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Authentique April Desk Calendar

Authentique April Desk Calendar: Singing in the Rain

Hello, Friends!  Can it really almost be April?  I’m almost late with this Authentique April Desk Calendar project, but I think you’ll still have plenty of time to get yours made before the calendar turns.

Since this calendar follows the same steps and measurements as the March Calendar, I did not create a video tutorial.  Just use that design with the April Calendar Collection.  Easy peasy!

Authentique April Calendar Collection Desk Calendar by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Do you remember how much fun it was as a kid to walk to school under an umbrella?  I can remember waking up excited if I heard raindrops outdoors because I  knew all my classmates would be breaking out their umbrellas, too.  We bobbed along in the rain like cheery little puddle posies while the rain tapped away at our umbrellas.  Those fun memories prompted me to select this darling image and sentiment as the focal for our calendar this month.

Opening this desk calendar is always an adventure!  There are so many sweet goodies tucked inside!

Here’s the hidden folio for the April Desk Calendar.

Plenty of room to add a few sweet photos to these colorful pages.

Use the back side of this darling Easter image to mat a photo.  The journal card tucked in the pocket is a great place to write down memories or important dates.

And there’s lots of room for smaller photos and journaling in the wallet sized folios that tuck in to the pocket.

You can watch the March Video Tutorial HERE.  Are you following along and making each monthly calendar with me?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Saint Patrick’s Day Tea Party in a Box

Authentique Dublin Saint Patrick's Day Tea Party in a Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Saint. Patrick’s Day Tea Party in a Box with Authentique Dublin Collection

Hello, Friends!  Pull up a chair and join me for a Saint Patrick’s Day Tea Party in a Box!  Having an Irish heritage, I love this vibrant holiday!  Remember having to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day so you don’t get pinched?  This Authentique Dublin box style folio sparkles with gold straight from the leprechauns’ vast hoard!  Let’s take a look at the details, shall we?

This box style folio measures 5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ and has a 1″ top fold spine.  You can learn how to create this style folio, and the box pocket on the inside by watching THIS video. The measurements are slightly different, but the process is the same.  Make the shaker element with an altered Tim Holtz vignette frame.  Learn how to do that in THIS video.  Here’s how I altered the frame:

  • Paint the frame with ivory chalk paint.
  • Tap with Peeled Paint Distress Ink, then spritz lightly with water.  Heat dry.
  • Now brush the frame with gold mica gel (link below the post.)

That’s all there is to it!

Saint Patrick’s Day Tea Party in a Box: The Pull Out Pages

The top half of the folio is a sweet little pull out mechanism.  Here’s how to make it:

  • First, cut one sheet of Spectrum Forest Green Cardstock into (2) 12″ x 5″ panels.
  • Next, line the 5″ side of one panel with 1/2″ Scor-Tape.  Remove the liner, and carefully overlap the other Forest Green panel over the 1/2″ line of tape.  Keep everything nice and straight.
  • From the left, score at 4 1/4″.
  • Fold the score line, then score every 5″ all the way down the panel.  You’ll have 2 short flaps on each end.
  • Accordion fold so that both short pieces end up on the top of the pile, one under the other.
  • Place Scor-Tape on the back of the folio and wrap the folio with a long piece of ribbon.  Tie a bow to secure the pages.  Then center and adhere to the top of the card. Now all you have to do is decorate!

Create a little pocket for the front of the pull out mechanism.  I tucked in my favorite Irish Soda Bread recipe, which always makes an appearance for St. Patrick’s Day in our house!

Decorate the pages with 5 3/8″ panels of Dublin Cardstock.  To create the flap elements, mat images on either 3 3/4″ x 4″ panels of Spectrum Kelly Green Cardstock (horizontal flaps) or 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ panels for vertical flaps.  Don’t you love the images in this collection?

Saint Patrick’s Day Tea Party in a Box: Let’s Party!

This box pocket is filled to the brim with St. Patrick’s Day Treats!

TIP: Wrap your treats in scraps left from creating the folio elements.  Then decorate them with punch out elements from the Cardstock Components sheet.  I’ve added cookies, Irish Breakfast Tea, a honey pouch, a honey dipper, 2 chocolate mint Ghiradelli chocolates, a note card and a vintage silver plate spoon.  Just add hot water and a friend!

What are your favorite Saint. Patrick’s Day traditions?  We usually enjoy a shepherd’s pie with Irish soda bread a bit of Guinness on our supper table.  Music by the Irish Rovers is the perfect finishing touch!  I’d love to hear how you celebrate in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Amazing Paper Grace Elegant Infinity Card

Elegant Infinity Spellbinder Die of the Month Amazing Paper Grace Authentique Flawless Shabby Chic Card by Kathy Clement Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Amazing Paper Grace Elegant Infinity Card with Authentique Flawless

Hello, Friends!  Have you seen the Amazing Paper Grace Elegant Infinity Spellbinder’s Die of the Month yet?  Oooh la la!  This is one beautiful set of dies!  It pairs perfectly with the new Authentique Flawless paper collection.  This combination of pink and black makes me super happy!

Amazing Paper Grace Elegant Infinity Card: An Inlaid Mosaic Design

The star of the show is this gorgeous inlaid die cut from the Elegant Infinity Die.  Here’s how I made that happen:

  • First, die cut the medallion, the circle and the square frame from cream cardstock.
  • TIP: use a bit of washi tape to hold the dies in place once you’ve spaced them out on your cutting plate.  This keeps them from shifting and ensures a perfect cut.
  • Next, tap the die cuts with Versamark Ink and heat emboss with WOW Vintage Romance Embossing Powder.
  • Then mat the die cuts on a 4 3/8″ square of Flawless Three.
  • Mat this on both pink and black cardstock.  Place a Prima Crystal in the center of the medallion for a little extra sparkle.
Amazing Paper Grace Elegant Infinity Card: Fit for a Queen

This die is so regal, I just had to add a banner of these Flawless beauties to the card front.

Fuchsia ribbon and Iridescent Metallic String add wonderful contrast to the pretty pastel papers.

Create sweet floral clusters with the cinch and go flower dies that come with the collection.  Attach them at each end of the banner for the perfect finishing touch.

Amazing Paper Grace Elegant Infinity Card: A Peek Inside

Inside the card, I’ve created a fancy sentiment card using the corner dies.  This is so simple to do, but adds such a touch of elegance to a piece of plain cardstock.  Die cut the corners from cream cardstock.  Then adhere them to a panel of blush cardstock.  Then die cut a lacy pocket using the same dies and designer paper.

This is one of my “party in a box” cards with sweet treats tucked into a fancy pocket.  This one holds a book mark, a tea wallet, cookies, chocolate, honey stick and a sweet little vintage silver plate spoon.  This would make such a lovely sweet 16 birthday card!

A Closer Look

There are 9 separate dies that come with the set, so I can see myself using it in lots of different ways.  The little cinch and go flowers would also make wonderful roses or rosebuds.

To find out how to subscribe to the Spellbinder’s Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club, click here.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Did I share some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Purebred Pet Sympathy Card

Authentique Purebred Pet Sympathy Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Purebred Pet Sympathy Card with the February Ribbon Club

Hello, Friends!  Sometimes we have to send a sad card. This soft, vintage style Authentique Purebred Pet Sympathy Card is the perfect way to send your condolences, I’ve paired it up with elegant Blue, Ivory and Gold Plaid Ribbon from the Really Reasonable Ribbon February Ribbon Club.  As a matter of fact, all the ribbons in this month’s club work beautifully with this vintage collection.

Authentique Purebred Pet Sympathy Card: Building the Layers

  • Begin by creating a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from kraft cardstock.
  • Next,  mat a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of the gingham check on navy cardstock.
  • Then mat a 4″ x 6″ journal card on navy cardstock .
  • Die cut a Spellbinder’s Tiara Rondelle from navy cardstock.  Cut in half from left to right.
  • Then die cut a Spellbinder’s Large Standard Oval from the paper pieced dog print. Adhere the Tiara Rondelle pieces top and bottom as seen in the photo.
  • Now, create a belly band with a 4 3/4″ x 3″ strip of the horizontal print.  Adhere thin strips of navy cardstock on the top and bottom to separate the patterned papers.
  • Back the 3″ x 4″ image with dimensionals and adhere.
Authentique Purebred Pet Sympathy Card: Finishing Touches

Use your Zutter-Bow-It-All Tool to create a triple loop bow from the plaid ribbon.  Arrange the flowers along the left hand side of the card.  Place a dot of hot glue under the center of the arrangement.  Fold the bow so that the knot is at the front and using the tip of your scissors, push the knot into the hot glue and hold for a second or two.  Carefully pull out your scissors and fuss the bow.

To add to the vintage, shabby chic feel of this card, dry brush the edges of the paper layers with a little ivory chalk paint.  Paint the wood icons with the same paint and when dry, brush very lightly with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Then adhere to the card.  Add some pearls, vintage buttons, and paint spatters to finish off the design.

Authentique Purebred Pet Sympathy Card: A Peek Inside

To me, nothing is as comforting as a cup of tea, so I tucked in a little tea bag in a simple pocket.  Then I die cut a note card using the Spellbinder’s Cannetille Rectangle Die and tucked it in a side pocket.  Then I stamped another cream card panel with a pet sympathy sentiment stamp, added a sticker from the Purebred Collection Kit , and adhered to the face of the pocket.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques and inspiration that you can use in your  next crafty adventure.  If so, I ‘d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  And, you’ll find a linked supply list at the end of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique March Desk Calendar Tutorial

Authentique March Desk Calendar Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique March Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends! This Celtic beauty adorns the cover of our Authentique March Desk Calendar.  That’s right!  With Valentine’s Day behind us, it’s time to get ready for the wearing of the green.  So break out your March Calendar collection pages and let’s get our craft on!

Did you make the January and February Desk Calendars yet?  The March calendar is the same size and basic design, although I streamlined a couple of features to make it even easier to create.

Just like the January and February models, the base is a 6″ x 6″ easel card.  I dressed this one up with some fancy gold buttons, shimmer satin ribbon and beautiful Little Birdie Amor Mio flowers.

You’ll still find a cute pocket with folio inserts and a March calendar on the interior of the card.  But the pocket construction is even simpler.

And we still have the nifty hidden pocket and folio feature.  But I changed the shape of the pull tab.  I can’t have you getting bored on me!

So if you’re ready to learn how to make this sweet Authentique March Desk Calendar, just click play on the video below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

The great thing about this fun design is that it makes a great gift!  Just change out the papers, and you can make birthday cards, anniversary cards, graduation cards…the options are endless!

Are you making this series along with me?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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