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Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner

Hello, Friends!  Happy April Fool’s Day!  I have no tricks today…just a super sweet Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner to share with you.

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Y’all know how much I love to make banners!  This time, I’ve used the Eileen Hull House/Pocket Stitchlets Die from Sizzix to create the banner base.  The soft vintage patterns and colors from Authentique’s Abundant collection lend a delightful vintage vibe to this pretty pretty banner.

 

This is a BIG banner…over 4 feet long from tip to tail, so to speak.  Here are my best tips and tricks for making your own version.

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner: Eileen Hull House/Pocket Die Tips

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

  • Begin by die cutting Authentique Spectrum Mustard Seed Cardstock using the large house “frame” die.  Place these on the patterned paper so that the triangular point is at the bottom. You will need to cut 3.
  • Next, layer the house frame and the smaller stitched die (the one with the little holes) together on your patterned paper.  I used Abundant 1.  Use washi tape to hold the dies in place.  Then die cut 3 pennants.
  • Now you will need to trim about 1/8″ away from the edges of the stitched die so that it allows the Mustard seed layer to peek through.
  • Once you have trimmed the patterned paper layer, stitch around the inside edge.  This is not required.  You can always just use adhesive, but I like the texture that the stitching provides.
Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner: Creating the Small Pennants

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

 

Add visual interest and contrast to your banner by interspersing small banner shapes between the larger pennants.  It’s always fun to poke through my dies and see which ones might add a fun shape to a banner.  This time, I selected the Heartfelt Creations Eyelet Diamond #3 die (with #1 being the largest die) for this job.

  • Die cut 4 Eyelet Diamonds from Abundant One
  • Now, fold each diamond  in half to form a triangle.  The design paper on the inside of the pennant will peep through, and this is so pretty.
  • No need to stitch the open edges of the pennant together.

That’s it!  Easy peasy!

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner: Stitching the Banner Together

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Machine stitching the pennants to ribbon really makes for a sturdy banner that will stand up to the test of time.

  • Cut a 5 foot length of Light Blue Silky Crush Ribbon and lay it out on your work surface.
  • Find the center point of the ribbon.  Use a binder clip to attach the pennant to the ribbon at this point.
  • Now, place a small pennant on each side of the center pennant.  Secure them to the ribbon with a binder clip as before.  I left about 1 1/2″ between each pennant.
  • Repeat this process all along the ribbon until all the pennants are in place.
  • To add crochet lace along the top as I did here, go back and tuck it under each binder clip.
  • Now carefully carry the whole ensemble to your sewing machine and stitch along the top edge to secure everything in place.
  • Find the bottom edge of the ribbon and stitch a second time along that line.  This will ensure that the banner hangs prettily.
Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner: Adding the Details

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

I had these chipboard bunnies in my stash, and I’m not sure where they came from.  But here is how I built the layers on each large pennant.

  • Die cut 3 Spellbinder Lotus Pendants from Whip Cream Cardstock.
    • NOTE: This is an older, retired die.  But a quick Google search revealed that there are a few available in various spots online.  If you cannot find it, substitute the Spellbinders Triple Tear Die.
  • Die cut Abundant Four using the Spellbinders #3 Triple Tear Die.  You will need 3
  • Use the Triple Tear 4 die to cut centers from Abundant Three.
  • Stack these layers together using foam tape or waste chipboard between them to add dimension.
  • Adhere to the pennant base.
Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner: Finishing Touches

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

  • Tie the blue ribbon between each pennant using a square knot to secure it.
  • Trace the chipboard bunnies onto designer paper, cut out and adhere.
  • Tie burlap string bows and top with a button to decorate the bunnies.

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

  • Tie burlap bows and adhere over each square knot.
  • Add little rosebuds on top.  I used these Prima Georgia Blues flowers.

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

I found these wooden bunny buttons in my stash and used them to decorate the small pennants.  Top Light Blue Swiss Dot Satin Ribbon bows with burlap string bows and another flower.

I get such satisfaction from creating these lovely banners.  Using dies to help form the pennants is a real time saver.

To see other Easter Project ideas, click HERE.  For more banner inspiration, click HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and techniques 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

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Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card

This hop is now closed.  The winner is Denise Bryant, chosen from Martine’s blog.  Thanks for hopping!
Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card for the Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations March 2018 Alumni Hop! Dogwoods have always been my favorite spring blossom. When we lived in Atlanta, there was a street in a small town called Clarkston that was lined on both sides with snowy white dogwood trees.   When those delicate trees blossomed at Easter, it was like going to a wedding.  I think of that street every year around this time. This Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card is inspired by that memory.

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card Flowering Dogwood by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 01a

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card has a 1/2″ spine.  To make it, you will need the following:

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card; Creating Layers

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card Flowering Dogwood by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 02

I decided I wanted a distressed, shabby chic feel for this card.  Once I had built my card base, I went about creating the layers.  First, I cut a 4.75″ x 6.75″ panel from the Flowering Dogwood Paper Collection.   Use an ink blending tool to add Distress inks along the edges of your paper.  Then spritz with water.

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card Flowering Dogwood by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 03

Next, I distressed all the edges with my Tonic Distressing Tool.  If you don’t have a distressing tool, you can run the blade of your scissors lightly along the edge of your paper, and get a similar result. Stitch this panel onto a double mat of white pearl cardstock and light grey cardstock.  I build my card front on this panel, and then once the card is finished, I glue it to the base.

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card: Flowers and Sweetheart Border

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card Flowering Dogwood by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 04

Die cut the Sweetheart Border from Pearl White Cardstock.  I also used a Large Spellbinder Circle Die to cut out the focal from one of the 6×6 card panels in the collection.  Layer these elements up on your card.

Now it’s time to create those gorgeous dogwood blossoms!  First, I stamped 2 sets of the large blossoms and one set of the other blossoms onto pearly white cardstock using Sap Green Archival Ink.  Then I heat embossed the stamped images with WOW embossing powder.

Before you cut out the blossoms, go ahead and ink the centers and leaves with more of the Sap Green Ink using a sponge dauber.  Then sponge the edges with a combination of the pink Distress inks.  Spatter with a little water and some diluted brown ink to create the spatter effect.

Now you are ready to shape and assemble your blossoms.  Fill the centers with Tutu Pink Prills. Hot glue them to your card front as seen in the photo.  Die cut the ticket with Luggage and Tags Die.  Finally, add the bow and button to finish the card front.

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card: A Peek Inside

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card Flowering Dogwood by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 05I had fun adding pockets and treats to the inside of this shabby chic card.

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card Flowering Dogwood by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 06The top pocket is made with a card front from the collection.  I filled this with a sweet little folio that is held shut with a decorative belly band.  Die cut the tag and add a small 3″ x 4″ cut apart image here.

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card Flowering Dogwood by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 07

Inside, you can add photos, journaling or small keepsakes.

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card Flowering Dogwood by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 08

The larger pocket on the bottom holds this pretty tag.  I created a soft, airy layer with the Decorative Oval Die.  Tuck a tea bag and honey stick here as a special treat!

On With the Hop!

Be sure to visit each blog on the hop and leave a lovely comment because one comment from a mystery blog will be randomly selected to win a $25 shopping spree at the Heartfelt Creations online store!

The hop runs from 8AM DST Friday, March 30th until 11:59PM DST Monday, April 2nd, 2018.  The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Facebook page and blog on Wednesday, April 4th.  The winner will need to e-mail  need to email Heartfelt Creations at [email protected] with “Winner of the April Alumni Hop” in the subject line to claim his/her prize.

Here’s the blog list for this month’s hop:

Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Amarilys  ♥ Gloria ♥ Sarah ♥ Vicki AlissaMartineArchana ♥  Deneen

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

 

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I’ve transformed a lowly brown paper lunch bag into a showy shabby chic paper bag Pocket Easter Card.  I haven’t done anything like this in quite a while, but I kind of had a hankering to make a project with lots of pockets and tags…and this is where I wound up!

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card Eastertime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 01

Oh, but I had so much fun making this triple decker pocket card from an old brown paper bag! To make the base, I simply folded a standard brown lunch bag, lined it with darling Eastertime papers from Authentique, then adorned it with Yellow Chevron Striped Twill Ribbon , Hot Pink Quatrefoil Satin, Burlap String, and WOC flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card Eastertime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 02

Pink and yellow is such a fun, fresh color combo for Springtime!  Would you like to see what’s in the pockets?  I thought so!

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card: Pocket #1

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card Eastertime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 03

The bottom pocket is filled with treats for the tummy and treats for the eyes!  Each 3″ x 4″ string tie envelope is dressed up in its Easter best. The sweet little tag is made with a sticker from the paper collection.  Snippets of ribbon, , flowers, and burlap string are Easter Bunny approved!

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card Eastertime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 04I’ve tucked some tasty almonds and the dearest miniature card into the string tie envelopes.

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card: Pocket #2 and #3

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card Eastertime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 05

Tags and pockets go together like the Easter Bunny and Jelly Beans!  I created a tall tag for the middle pocket, then had dressing it up with ribbons, flowers stickers and charms.

The top pocket holds a decorated 4″ x 6″ string tie envelope.  Because it’s Easter, you have to have chocolate, so I’ve tucked a bag of M&M’s inside this pretty little packet.

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card Eastertime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 06Here’s a peek at the paper bag pocket with everything removed.  I think this is a really fun alternative to an Easter Basket.  What do you think?

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

Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card

Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card with Pockets and Treats

Hello, Friends!  I can’t believe we are already counting down the days ’til Easter!  I’m sort of glad, though, as that means I get to break out all my Easter paper pretties and ribbons!  Today I have a super sweet Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card to share with you.  Its made with Authentique Paper’s Springtime Collection (an oldie, but a goodie!) and gorgeous Really Reasonable Ribbon!

Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card Springtime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Paper Photo 01

I love these sweet bunnies so much!  This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 1/2″ spine.  I’ve enhanced the paper layers with a bodacious bow cluster tied with RRR’s  Turquoise Shimmer Satin Ribbon and topped with a Petaloo teal anemone.  The Ivory Burlap String adds just the right amount of texture to this vintage style card.

Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card Springtime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Paper Photo 02

To lighten up the layers and add some extra dimension, I die cut Spellbinder’s Labels 47 Decorative Elements from white cardstock.  I decided I wanted just the lattice portion of the die cut, and not the scrolly bits at the top, so I trimmed those off with my guillotine trimmer.  Green stick pins and a little resin bunny complete the cover design.

TIP: To add a little extra swagger to the paper layers, crop your corners with a corner punch.

Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card: A Peek Inside

Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card Springtime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Paper Photo 03

Of course, I had to finish the inside of the card!

Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card Springtime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Paper Photo 04

The shallow pocket at the top of the card holds this darling mini envelope and tag.  There’s a miniature Ghiradelli chocolate tucked into the envelope.  Making these bitty envelopes is such a great way to use up scraps.

Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card Springtime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Paper Photo 05The large pocket on the bottom holds a little tea bag wallet and honey stick.

Blue Bunnies Vintage Style Easter Card Springtime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Paper Photo 06

The Green Flash Diamond Satin Bow really pops against these aqua papers, doesn’t it?

Really Reasonable Ribbon March Ribbon Club Assortment

If you’re on the search for some great Easter Ribbons to adorn your cards, projects, or Easter Bonnet, check out the Easter Candy Colored Ribbons in this month’s Ribbon Club Assortment!

You can find out all about the Ribbon Club HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas today that will help you get ready for the Easter Bunny.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial

This hop is now closed.  The winner is Katie Baird. Please contact HC to claim your prize.

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop: Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the March 2017 Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop!  You should be coming here from Gloria’s blog.  You’ll find a complete hop list at the end of this post.  With Easter right around the corner, I’ve put together an aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card tutorial for you today.  You’ll find the supply list the end of this post.

Dogwoods in Aqua and Green!

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 1

Oh,  how I love these soft spring colors and pretty spring blossoms!  The first step in creating this card was to make a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from pearlized ivory cardstock.  You do have to paper piece in order to make a card this size, but I think the end result is worth the effort!

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial: Get everything ready!

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 2

Before I assemble my cards, I like to get all my pieces ready.  Here are the steps you will follow to do this.

  1. Cut a rectangle from the pretty aqua dot pattern slightly smaller than your card base.  Then sponge the edges with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.
  2.  Use the largest Spellbinder Circle Nestabilities die to cut the focal image from the 6×6 card front.  Lightly distress and ink the edges.
  3. Die cut the  largest Spellbinder “Diamondessence” circle from white cardstock.
  4. Use the Luggage and Tags Die to cut out the dove tag. Mat on white cardstock.
  5. Cut a 5″ x 4″ rectangle from the woodgrain blue paper in the collection.
  6. Add a fancy edge by die cutting with the Border Essentials Die.  Ink the edges
  7. Cut the “Easter Blessings” sentiment, add a fishtail end and mount on white cardstock.
Now It’s Time to Stamp, Die Cut and Shape Flowers

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 3

Here are the steps I followed to make my flowers:

  1. Use Colorbox Guacamole Chalk Ink to stamp 3 sets of the largest dogwood blossoms onto patterned paper from the collection.  I used the pale blue flourish pattern on the reverse of the 6×6 card fronts page.
  2. Heat emboss the stamped images using clear embossing powder.  If you look closely at my blossoms, you can see that I deliberately scorched the paper slightly with my heat gun to add a rusty hue to the paper.  This gives the flower a very realistic look.  But be careful…we want to scorch the paper, not set it on fire!
  3. Repeat this process with the medium set of dogwood blossoms and again with the leaves.
  4. Die cut all the stamped images and several stamens as well.
  5. Sponge the center and edges of each blossom with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.
  6. Spray the blossoms with Dylusions White Linen ink spray.  If you squeeze the nozzle slowly, this will create ink spatters on the blossoms.
  7. Shape the flowers.
  8. Add the stamens to the flower centers.
  9. Add glue to the tips of the stamens, and dip into Mini Pearls Prills.
Time to Assemble!

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 4

Now it’s time to put all these lovely elements together.  Here’s how:

  1.  Glue the dot rectangle to the card base.
  2. Add foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to the reverse of the dove tag, and glue in position at the top of the card.
  3. Add foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to the back side of the border and position on the card. The top edge will cover the bottom 2/3’s of the dove tag.
  4.  Glue the die cut focal image on the front of the die cut doily.  Use foam dimensionals or waste chipboard on the back side of the doily and glue in place.
  5. Position your flowers and leaves around the left hand side of the card and glue in place.
  6. Add aqua seam binding ribbon and a burlap string bow.
  7. Use foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to the back of the sentiment and glue in place.
  8. Add one small dogwood blossom and small leaf to the sentiment tag.

Now we’ve  finished the front cover.

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 5

Finishing the inside of the card:

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 6

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 7

Use a scrap from the card front to create a border strip down the left hand side of the card.  Mat a journal card on white cardstock and add as shown along with a small tag and a sentiment ticket.

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 8

The inside of my card has a pocket that I’ve filled with a bookmark.   Glue a tag to the top of the pocket and use repositionable tape or Glue Dots to secure a chocolate treat to the tag.  Die cut a sentiment tag and glue above the candy. You can use border strips to add extra interest to your card’s interior design. Since I had extra dogwoods, I went ahead and added them to the top of my bookmark and tag.

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 9This dove image is on the front side of the blue paper I used to create my dogwood blossoms.  I just trimmed it down and cropped the corners with a punch.  Then I matted it on white cardstock, punched a hole and added ribbon.

On With the Hop! Comment to Win!

Visit all the blogs in the hop and leave a nice comment behind as one lucky comment will be chosen from a mystery blog to receive a $25 shopping spree in the Heartfelt Creations online store.  You have until 11:59EDT on Monday, April 3rd to hop and comment. The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook on April 5th.

If you are the lucky winner, simply email Heartfelt Creations at [email protected] with “Winner of the March Alumni Hop” in the subject line.  Best of luck to each of you!

Now here are all the lovely blogs waiting for your visit and kind comment:

Vicki Gloria ♥ Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Deneen ♥ Alissa ♥ Emelia ♥ Gini EmilySarah ♥       Archana ♥

I hope you enjoyed this Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card tutorial!  I certainly had fun preparing it for you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

SUPPLY LIST and PRODUCT LINKS

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