frame.
Flutter Full Bloom Card Folio: The Flowers

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Next, I layered  a selection of purple flowers from Little Birdie Crafts down the left hand side of the card.  These are the flowers I worked with:

  • Jessica Purple
  • Paula Grape Tan
  • Andrea Mulberry
  • Fiona Mulberry
Flutter Full Bloom Card Folio: Finishing Touches

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To finish the card, mat the ticket sentiment sticker and back with foam adhesive.  Adhere it just to the right of center on the card.

Now, fussy cut the butterfly from an 8×8 sheet of “Flutter”.  Shape the wings with your fingers and tuck in between the flowers and the ticket.  I added a very thin coat of Diamond Stickles to my butterfly wings, but that is optional.  I do love the way the glittered wings mimic the shine in the Grape Satin Ribbon, though.

For the crowning touch, tie a double loop bow with Grape Shimmer Satin ribbon and tuck it in the corner of your flower arrangement.  Tie a second bow with Silver Metallic String and repeat the process.  So pretty!

Flutter Full Bloom Card Folio: A Peek Inside

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I love G45 Tags and Pockets.  This little pocket has a lovely surprise tucked inside.

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I sewed some vintage buttons onto a handmade button card, then added a sticker.  It fits perfectly in the pocket, and there’s room for a gift card, too, if you’re so inclined.

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I know you see the honey stick in the bottom pocket, so the contents of the folio will be no surprise.  But how cute is that little silver plastic spoon?

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I tied a snippet of Purple Satin with a Silver Metallic Edge around the handle to dress it up a bit.

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There’s even a purple tea bag in the pocket!!

I hope I’ve shared 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

Graphic 45 French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial

Graphic 45 French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial for Frilly and Funkie Harvest of Gratitude

Hello, Friends!  I once read that thankful people are the happiest people and I believe that to be true.  So every year as the US Thanksgiving holiday draws near, I like to create a new gratitude journal.  This year I have a Graphic 45 French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial to share with you.  Perhaps my tradition will catch on with you.  I’m also the hostess for this 2 week challenge on the Frilly and Funkie Blog, so before I share the gratitude journal with you, I’ll share the challenge guidelines:

Challenge Theme: A Harvest of Gratitude
There is always something to be thankful for.  In this gratitude themed challenge we are asking you to create a vintage or shabby chic project that portrays something that fills your heart with thanksgiving. Use harvest colors and be sure to tell us how your project reflects your thankful heart.
French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial: The Inspiration

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The older I get, the more thankful I am for the gift of memory.  Often while I am in the process of creating, my mind wanders back through time.  I remember people, places, and events that have enriched my life.

This 5 1/2″ x 4″ journal reminds me of an old, old book of Bible stories that my dad used to read to me when I was just a very little girl.  The book was on my grandmother’s shelves and had an embossed cover.  The photos were all black and white prints of wood engravings on thick papers with unevenly cut edges.  I would curl up in my father’s lap (I couldn’t have been more than about 4 years old) and he would read to me in his deep, smooth voice as I snugged in as close to him as humanly possible.

Those books are now in my possession. They are one of my great treasures for they remind me of the comfort, warmth, joy  and safety of those moments in my father’s lap so many years ago.  I wanted to capture that memory and the thankfulness I feel for it in this little volume.

French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial: The Album Base

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The base of this gratitude journal is a 13″ x 4″ strip of heavy kraft cardstock.  I buy this in bulk at envelopes.com.  But you could substitute Dina Wakely’s Media Kraft Cardstock from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and achieve the same results.  The album base is my own design. Page tabs and cover are made from the same strip of kraft card.   You’ll learn how to do this in the video tutorial below.

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Old books fill my heart with joy.  I wanted to capture the worn patina and elegance of a truly ancient tome.  I cut two pieces of the same heavy kraft card to measure 4 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ to layer over the front and back covers.  A third piece (4 1/2″ x 4″) was scored at 1 1/2″ and 3″ to serve as a cover for the spine.

Add texture by placing those pieces inside the amazing Sizzix/Tim Holtz 3-D Botanical Texture Fade Folder.  I am so happy that I purchased this folder, and I can’t wait for more to be released.  Then perform a bit of paper alchemy with Seth Apter Baked Textures, Emerald Creek Embossing Powders, Distress Paints and Distress Mediums.  You’ll see all of this in the video as well.

French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial:  A Peek Inside

Before you add the pages to your gratitude journal, distress and ink the edges.  To make quick work of this, use Ground Espresso Distress Stain.

I’ll add measurements below the post for your convenience.

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The front cover is a pocket with a little insert folio.  Page one is a pull out/side pocket page.

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These tip in pages have some fun surprises built in.

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Here’s a peek inside the right hand tip in page.

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TIP:  To add extra layers to your pages without adding extra bulk, line the edges with Tim Holtz Design Tape (washi tape.)  I also used this to cover the kraft spines, and I love the wonderful finished look and vintage feel this creates within the album.  It’s a small detail, but it makes a bit impact.

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Both page units follow the same design “recipe”: pull out page with pocket,  double tip in page, side pocket, flap/insert page.

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The insert pages look like a flap page, but actually pull out from between the kraft pages.

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Throughout the album, I’ve added sentiments from Tim Holtz quotes stickers.  These little folios, tags and inserts provide space for small photos and journaling spots.

French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial on YouTube

This is a rather long video, but it takes a while to build an album from start to finish.  I’ve edited to make it as concise as possible.  Even if you don’t want to build an entire album, you will find lots of techniques and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  I hope you enjoy!

Now it’s YOUR turn: Harvest of Gratitude Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

You are cordially invited to play along in this Harvest of Gratitude Challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  To do so is easy: simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that follows the challenge theme and guidelines.  Then link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie blog by 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, November 20th.

The design team will invite the creator of our favorite project to join us for a Guest Designer spot at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Our top 3 favorites will receive a badge to display proudly on their blog.  And, everyone who enters and follows the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to receive a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, the sponsor of the challenge.

You can find all the challenge guidelines and link up your project HERE.

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

And, if you are interested in purchasing this gratitude journal, or any of my other creations, I invite you to visit my Kathy by Design ETSY shop.

Cheerio,

kathy

French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial: Product Links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique

 


French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial Other Products:

Little Birdie Fall Flowers: Micro Roses, English Roses, Beaded Micro Petals, Monocle from my stash (Canvas Corp?) Petaloo Botanica Pearl Sprays, Little Birdie Craft Twine, Mustard Seeds

French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial: Page Measurements and Score Lines:
  • Cover: 17″ x 4″: Score at 5″.  Then score every 1/2″ all the way down to 11 1/2″.
  • Inside Covers: 4 7/8″ x 3 7/8″
  • Pocket for front cover: 5 7/8″ x 2 1/4″
  • Page Units: 2 sheets of kraft cardstock cut to 9 1/2″ x 7 1/2″
  • Accordion/Pocket Page: 12″ x 3 7/8″ scored at 4 1/2″, 9″
  • Tip in Pages: 7 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.  Score left hand page at 3″ .  Score right hand page at 4 1/2″
  • Insert Pages: 4 1/2″ x 3 7/8″
  • Inserts and folios: 4″ x 7 1/4″.  Score at 3 1/2″

Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial

A Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial for Little Birdie Crafts

Hello, Friends!  I just love traditional red and green Christmas cards, don’t you?  But every once in a while, I like to go off the beaten path and play with non-traditional Christmas colors.  And that’s how this Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial for Little Birdie Crafts came into being.

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Little Birdie asked me to create a Christmas project this go round.  Since I did not have any Little Birdie Christmas papers, images or flowers, I had to get a little bit creative on this one.  So after I did a lot of thinking with my thunker, I decided that this pinkalicious Christmas card could pass muster.  What do you think?

This is a 6″ x 6″ top fold card made with papers from the Vintage Reflections and Aquarelle 12×12 paper packs.  I selected the “Celebrate” chipboard from the Birthday Wishes Primed Chipboard package.  I selected the candy cane image from a Gecko Galz Altered Christmas Digital Download.

TIP: To add lots of dimension to a project, print the image twice (3″ x 4″).  Cut out the candy cane and flower cluster from one image.  Adhere the cut out image to the print using dimensionals.  This makes a small image really POP on the page.

Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial: The Flowers

Little Birdie Camila Moonlight Flowers come with foliage stems and coiled wire stems.  The Rosemund Pink Roses are soft and delicate, and I just love the fact that they come on stems with foliage and berries attached.  To add texture, dimension and fullness to the floral cluster, I tucked in Green Allium Foliage and Green Ferns.  The feathers from my stash help carry out the vintage vibe.

Fantasy Rose Shimmer Satin Ribbon is the perfect color match for the floral cluster. To add even more dimension and contrast to the flowers, dry brush on a mixture of Grainy Texture Paste and Fire Brick Metallic Paint.  While digging around in my Christmas embellishment stash, I found these miniature pink ornaments.  Sometimes it does pay off to pick up random things on sale!

Victorian Style is all about excess and abundance.  It was fun to take this creation over the top with florals, embellishments, texture and dimension!

Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

The interior of the card is very simple, but still lovely.  The slash pocket is the perfect spot to tuck in a gift card or small treat.  The sentiment and ticket are also from Gecko Galz Altered Christmas.

Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial: Snapguide!

If you’d like to try your hand at this Victorian beauty, I’ve created an easy to follow Snapguide Tutorial to show you how.   There’s a complete supply list built into the Snapguide Tutorial for your convenience. I hope you enjoy!

 

Check out How to Little Birdie Crafts Victorian Pink Christmas Card by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

A Fond Farewell

This is my last post as a member of the Little Birdie Crafts Design Team.  I can’t believe how quickly the term has passed!   It’s been a very good experience for me: I’ve made new friends, learned some new techniques, discovered new products and had loads of fun sharing all of the above with you.  I’d like to thank my friends at Little Birdie Crafts for extending this opportunity to me.  I hope to be able to Guest Design for them from time to time in the future.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and Ideas 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

Heartfelt Creations Buttons and Blooms Shaker Card

This hop is now closed.  The winner is Sharon Gulikson chosen from Joann’s Blog.  

 

Heartfelt Creations Buttons and Blooms Shaker Card for the Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the October 2018 Alumni Hop.  Today I have a sweet and sparkly Buttons and Blooms Shaker Card to share with you.  You know I had to purchase this entire collection because, hello….buttons!

I hadn’t made a shaker card in a while, so that’s the direction I went in.  This is a 6″ x 6″ shaker card with a top fold opening.  Here’s how I put the shaker together:

  • First, use the square die from Cut, Mat, Create 2 A Die to cut the pocket image from the 6″ x 6″ card front in the  Buttons and Blooms Paper Collection.  Save the pocket image to use inside the card.
  • Next, stitch or adhere a 5 3/4″ square of clear cardstock to the back side of the frame you just created.
  • Now, select a 6″ x 6″  card front to serve as the background image for your shaker window.
  • Then place two layers of foam tape about 1/2″ from the edges on the back side of this card front.  Do not remove the liner from the top layer of foam tape yet.
  • Fill the cavity with sequins, beads,  Prills, small buttons…whatever strikes your fancy.  Be careful not to overfill, or the shaker won’t shake. (Note: I used glitter in my shaker, but I would not do that again, as the static electricity caused it to cling to the shaker window.)
  • Next, remove the tape liner, center your shaker frame over the background image and adhere.
  • Adhere this entire assembly to the front of a 6″ x 6″ card base.
Buttons and Blooms Shaker Card:  Decorating the Card Front

Buttons and Blooms Shaker Card:  Vellum Blooms

Buttons and Blooms Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

Die cut tickets and tags from the paper collection using the Tickets and Tags Die.

Use these to decorate the card interior.

Cut out the A2 card front, but leave the extra blank journal card attached.  Score along the journal card to form a flap.  Adhere the flap behind a 5 3/4″ square panel of patterned paper from the collection.  Then adhere the entire assembly to the card.

Then use a circle die to cut a thumb hole from the pocket image we saved in Step One.  Adhere 3 sides to form a gift card pocket.  Insert a cut tag here.  Cut a border strip and adhere it at the top of the page.

Now your card is ready to give to the lucky recipient!

On with the Hop!

Now it’s time to see what the rest of the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team has prepared for your inspiration.  Just click on each link in the list below.  Be sure to leave a comment on each blog you visit as one random comment will be chosen from a mystery blog to receive a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card.

The blog hop runs from 8AM on Friday, October 26th until 11:55PM on Monday, October 29th.  The winner will be announced on this blog post, the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, October 31st!  Enjoy the hop!

Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Vicki  ♥ Amarilys Joann  ♥  Pam ♥                                                        Susan ♥ Martine EmilySandyArchana

I hope I shared some tips, tricks 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.

Happy Hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Button Farm Club Companions Waterfall Mini Album Kit

Introducing The Button Farm Club Companions Waterfall Mini Album Kit

Hello, Friends!   If you have a fur baby (or two or three) you are absolutely going to love today’s post.  I’ve been busy as I can be making this Button Farm Club Companions Waterfall Mini Album Kit.  And this time I have not ONE but TWO mini albums made with Authentique Companions papers: one for dogs and one for cats.  Take a peek!

Button Farm Club Companions Waterfall Mini Album Kit for Cats

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This is the album for all you kitty lovers out there.  The base is a Prima Magnetic Dossier Waterfall album that measures 6″ x 9″ x 3″.    The gorgeous papers are from Authentique Paper’s Companions Collection Kit.  We’ve added in some fun kitty cat novelty buttons, beautiful Lipstick Red Seam Binding Ribbon and Little Birdie Flowers to make these kits extra special.

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This is a super interactive album filled with lots of sweet surprises.

Button Farm Club Companions Waterfall Mini Album Kit for Dogs

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For all you canine lovers, I worked up the same papers and interactive features with a fun dog theme.

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I can’t even begin to tell you how much room there is for photos inside this album!

What’s in the Kit?

Each kit comes with the following items:

  • One Authentique Companions 12″ x 12″ Collection Kit
  • One Prima 9″ x 6″ x 3″ Magnetic Dossier Album
  • Printed written tutorial with full color photos and easy to follow instructions.
  • One Pack of Little Birdie Flowers
  • One Yard of Lipstick Red Seam Binding Ribbon
  • One Value Pack of Cat or Dog Novelty Themed Buttons
  • 8 Sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ Brown Cardstock

The albums are available for pre-order now at The Button Farm.

To order the Dog Album, Click HERE.

For the Cat Album, click HERE.

Albums will ship starting November 5th.  With Christmas right around the corner, this would be a wonderful gift!

Button Farm Club Companions Waterfall Mini Album Sneak Peek on YouTube

Here’s a link to a very short video tour of the albums.

For those of you who have wished to take a class with me, these kits are the next best thing.  If making a kit is not your “thing” I do have one of each completed album for sale in my Etsy Shop.  First come, first served!

Thanks so much for letting me share this news with you!

Cheerio,

kathy

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