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Throwback Thursday: Authentique Crush Cards

Authentique Crush Love is an Adventure Envelope Flip Book by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Authentique Crush Cards and Folio

Hello Friends!  Love is in the air!  For this Throwback Thursday I have a trio of paper pretties made with Authentique Crush.  This collection was released in 2014, but I still love the pink and aqua color palette, the pretty patterns and the delightful images.  I pulled it out of the Closet of Shame and spent two delightful days creating these sweet projects.  You might have these papers in your stash, so I thought I would share them here.

Authentique Crush Envelope Flip Book

Remember the Carta Bella Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial I shared with you at the beginning of this week? This is the folio base I built in the tutorial.  I just dressed it up in these pretty Valentine’s Day papers.

TIP: Add round elements to a square or rectangular card to offer contrast.  This lovely vintage clock cabochon and silver sentiment charm do the trick.

TIP: Mixed metals?  Unify them with a little white chalk paint.  I painted the arrow, the base for the clock cabochon and the key so they would all match.  It also lends a shabby chic finish to the folio design.

Black houndstooth check ribbon ties in with the design paper and helps to anchor all these pastel colors.  Use it for the ribbon closure.  Tie loopy bows with black micro gingham ribbon and tuck in with the flower clusters.

A Peek Inside

True confessions: I had planned to do a video tour of this little folio, but it sold in the Etsy Shop, and I packed it up and shipped it…then I said, “oops!”  Sorry about that!  You can watch the video tour of the Carta Bella Envelope Flip Book to see how all the parts work together.  But I’ll just show you inspiration pictures of this project.

These are little magnetic flap elements.  Don’t you just love these images?

Pocket insert folio.

Gift packet with decorative belly band.  Create the envelope with an Envelope Punch Board.

Valentine treats!

Authentique Crush Vintage Style Card

Authentique Crush Vintage Style Valentine by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Next I made a 5″ x 7″ vintage style Valentine.  Once again, I used circular elements to offset the sharp corners of the card.

The inside is sweet and simple with a little treat pocket and a blank die cut panel for a personal greeting.

Authentique Crush Shaker Card

This little shaker card might just be my favorite of the trio.  The 4 1/4″ x 6 3/4″ base was made with an off cut from die cutting the frame.  Back the frame with clear cardstock (acetate) then line the solid portions of the frame with 1/8″ wide foam tape to create the shaker element, For fun, I punched out the little ticket from the elements sheet and let it float freely in the shaker mix.

Shaker cards are like a toy.  They delight me!

This little felt heart element is made with some of my old Tammy Tutterow Spellbinder dies. Tie a bitty  key and heart shaped lock to a metal arrow and adhere to the felt for a unique and perfect Valentine embellishment.

Loopy black micro gingham bows and bitty buttons  go so well with this paper collection!

And here’s a peek inside.  A simple side pocket with a chocolate treat and a blank sentiment panel for writing mooshy greetings finish things off nicely.

I think these would be so cute as part of a Valentine’s display.  Although the folio has sold, the shaker card and the vintage style card are still available in my ETSY shop at the time of this posting.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure.  And I hope you dust of some of your stash and make something beautiful, too!  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!




Note: since this is a Throwback Thursday project, some of the items I have used are no longer available for purchase.  I will link whenever possible.  Use goodies from your stash to substitute for retired items.

Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial

Authentique Calendar Collection January February Desk Calendars by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design PHoto 01

Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial: January and February

Hello, Friends!  I just love the month of January.  The whole year stretches out before you like a blank book just waiting for you to write your story.  This Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial is an idea that I think you are going to love.

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

You know that old song, “Brighten the Corner Where You Are?”  These sweet little easel style folios are designed to do just that!  Each one measures 6″ x 6″ and is decorated in vintage style using the Authentique Calendar Collection.  They are the perfect way to decorate a desk, entry way, or studio and they make a great birthday gift, too.  I built some fun features into the design that I think you are really going to enjoy!  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial: Filled with Fun

Open the desk decor to find the January Calendar on the inside along with a lovely pocket of goodies.  Fill the dates in on the calendar, or use it to write down birthdays, anniversaries and holidays.

Adding a pocket to an easel style card is one of my favorite design tricks.  I’ve tucked 2 wallet sized photo folios inside the pocket along with a journaling card.  You could also add a couple of photographs here.  But there’s more to this design than what meets the eye!

Pull the tab on the right to reveal a hidden pocket built into the base of the folio.  How fun is that?

This folio measures 5 1/4″ square and will hold 3 photos.

Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial: February

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

The February Desk Decor is created using the same techniques as the ones from the January calendar.

Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial on YouTube

Because I thought you would enjoy creating these lovely little desk decor calendars, I created a video tutorial.  Just follow the simple step by step instructions.  I will build the February folio in the video, but the measurements and steps are the same for January.  Just change out the papers and images and you’ll be all set.

How do you feel about me sharing a new desk decor calendar each month in 2020?  Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!




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!




Secret Santa Treat Box with Shaker Ornament

Secret Santa Treat Box with Shaker Ornament for Authentique Christmas Group Post

Hello, Friends!  This Secret Santa Treat Box is a quick and easy last minute Christmas gift.  I’ve made it for the Authentique Christmas Group  post over on the Authentique Blog.  You’ll definitely want to pop over there to see what paper pretties the rest of the team has cooked up for you to enjoy.

Secret Santa Treat Box: Putting it together

Secret Santa Treat Box with Shaker Ornament Authentique Calendar Collection December by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I’ve had this 3″ x 4″ little slider drawer box in the Closet of Shame for ages.  It’s such a cute size , and you can tuck all sorts of goodies inside the drawer: chocolates, candies, gift cards, jewelry…whatever tiny treasure your heart desires.  Here’s how it came together:

  • First, cut Spectrum Tricycle Red Cardstock to fit the height of the box.  Then wrap it around the outside and secure with your favorite adhesive.
  • Next, cut a slightly smaller layer of the cable knit sweater pattern from Snowfall and adhere to the top of the box.  Use scraps if you have them.
  • Now, create a teeny tiny easel card with a 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of heavy cream cardstock.  Again, use scraps.  Score the easel at 2 1/2″ and again at 5″, then cover with scraps from the December Calendar Collection.  Center and adhere to the top of the box.
  • Use stamp shaped scissors to cut out the Santa Stamps.  Place a magnet behind the Santa stamp on the right.  This will hold the shaker ornament in place.  Adhere to the front of the easel.
  • Now cover the sides of the drawer with a 1″ strip of the red cardstock from the December collection kit.
  • You will need to strengthen the drawer face before you add  the drawer pull. Cut a piece of cardstock that will fit behind the drawer front.  Then place the drawer pull where you want it and use a piercing tool to add holes.  Attach the handle with brads.
  • Cover the inside of the box with scraps from the December collection.
Secret Santa Treat Box:  A Peek Inside

I was able to fit 9 Nuggets neatly inside the drawer.

TIP: If the drawer “drags” when you are trying to open and close it, simply rub the sides with a little candle wax.  It will glide freely.

Decorate the top of the box with a bottle brush Christmas tree and some pretty Prima Christmas Flowers.  Add a green gingham bow.

Secret Santa Treat Box:  The Shaker Ornament

I found this shaker ornament frame while cleaning out my chipboard stash.  While I could not find it online, I did find a nice selection of shaker ornaments HERE. You could easily substitute another Christmas shape.  Here’s how the shaker came together:

  • First, paint the outer frame and the backing with off white chalk paint.
  • Tap the frame with Versamark Embossing Ink.  Then heat emboss with Shabby Ivory Embossing powder.
  • Trace around the base of the ornament, or use a circle die to cut out the Santa image. Adhere this to the front side of the ornament base.
  • Now cut a second piece from scraps and adhere on the back side of the base.
  • Adhere foam tape around the edges of the base.  I use Darice Foam Strips because they are only 1/8″ wide and will not show through the shaker window.    I generally add 3 layers of foam tape, but you can add as many or as few as you wish.
  • Now adhere the domed shaker inside the frame using Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Next, fill the center of the base with your shaker mix.  Be careful not to let sequins or beads gather around the outer edges, or the shaker will not seal properly.
  • Now, line up the domed frame over the foam tape on the base.  Gently press in place to seal.
  • Then, adhere eyelash trim around the outer edge of the shaker to cover up the foam.
  • Next, place the 2nd magnet over the Santa Stamp.  Press the ornament against it once you have it positioned where you want it to be.  Cover the back of the magnet with a bit of Scor-Tape and cover with a small scrap of  paper.
  • Finally, string ribbon through the hanger.  Add a bow, jingle bells, holly, etc.  Stitch a Christmas button at the top of the ribbon to form a hanger.
Secret Santa Treat Box: Adding the Feet

You will need to create a false bottom for the box if you wish to add the feet.  This is easy to do.  Simply cut a 1/8″ thick piece of chipboard to match the size of the box bottom.  Wrap it with the same red cardstock that was used to cover the drawer front.  Finally, adhere the feet to the false bottom, then adhere the false bottom to the base of the box.

These little boxes would be sweet made up for any occasion: birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Easter….the sky is the limit!  You can find another of these little gift boxes that I made a while back HERE I’ve added a linked supply list at the bottom of this post for your convenience.

Now I wish you all a truly joyous and happy Christmas!  I’ll be spending time with my sweet family , but will be back for the Heartfelt Creations blog hop on Friday.  I hope to see you there!

Merry Christmas dear friends!





Vintage Santa Shaker Card

Authentique Calendar Collection December Vintage Santa Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Vintage Santa Shaker Card with Authentique December Calendar Collection

Hello, Friends!  Santa Claus is watching you!  This Vintage Santa Shaker Card made with Authentique Paper’s December Calendar Collection has a great country vibe.  I think it’s the red, black and cream color palette paired up with Bold Black Check Ribbon and shiny red vintage buttons that accomplishes that feat.

Vintage Santa Shaker Card: The Basics

This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ Tim Holtz Idea-Ology wooden shaker frame.  Here’s how to build the simple layers in this sweet card.

  • First, build a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base by joining (2) 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels of Forest Green Cardstock with Scor-Tape.  Score in a 1/2″ spine at the top, and trim the bottom so that the base measures 5″ x 7″.
  • Next mat a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of the plaid patterned paper on a slightly larger piece of red cardstock.
  • Now add a 2 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ strip of the holly print across the center as a belly band.
  • Add some black and white Christmas washi tape along the bottom edge, just for fun.
Vintage Santa Shaker Card: The Shaker Frame

Paint the largest Tim Holtz Idea-ology Vignette Frame with Black Chalk Paint.  When it is nearly dry, gently wipe over the surface with a damp paper towel to create a distressed finish.  Then spray the frame with Heidi Swapp Tinsel Color Shine.  This lends a frosty appearance to the frame.  Wrap the edges of the shaker frame with 1/4″ black gingham ribbon to hide the elevation.

TIP: Watch THIS video tutorial to learn how to create the shaker frame element on this card.

Vintage Santa Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

The inside of this card is so very jolly!  I covered the top half with the cable knit sweater pattern from Authentique Snowfall.  This lends a real cozy feel, and I  love the color. Layer up scraps from the collection, then add a little die cut sentiment panel.

The bottom pocket contains a little chocolate treat, a honey stick and a vintage wooden candy cane ornament that I found at a local flea market.    There’s plenty of room to add a little gift card or other small token inside this large pocket.  The Santa in the chimney image is actually a little flap element.

Line the inside with more scrap pieces, then create a little pocket to hold this Christmas tea bag.  What a fun gift!

You can find this card in my ETSY shop.

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 the signature.

Thanks for stopping by!





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