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Classic Sunflowers and Butterflies Shaker Card

Sunflowers and Butterflies Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower for the Alumni Hop by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Classic Sunflowers and Butterflies Shaker Card for the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  How about some Classic Sunflowers and Butterflies to kick off the Heartfelt Creations September 2020 Blog Hop?  I’ve had a sneak peek at the gorgeous creations that has been prepared for this marvelous hop, and  I know you are going to be inspired to get your craft on by the time you are done hopping!   The hop starts here and runs until 11:55PM on Monday, September 27th.  One comment will be randomly chosen from a mystery blog to receive a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations.  More details on that below.

Classic Sunflowers and Butterflies Shaker Card Tips and How To’s

Sunflowers make me happy.  So do butterflies.  Put them together in a shaker card design and you’ve got a whole lotta happy going on!  here’s how this card came together.

  • Begin by cutting a 5″ x 7″ card front from the Classic Sunflower Paper Pad.
  • Next, use a craft knife to cut out the blank white panel on the right hand side of the card front.

TIP:  Lay a ruler on the diagonal from corner to corner of the white space.  Then cut along the ruler.  Shift sides and cut again.  Now you will be able to easily get your scissors inside the space and neatly trim along the borders.

  • Then adhere Clear Cardstock to the back side of the card front.
  • Now adhere 2 layers of foam strips around the perimeter of the clear cardstock.

TIP:  Place foam strips along the edge of the cut away area, too.  This way you don’t have to use as many sequins to fill your shaker element.

  • Next, cut a 5″ x 7″ panel of patterned paper to serve as the background for the shaker box.
  • Then trim out 2 butterflies from the collection.  Adhere thin foam tabs or foam strips on the back side of the bodies and adhere to the background paper.
  • Finally, fill the shaker box with your sequin mix and adhere the background paper to the foam strips.
Creating Classic Sunflowers

Stamp Classic Sunflowers on Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper using a mix of Saffron and Monarch Orange Archival Inks.  Heat emboss with clear powder immediately.  Stamp Leafy Accents with Olive Archival Ink and heat emboss with clear powder, too.

Swipe Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, and Fossilized Amber Distress ink on a non-stick craft sheet.  Spritz with water until beads form.  Then color the stamped panels by tapping and swiping them through the puddles of ink.  Heat emboss a second time so that the embossed areas are refreshed  Then heat dry and die cut with the Classic Sunflower Die.

Now add details with the Golf Flower Shaping Tools. Then use sponge daubers to lightly brush Rusty Hinge Distress Ink over the raised areas.  Fill the centers with Dries Clear Adhesive and Czech beads.  Let everything dry.  Then lightly spray with Glimmer Mist to add shine.  Color, die cut and shape the leaves in the Leafy Accent Mold.  Then arrange on the card front.

Adding the Details

Die cut the Birthday Ticket and back with foam tape.  Adhere in the upper right hand corner of the card.  Tuck metal charms beneath tiny sunflowers to finish the detail.

A Peek Inside

I love to decorate the insides of my cards as much as I do the outsides.  When I do this, I feel like the card becomes a gift.

Turn a journal card into a tea pocket by adhering 3 sides.  Tuck in a Pumpkin Spice Tea Bag for the perfect fall treat.  Punch out a small butterfly, adhere to the bookmark clip with Dries Clear Adhesive.  Then adhere the glass cabochon on top, also with Dries Clear.

If you cut the pocket out with 1/2″ margins on the sides and bottom, you can turn it into a pocket!  Then you can fill the pocket with birthday treats.

This one has a vintage silver plate demitasse spoon, a cookie, a honey stick and two little tags tucked inside.  You can write your personal message on the tags.

On With the Hop”

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Amarilys has prepared for you. You’ll find the complete blog hop list below.

Kathy (you are HERE) ♥ Amarilys Vicki  ♥ Kerry  ♥ Lisa Magda Sarah   ♥ Emily   ♥ Alissa  ♥    ♥ Candy   ♥ OksanaCarole

Remember to visit all the blogs and leave a lovely comment to be entered into the drawing for the $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card.  The winner will be announced at the top of this blog post and on the HC blog and Facebook Page on Wednesday, September 30th.  The winner will then have 72 hours to contact [email protected] to claim the prize.  Please write “Winner of the September 2020 Alumni Blog Hop” in the subject line of the email.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below this post.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique October Desk Calendar Tutorial

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

Authentique October Desk Calendar Tutorial: Bibbety Bobbity Boo!

Hello, Friends!  My calendar tells me it’s time to get our Authentique October Desk Calendar Tutorial published.  So “Bibbety, Bobbity, Boo!” here you go!  If you’re new to my blog, this has been a year long series using Authentique Paper’s Calendar Collection.  Each month we create a decorative desk calendar that also functions as a memory keeping system.  All the calendars measure 6″ x 6″ and feature an easel style design.  The interior houses mini folios and a hidden pull out folio.  Many of you have told me you are making these as Christmas gifts for family members.  Some of you are using the basic folio design with other paper collections and giving the finished product as a birthday present.  I think both ideas are fabulous!

The Spooktacular October Calendar Collection

Every month, I say, “This month is my favorite.”  That’s how you know this is a great collection, right?  But I really do love these “too cute to spook” October patterns, colors and images, don’t you?

I found some adorable owl buttons in my stash.  My sweet husband, who is always on the lookout for unique embellishments for me, picked these up for me some time ago.  They make the perfect embellishment for the pull out folio.

We change up the design of the pull out folio this month.  Add a pocket and some mini folios to create even more room for photos.  What do you think?

Then we have these adorable silhouette images.  And I found ribbon in my stash that makes me think of candy corn.  How fun is that?

So if you’re ready to get going on your October Desk Calendar, please join me in this YouTube video and we’ll create it together.

If you’d like to find the first 9 folio tutorials, please click HERE.  You’ll also find a linked supply list below this post.

Wow.  Ten months down and just 2 months left to go….and let me tell you…the best is yet to be!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Throwback Thursday with Authentique Frontier

Authentique Frontier Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Friendship Garden Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday with Authentique Frontier

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a lovely Friendship Garden Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday with Authentique Frontier.  Seems like it’s been ages since I had the time to create a Throwback Thursday post, doesn’t it?  I’ve missed them, too!  But I was tidying up the studio after vacation and my eyes landed on this lovely collection.  Since I have a couple of friends with September birthdays, I thought this would be a good way to get back in my crafting groove.

I actually made two cards.  The first one was for practice. (You take a week of vacation, and you have to learn how to make a card all over again!)

Both cards are my “go to”  5″ x 7″ top fold style.  I had a lovely pile of Frontier scraps to choose from and a square doily that I also found while rummaging around in the Closet of Shame.  Since the doily was 8″ x 8″, I was able to trim off two of the lacy corners.  The remaining panel is the backdrop for this card, stitched to the denim blue card cover.

TIP: Create your card cover “off the card.”  This allows you to machine stitch, wrap ribbon around the card sides (or in this case a doily) and keep a neat edge.

Let’s take a closer look at the first card.

Farm Girl Card from Scraps

Each layer in this card is made with scraps.  The blue denim stripe pattern in the background was a bit short for my card height.  No problem!  Simply add a border strip to the bottom of the card.  Then wrap burlap string along the edge between the paper and the border strip to cover the gap.

Adhere foam or waste chipboard to the back of paper layers to create loads of dimension.

TIP: The gingham fishtail banner piece was too short to span the card.  No worries!  Cut it in half down the middle and adhere to the card base.  The layered images will cover the gap in the center and no one but you will know!

TIP: Cluster small elements around your focal  image to frame it.  This will automatically draw the eye to the center of the card.

A Peek Inside

Create a shallow pocket inside the card.  This is easy if you score and fold the extra panel you will have after creating the card base.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut (2) 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels of kraft cardstock from an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper.
  • Next, score the first panel at 7″ and 7 1/2″.  Fold on the score lines to create a 1/2″ top fold spine.
  • Now, adhere the 2nd panel over the 1″ overhang on the first panel.  The back panel of the card base will be too long, but don’t cut the overhang!
  • Score the overhang at 7″ and 7 1/2″.  Then fold to form a box pocket.
  • Secure the sides of the box pocket with 1 1/2″ x 1″ gussets.  Score the gussets at 1/2″ and 1″ and fold to form the sides of the box pocket.
  • Finally adhere the outer flaps of the gussets to the back side of the pocket flap and then to the card base.  Perfect box pocket!

Now wrap a tea bag and a treat with scraps of your designer paper.  Stamp a birthday sentiment on a journal card from the paper collection.  I’ll write a note on the cream panel of cardstock, then I will adhere it to the top half of the card.  It’s easier to write on this way.

Friendship Garden Card Tutorial

I call this card “Friendship Garden”.  I love the image of these two sweet girls.  There is a video tutorial for this one, so I won’t say much here.

You can see how I used one of the cut off doily corners as a layer in the card design.  I still have one left to use on another card some day.  Vintage blue buttons add a perfect finishing touch.

The die cut wreath (retired Spellbinders) is my favorite element on the card.  I rubbed the leaves with Nuvo Mousse to add a lovely patina to the leaves.

Here’s a peek at the inside.

Video Tutorial

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that will inspire you to dig into your Closet of Shame and use some of your lovely paper scraps.  There’s something so satisfying about creating with an older collection!

If you’d like to see past projects created with this lovely collection, click HERE.

You’ll find links to supplies that are still available below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Please note:  Throwback Thursday uses older collections so not all products will still be available.  Check your stash for substitutes.

 

Milestone Birthday Blog Hop Celebrating Ginger Ropp!

Authentique Hooray Milestone Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Milestone Birthday Blog Hop Celebrating Ginger Ropp!

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m particpating in a Milestone Birthday Blog Hop for the Queen of Papercrafting, Ginger Ropp!  You should be coming here from Ginny Nemchak’s fabulous blog.

Most of us  know Ginger by her blog and YouTube handle “My Sister’s Scrapper.”  Since Ginger can’t throw a big milestone birthday bash this year, she decided to have a little birthday blog hop and invited me and two of my other favorite creative sisters to participate.  So Annette Green (Annette’s Creative Journey) and Ginny Nemchak (Polly’s Paper Studio) and I are joining forces to make Ginger’s Milestone birthday memorable!

Before we dig in, I just want to sing Ginger’s praises for a moment.  I’ve followed her on YouTube and her blog for a very long time now.  She never fails to inspire me.  Her paper engineering skills are off the charts, and her video tutorials are fabulous.  But more than that, Ginger is an incredibly kind and generous person with a great sense of humor.  I got to meet her :”in real life” at Creativation in 2018, and she’s as warm and real and funny  as I had hoped.  Thanks, Ginger, for all the many ways your friendship has blessed my life!  I truly love and appreciate you!

Authentique Hooray Slightly Snarky Birthday Card

Slightly snarky birthday cards are always fun to make, give and receive.  Today I have a quick and easy 10 minute tutorial that will show you how to make this cute retro style card.

The paper is from Authentique’s Hooray collection.  I love the aqua and red color palette and all the fun little birthday patterns.

Here’s a peek at the inside.  I added a little die cut gift card holder and a wee note card, just for fun.

Video Tutorial

The video tutorial below will show you how to make this fun card.

The Giveaway

I also have a little giveaway over on my YouTube Channel, so you’ll want to be sure to check that out.  To be entered in the random drawing, you must be subscribed to my YouTube channel and leave a comment.  That’s it!   You’ll have to watch the video to find out what I’m giving away!

Now hop on over and see what the birthday girl, Ginger Ropp, has prepared for you.  I know she is doing a giveaway as well!  Hooray for birthdays!

Thanks so much for helping us celebrate Ginger’s birthday!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Heartfelt Creations August 2020 Alumni Blog Hop

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Heartfelt Creations August 2020 Alumni Blog Hop:  A Bucket of Sunflowers Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations August 2020 Alumni Blog Hop!  The hop begins here with a sunny bucket full of  Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflowers.

This hop remains open until 11:55PM EDT on Monday, August 31st.  A randomly chosen comment from a mystery blog will be selected to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations gift card.  All you have to do is visit the blogs in the hop, leave a lovely comment on each blog and maybe you will be the lucky winner!

The winner will be announced at the top of this blog and on the Heartfelt Creations Facebook and blog on Wednesday, September 2nd.  If you are the lucky winner, claim your prize by contacting [email protected] within 72 hours of the announcement.  Write “Winner of the August 2020 Alumni Hop” in the subject line of your email.

A Bucket Full of Sunflowers Shaker Card

August means sunflowers!  So I created a 6″ x 6″ shaker card using the Classic Sunflowers collection.  Here’s how to put this card base together.

  • First, create a 6×6 top fold card base from heavy cardstock.
  • Next, cut the 6×6 card front from the Classic Sunflower Paper Pad. Trim 1/2″ from the sides.
  • Now, cut the center from the card front with a Cut, Mat, Create Die. This creates the shaker frame.
  • Then cut a slightly larger window panel from clear cardstock and adhere to the back side of the shaker frame.
  • Now, adhere 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips on the back side of the frame using the margins of the clear cardstock panel as your guide.
  • Cut a 6″ x 6″ panel of designer paper for the card front.  Center and adhere the die cut image on this panel.
  • Place your shaker mix in the center of the die cut image.  Then center and adhere the shaker frame over it.
Add Some Details

  • Next, die cut the ticket sentiment from the paper pad.  Back with foam adhesive and adhere on the right hand side of the card.
  • Cut fishtail banners on a snippet of ribbon and tuck under the ticket.
  • Next, thread 3 buttons and adhere in the bottom right corner of the card.
  • Now all we have to do is add our flowers! That’s the fun part!
Classic Sunflowers

Begin by stamping  several sets of Classic Sunflowers on Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper.   I like to use this paper when I know I am going to treat my flowers to lots of inking. Because of its unique finish and its strength, this paper will not fall apart when exposed to ink, water and sprays. I used Archival Saffron Ink to stamp my flower layers. While the ink is still wet, heat emboss with clear embossing powder.   Once your flower layers are stamped, follow these steps.

  • Swipe Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw and Fossilized Amber Distress Inks on a non-stick craft sheet.
  • Now mist the ink with water until little beads of moisture pop up.
  • Next, lay the stamped and embossed flower layers stamped side down in the inky puddles. Pick them up and dry them, then repeat.  You can dip, swipe and tap the papers into the ink until you have the color and depth you desire. When you dry the layers with your heat gun, the embossed layer below will pop back through so that the details still show.
  • Once all the layers are colored, die cut them with the Classic Sunflower Die.
  • Now shape with the largest Golf Tool.
  • Repeat this same process with the Leafy Accents Die.  Stamp with Olive Archival Ink and color with Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.  Die cut and shape in the Leafy Accents Mold.

Fill the flower centers with Czech beads, Prills or even buttons!  Then adhere to the card front.  Tuck in a pretty bow, some burlap string and a button to finish the card front.

A Peek Inside

Cover the inside of the card with designer paper.  Fussy cut along the top edge of this sunflower image, mat on brown cardstock and make a pocket.  Tuck in a tea bag and a little note card where you can add your sentiment.

On With the Hop!

Are you ready to be inspired?  The Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team has prepared a wonderful blog hop that will be sure to get you in the mood to pull out your HC goodies and get crafting!  Here’s the hop list this month:

Kathy Clement

Amarilys Doria

Candy Slabaugh

Alissa Wells

Kerry Urbatch

Vicki Dutcher

Sarah Miller

Emily Niehaus

Lisa Gregory

Carole Wright

Oksana Clegg

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  Enjoy the hop!

You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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