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Autumn Dreams Mixed Media Card

Autumn Dreams Mixed Media Card with Prima Autumn Sunset

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Today I have an Autumn Dreams Mixed Media card to share with you.  It’s made with Prima’s Autumn Sunset Paper Pretties and adorned with Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I pulled my Mixed Media Boots out of the Closet of Shame to make this card, and oh, I had such fun!  Here’s how the card front came together.

  • First, create a 5 1/2″ square card base from kraft cardstock.
  • Next, distress a 5 3/8″ panel of the check pattern from Prima Autumn Sunset.
  • Then stitch a 5 1/8″ square of a neutral linen fabric to the check panel.
  • Now the real fun starts!   I wanted to tone down the printed black images on this fabric that I found in my stash, so I painted it randomly with a coat of white gesso.
  • Then add a layer of Prima Copper Crackle Texture through a Tim Holtz autumn leaves stencil.  You have to wait for this to dry, so set it aside and work on something else.
Autumn Dreams Mixed Media Card: Working While I’m Waiting

While waiting for that linen panel to dry, complete these steps:

  • First, cut a 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ panel of Sour Apple Cardstock.  Distress the edges lightly and ink with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
  • Next, cut a 4″ x 4″ panel of Autumn Sunset from the 6″ x 6″ pad.  Stitch this to the Sour Apple Cardstock.
  • Now, heat emboss a laser cut chipboard doily .  The doily I used is from Laserowe Love.  The embossing is  two-step process.  First emboss with Seth Apter Dusk Baked Velvet.  Then emboss with Emerald Creek Fractured Ice Embossing powder.
  • Now, back the chipboard element from Autumn Dreams with dimensionals and adhere in the center of the doily.
  • Then adhere a large yellow flower in the center of the doily.  The one is used is from the Troika Plum pack of flowers. (retired)
  • Place dimensionals on the back of the chipboard fawn and adhere in the center of the flower.
  • Back the sentiment strip with dimensionals and adhere.
  • Finish things off with a bit of Spanish Moss.
Autumn Dreams Mixed Media Card: The Bow Cluster

To make the bow cluster follow these easy steps:

By now, the texture paste should be dry enough for you to assemble the card layers.  I added extra dimension by backing the Sour Apple panel with dimensionals before adhering to the card base.

Autumn Dreams Mixed Media Card: A Peek Inside

Inside the card I added some pretty paper layers and a pocket.

Create a little folio from scraps of the apple green cardstock.

Then fill it with a matching tea bag and honey stick.

I think this would make such a pretty new baby card…or birthday…or get well…or anniversary…you get the idea!

I hope I shared some tips, tricks 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

Beach Buddies Mixed Media Card

Gecko Galz Guest Designer: Beach Buddies Mixed Media Card

Hello, Friends!   I’m back with another Gecko Galz Guest Designer post.  This Beach Buddies Mixed Media Card is made to go along with their Shabby Chic Seaside Challenge for the month of August.

When our kids were little, we would save up all year for a week at the beach.  This was better than Christmas or birthdays or anything else I can remember.  Watching our kids dig in the sand, frolic in the waves, search for beach treasures filled my heart with joy.  The beach is the perfect spot for a family vacation!  This lovely image from Cuties by the Shore Digital Collage Sheet brought all those wonderful memories back to me.

I’ve paired the digital image up with Laserowe Love’s Nautical Holiday Papers and Chipboard.

TIP:  Cheesecloth adds great texture when sandwiched between paper layers.  Create the “tide pool” with the anchor frame.

  • First, heat emboss the anchor frame with Versamark Embossing Ink and Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.
  • Next, adhere the back side of the frame to slightly crumpled and stretched piece of cheesecloth.
  • Now, fill the frame with little shells, sand and chipboard fish.
Beach Buddies Mixed Media Card: A Peek Inside

I’ve been cleaning out The Closet of Shame, and found this pretty lighthouse paper.  The color tones were a perfect match for the Gecko Galz image and the Laserowe Love papers, so I used it inside the card.    Create a little pocket for a sentiment card on top.  Decorate with a fussy cut anchor from the paper collection.

This 3″ x 5″ gift card wallet is a real product mashup.

  • First, cut an 8 1/2″ x 5″ panel of navy cardstock for your base.
  • Line the cover with lighthouse paper and then a smaller panel of the distressed dots pattern.
  • Now, die cut a clock image from Gecko Galz “Time Flies” Digital Collage sheet.
  • Next, emboss the Ship’s Wheel Chipboard with Seth Apter Chunky Rust Baked Enamel.
  • Then heat emboss the anchor with both aged gold and Chunky Rust.
  • Layer the elements together on the front of the gift card.
  • Finally, add brads to the corners.  (These are ancient…I think maybe from Canvas corp???)

Room for a little note, and a gift card inside.

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

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: A Scrap Your Stash Project Share

Hello, Friends!  This Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album is a real collection mash up!  It contains papers from Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals, Craft Consortium’s Tell the Bees, and My Mind’s Eye Madison Avenue (an oldie..but a goodie!)

Let me ask you a question.  What do you do with the little bits and bobs you have left over from a favorite paper collection?  Do you stash them in a drawer to gather dust?  Toss them in the recycle bin?  Well, I like to periodically gather them all up and create what I call a “Scrap Your Stash” project.

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: The Inspiration

Our son and his lovely wife are in the process of moving, so when Melody cleaned out her craft room, she set aside a few treasures she thought I might enjoy.  A lovely 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ binder was in the mix.  It was sturdy and I liked the size…but not the bright green cover or the ring binder.  So the first step in this process was removing the ring binder mechanism (not for the faint of heart, I might add) and altering the cover.  I wish I had thought to take process photos, but I do describe the process I followed in the video tour of the album below.

Since I am completely obsessed with shakers at the moment, I also altered this Tim Holtz Vignette Frame and turned it into a shaker box.  Then I combed through the odds and ends of my Little Birdie Flowers and created the pretty floral feature on the cover.

The spine is wrapped with ribbon and adorned with lots of pretty metal charms.  If you look at the back cover, you can see how I collaged a bunch of papers together.  These are all coated with Distress Vintage Collage Medium.  It did a great job of unifying all the different colors and patterns.

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: A Peek Inside

Since I got rid of the ring binder mechanism, I had to do a little repair work on the inside cover.  There were some holes and a few little tears.  Nothing that a layer of heavy kraft paper would not cover up.  In place of the ring binder, I created simple double waterfall.  This is probably the easiest way in the world to create a mini album, as there is no binding system required.  You can see how to do this HERE.

The pages are secured with a ribbon closure.  Each page measures 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″; a nice size for photos.  And, there are 8 pages in each waterfall, giving you room for 32 photos in all.

Of course, I had to add flaps and fun belly bands and all sorts of interactive fun to the pages.  You’ll see all of that in the video tour.

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: Pockets and Inserts

Behind the waterfall cascade, I added a pair of double pockets.

The shallow side holds little 3″ x 3″ journaling folios.  Aren’t they sweet?

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: The Video Tour

I’ll share lots of tips and tricks in this project share video.  I’m sure you will find ideas that you can use to help you Scrap your Stash and make a lovely mini album.

 

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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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NOTE: Since lots of these items have been in my stash a LONG time, I may not be able to provide links.  I’ll do so wherever I can, but thanks for understanding when I cannot.

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Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Hello, Friends!  Memories often inspire my creative activities.  This Morning Meadow Mixed Media Folio came into being as I was remembering the beautiful summer mornings of my childhood.  Growing up in Vermont, summer mornings were almost always filled with light, sunshine and a cool breeze.  The lush green grass sparkled with dew so thick that to walk through it left your footprint behind.  Birds sang their joyous morning songs while butterflies flitted sweetly from flower to flower.  There was a glorious serenity so perfect and complete that I can still feel the joy of it today.  All of these memories floated through my mind as I strolled through the pages of my Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals papers, thinking of what I might like to make with it next.  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio: Building the Base

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

  • Start by creating a 5 1/8″ x 7 1/8″ top fold card base with a 1/2″ spine with Whip Cream Cardstock.
  • Next, stitch a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of designer paper over a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel of Tickled PInk Cardstock that is layered with a 5″ x 7″ panel of Gumdrop Green Cardstock.

That’s really all there is to the card base.  All the rest of this card is mixed media elements that I’ve layered on to create this morning meadow vignette.

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio: Mixed Media Elements

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

I selected two different chipboard sets from Laserowe Love. (Sadly, these did not have names, only product numbers, so I cannot link to them here. You can find Laserowe Love Chipboard in the US at The Frantic Stamper. ) To alter the chipboard, do the following:

  • First, tap the corner frame with Versamark Ink.  Then cover with Distress Tattered Rose Embossing Powder.
  • After heat embossing, let the chipboard cool.  Place small half back pearls in the centers of the flowers.  Adhere in the upper right hand corner of the card.
  • Next, sponge the meadow flowers chipboard with Versmark ink.  Then heat emboss with Distress Shabby Shutters Embossing Powder.
  • Once the  embossing powder has cooled slightly. place adhesive on one end.  Very gently bend the chipboard to create a bow in the center.  Then adhere the other side.  Hold in place for a second or two.
  • Now, tuck Spanish Moss along the bottom edge and under the bowed area to resemble meadow grass.  I like to use hot glue to hold this in place.

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

The inside of this card folio features a flip pocket page with a tag insert.  I’ll be doing a tutorial for this type of folio soon, so stand by.

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Cover G45 Ivory ATC Tags with paper from the collection, then add some small elements and stickers to decorate.  Top the tags with ribbon, burlap string bows, Little Birdie Flowers and some little bee charms.

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

The back side of the flip page is a sentiment that I designed on the computer, then printed out.

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

This sweet little silver plated tea spoon, tea bag wallet and honey stick are tucked behind the belly band.

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 11

To make the belly band, cut a strip of designer paper wider than the base panel.  Score the edges and adhere behind the panel.  Then adhere the panel to the card base.  I’ve added stickers and more of that delicate chipboard to decorate the page.

To see other projects made with Simple Vintage Botanicals, click HERE.

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.

Wishing you serene and beautiful morning meadows….

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Confection Sweet Treats Tutorial

 

Authentique Confection Sweet Treats Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Have you seen the darling new Authentique Confection Collection?  Oh  my goodness!  Is it ever cute!  Today I’m sharing a TRIO of Authentique Confection Creations with you as well as a shaker box tutorial.  Lots of photos and info ahead, so grab a snack and a cuppa and let’s get started!

Authentique Confection Double Waterfall Mini Album with Shaker Box Cover

How sweet is this little 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ double waterfall mini album?  I’ve used an Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasures Die (Brillante Rondelle) for the shaker box, then surround it with hot pink buttons that look like candies, Little Birdie Vivid Palette Posies, novelty buttons and pink gingham ribbon.  This would be such a cute way to document a birthday party, wouldn’t it?

The spine is wrapped with satin ribbon.  I’ve hot glued a couple more buttons to the tails, just for fun.

Double Waterfall Mini Album with Shaker Box Cover:  A Peek Inside

Inside, you will find mirror image waterfalls, each measuring 4 1/2″ square.  Confetti style grosgrain ribbon serves as a closure.

TIP: Use scraps of Spectrum Tickled Pink Cardstock  to create little 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4 folios. Top these with images from the collection.

Line the inside with 3″ x 4″ panels of designer paper.

The waterfall will hold sixteen 4″ x 4″ photos.

TIP: Score a 1/2″ flap on the side of a cut apart image.  Adhere behind the designer paper liner to add a fun interactive element to your album.

Double Waterfall Mini Album with Shaker Box Cover: How to Make the Waterfalls

There is no binding system for this album, which makes it very quick and easy to assemble.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut (10) 4 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ panels of Authentique Spectrum Tickled Pink Cardstock.
  • Next, score a 1/2″ flap on the left hand side of each panel.
  • Fold and burnish along the scored line.
  • Now, center and adhere the first flap on the far left hand side of the album base.
  • Then, flip the page open.  Line the folded edge of the next panel up with the bottom edge of the first.  Repeat this until you have added 5 panels to each side.  Keep  everything straight and centered!

The 5th flap (the one on the bottom) will be a little too long.  No worries!  Simple fold the edge back 1 1/2″ .  Now you have a fun double pocket feature on each side of the album!  Line the base page with designer paper.  Then adhere just the sides of that 1 1/2″ flap to the album base to form a pocket on the top.  Then adhere just the top and bottom edge of the waterfall panel to the album base to form a little tag pocket.

Tuck 3″ x 4″ photo mounts and decorated tags into this double pocket feature.

Authentique Confection Project #2:  Gift Card Wallet

The next project is an adorable gift card wallet.  This measures 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ with a 1/2″ spine.  You can make this with one sheet of Hot Fudge Cardstock:

  • First, place the long side of one sheet of Hot Fudge Cardstock against the rail of your scoring tool.
  • Make the first score line at 4 1/2″.
  • Score again at 5″.  This forms the 1/2″ spine.
  • Now score a final time at 9 1/2″.
  • The 1 1/2″ flap becomes the pocket.

Mat the donut image on a scrap of Tickled Pink Cardstock.  Adhere just 3 sides to form a little tag pocket.

Create a couple of cute folios to tuck into the larger pocket.

Use scraps of designer paper to create an inner pocket to hold gift cards, or small sweet treats.

Authentique Confection Project #3: Loaded Envelope with Shaker Frame

Loaded envelopes are so much fun to create!  Adding a shaker frame really makes it feel like a party is about to happen.  For this project, I combined both Authentique Party and Authentique Confection with the Eileen Hull Mailable Frame Die.  Since I share this in the tutorial video below, I won’t go into a lot of detail here.  But i will share the photos.

I had loads of fun creating little goodies to tuck inside this envelope!

This G45 Large Ivory Tag is covered on both sides.  The magnetic folio on the reverse side is a great place to write a little note.

These mixed media tags are made with G45 Square Ivory Laser Cut Tags (retired) and Distress Oxide Inks in  Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Mustard Seed, Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio.  Each tag is covered on the back side as well.

Here’s the Eileen Hull Mailable Frame Die again…this time serving as an envelope with a window opening.

And it wouldn’t be a Kathy by Design creation without a little tea, honey stick and vintage silver plate spoon, would it?  I’ve also covered individually wrapped Biscoff Cookies with designer paper.

Authentique Confection Sweet Treat Project Share and Video Tutorial

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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