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Authentique Love Notes Itty Bitty Mini Album

Authentique Love Notes Itty Bitty Mini Album : Valentine’s Day Week on the Authentique Blog

Hello, Friends!  Don’t you just love Valentine’s Day?  I’m helping my Authentique Paper teammates celebrate this sweet holiday with this Love Notes Itty Bitty Mini Album.  It’s my inspiration piece for Valentine’s Day Week over on the Authentique Blog.  You’ll want to be sure to check the blog out today, Wednesday and Friday as we will have special Valentine’s Day treats for you!

Love Notes Itty Bitty Mini Album

Authentique Love Notes Itty Bitty Mini Album Reneabouquets Lacy Heart Shaker Frame by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

While cleaning out the Closet of Shame, I ran across this adorable 5″ x 4 1/4″ chipboard and canvas album from Maya Road.  I have no idea when or where I purchased it…or perhaps it was a gift.  But as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to pair it up with the Authentique Love Notes Collection.    First, I  wrapped the canvas cover with Pink Zebra Ribbon to serve as the closure. Next, I layered designer paper onto the canvas cover, leaving a 1/4″ margin all the way around the perimeter.  Then, I created a layered panel for my fussy cut focal image, added some velvet heart brads and a few teeny tiny embellishments.  Finally,  I heat embossed the Reneabouquets heart frame with Wow Vintage Pink Embossing Glitter and created the shaker element.

TIP:  When you can’t spread out, go up.  This small cover didn’t give me a lot of room for extra layers and images.  But I still created a sense of depth and dimension by adding chipboard and foam tape to the back of the elements.  Also, try fussy cutting the elements when you are creating a focal image for a small space.  The 3″ x 4″ image card looked awkward on this cover.  But once it was fussy cut, it fit perfectly.

Love Notes Itty Bitty Mini Album: The Spine Treatment

You wouldn’t think that this wide, bold ribbon would work with this itty bitty album, but it does!  I love the way it looks wrapped around the spine.  Tie a simple square knot at the top.  Then attach bangles with a looped safety pin.  Top with a cluster of flowers, and you are good to go!

Love Notes Itty Bitty Mini Album:  A Peek Inside

Because I have prepared a video tour for you, I won’t share a lot of details about the album here.  You can just look at the pictures and then go watch the video for tips and tricks.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use to help make your Valentine’s Day extra special!  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.

Wishing you all a sweet day filled with love…and maybe some chocolate!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine Tutorial

Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine Tutorial and Video

Hello, Friends!  Happy Throwback Thursday!  Today I have a really fun Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine Tutorial to share with you.  Valentine’s Day will be here before we blink twice, and it’s always hard to come up with a great Valentine for the man in our life.  This interactive  flip style card is easy to make, fun to give and easy to adapt to any paper collection you have in your stash.  You could even make this same card base and turn it into a feminine card by changing up the paper collection and the embellishments.  You gotta love that!

Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine: Flips and Flaps

This all started when I was clearing up my work desk and found some nice panels of heavy kraft cardstock. As off cuts from an earlier project, they all measured 5 1/2″ tall.  One piece was 12″ x 5 1/2″.  The other was only 6 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.   Simply joined them together with 1/2″ Scor-Tape and you end up with a lovely, long 18″ x 5 1/2″ panel.  Now you can score and fold to create a gatefold card with pockets and flaps.  Here’s where to score:

  • From the left, score at 2 3/4″ and again at 6 1/2″.
  • Fold along the scored lines.  Then tuck into the corner of your scoring tool and score at 5 1/2″ and again at 10″.  You’ll see how to do this in the video below, but I just provided measurements here for your convenience.
Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine: A Peek Inside

Here’s what the flip card looks like when you open the first fold.

Flip the panel on the left to reveal a flap page.  The second panel in is a great place to add a photo.  I opted to decorate it with fussy cuts and stickers instead.

Here’s the folio fully opened.  You’ll find a vertical pocket with inserts and a side pocket on the far right.  Learn how to add these in the video tutorial.

Because my husband enjoys reading, I created a fancy little bookmark for him.  It lives in the right hand side pocket.

Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine: The Video Tutorial

To learn how to make this fun project, just click play.  We’ll build the flip card base together, and add the pockets.  I’ll show you how to put that cute bookmark together, too!

 

Did I share some tips, tricks and ideas in this Throwback Thursday post that have you itching to dig into your stash and make a masculine Valentine?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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*Note: because this is a Throwback Thursday project, some materials used may no longer be available for purchase.  Feel free to substitute papers and embellishments from your own crafty stash.

I’m in Love…I’m All Shook Up Love Notes Shaker Box

Authentique Love Notes Shaker Box Reneabouquets Romance and Roses Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I’m in Love…I’m All Shook Up Love Notes Shaker Box for Valentine’s Day

Hello, Friends?  Got Chocolate?  Well, we might find some tucked in side this Love Notes Shaker Box project!  I’ve used Authentique Paper’s darling Love Notes Collection with a Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board Chipboard Frame to create this shabby chic beauty.  It’s a match made in heaven!

Love Notes Shaker Box: The Shaker Frame

The box folio measures just 5″ x 5″ with 1″ spines.  So the Reneabouquets Romance and Roses Printed Beautiful Board Frame was the perfect size to turn into a shaker top.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, trace around the outside of the beautiful board frame onto a piece of clear cardstock.
  • Next, cut the traced image out, cutting inside the traced line so that it will fit perfectly behind the frame.
  • Now repeat this step, tracing onto the Love Notes Two pattern.
  • Adhere the clear cardstock to the back of the frame with Dries Clear Adhesive.  Use a baby wipe or damp paper towel to clean up any spillover.
  • Now die cut a doily to fit behind the heart frame.  I used the middle doily from the Heartfelt Creations Rounded Window Frame Die.
  • Place the Love Notes heart on the box card cover.  Fill the center with the shaker mix.
  • Back the heart frame with 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips.  Then align over the sequin mix and press in place.

Add a  little sparkle to the ribbons on the heart with Diamond Stickles. Then add pink flowers, Garden Rose Ribbon, a vintage button and White Iridescent Metallic String to finish off the cover.

Love Notes Shaker Box: A Peek Inside

The inside of a card is just as much fun to create as the outside.  Add a box pocket, fill it with goodies and decorate it with a sticker from the Love Notes Collection.  Then create a sweet little folio on the top half of the card and tie it shut with a bit of pretty pink ribbon.

Look how cute it is!

And you’ll be voted “Best Valentine Ever” when you present this array of Valentine treats!  Dress a tea bag up inside a cute little wallet.  Wrap a cookie pack with designer paper and add a sticker.  Make a mini card, add a honey stick and a vintage silver plate spoon for extra fun.  And it just wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a bit of chocolate!  Yum!

Learn how to create a box style pocket HERE.  You’ll find a linked supply list below, too.

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Throwback Thursday: Authentique Crush Cards

Authentique Crush Love is an Adventure Envelope Flip Book by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Authentique Crush Cards and Folio

Hello Friends!  Love is in the air!  For this Throwback Thursday I have a trio of paper pretties made with Authentique Crush.  This collection was released in 2014, but I still love the pink and aqua color palette, the pretty patterns and the delightful images.  I pulled it out of the Closet of Shame and spent two delightful days creating these sweet projects.  You might have these papers in your stash, so I thought I would share them here.

Authentique Crush Envelope Flip Book

Remember the Carta Bella Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial I shared with you at the beginning of this week? This is the folio base I built in the tutorial.  I just dressed it up in these pretty Valentine’s Day papers.

TIP: Add round elements to a square or rectangular card to offer contrast.  This lovely vintage clock cabochon and silver sentiment charm do the trick.

TIP: Mixed metals?  Unify them with a little white chalk paint.  I painted the arrow, the base for the clock cabochon and the key so they would all match.  It also lends a shabby chic finish to the folio design.

Black houndstooth check ribbon ties in with the design paper and helps to anchor all these pastel colors.  Use it for the ribbon closure.  Tie loopy bows with black micro gingham ribbon and tuck in with the flower clusters.

A Peek Inside

True confessions: I had planned to do a video tour of this little folio, but it sold in the Etsy Shop, and I packed it up and shipped it…then I said, “oops!”  Sorry about that!  You can watch the video tour of the Carta Bella Envelope Flip Book to see how all the parts work together.  But I’ll just show you inspiration pictures of this project.

These are little magnetic flap elements.  Don’t you just love these images?

Pocket insert folio.

Gift packet with decorative belly band.  Create the envelope with an Envelope Punch Board.

Valentine treats!

Authentique Crush Vintage Style Card

Authentique Crush Vintage Style Valentine by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Next I made a 5″ x 7″ vintage style Valentine.  Once again, I used circular elements to offset the sharp corners of the card.

The inside is sweet and simple with a little treat pocket and a blank die cut panel for a personal greeting.

Authentique Crush Shaker Card

This little shaker card might just be my favorite of the trio.  The 4 1/4″ x 6 3/4″ base was made with an off cut from die cutting the frame.  Back the frame with clear cardstock (acetate) then line the solid portions of the frame with 1/8″ wide foam tape to create the shaker element, For fun, I punched out the little ticket from the elements sheet and let it float freely in the shaker mix.

Shaker cards are like a toy.  They delight me!

This little felt heart element is made with some of my old Tammy Tutterow Spellbinder dies. Tie a bitty  key and heart shaped lock to a metal arrow and adhere to the felt for a unique and perfect Valentine embellishment.

Loopy black micro gingham bows and bitty buttons  go so well with this paper collection!

And here’s a peek inside.  A simple side pocket with a chocolate treat and a blank sentiment panel for writing mooshy greetings finish things off nicely.

I think these would be so cute as part of a Valentine’s display.  Although the folio has sold, the shaker card and the vintage style card are still available in my ETSY shop at the time of this posting.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure.  And I hope you dust of some of your stash and make something beautiful, too!  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Note: since this is a Throwback Thursday project, some of the items I have used are no longer available for purchase.  I will link whenever possible.  Use goodies from your stash to substitute for retired items.

Love Lives Here Valentine

Authentique Romance: Love Lives Here Valentine Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  Wow…it’s the last week of January!  That means Valentine’s Day is hot on our heels.  So today I’m sharing a vintage style Love Lives Here Valentine made with Authentique Paper’s gorgeous Romance collection.

Authentique Romance Love Lives Here Valentine Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card has a lovely vintage vibe thanks to the black and red color palette.  I wanted it to have the look of old ironwork, so I treated the chipboard and metal corners with a shabby black embossing powder that I found in my stash. I echoed this with the jet black vintage button that sits regally on top of the Lipstick Red seam binding bow.

TIP: for a fun, easy embellishment, wrap your card with gold metallic string.  Tie on some tiny antique bronze keys and add a bow.  Did you  notice that one of these keys is shaped like a heart?  How sweet is that?

Authentique Romance Love Lives Here Valentine Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

I combined papers from the 12×12 Collection Kit along with the 6×6 bundle to make sure that the patterned papers did not compete for attention.  I read somewhere that when you are designing with patterned papers, you want to think “quarter, nickel, dime”.  The quarter is the larger pattern: in this case, the red lattice in the background.  The “nickel” is represented in the small leaf pattern.  And the “dime” would be the small stripe.  The black and white heart pattern is large, but it reads like a neutral because of the colors.

Love Lives Here Valentine Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Authentique Romance Love Lives Here Valentine Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

It’s always fun to carry a color or a theme inside a card.  So you’ll find the same red and black color palette inside.  Don’t you just love the red and white lace patterned paper?  Ooh la la!

Authentique Romance Love Lives Here Valentine Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

I love surprises, so I tucked a sweet one inside this darling little ribbon tied gift wallet.

Authentique Romance Love Lives Here Valentine Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Sweets for the sweet…and room to write a little love note.

Authentique Romance Love Lives Here Valentine Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

The large pocket on the bottom holds a tea bag wallet, a honey stick and a vintage silver plate spoon.  I just love it when a card doubles as a gift!

Authentique Romance Love Lives Here Valentine Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

Have you started creating your Valentines yet?  Better get busy!  You can find more Authentique Romance Valentine inspiration HERE.and HERE.   I  hope I’ve shared some tips and ideas that you can use in today’s post.If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

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