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Little Birdie Crafts Magical Unicorn Birthday Card

Little Birdie Crafts Boho Dreams Magical Unicorn Easel Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Magical Unicorn Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Little Birdie Crafts Magical Unicorn Birthday Card to share with you.  This is the card I made for our granddaughter’s birthday party last month.  Julia loves saturated colors, sparkly things and unicorns.  I used the Boho Creams paper collection to make this Magical Unicorn Shaker/Easel card and she loved it!

Magical Unicorn Birthday Card: Creating the Card Base

Easel cards are probably my favorite style of fancy fold.  They are quick and easy to make, but really have that “WOW” factor we all want in our creations.  When you add a shaker element to an easel card, as I did here, you really have something special.  Here are the simple steps for putting this card base together.

  • First, score a 6″ x 12″ panel of white cardstock in half on the long side.  Fold and burnish to make a 6″ x 6″ top fold card base.
  • Next, score a horizontal line on the card front at 3 inches.  Make a mountain fold.  This is the easel element on the card.
  • Now, line the card interior with a 6″ x 6″ panel of Boho Dreams paper.  It’s all beautiful, so you can’t go wrong here!
  • Next, cut (4) 6″ x 2 7/8″ panels of designer paper to line the (4) 3″ x 6″ rectangles on the card front and interior.  Be careful not to glue over the folds or your easel mechanism will not function.
  • When it is time to add the main image to the card front, you will only place adhesive on the bottom half of the fold.  Then the card will stand upright for display.
Magical Unicorn Birthday Card: Making the Stopper for the Easel Card

Every easel card needs a brake, or a stopper to make the card stand up for display.  The stopper is actually built on the bottom half card interior.  Here’s how to add that element to your card.

  • Punch out the eyelash unicorn doily from the 12×12 paper pad.
  • Fussy cut the eyelashes and unicorn horn from the fussy cut page of the paper collection.  Place dimensionals on the back and adhere over the doily.
  • Next, fussy cut some flowers and  feathers.  Pop these up on dimensionals and cluster around the image as seen in the photo.
  • Now select 3 Boho Dreams Micro Roses and adhere around the unicorn horn.
  • Cut a little fishtail banner from a scrap of your designer paper and adhere on the right hand side.
  • Then fussy cut the banner and adhere from the top left to the bottom right.
  • Now back the doily with dimensionals and adhere to the card base.
  • Decorate the stopper with Boho Dreams Flowers.  Tuck a bow under one of the large flowers.  Because this card was for my granddaughter, I added lots of pretty rhinestones, too.
Magical Unicorn Birthday Card:  Making the Shaker Element

Here’s how to make the shaker element.

  • First, cut a 3″ x 4″ journal card from the paper collection.
  • Next, add Gold Metallic Wax to a Little Birdie Rectangular Chipboard Frame.
  • Cut a piece of clear cardstock (acetate sheet) to fit the back of the frame and adhere in place with strong tape liner or Dries Clear Adhesive.  Use a damp paper towel to clean up any little smudges of adhesive.
  • Now back the frame with 1/8″ foam tape.  I used 3 layers.
  • Next, place the frame face down and fill with sequins.  Then carefully line the journal card up over the foam tape and press to seal. Be sure there are no gaps around the edges.  If needed, you can add another layer of paper.
  • Now you can adhere the frame to the card base.  Decorate with fussy cuts and flowers.
Magical Unicorn Birthday Card: The Bookmark

Little Birdie Boho Vibes

I also made a little bookmark to go with the card.  These are quick and easy gifts to create.

  • Cut a 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ panel of designer paper.
  • Place adhesive along the top of a journal card and adhere.  If you leave the bottom open, the book page can slip between the image and the base.
  • Punch a hole in the center of the bookmark and thread with ribbon. Tie a bow with metallic string.
  • Adhere a fussy cut unicorn and add micro roses.

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’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card

Spellbinders APG 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card by Kathy Clement Authentique Flawless Photo 01

Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card: Amazing Paper Grace April Club Kit

Hello, Friends!  This Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card is no April Fool’s Joke!  It’s my project for the Amazing Paper Grace April Club Kit. Oh, the stories I could write with this super cute pink dimensional typewriter!

One of the things I love about the APG Club Kit is the versatility each one affords.  This 3D Typewriter Vignette Die is designed to stand all on it’s own like a little shadowbox.  But I chose to use it as the dimensional focal point on this pretty in pink card.  I followed all the directions that come with the kit.  But I did not add the tabs and side pieces to make it a stand alone item.  Instead, I layered dimensionals between the typewriter layers and featured it on this 6″ x 6″ easel card.  How cute would this be on your work desk?

Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card: The Typewriter

Authentique’s Flawless collection seemed to be the perfect match up for this project.  Here’s how I put the typewriter together:

  • First, die cut (2) typewriter frames, and all the rest of the parts from black cardstock.
  • Now run these pieces through a second time using the embossing plate and mat to add lots of texture and dimension.
  • Next, die cut the pieces a second time using patterned papers from the Flawless 6″ x 6″ paper pad.  Mix and match the papers for more fun.
  • Then emboss these pieces as you did the black cardstock.

Piece the typewriter together following the directions that come with the dies.  I alternated black and pink pieces to provide more contrast and visual interest.  Add dimensionals between the layers to make the image pop off the page.

Now die cut the typewriter papers from patterned cardstock.  Cut an additional paper from black to mat the paper that is at the back.  This helps it to pop off the page.  Layer dimensionals between the pages for extra dimension. Place a dot of Glossy Accents on each of the keys for even more dimension.

Finally, die cut the sentiments from hot pink cardstock.  Cut them out and adhere over the patterned papers.  Layer the papers at an angle inside the “roller” . Then add flowers and butterfly to finish the design.

Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card: The Stopper

First, cover the inside of your card base with designer paper.  Create a pocket on the bottom of the card by adhering 3 sides of a 6″ x 2 1/2″ panel of designer paper to the card base.  You’ll see how this works below.

Cut a fishtail banner from the black damask print in Flawless.  Back it with dimensionals and adhere to the lower inside card panel.  This will be the base for the brake, or stopper, on this easel card.  Cut out two small sentiment cards from the paper collection.  Mat on both hot pink and black cardstock scraps. Arrange at an angle and place dimensionals between and on the back side.  Then adhere to the card base.  Add a little paper clip, some pretty pink posies, ribbon and a button.

Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card: A Peek Inside

Now you can see the cute pocket inside the card.  Create a little gift card wallet with a sentiment panel from the 12×12 collection.  Adhere a little chocolate treat with repositionable  Glue Dots.

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I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas to inspire your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  To see previous Amazing Paper Grace projects, click HERE.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial

Authentique Calendar Collection January February Desk Calendars by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design PHoto 01

Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial: January and February

Hello, Friends!  I just love the month of January.  The whole year stretches out before you like a blank book just waiting for you to write your story.  This Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial is an idea that I think you are going to love.

January Desk Calendar Authentique Calendar Collection by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

You know that old song, “Brighten the Corner Where You Are?”  These sweet little easel style folios are designed to do just that!  Each one measures 6″ x 6″ and is decorated in vintage style using the Authentique Calendar Collection.  They are the perfect way to decorate a desk, entry way, or studio and they make a great birthday gift, too.  I built some fun features into the design that I think you are really going to enjoy!  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial: Filled with Fun

Open the desk decor to find the January Calendar on the inside along with a lovely pocket of goodies.  Fill the dates in on the calendar, or use it to write down birthdays, anniversaries and holidays.

Adding a pocket to an easel style card is one of my favorite design tricks.  I’ve tucked 2 wallet sized photo folios inside the pocket along with a journaling card.  You could also add a couple of photographs here.  But there’s more to this design than what meets the eye!

Pull the tab on the right to reveal a hidden pocket built into the base of the folio.  How fun is that?

This folio measures 5 1/4″ square and will hold 3 photos.

Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial: February

February Desk Calendar Authentique Calendar Collection by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

The February Desk Decor is created using the same techniques as the ones from the January calendar.

Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial on YouTube

Because I thought you would enjoy creating these lovely little desk decor calendars, I created a video tutorial.  Just follow the simple step by step instructions.  I will build the February folio in the video, but the measurements and steps are the same for January.  Just change out the papers and images and you’ll be all set.

How do you feel about me sharing a new desk decor calendar each month in 2020?  Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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

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Paper:

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

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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

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