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Tall and Skinny Botanical Butterfly Shaker Card

Simple Stories Vintage Garden District Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Tall and Skinny Botanical Butterfly Shaker Card with Vintage Garden District

Hello, Friends!  This Tall and Skinny Botanical Butterfly Shaker Card combines everything I love in one lovely package.  Gorgeous Really Reasonable Ribbon, elegant die cuts, a shaker frame, flirty butterflies and fabulous florals make my heart go pitty pat!  The color palette of this Simple Stories Vintage Garden District Collection is a great match for RRR Red, Pink and Ivory Variegated Ribbon.

Score an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper on the long side at 4″, 5″, 9″ and 10″ to make this side fold box card base.  Then tuck in lots of lovely goodies to turn it into a gift.

Turn a 3″ x 4″ journal card into note card by matting it on cardstock.  Then tuck it into a pocket on the left hand side of the card.  Gift wrap a cookie, tea bag and chocolate with your designer paper to make them really special.  These fit in the box pocket along with a cute little demitasse spoon and a honey stick.

But wait!  There’s more!  Attach a velvet book mark to the top of the card with a teeny tiny clip.  Now this card is ready to party!

You can see more Vintage Garden District Projects HERE. I’ve added a linked supply list below this post for your convenience.

I hope I’ve inspired you to break out your paper pretties and play 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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Spellbinders Club Kits May 2020 Blog Hop

Amazing Paper Grace Fleur de Lis Grandeur Fold Over Die Spellbinders Simple Stories Vintage Garden District by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders Club Kits May 2020 Blog Hop: Amazing Paper Grace Fleur Di Lis Grandeur Fold Over with Simple Stories Vintage Garden District

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders Club Kits May 2020 Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from  Desiree’s  blog.   Today I’m sharing a Simple Stories Vintage Garden District card made with the Amazing Paper Grace Fleur de Lis Grandeur Fold Over Dies.  This elegant die set is the APG Club kit for May, and it is glorious!

Building the Card Layers

Build these card layers by following these simple steps:

  • First, prepare a 6″ x 6″ card base from cream cardstock.
  • Next, cover the card front with a 6″ x 6″ panel of gold foil paper.
  • Now, place the Fleur de Lis Grandeur Frame over a 6″ x 6″ piece of teal cardstock from the Simple Stories Simple Basics cardstock pack.
  • Then use washi tape to secure the (4) Fold Over inserts inside the frame.
  • Run the die through your machine following  manufacturer instructions, then adhere to the gold foil background.

  • Next, cut a panel of  designer paper from the collection with the Inner Square Outline Die.  Mat this on a slightly larger panel of gold foil cardstock.
  • Now place the Inner Square Pattern die on a piece of gold foil paper.  Center the Inner Square Label die and secure with washi tape before running through your die cut machine.
  • Place 1/8″ foam adhesive on the sides of the die cut and center over the patterned paper so that the pink flowers peek through.
Finishing Touches

  • Now create a burlap string wreath and place over the center opening.
  • Then select a teal butterfly from the Vintage Garden District papers.  Place foam adhesive in the center of the butterfly, lift the wings and adhere in the center of the wreath.
  • Next tie a large loopy bow with Iridescent ribbon and adhere in the right hand corner of the card.
  • Now select flowers and foliage and adhere around the card as seen in the photo.
  • Then locate “The Simple Life” banner.  Gently round it against the side of a pencil.  Adhere just the ends to the card base to create a dimensional banner in the lower left hand corner of the card.
  • Finally, adhere cream pearls to finish the card front.
A Peek Inside

Finish the inside of your card with more designer papers .  Then die cut 2 of the Fold Over Inserts from scraps of your gold cardstock.  Adhere these to create a little treat pocket.

This is such a pretty way to present a little chocolate treat inside the card.

Tuck a little tea bag wallet and a journal card into the larger pocket. Write your personal greeting or add a photo to the journal card.  Tuck a honey stick inside the pocket to go with the tea bag, if desired.  I find these honey sticks at our local farmer’s market.

Spellbinders $50 Gift Card Giveaway

To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on their blog. Hop along for additional chances to win. Giveaway closes on Sunday, May 31st, 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Tuesday. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

My $25 Gift Card Giveaway

I’ll be drawing a winner from the comments made on my blog post.  The winner will  receive a $25 Spellbinders gift certificate. Please comment on my blog post to be eligible. contact Spellbinders at [email protected] by  6/5/2020 with the subject line Spellbinders May 2020 Blog Hop Winner from Kathy Clement’s  Blog.  I’ll contact the winner via e-mail and post the name at the top of this post on May 31st.

Please note, store credit (gift certificate) cannot be applied to Club Subscriptions. Store credit can be applied to shop past Club products, Club extras and regular releases.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what Bibi has prepared for you.  Then don’t forget to hop over to the Spellbinders blog and leave a comment there to be entered into the $50 prize drawing!

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Yana Smakula

Nichol Spohr

Tina Smith

Desiree Kuemmerle

Kathy Clement

Bibi Cameron

Jackie Pasko

Marie Heiderscheit

Jill Hilliard

Carrie Rhoades

Hussena Calcuttawala

Jennifer Snyder

Jean Manis

Virginia Lu

Jeanne Jachna

Ilina Crouse

If you’d like to see other projects created with the Fleur de Lis Grandeur card, please click HERE.

Subscribe to Spellbinders Club Kits HERE.  Subscribe to Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club HERE.

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

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace May 2020 Club Kit

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Garden District Mini Album with Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace DOM May 2020 by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace May 2020 Club Kit
Simple Stories Simple Vintage Garden District Mini Album

Hello, Friends!   I’m here to share the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace May 2020 Club Kit for National Scrapbooking Day! I’m totally smitten with this month’s club kit because it is gorgeous, versatile and so easy to use.  This die affords almost limitless possibilities!  I envisioned a shaker top mini album the minute I opened it up.  So I pulled out my Simple Stories Simple Vintage Garden District collection to make this flirty, springtime mini album.

This sweet little album measures 6″ x 6″ with a 1 1/2″ spine and a shaker frame made from the Fleur de Lis Grandeur Fold Over Die from the APG DOM Kit.  The intricate swirls and layers are just dreamy!

TIP: Mat the shaker frame on a square panel that has been die cut from the paper collection, matted on plain cardstock and backed with foam dimensionals.

TIP: Die cut flowers from the paper collection using the petal die that comes with the DOM Kit.  Mix these with packaged flowers to create a lush garden on the cover of your album.

TIP: Wrap the album cover with a ribbon closure.  Then add some dangle charms to the spine.

A Peek Inside

Create a simple stacked binding for your album by following these steps:

  • Cut (2) 18″ x 6″ panels of cream cardstock.
  • Score one panel at 6″ and 7 1/2″.  Fold.  Tuck the fold into the corner of your scoring tool and score again at 7″.  Trim off the extra panel.
  • Score the 2nd panel at 6″ and 7″, and 11 3/4″.  This will form the center pages and a flip page.
  • Now center the 1″ spine over the 1 1/2″ spine and adhere to make the album pages.
  • Have fun and decorate the pages.

The first page set features a little magnetic flap pocket and a flip page.

TIP:  Die cut 2 of the corner pieces.  Adhere together between layers of designer paper to form a decorative pull tab.

TIP: Cut (2) 5 1/2″ x 12″ panels of designer paper.  Join together with Scor-Tape.  Score this long panel every 4 1/2″ to form an accordion pull out mechanism. Attach the flap of this mechanism to a to the flap of an 8″ x 6″ panel of designer paper that has been scored at 6″.

Tea Party in a Box

Because you have a 1″ spine in the middle of the album, you can add a 3/4″ deep box pocket on the left hand page.  Fill it with what I call a tea party in a box.  “Gift wrap” a tea bag, chocolate, and cookies.  Then tuck in the box with a vintage silver spoon and a honey stick.  Once the treats are consumed, photos can be stored in the box pocket.

 

Cut paper panels wider than the album base, then score to make flip pages. Add a waterfall feature and decorate with a die cut panel. The waterfall is built on the front side of a tip in page on the left.

Create a little tag pocket and pull out page on the front side of the flap.  Interactive elements add so much to an album like this.

Here’s a peek behind the tip in page on the left.  Create a little string tie envelope to store photos or small mementos. There’s room for a nice sized photo on the 5 1/2″ x 6″ flap.

Video Project Share

This short video tour will let you see how all the project pages and mechanisms work together.  I hope you enjoy!

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace May 2020 Club Kit

You can find more ideas for using this month’s Club Kit HERE.  If you’re not a member of of the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Club, you can subscribe HERE.  To purchase past Club Kits, click HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas for using this month’s Amazing Paper Grace Club Kit.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Simple Stories Butterfly Garden Birthday Card

Simple Stories Vintage Botanicals Butterfly Garden Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  How about a walk through a butterfly garden with me today?  This Simple Stories Vintage Botanicals Birthday Card is soft and sweet!

Butterfly Garden Birthday Card: Building Layers

Here’s the scoop on how this card came together:

  • First, create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base with a 1/2″ spine.
  • Next, stitch a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of designer paper onto a darker shade of pink cardstock.
  • Now, adhere a 3″ x 5″ strip of compatible designer paper on the left, inside the stitched margin.
  • Then stitch a 4″ x 4″ square of green gingham print onto burlap.  Trim and fringe the burlap ends.
  • Now back this piece with dimensionals.
  • Next, paint some Laserowe Love chipboard flowers with ivory paint.  While the paint is still wet, emboss with Wow Ultra Glitter Embossing Powder.
  • Then adhere the chipboard above and below the gingham square.
  • Now, die cut the wreath from pink cardstock.  Back with dimensionals and adhere in the center of the panel.
  • Next, pop a butterfly up on dimensionals.  Top with a gold foiled acetate butterfly.  (This was in my stash from long ago…not sure where it came from…but it was perfect for this project, so I added it!
Butterfly Garden Birthday Card: Finishing Details

  • Next, tie a bow with Shimmer Satin Ribbon.  Top with a loopy gold metallic string bow and a little button.
  • Finally, cluster up some Little Birdie Flowers in the corners.  Attach a tiny paper clip in one corner, and a chipboard sentiment in another.
Butterfly Garden Birthday Card: A Peek Inside

Doesn’t the inside of this card look like a summer garden party?

I’ve added a little flap feature on the top of the card.

This opens to reveal a little pocket for a tea bag.

The pocket on the bottom holds a vintage silver plate spoon and a honey stick. 

I’ve attached these to a little decorative insert and dressed them up for the party with a bit of ribbon.

Many of you have asked me where I find my spoons.  I scour thrift shops, antique stores and estate sales looking for them.  They are getting harder and harder to find, and the price keeps going up.   But I love the beautiful craftsmanship and soft patina of these vintage beauties, so I buy them whenever and wherever I find them.

This is such a lovely little gift to have on hand.  You can adapt the papers for each occasion, which is always nice.

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

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and techniques you can add to your crafty toolbox.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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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