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What a Wonderful World Bee Themed Card

My Minds Eye Gingham Gardens Bee Themed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

What a Wonderful World Bee Themed Card Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  It’s been a tough year hasn’t it?  But there are still plenty of reasons to say to ourselves, “What a Wonderful World!”  Flowers are still blooming, bees are still buzzing, the sky is still above us and the green grass is beneath our feet.  We have our families and our friends to cheer us, and goodness all around us if we choose to see it.

My passion for creating has never been stronger than during these dark days.  There’s something therapeutic and uplifting about creating beauty.  I’m more thankful than ever for this gift God dropped into my lap, the lovely friends I’ve made thanks to papercrafting and the joy these add to my life.  How about you?

Buzzing Bees,  Blooming Flowers, and Beautiful Ribbon

This 5″ x 7″ x 1″ card folio is one of my famous “Tea Party in a Box” cards.  Bees are a favorite theme, so I paired up some gorgeous bee images and designer papers from My Mind’s Eye Gingham Gardens with Silky Tan Satin  with a Grosgrain Edge Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Top that bodacious bow with a little natural burlap string to keep things looking organic.

Lots of texture and dimension make this card extra special!

Layer in some banner flags and a grid die cut with the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace June Die of the Month.  So many luscious layers!

A Peek Inside

Open the card to get the party started!  Create a cuffed pocket to hold a trio of little tags.

Top the tags with pink burlap string and some pretty charms.  Add stamped sentiments, a bee stamp and fussy cut bees to keep with the card theme.

The large box pocket holds a handmade bookmark topped with more ribbon and a key charm.  Tuck in a vintage silver demitasse spoon, honey stick, and other treats to create a party in a box.

And of course there has to be tea!  Just for fun, I’ve tucked in a little wooden honey dipper.  Isn’t it cute?

Like all of you, I’ve had my ups and downs during the course of this year.  I have made a real effort to focus on gratitude and good thoughts.  That seems to keep things “humming” along!  My prayer for each of you is that you will experience joy today…and every day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders June 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop

The winner of my $25 gift card is Isabel.  I’ve contacted her to let her know she has won.  Thanks for hopping! 

Ciao Bella Sound of Summer Beach Card with Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Snip it Grid Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders June 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop: Amazing Paper Grace DOM

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders June 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from  Jill’s  lovely blog.  This month I’m sharing a beach themed card made with the Amazing Paper Grace A2 Snip It Grid and Calendar Creator Die Set.  There is so much to love about this versatile Die of the Month!

I’ve paired it up with Ciao Bella’s Sound of Summer paper collection to create a 5″ x 7″ shabby chic beach themed card.  The grid and fishtail banner are such wonderful layering elements that I can see myself using them all the time.

Cut two layers of the grid die: one from patterned paper and one from cream cardstock.  Then glue the layers together so that they are slightly offset.  This creates wonderful depth and dimension in the background and almost gives the feeling of looking through a window pane. Cut 3 fishtail banners and mat them on kraft cardstock.  Then layer them in both horizontally and vertically on your card.   This set also comes with alphabet letters in a lovely font.  Die cut these to spell out “beach” on the tag cluster.  It’s these small details that  make a card really special.

The Flowers

Look at these beautiful flowers!  What a treat to be able to die cut perfectly matched flowers from designer paper scraps.  I’ve layered these up, added buttons to the centers and lightly distressed them by brushing Gathered Twigs DI on the petals.  Then spatter the entire card front with a bit of diluted white acrylic paint to resemble salt spray.  Scrumptious!

A Peek Inside

Create a gallery wall inside the card!  First, fussy cut small squares of patterned paper.  Next, mat them on folded cardstock. Place magnets between the paper layers to hold the flaps shut.

Add a photo, hidden journaling or a personal note inside each flap.

Tuck a bookmark and blank sentiment panel in the large pocket.  It’s also a great space for photos or a gift card.

Spellbinders $50 Gift Card Giveaway

To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on their blog. Hop along for additional chances to win. Giveaway closes on Sunday, June 28th, 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Tuesday. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

My $25 Gift Card Giveaway

I’ll also be drawing a winner from the comments made on my blog post.  The winner will  receive a $25 Spellbinders gift certificate. Please comment on my blog post to be eligible. The randomly chosen winner will contact Spellbinders at [email protected] by 7/5/2020 .  Please write Spellbinders June 2020 Blog Hop Winner from Kathy Clement’s  Blog in the subject line.  I’ll contact the winner via e-mail and post the name at the top of this post on .

Please note, store credit (gift certificate) cannot be applied to Club Subscriptions. Store credit can be applied to shop past Club products, Club extras and regular releases.

On with the Hop!

Click on these links to visit all the blog’s in the June Hop.

Spellbinders Blog

Tina Smith

Nichol Spohr

Carrie Rhoades

Jackie Pasko

Marie Heiderscheit

Jill Hilliard

Kathy Clement

Jennifer Snyder

Bibi Cameron

Virginia Lu

Laurie Willison

Joy Baldwin

Ilina Crouse

Now hop on over and see what Jennifer has prepared for you.  Then don’t forget to hop over to the Spellbinders blog and leave a comment there to be entered into the $50 prize drawing!

Subscribe to Spellbinders Club Kits HERE.  Subscribe to Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks 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. You will find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Blue Skies, Sunshine and Buzzing Bees

Summer Days: Blue Skies, Sunshine and Buzzing Bees

Hello, Friends!  Hello, Summer: time for blue skies, sunshine and buzzing bees!  Today I’ve pulled out my favorite Authentique June Calendar papers to make this summery greeting card.

Authentique June Calendar Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is entirely made with the scraps I had left after making my June Desk Calendar Tutorial.  It’s amazing what a little clever paper piecing allows you to do!   Add a little shabby chic detail with a Spellbinders Heirloom Oval Die cut from cream cardstock.  Machine stitching and gingham ribbon add a sweet homespun feel to the card design.

TIP: Stitch panels of the plaid and floral patterns from the June calendar collection onto a white cardstock mat.  Then use ribbon to cover the seam!  It looks like a design element.  Is that sneaky or what?

TIP:  Die cut too short ? Try cutting it in half across the middle.  Then adhere the halves where you want them.  Now cover the seam with your focal image.  That’s another sneaky trick!

This handsome bee charm is headed straight for that bodacious yellow blossom in the corner.

Blue Skies, Sunshine and Buzzing Bees: A Peek Inside

Dress up the inside of your card with pockets.  Layer scraps of patterned paper to cover the card base.  Then turn an image into a pocket by gluing it down on the sides and bottom.

Mat leftover image and sentiment panels on plain cardstock to create mini folios. Measure the height of the image,double it, then add 1/4″ .  Then cut the paper about 1/4″ wider than the image.  Fold in half and adhere your image to the front.  Easy peasy!

Since I’m a tea drinker, I like to tuck in a tea bag, honey stick and a vintage demitasse spoon.  Chocolate is always a welcome treat.  But you can tailor your add ins for the recipient.  It’s such fun to find little treasures that turn a card into a gift.

I hope I’ve inspired you to break out those precious scraps and make something beautiful today.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s edition of Throwback Thursday, I have a Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial to share with you.  Did you think I forgot?  Well, I didn’t!  I’m just  having a major case of “the slows” this week, so I’m running behind  But better late than never, right?

Earlier this week, I shared a Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card with you.  The response was so amazing, I decided to create a Throwback Thursday project with a tutorial you can use to create this style of card in any size or format.

Today’s card is a 6″ x 6″ base with a vintage style shaker frame on the cover.  One of the reasons I love this style of card so much is that it is a great way to use up scraps.  I had a lot of 3″ panels left over from an earlier Botanical Tea project.  That’s why I chose to make a 6″ x 6″ card.

Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial: The Grand Opening

Opening a double gatefold card is sort of like watching the curtain rise on the stage.  This card opens to more than 18″ wide!  They make great table decorations for a party table or home decor items because of all the beautiful panels inside the card.

TIP:  I used 18″ wide cardstock (linked below) to create my card base.  If you don’t have it, you can create your own.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut 2 panels of 12″ x 6″ cardstock.
  • Next, place 1/2″ Scor-tape right along the 6″ edge of one panel.
  • Then carefully overlap the second panel over the Scor-Tape line and burnish to seal.
  • This gives you a 23 1/2″ x 6″ panel of cardstock.  It can be tricky to score over the joint where the papers overlap, so try to keep that in center panel of your card.
Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial: Pockets and Tuck ins

Fill pockets with journal cards from the cut apart pages.  Or, die cut teacups as I did here.  I had a leftover Pocket from the Tags and pockets page, but no tag to fill it.  Substitute a miniature Lindt Chocolate prettied up with a scrap of designer paper instead.  Problem solved!

Go ahead and decorate the back side of the card if you have enough extra paper.

And why not add a pocket here as well?  Fill it with a fancied up tea bag, honey stick and little note card.

Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial On YouTube

I hope I’ve shared some tips and ideas you can use today.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card

Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card: Use Your Scraps!

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card is a great way to use up your scraps.  Earlier this month I created a Farmhouse Folio Kit for The Button Farm Club.  The lovely extra bits and bobs from that project kept calling my name.  So I finally found a minute to put them to good use on this country fresh creation.

This card base measures 4 1/2″ x 7″ when closed, but opens to more than 12″ wide.  Here’s how to create the card base.

  • First, cut a 13″ x 7″ panel of 18pt grocery bag cardstock.  (Link below)
  • Next, score along the long side as follows, 2 1/8″, 2 1/8″, 4 1/2″, 2 1/8″
  • Now accordion fold so that the 2 1/8″ flaps meet in the middle.
  • Then cut 1 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panels from your scraps to cover the small panels front and back.
  • Create a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel and adhere half of it to the center of the card.  Decorate this with cut apart images, die cuts and small border strips from your scraps.
  • Embellish with Tim Holtz Tiny Clips, a brass bulldog clip, Little Birdie Flowers, a big ole’ wood button, ribbon and twine.
Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card: The Grand Opening

Opening this style of card is really fun, because the panels fold out to reveal all the goodies inside.

You can see that I adhered the large “Blessed” cut apart on the left to the back side of the front panel.

Decorate a couple of ATC tags to tuck into the pocket along with a large ephemera tag.

Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card: The Back Gate

Add a pocket on the back side of this card.  Then fill with another ephemera card and a little chocolate treat.

This card is so cute, you can set it out as part of your kitchen decor.  It’s also a great way to present a gift card.

I hope I shared some tips and tricks you can use in your next crafty adventure!  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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