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Blue Roses and Butterflies

Prima Georgia Blues with Renealbouquets Beautiful Board Card Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Blue Roses and Butterflies

Hello, Friends!  When you love blue the way I do, you make a pretty card with blue roses and butterflies.  I’ve never seen a blue rose, but just look at all the dreamy blues in this Prima Georgia Blues card.

This 6″ x 6″ layered card called for a beautiful blue bow.  Light Navy Taffeta from Really Reasonable Ribbon makes a crisp triple loop bow.  I’ve topped this with a Gold Metallic String loopy bow and a big ole blue rose.  Everything about this card makes me want to go sip a tall glass of sweet tea on the veranda.

Blue Roses and Butterflies: How I Made It

Here’s how this card came together:

  • First, create a 6×6 card base from navy cardstock.
  • Cut a 5 3/4″ square of patterned paper from the Georgia Blues collection.
  • Mat on a slightly larger panel of soft blue cardstock.
  • Now cut a 4″ x 4″ panel of designer paper and double mat on soft blue and navy cardstock. Back with dimensionals.  Center and adhere.
  • Die cut Spellbinders APG Elegant Infinity from patterned paper.  Place dimensionals in the center and sides.  They will show, but we will cover them up with design elements. Center and adhere.
  • Select ephemera bits from the paper collection and arrange to cover the dimensionals behind the die cut.
  • Add some Reneabouquets butterflies and vintage blue buttons to complete the design.
Blue Roses and Butterflies:  A Peek Inside

Cover the inside of the card with more of the pretty papers.  Add pockets.

Tuck in a pretty journal card and a color matched tea bag to turn the card into a gift.

I hope I’ve shared some tips 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.

Wishing you blue skies and sunshine!

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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Kaisercraft Cherry Tree Lane Vintage Style Card

Kaisercraft Cherry Blossom Lane Sympathy Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Kaisercraft Cherry Tree Lane Vintage Style Card for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Throwback Thursday post, I have a Kaisercraft Cherry Tree Lane Vintage Style Card to share with you.  There’s no tutorial this week, but I’ll share lots of helpful tips and tricks as we take a look at this lovely card.

Thoughts on Friendship

Do you remember your first childhood friend?  I do.  Her name was Robin, and we were born in the same year.  She was born in March.  I was born in July.  She lived at the bottom of the hill.  I lived at the top of the hill.  But we both had 4 siblings and a dog.  Her’s was a big old furry sheepdog.  Ours was a mutt.

I don’t remember how we met, but we were both probably playing outside as kids used to do back when you only had 3 channels on the TV, no cell phones, and no computers to keep you inside.  How lucky we were to be able to live free of these distractions from the great outdoors!

Robin and I became best friends immediately.  We played together every single day.  If it was raining, we played indoors, but mostly we played outside, riding our bikes, playing kick ball with the other kids on the hill, jumping rope, and pushing out baby dolls down the dirt road in their strollers.  In the winter, we built amazing snow forts in the huge piles left behind from the snow plows.  These had multiple stories, carved staircases and even furniture that we shaped from the packed snow.  It’s funny how the cold does not bother you when you are a kid.

We walked to school together every single day.  When the county built a “big school” we waited at the bus stop together and sat in the same seat.  We fought, forgave, got into mischief and were as close as sisters.  Even in high school, we still waited for the bus together and talked almost every day, even though our paths were by then heading in different directions.

Fast Forward to the Present

Then we both grew up and I moved away and we lost touch.  Oddly enough, I managed to stay in touch with Robin’s little sister via Facebook.  She contacted me in early March to let me know that Robin, who had been ill for quite some time, had passed away.

All these bittersweet memories came flooding back to me.  Today, my heart is full of gratitude.  How blessed I was to have had such a wonderful childhood friend.  Robin will live forever in my heart.

I made this card for the family and wrote a note with my memories of Robin to tuck inside.  When you lose someone you love, it helps to ease the sense of loss when you know others are feeling it, too.

Kaisercraft Cherry Tree Lane Vintage Style Card: Tips and Tricks

Since I was working mostly with scraps of this collection, I had to get creative.  Here are some helpful tips.

  • The background panel of this card is actually two long pieces laid side by side with the seam in the middle.
  • Mat lots of small panels on complementary cardstock.  This way, you can build layers, and cover the seam.
  • Cut an ephemera piece in half.  Layer half at the top, half on the bottom.  This extra layer covers the seam at the top and bottom of the card.
  • Die cut layers from cream cardstock to lighten up the card, and provide visual interest.  Since I had not larger focal images from the collection, this was a good substitute.
  • Pop a small fussy cut cluster of flowers up on an ephemera frame.  Surround it with flowers, ribbon and buttons to draw the eye to the center of the card.
  • Adhere cream flat back pearls to the die cut layer.  This adds to the vintage feel of the card and provides texture and shine.
Kaisercraft Cherry Blossom Lane Vintage Style Card: A Peek Inside

  • Now cover the inside of the card with patterned papers.
  • Then cut a border sticker into 2 pieces.  Attach one at the top to cover a “short” panel of paper.
  • Next, trim around the rest of the border sticker and adhere on the bottom.  Trim around the straight cut edges to give it a more organic look.
  • Finally, sand around an ephemera tag.  Adhere just the bottom edge to create a tuck spot.  This is where you can insert your  hand written note.

If you had a best friend growing up, take a moment to give thanks for all the life lessons that friendship taught you.  I’m a better person today because Robin was my friend.  I’m thankful.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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NOTE:  Since Throwback Thursday projects often use products that have been retired, I may not be able to find product links for you.  When that happens, just use a supply from your own Closet of Shame to fill in the gaps.  

 

Spellbinders April 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop

This hop is now closed.  The winner of the $25 gift card is Gena K.  Thanks for hopping!

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace April 2020 Die of the Month Vignette Typewriter by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders April 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop: APG 3D Vintage Vignette Typewriter Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders April 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from BIBI’S  blog.  If so , you are right on track.  You can find a complete blog hop list at the bottom of this post.    Today, I’m sharing another adorable Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Vignette Typewriter card.  If you missed the cute pink and black typewriter card that I shared earlier this month, you can find that HERE.

I love a snarky greeting on a  birthday card, don’t you?  So I paired this adorable 3D Vintage Vignette Typewriter Die up with Authentique Paper’s Party Paper Collection.  Insert a 3″ x 4″ sentiment card from the collection in the typewriter “roller”.  Then use the die from the kit to cut extra designer paper “pages”.  Place dimensionals between these layers for even more depth and dimension.  Finally, create a banner with stickers from the Party collection kit.

Die cut the pieces of the 3D Vintage Vignette Typewriter from foil cardstock and patterned papers as I did here.  To add extra depth and detail, run the die cuts through a second time using the embossing plate and mat.  Then  assemble the pieces with dimensionals between the layers. As a final touch, place a small dab of Ranger Black Enamel Dots on each key for extra shine and dimension.

APG 3D Vintage Vignette Typewriter Birthday Card: A Peek Inside

Turn the card into a sweet little gift by adding pockets on the inside.  First, tuck in a little chocolate and a blank sentiment card on the bottom.  Then create a gift card wallet and tuck into a second pocket on the top half of the card.

Such a great snarky sentiment!

Spellbinders April 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop Giveaway

To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky blog readers selected randomly from the comments on our blogs.  Hop along and comment on each blog in the hop for additional chances to win.  The giveaway closes  on Sunday, April 26th  at 11:59 PM EDT.  The winner will be announced on Spellbinders’ blog on

Please note: The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

My Giveaway

I’ll be drawing a winner to receive a $25 gift certificate. Please comment on my blog post to be eligible.  The winner will be announced at the top of this blog post, on my Facebook page and Instagram Account on Monday, April 27th .

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 JILL  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!

Spellbinders Blog

Yana Smakula

Nichol Spohr

Tina Smith

Desiree Kuemmerle

Jennifer Snyder

Laurie Willison

Bibi Cameron

Kathy Clement

Jill Hilliard

Ilina Crouse

Jean Manis

Alicia Havranek

Hussena Calcuttawala

Joy Baldwin

Marie Heiderscheit

Zsoka Marko

Dina Kowal

I hope I shared some tips and tricks 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 hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card

Spellbinders APG 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card by Kathy Clement Authentique Flawless Photo 01

Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card: Amazing Paper Grace April Club Kit

Hello, Friends!  This Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card is no April Fool’s Joke!  It’s my project for the Amazing Paper Grace April Club Kit. Oh, the stories I could write with this super cute pink dimensional typewriter!

One of the things I love about the APG Club Kit is the versatility each one affords.  This 3D Typewriter Vignette Die is designed to stand all on it’s own like a little shadowbox.  But I chose to use it as the dimensional focal point on this pretty in pink card.  I followed all the directions that come with the kit.  But I did not add the tabs and side pieces to make it a stand alone item.  Instead, I layered dimensionals between the typewriter layers and featured it on this 6″ x 6″ easel card.  How cute would this be on your work desk?

Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card: The Typewriter

Authentique’s Flawless collection seemed to be the perfect match up for this project.  Here’s how I put the typewriter together:

  • First, die cut (2) typewriter frames, and all the rest of the parts from black cardstock.
  • Now run these pieces through a second time using the embossing plate and mat to add lots of texture and dimension.
  • Next, die cut the pieces a second time using patterned papers from the Flawless 6″ x 6″ paper pad.  Mix and match the papers for more fun.
  • Then emboss these pieces as you did the black cardstock.

Piece the typewriter together following the directions that come with the dies.  I alternated black and pink pieces to provide more contrast and visual interest.  Add dimensionals between the layers to make the image pop off the page.

Now die cut the typewriter papers from patterned cardstock.  Cut an additional paper from black to mat the paper that is at the back.  This helps it to pop off the page.  Layer dimensionals between the pages for extra dimension. Place a dot of Glossy Accents on each of the keys for even more dimension.

Finally, die cut the sentiments from hot pink cardstock.  Cut them out and adhere over the patterned papers.  Layer the papers at an angle inside the “roller” . Then add flowers and butterfly to finish the design.

Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card: The Stopper

First, cover the inside of your card base with designer paper.  Create a pocket on the bottom of the card by adhering 3 sides of a 6″ x 2 1/2″ panel of designer paper to the card base.  You’ll see how this works below.

Cut a fishtail banner from the black damask print in Flawless.  Back it with dimensionals and adhere to the lower inside card panel.  This will be the base for the brake, or stopper, on this easel card.  Cut out two small sentiment cards from the paper collection.  Mat on both hot pink and black cardstock scraps. Arrange at an angle and place dimensionals between and on the back side.  Then adhere to the card base.  Add a little paper clip, some pretty pink posies, ribbon and a button.

Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card: A Peek Inside

Now you can see the cute pocket inside the card.  Create a little gift card wallet with a sentiment panel from the 12×12 collection.  Adhere a little chocolate treat with repositionable  Glue Dots.

To learn more about Spellbinders Monthly Club Kits, click HERE. To subscribe to the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club Kit, click HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas to inspire your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  To see previous Amazing Paper Grace projects, click HERE.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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