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Spellbinders Winter Garden Dies 3 Ways

Spellbinders Winter Garden Dies 3 Ways for Day 1 of Christmas in July

Hello, Friends!  Bundle up, put on your mittens and come for a stroll through Spellbinders Winter Garden Dies with me.  Yes, it’s the first day of Christmas in July here at Kathy by Design.  I know, I know…we’re all still wearing our flip flops, drinking iced tea and wearing Bermuda shorts.  But as fast as this year is going by, I thought we’d better get a head start on our Christmas crafting.

With shipping delay issues, handmade gifts are the way to go this year!  The remainder of this month (and into August and even September as my ordered supplies come in) I’ll be sharing some fun ideas for cards, folios, banners, gifts and tags.

Today’s post features 3 lovely Susan’s Winter Garden dies used in 3 different ways.  I’ve put together a little video tour with tips for you as well as a tutorial for creating a 5×7 double gatefold card base.  Are you ready to get your Christmas craft on?  Then let’s get started!

Spellbinders Winter Garden Dies Project #1: Carta Bella Christmas Rustic Ice Skate Card

Carta Bella Christmas Spellbinders Susan's Garden Skate, Christmas Rose, Evergreen Foliage by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Here’s a true confession: Although I grew up in Vermont, I never learned to ice skate.  Did you?  The closest I ever got to skating was falling down.  A lot.  But my dad was a marvelous skater.  He could go forwards and backwards and spin, too.  Ice skates and Christmas cards go together like Santa and reindeer.

This 6×6 top fold card features the Winter Garden skate, Evergreen Foliage and Christmas Rose dies.  You can find out more about this rustic Christmas card, learn some fun crafting tips,  and see the inside in the video below.

Spellbinders Winter Garden Dies Project #2: Stamperia Pink Christmas Slimline Card Folio

Stamperia Pink Christmas Slimline Card Folio Spellbinders Susan's Winter Garden Skate, Evergreen Foliage, Christmas Rose Dies by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Care to join me for a Victorian skating party?  This 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″  slimline card folio features pink ice skates, of course!  This time I layered 2 skates together and topped them with pearls and a bow.  This girly girl project was probably my favorite of the three.  Here’s how to make the trifold base from 1 sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.

  • First, place the long side of  your cardstock on the your scoring tool.
  • From the left, score at 4 1/2″, 5″ and 9 1/2″.  (This measurement is wrong in the video; that’s why I’m adding it here.)
  • Fold the 2″ flap on the end to the inside of the card base.

It’s that easy!  Wait ’til you see the inside of this pretty card!  I hope you’ll enjoy the video tour with tips!

Spellbinders Winter Garden Dies Project #3: 5×7 Double Gatefold with Belly Band Tutorial

Photoplay Paper It's a Wonderful Christmas 5x7 Double Gatefold Card Tutorial Spellbinders Susan's Winter Garden Evergreen Foliage Christmas Rose by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays!  This 5×7 Double Gatefold card sports a decorative belly band that I like more every time I look at it!  It’s made with Photoplay’s new Christmas collection called “It’s a Wonderful Christmas.”  And truly, this is a wonderful collection!

The Evergreen Foliage die is so versatile, friends.  Instead of keeping the boughs whole, I snipped them into individual pieces and built this lovely wreath.  Can you guess what I used to make the “berries” adorning the wreath?  You’ll have to watch the video tour to find out if you’re right.  I’ll also share a quick tutorial showing you how to assemble the card base.

Winter Garden Dies 3 Ways Video on YouTube

If you’d like to take a tour of the projects, the dies and the paper collections I’ve used in today’s post, I hope you’ll enjoy this video.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another tutorial featuring more new Christmas goodies!  I love Christmas in July!  It’s like getting to open your presents the night before Christmas!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Old World Father Christmas Card

Old World Father Christmas Card Little Birdie Crafts by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Old World Father Christmas Card with Little Birdie Crafts

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Old World Father Christmas Card is loaded up with brand new paper pretties from Little Birdie Crafts.  Their much-anticipated line of Christmas goodies has been loaded up in Santa’s sleigh and delivered to their online store!  What fun I had playing with these lovely Christmas flowers, stickers, wreaths and ribbons!

Old World Father Christmas Card with Little Birdie Crafts by Kathy Clement Photo 01

The base for this 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made up of bits and bobs from Prima’s retired Vintage Christmas papers.   After machine stitching them together, I began to build this pretty Christmas vignette.

TIP:  Christmas Tartan Ribbon does double duty in this card.  First, it adds texture, color and pattern as a belly band.  But it also hides a gap between 2 scraps of designer paper.

TIP: Dry brush Christmas wreaths with ivory paint to give them a snowy appearance.  I also carefully removed the poinsettia branches and turned the foliage to face out. This allowed me to add my sisal tree and vintage Father Christmas image.

TIP: Spatter white paint liberally to add snowy effects to your creation.  This is probably the quickest and easiest way I know to add an artsy feel to a card.

A Peek Inside

This vintage Santa comes bearing gifts!  The image pops off a scrap of green suede paper that I found in my Christmas stash.

Here’s a little Christmas party in a pocket.  Tea with a candy cane stirrer, honey to sweeten the tea, a bit of chocolate to savor while enjoying a quiet moment…what could be more perfect?

I’ll link to all the  new Christmas goodies below.  I think I’ll also go back and list to the Little Birdie items I used in the Very Victorian Christmas Card and the Woodland Christmas card now that they are in the shop.  I know it’s late for Christmas shopping, but you’ll have all these supplies on hand for next year!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Woodland Christmas Tag Card

Polly's Paper Studio Woodland Shabby Tag Christmas Card with Little Birdie Crafts Poinsettias by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Woodland Christmas Tag Card

Hello, Friends! Let’s get this wonderful Wednesday started with a cheery Woodland Christmas Tag Card.  Grab a cuppa and let’s get started!

What do you do when you have bits and pieces from favorite paper collections?  If you are like me, you put them together to create a lovely hodgepodge style card.  This 6×6 creation uses leftover bits from my Button Farm Club Cosy Christmas Card Kit.  Pair them up with a Shabby Woodland Christmas Tag from Polly’s Paper Etsy and some gorgeous Poinsettias.  Next, tie a bow with Little Birdie Tartan Ribbon.  Then tuck in some  Gold Glitter Stars and this hodgepodge comes together as a visual treat!

TIP: Create a dimensional background with an old Christmas Snowflake Ornament!

TIP: Stack itty bitty fussy cut images together to create a big visual impact.  First, back the images with foam tape to create dimension.  Then top them with a petite poinsettia.

A Peek Inside

Now dress up the inside of the card with a box pocket, more bits and pieces of paper and some lovely treats.

TIP: Product packaging is often pretty enough to use on a card!  The Cosy Christmas Tags packet had this lovely botanical print that was just too nice to toss in the trash bin.

Dress up a gift packet of hot chocolate with the product packaging! Then tie a couple of tags on with rustic twine. Now top with a Little Birdie gold glitter star and you’ve got a very pretty presentation.  Then tuck in a mini candy cane stirrer and a Ghiradelli Chocolate Snowman to complete the gift.

I love the challenge of using up all the bits and pieces of a card kit, don’t you?

You will find a linked supply list below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Yuletide Old Fashioned Christmas Card

Blue Fern Yuletide Old Fashioned Christmas Card by Kathy Clement Reneabouquets Beautiful Board Photo 01

Blue Fern Yuletide Old Fashioned Christmas Card with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board

Hello, Friends!  I am loving the nostalgic vibe from this Blue Fern Yuletide Old Fashioned Christmas Card. Warm woolen plaids and old barn boards take me back in time, how about you?  Now that Thanksgiving has passed, we are in full on Christmas mode here at Kathy by Design.  The little love birds  on this card make me feel very merry , indeed!

Blue Fern Yuletide Christmas Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

If you are looking for a way to add visual interest to your Christmas cards, why not try adding some circular elements?  After I removed the white centers from this wreath die cut, I replaced them with small images from the 8×8 paper pad.  Then I heat embossed Reneabouquets Small Santa Clock and added it to the mix.  Now the card just needs to be embellished.

Evergreen Trees, Snowflakes and Christmas Roses

First I altered a small sisal tree with ivory paint and glitter.  Then I clustered up some beautiful Reneabouquets Christmas flowers, mini pine cones and greenery around the base of the tree to ground it.

This wonderful Beautiful Board Clock adds some brightness to these darker, vintage paper patterns.  Shell buttons add a bit of shine, and more flowers is always a good idea.  Spatter the card with white paint to simulate falling snow for the perfect wintry feel.

These snowflake corners shimmer with glittery embossing powder in real life.   I’ve dressed it up even more with some flat back pearls.

A Peek Inside

Nothing drives away winter’s chill like a cup of hot cocoa!  So I created a box pocket inside the card to hold a packet.  The pocket is actually embossed grey cardstock that I brushed with white paint and metallic glaze.  For some reason, it photographed blue.  The camera does strange things sometimes.

The pocket also holds a little postcard, peppermint stick, gift wrapped Biscoff cookies and a Ghiradelli Chocolate.  Now it’s the perfect little Secret Santa or office exchange gift.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Cosy Winter Christmas Mittens Card

Cosy Winter Christmas Mittens Card

Hello, Friends!  I thought I’d pop in on this chilly Sunday morning to share my Cosy Winter Christmas Mittens Card with you.  We can warm up our hands and hearts as we sip on a cuppa and enjoy the details of this rustic card creation.

My mom knit the world’s best mittens.  Every summer evening she sat with her yarn basket by her side as she watched TV.  Those knitting needles flew through the air as her clever hands crafted warm and cozy mittens for the coming winter.  If I sit quietly and think about it, I can still hear the soft clicking of the metal needles and the swishing sound the needle shafts made as she knit and purled the extra long cuffs.  We were the only kids on the hill with those extra long mitten cuffs.  She wanted to make sure the snow didn’t slip in between our coat sleeves and our mittens while we were playing.  Moms think of everything, don’t they?  When it came time to stitch in the thumb, we had to awkwardly “try on” the mitten to make sure everything was placed “just so.”

Because of these happy memories, I  love a good mitten card at Christmas!

The Details

TIP: Run 3/8″ ribbon through the ends of a Tim Holtz Christmas Word Plaque.  This is an older version, but the new ones are cute, too.  Adhere this to the top of a banner piece, then tie little bows in the corners. Tiny star sequins add just the right amount of sparkle.

TIP: Add dimension with a die cut oval layer.  Back this with foam tape and tuck behind the banner.

TIP: Anchor the banner with a small cluster of white flowers and burlap string bows.

I found this rusty star ornament at a local flea market.  It was in a bag full of old rusty jingle bells and Christmas tree shapes.  How could I resist.  Dress it up for winter with a little faux snow and glitter.  Then string some mini jingle bells and a Tim Holtz word tag at the top.  Now finish it off with a ribbon and flower topper.  Simple details like this make all the difference!

TIP: Layer Christmas ribbon along the bottom edge of the card to add extra texture and visual interest.

A Peek Inside

Now turn this card into a sweet small gift by adding a pocket on the inside.  Add ribbon to the top of the pocket to dress it up. Then use your scraps to make a little treat wallet.  

Everyone deserves a bit of chocolate during the holidays!

Have you started making your Christmas cards yet?  I always say I’m going to get an early start, but I usually find myself scrambling to get them done in time….for New Year’s Day!  What can I say?  The cobbler’s children never have shoes!

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

Hope you have a joyful and creative Sunday, my friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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