Category Archives: Birthday Cards

March 2024 Birthday Card of the Month Tutorial

Stamperia Romance Forever-March 2024 Birthday Card of the Month Tutorial-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

March 2024 Birthday Card of the Month Tutorial with Stamperia Romance Forever

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for our March 2024 Birthday Card of the Month Tutorial?  This is our third BCOM tutorial in 2024.  You can find the January and February BCOM tutorials HERE and HERE.

Have you seen Stamperia Romance Forever yet?  It came out around Valentine’s Day.  If you love shabby chic, pastels and gorgeous florals, I think you’re going to really enjoy working with this collection.  I know I thoroughly enjoyed creating this bookmark in a pocket card folio, and I hope you will, too.

Soft Spring Florals

Pastel shades of lilac, pink, rose and cream make this collection perfect for a spring time birthday card.  I could not resist cutting around the edges of this gorgeous floral clock image.

Next, stitch the image to a slightly larger panel of the crocheted lace doily pattern from the 8×8 paper pad.  Leave an opening you so can tuck a bookmark into the pocket, and now you have a gift.

TIP: Don’t forget to use the artwork on the front cover of these beautiful paper collections.  Trim out the sample panel of the floral border, stitch it to a slightly larger panel of lavender cardstock, back it with lace and you’ve made a really pretty bookmark.

A Peek Inside

Flaps and pockets really help to make a card special.  Score an 8″ x 6 7/8″ panel of patterned paper at 4 3/4″ .  Fold on the scored line and you have a flap page in no time!  Dress up the front of the flap with a stamped sentiment, pretty frame and a chipboard turn tab.

Add a 4″ x 3″ panel of pink cardstock inside the flap as a sentiment spot.  By the way…is this paper gorgeous or what?

Fill the pocket with fun surprises like a lavender sachet sewn from rice paper, a little birthday tag and something special (not tea!) inside one of the cut out envelopes from the collection.

Stamperia Romance Forever March 2024 Birthday Card of the Month Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to join me as I create this pretty birthday card?  Then grab a cuppa and a snack and please enjoy this video tutorial.

 

I’ll be back on Thursday with something else fun to make.  Next Tuesday is our Flower of the Month tutorial…and I’m thinking spring flowers!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Party Hat Slimline Birthday Card Tutorial

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Party Hat Slimline Birthday Card Tutorial: February 2024 Birthday Card of the Month

Hello, Friends!  How about an adorable Party Hat Slimline Birthday Card Tutorial?  What fun I had creating this vintage style card!  In fact, I like this card so much, I decided to make it our February 2024 Birthday Card of the Month.

This is another one of my “scrappy wonders” made with bits and bobs of Photoplay Hello, Lovely that were left after our “Make a Stack” video tutorial. I invited some paper pretties from Reneabouquets to the party along with a vintage ephemera photo that I’ve had in my stash for a long, long time.

Put on Your Party Dress….and Hat, too

Why make a slimline card, you may ask?  Well, the size and shape of my paper scraps had everything to do with that decision.  They were mostly all long and skinny.  So it made sense to create this 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card base.

You could call this card a one sheet wonder, as I only used 1 sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock to create the base.  Here’s how:

  • First, place the 11″ side of a sheet of cardstock on your scoring tool.
  • Now score at 4 1/4″ and 4 1/2″.
  • Then score at 8 3/4″ and 9″.

That’s all there is to it!  The 2″ flap on the far right will become a pocket once you add 1 3/4″ x 1 1/4″ gussets to the top and bottom edge.  (Score those gussets at 1/2″ and 3/4″.  You’ll see me do this in the video tutorial.

Party on the Inside

Create a party on the inside of this card by adding pockets, chocolate, gift card wallet and sweet little magnet on the inside.

With a little paper piecing, those bits and bobs of Hello, Lovely papers made an adorable birthday card, don’t you think?

Party Hat Slimline Birthday Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how I created this fun card with just scraps of a lovely paper collection, please enjoy the video tutorial on my YouTube Channel.

Did you enjoy seeing this sweet card come together?  What do you do with your pretty paper scraps?  I’d love to hear your ideas in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Crafts Birthday Clock Card

Little Birdie Crafts Aqua Medley Birthday Clock Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Birthday Clock Card with Aqua Medley Collection

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a summery Little Birdie Crafts Birthday Clock Card to share with you.  Summertime is birthday season in the Clement household.  We have 9 birthdays in a 2 month span, and that means a lot of card making goes on!  When you have that many special cards to make, a simple design comes in handy!

But a simply designed card can still look like a mini masterpiece if you play your cards right!  (Bad pun; I know, I know!)  If you have about 30 minutes to spare, you can make this very pretty card.

How to Make a Simply Fabulous Birthday Card in About 30 Minutes

  • First, cut a 6″ x 12″ panel of the burlap pattern from Aqua Medley. Score this in half at 6″ to form a 6 inch square top fold card.
  • Next, cut a 4 3/4″ square of the blue floral pattern.  Mat this on a slightly larger panel of aqua cardstock.
  • Now adhere 2 vertical rows of 1″ wide ribbon on the right hand side of the card.  I use Scor-Tape to hold the ribbon in place.  Leave the ends of the ribbon long so that you can fold it around to the back side of the card. Back this panel with foam tape or dimensionals and set aside.
  • Then brush the Little Birdie Chipboard Clock with mica powder. Back with foam tape or dimensionals and adhere to a scalloped circle doily from the paper collection.  Place dimensionals on the back of this element and adhere over the ribbon panel.
  • Next, cut a 5″ square of white cardstock and  mat on a slightly larger panel of aqua cardstock.  Back with dimensionals.
  • Now center and adhere all the card panels to the card front.
  • Finish with ribbon and Arctic Ice Flowers.
A Peek Inside

Line the inside of the card with 5 3/4″ squares of Aqua Medley papers.  Then create a gift card pocket from an Aqua Mist Journal Card.  Decorate a 3″ x 5″ envelope with papers and a punch out doily and tuck it inside the pocket.

Frame a stamped sentiment with bits of left over foliage and glittered butterflies from the Ephemera Pack.

See?  I told you it was easy! The best part is you can use this same recipe with any paper collection and any theme.

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Now I’d better get busy making more birthday cards!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Celebrate Life Mixed Media Card

Little Birdie Crafts Celebrate Life Mixed Media Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Little Birdie Celebrate Life Mixed Media Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  Today we’re going to party with a Little Birdie Celebrate Life Mixed Media Birthday Card.  I’m of the opinion that one should be treated like royalty on one’s day of birth.  So I created a shabby chic birthday card that’s fit for a queen!

But that doesn’t mean this card is hard to make!   It’s all about simple layers, beautiful flowers and a few sneaky mixed media tricks.  These stress-free techniques make you look like a mixed media pro!

Quick and Easy Layers

  • Begin with a 6×6 top fold card base.  That’s easy, right?
  • Now cover the front with a 6×6 panel from Little Birdie’s Celebrate Life 12×12 pad.
  • Look through your stash for a square doily: cloth or paper is fine.  My cloth doily came from a thrift shop bin.  You could also add a square lacy die cut for this layer.
  • Next, stitch a 5″ square panel of the pink woodgrain cardstock to the doily.  Then center and adhere.
  • Finally die cut the bird image with a circle die.  If you don’t have a circle die, trace around a saucer, small bowl or other round object.  If you have an old compass in your stash, that works, too!  Back this image with dimensionals and adhere in the center of the card.
Simple Mixed Media Tricks and Tips

I love working with primed chipboard because it saves me a step.  Simply tap the chipboard with VersaMark Embossing Ink and then sprinkle with Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel.  Now heat emboss until all the layers melt and blend.   I found an old Spellbinders Gilded Life Pendant in my stash.  Dry brush this with white chalk paint.  Then fill the center with some moss and wee colored eggs.  Add flat back pearls to finish.

Add a soft, shabby chic vibe to your Little Birdie Flowers by dry brushing them with white chalk paint.  When you dry brush, dip the tip of your brush in the paint.  Then swipe off most of the paint on a piece of paper or your craft mat.  Lightly feather the brush over the edges of the flower petals to give them that soft, painterly feel we love so much.

Then, dilute the paint on your craft mat and spatter it over the card front to add even more of a soft finish.

A Peek Inside

Cover the card interior with more designer papers.  Then decorate a side pocket with a 3×4 journal card and tuck in a chocolate. No birthday is complete without a bit of chocolate!  Die cut a Little Birdie Oval Tag and stamp it with a sentiment.  Then decorate with ribbon, mini key and cut apart images to finish.

Now you see how easy it is to make a birthday card that’s fit for royalty, I hope you’ll give it a try.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

PS: We are still doing well….some days are better than others, but we are improving a bit every day!  Thanks from the bottom of my heart for your continued prayers!  I so appreciate you all!
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Eiffel Tower Slimline Birthday Card

Carta Bella En Vogue Eiffel Tower Slimline Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Carta Bella En Vogue Eiffel Tower Slimline Birthday Card for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Let’s make an Eiffel Tower Slimline Birthday Card. Welcome to Throwback Thursday!  Today we’re breaking out Carta Bella’s 2019 En Vogue.  If you have this lovely collection in your Closet of Shame, then it’s time to pull it out and make something beautiful.

Slimline Eiffel Tower Birthday Card Carta Bella En Vogue by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Meet me in Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower and we’ll share some Macarons as we take in the City of Lights.  Oooh la la!

Tips and Details

  • Begin by scoring an 11″ x 8 1/2″ piece of cream cardstock at 3 1/2″ and 3 3/4″.
  • Fold along the 3 3/4″ score line and repeat.
  • Trim the flap on the right to measure 1 3/4″.
  • Now fold and burnish the score lines to create a 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ side fold slimline card.
  • Add hinges to the  back side of the flap and fold to form a 1/4″ box pocket inside the card.
  • Watch the video tutorial to see all the card come together step by step.
A Peek Inside

The inside has a decorative gift card pocket on the left and a box pocket on the right.  You will learn how to make the two treat folios in the video tutorial below.

Eiffel Tower Slimline Birthday Card Video Tutorial

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Throwback Thursday episode.  If you don’t have the En Vogue Collection in your stash, I’m sure you can use this same design with another retired paper collection.

I’ve loaded this card into my Etsy shop.  And you’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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