Authentique Mister Pocket Card

Authentique Mister Pocket Card: Authentique Father’s Day Group Post

Hello, Friends!  How do you feel about making masculine cards?  I had such a good time creating this Authentique Mister Pocket Card for the Authentique Design Team Father’s Day Group Post!  Although I love all my frilly, shabby chic creations, sometimes it’s really fun to change gears and make a great guy card!

Authentique Mister Pocket Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

If you haven’t had a chance to play with Authentique Mister yet, here’s a look at what you’ve been missing!  So many wonderful masculine prints, rich colors and fabulous vintage images make this a stand out masculine collection.  Since Father’s Day is right around the corner, I thought I would make a fun pocket style card.  Here’s how this one came together.

Authentique Mister Pocket Card: Building the Base

Authentique Mister Pocket Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

  • First, cut (2) 5″ x 11″ panels from Steel Grey Cardstock.  Then,  score a 1/2″ flap on the end of each panel.  Adhere these flaps together to form a side fold card with a 1/2″ spine on the left.  You will need to trim the ends of the card to measure 7″ x 5″.
  • Next, cut a 6 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ panel from Spectrum Old Glory Cardstock.
  • Now cut a 6 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ panel of Mister Eleven.  Distress the edges and stitch it to the Old Glory layer.
  • Then cut a 3 1/2″ square of Mister Seven.  Stitch it onto a slightly larger panel of Steel Grey Cardstock.  Adhere this on the left hand side of the card near the spine.
Authentique Mister Pocket Card: What’s in Your Pocket

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This cloth pocket was unearthed while cleaning up the Closet of Shame.  Lucky find, as it is the perfect embellishment for this masculine card.  I decorated the front with a small piece of Mister Seven.  Next I matted the sticker on some scrap card, wrapped it with burlap string, added a key and tucked it inside the front pocket.  This is a great place to add a gift card!

Authentique Mister Pocket Card: A Peek Inside

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Don’t you just love these patterned papers?

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I tucked a coffee treat, a chocolate and a little magnet into the pocket on the right.  The magnet is stitched to denim that I salvaged from a pair of jeans.

Authentique Mister Pocket Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

The sentiments in this collection are so good.  And there’s room to write a personal note here, too.

Memories of My Dad

I know I’ve shared a lot of memories about my mom with y’all.  But I also had a fabulous Daddy.  My dad was a man of real integrity.  Like most father’s of his era, he was a man of few words.  But when he spoke, you wanted to hear what he had to say.  Like my mom, he had a creative mind and an incredible work ethic.  He could build anything, fix anything, and his ingenuity was astonishing.

Mom and Dad bought the house I grew up in just 10 days before I was born.  To say it was a fixer upper is being romantic.  It needed some serious love.  But it had good bones, as they say, and together, my mom and dad made it into a warm and welcoming home.    I have photos of the house from when I was a baby, and it amazes me to see that there was no lawn.  Just grey clay…not a sprig of grass anywhere to be seen.   But as a kid, I remember playing on lush green lawns..  How did that transformation take place?

Well, there was rarely ever any spare money in our blue collar household.  But there was a wealth of love, can-do spirit and elbow grease to make up for that lack.  When Dad wanted a lawn but could not afford both the grass seed and a tiller rental to break up the soil, he came up with a brilliant solution.

He went to the dump.  And there he found an old open coil mattress spring.  Just the thing!  He rigged up a harness for that old thing, hitched himself up to it,  told my older brothers to hop on top to weight it down and proceeded to break up that hard clay.  Not a word of complaint.  The job got done, my brothers had a jolly adventure, and I grew up with beautiful green lawns to play on.  What a guy!

Another Day, Another Dollar

I adored my dad, and shadowed him every where he went.  It was probably not always convenient for him to have me “help” him with his projects, but he always made me feel welcome. His nickname for me was “Sweetheart.”   He taught me how to walk like a lady, how to behave in public, and how to shop for a good piece of meat.  Dad was a marvelous dancer, and he taught me how to waltz.  He loved a good joke, treated everyone with dignity, and taught me to do the same.  My father modeled what a real man should be, and I am eternally grateful for his example.

Dad was an optimist.  He made meager wages as a bookkeeper/office manager at the local granite quarry.  Yet he wore a sports coat, starched shirt, shined shoes and tie to work every day.  He had pride…the good kind of pride.  Each morning, as he kissed my mother good-bye, he would put his favorite hat on his head and say with a twinkle in his blue eyes, “Well, here I go.  Another day.   Another dollar.  A million days…a million dollars.”

Sadly, Dad did not live to reach those million days.  He died very suddenly of a massive heart attack when I was just 13 years old.  My world came crashing down in a few short minutes.  Those were dark days for me and my family, but our father’s influence and example was deeply planted in our hearts and minds.  Slowly but surely, we picked ourselves up and took on the challenge of living life without him.  He molded my heart in the few short years in which he was my dad.  And, to no surprise, I married a man who is remarkably similar to him

I know not everyone was so richly blessed with such a great father.  But if you are one of those lucky ones, be sure to spend a little time with your dad…or remembering him this Father’s Day.

Thanks so much for stopping by!




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11 thoughts on “Authentique Mister Pocket Card

  1. Sue D

    Love this masculine pocket card and thanks for sharing about your dad. I had a good relationship with my dad and miss him a lot.

  2. Rosemary

    Kathy, I loved what you had to say about your dad. My father was not all that but I know he loved me and I knew World War II had done a job on him. And surprisingly, I married a man very much like YOUR dad! So there you go! Keep filling us with your wonderful memories!

  3. soozyb2013

    Wow you Pops sounds a lot like mine :) My Dad was a man that could also fix anything he touched, including a wee pendulum clock. He had the patience of a saint. Anyway, he passed 35 years ago from cancer!! Like you, my world was crushed and for about a couple months I thought alcohol would fix that but of course it didn’t. I am not a drinker by any means but back then it helped to numb things. My son actually brought me back to reality being only about 1 and a bit when Dad passed. Sad that he didn’t have my Pops to grow up with and learn from. He liked pretty things but was simple in what he chose. Fuchia’s and Gladiola’s were his favourite flower. He LOVED hummingbirds. Wow, how I ramble. Anyway Kathy another gorgeous creation and perfect for the father’s in the world. Enjoy your Friday! Hugs from Victoria.

  4. Anne Schilling

    Oh how heartwarming your sentiments are for your Dad. He sounds very similar to my own who raised 14 children on a wing and a prayer! I am lucky to still have him at 96 years of age and he is still living alone and still driving! He is a giant of of man in all our eyes!
    God bless you and your family as you cherish his memory and live his legacy.

  5. Sara Emily Barker

    Dear Kathy, what a wonderful memory of your Dad you shared here today. He sounds like a really fine man; an inspiring father to you and your siblings and loving husband to your Mom. How blessed you were to be able to call him Dad and been instilled with his creativity and work ethic and to have these fond memories, but how sad your time with him was so short.

    Your Father’s Day card is so cool! I love the pocket you unearthed and used to house the tag with the key embellishment. Your stitching always presses my happy buttons, and this is the perfect finishing touch to these gorgeous masculine papers! Inside is just as special and I love the magnet! Wow! Love this! Hugs!

  6. Betsy

    Kathy, I know we have never met but I love you anyway. I love how you just know how to express what we feel sometimes but don’t know the words. I love your creativity and the spirit you pass along to us to be creative ourselves, maybe step outside our box. Thank you so much. xoxoxox

  7. Gena L Krannig

    Kathy, thank you so much for sharing your heartfelt story about your Dad. I too was blessed to have a loving and caring Dad. When these Father’s days roll around there is always a little ache in my heart because I can no longer share them with him. Your card is absolutely wonderful. i love everything about it, the way you can combine masculine and beauty all at once. Any Dad out there would be thrilled to get it. Thank you for sharing the card and “yourself”! Hugs!

  8. Sallie

    How I loved reading this post about your dad. I I picture him in heaven bringing all his friends over to see what you wrote , chest proud and humbled by your words . I too lost my parents too early, but the gifts they have given me, travel in my soul each and every day . I just adore your work and spirit !

  9. Jan Isaacs-Wade

    Kathy, your story touched my heart so deeply. How wonderful to have those memories of your dad. I lost mine before the age of six a week before JFK was assassinated. I wish I had the recollections but I’m so happy that you have yours. Enjoy Father’s Day weekend with your family. We are having a Mediterranean feast that I’ve planned for my husband. Sending hugs.

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