Category Archives: Birthday Cards

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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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

 

 

Hooray for 2021!

Authentique Hooray Birthday Planner Album Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Hooray for 2021!  Birthday Planner Album Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends! Hooray for 2021!  Let’s start this New Year off with a party…a birthday party, that is!  You’re going to be ready for every birthday celebration in 2021 thanks to this cute retro birthday planner album.  Designed by Kathy Clement exclusively for The Button Farm Club, this album is designed with organization and fun in mind.

We’ve used cheerful images and patterns from Authentique Paper’s “Hooray” collection to design a simple, fun and practical album.  Each of the 6 album sections features a calendar page (two months per section) a gift tag/pocket combo (6 gift cards in all) room to add photos, journaling and lists and 2 birthday cards.  (That’s 12 birthday cards in all!)  Cute cards for boys and girls are mixed in with humorous, slightly snarky cards for men and women.  

There’s a postage stamp storage wallet and an envelope pocket built into the album design so that you’ll always have everything you need at your fingertips when it’s time to send off a birthday greeting.

The best part is that this sturdy G45 Tag and Pocket album can be used over and over again!  Just fill it up with new cards and tags and you’re ready for the next year and the next year and….you get the idea!  

Hooray Birthday Planner Album Kit Reveal on YouTube

Here’s a short video tour so you can see all the wonderful elements in this birthday planner.

What Comes in the Kit?

Here’s what comes in this fun, functional kit:

  • 16 double -sided sheets of Authentique Hooray 12×12 papers
  • 12×12 Sticker Elements Sheet
  • 6 sheets of color-matched 12×12 Spectrum Cardstock in Lady Bug Red, Caribbean Blue and Black Jack
  • 6 sheets of 8 ½” x 11” cardstock for making card bases
  • 12 envelopes
  • Little Birdie Flowers
  • Birthday ephemera pack 
  • 2 Crystal Stick Pins
  • 2 yards of wired Glitter Ribbon
  • 20 wooden buttons/mix and match
  • 2 tassels: one red, one aqua
  • Printed monthly 2021 calendars
  • Silver tone Birthday Cake charm
  • Basic written guide with measurements and photos
  • Detailed Step by Step video tutorials with Kathy Clement that you can watch over and over again

The price for this birthday planner kit is just $64.99.  I do not believe you could purchase all the supplies for that price.  Laura at The Button Farm Club is a magician when it comes to putting high quality, affordable kits together.  You can order your kit HERE.

Hooray for 2021!  A Final Note

Now that we are past the holidays, I’m looking forward to settling into my regular posting schedule.  I’ve really missed sharing a cuppa with you several mornings a week.

I have a wonderful sense of expectation and hope for 2021!  We have so much to look forward to, and I can’t wait to share this creative journey with you here. 2021 is going to be a year of Abundance and Overflow.  I believe this is going to be a year of abundant blessing after a very difficult and tumultuous year.  May the overflow of that abundance spill out of our lives and bring life, light, hope and love to others.  That sounds like a good plan to me…how about you?

I get so excited when I hear from one of you that you’ve stepped up your card making because of projects that I share here.  I’m delighted when you share your stories with me in the comment section, too.  Even though most of us have never met face to face, I feel like you are my friends.  There is a connection we have because of our mutual love for the creative process.

I want to thank you for all the joy you bring to my life in myriad ways.  It’s going to be a year to celebrate!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Winter Birthday Wishes Card

Wintry Birthday Wishes Card Prima Christmas in the Country by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Prima Christmas in the Country Winter Birthday Wishes Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends! Do you ever use your Christmas papers for Winter Birthday Wishes?   Sometimes we forget that December is a birthday month for lots of folks.  We actually had 4 family birthdays this month!  This vintage style card made with Prima’s Christmas in the Country collection is a perfect choice for a winter birthday greeting.

The buffalo check, and frosted roses make me feel like I’m out for a brisk sleigh ride in the sparkling snow.  How about you?  Texture and pattern play an important role in this card design.

  • Houndstooth plaid lends a counterpoint to the large check in the background.
  • Antique Silver embossing on the frame amps up the vintage vibe.
  • Silver linen paper has a soft weave that adds a subtle sparkle that is echoed by the silver metallic grosgrain ribbon.
  • Silky printed satin ribbon adds a touch of whimsy to the card arrangement.
  • The glittering rhinestone button adds just the right touch of elegance.

If you’ve never dry brushed your flowers with chalk paint, I highly recommend it.  These red summer roses look as though they’ve been touched by frost.

Try tucking some metal charms into your flower cluster.  It’s a fun surprise!  And winter butterflies create a sense of movement as they flit around the framed image.

A Peek Inside

Finish the inside with a pair of pockets and some thoughtful tuck in’s.  Gift cards are always a welcome birthday treat!

I hope you all enjoyed the most wonderful, peaceful and joyful Christmas!  It’s hard to believe that we are almost at the end of this very tough year.  Let’s hope there are good things waiting in the wings!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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