Throwback Thursday: G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card

G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends! What do you do when your creative mojo is running low?  My remedy is to organize my stash.  Inevitably, while I am tidying up the studio or organizing papers, i will find something that jump starts my creativity and before you know it, poof!  I’m back up and running.  That’s what happened with this G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card.   As I was organizing the remnants of this retired collection, I saw a card in the pile, so quick as a wink, I put it together.

G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card: Lots of Layers

Graphic 45 Cityscapes Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Layering this card up is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  • First, create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from kraft cardstock.
  • Next, mat a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of designer paper on cream cardstock.  If you like wider borders on your cards, cut the panel to 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.
  • Now, layer up scraps of the blue print and the black diamond print.  No size for these…just use what you have in your scraps and trim them so that they fit.
  • Then, adhere a 4″ x 6″ ephemera card on the diagonal.  Adhere the 3 circle icons on the left.
  • Next, trim out the blue tag from another ephemera card. Top this with another sentiment panel, a bow, flower,  and some cute little travel themed charms. Adhere a chipboard tab to the back side of the tag before adding to the base.  You will need to add dimensionals to the back of the tag to level it.
  • Insert a compass brad inside a Tim Holtz Compass Coin and adhere on top of the posies.
  • Add a little border strip.
G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Cityscapes Birthday Card Interior Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Clearly, I used up a ton of scraps on the inside of this card.  Add pockets and inserts to turn this into a gift.  The little G45 Tag and Pocket combo is a great spot to stash a little cash.

The larger pocket holds a tag that can double as a bookmark.  Note:  this is the same tag design I used on the front.  I just altered it by layering a sentiment panel on top of the original sentiment.  The back of the ephemera card is a great spot to add a personal greeting.

If you need a tutorial for making a pocket on a card, you can check out my Papercrafting 101 Tutorial: Pockets on YouTube.  And if you’d like more ideas for working with this classic G45 Collection, look HERE.   Some of these projects are a great way to use up scraps, too!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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

 

 

Carta Bella Home Again Birthday Card

Carta Bella Home Again Birthday Card Kathy Clement Kathy by Design PHoto 01

Carta Bella Home Again Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  This sweet little birthday card is made with the Carta Bella Home Again Collection.  I fell in love with the color palette, the lovely patterns and the farmhouse vibe, and then it kind of …ooops…fell into my cart!  Our lovely daughter in law had a December birthday, and this is the card I made for her.  She loves simple elegance and fresh design.  How did I do?  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Carta Bella Home Again Birthday Card: O Happy Day!

This is a long and skinny card, measuring 8 1/2″ x 3 3/4″.  The idea here was to create a base that would allow me to fussy cut the herb tags from the collection and then string them across the front like a banner.    Here’s how that worked:

  • First, cut an 8 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ panel of cardstock for the base.  Score at 3 3/4″ on the short side and fold to create a top fold card.
  • Next, cut a 3 1/2″ x 8″ panel of the green check pattern.
  • Top this with a 7 1/8″ x 2 3/4″ panel of the small navy floral print.
  • Now cut a 6 3/4″ x 2″ panel of the green leaf pattern and center it on the card.
  • Stitch the 3 panels together on the sewing machine.
  • Then fussy cut 5 of the herbal tags from the collection.  I stamped mine with small sentiment stamps that I found in my stash.  Punch a hole at the top and thread some jute string through.
  • Next, place dimensionals on the back and adhere to the card.  I think this looks best if you don’t use a straight line.
  • Locate the cake icon from the ephemera pack. Stamp with a greeting, pop up on dimensionals and center on the card.
  • Add some posies and a pretty bow from the December Ribbon Club and you are done!
A Peek Inside

Create a lacy pocket with an Amazing Paper Grace die.  Tuck in a chocolate and a little note card.  This is a great spot for a gift card, too.  Then stamp a sentiment panel and you are done!

Working with this collection is so relaxing.  The colors are soft and soothing, and the farmhouse imagery has a wonderful nostalgic feel to it.  In fact, I love it so much I decided to use it in my Button Farm Club Kit this month…but more about that in a few days!  How’s that for a teaser?  I will tell you, that it is one of my favorite projects I’ve done for BFC so far…and I think you will love it, too.

I know the blog has been quiet…but I’ve been working like crazy behind the scenes.  There’s some fun stuff coming up, my friends!  Can’t wait to share it all with you!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  And, you’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Bundle Up Wintry All Occasion Card Tutorial

Bundle Up Wintry All Occasion Card Tutorial with Authentique Snowfall Collection by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Bundle Up  Wintry All Occasion Card Tutorial  with Authentique Snowfall Collection

Hello, Friends!  If you’re having trouble getting your creative mojo back in gear after the holidays, this Bundle Up Wintry All Occasion Card Tutorial is sure to help!  I’ve used the adorable Authentique Snowfall collection to create a quick and easy card that’s perfect for winter birthdays, get well wishes, or just to say hello.

Let’s Get Our Craft On!

  • First, create the 5 1/2″ square card base with an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of heavy cardstock.
  • Next, trim it to measure 5 1/2″ x 11″, then score on the long side at 5 1/2″ and fold to form a simple card base.
  • Now mat a 5 1/4″ square of  the snowflake pattern from Snowfall 3 on a 5 3/8″ square Authentique Spectrum Antique Lace cardstock.
  • Then create a belly band by matting a 5 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ panel of Snowfall One Plaid on a 5 1/4″ x 4″ panel of Spectrum Forest Green Cardstock.

 

You can choose to machine stitch these layers together as I did, or simply adhere in place.

Bundle Up  Wintry All Occasion Card Tutorial:  Adding the Details

  • Punch the 3 banners from the Snowfall Element Sheet and mat on both Antique Lace and Forest Green Spectrum Cardstock.
  • To add a frosty edge to the banners, sand them lightly before matting.
  • Now place dimensionals on the back of the banners and adhere to the card front.

TIP:  Place the middle banner first so that your design will be centered properly.  Then add the two side banners.

  • Next, adhere the die cut snowflakes.  We will discuss how I embossed them in the video tutorial below.
  • Die cut and heat emboss Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves.  Adhere the stems under the left hand banner.
  • Now add a Blue/Gold Plaid Bow and some flowers.
  • Place dimensionals on the back of the snowflake icons.  Top with bitty buttons and adhere.
  • Place dimensionals behind the “Bundle Up” tab and adhere at the top of the card.

For a great snowy finish, spatter the card with diluted white acrylic paint.  Dry brush the edges with Stamperia Sparkling White Glamour Gel.

Bundle Up  Wintry All Occasion Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

The inside of this card is simply fun!

  • First, cut (2) 5 3/8″ panels of cardstock to line the base.  Sand the edges if desired
  • Now, find a scrap of the plaid pattern that is about 1 1/2″ wide x 5 3/8″ long.  Adhere just the top, bottom and left hand side to form a shallow tea bag pocket.
  • Then punch out the “frosty mornings” ticket from the Elements sheet and adhere.
  • Cut a 5 3/8″ wide belly band from the plaid paper and adhere.
  • Now adhere a blank panel of cream cardstock in the center where you can add your sentiment.

That’s it!  Easy Peasy!  You can watch me make this card live in the video tutorial below.

Bundle Up  Wintry All Occasion Card Tutorial Video

You can use this basic card design as a “recipe” for other card projects, too.  Sometimes I like to just make a big old stack of these simple cards to have on hand, or to add to orders from my Etsy Shop as a thank you gift.

If you’re still not ready to get your craft on, check out THIS wintry Twist and Pop Card Tutorial. It’s sure to make you want to break out your scissors and get crafty!

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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Stamperia New England Snowflake Shaker Cards

Stamperia New England Snowflake Shaker Cards Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Stamperia New England Snowflake Shaker Cards: The Square Frame

Hello, Friends!  Just a quick share today, as I am still playing catch up from the holidays.  I have a couple of lovely Stamperia New England Snowflake Shaker Cards that were made as a special order in my ETSY shop.  They turned out so nicely, I though I would let you take a peek, too.

These wintry blues are so dreamy paired up a snowflake frame from Renea Bouquets. HEre’s how the front of this card came together.

  • First, create a 5 1/2″ square card base.
  • Next mat a panel of New England paper on two different panels of blue cardstock.
  • Next prepare the frame. Tap the frames with Versamark Embossing ink.  Be generous.
  • Now, heat  emboss them with WOW Vintage Champagne Glitter Powder.  The powder has little flecks of gold in it that creates a beautiful shabby chic finish on the frame
  • Then, select a focal image that fits the inside dimensions of the shaker frame.
  • Back the frame with clear cardstock and foam tape.
  • Fill the cavity with a shaker mix of buttons, pearls, beads and sequins.
  • Carefully line up the focal image over the foam tape and press in place to seal.
  • Adhere in the center of the card.
  • Attach small pearls to the center of each snowflake.
  • Add ribbons and flowers.

Stamperia New England Snowflake Shaker Cards Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Stamperia New England Snowflake Shaker Cards: The Round Frame

Here’s the round frame.  Isn’t it lovely? I found a strip of chipboard snowflakes in my stash, so I added them to the mix along with a little tag and key, vintage buttons and beautiful bows and flowers.

The inside is simple, as requested in the special order.  But I still managed to sneak a tea bag inside!  You know me!

Winter has its own special beauty, and this paper collection really captures it so well. I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Heartfelt Peonies Birthday Queen Greeting Card

This hop is now closed.  The winner is Sandi Marson, chosen from Monica’s blog.  Thanks for hopping!

Heartfelt Creations December Alumni Hop: Heartfelt Peonies Birthday Queen Greeting Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations December 2019 Alumni Hop!  For this last blog hop of 2019, I’m sharing this Heartfelt Peonies Birthday Queen Greeting Card.  Made with the brand new Rounded Window Frame Die, this 6×6 card is a quick make.

  • First, distress the edges of a 6×6 card front from the Window Scenes Paper Collection.  Then ink the edges with Picked Raspberries Distress Oxide Ink.
  • Next, die cut the Rounded Window Frame Die from Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Cardstock.  Center and adhere to the card base.

Now it’s time to make some flowers!

Heartfelt Peonies Birthday Queen Greeting Card: Making the Flowers

  • Stamp 3 sets of Sweet Peonies onto Deluxe Flower Shaping paper using Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink.
  • Now, sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set.
  • Next, die cut the flower layers using the matching dies.
  • Then create a puddle of Picked Raspberries ink on your craft mat by swiping the ink pad over the surface.  Spritz with water until beads of water form.  Then dip and drag the flower layers through the ink.  Let them dry most of the way, or gently dry with a heat gun.
  • Now, while the petals are slightly damp, shape them in the Floral Basics Shaping Mold.
  • Use the stylus or Golf Tools to cup the petals.  Layer together. Add Prills to the centers of the smallest blossoms.
  • Arrange as seen in the photo.
  • Add seam binding ribbons, a ticket sentiment, key,vintage  stick pins and vintage buttons to complete the card front.
Heartfelt Peonies Birthday Queen Greeting Card: A Peek Inside

Pockets are a lovely way to turn a card into a gift.

  • Line the bottom of the card with a 6″ x 8 1/2″ panel of Sweet Peony paper.  Score a 2 1/2″ line along the bottom edge.  Fold up to form a pocket.  Adhere the sides to the card base.  Decorate the top of the pocket with a border scrap and a stamp from the collection.

I created a fancy bookmark with velvet ribbon and charms. Then I stitched a pretty scrap panel to pink cardstock layers.  Die cut an oval from the center of a card front and adhere over the middle of the bookmark.  Add some lace and vintage buttons as a finishing touch.

On With the Hop

This hop will remain open from 8AM EST on Friday, December 27th until 11:55PM EST on Monday, December 30th.  A winning comment will be randomly selected from a mystery blog.  I’ll post the winner at the top of this post on Tuesday, December 31st.  If possible, I will also notify the winner via e-mail.  Heartfelt Creations will announce the winner on their blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, January 1st.  The winner will then have 72 hours to claim the prize by contacting [email protected]  Please write “Winner of the December Blog Hop” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Now let’s get hopping!  Here’s the lineup for this month:

Kathy (You are HERE) ♥  Glenda   ♥  Vicki  ♥ Els Monica  ♥  Alissa  ♥ Amarilys

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.  You’ll also find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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