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Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder

Tammy Tutterow Creative Team: Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder with Kaisercraft High Tea

Hello, Friends!  What could be lovelier than a nice cup of tea?  Not much in my world!  If you are are a tea lover, too, then I think you are going to like this Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder made with paper pretties from Tammy Tutterow Designs and Kaisercraft’s gorgeous High Tea paper collection.

How to Make a Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder Base

Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder High Tea by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Kaisercraft Photo 1

The base for this hug in a cup teabag holder is Tammy’s Tab Pocket Page Steel Rule Die from Spellbinders.  This die will cut through almost anything: fabric, felt, chipboard, crafting metal, balsa wood…it’s amazing!  And creating the base is a snap.  Here’s how I did it:

  1. First, die cut a Tab Pocket Page out of cream cardstock.  The die automatically adds score lines and cut lines where needed.
  2. Then  cut two more Tab Pocket Pages using  designer paper: one for the inside and one for the outside. Use a bone folder to crease along the fold lines.
  3. Next, stitch the page base and the designer paper you cut for the front together on your sewing machine.  (You can also just glue these two pieces together, but I love the stitching.)
  4. Now, stitch around the inside Pocket Page and glue to the interior of the base.
  5. You’re ready to decorate.  Hooray!
Let’s Make a Pocket!

By now you know that I just have to add a pocket somewhere. While working on the base, I pondered how to make that happen.  I was thinking about all of Tammy’s lovely dies, when I realized that the sweet little Mini Tag Book Die looks a lot like a tea bag.  Here’s how I built the little front pocket.

  1. First, mat the sentiment panel on green cardstock and trim.
  2. Next, cut a piece of pink cardstock that is 1″ wider and i/2″ taller than this panel.
  3. Now, score 1/2″ on both short sides.
  4. Then turn the panel and score 1/2″ on one long side.
  5. Next, crease the folds.
  6. Where the crease lines intersect, use your scissors to bevel the edges.
  7. Then, score to shape a pocket.  Glue the angled sides to the bottom piece.
  8. Now, back with 2 layers of waste chipboard or a double layer of foam tape to lift the pocket from the card base.  This gives you room to slide the tag mini into the pocket.
  9. Finally, adhere to the card front.
Pinwheel Posies

Here’s how I made these shabbylicious Pinwheel Posies.

  1. First, cut 3 sets of petal layers of a soft sagey green dot paper from the High Tea Collection.
  2. Then ink all the edges with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
  3. Next lightly mist the back of the posy layers with water. I use my Distress Sprayer because it gives me good control.
  4. Then use a stylus and foam mat to shape the flower layers.
  5. Next glue the layers together.
  6. Now spray with Tattered Angels Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist.
  7. Then tap with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
  8. Next sponge with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
  9. Then die cut several leaves and 2 leaf clusters from Tammy’s Pom Pom Posies Die.
  10. Now ink with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
  11. Finally shape and add to the cluster.
A Peek Inside the Hug In a Cup Mini Tag Book

I am so in love with this little Mini Tag Book Die.  First, it is sooo teeny tiny and cute, measuring a petite 2.25″ wide x 4″ tall.  You can create it vertically, as I have done here, or horizontally. And doesn’t it make you think of a little tea bag?  I held it together with a vintage brad from my stash.  The teapot is fussy cut from the paper collection and mounted on a chipboard doily from the High Tea Collectibles.  Then I cut a doily from the High Tea Wood Icons bundle in half and painted it to match the papers.    Here’s a peek inside:

Isn’t it just too darling for words?

I wanted you to see this pretty curved edge and tab closure on the base of the Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder.

The inside is very simple.  Just glue down a sentiment panel, some die cut roses from the Collectibles pack and add a tea bag. Isn’t it pretty?

It only took a couple of hours to pull this whole project together.  But if you wanted to make a very simple tea bag holder you could leave off the pocket and Mini Tag Book.  That way, you could finish this up in under an hour.  These would make the most darling hostess gifts.  And wouldn’t they be wonderful as place cards for a birthday party?

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks 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

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Graphic 45 French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial

Bon Appetit!  Graphic 45 French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial
 Frilly & Funkie Saturday Step x Step

Hello, Friends!  I’m so glad you could join me here today. Have you l heard the exciting news that Graphic 45 is releasing the gorgeous French Country as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition?  I’m so excited that I dug into my stash and created this French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial for the Saturday Step x Step over on the Frilly and Funkie blog.

A Recipe for Success

I’m afraid that I have a brand new crafting addiction.  Eileen Hull’s HeARTfelt Journal die from Sizzix is just so much fun to play with.  Pairing it with these vibrant papers is truly a recipe for success!

There are so many different ways that you can use this journal.  Here are a few that I came up with during the creative process.

  • Great gift for the new bride!  Include some of your tried and true recipes and put in a basket with spices for a gorgeous shower gift.
  • How about the child who is moving out on his/her own?  Add in all the favorite recipes from home.
  • Your own personal guide to fine dining!  So many people take photos of their food plates.  It would be fun to compile them here along with notes about the meal.
  • A heritage recipe book.  Do you have scraps of recipes tucked here, there and everywhere?  Why not create a special place of honor to preserve them?

That’s just a short list of ways that I think you could use this handy album.  Do you have more?  I’d love to hear about them!

Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Creating an Interactive Album

Interactive elements make me happy.  It’s just so much fun to pull a tag out of a pocket, flip a page to find a little surprise, or fold paper in a unique way.

I’ve woven all kinds of fun surprises into this chunky little album.

There are tuck spots and pockets, and folios galore.

I’ve found all kinds of creative ways to use up little scraps of pretty paper. The easiest way to share all these ideas with you is via a YouTube video tour.

French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial on YouTube

French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial on Snapguide

If videos are not your “thing” I’ve also prepared a Snapguide tutorial.  You’ll learn the basics of assembling the journal, but in this tutorial I focus on designing the covers.

 

Check out How to Eileen Hull HeARTfelt Journal G45 French Country by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas that you can put to good 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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Graphic 45 Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial

Graphic 45 Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial with A Place in Time

Hello, G 45’ers!  You all know how much I love paper.  But did you know that I also love tea?  I start every morning with a soul-satisfying cup of English Breakfast tea.  It makes me a kinder, gentler Kathy.  LOL  When I can combine my love for tea with my love for paper, I’m a really happy gal.  This Graphic 45 Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial is the perfect gift idea for any tea lover.  I can see this being used as bridesmaids gifts, a bridal shower gift, a Mother’s Day present or for your own enjoyment.   I’ve housed these shabby chic beauties in a lovely gift box with a shaker top.  Would you like to join me for a cup of tea?

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Choosing a Color Palette

Color can make or break a project.  While there are all kinds of creative styles, I like it best when colors work together in harmony.  When I found this darling image of genteel ladies sipping tea in the April pages of A Place in Time, I was drawn the coral accents in the border and on the table.  This image set the color palette for my project.

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

Another happy discovery was made when I realized that Cafe Parisian 12″ x 12″ Patterns and Solids is a great color match for these April pages.  Hooray!

Tea Time Shaker Top Gift Box Tips and Tricks

To give my shabby chic Tea Time note cards a place to rest, I altered a G45 Ivory Staples 5″ square Mixed Media Box.  I love the window opening on the cover, and discovered a quick and easy way to “frame” it with designer paper.

  1. Cut a 5″ x 5″ square of designer paper.
  2. Center it on the top of the box, making sure everything is straight and even.
  3. Secure it with repositionable tape.
  4. Open the box, and use a pencil to trace around the window opening.
  5. Remove the paper from the top of the box and die cut with the #6 Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Classic Square.
  6. Glue  a 4.5″ square piece of clear acetate cardstock to the back side of this paper. Let the glue set before proceeding.

The rest of the box is very easy to cover, as it is all straight cuts!

Adding the Shaker Top

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Here are the steps to follow to make the shaker top

  1.  First, glue the focal image to the inside of the box.  This particular image is slightly larger than the window opening, so you will have to size it before you glue it down.
  2.  Next, cut waste chipboard or shipping boxes into strips that are almost the same width as the “frame”  you created for the box.  Glue these strips to the back of the  “frame” making sure they don’t show.  It takes a little longer for glue to set on acetate, so be patient.
  3. Now, fill the window cavity with small seed beads, small sequins, or glass glitter.  Do not overfill, or the shaker elements will get stuck between the two layers.
  4. Then, glue the “frame” to the top of the box.
  5. Heat Emboss Southern Ridge Trading Company Frame #133 with Stampendous Golden Sands Embossing Powder and glue in place.
  6. Finally, add Petaloo Coral Botanical Blooms, Rose Silky Crush Ribbon and metal pieces.
A Peek Inside

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Decorating the inside of the box is as much fun as decorating the outside.  Again, it is all straight cuts, so it’s very easy to do.

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

The postcard image from the April pages makes a wonderful pocket.

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

What’s in the pocket?  A sweet little tag booklet with a chipboard cover!

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

The box will hold 4 sweet little tea time note cards.

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial Video

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

Use an assembly line approach to make these cards, and you’ll only spend between 5-10 minutes on each one.  Don’t believe me?  Watch this YouTube Video to see the proof.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas and/or techniques in this Tea Time Note Cards tutorial that you can use in your own crafty adventures!

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 11

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial

Tammy Tutterow Creative Team Friday: Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Do you like to make your own flowers?  I find it to be relaxing and rewarding all at the same time.  For this installment of Tammy Tutterow Creative Team Friday, I have made a Shabby Posies thank you card tutorial.  This beauty is adorned with a cascade of beautiful handmade Shabby Posies roses, a textured background that you can make yourself, and patterned papers that I rescued from the Closet of Shame.  Let’s get started!

Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made with Prima’s retired Stationer’s Desk collection.  Retired collections are too beautiful to leave languishing away The Closet of Shame!

Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial Part 1:Creating the Background Layer

Do you see the pretty textured background layer?  I made this with Tammy’s Picnic embossing folder and her wonderful Big Fabric Background Stamp. Here are the steps I followed.

  • Cut a 4.75″ x 6.5″ panel of smooth white cardstock.
  • Stamp the surface in Pumice Stone Distress Ink using the Big Fabric Background Stamp.
  • Heat Emboss with clear powder.
  • Rub Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink on the flat side of the embossing folder. (This is the surface that has the Spellbinders logo imprinted on the front.)
  • Use a Distress Spray Bottle to lightly mist the cut cardstock.
  • Place the cardstock misted side up on the bottom half of the embossing folder.
  • Run through your die cutting machine following manufacturer’s directions.
  • Spritz and flick with water.  Heat dry.
  • Use a blender tool to rub Pumice Stone DI over the embossed areas.  Spritz and Flick again.
  • Heat set. The embossed stamping will pop through the ink, which is very cool.
  • Distress Edges
  • Machine Stitch onto a slightly larger panel of designer paper.
Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial Part 2: Creating the Layers

Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 2Now it’s time to create the lovely layers for this card.

  • Cut 3 tags from designer paper using Tammy’s Shortie Tag Die.  Set one aside for later.
  • Ink the edges of the tags with Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink.  Spritz lightly to activate the ink.
  • Mount the tags on foam tabs.  To save money, I cut up Priority Mail boxes and use them instead.  Not only do I save money, but I repurpose an item that would normally end up in the recycling bin!
  • Add a brad to one tag and glue in place as seen in this photo.
  • Stagger the second tag and glue on top.
  • Next, I added a couple of tags from the Stationer’s Desk collection on top of this tag.
  • Now, use the pennant shaped die from Tammy’s Shortie Tabs to cut 3 little banner flags from scraps.  Glue these in place at the base of the tag that’s on the bottom
Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial Part 3: Creating the Shabby Posies Roses

Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 3The Shabby Posie Die is probably my favorite floral die from Tammy.  It is so versatile.  For this card, I die cut my flower layers from patterned paper.  I love the depth and dimension this adds to a finished flower.  Best of all, it makes quick work of the flower making process.

Here’s how I made these Shabby Posies Roses.

  • Cut three sets of Shabby Posies from patterned paper.
  • Using the leaves from  Pom Pom Posies cut 2 sets of the double leaf die and one of the single leaf die.
  • Use a sponge dauber to add Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink to the center and around the edges of each flower layer.
  • Lightly spritz the back of each flower layer.  This helps to break down the fibers in the paper, making it easier to shape the petals.  It also helps the layers to hold their shape as they dry, since the water releases the starch within the paper.
  • Shape the flowers and leaves with a stylus and foam mat.
  • Use smaller layers to create a rosebud for the center of one flower.
  • Once the layers are dry (I use a heat tool) assemble with hot glue, firmly pressing a ball stylus into the center of each flower as you stack them.
  • Fill the centers of two roses with hot glue and fill with glass beads.
  • Glue onto the card as shown.
  • Add ribbon and a button.
Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial Part 4: Finishing the Inside

Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4

Finishing the inside of a card is just as important to me as creating the outside.  I love to make cards that can double as a gift.  So I add pockets, tags, mini envelopes…whatever little treats I can think of to make the card interactive and fun.

Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 5I created a tag pocket on the top half of this card.

Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 6Remember that 3rd Shortie Tag we cut way back at the beginning?  Here it is now.  I’ve inked the edges, double matted it on cardstock, then stamped it with Tammy’s gorgeous Thank You Stamp.

Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 7

It’s just the perfect size to fit on the Shortie Tag and the design is perfect for this card. Stamp in Jet Black Archival Ink, then heat emboss with clear powder to make the design pop.  Then just add a brad and a dragonfly charm to complete the tag.

Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 8The bottom half of the card interior has layered papers topped with a postcard that’s the perfect spot to write a personal note.  And who doesn’t love to open a sweet little Window Mini Pocket to see what is inside?

Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 9I’ve filled this one with a little tag from the paper collection.  It’s a great spot to write a note, tuck in a cash gift or any other little treat.

Be sure to stop by Tammy’s BLOG where you’ll find inspiration from the other amazing gals on the team.  I’m always blown away by the wonderful things they create with Tammy’s gorgeous designs.

I hope this Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial has given you some ideas and tips 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

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Everyday Heroes You Inspire Me Easel Card Tutorial

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Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop: Everyday Heroes You Inspire Me Easel Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations April 2017 Alumni Hop!  You should be coming here full of inspiration after visiting Gloria’s lovely blog.  I’ve been loving the blues lately…maybe it’s the beautiful Carolina Blue sky that’s been inspiring me, who knows?  So today I’m sharing this You Inspire Me Easel Card Tutorial made with Heartfelt Creations “Everyday Heroes” collection.  Let’s get started!

How to Create an Easel Card Base

You Inspire Me Easel Card Tutorial Everyday Heroes by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 1Follow these quick and easy steps to create an easel card base.

  1.  First, cut a 6.25″ x 12″ rectangle from aqua card stock.
  2. Next, score on the long side at 6″ and again at 9″.
  3. Then crease the folds to create the easel card base. The card front will be the section with the two score lines.
  4. Now, cut a 6.25″ square from the same aqua cardstock.
  5. You will build your card cover on this 6.25″ square.
  6. Next, decorate the inside of the card with designer papers.
  7. Finally,  glue the completed card cover onto the lower half of the scored card base.
Work Inside Out!

You Inspire Me Easel Card Tutorial Everyday Heroes by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 2When I’m making an easel card, I always work “inside out.”  By this I mean that I decorate the inside of my card first.  This way, I don’t “squash” the dimensional card cover while I’m working on the inside decor.  Here are the steps I took to make the inside of this card.

  1. First, cut 2 squares of designer paper from Everyday Heroes.  I used 2 of the 6″ card fronts from the collection.  Easy Peasy!
  2. Next, cut one square in half and use it to line the scored section of the card.  Don’t glue over the score line, as the card will not be able to fold if you do this.
  3. Now, glue the striped card cover to the bottom half of the card interior.
  4. Then, create two 2.5″ x 3.25″ banner flags from polka dot designer paper.  Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Use foam dots or waste chipboard on the back of each flag to add dimension and create a “stopper” for the easel.  Glue in place on the left hand side of the card base, as seen here.
  5. Finally, cover a small paper bag with designer paper and glue on the top half of the card.  Add a little note card inside.
Making Vellum Botanical Roses

You Inspire Me Easel Card Tutorial Everyday Heroes by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 3

Now we’ll go to work on making these lovely Vellum Botanical Roses.  To make these you will need the following:

  1. First, stamp 3 sets of Botanical Roses onto vellum with Broken China Distress Oxide Ink.
  2. Next, sprinkle the wet ink with copper embossing powder.
  3. Then, heat Emboss.
  4. Next, die cut flower layers with the Botanical Wings Die.
  5. Now, lightly spritz the back of the die cut flower layers and shape with Deluxe Flower Shaping Tools.
  6. Then, use a sponge dauber to add Broken China Distress Oxide Ink to petals.
  7. Next, stack the shaped and inked layers, securing with hot glue.
  8. Now, spritz lightly with water.  Gently heat set.
  9. Then, spatter with diluted white and black paint.
  10. Finally, fill the centers with Dries Clear Adhesive and Minnie Pearls Prills.
You Inspire Me Easel Card Tutorial Everyday Heroes by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 4
Making the Botanical Wings Vellum Butterfly

You Inspire Me Easel Card Tutorial Everyday Heroes by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 5

  1. Stamp the large butterfly from Botanical Wings onto vellum using the same procedure as with the flowers.
  2. Heat set with copper embossing powder.
  3. Die cut with matching Botanical Wings die.
  4. Add ink and spatters.
  5. Lightly spritz the wings and shape by rolling around a pencil.  Set aside to dry.
  6. Color a Feathery Flourish chipboard with Broken China Distress Oxide Ink. Glue in place on card front, as shown.
Finishing Touches

You Inspire Me Easel Card Tutorial Everyday Heroes by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 6

  1. Now arrange all your prepared flowers and the butterfly as seen here.
  2. Then add a pen nib to the center of the butterfly’s body.
  3. Next, cut a tag from the cut apart page and top with ticket sentiment.  Add a brad to the top of the tag.  Layer over the banner flags.
  4. Now, tie a bow with Sheer Striped Satin Ribbon.  Use hot glue to secure to card front.
  5. Then, create a loopy bow with white burlap string.  Use scissor points to tuck in under a flower.
  6. Finally, add the border strip and sentiment arrow.

You Inspire Me Easel Card Tutorial Everyday Heroes by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 7And that finishes up this You Inspire Me Easel Card Tutorial!  Now let’s get on with the hop!

Let’s Hop!

The Hop starts 8am EST on Friday,  April 28th and closes Monday, May 1st at 11:59PM EDT.  Hope to all the blogs on the list, and be sure to leave a comment so you can be in the running for the randomly selected $25 Heartfelt Creations shopping spree.

The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Facebook page and BLOG on Wednesday, May 3rd.  I will also post the winner at the top of this blog post.  If you are the lucky winner, just send an e-mail with “Winner of the April Alumni Blog Hop” in the subject line to  info@heartfeltcreations.us.

From here you will hop on over to see what beautiful creation Archana has in store for you on her blog.  And just in case you get lost along the way, here’s the complete blog hop list.

Deneen ♥  KATHY (You are Here) ♥ ArchanaAlissa ♥  EmilySarah

Enjoy the hop!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

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Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial

Be YOU tiful Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  I’m so excited about today’s blog post.  I’ve been a fan of Authentique paper for some time now, and guess what?  I’ve been asked to share a few guest designer posts on the Authentique blog over the course of the next few months.  Woo-hoo!  To get the ball rolling, I’ve created this Be YOU tiful Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial to share with you today.  If retro colors, prints and images are your “thing”, I think you’re really gonna love this one!

What do you get when you combine hot pink, black, aqua, cream and red?  Fabulous, that’s what!  This collection is so well named because every single element is truly fabulous.

Be YOU Tiful Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 2The 5″ x 7″ album base is created from two sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock.  It’s such a quick and easy make that I just know  you’ll want to make one as soon as you finish reading this post.

Be YOU Tiful Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 3This hot pink and black woven ribbon makes such a sassy closure for the album.

Be YOU Tiful Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 4A 1″ thick spine means that there’s lots of room inside for fun, interactive pages.  Here’s a quick look at them.

This 3″ x 4″ journal card is a double fold out.  First, tell the story on this journal card, then flip the image open to reveal a two page folio just waiting for photos.

Be YOU Tiful Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 6Flip the page over, and you’ll find this large pocket filled with sassy retro Journal tags.  I also turned a sticker into a fun, interactive file folder.  To the right of the pocket, there’s a waterfall feature.

Be YOU Tiful Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 7Each page in the waterfall is 3.25″ square.  Glue just the edges of your embellishments and stickers so that photos can be slipped behind them.

But Wait, There’s More!

Be YOU Tiful Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 8Still want more space for photos and journaling?  Then flip the waterfall page open and you’ll find twin 3.5″ pockets filled with even more fun.

Be YOU Tiful Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 9Once again, I’ve used the journal cards and patterned paper to create smaller photo mounts.

Be YOU Tiful Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 10Use these for journaling, tuck gift cards into the pockets…whatever your heart desires!

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial on YouTube

I’ve put together a video tour and tutorial for making the folio base in this YouTube video.  I hope you enjoy!

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 11

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I hope I shared some ideas that you can use in your own crafty pursuits.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

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Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial

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Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop: Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the March 2017 Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop!  You should be coming here from Gloria’s blog.  You’ll find a complete hop list at the end of this post.  With Easter right around the corner, I’ve put together an aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card tutorial for you today.  You’ll find the supply list the end of this post.

Dogwoods in Aqua and Green!

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 1

Oh,  how I love these soft spring colors and pretty spring blossoms!  The first step in creating this card was to make a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from pearlized ivory cardstock.  You do have to paper piece in order to make a card this size, but I think the end result is worth the effort!

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial: Get everything ready!

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 2

Before I assemble my cards, I like to get all my pieces ready.  Here are the steps you will follow to do this.

  1. Cut a rectangle from the pretty aqua dot pattern slightly smaller than your card base.  Then sponge the edges with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.
  2.  Use the largest Spellbinder Circle Nestabilities die to cut the focal image from the 6×6 card front.  Lightly distress and ink the edges.
  3. Die cut the  largest Spellbinder “Diamondessence” circle from white cardstock.
  4. Use the Luggage and Tags Die to cut out the dove tag. Mat on white cardstock.
  5. Cut a 5″ x 4″ rectangle from the woodgrain blue paper in the collection.
  6. Add a fancy edge by die cutting with the Border Essentials Die.  Ink the edges
  7. Cut the “Easter Blessings” sentiment, add a fishtail end and mount on white cardstock.
Now It’s Time to Stamp, Die Cut and Shape Flowers

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 3

Here are the steps I followed to make my flowers:

  1. Use Colorbox Guacamole Chalk Ink to stamp 3 sets of the largest dogwood blossoms onto patterned paper from the collection.  I used the pale blue flourish pattern on the reverse of the 6×6 card fronts page.
  2. Heat emboss the stamped images using clear embossing powder.  If you look closely at my blossoms, you can see that I deliberately scorched the paper slightly with my heat gun to add a rusty hue to the paper.  This gives the flower a very realistic look.  But be careful…we want to scorch the paper, not set it on fire!
  3. Repeat this process with the medium set of dogwood blossoms and again with the leaves.
  4. Die cut all the stamped images and several stamens as well.
  5. Sponge the center and edges of each blossom with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.
  6. Spray the blossoms with Dylusions White Linen ink spray.  If you squeeze the nozzle slowly, this will create ink spatters on the blossoms.
  7. Shape the flowers.
  8. Add the stamens to the flower centers.
  9. Add glue to the tips of the stamens, and dip into Mini Pearls Prills.
Time to Assemble!

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 4

Now it’s time to put all these lovely elements together.  Here’s how:

  1.  Glue the dot rectangle to the card base.
  2. Add foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to the reverse of the dove tag, and glue in position at the top of the card.
  3. Add foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to the back side of the border and position on the card. The top edge will cover the bottom 2/3’s of the dove tag.
  4.  Glue the die cut focal image on the front of the die cut doily.  Use foam dimensionals or waste chipboard on the back side of the doily and glue in place.
  5. Position your flowers and leaves around the left hand side of the card and glue in place.
  6. Add aqua seam binding ribbon and a burlap string bow.
  7. Use foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to the back of the sentiment and glue in place.
  8. Add one small dogwood blossom and small leaf to the sentiment tag.

Now we’ve  finished the front cover.

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 5

Finishing the inside of the card:

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 6

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 7

Use a scrap from the card front to create a border strip down the left hand side of the card.  Mat a journal card on white cardstock and add as shown along with a small tag and a sentiment ticket.

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 8

The inside of my card has a pocket that I’ve filled with a bookmark.   Glue a tag to the top of the pocket and use repositionable tape or Glue Dots to secure a chocolate treat to the tag.  Die cut a sentiment tag and glue above the candy. You can use border strips to add extra interest to your card’s interior design. Since I had extra dogwoods, I went ahead and added them to the top of my bookmark and tag.

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 9This dove image is on the front side of the blue paper I used to create my dogwood blossoms.  I just trimmed it down and cropped the corners with a punch.  Then I matted it on white cardstock, punched a hole and added ribbon.

On With the Hop! Comment to Win!

Visit all the blogs in the hop and leave a nice comment behind as one lucky comment will be chosen from a mystery blog to receive a $25 shopping spree in the Heartfelt Creations online store.  You have until 11:59EDT on Monday, April 3rd to hop and comment. The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook on April 5th.

If you are the lucky winner, simply email Heartfelt Creations at info@heartfeltcreations.us with “Winner of the March Alumni Hop” in the subject line.  Best of luck to each of you!

Now here are all the lovely blogs waiting for your visit and kind comment:

Vicki Gloria ♥ Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Deneen ♥ Alissa ♥ Emelia ♥ Gini EmilySarah ♥       Archana ♥

I hope you enjoyed this Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card tutorial!  I certainly had fun preparing it for you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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