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Lemonade Stand Easel Card

Lemonade Stand Easel Card: Gecko Galz Guest Designer

Hello, Friends!  Summertime and lemonade just seem to go together.  I’m sharing a darling Lemonade Stand Easel Card as a Guest Designer for Gecko Galz today.  It’s just loaded with summer sunshine and lemony goodness.

See?  I told you it was cute!  This 6″ square card features patterned papers from Authentique’s “Endless” collection and digital images from Gecko Galz.  Gorgeous Little Birdie Jamie Moonlight Flowers make everything feel and cool.

Most of the images on this card come from the totally adorable “Let’s Make Lemonade” Digital Collage Sheet.   I added some additional layers and contrast with an image from Bingo Cards Digital Collage Sheet and Ephemera Days Digital Collage Sheet.   A vintage button from my stash  and a bow tied with 3/8″ Yellow Gingham Ribbon completes the ensemble.

Lemonade Stand Easel Card: Tips and Tricks for Working with Digital Images

Here are a few tips and tricks that you can use if you have not worked with digital images before:

  • Print on high quality cardstock.  I use Epson Matte Premium Presentation Paper for high resolution images.
  • Always set your printer properties to the High Quality setting.
  • You can print the digital sheet exactly as it comes from Gecko Galz.  Or, you can use a photo editing program to crop and resize images to suit your project.  That is what I did with this card.
  • Cropped images can be pasted into a Word file.  This way, you can size the paper to 8 1/2″ x 11, which fits most all printers.  Cropping and pasting means that you don’t use ink/paper on images that you don’t intend to use.
  • Let images dry overnight, or heat set gently with your heat gun.  This will prevent the ink from smudging when handled.
Lemonade Stand Easel Card: A Peek Inside

Create a pocket for your easel card by cutting the liner paper for the card interior about 3″ longer than the panel.  Then just score, fold, and adhere the sides to make an instant pocket.

Create a little tea bag wallet by scoring and folding a strip of white cardstock.  Make a belly band from scraps and decorate with fussy cut images and flowers.

Iced tea is just as refreshing as lemonade, and you can make an icy cold glass using the tea bag tucked inside the wallet.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures.  I’ll be back soon with more Gecko Galz creations!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Summer Memories Flip Folio Tutorial

Authentique Endless Summer Memories Flip Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Summer is speeding by, isn’t it?  I created this Authentique Endless Summer Memories Flip Folio Tutorial because sometimes it’s hard to really take in all the adventures and activities of this busy season.  There are pool parties, picnics in the park, concerts under the stars, holidays, birthdays and the lovely “ordinary” days that we want to remember.  This flip folio, rich with summer imagery and colors, is the perfect place to capture all the lazy, hazy days of summer fun.

Endless Summer Memories Flip Folio Tutorial: The Basics

This 5″ x 7″ staggered page style folio is made with 4 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.   I had a good time designing the fold out pages, pockets, flips, flaps and interactive features housed inside.  Loosely based on this 4 fold folio design I made years ago, this new and improved version offers loads of space for photos and journaling.

A 2″ wide decorative belly band with a magnetic closure holds everything together. (I will link all the products I used in the supply list.  You will also find a basic cutting guide below the signature of this post.)

The Endless 8″ x 8″ pad is sized perfectly for this project.  You will also need to use a 12″ x 12″ Endless 8 cut apart page  for images and journal cards.

Endless Summer Memories Flip Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Remove the belly band to reveal a gatefold opening.  I adhered just the bottom corner of a 3″ x 4″ journal card to the left hand gate.  The little bumblebee icons from the 12×12 Cardstock Components sheet make a darling turn tab.

This flip folio has hidden pocket pages, folio inserts, and loads of room for photos.

Here’s a look at it fully opened.  The center panel is 5″ x 7″  The mirror image panels on the left and right are 4″ x 6″.  Half inch spines allow lots of room to fill the pages and pockets with photos and memorabilia.

Endless Summer Memories Flip Folio Tutorial: Interactive Features

A center pocket is hidden behind a large pull out page.

This sweet little shaker folio is tucked into the pocket.  A magnetic tab top closure keeps everything neat and tidy.

TIP: The shaker frame is the “leftover” from cutting out the dragonfly image on the belly band.  Simply back it with clear cardstock, add a little foam tape around the edges, fill with a shaker mix,  and adhere to the mason jar paper.

Here’s a peek at the two folio inserts.

Endless Summer Memories Flip Folio Tutorial: YouTube Video

It’s really hard to get a feel for the flow of a folio like this one without a video tour.  You’ll be able to see how everything works together in the project share and video tutorial below.

Note: My cell phone battery died at one point during the final taping sequence.  It doesn’t affect the tutorial in any way, but it does make for an awkward closing sequence.  My apologies! Technology can be tricky! 

I hope you will have fun making this elegant little folio.  It can be used with any papers you have in your stash, and is adaptable to any theme.  I’d love to hear your thoughts about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Cutting and Scoring Guide
  • For the base:
    • Cut joined cardstock to 16 1/2″ x 7:
      • Score on long side at 2″, 2 1/2″, 6 1/2″, 7″, 11″, 11 1/2″
  • Belly Band
    • 16 1/2″ x 2″
      • Score at 4 3/4″, 5 3/4″, 10 3/4″, 11 3/4″ (Berrylicious)
    • 16 1/4″ x 1 3/4″ from Endless 5.  Line up with scored lines on Berrylicious
  • Liner Papers
    • Back Cover
      • (1) 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″
      • (4) 3 7/8″ x 5 7/8″
      • (2) 1 3/4″ x 3 3/4″
    • Inside Cover
      • (2) 1 3/4″ x 3 7/8″
      • (4) 3 7/8″ x 5 7/8″
      • (1) 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″
  • Hidden Pocket Insert for Center Panel
    • (1) 4″ x 16 1/2″ Berrylicious; score every 5 1/2″
    • Liners:
      • (6) 3 7/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • Main Pocket Insert
    • 4″ x 16 1/2″ Berry Licious
      • Score at 1 1/2″, 6 1/2″, 11″
    • Liners
      • Tab:  3 7/8″ x 1 3/8″
      • Panels: 3 7/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • Tip-Ins
    • 4″ x 5 7/8″
      • Score 1 /2″ flap on the left or right side
  • Small Hidden Pocket Inserts
    • 3 1/4″ x 8″; score at 3 1/2″

 

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit Reveal

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends! Spend some time during the lazy, hazy days of summer creating vibrant all occasion greeting cards with the Button Farm Club Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit.  If you’re like me, you never seem to have enough cards on hand.

The Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit from The Button Farm Club will help you to create an amazing variety of beautiful handmade cards quickly and easily. Just follow the full color step by step tutorial that comes with the kit.

Vibrant summer patterns and images from Authentique Paper’s Endless Collection will be used to make 10 projects from this one kit:  an interactive 5” x 7” card folio with pockets, flip page and waterfall feature; a fanciful mason jar shaker card, 6” x 6” easel card that is suitable for home decor, a delightful fun fold card with a pocket, (3) 4” x 6” easy to mail cards, (2) dimensional gift tags, and a clever gift card wallet.

Project #1: Lazy Days Card Folio

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

If you’ve been wishing for a card folio tutorial…here it is!  And isn’t it adorable?  This is a 5″ x 7″ side fold card folio with all sorts of fun on the inside.

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

This is just a sneaky peek of all the fun I’ve tucked inside.  There’s a double pocket flip page with inserts, a waterfall feature…and more!  This is a great place to capture a special family birthday, vacation or summer fun day.

Project #2: Mason Jar Shaker Card

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

How cute is this 5″ x 6 1/2″ shaker card?  Can you see the little fireflies in the mason jars?  You’ll learn how to make it with the tutorial that comes in the kit.

Project #3: Sunbonnet Sue Easel Card

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

This 6″ x 6″ easel card can double as summer home decor.

Project #4: Dragonfly Days Fancy Fold Card

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

No card kit would be complete without a great fancy fold card design.  This  5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ fancy fold  looks so impressive when made, but is actually simple to make.  You’re going to love it!

Projects #5, #6 and #7: Easy to mail cards

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

These 4″ x 6″ cards have a little less dimension, making them easier to mail.  But they are still big on detail.

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

Some have a lovely little gift card pocket on the inside.

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

And they all make creative use of scraps.

Projects #8 and #9: Vintage Style Gift Tags

These dimensional gift tags have a lovely little hanging loop on the top, making them easy to add to a package, or to hang from a knob as home decor.

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

 

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 11

They are generously sized at 3″ x 6″.

Project #10: Gift Card WalletAuthentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 12

Last but not least, you’ll learn how to create this lovely gift card wallet.  It’s the perfect way to present a monetary gift with a personal touch.

Endless Summer Card Kit: What’s Inside:

Everything you need to make all of the above projects comes in the kit with the exception of inks, adhesives and tools.  Just look at all the wonderful paper pretties packed into this kit:

  • Authentique Endless Collection: (10) 12” x 12” double sided papers
  • Authentique Endless Cardstock Component Sheet
  • Spectrum Cardstock: (3) 12” x 12” sheets
  • 100 pound weight luxury cream cardstock: (4) 12” x 12 sheets
  • Little Birdie Andrea Vivid Palette Boxed Flowers
  • Seam binding ribbon (blue and salmon/1 yard each), satin ribbon (blue and peach/1yard each), Baker’s Twine/1 yard, burlap string/1 yard
  • 10 October Afternoon Buttons in a variety of colors and sizes (varies from kit to kit but all are color coordinated to work with the papers)
  • a vintage style metal key in either gold or silver tone
  • (3) silver tone charms: butterfly, dragonfly, bee
  • 2 cloth covered button brads (vary from kit to kit)
  • One sheet of Chipboard Stickers
  • 3 doilies
  • 2 Maya Road Pearl Stick Pins
  • 1 Packet of Sparkletz Shaker Mix
  • Shaped Shaker Card base

If you are an experienced card maker, you can just play with the kit as you please.  If you are a card maker who wants to learn some new techniques, gain confidence in layering patterned papers, and discover fun new styles of cards to make, the easy to follow tutorial is there to guide you.

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit: The First in a Series

What I’m really excited about is this: if this card kit is well received, I will be working with The Button Farm Club to release an all occasion card kit for each quarter of the year.  How exciting is that?

If you’re interested in placing an order for this kit, then pop on over to the Button Farm Club and sign up.  (I think Laura is also adding a subscription button for future card kits.)

So many of you have asked me to come to your hometowns to teach a class.  Well, this is the next best thing (and I don’t have to travel!  LOL).  I’m truly honored to be collaborating with The Button Farm Club to make these kits.  The quality of everything is top notch, and the value is amazing. The price of the kit is just $49.95.   I honestly don’t think you could purchase all the elements we’ve packed into this kit for less.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this kit.  I’ve tried to create a kit with a wide variety of card styles, suited to all levels of crafting ability.  How’d I do?  Please share your thoughts with me in the comment section below.  I’m listening!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial for the Authentique 4th of July Group Post

Hello, Friends!  If you live in the US, let me wish you a very Happy 4th of July!  To help everyone celebrate this patriotic holiday, the Authentique Paper Design team is hosting a group post loaded with red, white and blue project inspiration.  My contribution is this quick and easy to make Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial.  It’s the same style and size as the Authentique Confection Waterfall Mini I shared with you all in June.  So if you’ve been wanting to whip one of these cute albums up, today is your lucky day!

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

The album measures 6 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ with a 1 1/2″ spine.  I’ve wrapped it with Authentique Spectrum Old Glory cardstock and decorated it with the Liberty 12×12 collection.  Since I share all the details in the video below, I’ll just share photos for you to enjoy here.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial: The Spine

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

To create this festive spine, follow these steps:

  • Punch a hole in the center of the spine, about 1/2″ from the top edge.
  • Fold an 18″ length of 3/8″ wide ribbon in half.  Pull the fold through the hole, then pull the ribbon tails through that loop.  Adjust, then tie a bow.
  • Attach a vintage safety pin under the center of the bow.
  • String charms on jump rings, then slide onto the safety pin.  Close.
  • Place a Tim Holtz Remnant Rub onto the face of the white plaque before attaching to the pin.
Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Double waterfalls are secured with 3/8″ ribbon.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Each waterfall measures 43/4″ square.  Cut Spectrum Tricycle Red and Old Glory Cardstock to 5 1/4″ x 4 3/4″.  Score a 1/2″ flap on each panel. The liner sheets are 4 1/2″ square.  This way, you can add a 4″ x 4″ photo and still have a pretty paper border.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Create flaps with the 3″ x 4″ images from the collection.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

The bottom layer of each waterfall is a double pocket with little ATC tag inserts.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

Cover Graphic 45 ATC Laser Cut Banner Tags with designer paper quickly by die cutting the liners with the G45 ATC Die.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial and Project Share on YouTube

If you’d like to see more of what’s inside the album and learn how to create it, please enjoy this YouTube video.

 

Our Family 4th of July

Independence Day is one of our family’s favorite holidays.  We all gather together for a cookout, a swim, potato salad, watermelon, games and lots of laughs.  When dusk falls, we go to a nearby park to enjoy a fireworks display.  We’ve followed this tradition for decades, and we all agree, it’s one we want to continue to observe.

We are so very thankful for those who served, suffered and sacrificed so that we can celebrate and live in freedom.  God Bless You, and God Bless the USA!

Wishing you all my fellow Americans a safe, happy and healthy 4th of July!  For all the rest of you who live outside the US…thanks for your friendship!  I appreciate you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial Supply List

 

Authentique Liberty Patriotic Banner

Authentique Liberty Patriotic Banner

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for the 4th of July?  It’s one of my favorite holidays.  To help you celebrate, I’ve prepared this Authentique Liberty Patriotic Banner as my contribution to the Authentique Design Team 4th of July celebration week.  (You can check out the other inspirational projects HERE.)

The large pennants in this banner all measure 5″ x 7″ and have been hand cut.  It’s really not as hard as you might think to create your own banner pennants.

  • First, cut two  5″ x 7″ panels of Authentique Spectrum Old Glory Cardstock and an additional 2 from Tricycle Red.
  • Next, bring the bottom corners of the rectangle together, but don’t fold completely.
  • Now, measure up about 1″ on the fold.
  • Next,  place on your cutting tool make a diagonal cut from the 1″ mark along the fold to the outside corner of the rectangle.  When you open this, you will have a “v” shaped pennant.
  • Use this as a template for cutting the remaining 3 banners.
  • For the second layer, cut the papers to 4 3/4″ x 6 1/2″ and repeat the above process.
Authentique Liberty Patriotic Banner: Creating Layers

Once you have cut all your pennant pieces from the Spectrum Cardstock, you can stitch the layers together, as I did here, or simply use your favorite adhesive.

Now make the small pennants by covering Graphic 45 ATC tags with patterned paper.  (Use the ATC Die).  Then place these shaped edge down between the larger pennants.

Authentique Liberty Patriotic Banner: More Tips and Tricks

Now,  stitch the pennants to a long piece of ribbon.

TIP:  Hold pennants in place with binder clips.

TIP:  To ensure that the pennants lie flat when hanging, stitch all the way across the top of the ribbon. Then stitch a second time along the bottom edge of the ribbon.  This really works, friends!

Now tie square knot bows between all the pennants.

Die cut Glory Blue and Patterned papers using a shape that you like.  This will be the next layer on your pennants.

Next, cut 4 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ panels of patterned paper from your stash.  These will be belly bands on your banners.  Fold white doilies in half and layer underneath your focal image.  Use a die to create some festive rosettes and layer these on with some patriotic buttons and charms.  Now all you need to do is add flowers and some poufy bows in the corners and your banner is ready to hang!

I’ll be back on Wednesday with more Authentique 4th of July inspiration!

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use the next time you want to make a banner.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Flowers: Prima/retired

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