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Graphic 45 Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card

Graphic 45 Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  I’m kind of excited about today’s post, because I think a LOT of you are going to have loads of fun with this quick and easy idea.  Today I’m going to share a Graphic 45 Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card with y’all.  When my dear sister-in-law celebrated a “landmark” birthday, my husband and I wanted to give her a really personal and special gift.  I was digging through old black and white family photos and found this great picture of Dale and Becky.  Then I found the perfect paper collection and sentiment to go with it.  Take a look!

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Dale and Becky have always been best buddies.  When I found this “Forever Friends” Tag from PPDF Tags and Pockets, I knew I was on the right track!  I really love the way this adorable photo taken in 1956 pops against the vibrant colors and patterns found in Penny’s Paper Doll Family. This 5” x 7” easel style card will look great on a shelf, mantel or side table. It’s great when a card can double as a gift, isn’t it?

Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card: Tips for Working with  Old Family Photos

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TIP: Scan old photos  into your computer and print out on photo paper, or take it to a photo developing booth to make a copy. This way, you preserve the original.

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TIP: Amateur photography can be challenging to work with.  The subjects of this photo were not framed well, making the composition a little unbalanced.  To fix this, I adhered the buckle from PPDF Tags and Pockets on the right hand side of the image, added a Staples Metal Key and a burlap string bow.  This fixed the photo problem, and added an interesting element to the card design at the same time.

 

TIP: Easel style cards are a great design choice for cards that feature a cherished family photo because they can stand upright for display.

Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card: Make it easy on yourself!

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Tags and pockets are a quick and easy way to add a designer touch to a card.   They are also very easy to modify.

TIP: Don’t be afraid to alter, fold or cut pockets, tags and ephemera cards to make them work with your design.  It was easy to cut this pocket right along the pre-scored fold line. Then I was able to use the other half on the inside of my card.

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TIP: When choosing embellishments like flowers and ribbons, let the color palette of the paper guide you.  I chose buttery yellow and faded blue flowers for this card based on the colors in the chipboard frame.  I knew all these colors would work well together, because they look great on the papers I used.

TIP: Create a “stopper” or a “brake” to keep your easel card standing upright.  I did this by adding a layer of waste chipboard to the green striped paper layer. Then I topped it with this pretty chipboard wreath from the collection.  

Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card: A Peek Inside

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TIP: You can extra color and design to the inside of your easel card by covering the top half with complementary papers.  Just be sure not to adhere papers over the fold line, or the easel mechanism won’t work.  And don’t forget to create a space where you can write in your own personal greeting.  This journaling ephemera card works perfectly for that assignment!

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And where did the other half of that pocket end up?  Inside the card! I backed the edges with small foam tabs, punched a little thumb hole, then turned it on its side to be used as a chocolate pocket.  

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

 

 

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios with Authentique Party

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios with Authentique Party

Hello, Friends!  It seems that no matter how many birthday cards I make, I still need to make more!  So when Authentique Paper released their fabulous new Party Collection, I was nearly giddy with joy!  Just like a present at a birthday party, I ripped the pack open and went to work creating these fun His and Hers Birthday Card Folios.

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios Party by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 01

Party is a celebration on paper!  Bursting with vibrant color, retro images, playful patterns and sassy sentiments, it’s just pure fun to create with it!  Both these cards measure 5.25″ x 7.25″.  I added an extra score line to each base to create a spine that would allow for goodies to be tucked inside each folio.

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios: A Party Without Cake?  Never!

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios Party by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 02Sometimes, you open a collection and know right away what you want to do with it.  I personally love when that happens.  The minute I saw this lovely cake image, this whole card design popped into my head. Hooray for inspiration!  It makes life so much easier!

How to Create the Party Cake Focal

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Here’s how I created the focal for this party pretty card.

  • First, fussy cut the cake image from Party Eight.  Don’t worry about trimming between the candles.  Add foam tabs or dimensionals to the back side of the fussy cut image.
  • Fussy cut the floral clusters from Party Six.  Back with dimensionals.
  • Next, add foam tabs or other dimensionals to the back side of the cake image.  (I cut up the Priority Mail boxes that my design team allotments are shipped in or other waste chipboard.)
  • Die cut a doily from white cardstock.  This is a Prima doily die, but you can use any doily from your stash.  I don’t recommend using a thin paper doily, however, as it won’t work in this application.
  • Cut the black polka dot paper from Party Six with Spellbinders Small Standard Circles Die (#5). Adhere this to the center of the doily.  Back the center of the doily with more foam tabs/dimensionals.

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  • Now dress this cake up for the party by adding Diamond Stickles to the icing on the top layer and in the center of the cake layers.
  • While the Stickles are still wet, sprinkle the top of the cake with TuTu Pink Prills
  • Arrange the fussy cut flower clusters around the base of the plate, and adhere to the card.

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Party for Her: A peek Inside

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This stamped sentiment is the perfect match up for this card!

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios Party by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 08The large pocket on the bottom holds a sweet treat.  (How did Trader Joe’s know that Authentique was releasing the Party collection?  That’s what I want to know!)

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I also tucked in a little gift card holder with room to write a personal note.

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios: Aged to Perfection

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The fact that this collection can be used to create cards for guys and gals makes me really happy!

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios Party by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 11Meet Dapper Dan the Birthday Man!  LOL  Don’t you just love his natty teal birthday suit?  Since the Party Collection Kit comes with the Details Stickers and Components Die Cuts,  I was able to add some fun accents to both cards.

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The “Best Wishes” sentiment banner and the “Let’s Party” Banner Flag are from the Components Die Cut Elements sheet and the Details Sticker Sheet.    I fussy cut the “Aged to Perfection” image from Party Seven, then tucked it behind the fussy cut image from Party One.

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There’s a party going on inside this birthday card, too.  I die cut a gift card holder and added it to the top half of the card.

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Then I created a cute chocolate wallet for the large pocket on the bottom.  It takes a really secure man to wear a pointy pink party hat!  LOL

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Here’s a peeky at the inside of the chocolate wallet.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on these fun His and Hers Birthday Card Folios in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Botanical Tea Pop Up Birthday Card

Botanical Tea Pop Up Birthday Card with Natural Burlap String Bow

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Natural Burlap String is one of my crafting staples!  I love it and use it so much that I purchase it by the spool.  It’s a great way to add texture to a card design.  It looks fabulous when threaded through a button.  Wrap it around a card to create a border.  Tie a little loopy string bow and add it to a bow cluster.  The possibilities are endless!  I used Natural Burlap String to make the fluffy string bow on this Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Pop Up Birthday Card, and I just love the way it turned out.

Botanical Tea Pop Up Birthday Card Botanical Tea by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Burlap string comes in a rainbow of colors, but I love the rustic feel of this big, loopy Natural Burlap String Bow. It really sets off the soft pinks and blues in the paper collection.

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A Zutter Bow-it-All Tool makes quick work of tying this bow style.

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The inside of the card has a lovely pop up gift card holder!

Botanical Tea Pop Up Birthday Card Botanical Tea by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4If you’ve never made a pop up card before, this is quite possibly the easiest style to start with.  I have a video tutorial HERE where you can watch and learn how to make it.  The papers I use are different, but the steps are the same.

The best thing about Natural Burlap String, apart from it’s amazing versatility, is that it is also incredibly affordable.  You can’t beat that!

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

CAS Travel Girl Birthday Card

CAS Travel Girl Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  Don’t faint!  Today’s card is a CAS Travel Girl Birthday card that I made for our daughter. Clean and simple (CAS) cards are my Waterloo.  I have such a hard time restraining myself from loading a card up with all kinds of layers and embellies.  But since I believe a card’s style should reflect the preferences of the one receiving it, every once in a while, I have to pull one out of my hat.

Quick and Easy Travel Girl Birthday Card Travel Girl by Kathy Clement Product by October Afternoon Photo 1

Our adventure loving daughter really is a travel girl.  She loves to see, do and explore. This retired paper collection from October afternoon was “just the ticket” for her birthday celebration.  (See what I did there?  Bad pun…sorry!)

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Our daughter is also a “no frills” kind of gal.  She likes clean design and despises clutter.  So I kept this card pretty clean and simple.  The card did not quite look finished to me until I added this double layer bow made with Topaz Delicate Stitched Satin and Metal Gray Satin Swiss Mini Dot ribbons.  The little binder clip, vintage style button and passport charm were the perfect finishing elements.

Quick and Easy Travel Girl Birthday Card Travel Girl by Kathy Clement Product by October Afternoon Photo 3I could not resist adding a pocket with a gift card, cash envelope and personal note on the inside.  She liked the card very much, I’m happy to report.  You could easily use this same card layout with any collection in your stash and make your very own quick and easy card.

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.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy New Year!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Batter Up! Masculine Baseball Themed Birthday Card

Masculine Baseball Themed Birthday Card with Ribbon: Batter Up!

Hello again, Ribbon Lovers!  I’m back today with another birthday card for the guys.  Our youngest son has loved baseball since he was a toddler.  One of his life goals is to attend a professional ballgame in every US Major League ballpark.  So when it came time to make his birthday card, the theme was obvious.  This masculine baseball themed birthday card uses another of my favorite ribbons for the “fellas.”

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Once again, I used Authentique’s Rugged Paper Collection to make this 5″ x 7″ masculine baseball themed birthday card.  I just love the vintage feel and the gorgeous patterns.

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When making a card for a man, this Navy Blue Canvas Color Band Ribbon with stitched edges scores every time!

Masculine Baseball themed birthday card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3It’s especially nice on a baseball themed card, as the stitched edges echo the stitching on a baseball.  How cool is that?  I topped this double loop bow with a natural burlap string bow and a baseball novelty button.  Home run!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

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