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Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Hideaway House

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Hideaway House

Hello, Friends!  Happy Easter!  The Easter Bunny is visiting the blog today, in  a super sweet Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Hideaway House.  This is my inspiration piece for the Authentique Paper Group Post.  You can find more beautiful Easter inspiration over on the Authentique Blog. Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Hideaway House by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Easter Bunny Hideaway House Rescued from The Closet of Shame

Some time ago, I purchased this house shaped shadow box, thinking I would use it to  make some Christmas gifts.  Then life got busy, and the poor house lay forgotten in the Closet of Shame.

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Hideaway House by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Somehow, I think it was meant to be.  While doing a little springtime tidy up, I ran across the house and knew immediately that it was destined to become this little Easter Bunny Hideaway House.

 

Easter Bunny Hideaway House: Tips and Tricks

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Hideaway House by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Here’s  how I created this dimensional focal image.

  • First, fussy cut around the 4″ x 6″ card front from Abundant 6.
  • Leave an extra 1/2″ border on the bottom edge.
  • Then score along the 1/2″ border and fold.
  • Use your scissors to cut little “v” shapes about 1/2″ apart along this folded edge.  These will serve as tabs that you can adhere to the bottom edge of the shadow box.  Of course, you will want to decorate the back of the box before you insert this element.
  • Fold a lightweight piece of chipboard into 3 sections. Adhere one piece to the back of the Easter Bonnet girl.  Then adhere the other to the back of the shadow box.  You will have to use trial and error to get the length just right.  But this will prevent the girl from flopping over.
Easter Bunny Hideaway House: A Button Tiled Roof

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Hideaway House by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Any time I can play with my vintage button collection, I’m a happy girl!  I’ve created a “tiled” roof effect. Add a few more inside the box to resemble the shine of Easter Eggs.

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Hideaway House by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Decorate the sides and the back of the box.   You could actually add a 4″ x 6″ photo to the back of the box.

This was such a fun project to make, I just had to share it with you here.  I hope it has served to spark your own creativity.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you all a warm, wonderful and blessed Easter!

Cheerio,

kathy

Easter Bunny Hideaway House Supply List

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

 

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  We actually had a beautiful spring-like day yesterday.  Kids broke their bikes out of the shed, moms pushed babies around the block in their strollers as daffodils popped their golden heads up toward the sun.  it was glorious!  The joy of all that springtime activity prompted the creation of this Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I’ m loving these sage greens combined with peach tones.  How about you?  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card came together so quickly.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

  • Double mat the bicycle image from the collection on both green and peach papers from the Simple Basics Kit.
  • Trim the sticker border and adhere above and below the bicycle image.
  • Hot glue flowers in the top and bottom corners along with a Peach Seam Binding Bow and Burlap string bow.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo  03

  • Thread some vintage buttons and hot glue over the top border strip.
  • Add the tag from the Ephemera Pack. (comes in the kit)
Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card:  A Peek Inside

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Carry the theme of your card front inside by adding a little bicycle from the ephemera pack along with a strip of the Spring Farmhouse washi tape.

I have had such fun with this collection.  The color palette is scrumptious and so much fun for spring cards!  There are  few more in the works…coming soon! If you missed the other cards I’ve created with Spring Farmhouse, you can get all caught up HERE.

At the time that this post was written, this card was available for purchase in my ETSY shop.  It’s a one of a kind creation, so if it tickles your fancy, better grab it quick before it’s gone!

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

 

Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Treat Box Tutorial

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Treat Box Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for St. Patrick’s Day?  No worries!  I’m here to help with a last minute St. Patrick’s Day Treat Box Tutorial using Authentique Paper’s gloriously green Clover Collection Kit.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Perfect for party favors, hostess gifts, home decor or just a sweet treat, this 3″ x 5″ x 2″  treat box is actually an altered Graphic 45 Small Matchbook Box.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

I’ve covered the window opening with an easy to make shaker pouch.  This is probably the easiest way I know to create a shaker element.  Learn how to make one in the video tutorial below.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

I dug through my embellishments to create a little charm cluster made with broken jewelry, a metal key and padlock, vintage style safety pin and a darling miniature spoon.  This is topped with a double loop green gingham bow, gold string and fancy button.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Learn how to add the vintage style drawer pull in the tutorial, too.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

We will also create a miniature card insert for the box.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Add your favorite treats to create a memorable St. Patrick’s Day treat!

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Treat Box Tutorial Video

Are you ready to get your craft on?  Just press play.

You’ll find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post. And you can find more projects made with the lovely Clover collection HERE and 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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Treat Box Tutorial Supply List

Authentique Clover St Patrick’s Day Banner

Authentique Clover St. Patrick’s Day Banner with Eileen Hull House Die

Hello, Friends!  It’s time to get ready for St. Patrick’s Day!  I’m here to help get the party started with a gloriously green Authentique Clover St. Patrick’s Day Banner.

Authentique Clover Eileen Hull House/Pocket Stitchlits Dies St. Patrick's Day Banner Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This banner is so happy, it makes me want to dance a jig!  And, it’s easy to make, too, thanks to Eileen Hull’s House/Pocket  Thinlits Die!  (This is a tip I learned from my scrappy buddy, Maggi Harding.)

Authentique Clover Eileen Hull House/Pocket Stitchlits Dies St. Patrick's Day Banner Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Measuring over 3 feet in length, the banner is made with 2 different sized pennants.  The 3 large pennants are made with Eileen’s House Die.  Turning it upside down gives it a great banner shape!  Each of these pennants measures about 4″ x 6″.

Authentique Clover Eileen Hull House/Pocket Stitchlits Dies St. Patrick's Day Banner Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

The 4 smaller pennants each measure about 2 1/2″ x 3″.  These are die cut from the Kelly Green cardstock that comes with the Clover collection.  I simply selected a shaped label die that I like to create these.

Authentique Clover Eileen Hull House/Pocket Stitchlits Dies St. Patrick's Day Banner Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

A second layer of designer paper is cut with the hemstitch pocket die that come in the House/Pocket die set.  Top this with a doily, add an image fussy cut from the 3″ x 4″ cards, toss in some flowers, vintage buttons and stick pins, and you’ve got yourself a mighty fine banner.

Authentique Clover St. Patrick’s Day Banner Tips and Tricks

TIP: Pop the fussy cut focal image up on pop dots, foam tape or waste chipboard to add dimension to your banner.

Authentique Clover Eileen Hull House/Pocket Stitchlits Dies St. Patrick's Day Banner Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Each pennant is stitched onto 1 1/2″ wide Emerald Plaid Ribbon.

TIP: Use binder clips to hold the pennants in place on your ribbon.  Then stitch along  both the top and bottom edge of the ribbon.  This will ensure that the banner hangs flat.

Authentique Clover Eileen Hull House/Pocket Stitchlits Dies St. Patrick's Day Banner Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

TIP: If you’d rather not stitch, you can always attach the pennants with clothespins or colorful bulldog clips.

Authentique Clover Eileen Hull House/Pocket Stitchlits Dies St. Patrick's Day Banner Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

TIP:  Tie bows between each pennant.  For this banner, I’ve used Forest Green Taffeta Ribbon.  First tie a long piece in a square knot.  Then tie a double loop bow and adhere it on top.

Authentique Clover Eileen Hull House/Pocket Stitchlits Dies St. Patrick's Day Banner Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

Nothing says time to party like a banner!  I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that will inspire you to make your own Authentique Clover St. Patrick’s Day Banner.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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