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Summer Sunflowers Bee Themed Shaker Card

Summer Sunflowers Bee Themed Shaker Card: Scrap Your Stash Project

Hello, Friends!  My dear husband recently asked me to identify my favorite flower.  Now that is a poser, as I love flowers.  But after a few minutes of thought, it came to me: Sunflowers!  There’s just something about their sunny faces that lifts my heart.  Naturally, this progression of thought led me to create this Summer Sunflowers Bee Themed Shaker Card.  This  6″ x 6″ easel style card is one of my “Scrap Your Stash” projects.  I hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it.

Summer Sunflowers Bee Themed Shaker Card: Mix and Match

I’ve been busy doing my summer studio clean up.  Overflowing scrap bins provided a real treasure trove of inspiration and materials.   First, I cleaned up my cardstock scrap bin, ,where I ran across several 3″ x 5″ and 4″ x 6″ scraps of yellow cardstock in various shades.  Perfect for sunflowers!  Die cut some layers, do a little shaping, add some fun buttons, and voila!  Just like Cinderella, these scraps are ready to party!

TIP: Inks and sprays are a great way to make different shades of cardstock blend together.  Stick with colors that are in the same hue family, but some lighter, some darker.  Spray or ink the finished flower with mica spray (like Perfect Pearls or Tattered Angels Or Lindy’s Gang) and you end up with a lovely bunch of lifelike looking posies.

Summer Sunflowers Bee Themed Shaker Card: Shake it Up

Die cut a doily shape, then cut out the center with a circle die to make a sunflower shaped shaker frame.  Back the doily with clear cardstock that is cut with a slightly large circle die.  Then add a triple layer of foam strips to the backside for a beautiful shaker frame!  Fill with honey hued sequins against a backdrop of bee papers for the perfect finishing touch.  (Products are linked below.)

This lovely bow is tied with Champagne Chevron Twill Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Summer Sunflowers Bee Themed Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

I’ve combined papers from my scraps of Graphic 45’s Time to Flourish August papers with Scraps from Craft Consortium’s Tell the Bees Collection.  Then, just for fun, I threw in a little Prima Washi Tape from their Lavender Collection.  It all works together quite nicely!  And although I don’t consider myself to be a stamper, I did enjoy stamping these bee hive and bee images on a bit of scrap ivory cardstock.  The lovely bumblebee is from ButterBee Scraps. (Linked below)

TIP: Create a quick and easy pocket by cutting the liner paper for the inside of your card a few inches longer than the base.  Then simply score, fold and adhere to make a pocket.  Dress it up with a pretty border from Time to Flourish.

Since I had enough sunflowers made, scraps cut, and all the mess was already on my desk, I went ahead and made a “twin” card.  It’s almost like two cards for the time it takes to make one!  Winning!

I have more “scrap your stash” projects in the works, so stay tuned.  We all struggle with keeping our scraps from taking over the studio.  My hope is that sharing a few ideas with you here every now and again will help you find creative ways to use up product before it takes over your world.  How am I doing?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Summer Sunflowers Bee Themed Shaker Card SUPPLY LIST

Paper:

  • Graphic 45 Time to Flourish August Cut Apart Page (retired)
  • Craft Consortium “Tell the Bees”
  • Cardstock from my scrap bin

Dies:

Embellishments

Amazing Paper Grace Endless Summer Shaker Card

Amazing Paper Grace Endless Summer Shaker Card: Guest Designer Post

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasure Dies Brillante Rondelle Cinch and Go V Flowers Authentique Endless Easel Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Hello, Friends!  Summer is upon us, so I thought I would create this lovely Authentique Endless Summer Shaker Card for this week’s Guest Designer Post at Amazing Paper Grace.  The shaker element is made with the Spellbinder’s Shapeablilities Brillante Rondelle Etched Dies by Becca Feeken.  The floral cluster is made with APG Cinch and Go Flowers V.

TIP: Die cut flowers from patterned paper, then sponge with ink or spritz with spray to make custom flowers that match your project perfectly.  Fill the centers with small buttons or Prills, as I have here.

Endless Summer Shaker Card: The Shaker Element

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasure Dies Brillante Rondelle Cinch and Go V Flowers Authentique Endless Easel Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Here’s how I created this lovely shaker element:

  • First, place the #1, 2, and 3 Brillante Rondelle Dies on Whip Cream Cardstock.  (#1 is the largest die.)

TIP:  Make sure the dies are evenly spaced on all sides for the best cut.  You can hold them in place with a small piece of washi tape.  The washi tape will not tear your paper, but will hold the dies in place during the cutting process.

  • Next, use just the #1 die to cut a circle from clear cardstock.
  • Then cut a second circle using the mason jar paper from Authentique Endless.  This image will be the background for your shaker element.
  • Now adhere the clear cardstock circle to the back of the Brillante Rondelle using a thin bead of Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Once the glue is set, place the window face down on a clean sheet of paper.  This will protect it from any smudges or soil.
  • Then, place a triple layer of Darice Foam Strips around the inner margin of the die cut.  Leave the liner tape in place on the top layer for now.
  • Next, fill the shaker box with Lilac Lane Summer Nights Sequin Mix.
  • Remove the liner tape and adhere the mason jar circle to the shaker box.
Endless Summer Shaker Card: The Easel Action

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasure Dies Brillante Rondelle Cinch and Go V Flowers Authentique Endless Easel Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Easel cards look so fancy, yet they are amazingly simple to make.

  • Create a 6″ x 5 1/2″ top fold card.
  • Score the front side of the card in half again at 2 3/4″ .
  • Fold this flap back so that the card front looks like a triangle, or tent as seen in the above photo.
  • Score and fold the extra length at the bottom of the card base to serve as a pocket inside the card.
  • Now create a second 6″ x 5  1/2″ panel of cardstock and build the card front on it.  When finished, adhere the bottom half of the card front to the bottom edge of the card base.
  • Pop up the Center Die Cut from the Brillante Rondelle Die on foam tape or waste chipboard.
  • Adhere it along the bottom right edge of the card base as seen in the above photo.  This raised element acts as a brake for the easel, enabling it to stand upright.
  • Top the brake with a large button to cover up the dimensional element.
Endless Summer Shaker Card: Finishing Touches

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasure Dies Brillante Rondelle Cinch and Go V Flowers Authentique Endless Easel Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

  • Fussy cut the butterfly from the paper collection.
  • Tap with embossing ink and heat emboss using Seth Apter’s Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.
  • Let the wings cool slightly, then shape with your fingertips.
  • Adhere to the Brillante Rondelle Shaker Element.
  • Tie a double loop bow with Fuchsia, Orange and Lavender Plaid Ribbon.  Tuck beneath the flower cascade.  Tie a second bow with Gold Metallic String and add to the bow cluster.
  • Tap a vintage heart charm with ivory chalk paint and add to the sentiment strip.
Endless Summer Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasure Dies Brillante Rondelle Cinch and Go V Flowers Authentique Endless Easel Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

  • Adhere a 5 7/8″ wide x 2″ strip of designer paper to the pocket flap.  Adhere just the sides to the card base.  Fill the pocket with cut apart images from the paper collection.

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.

I’ll be back next week with another Guest Design Post for Amazing Paper Grace.  If you’d like to see the Wedding Folio I created with the Vintage Treasures Dies last week, click HERE.

You’ll find a linked supply list below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Endless Summer Shaker Card Supply List

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasures Dies

Paper:

Embellishments:

Inks, Tools and Adhesives

An Ode to Little Women: Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio

An Ode to Little Women: Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio for CHA/Creativation

Hello, G45’ers!  Did you have a favorite book when you were growing up?  One that you read over and over and never tired of?  For me, that book was Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. I’ve lost count of the many times I got lost in the lives of the brave, loving and wise saga of the March family.  (My favorite was Jo, of course!)  So when Graphic 45 released the Little Women collection, I decided to create a big, big card to reflect the large role this book played in my life.  This  8×8 Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio is truly an ode to Little Women.

Graphic 45 8x8 Easel Card Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

TIPS:  

  • Mat images on black cardstock to really make them pop.  
  • Add designer paper to Staples Black ATC tags to add style and easy layers to your card design.
How to Create a Graphic 45  Easel Card Folio

Easel cards look complicated, but they are actually very easy to create.  There are several different ways to make them, and you can find lots of variations on Pinterest.  This is how I created this 8″ square easel card:

  • First, create the card base.  Because this card is so large, I worked with a 12″ x 18″ piece of black cardstock.  You can purchase this large cardstock at Envelopes.com.
  • Now, cut the cardstock to measure 8″ wide x 16″ long.
  • Next, score it in half on the long side and fold to make a standard top fold card base.
  • Then score the bottom panel in half again at 4″ .  Fold this flap in toward the fold.  This creates the easel mechanism for the card.
  • You will build your card front on a separate piece of 8″ square black cardstock.
  • The final step is gluing the bottom half of the card front to the flap.  Don’t glue above the fold or the easel mechanism won’t work.
Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio: The Details

This Staples Antique Metal Door Plate and Knob is the perfect accent for the Little Women collection.  It fits beautifully with the vintage vibe of the pretty papers.

Die cut and mat an image from a 4×6 Ephemera card to create a stylish focal for your card front.

Tie a Shabby Chic Clock Key to a Staples ATC tag to create an interesting dimensional element on your card.

Turn an Antique Metal Door Pull upside down, then fill with flowers!  This is such a fun way to add dimension to a design.  Create a stopper for the easel card by backing a border strip with foam tape or waste chipboard.  This way, the card can stand upright for display.

An Ode to Little Women Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio: A Peek at the Inside

The large format of this easel card provides you with the ability to add fun interactive elements to the interior.  I’ve created some mini folios and pockets using ephemera cards, ATC tags and images from the cut apart page.

The ephemera cards in this collection are especially beautiful!  Don’t be afraid to use the “B” sides!  I’ve cut this 4″ x 6″ ephemera card down, then turned it into a pocket to house these decorated tags and a mini folio.

And see these decorative panels?  They are more than just pretty pictures!

They open to reveal a spot for photos and hidden journaling.  This would be such a great way to commemorate a special event!

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

SUPPLY LIST:

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo

Hello, G45’ers!  Have you seen Graphic 45’s gorgeous Winter Wonderland Christmas Collection yet?  Filled with images of old barns, snow laden trees, winter songbirds and rustic patterns, it’s like taking a walk in the New England countryside of my childhood.  I recently had a chance to play with these gorgeous images and papers and worked up a Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo to share with you here.

A Spoonful of Christmas: Winter Wonderland Christmas Card #1

Winter Wonderland Spoonful of Christmas Card Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

This vintage Santa Spoon was waiting for me to grab it on one of my junkin’ adventures.  It is part of a set of 4, and I scooped them up in a New York minute!  Why I love these vintage spoons, so much, I’ll never know, but I am amassing a nice little collection to use in my crafting.

To give the spoon this frosty appearance, I added a touch of Picket Fence Distress Paint.  First, I place a small dot of the paint on my craft sheet.  Then I tap my finger into the ink.  Next, I tap most of the paint off onto the craft sheet and then just lightly dab it onto the spoon.  This way, the silver still shines through, but the edges look frosty.

Creating the Flower Clusters

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1Poinsettia are a classic choice for Christmas, so I knew I wanted to add them to this card.  The Petaloo Burlap Poinsettia I had in my stash were too bright for this rustic paper.  But no worries…flowers can be altered to match a paper collection.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

First, lay your flowers out on a craft sheet or a nice sized piece of scrap paper.  Then mix up some Lobster , Iridescent Gold,  and Bronze Glimmer Mists by rolling the bottle between your hands.  This prevents small particles of glitter from getting stuck in the spray mechanism.  Next, spritz the mists and dry gently with a heat tool.  Repeat if necessary.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Adding different textures to a flower cluster makes for an interesting and more natural looking arrangement.  Combine Vintage Velvet Dogwoods with fussy cut poinsettia leaves from the paper collection.  Then tie the whole thing together with gorgeous Vintage Christmas Plaid Ribbon and Natural Burlap String Bows.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Don’t be afraid to take your design off the edge of your card. After double matting each card layer, I shifted each one a little further to the right creating a sort of stair-step effect on the card.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

The inside is simply finished with more beautiful papers from the collection.

Spoonful of Christmas Supply List

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland

  • Winter Wonderland
  • Rustic Holiday
  • Nordic Greetings
  • Yule Post

Other Supplies

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo #2: Christmas Songbird Easel Card

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

I’ve loved watching and listening to songbirds all my life.  When I saw the sweet little songbirds in Graphic 45’s new Winter Wonderland collection I nearly burst into song myself!  I knew I wanted to feature the lovely swallow from the signature page on a Christmas card. This 7.25” x 5.25” easel style card came together very quickly thanks to the gorgeous patterns and images in this gorgeous winter collection.


Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2
Christmas Songbird Easel Card Tips and Tricks
  1. To create a quick card focal, use a large circle die to cut the bird image from the paper collection and mat it on a decorative circle die. Back it with foam tabs or waste chipboard to really make it stand out.
  2. Tap miniature pine cones with Picket Fence Distress Paint to add a natural, wintry feel to your card.
  3. Tie a trio of small, rusty jingle bells together with burlap string to decorate the easel card stopper.
  4. To add to the rustic feel of this card, distress the edges.  I curled the corners around my piercing tool to add to the vintage design.

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3 Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5 Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Here’s a peek at the inside.  Using kraft cardstock as the base adds to the rustic appeal of the card.

Christmas Songbird Supply List

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland 12×12 papers

  • Winter Wonderland
  • Nordic Greetings
  • Yule Post

Other Products

If you’re like me, you’ve fallen in love with Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland.  I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks 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

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card with Penny’s Paper Doll Family Collection

Hello G45’ers!  You know how life takes some interesting twists and turns sometimes?  I was supposed to post this project last Friday…but I was in an airplane when G45 notified me to share. Then my vacation got extended when bad weather grounded all the planes in the Northeast.  I got home very late last night, and am finally getting a chance to share this really cute Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card with you.  Better late than never, right?

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Sweet Childhood Memories

I had such fun making this Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel card.  Paper dolls were one of my favorite childhood toys, and I spent hours and hours cutting them out.  Perhaps that is where my love for fussy cutting paper was born, who knows?

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2Does anyone else remember cutting out the Betsy McCall paper dolls from McCall’s magazine? My sister and I anxiously awaited each new issue so we could add new outfits to our collection. These darling paper doll costumes took me right back to the excitement of those times.

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card: Tips and Tricks

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

This is a 6″ x 6″ square easel card.  Here are a few tips and tricks that I used to make it.

  • The focal images on this card are a little smaller than what I typically use.  Matting focal images really helps them to stand out on the page.  Since these images are all the same size, you can make the job easier by measuring and cutting the mats all at the same time.  Measure each layer just slightly larger than the next, then assemble.  
  •   A die cut doily makes the perfect centerpiece for this sweet card. To make the fussy cut kitty cat stand out, I die cut a circle from designer paper for the doily center.  Once again, I used foam tabs to elevate the image.
  • Crocheted lace adds vintage charm and texture to the card design.  I used ⅛” Scor-Tape to layer the crocheted lace over Antique Gold Silky Crushed Ribbon.
  • Use border stamps to create the “stopper” for your easel card.  First I cut the row of stamps out with shaped scissors.  Then I backed them with cardboard packaging to lift them up off the card base.

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

Since I made this card for display at a summer trade show, I kept the interior fairly simple.  But this gives you a peek at more of the lovely patterns and sweet images from the collection.

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Easel Card Supply List and Product Links

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

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