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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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Ciao Bella Sound of Summer Hanging Mini Album

Ciao Bella Sounds of Summer Hanging Mini Album with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

                                         Ciao Bella Sound of Summer Hanging Mini Album                                                            with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Insert

Hello, Friends!  Let’s start our day with a Ciao Bella Sound of Summer beach themed project!  As you all know, I just adore the ocean and coastal colors.  Since we haven’t been able to visit the NC shore yet this year, I just had to get my beach vibes from playing with paper.  So I pulled out The Sounds of Summer paper collection, some beachy Reneabouquets Bouquets Beautiful board, flowers, beach embellishments and ribbon.  Time to turn on the old thinking cap and imagine something unique and worthy of these paper pretties!

After some serious thinking and experimenting, I came up with the idea for a hanging mini album.  This unusual design does triple duty: beach home decor, mini journal and photo folio all in one!  How fun is that?  The heavy cardstock hanging pocket measures 5 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ x 1″.  It’s just big enough to hold this beach diary made with Eileen Hull’s Pocket Notebook Die.  This was a pretty involved project, so there’s no tutorial, but we’ll take a closer look at each of the elements in this post.

Reneabouquets: Trinkets and  Beautiful Board Seahorse and Starfish

The inspiration for this project came from Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Trinkets. Beautiful Board is a unique surface.  (Read more about it HERE.)  It’s lovely straight out of the package.  But it also takes to mixed media products like a duck takes to water.  First, cover the Seahorse and Starfish with a nice layer of Versamark Embossing Ink.  Then sprinkle on some Seth Apter Vintage Patina, Ancient Amber and Rust Baked Textures.  Heat emboss from the underside to prevent the powders from blowing away. It’s like embossing alchemy to see the powders blend and create the baked on enamel finish.

TIP:  You can add more embossing ink and more Baked Textures in layers to get just the look you want.

The Mermaid

The  next step is to alter the Mermaid Trinkets from Renea’s shop.

  • First, paint the Baroque Metal Frame with Speckled Egg Distress Paint.  Let it dry for a minute, then gently tap a black archival ink pad on the raised oval edge of the Baroque Metal Frame.
  • Next, stamp the metal frame onto a scrap of designer paper. Wipe the frame clean with a baby wipe to remove any excess ink.
  • Now cut around the inside of the stamped image.  It should fit neatly inside the  frame.
  • Then paint the Baroque Metal Frame with Speckled Egg Distress Paint.  Let it dry for a minute, then gently wipe away with a damp paper towel or baby wipe to reveal the details.  Repeat this process with the mermaid trinket.
  • Next, adhere the cut out oval inside the frame.  Then adhere the mermaid inside the frame using a strong metal adhesive.  The adhesive will likely ooze out the sides.  This is not a problem as you can fill the bottom half of the frame with Minnie Pearls Prills to resemble bubbles in the water.

Now set everything aside to dry while you make the hanger pocket base.

Creating the Hanger Pocket Base

  • Score a 5 3/4″ x 12″ panel of cardstock on the long side at 7 3/4″ and 8 3/4″.  This leaves you with a 3 1/4″ flap and 1″ spine on the bottom of the base.
  • Line the back of the hanger with a panel of designer paper.
  • Die cut the Amazing Paper Grace Snip It Grid from cream cardstock and adhere  to resemble a window pane.
  • Die cut a burlap with the fishtail banner die from the same set.  Cut in two pieces and adhere as seen in the photo.
  • Now score two  3″ x 3 1/8″ panels of scrap paper at 1″ and 2″ to form gussets for the pocket.  Adhere to the sides of the pocket flap and the hanger card base.  Decorate as seen in the photo.
Creating the Pocket Notebook

Die cut the Eileen Hull Notebook base from mat board or heavy chipboard.  Then wrap it with designer paper.  Fold to form the journal.  Stitch canvas scraps and back with Scor-tape. Then wrap the spine to cover any cracks in the paper.

Wrap the spine with elastic and attach a dangle charm.

The cover of the journal is flat so that it will fit inside the hanger pocket. BV=ut I did add a little pocket and tag feature to liven it up.

Line the inside covers with designer paper.  Then create 3 signatures to tuck underneath the elastic bands.  Decorate the signatures with cut apart features from Ciao Bella Sound of Summer papers and more Reneabouquets Starfish.  This is what the Beautiful Board looks like with absolutely nothing done to it.  Pretty, right?

Each of the 4 signatures has five folded parchment folios inside the covers.

This gives you 10 double sided pages inside each signature.  That’s plenty of room to journal, add photos or sketch.

This would also make a wonderful guest book for a beach house! When the pages are filled up, simply slip them out from under the elastic bands and slip new pages in.  Easy peasy!

On the Flip Side

Folks, you know me…I hate to let a good surface go to waste.  So I created a simple photo folio on the back side of the hanger.  Simply score a 12″ x 7 1/2″ piece of designer paper at 1″ and 5 1/2″.  Then fold to form a folio with a spine on the right.  Adhere a length of burlap string to the back side, then adhere to the hanger pocket base.  Create a pocket for the right hand side and tuck in some 4″ x 6″ journal cards.  Add gussets to the 1″ flap on the left and fold to form a side pocket for more journal cards.  This is a great place to add family photos and memories of a beach trip.

Now decorate the pocket with your prepared flowers and embellishments. Finally, I suspended the whole rig from a Melissa Frances vintage hanger and adhered the Mermaid Trinket.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this hanging mini album creation.  I think it could be a great conversation piece, a functional guest book,  and a fun way to document beach memories.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Ciao Bella Sicilia Shaker Box Folio

Ciao Bella Sicilia Shaker Box Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Ciao Bella Sicilia Shaker Box Folio for the Really Reasonable Ribbon February Blog Hop

Hello Ribbon Lovers!  Today I have a lemon fresh Ciao Bella Sicilia Shaker Box Folio to share with you.  You should be coming here fully inspired after visiting Karen’s lovely blog.  The ribbons on this pretty folio are from the gorgeous Blue and Brown Assortment of the RRR February Ribbon Club.

Really Reasonable Ribbon February Ribbon Club Assortment Blue & Brown

I chose to work with the luxurious Light Navy Checkerboard Satin and Light Navy Taffeta Ribbons for this project.

Ciao Bella Sicilia Shaker Box Folio: Lemon Fresh

Is there any prettier color combination than these buttery yellow hues paired up with shades of blue?   The Light Navy ribbons are a picture perfect match for this Ciao Bella paper collection.  Because I’ve prepared a video tour of the folio for you, I’ll just share a few sneak peeks here. Then you can watch the video to learn tips and tricks for making the base.  For a linked supply list, look at the bottom of this post.

Ribbon is a wonderful addition to the interior of any project.

Ciao Bella Sicilia Shaker Box Folio Video Tour

Learn lots of tips and tricks for creating this folio in this 10 minute project share video.

On With the Hop!

Now, let’s get on with the hop!  From here, you will hop over to see what fabulous ideas Linsey has in store for you.  When you’ve visited all the blogs in the hop, finish up on the RRR Blog.  Answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win your very own February Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you are not a member of the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club,I highly recommend it!  Each month you will receive by mail a fabulous assortment of color coordinated ribbons.  It’s like getting a birthday present every month of the year.  To sign up, click HERE.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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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Ciao Bella Time for Home Shaker Card

Ciao Bella Time for Home Winter Blues Shaker Card Reneabouquets snowflake frame by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Ciao Bella Time for Home Shaker Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Ciao Bella Time for Home  Shaker Card that is sure to chase away your winter blues!  The image inside the shaker frame reminds me so much of the home I grew up in.  Our house was situated in exactly the same spot as the one pictured here.    Living in Vermont, the streetlights came on around 3:30 in the afternoon during the winter months. The snow would glow with soft blue shades as the winter darkness closed in. And climbing that long icy hill in the dreary month of January was no picnic!  But there would be a hot cuppa, and a still-warm slice of Mom’s homemade bread waiting for me.  That promise of warmth and comfort kept me putting my feet one in front of the other as I trudged along past mammoth sized snowbanks, surrounded by the solitude that only winter provides.

Ciao Bella Time for Home Shaker Card: The Details

I’ve adorned this 5 1/2″ square card with lovely triple loop bow tied from grey plaid Really Reasonable Ribbon.  White Iridescent Metallic String adds a subtle shimmer to the bow cluster as well.   Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves , flowers, pearls and a lovely snowflake frame add winter beauty to the card design.

TIP:  Adhere the shaker frame on the diagonal to create this pleasing diamond shape.

A Peek Inside

The inside of the card is very simply lined with more of the beautiful papers from this collection.  I created a small tea bag pocket and tucked in a fussy cut tag from the collection to complete the card design.

I have warm memories of my childhood home, but I must confess to you, I’m awfully glad to have married a Southern boy!  I find our North Carolina winters a LOT easier to endure than the ones from my childhood!

I hope I shared a 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.

Stay cozy!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Ciao Bella Sound of Winter Frisky Squirrel Card Folio

Ciao Bella Sound of Winter Frisky Squirrel Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Ciao Bella Sound of Winter Frisky Squirrel Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  Today I have another sweet Ciao Bella Sound of Winter project to share with you.  This Frisky Squirrel Card Folio is filled with rustic details that make my heart happy!

Loaded with texture, this 5″ x 7″ card has a  shaped, cut-away pocket filled with sweet little tags.  Vintage buttons, painted metal pine branches, die cut foliage and burlap string lend a rustic, woodland feel.

TIP: Add loads of texture to your tiny tags with scraps of canvas.  Cut fishtail banners on the ends of 1″ wide canvas, Paint wooden star buttons with ivory chalk paint.  Then top with vintage buttons and stitch onto the tags.  The end result is so pretty.

The card is still lovely, even after the tags have been removed from the pocket.

Frisky Squirrel Card Folio: A Peek Inside

The inside features a flap page with a magnetic closure and a pocket filled with little treasures.

TIP: When an image is too wide for a card base, simply score a fold line and turn it into a flap feature.  Add a fancy sentiment panel and a cut out from the collection to complete the scene.

The large pocket on the bottom holds a 4″ x 6″ image that I turned into a magnet.  And of course, there is a tea bag to warm up cold winter nights.

The collection has these pretty tall tags.  Trim these out and stitch onto canvas to make a sweet little bookmark.

This could serve as a Christmas card, New Year’s card, a winter birthday or get well card, too.  I love the cozy feeling these papers and images evoke, and had such fun working with them.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that 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 below the signature of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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