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Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card

RRR Put a Bow on it Challenge: Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Are you ready for the latest challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon?  This time around, Bonnie wants us to “Put a Bow On It.”   That’s always fun!  I pulled out some paper pretties, my April Ribbon Club Collection, a bone folder and some sequins to make this Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card.  (Say that 3 times real fast!)

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

Easel cards are one of my favorite styles.  But lately, I’ve also been having fun with shaker cards. So why not combine the two styles and then put a bow on it?  So I did!

 

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2This 6×6 card was inspired by the focal image.  It’s part of a digital set called “Grandma’s Attic” from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy.  While it is supposed to be a journal card, I decided to cut out the journal area in the center and convert it into a shaker card.  Fun idea, right?

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3

Coral Rose Bold Diamond Print Satin Ribbon picks up on the gorgeous colors in this image.  Not only did I use it for the bow, but as a belly band, and as a border.  It’s amazing to me how the ribbon pulls all the elements in the design together.  To add the shabby chic feel of a Paris flea market, I added a little bird cage, a pen nib, a clock face and natural burlap string to the design.

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4I love the way the bird image on the designer paper peers out through the acetate cover on the shaker.  So cool!

 Paris Bird Easel Shaker Card:  A Peek Inside

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5For the inside of this Paris Bird Easel Shaker card, I created a vintage button card wrapped with custom dyed seam binding ribbon.  A fussy cut element from the paper collection serves as a pocket for a sweet little treat.  This paper has been in my stash for ages.  It’s a retired line from My Mind’s Eye called Lost and Found.  I don’t care how old it is….I still love it.

Be sure to visit the RRR BLOG for more inspiration from the rest of the team.  Then get out your paper pretties, Put a Bow On It, and link up over at RRR.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy 

 

The Wearin’ O’ the Green: St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card

St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card for Petaloo International

Oh, the Top of the Mornin’ to you,  my friends!  There are so many things to be happy about today.  It’s March, which means Spring is on its way.  Soon the earth will be bursting with beautiful spring flowers and tender green leaves.  And, we get to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this month!  Since I have Irish roots in my family tree, I love this holiday.  We eat fish and chips, enjoy an ice cold Guinness, I bake Irish Soda Bread and we all wear green.  Today’s St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card is definitely green!

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 1Believe it or not, with the exception of the gorgeous Petaloo blossoms,  this card was made entirely with bits and bobs from my scrap bin.  I went foraging for every scrap of leftover green paper I could find…which turned out to be quite a bit.  Some of this is Christmas paper, some bits are mixed media backgrounds I created long ago.  The sweet vintage style image came to me as an “extra helping” from an order I made at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  It felt so good to create something new and pretty with all these bits and pieces. Do you ever do this?

Green, Green and More Green

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 2After stitching all the patterned papers together, I mounted them onto this 5.5″ square easel card base.  Then the real fun began!  I dug through my Gypsy Soul Lasercuts chippies and found this stunning Victoria Small Layered Border.  After treating the bottom layer with Antique Gold Embossing Powder, I painted the top layer with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  The two layers were glued together and secured with binder clips until the glue set. After that, I glued it on the left hand side of the card base.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 3While that was going on, I die cut 3 Tim Holtz Ornate frames and layered them together with strips of foam tape.  Then I trimmed the image and glued it to the back of the frame.  To add even more depth, I backed the frame with two layers of waste chipboard.  Next, I glued it to the center of my card base.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 4Now for the ribbon cluster!  The base layer is a triple loop bow tied with Moss Green Gingham ribbon.  I looped a gold tassel over the center of the bow, then topped it with these gorgeous Pistachio Green Anemones.  These bodacious flowers are so flirty!   The ruffled layers of petals add the perfect shabby chic touch to the design.  Finally, I tied this itty  bitty teacup charm to the frame with gold metallic string.

St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card: Building the Stopper

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 5One of the reasons I love to make easel cards is that they display so nicely.  To achieve this, you have to build a “stopper”  to hold the front cover of the card open.  I began the process by laying down a strip of antique crochet trim about midway up the interior of the card.  Next, I die cut the green striped paper and matted it with green cardstock.  I softened the edges by dry brushing on a little Antique Linen Distress Paint. Gold brads hold the number plaques in place.  Finally, I backed it with waste chipboard and glued it in place.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 6But it looked a little lonely there all by itself.  To remedy this, I anchored the corners with Darjeeling Green Mini Garden Rosettes and Green Hydrangea.  I was careful to glue just the bottom petals to the striped paper so that the card could open and close.  The finishing touch is that cute little shamrock charm.  It was originally silver, but I painted it gold.  I added the labels and was finally happy.

The Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 7Every St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card needs a pot of gold tucked in somewhere, right?  So I added a gift card pocket to the card and filled it with an individually wrapped chocolate. Since I had a couple pieces of mixed media paper on the desk I cut them into little banner flags and glued them in place. Finally,  I created the sentiments on the computer, printed them out and added them to finish off the card.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 8Here’s what the card looks like folded shut.

Do you do anything fun or special for St. Patrick’s Day?  I remember dressing for school when I was little, and you had to be sure to wear green so you wouldn’t get pinched!  Fun memories…and that’s what paper crafting is all about.

Thanks for joining me here today!  May the road rise up to meet you!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial: HC Alumni Hop

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop: Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for the August HC Alumni Blog Hop.  I’m kicking the blog hop off today with a special birthday card for a dear friend.  I’ve written up a Coffee Talk Easel Card tutorial to guide you through the steps. Let’s get started!

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial, Coffee Talk, by Kathy Clement, Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 2 Oooh, how I love these dreamy blues combined with the rich mocha tones of this paper collection. Here’s the card all folded up.  The front has been glued onto the bottom of a folded base so that it can stand upright like an easel.

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial: Designing the Card Front

  • Cut a 6.5″ x 4.5″ panel of designer paper.
  • Ink the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
  • Mat the panel on light blue cardstock and again on navy cardstock.
  • Machine stitch around the edges.
  • Add coffee rings to the paper with Tim Holtz Splatters stencil.  I used an ink blending tool and Walnut stain Distress Ink to do this.
  • Die cut the coffee cup from the paper collection using the matching Coffee Cup Die. Ink the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
  • Cut and mat the small coffee cup border and glue in the center.
  • Use foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to elevate the coffee mug.
  • “Draw” on the mug swirls with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive.  Sprinkle with clear glitter and tap off.
  • Add flowers, bows and beads.  (See below for flower instructions.)

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial: Building the Base

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial, Coffee Talk, by Kathy Clement, Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 6

If you’ve never made an easel card before, it’s one of the easiest cards in the world to make.

  • Build a standard card base of whatever size dimensions you like.  This one measures 7″ wide x 5″ high.
  • Score the front of the card base halfway up.  For this card, I scored at 2.5″ because it is 5″ high.
  • Create a second card stock card front that matches the dimensions of the front of the card.  For this card, that meant it should measure 7″ wide by 5″ tall.
  • Build your card design on the second card front.  When it is complete, glue the bottom half of the decorated card front to the bottom half of the scored card base.

To give you a better idea of what this looks like, here’s a side view of the easel.  You can see the way the base is scored and how the decorated front is joined to the base.

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial: Building the “Stop”

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial, Coffee Talk, by Kathy Clement, Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 1When building an easel card, you have to provide a “stop” that will hold the card open.  See that little banner flag cut from the cute coffee cup border?  That is the “stop” for this card.  Here’s how to do it:

  • Begin by cutting a panel of designer cardstock for the inside of the card.  I used the stacked coffee cups/coffee bean paper.  Glue this panel on the bottom half of your prepared card base.
  • Cut the border from your paper collection and create a fishtail banner on the right hand side.  (Because I wanted the stacked coffee cups to be visible, I did not run the banner the entire width of the base. )
  • Mat on light blue cardstock, and again on navy cardstock.
  • Cut a strip of waste chipboard that is slightly shorter and narrower than your fishtail banner.
  • Glue the chipboard to the base of the matted banner, and then glue the entire assembly to the base of the card.
  • Add a twine bow, button and small flower.  Now, when you open the card, the base of the front edge will rest against the stop and will stand upright.

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial: The Flowers!

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial, Coffee Talk, by Kathy Clement, Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 4These Delightful Daisies go with this card design the way cream goes with coffee!  Here’s how I made them:

  • Using Ranger French Ultramarine Archival Ink, stamp 3 sets of Delightful Daisies onto white cardstock.  (I like to use 80# cardstock for this, as the flowers shape nicely.)
  • Die cut with the Delightful Daisy Die.
  • Use the large ball stylus from the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to round the petals.
  • Sponge the center of each flower with French Ultramarine Ink.
  • Stack the flowers together with a hot glue gun, staggering the layers.
  • Paint the petals with Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint.  While wet, sprinkle lightly with clear glitter.
  • Spatter with droplets of Distress Aged Bronze Mica Spray.
  • Fill centers with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive and fill with Czech beads.
  • Glue onto card.

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial, Coffee Talk, by Kathy Clement, Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 5I created a double bow with Glory Blue and Tobacco Seam binding.  Ivory Burlap String was then added and the whole thing was topped off with another flower.

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial: A Look Inside

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial, Coffee Talk, by Kathy Clement, Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 3I love to decorate the inside of my cards as much as I enjoy decorating the outside.  You can see that I added another panel of paper with the coffee ring stencil.  I also stamped a sentiment onto white cardstock.

Now hop on over and see what my dear friend Gloria has cooked up to inspire you.  Here’s a list of the blogs on this hop.  Please note that Loretta Lock had to withdraw from the hop at the last minute, so the LAST stop on the hop will be Vicki Dutcher.

Kathy Clement (You are HERE) ♥ Gloria StengelArchana JoshiSarah Miller Mary Faus Kristie Taylor Oksana CleggUjjwal GuptaEmily Niehaus Vicki Dutcher (last but not least!)

Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop, and leave a comment at every stop along the way.  One  comment from one mystery blog will be selected by random.com and that lucky person will win a $25 gift certificate at Heartfelt Creations.  The hop runs from Tuesday, August 30th-midnight Friday September 2nd.  The winner will be announced at noon EDT on the Heartfelt Creations Facebook page, and on each blog.

I’ve created a supply list below, with product links whenever possible.

Thanks for hopping by!  I ‘d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

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Petaloo Goes Back to School: G45 ABC Primer Trio

Petaloo Goes Back to School: A Trio of Graphic 45 ABC Primer Projects

Hello, Friends!  Here we are at the tail end of August!  I think we all deserve a pat on the back for making it through this long, hot month.  My Facebook feed is filled with photos of cutie patootie kids headed back to school, and that inspired me to create this trio of G45 ABC Primer goodies for the Petaloo Goes Back to School event that’s been going on all month on the Petaloo blog.

Petaloo Goes Back to School YouTube Video

Because  a picture’s worth a thousand words, I’ve prepared this short YouTube Video tour of the project.  But don’t worry; I have still photos below.  Hope you enjoy!

 

Petaloo Goes Back to School Project #1: Upcycled Message Board

Petaloo Goes Back to School Message Board, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 1While out junkin’ with my honey one Saturday, I found a plug ugly, electric blue message board.  Because it was toward the end of the day, and because no one had purchased this ugly duckling, I was able to snag it for a very good price.  My husband is so used to my eccentricities at this point that he didn’t even ask me what I was going to do with the monstrosity.  After painting it with black chalkboard paint, I dressed it up in ABC Primer papers, pretty ribbons and some gorgeous Petaloo goodies.  Now this is a message board that anyone would be proud to display!

Back to School Cork Board, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 4Although this message board had a cork layer on top, it was very thin, and the little tacks didn’t stay in place very well.  I solved this problem by adding a second layer of cork.  Then I painted the wood squares black and decorated them with fussy cut elements and chipboard from the ABC Primer Collection.  Black gingham ribbon and a chipboard clock took this message board from frumpy to fabulous.

Petaloo Goes Back to School Message Board, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 2Dress your message board in its back to school best by adding Petaloo Blackberry Picks, Vintage Velvet Hydrangeas and butterflies to the corners.  Here’s a fun tip: curl the end of the berry stems around a craft pick for a custom look.

 Petaloo Goes Back to School Message Board, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 3Anchor the design with a floral cluster that’s pretty as a school picture!  I’ve topped a red plaid bow with this bodacious Chantilly Mixed Bloom and more sweet blackberry picks.

Petaloo Goes Back to School Project #2: ABC Primer Mini Album

Petaloo Goes Back to School Mini Album, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 1Capture all the memories of a great school year in this handy little mini album. Chantilly Mixed Blooms are just the right shade of red, and look great when paired with black gingham ribbon.  I’ve used a Black Staples Alphabet Banner Tag as the background for my collage pieces. It’s such a time saver, and goes beautifully with the theme.

Petaloo Goes Back to School Mini Album, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 2Create custom embellishments by gluing wooden buttons onto paper clips.  To do this, first punch out a 1/2″ circle.  Add a dot of hot glue to the center and place behind the paper clip.  Place hot glue on the back of an apple shaped button. Glue to the prepared 1/2″ circle.  Quick and easy, and oh, so cute!

Petaloo Goes Back to School Mini Album, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 3Petaloo Goes Back to School Mini Album, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 4Petaloo Goes Back to School Mini Album, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 5Petaloo Goes Back to School Mini Album, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 4Lots of great little tags, a waterfall folio, and plenty of places for photos are tucked inside this darling album.

Petaloo Goes Back to School Project #3: ABC Primer Easel Card

Petaloo Goes Back to School Easel Card by Kathy Clement, ABC Primer, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45, Photo 2The final member of this Back to School trio is a cute ABC Primer easel card.  Chantilly Velvet Hydrangeas and Mixed Blossoms really make the design pop!

Petaloo Goes Back to School Easel Card by Kathy Clement, ABC Primer, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45, Photo 1I love easel cards because they fold down for mailing, but pop up for display.

Petaloo Goes Back to School Easel Card by Kathy Clement, ABC Primer, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45, Photo 3I’ve created a darling mini envelope inside the card.

Back to School Easel Card by Kathy Clement, ABC Primer, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45, Photo 4Well, I think I am ready to go back to school with Petaloo.  How about you?  If you have any questions or comments about any of these projects, please share in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Chin Up Buttercup!

Chin Up Buttercup Tri-Fold Encouragement Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

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Hello Ribbon Lovers!  I have had the best time this month playing with the Citrus Ribbons in the June Ribbon Club Assortment!  I have played and played with these pretty ribbons and used up just about every single scrap.   I had just enough left to squeeze in one more June Ribbon Club project before we turn the calendar over to the month of July.  I think you’re going to get a grin or two out of this Chin Up Buttercup tri-fold greeting card made with Simple Stories Bloom and Grow papers.

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It’s pretty hard not to smile when you’re working with these sunshiny ribbons! To begin this card,   Tangerine Delicate Stitched Satin and Citrus Striped Chevron Grosgrain were layered to create a header. Then I topped this with a little medallion that says, appropriately, “Chin Up Buttercup!”

 

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Next, I wove Citrus Paint Splatter Grosgrain through the pickets in this rusted garden fence.  Then I got busy layering up a double bow made with the last of my Maize Diamond Satin Ribbon and the Paint Splatter Grosgrain.

 

Bee Happy Tri Fold Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product  Simple Stories Bloom and Grow Photo 2

 

I’ve been walking in my neighborhood every morning, and finding the most gorgeous mailbox gardens I’ve ever seen, and that inspired me to fill this fence in with a bounty of pretty Petaloo flowers.

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Now take a peek at the inside of the card, with just the first panel opened.

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And here it is opened all the way up. Honestly, I can’t look at this card without grinning…it’s those gnomes!!!!

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Finally, I stuffed the pockets with cute tags and postcards.  Imagine how much fun it would be to receive this in the mail!  It would turn a frown upside down in a hurry! That little snippet of Maize Honeycomb Satin was just the right size to slip into that red paperclip and top with a button.  The card says, “Don’t let the little things bug you.”

I loved this ribbon club so much that I kind of hate to see the month of June fade away. But it’s all good….July brings a brand new ribbon club assortment with it, and since I’ve had a sneaky peek of it, I know it’s going to be fun to play with, too!

Thanks for stopping by!  Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,
kathy

 

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Christmas Emporium Easel Card

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Guest Designer: Christmas Emporium Easel Card

Hello, Friends!  This is my 3rd Guest Designer post for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  I am having so much fun with these fabulous chippies!  Today I have a sweet vintage Christmas project to share with you.  This Christmas Emporium Easel Card is made with Graphic 45 papers and some wonderful chipboard from Gypsy Soul.

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Here’s a list of what you’ll need to create this  Christmas Emporium easel card:

Prepping Your Chipboard for the Christmas Emporium Easel Card

From the chipboard sets listed above, you will want to select:

  • the Victorian Frame with the fiddler on the rooftop
  • the large snowflake from the Snowflake shape set
  • the word “joy” from 10 words
  • The snowflake border strip from the Winter Shape Set
  •  the English Lamp Post, small holly leaves and berries from the Christmas Shape Set.

Get out your non-stick craft mat and your Distress Paints.  Paint the Victorian Frame with Black Soot Distress Paint.  While the paint is still wet, sprinkle with the Marcasite Embossing Enamel and then heat emboss.  This type of embossing powder leaves a finish that looks like enamel and it is a wonderful, quick way to alter chipboard.  I always hold my chipboard with a pair of reverse tweezers, and begin heating from the under side of the chip so that my powder doesn’t blow away.  I find that applying the powder to the wet paint helps prevent fly away powder as well. I love the sparkly enamel finish it left on this frame:

Christmas Emporium Easel card for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 03Put down a heavy layer of Versamark or other embossing ink directly onto the surface of the English lamp Post from the Christmas set.  Sprinkle liberally with Spoon Full of Rust embossing enamel, then press the powder down with your fingertips.  Heat emboss as in the step above. When it has cooled, tap it lightly with Crushed Olive Distress Paint to give it an oxidized appearance.  Paint the small holly berries and leaves from the Christmas Shape set.  I used a pencil to draw in vein markings on the holly leaves.  For the berries, while the Festive Berries paint was still wet, I embossed with a red glitter embossing powder and then topped them with red rhinestones once cooled. Glue the leaves and berries onto the lamp post.  Add the rhinestones.  Tie a burlap string bow and attach the tag from Christmas Emporium.

Christmas Emporium Easel card for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 04Paint the snowflake and snowflake border piece with Picket Fence Distress Ink and while still wet, sprinkle with glitter.  Set aside to dry.

Paint the word JOY with black soot paint.  Tap along the edges very lightly with Picket Fence Distress Paint to mimic the look of snow  When dry, Cover with Stickles Sprinkled Sugar and let dry.

Prepping the Card Base for the Christmas Emporium Easel Card

Christmas Emporium Easel card for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 02Create a 7″ wide x 5″ tall easel card base using red cardstock.

  • Cut an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of cardstock to measure 7″ x 10″
  • Score on the long side at 5″ and again at 7.5″, creating 2 mountain folds.
  • Crease along the score lines to form the easel card base.
  • Cut a separate 7″ x 5″ rectangle from red cardstock
  • Cut a 6.75″ 4.75″ rectangle from gold foil cardstock
  • Cut a 6.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle of designer paper (I used the Christmas bells)
  • Glue the designer paper and gold paper to the red cardstock rectangle.  Do NOT glue onto the easel card base yet.
  • Wrap with antique gold plaid ribbon, using Scor-Tape or other double sided adhesive to secure.
  • Trace around the Victorian Frame onto the Santa’s workshop image in the designer paper.  Cut out and trim to fit. Tap with Versamark Ink, and heat emboss with UTEE. When the image has cooled completely, bend it gently to “crack” the finish, giving it the look of old glass.  Glue onto the back side of the prepared frame.
  • Cut a scrap of the Christmas Carol paper and glue to the right hand side of the frame as seen in the photo.  Cut a4.5″ square mat from the red plaid paper.  Round the corners.  Glue the frame onto this mat.
  • Cut a 4.75″ square from black cardstock.  Round the corners. Glue the matted frame onto the black cardstock.
  • Fussy cut the teddy bear, rocking horse and baby doll from the paper collection.  Ink the edges.  Use foam adhesive to add to the base of the frame as seen in the photo.

Adding the details to the Christmas Emporium Easel Card

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  • Fussy cut the Christmas list from the designer paper.  Glue it to the card base as seen here.  I crumpled it lightly to add texture.
  • use strips of foam adhesive to secure the prepared lamp post to the right hand side of the card, as seen here.  Spread glue at the base and sprinkle with Shaved Ice to make it look like snow.
  • Glue the matted frame to the  card as seen above.
  • Use strips of foam adhesive to add the large snowflake in the lower left hand corner of the frame.
  • Use hot glue to secure the word “JOY” on top of the snowflake.
  • Tie a bow with the Christmas plaid ribbon, top with a burlap string bow, and tie on the rusty jingle bells.  Secure with hot glue as shown in the photo above.
  • Cut a 6 7/8″ x 4.75″ rectangle of the Christmas Bells and glue to the INSIDE of the prepared card base.
  • Cut a 6.75″ x 1.5″strip of the red plaid paper.  Mat with a slightly larger piece of black cardstock.  Glue this to the very bottom edge of the card interior. Add the prepared snowflake border piece. This forms the stopper for your easel card. Decorate with rhinestones if desired.
  • Decorate the interior of the card as shown.

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Add glue to the bottom half the easel card front and carefully line up the bottom half of your decorated card front to this flap.  The card will now stand up on its own for display, and lay flat to fit in an envelope.

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This Christmas Emporium easel card is such a fun design, as it doubles as home decor.  Adding all this lovely chipboard adds texture and dimension and makes the card really stand out.  You could use any paper or theme of course, but this is one of my all time favorite Christmas collections.

I hope you learned some new tips and tricks from today’s tutorial.  If you did, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog!

Hello, Friends!

What an exciting day it is here at Kathy by Design!  Today, I’m the Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie Challenge BlogPamellia is our hostess this time around, and she challenged us to “Raise it Up!”  “Use lots of layers, lots of panels, and/or lots of elements on your shabby chic OR vintage project.  But they must be raised up!  Whether you choose to use pop dots, foam squares, silicone glue or another means of support, make sure they stand proud.” 

I know you have heard me sing the praises of the Funkie Junkie Boutique here on the blog.  The prices are always 20% below retail so I do a lot of shopping there!  This challenge blog is connected to that shop.  I chose to work with the July pages of Graphic 45’s Time to Flourish Collection and created a really fun pocket card that I’ll share with you here. I adorned this card with fabulous Navy Diamond Satin Ribbon, White Iridescent Metallic String and 1.5″ Cream Mesh Ribbon, all from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Kathy by Design/Time to Flourish July Pocket CardThis 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made with an 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock base.  To do this, follow these simple steps:

  • Cut 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock on the short side at 5″.
  • The piece that is leftover from cutting ( which measures 3.5″ x 11″) is also cut twice, both times at 5″, creating two 5″ x 3.5″ rectangles.
  • join these two pieces to the end of the card base using glue or 1/8″ Scor-Tape.  I overlap as little as possible.  This creates a very long 5″ x 18″ rectangle.
  • Next,  score this panel at 7 inches, 14 inches and 17 inches.
  • Trim off the remainder, and then fold on the creases.
  • This gives you a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base with a 3″ pocket on the inside.  Or the outside…however you choose to use it.  You will see a slight edge where the card is joined, but you are going to cover that with paper so no one will ever know.

Funkie Junkie Guest DT 02aNext:

  • Cut a 4.75″ x 6.75″ piece of the 12″ x 12″ July Time to Flourish paper.  Glue this to your card base.
  • Cut a 4.5″ x 3.5″ rectangle from the red 6″ x 6″ Patterns and Solids. Mat this with navy cardstock and set aside.
  • Cut a 2 7/8″ x 6.25″ panel of the floral paper from the 12″ x 12″ pad and mat on navy cardstock.  Place foam dots in the center of this panel.  Attach it to the red gingham check panel that you just created and press to adhere. See the photo for placement.
  • Wrap these panels with the cream mesh and navy satin ribbon.  Glue the red gingham patterned paper to the card base as seen in the photo.
  • Cut the July tag from the 12″ x 12″ pad and mat on navy cardstock.  Use foam adhesive dots to attach this panel to the card base so that it is offset from the floral panel.  Use the photo as a guide.
  •  Now you are ready to embellish your card front.Funkie Junkie Guest DT 03aTo make the flower:
  • Punch out 4 of the Time to Flourish Flowers.  I used the ones that match the July Floral Paper. I made the red side my base layer and then alternated red, floral, red floral.
  • Sponge the edges with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.
  • Spritz the back of each flower lightly with water.
  • Use a flower shaping tool to round out each petal and then pinch the ends of each petal together to create ridges.  Set aside to dry.
  • When the flowers are dry, gently round out the petals once more. Be very gentle around the ridges. Cup the centers slightly. Really cup the final, smallest layer so that the petals are almost standing up straight, and glue the tips of the petals together to form the center of the rose.
  • Glue the layers together.
  • When dry, paint with Glossy Accents. This is a tip I learned from my crafting buddy, Glenda Brooks.
  • Cut leaves from old book pages, paint with glossy accents and dust with glitter while still damp.
  • Attach to card as shown.

Funkie Junkie Guest DT 04aTo create even more elevation for my seed catalog, I crumpled the paper, then cut slightly larger rectangles from the flip side of the red patterned paper.  I crumpled these also, then used foam dots between the layers to hold them together.  More foam dots were used on the back to secure it to the punched out piece from the Graphic 45 Tags and Pockets Page.  A loopy bow was created with White Iridescent Metallic String.  I folded this in half and used the points of my scissors to push the knotted end into hot glue that was placed beneath the flower.  I also tied a little chipboard tag to the top of my fancy bow.

Funkie Junkie Guest DT 05aThe inside of the card is fully decorated with elements and stamps from the collection.  The rose and sentiment are heat embossed with copper embossing powder. This “raises them up” from the card base. All my stamping was done with Ranger Sepia Archival Ink.

Funkie Junkie Guest DT 06aI double matted the postage stamps to raise them up as well.

Funkie Junkie Guest DT 07aHere’s the lovely pocket and some fussy cut elements from the 8″ x 8″ paper collection. I used foam dots between these elements.

Funkie Junkie Guest DT 08aThe July ephemera card was slightly cut down and matted on navy cardstock.  Roses were fussy cut, glittered and stacked with foam dots between them.  I added more Navy Diamond Satin ribbon to this using Tim’s Tiny Attacher.  I covered up the staples with more chipboard elements. This little hanger would be so cute in a work cubicle or suspended from a cabinet or dresser knob.  And, there’s plenty of room in the pocket to add a gift card or other small, flat gift.

I know this was a long post, and I thank you for hanging in there with me.  I would like to thank the Frilly and Funkie blog for asking me to guest design.  I hope you will join in the fun challenge to “raise it up!”  You could win and be chosen as their next guest designer, or win the random gift certificate drawing!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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