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Papercrafting 101: Creating Card Layers

Papercrafting 101 Creating Layered Cards Little Birdie Crafts Birds and Berries by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Papercrafting 101: Creating Card Layers with Little Birdie Crafts Birds and Berries Collection

Hello, Friends!  Do you love patterned papers, but struggle when it comes to using them?  Today’s Papercrafting 101 Creating Card Layers is just for you!  I’ve put together a little video tutorial that will give you my top tips for creating beautifully composed card layers.

We’ll be working with this scrumptious Little Birdie Crafts Birds and Berries paper collection and the coordinating flowers and chipboard.  I’ll link a supply list at the bottom of this post.

Let’s face it: working with patterned papers can be challenging.  How do you keep the design from becoming too busy?  How do you pick papers that work together?  While we create the card together, I’ll share the “why” of this design and help you understand how to successfully layer the beautiful patterned papers we all love so much.  The video is loaded with tips, tricks and insights that will really help you move your card making to the next level.

Papercrafting 101: Creating Card Layers: A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside of this 6″ x 6″ square pocket card.  Simple, but adorable, thanks to these lovely papers from Little Birdie Crafts.  If you missed my unboxing video of the new Little Birdie Releases, you can find that HERE.

Are you ready to learn how to make this darling card?  Then grab a pencil and notebook, and click play, because Papercrafting 101 is in session!

If you’d like to see another project made with Little Birdie’s new releases, click HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you’ll be able to 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 there in case you wish to purchase any of the supplies I’ve used in this project.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio, 

kathy

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NOTE: use the coupon code Kathy05 to save 5% off your purchase at Little Birdie Crafts

 

Little Birdie Crafts Songs of the Sea Folio

Little Birdie Crafts Songs of the Sea Mermaid Garden Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Songs of the Sea Folio: Guest Designer Post

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  Today I’m sharing a Little Birdie Crafts Songs of the Sea Folio that I created as a Guest Designer for LBC.  I call this one, “The Mermaid Garden.” The saturated blues, beachy patterns and lovely mermaids in this collection have me dreaming of the sea!  I’m thrilled to be partnering with LBC once again, and look forward to sharing a monthly post that will feature their new releases and fun projects to inspire your creativity.

And, I have more good news!  LBC just launched their very first US warehouse!  That’s right!  Now you can order direct from Little Birdie and fill your crafty space with their beautiful flowers, papers, and mixed media supplies.  You’ll want to pop by and pay them a visit, as everything is on sale as part of their grand opening celebration.

I’m a huge fan of Little Birdie Crafts…and not just because they offer such beautiful flowers and crafting supplies.  Did you know that they employ more than 3000 rural Indian women who would otherwise be without work?  These women are now able to provide their children with an education and a future.  They also rescue abandoned baby girls (still common in India) and place them in homes where they will be loved, cared for and educated.  Little Birdie is changing the future of India, and I am proud to be associated with the brand!

Songs of the Sea Folio: The Mermaid Garden

The base of this project is a “made from scratch”  6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ box style folio.  I’ve layered up the cover with beautiful Little Birdie Flowers, chipboard and papers from the 12×12 and 6×6 Songs of the Sea Collection.

TIP: Mix and match your flowers to create this Mermaid Garden.  I’ve combined Amor Mio Heleen flowers with  Songs of the Sea Nancy and Queenie blossoms.  The white blooms add life and lighten up all the beautiful deep blues.  Tuck a few tiny starfish into the floral cascade to enhance the ocean vibe.

TIP: The focal image on this folio is cut from the cover of the 6″ x 6″ pad.  Don’t forget to check the packaging!

TIP:  Paint metal charms with chalk paint.  Then tap with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink and spritz with water to create a perfectly distressed and color matched embellishment.

TIP:  Heat emboss chipboard with Versamark Ink, then emboss with Seth Apter Baked Velvet Mediterranean Powders.  They are a great color match for this collection.  Then dry brush with a little diluted chalk paint to create this faux metal patina on the chipboard.

Songs of the Sea Folio: The Spine

Punch a hole at the top of the spine and add a lobster clasp and bangle to create a quick and easy decoration.  Netting makes a great closure for the folio.

Songs of the Sea Folio:  A Peek Inside

You’ll see all the details of this interactive folio in the video tour below.  But to whet your appetite, here are a few sneak peeks.

If you’d like to see more details, just click play!

If you’d like to see all the beautiful supplies I received from Little Birdie Crafts, you can watch this unboxing video.  The new releases are gorgeous!

And here’s some happy news!  Use this coupon code Kathy05 when you shop at Little Birdie Crafts, and you’ll save an additional 5% off your order!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration 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

Happy Blooming Birthday Succulents Card

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Happy Blooming Birthday Succulents Card

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  Today I have a really fun Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Happy Blooming Birthday Succulents Card to share with you.

As you can see, I’m still having a blast with these Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse papers!    This 5″ x 7″ top fold card makes good use of all the pretty green tones from the Collector’s Essential Kit.

The succulents are from Little Birdie Crafts.  If you’ve been looking for a place to purchase these lovely flowers, you can now find them in your local AC Moore Crafts store.  (Not available online yet.)  A simple white seam binding bow adds freshness and texture to the card composition.

To soften the bold colors of the succulents, I have dry brushed them with a little ivory chalk paint.  This adds lots of depth and dimension, and it also helps all these different colors harmonize a little better.    For extra texture, I added some Coral See Prills to the edges of the wreath.

Lots of room on the inside to write a little birthday greeting.  Everything about this cheery card makes me happy!  If you’d like to see more examples of cards made from this collection, click HERE.

That’s all for me today!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Baby Boy Blue Card Folio

Stamperia Baby Boy Blue Card Folio with Little Birdie Flowers

Hello, Friends!  Happy Saturday!  I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful Christmas holiday.  Santa brought me some new Stamperia paper collections, and some new Little Birdie Flowers. I decided to put them together to  create an adorable Stamperia Baby Boy Blue Card Folio.

Stamperia Baby Boy Card Folio Little Birdie Crafts by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Don’t these papers and flowers go together perfectly?  This is a standard 5″ x 7″ card folio with a 1/2″ spine.

Baby Boy Blue Card Folio: Shake it up, baby!

This shaker card element is made a little differently from my usual procedure.  Instead of building a shaker box with foam tape, I did the following:

  • First, die cut the image from the designer paper using a Heartfelt Creations Eyelet Oval and Basics Large Die.
  • Next, use the same die to cut some clear acrylic cardstock.
  • Now, stitch these two pieces together, leaving about a 2″ gap at the top of the oval.
  • Remove the oval from your sewing machine and add Lilac Lane Shades of Chambray Shaker Mix through the opening.  (Remove the larger buttons and beads from the mix first.)  I used my funnel tray to make the job easier. Don’t overfill!
  • Now replace the shaker element on your sewing machine, line up the needle with the previously stitched holes and finish stitching the shaker element closed.
  • Place 2 layers of waste chipboard on the back of the shaker element and adhere to the card base. I added hot glue carefully around the edges and pressed them down to seal to the paper.  This created the “domed” appearance you see in the photo.
Baby Boy Blue Card Folio: A Peek Inside

The inside of the card houses a nifty 4 1/4″ square accordion album.  I have tutorials for this style of folio on my YouTube channel.

A simple ribbon tie closure keeps everything secure.

Cute, right?

I’ve lined the interior with the same two patterns to keep everything consistent.

And of course, I worked in some little tuck spots and pockets.

Baby Boy Blue Card Folio:  Pocket and Gift Card Wallet

The large pocket on the bottom is decorated with a stamped sentiment, a fussy cut image and a strip of scrap paper.  I used the same oval dies to cut the shaped pocket.

This little gift card wallet is snap to make.  It’s actually one of the 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ ephemera cards scored in half.  I simply added a fussy cut circle and a decorative button to finish it off.

Inside, I added a stamped sentiment and a little pocket for the gift card.

Exciting News!

Before I sign off, I wanted to tell you some exciting news!  I know many of you have been frustrated by how difficult it has been to obtain Little Birdie Flowers.  Well, Little Birdie Flowers are now available in 140 A.C. Moore Craft Stores in the US!  Isn’t that great?  You can use THIS MAP to find the A. C. Moore closest to you.

Little Birdie was kind enough to send me a sample package of the flowers that will be available at A.C. Moore.  So I put together a quick video tour for you.

I’m hoping that with time, A. C. Moore will decide to carry Little Birdie Flowers in their online stores as well.  Maybe if we all let them know how much we want to be able to purchase them online, they will!

So that’s it for me today.  I hope I shared some tips, techniques and ideas to inspire your creativity.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial

A Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial for Little Birdie Crafts

Hello, Friends!  I just love traditional red and green Christmas cards, don’t you?  But every once in a while, I like to go off the beaten path and play with non-traditional Christmas colors.  And that’s how this Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial for Little Birdie Crafts came into being.

Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

Little Birdie asked me to create a Christmas project this go round.  Since I did not have any Little Birdie Christmas papers, images or flowers, I had to get a little bit creative on this one.  So after I did a lot of thinking with my thunker, I decided that this pinkalicious Christmas card could pass muster.  What do you think?

This is a 6″ x 6″ top fold card made with papers from the Vintage Reflections and Aquarelle 12×12 paper packs.  I selected the “Celebrate” chipboard from the Birthday Wishes Primed Chipboard package.  I selected the candy cane image from a Gecko Galz Altered Christmas Digital Download.

TIP: To add lots of dimension to a project, print the image twice (3″ x 4″).  Cut out the candy cane and flower cluster from one image.  Adhere the cut out image to the print using dimensionals.  This makes a small image really POP on the page.

Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial: The Flowers

Little Birdie Camila Moonlight Flowers come with foliage stems and coiled wire stems.  The Rosemund Pink Roses are soft and delicate, and I just love the fact that they come on stems with foliage and berries attached.  To add texture, dimension and fullness to the floral cluster, I tucked in Green Allium Foliage and Green Ferns.  The feathers from my stash help carry out the vintage vibe.

Fantasy Rose Shimmer Satin Ribbon is the perfect color match for the floral cluster. To add even more dimension and contrast to the flowers, dry brush on a mixture of Grainy Texture Paste and Fire Brick Metallic Paint.  While digging around in my Christmas embellishment stash, I found these miniature pink ornaments.  Sometimes it does pay off to pick up random things on sale!

Victorian Style is all about excess and abundance.  It was fun to take this creation over the top with florals, embellishments, texture and dimension!

Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

The interior of the card is very simple, but still lovely.  The slash pocket is the perfect spot to tuck in a gift card or small treat.  The sentiment and ticket are also from Gecko Galz Altered Christmas.

Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial: Snapguide!

If you’d like to try your hand at this Victorian beauty, I’ve created an easy to follow Snapguide Tutorial to show you how.   There’s a complete supply list built into the Snapguide Tutorial for your convenience. I hope you enjoy!

 

Check out How to Little Birdie Crafts Victorian Pink Christmas Card by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

A Fond Farewell

This is my last post as a member of the Little Birdie Crafts Design Team.  I can’t believe how quickly the term has passed!   It’s been a very good experience for me: I’ve made new friends, learned some new techniques, discovered new products and had loads of fun sharing all of the above with you.  I’d like to thank my friends at Little Birdie Crafts for extending this opportunity to me.  I hope to be able to Guest Design for them from time to time in the future.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and Ideas today 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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