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Authentique Imagine Tall and Skinny Birthday Card

Authentique Imagine Tall and Skinny Birthday Card for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Authentique Imagine Tall and Skinny Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  For today’s installment of Throwback Thursday we are creating a tall and skinny birthday card with Authentique Imagine.  This collection was released in 2017, and I fell for it immediately.  A soft pink and minty green color palette grabbed me right away.  Then throw in charming carousel images and I’m completely hooked!  If you have this collection in your Closet of Shame, you might want to break it out and have a play.  But even if you don’t, you’ll be able to use the tips and tricks included in this post.

Tall and Skinny Card Basics

Tall and Skinny (or Slimline) cards are a great way to use up narrow strips of designer paper.  This slimline card base measures 3 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ with a side fold.

  • First, score a 7 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ panel of white cardstock at 3 3/4″ on the short side to form th card base.
  • Next, mat a 3 1/4″ x 7 3/4″ panel of the carousel horses pattern on a slightly larger panel of white cardstock.
  • Now stitch or adhere  this panel to a 3 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ panel of the dot patterned paper.
  • Then back the 3×4 image with dimensionals and set aside momentarily.
Stack Your Scraps

Authentique Imagine Tall and Skinny Birthday Card for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Fishtail banners are also a great way to use up scraps of designer paper.  I cut a big pile of them in various sizes with the off cuts I’d saved from previous projects.

  • Adhere the largest (2 3/4″ x 4″) fishtail banner in the center of the card. M
  • Next center a smaller striped banner and adhere over that.
  • Now use a long skinny strip of green candy stripe paper in the center of that layer.
  • Then adhere a shorter, wider carousel banner flag on the left side.
  • Top this with 3 small pieces.  Stagger the placement so that you can see the cut edge of each pattern.
  • Now adhere the prepared image over the top of the banner flag stack.
  • Finally, create a bow cluster with flowers and ribbon.  Add some vintage corsage pins to the cluster as a finishing touch.
Add Some Details

  • Heat Emboss a Reneabouquets Victorian Snowflake Doily with WOW Vintage Romance Embossing Powder.
  • Next, place dimensionals on the back of the doily and adhere below the image.
  • Top with a few Prima Hydrangea blossoms.
  • Next, adhere a Reneabouquets Lissie Pink Premium Paper Glitter Glass Dragonfly on top of the flowers.

Attach a Prima Rose Quartz Paper Clip embellishment in the upper right hand corner.  Top with a small Prima Fruit Paradise rosebud.

Now wrap the left hand side of the card with Iridescent Metallic String.  Leave the tails long so that you can attach a key and birthday charm and still have enough length to tie a bow.

A Peek Inside

Decorate the inside of the card with designer papers and stickers from the collection.  Add a blank panel for a photo or a note.

TIP:  Sometimes a panel of paper is wide enough…but not long enough!  Fix this problem by adding a pocket at the base of the panel.  Now you have room to tuck in a tea bag, honey stick and bookmark.

Now the card is also a gift!

Top the bookmark with ribbon and a charm.

It’s such a good feeling to liberate pretty papers and embellishments from the Closet of Shame!  Why not poke through your crafty stash today and see what older collections and supplies you can transform into lovely card or folio?

To see an older Authentique Imagine project, click HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**Note: Throwback Thursday projects are created entirely with older papers and embellishments from my stash.  Sometimes these items are no longer available for purchase.  I will link whenever possible.  I’m sure you can find a reasonable substitute in your own crafty stash. Thanks for understanding!

 

Ciao Bella Sound of Summer Hanging Mini Album

Ciao Bella Sounds of Summer Hanging Mini Album with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

                                         Ciao Bella Sound of Summer Hanging Mini Album                                                            with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Insert

Hello, Friends!  Let’s start our day with a Ciao Bella Sound of Summer beach themed project!  As you all know, I just adore the ocean and coastal colors.  Since we haven’t been able to visit the NC shore yet this year, I just had to get my beach vibes from playing with paper.  So I pulled out The Sounds of Summer paper collection, some beachy Reneabouquets Bouquets Beautiful board, flowers, beach embellishments and ribbon.  Time to turn on the old thinking cap and imagine something unique and worthy of these paper pretties!

After some serious thinking and experimenting, I came up with the idea for a hanging mini album.  This unusual design does triple duty: beach home decor, mini journal and photo folio all in one!  How fun is that?  The heavy cardstock hanging pocket measures 5 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ x 1″.  It’s just big enough to hold this beach diary made with Eileen Hull’s Pocket Notebook Die.  This was a pretty involved project, so there’s no tutorial, but we’ll take a closer look at each of the elements in this post.

Reneabouquets: Trinkets and  Beautiful Board Seahorse and Starfish

The inspiration for this project came from Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Trinkets. Beautiful Board is a unique surface.  (Read more about it HERE.)  It’s lovely straight out of the package.  But it also takes to mixed media products like a duck takes to water.  First, cover the Seahorse and Starfish with a nice layer of Versamark Embossing Ink.  Then sprinkle on some Seth Apter Vintage Patina, Ancient Amber and Rust Baked Textures.  Heat emboss from the underside to prevent the powders from blowing away. It’s like embossing alchemy to see the powders blend and create the baked on enamel finish.

TIP:  You can add more embossing ink and more Baked Textures in layers to get just the look you want.

The Mermaid

The  next step is to alter the Mermaid Trinkets from Renea’s shop.

  • First, paint the Baroque Metal Frame with Speckled Egg Distress Paint.  Let it dry for a minute, then gently tap a black archival ink pad on the raised oval edge of the Baroque Metal Frame.
  • Next, stamp the metal frame onto a scrap of designer paper. Wipe the frame clean with a baby wipe to remove any excess ink.
  • Now cut around the inside of the stamped image.  It should fit neatly inside the  frame.
  • Then paint the Baroque Metal Frame with Speckled Egg Distress Paint.  Let it dry for a minute, then gently wipe away with a damp paper towel or baby wipe to reveal the details.  Repeat this process with the mermaid trinket.
  • Next, adhere the cut out oval inside the frame.  Then adhere the mermaid inside the frame using a strong metal adhesive.  The adhesive will likely ooze out the sides.  This is not a problem as you can fill the bottom half of the frame with Minnie Pearls Prills to resemble bubbles in the water.

Now set everything aside to dry while you make the hanger pocket base.

Creating the Hanger Pocket Base

  • Score a 5 3/4″ x 12″ panel of cardstock on the long side at 7 3/4″ and 8 3/4″.  This leaves you with a 3 1/4″ flap and 1″ spine on the bottom of the base.
  • Line the back of the hanger with a panel of designer paper.
  • Die cut the Amazing Paper Grace Snip It Grid from cream cardstock and adhere  to resemble a window pane.
  • Die cut a burlap with the fishtail banner die from the same set.  Cut in two pieces and adhere as seen in the photo.
  • Now score two  3″ x 3 1/8″ panels of scrap paper at 1″ and 2″ to form gussets for the pocket.  Adhere to the sides of the pocket flap and the hanger card base.  Decorate as seen in the photo.
Creating the Pocket Notebook

Die cut the Eileen Hull Notebook base from mat board or heavy chipboard.  Then wrap it with designer paper.  Fold to form the journal.  Stitch canvas scraps and back with Scor-tape. Then wrap the spine to cover any cracks in the paper.

Wrap the spine with elastic and attach a dangle charm.

The cover of the journal is flat so that it will fit inside the hanger pocket. BV=ut I did add a little pocket and tag feature to liven it up.

Line the inside covers with designer paper.  Then create 3 signatures to tuck underneath the elastic bands.  Decorate the signatures with cut apart features from Ciao Bella Sound of Summer papers and more Reneabouquets Starfish.  This is what the Beautiful Board looks like with absolutely nothing done to it.  Pretty, right?

Each of the 4 signatures has five folded parchment folios inside the covers.

This gives you 10 double sided pages inside each signature.  That’s plenty of room to journal, add photos or sketch.

This would also make a wonderful guest book for a beach house! When the pages are filled up, simply slip them out from under the elastic bands and slip new pages in.  Easy peasy!

On the Flip Side

Folks, you know me…I hate to let a good surface go to waste.  So I created a simple photo folio on the back side of the hanger.  Simply score a 12″ x 7 1/2″ piece of designer paper at 1″ and 5 1/2″.  Then fold to form a folio with a spine on the right.  Adhere a length of burlap string to the back side, then adhere to the hanger pocket base.  Create a pocket for the right hand side and tuck in some 4″ x 6″ journal cards.  Add gussets to the 1″ flap on the left and fold to form a side pocket for more journal cards.  This is a great place to add family photos and memories of a beach trip.

Now decorate the pocket with your prepared flowers and embellishments. Finally, I suspended the whole rig from a Melissa Frances vintage hanger and adhered the Mermaid Trinket.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this hanging mini album creation.  I think it could be a great conversation piece, a functional guest book,  and a fun way to document beach memories.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Reneabouquets Bee Frame and Pocket

Reneabouquets Bee Frame and Pocket Simple Stories Vintage Garden District by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Reneabouquets Bee Frame and Pocket with Simple Stories Vintage Garden District

Hello, Friends!  You can tell summer is coming because I have bees on the brain!  This Reneabouquets Bee Frame and Pocket is such a unique design.  Dressed up with Simple Stories Vintage Garden District it feels just like a summer garden party!

The base is made with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board.  I am completely unabashedly addicted to this wonderful stuff!    And this Honey Bee Loaded Card, Tag or Frame Kit speaks to my honey-loving heart!    It assembles quickly and easily.  Beautiful Board takes all mixed media products like a champ.  The fact that the base is already white means that you don’t have to prime, and the colors are true.  Paint all your surfaces before you assemble.  Then just add a dries clear adhesive along the edges, snap the pieces together and you are ready to decorate.

Reneabouquets Bee Frame and Pocket: Two Sides to Every Story

Here’s a peek at the frame side of the kit.  Naturally, I turned the frame overlay that comes with the kit into a shaker box.  Here’s how:

  • Decoupage the frame with rice paper and Matte Medium.
  • First, paint the frame with Matte Media.
  • Next, cut a piece of rice paper slightly larger than the frame dimensions.
  • Now lay the rice paper over the frame and burnish gently.
  • Then cut an “x” in the rice paper from top left to bottom right corner inside the frame.  Ue a craft knife for this.  Repeat from top right to bottom left.
  • Now brush matte medium onto the back side of the frame and wrap the rice paper around it.  The rice paper will conform itself to the shape of the sides with a little gentle encouragement.  And you might need to brush a little matte medium onto the back of the rice paper, too.
  • Just keep working it until it looks the way you want it to look. Set aside to dry.  Then ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
  • When everything is dry, you can adhere acetate to the back side of the frame, add your foam tape and create the shaker box just as you would on a card.
  • Decorate with flowers, ribbon , buttons and Spanish Moss.

Here’s the Queen Bee, adorned with roses in the center of the hive.

Reneabouquets Bee Frame and Pocket: The Pocket

Reneabouquets Bee Frame and Pocket Simple Stories Vintage Garden District by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

The pocket contains a little decorative burlap panel and some sweet treats fit for a queen.

Bees and birds and flowers make me ridiculously happy!

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.  You’ll find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Atelier Card Folio

Stamperia Atelier Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Stamperia Atelier Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  How is everyone holding up?  This Stamperia Atelier Card folio is one of my favorite projects during this time of quarantine.  It’s dreamy and soft, and oh, so feminine.  I got completely lost in the design process as I blissfully blended paper, ribbon,chipboard, die cuts,  flowers and embellishments to make this card.

I’ve used this collection quite a bit, so this card was composed with all the leftover cut panels from those previous projects.  You can find one of those projects HERE and a video walk through HERE.

My favorite element on this card is the little vignette I created inside this Reneabouquets Small Hearts Deco Frame.  It was such fun to dig through my stash of sewing embellishments!  The beautiful butterflies and lace trims on this folio are also from Reneabouquets shop.

Stamperia Atelier Card Folio: A Peek Inside

This is one of my box pocket cards.  I have such fun filling these roomy pockets with surprises.  The tea bag wallet on the top half of the card is the large (almost 8″ tall) dress form from the collection.  To make it, fold the form in half.  Then adhere small gussets up near the shoulders where they won’t show.  Now you have the perfect spot to tuck in a tea bag and a little spoon.

The bottom pocket holds a tall, skinny bookmark.  Can you see the little sewing machine charm peeping out?  Wrap a pretty scrap with lace blue seam binding and tie a bow for a pretty finish.  Stitch sweet pearl buttons on another scrap to make a lovely button card.  Wouldn’t this make a sweet Mother’s Day present?

I went on to make 5 more cards from the remainder of this collection.  I’ll share those with you on Throwback Thursday this week.  It’s amazing what you can make with the leftovers from a previous project!

I’m keeping all of you in my prayers.  Stay positive.  Stay creative.  Look for the beauty.  Listen to good music.  Turn off the news.  I’ve been sending out little stacks of happy mail here and there as morale boosters. It makes me feel less isolated and takes my mind off myself…which is always a good thing.

How are you passing the time?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Vintage Style Easter Shaker Card

 

Authentique Cottontail Easter Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01
Vintage Style Easter Shaker Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Here’s a sweet vintage style Easter Shaker card to brighten up your day.

Remember Easter Petticoats?  Every little girl had a new Easter dress (mine were hand me downs from my cousin) and every Easter dress had a big poufy, scratchy petticoat attached to the skirt.  Sitting through the Easter church service with that petticoat pricking at the back of your legs was almost as torturous as the little hat with the elastic band that cut into your chin.  So when I found this pink trim while tidying up in the studio, I had to give this vintage style Easter card a petticoat.  Yes, yes, I did!

Vintage Style Easter Shaker Card:  The Details

Here’s how this sweet card came together.

 

  • First, create a 5 1/2″ square easel card base from kraft cardstock.
  • Next, stitch a 5″ panel of patterned paper from Authentique Cottontail onto soft pink and periwinkle cardstock mats.
  • Now, cut a double ended fishtail banner from a strip of Cottontail plaid.  This should be slightly wider than the card base.
  • Create a shaker element (directions below). Center and adhere to the card base.
  • Add a cluster of spring flowers and foliage to the left hand side of the frame.
  • Tie a double loop bow with Coral Rose Mini Check Plaid Ribbon.  This ribbon is featured in the April Ribbon Club Assortment.  Tuck this under the floral cluster and secure with hot glue.
  • Now tie a loopy string bow with Iridescent Metallic String.  Adhere the knot on top of the plaid bow.
  • Add a button and a metal filigree corner to the card front.
Vintage Style Easter Shaker Card: How to Make the Shaker Frame

Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board Medium Patina Lilac Heart Frame Shaker by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Life is all about perspective…and in many ways, so is papercrafting.  I wanted to use this sweet vintage image inside this Reneabouquet’s Medium Patina Lilac Heart Frame.  But the frame was wider than the image.  The “fix” was to place the frame on the diagonal so that the image would fit nicely inside.

Prepare the shaker frame with a little Crystal Clear Glitter.  Use a small piece of sponge to tap the flower with Dries Clear Adhesive.  Then sprinkle with the glitter and let the excess slide off into a tray or a sheet of printer paper. Then adhere blue rhinestones over gems that are printed on the Beautiful Board.  Let everything dry.  Then you are ready to make the shaker element.

  • First, place the frame over the image so that there are no gaps on the sides.
  • Now lightly trace around the outside of the heart to mark the cutting lines on the image.
  • Next, cut out the image and set aside.
  • Repeat this procedure, only this time, trace onto clear cardstock (acetate sheets).
  • Adhere the clear cardstock to the back of the frame using Dries Clear Adhesive.  Wipe away any glue smudges immediately.
  • Now add 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips to the back of the frame.
  • Flip the frame face down on a clean sheet of printer paper.  Fill with a shaker mix.
  • Carefully line up the cut out image and adhere face down over the foam strips.  Check for gaps and seal with tape.
  • Now you can adhere the shaker frame to the card base and add your embellishments.
Vintage Style Easter Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

For easel cards, I actually make the inside of the card before I adhere the card cover.  This card has a little pocket and a little treat from the Easter Bunny inside.

Create a mini note card from your scraps and tuck inside the pocket.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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