Authentique Hooray Birthday Chorus Slimline Card

Authentique Hooray Birthday Chorus Slimline Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Hooray Birthday Chorus Slimline Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Can you hear the piping voices of the sweet children on this Authentique Hooray Birthday Chorus Slimline Card?  The retro red and aqua color palette of this card is certainly music to my ears.  How about you? Especially the pops of red from Really Reasonable Ribbon’s January Ribbon Club Assortment!

Authentique Hooray Slimline Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Because slimline cards measure 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ , I had plenty of room for the birthday chorus.  To fussy cut them from Hooray 1, leave a straight line along the bottom edge, but trim around the top and sides.  Then pop them up on foam tape or other dimensionals to really make them stand out.

One of my favorite ribbon tricks is to create a layered border from ribbon. This time, layer Random Hearts Red Grosgrain ribbon over Poppy Red Satin with a grosgrain edge behind the Birthday Chorus.  This draws the eye to the black and white focal image and helps it to pop off the page.  Tie everything together with Random Hearts Grosgrain Bows in the corners.

Carry out the red and aqua theme with Aqua Baker’s Twine bows, flowers and butterflies.  And what’s a birthday without a little cake?  This silver tone cake charm finishes everything off perfectly!

A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside of this festive card.  Lots of room to write happy birthday wishes!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Classic Gentleman Valentine Notebook Folio

Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Collection Little Birdie Craft Dies Masculine Valentine Notebook Gift by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Classic Gentleman Valentine Notebook for Little Birdie Crafts

Hello, Friends! How about we make a Classic Gentleman Valentine Notebook with some of my new Little Birdie Crafts goodies today?  It’s a little bit vintage, a little bit steampunk, and a quick and easy project for your favorite fella.  I’m thrilled to be a Little Birdie Crafts Guest Designer again this term. This is my first project, and I hope you will have fun making it, too!

I don’t want to rush the season, but we will blink twice and Valentine’s Day will be upon us.  We all love frilly, frou-frou, pink Valentines.  But most guys don’t!  So this is the design I came up with for my sweet husband.  (Did you know he composes, arranges and performs all the music on my YouTube channel?)  He’s such a great guy, and I just really wanted to bless him with something special on Valentine’s Day.  Dale loves to write things down in notebooks, so I designed this 5 1/2″ x 8″ folio especially for him.  Since he’s a generous soul, I don’t think he will mind if I share it here with you.

Getting Started

  • Begin by cutting 4 sheets of 12×12 Classic Gentleman papers to measure 12″ x 8″.
  • Score the text collage sheet at  5 1/2″ and 6 1/2″.  Then fold along the scored lines to form  a 5 1/2″ x 8″ notebook or folio.
  • Next, cut the dapper gents patterned paper to 5 1/2″ x 8″  Ink all the edges with Ground Espresso Distress Ink.
  • Now use the Little Birdie Filmstrip Die to cut a frame from your scraps.  Adhere as seen in the photo.
  • Then, fussy cut the walking stick silhouette man, top hat, and playing cards from the cut apart page of the paper collection. Then use the Cogs and Wheels die to cut a bunch of gears from your scraps.
Little Details

  • Next, trim the 4″ x 6″ Clock and Gears Journal Card to measure 4″ square.  TIP:  if you just cut the bottom off the card, then glue the 4″ x 2″ scrap back behind the 4″ square, you can keep the framed edge all the way around the card.
  • Then trim the clocks from the second 4″ x 6″ card.  Place foam adhesive or other dimensionals on the back and adhere over the clocks on the 4×4 card.
  • Cut the Primed Chipboard Vintage Keys apart and ink them with Ground Espresso. Then apply Little Birdie Metallic Wax in Gold, Silver and Green to create a worn, vintage finish.
  • Adhere the 4″ x 4″ clock panel to the notebook base.  Then embellish with the keys, fussy cuts and die cut pieces using the photos as a guide.
The Spine

Since most men are not crazy about ribbons and bows, you need to find a good alternative for adding texture.  Little Birdie Flat Braided Twine looks (to me) like a watch fob, which makes it perfect for this project!  Simply punch holes at the top and bottom of the spine, then run the braided twine through and tie in a knot or shoestring bow.

A Peek Inside

Create a box pocket on the left hand side of the notebook.  I tucked in one of my hubby’s favorite chocolate bars and a nice gel pen.  The inside panel is lined with a 5 3/8″ x 8″ panel of the designer paper.

On the right, I decided to make a flip page.  Here’s how to do that:

  • First, cut an 11 1/2″ x 8″ panel from a 12×12 sheet of Classic Gentleman.
  • Now score it at 5 1/2″ and 6″.  Fold along the scored lines so that the patterned paper is on the inside and the blank white side is on top.  You will have a 1/2″ spine on the right of this flap.
  • Cover the blank flap page with a 5 3/8″ x 8″ panel of designer paper.  Decorate with a 4×6 journal card and the Die Cut Time Pieces.

Now you have the perfect spot to adhere a junior legal pad in the center of the notebook.  The flap cover will protect the pages from getting all wrinkled.  It also provides a great spot for a slash pocket to hold receipts and other “stuff.”

Classic Gentleman Valentine Notebook Tour on YouTube

To help you get a feel for the function and flow of this little project, I’ve prepared a short video walk through with tips and tricks.

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

Also, I have a little unboxing video and giveaway of the Little Birdie Dies used in this project HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Red Roses and Ribbon True Love Folio

True Love Card Folio Echo Park Amour Collection by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Red Roses and Ribbon True Love Folio for the RRR Blog Hop

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  This Red Roses and Ribbon True Love Folio is my inspiration piece for the Really Reasonable Ribbon January Blog hop.  You should be coming here from Ginny’s gorgeous blog.  “Be My Valentine” is the  name of this month’s beautiful Ribbon Club Assortment.

You really can’t go wrong with so many beautiful ribbons to choose from!  But for this 6×6 folio, the 5/8″ Poppy Red Satin with a Grosgrain Edge fit the bill perfectly!  Because this ribbon is soft and silky, it ties beautiful bows!

It also works great as a border when layered with the 3/8″ White Satin with Red Dots ribbon from the collection.

TIP: Add interest to a floral cluster with Beaded Berry Stamens.  Simply tuck them in filler with your red roses.

True Love Shaker Frame

Here’s how I turned this Reneabouquets Beautiful Laser Cut Frame into a Shaker Element.

  • First, heat emboss the frame with Versamark Ink and Shabby White Embossing Enamel.
  • Next, die cut an oval from clear cardstock (acetate) and adhere to the back of the frame.
  • Then adhere 3 layers of 1/8″ foam tape around the inside edge of the frame.
  • Now place your shaker elements on the card base over the area where you intend to adhere the frame.
  • Position the frame over the shaker mix and press in place.
A Peek Inside

Creating the inside of this folio was such fun!  There is a lot of room to add interactive element like this kinetic waterfall feature.

Pull the tab on the bottom of the waterfall and the pages flip.

There’s even a secret message hidden at the bottom!

Tie some ribbon around the top of this little magnet insert to add style and texture.

Flip the magnet pocket page open to reveal another waterfall and a treat pocket.

This Echo Park Amour collection is older, but classic.  I love anything with Eiffel Tower images.

Tuck a tea wallet and a chocolate treat in the center pocket.  It’s such a lovely way to say “Be My Valentine!”

Video Walk Through

So many of you asked for a video walk through of this project that I put a quick one together for you on my YouTube channel.  Enjoy!

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has created to inspire you.  Then be sure to visit the RRR Blog and answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  You might be the lucky winner of your very own February Ribbon Club Assortment.

Are you a member of the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club?  It’s a great way to build up your ribbon stash!  You can find out all about it HERE.

Do you send Valentines to friends and family members?  I think it’s time we start spreading around as much love as we can, as often as we can, to as many people as we can!  How about you?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Expressions of Love Slimline Shaker Card

Spellbinders Expressions of Love Slimline Shaker Card Little Birdie Shabby Chic Paper Collection Rosalind Pearl Pink Roses by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders Expressions of Love Slimline Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  If you haven’t started making your Valentines yet, I think you’ll enjoy today’s  Spellbinders Expressions of Love Slimline Shaker Card.  Simple to make, shabby chic, and shimmering with metallic foil accents, it comes together in no time flat!

Don’t you just love these intricate Forever Love Heart Dies?  Their lacy elegance is perfectly paired with Little Birdie Crafts Shabby Chic paper collection. Pink Metallic Cardstock really makes them and the “Love” sentiment die cut pop off the page.

Building the Card Base

  • First, score an 8 1/2″ x 7″ panel of white cardstock in half to form an 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ top-fold slimline card base.
  • Next, machine stitch an 8 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ panel of Little Birdie Shabby Chic designer paper on a slightly larger panel of pink cardstock.
  • Now, cut a 7 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ panel of designer paper.  Then arrange the Forever Love Heart Die inserts on the panel and die cut according to your machine’s instructions.
  • Then, die cut the hearts a second time.  This time use pink metallic paper and the outside heart frame when you die cut.
  • Now you will carefully adhere the foil hearts over the inset die cut hearts.  Overlap the layers just the tiniest bit to create a shadow effect.
Shake and Bake!

  • Next,  adhere clear cardstock (acetate) on the back side of the panel.  Add foam tape to  tje back to create a shaker box.
  • Then, place your shaker mix on the card base and carefully position the top layer over it.  Press gently to seal all the edges.
  • Now place foam adhesive on the back of a Shabby Chic Die Cut image and adhere between the 2 hearts.  Tuck some little posies (linked below) around the die cut to anchor it to the page.
Finishing Touches

  • Now die cut the “love” sentiment from a scrap of the designer paper and a scrap of the pink metallic paper.
  • Adhere them together so they are slightly offset to create a shadow effect.
  • Next layer the sentiment on another die cut image from the Shabby Chic Collection.
  • Finish the corners with ribbon, string bows, roses, stick pins, pink heart buttons, and a resin rose.
A Peek Inside

Finish the inside of the card with more Shabby Chic designer papers , fussy cut elements and a side pocket.

Fill the pocket with a pretty tea bag and a 3×4 sentiment card from the paper collection.

You can find out about this lovely new Spellbinder release HERE.   Look for a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Home Again Card Folio Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Carta Bella Home Again Shabby Chic Card Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday:  Carta Bella Home Again Card Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Let’s kick off the first Throwback Thursday for 2021 with a Carta Bella Home Again Card Folio Tutorial.

Throwback Thursday Home Again Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This warm and cozy collection is perfect for a cold January month.

Tag Embellishment Carta Bella Home Again by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Although I’ve made this basic folio design a few times, each one has it’s own unique details.

Little Birdie Amor Mio Flowers Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Gatefold Card Tutorial Throwback Thursday Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Opening this folio is a little bit like watching the curtain go up on a stage.

Carta Bella Home Again Card Folio Interior by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Look at all the space inside this little 6×6 folio!

Carta Bella Home Again Tags and Pockets by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Hidden Pocket Detail Carta Bella Home Again Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

The center panel contains a hidden pocket with a little pull out page.

Even the back side of the folio has room for photos, pockets or decorative panels.

YouTube Tutorial

I hope you enjoy this quick and easy YouTube Tutorial.

 

To see other projects made with this collection, click HERE.  Look for a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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