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Queen Bee Mixed Media Card Folio

Queen Bee Mixed Media Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  Did you know that I love bees?  It’s true!  There’s something about those busy, buzzy little insects that makes my heart happy.  The fact that they make honey for my morning cuppa also figures into my admiration for the species.  So every time I see a bee themed crafting product it has a tendency to fall into my cart.  This Queen Bee Mixed Media Card Folio is just as sweet as honey.  See what you think!

Queen Bee Shabby Chic Card Folio Tell it to the Bees by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Craft Consortium Photo 01

Yellow and black ribbons make this 5″ x 7″ card come to life.  My bow cluster features a double loop bow tied with Maize Taffeta Ribbon.

I’ve topped this off with  3/8″ Black Quatrefoil Print Satin, also a double loop bow.

Then I piled on a bunch of black and yellow paper flowers from my stash. The digital image is from Polly’s Paper Studio ETSY shop.  The rest of the paper is Craft Consortium’s “Tell the Bees.”    This mixed media card incorporates distressed edges, machine stitching and a little dry brushed paint to soften the edges.

Queen Bee Mixed Media Card Folio: Sweetness on the Inside

There’s lots to love inside this mixed media card folio.

Take this ribbon topped tag, for example.  I’ve covered this Graphic 45 Ivory Square Tag with designer papers from the collection.  This is so easy to do now that G45 has released their new dies! This Square Tag and Clock Die cuts the perfect paper layer to cover the tag.  As a bonus, you get the gorgeous ornate clock die that I’ve used in this tag collage. To add extra texture, I’ve topped the tag with more of the Black Quatrefoil Satin, Natural Crochet Lace, and burlap string.

This little tea wallet is dressed up with this sweet Bee and Bloom Journal card from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy.  And here’s a great way to use your ribbon scraps!  I hot glued these two little snips of black quatrefoil ribbon under the button.  Waste not, want not!  Of course, you have to include a honey stick in a bee themed card.

And what goes better with a honey stick than a cup of tea?  I think I’ll go make one right now!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, trick 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

 

 

Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card

Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card with Kaisercraft Wandering Ivy

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  I’m back with another card that I made while I was on my “break” from design team assignments.  I made this Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card with the Kaisercraft Wandering Ivy Collection  and ephemera pack as well.  But the “Blooming Bicycle” focal image is from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy Shop. This one has a really fun, springtime vibe.

Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 01

As you can see from this photo, I added loads of distressed layers, blossoms, ribbon and a vintage button to this 5″ x 7″ card.Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 02

A cluster of Little Birdie Crafts Flowers add the “Bloom” to this Blooming Blue Bicycle card. The ones with beaded centers are “Jessica” ivory flowers.  The polka dot flower is called “Printed Florence Petals.”  I’m not sure where you can find these in stores, but you can visit the Little Birdie Crafts Website to find them.  These were given to me as a gift at CHA, and I just love them!

Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 03

The bow cluster is more of that luscious Ivory Checkerboard Satin Ribbon combined with Ivory Burlap String and a vintage button from my stash.  If you’re new to tying bows, I really recommend this ribbon as it is very soft, making it easy to work with.

Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card: A Peek Inside

Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 04This card is very similar in style to the one I shared with you on Monday.

Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 05

I decorated the gift card wallet with another digital image and scraps of the designer paper.  The “Wandering Ivy” collection kit comes with a sticker sheet, which I used to add the title.

Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 06Inside, there’s a tea bag and a chocolate treat.

Blooming Blue Bicycle Greeting Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 07Once again, I used up my scraps to make a pretty little bookmark and decorative honey stick.  These cards double as gifts, so even though they take a little bit longer to make, you get a lot of “bang” for your buck.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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

Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card with Kaisercraft Wandering Ivy

Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card with Kaisercraft Wandering Ivy

Hello, Friends!  Last week, I treated myself to a little “spring break” from design team assignments. Sometimes, I just need to play with no particular goal in mind. It recharges the old mojo and restores my love of paper.   Many of you know that I am a serious tea lover!  Every single day starts with at least 2 cups of steaming hot tea.  (Irish Breakfast, if you please with milk and honey!) This Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card is just my cuppa!

Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 01

Once again, I pulled out my Kaisercraft “Wandering Ivy” collection and the matching Collectables to make this card.  This time, I focused on the green and white patterns within the collection.  The card focal is a vintage style Gecko Galz digital download.  I just love this tea drinking lady in her stylish hat and flowery tea set.  I think I might enjoy a cuppa and a chat with her!

Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card: The Details

Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 02

One of my favorite Saturday activities is going to yard sales.  I picked up this vintage style brooch for a quarter a while back, and I’ve been waiting for just the right project to use it.  To shabby it up, I painted the faux gold filigree with ivory chalk paint.  Then I used my button tool to cut the pin off the back.  To make sure it would sit level, I backed it with some squares of waste chipboard and then adhered it to the card.

Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 03

This flower cluster is made with 3/8″ Ivory Satin Ribbon. The flowers are Little Birdie Crafts Jessica Ivory, Ocean Mist Bernice and Pollen Stems & Tendrils.  I’ve tucked a trio of my precious vintage buttons behind the flower cluster and a metal filigree leaf beneath it.

Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 04

To add texture, and also to lighten up the composition, I altered a Little Birdie Circular Chipboard Lattice with Shabby Ivory Embossing Enamel.  This is tucked back behind the focal image.

Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 05

Here’s a tip I think you will like.  See that border of clocks behind the brooch?  They are a sticker strip from the “Wandering Ivy” collection.  Guess what?  I cut them in half, since they are tucked behind the embossed woodgrain layer.  Now I can use the other half strip in another project.  It’s like having double the product to work with.  The final touch on the card front was adding in some rub ons from a Tim Holtz remnant rub sheet.

Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card: A Peek Inside

Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 06I bet you knew there would be a tea bag inside this card, didn’t you?  And of course there is another little honey stick all dressed up for the birthday party!

Tea Lover Vintage Style Birthday Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 07Toss in another lovely little tag made from scraps on my work desk, and this card is done! Did you spot the other half of that clock sticker on the tag?  I have one more project that I made during my “spring break” but I’m saving that one for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog hop later on this month!

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

 

Kaisercraft Wandering Ivy Friendship Card

Kaisercraft Wandering Ivy Friendship Card

Hello, Friends!  Happy April!  March was such a busy month for me, that when I managed to meet all my deadlines I decided I deserved a treat!  So I pulled out a paper pack that’s been lurking in the Closet of Shame for months now, and let myself have 3 whole days to create exactly what I wanted to make! No assignments, no deadlines…just playing with paper for the pure pleasure of it!  This Kaisercraft Wandering Ivy Friendship Card is one of 4 projects that I managed to finish on my “break.” I’ll be sharing 3 of them here with you this week.

Shabby Chic Friendship Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 01

I dug deep into my shabby chic style while making this pretty card.  Distressed edges, painted metal embellishments, a fabby die cut frame and a bodacious bow cluster really amp up the shabby chic vibe of this 5″ x 7″ top fold card.

Shabby Chic Friendship Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 02

I just love the sentiment focal!  Since blue is my very favorite color, I just had to have this “Wandering Ivy” collection pack from Kaisercraft.  While I was shopping, the “Wandering Ivy Collectables” may or may not have fallen into my shopping basket.  (Ahem. )

Kaisercraft Wandering Ivy Friendship Card: Bringing the Shabby Chic!

Shabby Chic Friendship Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 03

Another great way to create a shabby chic vibe on a card is to add a die cut layer.  This Spellbinders Nestabilities “Laced with Love” die added a nice, airy layer on the card.

Paint metal embellishments with white chalk paint to add another layer of shabby chic to a card design.  Chalk paint is great to use because it goes on smooth, and does not need a primer.  It also dries with a flat finish.  I love that look!

Texture is also important in a shabby chic card.  And there’s no easier way to add it than with a bit of crocheted lace.  This snippet is just peeping out from under the card focal like the hem of a pretty petticoat.

Shabby Chic Friendship Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 04

Every shabby chic card needs a great bow cluster, in my opinion.  Ivory Checkerboard Satin Ribbon is so soft, and I love the texture that the subtle checkerboard pattern adds to the mix.  I topped the base bow with a 3/8″ wide Royal Blue Diamond Stitched Satin Bow.  Then I piled on White Magnolias, Blue English Roses, White Bead/Berry Clusters, and lots of little Sweetheart Blossoms.

Kaisercraft Wandering Ivy Friendship Card: A Peek Inside

Shabby Chic Friendship Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 05

This is one of my “two pocket” cards.  And just look at all those yummy shades of blue!

Shabby Chic Friendship Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 06The top pocket holds a little gift card wallet.

Shabby Chic Friendship Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 07In addition to a gift card, you can tuck in a tea bag and mini chocolate.

Shabby Chic Friendship Card Wandering Ivy by Kathy Clement Product by Kaisercraft Photo 08

Put the scraps on your table to good use by adding a tag to your card pocket.  I had a 3″ x 6″ scrap of nice, sturdy white cardstock.  Turn it into a tag by rounding the corners with a Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper.  To shape the top, I used my Scallop/Cloud Corner Chomper.  I use these Corner Chomper tools almost every time I craft.

Itty bitty scraps can be cut into banner flags, larger ones can be used as layers on your tag.  I even added a scrap to my honey stick to dress it up! The best part of it is, you have fewer scraps to clean up when you’re done creating!

It felt really good to create just for the fun of it.  Of course, I always have a good time whenever I get to play with paper, but not having a deadline or an assignment made it really special.  I did go ahead and load this card up in my Etsy shop in case you are interested.

I hope I 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

Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial & Project Share

Thinking Spring: Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial & Project Share

Hello, Friends!  Old Man Winter just seems to be hanging on for dear life. I’ve been making my own springtime in my studio with pretty papers and flowers and ribbons!  This Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial is a really quick and easy card design.  Build the base with just two simple straight cuts and one simple fold.  The end result  looks so amazing, everyone will think you are a card making genius!

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

These are the cards we will be making today.  Aren’t they darling?  Each top fold card measures 7″ x 5″.   I love the fact that the center step easel design makes it very easy to set these cards out for display.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 02If you haven’t seen Authentique’s Jubilee collection yet, you are in for a real treat.  This whimsical spring collection has a strong vintage vibe with a dash of Authentique’s signature charm and humor.  The patterned papers are just stunning, as you can see in this sweet card.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 03

I really appreciate the fact that there are images and patterns that are not strictly for Easter.  This beautiful 3″ x 4″ image from the cut apart page lends itself to any occasion.  I just love a versatile paper collection, don’t you?

Other Fun Projects: Eileen Hull Trinket Box Home Decor Piece

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 04

Once I opened this beautiful paper collection up, I simply could not stop playing with it.  It’s always fun to add a little fresh home decor to welcome springtime.  So I pulled out my Eileen Hull Trinket Box Die to create this dimensional vignette.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 05The cavity of the trinket box is lined with more gorgeous papers and images from the Jubilee Collection Kit.  I also altered a Tim Holtz Idea-Ology trophy with gesso, embossing powder and paint to create this flower urn inside the box.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 06I found this darling chipboard bunny in my stash.  He looks quite dapper on the front of the trinket box.  He’s complemented with a little wooden Easter Egg, a twine bow and some sweet Petaloo Flowers.  (Sadly, Petaloo flowers are hard to find these days, but you can still find a few HERE.)

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 07This cute dimensional box is attached to an altered spool.  Beautiful Spring Ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon form the tie closure on the box.  (You will find a supply list at the end of this post.)

Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial & Project Share: One More Bunny Card

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 09

I had one more fun idea for a Jubilee Easter card.  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card base has a 1/2″ spine and a hidden tag pocket on the front.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 10

I fussy cut the banner and floral cluster from the top corner of Jubilee Two. Then I cut out a 4 7/8″ x 6 7’8″ panel with the bunny image from the same sheet of paper.  After stitching, inking and distressing the paper edges, I rolled the top left hand corner around a pencil to create a scroll.  Next I backed my card base with a complementary paper and glued the two layers together, leaving a gap in the top left corner for a tag.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 11

This is the tag that pulls out of the card front.  Fun, right?

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 12I also painted some Prima Resin eggs with watered down Distress Paint.  Then I glued them into a “nest” made from burlap string.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 13The inside of the card has 2 pockets filled with Easter treats.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 14

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 15

I could have kept right on playing with this delightful collection, but I had to go start dinner.

Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial & Project Share on YouTube

I thought you’d like to learn how to make a center step easel card, so I stole a few more minutes from my schedule and made you this YouTube tutorial.  It starts with a project share of all the paper pretties I’ve featured here, then moves into a full tutorial for the center step easel card.  I hope you enjoy!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas today that you can incorporate into your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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