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Kiss Me, I’m Irish! Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial

Kiss Me, I’m Irish! Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Well, Valentine’s Day is past, so you know what that means don’t you?  Yes!  It’s time for the wearin’ o the green!  I’m here today to help you get ready for Saint Patrick’s Day with a trio of totally adorable vintage style cards.  This Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial will have you itching to dig into your crafty stash and get your green on!

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

Working with this collection is an Irish girl’s dream come true.  Especially in the gloomy month of February!  All this green makes my heart want to sing!  Each of these 5″ x 5″ top fold cards uses the same basic “recipe.”  This means, you can make a stack of cards in a very short amount of time.  Just cut all your panels, die cut your embellishments and make your own assembly line!

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2


I broke out some dies to make these festive rosettes and ribbon banners.  Make a whole stack of them before you start, then you can zip right through the creative process.

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

You can give each card its own unique feel simply by altering the focal image and the placement of the embellishments a bit.

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial: The Party’s on the Inside

Lest you should think that I overlooked the interior of these gloriously green cards, here’s a peek at the inside.

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 7

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 8

I’ve filled the interior with lots of fun little interactive elements that make each card feel just like a party!

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial on YouTube

So are you ready to get your craft on?  I’ve prepared a video tutorial for you.  In it, we will learn how to quickly and easily build a pocket card base.  We will decorate the interior of the card, and build the little wallet that tucks into the pocket.  Then we’ll decorate the card front together.  I think you’re going to be surprised at how quickly and easily these cards come together.

One quick note: for some reason, I got it into my crazy head that the name of this collection was Emerald.  It is not.  It is SHAMROCK.  So whenever you hear me say “Emerald” wag your finger at me and say, “Shamrock, Kathy!  Shamrock!”  I apologize for the glitch!

You’ll find a linked supply list for the products I’ve used at the end of this post.  Now get out your notebook and pencil, because class is in session!  Enjoy!

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

Thanks for stopping by!



Supply List and Product Links: Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial

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Graphic 45 St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holders

St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holders with Graphic 45 Calendar Collections

Hello, G45’ers!  St. Patrick’s Day will soon be here!  I thought it would be fun to create some little goodies for my favorite leprechauns to make the holiday even more fun.  Graphic 45 has 3 gorgeous calendar collections: A Place in Time, Children’s Hour and Time to Flourish.  And I have 3 gorgeous grand girls!  What a happy coincidence!  I pulled out all 3 collections, some G45 Staples long Ivory Tags and went to work designing these St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holders.

Aren’t they cute?  And they are a quick and easy project to make, which is even better!

A Place in Time Leprechaun Tag: How to turn a Tag into a Treat Holder

Each tag in this trio follows the same basic “recipe.”

  1. Place a long Staples Tag (I used Ivory) on your scoring tool so that the long side is against the rail and the bracketed edge is on your right.
  2. Starting at the left hand side, score the tag at 3.5″ and again at 4″.
  3. Gently fold the tag slowly so that you don’t crack the heavy cardstock.  You might need to very lightly moisten the area along the crease with a baby wipe or damp paper towel.
  4. Burnish with a bone folder to set the crease.
  5. Decorate with paper.
  6. Add a pocket to the inside.
  7. Thread ribbon through the grommet, and suspend a little shamrock charm, if desired.
  8. To make quick work of  covering the spine, use wide Graphic 45 washi tape.

It’s really that simple!

For this St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holder, I filled an antique bronze charm with designer paper then covered it with a cabochon.  Green gingham ribbon wrapped around a paper spool and sealed with a button makes a sweet accent.

Decorate the inside with more pretty papers.  I die cut this pocket from designer paper, but you could also score an ATC tag in the same way that you scored the larger tag.

If you don’t want to put chocolate in the pocket, you can always add a tea bag, a gift card, movie tickets or some other small treat.

St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holder with  Time to Flourish

This Time to Flourish Tag has a great botanical feel.

I love the little shamrock key that I hung from the grommet.

Here’s a peeky at the inside, all dressed in pretty shades of green and purple.

I had a pretty tag left from my Tags and Pockets to tuck in along with the chocolate treat.

Children’s Hour St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holder

I still love this sweet image from the Children’s Hour March page. Because it was a little too large for my tag,  I fussy cut it to fit.  Next  I tucked stamps and flowers around it.  For a finishing touch, I hung a sweet chippie from the collection and a wee shamrock charm in the grommet.

Here’s the inside view.

Trim down an ephemera card and use it as a spot to write your greeting.

This design is adaptable to any occasion or theme.  Just change the papers and you’re good to go!

I hope I’ve inspired you to break out your gorgeous Graphic 45 papers, Staples tags and chips.  If so, my job is done here!

May the road rise up to meet you!





The Wearin’ O’ the Green: St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card

St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card for Petaloo International

Oh, the Top of the Mornin’ to you,  my friends!  There are so many things to be happy about today.  It’s March, which means Spring is on its way.  Soon the earth will be bursting with beautiful spring flowers and tender green leaves.  And, we get to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this month!  Since I have Irish roots in my family tree, I love this holiday.  We eat fish and chips, enjoy an ice cold Guinness, I bake Irish Soda Bread and we all wear green.  Today’s St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card is definitely green!

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 1Believe it or not, with the exception of the gorgeous Petaloo blossoms,  this card was made entirely with bits and bobs from my scrap bin.  I went foraging for every scrap of leftover green paper I could find…which turned out to be quite a bit.  Some of this is Christmas paper, some bits are mixed media backgrounds I created long ago.  The sweet vintage style image came to me as an “extra helping” from an order I made at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  It felt so good to create something new and pretty with all these bits and pieces. Do you ever do this?

Green, Green and More Green

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 2After stitching all the patterned papers together, I mounted them onto this 5.5″ square easel card base.  Then the real fun began!  I dug through my Gypsy Soul Lasercuts chippies and found this stunning Victoria Small Layered Border.  After treating the bottom layer with Antique Gold Embossing Powder, I painted the top layer with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  The two layers were glued together and secured with binder clips until the glue set. After that, I glued it on the left hand side of the card base.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 3While that was going on, I die cut 3 Tim Holtz Ornate frames and layered them together with strips of foam tape.  Then I trimmed the image and glued it to the back of the frame.  To add even more depth, I backed the frame with two layers of waste chipboard.  Next, I glued it to the center of my card base.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 4Now for the ribbon cluster!  The base layer is a triple loop bow tied with Moss Green Gingham ribbon.  I looped a gold tassel over the center of the bow, then topped it with these gorgeous Pistachio Green Anemones.  These bodacious flowers are so flirty!   The ruffled layers of petals add the perfect shabby chic touch to the design.  Finally, I tied this itty  bitty teacup charm to the frame with gold metallic string.

St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card: Building the Stopper

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 5One of the reasons I love to make easel cards is that they display so nicely.  To achieve this, you have to build a “stopper”  to hold the front cover of the card open.  I began the process by laying down a strip of antique crochet trim about midway up the interior of the card.  Next, I die cut the green striped paper and matted it with green cardstock.  I softened the edges by dry brushing on a little Antique Linen Distress Paint. Gold brads hold the number plaques in place.  Finally, I backed it with waste chipboard and glued it in place.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 6But it looked a little lonely there all by itself.  To remedy this, I anchored the corners with Darjeeling Green Mini Garden Rosettes and Green Hydrangea.  I was careful to glue just the bottom petals to the striped paper so that the card could open and close.  The finishing touch is that cute little shamrock charm.  It was originally silver, but I painted it gold.  I added the labels and was finally happy.

The Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 7Every St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card needs a pot of gold tucked in somewhere, right?  So I added a gift card pocket to the card and filled it with an individually wrapped chocolate. Since I had a couple pieces of mixed media paper on the desk I cut them into little banner flags and glued them in place. Finally,  I created the sentiments on the computer, printed them out and added them to finish off the card.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 8Here’s what the card looks like folded shut.

Do you do anything fun or special for St. Patrick’s Day?  I remember dressing for school when I was little, and you had to be sure to wear green so you wouldn’t get pinched!  Fun memories…and that’s what paper crafting is all about.

Thanks for joining me here today!  May the road rise up to meet you!






Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Banner

Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Banner: Show Me the Green Challenge at RRR

RRRChallengeBadgeOh, the Top ‘o the Mornin’ to ye, my friends!  ‘Tis truly a glorious day here on the blog, because it’s time for the Show Me the Green Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and I’m sharing my Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Banner with you.  It’s sure to make your Irish eyes shine with gorgeous green ribbons and vintage St. Patrick’s Day art from Polly’s Paper Studio. Take a look:

Lucky St. Patrick's Day Banner 01Now if that doesn’t make you break into a chorus of “O Danny Boy” then we are without hope.

Lucky St. Patrick's Day BannerI printed the St. Patrick’s Day Bingo cards onto matte photo paper and then layered them onto pretty green paper I found in my stash.  Each pennant is backed with green ticking canvas and sewn onto Cream Mesh Ribbon and Emerald Green Satin Ribbon with a silver metallic edge.  I love the little bit of shimmer the satin ribbon adds to the design.  It looks like this little leprechaun found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and used it to make this pretty little heart shaped locket.

Show me the Green Challenge for RRR March 2016 03I added beautiful Emerald Tartan bows on either end of this lucky St. Patrick’s Day banner, and tied little streamers between the pennants.  Clusters of Off White Chrysanthemums and green Sweetheart Blossoms make this banner feel like a party is about to happen.

Lucky St. Patrick's Day Banner 04I added ephemera that I found in my stash along with both green and white doilies.  This is such a cheery banner with all the bright colors and happy images, it makes me feel like dancing a jig! I hope this lucky St. Patrick’s Day banner has brightened your day.  I know I certainly enjoyed making it!

Be sure to visit the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog to find links to all the other designer’s “Show Me the Green” Challenge projects.  Then create your own green project using ribbon or trim and load it up on the RRR Blog. I’ll be popping by to take a peek, and I can’t wait to see what you make!

May the road rise up to meet you!




St. Patrick’s Day Banner

St. Patrick’s Day Banner

The top o’the morning to ye, my friends!  Today I have a super fun St. Patrick’s Day banner to share with you made with Really Reasonable Ribbon and the St. Patrick’s Day Creativity Kit from Polly’s Paper Etsy.  I had to take down my beautiful Valentine banner…and my mantle looked so barren, that I decided to dress it up with the wearin’ o the green!

St. Patricks Day Banner 01Of course, my master plan was to have my mantle all beautifully decorated…but on the very day that I completed this banner, the drywall crew showed up to begin the repairs on our home from the water damage we incurred from broken pipe.  So my living room is hermetically sealed right now, and I have no access to my mantle.  So I had to improvise. Sigh…..

This is a massive banner, measuring more than 4 feet in length.  All the papers and images come from the kit, and I just added a few paper rosettes, buttons and fabulous ribbons and flowers.  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

St. Patricks Day Banner 05This is the first panel on the banner.  I stitched the pre-cut papers onto this gorgeous 1.5″ Cream Mesh Ribbon.  This is the most gorgeous stuff!  It has a slight sheen to it, and is soooo soft and pretty.  It was the perfect match for the lively Celery Green Plaid Ribbon I used to tie bows on either end of the banner.  I topped the bow with a pretty Off White Chrysanthemum and then added white cosmos and green sweetheart blossoms from the green and white variety pack.  Aren’t they perfect for St. Pat’s Day?

St. Patricks Day Banner 06Here are more of those sweet blossoms on the next panel where they adorn the LUCK greeting and the lucky horseshoe.

St. Patricks Day Banner 07You can see how great these greens work with these blossoms and the cream mesh ribbon.  It’s a match made in heaven!

St. Patricks Day Banner 08I tucked a whole cluster of them into the lid of this cute green teapot. You know how I love my tea!

St. Patricks Day Banner 09And they add so much texture, color and dimension to this panel.  I hope Bonnie has lots of these in stock, because they are so perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patricks Day Banner 10Here you can see how I stitched along the cream mesh ribbon…and you can say hello to the Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick’s Day parade and his lovely wife!

St. Patricks Day Banner 11The banner is finished off with another bodacious bow tied with my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool and topped with another off white chrysanthemum.  I wish you could see this banner in person…it’s so festive and fun.  The perfect pick me up for the end of winter.  It will look great on my mantle…once I can hang it there.

So, what do you do for St. Patrick’s Day?  We generally go out for fish and chips…and of course we wear green, so we don’t get pinched!  And, I always make a loaf of Irish Soda Bread which is almost as yummy as this banner!

Thanks for stopping by!




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