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Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio

Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio with Authentique Gracious

Hello, Friends!  How about a hug in a cup this Monday morning?  I have the sweetest tea themed card folio made with Authentique Gracious to share with you this morning.

Authentique Gracious Double Z Fold Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

This little 5″ x 5 1/2″ tea themed card folio is made with scraps from other Gracious projects I’ve been making this fall.  I have to tell you…I am in love with this collection.  It is so warm and nostalgic that I can’t  seem to stop playing with it!  This resulted in a lovely little stack of off cuts, extra doilies, die cut teacups and bits and pieces that were begging to be put to good use.  So, I did!

You all know how much I love my tea, so I decided to make one more tea themed card folio with the lovely vintage teapots and teacups pattern from the collection.  Stamped sentiments come from a lovely Penny Black tea stamp set that I will link below in the supply list.

Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio: Double Z Fold Card

Double Z Fold Tea Themed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Authentique Gracious

Would you like me to do a tutorial for the double z fold card base?  Wish granted!  You’ll find a project tour with tips and tricks as well as a video tutorial below.  It’s such a fun way to make a card.  It just opens and opens and opens again, giving you lots of room to add paper pretties.

Penny Black Cup of Tea Stamps Double Z Fold Card Tutorial Kathy Clement Authentique Gracious

This is what the inside of the card looks like when fully opened.  The center pocket holds a little tea bag and blank card where you can add your own personal greeting.

But the really fun thing about this folio design is that the back side is also fully decorated.  How fun would it be to set this card out on your fall mantel, or even your Thanksgiving table?

Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio Tutorial on YouTube

You can see why I love this collection so much.   The rich autumn hues and vintage images are just dreamy.  And this card design is a great way to turn scraps into a gorgeous project!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post. And to see more Gracious Projects, Click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Gracious Tea Themed Banner

Authentique Gracious Tea Themed Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Gracious Tea Themed Banner

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  Let’s kick off the weekend with a shabby chic little Gracious tea themed banner for all my fellow tea drinkers!  Imagining and designing this shabby chic beauty was so much fun!

Once again, I’ve paired some of my favorite Eileen Hull Dies up with beautiful Authentique papers and textiles to make this warm and cozy bit of eye candy.

Gracious Tea Themed Banner: Creating the Pennant Base

Each pennant in the tea themed banner has 3 layers: a burlap paper backing, a large designer paper layer and a smaller designer paper layer.

Cut the pennants for this banner with Eileen’s Sizzix House Stitchlets Die.  Use just the largest frame die to cut the first layer.  Then use both the frame and the insert die to cut the second layer.  Trim the perforated edge from the second layer.  Line it up on your cutting tool so that you only cut away half the die cut circle.  Then you have a lovely edge detail.  Next, place a bit of Scor-Tape on the back of the larger pennant, right in the center.  Lay this over some burlap and cut out the third layer by hand.  This is not as tricky as it sounds.  Just take your time and trim about 1/4″ larger than the paper layer. Stack the 3 layers together and stitch them on your sewing machine.  If you don’t sew, then just glue them all together.

TIP:  Use Scor-Tape or a small dab of adhesive on the back of each layer to hold things in place while sewing.  This makes the job so much easier.

When you have stitched all the pennant layers together, use binder clips or pins to secure them to a 1 yard length of Antique Gold Silky Crush Ribbon.  Leave about 2″  between each pennant.  Then stitch the pennants to the ribbon.  Tie a bit of ribbon between each pennant.  Add triple loop bows and gold metallic string bows on each end.

Gracious Tea Themed Banner:  The Teacups

I have found so many ways to use Eileen’s teacup die.  I wish Sizzix would release this die again, as I know many of you would like to add it to your stash.  Die cut each teacup twice: once from mat board or heavy chipboard and again from designer paper.  Adhere the designer paper to the mat board.  Easy peasy!

TIP:  Cut the paper for the tea cups to measure 4 1/2″ x 3 1/4″.  You want to place the paper on the die face down.  For the tea tag, paper measures 1 1/2″ X 2″.  Cut this twice as well: once from chipboard, once from designer paper.

Gracious Tea Themed Banner:  The Details

Now comes the fun part: assembling the banner.  Add flowers, lace, little charms and elements from the cardstock die cut sheet to make your project really special.  Die cut doilies folded in half really make the tea cups pop on the banner.  Little metal spoons, vintage buttons, fall fruits and other sweet details add that shabby chic charm we all love so much.

I just think this banner would be so sweet hanging in a kitchen.  Since I am a tea drinker, I have a buffet table in my kitchen where I store all my teas and such.  I’ve been wanting to make a banner to hang here for the longest time.  This one is in my Etsy shop, if you’d like to hang it in your kitchen.

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 also find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial

Eileen Hull Teacup Die, Eileen Hull Trinket Die, Authentique Gracious Collection, Folio by Kathy Clement , Kathy by Design photo 01

Authentique Gracious Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a lovely Cup of Gratitude folio tutorial to share with you.  This 8×8 flip book is made with Authentique Paper’s Gracious collection and a few Eileen Hull Sizzix Dies.  Warm and welcoming as your grandmother’s kitchen, this vintage style folio is a lovely place to write down thankful thoughts, preserve heritage photos, or just hold in your lap and enjoy. The size makes it a perfect addition to your fall home decor, or Thanksgiving table.

Gracious Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial: Turning the Eileen Hull Trinket Box into a Shaker Box

Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial with Authentique Gracious and Eileen Hull Dies by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

The cover features a Teacup resting on a Trinket Box Shaker Frame.  These are both Eileen Hull Dies.  I added a load of texture and dimension with machine stitching, metallic rick rack, flowers, ribbon, miniature fruit, metal embellishments and wood. It all just feels so cozy.

  • First, die cut 2 trinket box lids from mat board.   One of my mat board scraps had a lovely linen finish, so I didn’t even have to cover it with designer paper.  I simply inked the cut edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. If you have to cover your lid, simply cut a liner from designer paper using the die.
  • Next, cut a piece of designer paper that is slightly smaller than the trinket box lid and adhere to the back of the bottom box lid.
  • Now, place 3 layers of foam tape around the edges of the bottom box lid.  Fill the cavity with sequins, beads, glitter…even small buttons!
  • Then Die Cut the Trinket Box Lid from Clear Cardstock.  Adhere the cut to the back side of the Trinket Box Lid.
  • Finally, remove the liner tape from the foam and carefully line the shaker box top over the shaker box bottom.  Press the edges together to seal completely.
  • Place adhesive on the back of your shaker box and adhere to the cover of the folio.

Dangle Charms Authentique Gracious Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Wrap the spine of the folio with gold metallic string.  Tie metal embellishments to the loose ends.  Then slip ribbon under the metallic string and tie a bow.

Gracious Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Before we jump into the video tour and tutorial, I thought you might like to see a few photos of the folio interior.

There are loads of interactive features.  Inside the front cover you will find a pair of magnetic flaps for wallet sized photos or journaling.  The pocket beneath holds one of my cherished vintage silver demitasse spoons from Italy, a tea bag and a honey stick.

The 2nd page is a hidden pocket with a large pull out photo mount.

Next we have a large pocket with inserts and photo mount.  Then a fun little pull out page that also serves to hold the waterfall beneath it in place.

Gracious Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial:  The Video

It was too hard to photograph all the elements inside this folio, so I put together a very short video tour with tips and tricks.  That is followed by a step by step tutorial where we make the base and mechanisms together.  I hope you enjoy!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you can enjoy in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Basic Cutting Guide
  • Folio Base
    • (2) 8 1/2″ x 8 panels of brown cardstock, score 1/2″ flap to  make 8″ x 8″ square for the covers
    • (1) 8 1/4″ x 7 3/4″ panel for the middle page/score 1/2″ flap
    • (1) 11″ x 6 1/2″ panel for the pull out page scored at 1/2″, 6 1/4″, 10″
  • Waterfall Pages
    • (4) 6″ x 7 1/2″ panels of designer paper/score 1/2″ flap
  • Hidden Pocket
    • 8 3/4″ x 7 3/4″.  Score 1/2″ flaps on both sides to make 7 3/4″ square
    • 6 1/2″ x 11″ brown cardstock scored at 4 1/4″ for pocket insert

 

Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Release Party

Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Release Party: Gather Gratitude Journal

Hello, Friends!

Welcome to the Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Release Party! This is Eileen Hull’s newest book die with Sizzix. On the die, you get all of the pieces you need to make an entire book- the cover, pages, latch and pen loop! The Pocket Notebook measures 6 3/4” x 4 1/2” with a spine that can adjust from of 3/8” to almost 2”! String it with elastic, hemp, ribbon or twine. So many option for this fun die!

Eileen’s Inspiration and Educator teams have combined to show us their amazing Pocket Notebook ideas. Please follow the Blog Hop to see all of the fabulous projects, techniques and videos!

There are also two GIVEAWAYS- the Pocket Notebook die and a gift certificate for Eileen’s Etsy store. To enter to win, leave a comment on each of the posts. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 8 on Eileen’s Facebook Live show

Eileen Hull

Susie Bentz

Pam Bray

Julia Aston

Annette Green

Kathy Clement ( You are HERE)

Cheryl Waters

Ginger Ropp

Mitsyana Wright

Debbie Bankston

Anita Houston

Maggi Harding

Anne Redfern

Jenny Marples

Betsy Skagan

Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Tonya Trantham

Madeline Arendt

Lisa Hoel

Karen Bearse

Sue Eldred

Nicole Wright

Elizabeth Robinson

This might just be the most versatile member of the Eileen Hull Book family.  It is a great addition to her Traveler’s Notebook, Passport Journal, Wrap Journal, and Notebook Dies.

Eileen put this blog hop together to show just how many different ways this die can be put to use.  You’ll find videos, tutorials and loads of ideas in this blog hop!

Gather Gratitude Journal with Authentique Gracious Collection

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.  Our extended family used to gather at my Grammy Ma’s home every year.  All my aunts, uncles,cousins, and great-grandparents were there.  Everyone brought dishes to add to the feast that my grandmother lovingly prepared.  The table groaned under the weight of all those fixin’s!  Sometimes, there were 3 dozen of us in attendance.  I cannot even begin to describe the warmth and love present.  But it made a deep impression on my young soul.  Every fall, I create a gratitude journal as a tribute to those happy memories.  This year, I chose to work with Authentique Paper’s Gracious Collection, which takes me right back to my grandmother’s home.

Gather Gratitude Journal: Mixed Media Touches

Here’s how I prepared the covers for the gratitude journal

  • First, die cut 2 covers from mat board. Line up the holes in the spine so that it is at its widest point.  Adhere with Dries Clear Adhesive, or Red Liner Tape.
  • Next, cut the cover so that it is 1″ wider on all sides than the opened journal.
  • Now, place the paper face down on your work surface, and then place the journal face down on top of it. Wrap the cover with the designer paper.  I used Stamperia Mixed Media Glue to adhere the covers to the designer paper.  This adhesive seems to help the paper “flex” and also adheres well.
  • Miter the corners, fold and adhere the overlap inside the journal cover.
  • Next, gently bend the covers, going slowly so that the paper will not tear.
  • Now, cut papers for the inside of the journal.  I like to leave a 1/4″ border on all 4 sides.  Once again, adhere with the Stamperia Mixed Media Glue.
  • Stitch layers of designer paper onto burlap and arrange on the cover.

Gather Gratitude Journal: The Spine

This journal has a stitched fabric spine.  I pleated the fabric while adding a decorative stitch .  I love how rustic this looks.  After stitching, cover the back side completely with Scor-Tape or Red Line tape, then center and adhere to the spine.  Now you can add the binding elastic.  I do this very simply by wrapping the entire spine with double strands of elastic. Secure the strands with square knots.  Tie the strands together at the top of the spine, then add charms and a bow. Then I added the ribbon closure.

Gather Gratitude Journal: The Focal Point

The focal point of this gratitude journal is the cutlery image inside a Tim Holtz Vignette Frame.  Here’s how that came together:

  • Select the 2nd smallest vignette frame.  Paint with black chalk paint.  Let it dry.
  • Now, paint the frame with Prima Copper Crackle Texture Paste.
  • While the paste is still wet, sprinkle randomly with Seth Apter Patina Oxide Baked Texture Embossing Powder.  Heat set.
  • Next, trim the image from Gracious and adhere behind the frame.  Then adhere the frame to the journal cover.
  • Die cut a leafy wreath from designer paper and adhere to the frame.
  • Decorate the cover with G45 Roses, acorns and other fall themed elements.
Gather Gratitude Journal: A Peek Inside

Create pockets for the front and back covers using Eileen’s Gift Card Pocket and Tag Die.

Cut (10) 7 1/2″ x 6 1/4″ signature covers from designer paper.  Fold in half, crease with a bone folder and fill with the paper of your choice.  Cut the inner papers 7 1/4″ x 6″ so that they will fit neatly.  (Note: I did not have the die…so I could not use it to cut my inner pages and signatures.  I only had the die cut cover, latch and pen loop.)

Here’s a look at the signatures:

I like this style of journal, because you can just slip the signatures under the elastic binding strips.  Then, when you need to refill, you can just add more papers.

Gather Gratitude Journal: Project Share Video

I created a quick flip through with tips and tricks on Youtube

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy