Cozy Cottage Kitchen Shaker Easel Card

Lemoncraft Delicious Strawberry Tea Party Shaker Easel Card Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Cozy Cottage Kitchen Shaker Easel Card with LemonCraft Delicious and Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  I can’t think of a better way to start this week than with this Cozy Cottage Kitchen Shaker Easel Card!  It speaks to my heart about everything homey and comfortable in a country kitchen.  And hello…it’s tea!  So you know I’m in love!

I treated myself to  the “Delicious” paper collection from LemonCraft. Yes, I broke my rule about “no new paper companies”.  But honestly, can you blame me?  I simply could not resist the polka dot tea pots, tea cups and gingham patterns in this farmhouse style collection.

And this 6″ x 6″ easel shaker card is so full of happy!  There’s a promise of springtime, the warmth of home, and more than a hint of cottage style here.  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Cozy Cottage Kitchen Shaker Easel Card Tips

  • First, create a 6×6 easel card base.  Then create the inside of the card.  I know this seems backwards, but I like to get the inside done while I can still lay the card down flat.  It’s so much easier!
  • Next, create a 2 1/2″ high pocket from the woodgrain patterned paper.  If you don’t know how to make a pocket, watch THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL to learn several different ways to make pockets.
  • Now cut a 6×6 panel of cardstock.  This can be any color that complements the paper collection.  We will use this as the base for the card cover.
  • Then cut a 6×6 panel of red gingham pattern from the collection.  Adhere this to our card base.
  • Cut a 1/2″ strip of the woodgrain paper and create a border at the top of this panel.  Then wrap the panel with 1/2″ Scor-Tape, red twill ribbon, and white crochet lace.
  • Now cut a 5 3/4″ panel of the main image.  Fussy cut around the top edge as seen in the photo.  Back with foam tape or other dimensionals and adhere to the card base.
Shake it Up!

The main embellishment on this card is made with a Reneabouquets Small Heart Deco Bead Frame.  Here’s how to put it together:

  • First, heat emboss the frame with Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel.
  • Then die cut a small circle from clear cardstock (acetate) and adhere on the back side of the frame.
  • Now add 3 layers of 1/8″ foam adhesive to the inside edge of the frame.
  • Next, place a small pile of My Valentine Shaker Elements in the area where you intend to adhere the frame. Fussy cut the polka dot tea cup from the paper collection and adhere to the card front.  I wanted the polka dot teacup to be the focal image inside my shaker frame, so that’s where I placed my sequins.
  • Now line up the frame over the image and press it to adhere.
  • Adhere the fussy cut jam jar and itty bitty spoon to finish the frame.

 

The Stopper or Brake for the Easel Card

One of the things I love the most about making an easel card is the amount of room you have to add beautiful embellishments.  The stopper, or brake, for this card is actually the inside pocket.  I dug through my stash and found this Prima “Say it in Crystals” lace bit that matched the beige check pattern so well that I had to use it on the pocket.  Then I created a floral cluster with Little Birdie Flowers, Pollen Heads and a juicy raspberry sent to me by a dear friend.  Die cut the sentiment from several pieces of scraps.  Then layer them all together and adhere to the pocket.

A Peek  inside

You can have a lot of fun dressing up the inside of this Cozy Cottage Kitchen   Turn a small embellishment into a pocket that’s just the right size for a miniature Lindt chocolate.

Then use your scraps to create a little 3×4 tea wallet for the pocket.

I hope this cheery little card adds sunshine to your Monday!  You’ll be seeing more of this collection in the days ahead.  Look for a linked supply list below the post, too.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Butterfly Kisses Shaker Easel Card Tutorial

Throwback Thursday Authentique Adore Butterfly Kisses with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Butterfly Kisses Shaker Easel Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  What could be more romantic than a Butterfly Kisses Shaker Easel Card Tutorial?  Welcome to Throwback Thursday!  This week, we’re pulling Authentique Paper’s 2015 Adore collection out of the Closet of Shame.  Although this is a Valentine collection, I think this card would work for just about any situation.  Are you ready to get your craft on?  Then let’s dig in!

Building the Base

Authentique Adore Shaker Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

I think you are going to like this easel card base, as it’s a little different from what I usually do. That’s because I found a scrap of pink cardstock in the storage envelope when I rescued this pretty collection from the COS.  And since Throwback Thursday is all about using your stash, that’s exactly what I did!  Here’s how to make the base for this card.

  • First, score a 7″ x 12″ panel of pink cardstock at 2 1/2″, 5″ and 10″.
  • Now fold along the scored lines to create a 7″ x 5″ top fold easel card with a 2″ pocket on the inside. (Watch the video to see this done.)
  • Next, cut a 6 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ panel of designer paper to  line the inside panel of the card. Then cut 1″ x 1 7/8″ gussets for the sides of the pocket.  Fold the gussets in half and adhere to make the pocket.  Again, watch the video to see how this is done.
  • Line the pocket with a 7″ x 1 7/8″ panel of rose patterned paper.
  • Line the easel folds, inside and out, with 7″ x 2 3/8″ panels of designer paper.
  • Now create the focal image.  Mat a 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ panel of designer paper on two shades of pink cardstock.  Stitch around the perimeter, if desired.  This adheres on the front of the easel.
  • Then mat a 3″ x 4″ on 2 shades of pink cardstock and adhere alongside as seen in the video.
Creating the Shaker Frame

Die cut clear cardstock with a Spellbinder’s Large Standard Circle Die.  Adhere this on the back of the Reneabouquets printed beautiful board frame.  Add 3 layers of 1/8″ foam tape.  Add your shaker mix to the 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ focal.  Then adhere the frame.

TIP: Just for fun, add some Reneabouquets Tiny Treasures Butterflies to the shaker mix.  They “flutter” around when the card is shaken, which is really fun.

Add a cascade of Little Birdie Candy Roses and more Reneabouquets butterflies to the sides of the frame.

Creating the Stopper

The pocket serves as the stopper, or brake, for this easel card mechanism.  Dress it up with a heat embossed Beautiful Board Border.   I used Wow Vintage Romance Embossing Powder here and on the Reneabouquets Filigree Heart.

Heat emboss the Reneabouquets “Love” Beautiful Board Sentiment with Antique Gold Embossing Enamel.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a look at the inside of the card.

Plenty of room to tuck in a little tea wallet, vintage demitasse spoon, chocolate and honey stick.

Butterfly Kisses Shaker Easel Card Tutorial on YouTube

I hope you enjoy this Throwback Thursday video tutorial.

I’ll share a linked supply list below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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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