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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

 

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: Celebrating the 4th of July with Authentique Paper

Hello, Friends!   Let’s  celebrate the 4th of July with a card salute to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness!   All this week the Authentique design team is sharing inspirational  Independence Day and Summer themed projects over on the Authentique Paper Blog.  I’m getting the party started with a festive Liberty Pop-Up Shaker Card.

Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue

  • First, create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from red cardstock.
  • Next, cut a background from a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel of blue designer paper.
  • Then cut a 4 7/8″ x 2 1/2″ belly band from the stars/text panel.
  • Now stitch around the perimeter of these panels if desired.

Authentique Liberty Pop Up Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design PHoto 01

  • Cut (2) 2″ x 6″ fishtail banners from complementary patterns and adhere to the left hand side of the background panel.
  • Now fussy cut around the edge of the 3×4 flag image and mat on red cardstock.  Adhere in the center of the card.
Star Spangled Shaker Element

Now create the star shaker element.

  • Use a nested star die to cut 2 (3 3/4″) stars from patterned paper. Set one star aside to form the back of the shaker element.
  • Place a smaller nested die in the center of the other star and die cut to create a frame.
  • Now cut the large star a third time using clear cardstock.
  • Adhere the clear cardstock to the back of the star frame.
  • Then add 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips to the back side of the frame.
  • Next fill the frame with your shaker elements.  Adhere the die cut star to foam tape and press in place to seal.
  • Die cut several more small stars from red and blue metallic paper.  Use these to embellish the card.
  • Finally add flowers, ribbon, buttons and letter tiles.
Stand and Salute the Flag

Create a fun pop-up scene inside the card.  You can find a tutorial for making this style of  pop up card HERE.

Decorate with more die cut stars, fussy cut elements and stickers from the paper collection.  There’s even a fun little flip down sentiment panel located at the bottom of the card.

Land of the Free Because of the Brave

My Daddy raised me to love this wonderful country and to respect its flag.  I can still see him standing with his hand over his heart any time the flag passed by.  He and my uncles served during WWII and my grandfathers and great uncles served during WWI.  Two of my brothers served in the military; one in the demilitarized zone in South Korea and the other did two tours of duty in Vietnam.  My niece served in the National Guard and supported the troops in Afghanistan.

Independence Day reminds me to be grateful for all the sacrifices that have been made so that I can enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Our history is not perfect.  No nation’s is.  But America keeps moving toward the lofty goals set forth by our Founding Fathers…and that is something to celebrate!

I wish you all a blessed, safe and Happy 4th of July!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Summertime Blues Double Gatefold Card Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Aqua Medley, Fairy Sparkle Aqua Medley Flowers, Primed Chipboard Ornate Frame Double Gatefold Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Aqua Medley Summertime Blues Double Gatefold Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m celebrating Summertime Blues with a Double Gatefold Card Tutorial.  Little Birdie Crafts Aqua Medley Collection is filled with dreamy shades of blue, gorgeous florals, sweet summer songbirds and delightful patterns.  I think you’re really going to enjoy this post, and add a new fancy fold design to your crafty toolbox!

The Basics

My favorite kind of fancy fold is the one that makes people say, “How did she do that?” Especially when the answer is, “It’s so easy, you won’t believe it!”  That really is the case with a double gatefold card design.  More than just a card, this 6×6 card doubles as a folio and makes a wonderful gift!

Little Birdie Primed Chipboard creates the perfect base for this gorgeous hydrangea image.  Cluster flowers, butterflies and metal embellishments around the frame to create a truly striking cover.

Look at all this gorgeous texture and dimension.  That makes my heart happy!

A Peek Inside

Opening a double gatefold card is always dramatic! Flap pages, pockets and tags add to the excitement.

Did you know Little Birdie makes a Die Cutting Machine?  I didn’t either, but as soon as I  learned about it, I added it to my tool supplies.  It is amazing!  I used it and Little Birdie Oval Tags Dies to make these precious oval tags for the side pocket.

The large center pocket holds a pull out page in place.

This is a great place to tuck in notes, small gifts and photos.

There’s even a hidden pocket page with just enough room to tuck in a bookmark.

Oh, how I love little birds!  We have a pair of bluebirds that live in our crabapple tree and every time I see them, it makes my heart happy!

The Tutorial

Are you ready to get your craft on?  I’ll begin with a short tour of the project.  Then we will dig in and create this lovely double gatefold card together.  It’s going to be so much fun!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafting 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.

And if you haven’t subscribed to the Little Birdie Blog, you might want to pop over and see all the amazing projects that are being shared.  It’s truly inspiring.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique July Desk Calendar Tutorial

Authentique July Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It hardly seems possible, but it’s time to share my Authentique July Desk Calendar Tutorial with you.  This year is really flying by, isn’t it?   If you’re new to the blog, I’ve been sharing a monthly desk calendar made with the Authentique Calendar Collection.  These 6×6 easel style calendars double as a mini folio to hold photos and memories from each month of the year.  Many of you have told me that your are giving these as birthday cards.  I think that is a brilliant idea!

The easel design of each calendar allows it to fold flat for storage.  My hope is that you will pull these out year after year, perhaps adding a new photo or memory as time goes by.

This month I’ve added lots of stars, glitter clothespins and patriotic plaid ribbon to enhance the gorgeous vintage images and patterns.

You’ll find all the usual bells and whistles inside the folio: a July calendar for recording special dates, wallet sized folios, photo  mounts, journaling spots and a nifty hidden pocket folio.

Authentique July Desk Calendar Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This larger folio has a pull out tab and room for (3) 5×5 photos.

Authentique July Desk Calendar Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to make this July calendar project, just follow along in this video tutorial.

If you are new to the series and want to get caught up, you can find the other Desk Calendar Tutorials HERE.   You can also find other calendar projects made by my Authentique teammates over on the Authentique blog.  To purchase the products used in  making this calendar, check out the linked supply list below this post.

I hope you enjoy making these sweet calendars as much as I enjoy designing them.  We only have 5 more to make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Bee Themed Joy Fold Card Tutorial

Craft Consortium Tell the Bees Joy Fold Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Bee Themed Joy Fold Card Tutorial with Craft Consortium Tell the Bees for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  For this installment of Throwback Thursday I have prepared a Bee Themed Joy Fold Card Tutorial.  We’ll be working with Crafty Consortium’s “Tell the Bees” release from 2012.  But you can use whatever papers you have in your stash to make this  fun fold card.

Joy Fold Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tell the Bees Craft Consortium Photo 01

I’ve combined the patterned papers with digital ephemera from Polly’s Paper Studio, Ephemoire Digital Designs and Gecko Galz.

TIP:  File digital images by theme so that they are easy to find when you want to use them.  After I print out a sheet of digital images, I file the extras away in small bags that are sorted by theme and arranged alphabetically.  So all my digital bee images and ephemera are in a bag labeled “BEES.”

Bee Themed Joy Fold Card Tutorial: The Basics

Joy Fold cards have been around for as long as I’ve been making cards.  But I wanted a larger card base that could double as a mini folio.  To make this Joy Fold card we will be combining a 6×6 side fold card base with a 4 1/2″ x 5 12″ side fold card base.  Adhere the smaller card base inside the larger one to form a flap.  It’s a really simple card base to make, but affords lots of room for photos or decoration.

TIP: Enhance the lavender hues in the patterned paper with Lilac Seam Binding Ribbon and flowers.

Bee Themed Joy Fold Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Add bee images or photos  to the card panels.  You could fit quite a few photos in this mini folio.

You’ll learn how to create this sweet double pocket in the center panel.

This design gives you lots of room for images or photos and journaling.

This 4 1/4 ” x 5 1/4″ tea wallet fits neatly behind the top pocket.  You could easily convert this to a photo folio.

But I turned it into a tea wallet and note card.  A honey stick fits neatly into the card pocket to complete the gift.

Bee Themed Joy Fold Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to take this fancy fold card for a spin, here’s an easy to follow video tutorial for you.

Remember, even if you don’t have these papers in your stash, I’m sure that you have something in your stash that will work beautifully with this fancy fold card base.  You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Bluebirds and Hydrangeas Shaker Card

Heartfelt Creations Cottage Garden Collection Bluebirds and Hydrangeas Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This hop is now closed.  The randomly chosen comment came from LornaB on Alissa’s Blog.  Thanks for hopping!

Heartfelt Creations May 2020 Alumni Blog Hop:  Bluebirds and Hydrangeas Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Bluebirds and Hydrangeas Shaker Card is my offering for the Heartfelt Creations May 2020 Alumni Blog Hop.  The hop starts here!  You can visit all the blogs in the hop (the list is below) and leave a lovely comment to be entered into a drawing for a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card.  The hop runs until 11:55 PM EDT on Monday, June 1st.  A randomly chosen comment from a mystery blog will win the prize.  I’ll announce the prize at the top of this post on Tuesday, June 2nd.  The winner will claim the prize by emailing [email protected] within 72 hours of the announcement.  Please write “Winner of the May 2020 Alumni Hop” in the subject line of your email.  Now let’s get hopping!

Bluebirds and Hydrangeas Shaker Card: Creating the Card Base

What could be more perfect for a summery card than bluebirds and hydrangeas?  Here’s how to get this card started:

  • First create a  6 3/8″  square top fold card base from light blue cardstock.
  • Next mat a 6″ x 6″ card front on a slightly larger panel of light gray cardstock.
  • Now die cut 2 Decorative Pocket Accent pieces to line the top edge of the card.
  • Then trim away the pocket edge piece with your scissors
  • Place 1/8″ foam strips on the back of each die cut and adhere.
  • Place small gingham bows in the corners and top with flowers.
Bluebirds and Hydrangeas Shaker Card: Creating the Shaker Frame

  • Begin by die cutting the Decorative Circle Frame from cream cardstock.
  • Next, use the Circle Basics Large Die to cut Clear Cardstock.  Adhere the circle to the back side of the frame.
  • Now place 1/8″ foam strips around the circular frame.  I use 2 layers.
  • Fill the shaker frame with a sequin mix. Set aside carefully.
  • Use the circle die again to cut the center from a 6×6 card base.  Adhere this to the back of the  shaker frame so that the image will show through.
  • Now adhere dimensionals to the back of the shaker frame and adhere to the card base.
Bluebirds and Hydrangeas Shaker Card: Finishing Details

One of the things I love about Heartfelt Creations is how easy they make it to create a gorgeous card.  Because I was short on time, I did not stamp and color the flowers, birds and swag for this card.  I simply used the matching dies and cut them from the paper collection!  It took literally seconds to to this.

Then I shaped my hydrangea blossoms in the 3D Hydrangea Shaping Mold.  In just minutes I had dozens of beautiful blossoms.  Dab the petals lightly with Dries Clear Adhesive then dip in Rajni Chawla’s Crystal Clear to add a little glitter.  Then place a dot of Dries Clear Adhesive in the center of each blossom and fill with Ice Queen Prills.  All that is left to do now is arrange your gorgeous blooms on your card.  Easy peasy!

Bluebirds and Hydrangeas Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

Here’s a fun way to finish the inside of your card.  Use the Decorative Pocket Accents Die to create a tea bag pocket.  Then die cut a small hydrangea from the paper collection with the Fresh Cut Hydrangea Die.  Adhere just the stem and one leaf to the card base to form a tuck spot for a little note card.

On With the Hop

Now hop over to see what inspiration the rest of the Alumni Team has prepared for you.

KATHY (You are HERE)  ♥ Candy  ♥ Vicki  ♥ Amarilys  ♥ Lisa  ♥ Alissa OksanaEls

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 will find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Other Products: Sequin Mix, Light Blue Micro Gingham Ribbon, Iridescent Metallic String, Cream Cardstock, Pearls from my stash.

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