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Stamperia Sweet Christmas Carol Easel Card

Stamperia Pink Christmas Birds Christmas Carol Box Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

RRR December Blog Hop:  Stamperia Sweet Christmas Carol Easel Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing this Stamperia Sweet Christmas Carol Easel Card for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s sweet blog.

I’ve used the gorgeous Winter Carnival Ribbon Club Assortment to compliment the shabby chic papers.  Mineral Ice Checkerboard Satin Ribbon and Aqua Shell Print Satin Ribbon lend a frosty feel to the card design, making it perfectly wintry.  White Bead Berry Sprays are tucked in with my flowers to add lots of texture and sparkle.

Because this is an easel card, it folds for mailing and stands upright for display.

TIP:  When scoring your 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ card base, add in a 1/2″ spine to allow the easel portion of the card to close neatly over the easel stopper.

Stamperia Sweet Christmas Carol Easel Card: A Peek Inside

It’s easy to add a pocket to the interior of an easel card.  Simply cut your designer paper layer about 2 1/2″ longer than the height of the base.  Score along the bottom and fold.  Create gussets for the sides and then adhere to the base.

You can add a gift card pocket on one of the upper folded sections as well.  Here, i die cut the Infinity Border from both blue and ivory cardstock.  Then I adhered just the sides and the bottom to the card base.

Tuck images from the cut apart pages of the collection inside the pocket.

This folio is simply folded paper with a little journal card glued to the inside.  But it’s a great resting place for a tea bag or other small treat.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties the lovely Linsey has in store for you.  Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop, then finish up at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog where you will answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  This will enter you into the drawing for your very own Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t subscribed to the RRR Club yet, now is a great time to join.  Santa is always looking for just the right gift for us crafty girls!  You can drop him a hint and let him know that you’d love to receive the Ribbon Club Assortment every month of the New Year!  Learn how to sign up HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Pink Christmas Ice Skates

Stamperia Pink Christmas Ice Skates Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01
Stamperia Pink Christmas Ice Skates for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  These Stamperia Pink Christmas Ice Skates are so dreamy when matched up with ribbon from the Really Reasonable Ribbon December Ribbon Club.   Growing up in Vermont, I had to wear my older brother’s black hand me down hockey skates.  Not exactly inspiring for a young girl who imagined herself to be a graceful swan.  The reality is, I tumbled my way across the ice while pushing an old broom in front of me for balance.  But a girl can dream…and this card is the stuff dreams are made of!

A Note About the Product

You know how you sometimes get down to the last few bits of a paper collection, and you combine it with another collection that matches it really well?  I don’t do it very often, but because Stamperia Pink Christmas and Sweet Christmas were so very similar, I did combine them.  I only had a few bits and pieces of Sweet Christmas left.  The skates image is  from that collection along with a few bits and pieces of border and such.  Sadly, Sweet Christmas is no longer available…or if it is, I cannot find it in stock.  So please forgive me for that oversight on my part.

Stamperia Pink Christmas Ice Skates: The Basics

This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 3/4″ spine.  Machine stitching, paper doilies, glittery die cut stars and soft pink posies amp up the shabby chic vibe.

TIP:  Create a shabby chic border by layering Mineral Ice Checkerboard Satin Ribbon with Aqua Shell Print Satin Ribbon along the top edge of the card.  Tuck the ends of the ribbon behind the card panel to create a finished look.

Tie a triple loop bow from the Shell Print Satin and top with petite posies and silver glitter jingle bells.  The Zutter Bow it All Tool makes it easy to tie these bountiful bows.

Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Ice skates and mini jingle bells top this tag.  Hold everything in place with a bit of Iridescent Metallic String.

Stamperia Pink Christmas Ice Skates: A Peek Inside

Don’t forget to use ribbon inside your card!  It makes a great closure for this little gift folio.

These sweet gift card folios are a wonderful way to present a little Christmas Cheer.  I’ve filled this one up with some cookies, a Santa spoon, peppermint stick, honey stick, chocolate and tea.  Have several of these folios on hand during the holidays because they make wonderful last minute gifts.

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.  And here’s a link to an older Stamperia Pink Christmas project.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Vintage Santa Shaker Card

Authentique Calendar Collection December Vintage Santa Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Vintage Santa Shaker Card with Authentique December Calendar Collection

Hello, Friends!  Santa Claus is watching you!  This Vintage Santa Shaker Card made with Authentique Paper’s December Calendar Collection has a great country vibe.  I think it’s the red, black and cream color palette paired up with Bold Black Check Ribbon and shiny red vintage buttons that accomplishes that feat.

Vintage Santa Shaker Card: The Basics

This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ Tim Holtz Idea-Ology wooden shaker frame.  Here’s how to build the simple layers in this sweet card.

  • First, build a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base by joining (2) 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels of Forest Green Cardstock with Scor-Tape.  Score in a 1/2″ spine at the top, and trim the bottom so that the base measures 5″ x 7″.
  • Next mat a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of the plaid patterned paper on a slightly larger piece of red cardstock.
  • Now add a 2 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ strip of the holly print across the center as a belly band.
  • Add some black and white Christmas washi tape along the bottom edge, just for fun.
Vintage Santa Shaker Card: The Shaker Frame

Paint the largest Tim Holtz Idea-ology Vignette Frame with Black Chalk Paint.  When it is nearly dry, gently wipe over the surface with a damp paper towel to create a distressed finish.  Then spray the frame with Heidi Swapp Tinsel Color Shine.  This lends a frosty appearance to the frame.  Wrap the edges of the shaker frame with 1/4″ black gingham ribbon to hide the elevation.

TIP: Watch THIS video tutorial to learn how to create the shaker frame element on this card.

Vintage Santa Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

The inside of this card is so very jolly!  I covered the top half with the cable knit sweater pattern from Authentique Snowfall.  This lends a real cozy feel, and I  love the color. Layer up scraps from the collection, then add a little die cut sentiment panel.

The bottom pocket contains a little chocolate treat, a honey stick and a vintage wooden candy cane ornament that I found at a local flea market.    There’s plenty of room to add a little gift card or other small token inside this large pocket.  The Santa in the chimney image is actually a little flap element.

Line the inside with more scrap pieces, then create a little pocket to hold this Christmas tea bag.  What a fun gift!

You can find this card in my ETSY shop.

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. You’ll also find a linked supply list below the signature.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Accordion Folio

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Accordion Folio for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Accordion Folio

Hello, Friends!  This Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Accordion Folio is kicking off a new series here at Kathy by Design.  Twice a month, I’ll be sharing a “Throwback Thursday” project to help us all use up our crafty stash of paper pretties.  I don’t know about you, but my Closet of Shame is amply supplied with beautiful retired paper collections.  I can’t really use retired collections for design team projects, but I can use these beautiful papers  here as inspirational posts for all of you.  Who knows…maybe I’ll dig out an old collection that you have in YOUR Closet of Shame!  Since it’s nearly Christmas, I thought I’d dig out a favorite G45 Christmas collection to get things rolling!

One of my sweet blog buddies, Gena, asked me if I thought I could use this Z fold folio design with Twelve Days of Christmas.  Well, this is not quite the same Z-fold as I needed 6 double sided panels to cover the 12 Days of Christmas.  But it is a really similar design and super easy to make.  Simply score and fold the base of the album (I’ll show you how in the video tour below) then hold everything closed with a stylish belly band.

Are you ready to dig into your hoarded papers and use them to make something beautiful?  Please join me for this short video tour with tips, tricks, measurements and ideas that you can use with one of your favorite collections.

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Accordion Folio Video Tour with Tips and Tricks

So, what do you think of this Throwback Thursday idea?  Love it?  Hate It?  Want more of it?  Let me hear your thoughts in the comment section below.  I’ll also add a supply list below the signature for your convenience.

I’m also entering this in the current challenge “It’s the Holidays” over on the Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial

Authentique Calendar Collection Christmas Joy Shaker Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial with Authentique December Calendar Collection

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a sweet little Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial to share with you.  The month of December is filled with so many wonderful photo ops: picking out the tree, Black Friday Shopping  Marathons, cookie baking, decorating, pageants…the list goes on and on!  It all happens so fast that it’s easy to miss those special moments, or keep up with them in a December Daily format.  But this little flip folio is a quick and easy make.  All you have to do is add photos, a few captions, and you’ve preserved the magic of this holiday season for years to come.  the December pages from Authentique Paper’s new Calendar Collection makes it extra easy !  let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial: The Basics

The tri-fold folio base measures 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ with 1″ spines. I used 12″ x 18″ natural cardstock for the base, then lined both sides with Authentique Spectrum cardstock in Denim and Tricycle Red cardstock.  This adds a colorful base, and it also strengthens the base.

The front of the album is just one layer of the December plaid topped with a festive shaker frame.  Here’s how to make the frame:

  • First, die cut a Calllista Rectangle Shadow Box Frame from ivory cardstock. Be sure to place the insert die in the center of the frame to cut out the shaker opening.
  • Next, cover the frame with Versamark Embossing Ink.
  • Now cover the frame with Ranger Bridal Embossing Powder.  Heat emboss.  This will add a lovely sparkly shimmer to the frame, but it will also strengthen those delicate edges.
  • Cut a  3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece of clear cardstock to fit the back of the frame.  Adhere with Scor-Tape or Dries Clear Adhesive.  Remove the liner tape from each layer, but leave it on the top layer until after you’ve added your shaker mix.
  • Next, adhere 3 layers of Darice Foam Strips to the back of the solid sides of the frame.
  • Now, cut out the image from the December Calendar pages. Adhere it to the plaid patterned paper. Then place beads, sequins and other sparkly goodies in the center of the image.
  • Remove the liner tape and carefully line the frame up over the image.  Press in place.
  • Finish with flowers, ribbons and other pretty Christmas baubles.
Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial: The Spine

Cover the back and spine of the album with the cable knit sweater pattern from Authentique Snowfall.  Adhere a little Tim Holtz Christmas Ephemera label to the back of the album.  This is a great spot to write down the year you made the folio and any other little details.

Use a silver lobster clasp and jump rings to create a charm cluster on the spine.  This is the easiest way I’ve found to do this.  I just punch a hold about 1/2″ from the top of the spine, tie a bow through the opening, and add my charms.

Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

This folio is filled with fun, interactive elements.  The tag pocket on the left flips open.  The carolers on the right hand flip up.

The center panel is a box style pocket with a gift folio insert.

TIP: Score and fold the December calendar to create a spot to write down December events, shopping lists, or special memories.  Save the off cut from the shaped pocket and use it as a turn tab on the fold.

The right hand page flips out to reveal a sweet little waterfall and another die cut frame for a special photo.  Because of the box style pocket, the album stands up for display so it can be used as a home decor piece.

Fill the folio with some Christmas treats.  Once they are removed, you have a great place to tuck in even more photos!

Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial: Video Tour and How to Make the Base

If you’d like to see more of the details in this folio and learn how to build the base and mechanisms, then please enjoy this little video tutorial.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas, tips and techniques 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 also find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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