Dragonfly Dance Mixed Media Folio

Blue Fern Birdie Darling Reneabouquets Dragonfly Dance Fall Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Fall Favorites: Dragonfly Dance Mixed Media Folio

Hello, Friends!  Let’s kick off a week of fall favorites with this Dragonfly Dance Mixed Media Folio.  I’ve been systematically re-organizing and purging my studio for the past several weeks.  My sweet husband asked me if I was looking for something specific as I rummaged through the Closet of Shame, various drawers and bins.  My answer was, “Yes, I’m looking for 10 more square feet of space in my studio.”  Ever felt that way?  (The truth is: if I had it, I would just fill it up with more paper pretties.) So a good purge and reorganization spree  is the best remedy. While there is still a long way to go, I’ve made great progress.  The studio is definitely feeling less cluttered.

The best part about going through all your “stuff” is that you stumble across older paper collections that you had forgotten about.  And some of these, like this Blue Fern Bird Waltz Collection,  are exquisitely beautiful.  I also unearthed some older chipboard pieces and some now-retired Little Birdie Flowers.  Why not take a break from organizing and have a play?  So I did!

Autumnal Hues

I wish you could see this piece in person.  There’s something really magical about the soft autumnal hues, the mixed media textures and the general design.  We get a lot of foggy fall mornings here in North Carolina.  The clamor of daily life feels as though it has been muted and softened somehow.  This folio makes me feel like that.  It’s absolutely one of my favorite creations.

First I created a 6×6 top fold base with a 1/2″ spine.  Then I added what I am calling a “second story” to the design by making a 4 3/4″ x 7″ panel on the left.  Why, you may ask?  Because I was working with pre-cut panels of the designer paper.  I can’t recall ever having done a folio front quite like this before, but the end result is wonderful, so I may do it again!

Mixed Media Mayhem

Next,  I had to pull my mixed media boots out of the Closet of Shame to finish this lovely chipboard frame.  First, I painted it with a coat of ivory chalk paint.  Then, I heat embossed it with Shabby Ivory Embossing Enamel.  But the ivory didn’t blend well with the copper tones in the paper collection.  So I rifled through my mixed media shelf and found some Copper Viva Decor 3-D Stamp Paint.  This stuff is like a thick mousse with lots of texture and a vintage patina.  A little dab goes a long way.  I tapped some out onto my non-stick craft sheet, then tapped it over the heat embossed frame with my finger.  Magic!  The texture of the embossing enamel gave the finished frame a wonderful rusty/pebbly finish.

Once the frame was dry, I flipped it over, added foam strips filled it with sequins and turned it into a shaker element.  The resin crown from my stash and the little dragonfly charm are also tapped with the Copper Stamp Paint.  Then I rubbed them with a little turquoise metallic wax.

This Reneabouquets dragonfly adds the perfect pop of color.  I have actually seen the October sky this shade of blue.  Have you?

Dragonfly Dance Mixed Media Folio: A Peek Inside

I decided to make the inside of the folio into a tea party in a box.  First, I added side flaps to the top half of the card.  Once again, these were pre-cut scraps from an earlier project.  I also found some die cut corners and frames from an earlier project tucked in with the papers, so I put them to good use here.

The gatefold opening is so elegant.

I could not bring myself to cover up this glorious dragonfly image.

Next I created a little 5″ x 5″ photo wallet using up more scraps.  This fits neatly in the box pocket.

Then I added some special treats.  This is always a fun exercise for me.

I found this gorgeous Printed Beautiful Board ATC tag while organizing my Reneabouquets chips.  It only took a moment to top it with a key and a bit of metallic string.  And do you spy the darling little acorn shaped spoon?  Those were a great find…and now I have used them all up.  Maybe it’s time to hit some estate sales again, now that I’ve created a little extra space in the studio!

If you’d like to see other projects created from the Bird Waltz paper collection, please click HERE.  This folio is available for purchase in my ETSY SHOP.

It was so refreshing to create a project simply because I wanted to.  Don’t get me wrong: I love my job and am honored to represent the amazing companies that I work for.  But every once in a while I need to just “play” in the studio and not worry about tutorials or videos or deadlines or assignments.  It helps keep me fresh and reminds me why I love paper as much as I do.   So I hope you don’t mind my sharing this lovely little folio with you.  Perhaps I shared some tips or ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  Or maybe you feel inspired to dig into your own stash and uncover some buried treasure.  I certainly hope so!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Please note: since this is a “Closet of Shame” project, some of the items I used may be retired or sold out.  I will link whenever possible, but if you don’t see something listed below, it’s because it is no longer available.  Thanks for understanding!

Authentique Masquerade Halloween Tea Tag

Authentique Masquerade Halloween Tea Tag by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01Authentique Masquerade Halloween Tea Tag: Halloween Week Day 5

Hello, Friends!  This Authentique Masquerade  Halloween Tea Tag is proof that the holiday is not just for  kids.  Who would not love to give (or receive) this “Tea Party in a Tag” treat?  It’s assembled just like the Halloween Treat Tags that I shared earlier this week.  And, it uses the same paper collection.  Simply swap out the more adult “mask” themed papers and images for the too cute to spook ones.

Look at all the goodies you can fit inside the tag pocket!  It’s everything you need to brew up a Halloween Tea Party for one.  You gotta love that Halloween party image from the paper collection, too!

The back side of the tag is a clever little tea wallet.

What a fun way to say “BOO!”

I hope you’ve enjoyed Halloween Week.  It’s always a little sad to put our fun Halloween papers away for the season.

I still have a couple of cute Halloween Pop Up Cards in my ETSY shop if you need a last minute card or gift.

Next week I’ll be sharing some beautiful fall creations.  Then it’s on to a month of Christmas inspiration in November.  What sort of projects and product lines would you like to see?  Please let me know in the comment section below.

Wishing you all a safe and happy Halloween!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Witching Hour Halloween Pop Up Cards

Witching Hour Halloween Pop Up Cards: How to Create a Card Background from Scraps

Hello Friends!  It’s Day Four of Halloween Week and today it’s all about Halloween Pop Up Cards!  If you’ve never made one, you can find a great tutorial HERE.   Pop up cards are a perfect style for Halloween.  They have that “BOO” factor going on, after all.  So today I have a trio of Halloween Pop Up Cards to share with you and a tutorial for making your own cool card backgrounds from scraps.

We all have scraps….and some of us…ahem…have piles of them.  All three backgrounds on these Halloween Pop Up Cards are made with scraps of paper.  I’ve added stitching and vellum to a couple to create a ghostly effect.  The video tutorial below will show you how quick and easy it is to make these backgrounds.  But first, let’s enjoy the cards!

Darla the Witch Halloween Pop Up Card with Reneabouquets

Witching Hour Pop Up Card with Carta Bella Halloween Market Reneabouquet Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Here’s sweet little Darla the Witch, sitting on a pumpkin, waiting for the witching hour. Create this scene faster than you can say “Bibbety, Bobbity, Boo!”

  • First, heat emboss the laser cut Halloween Clock with Stampendous Aged Black Embossing Enamel.
  • Then heat emboss the clock hands with Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.
  • Adhere foam dimensionals to the back side of the clock.  Choose an area that will be covered up so the dimensionals don’t peek through.
  • Now back Darla the Witch with a double layer of dimensionals and adhere.
  • Wrap the panel with a ribbon border.

  • Next tie gold metallic string over the ribbon and add a word token.
  • Then tuck in some gorgeous flowers and a spooktacular Halloween butterfly.

A Peek Inside

And here’s the pop up feature inside.  So fun to make!

There’s even a fold down flap!  How fun is that?

 

Halloween Pop Up Cards #2: The Witches Ball

The Witch's Ball Halloween Pop Up Card by Kathy Clement kathy By Design Carta Bella Halloween Market PHoto 01

Now we know what Darla the Witch was thinking about while perched on her pumpkin!  She was wondering what to wear to the annual Witches Ball!

This card background is made exactly like the first sample.  I just didn’t cover it with vellum or add machine stitching.

Darla’s ballgown will be the talk of the town, don’t you think?

  • First, heat emboss the dress mannequin with Allure Hammered Metal Embossing Powder.
  • Once the embossing cools, trace the outside edge onto patterned paper.  Cut this out and adhere behind the mannequin.  This will help the dress to pop off the background.
  • Now add a panel of dark paper to the center of your card.  Create ribbon borders above and below.  This will also help draw the eye to the dress form.

  • Heat emboss a little hanger and suspend the BOO ephemera bit.
  • Die cut the witch hat from scraps of paper and layer together with foam dimensionals.  Adhere in the corner of the BOO banner.
  • Darla’s pet owl is going tot he ball, too.  Someone has to chaperone!
The Pop Up Element

Add a flap to the bottom half of the card.  This doesn’t technically pop up, but it can be folded up for display.  Cute, right?

Create a little sentiment panel behind the flap.

Halloween Pop Up Cards #3:  A Mosaic Tile Background

The third card in this “story” features Darla’s fancy broomstick and a really cool mosaic background made from scraps.

Stitching on a vellum layer gives this card a cool ghostly feel.  Or maybe it’s foggy tonight.  Either way, Darla’s cat will safely navigate all the way to the Witches Ball and back.

This 6″ x 4″ journal card was too large to fit in my 5 1/2″ wide pocket.  So I scored and folded it.  Then I trimmed out an ephemera bit to go on the cover.

The back side has a blank sentiment panel where you can add a ghostly greeting.

How to Create a Spooktacular Background from Scraps

Are you ready to learn how to make frightfully fabulous backgrounds from your scraps?  This short video tutorial will show you how to  make the diagonal stripe background and the mosaic style background.  Of course, you can use this technique with any patterned paper you have in your stash.

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

I’ve also listed these Halloween cards in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Haunted Mansion Halloween Easel Card

Haunted Mansion Pop Up Halloween Card Carta Bella Halloween Market by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Haunted Mansion Halloween Easel Card with Carta Bella Halloween Market Collection

Hello, Friends!  It’s Day 3 of Halloween Week: time to share this Haunted Mansion Halloween Easel Card!  While cleaning out my stash of chipboard in the Closet of Shame, I ran across this spook-tacular chipboard frame.  Not sure where I got it, or when, but I’m glad it surfaced just in time for Halloween Week!

A Little Halloween  Mixed Media Mayhem

The inspiration piece for this 5 1/2″ square card is this boo-tiful chipboard haunted house and frame.  I pulled out my magical heat embossing tools to create this creepy enameled finish on the frame.

  • First, place the frame on a piece of ordinary printer paper.
  • Next, apply Versamark Clear Embossing Ink generously over the surface of the chipboard.
  • Now, place the frame in a funnel tray and cover with Stampendous Aged Black Embossing Enamel.  Tap the excess off into the tray and immediately put it back into the jar and seal it!  This way, you don’t accidentally spill the embossing powder!
  • Place the chipboard back on the printer paper and heat emboss.  This takes a while when you are working with embossing enamel, so be patient.  The gold flecks will begin to melt and swirl around in the black enamel and create a spooky finish.
  • Once you have finished heat embossing, leave the frame to cool for a minute or two. Embossing enamel takes a while to set up.  If you touch it, you will leave a fingerprint!
Haunted Mansion Halloween Easel Card Details

While the embossing enamel is cooling and setting, you can work on the rest of the card details.

  • First, die cut a spooky “moon” from the pumpkin patterned paper.  This will sit behind the haunted mansion.
  • Then die cut the haunted mansion from scraps of solid cardstock.  Cut this from black, ivory and orange cardstock.  Place foam dimensionals between the layers and place them together so that the images are slightly offset.  This creates loads of dimension.
  • Cover the inside of the card with a 5 3/8″ square of the pumpkin patterned paper.
  • Mat the plaid candy corn border on black cardstock and adhere as seen in the photo.

  • Now place the die cut haunted mansion on the left hand side of the border to serve as a stopper.
  • Next, create a 5 3/8″ card front from orange cardstock.  This is where the Haunted Mansion Chipboard will be adhered.
  • Now add your finishing touches: jet black vintage buttons, ribbon, flowers, fussy cuts, stickers and charms.

It’s BOO-tiful!

A Peek Inside

Now, finish the inside of the card with more designer paper, some stickers, ephemera bits and a sentiment panel.  Hocus pocus!  You’re done!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration to help you get your Halloween Mojo flowing.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Halloween Week Day Two: Quick & Easy Treat Tags

Authentique Masquerade Halloween treat Tags by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Halloween Week Day Two: Quick & Easy Treat Tags with Authentique Masquerade

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Halloween Week Day Two!  Today we’re going to make quick & easy treat tags with Authentique Masquerade and G45 Large Black Tags.  You’re going to love how simple it is to put these little beauties together!

How to Make a Halloween Treat Tag
  • Begin by die cutting tag liners with the G45 Large Tag Die.  You will need 2 liners per tag.
  • If you do not have this die, you can just cut designer paper to measure 3 5/8″ x 8 1/4″.  Round the corners with a punch.
  • Cut 2 1/2″ from the bottom of the die cut.  This will line the pocket flap.

  • Place a G45 Large Black Tag on your scoring tool so that the rounded edge is on the left.
  • Now score at 7″ and 7 1/2″.
  • Fold along the score lines to form the base of a pocket.
  • Adhere the tag liners to the tag base. Remember that the pocket  flap will be folded up, so make sure you are lining the correct side of the pocket flap.
  • Next, cut 2 pieces of 1 1/2″ wide  black cardstock.  You want the height to be slightly shorter than the pocket flap. Score each piece at 1/2″ and 1″.  These will be the pocket sides.  Simply adhere the outer flaps to the sides of the pocket.

TIP:  You can make your own tag from heavy black cardstock.  Cut the piece to measure  3 3/4″ x 9″.  Cut the top corners and round the bottom with a corner rounding punch.  Then score and fold as we did above.

  • Once the tags have been lined and the pocket flap is secure, wrap the pocket with a piece of ribbon and tie a bow.
  • Now you just need to add ribbons and decorate the tag.
  • A full sized Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup fits perfectly in the pocket.  Dress it up with a little designer paper if you wish.
The Flip Side

Here’s a peek at the back side of the tag. Create a little note card from a 6 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ scrap of black cardstock. Score it down the middle.  Add a 3×4 image to the front.  Place magnets inside to hold it shut.  Then line with designer papers.

This gives you the perfect spot to add a spooky greeting.  These are such fun to make that I had to do another one.  Here’s a peek:

Authentique Masquerade Halloween Treat Tag #2 Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Now that you know how easy it is to make these cute treat tags, you can fill up a basket of them to give to friends, family and co-workers.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use to make your Halloween a little more spooktacular this year.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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